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Zobud Bistro closes
Sat, Oct 7th 2023 07:00 am
The restaurant Zobud Bistro has closed, its owner, Sam Redo, confirmed to the Island Dispatch on Wednesday.
Grand Island School District holds 'test drive a school bus day'
Sat, Oct 7th 2023 07:00 am
Driving a school bus for the first time was "a little nerve-wracking," said Tara Gipp, who attended the school bus test-driving event on Sept. 30 at the Jack Burns Transportation Center, 2451 Baseline Road.
'Whiskey Plank' celebration, full-sized replica of historic Erie Canal 'Seneca Chief' on Buffalo waterfront
Fri, Oct 6th 2023 12:35 pm
Sometime after noon tomorrow afternoon, inside the Longshed at Canalside on Buffalo's beautiful waterfront, master boatbuilder Roger Allen will look toward Dr. John Montague, who founded the Buffalo Maritime Center in 1989, smile and whisper, "We did it!"
Grand Island Memorial Library celebrates freedom to read during Banned Books Week
Fri, Oct 6th 2023 07:00 am
"Let Freedom Read" is this year's theme for Banned Books Week, taking place Oct. 1-7.
ECDOH shares 'crucial safety messages' for parents and caregivers of infants and young children
Tue, Oct 3rd 2023 02:45 pm
Following six recent cases involving deaths of infants and young children, Erie County Commissioner of Health Dr. Gale Burstein and UBMD physicians Dr. Geovanny F. Perez and Dr. Fred Archer presented the warning signs and symptoms of infant respiratory distress and safe sleep recommendations on Tuesday.
Grand Island family works to spread awareness of rare disorder
Sat, Sep 30th 2023 07:00 am
When Nora Conta was a 6-month-old baby, she couldn't hold a bottle and she couldn't grab toys. Her hands were closed tight, and she was unable to open them. It was when she was 6 months old that her parents wondered if something was wrong with their daughter.
Buffalo Sabres meet the Miracle team
Sat, Sep 30th 2023 07:00 am
The Miracle League lived up to its name once again on Monday night with a special treat for players. It was Buffalo Sabres Miracle League Night at the baseball diamond in Veterans Park.
Grand Island History Weekend offers glimpses into local stories
Sat, Sep 30th 2023 06:55 am
Grand Island History Weekend on Sept. 23 and 24 offered an opportunity for people interested in local history to take a tour of some of Grand Island's historical sites, which include the Grand Island Historical Society, the Alt Farmstead, and Kelly's Country Store, which held a fall festival.
PHOTOS: Kelly's Fall Fest delights families
Fri, Sep 29th 2023 11:00 am
There was a Bills game on TV, it was drizzling outside, and the wind at times felt chilly. But none of those things seemed to bother the folks who came to the Fall Fest on Sunday at Kelly's Country Store, 3121 Grand Island Blvd. It was the second day of a two-day festival.
Grand Island board looks to further cut building size
Sat, Sep 23rd 2023 07:00 am
A standing-room-only crowd in Town Hall on Monday signaled its approval to the town's efforts to limit the size of new buildings on Grand Island to 100,000 square feet.
Bone marrow donation touches lives
Sat, Sep 23rd 2023 07:00 am
On Sept. 16, the day of the Be the Match donor drive signup event at Town Hall, Kim Kalman received an anonymous letter from the wife of the recipient of her bone marrow. According to Be the Match rules, all correspondence between donors and recipients has to remain anonymous until a year after the donation.
Vintage boats, cars, capture crowd
Sat, Sep 16th 2023 07:00 am
The Antique & Classic Boat Show on Saturday did not disappoint in its 44th annual event.
Artist Chie Doring celebrates her 96th birthday at the Moose
Sat, Sep 16th 2023 07:00 am
Longtime Islander and porcelain artist Chie Doring celebrated her 96th birthday on Sept. 8, a day after her actual birthday, bolstered with the happy company of her husband, Floyd, and their friends at Moose Lodge 180, 2524 Grand Island Blvd.
