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Erie County making progress with vaccinations
Fri, Feb 5th 2021 03:00 pm
The Erie County Department of Health is providing an update on the number of COVID-19 vaccinations administered to Erie County residents, including residents at nursing home facilities in Erie County based on information provided by the New York State Department of Health.
Readers invited to take Island Dispatch survey
Fri, Feb 5th 2021 09:15 am
2020 was a year that tested each and every one us. Thankfully, we made it through - and we're looking forward to better days in 2021.
2022 Erie County cultural funding application release, applicant briefings scheduled
Wed, Feb 3rd 2021 06:00 pm
The Erie County Department of Environment and Planning, in conjunction with the Erie County Arts and Cultural Advisory Board, will be kicking off the 2022 arts and cultural funding program with an application release on Monday, March 1.
Karen Healy-Case launches campaign for Erie County sheriff
Wed, Feb 3rd 2021 10:00 am
Karen Healy-Case, former lieutenant and district chief for the Buffalo Police Department, launched her campaign for Erie County Sheriff on Wednesday. In a one-minute announcement video, linked below, Healy-Case pledged" to use her decades of experience in law enforcement and the private sector to give taxpayers the results and protection they deserve."
Erie County Senior Services offering more ways to keep seniors engaged
Mon, Feb 1st 2021 05:45 pm
Tapping into the expertise of departmental health and wellness staff and leveraging extensive preexisting online resources, the Erie County Department of Senior Services has unveiled its updated webpage packed with activities, lessons and numerous engaging opportunities to help seniors combat isolation.
Birds on the Niagara set for Valentine's Day weekend
Mon, Feb 1st 2021 05:45 pm
Birds on the Niagara (BON21) announced the third annual Birds on the Niagara International Celebration of Winter Birds will be held Feb. 12-14. BON21 is the only international North American bird festival. This year, it is a virtual event with free access, including a special presentation by keynote speaker and author Dr. J. Drew Lanham.
Workforce Board launches 'career connections podcasts'
Mon, Feb 1st 2021 05:20 pm
The Buffalo and Erie County Workforce Investment Board (WIB) has launched a new workforce podcast initiative titled "Workforce Buffalo Career Connections." The podcasts will highlight the employment and training opportunities that exist in this region and how both job seekers and employers can tap into the many available local resources.
Erie County DOH provides information about COVID cases among St. Francis High School staff & students
Mon, Feb 1st 2021 12:15 pm
The Erie County Department of Health (ECDOH) has identified multiple COVID-19 cases among students and staff at St. Francis High School in Hamburg throughout the month of January. As of today, there are four staff members and 14 students with positive diagnostic COVID-19 tests during the past four weeks.
ECDOH provides vaccine distribution update
Fri, Jan 29th 2021 03:35 pm
The Erie County Department of Health is providing an update on the number of COVID-19 vaccinations administered to county residents, including those at nursing home facilities, based on information provided by the New York State Department of Health.
Grand Island man sentenced for setting fire inside his apartment
Fri, Jan 29th 2021 10:30 am
Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn on Thursday announced 35-year-old Robert L. Shoemaker of Grand Island was virtually sentenced that afternoon by Erie County Court Judge Suzanne Maxwell Barnes to a determinate sentence of three-and-a-half years in prison followed by two-and-a-half years of post-release supervision.
Tree & shrub seedlings available from Erie County Soil and Water Conservation District
Thu, Jan 28th 2021 08:40 pm
Order forms for the 2021 conservation tree and shrub seedling sale are now available from Erie County Soil and Water Conservation District.
'Ice Sculpting Masters Winter Wonderland' drive-thru coming to The Fairgrounds in February
Thu, Jan 28th 2021 07:55 pm
In excess of 150,000 pounds of ice will be carved into more than 90 sculptures at the Hamburg Fairgrounds as part of "The Ice Sculpting Masters Winter Wonderland" drive-thru, a brand-new event produced by The Ice Farm. This is a friendly family event that will take place between 5-10 p.m. nightly from Feb. 11-15.
ILDC board approves sale of 9.2-acres on former Bethlehem Steel site to Uniland Development Co.
Wed, Jan 27th 2021 01:35 pm
The Buffalo and Erie County Industrial Land Development Corporation board of directors on Wednesday approved the sale of 9.2 acres on the former Bethlehem Steel property to Uniland Development Co.
