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COVID-19: Vaccination opportunities abound in Erie County
Wed, May 19th 2021 04:30 pm
This Saturday, May 22, the Erie County Department of Health has a schedule that can only be described as intense, with five separate COVID-19 vaccination clinics scheduled to cover ages 12 and older.
State Police seeking public's assistance in missing 24-year-old from Grand Island
Tue, May 18th 2021 10:15 am
New York State Police Clarence troopers are seeking the public's assistance on a missing 24-year-old, Ian J. Young.
Erie County Fair will return Aug. 11-22
Tue, May 18th 2021 10:15 am
The Erie County Agricultural Society board of directors and staff are "excited to move forward with the 2021 edition of the Erie County Fair, scheduled for Aug. 11-22, 2021."
Erie County bicentennial brew taps into tradition
Mon, May 17th 2021 04:40 pm
Erie County's ongoing bicentennial celebration got a hoppy boost with the introduction of Flying Bison Brewery's "Parks and Rec Pilsener," a special-edition bicentennial brew that is now available for purchase locally. Crafted with hops grown in Eden, the tasty local libation was created by Flying Bison as a part of the county's bicentennial celebration, which began April 2 and will continue through April 2022.
Tennis action now under the lights at Chestnut Ridge Park
Mon, May 17th 2021 04:35 pm
The tennis courts at Chestnut Ridge Park are enjoying life under the lights for the first time in decades as a partnership between the Erie County Department of Parks, Recreation and Forestry and the Chestnut Ridge Conservancy has resulted in total replacement of the courts' lighting along with other amenities at the site.
Big Six Boat Launch to be closed for season
Mon, May 17th 2021 04:30 pm
Due to a $2.2 million construction project to upgrade the facilities at Big Six Marina, the public boat launch will be closed until early September.
Catholic Charities: HOPE Day 2021 nets $317,228 for annual Appeal
Mon, May 17th 2021 03:00 pm
HOPE Day, the annual 24-hour match challenge day of giving to benefit Appeal 2021, brought in $260,016 on May 14. Matching funds of $57,212 added to this total increase HOPE Day's grand total to $317,228, toward the annual Appeal's $10 million goal in support of Catholic Charities and the "Fund for the Faith."
New cases per 100,000 residents over 7 days drop below 100 for Erie County
Fri, May 14th 2021 04:25 pm
The Erie County Department of Health announced that, with reported COVID-19 cases through Thursday, the rate for new COVID-19 cases per 100,000 residents in the past seven days is 91. This means that, according to Centers for Disease Control and Prevention thresholds for community transmission, Erie County is now considered in a "substantial" category of COVID-19 risk, down from a "high" level.
DEC, EPA: Construction underway in Niagara River habitat improvement project
Fri, May 14th 2021 12:15 pm
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation and U.S. Environmental Protection Agency's Great Lakes National Program Office (GLNPO) announced work is underway on $2.2 million in habitat improvements at the Spicer Creek Wildlife Management Area (WMA) on the Niagara River.
Grand Island's Fantasy Island may rise again
Fri, May 14th 2021 11:40 am
Grand Island Supervisor John Whitney has confirmed reports Fantasy Island - closed since February 2020 - is the subject of negotiations designed to reopen the park under new management.
BBB, Toronto Blue Jays, Buffalo Bisons & Erie County District Attorney's office warn of possible ticket scams ahead of sales
Fri, May 14th 2021 07:30 am
The Toronto Blue Jays are headed to Buffalo to play regular-season home games at Sahlen Field, home of the Buffalo Bisons. Unlike last year, fans will be allowed to attend, but capacity is limited because of New York state restrictions.
Dispatch awards survey contest prize
Fri, May 14th 2021 07:00 am
In conjunction with the Islandwide edition of the Island Dispatch, Niagara Frontier Publications asked for reader feedback. As an incentive, a prize would be given to one survey participant, as determined by a draw.
