2021-04-29 E-Edition

Job well done

Erie County Sheriff Deputy Daniel Walczak was recognized by the Erie County Legislature and Rep. Chris Jacobs for his heroism and bravery. On April 8, Walczak saw multiple residential sheds and grass on fire and an elderly man in distress. Walczak went through the fire to rescue the man on the ground, who was unresponsive and sustained burns. Walczak was […]

Town, PBA reach new agreement; councilmen debate negotiating process

The Town of Orchard Park and the Orchard Park Police Benevolent Association have come to terms on a new threeyear pact, which includes a salary increase for officers in 2022 and 2023. The collective bargaining agreement runs from Jan. 1, 2021 to Dec. 31, 2023 The previous contract expired at the end of 2020. The new contract, which was approved […]

Village Board adopts $3.6 million spending plan

With the entire Village Board back in attendance, the body adopted the village’s $3.6 million spending plan for the 2021-22 fiscal year. The board held a public hearing on the budget during its April 12 meeting, but didn’t vote to adopt it because Deputy Mayor Matthew Hartung was absent from the meeting. With Hartung back in attendance during Monday’s Village […]

Arbor Day celebration to honor Capriotto, Croce

This Friday – on the 150th anniversary of Arbor Day – two Orchard Park residents who contributed job opportunities to individuals in Orchard Park – and the greater Western New York region – will have trees planted in their honor at Steinwach’s Oak Green. The Tree Conservancy Committee has nominated Mike Capriotto and Mark Croce to be recognized with trees […]

Middle school teacher receives Reed Taylor Award

Orchard Park Middle School social studies teacher Daryl Helfman was selected as the 2021 recipient of the Academy for Human Rights’ Reed Taylor Award for Excellence in Human Rights Education. The award is named in living honor of local Holocaust educator Dr. Reed Taylor. The designation is meant to honor a teacher who inspires their students and colleagues to live […]

Political Briefs

Andrew Slotman, the Republican-endorsed candidate for highway superintendent, will hold a meet and greet from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, May 1, at Arthur’s Hardware, 6471 W Quaker St. Slotman will discuss the initiatives he wants to bring to the Highway Department. Hot dogs will be available. The Friends of Joseph Liberti will present a Mother’s Day drive-thru chicken […]

Orchard Park Symphony Orchestra presents: Strings of Spring, a virtual concert

Though the pandemic has severely limited their ability to gather, the Orchard Park Symphony Orchestra has been working diligently to continue to provide halfhour virtual concerts to continue to entertain their audiences. After two successful online concerts, this community orchestra is excited to announce their third virtual concert, Strings of Spring, premiering on their website, www.opsymphony.org, at 7 p.m. on […]

Flynn to lead town’s partnership with UB’s clean energy program

In celebration of Earth Day 2021, Councilman Conor Flynn recently announced a planned partnership between the Town of Orchard Park and the UB Regional Institute’s Clean Energy Communities program. According to the program’s website, “The Clean Energy Communities program is organized around “High Impact Actions” from NYSERDA designed to help communities save energy costs, create jobs, and contribute to statewide […]

Sacred Heart Academy unveils third-quarter honor roll

Buffalo Academy of the Sacred Heart has named the following Orchard Park residents to its honor roll for the third quarter of the 2020-21 school year. Grade 9 Sarah Michelle Fisher, Hailee Johnson and Caroline Ruof Grade 10 Iris Chase, Jessica Mruk and Abigail Uglow Grade 11 Claire Atkinson, Morgan Giancaterino, Payton Poczciwinski, Grace Russo and Madison Vento Grade 12 […]