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Islander receives special guest
Fri, Oct 4th 2013 09:25 pm
Navy veteran Peter Xanthos of East River Road (pictured at center) recently hosted visitors, including his shipmate from World War II, Walter Frey.
Memorial Library receives grant for newspaper project
Fri, Oct 4th 2013 09:15 pm
State Sen. Mark Grisanti, who represents the Island in the New York State Senate, recently visited Grand Island Memorial Library. Lynn Alan Konovitz, director, said Grisanti gave libraries like Grand Island's extra funding aid, which Memorial Library used for computer hardware.
Sidway Elementary School: Students undergo training during Bus Safety Week
Fri, Oct 4th 2013 09:15 pm
Kindergarteners and first-graders at Sidway Elementary School underwent bus safety training as part of Bus Safety Week in the district Sept. 23 to 27.
Kaegebein Elementary School: Apple Day celebrated
Fri, Oct 4th 2013 09:15 pm
Tuesday was Apple Day at Kaegebein Elementary School.
Connor Middle School principal honored for lifesaving actions
Fri, Oct 4th 2013 09:10 pm
Veronica Connor Middle School Assistant Principal Eleanor Payne was honored this week by Erie County Legislator Kevin Hardwick for her part in helping save the life of one of her students.
Grand Island High School: DECA preserves past with time capsule
Fri, Oct 4th 2013 09:10 pm
With the Grand Island school year well underway, and with the capital project expanding the high school terrain a few feet further every day, the high school building foundations formed in the past are being restructured in the present with the intent to revolutionize the Island's future. In effort to preserve today's customs for the future, the Grand Island High School DECA business and marketing organization has coined a time capsule project to embody the atmosphere of the current school and community's culture.
Rotary Club: Document Destruction Day Oct. 5
Fri, Sep 27th 2013 07:40 pm
The Grand Island Rotary Club reminds Western New Yorkers the club will once again hold a Document Destruction Day on Saturday, Oct. 5, in the KeyBank parking lot of the Tops Plaza on Grand Island Boulevard. For $10 per box, patrons will get assured, confidential shredding of all papers.
Grand Island Fire Company hosts annual open house
Mon, Sep 23rd 2013 03:50 pm
The Grand Island Fire Co. will host its annual open house on Thursday, Oct. 10, at GIFC headquarters, 2275 Baseline Road. Check out photos of last year's live fire demo.
Paying tribute
Mon, Sep 23rd 2013 01:50 pm
On Friday, family, friends and first responders paid tribute to Russell M. Pecoraro, who recently passed away. An elaborate procession - complete with helicopter escort - took place across Whitehaven Road.
Stacy Clark continues rise to stardom with new EP, 'Days Into Nights'
Sat, Sep 21st 2013 04:35 pm
The feeling of a red carpet beneath the feet of a Grand Islander is simply as foreign as the feeling of the lunar surface. To put it bluntly, the limelight does not shine on the Island; it would rather shine on the international music centers of the nation - like Nashville or Los Angeles - to find the next big music star.
Clerk's 'Thank-A-Vet' Discount Card Program signs-on 500th business
Thu, Sep 19th 2013 04:55 pm
When Chris Jacobs took office as Erie County Clerk last year, he inherited a veterans program in name only. The discount program had but 27 participating businesses and very few veterans were issued the complimentary card.

"I pledged to make this program a real benefit to the over 60,000 veterans in Erie County and vowed to have 250 businesses signed-on by the end of my first term in office," Jacobs said. He has doubled his goal, recently hitting the 500th mark of participating Erie County businesses offering discounts to enrolled veterans.

Veronica Connor Middle School student revived by GI school official
Thu, Sep 19th 2013 04:50 pm
Veronica Conner Middle School Assistant Principal Eleanor Payne stepped in Monday, Sept. 9, to do CPR on a 10-year-old student who had collapsed in the school hallway.

