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Ryan unveils concept by local artist selected to design Shirley Chisholm statue
Mon, Jan 10th 2022 11:25 am
On Monday, New York State Sen. Sean Ryan announced local artist Julia Bottoms was selected to design a statue honoring the late Shirley Chisholm. Chisholm, who is entombed in Forest Lawn's Cemetery's Birchwood Mausoleum, made history as the first Black woman to serve in the U.S. Congress, and the first to run for president. The statue will be installed near the mausoleum this fall.
Ryan, Rivera call for action to save Great Northern grain elevator
Mon, Jan 10th 2022 11:10 am
On Sunday, New York State Sen. Sean Ryan and Assembly member Jon Rivera joined representatives from Preservation Buffalo Niagara to call on the City of Buffalo to take action to prevent the demolition of the Great Northern grain elevator on Ganson Street.
Christmas miracle on Grand Island
Sat, Jan 8th 2022 07:00 am
Two days before Christmas, Elizabeth Triggs, founder of the Buffalo nonprofit "None Like You/We Care," received an invitation to go out to lunch.
Zoning Board of Appeals chair resigns after 20 years' service
Sat, Jan 8th 2022 07:00 am
After nearly 20 years as a member of the Zoning Board of Appeals, including service as the board's chairperson, Marion Fabiano has sent her letter of resignation to Town Supervisor John Whitney.
Erie County Department of Health presents 'test to stay' program to school leaders & district superintendents
Fri, Jan 7th 2022 04:30 pm
At a virtual meeting Friday with more than 150 Erie County school administrators, district superintendents and nursing staff from public, private and charters schools, the Erie County Department of Health and its epidemiology school team presented "test to stay" protocols for p-12 students. ECDOH stated, "This program may start for many schools as early as next week."
US military hospital support coming to ECMC
Fri, Jan 7th 2022 01:50 pm
Due to the continuing impact of the current COVID-19 pandemic on staffing and operations at Erie County Medical Center, a 20-member clinical medium medical team (MMT) will be deployed to the health care institution for an estimated 30-day mission. The MMT is expected to arrive this coming weekend and should be operational by early next week.
ECDOH sends nearly 40,000 COVID-19 test kits to village, town & city emergency managers
Fri, Jan 7th 2022 12:40 pm
The Erie County Department of Health is coordinating a distribution of nearly 40,000 COVID-19 at-home antigen test kits to Erie County village, town and city emergency managers. Each test kit box includes two antigen tests, for a total of about 80,000 tests.
Erie County Department of Health updates schools, families on 'test-to-stay' program
Thu, Jan 6th 2022 03:25 pm
The New York State Department of Health issued significant changes to its isolation and quarantine guidance late in the evening on Tuesday, Jan. 4. As the Erie County Department of Health's epidemiology office began to review this documentation, it was quickly determined that ECDOH needed additional time to make significant changes to the Erie County "test to stay" protocols to prepare for the all-school meeting scheduled on Wednesday afternoon.
Town of Grand Island officials installed into office
Thu, Jan 6th 2022 02:45 pm
On Jan. 1, councilmen Pete Marston and Christian Bahleda, as well as Town Justice Mark Frentzel and Town Highway Superintendent Richard Crawford, were sworn into office by retired Tonawanda City Court Judge Joseph Cassata. The event was held at the Sandy Beach Yacht Club, and the master of ceremonies was Eric Fiebelkorn, president of the Grand Island Chamber of Commerce.
Purple martins thrive again along Grand Island
Thu, Jan 6th 2022 02:15 pm
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, and New York State Department of Environmental Conservation announced purple martins are returning to a 13.5-acre marsh near Buckhorn Island State Park, in the Town of Grand Island.
COVID cases up exponentially in Erie, Niagara counties
Thu, Jan 6th 2022 01:20 pm
Both counties report large jumps over holiday week.
ECDOH announces changes in COVID-19 operations for Jan. 6 due to expected winter weather conditions
Wed, Jan 5th 2022 05:35 pm
With the potential for winter weather to impact travel and road conditions on Thursday, the Erie County Department of Health made the following announcement about COVID-19 testing, vaccine clinic and information line operations.
New York state partners with WellHealth on COVID-19 testing
Wed, Jan 5th 2022 05:35 pm
WellHealth has partnered with the state of New York to roll out sites in strategic locations to support testing expansion across the state.
