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Townsend aces field to win Grand Island Fun Center golf tourney
Fri, Sep 5th 2014 04:15 pm
Kevin Townsend of North Tonawanda won the second annual Grand Island Fun Center Golf Tournament Aug. 24, taking home the $250 first prize.
Grand Island Central School District: Superintendent reviews changes in VCMS, GIHS pick-up, drop-off changes
Fri, Sep 5th 2014 04:00 pm
The first day of school is Thursday, Sept. 4. Parents are asked to review the following changes to the bus drop-off and parent drop-off processes this year at the Veronica E. Connor Middle School and Grand Island High School complex.
Rules of the road: School bus safety
Fri, Sep 5th 2014 04:00 pm
As summer winds down, children across Erie County are heading back to school and once again yellow school buses will dot our highways.
Obit: William J. Ross
Fri, Sep 5th 2014 04:00 pm
William J. Ross went home to be with the Lord on Aug. 17, 2014.
Obit: Elizabeth Irene Podsiadlo
Fri, Sep 5th 2014 04:00 pm
Elizabeth Irene "Ellie" Podsiadlo of Grand Island passed away Aug. 24, 2014.
55th anniversary observed
Fri, Sep 5th 2014 04:00 pm
Polly and Doug Smith of Grand Island observed their 55th wedding anniversary Aug. 8 with a family dinner, including both children and three of four grandchildren, in Warfield's Restaurant, Clifton Springs, New York.
60th anniversary celebrated
Fri, Sep 5th 2014 04:00 pm
Mr. and Mrs. Earl Grimes of Grand Island will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary on Saturday, Sept. 8.
Marc Scibilia performs at 9th Ward
Thu, Sep 4th 2014 11:55 pm
Singer/songwriter Marc Scibilia, a Grand Island native now living and working in Nashville - and signed to Capitol Records' IRS label - is returning to Western New York Friday to perform at Babeville's 9th Ward. Doors open at 7 p.m. for the 8 p.m. event. Tickets are $10.
Public information forum hosted by the Erie County Local Planning Committee
Mon, Sep 1st 2014 07:00 am
President Obama has designated the month of September as National Preparedness Month. As part of this recognition, the Erie County Local Emergency Planning Committee is hosting a public information forum.
Playground ribbon-cutting caps 6 years of work
Tue, Aug 26th 2014 07:00 am
The Miracle League of Grand Island and WNY celebrated another high-water mark in the organization's brief history with Saturday's ribbon-cutting for a new playground in Veterans Park.
Grand Island High School: Summer school graduation day arrives
Tue, Aug 26th 2014 07:00 am
On a warm summer's afternoon, three young women and their families sat on folding chairs amidst the gardens of the Huth Road Elementary School courtyard. They were there Friday to receive their high school diplomas after spending hours working on academic areas of difficulty in summer school.
The Real Barbers II keeps barbershop tradition alive
Tue, Aug 26th 2014 07:00 am
Kids needing a haircut before going back to school have a new old-school option.

The Real Barbers II has opened in the Grand Island Plaza, next door to M&T Bank and across from Adrian's Custard and Beef.

Taking the #IceBucketChallenge
Sat, Aug 23rd 2014 12:10 pm
Celebrities. Athletes. Politicians. Your friends and family members.

Just about everybody, it seems, has taken part in the "ALS Ice Bucket Challenge" to raise awareness - and funds - for amyotrophic lateral sclerosis, also known as ALS, or "Lou Gehrig's Disease." To date, more than $40 million has been donated.

Obit: Rev. Leslie E. Chambers
Fri, Aug 22nd 2014 03:00 pm
Pastor Leslie E. Chambers of the Town of West Clarksville passed away Wednesday, July 30, 2014, at home after a brief battle with cancer.
Obit: Sally Trietley Mergel
Fri, Aug 22nd 2014 03:00 pm
Sally Trietley Mergel, 83, of Grand Island was called to heaven at home Aug. 17, 2014, surrounded by family and comforted by her devoted husband of 24 years, Philip Mergel.
Grand Island farmhouse celebrates sesquicentennial
Fri, Aug 22nd 2014 01:50 pm
Grand Island Historical Society officers Carolyn Doebert, Sharon Nichols and Maggie Gushue presented a framed copy of the original 1864 deed of the fifth-oldest house on Grand Island to current owners Robin and Bryce Shipman at their recent festive sesquicentennial birthday celebration.
Grand Island Planning Board OKs rezoning for $1.3 million maintenance building
Fri, Aug 22nd 2014 01:45 pm
Construction of a $1.3 million parks maintenance building and Recreation Department offices passed review by the town Planning Board Monday night.
Annual Pepper-Off heats things up
Fri, Aug 22nd 2014 01:45 pm
What started out three years ago as a combination of Mike Geblein's retirement party and friends really like to cook peppers so let's have a cook-off has evolved into an annual event at the Geblein compound.
NRTG announces season schedule
Fri, Aug 22nd 2014 01:45 pm
The Niagara Regional Theatre Guild has announced its 92nd season of community theater on the Niagara Frontier.
Grisanti introduces legislation to expand radius for low-cost power
Wed, Aug 20th 2014 11:50 am
State Sen. Mark Grisanti introduced legislation today (S.7935) that would expand the boundaries of the Power Proceeds Allocation Act funding program to include all of Erie County. This expansion would allow eligible businesses and not-for-profits in all of Erie County to apply for power at a reduced cost.
Grand Island: Miniature-golf tournament has more than $500 in prizes
Mon, Aug 18th 2014 11:25 am
The Grand Island Fun Center is calling Buffalo's best miniature golfers for its second annual mini golf tournament on Aug. 24 at 1:30 p.m. Golfers will tee off and compete for more than $500 in cash and prizes.
GIHS is People's Choice at Lewiston Art Festival
Sat, Aug 16th 2014 02:45 pm
Grand Island High School students took home the People's Choice award and a third-place yellow ribbon from the Chalk Walk competition at the Lewiston Art Festival Saturday.
Grand Island Town Board: Two proclamations issued at meeting
Sat, Aug 16th 2014 02:40 pm
The Grand Island Town Board proclaimed Aug. 16 National Airborne Day in the town during its meeting Monday and encouraged Islanders to observe and commemorate the event.
Town of Grand Island calls results of new recycling program 'fantastic'
Sat, Aug 16th 2014 02:30 pm
The Grand Island Town Board has called the results of the first month of use with the new 95-gallon wheeled recycling carts "fantastic."

