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Erie County Opiate Epidemic Task Force announces Narcan use training schedule for spring
Thu, Feb 24th 2022 07:35 pm
The Erie County Department of Health and the Erie County Opiate Epidemic Task Force announced the next three months of free trainings, where participants will learn to recognize the signs of an opioid overdose and use Narcan (naloxone) to reverse an opioid overdose.
Erie County Cancer Services Program partners with Tops for Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month
Wed, Feb 23rd 2022 03:30 pm
The Erie County Cancer Services Program (CSP) is partnering with Tops Friendly Markets for a FIT kit distribution during March, which is Colorectal Cancer Awareness Month.
Ryan outlines his community priorities for Buffalo Bills stadium negotiations
Wed, Feb 23rd 2022 03:05 pm
New York State Sen. Sean Ryan has outlined a list of six recommended priorities for a community benefits agreement (CBA) that he believes must be negotiated as a condition of New York state's investment in a new Buffalo Bills stadium.
WellNow Urgent Care opens new center on Grand Island
Wed, Feb 23rd 2022 09:50 am
WellNow Urgent Care, one of the country's fastest-growing urgent care providers, announced it will open the doors to its newest center on Grand Island on Wednesday. Located at 2340 Grand Island Blvd., the new facility offers timely treatment for non-life-threatening injuries and illnesses, coronavirus PCR testing, and occupational medicine services seven days a week (from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m.).
Poloncarz statement on expectations for lifting mask mandate in Erie County buildings
Tue, Feb 22nd 2022 04:25 pm
Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz on Tuesday issued the following statement regarding the potential for lifting the mask mandate currently in effect for Erie County-owned buildings and facilities.
'Orchids After Dark' to make its debut during Orchid Show at Botanical Gardens
Tue, Feb 22nd 2022 04:10 pm
The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, along with the Niagara Frontier Orchid Society, will host the biannual Orchid Show from Friday through Sunday, March 4-6, at the Botanical Gardens. This time, the show will offer a new experience called "Orchids After Dark," happening just Friday and Saturday night.
Radisson Hotel partners with American Red Cross to host community blood drive
Mon, Feb 21st 2022 12:05 pm
The Radisson Hotel will host a community blood drive with the American Red Cross from 9 a.m. until 2 p.m. Saturday, March 5, at 100 Whitehaven Road, Grand Island.
Parkinson's Foundation offers 'Parkinson's Revolution' in Buffalo
Thu, Feb 17th 2022 08:50 am
The Parkinson's Foundation will present "Parkinson's Revolution," an indoor cycling event, at 10 a.m. Saturday, Feb. 26. Revolution Buffalo, at 1716 Main St., will be the host spin studio, and everyone is welcome to attend.
New president & CEO announced at Botanical Gardens
Wed, Feb 16th 2022 01:00 pm
After a national search, the board of directors at the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens announced Mark Mortenson will be appointed as the new president and CEO. Mortenson will step into the role following the retirement of David Swarts in March. Swarts will be retiring after 12 years with the organization.
ECDOH updates COVID-19 testing options
Wed, Feb 16th 2022 01:00 pm
The Erie County Department of Health is reminding Erie County residents they can seek free coronavirus testing. ECDOH has updated its procedures to make rapid (ID Now) testing available to any resident on request. Previously, rapid testing was only available from ECDOH for individuals with COVID-19 symptoms or those with a known exposure.
Grand Island: 'Test to stay' expanded to include extracurricular activities
Sat, Feb 12th 2022 07:00 am
Students who are participating in the school system's "test to stay" program are now permitted to engage in extracurricular activities, said School Superintendent Dr. Brian Graham at the Feb. 7 Grand Island Central School District Board of Education meeting.
GIHS students share musical experience with School Board
Sat, Feb 12th 2022 07:00 am
In February 2020, a month before the COVID-19 pandemic resulted in a nationwide lockdown and months of virtual education, Grand Island High School presented the musical "Beauty and the Beast." None of the performers or their teachers had any idea that it would be two years before another musical would be produced at the high school.
Town accountant files defamation suit against councilman
Sat, Feb 12th 2022 07:00 am
On Jan. 28, Pamela Barton, the Town of Grand Island's senior accountant, filed a lawsuit against Town Councilman Mike Madigan and the Town of Grand Island, alleging Madigan placed a defamatory article in the Sept. 17, 2021, issue of the Island Dispatch. Statements in the article, she alleges, "have no basis in fact" and were "made with actual malice in disregard to plaintiff." She also alleges Madigan made defamatory comments during a Town Board workshop session on Sept. 7, 2021, and Sept. 20, 2021.
Marking 13th anniversary of Flight 3407 tragedy, Higgins & families remain vigilant in protecting flight safety measures
Fri, Feb 11th 2022 04:00 pm
The 13th anniversary of the crash of Flight 3407 marks the first time since the tragedy that all flight safety measures recommended as a result of the event have been implemented, but Congressman Brian Higgins and the Families of Flight 3407 remain "on guard to protect the multiple improvements made."
Great nephew of WWII Niland brothers' legacy continues service through commission at Officer Candidate School
Fri, Feb 11th 2022 11:35 am
Ensign James Niland III, from Grand Island, a recent graduate of the Navy's Officer Candidate School (OCS), at Officer Training Command Newport (OTCN), is a descendant of the famous Niland brothers: Edward, Preston, Robert "Bob" and Frederick "Fritz" from Tonawanda, New York.
