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There’s a youth movement at Orchard Park this season, and not just because the Quakers graduated 13 seniors, all of whom qualified for states last year. The boys swimming program has a new coach for the first time 1981, with 2010 grad Phil Aronica taking over for the retired Art Aungst. Aronica swam for Aungst for six years before going onto swim Division I at the Un…

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Essex Homes has completed the second phase of development at its Knoche Farms Estates subdivision in Orchard Park. Located off Milestrip Road near Southwestern Boulevard, the single-family home community will have a total of 97 lots when completed, with a pond and woodlands. It features large home sites – some nearly 1 acre in size – with ranch, two-story and first-floo…

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It's a different year but the same situation, one that won't be resolved until late February at the Section VI championship meet. As usual, there are more talents that have already hit state-qualifying marks for the March 3 meet in Staten Island than there are spots. Only a maximum of three based on finish at sectionals get to go to states. While the situation also e…

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Nia Stevens and Taylor Hunter have been part of some historic moments for Tapestry's track and field team. But there is something the two haven't helped the young program achieve since being part of school's first state championship relay back during the 2015 outdoor New York State Public High Schools Athletic Association meet in Albany. Tapestry hasn't won a Section VI…

Two former real estate agents at Nothnagle Realtors and then Howard Hanna Real Estate Services have spun off on their own to form an independent, women-owned brokerage firm. Beth Matthews and Nancy Reynolds this week launched Envision Real Estate as a new boutique firm, based in Orchard Park. That fulfills their longtime vision to start their own business, building off …

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Lithia Motors of Medford, Ore., one of the nation's largest publicy traded auto dealership groups, bought Ray Laks Honda at 3590 Southwestern Blvd. in Orchard Park and Ray Laks Acura at 7440-7460 Transit Rd. in Amherst. The purchase price for the property itself was $10 million, including $6.5 million for the 8.45-acre Honda dealership and $3.5 million for the 2.58-acre…

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Without further ado, here's the first Power 10 for the scholastic winter season. (Through Friday night's games) 1. Williamsville North hockey. Defending state champions have spent much of the winter ranked first in the state Division I poll. Spartans (13-0-2) remained unbeaten by defeating reigning state Catholic champion St. Joe's on Friday night. The teams also bat…

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A Rochester-based commercial real estate management firm has acquired a former envelope-manufacturing warehouse and facility in Orchard Park from a Connecticut-based printing and office products company. Yaro Enterprises, a family-owned commercial real estate company that was formed in 2005 by President Yaroslav Kirik, paid $3.3 million in late December to acquire a 154…

A local home improvement contractor has pleaded guilty to attempted grand larceny after failing to perform work on a client's property after he had received a down payment on the project. Brian Rogers, 39, of Orchard Park, already repaid the victim. West Seneca Town Justice Jeffrey M. Harrington sentenced Rogers to perform 50 hours of community by March 12, as part of h…

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One nickname's roots can be traced back to a joke between teammates, while the other appears to have been born from a statistician's shorthand. Regardless of their origins, there's no denying that the acronyms FLOP and CASH have become as much a part of the Western New York Girls Hockey Federation as the players and late afternoon games. CASH has the jerseys to prove it…

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OP girls top East Aurora No. 3 large school Orchard Park girls basketball handed No. 6 East Aurora its first loss of the season, defeating the Blue Devils, 46-33, in the final of the Orchard Park Tournament. Quakers coach Gary Janas said he prepared entirely new schemes in an effort to surprise East Aurora coach Mike Fronckowiak. Orchard Park switched to a five-playe…

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The brothers who own a pair of Olean-based contractors have acquired the former Orchard Park offices and training center for the local plumbers union, trading leased space for a building they now own. Mike and Dan DeRose paid $616,000 a week ago to buy the 16,700-square-foot building at 3651 California Drive from the United Association Plumbers & Steamfitters Local …

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Emma Brinker was having the season of her life. With an 8-1 record, the East Aurora girls basketball team was ranked No. 1 among Western New York small schools, and the 6-foot-1 forward’s presence on the court played a huge part on a senior-laden group that was among the favorites to win the Section VI Class B title. The junior averaged double-doubles through her fre…

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Three individuals and three relay teams swam their way to the championship heats of the NYSPHSAA girls swimming championships held at Ithaca College. Finals and consolations begin Saturday at 10:30 a.m. Lockport senior Katie Pollock advanced in the 200-yard individual medley (2:06.98) and 100 breastroke (1:05.34), East Aurora sophomore Mary Brinker advanced in the 50 fr…

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It was close, but we have a winner. Senior Max Giordano's one-handed catch in Lancaster's Week Four win at Niagara Falls has been voted the best catch of the high school football season. https://twitter.com/Hudl/status/912378980568879105 Thanks for the 5,000-plus votes over the course of the past few weeks. This has been a fun experiment and is something I hope to…