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Orchard Park

Orchard Park Supervisor Janis Colarusso and Councilman David Kaczor attended their last Town Board meeting last week.

Kaczor did not seek reelection after 12 years on the board, and Colarusso lost her bid for reelection to Patrick Keem.

Colarusso was town clerk for 16 years before being elected supervisor, and she reflected on her 20 years in Town Hall during a 15-minute farewell address Wednesday night. An employee of the Erie County Board of Elections before she won the town clerk’s race, she said she had wanted to run for years.

“When I started this dream 26 years ago, you should have seen the day I told my father I was planning on running for the office of town clerk,” she said. “I keep thinking to myself, who would have ever thought I would be walking out this evening as the supervisor of the town, when all I ever dreamed of was being the town clerk.”

Kaczor said it was “kind of a melancholy night” for him, and he got emotional when he thanked his wife and daughter for giving up “so much” for the last 12 years.

State Assemblyman Michael Kearns and Erie County Legislator John Mills also presented proclamations to Kaczor and Colarusso Wednesday night.

Also last week, Orchard Park High School students learned CPR in their gym classes.

Instructors from Rural Metro and EMS volunteers from Orchard Park Fire Company assisted in the training. Students learned the American Heart Association’s hands-only CPR.

The American Heart Association is urging passage of a state law that would require all high school students to know CPR before graduation.

Also coming up:

• Orchard Park will ring in the new year with a ball drop near the four corners New Year’s Eve. North Buffalo Street will be closed at Quaker Road from 10 p.m. Dec. 31 to 1 a.m. Jan. 1 for the festivities.

• New Town Board members Patrick Keem and Michael Sherry will be sworn into office at a ceremony at 11 a.m. Jan. 1 in the municipal center, 4295 S. Buffalo St. Keem was elected supervisor and Sherry will serve as councilman.

• The Town Board will conduct its reorganization meeting at 7 p.m. Jan. 2 in the municipal center. A regular meeting will immediately follow. Board members will conduct a work session at 6 p.m. in the supervisor’s conference room.