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SBA: Key policy change to existing COVID Economic Injury Disaster Loan program
Tue, Mar 15th 2022 01:00 pm
On Tuesday, Administrator Isabella Casillas Guzman, head of the U.S. Small Business Administration, directed the SBA to provide additional deferment of principal and interest payments for existing COVID Economic Injury Disaster Loan (EIDL) program borrowers. That makes a total of 30 months deferment from inception on all approved COVID-19 EIDL loans.
The Fab Four Beatles tribute is first concert announcement for Erie County Fair
Tue, Mar 15th 2022 11:35 am
The Fab Four: The Ultimate Tribute will return to Hamburg for an 8 p.m. show on Wednesday, Aug. 10. This group has traveled the globe impersonating John Lennon, Paul McCartney, Ringo Starr and George Harrison.
Business Backs Buffalo Football announces further committee roster expansion
Tue, Mar 15th 2022 10:10 am
On Monday, Business Backs Buffalo Football - an all-volunteer committee comprised of rising corporate, small business, startup and nonprofit leaders - announced the addition of nine new members to its core group roster.
Proposed Huth Road development generates debate over wetlands
Sat, Mar 12th 2022 07:00 am
The Grand Island Town Board voted at its March 7 meeting to grant preliminary plat approval and to issue a negative declaration for a SEQR review to the 17-lot Sandywood Circle subdivision, located on Huth Road, east of Autumnwood Drive.
St. Stephen teacher wins a Bee Cause Grant
Sat, Mar 12th 2022 07:00 am
As a young recruit to the U.S. Navy in 1975, Phil Kenline was introduced to beekeeping by a family in Atlanta who "adopted" him.
Ryan seeks nominations for outstanding librarians from across New York
Fri, Mar 11th 2022 04:15 pm
New York State Sen. Sean Ryan, chair of the Senate Libraries Committee, seeks nominations for outstanding librarians from across New York. He will recognize outstanding librarians who go above and beyond to serve their communities during National Library Week, which begins Sunday, April 3. One librarian will be selected from each of the state's 10 region. Each honoree will receive special recognition and a framed New York State Senate proclamation.
'Making Music Matter' with ABC Bel Canto Choirs
Fri, Mar 11th 2022 10:15 am
The ABC Bel Canto Choirs: Presto, Vivace and Bravo will present "Making Music Matter" at 3 p.m. Sunday, March 20, at Clarence Presbyterian Church, 9675 Main St.
Kearns releases 'alarming' data on preforeclosure default notifications
Fri, Mar 11th 2022 09:25 am
Erie County Clerk Michael Kearns and the "Stay In Your Home" campaign on Thursday released what he called "a staggering report" on the postmoratorium preforeclosure notices received by many homeowners across Erie County.
Buffalo & Erie County Greenway Standing Committee to meet for announcement of Greenway grant awards
Thu, Mar 10th 2022 08:55 pm
The Buffalo and Erie County Greenway Fund Standing Committee announcement of awards will be conducted via videoconference at 8:30 a.m. Friday, March 18. For information on how to participate, contact Carol Sampson at 716-842-3232. The meeting will be recorded and posted on the committee website.
Red Cross testing blood donations for COVID-19 antibodies
Thu, Mar 10th 2022 08:40 am
For a limited time, the American Red Cross has resumed testing all blood, platelet and plasma donations for coronavirus antibodies. Plasma from routine donations that have high levels of antibodies may be used as convalescent plasma to help meet the needs of COVID-19 patients with weakened immune systems.
Poloncarz updates status of American Rescue Plan projects in Erie County
Wed, Mar 9th 2022 04:15 pm
On Wednesday, Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz provided an update on Erie County investments taking shape under his administration's RENEW Plan, one year after the passage of President Joe Biden's American Rescue Plan for State and Local Recovery (ARP), which provided counties and cities nationwide with funding for a wide variety of investments to aid in recovery from the COVID-19 pandemic.
Free health screenings, resources & produce shared with Buffalo, Niagara Falls neighborhoods in March
Wed, Mar 9th 2022 03:35 pm
Several "Good for the Neighborhood" events, offering free health screenings, resources and information from health care professionals - along with fresh fruits, vegetables and family fun activities organized by the Independent Health Foundation - returns this year to in-person gatherings in Buffalo, Niagara Falls and other neighborhoods throughout Western New York.
WNY EquiFest to feature local & regional clinicians, demonstrators, vendors
Tue, Mar 8th 2022 04:45 pm
WNY EquiFest returns to the Erie County Fairgrounds in Hamburg for two full days, March 19-20. This year's event features more than 100 vendors with products and services focusing on the horse industry, including tack, mane and tail care, saddles, equine d├ęcor, feed and nutrition.
