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DeGlopper to enter 82nd Airborne Hall of Fame
Sat, Apr 7th 2018 07:00 am
The late Charles N. DeGlopper of Grand Island is slated to become a member of the inaugural induction class of the 82nd Airborne Hall of Fame.
Grand Island Town Board: Travel plaza ban passed
Sat, Apr 7th 2018 06:55 am
Grand Island Town Supervisor Nathan McMurray said residents were so adamant that the Town Board not allow a Love's Travel Stop location on the Island that they were ready to leave town if the truck stop empire set up shop here.
St. Martin-in-the-Fields Episcopal Church: Sunday services to celebrate landmark ordination
Fri, Apr 6th 2018 04:45 pm
This coming Sunday, April 8, will be the 40th anniversary of the ordination to the priesthood of the Rev. Judith Burrows. She was ordained a priest at St. Martin-in-the-Fields Episcopal Church on April 8, 1978, thus becoming the first woman ordained to the priesthood in the Episcopal Diocese of Western New York.
Sales tax checks delivered to Grand Island School District
Fri, Apr 6th 2018 04:40 pm
Erie County Comptroller Stefan I. Mychajliw recently updated school districts throughout Erie County on their share of collected sales tax from the first quarter of the year. Checks that support programs and services for children, teachers and administrators have been delivered to Erie County to school superintendents. Grand Island School District's share totals $837,310.65.
DWI victim impact panel speaker joins Poloncarz, Jancewicz to spread anti-DWI message
Thu, Apr 5th 2018 05:00 pm
Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz and Commissioner of Central Police Services James Jancewicz were joined Thursday by Bronte Williams of Buffalo to spread an anti-DWI message and review DWI numbers from the first quarter of 2018.
Zonta's spring fashion show set for April 29
Mon, Apr 2nd 2018 07:00 am
What seems like the endless winter now carries a promise of spring, with Zonta's upcoming Fashion Show and Luncheon.
Dr. Martin Luther King service set for April 4
Mon, Apr 2nd 2018 07:00 am
St. Paul's Episcopal Cathedral invites the community of Western New York to a multi-faith service commemorating the life of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. on what will be the 50th anniversary of his death, at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 4.
Huth Road Elementary School: Islander benefactor of fundraisers on road to recovery
Sat, Mar 31st 2018 07:00 am
More than 400 people attended a fundraiser Friday, March 23, for Dana Papaj, the Grand Island woman who was severely injured in a hit-and-run accident last year.
Grand Island Town Board: Proclamation issued to citizen responder
Sat, Mar 31st 2018 07:00 am
The Grand Island Town Board said "Thank you" to a citizen responder who came to the aid of a potential drowning victim.
Billica honored at St. Patrick's Day party
Sat, Mar 31st 2018 07:00 am
The Grand Island Republican Committee gathered on March 13 to honor recently retired Town Councilman Ray Billica at their annual St. Patrick's Day Party, held at the festively decorated Riverstone Grill. A large crowd enjoyed delicious St. Patrick's Day-themed hors d'oeuvres and desserts, beverages, door prizes (a necklace from deSignet International and a shamrock plant) and a silent auction.
Vet Camp back at Erie County Fair
Fri, Mar 30th 2018 02:00 pm
Based on the popularity of last year's inaugural Erie County Fair Vet Camp, the Erie County Agricultural Society has announced it will add a third session to accommodate aspiring veterinarians.
Cashless tolling live on Grand Island
Fri, Mar 30th 2018 09:20 am
The New York State Thruway reminds motorists cashless tolling is now live at the Grand Island toll plazas. To minimize impact to traffic, the official switch took place during the overnight hours. As of this morning's commute, the Grand Island toll plazas will no longer accept cash payment.
Poloncarz signs new Erie County ethics law
Wed, Mar 28th 2018 06:25 pm
On Wednesday, Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz signed a new local law (Intro. No. 1-2, 2018) establishing a new Erie County code of ethics for elected officials, officers and employees of the county.
