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Erie County Opiate Epidemic Task Force announces virtual and in-person Narcan use training schedule
Mon, Nov 29th 2021 01:45 pm
The Erie County Department of Health and the Erie County Opiate Epidemic Task Force are announcing the next three months of trainings to recognize the signs of an opioid overdose and use Narcan (naloxone) to reverse an opioid overdose.
ECDOH, Grand Island Central School District to pilot a 'test-to-stay' program
Mon, Nov 29th 2021 01:35 pm
After reviewing available information about the "test-to stay" approach for K-12 students, the Erie County Department of Health has developed documentation, including protocols, consent forms and communication materials, to move toward implementing this initiative.
ECMC updates patient visitation guidelines
Mon, Nov 29th 2021 01:35 pm
Erie County Medical Center has updated patient visitation guidelines due to historically high inpatient volumes, extended wait times in its ER, and an increasing COVID-19 inpatient census. ECMC urges anyone experiencing mild symptoms to first consult with their primary care physician or visit an urgent care location.
Christmas at River Lea
Sat, Nov 27th 2021 07:00 am
River Lea open houses are scheduled for 1-4 p.m. Dec. 3-5. Step back and enjoy Christmas at the Grand Island Historical Society's museum in Beaver Island State Park the old-fashioned way, with sales of homemade cookie presented on vintage plates, a tour of the house with costumed docents, mulled cider, decorated crafts and light refreshments.
Grand Island School District selected for pilot 'test to stay' program
Sat, Nov 27th 2021 07:00 am
Grand Island Central School District Superintendent Brian Graham announced at Monday's meeting of the Board of Education that the Grand Island School District has been selected by Erie County to be the only district to pilot a "test to stay" strategy.
Island Shoppe offers vivid colors for Small Business Saturday
Fri, Nov 26th 2021 07:00 am
As visitors enter the Island Shoppe, at 2335 Grand Island Blvd., they are greeted by a large, pink Christmas tree placed in a predominant position. The store's owner, Josephine Ciffa, explained why she decided to put a personal flair on the Christmas tree concept.
Volunteers needed for bell ringing
Wed, Nov 24th 2021 06:50 pm
If you enjoy spreading holiday cheer, you might be just the person that the Grand Island Rotary Club is looking for to volunteer as a bell ringer for the Salvation Army's annual red kettle fundraising campaign.
Hochul announces comprehensive cleanup plans for former Lackawanna Bethlehem Steel site
Wed, Nov 24th 2021 06:25 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced the selection of final cleanup plans for the estimated $69 million remediation of the former Bethlehem Steel site in Lackawanna. The announcement builds on the progress already underway at the site, and construction to advance the cleanup plan is expected to begin next year. In addition to addressing sitewide contamination, the cleanup will provide public access to Lake Erie for the first time in more than 100 years.
S&P Global Ratings reaffirms Erie County's credit rating at AA-
Wed, Nov 24th 2021 05:00 pm
S&P Global Ratings, an independent ratings agency, reaffirmed Erie County's rating at "AA-" for the county's 2021 general obligation bonds along with affirming a stable rating on the county's existing general obligation debt.
Calling all fans: 'Sabres Holiday Angels' is underway
Tue, Nov 23rd 2021 05:35 pm
The Buffalo Sabres announced the team will partner with Child & Family Services for the return of the "Sabres Holiday Angels." The adopt-a-family program allows Sabres fans to support their neighbors in need this holiday season.
Explore & More offers 'pay what you can' program
Tue, Nov 23rd 2021 12:25 pm
Explore & More - The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Children's Museum will offer "pay what you can" admission from Dec. 1 through 17, thanks to a grant from the New Car Dealers of Western New York.
Mask mandate goes into effect in Erie County
Mon, Nov 22nd 2021 03:35 pm
Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz on Monday announced a mask mandate for all patrons and public-facing staff inside all public locations in Erie County. He said this is the first of up to four phases of action designed to mitigate the spread of the coronavirus.
Erie County clerk's zombie taskforce meets with GI officials
Mon, Nov 22nd 2021 03:10 pm
Erie County Clerk Michael P. "Mickey" Kearns, a long-time advocate in the fight against vacant and abandoned zombie homes, met recently with Town of Grand Island Supervisor John Whitney and Code Enforcement Officer Ronald Milks to discuss how the Erie County Clerk's ZOMBIES Initiative can provide technical assistance and outreach services for municipalities and communities facing zombie foreclosures.
