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Harris discusses preliminary school budget
Sat, Mar 11th 2023 07:00 am
Both inflation and an expected increase in state aid will be factors in the process of crafting a final 2023-24 budget, said Dr. Rubie Harris, assistant superintendent for business and finance, speaking after the Grand Island Board of Education's first budget input session on Feb. 13.
Obituary: Helen R. Utz
Sat, Mar 11th 2023 07:00 am
Retired Grand Island Central School District Clerk Helen R. Utz passed away peacefully at home on March 3, 2023. She was 92. Helen was born Aug. 11, 1930 in Buffalo.
Zonta names 2023 Yellow Rose recipients
Sat, Mar 11th 2023 07:00 am
The Zonta Club of Grand Island has selected three outstanding women to receive the 2023 Yellow Rose award for leadership and service to the community. The club honors women whose talent, dedication, determination and caring hearts have both made a difference in the lives of others and inspired a new generation to achieve to their greatest potential.
Hochul announces $13.3 million for construction of emergency & permanent supportive housing
Thu, Mar 9th 2023 07:55 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced more than $13.3 million has been awarded to help expand and preserve emergency and permanent supportive housing for individuals and families experiencing homelessness. Funding was awarded to projects that will create 51 apartments in the Bronx and a new 80-bed emergency shelter for families in Erie County. Funding was also awarded to help make repairs to existing emergency shelters in Oneida and Chautauqua counties.
Scotty Bowman Showcase slated for April 10
Thu, Mar 9th 2023 07:55 pm
The Buffalo Sabres announced the 17th Scotty Bowman Showcase will take place Monday, April 10, at KeyBank Center.
Erie County Fair camp application deadline is May 10
Thu, Mar 9th 2023 07:50 pm
Looking for a summer camp? How about Erie County Fair Camp, a two-and-a-half-day county fair experience for children ages 8-10 and an accompanying parent/guardian.
Red Jacket Award nominations now open
Thu, Mar 9th 2023 07:50 pm
The Buffalo History Museum is seeking nominations for its annual Red Jacket, Daniel B. Niederlander and Owen B. Augsburger awards. The three accolades recognize local leaders and organizations for their outstanding contributions to the community. The deadline for submissions is April 3.
Higgins & Huizenga lead push for 'Greater Commitment from Canada on Great Lakes'
Thu, Mar 9th 2023 07:50 pm
Congress members Brian Higgins (NY-26) and Bill Huizenga (MI-04) are leading an effort to encourage the government of Canada to "strengthen its commitment to protecting and investing in the Great Lakes."
Erie County Cancer Services Program extends outreach to volunteer & career firefighters during National Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month
Wed, Mar 8th 2023 04:00 pm
The Erie County Department of Health (ECDOH) and the Erie County Cancer Services Program (CSP) are extending cancer screening education to firefighters.
Higgins pays tribute to fallen Buffalo firefighter Jason Arno
Wed, Mar 8th 2023 04:00 pm
On the floor of the House of Representatives, Congressman Brian Higgins honored the service of City of Buffalo firefighter Jason Arno, who lost his life in the line of duty while fighting a fire in downtown Buffalo on March 1.
Celebrate spring at Botanical Gardens with flowers & Stitch Buffalo
Tue, Mar 7th 2023 01:40 pm
The Botanical Gardens will be bursting with color this spring during a Western New York spring tradition: the spring flower exhibit, presented by M&T Bank. From March 18 through April 16, more than 30,000 bulbs will be on display, as well as fragrant shrubs and flowers of various kinds.
Ortt, Tenney & Morinello visit CBP stations along northern border to 'highlight need for greater investment'
Mon, Mar 6th 2023 10:15 am
New York State Senate Republican Leader Rob Ortt joined Congresswoman Claudia Tenney and Assemblyman Angelo Morinello on Friday, visiting the Customs and Border Protection (CBP) stations in Grand Island to examine first-hand what his team called "the challenges our CBP agents are facing at the northern border."
Rotary Club of Grand Island launches shoe drive fundraiser to raise money for good causes
Sat, Mar 4th 2023 07:00 am
The Rotary Club of Grand Island ( is conducting a shoe drive fundraiser now through April 24 to raise funds for scholarships, family justice and trail enhancements. The club will earn funds based on the total weight of the pairs of gently worn, used and new shoes collected, as Funds2Orgs will issue a check for the collected shoes.
2023 scholarship opportunities for Grand Island women
Sat, Mar 4th 2023 07:00 am
Zonta Club of Grand Island is offering two scholarships in the amount of $1,000 each to Grand Island women looking to advance their careers.
