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School district, police conduct Operation Safe Stop
Sat, Apr 21st 2012 07:00 am
The Grand Island Central School District participated in Operation Safe Stop, a statewide effort to help ensure that motorists stop for the school bus.
Sheriff praises town government for cooperative work
Fri, Apr 20th 2012 03:30 pm
The sheriff was in town recently to meet Islanders and address local concerns.
Grand Island Shadow Day
Fri, Apr 13th 2012 03:55 pm
The students of Grand Island High School recently had the unique opportunity once again to "shadow" a career for a day.

Beginning the day with breakfast and inspiration from guest speaker, the Hon. State Supreme Court Judge Henry Nowak, the students were prepared for a peek into the world of work. Locations this year included: the Buffalo FBI office, 98.5 WKSE radio station, Sweet Beginnings Bakery, Cannon Design, and local Grand Island schools.

Chamber of Commerce: McMahon, 1 Island honored with Citizen of the Year awards
Fri, Apr 13th 2012 03:50 pm
One Island, One Team, One Dream, to be Drug Free, was formed in 2006 as a very grass roots movement when newly appointed Grand Island High School Principal Sandra Anzalone issued a survey to parents to determine the most pressing needs in the school body.
St. Stephen's Parish Players: 'Sound of Music' continues
Fri, Apr 13th 2012 03:00 pm
While millions have watched the annual Easter television broadcast of "The Sound of Music," Shannon McNaughton was recently watching it for just her second time.
Grand Island Easter coloring contest winners announced
Mon, Apr 9th 2012 04:05 pm
Photo gallery; the Island Dispatch congratulates the following winners of the 2012 Easter coloring contest:
Chamber of Commerce: Benson, Dick & Jenny's, honored with Citizen of the Year awards
Fri, Apr 6th 2012 02:30 pm
Sixteen years ago, Grand Island Central School Superintendent Paul Fields appointed Bruce Benson and challenged him to "take Grand Island Middle School into the next century." With forethought and meticulous planning, Benson met the task head on and accomplished exactly that.

During his tenure as principal, six new classrooms were added to the existing building, and it was renamed the "Veronica E. Connor Middle School." More significantly, however, Benson was instrumental in Connor Middle School's rating as one of the top 10 middle schools in Western New York.

Chamber of Commerce: Benson, Dick & Jenny's, honored with Citizen of the Year awards
Fri, Apr 6th 2012 02:30 pm
Dick and Jenny Benz met in New Orleans at the Upperline Restaurant - she was a server and he was the chef. After getting married on Uncle PJ's boat on the West River, they decided to open a little dinner restaurant in uptown New Orleans. They called it Dick & Jenny's, of course.
FOX's 'Bones' features new Marc Scibilia single
Mon, Apr 2nd 2012 08:50 am
Work of Grand Island native on "Bones" return episode.
Fundraiser for American Foundation for Suicide Prevention
Sat, Mar 31st 2012 07:00 am
Grand Island Moose Lodge No. 180 will be the site of a benefit for the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention on Saturday, April 28.
Chamber of Commerce: Young Life, Richard brothers honored with Citizen of the Year awards
Sat, Mar 31st 2012 07:00 am
Brothers Gregg and Jeff Richard have been selected the Athletic Persons of the Year 2012 by the Grand Island Chamber of Commerce.
Chamber of Commerce: Young Life, Richard brothers honored with Citizen of the Year awards
Sat, Mar 31st 2012 07:00 am
Young Life is Christian organization that is committed to reaching teenagers with support and encouragement that they may need during their tumultuous teenage years.
Chamber of Commerce: Citizen of the Year award winners announced
Tue, Mar 27th 2012 06:10 pm
The Grand Island Chamber of Commerce has announced the 2012 Citizen of the Year Awardees.

•Community Service Person of the Year: Francine McMahon

•Athletic Persons of the Year: Jeff and Gregg Richard

•Organization of the Year: One Island, One Team, One Dream, To Be Drug Free

•Service to the Youth: Young Life

•Business of the Year: Dick & Jenny's Bake & Brew

•Educator of the Year: Bruce Benson

These citizens, organizations and businesses will be recognized at the Citizen of the Year awards ceremony on Thursday, April 26, at the Holiday Inn Grand Island.

