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Former Islander faces cliffs, snakes, bears in Appalachian Trail hike
Sat, Dec 9th 2017 07:00 am
Near the northernmost point of the Appalachian Trail, in Maine, hikers walk through a wilderness that stretches unbroken for 100 miles. It is called the One Hundred Mile Wilderness. Jeff Bullock, 32, a Grand Island High School graduate, who hiked the entire 2,190 miles of the Appalachian Trail in six months, described the wilderness as "peaceful."
Holiday shipping event to support soldiers has successful first effort
Sat, Dec 9th 2017 07:00 am
Active-duty servicemen and servicewomen away from their hometown this holiday season will soon receive care packages from Islanders following Saturday's first-ever support-a-soldier shipping event.
Soluri returned as 2018 Grand Island fire chief
Sat, Dec 9th 2017 07:00 am
Grand Island firefighters chose 2018 firematic and administrative officers during annual elections held Wednesday, Dec. 6, at fire headquarters, 2275 Baseline Road.
Grand Island Town Board: School Board's court on school resource officer
Sat, Dec 9th 2017 07:00 am
A memorandum of understanding between the Grand Island Central School District and Grand Island Town Board is on the table for a school resource officer agreement.
WNY companies to create structures made entirely from canned goods to benefit Food Bank
Fri, Dec 8th 2017 05:00 pm
Beginning tonight, four local Western New York companies will compete to build structures made entirely out of canned goods. Employees from Praxair, Ferguson Electric, Hamburg Gaming and National Fuel are schedule to participate in the competition with all canned goods used benefitting the Food Bank of Western New York.
Sign of season: Santa Land brings holiday family fun to Chestnut Ridge Park
Wed, Dec 6th 2017 12:10 pm
The Erie County Department of Parks, Recreation and Forestry has announced the return of Santa Land to Chestnut Ridge Park. Hours are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, and Sunday, Dec. 10. The Parks Department is partnering with the Chestnut Ridge Conservancy and the Town of Orchard Park Recreation Department again this year to present the popular weekend event, which features free family activities to brighten the holiday spirit.
Kelly's Country Store makes $1,500 donation to WNYHeroes
Sat, Dec 2nd 2017 10:30 am
Kelly's Country Store made a donation to a local service organization as part of the store's annual holiday fund drive.
Grand Island Board of Education: Student lauded for performance in Macy's parade
Sat, Dec 2nd 2017 10:25 am
Wearing the red jacket she wore in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, Pearl Sciolino-Coffey was honored during Monday's meeting of the Grand Island Board of Education.
Poloncarz stands up for veterans, signs local laws to extend protections
Sat, Dec 2nd 2017 09:50 am
Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz has formally signed two local laws that respect and honor the service of Erie County veterans. The first, Local Law Intro. No. 18-1, makes permanent a 15 percent exemption on certain qualifying real property for Cold War veterans as long as the veteran owns it. This is a change from the previous version of the law that allowed the exemption to stand for 10 years from the date of property purchase.
DWI checkpoint, patrols over Thanksgiving holiday result in arrests
Mon, Nov 27th 2017 01:05 pm
Camp Road in the Town of Hamburg was the site of a focused anti-DWI effort on the Thanksgiving holiday as a combined force of Hamburg Police officers and New York State Troopers conducted a sobriety checkpoint.
Erie County, EC Workforce Investment Board co-sponsor Panasonic job fair
Mon, Nov 27th 2017 07:00 am
Erie County, in partnership with the Buffalo and Erie County Workforce Investment Board ("WIB"), is sponsoring a job fair for residents seeking positions with Panasonic. The event will take place from 5-8 p.m. Wednesday, Dec. 6, at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center. Panasonic presentations and interviews will take place every 30 minutes beginning at 5:30 p.m.
DeGlopper Memorial Expansion: Greenway Commission votes for project
Sat, Nov 25th 2017 07:00 am
The Charles N. DeGlopper Memorial Expansion Project received a vote of support from the Niagara River Greenway Commission Tuesday.
