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Obituary: Former Grand Island Town Justice Sybil Kennedy passes
Fri, Jan 28th 2022 11:00 am
Sybil E. Kennedy, a well-known and respected Grand Island Town Justice, entered into eternal rest on Monday, Jan. 24, 2022.
WNY EquiFest to feature local & regional clinicians, demonstrators, vendors
Wed, Jan 26th 2022 08:15 pm
WNY EquiFest, in partnership with the Western Chapter of the New York State Horse Council, will run an equine exposition and equestrian gathering at the Erie County Fairgrounds in Hamburg on March 19-20. The event will welcome back horse enthusiasts, owners, trainers, clinicians, riders and vendors to celebrate the horse industry in New York. More than 6,000 have attended this two-day, family-friendly event in the past.
Conservation tree & shrub seedlings available
Wed, Jan 26th 2022 08:10 pm
Order forms for the 2022 conservation tree and shrub seedling sale are now available from Erie County Soil and Water Conservation District.
Erie County investment of RENEW Plan funding invigorates historic parks' structures
Wed, Jan 26th 2022 01:55 pm
The Erie County Department of Parks, Recreation and forestry has announced the completion of six capital projects focused primarily on historical WPA-era buildings and facilities, and the near-completion of another project across four county parks.
'Gardens After Dark: Enchanted Winter Escape' returns to Botanical Gardens with date nights, family nights
Wed, Jan 26th 2022 01:50 pm
The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens has filled its latest exhibit with specialty nights and themed weeks designed to create unforgettable memories for all ages.
$‚Äč1.5 million federal grant to combat human trafficking
Wed, Jan 26th 2022 10:00 am
Congressman Brian Higgins, Erie County Sheriff John Garcia, Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz and the International Institute of Buffalo (IIB) on Tuesday announced a three-year federal grant totaling $1.5 million awarded to Western District of New York Human Trafficking Task Force (WDTF).
Sweet deals for 182nd Erie County Fair
Tue, Jan 25th 2022 05:40 pm
The Erie County Agricultural Society is looking forward to being able to provide enthusiastic fairgoers some sweet deals.
Rotary provides update on collection for Afghan evacuees
Mon, Jan 24th 2022 02:15 pm
Earlier this month, the Rotary Club of Grand Island announced it was teaming with other organizations in Western New York in assisting Journey's End and three other local agencies resettling 335 Afghan refugees.
Erie County small business working capital grant program aids small businesses
Mon, Jan 24th 2022 12:30 pm
The Erie County Department of Environment and Planning, in conjunction with the Erie County Business Task Force, continues to boost small business in Erie County with the small business working capital grant program, providing microenterprises with five employees or fewer up to $10,000 in grant funds to assist business in recovery.
Buffalo History Museum closing on Sundays
Sat, Jan 22nd 2022 05:00 pm
The Buffalo History Museum will close on Sundays through the end of March due to COVID-19 impacts. The museum welcomes guests in person 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. Wednesdays, and 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Thursdays through Saturdays. Explore the virtual resources 24/7 at https://buffalohistory.org.
Neighbors express support of Rivertown Development at Town Board meeting
Sat, Jan 22nd 2022 07:00 am
Webb Road resident Paul Salonek had concerns the Rivertown development, proposed to be built on approximately 26 acres of land between Baseline Road and Grand Island Boulevard, would remove what he and his family enjoy in their own backyard.
Hochul: More than $3.7 million to support addiction prevention services across state
Fri, Jan 21st 2022 04:25 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Friday announced the award of more than $3.7 million to expand evidence-based addiction prevention services throughout New York. Funding was awarded to providers in each of the state's 10 economic development regions, and will support prevention providers who had their services negatively impacted by the COVID-19 pandemic. The New York State Office of Addiction Services and Supports (OASAS) is administering this funding.
Performer shares magic of 'Disney on Ice'
Fri, Jan 21st 2022 11:50 am
Janie Ochitwa discovered her passion as a small child when she saw a performance of Mary Poppins in an ice show. At the age of 6, she began taking lessons in figure skating, and the skater who played the role of Mary Poppins became her coach.
