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Residents weigh in on permitting marijuana dispensaries on Grand Island
Sat, Sep 25th 2021 10:50 am
Kelly Gast enjoys participating in athletic and long-distance endurance events. She is a mountain climber, and she teaches and practices yoga.
ECDOH adopts New York State Department of Health school guidance
Thu, Sep 23rd 2021 12:10 pm
After receiving feedback from school leaders, the Erie County Department of Health is adopting school guidance set forth by the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) as the controlling guidance for k-12 schools in Erie County starting Monday, Sept. 27.
Pinnacle Golf Tourney benefits Grand Island organizations
Wed, Sep 22nd 2021 01:00 pm
Pinnacle Travel hosted its Pinnacle Island 2021 Golf Tourney benefit on Aug. 13 at the Beaver Island golf course on Grand Island. A fundraiser to assist the Neighbors Foundation of Grand Island and other local groups, the golf outing saw 156 golfers form 38 teams participating. Additional Island benefactors from the event included the Grand Island Fire Co., Grand Island Police Department and Charles N. DeGlopper VFW Post 9249.
Erie County Department of Health shares questions for parents & caregivers to ask child care centers
Thu, Sep 16th 2021 09:25 am
As many families with young children settle into their "back to school" routines, the Erie County Department of Health is offering parents and caregivers a set of questions to ask child care centers about their health and safety practices related to COVID-19. These include:
Town Hall Square Plaza nearing completion
Fri, Sep 10th 2021 07:00 am
The Town Hall Square Plaza facelift is nearly complete, lacking only a few business signs, and the reopening of a restaurant. Colorful new storefronts brighten the look of the businesses in the plaza across from Town Hall and the Grand Island Fire Co. firehall.
COVID cases continue to rise in Erie County
Thu, Sep 9th 2021 10:05 am
The Erie County Department of Health is providing an update on COVID-19 data. For the week ending Sept. 4, 2021, ECDOH received reports for 1,326 new COVID-19 cases among Erie County residents, a 22% increase from the previous week.
Fun? Yes! Fans like new Splash World
Fri, Sep 3rd 2021 11:30 am
Niagara Amusement Park & Splash World managers and staff worked hard to prepare for opening day of the water park section, and on Saturday, the fans - the ultimate judges - gave their verdict: They like it, and they want more.
M&T Bank features business clients in 'Virtual Spotlight Shop'
Tue, Aug 31st 2021 05:40 pm
M&T Bank is featuring more than 50 of its business clients throughout seven states and Washington, D.C., on an online marketplace designed to connect the businesses to new customers and communities.
COVID-19 cases, related hospitalizations increasing in Erie County as school year approaches
Fri, Aug 27th 2021 07:45 pm
With COVID-19 cases and hospitalizations increasing, the Erie County Department of Health is strongly urging residents to act now to reduce their personal risks of infection and the chance of disease transmission in the community.
Splash World opens on Grand Island
Fri, Aug 27th 2021 07:00 am
Niagara Amusement Park and Splash World has the green light to open the water park starting Saturday, with a limited number of its slides and pools passing inspection Thursday morning.
ECDOH: 'Steady increase in new COVID cases continues'
Tue, Aug 24th 2021 05:05 pm
The Erie County Department of Health on Tuesday provided an update on COVID-19 data. For the week ending Aug. 21, ECDOH received reports for 983 new COVID-19 cases among Erie County residents. With a 20% increase from the previous week's total of 811, a steady increase in new COVID-19 cases continues.
ECDOH: 3rd dose of COVID-19 vaccine available to moderately or severely immunocompromised individuals
Wed, Aug 18th 2021 04:20 pm
Following last week's action by the U.S. Food and Drug Administration to amend to the emergency use authorizations (EUAs) for the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine and the Moderna COVID-19 vaccine, the Erie County Department of Health will provide a third dose for certain people who are moderately or severely immunocompromised due to a medical condition or receipt of immunosuppressive medications or treatments.
Montana looks to make Grand Island park a four-season, must-see attraction
Mon, Aug 16th 2021 10:40 am
If Western New York has written off Beaver Island State Park as a destination, Montana International is determined to change that.
UB receives $1.8 million grant to make cancer treatments less toxic
Mon, Aug 9th 2021 01:00 pm
Cancer treatments are effective at destroying tumors, but they are also harmful to healthy cells. To reduce unwanted toxicity, University at Buffalo professor Joseph Balthasar received a $1.8 million grant from the National Cancer Institute to develop a novel strategy that blocks the delivery of anticancer toxins to healthy tissue.
UB to implement indoor masking requirement starting Aug. 3
Mon, Aug 2nd 2021 06:10 pm
Effective Tuesday, the University at Buffalo will require all students, employees and visitors - regardless of their vaccination status - to wear face coverings while inside campus buildings. This includes classrooms, hallways, libraries and other common spaces, as well as UB buses and shuttles.
With 496 new COVID-19 cases in past 7 days, Erie County experiencing 'substantial' transmission
Fri, Jul 30th 2021 02:00 pm
The Erie County Department of Health has confirmed 99 new COVID-19 cases for July 29, resulting in 496 new COVID-19 cases within the past seven days. Based on The Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) indicators for community transmission, Erie County is now considered to have "substantial" COVID-19 transmission, with a case rate of 54 new cases per 100,000 people in the past seven days.
'Ride for Roswell' heads to Grand Island
Wed, Jul 28th 2021 02:50 pm
It's not too late to register for this year's "Ride for Roswell," which is Saturday, Aug. 7. There are two ways to experience the event.
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.
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.
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.
 

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