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Obit: Frank O. Eldridge
Fri, Jul 25th 2014 08:00 pm
Frank O. Eldridge, entered into rest July 20, 2014. He was a resident of Grand Island.
Obit: Arthur Lawrence Bascomb
Fri, Jul 25th 2014 08:00 pm
Arthur "Artie" Lawrence Bascomb, age 65, of Brookfield, Connecticut, passed away Thursday, July 17, 2014.
Obit: Jerry Richard Livingston Sr.
Fri, Jul 25th 2014 08:00 pm
Jerry Richard Livingston Sr. of Canaseraga, N.Y., passed away at home July 3, 2014, after a difficult battle with cancer. He was born April 6, 1941, in Buffalo to Martin Luther and Esther (Jepson) Livingston.
Islander Kara Dudley finds moment in Internet spotlight
Wed, Jul 23rd 2014 11:00 am
A Grand Islander stole the spotlight from a famous Victoria's Secret model Monday and ended up on the front page of various international news websites.

Island native Kara Dudley is the anonymous woman seen upstaging supermodel Karlie Kloss in several Internet photos posted July 21 on celebrity websites. Dudley was photographed coming out of a New York City shop after searching for Taylor Swift, who had appeared to have gone into it earlier. She saw the paparazzi, but was oblivious to the statuesque Kloss, who was standing directly behind her.

Grand Island Town Board: Residents laments move from home because of transient home
Mon, Jul 21st 2014 04:10 pm
A Ward Park resident told the Grand Island Town Board that she expected to retire to the duplex she owned for the last 14 years, but a neighboring property changed her mind.

Patricia Kostenbauder told the board at its monthly meeting in Town Hall Monday that she expected to spend her retirement at her home at 80 Ward Park. "However, we had a change of plans because of the transient vacation come next door," she said.

"Because of the problems with this house, because they continue this illegal transient vacation house, which is a business in a residential area, we've decided to sell our duplex," Kostenbauder said.

GISBA prepares high school students with an interest in business
Mon, Jul 21st 2014 04:05 pm
In an age focused on social media and the iPhone craze, millennials are losing touch with good old-fashioned hard work. Technology has made it too easy for this generation to forget about the labor involved in running a successful business, regardless of the industry.

The Grand Island School and Business Alliance has been active for more than 20 years, introducing high school students to an environment that requires hard work for success.

Students can choose to compete in the organization's Corporate Bowl, shadow local employers and personnel, partake in mock job interviews, and hear community speakers made possible by GISBA, so that these young participants are better prepared for the working world.

Grand Island Central School District: Relationship between town, schools remains strong
Mon, Jul 21st 2014 04:00 pm
"So, it's very unusual," stated Town of Grand Island Supervisor Mary Cooke. She was referring to the back and forth communication that exists between town officials and the Grand Island Board of Education and district administration. The current schedule of joint meetings with the town and school boards stands at a healthy three times per year, a precedent that was set when the Robert W. Christmann was superintendent of schools. Current superintendent, Dr. Teresa Lawrence, has continued to place a priority on the meetings.
Grand Island Board of Education: Pyc elected school board president
Mon, Jul 21st 2014 04:00 pm
On Monday evening, the Grand Island Board of Education held its annual organizational meeting in the Grand Island High School Professional Development Room. As part of the board's regular monthly meeting, organizational meeting business included swearing in of trustees Susan Marston and Karen Carroll prior to the meeting.

Lisa Pyc was voted in as the new school board president in a 4-2 vote, replacing Tak Nobumoto, who lost his board seat in the May election. Susan Marston was elected as vice president in a 5-1 vote. Trustee Paul Krull was absent from the meeting. District Clerk Janet Schuster administered the oath of office to the new officers.

