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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.
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.
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.
Grand Island High School: Capital project work in auditorium progresses
Fri, May 9th 2014 03:10 pm
PHOTOS: The auditorium at Grand Island High School has been gutted as part of the ongoing capital project in the Grand Island Central School District. Work on the ceiling went on high above the aud floor on the platform.
Video: 'Lady and the Tramp' a Grand Island tradition
Thu, May 1st 2014 10:35 pm
Olivia Goc and Ryan O'Neil recreate the famous spaghetti noodle scene from the Disney animated movie "Lady and the Tramp" during Monday's Lions Spaghetti Dinner.
Jacobs launches campaign to increase number of organ donors
Fri, Apr 25th 2014 09:15 pm
Erie County Clerk Chris Jacobs recently announced the launching an aggressive campaign to significantly increase the number of Erie County citizens opting to become organ donors.

"Our goal is to raise the number of registered organ donors at our auto bureau by 30 percent," said Jacobs.

According to Unyts, 80 percent of people who become organ donors register at their local auto bureau. "That means we at the Erie County Auto Bureau have a unique privilege and a responsibility to tell our customers that this simple act of checking a box can save countless lives," said Jacobs.

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.

 


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