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Grand Island Lions Club: Annual spaghetti dinner to feature many supported agencies
Fri, Apr 25th 2014 09:15 pm
The Grand Island Lions Club's 45th annual spaghetti dinner will be held Monday, April 28, at the Byblos Niagara Resort and Spa from 5 to 8 p.m. The Lions will not only offer sumptuous piles of plated pasta, a basket raffle, and a presentation of Lions' Peace Poster contest entrants, it will also offer the community access to representatives from area service agencies who will be able to provide information on their services (some free or at low cost) and even volunteer and employment opportunities.
Kids Day April 29
Fri, Apr 25th 2014 09:15 pm
Volunteers are again needed to sell newspapers to support Kids Day on Tuesday, April 29. Proceeds from this paper sale help support the Women and Children's Hospital in Buffalo.
Island of Hope: Islanders to Paint the Town Purple
Fri, Apr 25th 2014 09:15 pm
Islanders will decorate their homes and workplaces with purple to show their support for the American Cancer Society and Relay For Life.
Quadriplegic diver candidate takes plunge at Byblos Niagara Resort & Spa
Fri, Apr 25th 2014 09:15 pm
The liberating world of scuba is now an exciting option for disabled people in the Western New York area with its first student, Tom Schofield of Burford, Ontario, a quadriplegic. After 30 years out of the water, and a few false starts to learn scuba diving, Schofield was finally able to realize his dream of training to become a diver with the help of the regional Handicapped Scuba Association Training Team, Byblos Niagara Resort & Spa and Adventure Scuba and Watersports.
Grand Island High School: Music groups honored on D.C. trip
Fri, Apr 25th 2014 09:05 pm
Three Grand Island High School music groups earned superior ratings at the Dixie Classic Festival in Washington, D.C., with one winning the top prize.
It's magic
Fri, Apr 25th 2014 08:55 pm
St. Stephen School on Grand Island was the latest setting for the magic and mischief of Rob and Carol Allen of Wheatfield, sponsored in part by the Western New York Dairy Industry.
Dispatch survey winner takes home Seneca Niagara gift card
Fri, Apr 18th 2014 09:45 pm
Grand Island resident Al Shreder was selected as the grand-prize winner in the recent Island Dispatch survey contest. He and his wife, Marion, received a $150 gift card from Seneca Niagara Gaming Corp.
Apply for Zonta scholarships
Fri, Apr 18th 2014 09:40 pm
The Zonta Club of Grand Island will award scholarships at its annual awards dinner June 24.

The Memorial Scholarship Award of $750 will be presented to a woman between the ages of 18 and 25 in memory of deceased Zontians who gave of their time and resources to improve the status of women. To be eligible for this award, the applicant must be a resident of Grand Island, at least 18 years old (not a high school senior) and be enrolled in a degree or certification program.

The Career Advancement Scholarship will recognize one woman over 25 with a $750 award. She must be a resident of Grand Island and attending or have proof of acceptance in a program to further her education or help re-enter the job market.

Brief Light House Pointe meeting
Thu, Apr 10th 2014 04:35 pm
Residents opposed to the rezoning of a parcel of the Light House Pointe housing development walked out of a meeting with developers after 20 minutes Tuesday, but stayed long enough to criticize the developers for scheduling the meeting on short notice.
Huth Road Elementary School: Welcome home
Thu, Apr 10th 2014 04:30 pm
Seven-year-old Gavin Firmstone got a surprise ride home from Huth Road Elementary School Thursday.
Grand Island Chamber of Commerce: Linenfelser named Citizen of the Year
Thu, Apr 10th 2014 04:30 pm
The Grand Island Chamber of Commerce has named Teddy Linenfelser Citizen of the Year for Service to the Community.

The chamber will honor Linenfelser at the 48th annual Citizen of the Year Awards Thursday, April 24, at Byblos Niagara Resort and Spa.

