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Relay For Life goes on, undeterred by weather
Sat, Jul 24th 2021 07:00 am
The soaking rainfall, the blustery winds, and even a tornado warning on July 17 changed Relay For Life, but the event went on as scheduled. The changes included the cancellation of the car show and the fire performance. Survivors were still offered free meals, the basket raffle attracted a crowd, the wheel of chance still spun, and people purchased tickets for the 50-50 raffle.
Fantasy Island: Splash World gets ready to reopen
Sat, Jul 24th 2021 07:00 am
Niagara Amusement Park & Splash World, formerly Fantasy Island, is busy getting the "Splash World" portion of the park ready to reopen this month, according to parent company IB Parks & Entertainment.
Paddles Up Niagara a 'legacy outdoor recreation event'
Fri, Jul 23rd 2021 05:30 pm
The Niagara River Greenway Commission was signed into legislation in 2004, with the responsibility for developing a plan for a linear system of parks and conservation areas that would redefine the Niagara River in terms of its history, economic vitality and ecological significance.
Poloncarz declares gun violence in Erie County as a public health crisis; Ortt seeks answers
Tue, Jul 20th 2021 04:10 pm
Erie County Executive Mark Poloncarz was joined Tuesday by Erie County Legislature Chair April Baskin, members of the majority caucus and the Erie County District Attorney's Office, and several Erie County Commissioners as he issued his 22nd executive order, declaring gun violence as a public health crisis.
Graycliff summer fundraiser to feature French wine tasting
Wed, Jul 14th 2021 05:15 pm
This August, Graycliff will present an evening fundraising event in collaboration with Buffalo-based boutique wine store Paradise Wine. Erica Sigler of Rosenthal Wine Merchant is coming to town for the occasion of presenting five wines to the guests of this special tasting event.
Ryan, McMahon present Daniel Barry with resolution celebrating career with Legal Aid Bureau
Fri, Jul 9th 2021 11:55 am
On Wednesday, New York State Sen. Sean Ryan and Assembly member Karen McMahon presented Daniel E. Barry Jr. with a resolution passed unanimously by the New York State Legislature, honoring him on the occasion of his retirement from the Legal Aid Bureau of Buffalo Inc. after a career of 58 years.
Paddles Up is back on the Niagara
Tue, Jul 6th 2021 07:00 am
Bright and early Saturday, July 31, the public once again has an opportunity to come and enjoy the Niagara River, the great beach at Beaver Island and a chance to paddle a kayak.
Ecotourism on the rise on Grand Island
Mon, Jul 5th 2021 10:50 am
The Niagara River Greenway Commission says Paddles Up Niagara is a family-friendly and safe way to experience the natural areas and unique habitats of the Niagara River. Whether you are a novice or an experienced paddler, you will enjoy spending the morning with an enthusiastic paddling community. Guides and safety paddlers will be on hand to assist and answer your paddling questions.
FJC opens on Grand Island
Mon, Jun 28th 2021 02:15 pm
A ceremony was held Saturday, June 12, on the Trinity United Methodist Church campus, to open the Family Justice Center's satellite location on Grand Island. The site is sponsored by the George and Penny Panepinto Family. Read Mike Billoni's feature article now at www.wnypapers.com.
Generosity spurs Grand Island Ladies of Charity Book Bag Project
Mon, Jun 28th 2021 02:10 pm
Thanks to the generosity of the many people who contributed, this year's Ladies of Charity Book Bag Project was a great success. This ecumenical project will provide hundreds of book bags for children in need.
Overcoming is name of the game for Miracle League
Mon, Jun 21st 2021 12:35 pm
Vinny Golca, who has been involved with the Miracle League of WNY as a player, coach and now a Buddy since 2014, remembers his biggest thrill as a player seven years ago.
Western New York Land Conservancy completes purchase of Love Road property on Grand Island
Fri, Jun 18th 2021 07:15 am
The Western New York Land Conservancy has purchased a 44-acre forest on Love Road on Grand Island from the Buffalo Ornithological Society. The purchase was funded by the Greenway Ecological Standing Committee and was supported by the Niagara River Greenway Commission.
