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Town Salaries Above State Average

ORCHARD PARK, N.Y. – Town of Orchard Park employees had an average pay of $44,632 for its 97 employees, according to a report released Thursday by the Empire Center for New York State Policy. The average pay for town employees across the state is $35,632.

The report from the fiscally conservative group also found disparities in pay between upstate and downstate governments.

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Car Thieves Hit Orchard Park Neighborhood

ORCHARD PARK, NY-- According to the Orchard Park Police Department, the Eagle Heights neighborhood experienced approximately 17 separate cases of vehicle break-ins between August 22 and 23.

Items stolen included cell phones, GPS, and ipods. The case is still under investigation, and at this time, police are not sure if the same person is responsible for all the break-ins.

If you have any information, you are asked to call the Orchard Park Police Department.

Congressman Higgins Announces Application Period for SAFER Federal Fire Grants

Congressman Brian Higgins (NY-27) announced the application window for grants provided through the Department of Homeland Security Staffing for Adequate Fire and Emergency Services (SAFER) program is now open.   SAFER grants are aimed at increasing the number of firefighters and enhancing a department’s ability to comply with federal standards that ensure that their communities have adequate protection from fire and fire related hazards.  This year Congress appropriated approximately $420 million for the SAFER program. 

“I encourage local companies to apply for funding through this federal grant to help support outreach and recruitment of the next generation of first responders,” said Higgins. 

Pet Connection to Hold Chicken Barbecue Fundraiser on Sept. 18

Pet Connection Programs Inc., a special care shelter for dogs and cats located in Marilla, will hold a chicken barbecue beginning at noon on Saturday, September 18, at the Bowen Grove Shelter, Bowen and Broadway, Lancaster. This event will feature Big Belly BBQ, voted the number one barbecue in Western New York! 


Dinners will include a half barbecue chicken plus three sides, beverage and dessert, and will cost just $9.

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Hello Yesterday! An 80's Festival

Celebrate all the best of the 80's at Hello Yesterday! An all-ages, all-day 80's Festival featuring A Flock of Seagulls, When In Rome, Animotion, Dramarama and Gene Loves Jezebel.  The festival includes a LipSync contest, 80's Guitar Hero and much more!

Dress totally 80's for the best 80's costume contest and win a new iPad!   Tickets are available for purchase online at helloyesterday.net or at both Record Theatre outlets in Buffalo (1800 & 3500 Main Street).

General Admission on-line tickets are $35 (plus applicable fees). Tickets the day of the event are $45.  Children 13 and under are free.

Portions of the proceeds will benefit Hunter's Hope. Festival attendees will have an opportunity to contribute to the community and help Hunter's Hope by participating in the silent auction. The tent will be open all day with two auctions going on during the festival.

Erie County Introduces Garbage Totes in Parks

New totes include smoke-free message


Erie County Executive Chris Collins and Parks Commissioner Jim Hornung, in conjunction with the Erie Niagara Tobacco-Free Coalition and Roswell Park Cancer Institute, are pleased to announce the County has added garbage totes inscribed with a non-smoking message to park shelters in several County parks.  The totes will make it easier for parks crews to remove debris, while also delivering an important message.  The Erie Niagara Tobacco Free Coalition contributed to the purchase of 400 totes that carry the request, “Help us keep Erie County parks smoke free and litter free.  Please no smoking.”


The totes are already at shelters in Chestnut Ridge, Como Lake and Ellicott Creek parks.  All other County parks should have them by mid-September.


County Executive Chris Collins said, “Keeping our parks clean and accessible is a p

HEALTHeLINK Unveils $16.1 Million Beacon Community Initiative to Fight Diabetes

BUFFALO, N.Y. – In June 2010, HEALTHeLINK received the largest Beacon Community Award in the United States from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HHS). The Beacon Project was created to help communities use health information technology to forge cooperation and use resources effectively toward local priority health goals.

HEALTHeLINK was joined today by Dr. David Blumenthal, the point person for the national health information technology initiative, as well as other dignitaries, including Congressman Brian Higgins and New York State Health Commissioner Dr. Richard F.