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More than 200 runners come to South Park Lake & Botanical Gardens for 3rd annual Father Baker Father's Day 5K Run/Walk
Tue, Jun 19th 2018 05:15 pm
On Sunday, more than 200 runners and walkers participated in the third annual Father Baker Father's Day 5K. The day brought avid runners, families and businesses to South Park Lake to run or walk the 3.1 miles around the park and Botanical Gardens.
Island of Hope: GI Relay For Life recalls longtime chairwoman
Sat, Jun 16th 2018 07:00 am
Mary Dunbar-Daluisio's spirit of hope was felt Friday, June 8, in the first Grand Island Relay For Life since her passing.
Erie County Parks looking for Junior Park Rangers
Sat, Jun 9th 2018 07:00 am
The Erie County Department of Parks, Recreation and Forestry is bringing back its popular "Junior Park Ranger" program for 2018 and is encouraging parks visitors aged 4 to 104 to start exploring Erie County Parks and recording their experiences in their free Erie County Park System Passport, available to download or at designated pick-up points in select parks.
Grand Island Central School District: 3 named Distinguished Alumni
Sat, Jun 9th 2018 07:00 am
The Grand Island Central School District introduced three new members of its Distinguished Alumni list at a ceremony June 1.
Above and Beyond: GIFC celebrates its 80th birthday
Sat, Jun 2nd 2018 09:00 am
Grand Island Fire Co. President Michael Dallessandro welcomed local government officials, family members, and special guests on Saturday, May 19, to commemorate 80 years of community protection by the GIFC.
Island of Hope: Relay For Life Honorary Survivor Maureen Tyson shares cancer journey
Sat, Jun 2nd 2018 09:00 am
Twenty-five years ago, Mark and Maureen Tyson of Grand Island built a relationship while working in the laboratory of Kenmore Mercy Hospital.
DeGlopper Park ready for first Memorial Day
Sat, May 26th 2018 07:00 am
The DeGlopper Memorial had a sprucing up in advance of Monday's Memorial Day ceremony.
Public hearing held on comprehensive master plan
Sat, May 26th 2018 07:00 am
On Tuesday, Grand Island Deputy Supervisor and Committee Chair Jim Sharpe led a public meeting on the town's 2018 comprehensive plan update at the Grand Viking Theater at Grand Island High School.
Grand Island: DeGlopper statue supported
Sat, May 19th 2018 07:00 am
As work continues on the expansion of the DeGlopper Memorial in the center of Grand Island, about a dozen people held a peaceful gathering in the park to show their support for a statue depicting Charles DeGlopper with a rifle.
DeGlopper Memorial: Work moves ahead
Sat, May 12th 2018 07:00 am
Progress continues on the DeGlopper Memorial expansion in spite of a rejection by the Buffalo and Erie County Greenway Fund Standing Committee to direct some funding to the project.
EC Central Police Services hosts Law Enforcement Memorial Service
Fri, May 11th 2018 06:55 pm
Law enforcement agencies in Erie County on Friday joined the Erie County Department of Central Police Services in an interfaith Law Enforcement Memorial Service at the Public Safety Campus in Buffalo, part of National Police Week events being held around the country in observance of the sacrifices made by law enforcement officers.
Poloncarz, officials join to promote motorcycle safety, awareness
Mon, May 7th 2018 12:45 pm
On Friday, Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz was joined in front of the Edward A. Rath county office building by Commissioner of Central Police Services James Jancewicz, elected officials and members of the law enforcement community, county members and officials from the American Bikers Aimed Toward Education ("ABATE") of NY Buffalo-Erie Chapter to start the motorcycle season with a call for increased safety and awareness.
Grand Island Chamber of Commerce honors Citizens of the Year
Sat, May 5th 2018 07:00 am
The Grand Island Chamber of Commerce held its 52nd annual Citizen of the Year awards dinner April 26 at the Radisson Grand Island. This year, the event honored six award recipients who have made Grand Island a better place to live, work and play.
