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The platform at Orchard Park's historic train depot will be getting an upgrade, helped substantially by $150,000 in state tax dollars secured by Sen. Chris Jacobs. The work is expected to cost $300,000, and is to begin later this year, said James Slominski, co-chairman of the depot committee. He said the brick base will be taken up, curbing will be reinstalled, drainage…

The grumbling around bingo tables in churches and clubs started in June as word spread of a new state law that prohibited people under the age of 18 from playing bingo. "It's not like you're taking them to a casino," said Sue Koepnick, who started playing bingo at age 10. "Why can't they play a little bingo?" Like many of today's bingo enthusiasts, Koepnick, 47, …

Betty Fecteau has always valued the importance of taking care of her eyes. "You only have one set," said Fecteau, 85, a retired accounting and purchasing specialist who lives in West Seneca. She and her husband, Bill, a retired Bethlehem Steel worker with diabetes, have made regular eye exams a part of their health and wellness regimen for decades. During a biannu…

Batavia native Greg Watson wasn't sure what he might like to do after he landed his bachelor's degree in business administration from SUNY Fredonia State and moved back home. His mother is a retired nurse, his father a retired liquor salesman. As he filled out applications for more than 200 jobs back in 2003, he saw a classified ad in The Buffalo News for a hearing inst…

Following is a weekly listing of upcoming public events for those interested in health, fitness, nutrition and family support. The Buffalo News is now accepting more community events than ever for an expanded online calendar. If you would like your event included, submit the information two weeks in advance online at BuffaloNews.com/submit. Mail, fax and email submission…

Commuters will find some roads closed this afternoon in Erie County due to the possible tornado that downed trees and power lines in Hamburg, Orchard Park and places east and south of there. [See photos of the storm damage] Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz issued a travel advisory for the Towns of Aurora, Hamburg and Orchard Park because of the storm, warning …

Following is a weekly listing of upcoming public events for those interested in health, fitness, nutrition and family support. The Buffalo News is now accepting more community events than ever for an expanded online calendar. If you would like your event included, submit the information two weeks in advance online at BuffaloNews.com/submit. Mail, fax and email submission…

Six people were arrested after they disrupted a fundraiser for Erie County Sheriff Timothy B. Howard on Thursday night in Orchard Park, police said. Police responded to the Wings Meeting Place, 3964 California Road, shortly before 7:30 p.m. after receiving a report of people being disruptive, Orchard Park police said. The fundraising event was dubbed "Sheriff Howard'…

Orchard Park Town Councilman Michael Sherry has taken on another duty: executive director of youth services. The Town Board appointed Sherry to the unpaid position, which he expects to last through 2019, when a permanent director would be appointed to oversee recreation and youth services, including Youth Court. His tasks are to form a Youth Bureau and to conduct a sear…

By: Holly R. Layer –  Contributing Writer In honor of my recent trip to Europe, I want to address vacation eating. My husband and I have taken a few monthlong trips in recent years, and I came home heavier each time. Can you blame me?  It’s France we’re talking about. Need I say more than croissants, wine, cheese and crème brulee? With summer and summer …

Orchard Park town officials are looking for input from residents on what type of architectural style they would like on the new Brush Mountain Community Center. Three options will be presented at Wednesday's Town Board meeting, and also will be posted on the website for about two weeks. They include a gabled look, one with contemporary lines and a prairie design reminis…

OLAF FUB SEZ: According to heavyweight boxing champion Mike Tyson, born on this date in 1966, “Everyone has a plan ‘till they get punched in the mouth.” . . . DOG STARS – Lancaster Unleashed Inc., which wants to create a community dog park, will co-sponsor the second annual Patriotic Paws Parade at 11:30 a.m. Sunday in the center of the village. Dogs will be dres…

Canalside has become the center of the summer outdoor fitness craze in Western New York, but those who don’t often frequent the downtown Buffalo waterfront won’t be left in the cold in the coming weeks. Independent Health will continue to sponsor Fitness in the Parks group fitness classes in several counties. State parks have a slate of hikes, kayaks and other event…

Shirley Carnall’s family wasn’t sure what to make of it five years ago when she joined the Buffalo Outdoor Meetup group. “My dad put it this way: ‘You’re meeting people online and going into the woods with them?’” Carnell was in her late 40s when she clicked on Meetup.com and gained access to dozens of groups for hundreds of outings. It was a welcome…