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Above and Beyond: Your 911 call for help handled better than ever
Tue, Mar 18th 2014 06:45 pm
Grand Island Fire Co. Communications Supervisor Steve Morgan reports that a new Intrado Power 911 system was placed in service at the Grand Island Fire Co. Dispatch Center on Feb. 27.
700 volunteers joined county fire service in '13
Tue, Mar 18th 2014 06:45 pm
The Erie County Department of Emergency Services has announced that more than 700 new recruits swelled the ranks of volunteer fire companies across Erie County during 2013. This influx of new volunteers came from across the county's 94 fire departments and will augment the more than 5,000-member strong volunteer firefighting force that currently serves Erie County's municipalities.

"One of the best ways an individual can become involved in their community and help to make it stronger is through public service, and I thank the volunteers who answered the call to perform this vital role," said Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz.

Obit: John William Grimm
Tue, Mar 18th 2014 06:00 pm
John William Grimm, 60 of Elizabethtown, died Monday, March 3, 2014, at Hardin Memorial Hospital.
Obit: Virginia Schultz
Tue, Mar 18th 2014 06:00 pm
Virginia Schultz, 93, of Grand Island, passed away on Wednesday, Feb. 26, 2014, at Our Lady of Peace Nursing Care Residence in Lewiston.
Skip Mazenauer, Niagara Frontier Publications celebrate 70 years
Fri, Mar 7th 2014 09:00 pm
Sometimes it takes a bit of vision to get a good idea off the ground.

Skip Mazenauer purchased the Grand Island Dispatch, believing he could make the publication a success and wanting to make sure his hometown wasn't left without local news from its own newspaper.

Grand Island Relay For Life: Season begins with kickoff event
Fri, Mar 7th 2014 08:55 pm
Participants in the Grand Island Relay For Life were asked to light a fire within at a kickoff meeting Wednesday at Connor Middle School.

The kickoff begins the season for the annual Relay, a fundraiser for the American Cancer Society.

Lynn Dingey, co-chair of GI Relay For Life, said the 2014 event will run at Veterans Park, May 31 at 2 p.m. to June 1 at 2 a.m. She asked those at the meeting to work to make the 2014 event "bigger and better."

Casey Dahlstrom was named the 2014 honorary survivor at the kickoff, while Mary Dunbar-Daluisio spoke on behalf of caregivers.

Hardwick announces local veterans, soldiers overseas receive valentines
Fri, Mar 7th 2014 08:50 pm
Erie County Legislator Kevin Hardwick announces his fourth annual Valentines for Veterans program was once again a great success, creating thousands of cards for local veterans and active servicemen and women.
Whitney honored for exemplary work
Fri, Mar 7th 2014 08:50 pm
Grand Island Town Engineer John Whitney received the Charles W. Nichols Award from the American Public Works Association, New York chapter, western branch, at its recent 2014 awards banquet. The APWA is a group of engineers who honor their peers for exemplary work; seven project awards and three individual awards were presented.
Island Dispatch celebrates 70th anniversary
Tue, Mar 4th 2014 07:00 am
On Thursday, March 6, Niagara Frontier Publications will proudly celebrate the 70th anniversary of the Island Dispatch, one its four weekly community newspapers.
Grand Island Chamber of Commerce plans Business & Food Expo
Fri, Feb 28th 2014 07:00 am
The Grand Island Chamber of Commerce will hold a Business & Food Expo at Byblos Niagara, 100 Whitehaven Road, on March 22 and 23.
From the Desk of the Supervisor: Winter reminders
Thu, Feb 27th 2014 05:15 pm
Hello, Grand Islanders!
Grand Island High School students looking to hear 'You're hired!'
Thu, Feb 27th 2014 05:15 pm
Students from Grand Island High School came out to Byblos Niagara Resort & Spa with resumes in hand waiting to hear those very words: "You're hired!"
Grand Island Chamber plans networking, information night
Thu, Feb 27th 2014 05:10 pm
On Thursday, Feb. 27, the Grand Island Chamber of Commerce along with Axa Advisors and River Oaks will host a business after-hours networking event at River Oaks Ellden's Banquet Facility from 6 to 8 p.m.
St. Stephen School to hold alumni reunion event
Thu, Feb 27th 2014 05:00 pm
St. Stephen School, open since 1968, is planning a reunion reception to be held at the Buffalo Launch Club on March 29.
Free. Fish. Fry. Want one?
Thu, Feb 20th 2014 06:25 pm
Niagara Frontier Publications is hosting its third annual "Your Favorite Fish Fry" contest. From Feb. 25 through April 19, an entry ballot will be included in our "Fishy Deals" special section and online at www.wnypapers.com. Use it to vote for the restaurants that serve delicious fish dishes.
Waterfowl permits to be available for Grand Island state parks
Thu, Feb 20th 2014 02:15 pm
Permit distribution for the remaining waterfowl hunting season, which runs from March 1-10 at Beaver Island, West River Parkway and Motor and Strawberry islands, will be done by call in.
Grand Island Relay For Life: 'Rock-Out' Kickoff Feb. 26
Tue, Feb 18th 2014 07:05 am
Cancer has been a part of Casey Dahlstrom's life since he was 3 years old, but rather than run from the memory, he embraces it.

