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Dr. Ruth lauded for 49-year career on Grand Island
Sat, Aug 17th 2019 07:00 am
Dr. Willard Ruth came to Grand Island early in his medical career to be close to family, not imagining he would work in one town for nearly five decades.
NYS Speaker Heastie visits New Era Field on his 2019 statewide tour
Wed, Aug 14th 2019 09:50 am
New York State Speaker Carl Heastie on Tuesday continued his annual statewide tour with stops at New Era Field in Orchard Park, Lackawanna City Hall and the Blackthorn Restaurant & Pub in South Buffalo. He was accompanied by Assemblyman Pat Burke.
Strates sets single-day record at Erie County Fair
Mon, Aug 12th 2019 05:00 pm
The James E. Strates Shows announced that it has reached an all-time, single day gross revenue record at the Erie County Fair on Saturday, Aug. 10. This single day milestone was just one day of a record-breaking opening weekend in Hamburg, as the Strates Shows celebrates its 95th year providing the amusements at the Erie County Fair. Gross revenues for the Strates Shows midway are trending 25% over 2018 number.
Grand Island Board of Education: Huth Road Elementary PTA president blasts principal search process
Sat, Aug 10th 2019 07:10 am
The Huth Road Elementary School PTA president blasted the hiring process undertaken by the Grand Island Central School District after the Board of Education filled the vacant principal job at the school.
15 from Trinity United Methodist Church go on mission trip to North Carolina
Sat, Aug 10th 2019 07:05 am
Ever hear of a natural disaster in the news and wonder what can be done to help? Fifteen members of Trinity United Methodist Church of Grand Island just returned from Wilmington, North Carolina, from a week's visit to restore dignity, hope and safe living conditions for three families whose lives changed last September.
Erie County Legislature: Hardwick assesses county roadwork
Sat, Aug 10th 2019 07:00 am
Preparation for the rehabilitation of Baseline Road on Grand Island has commenced, starting with a total shoulder reconstruction to help alleviate previous drainage issues that existed on the two-and-a-half-mile stretch being repaired by Erie County this year. According to Erie County Legislator Kevin Hardwick, who represents Grand Island in the Erie County Legislature, the portion from Whitehaven to East River will require decreased speed and additional caution while the work takes place.
Kelly's Country Store hosts weekly Food Truck Friday Night
Sat, Aug 10th 2019 07:00 am
On Friday, Aug. 2, Kelly's Country Store at 3121 Grand Island Blvd. on Grand Island hosted the second of its weekly Food Truck Friday Night from 5-8 p.m. The week's food truck options include five local favorites: Anderson's, Dirty Bird, Hawaiian BBQ, Maria's Bene Cibo, Sassi Cakes and Nickel City Vice.
Celebration of Gratitude: Island Ship Center gets the royal FedEx treatment
Sat, Aug 3rd 2019 07:00 am
Seema and Fahim Mojawalla of the Island Ship Center are back from what they called a once in a lifetime visit to FedEx headquarters in Memphis.
Grand Island Chamber of Commerce: The Chandler opens at Big Six Marina
Sat, Aug 3rd 2019 07:00 am
A virtual economic trident is forming on the Island between stakeholders, as illustrated by the ribbon-cutting for a new business on the waterfront Friday.
Locals represent at Kensington Lions HS All-Star game
Thu, Aug 1st 2019 02:05 pm
Wednesday night, several local Class of 2019 high school football players represented their respective programs in the 44th Kensington Lions All-Star High School Football Classic at Williamsville South High School.
Grand Island Parks: New pavilion put up, ready for use in Veterans Park
Sat, Jul 27th 2019 07:00 am
The newly constructed pavilion at Veterans Park is up and ready for use.
Erie County Fair rolls on rails: Train to arrive in Hamburg on Wednesday
Fri, Jul 26th 2019 05:35 pm
For generations, the annual arrival of the James E. Strates Shows train has been an anticipated occasion for fairgoers and enthusiasts of Americana. The movement of the colorful freight train filled with wagons and amusement rides into the Village of Hamburg is a signal that opening day of the Erie County Fair is just a week away.
Paddles Up expands with Summerfest
Sat, Jul 20th 2019 06:55 am
On the heels of the winter Footprint Festival in Beaver Island State Park, Paddles Up has expanded into the Paddles Up Summerfest for 2019.
