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Fall in Buffalo will start off with a bang. Sure, autumnal activities were the theme of this week's Gusto cover story, but the wheels are already in motion. The festival schedule is absolutely packed this weekend; Oktoberfests and harvest fests are happening around virtually every corner, suburbs and cities alike. Will you find out what Black Rock and Riverside have …

High Schools

Having a volleyball player as talented as Orchard Park senior Abby Ryan is like having a security blanket. “More and more every year we’ve relied on her to get big kills and she’s probably one of the best hitters in the area and maybe in the state,” coach Greg Lardo said. “It’s easier to coach when you have her to throw the ball to and she can get you out of a lot of pr…

Business

Orchard Park-based Curbell Plastics has acquired Texas-based Nationwide Plastics, which has 50 employees across three facilities. Terms of the deal were not announced. Nationwide's locations are in Houston and Arlington, Texas, and in Jackson, Miss. Curbell now has a total of 22 locations. Nationwide will operate as a division of Curbell. Curbell has its own location…

Cobham, a defense contractor that has operations in Orchard Park, is headed for an ownership change. Cobham PLC, a British company, has agreed to be bought by Advent International, a U.S. private equity firm, for $5 billion. Cobham Mission Systems, Cobham's business in Quaker Centre Industrial Park, is also known as Carleton Technologies. Its local operations have 50…

Crime

Police charged an Orchard Park man with aggravated driving while intoxicated on Wednesday night after he nearly struck a police officer and then crashed into a barricade at the Taste of Orchard Park, police said. The crash happened at about 8:20 p.m. on North Buffalo Road, Orchard Park police said in a news release. The driver of a black BMW was traveling at a high rate…

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When checking out the Taste of Orchard Park on July 24, the eating approach is dependent on where you're coming from. For residents of the village of OP, who will say, "I've been going to Ilio DiPaolo's for 30 years!" the biggest opportunity will be trying the food-and-drink offerings from outside the area. Restaurants from Blasdell, Hamburg, West Seneca and even Amhers…

Food and Drink

At Joan & Sue’s Family Restaurant, it feels like stepping into grandma’s house, complete with the wood paneling, tchotchkes and feeling of relaxation. It’s the kind of place where you’re served, but there’s also a measure of comfort afforded everyone to simply help themselves. A sign says “Help Thyself” underneath a table outfitted with cups and pitchers full of ice…

High Schools

Three years ago, Aidan Shaw came up short in a sudden-death playoff for a spot in the state championship tournament field. Playing the same No. 10 hole at River Oaks on Monday, the Orchard Park junior drew on that experience to win the Section VI boys golf title in a playoff with Medina junior Ian Wagner. “To get another chance here on the same hole in playoff and come o…

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Actor-director John Krasinski, perhaps best known for his role as Jim Halpert in "The Office," has been spotted frequently in the Buffalo area over the last month while scouting locations and preparing to shoot "A Quiet Place 2," the sequel to a horror film that debuted last April. On Thursday, Orchard Park was Krasinski's primary stomping grounds, with sightings at Spo…

Crime

A Lackawanna man was arrested on sexual assault charges following an incident in which he allegedly assaulted a 14-year-old male customer, according to Orchard Park Police. Stephen Savaglio, 68, was arrested on charges of second-degree criminal sexual act, a felony, as well as forcible touching and endangering the welfare of a child. Orchard Park Police said they wer…

Crime

A Hamburg man with two prior convictions for driving while intoxicated was charged with felony DWI Sunday night after Orchard Park police said he fled the scene of a crash. An Orchard Park police officer saw a pickup driver run a red light and crash into another vehicle at the intersection of Southwestern Boulevard and Orchard Park Road about 10:40 p.m. Sunday, poli…

Business

KeyCorp.'s commercial real estate lending division has provided a $45.8 million loan to Hamister Group to refinance debt on the Orchard Heights senior housing property in Orchard Park. KeyBank Real Estate Capital originated the fixed-rate, 15-year loan for the 162-unit property at 5200 Chestnut Ridge Road, which was constructed in 1992 and renovated in 2016. It includes…

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The Mansard Inn, one of the longest-running restaurant successes in the Southtowns, is changing hands. Steve and Sherri Molisani are selling the Orchard Park restaurant after 46 years. The buyers are Mike and Becky Morgan, another career restaurateur couple with roots in Orchard Park. Saturday will be the last day of the Molisani era. The restaurant, at 3365 Abbott R…

Crime

A Buffalo man who was the subject of a 2015 viral video that captured him causing an accident after driving drunk on the New York State Thruway is again in trouble with the law. Kiran Thapa, 36, was arrested for felony aggravated driving while intoxicated and several other charges Sunday evening, according to the Orchard Park Police. Orchard Park Police Lieutenant Gr…