2020-12-10 E-Edition

Holiday spirit

Houses in Orchard Park have begun to put up their Christmas decorations, including this one on Stoneybrook Drive.

District returns to in- person instruction Monday

Following a three week shift to remote-only instruction, the Orchard Park School District will welcome back students, teachers and staff to in-person learning on Monday. The decision to resume in-person instruction comes after the district obtained a limited services laboratory license to administer COVID-19 tests at its six school buildings, and changing guidance related to testing in orange and red […]

Various town committees, board meetings may return in January

When Orchard Park was placed into orange zone status in November by the state, a host of town committees and boards canceled meetings for December, but town officials are trying to come up with a plan to allow those boards to return to conducting business in January. At the Dec. 2 Town Board work session, Town Clerk Remy Orffeo said […]

St. John Vianney School principal successfully coordinated return to in-person learning

On Monday, Dec. 7, St. John Vianney School in Orchard Park re-opened the building to students in pre-K to eighth grade for in-person learning after seven days of remote instruction. Principal Kristine Hider successfully coordinated the school’s efforts to in-person instruction, despite the ever evolving guidelines from Gov. Andrew Cuomo. Upon learning that Erie County had moved to orange zone […]

Bishop Fisher commits to leading Buffalo Diocese transparently as ‘brother in faith’

After about a year without a shepherd of its own, the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo has a new bishop on the way. Pope Francis has appointed Bishop Michael William Fisher to the diocese, the Vatican announced. In a virtual press conference, Fisher expressed his excitement to join the diocese and meet his new “family.” “One thing you should know about […]

OPCC hosts socially distant interactive Nativity scene

Area houses of worship have had to work creatively to safely engage their congregations and community during the past nine months. Because Orchard Park Presbyterian Church is unable to hold its annual Christmas pageant inside the church this year, the setting has moved outside for all to enjoy. A journey to Bethlehem scene has been erected on the lawn in […]

Bremer to fill in as electrical inspector

Building Inspector Steve Bremer is gaining another role within the Town of Orchard Park. Bremer was appointed to be the temporary electrical inspector at the Dec. 2 Town Board meeting. A resolution on Bremer’s appointment said that the former electrical inspector for the town has been temporarily excused from his duties. The temporary status will run through Wednesday, March 31. […]

County officials show growing sense of concern for area’s hospital capacity as ‘red zone’ looms

Even with significant changes in the way that the state identifies potential “red zones” within its micro cluster approach to combating surging COVID-19 cases, Erie County is still inching toward one. Last month, Gov. Andrew Cuomo noted that the state will now place more emphasis on a region’s hospitalizations as well as that area’s future hospital capacity when determining when […]

Bee Editorial

Winter roads require more caution while driving

With winter road conditions on their way as snow and ice begin to make their debut, it is important to remember to take extra care while driving and follow some of these helpful hints to be a better, defensive driver during these winter months in Western New York. Snow and ice can bring about more hazardous roads and even with […]