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Erie County residents encouraged to add input on plans for county parks
Wed, Apr 5th 2017 07:40 pm
The Erie County Department of Parks, Recreation and Forestry, in conjunction with the Department of Planning and Environment, has commissioned a parks, recreation, and forestry needs assessment survey as part of an effort to update the existing parks and recreation master plan.
Ask the expert: How to win the Island Dispatch Easter Coloring Contest
Sat, Apr 1st 2017 07:00 am
Anna Bartlo knows a thing or two - or five - about winning an Island Dispatch Coloring Contest.
Grand Island Board of Education: Broadband study, 485-b exemption receive support
Sat, Apr 1st 2017 07:00 am
The Grand Island Board of Education voted Monday in favor of two economic initiatives supported by the town government.
Grand Island: K of C hosts beer event
Fri, Mar 31st 2017 07:10 pm
Grand Island was the epicenter of the area's homebrewing hobby Friday and Saturday as Amber Waves of Grain, the Western New York Homebrew Competition held by the Niagara Association of Homebrewers, took place at the Knights of Columbus hall.
Elderwood resident celebrates 100th birthday
Fri, Mar 31st 2017 07:10 pm
Elderwood at Grand Island threw a birthday party Monday for resident Eva Brown Eckman, who celebrated her centennial birthday.
Forum calls for end to tolls; open-road tolling next best option
Fri, Mar 31st 2017 07:05 pm
The drumbeat for removal of tolls at Grand Island bridges continued last week at a forum held in Niagara Falls.
Video: Jacobs' remarks on Senate floor mourning death of Col. Patrick J. Cunningham
Tue, Mar 28th 2017 06:55 pm
New York State Sen. Chris Jacobs offered the following remarks on the death of Col. Patrick J. Cunningham:
Film explores end-of-life care
Mon, Mar 27th 2017 11:10 am
In recognition of National Healthcare Decisions Day, Hospice Buffalo is hosting a free community screening of the PBS "FRONTLINE" documentary "Being Mortal" at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday, April 19, at their Mitchell Campus in the Education Center (225 Como Park Blvd., Cheektowaga).
Poloncarz, Ryan strengthen protections for seniors with 'Ruthie's Law,' state legislation to hold nursing homes accountable
Mon, Mar 27th 2017 10:50 am
Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz was joined late last week by New York State Assemblyman Sean Ryan (149th District), Erie County Commissioner of Social Services Al Dirschberger, Commissioner of Senior Services Timothy Hogues, and concerned residents to unveil a package of actions designed to better protect seniors in nursing homes following a fatal attack on such a resident last year.
Island of Hope: Dynamic Duo named Relay For Life honorary survivors
Sat, Mar 25th 2017 07:00 am
Mark Gorton, an audiovisual technician for the Grand Island school system, and Matthew Eggers, a second-grader at Huth Road Elementary School, have been named as "Dynamic Duo," who will serve as the honorary survivors in the 2017 Relay For Life, scheduled for 4 p.m. to midnight on Friday, June 9, at Veterans Park.
Grand Island Town Board: Moratorium on special use permits in ag districts approved
Sat, Mar 25th 2017 07:00 am
The Grand Island Town Board voted Monday to establish a local law, putting a nine-month moratorium in place for special use permit requirements in an agriculture district.
Mary Star of the Sea Council No. 4752: Island Knights earn award
Sat, Mar 25th 2017 07:00 am
Knights of Columbus Mary Star of the Sea Council No. 4752 has earned the distinction of Star Council - one of the organization's top awards - for the 2015-16 fraternal year.
Fundraiser to support Response to Love Center
Fri, Mar 24th 2017 02:40 pm
The Ultimate Music Trivia Contest, a fundraiser for the Response to Love Center, run the Sister Johnice Rzadkiewicz, in Buffalo, will take place at 6 p.m. at the Flying Bison Brewery, 840 Seneca St., on Friday, March 31.
Coexisting with coyotes discussed at forum
Fri, Mar 24th 2017 12:00 pm
Humans and coyotes can coexist successfully, said Lesley Sampson of Coyote Watch Canada, who spoke Wednesday at Huth Road Elementary School at a program co-sponsored by Citizens Coalition for Wildlife and Environment and Animal Advocates of Western New York.
EC Parks Department offers golf season passes
Wed, Mar 22nd 2017 06:30 pm
The Erie County Department of Parks, Recreation and Forestry has announced golf passes for the 2017 season are now available. And, for the next two weekends, golfers will be able to renew their passes at either the Grover Cleveland of Elma Meadows golf course.
School Board candidates sought to fill 2 seats
Sat, Mar 18th 2017 07:00 am
Candidates interested in a seat on the Grand Island Board of Education must file nominating petitions with District Clerk Janet Schuster by 5 p.m. April 17.
DECA students honored
Sat, Mar 18th 2017 07:00 am
Fresh off their return from Rochester and the New York DECA State Career Conference, DECA students were recognized by the Grand Island Board of Education at Monday's meeting.
Zonta Club of Grand Island: Clubs partner to make lifesaving kits
Sat, Mar 18th 2017 07:00 am
Sometimes it takes as little as $3 to save the life of a newborn baby.
Morinello joins forces with Red Cross to host blood drive
Fri, Mar 17th 2017 12:05 pm
Assemblyman Angelo J. Morinello is joining forces with Grand Island's volunteer fire fighters and the Red Cross to host a blood drive on Tuesday, March 28, at Grand Island Fire Hall, located at 2275 Baseline Road. Morinello is asking for residents of the 145th District to come together, give back and help save lives.