Obit: Mary A. McGraw
Mon, Jul 21st 2014 04:00 pm
Mary A. (née Langan) McGraw, entered into rest Thursday, July 3, 2014. She was a resident of Grand Island, formerly of Scranton, Pennsylvania.
Grand Island Chamber of Commerce: KidBiz draws scores of businesses to Town Commons
Mon, Jul 21st 2014 03:55 pm
Jim Sharpe, chairman of KidBiz, said it was great day to be in the Town Commons Saturday, but that's usually the case for the Chamber of Commerce event that provides children a chance to run their own businesses.
GIHS Class of 2014 'under construction'
Mon, Jul 21st 2014 03:50 pm
The Grand Island High School Class of 2014 is a work in progress just like the school building from which they graduated Sunday.
Waterfowl ID class offered
Thu, Jul 17th 2014 10:20 am
Beaver Island State Park will sponsor a waterfowl ID course presented by the state Department of Environmental Conservation on Saturday, Aug. 2, from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. in the Beaver Island Club House.
GISBA Golf Tournament fundraiser
Mon, Jul 14th 2014 04:00 pm
The second annual Grand Island School and Business Alliance Golf Tournament will be held Tuesday, July 22, at River Oaks Golf Club, 201 Whitehaven Road, to raise funds for GISBA.
Obit: Raymond W. Killian
Fri, Jul 11th 2014 04:05 pm
Raymond W. Killian, age 97, a retired president of Kittenger Furniture Company, died May 7, 2014, in Bradenton, Florida. Family and friends are invited to a memorial Mass on July 19 at St. Stephen R.C. Church, 2100 Baseline Road, Grand Island, with brunch to follow in the church community room.
Tiny insects put Island trees at risk
Fri, Jul 11th 2014 04:00 pm
The week of July 6 through 12 has been declared Invasive Species Awareness Week in New York state.
Obit: Marie Amato
Fri, Jul 11th 2014 04:00 pm
Marie Amato entered into rest Saturday, July 5, 2014.
Grand Island Lions Club: GI Lions to collect used eyeglasses, hearing aids during July 4th parade
Fri, Jul 4th 2014 04:45 am
The Grand Island Lions Club is asking Independence Day parade-goers to step forward and donate their used eyeglasses and hearing aids to benefit the millions of people worldwide who cannot afford them.
Longest serving crossing guard calls it quits
Fri, Jul 4th 2014 04:30 am
Jeanne Anstett, pictured, has been a crossing guard at the corner of Warner and South Park so long she's helped second generation kids cross the streets to Huth Road Elementary School.
Teacher honored with tree-planting
Fri, Jul 4th 2014 04:00 am
Students and parents at Christian Central Academy presented teacher Sharon Backus with an end-of-the-school-year gift that will last a lifetime.
Grand Island Lions Club: Officers, directors installed at annual dinner
Fri, Jul 4th 2014 04:00 am
The Grand Island Lions Club held its annual installation dinner at Byblos Niagara Resort & Spa. A number of members were recognized for perfect attendance and years of service.
Obit: Abigail K. Sullivan
Fri, Jul 4th 2014 04:00 am
Abigail K. Sullivan, a Grand Island resident from 1977 to 2001 passed away Saturday, June 14, 2014. She was 90 years old.
Masters Field closer to completion
Fri, Jul 4th 2014 04:00 am
The Grand Island Alumni Association will hold "Friday Night Under the Lights" when the first night football game on the Ransom Road campus in Grand Island Vikings history takes place at new Gene Masters Field.
GI Dance Center visits Fairy House Festival
Fri, Jul 4th 2014 04:00 am
Grand Island Dance Center recently took part in the Fairy House Festival, a yearly event held at Artpark in the Village of Lewiston.
Send up fireworks for USA
Thu, Jul 3rd 2014 11:30 am
Crash! Sparkles! Bang! Light up the sky! It's time for Fourth of July fireworks.
DEC announces proposed rule changes for new crossbow hunting law
Tue, Jul 1st 2014 11:30 pm
With new state legislation authorizing the Department of Environmental Conservation to allow the taking of big game (deer and bear) or small game by the use of a crossbow at certain times and places in New York, DEC is now accepting public comment on proposed regulation changes so crossbows may be a legal implement for the fall 2014 hunting seasons.
Annual Father's Day Lawn Mower Races held on West River
Sat, Jun 28th 2014 12:00 am
On Saturday, June 14, the annual Father's Day Lawn Mower Race and Classic Car Show took place along the West River to support Grand Island Relay For Life. This family-friendly event, founded by Islander Floyd Doring even had a race category for push mowers for the younger race fans.
Environmental PhotoVoice project underway
Fri, Jun 27th 2014 11:55 pm
An Island group is seeking to explore environmental issues on the Island through the medium of photography.

The Grand Island PhotoVoice project began Wednesday night at St. Timothy Lutheran Church with an introductory meeting attended by more than a dozen people. The GI version of the PhotoVoice tool is meant to express viewpoints of community members regarding their health and environment in the wake of the 2013 conviction of Tonawanda Coke for polluting and violating the federal Clean Air Act.

Kim Yaeger, a facilitator and member of the St. Timothy congregation, will collect photo submissions from the community that address how the outdoor environment improves, threatens or harms health and quality life.

From the Desk of the Supervisor: Fishing, concerts, celebrations planned
Fri, Jun 27th 2014 11:55 pm
Happy summer, Grand Island!

Enjoy free fishing (no license required) at Fisherman's Landing at the South Grand Island Bridge on Saturday, June 28, in a contest sponsored by the Recreation Department from 8 to 11 a.m. and 5 to 7 p.m. Prizes will be awarded on July 1 at 2 p.m. More information is available on the "Recreation" page of the town website at gigov.com.

Summer concerts under the Grand Island Rotary Club Gazebo in the Town Commons begin on Tuesday, July 1, and run through Aug. 12. This year, two will be held at Byblos Niagara Resort & Spa: July 8 and July 22. The schedule is on the town's websitegigov.com and in the Island Dispatch. Hope to see you out enjoying some live music!