Dahlstrom will describe his life with cancer at the Grand Island Relay For Life Kickoff Feb. 26 at 7 p.m. in the Connor Middle School cafeteria. The event was postponed exactly three weeks due to bad weather. Relay For Life itself, the largest fundraiser for the American Cancer Society, will have its 12th edition on the Island at 2 p.m. May 31 and runs to 2 a.m. June 1.

Recycling carts coming to Grand Island
Tue, Feb 18th 2014 07:00 am
New recycling carts will soon turn up on Island roadsides.

Republic Services will soon provide 95-gallong recycling carts to every home on the Island at no cost to taxpayers.

Grand Island Board of Education: Resolution passed in opposition to Gap Elimination Adjustment
Tue, Feb 18th 2014 07:00 am
On Feb. 10, the Grand Island Board of Education worked through a varied agenda, including information on Grand Island's 2014-15 budget and a report on the three-year capital improvement project. All board members were present, including Donna Tomkins and Paul Krull via Skype.

Regarding the New York state budget, the board unanimously approved a resolution to get rid of the Gap Elimination Adjustment, GEA. Each year since 2009-10, foundation aid to school districts has been frozen at 2008-09 levels. In addition, aid may be taken from school districts and applied to the New York state budget to close deficits.

Robert G. Hoch Winter Memory Walk: Supporters brave the elements
Tue, Feb 18th 2014 07:00 am
Saturday, Feb. 8, dozens of walkers, skiers, snowshoers and snowmobilers braved the elements to take part in the fourth annual Robert G. Hoch Winter Memory Walk on West River Parkway
March 1 deadline for tax exemptions
Tue, Feb 18th 2014 07:00 am
March 1 is the deadline for all Basic STAR, Enhanced/Senior STAR and veterans property tax exemptions to be added to the assessment roll for school tax year 2014-15 and town/county tax year 2015.
Islanders raising money at Pasta Sauce Off
Tue, Feb 18th 2014 07:00 am
The LaSalle Yacht Club has turned its Pasta Sauce Off benefit over to two successful fundraisers who are all of 11 years old.
Islander has special room makeover
Tue, Feb 18th 2014 07:00 am
A 17-year-old girl from Grand Island is the recipient of a bedroom makeover thanks to a team of local volunteers.
'Bye Bye Birdie' opens Feb. 21
Tue, Feb 18th 2014 07:00 am
Rehearsals continue for the St. Stephen's Parish Players performances of "Bye Bye Birdie" in the St. Stephen School cafetorium.
Scout Sunday marked
Tue, Feb 18th 2014 07:00 am
Scout Sunday (for Cub Scouts and Boy Scouts) was celebrated at the 9 a.m. Mass Sunday, Feb. 2, at St. Stephen R.C. Church, 2100 Baseline Road.
Kaegebein Elementary School: Students 'Make a Difference' in theatrical production
Tue, Feb 18th 2014 06:55 am
Students in the fourth-grade class of Kaegebein Elementary School teacher Katherine Chadwick presented three performances Jan. 31 of a musical play called "Make a Difference."
Grand Island Dance Center: Dance Ensemble has busy season
Tue, Feb 18th 2014 06:55 am
The Grand Island Dance Center's Dance Ensemble had a very full performance season. The last performance of the season was at Niagara University for the halftime show.
Obit: Judith Ann Zygmunt
Tue, Feb 18th 2014 06:50 am
Judith Ann Zygmunt (née Castanza) died Feb. 10, 2014, at her Grand Island home. She is survived by her husband, Richard; daughters, Dana Rae and Kaylee Ann; and sons, Ryan and Noah.
Obit: Florence C. (Pullano) Costantino
Tue, Feb 18th 2014 06:50 am
Florence C. (Pullano) Costantino, age 96, formerly of Grand Island, passed away on Wednesday, Feb. 5, 2014, in Elderwood Health Care at Oakwood in Amherst.
Grand Island Town Board: Cell tower law amended
Tue, Feb 11th 2014 04:35 pm
Locating a new cell tower got a little easier with the passage of an amendment to town code.