North Tonawanda: Thunder on the Niagara boat races returning for year 14
Thu, Jul 18th 2019 06:00 pm
Although water levels have been high around Western New York - leading to the cancellation of several water-related happenings - locals can look forward to a community favorite off the shores of the Niagara River. Coming Saturday and Sunday, Aug. 3 and 4, Gratwick Riverside Park in North Tonawanda will host the 14th Thunder on the Niagara boat racing event.
Grand Island Board of Education: Jacobs delivers playground funding at reorganization meeting
Sat, Jul 13th 2019 07:00 am
It was a busy session for the Grand Island Board of Education this week as the board held its annual reorganizational meeting on Monday.
Jacobs honors 2019 Veterans Hall of Fame inductee Daniel McMahon
Fri, Jul 12th 2019 03:45 pm
In a ceremony at Pfc. Charles N. DeGlopper Memorial VFW Post 9249, New York State Sen. Chris Jacobs recognized lifelong Grand Island resident Daniel McMahon as a 2019 New York State Veterans' Hall of Fame inductee. McMahon, who was also honored in a statewide ceremony in Albany in May, was presented with a framed proclamation marking the honor before his fellow veterans and post members.
Holiday Inn Express throws 1st birthday party
Sat, Jul 6th 2019 07:05 am
A year to the day of opening, the Holiday Inn Express threw a first birthday party Wednesday.
Grand Island Town Board: Tetkowski honored with town proclamation
Sat, Jul 6th 2019 07:00 am
The Grand Island Town Board honored 96-year-old Lenore Tetkowski for her lifelong commitment to her hometown.
Zonta Club of Grand Island installs 3 new members
Sat, Jun 29th 2019 07:00 am
Zonta Club of Grand Island President Donna Monaco, left, installed new members in a ceremony June 11 at the Buffalo Launch Club. With her, from left, are new members Martha Pigott, an associate at Hodgson Russ LLP; Beverly Kinney, Grand Island councilwoman; and Pam Barton, Grand Island town accountant.
Grand Island Fun Center marks renovation with ribbon-cutting
Sat, Jun 29th 2019 07:00 am
Family members that have supported Grand Island Fun Center owner Dave Glian in business have done so from the very beginning, and when Glian says "very beginning" he means fourth grade.
Jacobs, school superintendents, announce passage of bills to enable better control of health insurance costs
Sat, Jun 29th 2019 07:00 am
New York State Sen. Chris Jacobs was joined by representatives of four local school districts Thursday in announcing passage of legislation that would allow each one to establish an insurance reserve fund to better manage escalating health insurance costs.
Buffalo General Medical Center goes red, white & blue for Bellavia
Tue, Jun 25th 2019 10:20 am
Buffalo General Medical Center, a Kaleida Health facility, is being lit red, white and blue in honor of Western New York native David Bellavia, who today will receive the Medal of Honor from President Donald Trump.
Rotary Club of Grand Island Shred It event called 'huge success'
Sat, Jun 22nd 2019 07:00 am
The Rotary Club of Grand Island called its annual Shred It event "a huge success" on Saturday, June 15, as over two tons of documents were shredded and more than $3,000 was raised for the club to use for youth programs in the town.
Island of Hope: Survivor shares heartfelt message at GI Relay For Life
Sat, Jun 15th 2019 07:00 am
Cancer is something close to Lindsey Sterner's heart.
Grand Island: D-Day Medal of Honor recipients honored with bell tolling
Sat, Jun 8th 2019 07:00 am
Grand Island's Charles DeGlopper and the 12 other men who received the Medal of Honor for their heroism during the D-Day invasion 75 years ago this week were remembered with a bell tolling ceremony.
Island of Hope: Cooking up a cure: Honorary Survivor Lindsey Sterner
Sat, Jun 8th 2019 07:00 am
Lindsey Sterner, a 39-year-old mother of two who works at Fresenius Kabi on Grand Island, described her younger child as a miracle. Miles, age 17 months, was conceived after Sterner had completed treatments for non-Hodgkin's lymphoma.
Rotary Gazebo in Town Commons torn down
Sat, Jun 8th 2019 07:00 am
The Grand Island Rotary Club Gazebo in the Town Commons is no more after it was demolished Thursday morning.
