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Rotary Club: Document Destruction Day Oct. 5
Fri, Sep 27th 2013 07:40 pm
The Grand Island Rotary Club reminds Western New Yorkers the club will once again hold a Document Destruction Day on Saturday, Oct. 5, in the KeyBank parking lot of the Tops Plaza on Grand Island Boulevard. For $10 per box, patrons will get assured, confidential shredding of all papers.
Grand Island Fire Company hosts annual open house
Mon, Sep 23rd 2013 03:50 pm
The Grand Island Fire Co. will host its annual open house on Thursday, Oct. 10, at GIFC headquarters, 2275 Baseline Road. Check out photos of last year's live fire demo.
Paying tribute
Mon, Sep 23rd 2013 01:50 pm
On Friday, family, friends and first responders paid tribute to Russell M. Pecoraro, who recently passed away. An elaborate procession - complete with helicopter escort - took place across Whitehaven Road.
Stacy Clark continues rise to stardom with new EP, 'Days Into Nights'
Sat, Sep 21st 2013 04:35 pm
The feeling of a red carpet beneath the feet of a Grand Islander is simply as foreign as the feeling of the lunar surface. To put it bluntly, the limelight does not shine on the Island; it would rather shine on the international music centers of the nation - like Nashville or Los Angeles - to find the next big music star.
Clerk's 'Thank-A-Vet' Discount Card Program signs-on 500th business
Thu, Sep 19th 2013 04:55 pm
When Chris Jacobs took office as Erie County Clerk last year, he inherited a veterans program in name only. The discount program had but 27 participating businesses and very few veterans were issued the complimentary card.

"I pledged to make this program a real benefit to the over 60,000 veterans in Erie County and vowed to have 250 businesses signed-on by the end of my first term in office," Jacobs said. He has doubled his goal, recently hitting the 500th mark of participating Erie County businesses offering discounts to enrolled veterans.

Veronica Connor Middle School student revived by GI school official
Thu, Sep 19th 2013 04:50 pm
Veronica Conner Middle School Assistant Principal Eleanor Payne stepped in Monday, Sept. 9, to do CPR on a 10-year-old student who had collapsed in the school hallway.

Shortly before 4 p.m., the Grand Island Fire Co. responded to a report of a "student down" at the Ransom Road school.

According to the GIFC report, the student had left the school earlier in the day with an unspecified illness, but had returned with her mother to pick up some items when she collapsed near her locker.

WOW begins 26th season
Thu, Sep 19th 2013 04:50 pm
With the 2013-14 season, Women of the Word began their 26th year of interdenominational Christian Bible study on Grand Island, hosted by Trinity United Methodist Church, 2100 Whitehaven Road. Their Premiere Celebration happened this morning.
Niagara Regional Theatre Guild announces 91st season of shows
Sat, Sep 14th 2013 02:25 am
The Niagara Regional Theatre Guild has announced its 91st season of community theater on the Niagara Frontier will include five shows:
Nov. 23 set for second Light Up the Boulevard
Sat, Sep 14th 2013 01:05 am
The Grand Island of 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.
Islanders open Magpie's Bake Shop & Café in Tonawanda
Sat, Sep 14th 2013 12:55 am
Sisters Sarah Mallare and Christine Carr of Grand Island have opened a new bakery in the City of Tonawanda. Magpie's Bake Shop & Café, named after their mother, Christine "Maggie" Smith, recently celebrated its grand opening with a ribbon-cutting. Located at 38 Niagara St., they offer soups, pizza, cakes, pastries, many other baked goods.
Grand Island Central School District: Going the extra mile on first day of school
Sat, Sep 14th 2013 12:35 am
Everybody remembers their first day of school on a school bus, said Jack Burns, the director of transportation in the Grand Island Central School District.
Conservatives hold family picnic
Sat, Sep 14th 2013 12:30 am
The Erie County Conservative Party recently sponsored a family picnic at VFW Post No. 8113 in West Seneca. Party members and endorsed candidates wished to meet and thank supporters and especially those who worked to obtain signatures on petitions for those seeking office this fall.
Grand Island Town Board: Cinderella Isle Garden Club honored with proclamation
Sat, Sep 14th 2013 12:30 am
At its monthly meeting on Aug. 19, the Grand Island Town Board issued a proclamation thanking the members of the Cinderella Isle Garden Club "for their continuing dedication to serving" the Grand Island community.
Obit: Billie Jean Harper
Sat, Sep 14th 2013 12:30 am
Billie Jean Harper of Grand Island passed away Aug. 31, 2013.
Obit: Robert E. Brick
Sat, Sep 14th 2013 12:30 am
Robert E. Brick of Grand Island died at the age of 91 on Aug. 28, 2013.
Obit: Mary Isabelle VanderVoort
Sat, Sep 14th 2013 12:30 am
Mary Isabelle (Deeves) VanderVoort, 82, of Grand Island died on the 30th day of August, 2013, at Kenmore Mercy Hospital, with her family by her side.
Frentzel, Aronica, Kinney, Stanley win on Grand Island
Wed, Sep 11th 2013 06:45 pm
Grand Island town justice candidate Mark J. Frentzel took every party line in Tuesday's primary election, outpacing Joy M. Carrier LaMarca.

