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Grand Island High School: DECA installs new members
Thu, Oct 31st 2013 05:20 pm
The members of the Grand Island chapter of DECA, a business and marketing club, were present to be inducted into the state and national level of DECA at Salvatore's Italian Gardens.
Sherman Says: Distracted driving penalties finally have some weight
Thu, Oct 31st 2013 05:20 pm
The penalties for driving while distracted in New York state are finally catching up with a problem that seems to grow more serious each day.

We have all seen motorists talking on their cellphones as they navigate busy thoroughfares and small neighborhood streets alike. Do drivers who try to conceal their smartphones by pressing their entire device between their ear and the palm of their hand actually think the ruse is working?

Get-acquainted event held
Thu, Oct 31st 2013 05:20 pm
Participants had a great time recently playing two rounds of laser tag and enjoying some pizza and soda during a get-acquainted event for Grand Island High School's Interact Club.
Grand Island Town Board: Lee Tetkowski honored for service
Thu, Oct 31st 2013 05:20 pm
Two proclamations at the Grand Island Town Board meeting involved an Islander to whom "the world's children have been a priority."
Grand Island Board of Education: PTA Council event honors board members
Thu, Oct 31st 2013 05:10 pm
In honor of School Board Recognition Week Grand Island PTA Council hosted a reception for school board members prior to Monday night's meeting.
Mary Star of the Sea Council holds Past Grand Knights Dinner
Thu, Oct 31st 2013 05:10 pm
The Mary Star of the Sea Council No. 4752 celebrated its annual Past Grand Knight's Dinner honoring Paul Minton on Saturday, Oct. 19. This was Minton's second term as Grand Knight.
Grand Island: Light Up the Boulevard planned for Nov. 23
Sat, Oct 26th 2013 07:00 am
The Grand Island of Chamber Commerce is putting on the second annual Light Up the Boulevard Electric Light Parade and Festival on Nov. 23, from 5 to 9 p.m. The evening's activities will include Grand Island's first-ever Rudolph Run, Electric Light Parade, lighting of the official Town Tree, visits with Santa (sponsored by Kelly's Country Store) music and carolers, craft stations, and vendor booths.
CROP Walk Raises $4K to feed hungry
Fri, Oct 25th 2013 06:25 pm
The big prize is a golden sneaker mounted on a board. The sneaker was once the Rev. Earle King's running shoe. Running shoes get retired more quickly than walking shoes, and the pastor of St. Martin-in-the-Fields Episcopal Church, 2587 Baseline Road, transformed his shoe into the most coveted prize of Grand Island's annual CROP Walk, held on Oct. 13 in Beaver Island State Park.
Above and Beyond: Island fire prevention open house complemented by special awards
Fri, Oct 25th 2013 06:15 pm
More than 2,000 Sidway Elementary School students and Fire Prevention Open House visitors came to fire headquarters on Thursday, Oct. 10, to learn more about their Grand Island Fire Co. volunteers, equipment, and operational capabilities.
Veterans Day services Nov. 11
Fri, Oct 25th 2013 06:15 pm
The Town of Grand Island will honor veterans of past military campaigns during the annual Veterans Day program. This year, the town will honor veterans of the Cold War, Iraq War and Afghanistan War.

Veterans, family members, and friends are invited to attend the program on Monday, Nov. 11, at 11 a.m. at Veterans Park, located at 1717 Bedell Road. Each Veteran will receive a memento.

Grand Island veterans are asked to notify the Recreation Department if they will attend the program on Nov. 11, or if a veteran will be represented by a family member.

