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Grisanti introduces legislation to expand radius for low-cost power
Wed, Aug 20th 2014 11:50 am
State Sen. Mark Grisanti introduced legislation today (S.7935) that would expand the boundaries of the Power Proceeds Allocation Act funding program to include all of Erie County. This expansion would allow eligible businesses and not-for-profits in all of Erie County to apply for power at a reduced cost.
Grand Island: Miniature-golf tournament has more than $500 in prizes
Mon, Aug 18th 2014 11:25 am
The Grand Island Fun Center is calling Buffalo's best miniature golfers for its second annual mini golf tournament on Aug. 24 at 1:30 p.m. Golfers will tee off and compete for more than $500 in cash and prizes.
GIHS is People's Choice at Lewiston Art Festival
Sat, Aug 16th 2014 02:45 pm
Grand Island High School students took home the People's Choice award and a third-place yellow ribbon from the Chalk Walk competition at the Lewiston Art Festival Saturday.
Grand Island Town Board: Two proclamations issued at meeting
Sat, Aug 16th 2014 02:40 pm
The Grand Island Town Board proclaimed Aug. 16 National Airborne Day in the town during its meeting Monday and encouraged Islanders to observe and commemorate the event.
Town of Grand Island calls results of new recycling program 'fantastic'
Sat, Aug 16th 2014 02:30 pm
The Grand Island Town Board has called the results of the first month of use with the new 95-gallon wheeled recycling carts "fantastic."

In a press release to the media this week, the board said the amount of recycling by Grand Islanders in the first month of using the carts that were delivered in May by Republic Services has increased.

Buffalo Division Manager Terry Schweitzer and Municipal Services Manager Terry Grady of Republic Services met recently with the Town Board to review the recycling numbers and the overall program, the statement said. According to the town, when compared to the same time period last year, the Grand Island recycling rate has increased by more than 30 percent.

Grand Island Town Board: Contractors complain about draft law
Sat, Aug 16th 2014 02:30 pm
Island contractors showed up at Town Hall Monday to criticize a proposed local law that one called "blue collar vs. white collar."

A public hearing at the monthly Town Board meeting was attended by many of Grand Island's contractors, who gave input on Local Law Intro No. 13 of 2014 that would amend chapter 407 of the town code to allow contractor maintenance yards as a special use in certain residential districts, subject to certain conditions.

Just before taking public comments, Town Supervisor Mary Cooke said, "What's currently going on in town right now may not all be legal, and we're trying to figure out a way to allow someone who has a small operation to be able to work in their property that they have without disrupting their entire neighborhood so that we don't get complaints from people who say, 'I live in a residential neighborhood. I didn't sign up for this.' "

Grand Island Board of Education: Another assistant principal departs GIHS for better job
Sat, Aug 16th 2014 02:30 pm
During the Monday evening meeting of the Grand Island Board of Education, trustees heard reports on a variety of topics, including some important staffing changes. Dr. Andrés Arroyo is leaving his position as assistant principal of Grand Island High School to become principal at Newfane High School. Arroyo has served Grand Island for the past seven years and earned his Ph.D. in educational leadership and policy from the State University of New York at Buffalo.

His resignation comes close behind that of Assistant Principal Michael Lauria, who left his job earlier this summer to become principal at Springville High School. Administrators acted quickly to search for and to hire replacements for Arroyo and Lauria, and high school Principal Dan Quartley introduced the new staff to the Board of Education at Monday's meeting. They are T. Michael Carter and Corey Gray.

Obit: Genevieve Weber
Sat, Aug 16th 2014 02:00 pm
Genevieve (née Gelia) Weber, entered into rest July 31, 2014, at the age of 87.
Obit: Elizabeth Baker
Sat, Aug 16th 2014 02:00 pm
Elizabeth Baker of Dania Beach, Florida, died Aug. 2, 2014 at what she called "the wonderful age of 94."
Grand Island: Miracle League playground open for play
Sat, Aug 16th 2014 01:30 pm
The new disability-friendly playground in Veterans Park, part of the Miracle League complex, is now complete and open for play "for the whole Western New York community," said R.J. Wynne, president of the Miracle League of Grand Island and Western New York.
Paddles Up brings hundreds to Island
Thu, Aug 7th 2014 06:15 pm
This year's Paddles Up, hosted by the Niagara Greenway Commission, drew tourists and locals alike to Beaver Island State Park to experience the area's largest paddlesports event.
'Saddle up' for Paddles Up
Sat, Jul 26th 2014 04:00 am
Paddles Up Niagara, the Niagara River Greenway Commission's annual paddle sports event, returns to Grand Island for its ninth year of operation.