Grand Island Lions Club spaghetti dinner raises $ for Special Kids Picnic
Sat, Apr 28th 2018 07:00 am
Preparations for the Grand Island Lions Club's annual spaghetti dinner began at 3 p.m., Sunday, a full day before the dinner.
Grand Island Central School District: Patrol vehicles follow buses as part of Operation Safe Stop
Sat, Apr 28th 2018 07:00 am
The New York Governor's Traffic Safety Committee estimates 50,000 motor vehicles illegally pass school buses every day.
GI native takes command of USS Minnesota during Change of Command Ceremony
Sat, Apr 28th 2018 07:00 am
Grand Island native Cmdr. Thomas Flaherty III relieved Rochester, Minnesota, native Capt. Brian Tanaka as the USS Minnesota's commanding officer.
Islander designated official courier by NASA
Sat, Apr 28th 2018 07:00 am
On March 22, Grand Island resident Paul Leuchner met with I National Aeronautics and Space Administration officials at their Glenn Research Center in Cleveland to take temporary possession of a lunar rock sample from the 1971 Apollo 15 mission. The sample, encased in a solid pyramid of clear Lucite, was being loaned to the Buffalo Geological Society for display at its annual gem and mineral show that weekend.
From eyesore to eye-catcher: Holiday Inn Express to open in May in former Dunlop site
Sat, Apr 21st 2018 07:00 am
Developer Jayesh R. Patel is on the threshold of turning the long-vacant Dunlop building into a vibrant, new hotel on the north end of Grand Island.
Grand Island Town Board: Work begins on West River Connector Trail
Sat, Apr 21st 2018 07:00 am
As work on converting the West River Parkway into the West River Connector Trail began April 16, residents long opposed to the parkway closure went to Town Hall for one last-ditch effort to keep it open.
Grand Island Board of Education passes $62 million budget, introduces new SROs
Sat, Apr 21st 2018 07:00 am
On the last day allowed by state law, the Grand Island Board of Education voted unanimously to adopt a 2018-19 budget of $62,481,712 Tuesday.
Jacobs delivers $1 million to expand People Inc. health care delivery
Fri, Apr 20th 2018 09:45 pm
New York State Sen. Chris Jacobs announced he has secured a major investment of $1 million in state funding to support People Inc.'s efforts to build a brand new Elmwood Health Center.
Thanks given to volunteers
Fri, Apr 20th 2018 09:20 pm
Grand Island's Golden Age Center honored some of the people who contribute to its success by holding a Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon on Wednesday, April 18, in the GAC dining area.
All-star Erie County Fair Marching Band recruits new members
Wed, Apr 11th 2018 07:00 am
The Erie County Agricultural Society, sponsors of the Erie County Fair, invites brass, woodwind and percussion musicians, as well as color guard members in grades 7 through 12, to join the Erie County Fair Marching Band this summer. The band is an "all-star" county ensemble representing schools across Western New York. The band performs at parades and events across the region during July and is featured daily at the Erie County Fair.
Grand Island: Easter coloring contest winners presented awards
Sat, Apr 7th 2018 07:05 am
This year's Island Dispatch/Grand Island PennySaver Easter Coloring Contest drew 131 entries. Winners in the three age groups were presented their awards last Saturday at Tops Market of Grand Island, one of the sponsors of the contest along with Kelly's Country Store, John's Pizza & Subs, and Phil Mastantuono Allstate Agency.
DWI victim impact panel speaker joins Poloncarz, Jancewicz to spread anti-DWI message
Thu, Apr 5th 2018 05:00 pm
Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz and Commissioner of Central Police Services James Jancewicz were joined Thursday by Bronte Williams of Buffalo to spread an anti-DWI message and review DWI numbers from the first quarter of 2018.
Combating zombie properties: Erie County, WNY Law Center gains significant new partner in Columbia Law School
Wed, Apr 4th 2018 04:35 pm
Erie County Clerk Mickey Kearns and the Western New York Law Center on Wednesday announced a groundbreaking new partnership with Columbia Law School to help Erie County municipalities track and monitor zombie foreclosures.