Holiday shipping event to support active-duty military
Sat, Nov 25th 2017 07:00 am
The father and son teams of Lt. Col. (Ret) Patrick Soos and William Soos and Fahim Mojawalla and Yusuf Mojawalla are teaming up with the Pfc. Charles DeGlopper Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 9249, the Island Ship Center and Momma De's Mixing Bowl to encourage the community to build and ship a package of thanks and support to Grand Island military service members stationed across the world. The event will take place from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Dec. 2.
New York State Thruway Authority: North GI Bridge work completed ahead of schedule
Fri, Nov 24th 2017 07:00 am
The New York State Thruway Authority announced Tuesday the $8.4 million bridge rehabilitation project on the northbound North Grand Island Bridge on the Niagara Thruway has been completed ahead of schedule.
Poloncarz notes continued success of prescription drug discount program
Wed, Nov 22nd 2017 10:55 pm
Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz noted the success of the Erie County Prescription Discount Card Program, a program he had recommended the county pursue in 2008 as county comptroller and that ensures local residents with little or no prescription coverage can obtain their medications at an affordable price.
Islanders encouraged to Shop Small
Wed, Nov 22nd 2017 09:40 pm
This Nov. 25, Grand Island businesses will mark a holiday shopping tradition that celebrates small businesses.
Notaro Chiropractic donates to Community Missions
Wed, Nov 22nd 2017 09:30 pm
Monday in Niagara Falls, representatives of Notaro Chiropractic presented two turkeys to Community Missions of Niagara Frontier Inc. for Thanksgiving meals.
Erie County, partners receive $300,000 grant to aid in opioid misuse prevention in women of childbearing age
Mon, Nov 20th 2017 04:10 pm
The Erie County Department of Health, in partnership with Neighborhood Health Centers and the Seneca Nation Health System, has received a three-year, $300,000 grant from the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services Office on Women's Health to address the prevention of prescription and non-prescription opioid misuse by women.
Grand Island Town Board: McMurray puts brakes on truck stop
Sat, Nov 18th 2017 07:00 am
Town Supervisor Nathan McMurray said on social media this week that a national corporation is eyeballing Grand Island for a truck stop.
Grand Island Historical Society: River Lea historic farmhouse to host holiday events
Sat, Nov 18th 2017 07:00 am
"The Golden Era" is the Grand Island Historical Society's theme for the 2017 holiday season.
Erie County DPW, Emergency Services emphasize winter preparation
Fri, Nov 17th 2017 07:15 pm
Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz was joined Friday by Commissioner of Public Works William Geary and Emergency Services Commissioner Daniel Neaverth Jr. to emphasize planning, preparedness and safety as winter approaches.
Silk Florals celebrates 1-year anniversary
Fri, Nov 17th 2017 07:05 pm
The holiday season is one of the busiest times of the year for Andi LaMar, owner and designer of Silk Florals.
Neighbors Foundation: Share Your Happiness campaign begins
Fri, Nov 17th 2017 07:00 pm
The Neighbors Foundation of Grand Island is counting on Islanders to support its annual Share Your Happiness campaign for those temporarily in need.
NAPA Mechanics Competition at farm show
Tue, Nov 14th 2017 08:30 pm
Once again the Western New York Farm Show is inviting high school students and nonprofessional, young adults to participate in its annual NAPA Mechanics Competition.
Erie County Sheriff's Office: Civil Division receives high accreditation
Sat, Nov 11th 2017 07:00 am
Erie County Sheriff Timothy B. Howard has announced his Civil Enforcement Division has been reaccredited by the New York State Sheriff's Association.
Operation Christmas Child collection set for Nov. 13-20
Sat, Nov 11th 2017 07:00 am
Grand Island families are on a mission to make an impact in the lives of children in need. They are donating colorfully wrapped shoebox gifts to be sent to children around the world - many of whom have never received a gift before and have very little to call their own.
