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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.
Grand Island Chamber of Commerce: KidBiz set for June 28
Fri, Jun 6th 2014 03:15 pm
The Grand Island Chamber of Commerce will host the 18th annual KidBiz Sidewalk Sale on Saturday, June 28, from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m.
Rotary holds Document Destruction Day
Fri, Jun 6th 2014 03:15 pm
The Rotary Club of Grand Island sponsored another Document Destruction Day, offering safe and secure destruction of sensitive materials.
Obit: Lucy M. (Sturm) White
Fri, Jun 6th 2014 02:55 pm
Lucy M. (née Sturm) White, entered into rest May 31, 2014. She was a resident of Grand Island.
Island of Hope: Fighting cancer one step at a time
Fri, May 30th 2014 08:40 pm
Cancer is the enemy that attacks indiscriminately, said Mary Dunbar-Daluisio, 59, former co-chair of Grand Island's Relay For Life. "Cancer doesn't care how old you are. Cancer doesn't care how young you are. It doesn't care what gender you are. Cancer affects so many people because it doesn't just affect the person with cancer. It affects that person's family and friends."
Obit: Sally Jeanette Meyer Chandler
Fri, May 30th 2014 08:35 pm
Sally Jeanette Meyer Chandler, born in Buffalo, on Dec. 17, 1925, passed away peacefully on May 8, 2014, in Austin, Texas, after an extended struggle with Alzheimer's Disease.
GI Relay For Life to 'Rock-Out Cancer'
Fri, May 30th 2014 08:35 pm
Grand Island's 12th annual Relay For Life is here, and Island residents are buzzing with excitement. For the last few months, teams have been collecting bottles, selling barbecue chicken, holding bake sales and raffling various baskets all to raise money for cancer research and prevention.

As the American Cancer Society's largest fundraiser, Relay For Life has become a global event in more than 20 different countries each year. Locally, Relay is set to open at 2 p.m. on Saturday, May 31, on Grand Island. It will run overnight until 2 a.m. June 1 at Veterans Park.

Grand Island Town Board: Residents complain about new recycling carts
Thu, May 29th 2014 07:45 am
Terry Schweitzer, division manager for Republic Services, the Town of Grand Island's trash and recycling hauler, said he's heard all about what he can do with his company's new 95-gallon recycling carts.
Above and Beyond: GIFC celebrates 76 years of community service
Thu, May 29th 2014 07:45 am
Town, county and state government officials praised the Grand Island Fire Co. for its proud tradition of community service for the past 76 years. This anniversary celebration tool place at fire headquarters on Saturday, May 17, and was well attended by family members and special guests, including local fire service officers.

Board of Directors Chairman Greg Butcher noted that the GIFC has kept pace with increased membership recruitment demands and took in a class of six rookies during 2014. Personal sacrifice is nothing new to members of the volunteer fire service, who provide more than 70 percent of fire and emergency medical services protection throughout the United States. He concluded that GIFC accomplishments to date would indicate that the township is "in very good hands."

Islanders win bid to operate Beaver Island catering, concessions
Thu, May 29th 2014 07:45 am
While growing up in Grand Island, Kristina Bulera fondly remembers spending much of her summers on the beach or the playground at Beaver Island State Park. During the past couple of summers, the 29-year-old co-owner of the Riverstone Grill with her husband, Chaz, would ride her bicycle to the park with a trolley on the back for her 3-year-old daughter, Avery.
Obit: Blanche Joan Fibich
Thu, May 29th 2014 07:45 am
Blanche Joan (née Majda) Fibich, age 92, of Niwot, Colorado, formerly of Grand Island, died Monday, May 5, 2014, while at home. Her daughter, Sylvia Fibich, and son-in-law, Tom Yulsman, were at her side.
Local Memorial Day observances in Western New York
Fri, May 23rd 2014 09:00 pm
Memorial Day weekend isn't just for things like dragging out the grill or spring planting. It's time to remember those who have fallen protecting this country's freedom.