Shortly before 4 p.m., the Grand Island Fire Co. responded to a report of a "student down" at the Ransom Road school.

According to the GIFC report, the student had left the school earlier in the day with an unspecified illness, but had returned with her mother to pick up some items when she collapsed near her locker.

Islanders open Magpie's Bake Shop & Café in Tonawanda
Sat, Sep 14th 2013 12:55 am
Sisters Sarah Mallare and Christine Carr of Grand Island have opened a new bakery in the City of Tonawanda. Magpie's Bake Shop & Café, named after their mother, Christine "Maggie" Smith, recently celebrated its grand opening with a ribbon-cutting. Located at 38 Niagara St., they offer soups, pizza, cakes, pastries, many other baked goods.
Grand Island Central School District: Going the extra mile on first day of school
Sat, Sep 14th 2013 12:35 am
Everybody remembers their first day of school on a school bus, said Jack Burns, the director of transportation in the Grand Island Central School District.
Conservatives hold family picnic
Sat, Sep 14th 2013 12:30 am
The Erie County Conservative Party recently sponsored a family picnic at VFW Post No. 8113 in West Seneca. Party members and endorsed candidates wished to meet and thank supporters and especially those who worked to obtain signatures on petitions for those seeking office this fall.
Grand Island Town Board: Cinderella Isle Garden Club honored with proclamation
Sat, Sep 14th 2013 12:30 am
At its monthly meeting on Aug. 19, the Grand Island Town Board issued a proclamation thanking the members of the Cinderella Isle Garden Club "for their continuing dedication to serving" the Grand Island community.
Frentzel, Aronica, Kinney, Stanley win on Grand Island
Wed, Sep 11th 2013 06:45 pm
Grand Island town justice candidate Mark J. Frentzel took every party line in Tuesday's primary election, outpacing Joy M. Carrier LaMarca.

Christopher K. Aronica (81 votes) and Beverly A. Kinney (77) took the two town council spots, outdrawing Raymond A. Billica (54).

Superintendent of highways candidate William M. Stanley defeated James B. Tomkins by a 10-vote margin, 76-66.

