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'The Best of Doug Smith': Son compiles treasure trove of dad's writings
Sat, May 14th 2022 07:00 am
The writings of journalist and longtime Grand Island resident the late Doug Smith are presented in a newly published book edited by his son, Joseph W. Smith III. Compiling "The Best of Doug Smith" was a labor of love for his son, whose appreciation for his dad's life's 68-year journalism career grew as the collection, itself, grew.
Matching the power of Niagara: Hydroplanes take to the water for first run of season
Sat, May 14th 2022 07:00 am
Ladies and gentlemen, please start your engines, as the 2022 season for hydroplanes kicks off at Gratwick Riverside Park in Tonawanda.
Erie County Dept. of Health advises continued COVID-19 safety measures
Thu, May 12th 2022 08:05 pm
Recent major hospital systems report that the majority of patients who are currently hospitalized for COVID-19 illness are age 55 years and older. Older adults continue to be at most risk for severe disease and hospitalization due to COVID-19 infection.
ECO offers household hazard help in Erie County
Thu, May 12th 2022 07:15 pm
On April 30, environmental conservation officer Damrath joined Erie County Chief Environmental Compliance Specialist John Hood at a household hazardous waste collection event in Orchard Park.
PHOTOS: High school seniors honor teachers and coaches in Celebration of Inspiration
Fri, May 6th 2022 11:00 am
In 2013, Emily Reynolds, then a fifth grader at Huth Road Elementary School, was named Relay For Life's honorary caregiver for the love and attention that she showed her 8-year-old sister, Caralyn, who was going through cancer treatments.
Catholic Charities receives $60,000 in donations from Amerigroup
Wed, May 4th 2022 09:55 am
Catholic Charities of Buffalo is the recipient of recent donations totaling $60,000 from Amerigroup, a partner of Highmark Blue Cross Blue Shield of Western New York.
Tops awards $5,000 in free groceries/gas to Grand Island resident
Fri, Apr 29th 2022 06:00 pm
Tops is celebrating its 60th anniversary - and kicking off the 13th season of "Monopoly" with the return of its popular "Rip It & Bling" game. On Tuesday, Diane Gurbacki of Grand Island was awarded $5,000 in Tops gift cards, which may be redeemed for free gas or groceries.
Taste of Buffalo presented by Tops: Cameryn Zastrow named grand prizewinner of poster art contest
Fri, Apr 29th 2022 01:20 pm
Tops Friendly Markets and the Taste of Buffalo announced Cameryn Zastrow, a talented artist from North Tonawanda, is the grand prizewinner of the 2022 Taste of Buffalo Tops poster art contest.
'High' COVID-19 community level prompts additional safety recommendations from Erie County Department of Health
Fri, Apr 22nd 2022 05:10 pm
On Thursday, the Centers for Disease Control and Prevention reported Erie County meets the indicators for a "high" coronavirus level. This level is based on the number of new daily COVID-19 cases per 100,000 residents over seven days, new COVID-19 admissions per 100,000 population (seven-day total), and percent of staffed inpatient beds occupied by COVID-19 patients (seven-day average).
Adjustment in COVID-19 transmission rate will not result in additional mandates for town, schools
Fri, Apr 22nd 2022 07:00 am
Although Erie County's coronavirus community transmission level was adjusted from "low" to "medium" last week, there will be no change in town or school district rules, say both Town Supervisor John Whitney and Grand Island Central School District School Superintendent Dr. Brian Graham.
Grand Island Garden Walk set for summer
Sat, Apr 16th 2022 07:00 am
Spring is here, which means it is time to start thinking about gardening and planting flowers and trees.
Hard work, commitment pays off for Certified AutoBrokers owners
Sat, Apr 16th 2022 07:00 am
On a Monday morning 12 years ago last month, Chris Taylor and Travis Smith sat in a very small office in a strip plaza at 1703 Grand Island Blvd., and began their own automobile-selling business with two preowned cars parked next to a motel down the street.
Rolling out the rides: Niagara Amusement Park adding features for new season
Fri, Apr 15th 2022 07:00 am
The water park, Kiddy Land and Western Town will reportedly be the main focus when Niagara Amusement Park & Splash World reopens on Memorial Day weekend for the second season under new management, the park has told local media in recent weeks.
