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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.
Carter, Putt win Bessel Independence Day Run
Fri, Jul 6th 2012 02:00 pm
Grand Island's Dick Bessel Independence Day road race set another record for participation, race director Jim Masiello told runners at the starting line.
Last Garden Tour July 14
Fri, Jul 6th 2012 12:05 pm
The Historic Trinity Committee will hold the ninth and final Garden Tour on Saturday, July 14, from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. starting at Historic Trinity Church, 2100 Whitehaven Road.
Eagle Park disaster remembered
Fri, Jul 6th 2012 11:50 am
One of the darkest days in Grand Island history was remembered Sunday during a ceremony along the West River. June 23 marked the 100th anniversary of the Eagle Park Resort pier collapse, which took the lives of 39 people.
'Paddles Up' coming up
Mon, Jul 2nd 2012 07:00 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.
Cuomo: Air conditioners available for low-income New Yorkers with serious medical conditions
Sat, Jun 30th 2012 07:00 am
Annual cooling initiative, directed by homes and community renewal, offers relief for vulnerable new yorkers during heat wave.
More than 100 children invade Town Commons for KidBiz
Fri, Jun 29th 2012 09:05 pm
Scores of Island children took over the Town Commons Saturday in the 16th annual display of youth capitalism.
Grand Island singers open big concerts in July, August
Fri, Jun 29th 2012 08:00 pm
David Nolf and Stacy Clark, Two talented Grand Island-native musicians, will open for major artists performing in the Niagara County area in coming weeks.
Grand Island Board of Education: Baseline residents comment on transportation center proposal
Fri, Jun 29th 2012 06:00 pm
Fifteen Baseline Road residents gathered with the Grand Island Board of Education, school officials and project designers in the fitness room at Charlotte Sidway School Tuesday evening to voice opinions about the proposed transportation facility (bus garage) to be located behind the school.
Grand Island Fire in the Sky 2012
Fri, Jun 29th 2012 06:00 pm
Come celebrate July 4th by enjoying one of the largest aerial fireworks displays in Western New York. This year's display is scheduled for dusk on Wednesday, July 4, at Martin's Fantasy Island.
Sheriffs introduce Yellow Dot program
Fri, Jun 29th 2012 06:00 pm
County sheriffs across New York are part of a statewide effort helping to introduce the Yellow Dot program initiative to citizens of their respective counties in an effort to better serve and protect them.
GIHS holds 47th annual commencement
Fri, Jun 29th 2012 05:50 pm
The Grand Island High School Class of 2012 heard Sunday that graduating isn't the end of the learning process.
St. Stephen plans two fundraisers
Tue, Jun 26th 2012 07:00 am
St. Stephen R.C. Church on Grand Island will hold its annual rummage sale with jewelry, clothes, household items, electronic gadgets, furniture and books for purchase.
Grand Island Town Board: Verizon cell site resurfaces
Sat, Jun 23rd 2012 07:00 am
The Verizon Wireless Sandy Beach cell site issue is back.
Island Happenings is June 23
Sat, Jun 23rd 2012 07:00 am
The Grand Island Chamber of Commerce Island Happenings - KidBiz and Business Expo Event will be held on Saturday, June 23, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. on the lawn of the Town Commons.