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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.
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.
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.
Relay For Life goes on, undeterred by weather
Sat, Jul 24th 2021 07:00 am
The soaking rainfall, the blustery winds, and even a tornado warning on July 17 changed Relay For Life, but the event went on as scheduled. The changes included the cancellation of the car show and the fire performance. Survivors were still offered free meals, the basket raffle attracted a crowd, the wheel of chance still spun, and people purchased tickets for the 50-50 raffle.
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.
Fantasy Island: Splash World gets ready to reopen
Sat, Jul 24th 2021 07:00 am
Niagara Amusement Park & Splash World, formerly Fantasy Island, is busy getting the "Splash World" portion of the park ready to reopen this month, according to parent company IB Parks & Entertainment.
Paddles Up Niagara a 'legacy outdoor recreation event'
Fri, Jul 23rd 2021 05:30 pm
The Niagara River Greenway Commission was signed into legislation in 2004, with the responsibility for developing a plan for a linear system of parks and conservation areas that would redefine the Niagara River in terms of its history, economic vitality and ecological significance.
Erie County 'spokesgnome' headlines 'Roaming Gnome Festival' at Central Library
Fri, Jul 23rd 2021 05:20 pm
The Erie County Department of Environment and Planning's "Healthy Lawns" program will be introducing its new "spokesgnome," "Frederick Lawn Gnomested," to the public from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Thursday, Aug. 5, at a special Roaming Gnome Festival at the Central Library Reading Park.
Ryan joins Greater Buffalo-Niagara Regional Transportation Council, community stakeholders to provide update on Scajaquada corridor planning
Thu, Jul 22nd 2021 09:15 am
On Wednesday, New York State Sen. Sean Ryan joined representatives from the Greater Buffalo-Niagara Regional Transportation Council (GBNRTC), Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy, Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper, and GObike Buffalo to provide an update on GBNRTC's "region-central" initiative.
Erie County bicentennial celebration continues with 'Trailblazing Women of WNY'
Thu, Jul 22nd 2021 09:10 am
The EC200 committee has announced the second event in the EC200 Heritage Commemoration Series will take place Wednesday, July 28, at the historic Roycroft Campus in East Aurora with "Trailblazing Women of WNY," a free event featuring musical performances by Buffalo Girlchoir, Newtown Women Singers and Daughters of Creative Sound along with speakers discussing the impact women have made on social change.
Strates Shows midway returns to Erie County Fair
Tue, Jul 20th 2021 04:30 pm
The Erie County Fair and Strates Shows continue to build on their exclusive relationship, now in its 96th year. Strates Shows is offering weekday one-price ride days at the Erie County Fair. The cost is $30 per wristband.
Statement from Sen. Sean Ryan on house explosion in Lackawanna
Tue, Jul 20th 2021 04:15 pm
New York State Sen. Sean Ryan released the following statement Tuesday regarding a house explosion that occurred at 91 Bedford Ave., Lackawanna:
Poloncarz declares gun violence in Erie County as a public health crisis; Ortt seeks answers
Tue, Jul 20th 2021 04:10 pm
Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz was joined Tuesday by Erie County Legislature Chair April Baskin, members of the majority caucus and the Erie County District Attorney's Office, and several Erie County Commissioners as he issued his 22nd executive order, declaring gun violence as a public health crisis.
Albright-Knox hires Dr. Callie Johnson as director of communications and community engagement
Mon, Jul 19th 2021 12:05 pm
The Albright-Knox announced the appointment of Dr. Callie Johnson as the museum's first director of communications and community engagement, "a new department that will play a key role in shaping the museum's identity locally, nationally and globally." Johnson is an award-winning marketing, communications and nonprofit leadership executive with more than 15 years of experience.
Relay For Life to hold two-day event on Grand Island
Fri, Jul 16th 2021 07:00 am
Relay For Life is back after a one-year hiatus as a two-day event. From 3-7 p.m. Saturday, a hybrid Relay event will be held at the Fuccillo Toyota dealership parking lot. The traditional luminaria ceremony will be offered at 9:15 p.m. Sunday at Veterans Park. In addition to the luminaria ceremony, a newly installed memorial garden at Veterans Park will be dedicated to the late Mary Dunbar-Daluisio, who, for many years, served as co-chair of Relay For Life.
