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Ryan 'demands answers' from Thruway Authority about Grand Island E-ZPass 'errors'
Thu, Jul 7th 2022 09:55 am
On Wednesday, New York State Sen. Sean Ryan demanded answers from the New York State Thruway Authority regarding what his team called "a problem many Grand Island residents have been facing with the Thruway Authority and the E-ZPass billing system."
KVIS begins free children's concert series on July 12
Tue, Jul 5th 2022 05:30 pm
The Kenmore Village Improvement Society kicks off the 11th year of the Franco's Pizza Children's Concert Series at 6:15 p.m. Tuesday, July 12, on the lawn of Kenmore Middle School, 155 Delaware Road.
Niagara River Greenway presents 16th annual Paddles Up Niagara
Tue, Jul 5th 2022 09:20 am
The Niagara River Greenway, along with the Town of Grand Island and the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, presents Paddles Up Niagara, taking place at Beaver Island State Park on Saturday, July 30.
2022 Buffalo Team Hope Walk to support HDSA
Mon, Jul 4th 2022 07:00 am
The northeast region of the Huntington's Disease Society of America (HDSA) will host the Buffalo Team Hope Walk at 10 a.m. Saturday, Sept. 10, at Isleview Gazebo. All proceeds support HDSA's mission to improve the lives of people affected by Huntington's disease (HD) and their families.
Ribbon-cutting ceremony held at Big Six Marina
Sat, Jul 2nd 2022 07:00 am
Many residents are unaware Grand Island is the home to three state parks: Buckhorn Island State Park, Beaver Island State Park, and Big Six Marina State Park. According to Mark Mistretta, western district director of New York State Parks, he has heard on several occasions, "I didn't even know this (Big Six Marina State Park) was here. This is beautiful. This is wonderful."
Town Board issues proclamations in advance of July 4 parade
Sat, Jul 2nd 2022 07:00 am
The Grand Island Town Board issued two proclamations, both connected with the upcoming Independence Day parade and Dick Bessel Independence Day Run, at its June 27 meeting.
Oishei Children's Hospital, ECDOH to offer COVID-19 vaccine to children
Fri, Jul 1st 2022 12:30 pm
The Erie County Department of Health and John R. Oishei Children's Hospital (OCH) are coordinating a pediatric COVID-19 vaccine clinic from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Saturday, July 9, for children ages 6 months to 4 years. It will be held at Oishei Children's Hospital, 818 Ellicott St., Buffalo.
Catholic Charities: Appeal 2022 reaches $9.5 million goal
Fri, Jul 1st 2022 09:30 am
Catholic Charities of Buffalo on Thursday announced Appeal 2022, in support of Catholic Charities and the "Fund for the Faith," achieved its $9.5 million goal with a total of $9,562,329.69 in cash and pledges.
Higgins: Border restrictions breaking US-Canada relationship & economies
Thu, Jun 30th 2022 09:20 am
Congressman Brian Higgins, who represents the cities of Buffalo and Niagara Falls, released the following statement in response to the Canadian government's notice it is extending current land border restrictions through at least the end of September.
After 28 months of service & nearly 300,000 calls received, Erie County to close its COVID-19 information line
Wed, Jun 29th 2022 11:00 pm
As calls to the Erie County COVID-19 information line have steadily declined, this hotline will answer its last call on Thursday, June 30.
New York State Parks: $2.4M upgrade completed at Big Six Mile Creek Marina
Tue, Jun 28th 2022 03:25 pm
On Monday, the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation celebrated the reopening of the Big Six Mile Creek Marina on Grand Island following a $2.4 million renovation project.
'Olmsted 200 Celebration' continues in July with BPO Concert at Cazenovia Park
Tue, Jun 28th 2022 03:20 pm
The Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy (BOPC) and Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra have partnered together in honor of Frederick Law Olmsted's 200th birthday to put on free concert at Cazenovia Park, presented by Bank of America and Wegmans.
National Alliance on Mental Illness Buffalo & Erie County family support groups for July
Tue, Jun 28th 2022 10:25 am
National Alliance on Mental Illness family support groups are for adult family members and caregivers (over age 18) of a loved one living with mental illness. They are described as a safe, confidential place to receive support, as well as referrals to needed resources. Groups are led by trained NAMI member volunteers with family experience of a loved one living with mental illness.
United Way of Buffalo & Erie County, Oishei Children's Hospital challenge community to go 'Over the Edge'
Mon, Jun 27th 2022 05:20 pm
United Way of Buffalo & Erie County and Oishei Children's Hospital have joined together again for the second year to bring "Over the Edge" - a unique peer-to-peer fundraiser and rappelling event - to Buffalo this fall. Together, they are challenging the community to step up, face their fears, and go over the edge to support programs, research and direct care that provide building blocks for a healthy future.