Island Ship Center celebrates 16 years in business
Thu, Apr 14th 2022 10:25 pm
The Island Ship Center began with "a dream and a storage unit and fax service" on Baseline Road sixteen years ago, said Fahim Mojawalla, who co-owns the business with his wife, Seema. In 2016, the business moved to its present location on Whitehaven Road, where it began changing and growing.
Erie County Department of Health updates COVID-19 test locations, hours
Fri, Apr 8th 2022 10:10 am
The Erie County Department of Health is announcing updates to its coronavirus testing sites.
Friends remember Grand Island resident Dorothy Bitner
Sat, Apr 2nd 2022 07:00 am
Friends of the late Dorothy Bitner held a memorial service on March 18 at the Bible Fellowship Center in her honor.
Enrichment program available for lead-poisoned children in Erie County
Fri, Mar 25th 2022 09:55 am
For the parents of children with an elevated blood lead level, the future can seem uncertain. Knowing that a child has been exposed to lead - which is a neurotoxic poison - can raise questions about how best to reduce the risk of harmful developmental delays that lead can cause, especially in very young children.
Rotary Roundup: Undie Sunday collects items for Community Missions
Sat, Mar 19th 2022 07:00 am
The Grand Island Rotary Club's 22nd annual Undie Sunday's two-week promotion was an overwhelming success, as a multitude of undergarments and socks were donated to Community Missions of the Niagara Frontier and the Buffalo United Afghan evacuee's welcome kits.
Practicing coyote coexistence
Sat, Mar 19th 2022 07:00 am
Residents in the region are fortunate to share their environment with many species of wildlife, from birds to butterflies to mammals.
Grand Island: Old Town Hall cupola gets new lease on life
Sat, Mar 19th 2022 07:00 am
During World War II, Island residents feared the town would be attacked by enemy planes. Because of that fear, people crawled through a trap door at the Grand Island's original Town Hall on Baseline Hall that led to the cupola, which was the highest point of the building.
City of Buffalo Animal Shelter pets riding in style in new 'PAWS Truck' mobile adoption vehicle
Fri, Mar 18th 2022 01:25 pm
The City of Buffalo Animal Shelter unveiled its new "PAWS Truck," a mobile adoption vehicle that will help shelter animals find their forever homes.
St. Stephen teacher wins a Bee Cause Grant
Sat, Mar 12th 2022 07:00 am
As a young recruit to the U.S. Navy in 1975, Phil Kenline was introduced to beekeeping by a family in Atlanta who "adopted" him.
Kearns releases 'alarming' data on preforeclosure default notifications
Fri, Mar 11th 2022 09:25 am
Erie County Clerk Michael Kearns and the "Stay In Your Home" campaign on Thursday released what he called "a staggering report" on the postmoratorium preforeclosure notices received by many homeowners across Erie County.
Diamonds in the Ruff animal rescue organization visits library
Sat, Mar 5th 2022 07:00 am
On Feb. 26, visitors to the Grand Island Memorial Library had the opportunity to meet a puppy being fostered by a volunteer with Diamonds in the Ruff animal rescue, as well as support the organization through the purchase of shirts, hats and other merchandise.
Grand Islanders react to lifting of school mask mandate
Thu, Mar 3rd 2022 11:15 am
The lifting of the mask mandate in schools on Grand Island was greeted by a mixture of emotions from families of students, ranging from joy to fear. This reporter posed a question in social media to get an idea of how the community felt about the lifting of the mask mandate, nearly two years after the spreading COVID-19 pandemic forced lockdowns, the closures of schools and businesses, and the start of virtual learning.
Grand Island Half Marathon set for May 7
Sat, Feb 26th 2022 07:00 am
Scott Strang and his son, Drew, have run as a duo team in several marathons, such as the 2019 Marine Corps Marathon. On May 7, the duo will run in the 28th running of the Grand Island Half Marathon, which is organized by the Greater Buffalo Track Club.
Old Erie County Hall to be lit blue and gold in support of Ukraine
Fri, Feb 25th 2022 01:45 pm
The Erie County Department of Public Works' Buildings & Grounds Division announced Old Erie County Hall, located at 92 Franklin St., Buffalo, will be illuminated in blue and gold light each night for the next week as a sign of the people of Erie County's support for the people of Ukraine.