Grand Island Memorial Library: Schifano is featured artist in March
Fri, Mar 17th 2017 11:55 am
The Grand Island Memorial Library has announced it is featuring the plein air paintings of local artist Kath Schifano (pictured) for the month of March.
Grand Island Fire Co.: Firefighters seek hydrant clearing support
Fri, Mar 17th 2017 11:50 am
Grand Island Fire Chief Chris Soluri urges Island residents and business owners to locate and clear snow from nearby hydrants to help their local volunteers handle any fire emergency that arises.
Public meeting scheduled to present recommendations from Erie County broadband internet study
Wed, Mar 15th 2017 06:30 pm
Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz has announced a public meeting will be held at 6 p.m. Wednesday, March 22, at the Erie County Fire Training Academy to present recommendations from Erie County's broadband internet study, which began in December 2016.
State of emergency across New York
Tue, Mar 14th 2017 12:15 pm
Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo on Monday declared a state of emergency across all 62 counties in New York ahead of the extreme winter storm that's brought heavy snowfall and high winds. The governor also directed nonessential state employees impacted by the winter storm to stay home from work on Tuesday without having to charge accruals.
Morinello announces boater safety course
Tue, Mar 14th 2017 11:45 am
Assemblyman Angelo J. Morinello will host a free boater safety course, in conjunction with the Niagara County Sheriff's Office, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday, March 25, at the Frontier Fire Department firehall, 2179 River Road, Wheatfield.
Warning issued on cell phone scam that may have affected dozens
Mon, Mar 13th 2017 05:25 pm
Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn joins the Special Investigation Unit of New York State Police in warning consumers of a cell phone scam that may have affected dozens of people.
Relay For Life kickoff on March 14
Sat, Mar 11th 2017 07:05 am
The Grand Island Relay For Life will hold its 2017 kickoff meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday, March 14, in the Veronica Connor Middle School cafeteria, 1100 Ransom Road.
Grand Island Lions Club: Eye screening serves 400 Sidway students
Sat, Mar 11th 2017 07:05 am
Nearly all the 408 schoolchildren at Sidway Elementary School were screened for eye problems in a free program conducted Monday by members of the Lions Club.
Pasta Sauce-Off event packs LaSalle Yacht Club
Sat, Mar 11th 2017 07:00 am
Saturday's fourth annual Pasta Sauce-Off packed the LaSalle Yacht Club in a fundraiser for Carly's Club of Roswell Park Cancer Institute.
Engagement: Welter-Hagen
Sat, Mar 11th 2017 07:00 am
Mrs. and Mrs. Kevin Hagen are proud to announce the engagement of their son Korey to Samantha Welter. Samantha is the daughter of Jackie and Ted Welter of Rochester.
Independence Party accepting letters from prospective candidates
Fri, Mar 10th 2017 11:35 am
The Grand Island Independence Party Committee is now accepting letters and resumes from candidates interested in receiving the party's endorsement.
'About Boating Safety' classes offered
Fri, Mar 10th 2017 11:10 am
In preparation for the upcoming boating season, U.S. Coast Guard Flotilla 3-1 will be offering a series of "About Boating Safety" one-day classes this spring and summer, taught by certified instructors. Classes will take place from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturdays, March 25, April 29, May 13, June 10 and July 15, in the Officers Club at Fort Niagara State Park in Youngstown.
Grand Island Chamber of Commerce: Leadership sworn in to posts
Sat, Mar 4th 2017 07:00 am
Grand Island Town Justice Mark Frentzel, left, administers the oath of office to Eric Fiebelkorn as president of the Grand Island Chamber of Commerce at a ceremony Jan. 31.
Town of Grand Island: Elderwood celebrates two centenarians
Sat, Mar 4th 2017 07:00 am
Elderwood at Grand Island celebrated the February birthdays of a pair of centenarian residents.
Grand Island Town Board: War of words develops regarding town's new website
Sat, Mar 4th 2017 07:00 am
The Town of Grand Island's old website host is firing back at Town Supervisor Nathan McMurray after he leveled criticism at them during Monday's Town Board work session.
Trinity United Methodist Church Tollers hold pancake supper fundraiser
Fri, Mar 3rd 2017 04:55 pm
Ken Baker of the Trinity Tollers makes pancakes under the supervision of his wife, Ellen, left, and Anne Fetzer Tuesday at Trinity United Methodist Church.
People in the News: Allstate Mastantuono Agency
Fri, Mar 3rd 2017 04:50 pm
The Allstate Mastantuono Agency is celebrating 10 years of service for their Grand Island office.
Grand Island: Citizen of the Year Awards set for DoubleTree by Hilton
Fri, Mar 3rd 2017 04:45 pm
The annual Citizen of the Year Awards will take place May 11 at the DoubleTree by Hilton hotel in Niagara Falls, the Grand Island Chamber of Commerce has announced.
Erie County A 2016 'National Best and Brightest in Wellness' winner
Thu, Mar 2nd 2017 02:15 pm
Erie County, in collaboration with the Labor Management Health Fund, Health Now and Independent Health, has been named a "2016 National Best and Brightest in Wellness" winner for creating an employee health and wellness program and fostering a culture of wellness.
Erie County Office for the Disabled to work with local organizations to help 'Spread The Word to End the Word'
Wed, Mar 1st 2017 09:00 am
The Erie County Office for the Disabled will join forces with local human service agencies from around Erie County as part of an annual national effort to "Spread the Word to End the Word."
Grand Island Niagara University senior authors novel based on personal experiences
Tue, Feb 28th 2017 03:45 pm
Rachael Ruszkowski will graduate from Niagara University in May with degrees in marketing and communication studies - and a published novel.