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Erie County Fiscal Stability Authority signals approval of proposed 2021 Erie County budget, 4-year plan
Fri, Oct 30th 2020 11:40 am
The Erie County Fiscal Stability Authority board of directors on Friday unanimously passed a resolution approving the proposed 2021 Erie County budget and accompanying four-year plan, submitted by the administration Oct. 15.
WNY Farm show to cancel dates in early 2021
Fri, Oct 30th 2020 11:15 am
The Erie County Agricultural Society announced that the Western New York Farm Show, which was scheduled to be held Jan. 28-30, 2021, is canceled.
Grand Island's health food guru: Alan Pless maps out his version of a well-balanced life
Fri, Oct 30th 2020 07:00 am
We're all more focused on avoiding disease in the midst of this year's pandemic, but Grand Islander Alan Pless has been on a similar mission of promoting health for decades.
Early voting ends Nov. 1
Fri, Oct 30th 2020 07:00 am
Election Day is Tuesday, Nov. 3, but New York offers early voting before Election Day. The early voting period runs to Sunday, Nov. 1.
Erie County Office of Geographic Information Services receives statewide award
Fri, Oct 30th 2020 05:00 am
The Erie County Office of Geographic Information Services was presented with a 2020 Fight Against COVID Application/ Dashboard Award in recognition of the public dashboard the office created to track coronavirus case counts in Erie County.
Erie County executive joins thousands of county residents participating in early voting
Mon, Oct 26th 2020 02:55 pm
On Monday, Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz took part in early voting for the 2020 presidential election, casting his ballot at St. Columba-Brigid Church on Hickory Street in the City of Buffalo's Ellicott District.
Erie County Department of Health answers questions about youth sports travel
Mon, Oct 26th 2020 01:25 pm
The Erie County Department of Health has fielded calls and emails from school districts, coaching staff and parents of youth athletes related to travel sports teams. More recently, ECDOH received reports from concerned parents and school districts about independent youth sports teams scheduling or participating in out-of-state games, tournaments, scrimmages and other activities.
Erie County Department of Social Services announces SNAP supplemental benefit
Mon, Oct 26th 2020 12:20 pm
The Erie County Department of Social Services announced the allocation of Supplemental emergency allotments of Supplemental Nutrition Assistance Program benefits for households receiving SNAP benefits in October 2020. Maximum SNAP benefit amounts per household size have increased as of Oct. 1, as well.
DEC acquires 525 acres in Western New York for wildlife management
Mon, Oct 26th 2020 10:30 am
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation on Sunday announced the recent acquisition of 525 acres in the town of North Collins, Erie County, to create the Clear Lake Wildlife Management Area (WMA). The land offers hunting, fishing, trapping, wildlife viewing and other recreational opportunities and becomes the largest state-owned WMA in Erie County.
From the GI BOE: Thank you to district personnel for going above and beyond
Sat, Oct 24th 2020 07:00 am
The Grand Island Board of Education held the first workshop of the school year on Sept. 28. This initial workshop session enabled board members to examine district plans in order to use resources wisely.
Grand Island Town Board: Southpointe developers discuss new concept plan
Sat, Oct 24th 2020 07:00 am
Planners for the Southpointe project presented yet another proposal Monday for the development that is decades in the making.
Admission for Fairgrounds Festival of Lights on sale starting Nov. 1
Fri, Oct 23rd 2020 05:35 pm
Visitors to the Fairgrounds Festival of Lights can plan ahead and purchase admission starting Nov. 1. Tickets can be purchased from any checkout register at all Tops Friendly Markets for $15 per vehicle or online at until Dec. 31. It is one price for the entire vehicle to be admitted any one night to the festival. Admission must be purchased in advance, as tickets will not be sold at the gate.
Erie County Parks, partners plan improvements to Isle View Park
Fri, Oct 23rd 2020 12:00 pm
The Erie County Department of Parks, Recreation and Forestry is joining partners to plan upgrades to Isle View Park with the support of the Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Foundation, which awarded Erie County a grant in the amount of $1,065,068 for improvements at the park.
Western New York Independent Living giving voters a chance to meet candidates
Tue, Oct 20th 2020 05:15 pm
"During the COVID-19 pandemic, every educated voter is critical to our community."
