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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.
'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.
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.
Section VI hockey holds annual presser at KeyBank Center
Fri, Feb 23rd 2018 02:00 pm
On Friday morning, eight Section VI hockey teams came together for an annual press conference. The conference was held to present the eight teams playing in the girls, small schools, large schools and private schools championships.
Lenten Luncheon hears plans for Family Justice Center satellite
Fri, Feb 23rd 2018 07:00 am
Islanders enjoying the first Lenten Luncheon of the season Wednesday heard about plans to build a facility to counsel Island victims of domestic violence.
Grand Island: Love's Travel Stop proposal has first public airing
Fri, Feb 16th 2018 06:50 pm
On the heels of the first public presentation regarding development by an Oklahoma company of a multi-million dollar truck stop on Whitehaven Road, Town Supervisor Nathan McMurray said he will propose a new law Friday that will ban "travel plazas" on Grand Island.
Marc Scibilia records song for 'Peter Rabbit'
Thu, Feb 15th 2018 05:15 pm
Grand Island's own Marc Scibilia recorded a cover of the hit song "Rather Be" (originally by Clean Bandit). The song was featured in the movie "Peter Rabbit," which debuted in theaters last weekend.
Grand Island's lost and forgotten gilded age
Sat, Feb 10th 2018 07:00 am
At the turn of the 20th century, motorboat clubs were a new thing. In Western New York, a motorboat club was established on what is now called Unity Island in 1903. When New York state appropriated the land to build the Black Rock lock, the club had to be moved.
Grand Island: 773 North holds much-anticipated ribbon-cutting event
Sat, Feb 3rd 2018 07:00 am
Back in November, almost three months before her restaurant 773 North had even opened, Christy Zippier sold thousands of dollars in Christmas gift certificates going door to door on the Island.
Zonta Club of Grand Island helps Neighbors Foundation
Sat, Jan 27th 2018 07:00 am
The Zonta Club of Grand Island presented a check for $1,500 to the Neighbors Foundation of Grand Island's "Share Your Happiness" fund drive on Jan. 18 at Town Hall. From left are Zonta President Karen Keefe, Neighbors Foundation member Ann Dahl, Neighbor's Foundation President Henry Kammerer and Zonta Treasurer Linda Isenhart.
Islanders play role in new memoir
Sat, Jan 27th 2018 07:00 am
Ron Zoeller, a Buffalo native, entrepreneur, and founder and CEO of North American Health Plans, has released his memoirs, "All In." The 360-page book contains more than 120 photos and inspirational quotes from business, military and sports leaders.
On eve of International Holocaust Remembrance Day, Higgins honors Ehrhardt
Fri, Jan 26th 2018 10:25 pm
On the eve of International Holocaust Remembrance Day, Congressman Brian Higgins, Town of Tonawanda Deputy Supervisor John Bargnesi, Village of Kenmore Mayor Patrick Mang, Tonawanda Councilman Dan Crangle of and other local leaders paid tribute to Howard Michael Ehrhardt, a World War II veteran from Western New York who helped to liberate Dachau (DAAK-HOW), Hitler's first and longest-run concentration camp in Germany. During a ceremony in Tonawanda Town Hall, Ehrhardt's military service medals were presented to his son, Howard Michael Ehrhardt Jr., also a U.S. Army veteran, who served during the Vietnam War.
A bigger-than-life Christmas adventure for families of cystic fibrosis
Sat, Jan 20th 2018 07:00 am
No one should ever know the pain of losing a child. Unfortunately, Joan Holesko, 26-year member of the Gamma Delta Chapter of Delta Kappa Gamma Society International (DKG) and her husband, Stephen, know the pain all too well.
Above and Beyond: Assemblyman Morinello installs 2018 fire company officers
Sat, Jan 20th 2018 07:00 am
New York State Assemblyman Angelo Morinello administered the oath of office to newly elected Grand Island Fire Co. officers on Saturday, Jan. 13, at fire headquarters, 2275 Baseline Road. Both firematic and administrative officers were sworn to uphold their 2018 community protection duties. Honored guests and family members joined in praising the steadfast commitment of these volunteers.
