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    Happy birthday today, October 18th to Alexandra Imperi, Aidan Daly & Sharon Ledwon. Happy birthday on Friday, October 19th to Judy Thaler, Robert Skotnicki, Heidi Sue McCormick, Luke Hooper, Bill Winterfield & Chris McCabe and on Saturday, October 20th to Ryan Pinzel, Michael Madigan, Paula Hahn & David Hiser. Happy birthday Sunday, October 21st to Laury Linenfelser, Gunnar Munk & Bob Henschel , and on Monday, October 22nd to Brianna Hadden, Rick Martin, Michele Namenek & Stanford Harrington. Happy birthday Tuesday, October 23rd to Debbie DeGlopper Robinson, Patrick Gallagher, Chase Harding, Zakary Massaro, Gerry Robinson & Kevin Koch and on Wednesday, October 24th to Douglas Krueger, Judy Wozniak & Thomas Dugan

    Happy anniversary on October 20th to Carol & Gary Roesch, and to Jacquie & Patrick Foote on October 21st.


   Three students from the GIHS class of 2019 painted the rock at Grand Island High School early this week in honor of Julie Roth Neville. Sadly, Julie died on Tuesday after a long battle with cancer. The students are Melina Aceti, Bridget Neeson & McKenna Prochaska. A Go Fund Me page for the Neville family can be found .

    The Grand Island Vikings won the Class A-2 title two weeks ago to get into the playoffs, and last weekend beat Niagara Wheatfield 14-0 to end up undefeated in the league. They will be playing #7 ranked South Park at Gene Masters Field on Friday night, October 19th at 7:00 p.m. in the first game of the the Section VI Football Playoffs.

   Welcome home to Dolly D'Orazio! She has been in rehab and was very anxious to get back to her home.

   Nice article from Russell Certo in the Creating Better Health column this week. Titled "", you can read how other forms of exercise improve cardiovascular health.

    Saturday is a busy day on GI. Start with shopping/lunch at the at the Nike Base. Then head over to the Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary Chowder Sale to stock your freezer at 11:00 a.m. Trinity Church is having a Fall Festival starting at 11:00 a.m. and Trunk or Treat from 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. St. Timothy's is also having Trunk or Treat from 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. You can end your day at the VFW Auxiliary Pork Roast Dinner from 4:00 - 7:00 p.m. All events are open to the public.

    A recently released video by rappers 6lack and J. Cole was filmed at the end of September and features scenes from Fantasy Island and KOA Campground, among others. Check out the video .

    If you remember Buffalo China...after 117 years, the last and final tent sale of Buffalo made dinnerware will take place on October 25, 26, and 27th, from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. each day, at 101 Buffalo China Road. Sale will include approximately 125,000 pieces of Buffalo made dinnerware. All items excluding Roaming Buffalo items will be 50 or 25 cents.

   The Grand Island Historical Society has an Open House at River Lea, on Sunday, October 21st from 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Costumed docents will greet you for a tour of the historical farmhouse located in Beaver Island State Park.

    Mallwitz's Island Lanes is having a Family Halloween Cosmic Party on Sunday, October 28th from 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. The cost is per person and includes unlimited cosmic bowling, shoe rental, pizza, soda and goodie bags for those in costume. Reservations are recommended. Call 773-0062.


    I found this posted on Facebook and thought, great reminder to shop local and get shopping done early. I'm sure our Island businesses know how to jig!

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    October 11, 2018

        Happy birthday today, October 11th to Jacob Mongold & Barbara Shepard. Happy birthday on Friday, October 12th to Jean Peters, Gary Larsen, Marissa Mrkall, Ronald Milks & Douglas Carlson and on Saturday, October 13th to Christopher Conway, Dylan Castiglia, Tom Trader, Priscilla Johnson & Kim Yarwood. Happy birthday Sunday, October 14th to Michael Chateauneuf, Stephanie Voyzey, John Turner, Ashley Battaglia, Barbara Krause, Iris Jiscitsno & Sheryl Kutis, and on Monday, October 15th to Jonathan Wozniak, Kalli Pedlow, Mark Argy , Mike Yensan, Joyce Ernst & Jerry Sitarski . Happy birthday Tuesday, October 16th to Clare Conboy, Sue Cinelli & Kathleen Loth and on Wednesday, October 17th to Stephanie Kowalak, Jenna Giambra, Julius Schopp, Rosemarie McDonald, Kathy Zielinski, Patricia Schafer, Jack Hammond & Steven Grabiee M.D.


