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Testing, masking requirements create controversy at school board meeting
Sat, Oct 2nd 2021 10:00 am
Erie County recently chose to abandon its strict guidelines concerning quarantining in favor of New York State Department of Health guidelines, according to School Superintendent Brian Graham, who spoke at the Sept. 27 meeting of the Grand Island Board of Education.
Get screened for breast cancer: Erie County cancer services program urges women to get a mammogram
Thu, Sep 30th 2021 10:50 pm
In coordination with Breast Cancer Awareness Month, the Erie County cancer services program (CSP) is urging women to talk to their health care providers about scheduling their mammograms. The CSP helps uninsured and underinsured women get free mammograms.
DEC announces annual Arbor Day poster contest
Wed, Sep 29th 2021 02:40 pm
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos announced the start of DEC's annual Arbor Day poster contest.
Erie County Home Energy Assistance Program opens Monday
Wed, Sep 29th 2021 02:35 pm
The Erie County Department of Social Services announced applications for Home Energy Assistance Program regular benefits will be accepted beginning Friday, Oct. 1, approximately one month earlier than usual. This year, in light of continuing coronavirus-related concerns related to public gatherings, ECDSS is strongly encouraging applicants to apply online or to utilize other remote channels to apply. As in previous years, interested applicants are encouraged to apply sooner rather than later.
Erie County distributes face masks & COVID-19 test kits to schools and school districts
Wed, Sep 29th 2021 12:25 pm
The Erie County Department of Health and Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Services distributed supplies to school districts and non-public schools on Wednesday, to aid in their COVID-19 prevention activities.
ECDOH: Prepare for winter with a flu vaccine
Tue, Sep 28th 2021 08:20 pm
The Erie County Department of Health strongly recommends a flu vaccine for everyone ages 6 months and older this fall. To encourage county residents to get vaccinated against flu, Deputy Executive Maria Whyte and Commissioner of Health Dr. Gale Burstein received their flu vaccination Tuesday at a clinic for Erie County employees run by Wegmans.
Higgins encourages students to participate in Congressional App Challenge
Tue, Sep 28th 2021 10:00 am
Congressman Brian Higgins is inviting Western New York students to take part in the 2021 Congressional App Challenge, an annual competition encouraging middle and high school students from across the U.S. to create and submit original coding applications.
Erie County Department of Health announces school-based COVID-19 testing programs
Mon, Sep 27th 2021 07:05 pm
With support from approximately $18.5 million in federal funding, the Erie County Department of Health is coordinating COVID-19 testing for K-12 students and school staff.
COVID-19 vaccinations, flu shots will be offered to students, employees & general public at Villa Maria College's Health and Wellness Fair
Mon, Sep 27th 2021 01:15 pm
On Wednesday, Oct. 7, Villa Maria College will open its doors to the general public for a Health and Wellness Fair. Held in partnership with the college's on-campus food pantry, the Sister Mary Josette Food Pantry, the Health and Wellness Fair offers attendees the opportunity to receive COVID-19 vaccinations through Erie County, and flu shots through Rite-Aid.
Buffalo and Erie County Greenway Standing Committee to meet Oct. 8
Mon, Sep 27th 2021 01:00 pm
The Buffalo and Erie County Greenway Fund Standing Committee meeting will be conducted at Mutual Riverfront Park building, 41 Hamburg St., Buffalo, at 1 p.m. Friday, Oct. 8.
Grand Island among 11 new certified Climate Smart Communities
Mon, Sep 27th 2021 01:00 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul announced the latest round of communities to achieve certification as part of New York state's Climate Smart Communities program, which supports local efforts to meet the economic, social and environmental challenges posed by climate change.
River Lea reopens for tours
Sat, Sep 25th 2021 10:50 am
River Lea, the Grand Island Historical Society's museum in Beaver Island State Park, has reopened for visits. The museum's doors were closed to the public shortly after the society's meeting on March 5, 2020.
Residents weigh in on permitting marijuana dispensaries on Grand Island
Sat, Sep 25th 2021 10:50 am
Kelly Gast enjoys participating in athletic and long-distance endurance events. She is a mountain climber, and she teaches and practices yoga.
EC200 Bicentennial series concludes with Hispanic heritage at Roycroft in East Aurora
Thu, Sep 23rd 2021 08:35 pm
The EC200 committee is celebrating the fourth and final event in the EC200 Heritage Commemoration Series, taking place from 2-6 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 25, at the historic Roycroft Campus in East Aurora with an afternoon celebrating WNY Hispanic heritage. This free event will feature musical performances by Sol Y Sombra along with speakers discussing Hispanic heritage, with a focus on the WNY Hispanic Heritage District and the Hispanic Heritage Cultural Institute.
