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CROP Walk Golden Sneaker awarded
Sat, Nov 16th 2013 12:20 am
For the first time in the history of the Grand Island CROP Walk, the Golden Sneaker Award has been given to the walker who raised the most donations online at
Grand Island Town Board: November proclaimed American Legion Membership Month
Sat, Nov 16th 2013 12:15 am
The Grand Island Town Board issued a proclamation naming the month of November 2013 American Legion Membership Month.
Grand Island Rotary Club: District governor visits, new members inducted
Sat, Nov 16th 2013 12:15 am
At a recent meeting of the Rotary Club of Grand Island, governor of District 7090, Kevin Crouse, called the club "exemplary," and so much so that the community should be called "Grand Rotary Island." Crouse was in town on his annual visit to the Island.
Huth Road Elementary School: Newspaper Club begins work
Sat, Nov 16th 2013 12:15 am
Work on this year's edition of the Huth Road Elementary Newspaper began Wednesday with a meeting of the Newspaper Club, under the direction of Angela Hamilton.
School Bus Safety Poster Contest winners announced
Sat, Nov 16th 2013 12:15 am
Winners of the Grand Island Central School District's School Bus Safety Poster Contest were honored an award breakfast at Tops Market.
Obit: Adam Ruiz
Sat, Nov 16th 2013 12:15 am
Adam Ruiz, 37, formerly of Grand Island, of Lockport, died Tuesday. Nov. 5, 2013.
All Grand Island incumbents re-elected
Sat, Nov 16th 2013 12:10 am
All four incumbents in Grand Island political races were re-elected Tuesday in the general election.
Kaegebein Elementary School: Playground Committee says 'Thank you, Say Cheese'
Thu, Oct 31st 2013 05:30 pm
Fundraising efforts to build a new playground at Kaegebein Elementary School received a hand from a neighboring business. Kevin Slachciak, owner of Say Cheese Pizza Company, located just up Love Road from Kaegebein Elementary, presented the Kaegebein Playground Committee with a check for $750.
Grand Island Board of Education: 'Heartsavers' honored, Droit remembered
Thu, Oct 31st 2013 05:30 pm
At a crowded Grand Island Board of Education meeting Monday evening, Veronica Connor Middle School Assistant Principal Eleanor Payne received official recognition from the American Heart Association for her administering of CPR on one of her students who had collapsed in full cardiac arrest in a school hallway Sept. 9.
Grand Island Central School District: Masters Field goes out with win
Thu, Oct 31st 2013 05:30 pm
Grand Island High School alumni from the 1960s to the present took the field one last time at their alma mater Saturday.
Huth Road Elementary School: Honorary life memberships presented
Thu, Oct 31st 2013 05:20 pm
The Huth Road Elementary School PTA presented Honorary Life Membership to Carolyn Thompson and Tracey Shickluna at a recent PTA meeting. Honorary life memberships are presented to individuals who have demonstrated outstanding effort on behalf of the welfare of children and youth.
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.