Erie County Department of Health cancels additional COVID-19 vaccine clinics
Tue, Jan 26th 2021 04:50 pm
The Erie County Department of Health is cancelling COVID-19 vaccine appointments scheduled for ECC South on Friday, Jan. 29, and ECC North and ECC South on Saturday, Jan. 30, due to lack of vaccine supply.
Despite pandemic, recycler raises more than $11,000 to support Camp Good Days
Tue, Jan 26th 2021 04:00 pm
On Tuesday, local electronics recycler Sunnking presented an $11,761 check to Camp Good Days and Special Times, a local nonprofit organization helping children and families living with cancer.
CAO of WNY recruiting a Healthy Homes AmeriCorps VISTA
Tue, Jan 26th 2021 12:55 pm
The Community Action Organization of WNY (CAO), in partnership with The Service Collaborative of WNY, is recruiting a Healthy Homes VISTA to coordinate a number of projects within its housing development office.
New York Power Authority's economic development awards creating 583 jobs in WNY
Tue, Jan 26th 2021 12:30 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo on Tuesday announced the New York Power Authority's board of trustees approved four economic development awards that will support 583 jobs and spur $356 million in private capital investments across Western New York.
DEC issues guidance to avoid coyote conflicts
Tue, Jan 26th 2021 10:25 am
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation has issued guidance to help prevent conflicts between people and coyotes.
ECDOH: Higher-risk sports can resume
Mon, Jan 25th 2021 04:50 pm
The Erie County Department of Health is providing the following information for schools, coaching staff, athletes, parents of student-athletes and youth and adult amateur sports leagues in Erie County.
Buffalo Rotary donating $50,000 to bolster local pandemic relief
Mon, Jan 25th 2021 03:20 pm
Due to the extraordinary need in the community caused by the ongoing COVID-19 pandemic, the Rotary Club of Buffalo will provide much-needed aid to six local organizations that have been challenged to provide assistance to people in need of basic food and supplies.
Cuomo: $200 million in BRIDGE NY funding available to build resiliency in NYS communities
Mon, Jan 25th 2021 02:15 pm
Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced the availability of $200 million in BRIDGE NY funding for local governments to make their infrastructure more resilient to extreme weather events.
Botanical Gardens new 'Gardens After Dark' series has 'Enchanted Winter Escape'
Mon, Jan 25th 2021 02:00 pm
The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens recently introduced a brand-new series of exhibits titled "Gardens After Dark." It then introduced "Gardens After Dark: Enchanted Winter Escape" for 2021.
State Parks to provide seasonal dock permits along West River Shoreline Trail
Mon, Jan 25th 2021 01:00 pm
The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation will issue temporary seasonal dock permits for up to 35 public docks along the West River Shoreline Trail on a first-come, first-served basis for the 2021 season.
One Bills 'Drive': Grand Island parade cheers team on march to Super Bowl
Sat, Jan 23rd 2021 07:00 am
What started as a whim turned into a mile-long parade of cars circling the Island in a pregame support of the Buffalo Bills on Saturday.
Thermo Fisher one step closer to $85M expansion
Sat, Jan 23rd 2021 07:00 am
An approval by the Erie County Industrial Development Agency's (ECIDA) Board of Directors on Wednesday for a tax incentive package presented by Grand Island's Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc. should result in the life sciences company proceeding with plans to add an $85 million, 69,000-square-foot expansion to its research, development and manufacturing facility at 3175 Staley Road.
Grand Island restaurants bouncing back
Sat, Jan 23rd 2021 07:00 am
When a state judge opened the door to indoor dining for Erie County eating establishments last Thursday, Jan. 14, patrons beat feet into Grand Island restaurants. The patter of their feet was music to the ears of restaurant owners, who were more than ready to comply with the required COVID-safe measures of 50% capacity, 6-foot distance between tables, no more than four people per table and 10 p.m. closing.
Hardwick announces Island Dispatch named official county newspaper
Sat, Jan 23rd 2021 07:00 am
Legislator Kevin Hardwick again announces the Grand Island Dispatch will serve as one of the official newspapers of Erie County for the 2021 legislative year.
UB expert: Buffalo Bills unite a far-flung community, sending message of healing and hope
Fri, Jan 22nd 2021 05:20 pm
The Buffalo Bills' success has sown "seeds of hope" and become a path to build a community amid the isolation and anxiety of the COVID-19 pandemic.
