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Erie Grown receives NYS Best Practice Award
Tue, Feb 1st 2022 01:25 pm
The Erie County Department of Environment and Planning announced Erie Grown, an initiative of the Erie County Office of Agriculture promoting locally grown and in-season agricultural products and agritourism while improving the viability of farming in Erie County, was recognized by the New York Upstate Chapter of the American Planning Association with a 2021 Best Practice Award. The accolade is presented to projects that use innovative planning methods and practices to help create communities of lasting value.
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Western New York announces new house manager
Tue, Feb 1st 2022 08:55 am
Ronald McDonald House Charities of Western New York (RMHC of WNY) announced the hire of Bob Schatz as the new house manager. He brings to the charity 16 years of experience in facilities management.
'National Geographic Live' series debuts with Rae Wynn-Grant and 'The Secret Life of Bears'
Tue, Feb 1st 2022 08:50 am
The "National Geographic Live" speaker series kicks off at 7 p.m. Tuesday, Feb. 8, with Dr. Rae Wynn-Grant's "The Secret Life of Bears." Organizers said, "Through dynamic photographs and video via state-of-the-art projection, the audience will be immersed in the breathtaking science behind nature, in the Mary Seaton Room at Kleinhans Music Hall."
Fuccillo Hyundai of Grand Island & National Grid mark installation of 5 new electric vehicle charging stations
Mon, Jan 31st 2022 05:20 pm
As more electric vehicles are hitting Western New York roads, Fuccillo Hyundai of Grand Island partnered with National Grid's electric vehicle (EV) make-ready program to install five EV charging stations at the Grand Island dealership located at 1910 Alvin Road.
ECDOH to offer walk-in COVID-19 testing at 2 sites
Mon, Jan 31st 2022 04:00 pm
The Erie County Department of Health has expanded its coronavirus testing operations to the Jesse Nash Health Center at 608 William St., Buffalo. This site is offering free COVID-19 testing from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. weekdays. Walk-ins/drive-ups are welcome; appointments will be accepted, but not required.
Grand Island's wildlife, environment to benefit from grant funding
Sat, Jan 29th 2022 07:00 am
Two hundred years ago, when most of Grand Island was covered in dense forests of hickory and oak trees, the pileated woodpecker established its nests annually and raised its young.
Higgins, Poloncarz & Nowakowski announce FCC Affordable Connectivity Program
Fri, Jan 28th 2022 05:10 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins, Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz and Filmore District Councilman Mitch Nowakowski on Friday announced efforts to expand and improve broadband access for families across Western New York.
Ryan delivers masks & at-home COVID tests to community partners
Fri, Jan 28th 2022 05:10 pm
On Friday, New York State Sen. Sean Ryan delivered personal protective equipment to community partners throughout New York's 60th State Senate District. The supplies included rapid at-home coronavirus test kits and KN95 masks. The organizations receiving the masks and tests will distribute them to their communities based on need.
Obituary: Former Grand Island Town Justice Sybil Kennedy passes
Fri, Jan 28th 2022 11:00 am
Sybil E. Kennedy, a well-known and respected Grand Island Town Justice, entered into eternal rest on Monday, Jan. 24, 2022.
WNY EquiFest to feature local & regional clinicians, demonstrators, vendors
Wed, Jan 26th 2022 08:15 pm
WNY EquiFest, in partnership with the Western Chapter of the New York State Horse Council, will run an equine exposition and equestrian gathering at the Erie County Fairgrounds in Hamburg on March 19-20. The event will welcome back horse enthusiasts, owners, trainers, clinicians, riders and vendors to celebrate the horse industry in New York. More than 6,000 have attended this two-day, family-friendly event in the past.
Conservation tree & shrub seedlings available
Wed, Jan 26th 2022 08:10 pm
Order forms for the 2022 conservation tree and shrub seedling sale are now available from Erie County Soil and Water Conservation District.
Erie County investment of RENEW Plan funding invigorates historic parks' structures
Wed, Jan 26th 2022 01:55 pm
The Erie County Department of Parks, Recreation and forestry has announced the completion of six capital projects focused primarily on historical WPA-era buildings and facilities, and the near-completion of another project across four county parks.