Ice at Canalside season extended for NCCC fans
Fri, Feb 11th 2022 10:30 am
Be Our Guest Ltd. will extend the Ice at Canalside, presented by Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield of Western New York, through March 19.
Mount St. Mary's Hospital upgrades robotic surgery system
Thu, Feb 10th 2022 04:55 pm
Mount St. Mary's Hospital is taking its surgical program to the next level with the addition of the latest innovation in robotic surgery - the da Vinci Xi surgical system. The $1.5 million Xi model is the hospital's latest clinical investment, providing doctors with the most cutting-edge robotic surgery equipment available today to optimize the most complex surgical cases.
Grand Island Chamber names Tarshus to board
Thu, Feb 10th 2022 04:45 pm
The Grand Island Chamber of Commerce announced the appointment of Andrea Tarshus, Esq., founder of Tarshus Law Firm, to its board of directors. She was sworn in during a ceremony on Jan. 24.
Family-friendly event to benefit City of Buffalo Animal Shelter
Thu, Feb 10th 2022 02:45 pm
Mayor Byron Brown announced the "Dogs to the Rescue" concert, a benefit for the City of Buffalo Animal Shelter, will take place from 6-7 p.m. Saturday, Feb. 19, at Iron Works, 49 Illinois St.
ECDA statement on violence at McKinley High School
Thu, Feb 10th 2022 09:35 am
A statement from Erie County District Attorney John Flynn following a shooting Wednesday at McKinley High School.
Poloncarz statement on expectations for relaxation of mask mandate
Tue, Feb 8th 2022 04:50 pm
Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz on Tuesday issued the following statement regarding the potential for relaxing or rescinding the mask mandate currently in effect for Erie County businesses. As coronavirus infection rates and hospitalizations continue to decrease, Gov. Kathy Hochul is expected to make an announcement concerning such mandates on Wednesday.
Tops presents African American Center with $1,000
Tue, Feb 8th 2022 04:50 pm
In honor of Black History Month, Tops presents The African American Center for Cultural Development with $1,000 in Tops gift cards.
Erie County Department of Health highlights availability of COVID-19 oral antiviral medications
Fri, Feb 4th 2022 04:55 pm
Following a New York State Department of Health health care provider call on Friday, the Erie County Department of Health is highlighting the local availability of COVID-19 oral antiviral medications, by prescription only.
Ryan declares candidacy for reelection to new 60th State Senate District
Fri, Feb 4th 2022 03:55 pm
New York State Sen. Sean Ryan has declared his candidacy for reelection to New York's 60th Senate District. Ryan won the race for the seat in 2020 with 61% of the vote, winning the election by the greatest margin in the past decade - and flipping the district for the Democratic Party. Ryan previously served in the New York State Assembly, representing the 149th Assembly District from 2011-20.
Sunnking extends 'e-Scrap for Camp' fundraiser
Fri, Feb 4th 2022 03:20 pm
Regional electronics recycler Sunnking launched registration for its 2022 e-Scrap for Camp fundraiser benefitting Camp Good Days. Businesses around Buffalo and Rochester can register online through March 31.
'The winter world of wildlife': How nature survives the cold
Fri, Feb 4th 2022 12:15 pm
When temperatures drop below freezing and snow begins accumulating on the ground, the beautiful winter wonderland is easier seen and appreciated from within our warm homes. For those outside, such as wildlife, winter challenges include finding food, water and adequate shelter.
Grand Islander performs in Tournament of Roses Parade
Fri, Feb 4th 2022 12:15 pm
When Amy Heist was in seventh grade in Grand Island's middle school, she surprised her parents by bringing a Sousaphone home from school.
NFP's famous 'Best Fish Fry' contest returns
Fri, Feb 4th 2022 12:15 pm
Meatless Fridays are much better when you can order a fish fry from Apple Granny, The Beach House, Roman Cafe or any one of Western New York's finest restaurants.
TBI survivor turned medical marijuana advocate shares her story
Fri, Feb 4th 2022 12:15 pm
Nikki Lawley said cannabis saved her life, which changed dramatically after she experienced a traumatic brain injury on Oct. 11, 2016.
Erie County Agricultural Society scholarship applications now available
Fri, Feb 4th 2022 10:55 am
The Erie County Agricultural Society is now accepting applications for scholarships for 2022. There will be $25,000 awarded to deserving high school seniors and college students up to their junior year. Since its inception in the 1950s, the goal of the scholarship program has been to connect the region's students with agriculture, business and volunteerism.
Erie County DA'S office holds panel discussions with students to prevent gun violence
Fri, Feb 4th 2022 10:55 am
Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn announced his office - by request - organized two panel discussions on gun violence for students at Research Laboratory High School for Bioinformatics & Life Sciences at the Bennett Community School Campus this week.
ECDOH changing COVID-19 information line hours
Fri, Feb 4th 2022 10:55 am
The Erie County Department of Health COVID-19 information line will adjust its hours to weekdays, 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m., starting Monday, Feb. 7. This change is in response to reduced call volume over the past few weeks.
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.
 

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