Art in motion

Yi Li performs at the Southtowns Chinese New Year Celebration, which was held on Sunday at Bryant & Stratton College Southtowns Campus in Orchard Park.

Heroin abuse rampant in Erie County

Officials are seeing a dramatic increase in heroin abuse throughout Erie County, which follows similar trends across the United States, as use of the drug has reached epidemic proportions during the last five years. “Heroin overdoses, as well as overdoses from opioids such as hydrocodone, continue to plague our community,” Erie County Health Commissioner Dr. Gale Burstein said last week. […]


Olivia Jacobs, left, Payton Smith, Sean McMan and Kiara Dreyer make the most of Orchard Park High School’s winter homecoming dance on Friday.

Budget draft shows $2 million gap

Orchard Park schools

At $90 million, the first draft of the Orchard Park School District’s 2014-15 budget is nearly $4 million dollars more than its budget for the current school year. The draft also contains a budget gap of a little more than $2.2 million, but Assistant Superintendent of Business Jeffrey Petrus noted that it did not contain any reductions or increases in […]

Pavilion proposed for Yates Park

The Orchard Park Recreation Department has wrapped up its 11th consecutive year of growth in terms of participation and revenue. (See editorial on page four) Recreation Director Ed Leak presented his year in review for the department during the Feb. 5 Town Board meeting. According to Leak, the department served 33,589 people and earned $539,519 in 2013. “What we’re extremely […]


William Mann and Corinne Adamski show off their moves at Orchard Park High School’s winter homecoming dance on Friday.

Buffalo man pleads guilty to burglaries in Orchard Park, surrounding towns

A 21-year-old Buffalo man admitted to a series of burglaries in Orchard Park and surrounding areas, according to Erie County District Attorney Frank A. Sedita, III. Sean Guthrie pleaded guilty as charged to four counts of burglary in the second degree, two counts of conspiracy in the fourth degree and one count of tampering with physical evidence before Supreme Court […]

Boating safety course being offered at Daemen

The Buffalo Power Squadron is offering a boating safety course beginning March 27. The course will cover the essentials of safe boating required to receive a New York State certificate to operate a motorboat or jet ski. Effective May 1, all individuals born on or after May 1, 1996, will be required to successfully complete an approved course in boater […]

Teen holds bake sale to benefit child with brain tumor

Community continues to rally around John Millen

When the Colton family read a newspaper article about an Orchard Park toddler battling a brain stem tumor, they felt compelled to help in any way they could. “It just got to me. It just hit us right in the heart,” said Dawn Colton, also of Orchard Park. After reading the article about 3-year-old John Millen’s condition, Colton visited the […]

Village to sign shared services agreement

While the Village of Orchard Park’s Department of Public Works has long been sharing services and equipment with area municipalities, it will now have a legal agreement on the books. At the Village Board meeting on Monday, the board authorized Mayor John Wilson to sign the Intermunicipal Highway Shared Services Agreement, which was sponsored by the Town Highway Superintendents Association […]