'Orchids After Dark' to make its debut during Orchid Show at Botanical Gardens
Tue, Feb 22nd 2022 04:10 pm
The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens, along with the Niagara Frontier Orchid Society, will host the biannual Orchid Show from Friday through Sunday, March 4-6, at the Botanical Gardens. This time, the show will offer a new experience called "Orchids After Dark," happening just Friday and Saturday night.
Great nephew of WWII Niland brothers' legacy continues service through commission at Officer Candidate School
Fri, Feb 11th 2022 11:35 am
Ensign James Niland III, from Grand Island, a recent graduate of the Navy's Officer Candidate School (OCS), at Officer Training Command Newport (OTCN), is a descendant of the famous Niland brothers: Edward, Preston, Robert "Bob" and Frederick "Fritz" from Tonawanda, New York.
Grand Islander performs in Tournament of Roses Parade
Fri, Feb 4th 2022 12:15 pm
When Amy Heist was in seventh grade in Grand Island's middle school, she surprised her parents by bringing a Sousaphone home from school.
TBI survivor turned medical marijuana advocate shares her story
Fri, Feb 4th 2022 12:15 pm
Nikki Lawley said cannabis saved her life, which changed dramatically after she experienced a traumatic brain injury on Oct. 11, 2016.
Fuccillo Hyundai of Grand Island & National Grid mark installation of 5 new electric vehicle charging stations
Mon, Jan 31st 2022 05:20 pm
As more electric vehicles are hitting Western New York roads, Fuccillo Hyundai of Grand Island partnered with National Grid's electric vehicle (EV) make-ready program to install five EV charging stations at the Grand Island dealership located at 1910 Alvin Road.
Grand Island's wildlife, environment to benefit from grant funding
Sat, Jan 29th 2022 07:00 am
Two hundred years ago, when most of Grand Island was covered in dense forests of hickory and oak trees, the pileated woodpecker established its nests annually and raised its young.
Obituary: Former Grand Island Town Justice Sybil Kennedy passes
Fri, Jan 28th 2022 11:00 am
Sybil E. Kennedy, a well-known and respected Grand Island Town Justice, entered into eternal rest on Monday, Jan. 24, 2022.
Rotary provides update on collection for Afghan evacuees
Mon, Jan 24th 2022 02:15 pm
Earlier this month, the Rotary Club of Grand Island announced it was teaming with other organizations in Western New York in assisting Journey's End and three other local agencies resettling 335 Afghan refugees.
Performer shares magic of 'Disney on Ice'
Fri, Jan 21st 2022 11:50 am
Janie Ochitwa discovered her passion as a small child when she saw a performance of Mary Poppins in an ice show. At the age of 6, she began taking lessons in figure skating, and the skater who played the role of Mary Poppins became her coach.
Afghan evacuees need our assistance
Fri, Jan 14th 2022 09:00 am
Your help is needed to help those who have helped us and are now suffering. The Grand Island Rotary, as well as other organizations in Western New York, is assisting Journey's End and three other local agencies that are in the process of resettling 335 Afghan refugees. These refugees will be making Buffalo their new home. They will account for more than one third of those coming to New York state in the resettlement of Afghan refugees who were airlifted from Afghanistan in the final days of the war.
Grand Island mask/COVID-19 test kit distribution gets large response
Fri, Jan 14th 2022 07:00 am
It was a frosty and windy Monday morning with temperatures hovering around 10 degrees. Along Whitehaven Road and into the parking lot of the Nike Base, cars were lined up. Over the weekend, the drivers of those cars found out that the Golden Age Center was to be a distribution point for sets of KN95 masks and COVID-19 at-home antigen test kits. Each household was entitled to receive two home testing kits, containing two tests each.
ECDOH expands COVID-19 testing capacity, info. line hours
Tue, Jan 11th 2022 10:50 am
The Erie County Department of Health (ECDOH) has expanded its coronavirus testing capacity, with extended evening hours, weekend appointments and additional sites, including in the City of Buffalo. The COVID-19 information line hours on weekdays will also expand to 7 p.m.
Christmas miracle on Grand Island
Sat, Jan 8th 2022 07:00 am
Two days before Christmas, Elizabeth Triggs, founder of the Buffalo nonprofit "None Like You/We Care," received an invitation to go out to lunch.
 

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