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Fantasy Island: New York AG pressing Apex to provide refunds
Fri, Feb 21st 2020 06:20 pm
The office of New York Attorney General Letitia James has sent correspondence to Apex Parks Group LLC requesting refunds be provided to Fantasy Island customers who purchased season tickets.
Fantasy Island closes, ending 59-year ride
Fri, Feb 21st 2020 06:15 pm
Four years after buying Martin's Fantasy Island, Apex Parks Group announced the permanent closure of the Grand Island park this week.
'An Evening With Horses & Heroes' to highlight Western New York EquiFest 2020
Fri, Feb 21st 2020 07:00 am
The athletic strength and talents of both the horse and their riders will be on display as WNY Equifest 2020 presents an "Evening with Horses & Heroes," at 7 p.m. Saturday, March 21, inside Showplex on the Erie County Fairgrounds. This ticketed event will feature a costume-studded parade of riders and their beautiful horses demonstrating various forms of horsemanship and skills.
Morinello delivers Valentine's cards to seniors
Sat, Feb 15th 2020 08:30 am
This Valentine's Day, Assemblyman Angelo Morinello visited the Grand Island Golden Age Center and delivered Valentine's Day cards, created by local elementary school students, to seniors.
Clay DeGlopper sculpture sent to Colorado
Sat, Feb 15th 2020 07:00 am
Susan Geissler's clay sculpture of Medal of Honor recipient Charles DeGlopper was delivered safely to the mold making shop in Loveland, Colorado, last Monday, reports Pete Henderson on behalf of Geissler.
GI Relay For Life to pass $2 million mark
Sat, Feb 15th 2020 07:00 am
Grand Island Relay For Life is poised to cruise by the $2 million mark in funds raised for the American Cancer Society as the 18th annual event approaches.
Grand Island Board of Education: First budget input session held
Sat, Feb 15th 2020 07:00 am
A school aid increase from the state isn't what it appears to be, Board of Education trustees heard Monday.
Hardwick delivers St. Stephen School Valentines for Vets
Sat, Feb 15th 2020 07:00 am
St. Stephen School students prepared Valentines for Veterans to be shared with the many men and women who have served the country in the various branches of the armed forces. Erie County Legislator Kevin Hardwick had the honor of delivering these heartfelt thoughts to the patients at Veterans Administration facilities in Western New York.
Boating safety course
Sat, Feb 15th 2020 07:00 am
U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 3-1 will offer its "About Boating Safety" one-day class this spring and early summer in the River Region. Classes will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays, Feb. 29, March 28, April (TBA), May 16 and June 20, at the Officers Club, Fort Niagara State Park in Youngstown. An additional class will be held from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. at Lewiston Fire Co. No. 2, 1705 Saunders Settlement Road.
Michael Freedman becomes 2020 president of local Public Relations Society of America chapter
Fri, Feb 14th 2020 05:45 pm
The Public Relations Society of America (PRSA) Buffalo Niagara Chapter welcomes Michael Freedman as president for the year 2020. Freedman heads a 12-person board of directors, which was recently elected by the local chapter's membership body.
Higgins invites high school students to participate in Congressional Art Competition
Fri, Feb 14th 2020 05:40 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins is inviting local high school students to participate in the annual Congressional Art Competition. This nationwide contest highlights the significance of art education in schools by showcasing the work of the country's most gifted young artists. The competition, initiated by Congress in 1982, includes hundreds of thousands of high school students from across the nation.
Buffalo and Erie County Greenway Standing Committee to meet
Fri, Feb 14th 2020 05:25 pm
The next meeting of the Buffalo and Erie County Greenway Fund Standing Committee will be at 4 p.m. Thursday, Feb. 27, at the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo, 726 Exchange St., Suite 525, Buffalo. The meeting is open to the public. The agenda includes presentations by applicants who are seeking Greenway project funding in the current round of requests.
Erie County: 2021 cultural funding application changes, release & applicant briefing
Tue, Feb 11th 2020 12:10 pm
The Erie County Department of Environment and Planning, in conjunction with the Erie County Arts and Cultural Advisory Board ("EACAB"), will kick-off the 2021 Arts and Cultural Funding Program with an application release on Wednesday, Feb. 12.
Pop-acoustic worship band I AM THEY to embark on headlining tour; to make WNY stop
Sat, Feb 8th 2020 10:40 am
I AM THEY begins their second headlining tour on March 6. After a successful run in the fall of 2018 on "The Trial and Triumph Tour," the band is headed back on the road on the "Thankful for the Scars" Tour.