Teddy Klingel Linenfelser was born to Ted and Marion Klingel shortly after they and daughter Mary Ellen moved into their new house in Grandyle Village. She attended grades kindergarten through ninth grade at Charlotte Sidway School before taking the school bus off the Island for 10th through 12th grades. Her children attended Sidway and her grandchildren also went to kindergarten and first grade at Sidway.

Erie County Legislature: Hardwick presents proclamation commending Island Dispatch on 70th anniversary
Thu, Apr 10th 2014 04:25 pm
The Erie County Legislature issued a proclamation at its recent meeting to recognize and commend the Island Dispatch on the celebration of its 70th anniversary.
Grand Island Chamber of Commerce: Chamberlain named Citizen of the Year
Thu, Apr 10th 2014 04:20 pm
The Grand Island Chamber of Commerce has named Grand Island High School teacher Cheryl Chamberlain Citizen of the Year - Educator 2013.

The chamber will honor her at the 48th annual Citizen of the Year Awards Thursday, April 24, at Byblos Niagara Resort and Spa.

Chamberlain has been teaching with the Grand Island Central School District since 2000 when she and her husband, Gregory, moved back to where he grew up to raise their daughters Brooke and Sarah. When they moved into their home on Stony Point Road, Chamberlain was considering going back to school and her husband said, "Why don't you substitute teach at the schools on Grand Island?" This started Chamberlain's career focus in business education.

Grand Island Chamber of Commerce: Citizens of the Years named
Tue, Mar 25th 2014 05:10 pm
The Grand Island Chamber of Commerce has named the winners for the Chamber of Commerce's 48th annual Citizen of the Year Awards event.

Four individuals and one business are winners:

•Nonnie Carroll - Volunteer Service

•Cheryl Chamberlain - Educator 2013

•Hizair Hair Salon - Business of the Year

•Lynn Alan Konovitz - Professional Contributor

•Teddy Linenfelser - Service to the Community

The Citizen of the Year Award dinner will take place Thursday, April 24, at Byblos Niagara Resort and Spa. Tickets will be available at the chamber office, 2257 Grand Island Blvd., or by calling 716-773-3651.

Huth Road Elementary School: Final edition of Newspaper Club begins work
Tue, Mar 25th 2014 05:10 pm
The third and last group of the third-grade Newspaper Club at Huth Road Elementary School, under the direction of Angela Hamilton, began work after school.
Hospice receives $10K donation
Tue, Mar 25th 2014 05:05 pm
More than $10,000 in proceeds from the Robert G. Hoch Winter Memory Walk were donated to the Hospice Foundation of WNY.
BBQ
Tue, Mar 25th 2014 05:00 pm
The St. Stephen R.C. Church Holy Name Society will present a Pitmaster Barbecue from noon to 4 p.m. Sunday, March 30, at St. Stephen School, 2080 Baseline Road. The pulled chicken or pulled pork barbecue (your choice) will include potato salad, coleslaw and baked beans.
LightHouse Pointe project public hearing set for April 21
Mon, Mar 24th 2014 06:10 pm
Opposition to a proposal to rezone a parcel in the neighborhood of East River and Whitehaven roads is gaining momentum, residents said.
Relay For Life: Father's Day Lawn Mower Races recognized
Mon, Mar 24th 2014 06:05 pm
Grand Island's annual Father's Day Lawn Mower Race, Classic Car Show and 5K Kevin Doring Walk has been recognized by the Grand Island Relay For Life.
Town Board notes 70th anniversary of Island Dispatch
Tue, Mar 18th 2014 07:05 pm
The Grand Island Town Board issued a proclamation on the 70th anniversary of the Island Dispatch.
Grand Island Chamber of Commerce: Gold, platinum sponsors announced for Citizen of the Year Awards
Tue, Mar 18th 2014 06:50 pm
Two Island companies will sponsor the upcoming Citizen of the Year Awards Dinner.
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.

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.
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!"
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
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.
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."

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.
 


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