National Association for Olmsted Parks elects Crockatt to board of directors
Fri, Jan 22nd 2021 10:40 am
The National Association for Olmsted Parks (NAOP) recently announced its official welcome of Stephanie Crockatt to its board of trustees. This comes at a significant and opportune time with the planning of "Olmsted 200," a 2022 national initiative to recognize and celebrate the 200th birth year of Frederick Law Olmsted, father of American landscape architecture.
ECDOH cancels additional COVID-19 vaccine clinics due to lack of supply
Wed, Jan 20th 2021 05:10 pm
The Erie County Department of Health announced the cancellation of scheduled ECDOH COVID-19 vaccination Points-of-Distribution (PODs) for Saturday, Jan. 23, and Monday through Wednesday, Jan. 25-27. This includes locations at Erie Community College South and Erie Community College North.
Neighbors Foundation of Grand Island extends thanks for holiday donations
Wed, Jan 20th 2021 11:50 am
The Neighbors Foundation of Grand Island thanks the hundreds of individuals and organizations who contributed to our successful 2020 holiday distribution.
Erie County remembers those lost to COVID-19
Tue, Jan 19th 2021 02:10 pm
Erie County will participate in a national moment of unity and remembrance today to remember and honor the nearly 400,000 lives - including nearly 1,400 Erie County residents - lost to COVID-19 in cities and towns across the country.
Town Hall Square Plaza to get facelift
Sat, Jan 16th 2021 07:00 am
As president and CEO of his family's 73-years-old Consumer Beverages, Neil Kavanaugh is always looking for favorable strips of commercial property throughout Western New York. While driving on Grand Island Boulevard 30 years ago, he found one in the Town Hall Square strip plaza, which he calls "the perfect location" on Grand Island.
Explore & More hosts clothing drive in Honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr.
Fri, Jan 15th 2021 06:55 pm
In recognition of Martin Luther King Jr. Day on Monday, Jan. 18, Explore & More - The Ralph C. Wilson, Jr. Children's Museum, in partnership with BankOnBuffalo, is hosting a winter clothing drive (new hats, mitten and socks) for the children residing at Gerard Place.
KeyBank Foundation donates $25,000 to The King Center for Nonviolent Social Change
Fri, Jan 15th 2021 03:05 pm
In honor of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. Day, the KeyBank Foundation is pledging $25,000 to The King Center for Nonviolent Social Change.
Erie County restaurants permitted to move back into 'yellow zone'
Thu, Jan 14th 2021 11:25 am
On Wednesday, New York State Supreme Court Justice the Hon. Henry J. Nowak, J.S.C., granted a preliminary injunction against a New York State Department of Health order placing portions of Erie County into a micro-cluster action initiative "orange zone." He allowed the almost 100 applicants permission to operate under "yellow zone" restrictions "pursuant to the DOH's Interim COVID-19 Guidance."
Erie County to update hazard mitigation plan
Thu, Jan 14th 2021 11:10 am
Erie County is updating its hazard mitigation plan. The HMP documents Erie County's vulnerability to natural and manmade hazards along with county, city, town and village strategies to reduce that vulnerability.
EPA invites 55 new projects to apply for WIFIA loans to improve water quality
Tue, Jan 12th 2021 01:20 pm
The U.S. Environmental Protection Agency (EPA) announced 55 new projects in 20 states are being invited to apply for approximately $5.1 billion in Water Infrastructure Finance and Innovation Act (WIFIA) loans. This funding will help finance over $12 billion in clean water and drinking water infrastructure projects to protect public health and improve water quality in communities across the U.S.
Higgins & Poloncarz: $2.68 million for construction of new water & sewer systems on site of former Bethlehem Steel plant
Mon, Jan 11th 2021 02:00 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins, D-NY-26, and Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz on Monday announced a federal grant totaling $2,680,000 awarded through the Economic Development Administration to support the Buffalo Erie County Industrial Land Development Corp. with the construction of replacement water and sewer systems in order to develop 160 acres of land at the site of the former Bethlehem Steel plant.
Historic Lincoln Building transforms into Erie County pandemic response hub
Mon, Jan 11th 2021 10:10 am
The Erie County Department of Health's office of epidemiology is moving into new space in downtown Buffalo, finding a home in the oldest office building still existing in the downtown area - the circa-1833 Lincoln Building (formerly known as the Ticor Building).

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