Island remembers 9/11 in sorrow, unity
Fri, Sep 15th 2023 07:00 am
The 9/11 ceremony was sober, heartfelt and patriotic Monday night at the Charles N. DeGlopper Memorial VFW Post 9249 on Grand Island Boulevard.
Back to the drawing board on Grand Island warehouses
Sat, Sep 9th 2023 07:00 am
It was déjà vu all over again Wednesday for the Grand Island Town Board in setting an 8 p.m. Sept. 18 public hearing on the Long Road mega warehouse proposal.
New director chosen for St. Timothy child care center
Sat, Sep 2nd 2023 07:00 am
A new child care center director, Athena Torain, has taken over running the educational programs at St. Timothy Evangelical Lutheran Church and Child Care Center. She said she is excited to work in a faith-based educational program for young children.
Grand Island: Zoning revisions proposed to limit warehouse size
Sat, Sep 2nd 2023 07:00 am
About 40 protesters on Monday marched outside Town Hall in favor of a warehouse moratorium and against the Town Board accepting a developer's supplemental Draft Environmental Impact Statement (DEIS) for a proposed 1.2-million-square-foot Long Road warehouse.
Family Justice Center names next CEO
Sat, Aug 26th 2023 07:00 am
The Family Justice Center (FJC) has named Catharine Miles-Kania its next chief executive officer, effective Aug. 21.
Sokody Sales Team office leads blood drives
Sat, Aug 26th 2023 07:00 am
Venita Jackson, carrying a bottle of fruit juice, walked into the office of the Sokody Sales Team on the afternoon of Aug. 22. She had just donated blood on the ConnectLife bus in the business' parking lot.
Rotary Club gets walking tour in Beaver Island State Park
Sat, Aug 26th 2023 07:00 am
The Grand Island Rotary Club invited naturalist and retired high school science teacher Diane Evans to guide club members on a hike through the park. The hike took club members from the V'randa to River Lea, where Evans showed the group such trees as horse chestnut, willow, honey locust, walnut, bitternut hickory and fireberry hawthorn.
The Land Conservancy names Marisa Riggi executive director
Tue, Aug 22nd 2023 01:20 pm
The Western New York Land Conservancy has named Marisa Riggi as its new executive director, effective immediately. Riggi has been the Land Conservancy's conservation director since 2017, but she has also served as acting executive director since June.
Islander to show fruits of her labor at Urban Farm Day
Sat, Aug 19th 2023 07:00 am
Linda Rader, a Grand Island resident for the past six years and a happily retired CPA, has steadily been planting her front yard with the fruits of her labor. Now she's ready to open her garden to visitors and share her expertise on raising as much of your food as you can, in pursuit of a healthy life and some healthy savings.
Baseline watermain installation going well
Sat, Aug 19th 2023 07:00 am
The ongoing installation of watermains on Baseline is going according to plan, is on schedule and is not causing too much delay, said the town's assistant municipal engineer, Chris Dann.
Dollar General opens on Love Road
Sat, Aug 19th 2023 07:00 am
The south end of the Island now has its own Dollar General, at 1853 Love Road.
New mural painted on Grand Island Memorial Library walls
Sat, Aug 12th 2023 07:00 am
Terry Klaaren and his assistant, Anita Long, had just started painting a mural in the children's section of the Grand Island Memorial Library on Aug. 1, when a woman approached them, saying that her granddaughter was an artist.
Lenore Tetkowski: A lifelong love of art
Sat, Aug 12th 2023 07:00 am
Lenore Tetkowski said that her love of art started when she was very young.
'Take Me Home' program safeguards those who can't speak for themselves
Sat, Aug 12th 2023 07:00 am
The Grand Island Police Department has partnered with the town supervisor's office to launch the "Take Me Home" program. The new service offers a safe return home for those who may need extra help communicating vital information in an emergency situation.