COVID-19 vaccines available at ECMC
Thu, May 13th 2021 08:25 pm
Erie County Medical Center Corp., following guidance from the CDC and New York State Department of Health, is now administering the Pfizer vaccine for anyone 12 to 18 years old in its vaccine center. In addition, the Johnson & Johnson vaccine is also available in the ECMC vaccine center for the general public.
Made in America Store plans to 'Salute Our Heroes' on Armed Forces Day
Thu, May 13th 2021 08:25 pm
Mark Andol, founder and owner of Made in America Store and General Welding & Fabricating, announced the store's 11th anniversary celebration will take place from 11 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Armed Forces Day, Saturday, May 15, at the flagship location, 1000 W. Maple Court, Elma.
Erie County Department of Health will expand COVID-19 vaccination to youth ages 12-15
Thu, May 13th 2021 08:25 pm
The Erie County Department of Health will begin providing COVID-19 vaccine to youth ages 12-15 at its scheduled Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine clinics. This follows the recommendations of the Food and Drug Administration, Centers for Disease Control and Prevention and the New York State Department of Health, and their reviews of clinical trial data for safety and efficacy in that age group.
DEC urges New York drivers to 'give turtles a brake'
Wed, May 12th 2021 07:00 pm
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos reminded New Yorkers that turtles are on the move in the months of May and June, and asked drivers to "give turtles a brake."
All Grand Island students could return to class May 19
Wed, May 12th 2021 09:50 am
Grand Island secondary students could be heading back to five-day, in-person classes as soon as next Wednesday, May 19.
Grand Island football: Vikings edged in sectional semifinals, 20-19
Tue, May 11th 2021 08:00 pm
When the school year first started, the Grand Island football Vikings weren't even sure they would have a season because of pandemic restrictions.
Red Jacket Peace Medal returned to Seneca Nation after more than a century
Fri, May 7th 2021 04:25 pm
The Red Jacket Peace Medal, an object of cultural patrimony under federal law, has been returned to its rightful home with the Seneca Nation by The Buffalo History Museum.
Lymphedema education program
Fri, May 7th 2021 09:15 am
The Breast Cancer Network of WNY (BCN), supported by funding from Windsong Cares Foundation, will present a virtual Lymphedema Education Program on Tuesday, May 25. The guest speaker for the program will be Dr. Donna Gulick of OrthoSports Physical Therapy - recognized as one of the area's leading experts in lymphedema therapy and treatment.
Erie County continuing update of hazard mitigation plan
Wed, May 5th 2021 11:50 am
Erie County is updating its hazard mitigation plan. The HMP documents the county's vulnerability to natural and manmade hazards and identifies approaches to diminish the county's, cities', towns' and villages' vulnerability to those hazards.
Grand Island Garden Walk is back for 2021
Wed, May 5th 2021 07:00 am
Mark your calendars on July 11 for the return of the Grand Island Garden Walk.
Higgins announces progress in fight against opioid epidemic
Mon, May 3rd 2021 01:20 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins announced major progress in the fight against opioid addiction, following news by the Biden administration that it would expand access to the most effective medication for opioid addiction, buprenorphine.
May is Motorcycle Safety & Awareness Month
Mon, May 3rd 2021 01:20 pm
Warmer weather has arrived, daylight hours are longer and it is finally spring. Motorcycle riders across Erie County are tuning up their bikes and getting ready for the riding season on the open road.
From victims to victors: Family Justice Center helps find path out of domestic abuse
Mon, May 3rd 2021 12:40 pm
"If the Family Justice Center had existed on Grand Island when I was going through what I experienced, I would not have had that public humiliation in court," Mason says. "It would have been very private. It has been a very long, arduous process to end up at Trinity, and this has been a very collaborative project with so many individuals involved."
May 8 is 'Passport Day' at Town Hall
Mon, May 3rd 2021 12:40 pm
Getting ready for some international travel? Here's a convenience you may want to put in your calendar.
Trash? It's in the bag for Island's 2nd annual cleanup
Mon, May 3rd 2021 12:25 pm
Eric Fiebelkorn, Grand Island Chamber of Commerce president, never imagined he would be so excited being surrounded by so many bags of trash.
