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Outdoors in Niagara: A Grand Island fishing opportunity
Mon, Jul 30th 2012 01:30 pm
Last week, when it was so hot the trees were whistling for the dogs, my wife and I took a little car ride.
Ed Ball Park ready
Mon, Jul 30th 2012 11:00 am
The Town of Grand Island Department of Parks and Recreation reports that Ed Ball Park playground at the corner of Love and Stony Point Roads is now up and ready for use.
Gallery: Miracle League holds Law Enforcement Day
Sat, Jul 28th 2012 07:00 am
Law enforcement came out in numbers Sunday to go to bat for children with special needs.
Fundraiser for Madigan Congressional bid held
Sat, Jul 28th 2012 07:00 am
Islander Mike Madigan's campaign to represent the newly formed 26th Congressional District received a boost at a July 23 fundraiser hosted by Carl Paladino, New York's conservative Republican gubernatorial candidate in 2010.
Grand Island Board of Education: Plans for technology wing, transportation center discussed
Sat, Jul 28th 2012 07:00 am
The Grand Island High School technology wing and the proposed transportation center were discussed by administrators and trustees at the Monday evening meeting of the Grand Island Board of Education.
Paddles Up Niagara this weekend
Fri, Jul 27th 2012 03:00 pm
Paddles Up Niagara, the signature event of the Niagara River Greenway Commission, will take place Saturday, July 28, at Beaver Island State Park.
It's official: Ceretto announces candidacy for re-election
Fri, Jul 27th 2012 08:10 am
Assemblyman John D. Ceretto, R-I-Lewiston, announced Thursday his candidacy for re-election in the newly drawn 145th District. Ceretto, who took office 18 months ago, pledged to continue his efforts to transform state government, help rebuild Western New York's economy and create jobs.
Special Kids Picnic proves to be unique local opportunity
Sat, Jul 21st 2012 07:00 am
This Wednesday, 740 kids from Niagara and Erie counties came out to enjoy a spectacular picnic filled with food, fun, and games. The Grand Island Lions Club Special Kids Picnic, an annual event dedicated to offering safe, supervised activities to developmentally disabled and physically handicapped children, has become a Grand Island tradition.
Final Historic Trinity Garden Tour showcases local beauty
Sat, Jul 21st 2012 07:00 am
At the Final Historic Trinity Garden Tour, the organizing committee went above and beyond to offer an exhibition of seven diverse local gardens and one business.
Coppola enters State Senate race
Sat, Jul 21st 2012 07:00 am
I am pleased to announce that I will be on the Democratic ballot on Sept. 13 for the State Senate to represent the 60th District. The district includes Grand Island, Tonawanda, parts of the City of Buffalo, Hamburg, Orchard Park, Evans, Brant, and the Erie County portion of Cattaraugus.
Aronica receives endorsement from Democratic Committee
Sat, Jul 21st 2012 07:00 am
The Grand Island Democratic Committee has endorsed Chris Aronica as its candidate for town councilman.
Island of Hope: Relay For Life chairs offer thanks for successful event
Sat, Jul 21st 2012 07:00 am
The Grand Island Relay For Life is on its way toward the $2 million mark following its 10th successful Relay.
Aquarium of Niagara recipient of fundraising efforts
Fri, Jul 20th 2012 10:15 pm
The Aquarium of Niagara is the beneficiary of $1,000 thanks to a trio of business leaders. Marketing directors presented Gay B. Molnar, director of development at the Aquarium, with a check recently.
Grand Island Town Board: Residents asked to continue conserving water
Fri, Jul 20th 2012 07:00 pm
The Town of Grand Island's three-pronged approach to addressing a water shortage during the current dry spell is paying off, and residents are advised to keep up the good work.
Buffalo Audobon Society to lead tour of Buckhorn
Fri, Jul 20th 2012 12:00 pm
Explore the wildlife at Grand Island's Buckhorn Island State Park this Saturday, July 21, as local naturalist Tom Kerr will lead a birding tour through the Island on Saturday from 8:30 p.m. to 10:30 p.m.
