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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.
Town of Grand Island officials installed into office
Thu, Jan 6th 2022 02:45 pm
On Jan. 1, councilmen Pete Marston and Christian Bahleda, as well as Town Justice Mark Frentzel and Town Highway Superintendent Richard Crawford, were sworn into office by retired Tonawanda City Court Judge Joseph Cassata. The event was held at the Sandy Beach Yacht Club, and the master of ceremonies was Eric Fiebelkorn, president of the Grand Island Chamber of Commerce.
Purple martins thrive again along Grand Island
Thu, Jan 6th 2022 02:15 pm
U.S. Environmental Protection Agency, the New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation, and New York State Department of Environmental Conservation announced purple martins are returning to a 13.5-acre marsh near Buckhorn Island State Park, in the Town of Grand Island.
Baney reflects on four years as Town Board member
Fri, Dec 24th 2021 09:00 am
Early in 2018, shortly after Jenn Baney was inaugurated as a new member of the Grand Island Town Board, she decided to put her efforts into modernizing the security systems in town buildings. That effort would take four years.
Islanders deliver donated gifts to VA Hospital
Fri, Dec 24th 2021 09:00 am
At the age of 18, Jim Sharpe was serving in the military in Panama. He had joined the Air Force in 1966, and, far from home and family for the first time during the holiday season, he experienced the kindness of strangers.
St. Martin youth group participates in Wreaths Across America
Fri, Dec 24th 2021 09:00 am
For a number of years, a few older veterans got together annually to place wreaths at the graves of veterans at Oakland Rural Cemetery in Youngstown. Normally, they place approximately 30 wreaths at the graves, as part of Wreaths Across America. The project was started in 1992 by Morrill Worcester, the owner of Worcester Wreath Co. of Harrington, Maine. Worcester had a surplus of wreaths left over after the holiday season, so he decided to place the wreaths at the graves of veterans at Arlington National Cemetery.
Neighbors Foundation of Grand Island extends holiday thanks
Tue, Dec 21st 2021 11:30 am
The Neighbors Foundation of Grand Island thanks the hundreds of individuals and organizations who contributed to our successful 2021 holiday distribution. Fifty-four of your neighbor families were helped with food baskets and, where appropriate, gift cards for their children. Eighty of our seniors were also helped in two senior apartment complexes.
Historical Society's open house a success
Sat, Dec 18th 2021 07:00 am
The turnout at the Grand Island Historical Society's open house at its museum, River Lea, in Beaver Island was better than expected, said Curt Nestark, president of the society.
Donors of all ages contribute to the Neighbors Foundation
Sat, Dec 18th 2021 07:00 am
Islanders, from kindergarteners to senior citizens, have been getting together for weeks to collect nonperishable food and other items, such as handmade hats and mittens, to donate to the Grand Island Neighbors Foundation, to be distributed to community members in need during the holiday season.
Golden Age Center offers shopping alternatives for seniors
Sat, Dec 18th 2021 07:00 am
For senior citizens who are looking for a shopping experience that is neither online nor in a shopping mall, the Grand Island Golden Age Center offers Santa's Workshop, which is available until Dec. 22.
Grand Island Community Chorus shares Christmas music
Sat, Dec 18th 2021 07:00 am
After a one-year hiatus, the Grand Island Community Chorus returned to offer a Christmas program, titled "Starry Nights and Winter Delights," on Sunday at St. Timothy Lutheran Church.
Winners of Grand Island Coloring Contest revealed
Fri, Dec 17th 2021 07:00 am
A panel of top judges recently considered the myriad magnificent entries into the 2021 Grand Island Coloring Contest. After much deliberation, the winners were announced and include:
Weekend windstorm strikes Grand Island
Thu, Dec 16th 2021 09:55 pm
Early in the afternoon on Dec. 11, the winds howled, with gusts up to 75 miles per hour. Stephen Stouter, who lives on Westwood Drive, looked outside and saw fire in his neighbor's backyard.
Fuccillo Automotive Group supports Neighbors Foundation
Fri, Dec 10th 2021 07:00 am
Fuccillo Automotive Group donated both a check and 30 turkeys to the Neighbors Foundation of Grand Island, who will distribute the assistance to Island families during the holiday season. Pictured are three Fucillo managers (dressed in black jackets in the middle of the photographs): Toyota manager Tom Fogarty, Chevrolet manager Ronnie Mansour, and Hyundai manager Russ Tabone, with representatives of the Neighbors Foundation.
