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Jacobs launches campaign to increase number of organ donors
Fri, Apr 25th 2014 09:15 pm
Erie County Clerk Chris Jacobs recently announced the launching an aggressive campaign to significantly increase the number of Erie County citizens opting to become organ donors.

"Our goal is to raise the number of registered organ donors at our auto bureau by 30 percent," said Jacobs.

According to Unyts, 80 percent of people who become organ donors register at their local auto bureau. "That means we at the Erie County Auto Bureau have a unique privilege and a responsibility to tell our customers that this simple act of checking a box can save countless lives," said Jacobs.

Grand Island Lions Club: Annual spaghetti dinner to feature many supported agencies
Fri, Apr 25th 2014 09:15 pm
The Grand Island Lions Club's 45th annual spaghetti dinner will be held Monday, April 28, at the Byblos Niagara Resort and Spa from 5 to 8 p.m. The Lions will not only offer sumptuous piles of plated pasta, a basket raffle, and a presentation of Lions' Peace Poster contest entrants, it will also offer the community access to representatives from area service agencies who will be able to provide information on their services (some free or at low cost) and even volunteer and employment opportunities.
Kids Day April 29
Fri, Apr 25th 2014 09:15 pm
Volunteers are again needed to sell newspapers to support Kids Day on Tuesday, April 29. Proceeds from this paper sale help support the Women and Children's Hospital in Buffalo.
Island of Hope: Islanders to Paint the Town Purple
Fri, Apr 25th 2014 09:15 pm
Islanders will decorate their homes and workplaces with purple to show their support for the American Cancer Society and Relay For Life.
Quadriplegic diver candidate takes plunge at Byblos Niagara Resort & Spa
Fri, Apr 25th 2014 09:15 pm
The liberating world of scuba is now an exciting option for disabled people in the Western New York area with its first student, Tom Schofield of Burford, Ontario, a quadriplegic. After 30 years out of the water, and a few false starts to learn scuba diving, Schofield was finally able to realize his dream of training to become a diver with the help of the regional Handicapped Scuba Association Training Team, Byblos Niagara Resort & Spa and Adventure Scuba and Watersports.
Town of Grand Island: New recycling carts just weeks away from arrival
Fri, Apr 25th 2014 09:05 pm
Republic Services will deliver new covered, wheeled recycling carts to each Grand Island household later this spring. The 95-gallon container, similar to the one pictured, was chosen to encourage greater recycling by Grand Island residents and to prevent recyclables from blowing through neighborhoods on windy days.
Grand Island High School: Music groups honored on D.C. trip
Fri, Apr 25th 2014 09:05 pm
Three Grand Island High School music groups earned superior ratings at the Dixie Classic Festival in Washington, D.C., with one winning the top prize.
It's magic
Fri, Apr 25th 2014 08:55 pm
St. Stephen School on Grand Island was the latest setting for the magic and mischief of Rob and Carol Allen of Wheatfield, sponsored in part by the Western New York Dairy Industry.
Dispatch survey winner takes home Seneca Niagara gift card
Fri, Apr 18th 2014 09:45 pm
Grand Island resident Al Shreder was selected as the grand-prize winner in the recent Island Dispatch survey contest. He and his wife, Marion, received a $150 gift card from Seneca Niagara Gaming Corp.
Apply for Zonta scholarships
Fri, Apr 18th 2014 09:40 pm
The Zonta Club of Grand Island will award scholarships at its annual awards dinner June 24.

The Memorial Scholarship Award of $750 will be presented to a woman between the ages of 18 and 25 in memory of deceased Zontians who gave of their time and resources to improve the status of women. To be eligible for this award, the applicant must be a resident of Grand Island, at least 18 years old (not a high school senior) and be enrolled in a degree or certification program.

The Career Advancement Scholarship will recognize one woman over 25 with a $750 award. She must be a resident of Grand Island and attending or have proof of acceptance in a program to further her education or help re-enter the job market.