National Association of Counties broadband task force report spotlights nationwide need for high-speed internet
Thu, Jul 15th 2021 07:40 pm
The National Association of Counties (NACo) broadband task force recently released its report on the need for high-speed broadband infrastructure nationwide, urging a national focus to drive investment and innovation in order to promote equity and inclusivity while overcoming limitations and barriers to broadband access.
Students organize waterfront event to raise awareness about clean water access & water pollution
Thu, Jul 15th 2021 07:35 pm
Three Buffalo Public School students are partnering with Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper, charity: water, Water with Blessings, and ReNV Fitness to host a water awareness event at Buffalo's Canalside from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, July 24.
Graycliff summer fundraiser to feature French wine tasting
Wed, Jul 14th 2021 05:15 pm
This August, Graycliff will present an evening fundraising event in collaboration with Buffalo-based boutique wine store Paradise Wine. Erica Sigler of Rosenthal Wine Merchant is coming to town for the occasion of presenting five wines to the guests of this special tasting event.
Erie County Fair: Nominations for 2021 'Ultimate Fairgoer' now being accepted
Tue, Jul 13th 2021 07:15 pm
Are you or someone you know deserving of the title of the greatest "Fair Fan" in Western New York? The Erie County Fair is now accepting nominations for someone to be named the 2021 "Ultimate Fairgoer."
Erie County Youth Bureau awarded $130,000 to participate in 'Safe Summer NY'
Tue, Jul 13th 2021 05:20 pm
The New York State Office of Children and Family Services (OCFS) has allocated $130,000 to the Erie County Youth Bureau to participate in "Safe Summer NY 2021," part of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's recent multipronged statewide response to gun violence.
State leaders announce $219,000 in state funding for Stop the Violence Coalition & peacemakers to address gun violence in Buffalo
Tue, Jul 13th 2021 02:25 pm
On Tuesday, New York State Sen. Tim Kennedy, New York State Assembly Majority Leader Crystal Peoples-Stokes, Sen. Sean Ryan and Assembly member Jon Rivera gathered to announce $65,000 in state funding for the Stop The Violence Coalition, and $154,000 for the Buffalo Peacemakers to address the rise of gun violence in the City of Buffalo.
National health survey coming to Erie County
Mon, Jul 12th 2021 05:30 pm
The National Health and Nutrition Examination Survey (NHANES), the most comprehensive survey of the health and nutritional status of the U.S. population, is coming to Erie County beginning Aug. 16.
Ryan, McMahon present Daniel Barry with resolution celebrating career with Legal Aid Bureau
Fri, Jul 9th 2021 11:55 am
On Wednesday, New York State Sen. Sean Ryan and Assembly member Karen McMahon presented Daniel E. Barry Jr. with a resolution passed unanimously by the New York State Legislature, honoring him on the occasion of his retirement from the Legal Aid Bureau of Buffalo Inc. after a career of 58 years.
Vandalism at Erie County's Emery Park causes event cancellations, leaves $31,000 in damages
Fri, Jul 9th 2021 11:55 am
The Erie County Department of Parks, Recreation and Forestry on Wednesday reported an incident of vandalism that took place at Emery Park early in the week of June 28 and resulted in "considerable damage" to the park's ski lodge and fieldhouse, each of which was broken into after outside security doors were kicked in and forced open. In addition to the doors of each building being damaged beyond repair, vandals gathered up all the fire extinguishers from the two buildings and discharged them in the ski lodge, causing further damage.
Food drive to benefit FeedMore WNY
Thu, Jul 8th 2021 10:00 pm
The Erie County Agricultural Society announced an initiative to help combat childhood hunger in the area. In a partnership with Tops Friendly Markets and Student Transportation of America, a "Meals On The Bus" food drive is planned for three area Tops Markets locations from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday, July 24. Proceeds will benefit FeedMore WNY.
Erie County Department of Health Narcan training schedule
Thu, Jul 8th 2021 09:55 pm
The Erie County Department of Health and the Erie County Opiate Epidemic Task Force announced the next three months of trainings to recognize the signs of an opioid overdose and use Narcan (naloxone) to reverse an opioid overdose.
Meeting on West River landscape plan set
Thu, Jul 8th 2021 01:35 pm
The Niagara Region of the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation has announced a second public information meeting to review the landscape plan along the West River Greenway Trail on Grand Island. The meeting will take place at 6 p.m. Tuesday, July 20, at the Golden Age Center, 3278 Whitehaven Road. A presentation about the landscape plan will begin promptly and be followed by discussion.
 

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