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Barbara O'Brien


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Orchard Park Central school administrators have already reached out to members of the armed services for input on how the district might recognize students going into the military. In a letter to parents and families on the district website, Superintendent Matthew McGarrity said parents, faculty and students also will be asked for input. The district has come under f…

Education

In 2016, just as Zachary Field was about to graduate from Orchard Park High School and get ready to join the Army, he called his father, David, with some troubling news: The school was not going to let him wear his military sash over his gown. David Field was not happy and shared his displeasure with school officials. "I told them two years ago unless they do somethi…

Education

Orchard Park Central School District will review a graduation policy that prohibits students wearing cords and sashes, after a student who wanted to wear a military sash was barred from Saturday's ceremony. The student, Dillon Donovan, said he took a stand for students coming behind him. He and his family left Kleinhans Music Hall when he was not allowed to go on the st…

Erie County

More than 21,000 first responders in Erie County, including officers in 11 police agencies, as well as civilians, know how to administer naloxone, the opiate rescue drug, to someone who has overdosed. But patrol officers in four communities do not carry the lifesaving drug, and mothers who have lost children to opioid overdoses are asking them to place the drug in their…

Erie County

Jessica Underberg learned some things growing up on a farm in Collins, where she was the oldest of six children. "You can do work and be miserable. Or you can do work and have a good time," she said. "Either way, you have to do the work. I choose to do the work and have a good time." The second thing she learned as a child: You do the work until it's done, not when t…

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West Seneca's temporary library will close at 6 p.m. Friday while staff members put the final touches on the new library inside the West Seneca Community Center and Library building in a week. The library plans to open its doors to the public at 10 a.m. June 25. Any books due the week the library is closed will have the due dates automatically extended so patrons wil…

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Former Tonawanda City School District Superintendent James P. Newton has been appointed principal at Bishop Timon-St. Jude High School. Newton has been a principal and assistant principal in Tonawanda and Amherst, and recently served as interim principal at Frontier Central High School. He is an adjunct professor at Niagara University and St. Bonaventure University.…

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Court fines for DWI and bail fees are down, while handicapped parking fines are up so far this year in Erie County, according to a report by the Erie County comptroller's office. There could be budget issues ahead, if the downward trends continue, according to the report. Comptroller Stefan I. Mychajliw also said court fines for violating handicapped parking regulati…

Food and Drink

America's Fair now has an American pale ale. Buffalo's Flying Bison Brewing Co. will be brewing Erie County Fair American Pale Ale, with six-packs to be available on store shelves starting the week of June 25. Production was to start Wednesday morning, but due to a mechanical issue with Flying Bison Brewery’s bottling line, the bottling and packaging of the Erie Coun…

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Blasdell residents were expecting Lake Avenue to have been repaired last year, and when it wasn't, the village canceled the Memorial Day parade for safety reasons. Community members should get some answers at a public information session from 6:15 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday  in Blasdell Elementary School, 3780 South Park Ave. "Many residents are understandably frustrated …

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Hamburg Town Board members appointed a former Erie County legislator, state senator and Niagara Frontier Transportation Authority chairman to the town Zoning Board of Appeals Monday night. Raymond F. Gallagher, who also served on the board of trustees for Erie Community College, will replace longtime board member and vice-chairman Shawn Connolly, whose term expires June…

Hamburg

Weidner's BBQ will be back at the Erie County Fair this August for its 62nd year, despite a fire that destroyed the barbecue chicken stand at last year's fair. "We've been here too long not to come back," said Ryan Gerber, son of owners Charles and Mary Gerber. "Not every fairgrounds can say they have vendors for 62 years," said fair CEO and Manager Jessica Underberg…

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Lori and Dwayne Bell of Derby have been scared out of their minds for almost 10 years. Luckily for them, they have not been scared out of their home. The Derby couple has spent a decade living in a home that has been stuck in foreclosure and is in perpetual danger of becoming a "zombie" home. Much like the "walking dead" creature that inspired the term, their foe has…

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Leaders in every municipality should be required to disclose financial information about themselves, and that information should be posted online, according to the Buffalo Niagara Coalition for Open Government. The group released a report Tuesday that ranks government disclosure forms from 10 local governments in Erie and Niagara counties. The Town of Cheektowaga and Er…