ECDOH adopts New York State Department of Health school guidance
Thu, Sep 23rd 2021 12:10 pm
After receiving feedback from school leaders, the Erie County Department of Health is adopting school guidance set forth by the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) as the controlling guidance for k-12 schools in Erie County starting Monday, Sept. 27.
Pinnacle Golf Tourney benefits Grand Island organizations
Wed, Sep 22nd 2021 01:00 pm
Pinnacle Travel hosted its Pinnacle Island 2021 Golf Tourney benefit on Aug. 13 at the Beaver Island golf course on Grand Island. A fundraiser to assist the Neighbors Foundation of Grand Island and other local groups, the golf outing saw 156 golfers form 38 teams participating. Additional Island benefactors from the event included the Grand Island Fire Co., Grand Island Police Department and Charles N. DeGlopper VFW Post 9249.
Mercy, Sisters of Charity Hospitals introduce 'revolutionary technology' to enhance dialysis care
Tue, Sep 21st 2021 07:00 pm
Mercy Hospital of Buffalo and Sisters of Charity Hospital have become the first hospitals in Western New York to offer what they called "next-generation technology" for dialysis care called the Tablo Hemodialysis System. The changeover to the new dialysis program within Catholic Health is aimed at improving the patient experience, while reducing the cost and complexity historically associated with dialysis treatment.
Poloncarz declares Sept. 25 to Oct. 3 Drive Electric Week in Erie County
Tue, Sep 21st 2021 07:00 pm
As part of National Drive Electric Week 2021, Erie County is spreading the word about environmental responsibility and encouraging residents to learn more about electric vehicles by signing a proclamation that declares Sept. 25 to Oct. 3 "Drive Electric Week" in Erie County.
Youth-driven initiative awards $70,000 to local organizations
Tue, Sep 21st 2021 07:00 pm
HOPE Buffalo has awarded 23 local 501(c)(3) organizations seed funding totaling $70,000 for the 2021 year.
Science, and some sparkle! Kids can grow crystals in national contest
Tue, Sep 21st 2021 06:50 pm
From chocolate to snowflakes to salt, crystals are everywhere in our daily lives.
New Yorkers & visitors can fish for free on Saturday, Sept. 25
Mon, Sep 20th 2021 10:40 am
Gov. Kathy Hochul recently announced New York's fifth "Free Fishing Day" of the year is on Saturday, Sept. 25. It coincides with National Hunting and Fishing Day, which is celebrated annually to promote outdoor activities like hunting, fishing and target shooting. New York provides anglers with six "Free Fishing Days" each year.
Hochul announces state actions to address school bus driver shortage
Mon, Sep 20th 2021 10:05 am
Governor directs state agencies to utilize creative approaches to support schools Gov. Kathy Hochul recently announced a multiagency plan to address the school bus driver shortage affecting schools across the state.
Ryan announces state construction aid allocations for local libraries
Fri, Sep 17th 2021 05:40 pm
On Friday, New York State Sen. Sean Ryan, chairman of the New York State Senate Libraries Committee, joined representatives from the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library to announce he secured $678,488 in funding for the Isaías González-Soto Branch Library in Buffalo and the Grand Island Memorial Library for renovation costs.
E-waste drive set for Saturday
Fri, Sep 17th 2021 10:05 am
Buffalo Computer Recycling will collect electronic waste from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, Sept. 18, at the Grand Island Town Hall parking lot. The e-waste drive is sponsored by Casella.
Erie County: 'High-Risk Youth' Team intervention program for teens impacted by gun violence
Fri, Sep 17th 2021 10:05 am
On Thursday, Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn announced the "High-Risk Youth Team," a multifaceted intervention program for teenagers who are considered at risk of being directly impacted by gun violence in the City of Buffalo.
DEC proposes regulation allowing counties to opt out of holiday deer hunt
Thu, Sep 16th 2021 09:25 am
New York State Department of Environmental Conservation Commissioner Basil Seggos announced the release of a proposed regulation that, if adopted, would allow counties to opt out of the recently established end-of-year deer hunt, slated to occur annually between Dec. 26 and Jan. 1. The "holiday hunt" is an extension of the late bow and muzzleloader deer season in New York's southern zone.
Erie County Department of Health shares questions for parents & caregivers to ask child care centers
Thu, Sep 16th 2021 09:25 am
As many families with young children settle into their "back to school" routines, the Erie County Department of Health is offering parents and caregivers a set of questions to ask child care centers about their health and safety practices related to COVID-19. These include:
Scholarship fund receives donation from recycling efforts at Erie County Fair
Tue, Sep 14th 2021 09:00 pm
The Erie County Fair continues its partnership with the Can Bottle Return Co. of Hamburg to collect and recycle the returnable cans, bottles and glasses used at the annual event. The items were collected on a daily basis at the Erie County Fair from the designated containers placed around the grounds totaling 45,000 items.