        A very special happy birthday shout out to Shirley Luther, celebrating 94 years young on Monday, October 15th. Hope your day is as wonderful as you are!

       Get well wishes to Dolly D'Orazio after her recent surgery.

       Nikki's Eats on Wallace in Sandy Beach is due to open soon. Mentioned on a Facebook post; "daily specials, Saturdays will be T bone steak and eggs...the grilled cheese with a choice of three cheeses too choose from...H O M E made chicken noodle soup, that has noodles thick enough too use as a flotation device, will save you in any weather you feel under the table lol..its all good folks." Also mentioned was having milk, bread and eggs for sale.

       The Grand Island Memorial Library has a wide range of activities for kids and adults. Check out their to see their upcoming schedule .

       The Golden Age Center is offering University Express classes for the 50+ crowd, are this fall's offerings.

        Elderwood at Grand Island, 2850 Grand Island Blvd., is hosting Dirty Bird Chicken and Waffles food truck on Friday, October 12th from 11:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

       The 2018 Grand Island Fire Company (GIFC) Fire Prevention Week Open House will be held on Friday, October 12, 2018, from 5pm until 8pm!

       Kelly's Fall Fest, 3121 Grand Island Blvd., will be Saturday & Sunday, October 13 & 14 starting at 10:00 a.m.

       The Town of Grand Island Golden Age Center is looking for a Part-Time Recreation Attendant, to work as a Driver. .

       Mallwitz's Island Lanes is having a Family Halloween Cosmic Party on Sunday, October 28th from 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. The cost is per person and includes unlimited cosmic bowling, shoe rental, pizza, soda and goodie bags for those in costume. Reservations are recommended. Call 773-0062.

        FYI if you are interested in Document Destruction: Empower, a Niagara County-based not-for-profit service provider, is offering document shredding services at its Empties for Empower location, 4701 Military Road (near Route 31 intersection). The service is provided by people with intellectual and developmental disabilities, who are paid for their work. Individuals, small businesses and nonprofit organizations can take their documents to Empower for shredding. The hours of operation are 8:30 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. weekdays. Documents are stored in a secure location per New York state regulations to protect customers' privacy. Fees for this service are $.55 per pound or per bankers box of documents.

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    October 4, 2018

        Happy birthday today, October 4th to Margie Walker, Afiza Mojowalla, Lynn Polizzi, Celia Spacone Ph.D., Robert Vaccaro & Dawn Whitbeck. Happy birthday on Friday, October 5th to Dylan Russo, Michele Remmes, Nancy Long, Robert N. Schwagler, Rebekah Thompson, & Carolyn Mesches and on Saturday, October 6th to Craig Blowers, Jane Consier, Ruth Cunningham & Sandy Warren-Henderson. Happy birthday Sunday, October 7th to Lorraine Willcox, Ann Weingartner, Greg Yensan, Mary Jo Soto, Bob McCormick, Michael Christensen, Morgan Capage, Evan Smith & Paul Leuchner, and on Monday, October 8th to Andy Dinsmore, Bertha Frank, Casy Galeza, Harry Minion & Dennis Potenski. Happy birthday Tuesday, October 9th to Taylor Duscher, Barb Jarzab, Chris Ciechoski, Marion Assenza, Marion Samland & Paula Tickner and on Wednesday, October 10th to Roger Thaler, Willian Barbur, Linda Schneckenburger, Ray Billica & Annette Lobl

       Jennifer Amato is hoping to lift Julie Roth Neville's spirits during her illness, by having former students send in words of encouragement, photos, and memories of their time together, either being taught or coached by "Roth". You can send these via email to . Make sure to include your name and what year(s) you had Mrs. Neville in school.

