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Orchard Park

Orchard Park Town Board members have given permanent appointments to Police Chief Mark Pacholec and Assistant Police Chief E. Joseph Wehrfritz.

Pacholec was appointed interim chief in January, after Andrew Benz retired. In February, the board named Wehrfritz the department’s first assistant chief in five years. Both were temporary appointments until they took the Civil Service exam.

Supervisor Janis Colarusso said she was delighted with the appointments.

“The hard work they have put into the police department these past nine months is definitely a testament to what this town will see in the years to come,” she said.

The town also has heard from an engineer who examined the Baker Road School that there is no asbestos inside the building. The town is considering buying the school from the school district.

At Orchard Park High School, students Madison Zizzi, Mikaela Ditonto, Lauren Kulp and Sian Eisenhut along with Maddy Kromer of Lakeshore Central, have won “The Big Blue Sky,” an engineering competition at the University at Buffalo.

BEAM, Buffalo-area Engineering Awareness for Minorities, is a minority engineering program at the University of Buffalo. It is designed to expose under-represented students to the field of engineering

The students won a total of $5,300 in scholarship money to attend college at UB. Orchard Park has finished in the top three spots for the last five years and has won the contest twice in the last three years.

Also this week:

The Town Board will conduct a work session at 6 p.m. Wednesday in the supervisor’s conference room, followed by a regular meeting at 7 p.m. in the board room of the municipal center.