The main attraction of Paddles Up is its 4.8-mile paddle from the Little Beaver Launch Site to the East River Marsh Site and back.

Grand Island Chamber of Commerce: Cellular Connection to host 2nd annual backpack giveaway
Fri, Jul 25th 2014 08:10 pm
Residents in Grand Island are about to benefit from a national backpack giveaway campaign.

The Cellular Connection, the largest Verizon Premium Wireless retailer in the U.S., in a joint effort with its customers, has announced that it will donate 100,000 backpacks full of school supplies to children through its School Rocks Backpack Giveaway. Last year, the company donated 60,000 backpacks.

More than 350 participating TCC stores across the U.S. are inviting local families to bring their children to the store between noon and 2 p.m. on Aug. 2 to pick up a backpack filled with pencils, paper, a pencil box, folders, glue and more.

Obit: Dorothy Mae Bull Maier Killian
Fri, Jul 25th 2014 08:00 pm
Dorothy Mae Bull Maier Killian, age 93, of Oxford, Florida, peacefully passed away on June 9, 2014.
Obit: Frank O. Eldridge
Fri, Jul 25th 2014 08:00 pm
Frank O. Eldridge, entered into rest July 20, 2014. He was a resident of Grand Island.
Obit: Arthur Lawrence Bascomb
Fri, Jul 25th 2014 08:00 pm
Arthur "Artie" Lawrence Bascomb, age 65, of Brookfield, Connecticut, passed away Thursday, July 17, 2014.
Obit: Jerry Richard Livingston Sr.
Fri, Jul 25th 2014 08:00 pm
Jerry Richard Livingston Sr. of Canaseraga, N.Y., passed away at home July 3, 2014, after a difficult battle with cancer. He was born April 6, 1941, in Buffalo to Martin Luther and Esther (Jepson) Livingston.
Islander Kara Dudley finds moment in Internet spotlight
Wed, Jul 23rd 2014 11:00 am
A Grand Islander stole the spotlight from a famous Victoria's Secret model Monday and ended up on the front page of various international news websites.

Island native Kara Dudley is the anonymous woman seen upstaging supermodel Karlie Kloss in several Internet photos posted July 21 on celebrity websites. Dudley was photographed coming out of a New York City shop after searching for Taylor Swift, who had appeared to have gone into it earlier. She saw the paparazzi, but was oblivious to the statuesque Kloss, who was standing directly behind her.

Grand Island Town Board: Residents laments move from home because of transient home
Mon, Jul 21st 2014 04:10 pm
A Ward Park resident told the Grand Island Town Board that she expected to retire to the duplex she owned for the last 14 years, but a neighboring property changed her mind.

Patricia Kostenbauder told the board at its monthly meeting in Town Hall Monday that she expected to spend her retirement at her home at 80 Ward Park. "However, we had a change of plans because of the transient vacation come next door," she said.

"Because of the problems with this house, because they continue this illegal transient vacation house, which is a business in a residential area, we've decided to sell our duplex," Kostenbauder said.

GISBA prepares high school students with an interest in business
Mon, Jul 21st 2014 04:05 pm
In an age focused on social media and the iPhone craze, millennials are losing touch with good old-fashioned hard work. Technology has made it too easy for this generation to forget about the labor involved in running a successful business, regardless of the industry.

The Grand Island School and Business Alliance has been active for more than 20 years, introducing high school students to an environment that requires hard work for success.

Students can choose to compete in the organization's Corporate Bowl, shadow local employers and personnel, partake in mock job interviews, and hear community speakers made possible by GISBA, so that these young participants are better prepared for the working world.

Grand Island Central School District: Relationship between town, schools remains strong
Mon, Jul 21st 2014 04:00 pm
"So, it's very unusual," stated Town of Grand Island Supervisor Mary Cooke. She was referring to the back and forth communication that exists between town officials and the Grand Island Board of Education and district administration. The current schedule of joint meetings with the town and school boards stands at a healthy three times per year, a precedent that was set when the Robert W. Christmann was superintendent of schools. Current superintendent, Dr. Teresa Lawrence, has continued to place a priority on the meetings.
Grand Island Board of Education: Pyc elected school board president
Mon, Jul 21st 2014 04:00 pm
On Monday evening, the Grand Island Board of Education held its annual organizational meeting in the Grand Island High School Professional Development Room. As part of the board's regular monthly meeting, organizational meeting business included swearing in of trustees Susan Marston and Karen Carroll prior to the meeting.

Lisa Pyc was voted in as the new school board president in a 4-2 vote, replacing Tak Nobumoto, who lost his board seat in the May election. Susan Marston was elected as vice president in a 5-1 vote. Trustee Paul Krull was absent from the meeting. District Clerk Janet Schuster administered the oath of office to the new officers.