Higgins & Poloncarz planning for broadband expansion in Erie County
Fri, Apr 30th 2021 05:30 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins and Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz announced continued progress on plans to expand broadband access in Erie County thanks to federal resources included in the American Rescue Plan.
Buffalo: Brown announces official start of 2021 residential paving season
Fri, Apr 30th 2021 01:45 pm
Mayor Byron Brown and the City of Buffalo Department of Public Works, Parks and Streets announced the official start of the 2021 residential paving season, which includes residential paving and sidewalk work across the city.
Friend remembers Trotter as leader, admirable soldier
Fri, Apr 30th 2021 12:20 pm
Rich Trotter, Emerson Gloss and Ray Sommer Jr. all received their draft notices during the Vietnam War on the same day, Oct. 26, 1966, four months after they made history as members of the first graduating class from Grand Island High School. Before they all departed for basic training, a party was held at the Island Lanes, and they all received good wishes from everyone.
Relay For Life to hold an in-person event
Fri, Apr 30th 2021 12:05 pm
Relay For Life will be held in person this year - the first time since 2019. This year's event has been scheduled for 3-7 p.m. Saturday, July 17, at the Fuccillo Hyundai dealership, 1910 Alvin Road.
Erie County Department of Public Works prepares 2021 infrastructure work schedule
Fri, Apr 30th 2021 11:55 am
The Erie County Department of Public Works Highways' Division announced the initial 2021 program of county roads identified for repairs, including roads in each of the county's five highway districts, with mill and overlay work designated for several roads that sustained damage over the winter along with an extensive pavement preservation program for roads in outlying areas.
Erie County plans prom-themed 'teen vaccine' clinics
Fri, Apr 30th 2021 11:40 am
When Erie County Department of Health vaccine clinic managers scheduled teen COVID-19 vaccine clinics for Saturday, May 1, creative sparks started to fly.
Buffalo Marathon to return June 26 & 27 for 20th anniversary
Fri, Apr 30th 2021 11:40 am
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Thursday announced the Buffalo Marathon will return this year on June 26 and 27 for its 20th anniversary. The race will operate at roughly 50% of its typical capacity, with additional health and safety protocols for participants, event staff and volunteers.
UB extends 'Boldly Buffalo' campaign with historic $1 billion goal
Fri, Apr 30th 2021 11:40 am
Citing remarkable fundraising success and record engagement with its alumni, friends and community partners, the University at Buffalo announced it is extending its "Boldly Buffalo" campaign goal to $1 billion.
ECDOH shares NYSACHO statement on COVID-19 prevention & response activities in schools
Tue, Apr 27th 2021 04:20 pm
The Erie County Department of Health is sharing the New York State Association of County Health Officials statement from NYSACHO Executive Director Sarah Ravenhall concerning COVID-19 prevention and response activities in schools:
ECDOH: 3 'teen vaccine' clinics planned for May 1
Mon, Apr 26th 2021 02:55 pm
After securing a supply of Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine late last week, the Erie County Department of Health has scheduled three COVID-19 vaccination PODs especially for 16- and 17-year-olds and their families on May 1.
Hallwalls' first in-person event since start of pandemic features auction preview & memorial
Mon, Apr 26th 2021 07:00 am
As is the case for most organizations, Hallwalls Contemporary Art Center has been forced to cancel or postpone all live events for the past year, so, it said, "It is with great excitement that we announce a live preview for the Annual Hallwalls Auction ('AHA!'), which this year has been named the Bruce Adams Memorial Auction."
Tops reminds community of pharmaceutical drop-off locations during 20th annual National Drug Take Back Day
Fri, Apr 23rd 2021 01:30 pm
Saturday, April 24, marks the 20th annual National Drug Take Back Day, hosted by the Drug Enforcement Administration (DEA).
Catholic Charities of Buffalo appoints Lostracco-Reed director of clinical services
Fri, Apr 23rd 2021 01:20 pm
Catholic Charities of Buffalo announced the appointment of Megan Lostracco-Reed as director of clinical services.
 

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