Grand Island Chamber of Commerce: Nominations sought for Citizen of the Year
Sat, Feb 8th 2020 07:05 am
The Grand Island Chamber of Commerce is looking for nominations for the 54th annual Citizen of the Year Award celebration. You can pick up your nomination form(s) at the Grand Island Chamber office or go to and download one. Nominations are due by 5 p.m. Friday, March 6. They will be recognized at a dinner to be held at the DoubleTree by Hilton, Niagara Falls, on April 30.
DeGlopper statue taking shape
Sat, Feb 8th 2020 07:05 am
Youngstown sculptor Susan Geissler has approximately 60 or 70 hours of work left to do on the statue of Charles DeGlopper that will be unveiled in June in the park that bears his name.
Grand Island Town Board adopts law against aggressive solicitation
Sat, Feb 8th 2020 07:05 am
Property damage, theft, and people being approached at private events by aggressive panhandlers were issues addressed by Ralph Lommer, former board member of the Grand Island Moose Lodge. He was one of a group of people who spoke at a public hearing at the Feb. 3 Grand Island Town Board meeting on a local law regulating aggressive panhandling on public property.
Viking Diner opens on Grand Island Blvd.
Sat, Feb 8th 2020 07:00 am
The Viking Diner set sail this month.
Grand Island is home to Buffalo Sports Museum
Sat, Feb 8th 2020 07:00 am
It's also safe to say there is only one 1,000-square-foot basement on the Island referred to as "The Buffalo Sports Museum" and, after a tour, the name is perfect and it is a space any museum curator would be proud of. A countless number of Buffalo sports memorabilia meticulously fill every inch of the walls, ceiling and floor in the basement of John Boutet, sports archivist, author, athlete and a member of the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame Board of Directors and the BFLO Experience, which is looking for a large downtown space to house the Buffalo sports, broadcasters and music halls of fame.
Rotary Club of Grand Island: Annual Undie Sunday drive runs Feb. 10-24
Sat, Feb 8th 2020 07:00 am
Drew Bernstein is a missionary at St. Luke's Mission of Mercy on Buffalo's East Side. He is also the coordinator of its Code Blue initiative when up to 50 cots and bedding are rolled out for homeless men to escape the winter cold at night when the temperatures are below freezing. It is a place where these men can obtain a hot meal and breakfast in the morning, dry their clothing and hopefully, a good night's sleep in a safe environment.
Grand Island Chamber of Commerce: Island Family Eye Care opens with ribbon-cutting
Sat, Feb 8th 2020 07:00 am
At a ribbon-cutting for Island Family Eye Care on Jan. 29, owner Dr. Adrienne Manzo Cassata said it's been a "dream of mine for a long time. I worked for an ophthalmology practice for about 10 years and decided to branch out on my own, and I'm just so excited to be on Grand Island. It's really been a warm reception so far. ... I'm just really happy to be here serving this community."
Grand Island Chamber of Commerce: Wavelengths opens at new location
Sat, Feb 8th 2020 07:00 am
Supporters of Wavelengths Hair Design had no trouble finding their new location for a recent ribbon-cutting.
Sidoti - Owczarczak wedding
Sat, Feb 8th 2020 06:55 am
Mary Kate Sidoti of Grand Island and Joshua Owczarczak of Lancaster were married in an afternoon ceremony officiated by Rev. Francis Mazur at St. Stephen R.C. Church, Grand Island, on Sept. 21, 2019. A reception followed at Asbury Hall, Delaware Avenue in Buffalo.
Kearns reminds snowmobilers to register their sleds locally in Erie County
Fri, Feb 7th 2020 05:15 pm
As winter snow activities commence in Buffalo, Erie County Clerk Michael P. Kearns reminded snowmobilers to register their sleds "locally" by mailing in their snowmobile registrations using the signature green "Renew Local" envelope, or at any Erie County Auto Bureau. Doing so will help keep a portion of the registration fee in Erie County.
No parking ordinance on Grand Island
Thu, Feb 6th 2020 03:00 pm
Grand Island residents are reminded the no parking ordinance is in effect from 2-7 a.m. Nov. 1 through March 31.
Erie County: Bridging communication gap between law enforcement, deaf/hard of hearing community
Wed, Feb 5th 2020 06:20 pm
A new communications tool, designed to improve communications between the police and the hard of hearing and deaf community during routine law enforcement traffic stops, will soon be implemented in Erie County after being announced at the Town of Amherst Police Training Facility.
Tree & shrub seedlings available from Erie County Soil and Water Conservation District
Wed, Feb 5th 2020 09:55 am
Order forms for the 2020 conservation tree and shrub seedling sale are now available from Erie County Soil and Water Conservation District.