In a press release to the media this week, the board said the amount of recycling by Grand Islanders in the first month of using the carts that were delivered in May by Republic Services has increased.

Buffalo Division Manager Terry Schweitzer and Municipal Services Manager Terry Grady of Republic Services met recently with the Town Board to review the recycling numbers and the overall program, the statement said. According to the town, when compared to the same time period last year, the Grand Island recycling rate has increased by more than 30 percent.

Grand Island Town Board: Contractors complain about draft law
Sat, Aug 16th 2014 02:30 pm
Island contractors showed up at Town Hall Monday to criticize a proposed local law that one called "blue collar vs. white collar."

A public hearing at the monthly Town Board meeting was attended by many of Grand Island's contractors, who gave input on Local Law Intro No. 13 of 2014 that would amend chapter 407 of the town code to allow contractor maintenance yards as a special use in certain residential districts, subject to certain conditions.

Just before taking public comments, Town Supervisor Mary Cooke said, "What's currently going on in town right now may not all be legal, and we're trying to figure out a way to allow someone who has a small operation to be able to work in their property that they have without disrupting their entire neighborhood so that we don't get complaints from people who say, 'I live in a residential neighborhood. I didn't sign up for this.' "

Grand Island Board of Education: Another assistant principal departs GIHS for better job
Sat, Aug 16th 2014 02:30 pm
During the Monday evening meeting of the Grand Island Board of Education, trustees heard reports on a variety of topics, including some important staffing changes. Dr. Andrés Arroyo is leaving his position as assistant principal of Grand Island High School to become principal at Newfane High School. Arroyo has served Grand Island for the past seven years and earned his Ph.D. in educational leadership and policy from the State University of New York at Buffalo.

His resignation comes close behind that of Assistant Principal Michael Lauria, who left his job earlier this summer to become principal at Springville High School. Administrators acted quickly to search for and to hire replacements for Arroyo and Lauria, and high school Principal Dan Quartley introduced the new staff to the Board of Education at Monday's meeting. They are T. Michael Carter and Corey Gray.

Obit: Genevieve Weber
Sat, Aug 16th 2014 02:00 pm
Genevieve (née Gelia) Weber, entered into rest July 31, 2014, at the age of 87.
Obit: Elizabeth Baker
Sat, Aug 16th 2014 02:00 pm
Elizabeth Baker of Dania Beach, Florida, died Aug. 2, 2014 at what she called "the wonderful age of 94."
Grand Island: Miracle League playground open for play
Sat, Aug 16th 2014 01:30 pm
The new disability-friendly playground in Veterans Park, part of the Miracle League complex, is now complete and open for play "for the whole Western New York community," said R.J. Wynne, president of the Miracle League of Grand Island and Western New York.
Paddles Up brings hundreds to Island
Thu, Aug 7th 2014 06:15 pm
This year's Paddles Up, hosted by the Niagara Greenway Commission, drew tourists and locals alike to Beaver Island State Park to experience the area's largest paddlesports event.
'Saddle up' for Paddles Up
Sat, Jul 26th 2014 04:00 am
Paddles Up Niagara, the Niagara River Greenway Commission's annual paddle sports event, returns to Grand Island for its ninth year of operation.

The main attraction of Paddles Up is its 4.8-mile paddle from the Little Beaver Launch Site to the East River Marsh Site and back.

Grand Island Chamber of Commerce: Cellular Connection to host 2nd annual backpack giveaway
Fri, Jul 25th 2014 08:10 pm
Residents in Grand Island are about to benefit from a national backpack giveaway campaign.

The Cellular Connection, the largest Verizon Premium Wireless retailer in the U.S., in a joint effort with its customers, has announced that it will donate 100,000 backpacks full of school supplies to children through its School Rocks Backpack Giveaway. Last year, the company donated 60,000 backpacks.

More than 350 participating TCC stores across the U.S. are inviting local families to bring their children to the store between noon and 2 p.m. on Aug. 2 to pick up a backpack filled with pencils, paper, a pencil box, folders, glue and more.

Obit: Dorothy Mae Bull Maier Killian
Fri, Jul 25th 2014 08:00 pm
Dorothy Mae Bull Maier Killian, age 93, of Oxford, Florida, peacefully passed away on June 9, 2014.
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.