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Grand Island school agenda for Monday, Aug. 13
Fri, Aug 10th 2012 03:00 pm
Grand Island Central School District Board of Education meeting agenda for Monday, Aug. 13.
Islander plans mural project for Grand Island Plaza
Fri, Aug 10th 2012 01:00 pm
The Grand Island Plaza holds many prominent local businesses. However, many residents overlook the plaza because of the appearance of its back wall. Grand Island resident Corey McGowan, with the help of his mother, conceived a mural project for the wall.

"I often thought that the true colors of Grand Island (are) not depicted by what could be seen from the passing eye," explains McGowan, "and three weeks ago ... (my mother said) that ... an artwork of a mural would suit the plaza well." Inspired by her suggestion, McGowan spoke with Don Singh, the owner of the Grand Island Plaza, who was enthusiastic about the idea.

Hospice at Jeanne's House seeks volunteers
Fri, Aug 10th 2012 07:00 am
Niagara Hospice Director of Volunteer Services Alice Beck recently announced several new volunteer opportunities with Niagara Hospice and the Niagara Hospice Alliance.
Grisanti sponsors 'Sewage Pollution Right To Know Act'
Fri, Aug 10th 2012 07:00 am
State Sen. Mark Grisanti, R-60, announced Thursday that Gov. Andrew Cuomo has signed the "Sewage Pollution Right To Know Act," which passed the Senate in June.
Paddles Up sets record
Sat, Aug 4th 2012 07:00 am
Just under 200 boats hit the water off the shore of Grand Island for the seventh annual Paddles Up Niagara.
Austin Against Autism Committee says 'Thank you' for support
Sat, Aug 4th 2012 07:00 am
I would like to take this opportunity to thank the following businesses and individuals who purchased tee signs for the recent Austin Against Autism Golf Tournament fundraiser, held at River Oaks on June 29.
Angry Patriots, Pinheads president addresses Rotary
Sat, Aug 4th 2012 07:00 am
Wednesday morning at the Holiday Inn Grand Island, 25 Island Rotarians listened to guest speaker and president of Angry Patriots and Pinheads video game application David P. Lipinoga.
Paddles Up Niagara 2012
Sat, Aug 4th 2012 07:00 am
Some of the paddlers at Saturday's seventh annual Paddles Up Niagara were novices making their first effort on the water at the signature event of the Niagara River Greenway Commission. Others, like the seven-man contingent from the Scajaquada Canoe Club that powered through the course in a long canoe, had vast experience.
Grand Island Memorial Library calendar of events
Sat, Aug 4th 2012 07:00 am
Events at the Grand Island Memorial Library from Friday, August 10, 2012 until Friday, August 17, 2012.
Grand Island: Town, School boards discuss use of Staley Road site by club
Sat, Aug 4th 2012 07:00 am
Both the Grand Island Board of Education and Grand Island Town Board want some more information about the prospect of allowing the Niagara Sunday Fliers to use school property on Staley Road.
Erie County Sheriff's Office: Police ask for help in addressing car larcenies
Sat, Aug 4th 2012 07:00 am
The Erie County Sheriff's Office is reminding Island residents to take precautions in the wake of summer car larcenies.
Bastian students perform at recital
Sat, Aug 4th 2012 07:00 am
Students as young as 4 years old happily showed off their hard work at the year's end piano recital of teacher Debbie Bastian.
Hometown Calendar for August 2012
Fri, Aug 3rd 2012 03:00 pm
Upcoming Grand Island events for August 2012 as of Friday, August 3.
End-of-season discount at Big Six Marina
Tue, Jul 31st 2012 07:00 am
Big Six Mile Marina is cutting the price of soaking up the last of summer by offering 50 percent off seasonal boat slips until Oct. 14 when the marina closes. Big Six Mile Creek Marina located at 3219 Whitehaven Road on Grand Island.
Waterfowl ID class offered
Tue, Jul 31st 2012 07:00 am
Beaver Island State Park will sponsor a waterfowl ID course presented by the New York State Department of Environmental Conservation from 6 until 10 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 9, in the Beaver Island Club House on Grand Island.
Grand Lady Cruises finds new home away from Grand Island
Mon, Jul 30th 2012 02:00 pm
The Grand Lady, a passenger vessel that offers public cruises and exclusive charters for private events like weddings, corporate events and parties, has called Grand Island home for about 15 years since its founding in 1991.
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.