Grand Island: State aid for schools expected to increase for 2023-24 school year
Sat, Mar 4th 2023 07:00 am
The Grand Island Central School District anticipates receiving $1.96 million in foundation aid for the 2023-24 school year, an increase of 14.7% over the 2022-23 school year, said Dr. Rubie Harris, assistant superintendent for school business and finance. Two programs that are anticipated to receive increases in state funding are the universal prekindergarten program and a new state program initiative called "high impact tutoring."
St. Timothy Lutheran Church welcomes new pastor
Sat, Mar 4th 2023 07:00 am
The Rev. Adam Arends grew up in Minnesota as the son of a Lutheran pastor, James Arends, who retired as bishop of the LaCrosse, Wisconsin-area synod in 2020.
'It's Memory Loss. Now What?': Free conference in Niagara Falls on March 15
Fri, Mar 3rd 2023 09:40 am
The Western New York Chapter of the Alzheimer's Association will host a free conference titled "It's Memory Loss. Now What?" for Niagara County residents on Wednesday, March 15.
Higgins: $117,540 in AmeriCorps funding for Field & Fork Network
Thu, Mar 2nd 2023 08:55 am
Congressman Brian Higgins announced a federal grant awarded to Field and Fork Network totaling $117,540. Funded by AmeriCorps, the grant supports six AmeriCorps VISTA members serving with Field and Fork to combat poverty and address food insecurity in the Western New York community.
Just Buffalo Literary Center leadership transition ushers in new era of community-building work
Thu, Mar 2nd 2023 08:55 am
Just Buffalo Literary Center's board of directors announced a planned leadership transition that will take place as of July 1. Current Executive Director Laurie Dean Torrell will retire after 20 years of service, with Artistic and Associate Executive Director Barbara Cole assuming the role of executive director in addition to her duties as artistic director - ushering in a new era of community-building work.
ECMC, Tim Hortons partner to support frontline care services
Wed, Mar 1st 2023 10:35 am
For a fifth consecutive year, Erie County Medical Center (ECMC) Corp. and Tim Hortons restaurants partnered to support the institution's frontline care services, raising $146,745 during the campaign that ran Sept. 19-25.
DEC issues guidance to avoid coyote conflicts
Wed, Mar 1st 2023 10:35 am
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has issued guidance to help prevent conflicts between people and coyotes. Coyote sightings are likely to increase in the coming months, and DEC encourages New Yorkers to be aware of the potential for conflicts and follow DEC guidelines to prevent negative encounters.
US Small Business Administration to offer federal assistance to residents & businesses in Western New York impacted by late-December blizzard
Wed, Mar 1st 2023 10:35 am
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced the U.S. Small Business Administration will offer federal assistance to New Yorkers in Western New York affected by Winter Storm Elliott in late December. Residents and businesses in Erie, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Genesee, Niagara and Wyoming counties are now eligible to apply for low-interest loans to aid in their recovery from this historic storm, which devastated the entire region over the Christmas holiday.
Buffalo-area leaders & elected officials endorse Hochul's New York Housing Compact following WNY roundtable
Wed, Mar 1st 2023 10:15 am
Gov. Kathy Hochul hosted a community roundtable with local leaders and elected officials in Buffalo to discuss the New York Housing Compact - what her team called a "comprehensive strategy announced in the fiscal year 2024 executive budget to address New York's housing crisis and build 800,000 new homes in the next decade.
Ice at Canalside free skating weekend extension
Tue, Feb 28th 2023 07:00 am
The Ice at Canalside, presented by Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield of Western New York, is extending the skating season by opening the first weekend of March.
Election 2023: Chrissy Casilio announces campaign for Erie County executive
Mon, Feb 27th 2023 05:20 pm
Lifelong Erie County resident, small business owner and community leader Chrissy Casilio announced her campaign for Erie County Executive on Monday.
Pisanki and butter lamb classes offered by Am-Pol Eagle
Mon, Feb 27th 2023 09:55 am
As part of its Polish cultural enhancement series, the Am-Pol Eagle is offering a pisanki class. Learn the art of writing Polish Easter eggs using a kistka (stylus) and bee's wax.
Mardi Gras at the Golden Age Center features music, food and fun
Sat, Feb 25th 2023 07:00 am
Mardi Gras on the evening of Feb. 21 at the Grand Island Golden Age Center in the Nike Base featured a traditional pancake supper and music with Charlie Morris of Niagara Falls, who played piano, steel drum and harmonica as a one-man band.