DEC announces closure of all target shooting activity at Tonawanda Wildlife Management Area
Thu, Jan 20th 2022 08:40 pm
The New York State Department of Environmental Conservation on Thursday announced that, beginning Tuesday, Feb. 1, target shooting will be prohibited at Tonawanda Wildlife Management Area (WMA), located in DEC's regions 8 and 9. The closure will bring the WMA into compliance with recently adopted regulations for WMAs statewide that prohibit target shooting.
ECDOH updates schools & school districts on state guidance related to COVID-19 case investigations
Thu, Jan 20th 2022 08:00 pm
The Erie County Department of Health offered another update to school district superintendents and non-public school administrators on Thursday.
Higgins: $10 million for Times Beach on Buffalo's Outer Harbor
Wed, Jan 19th 2022 04:50 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins announced $10 million in new federal funding provided through the bipartisan Infrastructure Investment and Jobs Law will be invested in Times Beach Nature Preserve on Buffalo's Outer Harbor. The funding was included in a list of waterway and port infrastructure projects released by the White House that will be led by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers.
COVID-19 update for Jan. 19
Wed, Jan 19th 2022 04:50 pm
Erie County, Cornell University, partners collaborate to highlight true cost of child care
Wed, Jan 19th 2022 04:50 pm
A recent study undertaken by the Cornell University ILR School in Buffalo, in partnership with the Live Well Erie Emergency Child Care Task Force, child care providers, and public officials has put a stark focus on the issue of child care in Erie County and the gross disparities that exist between the needs for equitably accessible, quality child care and current funding models, according to the Office of Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz.
ECDOH highlights screening for detection & vaccine for prevention during National Cervical Health Awareness Month
Wed, Jan 19th 2022 04:50 pm
January is National Cervical Health Awareness Month, and the Erie County cancer services program is offering this reminder about regular screening and vaccination as tools to detect and prevent cervical cancer.
Erie County Soil & Water Conservation District announces 2022 Envirothon competition
Wed, Jan 19th 2022 04:50 pm
The Erie County Soil and Water Conservation District will again sponsor the annual Erie County Envirothon competition for high school students. The program is a problem-solving natural resource competition designed to help students develop into environmentally aware and action-oriented adults.
Squeaky Wheel awarded $100,000 by Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts
Mon, Jan 17th 2022 09:50 am
Squeaky Wheel recently announce it was awarded a multiyear program support grant from the Andy Warhol Foundation for the Visual Arts in the amount of $100,000.
Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy seeks community participation at quarterly meetings
Sat, Jan 15th 2022 07:00 am
The Buffalo Olmsted Parks Conservancy (BOPC) invites the public to join the Olmsted Community Alliance (OCA).
'Festal Choral Evensong' at St. Paul's Episcopal Cathedral
Sat, Jan 15th 2022 07:00 am
At 4 p.m. Sunday, Feb. 6, St. Paul's Episcopal Cathedral will have a "Festal Choral Evensong" for the "Presentation of Christ in the Temple," also known as Candelmas. St. Paul's Cathedral Choir, under the direction of Canon Robert Duerr, will sing music by Johannes Eccard and Caroline Shaw.
'Hope Takes Flight' with Relay For Life
Sat, Jan 15th 2022 07:00 am
The snow glittered under the bright sunlight on Jan. 8, and the temperature sat at a frozen 10 degrees. At Veterans Park, the weather did not deter Relay For Life's first lap.
School Board moves forward with 'test to stay' strategy
Sat, Jan 15th 2022 07:00 am
The Grand Island School District is moving forward with the "test to stay" strategy, which the district has piloted since Dec. 6.
Poloncarz signs local law establishing office of health equity
Fri, Jan 14th 2022 04:20 pm
Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz was joined Friday by Erie County Legislature Chair April N.M. Baskin (2nd district) and legislators Howard Johnson (1st district) and Lisa Chimera (3rd district) as he signed the Erie County Health Equity Act of 2021 into law. Local Law Intro. No. 3-1-2021 creates an office of health equity within the Erie County Health Department.
Afghan evacuees need our assistance
Fri, Jan 14th 2022 09:00 am
Your help is needed to help those who have helped us and are now suffering. The Grand Island Rotary, as well as other organizations in Western New York, is assisting Journey's End and three other local agencies that are in the process of resettling 335 Afghan refugees. These refugees will be making Buffalo their new home. They will account for more than one third of those coming to New York state in the resettlement of Afghan refugees who were airlifted from Afghanistan in the final days of the war.