Kearns marks Flag Day with relaunch of veterans post restoration 'Pledge for the Posts' fundraiser
Tue, Jun 15th 2021 01:15 pm
Erie County Clerk Michael P. Kearns and The Veterans Post Restoration of Erie County NY Inc., a not-for-profit comprised of American Legion, AMVETS, Marine Corps League and VFW posts throughout Erie County, announced they are again working collaboratively to upgrade handicapped-accessibility and other much-needed repairs at the posts.
Juneteenth: History of freeing slaves told through GI library exhibit
Tue, Jun 15th 2021 07:00 am
When President Abraham Lincoln officially freed the slaves in 1863 with his Emancipation Proclamation, it changed the legal status of millions of slaves, but it didn't actually set them all free.
Pride and patriotism prevail at dedication ceremony
Fri, Jun 11th 2021 05:20 pm
Participants and observers alike expressed a sense of pride, patriotism and unity at the DeGlopper Memorial Dedication Ceremony on Saturday, June. 5.
Albright-Knox Public Art Initiative debuts 'Works, from Home' mural project
Fri, Jun 11th 2021 11:30 am
In April 2020, the Albright-Knox's Public Art Initiative asked 16 local artists to respond to the initial lockdown requirements of the pandemic. To build community spirit, the museum sent artmaking materials to these artists at their home studios, and they worked to produce a 16-piece collaborative mural. The piece, now located at 43 W. Chippewa St., "speaks to individual and collective experiences of the pandemic."
'Summer Fit Challenge' highlights history of Erie County Fair locations
Mon, Jun 7th 2021 10:40 am
Did you know the Erie County Fair has been held in nine different locations around Erie County since 1841, before calling Hamburg home?
Up through the ranks: Fadel's path leads from dishwasher to head chef at Buffalo Launch Club
Wed, Jun 2nd 2021 07:00 am
The Buffalo Launch Club has a new head chef with culinary experience far beyond that of most restaurant employees his age.
Erie County Heritage Passport provides handheld guide to county history
Wed, May 26th 2021 09:05 am
The EC200 bicentennial committee announced the release of the Erie County Heritage Passport, a handheld guide to 35 historical societies and museums across Erie County. Each institution is unique and commemorates the diverse nature and history of each town in the county, from the Town of Alden to the Town of West Seneca.
Fantasy Island: Not yet a done deal
Thu, May 20th 2021 09:00 am
Grand Island Supervisor John Whitney said talks on reopening Fantasy Island are still at the "hopeful" and "tentative" stage.
Higgins announces legislation honoring Indiana Hunt-Martin
Mon, May 17th 2021 04:40 pm
Congressman Brian Higgins announced the introduction of H.R. 2142, which designates the Central Park Post Office at 170 Manhattan Ave., Buffalo, as the "Indiana Hunt-Martin Post Office Building" in honor of Women's Army Corps (WAC) veteran Indiana Hunt-Martin who was part of the first African American WAC unit - and the only to serve in Europe during WWII.
Dispatch awards survey contest prize
Fri, May 14th 2021 07:00 am
In conjunction with the Islandwide edition of the Island Dispatch, Niagara Frontier Publications asked for reader feedback. As an incentive, a prize would be given to one survey participant, as determined by a draw.
Erie County introduces 'Vax Visit' service to vaccinate residents at home
Tue, May 11th 2021 04:30 pm
The Erie County Department of Health is introducing a service where a "Vax Visit" team will go to any individual's residence to administer COVID-19 vaccine.
AAA shares motorcycle safety tips for bikers & drivers
Fri, May 7th 2021 04:20 pm
May is Motorcycle Safety Awareness Month, and AAA Western and Central New York is reminding both drivers and bikers of key safety tips as the weather gets nicer. Many bikers will choose to ride free on the open road.
Grand Island Garden Walk is back for 2021
Wed, May 5th 2021 07:00 am
Mark your calendars on July 11 for the return of the Grand Island Garden Walk.
Trash? It's in the bag for Island's 2nd annual cleanup
Mon, May 3rd 2021 12:25 pm
Eric Fiebelkorn, Grand Island Chamber of Commerce president, never imagined he would be so excited being surrounded by so many bags of trash.
