2022-02-03 E-Edition


UP HIGH – Torch runner Tyrone Mullings arrives with the ceremonial Empire State Winter Games torch at Community Bank in Orchard Park. The torch will finally make its way to Lake Placid, where the games will be held from Thursday, Feb. 3, through Sunday, Feb. 6. Community Bank is the title sponsor of the 2022 Empire State Winter Games.

Slotman lays out potential maintenance plan for town roads

Highway Superintendent Andrew Slotman has been overseeing the Highway Department since October, and in that time, one of his major focuses has been trying to put together a comprehensive plan to address road maintenance in the years to come. Slotman gave the Town Board a glimpse of what that plan might look like during the board’s Jan. 26 work session. […]

Jacobs announces reelection bid for Congress

Rep. Chris Jacobs said Monday he intends to seek reelection in the newly numbered New York 24th Congressional District should the maps released Sunday become law, as expected. The 27th District has been renumbered the 24th and contains all or part of eight counties currently represented by Jacobs, and more than 400,000 of Jacobs current constituents are in the new […]

Snow removal public hearing moved to Feb. 16 meeting

Town officials are still examining code revisions to the town’s snow removal code, meaning a public hearing is now set for the Wednesday, Feb. 16 Town Board meeting. There was a possibility that the hearing could have been held at the Feb. 2 meeting, but the board provided additional comments to Building Inspector Steve Bremer. Bremer said at the Jan. […]

Tenney announces campaign for newly drawn NY-23 Congressional District

Rep. Claudia Tenney, currently the congresswoman for the NY-22 Congressional District, announced Monday that she is beginning a campaign to represent the newly drawn NY-23 Congressional District, which would include Orchard Park. Tenney starts off the race with a war chest of over $1.15 million cash on hand. Tenney raised over $370,000 from 3,200 donors, including 1,600-plus new donors in […]

West Seneca couple arraigned for using fake vaccine cards

Michael Naab, 34, and Amber Naab, 37, both of West Seneca, were arraigned last week before Orchard Park Town Justice Jorge de Rosas. Both defendants were charged with one count of criminal possession of a forged instrument in the second degree, a Class D felony. The defendants are accused of intentionally presenting a falsified COVID-19 vaccination card at Highmark Stadium […]

Police Blotter

Vehicle stuck in driveway ends with DWI charge

Thursday, Jan. 20 • Police were called to a Scherff Road residence for a vehicle that was stuck in the driveway. The homeowner told police he believed the two occupants were intoxicated. The vehicle was running with the keys in the ignition. The driver, a Gainesville, New York, man, was reportedly uncooperative and vulgar with officers. The man said he […]

Death Notice

ZABAWA, Thomas A., died Sunday, Jan. 26, 2022. Husband of Frances V. (nee Potratz) Zabawa; father of Jennifer Lepper and Theresa Zabawa; grandfather of four; son of the late Alexander and Lottie Zabawa; and brother of Paul, James and Mary Zabawa. Visitation was held Saturday, Jan. 29 and Sunday, Jan. 30 at the Beach-Tuyn Funeral Home Inc. A Mass of […]

OPHS offers student lifeguard course

During the fall semester, Orchard Park High School offered its first student lifeguard course resulting in the entire class completing the semester as American Red Cross certified lifeguards. Health and physical education teacher Joe Biondo taught the first section of this course this fall. During the 20-week course, students became proficient in water safety and rescue techniques in addition to […]