Higgins: $7 million for Buffalo Niagara International Airport
Fri, Feb 24th 2023 01:20 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins announced $7 million in federal funding, made possible through the "Bipartisan Infrastructure Law," for the Buffalo Niagara International Airport. The award will be used to support upgrades to the heating, ventilation and air conditioning (HVAC) system in the venue terminal.
Hochul requests major disaster declaration from Biden to secure assistance for communities impacted by December storm
Fri, Feb 24th 2023 01:20 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul has requested a major disaster declaration from President Joe Biden to support the ongoing recovery of communities impacted by the late-December storm, which caused historic blizzard conditions in Western New York, as well as significant coastal flooding on Long Island.
NYSEG working to restore power to remaining customers impacted by Winter Storm Olive
Fri, Feb 24th 2023 08:25 am
New York State Electric & Gas (NYSEG) announced their crews continue to make progress with restoration efforts, and expects to restore all remaining impacted customers today.
NYSEG crews are responding to Western New York outages
Thu, Feb 23rd 2023 07:50 pm
New York State Electric & Gas (NYSEG) is responding after a mix of snow, sleet and freezing rain impacted the region, causing power outages overnight into Thursday, Feb. 23. As of noon, approximately 14,800 customers in the Lancaster division, which includes Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie and Wyoming counties, were without power.
NYS Department of Labor finalizes farm worker overtime regulations
Wed, Feb 22nd 2023 04:10 pm
The New York State Department of Labor (NYSDOL) on Wednesday announced the adoption of the final farm labor overtime regulations, codifying Commissioner Roberta Reardon's order that accepted the Farm Laborers Wage Board's report and recommendations in September.
Buffalo Yacht Club presents 'Sail for Roswell'
Wed, Feb 22nd 2023 04:10 pm
The Buffalo Yacht Club announced it will host the "Sail for Roswell" on July 7 and 8. The event will include a charity regatta and a gala dinner with all proceeds benefitting Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center to develop cancer cures and save lives.
Hochul urges caution in advance of winter storm expected to bring snow & ice to several upstate regions this week
Wed, Feb 22nd 2023 03:45 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Tuesday urged caution as a winter storm is forecast to impact upstate regions beginning Wednesday afternoon, particularly in the North Country and parts of the Capital Region, Central New York, Finger Lakes, Mohawk Valley and Western New York, where snow or sleet is expected to slowly spread from the New York/Pennsylvania border northeast and reach parts of the North Country by Wednesday night.
How to deal with ice and freezing rain
Wed, Feb 22nd 2023 03:45 pm
The forecast for Western and Central New York region includes snow, sleet and freezing rain Wednesday night into Thursday morning. As the weather turns, AAA Western and Central New York has helpful tips for drivers.
As Taste of Buffalo celebrates its 40th birthday, a call for local artists for poster art contest
Tue, Feb 21st 2023 07:00 pm
The Taste of Buffalo, presented by Tops Friendly Markets, is inviting local artists (students and the general public alike) to capture its essence in art by entering in the 15th annual poster art contest. This year's festival, which celebrates the event's 40th birthday, is taking place July 8-9 in Niagara Square and on a portion of Delaware Avenue.
Due to impending weather forecast, Buffalo and Erie County Greenway Fund Standing Committee to meet via Zoom
Tue, Feb 21st 2023 03:20 pm
The next meeting of the Buffalo and Erie County Greenway Fund Standing Committee will be conducted via Zoom at 4 p.m. Wednesday, Feb. 22. For information on how to participate, contact Carol Sampson at 716-842-3232. The meeting will be recorded.
Higgins to host Vietnam veteran pin ceremony & PACT Act outreach event
Tue, Feb 21st 2023 03:20 pm
In advance of Vietnam Veterans Day, Congressman Brian Higgins will hold an event to honor Western New York Vietnam veterans and to provide information about services and benefits available to all local veterans, including expanded benefits provided under the recently approved PACT Act.
Sunday evening fire on Grand Island Boulevard
Tue, Feb 21st 2023 10:05 am
At 6:04 p.m. on Sunday, Feb. 19, Grand Island firefighters responded to a structure fire at the Chateau Motor Lodge Motel located on Grand Island Boulevard. The caller advised the dispatcher that smoke was seen coming from one of the room's windows.
Island students participate in environmental summit
Sat, Feb 18th 2023 07:00 am
Grand Island High School student Megan Pinzel said that being part of Jeff Green's environmental science class has had a big effect on her way of thinking about the natural environment.

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