        GIHS quarterbak Cam Sionko was nominated for Prep Talk Athlete of the week for his performance in a win over Williamsville East. He went 21 of 25 for 281 yards and three touchdowns (one rushing). He was also named to the Buffalo News Connolly Cup/ADPRO Sports top performers of the week.

        The DeGlopper Memorial Park Expansion Committee is hosting a Soup-A-Thon & Basket Raffle to benefit the park on Saturday, October 6th from 3:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m., at the Charles N. DeGlopper VFW Post #9249, 2121 Grand Island Blvd. Cost is .00, all you can eat. Take-out is available at 6:00 p.m. Public is welcome.

        A Neighbors Foundation meeting is on Monday, October 8th at St. Stephen's Church (old) at 7:00 p.m. They are looking for volunteers and donations of non-perishable items, to include: Toilet paper, Soaps, Shampoo, Toothpaste, Toddler size diapers, Target or Tops gift cards, Instant mashed potatoes & Stuffing mix.

        Citizen Science Community Resources is having a Grand Island Community Meeting and Presentation on Monday, October 8th, from 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. in the Community Room at Burger King, 1700 Grand Island Blvd. Grand Island resident Dr. Jessica Castner will be presenting information on chemicals that are coming from Tonawanda Coke and how that may impact our health. Her background includes researching environmental and occupational exposures to optimize human health and well-being. A short Q & A will follow.

        Members of the Golden Age Center are starting a special project for the "Friends of the Night People" program, a charitable organization that helps the poor, homeless and destitute in Buffalo. If you are able to donate reusable water bottles, small filled water bottles or flavor packets to be added to water bottles, please drop off at the Golden Age Center, 3278 Whitehaven Road. Call Carrie Mesmer with any questions at 773-9682.

        Don Shomette, a national school violence prevention expert and frequent CNN contributor, shares the commonalities among all school attackers, why some kids attack schools, and how parents, schools, and communities can raise strong students who will not use violence. This is from a presentation in the Grand Viking Theater Thursday, September 20th, 2018. See .

       The Grand Island Distinguished Alumni committee is seeking your input for nominations. They are looking for exemplary candidates who have graduated at least ten years ago and have made significant contributions to their field of expertise. Worthy candidates must also demonstrate a sincere concern for humanity through their charitable actions. Complete the to the best of your knowledge and submit your nomination. All nominations should be in by November 15, 2018.

        The Grand Island Historical Society will have their general meeting and program on Thursday, October 4th at 7:00 p.m. Ned Schimminger, archivist at the Historical Society of the Tonawandas, will present a program, "Hidden Treasures from Grand Island in the Archives of the Historical Society of the Tonawandas".
       Thank you to Kaiser Funeral Home for renewing their Isledegrande advertising for 2018/2019.

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    September 26, 2018

        Happy birthday September 27th to Alice Gerard, Amy Heist, Kevin Cobello, Dave Grant, Ashley Bleistein, Sharilyn Zarajczyk, Linda Clark, Andrew Szolnoky & Jack Kuhn. Happy birthday on Friday, September 28th to Cap Cooke, Jordan Davis, Claire Cinelli, Ron Webb, Marty Napier & Richard Gaudy and on Saturday, September 29th to Nancy Blundell, Matthew Hamm, Dana Robinson, Jim Wright Jr., Samantha Krause & James Dick Watkins. Happy birthday Sunday, September 30th to Carol Luther Dunworth, Faith Caldwell, Vikki Smith, Georgina Munk, Michael Rossiter, Barbara Nowakowski, Lee Cohen, Nancy Kaul & Stuart Short, and on Monday, October 1st to Ariel Brucato & Allison Mae Walker. Happy birthday Tuesday, October 2nd to Richard Warner and on Wednesday, October 3rd to Jean Marie Ensminger & Joan Schlueter Wright.

        Happy wedding anniversary to: Ben & Jill Hoover on September 30th. Happy 40th anniversary to Joanne & John Podlucky on September 30th. Happy 30th wedding anniversary to Patricia & Scott Shaw on October 1st.

