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COVID cases continue to rise in Erie County
Thu, Sep 9th 2021 10:05 am
The Erie County Department of Health is providing an update on COVID-19 data. For the week ending Sept. 4, 2021, ECDOH received reports for 1,326 new COVID-19 cases among Erie County residents, a 22% increase from the previous week.
Erie County RSVP, Homeland Security & Emergency Services Department join partners in honoring 20th anniversary of 9/11
Thu, Sep 9th 2021 09:30 am
On Saturday, Sept. 11, Erie County will join 60 communities across the country to memorialize those who lost their lives on Sept. 11, 2001, in a special ceremony hosted by the Erie County Retired & Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), the Buffalo and Erie County Naval & Military Park, the Erie County Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Services, the WNY Iraq/Afghanistan Memorial, and Explore & More - The Ralph C Wilson, Jr. Children's Museum. The ceremony will take place rain or shine at the Buffalo and Erie County Naval & Military Park at 8:30 a.m.
Elder Law Day videos available
Fri, Sep 3rd 2021 01:20 pm
The 21st annual Elder Law Day Virtual Summer Series was a collaboration between the Center for Elder Law & Justice and Erie County Department of Senior Services, which recently completed the second year of virtual presentations and consultations. All videos are available at https://elderjusticeny.org/elder-law-day.
Fun? Yes! Fans like new Splash World
Fri, Sep 3rd 2021 11:30 am
Niagara Amusement Park & Splash World managers and staff worked hard to prepare for opening day of the water park section, and on Saturday, the fans - the ultimate judges - gave their verdict: They like it, and they want more.
42nd annual Antique and Classic Boat Show Sept. 11 at Buffalo Launch Club
Fri, Sep 3rd 2021 10:50 am
After last-year's break due to COVID-19, the Niagara Frontier Antique and Classic Boat Show will continue for a 42nd year on Saturday, Sept. 11, at the Buffalo Launch Club, 503 E. River Road, Grand Island. Hours are 9:30 a.m. to 4 p.m. The show will feature Turcotte Gar Wood Custom Boats of Brant Lake.
Household hazardous waste collection event set for October
Thu, Sep 2nd 2021 10:25 am
The Erie County Department of Environment and Planning has announced a free household hazardous waste collection event open to Erie County residents will be held Saturday, Oct. 9, in the City of Buffalo. This is an appointment-only event and reservations are now being accepted.
M&T Bank features business clients in 'Virtual Spotlight Shop'
Tue, Aug 31st 2021 05:40 pm
M&T Bank is featuring more than 50 of its business clients throughout seven states and Washington, D.C., on an online marketplace designed to connect the businesses to new customers and communities.
No dogs, pets allowed at GICSD home athletic contests
Tue, Aug 31st 2021 05:00 pm
The Grand Island Central School District Athletic Department announced a new policy that restricts animals from athletic contests for 2021.
'Words matter': International Overdose Awareness Day prompts call from Erie County Opiate Epidemic Task Force to 'end stigma around chronic disease of substance use disorder'
Mon, Aug 30th 2021 11:50 am
For International Overdose Awareness Day on Aug. 31, the Erie County Opiate Epidemic Task Force is providing guidance for media outlets and reporters, health care providers, law enforcement agencies, the justice system, community organizations and the general public to use person-centered, destigmatizing language in communications, professional settings and everyday conversation.
ECDOH: Ivermectin does not treat or prevent COVID-19
Mon, Aug 30th 2021 11:45 am
Prompted by urgent warnings from the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention, the Food and Drug Administration and the American Academy of Pediatrics, the Erie County Department of Health is highlighting calls for caution against the use of ivermectin for COVID-19 prevention or treatment.
Announcing Grand Island tree inventory
Mon, Aug 30th 2021 11:30 am
The Town of Grand Island has received a New York State Department of Environmental Conservation grant to inventory all trees on Grand Island town roads (right-of-way) and parks.
COVID-19 cases, related hospitalizations increasing in Erie County as school year approaches
Fri, Aug 27th 2021 07:45 pm
With COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations increasing, the Erie County Department of Health is strongly urging residents to act now to reduce their personal risks of infection and the chance of disease transmission in the community.