Brief Light House Pointe meeting
Thu, Apr 10th 2014 04:35 pm
Residents opposed to the rezoning of a parcel of the Light House Pointe housing development walked out of a meeting with developers after 20 minutes Tuesday, but stayed long enough to criticize the developers for scheduling the meeting on short notice.
Huth Road Elementary School: Welcome home
Thu, Apr 10th 2014 04:30 pm
Seven-year-old Gavin Firmstone got a surprise ride home from Huth Road Elementary School Thursday.
Grand Island Chamber of Commerce: Linenfelser named Citizen of the Year
Thu, Apr 10th 2014 04:30 pm
The Grand Island Chamber of Commerce has named Teddy Linenfelser Citizen of the Year for Service to the Community.

The chamber will honor Linenfelser at the 48th annual Citizen of the Year Awards Thursday, April 24, at Byblos Niagara Resort and Spa.

Teddy Klingel Linenfelser was born to Ted and Marion Klingel shortly after they and daughter Mary Ellen moved into their new house in Grandyle Village. She attended grades kindergarten through ninth grade at Charlotte Sidway School before taking the school bus off the Island for 10th through 12th grades. Her children attended Sidway and her grandchildren also went to kindergarten and first grade at Sidway.

Obit: Marjorie L. Egan
Thu, Apr 10th 2014 04:25 pm
Marjorie L. Egan, entered into rest March 24, 2014. She was a resident of Grand Island.
Obit: Dale L. McCready
Thu, Apr 10th 2014 04:25 pm
Dale L. McCready, 58, a longtime resident of Grand Island, died suddenly March 19, 2014.
Erie County Legislature: Hardwick presents proclamation commending Island Dispatch on 70th anniversary
Thu, Apr 10th 2014 04:25 pm
The Erie County Legislature issued a proclamation at its recent meeting to recognize and commend the Island Dispatch on the celebration of its 70th anniversary.
Obit: Marjorie L. Egan
Thu, Apr 10th 2014 04:25 pm
Marjorie L. Egan, entered into rest March 24, 2014. She was a resident of Grand Island.
School Board candidates sought to fill 3 seats
Thu, Apr 10th 2014 04:25 pm
Candidates interested in a seat on the Grand Island Board of Education must file nominating petitions with District Clerk Janet Schuster by 5 p.m. April 21.
Grand Island Chamber of Commerce: Chamberlain named Citizen of the Year
Thu, Apr 10th 2014 04:20 pm
The Grand Island Chamber of Commerce has named Grand Island High School teacher Cheryl Chamberlain Citizen of the Year - Educator 2013.

The chamber will honor her at the 48th annual Citizen of the Year Awards Thursday, April 24, at Byblos Niagara Resort and Spa.

Chamberlain has been teaching with the Grand Island Central School District since 2000 when she and her husband, Gregory, moved back to where he grew up to raise their daughters Brooke and Sarah. When they moved into their home on Stony Point Road, Chamberlain was considering going back to school and her husband said, "Why don't you substitute teach at the schools on Grand Island?" This started Chamberlain's career focus in business education.

Grand Island Chamber of Commerce: Citizens of the Years named
Tue, Mar 25th 2014 05:10 pm
The Grand Island Chamber of Commerce has named the winners for the Chamber of Commerce's 48th annual Citizen of the Year Awards event.

Four individuals and one business are winners:

•Nonnie Carroll - Volunteer Service

•Cheryl Chamberlain - Educator 2013

•Hizair Hair Salon - Business of the Year

•Lynn Alan Konovitz - Professional Contributor

•Teddy Linenfelser - Service to the Community

The Citizen of the Year Award dinner will take place Thursday, April 24, at Byblos Niagara Resort and Spa. Tickets will be available at the chamber office, 2257 Grand Island Blvd., or by calling 716-773-3651.