Poloncarz appoints Marie Cannon commissioner of Erie County Social Services
Tue, Mar 27th 2018 04:05 pm
Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz has announced his appointment of Marie Cannon as commissioner of the Erie County Department of Social Services.
Erie County Fair to celebrate 10th year of Fair Camp
Mon, Mar 26th 2018 04:30 pm
In 2009, the Erie County Agricultural Society inaugurated its award-winning Fair Camp program as a way to stimulate an interest in agriculture, a passion for learning and foster a love of the Erie County Fair. In the 10 years of its existence, more than 300 children and their parents have slept overnight in a barn, assisted with farm chores, showed animals in a livestock competition and worked inside a fair food concession.
Island of Hope: Spinning the wheel with Relay For Life
Sat, Mar 24th 2018 07:00 am
The lights were low and the gamblers were focused on winning big at the blackjack table and the roulette wheel. These were high stakes games. There was the potential for a big payout. It was a matter of life and death.
Grand Island Town Board: Travel plaza law supported
Sat, Mar 24th 2018 07:00 am
With many citing a need to protect the Island environment, members of the public spoke at a hearing in support of a local law that would ban travel plazas townwide.
Buffalo and Erie County Greenway Fund Standing committee announces awards
Fri, Mar 23rd 2018 06:40 pm
The Buffalo and Erie County Greenway Fund Standing Committee on Friday announced seven new awards totaling approximately $2 million for beautification and improvement projects along the Buffalo and Erie County greenway.
Grand Island Chamber of Commerce: 6 Citizen of the Year honorees named
Sat, Mar 17th 2018 07:00 am
The Grand Island Chamber of Commerce has selected the recipients of the 52nd annual Citizen of the Year Awards. They will be recognized at a dinner to be held at the Radisson Grand Island on April 26.
Grand Island Board of Education: District finds no threat after investigation
Sat, Mar 17th 2018 07:00 am
Grand Island Central School District officials tried to assure residents on Monday that reports of a student threat to harm the school were greatly exaggerated.
Grand Island Town Board: Welcome center plans on agenda for Monday's meeting
Sat, Mar 17th 2018 07:00 am
The Grand Island Town Board is slated to discuss the waste treatment plans for the Western New York Welcome Center when it meets Monday at Town Hall.
You can win the Island Dispatch Easter Coloring Contest!
Sat, Mar 17th 2018 07:00 am
Rebekah Thompson remembers the first time she ever entered an Island Dispatch coloring contest. She didn't win a prize, but her older sister won a gift card, and that just ignited an artistic and competitive fire.
Grand Island Fire Co.: Driver hospitalized in north bridge accident
Fri, Mar 16th 2018 09:00 pm
Shortly before 3 p.m. on Sunday, March 11, Grand Island Fire Co. rescue personnel responded to a two-vehicle collision in the southbound lane of the I-190 on the North Grand Island Bridge.
Cashless tolls to Grand Island begin March 29
Thu, Mar 15th 2018 03:55 pm
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Wednesday announced cashless tolling will go live at the Grand Island toll barriers on Thursday, March 29 (weather-dependent). As of the morning commute on Friday, March 30, the toll plazas at the north and south Grand Island bridges will no longer accept cash payment.
Erie County: Savage calls for passage of Child Victims Act
Thu, Mar 15th 2018 02:00 pm
Erie County Legislature Chairman Peter J. Savage III was joined by Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn to announce his support for passage of the Child Victims Act. The bill would empower survivors of childhood sexual abuse to confront their abusers as adults, and provide law enforcement with the means to bring child predators to justice.
Zonta honors 10 Yellow Rose recipients
Sat, Mar 10th 2018 07:00 am
The Zonta Club of Grand Island has selected 10 outstanding women to receive the 2018 Yellow Rose award for leadership and service to the community.
Grand Island Town Board sets public hearing for truck stop law
Sat, Mar 10th 2018 07:00 am
The Grand Island Town Board Monday set a public hearing for 8 p.m. March 19 to receive input on proposed local law intro No. 1 of 2018 banning travel plazas on Grand Island.