Grand Island mask/COVID-19 test kit distribution gets large response
Fri, Jan 14th 2022 07:00 am
It was a frosty and windy Monday morning with temperatures hovering around 10 degrees. Along Whitehaven Road and into the parking lot of the Nike Base, cars were lined up. Over the weekend, the drivers of those cars found out that the Golden Age Center was to be a distribution point for sets of KN95 masks and COVID-19 at-home antigen test kits. Each household was entitled to receive two home testing kits, containing two tests each.
UB School of Management students offer free tax preparation services
Thu, Jan 13th 2022 04:45 pm
IRS-certified accounting students from the University at Buffalo School of Management will once again provide free tax preparation services to individuals and families with annual income below $57,000.
ECDOH launches 'test to stay' program with 17 school districts, 11 non-public schools
Wed, Jan 12th 2022 04:50 pm
Beginning this week, the Erie County Department of Health (ECDOH) has launched the "test to stay" program with 17 Erie County school districts and 11 non-public schools.
Brown announces anonymous donation of nearly 8,000 N95 masks to Buffalo Police Department
Wed, Jan 12th 2022 04:15 pm
Mayor Byron Brown joined Buffalo Police Department leadership on Wednesday to announce the anonymous donation of approximately 8,000 N95 face masks to the BPD.
ECDOH coordinates COVID-19 vaccine clinics for children with local cultural organizations
Wed, Jan 12th 2022 02:00 pm
The Erie County Department of Health (ECDOH) is coordinating a series of COVID-19 vaccine clinics in January with five local cultural organizations, specifically for children and their families. These vaccine clinics will offer Pfizer coronavirus doses for children under 18 years old, and vaccine including boosters for eligible family members.
DiNapoli: School district tax levy cap at 2%
Wed, Jan 12th 2022 01:50 pm
For the first time since 2019, property tax levy growth for school districts will be capped at 2%, up from 1.23% last year, according to data released Wednesday by New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli.
Erie County Fair announces new opportunities for youth agricultural exhibitors
Wed, Jan 12th 2022 01:35 pm
The Erie County Agricultural Society announced the inaugural youth livestock expo (YLE) scheduled to take place during the 2022 Erie County Fair. The event was created with goals of utilizing the facility to its fullest extent, providing the youth another opportunity to show, bringing clout to the fair livestock shows, and to encourage youth to participate in market projects.
Reported COVID cases skyrocket in Erie County - but MAY have peaked
Tue, Jan 11th 2022 07:10 pm
The Erie County Department of Health provided coronavirus case data for the week ending Jan. 8.
Boosters available: ECDOH vaccine clinics offer COVID-19 booster doses to all eligible
Tue, Jan 11th 2022 07:10 pm
Erie County Department of Health COVID-19 vaccine clinics are offering booster doses to anyone currently eligible.
ECDOH expands COVID-19 testing capacity, info. line hours
Tue, Jan 11th 2022 10:50 am
The Erie County Department of Health (ECDOH) has expanded its coronavirus testing capacity, with extended evening hours, weekend appointments and additional sites, including in the City of Buffalo. The COVID-19 information line hours on weekdays will also expand to 7 p.m.
GICSD to hold substitute recruitment fair Jan. 21
Tue, Jan 11th 2022 10:05 am
The Grand Island Central School District will hold a substitute recruitment job fair from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Friday, Jan. 21, at Grand Island High School, 1100 Ransom Road.
State Parks to provide seasonal dock permits along West River Shoreline Trail
Tue, Jan 11th 2022 09:55 am
The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation will be issuing 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 2022 season.
Poloncarz announces 2022 Community Development Block Grant awards
Mon, Jan 10th 2022 02:15 pm
On Monday, Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz announced the selection of 12 municipal projects for inclusion in the Erie County Consortium 2022 Community Development Block Grant. The application, which will be submitted to the federal Department of Housing and Urban Development for approval, recommends a total Erie County expenditure of $1,462,644.00 for the projects, an investment which will leverage $2,549,497 in local funds and in-kind resources.
 

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