S'Burbians cash in at 14th annual Corporate Bowl
Tue, Mar 27th 2012 06:00 pm
A Dream Team took down the money at the Corporate Bowl on Tuesday, March 20.
Lawn mower race plans ongoing
Mon, Mar 19th 2012 04:45 pm
A sure sign spring is here: planning is under way for this year's annual Father's Day Lawn Mower Race to benefit the Grand Island Relay For Life and the American Cancer Society.
School Board candidates sought to fill 3 seats
Fri, Mar 16th 2012 09:55 pm
Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz reads "The Rainbow Fish" to students in Tricia McDonald's fourth-grade class Monday during the Parents As Reading Partners program at Kaegebein Elementary School. (photo by Larry Austin)
Islanders collecting for Catholic Charities
Fri, Mar 16th 2012 05:00 pm
Katie Crombe, from Catholic Charities, spoke at the Masses at St. Stephen Church last weekend about the upcoming Catholic Charities drive.
Life Technologies gold sponsor for Citizen of the Year
Fri, Mar 9th 2012 06:00 pm
Life Technologies Senior Director of Operations Scott Baird was happy to meet recently with Citizen of the Year Committee Chairperson Liz Wilbert to make a $1,000 gold sponsorship donation for the Citizen of the Year awards ceremony.
'Willy Wonka Jr.' runs March 26, 27, 28
Fri, Mar 9th 2012 06:00 pm
Rehearsals continue for "Willy Wonka Jr.," a production of Veronica Connor Middle School. The show will take place March 26 at 6 p.m., and March 27 and 28 at 7 p.m. in the Grand Island High School auditorium.
Vikings win 4th straight Section VI Class A-1 title
Tue, Mar 6th 2012 03:55 pm
Two weeks after Hamburg beat the Grand Island boys basketball team with a last-second shot in the Section VI playoffs, the Grand Island girls beat Hamburg with a last-second basket of their own to claim the Class A-1 title.
Holiday Inn GI platinum sponsor of Citizen of the Year awards
Fri, Mar 2nd 2012 04:25 am
The Grand Island Chamber of Commerce has announced that the Holiday Inn Grand Island will once again show its community support by being a platinum sponsor for the 46th annual Citizen of the Year awards.
Winter's last gasp?
Fri, Feb 24th 2012 08:50 am
Wednesday night's snow coated the trees white, as shown above at Woods Creek near Buckhorn State Park on Grand Island.
First Niagara Bank, KeyBank take gold sponsorships
Fri, Feb 24th 2012 08:45 am
The Grand Island Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year awards banquet is April 26.
GIHS: Interact cooks for Niagara Falls mission
Fri, Feb 17th 2012 03:50 pm
Members of the Grand Island High School Interact Club had the heart to spend some of their Valentine's Day giving back to those less fortunate.
Schimminger receives Integrity Matters Award
Fri, Feb 17th 2012 03:45 pm
The Conservative Committee of Grand Island honored Assemblyman Robin Schimminger on at the Buffalo Launch Club with the Integrity Matters Award.
Miracle League receives donation
Fri, Feb 17th 2012 03:40 pm
The Miracle League of Grand Island and Western New York has announced that the organization has received a $5,000 donation from the M&T Charitable Foundation.
Chamber of Commerce: Buchanon to MC Citizen of the Year
Fri, Feb 17th 2012 03:35 pm
The Citizen of the Year Awards Committee has announced that Phil Buchanan, former broadcast journalist and Grand Island developer, will serve as master of ceremonies for this year's event.
Relay For Life kicks off 'Million Steps of Hope'
Fri, Feb 17th 2012 03:25 pm
Poised to break the $1 million mark in funds raised for the American Cancer Society, participants in the Grand Island Relay For Life kicked off the 2012 campaign Saturday.
Grand Island Town Board: Eagle Scout receives proclamation
Sat, Feb 11th 2012 01:20 pm
The Grand Island Town Board honored Tim Winder of Boy Scout Troop 510 with a town proclamation on the occasion of his Eagle Scout court of honor, held Jan. 18.
Grand Island High School: 'Les Misérables' concludes
Fri, Feb 10th 2012 09:10 am
Grand Island High School concluded its run of the spring musical "Les Misérables" on Saturday.
1840s carriage house finds new Island home
Fri, Feb 10th 2012 09:00 am
A small piece of the 19th century has found a new home on Baseline Road, thanks to a two-year effort by an Island family.
GI Rotary, GIHS Interact get cooking
Fri, Feb 3rd 2012 02:45 pm
Grand Island High School senior Kate Gilbert likes her chili medium hot, with some cheese, and Fritos Scoops corn chips.
GIHS takes on epic 'Les Misérables'
Fri, Feb 3rd 2012 02:20 pm
Everything about "Les Misérables," the musical based on the epic Victor Hugo novel, is big, so it's only fitting that Grand Island High School is producing the show with its biggest cast ever.
Joint meeting hears about reassessment
Fri, Feb 3rd 2012 02:15 pm
Assessor Judy Tafelski sent out requests for proposals to contractors Monday "to start the process to do a reassessment project here on Grand Island," according to Tom Halter of the NYS Office of Real Property Tax Services.
Northbound South Grand Island Bridge Project wins award
Fri, Feb 3rd 2012 02:05 pm
The overnight panelized deck replacement of the I-190 northbound South Grand Island Bridge bridge project was selected by the Association for Bridge Construction and Design as a 2010 award winner.
Welcome, Mr. Aronica
Fri, Jan 27th 2012 05:15 pm
Newly appointed Grand Island Councilman Chris Aronica signs paperwork after taking his oath of office from Grand Island Town Justice Mark Frentzel.
2 earn awards from Knights of Columbus
Fri, Jan 27th 2012 05:00 pm
Two Island students have been named the winners in a poster contest sponsored by Grand Island Knights of Columbus Mary Star of the Sea Council No. 4752.
GI knitters give gift of warmth
Fri, Jan 27th 2012 04:55 pm
When the winter winds blow, Erie County residents know the painful cold of uncovered ears and hands - and the importance of a warm hat, scarf and gloves.
Above and Beyond: Island firefighters install 2012 officers
Mon, Jan 23rd 2012 03:50 pm
New York State Assemblyman Sean Ryan administered the oaths of office to newly elected Grand Island Fire Co. officers at fire headquarters.
Newspaper Club begins work
Fri, Jan 20th 2012 08:35 pm
Approximately 20 students at Huth Road Elementary School have begun work on the next installment of the school's newspaper.