Erie County Legislature: Island Dispatch receives proclamation
Mon, Jun 3rd 2019 07:00 am
The Erie County Legislature at its May 9 meeting commemorated the 75th anniversary of the Island Dispatch.
Memorial Day on Grand Island
Sat, Jun 1st 2019 07:00 am
"I've been doing this for the last three years," said Town Supervisor Nathan McMurray at Monday's town ceremony in DeGlopper Park, which is undergoing reconstruction. "And I have never seen this many people here before."
Island of Hope: Cancer survivor recounts journey of love, illness, adventure
Sat, Jun 1st 2019 07:00 am
Norine Hibschweiler Eaton, who is being honored as a survivor in Grand Island's third annual Zumbathon, to be held from 1-4 p.m. Sunday, June 2, at the Radisson Niagara, has had a life full of love and loss, illness, and adventure. In 1979, Norine Hibschweiler went on a "date derby" with a bunch of single friends. The date derby involved visiting bars in Buffalo and collecting souvenirs, such as matches and napkins. For her efforts, Hibschweiler won the distinction of having "the most promising future."
The Hub Pro Shop opens in Beaver Island State Park
Sat, Jun 1st 2019 07:00 am
Golf has a way of becoming a big part of people's lives, as Grand Islander Cyndy Montana can now attest.
Island Dispatch 75th anniversary drawing winner announced
Sat, May 18th 2019 07:05 am
Congratulations Julie Martin, center, who is the winner of the Island Dispatch's 75th anniversary drawing contest.
Holiday Inn Express receives $1 million Restore NY funds
Sat, May 18th 2019 07:00 am
Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul visited Grand Island last week Friday to deliver a $1 million check of Restore NY funding for the Holiday Inn Express hotel on Long Road.
Rotary Club of Grand Island commended for youth groups
Sat, May 18th 2019 07:00 am
Rotary District 7090 Gov. Melisa Schrock attended the Rotary Club of Grand Island's breakfast meeting on May 9 at the Holiday Inn Express and commended members of the club on the four youth clubs it sponsors within the Grand Island school system.
New Adrian's Custard & Beef bigger, better than ever
Sat, May 11th 2019 07:05 am
There is no comparing the new Adrian's Custard & Beef to the old, said members of the Grand Island Chamber of Commerce at a ribbon-cutting Saturday celebrating the restaurant's move across the street to 2352 Grand Island Blvd.
Grand Island: Town to move ahead with gazebo demolition
Sat, May 11th 2019 07:00 am
The Grand Island Rotary Gazebo, off limits for months because of structural problems, will be torn down.
Higgins & local advocates detail bipartisan bill to help individuals with severe medical needs
Tue, May 7th 2019 10:05 am
Congressman Brian Higgins was joined Monday by representatives from People Inc., Western New York Independent Living and the National Coalition for Assistive & Rehab Technology to announce federal legislation to make it easier for individuals with significant disabilities and chronic medical conditions to access specialized wheelchairs and adaptive equipment technology. Reps. Higgins and Jim Sensenbrenner have introduced H.R. 2408, the Ensuring Access to Quality Complex Rehabilitation Technology Act. The bipartisan bill creates a separate benefit category under Medicare to cover complex wheelchair and other adaptive equipment for people with severe medical needs.
St. Stephen R.C. Church: Children run collection drive for homeless dogs, cats
Sat, May 4th 2019 07:00 am
Sixth-grade students from St. Stephen R.C. Church religious education support Joyful Rescues, a team of volunteer animal lovers who help homeless dogs and cats in need of love, affection and forever homes. The children collected supplies and monetary donations to benefit the rescue and donated them at Pet Smart's Orchard Park location, which hosts the organization each Saturday so they can showcase their pets.
Hundreds attend GI Lions Club spaghetti dinner
Sat, May 4th 2019 07:00 am
Hundreds of supporters of the Grand Island Lions Club were lined up for pasta and to support the club's Special Kids Picnic for children with special needs.
DeGlopper Memorial Expansion: Volunteers make quick work at 'Sod Party'
Sat, May 4th 2019 07:00 am
Installation of new sod at the DeGlopper Memorial Saturday morning was nearly completed before lunchtime thanks to dozens of volunteers.
 

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