Erie County DA issues warning on possession of fake vaccination cards
Fri, Aug 27th 2021 01:35 pm
Erie County District Attorney John Flynn warns anyone who is knowingly in possession of a falsified COVID-19 vaccine card - and presents that forged document with the intent to deceive another of their vaccination status - can be charged with a felony offense. This alert comes as some local colleges and universities require students to provide proof of vaccination in order return to on-campus residency and in-person learning.
Splash World opens on Grand Island
Fri, Aug 27th 2021 07:00 am
Niagara Amusement Park and Splash World has the green light to open the water park starting Saturday, with a limited number of its slides and pools passing inspection Thursday morning.
Poppy fundraiser
Wed, Aug 25th 2021 01:45 pm
The American Legion Post 1346 poppy fundraiser will take place from 8 a.m. to 6 p.m. Friday and Saturday, Sept. 10-11, at Tops Markets, Gui's Lumber, Northwest Bank and KeyBank on Grand Island.
Spectrum Health marks International Overdose Awareness Day
Wed, Aug 25th 2021 01:25 pm
Spectrum Health and Human Services says, "The statistics are startling. Here in Erie County, there was a 57% increase in confirmed opioid-related overdose deaths from 2019 to 2020. Nationally, there was a 30% increase. The trajectory for 2021 is not any better: As of July 14, there were 85 confirmed opioid-related deaths, and as many as 75 more once full toxicology reports are reviewed. While tragic, death from overdose is also preventable with education and intervention."
ECDOH: 'Steady increase in new COVID cases continues'
Tue, Aug 24th 2021 05:05 pm
The Erie County Department of Health on Tuesday provided an update on COVID-19 data. For the week ending Aug. 21, ECDOH received reports for 983 new COVID-19 cases among Erie County residents. With a 20% increase from the previous week's total of 811, a steady increase in new COVID-19 cases continues.
Erie County Department of Health shares school guidance for 2021-22 academic year
Mon, Aug 23rd 2021 10:45 am
The Erie County Department of Health released a set of requirements and recommendations for Erie County grades pre-K to 12 public, private and charter schools for the 2021-22 school year.
Lifeguards training, water's running at Splash World
Fri, Aug 20th 2021 04:40 pm
Niagara Amusement Park & Splash World is getting its feet wet in the water park area of what used to be Fantasy Island.
ECDOH: 3rd dose of COVID-19 vaccine available to moderately or severely immunocompromised individuals
Wed, Aug 18th 2021 04:20 pm
Following last week's action by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to amend to the emergency use authorizations (EUAs) for the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine and the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, the Erie County Department of Health will provide a third dose for certain people who are moderately or severely immunocompromised due to a medical condition or receipt of immunosuppressive medications or treatments.
Ray Pauley passes
Wed, Aug 18th 2021 02:25 pm
Raymond W. Pauley Sr. of Grand Island, a member of the Grand Island Fire Co., entered into rest Aug. 17, 2021.
Kearns to host free information drive-up events for county residents
Tue, Aug 17th 2021 04:25 pm
Erie County Clerk Michael P. Kearns and the Stay in Your Home Campaign will conduct two free, confidential sessions for Erie County residents seeking assistance on residential foreclosures and zombie home prevention will be conducting "drive-up" informational events outside county auto bureaus in the Town of Tonawanda and Cheektowaga on Aug. 26 and 28.
Montana looks to make Grand Island park a four-season, must-see attraction
Mon, Aug 16th 2021 10:40 am
If Western New York has written off Beaver Island State Park as a destination, Montana International is determined to change that.
GIHS grad awarded 'Prof.' Don Burns Memorial Scholarship
Mon, Aug 16th 2021 10:40 am
The Queen City Jass Society (QCJS) announced the "Professor" Don Burns Memorial Scholarship has been awarded to Ian Cioppa, a 2021 graduate of Grand Island High School.
St. Stephen Church to hold 'Rockin' the Grounds' Aug. 18
Mon, Aug 16th 2021 10:40 am
St. Stephen R.C. Church, 2100 Baseline Road, will hold its major annual fundraiser, "Rockin' the Grounds," from 5-9 p.m. Sunday, Aug. 18.
D'Orazio celebration of life
Mon, Aug 16th 2021 10:35 am
The family Luigi "Lou" D'Orazio of Grand Island, who passed away on April 2, 2020 (Dispatch obituary, April 17, 2020), announced plans for a celebration of life event in his honor.