Niagara University theater professor choreographing world premier of Eddie Money musical
Tue, Jan 16th 2018 03:10 pm
The world premiere of a new musical created by and starring legendary rocker Eddie Money is being choreographed by Niagara University associate professor Terri Filips Vaughan.
Grand Island Central School District: Korean War vet gives thanks for handmade cards on Buffalo Niagara Honor Flight
Sat, Jan 13th 2018 07:00 am
Korean War veteran Richard Pealer returned to Buffalo after a Buffalo Niagara Honor Flight to the National World War II Memorial in Washington, D.C., with a special message from Grand Island students. Tucked into his luggage was a handmade note that thanked him for his service to his country.
National Grid earns Emergency Response Awards from Edison Electric Institute
Thu, Jan 11th 2018 05:05 pm
National Grid has received Edison Electric Institute's Emergency Assistance and Emergency Recovery awards for its response to damaging thunderstorms and tornadoes that struck the upstate New York region in May and July 2017.
4 inaugurated on New Year's Day
Sat, Jan 6th 2018 07:00 am
On a cold New Year's Day, four newly elected town officials, their families, friends and other interested Island residents were at the Buffalo Launch Club, waiting for the inauguration of four newly elected town officials to begin. Only one person was missing when the clock struck noon: New York State Supreme Court Justice Russell Buscaglia.
No more pouts about the drought: Bills are in playoffs
Thu, Jan 4th 2018 12:15 pm
Waking up on New Year's Day was different this year. It wasn't that dates changed to 2018, or drastic cold weather, it was being able to say six words that had been absent from a Western New Yorker's vocabulary for what seemed like an eternity: "The Bills are in the playoffs."
Grand Island sees progress, growth in 2017
Sat, Dec 30th 2017 07:00 am
The year 2017 has been one of growth and growing pains for Grand Island.
Grand Island Chamber elects new officers, mingles at holiday party
Sat, Dec 30th 2017 07:00 am
More than 120 people were in attendance as the Grand Island Chamber of Commerce held its annual holiday party on Dec. 14 at the Buffalo Launch Club.
Grand Island Coloring Contest winners announced
Sat, Dec 30th 2017 07:00 am
Congratulations to all of this year's winners in the annual Niagara Frontier Publications Christmas Coloring Contest. Winning entries are displayed at the Grand Island Tops and other entries are at Niagara Frontier Publications, 1859 Whitehaven Road, until the end of the year.
Grand Islanders learning about life in the freezer
Sat, Dec 30th 2017 07:00 am
On Christmas Day, Grand Island woke up to a fresh layer of snow and to ice forming on the creeks.
Connor Middle School poppy drive raises money for veterans
Sat, Dec 23rd 2017 07:00 am
Students at Veronica E. Connor Middle School presented money to Island veterans organizations from funds raised during the first-ever Veterans Parade in the district.
Grand Island Town Board: RFP for community center approved
Sat, Dec 23rd 2017 07:00 am
The Grand Island Town Board couldn't resist holding its last meeting of 2017, and the last meeting of the terms of two councilmen, without a lengthy argument.
Buffalo Launch Club holds installation
Sat, Dec 23rd 2017 07:00 am
The Buffalo Launch Club, the oldest organization on Grand Island and the oldest power boating club in North America, held its annual installation of officers Dec. 10.
Poloncarz, Jancewicz join law enforcement to announce holiday DWI enforcement campaign
Wed, Dec 20th 2017 12:35 pm
Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz was joined earlier this week by Commissioner of Central Police Services James Jancewicz and John Sullivan, director of the Erie County STOP-DWI office, alongside members of local and state law enforcement to reinforce a holiday safety message and announce the beginning of extra patrols as part of the state and national DWI enforcement campaign.
