2017 budget takes shape following meeting with town accountant

After a recent meeting with Town Accountant Tom Malecki, the Town Board is obtaining a better idea of the particulars of the town’s 2017 budget. According to Councilman Michael Sherry, the ad valorem budget will show an estimated tax increase of 1.25 percent. The tax cap the town is facing is 0.68 percent. “We’re continuing to work on the budget, […]

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‘Artify the Park’ to make debut on Sunday at Chestnut Ridge

An idea cultivated by Mary Simpson, the former executive director of the Chestnut Ridge Conservancy, will come to fruition on Sunday with the first annual “Artify the Park.” (See editorial on page four) Artify the Park will take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. Sunday, Sept. 25, at various locations throughout Chestnut Ridge Park. A number of well-known regional […]

DWI accident causes power outages around town

A driving while intoxicated one-car accident — involving a power line pole being struck — led to the central area of the Town of Orchard Park losing power for part of Friday, Orchard Park police said. At around 3 that morning, officers were traveling west on Route 20A to a report of wires down when an officer saw a vehicle […]

Angel in Adoption brings awareness home


Christine Harris teaches first and second grade at Trinity Christian School in West Seneca. She and her daughters, 12-year-old Nakiya and 13-year-old Lacey, are just like any other family, except for one factor — adoption. Harris has spent nearly 15 years helping families and youth, making the bold decision to become a single adoptive parent and welcoming the young girls […]

Bills, Sheriff’s Office set policies for Bills games

Erie County Sheriff Timothy Howard and Andy Major, vice president of operations and guest services for the Buffalo Bills, announced new security policies for Bills home games during a Sept. 13 press conference. The Erie County Sheriff’s Office is beginning its fourth year as the lead law enforcement agency for New Era Field and the Buffalo Bills. Fans will see […]


Quaker Arts Festival winners announced

The Orchard Park Jaycees have revealed the award winners from the 55th annual Quaker Arts Festival. Crafts First place: Kathleen Klepp and Patty Cancilla Second place: Julie La- Grow and Joe Wiesnet Third place: Deborah Benedetto and Gina DeLelys Honorable mention: Susan Burton and Patrick Sadler Best of Show — Crafts Russell Halstead Sculpture First place: Elijiah Smith Second place: […]

News Briefs

The Orchard Park Village Board will hold its next meeting at 7 p.m. Monday, Sept. 26, in Village Hall, 4295 S. Buffalo St., Orchard Park. The Orchard Park Garden Club will hold its regular membership meeting at 11:30 a.m. Thursday, Oct. 6 at Orchard Park Presbyterian Church, 4369 S. Buffalo St. Sign-ups begin at 11:30, with refreshments at noon and […]

Artify the Park offers valuable time with artists

During the past few weeks, several artists were featured in stories leading up to the Quaker Arts Festival. In nearly all of these interactions, the artist told The Bee that the love for their art form was fostered as a child. On Sunday, parents have an opportunity to start this process with their children by attending the Artify the Park […]