Obit: Mary A. McGraw
Mon, Jul 21st 2014 04:00 pm
Mary A. (née Langan) McGraw, entered into rest Thursday, July 3, 2014. She was a resident of Grand Island, formerly of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
Grand Island Chamber of Commerce: KidBiz draws scores of businesses to Town Commons
Mon, Jul 21st 2014 03:55 pm
Jim Sharpe, chairman of KidBiz, said it was great day to be in the Town Commons Saturday, but that's usually the case for the Chamber of Commerce event that provides children a chance to run their own businesses.
GIHS Class of 2014 'under construction'
Mon, Jul 21st 2014 03:50 pm
The Grand Island High School Class of 2014 is a work in progress just like the school building from which they graduated Sunday.
Waterfowl ID class offered
Thu, Jul 17th 2014 10:20 am
Beaver Island State Park will sponsor a waterfowl ID course presented by the state Department of Environmental Conservation on Saturday, Aug. 2, from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. in the Beaver Island Club House.
GISBA Golf Tournament fundraiser
Mon, Jul 14th 2014 04:00 pm
The second annual Grand Island School and Business Alliance Golf Tournament will be held Tuesday, July 22, at River Oaks Golf Club, 201 Whitehaven Road, to raise funds for GISBA.
Obit: Raymond W. Killian
Fri, Jul 11th 2014 04:05 pm
Raymond W. Killian, age 97, a retired president of Kittenger Furniture Company, died May 7, 2014, in Bradenton, Florida. Family and friends are invited to a memorial Mass on July 19 at St. Stephen R.C. Church, 2100 Baseline Road, Grand Island, with brunch to follow in the church community room.
Tiny insects put Island trees at risk
Fri, Jul 11th 2014 04:00 pm
The week of July 6 through 12 has been declared Invasive Species Awareness Week in New York state.
Obit: Marie Amato
Fri, Jul 11th 2014 04:00 pm
Marie Amato entered into rest Saturday, July 5, 2014.
Grand Island Lions Club: GI Lions to collect used eyeglasses, hearing aids during July 4th parade
Fri, Jul 4th 2014 04:45 am
The Grand Island Lions Club is asking Independence Day parade-goers to step forward and donate their used eyeglasses and hearing aids to benefit the millions of people worldwide who cannot afford them.
Longest serving crossing guard calls it quits
Fri, Jul 4th 2014 04:30 am
Jeanne Anstett, pictured, has been a crossing guard at the corner of Warner and South Park so long she's helped second generation kids cross the streets to Huth Road Elementary School.
Teacher honored with tree-planting
Fri, Jul 4th 2014 04:00 am
Students and parents at Christian Central Academy presented teacher Sharon Backus with an end-of-the-school-year gift that will last a lifetime.
Grand Island Lions Club: Officers, directors installed at annual dinner
Fri, Jul 4th 2014 04:00 am
The Grand Island Lions Club held its annual installation dinner at Byblos Niagara Resort & Spa. A number of members were recognized for perfect attendance and years of service.
Obit: Abigail K. Sullivan
Fri, Jul 4th 2014 04:00 am
Abigail K. Sullivan, a Grand Island resident from 1977 to 2001 passed away Saturday, June 14, 2014. She was 90 years old.
Masters Field closer to completion
Fri, Jul 4th 2014 04:00 am
The Grand Island Alumni Association will hold "Friday Night Under the Lights" when the first night football game on the Ransom Road campus in Grand Island Vikings history takes place at new Gene Masters Field.
GI Dance Center visits Fairy House Festival
Fri, Jul 4th 2014 04:00 am
Grand Island Dance Center recently took part in the Fairy House Festival, a yearly event held at Artpark in the Village of Lewiston.
Send up fireworks for USA
Thu, Jul 3rd 2014 11:30 am
Crash! Sparkles! Bang! Light up the sky! It's time for Fourth of July fireworks.
DEC announces proposed rule changes for new crossbow hunting law
Tue, Jul 1st 2014 11:30 pm
With new state legislation authorizing the Department of Environmental Conservation to allow the taking of big game (deer and bear) or small game by the use of a crossbow at certain times and places in New York, DEC is now accepting public comment on proposed regulation changes so crossbows may be a legal implement for the fall 2014 hunting seasons.
Annual Father's Day Lawn Mower Races held on West River
Sat, Jun 28th 2014 12:00 am
On Saturday, June 14, the annual Father's Day Lawn Mower Race and Classic Car Show took place along the West River to support Grand Island Relay For Life. This family-friendly event, founded by Islander Floyd Doring even had a race category for push mowers for the younger race fans.