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Orchard Park residents can get a sneak peek at the new community activity center Saturday. Town officials will be offering tours from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the center, 4500 California Road. The 59,000-square-foot center, located near Big Tree Road, is to open to the public early next year. Visitors will be taken in small groups to tour the center, which includes tw…

Bills

A Florida man was arrested Sunday after allegedly assaulting three people in the New Era Field parking lot following the Buffalo Bills' loss to the New England Patriots, the Erie County Sheriff's Office announced Tuesday. Kervin Lopez, 35, was charged with third-degree assault and third-degree attempted assault, both misdemeanors, after Air-1, the Erie County Sheriff's …

Obituaries

Oct. 13, 1938 – Sept. 17, 2019 Gerald A. Wahlenmayer, a retired Orchard Park High School teacher and golf coach, died Sept. 17 after a brief illness in his winter home in The Villages, Fla. He was 80. Born in Buffalo, he was a 1957 graduate of Orchard Park High School, where he was a varsity basketball player. He earned his bachelor’s and master’s degrees in socia…

Courts

Erie County Deputy James Flowers admits he didn't want his partner to bolt from their patrol vehicle and arrest a certain Buffalo Bills fan outside New Era Stadium on Dec. 3, 2017. "I didn't want to get out of the car. I didn't want to deal with it," Flowers testified Wednesday as his partner — Kenneth P. Achtyl — stood trial on charges that he assaulted fan Nicholas Be…

Courts

The Orchard Park man accused of driving drunk in a Sept. 15 crash that killed his brother's girlfriend remains at Erie County Medical Center. Daniel W. Witczak, 33, was charged with driving while intoxicated but other charges are pending further investigation by West Seneca police and prosecutors, the Erie County District Attorney's Office said. Witczak awaits arraig…

Bills

The planning happened in a fitting way. Ken Johnson traveled to Dallas in May for the funeral of his longtime friend, Ezra Castro. Afterward, Johnson stopped at a hotel bar for a few beers with fellow members of the #BillsMafia, and Castro’s brother Jaime came over to say thanks and to offer a request. This was not the kind of thing you plan by PowerPoint. Jaime explain…

Bills

Buffalo Bills officials continue to tinker with policy to curb the raucous behavior of fans on game day that last year resulted in 55 game-related arrests by Orchard Park police outside the stadium. Those efforts are starting to pay off, according to a team executive. “Not that long ago, we averaged 30 (in-stadium) arrests per game and 140 ejections a game,” said And…

Business

An Absolut nursing home in Orchard Park will close as its owner, Absolut Facilities Management, seeks Chapter 11 bankruptcy petition while it reorganizes, the company announced Wednesday. Absolut did not announce a date for the closing of its Absolut Center for Nursing and Rehabilitation at Orchard Park, a 202-bed facility with about 185 residents. The state Health D…

Local News

It's official. The referendum to increase the size of the Orchard Park Town Board will be on the Nov. 5 general election ballot and early voting, which starts Oct. 26 at 37 locations in the county. "The board reviewed the paperwork we received from the town clerk's office," Erie County Elections Commissioner Ralph Mohr said Tuesday. "We certified it for the general e…

Local News

Orchard Park could be the next town to increase the number of people on its Town Board. The board voted Wednesday to place the measure on the November general election ballot. But it turns out that vote doesn't count. New York State law has changed, and the Town Board had to have a vote 90 days before the election to place it on the ballot, said Ralph Mohr, Erie Coun…

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Conditions have changed. That's why Orchard Park Supervisor Patrick Keem said he voted for a ban Wednesday on drive-thrus that would prohibit a Tim Hortons Restaurant at the corner of Armor Duells Road and Chestnut Ridge Road (Route 277.) But not much has changed for property owner Ray Miranda, who bought the property six years ago because it was zoned for business. …

Local News

Four towns in New York State have three-member town boards, and three of them are in Erie County. But that may change. Orchard Park's seven-year experiment with a downsized Town Board may be coming to an end. A group of residents, including two former board members, plans to file petitions Monday in favor of a referendum to increase the size of the board from three t…

Columns

The greeting was familiar, old friends reunited as teammates on a baseball field. "Hi, Rory," said Aaron Cohn, welcoming another young man near a baseball diamond at Community Pool Park in East Aurora. "I miss you in school." Cohn and Rory O'Connor attended classes together a few years ago, before they happened to end up on the same team this summer in the Aktion Club l…

Business

A federal grand jury has indicted a Maryland man on multiple wire fraud counts for allegedly defrauding an Orchard Park aerospace company, the U.S. Attorney's Office announced Thursday. If convicted, Amir Jahed, 39, of Montgomery Village, Md., faces 20 years in prison and a $250,000 fine. From 2010 to July 19, 2018, Jahed was an employee of Cobham Mission Systems, wh…