June is Homeownership Month
Mon, Jun 27th 2022 10:15 am
The U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development New York Regional Office, in collaboration with the Philadelphia Homeownership Center, and the Office of Housing Counseling, will host a webinar in celebration of National Homeownership Month.
From cancer to healing: Eric Fiebelkorn's survival story (Part II)
Sat, Jun 25th 2022 07:00 am
Cancer changes a person forever, said Relay For Life Honorary Survivor Eric Fiebelkorn, who was diagnosed with cancer in 2012. He said the time that he spent fighting cancer gave him the opportunity to explore his faith and to reassess the direction of his life. He said this time of great pain and suffering also provided him with blessings.
Hope takes flight at 2022 'Taste of Relay'
Sat, Jun 25th 2022 07:00 am
At the "Taste of Relay" on June 18, painted lady butterflies were released from small envelopes to demonstrate the event's theme, "Hope Takes Flight," in action. They sat on people's hands, they fluttered to the ground, and then, they took flight.
Lawnmower Race reunites Grand Island family
Sat, Jun 25th 2022 07:00 am
Cesar Silveira was a 15-year-old kid who loved playing soccer. He had traveled from his native Brazil to Grand Island as an exchange student, where he discovered Grand Island High School's junior varsity soccer team.
ECDOH offers COVID-19 vaccine for children 6 months to under 5 years
Fri, Jun 24th 2022 03:25 pm
Following the U.S. Food and Drug Administration's recent authorization for coronavirus vaccine in children ages 6 months to under 5 years old, the Erie County Department of Health will provide COVID-19 vaccines for this age group starting Wednesday, June 29.
182nd Erie County Fair to honor firefighters, veterans & active military
Wed, Jun 22nd 2022 04:25 pm
The Erie County Fair will honor firefighters, veterans and active military daily this August. In addition to the traditional daily flag retreat ceremony honoring a veteran or active-duty military member, there will be a firefighter honored daily in the all-new Firefighter Honoree Ceremony.
COVID-19 service updates from Erie County Department of Health
Wed, Jun 22nd 2022 04:15 pm
The Erie County Department of Health is adjusting its COVID-19 test site operations and information line hours.
$15,000 & $10,000 grants awarded to Black-owned and -led businesses in Western New York
Wed, Jun 22nd 2022 04:00 pm
Looking to ensure that Black-owned and -led businesses can become trailblazers in Western New York's economy, community development nonprofit LISC WNY and General Motors are working together to provide $15,000 and $10,000 grants to more than a dozen under-capitalized Black businesses to help them scale their capital to grow their operations and position themselves as leaders in the region's in-demand industries.
Rivera & Ryan recognize 'crucial' cost-of-living adjustment for direct support professionals
Tue, Jun 21st 2022 07:15 pm
New York State Assembly member Jon D. Rivera, State Sen. Sean Ryan, Hamburg Town Supervisor Randy Hoak and representatives from both People Inc. and Developmental Disabilities Alliance of WNY on Tuesday recognized what they called a critical and well-deserved cost-of-living adjustment for direct support professionals (DSP) and the not-for-profit organizations that employ them.
WNY dairy farmers to be recognized on 'Dairy Day' at Erie County Fair
Mon, Jun 20th 2022 12:55 pm
The Erie County Fair, in partnership with Milk for Health, will honor WNY's Dairy Farmer of the Year during "Dairy Day" at the Erie County Fair this August. The newly established event will be Thursday, Aug. 11, and will feature a variety of activities to showcase dairy farming and products.
Miracle League receives donation
Sat, Jun 18th 2022 07:00 am
The Greater Buffalo Track Club and the Grand Island Half Marathon on June 9 donated $5,000 to the Miracle League of Western New York.
From cancer to healing: Eric Fiebelkorn's survival story
Sat, Jun 18th 2022 07:00 am
On the day in 2012 when Eric Fiebelkorn, who was 38 years old at the time, went to Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center for his first treatment, he prayed with his wife, Alicia, and then told her, "You know, I feel great. It's crazy to me that I'm going in to start this treatment and surgeries. I feel like I could run a marathon."
Orange Poppy Art Studio celebrates 2 years of creating art
Sat, Jun 18th 2022 07:00 am
During the height of the COVID-19 pandemic, in June 2020, Bonnie Nevans and Crystal Still came up with an idea to help the community feel a sense of togetherness. That idea was a mural created by anyone interested in participating. Each volunteer was given a packet of materials, with directions on how to create a small portion of the mural. The individual pieces looked very abstract, and neither Nevans nor Still told any of the participants what the entire piece would look like.
