2020-12-17 E-Edition

Ready for the holidays

Residents of a house on East Royal Hill Drive has put up quite the display for the Christmas season.

Town, PBA still negotiating a new contract

The Town of Orchard Park and the Orchard Park Police Benevolent Association are continuing negotiations on a new contract, with the current pact set to expire at the end of the year. Councilman Eugene Majchrzak said at the Dec. 9 Town Board work session that meetings between the town and the PBA have begun. “We’re not at the point of […]

District begins testing students, staff as in- person instruction returns

The Orchard Park School District returned to in-person instruction Monday. Along with returning to classrooms, the district also began conducting rapid nasal swab tests for the coronavirus. Under state guidance, the district has to test 20% of its staff and students during a monthlong period while the region remains in an “orange zone.” Students and staff are randomly selected for […]

New app aims to connect people with discounted groceries, eliminate food waste

The COVID-19 pandemic and ensuing economic downturn have created difficult conditions for people all over America. It seems that each week, the Orchard Park police blotter features more and more items about shoplifting incidents at local grocery stores. This is not just anecdotal, either. According to a recent Washington Post article, experts say shoplifting has drastically increased all over the […]

Town may move to cover 50% of cost for Acorn Circle Pond dredging

When it comes to doing repairs to Acorn Circle Pond, the town might be willing to pick up more of the cost, but is still waiting on a report from the state Department of Environmental Conservation to make that official. Dating back to 2019, the town and homeowners whose properties abut Acorn Circle Pond – which is located in the […]

Flynn, chamber to host small business roundtable

Councilman Conor Flynn is partnering with the Orchard Park Chamber of Commerce to host a virtual Southtowns small business roundtable. The roundtable will be held at 9 a.m. Monday, Dec. 21. It is free and open to the public. Questions for elected representatives should be sent by email to either Flynn or Don Lorentz, the executive director of the chamber, […]

‘The Seasons of Buffalo Baseball 1857-2020’ virtual book launch features all-star lineup of baseball greats, headlined by Bob Costas

On Tuesday, Dec. 8, a virtual launch was held for “The Seasons of Buffalo Baseball 1857-2020,” a 400- page, hardcover book that covers the illustrious history of baseball in the Queen City. The book is filled with more than 150 images, rare illustrations, cartoons, and page after page of baseball facts and follies, a true reflection of Buffalo’s 163-year love […]

Bee Editorial

Stay safe this winter season

In a place with winters as cold as Western New York’s, it’s important to pay attention to outdoor gas meters, furnaces and vents through the winter season. Snow, ice and cold, common in our winters, can create unsafe conditions and performance issues for heating systems. National Fuel Gas Distribution Corp. advises homeowners to be vigilant and ensure outdoor gas meter […]

Spindle Items

• NEW CROSS- WALK — A new crosswalk sign has been positioned at South Buffalo Street and Highland Avenue, according to Police Chief Joe Wehrfritz. The crosswalk sign is push button operated whenever a pedestrian is ready to cross the street. Wehrfritz said the department will do an educational campaign of when pedestrians should yield the right of way to […]