Huth Road Elementary School: Final edition of Newspaper Club begins work
Tue, Mar 25th 2014 05:10 pm
The third and last group of the third-grade Newspaper Club at Huth Road Elementary School, under the direction of Angela Hamilton, began work after school.
Can You Help?: Jack Schroeder
Tue, Mar 25th 2014 05:05 pm
On March 29, the Niagara Falls Police Department and Niagara Falls Fire Department will play a benefit hockey game for Jack Schroeder, whose family is raising money for a diabetic alert dog.
Grand Island Town Board: Opponents of Light House Pointe aren't negotiating about project
Tue, Mar 25th 2014 05:05 pm
Residents opposed to a rezoning request by developers of the Light House Pointe apartment complex at East River and Whitehaven roads said Monday they aren't going to engage in give-and-take on the issue.
Zonta cookbook has arrived
Tue, Mar 25th 2014 05:05 pm
The Zonta Club of Grand Island has cooked up a unique way to dish up recipes and raise funds for scholarships at the same time - it's the club's new cookbook "Zonta Rocks the Recipes."
Hospice receives $10K donation
Tue, Mar 25th 2014 05:05 pm
More than $10,000 in proceeds from the Robert G. Hoch Winter Memory Walk were donated to the Hospice Foundation of WNY.
Obit: John F. Jackson
Tue, Mar 25th 2014 05:05 pm
John F. Jackson of Grand Island entered into rest March 17, 2014.
Obit: Lincoln P. Nutting
Tue, Mar 25th 2014 05:05 pm
Lincoln P. Nutting, formerly of Grand Island, passed away March 11, 2014.
Obit: David Benner Birt
Tue, Mar 25th 2014 05:05 pm
David Benner Birt, of Grand Island, passed away on Tuesday, March 11, 2014, in Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center at the age of 85.
Obit: Rose M. McGahan
Tue, Mar 25th 2014 05:00 pm
Rose M. McGahan, age 86, died peacefully on March 7, 2014.
Obit: Vivian Fay Smudski
Tue, Mar 25th 2014 05:00 pm
Vivian Fay Smudski died March 10, 2014, at her assisted living home in North Tonawanda.
Obit: Thomas W. Smith
Tue, Mar 25th 2014 05:00 pm
Thomas W. Smith entered into rest March 3, 2014. He was a resident of Cheektowaga.
BBQ
Tue, Mar 25th 2014 05:00 pm
The St. Stephen R.C. Church Holy Name Society will present a Pitmaster Barbecue from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 30, at St. Stephen School, 2080 Baseline Road. The pulled chicken or pulled pork barbecue (your choice) will include potato salad, coleslaw and baked beans.
LightHouse Pointe project public hearing set for April 21
Mon, Mar 24th 2014 06:10 pm
Opposition to a proposal to rezone a parcel in the neighborhood of East River and Whitehaven roads is gaining momentum, residents said.
Relay For Life: Father's Day Lawn Mower Races recognized
Mon, Mar 24th 2014 06:05 pm
Grand Island's annual Father's Day Lawn Mower Race, Classic Car Show and 5K Kevin Doring Walk has been recognized by the Grand Island Relay For Life.
'Dramatic improvement' planned for NOCO station
Mon, Mar 24th 2014 06:00 pm
NOCO Energy presented plans to the town Planning Board Monday that envisions a major overhaul of its gas station at the town's busiest corner.
Zonta Club of Grand Island: Zonta Fashion Fling is April 6
Wed, Mar 19th 2014 07:00 am
The Zonta Club of Grand Island is holding its annual Spring Fashion Fling at a new venue with brand new fashion designs. The event will take place at noon on Sunday, April 6, at River Oaks, 210 Whitehaven Road.
Town Board notes 70th anniversary of Island Dispatch
Tue, Mar 18th 2014 07:05 pm
The Grand Island Town Board issued a proclamation on the 70th anniversary of the Island Dispatch.
GI Dance Center to welcome Flow40! to Island for workshops
Tue, Mar 18th 2014 07:00 pm
The Grand Island Dance Center, 2407 Grand Island Blvd., and the Lewiston Dance Center will host a Flow40 Dance Workshop at the GI location. All dancers of age in the community are invited to attend.
Grand Island Chamber of Commerce: Gold, platinum sponsors announced for Citizen of the Year Awards
Tue, Mar 18th 2014 06:50 pm
Two Island companies will sponsor the upcoming Citizen of the Year Awards Dinner.
 


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