Friend remembers Trotter as leader, admirable soldier
Fri, Apr 30th 2021 12:20 pm
Rich Trotter, Emerson Gloss and Ray Sommer Jr. all received their draft notices during the Vietnam War on the same day, Oct. 26, 1966, four months after they made history as members of the first graduating class from Grand Island High School. Before they all departed for basic training, a party was held at the Island Lanes, and they all received good wishes from everyone.
Relay For Life to hold an in-person event
Fri, Apr 30th 2021 12:05 pm
Relay For Life will be held in person this year - the first time since 2019. This year's event has been scheduled for 3-7 p.m. Saturday, July 17, at the Fuccillo Hyundai dealership, 1910 Alvin Road.
ECDOH shares NYSACHO statement on COVID-19 prevention & response activities in schools
Tue, Apr 27th 2021 04:20 pm
The Erie County Department of Health is sharing the New York State Association of County Health Officials statement from NYSACHO Executive Director Sarah Ravenhall concerning COVID-19 prevention and response activities in schools:
96 years young, Shirley Luther recalls a Mother's Day she would rather forget
Fri, Apr 23rd 2021 11:40 am
When Shirley Luther and her husband, LaVerne "Bunny," the Town of Grand Island supervisor at the time, and their three girls attended services at Trinity United Methodist Church on Mother's Day 1970, they offered prayers for their 21-year-old son and brother, US. Army Pfc. Robert B. Luther, who had been sent to Vietnam five months earlier.
Debate continues on Buffalo Skyway: Local opposition grows to plans for removal
Fri, Apr 23rd 2021 11:00 am
"What to do with the Buffalo Skyway?"
Family Justice Center to open satellite center June 12 on Trinity Church Campus
Fri, Apr 23rd 2021 11:00 am
Mary Travers Murphy, president and CEO of the Family Justice Center for the past 12 years, calls domestic violence "a public health crisis" in Erie County and says Mason's story is one she hears way too often.
River Lea renovations: What's old is new again
Fri, Apr 23rd 2021 11:00 am
A fresh coat of paint and a reinventing of a room in tribute to a revered Island family has done wonders for River Lea, the home, headquarters and museum of the Grand Island Historical Society.
Toronto Blue Jays will be happy with Buffalo Bisons accommodations this summer
Fri, Apr 23rd 2021 07:00 am
Barring a monumental miracle by June 1, the Toronto Blue Jays will again call downtown Buffalo's Sahlen Field home. The Canadian government has yet to grant them approval to return to the Rogers Centre. With COVID-19 cases on the rise in Canada, and Ontario recently entering another lockdown, it is unlikely the Jays will return to the field they last called home in 2019 anytime soon.
Grand Island High School unveils new athletic facility
Fri, Apr 16th 2021 05:00 pm
Grand Island High School varsity softball coach Cheryl O'Connor would have been happy enough just to see her team be able to play its home games on school property.
Erie County COVID-19 update: vaccination rates, contact tracing, variants of concern
Fri, Apr 16th 2021 03:20 pm
The Erie County Department of Health is providing an update with COVID-19 case investigation findings, information about variants of concern, and COVID-19 vaccinations administered to date.
Schedule COVID-19 vaccination appointments at Erie County Department of Health sites
Tue, Apr 13th 2021 04:50 pm
The Erie County Department of Health has launched an online system for scheduling COVID-19 vaccine appointments at county-run sites.
Fire-damaged Niagara Sailing Club is torn down
Sat, Apr 10th 2021 07:00 am
April 3 was another tough day for members of the Niagara Sailing Club.
Empire State Development, Preservation Buffalo Niagara announce East Side Commercial Building Stabilization Fund awardees
Wed, Apr 7th 2021 06:40 pm
Empire State Development and Preservation Buffalo Niagara announced $500,000 has been awarded as part of the first round of grants being made through the East Side Commercial Building Stabilization Fund, part of Gov. Andrew Cuomo's East Side Corridor Economic Development Fund. Nine awardees have been selected to receive funding for the stabilization of historic at-risk buildings on Buffalo's East Side.
ECDOH cautions residents to reduce COVID-19 risks at holiday celebrations & reconsider spring break travel
Fri, Apr 2nd 2021 01:15 pm
For Erie County residents considering family celebrations and religious gatherings this upcoming weekend, the Erie County Department of Health is offering this guidance:
 

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