'Gardens After Dark: Enchanted Winter Escape' returns to Botanical Gardens with date nights, family nights
Wed, Jan 26th 2022 01:50 pm
The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens has filled its latest exhibit with specialty nights and themed weeks designed to create unforgettable memories for all ages.
$‚Äč1.5 million federal grant to combat human trafficking
Wed, Jan 26th 2022 10:00 am
Congressman Brian Higgins, Erie County Sheriff John Garcia, Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz and the International Institute of Buffalo (IIB) on Tuesday announced a three-year federal grant totaling $1.5 million awarded to Western District of New York Human Trafficking Task Force (WDTF).
Sweet deals for 182nd Erie County Fair
Tue, Jan 25th 2022 05:40 pm
The Erie County Agricultural Society is looking forward to being able to provide enthusiastic fairgoers some sweet deals.
Rotary provides update on collection for Afghan evacuees
Mon, Jan 24th 2022 02:15 pm
Earlier this month, the Rotary Club of Grand Island announced it was teaming with other organizations in Western New York in assisting Journey's End and three other local agencies resettling 335 Afghan refugees.
Erie County small business working capital grant program aids small businesses
Mon, Jan 24th 2022 12:30 pm
The Erie County Department of Environment and Planning, in conjunction with the Erie County Business Task Force, continues to boost small business in Erie County with the small business working capital grant program, providing microenterprises with five employees or fewer up to $10,000 in grant funds to assist business in recovery.
Buffalo History Museum closing on Sundays
Sat, Jan 22nd 2022 05:00 pm
The Buffalo History Museum will close on Sundays through the end of March due to COVID-19 impacts. The museum welcomes guests in person 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesdays, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays. Explore the virtual resources 24/7 at
Neighbors express support of Rivertown Development at Town Board meeting
Sat, Jan 22nd 2022 07:00 am
Webb Road resident Paul Salonek had concerns the Rivertown development, proposed to be built on approximately 26 acres of land between Baseline Road and Grand Island Boulevard, would remove what he and his family enjoy in their own backyard.
Hochul: More than $3.7 million to support addiction prevention services across state
Fri, Jan 21st 2022 04:25 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Friday announced the award of more than $3.7 million to expand evidence-based addiction prevention services throughout New York. Funding was awarded to providers in each of the state's 10 economic development regions, and will support prevention providers who had their services negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The New York State Office of Addiction Services and Supports (OASAS) is administering this funding.
Performer shares magic of 'Disney on Ice'
Fri, Jan 21st 2022 11:50 am
Janie Ochitwa discovered her passion as a small child when she saw a performance of Mary Poppins in an ice show. At the age of 6, she began taking lessons in figure skating, and the skater who played the role of Mary Poppins became her coach.
DEC announces closure of all target shooting activity at Tonawanda Wildlife Management Area
Thu, Jan 20th 2022 08:40 pm
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation on Thursday announced that, beginning Tuesday, Feb. 1, target shooting will be prohibited at Tonawanda Wildlife Management Area (WMA), located in DEC's regions 8 and 9. The closure will bring the WMA into compliance with recently adopted regulations for WMAs statewide that prohibit target shooting.
ECDOH updates schools & school districts on state guidance related to COVID-19 case investigations
Thu, Jan 20th 2022 08:00 pm
The Erie County Department of Health offered another update to school district superintendents and non-public school administrators on Thursday.
Higgins: $10 million for Times Beach on Buffalo's Outer Harbor
Wed, Jan 19th 2022 04:50 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins announced $10 million in new federal funding provided through the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Law will be invested in Times Beach Nature Preserve on Buffalo's Outer Harbor. The funding was included in a list of waterway and port infrastructure projects released by the White House that will be led by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
COVID-19 update for Jan. 19
Wed, Jan 19th 2022 04:50 pm
Erie County, Cornell University, partners collaborate to highlight true cost of child care
Wed, Jan 19th 2022 04:50 pm
A recent study undertaken by the Cornell University ILR School in Buffalo, in partnership with the Live Well Erie Emergency Child Care Task Force, child care providers, and public officials has put a stark focus on the issue of child care in Erie County and the gross disparities that exist between the needs for equitably accessible, quality child care and current funding models, according to the Office of Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz.
ECDOH highlights screening for detection & vaccine for prevention during National Cervical Health Awareness Month
Wed, Jan 19th 2022 04:50 pm
January is National Cervical Health Awareness Month, and the Erie County cancer services program is offering this reminder about regular screening and vaccination as tools to detect and prevent cervical cancer.