Grand Island Fire Co.: 3 escape injury in head-on crash
Fri, Jul 20th 2012 11:00 am
At 3:38 p.m. on Wednesday, July 18, Grand Island Fire Co. rescue personnel responded to a two-car motor vehicle accident on Baseline Road near the intersection of Bedell Road.

Fire Chief Kevin Koch states that although this head-on collision caused considerable front end damage to a pickup truck and passenger van, the occupants claimed no injuries, during evaluation by GIFC medics. Islander Mary Westlake-Douds, age 36, and her 1-year-old son, who was safely secured in a child car seat, both escaped injury. The other driver, 34-year-old Jacob Kolb of Buffalo, also claimed no injuries.

Niagara River Greenway Commission determines consistency
Wed, Jul 18th 2012 12:15 pm
The Niagara River Greenway Commission has announced the vote on project consistency as determined by the commission for the 28th round of projects submitted to the Greenway Commission.
Zonta awards 5 scholarships
Mon, Jul 16th 2012 07:00 am
The Zonta Club of Grand Island awarded $750 scholarships to five women in ceremonies on June 26 at the Buffalo Launch Club.
Hillside's Litto's Legacy brings program to Island
Sun, Jul 15th 2012 07:00 am
Before his death, Bill Litto dreamed of a co-op babysitting program that would give adoptive parents an opportunity to "swap out" babysitting with other adoptive parents, providing them with a chance to have a respite.
Can you help: Benefit planned for Mary Forster
Sat, Jul 14th 2012 07:00 am
In September 2010, Mary Forster was diagnosed with stage 4 follicular lymphoma. Since then, Forster has been receiving various tests and treatments. Because she has no medical insurance, her family and friends are holding a benefit to help alleviate the increasing costs.
Grand Island Board of Education: Goris, Krull tabbed to lead board after reorganizational meeting
Sat, Jul 14th 2012 07:00 am
The Grand Island Board of Education held its annual organizational meeting on Monday evening in the Veronica E. Connor Middle School Little Theater. The agenda included the election and swearing in of David Goris to his second term as board president and of Paul Krull as vice president. The board approved a lengthy list of appointments and designations with the Island Dispatch listed again as the official newspaper of Grand Island Schools.
Grand Island: Kelly's Country Store celebrating 50 years
Sat, Jul 14th 2012 07:00 am
Before Kelly's Country Store put down roots on Grand Island, it began at tiny fairs along the East Coast where Walt Kelly and his son Mike would sell knick knacks and later the candy that would help make their company an Island institution.
Grand Island Fire Co.: Holiday Inn evacuated during Sunday morning fire emergency
Fri, Jul 13th 2012 11:45 pm
Shortly before 11 a.m. on Sunday, July 8, Grand Island Fire Co. firefighters responded to a fire alarm at the Holiday Inn Grand Island, 100 Whitehaven Road on East River Road.
Town government urges residents to reduce water consumption during current dry spell
Fri, Jul 13th 2012 11:45 pm
The Grand Island Town Board issued a request to residents and businesses Thursday asking them to voluntarily reduce their water consumption.
KidBiz partners donate proceeds to Miracle League
Fri, Jul 13th 2012 04:00 pm
Nine-year-old friends Mike Valle and Jack Dlugokinski have been friends since kindergarten. Even though they attend different elementary schools, one at Huth Road Elementary and one at Kaegebein Elementary, they still do things together. Mike and Jack decided to team up as business partners and participate in this year's KidBiz event held on June 23. This Grand Island Chamber of Commerce event allows students in grades 2 through 8 to get an idea of what it is like to run a business. Mike and Jack made 60 marshmallow shooters and sold them all at KidBiz for $5 apiece. After seeing just how successful their product was at KidBiz, they decided to make another 125 marshmallow shooters to sell up and down Grand Island Boulevard during the Independence Day parade. The students went to Town Hall and applied for a peddler's permit and got to work. Mike and Jack decided after reviewing costs to make the product and to decorate each shooter with paint and duct tape they made a business decision to sell the shooters for $6 apiece during the parade. They worked together and sold 115 shooters on the Fourth of July. After paying their parents back for purchasing the materials, they had a nice profit. Mike and Jack play hockey together and decided to put some of that profit towards a hockey camp, but first they wanted to make a contribution back to their community. Mike and Jack met with Kim McMahon of the Miracle League of Grand Island and Western New York and donated $115 towards the organization, which provides an opportunity for disabled baseball players to play games on an adaptive diamond. Both boys love baseball, but Mike has a cousin who is now 4 years old and has special needs. His hope is to someday play baseball with his cousin at the new Miracle League Field located at Veterans Park on Grand Island. Mike and Jack are looking to continue the growth of their business. Those interested in purchasing marshmallow shooters for gifts or party favors can contact them by emailing [email protected]
Last opportunity to take garden tour this weekend
Fri, Jul 13th 2012 04:00 pm
The Historic Trinity Committee will present its final garden tour this upcoming Saturday, July 14, from 11 a.m. until 5 p.m. The tour costs $15 after Thursday, July 12, and at the door.
