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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.
Orchid show returns to Buffalo Botanical Gardens
Mon, Nov 8th 2021 09:25 pm
For the first time since March of 2020, the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens along with the Niagara Frontier Orchid Society, will host the orchid show on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 13-14, at the Botanical Gardens.
ECDOH announces COVID-19 vaccine clinics for 5-11-year-olds on Nov. 20
Mon, Nov 8th 2021 01:40 pm
The Erie County Department of Health will hold COVID-19 vaccine clinics for 5-11-year-olds on Saturday, Nov. 20, at:
Grand Island man pleads guilty to felony animal cruelty charge for fatally injuring dog
Mon, Nov 8th 2021 01:35 pm
Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn announced 43-year-old Brian N. Cline of Grand Island pleaded guilty on Friday afternoon before Erie County Court Judge Susan Eagan to one count of aggravated cruelty to animals (a Class "E" felony). The defendant pleaded guilty to the only charge in the indictment against him.
Greenway offers ideas for Grand Island bike path
Sat, Nov 6th 2021 10:35 am
Recently, officials from the Niagara River Greenway Commission met with Town of Grand Island committee members who are working on its trails and bike routes. They took a bicycle ride down Grand Island Boulevard to finalize a direct route through town to officially connect the extensive Niagara River Shoreline Trail from Buffalo's Outer Harbor north to Youngstown.
EC200 celebration branches out in arboreal collaboration
Fri, Nov 5th 2021 04:40 pm
Erie County's bicentennial celebration is branching out across the county courtesy of a collaborative effort involving several partners.
26 Shirts releases 'Breaking Barriers: Val James' in partnership with the Buffalo Sabres
Fri, Nov 5th 2021 04:00 pm
When Val James suited up for the Sabres for the first time in 1981, he became the first Black American to play in the NHL. Nov. 1 marked the 40th anniversary of James' NHL debut. The Buffalo Sabres will commemorate the milestone during their home game on Saturday, Nov. 6, against the Detroit Red Wings.
Erie County roads given highest rating in decades by Greater Buffalo-Niagara Regional Transportation Council
Fri, Nov 5th 2021 03:40 pm
Conditions of roads owned and maintained by Erie County have earned improved grades from an independent and nonpartisan transportation advisory organization, with a comprehensive study recently completed by the Greater Buffalo-Niagara Regional Transportation Council providing an update on the surface conditions of the entire county highway system.
Grand Island: Town Board opts out of on-site cannabis facilities
Fri, Nov 5th 2021 07:45 am
The Grand Island Town Board, by a 3-2 vote at its Nov. 1 meeting, enacted local law 13, opting out of allowing cannabis on-site consumption sites in the municipality.
ECDOH & John R. Oishei Children's Hospital will offer Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to 5-11-year-olds on Saturday
Wed, Nov 3rd 2021 04:00 pm
The Erie County Department of Health and John R. Oishei Children's Hospital (OCH) will hold a pediatric COVID-19 vaccine clinic on Saturday, Nov. 6, providing the first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine specifically for 5-11-year-olds.
State snowmobile safety course on Grand Island
Wed, Nov 3rd 2021 03:55 pm
The Grand Island Snowmobile Club, in cooperation with the Grand Island Rod and Gun Club, will hold a free New York state snowmobile safety course from 5-9 p.m. Nov. 18 and 19 at the Grand Island Rod and Gun Club, 1083 Whitehaven Road.
Erie County Senior Services Department schedules annual public hearings
Wed, Nov 3rd 2021 03:30 pm
The Erie County Department of Senior Services has announced two public hearings to be held in order to seek community input regarding unmet needs of the county's older adult population, existing programs and services offered by the department, and to solicit comments and ideas on how to better serve the county's older population.
Veterans Day ceremony set
Wed, Nov 3rd 2021 03:00 pm
The Grand Island Recreation Department announced a Veterans Day ceremony will take place at 11 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 11, at the Veterans Park Memorial Wall, 1717 Bedell Road.
 

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