Higgins announces new resources in effort to reduce youth homelessness in Erie County
Tue, Oct 20th 2020 05:05 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins joined representatives from the Homeless Alliance of Western New York, BestSelf Behavioral Health and Compass House to announce more than $2.37 million in federal funding and a coordinated strategy to reduce the number of youth experiencing homelessness in Erie County.
Erie County observes National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week
Tue, Oct 20th 2020 04:55 pm
Erie County Department of Health (ECDOH) is recognizing National Lead Poisoning Prevention Week from Oct. 25-31.
Colvin Cleaners needs coats as 25th annual 'Coats 4 Kids' program begins
Tue, Oct 20th 2020 10:05 am
Colvin Cleaners is encouraging Western New Yorkers to go through their closets and donate gently used or new winter coats, jackets, gloves, hats and scarves for toddlers to young adults for families in need this winter season.
Southpointe presentation on Town Board agenda
Mon, Oct 19th 2020 07:40 am
An informational meeting regarding the proposed Southpointe development will take place during the Grand Island Town Board meeting at 8 p.m. Monday, Oct. 19. The developer with the Southpointe project will give a presentation. There will be no Q&A at this presentation, the Town Board reports.
Grand Island Lions holding White Cane Drive online
Mon, Oct 19th 2020 07:35 am
The Grand Island Lions Club reports it will continue the online White Cane Drive through October.
UNICEF tradition continues on Grand Island
Mon, Oct 19th 2020 07:35 am
Do you still connect dressing up for Halloween with carrying a little orange box for Trick-or-Treating for UNICEF? This is the 70th year of this longest-running youth engagement campaign in America.
Erie County: Hardwick announces small business grant program
Mon, Oct 19th 2020 07:30 am
During the last session of the Erie County Legislature, Legislator Kevin Hardwick cosponsored a resolution supporting the creation of a small business grant program that would utilize Federal CARES Act funding to provide money directly to business owners impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic.
Familiar face returns to Island Ship Center
Mon, Oct 19th 2020 07:30 am
Among the growing number of employees at the Island Ship Center on Whitehaven Road (14 workers now), is a familiar face.
Fuccillo Toyota making 'STRIDES'
Sat, Oct 17th 2020 07:05 am
Sidney Neyman, a sales representative for Fuccillo Toyota on Alvin Road, is the "I" in "STRIDES," for "Drive to Make Strides in Buffalo," which takes place Saturday at the Walden Galleria. The huge letters will be present Saturday, Oct. 17, from 10 a.m. to noon in the Walden Galleria Mall parking ramp near the regal cinemas.
Fuccillo Toyota comes through with support for American Cancer Society fundraiser
Sat, Oct 17th 2020 07:00 am
Who better than an automobile dealership to take the lead in a drive-thru fundraiser? Fuccillo Toyota of Grand Island is giving a lift to the revamped "Making Strides Against Breast Cancer."
Kangaroos & kids at Kelly's Country Store
Sat, Oct 17th 2020 07:00 am
When the pandemic threw a monkey wrench into its traditional Fall Fest, Kelly's County Store hopped to another model that has brought kangaroos, kids and customers together for a series of weekend "Fun & Food" events.
GIFC to hold drive-thru chowder sale
Fri, Oct 16th 2020 03:30 pm
The Grand Island Fire Co. Ladies Auxiliary will hold its annual chowder sale Saturday, Oct. 17, at the big parking lot at fire headquarters on Baseline Road.
A peaceful path to nature: Writers walk the plank to an island treasure
Fri, Oct 16th 2020 03:30 pm
I set off with my fellow intrepid hiker, Alice Gerard, on a sunny, breezy day last week Tuesday to find beauty and peace - and maybe a rabbit or two - along Grand Island's newest nature trail.
Poloncarz presents 2021 Erie County proposed budget
Fri, Oct 16th 2020 10:45 am
Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz was joined Thursday by Director of the Erie County Office of Budget and Management Robert Keating to present his fiscal year 2021 proposed Erie County budget to the Erie County Legislature, acknowledging the fiscal pressures put on by the COVID-19 pandemic and outlining measures designed to bridge a resulting initial budget gap of nearly $82 million.
