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2018-09-13 / Editorial

Out of the Past

20 Years Ago Sept. 17, 1998


FREEMANS’ ABODE — This photograph of the Freeman homestead is from a postcard dated August 1908. It is said that the Freemans welcomed many guests to their home for extended visits. Among them were Quakers attending local monthly or quarterly meetings and visiting Quaker ministers. Native Americans who traded in the area were readily welcomed into the warmth of the Freeman home, especially in inclement weather. Their home was known for miles around as one of the largest and most gracious in the region. Note that the photograph shows a perpendicular wing on the right (north) side of the Freeman homestead. Today, the remodeled house has a flush front facade parallel to Freeman Road. 
Photo courtesy of “Images of America: Orchard Park” by Suzanne Kulp and Joseph Bieron FREEMANS’ ABODE — This photograph of the Freeman homestead is from a postcard dated August 1908. It is said that the Freemans welcomed many guests to their home for extended visits. Among them were Quakers attending local monthly or quarterly meetings and visiting Quaker ministers. Native Americans who traded in the area were readily welcomed into the warmth of the Freeman home, especially in inclement weather. Their home was known for miles around as one of the largest and most gracious in the region. Note that the photograph shows a perpendicular wing on the right (north) side of the Freeman homestead. Today, the remodeled house has a flush front facade parallel to Freeman Road. Photo courtesy of “Images of America: Orchard Park” by Suzanne Kulp and Joseph Bieron • It still may be a little too early to turn on the heat, but the Orchard Park School District has placed its thermostat in check. The Orchard Park Board of Education opted Tuesday to participate in the School and Municipal Cooperative of Western New York, a cost-savings measure designed to keep heating costs down through the direct purchase of natural gas.

• Residential and commercial zones in the village are now clearly defined, thanks to the adoption of two local laws. The Orchard Park Village Board of Trustees adopted the laws Monday, ones that are more stringent in scope and were shaped by public sentiment.

• Traffic associated with the new Orchard Park Middle School parking loop along West Quaker Street may be prohibited further. A request has been made for a no-stopping sign on the west side toward the school. A public hearing to discuss the matter is scheduled for 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 12.

• There’s an old adage in football that to be successful in football, you have to run and stop the run. The Orchard Park Quakers followed that formula Friday night and defeated Division I rival Jamestown, 39-0.

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