Christopher K. Aronica (81 votes) and Beverly A. Kinney (77) took the two town council spots, outdrawing Raymond A. Billica (54).

Superintendent of highways candidate William M. Stanley defeated James B. Tomkins by a 10-vote margin, 76-66.

Old Glory Flag and Banner Co. reminds readers flags should be flown at half-staff Sept. 11
Tue, Sep 10th 2013 09:15 pm
Wednesday, Sept. 11, 2013, will mark the 12th anniversary of the terrorist attacks in New York, Pennsylvania and Washington, D.C. The people of the U.S. are asked to solemnly observe Patriot Day and to remember the civilians and military personnel who lost their lives in the attacks.
Islander delivers with introduction of Obama
Fri, Sep 6th 2013 08:50 pm
Officials at the University at Buffalo are elated by the performance of an Islander who was chosen to introduce the president of the United States for his policy speech.
Jacobs launches pen donation/advertising initiative, says it will promote local businesses while saving county money
Fri, Sep 6th 2013 08:40 pm
"Each year nearly 10,000 pens 'walk-out the doors' of our Auto Bureaus, costing taxpayers thousands of dollars," said Erie County Clerk Chris Jacobs. "I found it frustrating to spend so much taxpayer money for pens, so we looked for a creative solution to offset the cost."

Jacobs' creative solution is to partner with local businesses who frequently advertise through having pens with their logos on them. "These businesses actually want folks to take their pens so we thought it was a perfect marriage," he said.