        FYI: This week's edition went up on Wednesday, September 26th as I am traveling to FLA to visit my dad. Will be back Tuesday morning.

       Thank you to and for renewing their advertising for 2018/2019. Thank you to Barbara Lamb, Dorothy Jean Leiner & Dr. Brian Graham for their donations. Without advertisers and donations, we couldn't continue providing hometown news.

       Island resident Dominic Hojnacki won the youth "Taste Off" competition at the Lewsiton Peach Festival the weekend of September 13-16th. His recipe was for peach pound cake. Congratulations.

       GIHS Varsity quarterback Cam Sionko was named to the Buffalo News Connolly Cup/ADPRO Sports top performers list for his play in the win over North Tonawanda last weekend.

       Message from a garage sale last weekend: Whoever bought the smoker at the 4025 West River garage sale on Saturday 9/22, you forgot to take the bottom part of it! It will be in front of the house for you to pick up at your earliest convenience.

       Elderwood at Grand Island, 2850 Grand Island Blvd., is hosting Polish Villa food truck on Friday, September 28th from 11:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

       A Flu Shot Clinic will be held at Grand Island Memorial Library, Saturday, September 29th 10:00 am-2:00 pm. No appointment necessary. Free with most insurance. Vaccines available while supplies last.

        The Grand Island Historical Society will have their general meeting and program on Thursday, October 4th at 7:00 p.m. Ned Schimminger, archivist at the Historical Society of the Tonawandas, will present a program, "Hidden Treasures from Grand Island in the Archives of the Historical Society of the Tonawandas".
        Kelly's Country Store has announced they will soon be opening a second store in South Florida. They will be located at Fleamaster's Fleamarket in Fort Myers. Over 900 stores are at that location.

       The Grand Island Central School District Board of Education held their General Session Meeting in the Professional Development Room of Grand Island High School on Monday September 24, 2018. See .

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  • Grand Island Farms Inc. Monday Farmer's Market at the Knights of Columbus, 1841 Whitehaven Road, between 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m., on October 1st.
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    September 20, 2018

        Happy birthday today, September 20th to Bruce Senn, Becky Peters, Lisa Dollendorf & Lois Schneider. Happy birthday on Friday, September 21st to Madison Nowak, Glenn Wallace, Pamela O'Brien & Louise Carlson and on Saturday, September 22nd to Bill DeGlopper, Kevin Hagen, Janine Gregoire, Julia Goodwin, Kathleen McCormick & Richard Smyth. Happy birthday Sunday, September 23rd to Kenny Martina, Joyce Cline & Jack Bugman, and on Monday, September 24th to Lucy Floss. Happy birthday Tuesday, September 25th to Robert Tyrrell, Liz Brock, Dan Bridge, Sam Carpenter & Jim Harrod and on Wednesday to Madison Martin, Kevin Rogoza, Cameron Kolat. Betty Walk & James Walters, Sr.

        Word on Facebook is Adrian's is closing September 30th. September hours are 11am - 8pm.

       From the Grand Island Chamber of Commerce: Congratulations to Grand Island Chamber of Commerce member Pinto Dumpsters on being awarded the Grand Island garbage removal contract! The Town Board voted unanimously at (Monday night's) meeting to move forward in selecting this awesome Grand Island family business! Pinto has been a generous supporter of local organizations for many years and has committed to improve on the trash removal services in our Town for years to come

       Taste of Grand Island is Saturday, September 22nd at the Town Commons.

       Wallgreen's Pharmacy will be at the Golden Age Center, 3278 Whitehaven Road on Friday, September 21st from 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Please bring medical insurance card for proper billing purposes.

       The Grand Island Memorial Library will host local Master Gardener Peggy Koppmann at an open forum for questions on fall cleanup for your garden and offer pointers as she leads a tour of the Library's gardens (weather permitting). It will be Monday, September 24th at 6:00 p.m.