Zonta's spring fashion show set for April 29
Mon, Apr 2nd 2018 07:00 am
What seems like the endless winter now carries a promise of spring, with Zonta's upcoming Fashion Show and Luncheon.
Huth Road Elementary School: Islander benefactor of fundraisers on road to recovery
Sat, Mar 31st 2018 07:00 am
More than 400 people attended a fundraiser Friday, March 23, for Dana Papaj, the Grand Island woman who was severely injured in a hit-and-run accident last year.
Grand Island Town Board: Proclamation issued to citizen responder
Sat, Mar 31st 2018 07:00 am
The Grand Island Town Board said "Thank you" to a citizen responder who came to the aid of a potential drowning victim.
Poloncarz signs new Erie County ethics law
Wed, Mar 28th 2018 06:25 pm
On Wednesday, Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz signed a new local law (Intro. No. 1-2, 2018) establishing a new Erie County code of ethics for elected officials, officers and employees of the county.
Island of Hope: Spinning the wheel with Relay For Life
Sat, Mar 24th 2018 07:00 am
The lights were low and the gamblers were focused on winning big at the blackjack table and the roulette wheel. These were high stakes games. There was the potential for a big payout. It was a matter of life and death.
Grand Island Town Board: Travel plaza law supported
Sat, Mar 24th 2018 07:00 am
With many citing a need to protect the Island environment, members of the public spoke at a hearing in support of a local law that would ban travel plazas townwide.
Lenten Luncheon spotlights local environment
Sat, Mar 17th 2018 07:00 am
Being caretakers of God's creation is more than taking plastic bags to Tops and placing bottles, cans, and newspapers in the recycle bin, said the Rev. Kris Bjerke-Ullman, pastor of St. Timothy Lutheran Church, on Wednesday at the fourth in a series of five Lenten luncheons.
You can win the Island Dispatch Easter Coloring Contest!
Sat, Mar 17th 2018 07:00 am
Rebekah Thompson remembers the first time she ever entered an Island Dispatch coloring contest. She didn't win a prize, but her older sister won a gift card, and that just ignited an artistic and competitive fire.
Erie County: Savage calls for passage of Child Victims Act
Thu, Mar 15th 2018 02:00 pm
Erie County Legislature Chairman Peter J. Savage III was joined by Erie County District Attorney John J. Flynn to announce his support for passage of the Child Victims Act. The bill would empower survivors of childhood sexual abuse to confront their abusers as adults, and provide law enforcement with the means to bring child predators to justice.
Knights of Columbus inducts 9 members
Sat, Mar 10th 2018 07:00 am
The Grand Island Knights of Columbus Mary Star of the Sea Council No. 4752 inducted nine new members on March 4. The ceremony took place at the Knights' hall at 1841 Whitehaven Road with District Deputy Anthony Pirrone present.
Opioid crisis topic of Lenten Luncheon
Sat, Mar 10th 2018 07:00 am
Citing statistics that show the number of deaths in Erie County from opioid abuse has tripled in the last four years, the Rev. Earle King of St. Martin-in-the-Fields
Jacobs, Gallivan push for increase in childcare program
Fri, Mar 9th 2018 05:40 pm
New York State Sens. Chris Jacobs and Pat Gallivan are leading the fight to secure $2 million in the fiscal year 2019 state budget for a childcare program that helps low-income working parents.
Grand Island schools donate $1K to ECMC
Sat, Mar 3rd 2018 07:00 am
Employees throughout the Grand Island Central School District had a personal connection when they donated to the Erie County Medical Center Trauma Center/Emergency Department Capital Project.
'Dedicated to Dana'
Sat, Mar 3rd 2018 07:00 am
Dana Papaj, a Grand Island resident who was the victim of a hit-and-run accident in June, will be the beneficiary of a fundraiser in her honor.
 

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