Knights of Columbus inducts 9 members
Sat, Mar 10th 2018 07:00 am
The Grand Island Knights of Columbus Mary Star of the Sea Council No. 4752 inducted nine new members on March 4. The ceremony took place at the Knights' hall at 1841 Whitehaven Road with District Deputy Anthony Pirrone present.
Opioid crisis topic of Lenten Luncheon
Sat, Mar 10th 2018 07:00 am
Citing statistics that show the number of deaths in Erie County from opioid abuse has tripled in the last four years, the Rev. Earle King of St. Martin-in-the-Fields
Grand Island Rotary Club: Meat raffle raises money for Growing Readers
Fri, Mar 9th 2018 08:45 pm
The Grand Island Rotary Club meat raffle fundraiser on March 3 sold out the Knights of Columbus Star of the Sea Council Hall on Whitehaven Road. The event, in support of the Growing Readers program in the Grand Island Central School District, saw participants bidding on meat packages and putting tickets in raffles.
Spring into safety! Change your clocks & check your batteries
Mon, Mar 5th 2018 07:00 am
The days are getting longer and the temperature is warming. This means Daylight Savings Time will soon begin, and New Yorkers will set their clocks forward one hour (on March 11).
Grand Island schools donate $1K to ECMC
Sat, Mar 3rd 2018 07:00 am
Employees throughout the Grand Island Central School District had a personal connection when they donated to the Erie County Medical Center Trauma Center/Emergency Department Capital Project.
'Dedicated to Dana'
Sat, Mar 3rd 2018 07:00 am
Dana Papaj, a Grand Island resident who was the victim of a hit-and-run accident in June, will be the beneficiary of a fundraiser in her honor.
Grand Island: Comprehensive plan unveiled
Sat, Mar 3rd 2018 07:00 am
After 18 months of meetings and public input sessions, consultants helping the Town of Grand Island develop a new comprehensive master plan presented the first update to the public Wednesday.
E-ZPass On-the-Go tags available for purchase at all cash lanes at GI toll barriers
Sat, Mar 3rd 2018 07:00 am
The New York State Thruway Authority announced Tuesday E-ZPass On-the-Go tags are available for purchase at all cash lanes at the Grand Island toll barriers. E-ZPass On-the-Go allows travelers to open an E-ZPass account without filling out an application or waiting in line.
Fantasy Island to hire 500 team members for 2018 season
Fri, Mar 2nd 2018 07:25 pm
Fantasy Island is hiring 500 friendly, outgoing and energetic team members to make 2018 the best year ever for guests.
Lenten Luncheon
Fri, Mar 2nd 2018 06:55 pm
Rev. Dr. Sung Ho Lee of Trinity United Methodist Church gives the thumbs-up sign during the Lenten Luncheon at Trinity Wednesday. Lee explained how the thumbs-up sign means something different in American than in his native Korea. He discussed cultural differences in his discussion titled "Justice Among People with Various Cultures."
Erie County: Hardwick resolution approved to transfer surplus items to GI
Fri, Mar 2nd 2018 06:50 pm
The week of Feb. 5-9, Erie County Legislator Kevin Hardwick's resolution transferring surplus property from Erie County's warehouse to the Town of Grand Island was approved by the Erie County Legislature. The items no longer served a purpose to Erie County, and were requested by municipal officials in Grand Island.
EC Department of Social Services announces Medicaid transition
Fri, Mar 2nd 2018 06:10 pm
Medicaid recipients in Erie County will shortly begin to receive notices regarding a new way to renew their Medicaid coverage. These notices will come from the New York State of Health, and will inform recipients, "You and/or members of your household need to renew your coverage through NY State of Health."
Erie County Agricultural Society to award cash scholarships
Thu, Mar 1st 2018 01:15 pm
The Erie County Agricultural Society will present up to $20,000 in scholarship opportunities to students who participate in the Erie County Fair. Scholarships will be awarded based on general fair participation and those involved in agricultural-related activities.

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