Grand Island Board of Education: Road signs to mark GIHS boys volleyball state championship
Sat, Feb 1st 2020 07:00 am
New road signage will soon go up on the Island noting the town is the home of the 2019 New York State champions in boys volleyball.
Erie County Department of Real Property Tax Services, partners arrive at tax bill solution
Thu, Jan 30th 2020 03:10 pm
The Erie County Department of Real Property Tax Services, working closely with the Erie County Clerks Association and after close consultation with local clerks, supervisors and assessors, will immediately begin implementing a correction to an issue that became apparent with county tax bills last Friday.
Jacobs honors Grand Island's Michael Shanley as Veteran of the Month
Mon, Jan 27th 2020 08:30 am
New York State Sen. Chris Jacobs announced Grand Island resident and U.S. Army veteran Michael Shanley was selected as the 60th Senate District Veteran of the Month for January.
Grand Island Town Board: Public hearing on proposed new panhandling law set for Feb. 3
Sat, Jan 25th 2020 07:00 am
The Grand Island Town Board set a hearing to consider a new law to address panhandling on the Island.
Section VI to delay implementation of return to league-based football alignment
Sat, Jan 25th 2020 07:00 am
A proposal to return high school football to league, rather than federation, play is on hold after complaints by City of Buffalo Public Schools.
Southpointe project is 'not dead,' councilman says
Sat, Jan 25th 2020 07:00 am
Four months after former Town Supervisor Nathan McMurray stated "Southpointe is dead again," Grand Islanders who oppose the development on the south end of the Island may fear what is dead may never die, but rises again harder and stronger.
'A playground for all' at Chestnut Ridge Park
Fri, Jan 24th 2020 03:35 pm
Today, Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz was joined by Assemblyman Patrick Burke (142nd district), Commissioner of Parks, Recreation and Forestry Troy P. Schinzel, President of the Chestnut Park Conservancy Gordon Panek, and conservancy members at the Chestnut Ridge casino to announce the start of a capital campaign to fund the newest addition to the park's recreational offerings.
Above and Beyond: Town Supervisor Whitney installs 2020 fire company officers
Thu, Jan 23rd 2020 03:40 pm
Grand Island Town Supervisor John Whitney administered the oaths of office to newly elected Grand Island Fire co. officers on Saturday, Jan. 11, at fire headquarters.
Trinity United Methodist Church: Permanent home made for Family Justice Center
Thu, Jan 23rd 2020 03:35 pm
A former parsonage at Trinity United Methodist Church will serve as the permanent home of the Grand Island satellite of the Family Justice Center, announced the center's executive director, Mary Travers Murphy, on Jan. 9 at a community meeting at the church.
Erie County offers free rabies vaccination
Sat, Jan 18th 2020 07:00 am
The Erie County Department of Health has scheduled a free rabies vaccination clinic for dogs, indoor and outdoor cats, and ferrets from 3-7 p.m. Wednesday, Jan. 29, at North Buffalo Community Center, 203 Sanders Road, Buffalo.
Public hearings scheduled on 2020-24 Consolidated Plan for Community Development & 2020 action plan
Thu, Jan 16th 2020 09:55 am
The Erie County Department of Environment and Planning will host public hearings for the draft 2020-24 Consolidated Plan for Community Development and the 2020 Action Plan for the Community Development Block Grant ("CDBG"), Home Investment Partnership Grant ("HOME"), and Emergency Solutions Grant ("HESG") during the week of Jan. 20 in three communities across Erie County.
Volunteers needed to stem tide of arboreal invaders
Wed, Jan 15th 2020 07:00 am
The Erie County Department of Parks, Recreation and Forestry, in conjunction with WNY PRISM, the Cornell University Cooperative Extension, and the NYS Hemlock Initiative is presenting a free public event focusing on the hemlock woolly adelgid, an invasive aphid-like forest pest that is currently spreading in Western New York forests. The spread of HWA threatens the Eastern Hemlock, an important tree species that is a critical part of forest ecosystems, provides stream habitat for trout species and creates habitat for numerous other plant and animal species.
NYSERDA selects home inspections By The Fulmer Group to provide home energy ratings for homebuyers in Erie County
Tue, Jan 14th 2020 09:15 am
The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority on Monday announced it has selected Home Inspections By The Fulmer Group to deliver home energy ratings for homebuyers in Erie County, as part of the second phase of the Home Energy Ratings Pilot. The pilot supports the state mandate for a 40% reduction in greenhouse gas emissions by 2030 and Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's "Green New Deal," which puts New York on a path to economywide carbon neutrality.

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