Islander delivers with introduction of Obama
Fri, Sep 6th 2013 08:50 pm
Officials at the University at Buffalo are elated by the performance of an Islander who was chosen to introduce the president of the United States for his policy speech.
Local CROP team undergoes training
Fri, Sep 6th 2013 08:40 pm
On Wednesday, Aug. 28, more than a dozen people underwent training for the 2013 CROP Walk in preparation for this year's event on Oct. 13.
Islander introduces Obama for speech at UB
Thu, Aug 29th 2013 04:30 pm
Grand Islander Silvana D'Ettorre had the honor of introducing President Barack Obama before his speech Aug. 22 at the University at Buffalo.
Miracle League has visit from firefighters
Thu, Aug 29th 2013 04:20 pm
The Miracle League of Grand Island and Western New York welcomed units from Sheridan Park, Niagara Falls and Grand Island for the league's second annual firefighters day at the ball diamond in Veterans Park.
GI Fun Center expands food options
Thu, Aug 29th 2013 04:20 pm
The Grand Island Fun Center has added "festive" to its menu.
Town Board issues proclamation honoring Lange
Thu, Aug 29th 2013 04:20 pm
The Grand Island Town Board recognized Islander Phyllis Lange at its meeting on Monday at Town Hall for her ministry to the poor in Buffalo since 1982.
Grand Island Lions Club: White Cane Days held
Thu, Aug 29th 2013 04:20 pm
Tom Witkowski, past president of the Grand Island Lions Club, accepts a donation to the Lions White Cane Days last Friday in front of First Niagara Bank on Baseline Road. White Cane Days is a major fundraiser of the Grand Island Lions Club.
Work continues on STEM wing
Thu, Aug 29th 2013 04:20 pm
Work continues on the new science, technology, engineering and mathematics wing at Grand Island High School.
Weaver a winner at Vintage Snowmobile Show
Mon, Aug 26th 2013 06:00 pm
Grand Islander Bob Weaver of Bob Weaver Motorsports took home three national trophies at the Vintage Snowmobile Club of America's eighth annual Vintage Snowmobile Show in Boonville.
Islander rolls out new product: The Fact Wheel
Fri, Aug 23rd 2013 03:10 pm
An Island mon's frustration with her third-grader's math homework was the inspiration for a new product.
Grand Island High School: New STEM wing called 'game-changer'
Fri, Aug 16th 2013 04:10 pm
No one is happier about the new addition to Grand Island High School than the teachers who will teach in it.
GI Professional Women present scholarship
Fri, Aug 16th 2013 04:10 pm
Grand Island's Jodie White wants to be a musician. She will use her scholarship from the Grand Island Professional Women's Chapter, New York State Women, to attend SUNY Fredonia to major in music education. Her classes start Aug. 26.
The Cellular Connection holds backpack giveaway
Fri, Aug 16th 2013 04:05 pm
Students going back to school received an assist from a local business on Saturday.
Grand Island Town Board: National Airborne Day proclaimed
Fri, Aug 16th 2013 04:00 pm
The Grand Island Town Board has proclaimed Aug. 16 as National Airborne Day on the Island.
First car wash held for CROP Walk
Fri, Aug 16th 2013 04:00 pm
The first-ever CROP Walk for Hunger car wash took place Saturday at Adrian's Custard and Beef on Grand Island Boulevard.
State Parks extends deadline for proposals at Beaver Island State Park
Thu, Aug 8th 2013 11:05 am
The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation has extended the deadline for two separate requests for proposals at Beaver Island State Park for food, beverage and catering operations, as well as operation of the golf course and food and beverage at the State Park golf course. The revised due date for both RFPs is 2 p.m. on Friday, Aug. 23.
Bisons visit Miracle League
Fri, Aug 2nd 2013 06:45 pm
The Miracle League of Grand Island and Western New York held another feature game with celebrity buddies.
'Three Cousins' featured in art show
Mon, Jul 29th 2013 07:00 am
Three Grand Island residents will host the "The Three Cousins Art Show" beginning Aug. 3. Angelo F. LaDuca, Thomas A. Insana and Marilyn L. Wilson, all cousins, will host an art show at the Partners In Art Gallery in North Tonawanda.
Local leaders to take part in Paddles Up Niagara
Fri, Jul 26th 2013 08:15 pm
The eighth annual "Paddles Up Niagara," hosted by the Niagara River Greenway Commission at Beaver Island State Park, will take place along the southeastern shores of Grand Island on Saturday, July 27.
Zonta presents scholarships, Spirit Award
Fri, Jul 19th 2013 04:05 pm
The Zonta Club of Grand Island presented four $750 scholarships and the 2013 Spirit Award at the club's annual Scholarship Dinner held at the Buffalo Launch Club on June 25.
Great Corrao Race takes over Island
Fri, Jul 19th 2013 04:00 pm
Independence Day week was full of class reunions, family reunions, friends getting together, smiles and laughter this year. The Corrao family of Grand Island was no different, only more so.
Klocks celebrate 55th wedding anniversary
Fri, Jul 19th 2013 04:00 pm
Jo and Paul Klock of East River Road celebrated their 55th wedding anniversary with family and friends at the Mary Star of the Sea Council No. 4752 Knights of Columbus Hall. A party with a Hawaiian theme was enjoyed by a gathering of an estimated 120 people.
Compu-Mail awarded two certificates of merit in international print competition
Mon, Jul 15th 2013 01:45 pm
Compu-Mail, a direct marketing and printing service, has been recognized in the 2013 Premier Print Awards for outstanding achievement in the production of variable data digital printing. Compu-Mail's 2013 desk calendar, featuring variable data and images, and highly personalized campaign mailing earned two certificates of merit for the company.