2nd annual Taste of Grand Island Sept. 28
Fri, Sep 6th 2013 08:40 pm
Last fall, Island resident Corey McGowan embarked on two major projects for Grand Island: the Grand Island Mural Project, and the first-ever Taste of Grand Island, which served as a way to showcase the mural and Grand Island's many businesses.
Obit: Ora Elizabeth Glor Newton
Fri, Sep 6th 2013 08:40 pm
Ora Elizabeth Glor Newton, 100 years old, passed away May 22, 2013, in Missouri City, Texas.
Local CROP team undergoes training
Fri, Sep 6th 2013 08:40 pm
On Wednesday, Aug. 28, more than a dozen people underwent training for the 2013 CROP Walk in preparation for this year's event on Oct. 13.
'Shuffle off to Buffalo' (Launch Club) for Antique Boat Show
Fri, Aug 30th 2013 04:40 pm
On Saturday, Sept. 7, the Niagara Frontier Antique and Classic Boats Inc. is hosting its 36th annual Antique Boat Show and Raceboat Reunion at the Buffalo Launch Club at 503 E. River Road on Grand Island. The show begins at 10 a.m. and will feature antique watercraft from boat owners and enthusiasts from across the nation.
Islander introduces Obama for speech at UB
Thu, Aug 29th 2013 04:30 pm
Grand Islander Silvana D'Ettorre had the honor of introducing President Barack Obama before his speech Aug. 22 at the University at Buffalo.
Miracle League has visit from firefighters
Thu, Aug 29th 2013 04:20 pm
The Miracle League of Grand Island and Western New York welcomed units from Sheridan Park, Niagara Falls and Grand Island for the league's second annual firefighters day at the ball diamond in Veterans Park.
GI Fun Center expands food options
Thu, Aug 29th 2013 04:20 pm
The Grand Island Fun Center has added "festive" to its menu.
Town Board issues proclamation honoring Lange
Thu, Aug 29th 2013 04:20 pm
The Grand Island Town Board recognized Islander Phyllis Lange at its meeting on Monday at Town Hall for her ministry to the poor in Buffalo since 1982.
Grand Island Lions Club: White Cane Days held
Thu, Aug 29th 2013 04:20 pm
Tom Witkowski, past president of the Grand Island Lions Club, accepts a donation to the Lions White Cane Days last Friday in front of First Niagara Bank on Baseline Road. White Cane Days is a major fundraiser of the Grand Island Lions Club.
Work continues on STEM wing
Thu, Aug 29th 2013 04:20 pm
Work continues on the new science, technology, engineering and mathematics wing at Grand Island High School.
Poloncarz: Fall 2013 free rabies clinics in Erie County
Tue, Aug 27th 2013 02:15 pm
Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz announces upcoming rabies clinics, conducted by the Erie County Department of Health in association with the Niagara Frontier Veterinary Society and the SPCA Serving Erie County. Free rabies vaccinations are available for dogs, cats and ferrets.
Weaver a winner at Vintage Snowmobile Show
Mon, Aug 26th 2013 06:00 pm
Grand Islander Bob Weaver of Bob Weaver Motorsports took home three national trophies at the Vintage Snowmobile Club of America's eighth annual Vintage Snowmobile Show in Boonville.
Islander rolls out new product: The Fact Wheel
Fri, Aug 23rd 2013 03:10 pm
An Island mon's frustration with her third-grader's math homework was the inspiration for a new product.
Casey's Corner School Store to hold annual student agenda sale
Fri, Aug 16th 2013 04:15 pm
Casey's Corner School Store at Grand Island High School will once again sell agendas for students for the new school year.
Local families needed for cultural exchange students
Fri, Aug 16th 2013 04:15 pm
ASSE International Student Exchange Programs is seeking local host families for boys and girls from a variety of countries around the world - France, Spain, Norway, Finland, Germany, China, Thailand and many others.
Grand Island High School: New STEM wing called 'game-changer'
Fri, Aug 16th 2013 04:10 pm
No one is happier about the new addition to Grand Island High School than the teachers who will teach in it.
GI Professional Women present scholarship
Fri, Aug 16th 2013 04:10 pm
Grand Island's Jodie White wants to be a musician. She will use her scholarship from the Grand Island Professional Women's Chapter, New York State Women, to attend SUNY Fredonia to major in music education. Her classes start Aug. 26.
The Cellular Connection holds backpack giveaway
Fri, Aug 16th 2013 04:05 pm
Students going back to school received an assist from a local business on Saturday.
Grand Island Town Board: Gun Creek petitions submitted
Fri, Aug 16th 2013 04:00 pm
Neighbors to a proposed development in the Tracey Lane area submitted a petition to the Grand Island Town Board Monday, asking for modifications to the plan.
Grand Island Town Board: National Airborne Day proclaimed
Fri, Aug 16th 2013 04:00 pm
The Grand Island Town Board has proclaimed Aug. 16 as National Airborne Day on the Island.