Revving up for 'Wheels on Wednesday' at Beechwood
Fri, Jun 17th 2022 12:50 pm
Beechwood Continuing Care, located at 2235 Millersport Highway (corner of North Forest), announced that, after a two-year hiatus, it will bring back its annual car cruise. The event is 6-8 p.m. Wednesday, June 29.
Lawnmower Race: Neighbors' friendly rivalry leads to Islandwide fundraising event
Fri, Jun 17th 2022 10:15 am
When Floyd and Chie Doring moved to their home on West River Road on Grand Island in 1976, one of their first acquisitions was a lawnmower. It didn't take long before Floyd realized that mowing his large lawn with a push lawnmower wasn't going to be a long-term plan.
Author suggests ways to build a backyard garden for wildlife
Fri, Jun 17th 2022 10:10 am
Creating a garden full of native plant species helps animals and plants maintain a harmonious relationship, and it prevents conflicts that people get into with animals, said Nancy Lawson, author of "The Humane Gardener: Nurturing a Backyard Habitat for Wildlife."
Consumer alert: NYS Division of Consumer Protection offers guidance to raise awareness about elder abuse - and ways to prevent it
Thu, Jun 16th 2022 07:30 pm
Earlier this week, the New York State Division of Consumer Protection (DCP) offered guidance to prevent and help protect senior family members and friends from elder abuse.
Erie County Department of Health announces schedule changes for Juneteenth holiday
Tue, Jun 14th 2022 02:05 pm
Erie County Department of Health offices will be closed for the Juneteenth holiday (observed) on Monday, June 20. This will affect COVID-19 services, including:
Lions hold installation, awards banquet
Tue, Jun 14th 2022 11:30 am
The Grand Island Lions Club held its Installation and awards banquet at the Buffalo Launch Club on Wednesday, June 8. Past District Gov. Lion Jeff Jarvis installed the board of directors for the 2022-23 year.
Buffalo executives & companies make 'bold commitments' to heart & brain health
Mon, Jun 13th 2022 03:05 pm
On the 98th anniversary of the founding of the American Heart Association, Buffalo-area leaders are making bold commitments to stand with the association as it drives toward its 2024 "Impact Goal," which is focused on improving cardiovascular health for all while identifying and removing barriers to health care access and quality.
$46 million investment for thruway pavement improvement projects in Western New York
Mon, Jun 13th 2022 01:55 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul recently announced a $46 million investment for two pavement improvement projects on the New York State Thruway (I-90) in Erie and Genesee counties. The two projects include resurfacing of more than 100 lane miles between Exit 47 (Rochester - LeRoy - I-490 - NY Route 19) to beyond Exit 48A (Pembroke - Medina - NY Route 77).
Erie County Department of Health investigates scratches and bites from cats, rats, bats & more
Mon, Jun 13th 2022 01:40 pm
Each year, the Erie County Department of Health (ECDOH) sees increasing reports of potential rabies exposures from domestic pets and wild animals with warmer summer weather, as more Erie County residents spend time in the great outdoors.
ECDOH & ECOCP provide information to parents, caregivers struggling to find infant formula
Mon, Jun 13th 2022 01:35 pm
With the national shortage of infant formula, the Erie County Department of Health (ECDOH) and Erie County Office of Consumer Protection (ECOCP) recently provided information to parents and caregivers struggling to find infant formula.
ECMC again achieves national accreditation from Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program
Mon, Jun 13th 2022 01:35 pm
Erie County Medical Center (ECMC) Corp. announced its Synergy Bariatrics/Center for Bariatric and Metabolic Surgery has recently been accredited for a third consecutive three-year period as a comprehensive center under the Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery Accreditation and Quality Improvement Program (MBSAQIP) - a joint program of the American College of Surgeons (ACS) and the American Society for Metabolic and Bariatric Surgery (ASMBS). This accreditation extends from March 27 through March 27, 2025.
Town Board approves site plan and special use permit for proposed solar project
Sat, Jun 11th 2022 07:00 am
The Grand Island Town Board approved both a site plan and a special use permit at its June 6 meeting for Grand Island Sunrise LLC to construct a solar energy generation project at its property at 871 Whitehaven Road. In addition, the Town Board issued a negative SEQR determination for the project.
Schultz wraps high school career with a smile
Fri, Jun 10th 2022 09:20 am
Rebecca Schultz thought, "Yeah, a trip to states would have been great"; but then again, it falls the same weekend as senior prom. And, well, her dress is paid for.

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