Grand Island businesses, community celebrate Small Business Saturday
Sat, Dec 4th 2021 07:00 am
Buying locally, encouraging creativity, and creating community were some of the themes of Small Business Saturday, held on Nov. 27.
Jan Yardley: Reflections on a life spent helping others
Sat, Dec 4th 2021 07:00 am
Helping other people is something that has made Jan Yardley, the recipient of the Grand Island Golden Age Center's 2020 Senior of the Year award, happy.
VFW Post celebrates DeGlopper's 100th birthday
Sat, Dec 4th 2021 07:00 am
It was a proud moment when Pfc. Charles N. DeGlopper's 100th birthday was celebrated Nov. 30 by the Grand Island VFW post named in his honor and in memory that he died a hero in the Battle of Normandy.
Grand Island Fuccillo sponsors community contest
Fri, Dec 3rd 2021 11:00 am
To celebrate Halloween, Niagara Frontier Publications held a contest to find the most creatively decorated homes on Grand Island. Residents sent pictures of spooky, scary and outrageously creative decorated homes.
'Holidays at the Broadway Market' kicks off the season on Saturday, Dec. 4
Wed, Dec 1st 2021 09:20 am
It's time for holiday foods, beverages, gifts - and Santa Claus at the historic Broadway Market. "Holidays at the Broadway Market" will kick-off Saturday, Dec. 4, with the arrival of 15 special seasonal vendors and a visit from Santa Claus.
Island Shoppe offers vivid colors for Small Business Saturday
Fri, Nov 26th 2021 07:00 am
As visitors enter the Island Shoppe, at 2335 Grand Island Blvd., they are greeted by a large, pink Christmas tree placed in a predominant position. The store's owner, Josephine Ciffa, explained why she decided to put a personal flair on the Christmas tree concept.
Erie County clerk's zombie taskforce meets with GI officials
Mon, Nov 22nd 2021 03:10 pm
Erie County Clerk Michael P. "Mickey" Kearns, a long-time advocate in the fight against vacant and abandoned zombie homes, met recently with Town of Grand Island Supervisor John Whitney and Code Enforcement Officer Ronald Milks to discuss how the Erie County Clerk's ZOMBIES Initiative can provide technical assistance and outreach services for municipalities and communities facing zombie foreclosures.
ECDOH updates COVID-19 quarantine requirements
Thu, Nov 18th 2021 11:55 pm
On Oct. 27, the New York State Department of Health released an informational document that allowed local health departments to reduce the duration of a quarantine under certain conditions. Based on that document, the Erie County Department of Health is announcing an adjustment to its COVID-19 quarantine requirements.
The Western New York Land Conservancy completes purchase of Grand Island forest
Wed, Nov 17th 2021 08:25 am
The Western New York Land Conservancy has purchased what it called an "ecologically significant," 10.5-acre forest on Staley Road on Grand Island.
Veteran stories: John Anderson
Sat, Nov 13th 2021 10:40 am
When John Anderson was in ninth grade, he decided to join the Marine Corps.
Erie County's COVID-19 pandemic response chronicled in Cornell University Democracy Summer Fellowship report
Wed, Nov 10th 2021 03:25 pm
Erie County's response to the COVID-19 pandemic has been documented and memorialized in a new report compiled by Callie McQuilkin, a senior at Cornell University participating in Cornell's Democracy Summer Fellowship Program.
Hochul announces start of construction for $13 million events pavilion on Buffalo's Outer Harbor
Tue, Nov 9th 2021 03:55 pm
Gov. Kathy Hochul on Tuesday announced the start of construction on a $13 million outdoor entertainment pavilion on Buffalo's Outer Harbor. The project, her team said, will renovate the long-abandoned Terminal B warehouse into an events center that utilizes existing parking and reclaims seven acres of contaminated property to open additional public access with scenic new lake views.
Orchid show returns to Buffalo Botanical Gardens
Mon, Nov 8th 2021 09:25 pm
For the first time since March of 2020, the Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens along with the Niagara Frontier Orchid Society, will host the orchid show on Saturday and Sunday, Nov. 13-14, at the Botanical Gardens.