Grand Island Town Board: Ball is in School Board's court on school resource officer job
Sat, Nov 11th 2017 07:00 am
The Grand Island Town Board took no action Monday on a proposed joint agreement between the town and Grand Island Central School District that would help re-establish a school resource officer position at the schools.
Above and Beyond: New membership category adopted by GIFC
Sat, Nov 11th 2017 07:00 am
Grand Island Fire Chief Chris Soluri reports that the Grand Island Fire Co. recently created a new active volunteer EMS category in order to provide additional opportunities for those who have a preference for caregiving within their community. He stressed that this innovation represents a revitalization of recruitment and retention policies, which have always been a top priority for GIFC leadership.
School district honors Island veterans with first-ever parade
Fri, Nov 10th 2017 03:05 pm
A thousand students in the Grand Island Central School District honored veterans Monday during the first-ever veterans parade at the middle school and high school.
Town of Grand Island Election 2017: GOP wins in clean sweep
Fri, Nov 10th 2017 03:00 pm
The Grand Island endorsed Republicans swept all four seats up for grabs in Tuesday's general election.
Erie County Senior Services falls prevention seminar series continues
Thu, Nov 9th 2017 04:45 pm
The Erie County Department of Senior Services falls prevention seminar series brings together a panel of experts to discuss falls, their causes, identify home hazards and ways to improve balance. The six-person panel will present an informative session at the Clarence Senior Center (4600 Thompson Road) at 10 a.m. Thursday, Nov. 16. The event will include a Stay Fit Dining noontime meal.
Home Energy Assistance Program opening Monday
Thu, Nov 9th 2017 04:30 pm
Applications for Home Energy Assistance Program ("HEAP") regular benefits will be accepted beginning Monday, Nov. 13, and Erie County's Department of Social Services ("DSS") anticipates receiving high numbers.
Canisius recognized as military-friendly school
Mon, Nov 6th 2017 12:35 pm
For the ninth consecutive year, Canisius College is among the top institutes of higher education designated a 2018 Military Friendly School by Victory Media, publisher of G.I. Jobs magazine.
Jacobs provides funding for legal aid to veterans
Mon, Nov 6th 2017 11:00 am
New York State Sen. Chris Jacobs has secured $25,000 in the current state budget for the Legal Aid Bureau of Buffalo to support providing legal services to veterans and military families across Western New York.
Veterans to be featured at school's first parade
Sat, Nov 4th 2017 07:00 am
The Grand Island Central School District will honor veterans from the Grand Island community next week with a new event.
Sidway Elementary School: First fundraiser for new playground scares up $4K
Fri, Nov 3rd 2017 07:00 pm
Sidway Elementary School Principal Denise Dunbar was a little more afraid heading into Halloween than usual.
Vocation success story presented at meeting
Fri, Nov 3rd 2017 03:50 pm
During the Oct. 25 meeting of Grand Island Rotary at the Buffalo Launch Club, Islander Mike Ludwig described his progression from a dry wall installer to a successful entrepreneur who, along with his wife and with financial advice from Christine Learman, CPA, created and grew Island Pet Lodge to the leading pet care facility on the Island.
Grand Island Historical Society: 'The Golden Era' theme of holiday luncheons
Fri, Nov 3rd 2017 03:50 pm
The Grand Island Historical Society's annual holiday luncheon theme is "The Golden Era."
GNBC's 50th family-fun 'Nutcracker' comes to life
Fri, Nov 3rd 2017 03:25 pm
Some of the Greater Niagara Ballet Company cast members, artistic director Beverley Feder and Assistant Director Julie Traver recently took advantage of some beautiful weather to take a photo for the upcoming 50th anniversary production of "The Nutcracker."
Grand Island Board of Education: District employee contracts settled
Sat, Oct 28th 2017 07:00 am
The two biggest labor unions in the Grand Island Central School District are partnering with the district to control health care costs.

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