Ryan seeks nominations for New York State Senate Veterans' Hall of Fame
Tue, Mar 8th 2022 04:35 pm
New York State Sen. Sean Ryan announced his office is seeking nominations for the New York State Senate Veterans' Hall of Fame Class of 2022. The Hall of Fame was established in 2005 to honor and recognize outstanding veterans from the Empire State who have distinguished themselves both in military and civilian life.
Catholic Health hosts Facebook Live 'Way to Wellness': 'What to Expect: Understanding Modern Midwifery'
Tue, Mar 8th 2022 04:30 pm
Though the name and the concept of midwives has been around for hundreds of years, their growing popularity in the U.S. is fairly recent. So, what exactly is a midwife and why are so many women in the 21st century relying on their care during pregnancy and beyond?
Spectrum Health webinar: Local women discuss mental health in Women's History Month conversation
Tue, Mar 8th 2022 03:55 pm
Spectrum Health and Human Services will host its first online webinar, "WNY Women Talk Mental Health," beginning at noon Wednesday, March 16.
Diamonds in the Ruff animal rescue organization visits library
Sat, Mar 5th 2022 07:00 am
On Feb. 26, visitors to the Grand Island Memorial Library had the opportunity to meet a puppy being fostered by a volunteer with Diamonds in the Ruff animal rescue, as well as support the organization through the purchase of shirts, hats and other merchandise.
Mask mandate ends in schools
Sat, Mar 5th 2022 07:00 am
As of Wednesday, wearing a mask became optional in Grand Island schools. This was in response to Gov. Kathy Hochul's announcement on Sunday of the state's plan to end the mask requirement in schools starting on that date.
Poloncarz on expectations for end of state of emergency in Erie County
Fri, Mar 4th 2022 02:10 pm
Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz on Friday issued the following statement regarding the ongoing state of emergency in Erie County, which has been in place since the beginning of the coronavirus pandemic in mid-March 2020 - and, his team said, "has allowed Erie County's response to the virus and its variants to be as flexible, quick and targeted as possible throughout each stage of the public health response."
State leaders offer comment on VA Western New York Healthcare System
Fri, Mar 4th 2022 12:40 pm
The U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs (VA) is undertaking an asset and infrastructure review (AIR), which involves making recommendations related to the future of the VA Western New York Healthcare System, including the Buffalo VA Hospital and the Batavia VA Medical Center.
Grand Islanders react to lifting of school mask mandate
Thu, Mar 3rd 2022 11:15 am
The lifting of the mask mandate in schools on Grand Island was greeted by a mixture of emotions from families of students, ranging from joy to fear. This reporter posed a question in social media to get an idea of how the community felt about the lifting of the mask mandate, nearly two years after the spreading COVID-19 pandemic forced lockdowns, the closures of schools and businesses, and the start of virtual learning.
Lives lost to opioid overdose deaths to be remembered on Black Balloon Day event March 6
Wed, Mar 2nd 2022 04:35 pm
The Erie County Opiate Epidemic Task Force and its families and consumer support and advocacy group are coordinating activities for National Black Balloon Day on Sunday, March 6. The event began in 2016 in Peabody, Massachusetts, and Erie County has participated each year.
Local governments asked to participate in National Clean Watersheds Needs Survey
Wed, Mar 2nd 2022 04:05 pm
The Environmental Facilities Corp. has launched the 2022 Clean Watersheds Needs Survey for New York state. As required by law, New York participates in the U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's (EPA) national survey to assess the capital investment needed for water quality infrastructure.
A familiar message for Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month in March: Get screened
Tue, Mar 1st 2022 02:20 pm
The Erie County Cancer Services Program (CSP) is now offering free colorectal cancer screening for men and women ages 45 and older. People at average risk for colorectal cancer and who do not have health insurance may qualify.
Buffalo History Museum schedules EC200 coin redemption days
Tue, Mar 1st 2022 02:20 pm
In collaboration with the Erie County Bicentennial Committee (EC200), the Buffalo History Museum will hold EC200 coin redemption days March 2 through April 2. The coins feature the EC200 logo on one side and, on the other, Old County Hall, as inspired by artist Lawrence D. McIntyre's pen-and-ink sketch from his Buffalo News Sunday series "Area Landmarks."
CENTURY 21 Winklhofer sales affiliate recipient of 2021 Grand Centurion Producer Award
Mon, Feb 28th 2022 04:20 pm
Amy Winklhofer, broker/owner of CENTURY 21 Winklhofer, announced Century 21 Real Estate LLC recently recognized sales affiliate Geraldine Andolina with the CENTURY 21 Grand Centurion Producer award following its successful 2021 sales totals.