Greenway offers ideas for Grand Island bike path
Sat, Nov 6th 2021 10:35 am
Recently, officials from the Niagara River Greenway Commission met with Town of Grand Island committee members who are working on its trails and bike routes. They took a bicycle ride down Grand Island Boulevard to finalize a direct route through town to officially connect the extensive Niagara River Shoreline Trail from Buffalo's Outer Harbor north to Youngstown.
Grand Island: Town Board opts out of on-site cannabis facilities
Fri, Nov 5th 2021 07:45 am
The Grand Island Town Board, by a 3-2 vote at its Nov. 1 meeting, enacted local law 13, opting out of allowing cannabis on-site consumption sites in the municipality.
ECDOH & John R. Oishei Children's Hospital will offer Pfizer COVID-19 vaccine to 5-11-year-olds on Saturday
Wed, Nov 3rd 2021 04:00 pm
The Erie County Department of Health and John R. Oishei Children's Hospital (OCH) will hold a pediatric COVID-19 vaccine clinic on Saturday, Nov. 6, providing the first dose of the Pfizer-BioNTech COVID-19 vaccine specifically for 5-11-year-olds.
Dan Drexelius honored for work with DeGlopper Memorial Expansion Committee
Sat, Oct 30th 2021 07:00 am
The tables were turned on Dan Drexelius last Sunday evening and, by the look on his face, he was caught totally off guard - but humbled and speechless by the gesture.
Fairgrounds Festival of Lights drive-thru returns nightly this December
Thu, Oct 21st 2021 08:40 pm
The Fairgrounds Festival of Lights drive-thru will return to brighten up the holiday season for families across Western New York this December.
Attorney General James to deliver up to $75 million to Western New York to combat opioid crisis
Fri, Oct 15th 2021 01:00 pm
New York Attorney General Letitia James on Friday continued her statewide "HealNY" tour of New York state with a stop in Buffalo, where she announced she will deliver up to $75 million to Western New York to combat the opioid epidemic.
Rained out: Vehicle safety systems struggle to 'see' in bad weather
Thu, Oct 14th 2021 08:40 pm
New research from AAA finds that moderate to heavy rain affects a vehicle safety system's ability to "see," which may result in performance issues.
Erie County Department of Health COVID-19 vaccine clinic scheduled for Grand Island High School on Oct. 25
Mon, Oct 11th 2021 02:05 pm
The Erie County Department of Health (ECDOH) is partnering with Grand Island Central School District for a COVID-19 vaccine clinic from 2-6 p.m. Monday, Oct. 25. Organizers will offer Pfizer and Moderna COVID-19 vaccine; if supply is available, Johnson & Johnson COVID-19 vaccine will be offered to people ages 18 and older.
With high patient volumes at local emergency departments, ECDOH & local hospitals remind residents of alternatives
Fri, Oct 8th 2021 11:25 am
The Erie County Department of Health (ECDOH) and its division of emergency medical services are monitoring emergency department census reports from hospitals and ambulance traffic in Erie County. Local emergency departments are experiencing high volumes and longer-than-usual wait times.
Leadership transition announced at Botanical Gardens
Fri, Oct 8th 2021 11:20 am
The Buffalo and Erie County Botanical Gardens is working through a natural progression within the organization and, after 11 years as president/CEO, David J. Swarts will be transitioning into retirement over the next several months.
Western New York unites to make strides against breast cancer
Tue, Oct 5th 2021 09:25 am
Local breast cancer survivors, caregivers, volunteers, and corporate and community members are uniting to make the greatest impact to save lives and ensure no one faces breast cancer alone at the American Cancer Society Making Strides Against Breast Cancer 2-mile walk. This noncompetitive, inspirational event helps fund the future of breast cancer research and programs. Participants can expect several new health and safety measures onsite to help protect the community, supporters and staff.
Testing, masking requirements create controversy at school board meeting
Sat, Oct 2nd 2021 10:00 am
Erie County recently chose to abandon its strict guidelines concerning quarantining in favor of New York State Department of Health guidelines, according to School Superintendent Brian Graham, who spoke at the Sept. 27 meeting of the Grand Island Board of Education.
ECDOH: Prepare for winter with a flu vaccine
Tue, Sep 28th 2021 08:20 pm
The Erie County Department of Health strongly recommends a flu vaccine for everyone ages 6 months and older this fall. To encourage county residents to get vaccinated against flu, Deputy Executive Maria Whyte and Commissioner of Health Dr. Gale Burstein received their flu vaccination Tuesday at a clinic for Erie County employees run by Wegmans.
 

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