Among the formal ceremonies and other celebrations planned this weekend are:

Grand Island's Lawn Mower Race returns to raise Relay funds
Fri, May 23rd 2014 08:25 pm
The Father's Day Classic Car Show & Lawn Mower Race benefiting the American Cancer Society's Relay For Life on Grand Island will be held this year on West River Parkway at Long Road, Saturday, June 14, from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.
GIHS student brings home prestigious music award
Fri, May 23rd 2014 08:20 pm
Jill Sheehan, pictured, a senior at Grand Island High School, was honored in April with the Outstanding Soloist Award at the Dixie Classic Festival in Washington, D.C., April 3 and 4.
Letter Carriers' Food Drive has bountiful 2014 on GI
Fri, May 23rd 2014 08:20 pm
The Neighbors Foundation food pantry in the basement of Old St. Stephen Church is well stocked thanks to the generosity of Island residents and their mail carriers.
Grand Island Board of Education: Board reviews upcoming propositions
Fri, May 23rd 2014 08:20 pm
The Grand Island Board of Education began its Monday evening meeting with a presentation on the proposed 2014-15 school budget adopted by the board on April 22. Assistant Superintendent of School Business Services Joe Giarrizzo outlined the two propositions to be voted on by residents on Tuesday, May 20.
Island of Hope: Island of support helps resident with breast cancer
Fri, May 23rd 2014 08:20 pm
On March 21, 2013, the day before Eileen Sweeney-Melgar's 52nd birthday, she was lying on the couch and was enjoying "The Walking Dead," an AMC program that featured the dreaded zombies.
Anchor Marine to hold open house, sales event
Thu, May 22nd 2014 07:25 pm
Shawn Conschafter, sales manager at Anchor Marine on Grand Island, wants to remind Western New Yorkers it's not too late to become involved with boating this year.

The 2014 season started locally on May 15, which, in comparison to last year's April 1 opening date, is a significant delay.

In celebration of the beginning of the season, Anchor Marine, located at 1501 Ferry Road on Grand Island, is holding an open house Saturday, May 31, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. as well as Sunday, June 1, from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m.

What makes Anchor Marine different from other area watercraft dealers?

Beach House repeats as 'Best Fish Fry' winner
Mon, May 19th 2014 11:20 am
For the second year in a row, Grand Island's The Beach House has won Niagara Frontier Publication's "Best Fish Fry" contest.
New York Rockin Revue to perform at LobsterFest
Fri, May 16th 2014 05:00 pm
Patrons at LobsterFest 2014 will enjoy freshly cooked Maine lobster as they take the "ultimate musical journey through the decades of rock and pop music," courtesy of headline performer New York Rockin Revue, pictured.
'Click It or Ticket' campaign to begin
Fri, May 16th 2014 04:50 pm
The number of fatal crashes doubled on Niagara County roadways from 2012 to 2013. One out of 10 drivers still refuses to buckle up.
Miracle League receives playground equipment
Fri, May 16th 2014 04:35 pm
A new adaptive playground on the Island for children with disabilities is just weeks away.

The Miracle League of Grand Island and Western New York took delivery Wednesday of equipment that will form a new playground adjacent to the present ball diamond and pavilion in Veterans Park.

Above and Beyond: Fire company recruiting challenges met
Sat, May 10th 2014 09:35 am
Grand Island Fire Co. Chief Matt Osinski notes volunteer firefighter recruitment and retention has consistently been given "top priority" by the GIFC, and the results speak for themselves.
Bottle Junction celebrates ribbon-cutting on Grand Island
Sat, May 10th 2014 09:35 am
Bottle Junction co-owner Ray Pabon watches as a customer returns 519 plastic and glass bottles and aluminum cans and then walks out the door $25.95 richer than when he walked in just minutes before.
Erie County/Town of Grand Island: Town welcomes furniture from county surplus warehouse
Sat, May 10th 2014 09:35 am
Erie County Legislator Kevin Hardwick and Town Supervisor Mary Cooke have announced a partnership to outfit town offices with furniture from the county's surplus warehouse.
Obit: Charles H. Meyer Jr.
Sat, May 10th 2014 09:20 am
Grand Island resident Charles H. Meyer Jr. entered into rest May 3, 2014.