Historical Society Christmas Luncheon to include child fashion show
Fri, Oct 25th 2013 06:15 pm
The annual Christmas luncheons sponsored by the Grand Island Historical Society will be held on Tuesday, Dec. 3, Friday, Dec. 6 and Saturday, Dec. 7, at noon at River Lea, in Beaver Island State Park.
Grisanti to hold office hours
Fri, Oct 25th 2013 06:15 pm
State Sen. Mark Grisanti has announced his district office will hold special satellite office hours at Grand Island Town Hall, 2255 Baseline Road, on Wednesday, Nov. 13, and Wednesday, Dec. 11, from 4 p.m. to 7 p.m. both days.
St. Timothy to host health forum
Fri, Oct 25th 2013 06:15 pm
James Bowers of the New York State Department of Health will be at St. Timothy Evangelical Lutheran Church of Grand Island, 1453 Staley Road, on Thursday, Nov. 7, at 7 p.m. to discuss the Tonawanda Area Health Outcomes Review.
'Isle of Horror' meets 'Isle of Spooky Fun'
Fri, Oct 25th 2013 06:15 pm
The Grand Island High School Art Club brings Halloween this year to the Island's Nike Base on Whitehaven Road. On Oct. 25 and 26, the students from the Art Club will treat young families, teens, and adults to a fun-filled spooktacular event.
Obit: Fred (James) Mumm
Fri, Oct 25th 2013 06:10 pm
Fred (James) Mumm, 77, passed away on Tuesday, Oct. 15, at Hospice of Buffalo after a long battle with Parkinson's, Alzheimer's and diabetes.
Obit: Richard N. Raham
Fri, Oct 25th 2013 06:10 pm
Grand Island resident Richard N. Raham entered into rest Oct. 23, 2013. He was 82 years old.
Raffle to benefit Miracle League
Sat, Oct 19th 2013 07:00 am
The Miracle League of Grand Island and WNY thanked John Sobieski for donating a 150-pound and growing pumpkin to be raffled to benefit the league. Tickets are available at McMahon's Family Restaurant, the Grand Island Moose Lodge, Veterans of Foreign Wars and Island Ship Center.
Reminder: Classical piano performance
Fri, Oct 18th 2013 03:00 pm
"An Afternoon of Classical Piano" will be presented at 2:30 p.m. Sunday, Oct. 20, at St. Stephen R.C. Church, 2100 Baseline Road, Grand Island.
October is Fire Prevention Month
Thu, Oct 17th 2013 06:40 pm
Grand Island Fire Co. Lt. Tom Dewey and firefighter Chuck Piccone, with the help of a volunteer, teach students at St. Stephen School how to use a fire extinguisher during a fire prevention assembly.
St. Martin-in-the-Fields: Pet blessing, food drive held
Thu, Oct 17th 2013 06:35 pm
Nearly a dozen dogs and one cat attended a pet blessing Saturday at St. Martin-in-the-Fields Episcopal Church on Baseline Road.
Trinity's Fall Festival Oct. 19
Thu, Oct 17th 2013 06:30 pm
The pies are made and the auction baskets and food are ready for the Trinity Fall Festival, which will take place Saturday, Oct. 19, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.
Connor Middle School: 'Wizard of Oz' opens
Thu, Oct 17th 2013 06:25 pm
Connor Middle School students have known all summer that they would stage "The Wizard of Oz" for their autumn musical this year.
Obit: Robert F. Hoffer
Thu, Oct 17th 2013 06:25 pm
Robert F. Hoffer, a former IRS Appellate conferee, died Friday, Oct. 4, 2013, after a short illness. He was 93.
Obit: Joan A. Droit
Thu, Oct 17th 2013 06:25 pm
Joan A. Droit had a lifetime commitment to children and young adults. For 40 years she was a Grand Island teacher, beginning at the elementary level, and retiring from the high school, where she taught English, humanities and social studies and was always active in school activities.
50 years of Masters Field
Thu, Oct 17th 2013 06:20 pm
A celebration of 50 years at Gene Masters Field will be held Saturday, Oct. 19, at 11:30 a.m. before the 1 p.m. Grand Island Vikings home football game vs. Williamsville North.
School board member Joan Droit mourned
Thu, Oct 17th 2013 06:20 pm
Islanders are mourning the passing of a longtime teacher who put students at the center of her work.

Retired teacher and current school board trustee Joan Droit died Saturday. She was elected to the Board of Education on May 17, 2011.

"The Grand Island Central School District wishes to acknowledge the contribution Joan Droit made on behalf of students, faculty and the school community at large," the district said in a statement.