Kearns pays tribute to Purple Heart recipients
Fri, Aug 11th 2023 09:00 am
In honor of Purple Heart Appreciation Day (Monday, Aug. 7), Erie County Clerk Michael P. Kearns recognized 22 Erie County Purple Heart recipients who were added to the William J. Donovan Purple Heart Book of Merit for 2023.
Beaver Island bridge replacement on schedule for 2023 completion
Sat, Aug 5th 2023 07:00 am
Progress is on schedule on the $8 million bridge replacement project of the Beaver Island Parkway bridge over the Thruway at Exit 18B, according to a Thruway spokesman.
Buffalo Launch Club readies for 44th annual Antique Classic Boat Show
Fri, Aug 4th 2023 11:00 am
Boating season is in full swing, particularly in the Great Lakes region, which, overall, offers the best on-water fun this time of year.
Reading garden planned for Grand Island Memorial Library
Sat, Jul 29th 2023 07:00 am
The Grand Island Memorial Library is planning to add a reading garden to the grassy area next to the building that faces the parking lot. The library will be called the Richard Earne Memorial Reading Garden, as a tribute to the late Richard Earne, who was a member of the Grand Island Rotary Club, as well as a member of the library board of trustees. He died on Sept. 18, 2022.
Grand Island: John Whitney resigning as supervisor Aug. 4
Mon, Jul 24th 2023 12:20 pm
Grand Island Supervisor John Whitney will resign from office effective Friday, Aug. 4.
GI leads off workshop series for Family Justice Center
Sat, Jul 22nd 2023 11:00 pm
The Grand Island satellite of the Family Justice Center was chosen to lead off a Wellness and Safety Workshop this coming week, from 6-7:30 p.m. Tuesday, July 25.
GIHS alums bring canned cocktail brand to WNY
Sat, Jul 15th 2023 07:00 am
A partnership has been forged between a Grand Island liquor store and two alumni of Grand Island High School who are working together to introduce a canned cocktail to the Western New York area.
'Tuesday Night Summer Concert Series': Let's start the music and dance!
Sat, Jul 15th 2023 07:00 am
The Town of Grand Island Recreation Department kicked off its "Tuesday Night Summer Concert Series" without a hitch as the rain held off and a cooler breeze made for the perfect summer night of music, dance and neighborly conversation.
St. Martin's unveils new pavilion at annual chicken barbecue
Sat, Jul 15th 2023 07:00 am
St. Martin-in-the-Fields' new pavilion was the star in the show at the church's annual chicken barbecue and basket raffle, held on Saturday. In addition to a collection of baskets, there were separate raffles for a sombrero, covered with scratch-off lottery tickets; a 50-50 raffle; and a pair of season tickets to Shea's Performing Arts Center in Buffalo.
Erie County can help keep homes and families cool & comfortable
Fri, Jul 14th 2023 02:30 pm
It seems like summer has just started and already it's going too fast. I have been enjoying spending time at various district events, including the Grand Island Fourth of July parade, Italian Heritage Festival, and the children's concerts here in Kenmore.
Visitors greeted by a diversity of gardens during Island Garden Walk
Fri, Jul 14th 2023 07:00 am
A 5-year-old boy sat on rocks and poured fish food into a small koi pond on East River Road during the Grand Island Garden Walk on Sunday. As soon as the food hit the water, the fish swam excitedly to the surface.
A new mission for St. Stephen's 'Old Church'
Sat, Jul 8th 2023 07:00 am
Work is underway to transform the historic St. Stephen's "Old Church" building into its eventual role as the Grand Island cultural center.
Elsie Martino honored for diligence, work toward DeGlopper Memorial
Sat, Jul 8th 2023 07:00 am
Elsie Martino has been the humble, dedicated volunteer secretary of the DeGlopper Memorial Expansion Committee since the fall of 2018. She has been gracious and helpful in accomplishing many tasks while being supportive of every committee member as they accomplished the amazing goal of constructing a monument in honor of Grand Island's World War II hero, U.S. Army Pvt. First-Class Charles N. DeGlopper and all town veterans.

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