Miracle League Volunteers build new playground
Fri, Jun 27th 2014 11:55 pm
The Miracle League of Grand Island and WNY is saying "Thank you" to the scores of volunteers who went to work on Father's Day weekend at Veterans Park to build the latest addition to the baseball complex for the disabled.
GIHS student to play with BPO
Fri, Jun 27th 2014 11:55 pm
Alexander Cousins of Grand Island will join the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra in a concert July 1 at Knox Farm in East Aurora.
Public hearing set for parks maintenance building
Fri, Jun 27th 2014 11:50 pm
The process of building a new million-dollar storage and maintenance building for Veterans Park is underway.

At its meeting Monday, the Grand Island Town Board set a public hearing for Monday, July 7, at 8 p.m. in Town Hall to consider an application by Russell Certo to rezone 1881 Bedell Road from R1D to M2 for the purpose of constructing the maintenance building.

Board members held a meeting with Bedell Road residents May 21, where they explained the town would lease the property with an option to later buy it at an estimated cost of $1.2 million. The lease-and-buy option would allow the town to avoid prevailing wage laws and save 20 percent on the overall cost of the project.

State Firemen's Association urges New Yorkers to leave fireworks to professionals
Fri, Jun 27th 2014 07:00 am
With Independence Day right around the corner, it's important to keep safety a top priority during the upcoming holiday celebrations.
Identify tree species
Sat, Jun 21st 2014 12:40 am
The Arbor Day Foundation offers a book that helps people identify trees in a simple, step-by-step process. "What Tree Is That?" is available for a $5 donation to the nonprofit tree-planting organization.
Martin's Fantasy Island debuts new thrill ride
Sat, Jun 21st 2014 12:35 am
A new ride at Martin's Fantasy Island provides a view of Canada, Buffalo and the mist from Niagara Falls, and an 80-foot spinning freefall.
Grand Island Chamber of Commerce: Shear Paradise holds ribbon-cutting
Sat, Jun 21st 2014 12:30 am
A lifelong dream to open a salon has culminated in Shear Paradise.

About two-dozen supporters watched Lisa and Kevin Dilliot cut the ceremonial ribbon to open the Shear Paradise salon.

Grand Island Board of Education: Nobumoto, Ciraolo thanked for their service
Sat, Jun 21st 2014 12:00 am
At its Monday evening meeting, the Grand Island Board of Education recognized the service of two departing trustees: Emily Ciraolo and Tak Nobumoto.

Superintendent of Schools Dr. Teresa Lawrence thanked Ciraolo and Nobumoto for their service. Ciraolo has been responsible for creating and helping maintain the district's Facebook page. Nobumoto has served as board president after a tenure as vice president. Nobumoto finished fourth out of four candidates up for election to three seats last month. Known for his insightful questions and orderly running of meetings, he will serve until a new president is elected in July at the board's annual reorganizational meeting.

GI Alumni to host first ever 'Friday Night Under the Lights'
Sat, Jun 21st 2014 12:00 am
The Grand Island Alumni Association and Grand Island Central School District Athletic Director Jon Roth have announced the first sponsor of "Friday Night Under the Lights."

Pete Hayes, Class of 1974, has signed on as a gold sponsor for the event, which will herald the opening of the new Gene Masters Field at Grand Island High School. The ongoing capital construction project includes a new football stadium, complete with new turf, new seating, new scoreboard and lights.

"Friday Night Under the Lights" will be on Friday, Sept. 19, at Gene Masters Field. The festive evening will begin at 5 p.m. with a gathering of old friends, classmates and players from the past 50 years.

Nonprofit projects sought for 22nd annual Day of Caring
Fri, Jun 20th 2014 11:50 pm
United Way of Buffalo & Erie County is accepting project submissions from nonprofit organizations in Erie County for the annual Day of Caring, the largest one-day volunteer event in Western New York, which will connect thousands of volunteers with projects that will assist area agencies.

Day of Caring will be held Wednesday, Aug. 20, from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. It is sponsored by Wegmans, HSBC, National Grid and UAW/GM.

Organized by the United Way of Buffalo & Erie County, the annual event is designed to provide volunteer manpower to nonprofit organizations for projects and services that would otherwise cost organizations resources that could be spent on fulfilling their missions.

Relay For Life rocks on
Fri, Jun 6th 2014 03:20 pm
Hundreds of Islanders partied like rock stars May 31 and June 1 during the 12th annual Relay For Life at Veterans Park.
Rotary honors Students of the Year
Fri, Jun 6th 2014 03:15 pm
The Rotary Club of Grand Island and the Grand Island Central School District's PTSA honored 12 graduating seniors from Grand Island High School Tuesday at the annual Rotary/PTSA Students of the Year award banquet, held at Byblos Niagara Resort & Spa.
 


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