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DWI roving patrols will be out for Memorial Day weekend
Fri, May 28th 2021 02:45 pm
Erie County and state police agencies will conduct more than 150 hours of intensive DWI roving patrols over Memorial Day weekend.
ECDOH: Ticks thrive in warmer weather
Thu, May 27th 2021 08:45 pm
With warmer weather in store for Erie County, the Erie County Department of Health is reminding residents this is the season for ticks and the tick-borne illnesses.
Erie County Fair asks: Are you ribbon worthy?
Thu, May 27th 2021 08:55 am
"At the Erie County Fair, we love to compete! Spirited competition among peers is at the heart of the fair experience. Who has the best photograph? Best jam? Biggest stalk of corn?," the venue asked this week.
Memorial Day opening ceremony at Niagara Sailing Club
Thu, May 27th 2021 08:55 am
Despite the tragedy of their clubhouse burning and being demolished in March of this year, Niagara Sailing Club's officers, in full uniform, plus directors and membership, will hold their traditional Memorial Day opening and flag-raising ceremony at 11 a.m. Monday, May 31, at 3619 East River Road, Grand Island.
Grants awarded to ECMC to expand innovative outpatient behavioral health programs
Wed, May 26th 2021 01:40 pm
Erie County Medical Center (ECMC) Corp. announced it will receive funding from three local foundations for the expansion of two important outpatient behavioral health initiatives: development of an intensive outpatient program (IOP) and the expansion of help center services through increased hours.
Erie County Heritage Passport provides handheld guide to county history
Wed, May 26th 2021 09:05 am
The EC200 bicentennial committee announced the release of the Erie County Heritage Passport, a handheld guide to 35 historical societies and museums across Erie County. Each institution is unique and commemorates the diverse nature and history of each town in the county, from the Town of Alden to the Town of West Seneca.
COVID numbers improve in Erie County
Wed, May 26th 2021 09:00 am
The Erie County Department of Health on Tuesday provided an update on COVID-19 data for the week ending May 22.
Town Board closes in on Solar Law amendments
Mon, May 24th 2021 02:25 pm
The Town Board on Monday set in motion plans to finalize amendments to its 2017 solar law through a series of special workshop meetings scheduled for June. The goal is to hold a public hearing, then vote on the amended law at its regular July 19 Town Board meeting.
Free food drive-thru at Trinity Church
Mon, May 24th 2021 02:10 pm
Trinity Church will continue hosting a free drive-thru food give-a-way on the last Sunday of the month. The next one is set for 11 a.m. to noon Sunday, May 30, at 2100 Whitehaven Road (white building).
Dunkin' provides gift cards to Erie County Department of Health COVID-19 vaccination program
Mon, May 24th 2021 02:05 pm
Erie County and the Erie County Department of Health announced Dunkin' will provide 2,000 gift cards (valued at $5 each) for distribution at county-run COVID-19 vaccine clinics starting Tuesday, May 25. These cards will be given to youth ages 12 and older as they complete the Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine, with a second dose at ECDOH clinics.
'Seasons of Buffalo Baseball 1857-2020' virtual event highlights history-making Major League Baseball decision
Sat, May 22nd 2021 09:25 am
At 7 p.m. Monday, May 24, Michael J. Billoni and James Overfield, publisher and editor of "The Seasons of Buffalo Baseball 1857-2020," will present a virtual event inspired by the December 2020 Major League Baseball decision to officially recognize the Negro League clubs as MLB teams — 100 years after their creation. "Talking Baseball Part II: "Breaking Baseball's Color Barrier," will be a free virtual event broadcast from Dave & Adams Card World.
Casey's Cabana opening for season
Sat, May 22nd 2021 09:15 am
Casey's Cabana, Grand Island's student-founded and -operated riverfront summer restaurant, opens for its fourth season Saturday. It will continue from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. every day throughout the summer
Southpointe reaches detail plan review
Sat, May 22nd 2021 09:10 am
The long-planned Southpointe development plan is back on the table for Town Board review more than 20 years after it was first proposed as a Planned Development District (PDD) at the south end of Grand Island.
Erie County Soil and Water 2021 fish stocking program opens
Fri, May 21st 2021 09:45 am
The Erie County Soil and Water Conservation District's annual summer fish stocking program has begun. Landowners looking to restock their warm/cool water ponds can place orders for largemouth bass and/or fathead minnows through Monday, July 12, with pick-up scheduled for 10 a.m. Saturday, July 24, at the district office in East Aurora.
Erie County Fair returning Aug. 11-22
Fri, May 21st 2021 09:25 am
Earlier this week, the Erie County Agricultural Society board of directors announced it would move forward with the 2021 edition of the Erie County Fair - scheduled for Aug. 11-22 - following Gov. Andrew Cuomo's announcement New York is abiding by the CDC's new mask rule changes.
Rotary Club's Shred-It! is June 12
Fri, May 21st 2021 07:00 am
The annual Rotary Club of Grand Island Shred-it! event will be held from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday, June 12, behind KeyBank in the Tops Market Plaza parking lot on Grand Island Boulevard. Patrons will receive assured and confidential document destruction of all their papers. As done in 2020, it will be drive-thru, in-vehicle service.
Fantasy Island: Not yet a done deal
Thu, May 20th 2021 09:00 am
Grand Island Supervisor John Whitney said talks on reopening Fantasy Island are still at the "hopeful" and "tentative" stage.
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.
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.

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