Kearns reminds snowmobilers to register their sleds locally
Mon, Nov 22nd 2021 03:10 pm
Erie County Clerk Michael P. Kearns advises snowmobilers to register their sleds locally through the Erie County Auto Bureau, rather than conducting their renewal online with the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles.
YMCA 'Turkey Trot' race participants to begin packet pick-ups on Monday
Sat, Nov 20th 2021 12:25 pm
Race participants for the 126th annual YMCA "Turkey Trot" will begin picking up their race-day packets Monday, Nov. 22, at the Independent Health Family Branch YMCA located at 150 Tech Drive, Amherst, ahead of the race on Thanksgiving morning.
Neighbors Foundation grateful for donations from Realtors, students
Sat, Nov 20th 2021 07:00 am
On Nov. 6, the Hunt Real Estate Realtors and students from Grand Island High School's business department got together at Hunt's office, at 2098 Grand Island Blvd., to collect food, gift cards and donations for the Grand Island Neighbors Foundation.
Grand Island Town Board selects EFPR Group as auditing firm
Sat, Nov 20th 2021 07:00 am
The Grand Island Town Board voted 5-0 on Monday to hire the EFPR Group as the town's auditing firm, replacing the Bonadio Group, which has been the auditing company since 2005. The contract with the EFPR Group will be effective from fiscal year 2021 through fiscal year 2028.
'Emergence' Series by Daemen College engages local arts organizations in support of artists
Fri, Nov 19th 2021 05:40 pm
Arts Services Inc. Executive Director Jen Swan-Kilpatrick is the chairperson of Daemen College's "Emergence" Series, an arts showcase for emerging artists living in the region. The series will also see participation from the Buffalo Center for Arts and Technology, Hallwalls Contemporary Arts Center, CEPA Gallery and Crucible Art Collective as gallery hosts for the selected works.
Fairgrounds Festival of Lights drive-thru adds 'City of Lights' home decorating competition
Fri, Nov 19th 2021 05:40 pm
The Fairgrounds Festival of Lights will add holiday spirit with the return of the drive-thru this year. It is also looking to highlight the creativity and imagination of friends and neighbors in the south towns. The inaugural "City of Lights" home decorating competition will showcase families that go above and beyond decorating the exterior of their homes.
Family Promise of WNY van totaled; shelter desperate to find a replacement
Fri, Nov 19th 2021 04:40 pm
Family Promise of WNY (FPWNY), an emergency family homeless shelter, is "desperate" for community support in securing a van to transport the children and parents it serves. Two weeks ago, the FPWNY 12-passenger van was in a serious accident. The van has been deemed a total loss by an insurance company.
ECDOH updates COVID-19 quarantine requirements
Thu, Nov 18th 2021 11:55 pm
On Oct. 27, the New York State Department of Health released an informational document that allowed local health departments to reduce the duration of a quarantine under certain conditions. Based on that document, the Erie County Department of Health is announcing an adjustment to its COVID-19 quarantine requirements.
COVID cases continue to rise in WNY
Wed, Nov 17th 2021 04:35 pm
From the week ending Oct. 23 to the week ending Nov. 13, COVID-19 cases have increased 105% in Erie County.
The Western New York Land Conservancy completes purchase of Grand Island forest
Wed, Nov 17th 2021 08:25 am
The Western New York Land Conservancy has purchased what it called an "ecologically significant," 10.5-acre forest on Staley Road on Grand Island.
'Power of Place' bringing National History Association to Buffalo
Tue, Nov 16th 2021 04:40 pm
The American Association for State and Local History (AASLH) will bring 800 to 1,000 history professionals and volunteers to Buffalo from Sept. 14-17, 2022, for its annual meeting.
American Legion Band of the Tonawandas to appear at Cardinal O'Hara High School PAC
Mon, Nov 15th 2021 11:40 am
The American Legion Band of the Tonawandas brings its Christmas concert to the Cardinal O'Hara High School Performing Arts Center on Sunday, Dec. 12.
Can You Help? Relative launches GoFundMe to assist Island family
Sat, Nov 13th 2021 10:55 am
On Wednesday, Nov. 3, the Masucci family of 1945 Bruce Lane on Grand Island sustained a devastating fire to their residence. Members of the Grand Island Fire Co extinguished the fire, which was centered in the garage of the residence. However, it also resulted in significant damage to the structure and the loss of two pets.