Grand Island Chamber of Commerce: Prizes rolling out for 30 Days of Giveaways Web promotion
Fri, Oct 11th 2013 04:00 pm
The Grand Island Chamber of Commerce is holding 30 Days of Giveaways from Oct. 1 to 30.

At the Grand Island Chamber Website Launch Party, Fahim Mojawalla, the chamber's media director, introduced 30 Days of Giveaways as a way for local businesses to increase their exposure with clients. Log on to the chamber website and register for a chance to win the giveaway of the day.

Sun shines on Taste of GI
Fri, Oct 11th 2013 03:55 pm
The second annual Taste of Grand Island Fall Festival presented by The M.O.G. took place Saturday, Sept. 28, on Grand Island Boulevard between Baseline and Whitehaven roads. The sun shined down all day for the event, which took place from noon to 8 p.m.
Obit: Francis B. Brusino
Fri, Oct 11th 2013 03:50 pm
Francis B. Brusino passed away Sept. 29, 2013, at the age of 82.
Obit: Charles Smilinich
Fri, Oct 11th 2013 03:50 pm
Charles Smilinich, age 92, of Colden, formerly of Grand Island, died Wednesday, Oct. 2, 2013, at his residence, after a long illness.
Obit: James Patrick Rogan
Fri, Oct 11th 2013 03:50 pm
James Patrick Rogan entered into rest Sept. 26, 2013, at age 78, after a brief illness.
Above and Beyond: 8-year-old to receive commendation from GIFC
Thu, Oct 10th 2013 03:50 pm
Grand Island Fire Chief Kevin Koch reports a fourth-grade student at Kaegebein Elementary School will receive this year's Fire Prevention Commendation during a special award ceremony at the Oct. 10 open house event.
Above and Beyond: Island Fire Prevention Open House set for Oct. 10
Sat, Oct 5th 2013 07:00 am
Grand Island Fire Co. Chief Kevin Koch has announced that this year's Fire Prevention Open House will take place on Thursday, Oct. 10, from 5 to 8 p.m. at fire headquarters, 2275 Baseline Road.

Assistant Fire Chief Chris Soluri, program coordinator, has arranged for multi-agency participation, to include firefighting and emergency medical services equipment from the GIFC and Western New York fire service, as well as area law enforcement contributions.

New season for NU Family Business Center
Fri, Oct 4th 2013 09:55 pm
The Niagara University Family Business Center kicks off its 11th season with a Nov. 5 breakfast forum titled, "The Priorities of Getting it Right and Getting Along: The two priorities that bring success in business and life."
Islander receives special guest
Fri, Oct 4th 2013 09:25 pm
Navy veteran Peter Xanthos of East River Road (pictured at center) recently hosted visitors, including his shipmate from World War II, Walter Frey.
Memorial Library receives grant for newspaper project
Fri, Oct 4th 2013 09:15 pm
State Sen. Mark Grisanti, who represents the Island in the New York State Senate, recently visited Grand Island Memorial Library. Lynn Alan Konovitz, director, said Grisanti gave libraries like Grand Island's extra funding aid, which Memorial Library used for computer hardware.
Sidway Elementary School: Students undergo training during Bus Safety Week
Fri, Oct 4th 2013 09:15 pm
Kindergarteners and first-graders at Sidway Elementary School underwent bus safety training as part of Bus Safety Week in the district Sept. 23 to 27.
Kaegebein Elementary School: Apple Day celebrated
Fri, Oct 4th 2013 09:15 pm
Tuesday was Apple Day at Kaegebein Elementary School.
Connor Middle School principal honored for lifesaving actions
Fri, Oct 4th 2013 09:10 pm
Veronica Connor Middle School Assistant Principal Eleanor Payne was honored this week by Erie County Legislator Kevin Hardwick for her part in helping save the life of one of her students.
Erie County Legislature: Hardwick announces system upgrade for GI 911 dispatch center
Fri, Oct 4th 2013 09:10 pm
Erie County Legislator Kevin Hardwick has announced the Erie County Legislature approved a resolution to accept a New York state grant to complete upgrades to the county's 911 system, including Grand Island's dispatch center.