ECDOH shares update to school masking requirements & new CDC community guidance
Mon, Feb 28th 2022 12:35 pm
Following Gov. Kathy Hochul's announcement on Sunday related to mask requirements in New York state schools, as of Wednesday, March 2, students and school staff will not be required to wear masks in school settings.
Erie County lifts mask mandate for all county buildings
Mon, Feb 28th 2022 11:25 am
On Friday, Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz announced the mask mandate currently in effect in all Erie County-owned buildings would be lifted as of Monday, Feb. 28. The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention website now includes information on COVID-19 community levels nationwide, a measure of the impact of COVID-19 illness on community health and health care systems, and lists Erie County in the "medium" category.
Grand Island Half Marathon set for May 7
Sat, Feb 26th 2022 07:00 am
Scott Strang and his son, Drew, have run as a duo team in several marathons, such as the 2019 Marine Corps Marathon. On May 7, the duo will run in the 28th running of the Grand Island Half Marathon, which is organized by the Greater Buffalo Track Club.
Grand Island dry cleaners merge after years of competition
Sat, Feb 26th 2022 07:00 am
For 34 years, Russ Petrozzi, owner of Capitol Cleaners at the Grand Island Plaza, and Gary Middione, owner of X Press Cleaners at Town Hall Square, were in competition with each other.
Erie County, partners offering rain barrels & compost bins
Fri, Feb 25th 2022 05:25 pm
Erie County, in partnership with the City of Buffalo, the Town of Wheatfield and the Western New York Stormwater Coalition, is once again offering rain barrels and compost bins to encourage households to reduce their environmental footprint through water conservation and reducing fertilizer use.
Old Erie County Hall to be lit blue and gold in support of Ukraine
Fri, Feb 25th 2022 01:45 pm
The Erie County Department of Public Works' Buildings & Grounds Division announced Old Erie County Hall, located at 92 Franklin St., Buffalo, will be illuminated in blue and gold light each night for the next week as a sign of the people of Erie County's support for the people of Ukraine.
Gliding Stars presents ice show, 'Thank Goodness We're Back!'
Fri, Feb 25th 2022 12:00 pm
The Gliding Stars of Western New York will present the return of their annual ice show, "Thank Goodness We're Back!" at the Northtown Center at Amherst, 1615 Manor Drive in Williamsville, at 3 p.m. Saturday, March 26.
'Ashes-to-go' and Ash Wednesday Service at St. Paul's Episcopal Cathedral
Fri, Feb 25th 2022 12:00 pm
St. Paul's Episcopal Cathedral clergy will be in Cathedral Park to offer "ashes-to-go" and blessings to all who walk by on Wednesday. Ashes-to-go times are noon to 1 p.m., and 5-6 p.m. In addition, all are welcome to attend the service at 7 p.m. in the historical cathedra located at 139 Pearl St., Buffalo.
Erie County Opiate Epidemic Task Force announces Narcan use training schedule for spring
Thu, Feb 24th 2022 07:35 pm
The Erie County Department of Health and the Erie County Opiate Epidemic Task Force announced the next three months of free trainings, where participants will learn to recognize the signs of an opioid overdose and use Narcan (naloxone) to reverse an opioid overdose.
Erie County Cancer Services Program partners with Tops for Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month
Wed, Feb 23rd 2022 03:30 pm
The Erie County Cancer Services Program (CSP) is partnering with Tops Friendly Markets for a FIT kit distribution during March, which is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month.
Ryan outlines his community priorities for Buffalo Bills stadium negotiations
Wed, Feb 23rd 2022 03:05 pm
New York State Sen. Sean Ryan has outlined a list of six recommended priorities for a community benefits agreement (CBA) that he believes must be negotiated as a condition of New York state's investment in a new Buffalo Bills stadium.
WellNow Urgent Care opens new center on Grand Island
Wed, Feb 23rd 2022 09:50 am
WellNow Urgent Care, one of the country's fastest-growing urgent care providers, announced it will open the doors to its newest center on Grand Island on Wednesday. Located at 2340 Grand Island Blvd., the new facility offers timely treatment for non-life-threatening injuries and illnesses, coronavirus PCR testing, and occupational medicine services seven days a week (from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.).
Poloncarz statement on expectations for lifting mask mandate in Erie County buildings
Tue, Feb 22nd 2022 04:25 pm
Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz on Tuesday issued the following statement regarding the potential for lifting the mask mandate currently in effect for Erie County-owned buildings and facilities.
'Orchids After Dark' to make its debut during Orchid Show at Botanical Gardens
Tue, Feb 22nd 2022 04:10 pm
The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, along with the Niagara Frontier Orchid Society, will host the biannual Orchid Show from Friday through Sunday, March 4-6, at the Botanical Gardens. This time, the show will offer a new experience called "Orchids After Dark," happening just Friday and Saturday night.

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