Christmann announces his departure
Fri, Jul 13th 2012 03:00 pm
In a late addition to the Grand Island School Board meeting agenda Monday evening, Superintendent of Schools Robert Christmann announced his retirement effective Oct. 1.
Crash claims three lives on I-190
Fri, Jul 13th 2012 03:00 pm
Shortly before 1 a.m. on Monday, July 9, Grand Island Fire Co. rescue personnel responded to a motor vehicle accident in the southbound lane of the I-190 near the Staley Road overpass. The horrendous crash was reportedly caused by a driver who was travelling in the wrong direction and then collided head-on with another vehicle.
Sports Briefs: Paddles Up coming up
Tue, Jul 10th 2012 10:00 am
The Niagara River Greenway Commission announces the seventh annual Paddles Up Niagara will take place along the southeastern shores of Grand Island on Saturday, July 28.
Have a funny, zany or unbelievable pet video? Enter NFP's new Web contest and win
Tue, Jul 10th 2012 08:55 am
From squirrels on Jet Skis to talking dogs and playful cats, we all love watching our pets perform for the camera. And now, your best video snapshots can win you a $25 gift certificate to Furry Friends Too Pet Foods & Supplies.
Mmmm! Barbecued chicken at St. Martin's!
Mon, Jul 9th 2012 02:00 pm
Tom Igiel has been chairman of the chicken barbecue and silent auction at St. Martin-in-the-Fields Episcopal Church for 10 years. To him, it's more than just a chicken dinner fundraiser, it's a means to bring the 100 or so families in the parish together.
People in the News, July 6, 2012
Mon, Jul 9th 2012 07:30 am
Grand Island locals in the news this week.
Grand Island Town Board: Dlugokinski, Sosnowski receive proclamations
Mon, Jul 9th 2012 07:15 am
Grand Island resident and U.S. Customs and Border Patrol agent Christopher J. Dlugokinski was recognized for his part in courageous rescue efforts undertaken on July 19, 2011.
Dozens hit links to support Austin Against Autism tourney
Mon, Jul 9th 2012 07:00 am
More than 100 golfers teed off at River Oaks Golf Club to support an Island boy with autism.
Grand Island School and Business Alliance: First-ever GISBA golf outing a success
Mon, Jul 9th 2012 07:00 am
Golfers from in and around Grand Island came out on Monday, June 25, for the first-ever Grand Island School Business Alliance Golf Outing at River Oaks Golf Course.
Kaegebein Elementary School Students support Bags of Love
Mon, Jul 9th 2012 07:00 am
Patients who are receiving home health care from Hospice of Buffalo and Erie County received a special surprise with their pharmacy delivery over the Fourth of July holiday, thanks to the faculty and students at Kaegebein Elementary School.
Islander takes part in first pitch at Bisons game
Sat, Jul 7th 2012 09:00 am
On June 26 at Coca-Cola Field in Buffalo, Chuck Thore of Harvey Road was the honorary PALS member (Person with ALS) at a Buffalo Bisons game, and got to throw out the first pitch of the game with the assistance of his wife Kristen, and step-daughter Sarah Brand.