With positivity rate exceeding 20%, ECDOH adjusts case investigation practices in response to high volume of COVID reports
Mon, Jan 3rd 2022 09:00 am
The substantial volume of COVID-19 case reports in recent days has exceeded the ECDOH and New York state contact tracing capacity to individually contact every Erie County resident with a positive COVID-19 test result.
Erie County Department of Health explains best practices for mask use
Mon, Jan 3rd 2022 08:55 am
The significant increase in recent COVID-19 cases means that proper, consistent mask use is even more important as a protective measure for Erie County residents, regardless of vaccination status.
Papers to resume next week: Here's to you, in 2022
Thu, Dec 30th 2021 07:00 am
In anticipation of what we know will be an amazing 2022, our reporters, designers, ad reps, carriers and office staff are taking a much-needed holiday rest to recharge and get back to covering your hometown news.
Baney reflects on four years as Town Board member
Fri, Dec 24th 2021 09:00 am
Early in 2018, shortly after Jenn Baney was inaugurated as a new member of the Grand Island Town Board, she decided to put her efforts into modernizing the security systems in town buildings. That effort would take four years.
Islanders deliver donated gifts to VA Hospital
Fri, Dec 24th 2021 09:00 am
At the age of 18, Jim Sharpe was serving in the military in Panama. He had joined the Air Force in 1966, and, far from home and family for the first time during the holiday season, he experienced the kindness of strangers.
St. Martin youth group participates in Wreaths Across America
Fri, Dec 24th 2021 09:00 am
For a number of years, a few older veterans got together annually to place wreaths at the graves of veterans at Oakland Rural Cemetery in Youngstown. Normally, they place approximately 30 wreaths at the graves, as part of Wreaths Across America. The project was started in 1992 by Morrill Worcester, the owner of Worcester Wreath Co. of Harrington, Maine. Worcester had a surplus of wreaths left over after the holiday season, so he decided to place the wreaths at the graves of veterans at Arlington National Cemetery.
DECA does well at Region 12 competition
Fri, Dec 24th 2021 09:00 am
Grand Island hosted this year's DECA Region 12 competition on Sunday, Dec. 13. Twelve schools competed in business-related events with judges from local companies.
Higgins & Roswell Park CEO Johnson join Congressional Cancer Caucus briefing as US marks 50th anniversary of National Cancer Act
Thu, Dec 23rd 2021 01:15 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins and Roswell Park CEO Dr. Candace Johnson recently joined a Congressional Cancer Caucus briefing with National Cancer Institute director Dr. Ned Sharpless and other national leaders discussing the National Cancer Act, which was signed into law on Dec. 23, 1971, and efforts to continue making strides in cancer research and treatment.
Higgins: Over $1.2 million for Jericho Road Community Health Center
Wed, Dec 22nd 2021 06:45 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins announced $1,226,959 in federal funding has been awarded to Jericho Road Community Health Center through the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services.
$909,384 in awards for 14 environmental benefit projects for Tonawanda community
Wed, Dec 22nd 2021 05:35 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul and Attorney General Letitia James on Wednesday awarded $909,384 to 14 environmental benefit projects for the Tonawanda community as part of a previous settlement over environmental violations at the former Tonawanda Coke Corp. facility.
Times Beach Nature Preserve closed following last weekend's windy weather
Tue, Dec 21st 2021 11:30 am
The Erie County Department of Parks, Recreation and Forestry announced the closure of the Times Beach Nature Preserve. This action follow's last weekend's windy weather and the seiche it created caused damage to the preserve's trails, creating safety concerns and forcing the preserve's closure to the public. It is the latest of several weather-related closures of Times Beach due to seiche events since the October 2019 storm.
Neighbors Foundation of Grand Island extends holiday thanks
Tue, Dec 21st 2021 11:30 am
The Neighbors Foundation of Grand Island thanks the hundreds of individuals and organizations who contributed to our successful 2021 holiday distribution. Fifty-four of your neighbor families were helped with food baskets and, where appropriate, gift cards for their children. Eighty of our seniors were also helped in two senior apartment complexes.