Kearns unveils new 'Thank-A-Vet' discount card
Sat, Nov 13th 2021 10:50 am
As the nation celebrated Veterans Day this week, Erie County Clerk Michael Kearns raised attention to the struggles veterans and their families may have with suicide or a mental health diagnosis by redesigning the card used in the Erie County clerk's "Thank-A-Vet" discount program.
Salvation Army bellringer campaign underway
Sat, Nov 13th 2021 10:45 am
The 2021 Salvation Army Bellringer Drive recently kicked off at the Market in the Square in North Tonawanda with speeches, the introduction of the new lieutenants for the Tonawanda district, and with a performance of Christmas carols by the Salvation Army's four-piece brass band.
Veteran stories: Jerry Marsala
Sat, Nov 13th 2021 10:40 am
Jerry Marsala said he joined the U.S. Air Force in 1984 under the delayed enlistment program. He left for boot camp in March of 1985.
Veteran stories: John Anderson
Sat, Nov 13th 2021 10:40 am
When John Anderson was in ninth grade, he decided to join the Marine Corps.
Grand Island photographer takes initiative to create a fundraiser for Buffalo's Crisis Services
Sat, Nov 13th 2021 07:00 am
Elizabeth Snyder, owner of Elizabeth Snyder Photography on Grand Island, is hosting a pin-up calendar launch party from 7-10 p.m. Friday, Nov. 12, at the Atrium in the Market Arcade to benefit Buffalo's Crisis Services.
DEC to operate deer and bear check station on opening weekend of regular big game season
Thu, Nov 11th 2021 09:30 pm
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation is encouraging hunters to visit the Region 9 deer and bear check station on Route 16 in Holland during the opening weekend of the regular big game season.
Erie County's COVID-19 pandemic response chronicled in Cornell University Democracy Summer Fellowship report
Wed, Nov 10th 2021 03:25 pm
Erie County's response to the COVID-19 pandemic has been documented and memorialized in a new report compiled by Callie McQuilkin, a senior at Cornell University participating in Cornell's Democracy Summer Fellowship Program.
Higgins honors Vietnam veteran Jack Walter
Wed, Nov 10th 2021 11:50 am
Congressman Brian Higgins recently honored Vietnam veteran Capt. Jack Walter in a ceremony at the Buffalo and Erie County Naval & Military Park for his distinguished service in U.S. Army. He presented Walter with a Vietnam veteran lapel pin ahead of Veterans Day.
Less than 1,000 spots remain for 126th annual 'YMCA Turkey Trot'
Wed, Nov 10th 2021 11:45 am
There are less than 1,000 spots left for the 126th annual "YMCA Turkey Trot." Race capacity is limited, so organizers are urging people to sign up now to ensure their place in the oldest consecutively run footrace in North America. The $42 entry fee includes all processing fees plus a commemorative T-shirt.
Higgins, Poloncarz & Flynn announce $1 million in federal funding to combat domestic violence in Erie County
Tue, Nov 9th 2021 08:05 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins, Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz and District Attorney John Flynn announced a federal grant totaling $1 million awarded to the Erie County District Attorney's Office.
ECDOH offers statement to clarify questions about mask breaks in schools
Tue, Nov 9th 2021 08:05 pm
To clarify the correspondence the Erie County Department of Health sent to the Williamsville Central School District last week, and address the subsequent reactions from school superintendents and parents, ECDOH does not intend to take enforcement measures against schools that are providing students with mask breaks during the school day.
Batavia Downs celebrity bartending night raises $5,200 for #ConnorStrong
Tue, Nov 9th 2021 04:15 pm
Western Region Off Track Betting and Batavia Downs Gaming announced a celebrity bartending night raised $5,200 in support of Connor O'Neil and his family in their battle against cancer.
'Little Women' on stage at Cardinal O'Hara
Tue, Nov 9th 2021 04:00 pm
The Hawk Pride Players at Cardinal O'Hara High School are once again experiencing an opportunity to join live theater, following a two-year hiatus due to the pandemic.
Hochul announces start of construction for $13 million events pavilion on Buffalo's Outer Harbor
Tue, Nov 9th 2021 03:55 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Tuesday announced the start of construction on a $13 million outdoor entertainment pavilion on Buffalo's Outer Harbor. The project, her team said, will renovate the long-abandoned Terminal B warehouse into an events center that utilizes existing parking and reclaims seven acres of contaminated property to open additional public access with scenic new lake views.
 

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