'Shop 716' e-gift cards and buy local campaign return to boost Erie County small businesses
Tue, Sep 14th 2021 09:00 pm
National Small Business Week is here, and Erie County is building on the success of 2020's popular small business initiatives by joining with partners to relaunch the "Shop 716" e-gift card and buy local marketing campaign programs for the final months of 2021.
Erie County Department of Health reminds residents of West Nile virus risk from mosquitoes
Mon, Sep 13th 2021 01:50 pm
The Erie County Department of Health is alerting residents to a mosquito pool test result that confirmed the presence of West Nile virus in area mosquitos. Municipal partners collected the sample from a location in the northern part of Erie County in mid-August.
Women of the Word starting up again
Sat, Sep 11th 2021 07:00 am
With the 2021-22 season, Women of the Word begins its 33rd year of nondenominational Christian Bible study on Grand Island. Hosted by Trinity United Methodist Church at 2100 Whitehaven Road, the ladies of W.O.W. will examine the New Testament book of Ephesians and also study through several weeks of basic Christian beliefs. The premier celebration is Thursday, Sept. 16, beginning at 9:30 a.m.
Niagara's Splash World to extend summer season
Sat, Sep 11th 2021 07:00 am
Niagara's Splash World Water Park is extending its summer season to include weekends through the rest of September.
Grand Island: Town Board to seek public comment on 'pot' sales
Sat, Sep 11th 2021 07:00 am
The Town Board has been asked by a resident to consider the pros and cons of having a restriction on cannabis sales on Grand Island. New York state permits such restrictions.
Southpointe progress debated
Sat, Sep 11th 2021 07:00 am
Recent tree-cutting on swaths of land along Baseline Road from Love Road north to Staley Road is a clear sign that phase I development is underway for the Southpointe Planned Development District. The site is bordered on the east by I-190/South State Parkway.
Poloncarz, officials proclaim Suicide Prevention Week in Erie County
Fri, Sep 10th 2021 10:50 pm
Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz was joined Friday by Commissioner of Health Dr. Gale Burstein and Commissioner of Mental Health Mark O'Brien; Erie County legislators; Chief Executive Officer of Crisis Services Jessica Pirro; Celia Spacone, Ph.D., of the Suicide Prevention Coalition; member agencies and concerned citizens in front of the Edward A. Rath county office building to spread a message of hope and proclaim "Suicide Prevention Week" in Erie County.
Town Hall Square Plaza nearing completion
Fri, Sep 10th 2021 07:00 am
The Town Hall Square Plaza facelift is nearly complete, lacking only a few business signs, and the reopening of a restaurant. Colorful new storefronts brighten the look of the businesses in the plaza across from Town Hall and the Grand Island Fire Co. firehall.
Remembering 9/11 on Grand Island
Thu, Sep 9th 2021 09:50 pm
Grand Island Post 1346 American Legion is remembering the tragedy of 9/11 this weekend by holding a Patriot Day poppy drive in memory of the lives that were lost 20 years ago. The poppy drive will be a daylong event on Friday and Saturday, Sept. 10 and 11. Donations are being accepted to purchase poppies that will help all local veterans, said Post Judge Advocate Joe Synakowski, who designed and produced this poster.
Albright-Knox partners with Child & Family Services for 'Hervé Tullet: Shape and Color'
Thu, Sep 9th 2021 09:45 pm
The Albright-Knox recently partnered with Child & Family Services to supply artmaking kits to children in the residential treatment program as part of the current exhibition at Albright-Knox Northland, "Hervé Tullet: Shape and Color."
COVID cases continue to rise in Erie County
Thu, Sep 9th 2021 10:05 am
The Erie County Department of Health is providing an update on COVID-19 data. For the week ending Sept. 4, 2021, ECDOH received reports for 1,326 new COVID-19 cases among Erie County residents, a 22% increase from the previous week.
Erie County RSVP, Homeland Security & Emergency Services Department join partners in honoring 20th anniversary of 9/11
Thu, Sep 9th 2021 09:30 am
On Saturday, Sept. 11, Erie County will join 60 communities across the country to memorialize those who lost their lives on Sept. 11, 2001, in a special ceremony hosted by the Erie County Retired & Senior Volunteer Program (RSVP), the Buffalo and Erie County Naval & Military Park, the Erie County Department of Homeland Security and Emergency Services, the WNY Iraq/Afghanistan Memorial, and Explore & More - The Ralph C Wilson, Jr. Children's Museum. The ceremony will take place rain or shine at the Buffalo and Erie County Naval & Military Park at 8:30 a.m.

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