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In an attempt to get ready for something new, Frontier’s girls’ lacrosse team has been preparing for the unfamiliar by doing something old. The Falcons’ opponents are still feeling blue. Unbeaten Frontier is no longer part of Class A. It hasn’t stopped the Falcons from playing and beating their ex-rivals even though they no longer are part of that division. They hope…

Bills

The former vice president of player personnel for the Buffalo Bills has sold his Orchard Park home, just four months after he returned to Houston as the new general manager of the Texans. Michael E. Springer and Dr. Renee M. Reynolds paid $715,000 on Tuesday to buy the four-bedroom brick home on Sandpiper Court from Brian W. and Patricia A. Gaine, according to documents…

Gusto

Confession is good for the soul, or so they say. So I will share that when the first dishes arrived at Mangia, I emitted a quiet sigh of relief. After visiting so many Italian-American restaurants, the dominant strain of the area's "ethnic" eateries, I have developed red sauce fatigue. I've learned to expect average food in an average setting, made by a staff putting in…

Food and Drink

Artisan pizza washed down with a craft beer or a strip steak paired with a fine wine - take your pick at O.P. Social Tap & Grille, which opened in Orchard Park at the end of 2015. The local establishment, at the site of the former David’s Grille, is owned by David Hart of Hart Hotels and Peter Krog of Krog Corp. General manager Mark C. Strzyz says it’s his goal to p…

Food and Drink

The traditional picture of the suburbs is painted with subdivisions. It’s cul-de-sacs and strip malls, grocery store parking lots and big-box retailers. It’s not colored with the walkable commercial centers or condensed streets of concentrated city neighborhoods; and it’s not accentuated with vibrant social lairs reserved for downtown bar districts. But the modern subur…

Business

Taking advantage of an opportunity to capture a large swath of Southtowns land at a low price, Benderson Development Co. this week bought 40 acres of land in Orchard Park from an estate for $500,000. The Florida-based developer – originally from Buffalo – bought the vacant land on Union Road near Southwestern Boulevard from the estate of Harold L. Gantzer. Gantzer, a fo…

Local News

An Orchard Park man was charged Sunday morning with driving while intoxicated after police said they stopped him for speeding and found that he had a blood-alcohol content three times the legal limit. Police stopped a 2015 GMC Sierra pickup truck at about 12:20 a.m. Sunday morning after it was seen speeding on South Buffalo Street in the village. The driver, 33-year-old…

Crime

A Hamburg man with a long history of suspended or revoked driver's licenses for alcohol-related offenses was arrested again early Sunday morning in the town of Orchard Park –  for drunk and unlicensed driving. Police stopped a 2015 Nissan Altima for speeding on Milestrip Road near Abbott Road at about 3 a.m. The car was driven by Joel Echeverria, 34, whose license had b…

High Schools

For two and a half quarters, the Orchard Park girls basketball team did everything it needed to do in order to hang around with Section V’s Bishop Kearney. The Quakers were down only two at half, 22-20, against a team that beat a who’s who of Western New York’s best – Cardinal O’Hara twice, Williamsville South twice, Sacred Heart and Amherst – by an average of 21 points…

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Section V girls basketball teams historically haven’t had much trouble dispatching its Section VI opposition in the Far West Regionals. Rochester-area schools come into Saturday’s games at Rush-Henrietta High School leading the all-time series with a record of 103-59. In the last three years, however, Western New York has held its own and is a respectable 8-7. Sectio…

High Schools

Orchard Park’s girls basketball team came into the season with just one goal in mind, and that was to make it to Buffalo State for a chance at a Section VI Class AA title. As sophomores on the varsity team two years ago, current seniors Sam Fischer, Jenna Probst, Lauren Miller and Emily Henrich witnessed eventual state semifinalist Williamsville North end OP's season wi…

Food and Drink

Every now and then you hear of a teenager with an entrepreneurial spirit. Kaylena Marie Eisenhauer takes that to a new level. As a high school junior, she enjoyed baking cookies and decided to share them with her co-workers at Delta Sonic. Next thing she knew Delta Sonic was carrying her cookies in their retail locations. Other big name commercial accounts came her way …

High Schools

It's not uncommon to see girls basketball players have four-, five- or sometimes six-year varsity careers. That's rarely the case on the boys side, yet Niagara Falls coach Sal Constantino has no reservations starting a pair of eighth-graders on a team seeking its third straight sectional title. Willie Lightfoot scored a game-high 16 points and Roddy Gayle added 12 as…

High Schools

Coaching a championship-caliber program is not easy. It takes a lot of time and personal sacrifice – often at the expense of family. The desire to spend more time with loved ones is the reason Gene Tundo has stepped down as Orchard Park football coach. Tundo confirmed the development to the Buffalo News on Thursday. Under Tundo's longtime guidance, Orchard Park be…