Coronavirus stats for Oct. 12-13
Tue, Oct 13th 2020 01:40 pm
Coronavirus stats for Oct. 12-13
Clean out your cupboards: Erie County Department of Health promotes 'Drug Take Back Day' event Oct. 24
Tue, Oct 13th 2020 11:00 am
On Saturday, Oct. 24, from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m., eight sites in Erie County and 20 across Western New York will be set up for residents to dispose of expired, unused and unwanted prescription drugs. Coordinated by the U.S. Drug Enforcement Administration, this is the 19th nationwide event held since its start in 2010.
Buffalo and Erie County Greenway Standing Committee to meet Oct. 22 for announcement of 2021 Greenway grant schedule
Tue, Oct 13th 2020 10:50 am
The next meeting of the Buffalo and Erie County Greenway Fund Standing Committee will be held at 3 p.m. Thursday, Oct. 22, via videoconference. The meeting is open to the public. Contact Carol Sampson if interested in viewing. The meeting agenda includes announcement of the 2021 Buffalo and Erie County Greenway grant schedule.
Breast Cancer Awareness Month continues with National Mammography Day on Oct. 16
Tue, Oct 13th 2020 10:45 am
Breast Cancer Awareness Month takes place for the entire month of October, and Friday, Oct. 16, marks National Mammography Day.
Erie County Senior Services Department schedules virtual annual public hearing
Fri, Oct 9th 2020 01:35 pm
The Erie County Department of Senior Services has announced a virtual public hearing to be held in order to seek community input regarding unmet needs of the county's older adult population, seek feedback on existing programs and services offered by the department, and ideas on how to better serve the county's older population. All Erie County seniors, caregivers and family, program managers, and anyone with an interest in senior services are encouraged to join.
Erie County asks: What are you waiting for? Get a flu vaccine, now
Thu, Oct 8th 2020 09:05 pm
There is no more direct way to say it: The Erie County Department of Health (ECDOH) is urging every county resident age 6 months and older to get a flu vaccine this fall.
Higgins & Martoche: $527,000-plus in federal funding to expand trauma counseling available to those who come before Buffalo's Human Trafficking Intervention Hub Court
Thu, Oct 8th 2020 09:00 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins, D-NY-26, and Buffalo City Court judge the Hon. Amy Martoche were joined by Evergreen Health, Via Evaluation and the Erie County Department of Health to announce a federal grant totaling $527,112 to provide new, innovative court-based trauma intervention to human trafficking survivors who are justice-involved.
Erie County senior volunteers donate masks for children
Tue, Oct 6th 2020 06:40 pm
The Erie County Department of Senior Services' Retired and Senior Volunteer Program ("RSVP") has partnered with the Erie County Department of Health to sew over 550 masks for children.
Wegmans, Erie County partner to offer drive-thru flu shot clinics
Mon, Oct 5th 2020 03:20 pm
Wegmans Pharmacy and the Erie County Department of Public Health are making it safer and easier for local residents to get their flu shots with two drive-thru community flu shot clinics this fall. During the events, participants may remain in their cars while a Wegmans pharmacist, wearing additional protective gear, administers the vaccination.
Town of Grand Island: Traffic enforcement, awareness program set for Oct. 9-10
Sat, Oct 3rd 2020 07:05 am
The Town of Grand Island has announced Traffic Safety Enforcement and Awareness Days for Friday and Saturday, Oct. 9-10. The goal of this high-visibility, multi-agency enforcement and awareness program is to promote traffic safety by encouraging motor vehicle operators, bicyclists and pedestrians to become attentive to road safety. Speeding, aggressive driving, driving on the shoulder, complete stops and distracted driving will be highlighted.
Axe-throwing facility opens on Grand Island
Sat, Oct 3rd 2020 07:00 am
The first Grand Island business dedicated to the growing sport of competitive axe-throwing is up and throwing.
Drive-by held for Miracle Leaguer Dinsmore
Sat, Oct 3rd 2020 07:00 am
In remembrance of Michael (Moe) Dinsmore, an enthusiastic participant of the Miracle League, a drive-by the Dinsmore residence on Grand Island with his friends from the Miracle League was organized by Dan Drexelius and took place on Sunday afternoon Sept. 27.

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