Erie County Department of Health adds testing for influenza & RSV to COVID-19 testing
Mon, Dec 20th 2021 05:30 pm
The Erie County Public Health Lab has added testing for influenza and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV) to the COVID-19 PCR testing offered through the Erie County Department of Health.
Grand Island Community Chorus shares Christmas music
Sat, Dec 18th 2021 07:00 am
After a one-year hiatus, the Grand Island Community Chorus returned to offer a Christmas program, titled "Starry Nights and Winter Delights," on Sunday at St. Timothy Lutheran Church.
Golden Age Center offers shopping alternatives for seniors
Sat, Dec 18th 2021 07:00 am
For senior citizens who are looking for a shopping experience that is neither online nor in a shopping mall, the Grand Island Golden Age Center offers Santa's Workshop, which is available until Dec. 22.
Donors of all ages contribute to the Neighbors Foundation
Sat, Dec 18th 2021 07:00 am
Islanders, from kindergarteners to senior citizens, have been getting together for weeks to collect nonperishable food and other items, such as handmade hats and mittens, to donate to the Grand Island Neighbors Foundation, to be distributed to community members in need during the holiday season.
Historical Society's open house a success
Sat, Dec 18th 2021 07:00 am
The turnout at the Grand Island Historical Society's open house at its museum, River Lea, in Beaver Island was better than expected, said Curt Nestark, president of the society.
Morinello, Red Cross to hold blood drive
Fri, Dec 17th 2021 11:15 am
From noon to 5 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 21, Assemblyman Angelo J. Morinello and the American Red Cross of Western New York will hold a blood drive at the Grand Island Fire Hall, 2275 Baseline Road.
'Test to stay' requirements debated at school board meeting
Fri, Dec 17th 2021 11:10 am
As of Monday, only one student out of 117 students in the Grand Island School District participating in the "test to stay" program has tested positive for COVID-19, said Grand Island Central School District Superintendent Brian Graham.
Winners of Grand Island Coloring Contest revealed
Fri, Dec 17th 2021 07:00 am
A panel of top judges recently considered the myriad magnificent entries into the 2021 Grand Island Coloring Contest. After much deliberation, the winners were announced and include:
Weekend windstorm strikes Grand Island
Thu, Dec 16th 2021 09:55 pm
Early in the afternoon on Dec. 11, the winds howled, with gusts up to 75 miles per hour. Stephen Stouter, who lives on Westwood Drive, looked outside and saw fire in his neighbor's backyard.
Erie County Department of Health, Live Well Erie launch 'Curbside Care' Initiative
Thu, Dec 16th 2021 09:35 pm
On Tuesday, Dec. 21, the Erie County Department of Health and Live Well Erie will start a weekly health initiative, "Curbside Care," offering health screenings, harm reduction supplies, and flu and COVID-19 vaccines from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m.
Poloncarz commits $1.3 million in additional funding for Erie County health care careers program
Wed, Dec 15th 2021 07:55 pm
In an effort to confront the COVID-19 pandemic, Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz is dedicating an additional $1.35 million in funding for the Erie County Healthcare Careers (ECHC) program, which provides qualifies Erie County residents with free training and support services for high-demand health care positions.
Higgins seeking applicants for 2022 internships
Tue, Dec 14th 2021 09:00 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins invites college students and graduate students interested in gaining valuable government experience to apply for an internship with his office. Internships are available in both office locations (Washington, D.C., and Buffalo), begin as early as January and continue through the end of May at the latest.
State Parks seeks lifeguards for 2022
Tue, Dec 14th 2021 01:50 pm
The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation announced there will be four lifeguard exams scheduled in the Niagara Region for the 2022 season. Testing is required for anyone wishing to work as a lifeguard at any state park.
Mount St. Mary Academy students make 'Cards for a Cause'
Mon, Dec 13th 2021 02:00 pm
The Mental Health Association of Niagara County has purchased 50 Christmas/holiday cards from a Mount St. Mary Academy student-run business called "Cards for a Cause" to send to its supporters. The association is expanding youth programming.
Higgins encourages ADM to repair & preserve Great Northern grain elevator
Mon, Dec 13th 2021 01:05 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins is encouraging swift action to repair one of Buffalo's iconic grain elevators. The Great Northern grain elevator, owned by Archer Daniels Midland (ADM), was damaged during the weekend windstorm.
 

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