Neighbors Foundation: 54 Island families assisted this holiday season
Mon, Dec 18th 2017 01:45 pm
Neighbors Foundation President Henry Kammerer said 54 families will receive assistance this holiday as part of the organization's Share Your Happiness food distribution.
Veterans say 'Thank you'
Sat, Dec 16th 2017 07:00 am
The Island's two veterans organizations joined forces to honor two members of the local media. At a meeting held Nov. 29 at the Grand Island Moose Lodge 180, representatives of Charles N. DeGlopper Veterans of Foreign Wars Post No. 9249 and Grand Island American Legion Post 1346 presented certificates of appreciation and gift certificates to the Village Inn to Jodi Robinson of and Larry Austin, editor of the Island Dispatch.
Chris Jacobs honors Veteran of the Month Dennis Smilinich
Tue, Dec 12th 2017 02:45 pm
New York State Sen. Chris Jacobs announced City of Tonawanda resident and retired U.S. Army veteran Dennis Smilinich was selected as the 60th Senate District Veteran of the Month for December. Jacobs made the announcement and presented Smilinich with a proclamation at a meeting of the Tonawanda's American Legion Post 264.
Former Islander faces cliffs, snakes, bears in Appalachian Trail hike
Sat, Dec 9th 2017 07:00 am
Near the northernmost point of the Appalachian Trail, in Maine, hikers walk through a wilderness that stretches unbroken for 100 miles. It is called the One Hundred Mile Wilderness. Jeff Bullock, 32, a Grand Island High School graduate, who hiked the entire 2,190 miles of the Appalachian Trail in six months, described the wilderness as "peaceful."
Sign of season: Santa Land brings holiday family fun to Chestnut Ridge Park
Wed, Dec 6th 2017 12:10 pm
The Erie County Department of Parks, Recreation and Forestry has announced the return of Santa Land to Chestnut Ridge Park. Hours are 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, Dec. 9, and Sunday, Dec. 10. The Parks Department is partnering with the Chestnut Ridge Conservancy and the Town of Orchard Park Recreation Department again this year to present the popular weekend event, which features free family activities to brighten the holiday spirit.
Kelly's Country Store makes $1,500 donation to WNYHeroes
Sat, Dec 2nd 2017 10:30 am
Kelly's Country Store made a donation to a local service organization as part of the store's annual holiday fund drive.
Grand Island Board of Education: Student lauded for performance in Macy's parade
Sat, Dec 2nd 2017 10:25 am
Wearing the red jacket she wore in the Macy's Thanksgiving Day Parade, Pearl Sciolino-Coffey was honored during Monday's meeting of the Grand Island Board of Education.
DeGlopper Memorial Expansion: Greenway Commission votes for project
Sat, Nov 25th 2017 07:00 am
The Charles N. DeGlopper Memorial Expansion Project received a vote of support from the Niagara River Greenway Commission Tuesday.
Islanders encouraged to Shop Small
Wed, Nov 22nd 2017 09:40 pm
This Nov. 25, Grand Island businesses will mark a holiday shopping tradition that celebrates small businesses.
Notaro Chiropractic donates to Community Missions
Wed, Nov 22nd 2017 09:30 pm
Monday in Niagara Falls, representatives of Notaro Chiropractic presented two turkeys to Community Missions of Niagara Frontier Inc. for Thanksgiving meals.
Erie County DPW, Emergency Services emphasize winter preparation
Fri, Nov 17th 2017 07:15 pm
Erie County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz was joined Friday by Commissioner of Public Works William Geary and Emergency Services Commissioner Daniel Neaverth Jr. to emphasize planning, preparedness and safety as winter approaches.
Silk Florals celebrates 1-year anniversary
Fri, Nov 17th 2017 07:05 pm
The holiday season is one of the busiest times of the year for Andi LaMar, owner and designer of Silk Florals.
Erie County Sheriff's Office: Civil Division receives high accreditation
Sat, Nov 11th 2017 07:00 am
Erie County Sheriff Timothy B. Howard has announced his Civil Enforcement Division has been reaccredited by the New York State Sheriff's Association.

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