Erie County Soil & Water Conservation District announces 2022 Envirothon competition
Wed, Jan 19th 2022 04:50 pm
The Erie County Soil and Water Conservation District will again sponsor the annual Erie County Envirothon competition for high school students. The program is a problem-solving natural resource competition designed to help students develop into environmentally aware and action-oriented adults.
Squeaky Wheel awarded $100,000 by Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts
Mon, Jan 17th 2022 09:50 am
Squeaky Wheel recently announce it was awarded a multiyear program support grant from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts in the amount of $100,000.
School Board moves forward with 'test to stay' strategy
Sat, Jan 15th 2022 07:00 am
The Grand Island School District is moving forward with the "test to stay" strategy, which the district has piloted since Dec. 6.
'Hope Takes Flight' with Relay For Life
Sat, Jan 15th 2022 07:00 am
The snow glittered under the bright sunlight on Jan. 8, and the temperature sat at a frozen 10 degrees. At Veterans Park, the weather did not deter Relay For Life's first lap.
Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy seeks community participation at quarterly meetings
Sat, Jan 15th 2022 07:00 am
The Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy (BOPC) invites the public to join the Olmsted Community Alliance (OCA).
'Festal Choral Evensong' at St. Paul's Episcopal Cathedral
Sat, Jan 15th 2022 07:00 am
At 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 6, St. Paul's Episcopal Cathedral will have a "Festal Choral Evensong" for the "Presentation of Christ in the Temple," also known as Candelmas. St. Paul's Cathedral Choir, under the direction of Canon Robert Duerr, will sing music by Johannes Eccard and Caroline Shaw.
Poloncarz signs local law establishing office of health equity
Fri, Jan 14th 2022 04:20 pm
Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz was joined Friday by Erie County Legislature Chair April N.M. Baskin (2nd district) and legislators Howard Johnson (1st district) and Lisa Chimera (3rd district) as he signed the Erie County Health Equity Act of 2021 into law. Local Law Intro. No. 3-1-2021 creates an office of health equity within the Erie County Health Department.
Afghan evacuees need our assistance
Fri, Jan 14th 2022 09:00 am
Your help is needed to help those who have helped us and are now suffering. The Grand Island Rotary, as well as other organizations in Western New York, is assisting Journey's End and three other local agencies that are in the process of resettling 335 Afghan refugees. These refugees will be making Buffalo their new home. They will account for more than one third of those coming to New York state in the resettlement of Afghan refugees who were airlifted from Afghanistan in the final days of the war.
Grand Island mask/COVID-19 test kit distribution gets large response
Fri, Jan 14th 2022 07:00 am
It was a frosty and windy Monday morning with temperatures hovering around 10 degrees. Along Whitehaven Road and into the parking lot of the Nike Base, cars were lined up. Over the weekend, the drivers of those cars found out that the Golden Age Center was to be a distribution point for sets of KN95 masks and COVID-19 at-home antigen test kits. Each household was entitled to receive two home testing kits, containing two tests each.
UB School of Management students offer free tax preparation services
Thu, Jan 13th 2022 04:45 pm
IRS-certified accounting students from the University at Buffalo School of Management will once again provide free tax preparation services to individuals and families with annual income below $57,000.
ECDOH launches 'test to stay' program with 17 school districts, 11 non-public schools
Wed, Jan 12th 2022 04:50 pm
Beginning this week, the Erie County Department of Health (ECDOH) has launched the "test to stay" program with 17 Erie County school districts and 11 non-public schools.
Brown announces anonymous donation of nearly 8,000 N95 masks to Buffalo Police Department
Wed, Jan 12th 2022 04:15 pm
Mayor Byron Brown joined Buffalo Police Department leadership on Wednesday to announce the anonymous donation of approximately 8,000 N95 face masks to the BPD.
ECDOH coordinates COVID-19 vaccine clinics for children with local cultural organizations
Wed, Jan 12th 2022 02:00 pm
The Erie County Department of Health (ECDOH) is coordinating a series of COVID-19 vaccine clinics in January with five local cultural organizations, specifically for children and their families. These vaccine clinics will offer Pfizer coronavirus doses for children under 18 years old, and vaccine including boosters for eligible family members.

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