The Grand Island Town Board changed its regulations on setbacks required for towers, reducing the minimum radius needed within the tower's fall zone.

The move followed a public hearing on the matter that took place last month.

Section 407-169 (C) of town code was amended to read: "The tower must be set back a minimum from any residentially zoned property or any front yard line, and from any residential dwelling, school or historic structure, by a minimum of the lesser of one and a half times its height and any antenna attached thereto, or one and a half times the tower's highest pre-engineered breaking point, as certified by a licensed engineer in a manner acceptable to the town engineer."

Hardwick announces Island Dispatch named official newspaper of Erie County
Tue, Feb 11th 2014 04:35 pm
Erie County Legislator Kevin Hardwick has announced the Island Dispatch was named an official newspaper of the Erie County Legislature for the year 2014. The designation was confirmed at the Jan. 23 session of the legislature.
Obit: George H. Rowe
Tue, Feb 11th 2014 04:35 pm
George H. Rowe, 84, of Grand Island entered into rest Feb. 1, 2014.
Grand Island Chamber of Commerce: Business, Food Expo slated for March
Tue, Feb 11th 2014 04:30 pm
The Grand Island Chamber of Commerce will hold a Business & Food Expo at Byblos Niagara, 100 Whitehaven Road, on March 22 and 23.
None injured in car, school bus collision
Tue, Feb 11th 2014 04:25 pm
Shortly after 8:30 a.m. Thursday, Jan. 30, Grand Island Fire Co. rescue personnel responded to a motor vehicle accident involving a car and school bus on East River Road and Edgewater Drive.
Village Inn, SATO win awards at Soup-Fest 2014
Tue, Feb 11th 2014 04:25 pm
The Village Inn and SATO, Serene Gardens' new restaurant in Buffalo, were winners again this past Sunday at the fourth annual Buffalo Soup-Fest, held at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center.
Grand Island Board of Education: School delayed for safety, flow of school year
Tue, Feb 11th 2014 04:25 pm
The Grand Island Central School District took the uncommon step Wednesday of delaying the start of the school day two hours to deal with a spell of frigid weather.
Artists spruce up Reality Café
Tue, Feb 11th 2014 04:25 pm
Grand Island High School art students Ali Price and Jason Carroll volunteered their artistic talents to spruce up the Reality Café.
Grisanti recognizes National Women and Girls in Sport Day
Wed, Feb 5th 2014 08:00 pm
New York State Sen. Mark Grisanti today recognized National Women and Girls in Sport Day, which marks the importance of sports participation in the lives of girls and women.
NU Family Business Center honors NFP publisher Mazenauer
Sat, Feb 1st 2014 07:00 am
Niagara Frontier Publications Publisher Skip Mazenauer was presented the Niagara University Family Business Center Vision Award on Jan. 29. The award recognizes businesspeople who are successful, lead a family- or privately owned Western New York business, are committed to benefiting the community, and who have created something when others did not foresee an opportunity.
Grand Island High School: Ambitious production of 'Pirates of Penzance' opens Feb. 6
Fri, Jan 31st 2014 07:25 pm
High jinks on the high seas is the setting for Grand Island High School's annual musical.

"The Pirates of Penzance" will be presented Thursday, Feb. 6; Friday, Feb. 7; and Saturday, Feb. 8, on the high school stage. This ambitious production is one of Gilbert and Sullivan's best known comic operettas.