Grand Island Memorial Library survives lockdown
Mon, Aug 16th 2021 10:35 am
So you like to read, right? How would you like to be cooped up in a library for four months with little or no contact with the outside world?
Buffalo Rotary Foundation $20,000 grant program deadline extended for community organizations
Wed, Aug 11th 2021 03:20 pm
The Rotary Club of Buffalo has extended its grant request deadline to Sept. 22. The Buffalo Rotary Foundation funds projects to nonprofit organizations operating within the City of Buffalo primarily serving youth and families. The foundation awards grants that will provide for acquisition of necessary equipment and facilities; do not exceed $10,000; and will have a positive impact on the community for more than one year.
COVID cases continue to rise in Erie County
Wed, Aug 11th 2021 10:35 am
The Erie County Department of Health on Tuesday provided an update on COVID-19 data.
ECDOH plans free, drive-thru rabies vaccination clinics for September
Wed, Aug 11th 2021 10:30 am
The Erie County Department of Health has opened registration for free rabies vaccination clinics on Saturday, Sept. 11, in Orchard Park and Saturday, Sept. 25, in Cheektowaga.
Erie County activities scheduled at Erie County Fair
Tue, Aug 10th 2021 02:30 pm
Erie County has planned a full schedule of activities and displays for the Erie County Fair, which will run Aug. 11-22 at the Erie County Fairgrounds in Hamburg.
Town Board passes bond resolution for road reconstruction
Fri, Aug 6th 2021 10:35 am
The Grand Island Town Board Monday night passed a $750,000 bond resolution to fund reconstruction and improvements to various town roads. The resolution, sponsored by Michael Madigan and seconded by Tom Digati, passed unanimously. Councilmember Peter Marston was an excused absence.
Mask requirement reinstated at Grand Island Library
Fri, Aug 6th 2021 10:00 am
Pursuant to an order from Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz, effective Aug. 2, facemasks must be worn by all those entering the Grand Island Memorial Library, Director Bridgette Heintz announced Monday.
ECDOH provides COVID-19 data update
Tue, Aug 3rd 2021 05:15 pm
The Erie County Department of Health is providing an update on COVID-19 data. For the week ending July 31, ECDOH received reports for 535 new COVID-19 cases among Erie County residents; this is an 80% increase from the previous week's total of 297 cases, and a 10-fold increase in the past six weeks.
With 496 new COVID-19 cases in past 7 days, Erie County experiencing 'substantial' transmission
Fri, Jul 30th 2021 02:00 pm
The Erie County Department of Health has confirmed 99 new COVID-19 cases for July 29, resulting in 496 new COVID-19 cases within the past seven days. Based on The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicators for community transmission, Erie County is now considered to have "substantial" COVID-19 transmission, with a case rate of 54 new cases per 100,000 people in the past seven days.
Rabies vaccine distribution by air and on ground planned for Erie County
Thu, Jul 29th 2021 06:50 pm
In coordination with the New York State Department of Health and the U.S. Department of Agriculture's Animal and Plant Health Inspection Service Wildlife Services, the Erie County Department of Health will participate in a wildlife vaccination program for rabies using aircraft and on-the-ground deliver to distribute bait.
Brown announces strategic demolition at former manufacturing site in Riverside neighborhood
Wed, Jul 28th 2021 03:10 pm
City of Buffalo Mayor Bryon Brown on Tuesday announced demolition of the sprawling former King Sewing Machine Co. site, located at 308 Crowley Ave., is underway.
'Ride for Roswell' heads to Grand Island
Wed, Jul 28th 2021 02:50 pm
It's not too late to register for this year's "Ride for Roswell," which is Saturday, Aug. 7. There are two ways to experience the event.
'Party on the Portico' returns to Buffalo History Museum in August
Wed, Jul 28th 2021 11:00 am
The Buffalo History Museum announced the return of its summer concert, "Party on the Portico," from 5:30-8:30 p.m. Friday, Aug. 20, with headlining band XOXO Pop Band.
Details sought on Rivertown plans
Sat, Jul 24th 2021 07:00 am
Councilman Thomas Digati asked a question at Monday's Town Board workshop meeting that seemed to resonate with members of the public who spoke later that same night.
 

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