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  • Grand Island Farms Inc. Monday Farmer's Market at the Knights of Columbus, 1841 Whitehaven Road, between 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m., onSeptember 10th.
  • Recovery International, a support group for adults over 18 who need help coping with depression, panic attacks, anxiety, anger management, or bipolar disorder, meets on Tuesdays from 7 to 9 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church.
  • The American Legion, Grand Island Post #1346 will hold its general meeting on Wednesday, September 26, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. at the Loyal Order of The Moose Lodge.

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    September 13, 2018

        Happy birthday today, September 13th to Makenna Scalise, Bethany Kulikowski, Cindy Baker & David Cole. Happy birthday on Saturday, September 15th to Ava Staub. Happy birthday Sunday, September 16th to Matthew Wasson & Christie Davis , and on Monday, September 17th to Carmela Bartolomeo. Happy birthday Tuesday, September 18th to DeVonte' Mali'q Johnson, Lauren Ann Bermel, & Town Cafe's Lynn Quarentello and on Wednesday to Peter McMahon, Mike Carr, Lisa Stoddard, Vickie Harnden, Bonnie Sciuk, David Long, Julie O'Connor, Donnie Burns & Ann Marie Chartrand

        Happy wedding anniversary to Mike & Sandy Beauchamp on September 15th.

       Check out the Frying Pan Ocean web cam, 34 miles off the coast of North Carolina, for a look at Hurrican Florence in real time.

       This week’s Connolly Cup/ADPRO Sports top performers in high school football included Grand Island Viking Jack Dlugokinski.

       Make sure you get to Veterans Park on Saturday, September 15th for the re-scheduled Fathers Day Lawnmower Race, Walk and Car Show. There will be fun activities for the kids between 10am - 3pm. .

       Republic Services is the Town of Grand Island garbage contractor at this time. If you have a problem, the new local customer service number is 716-614-3386.

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  • GI Historical Society is hosting an Open House at River Lea in Beaver Island State Park on Sunday, September 16th from 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Costumed docents will greet you for a tour of the historical farmhouse located in Beaver Island State Park.
  • Grand Island Farms Inc. Monday Farmer's Market at the Knights of Columbus, 1841 Whitehaven Road, between 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m., on September 17th.
  • Recovery International, a support group for adults over 18 who need help coping with depression, panic attacks, anxiety, anger management, or bipolar disorder, meets on Tuesdays from 7 to 9 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church.

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    September 6, 2018

        Happy birthday today to Jean Leiner, Judy Schmidt, & Donna Ball. Happy birthday on Friday, September 7th to Collin DeMartin, Anna Hammond, Gretchen Moss Beach & John Monkelban and on Saturday, September 8th to Michael Edwards, Betty Serio, Florence Lorenz & Marie Perry. Happy birthday Sunday, September 9th to Mikayla Claus, Jackie McGinty, Elizabeth Carpenter, James O'Brien, William Seifert & Bonita Shevlin , and on Monday, September 10th to Jessica Eastwood, Madison Mongold, Cathleen Moore & Richard Lozo. Happy birthday Tuesday, September 11th to Joseph Mesmer, Lynn Ryan, June Ann Chadima & Peter Bezan and on Wednesday to Elizabeth Belocci, Carole Bifano, Chris Aronica, Pearl Lane, Christopher Sadkowski, Callie Harding & Ben Shaw

        Happy wedding anniversary to Butch and Julie Meyer on September 9th and to Judy & Bob Schmidt on September 11th.

        Saturday, September 8th is a busy day on the Island, starting with: The Grand Island Festival & BBQ Battle festival will take place on Saturday, September 8th at Beaver Island State Park from 11:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. BBQ competition 12:00 - 3:00 p.m. Farmers Market, Food Vendors, Crafters, Beer Tent, Bands. Proceeds go to Grand Island Not for Profits. .
        The 40th annual Antique and Classic Boat Show is back on Grand Island at the Buffalo Launch Club on Saturday, September 8th from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. It is free and open to the public, parking will be on the BLC grounds. .
       The Knights of Columbus Council #4752 is hosting a meat raffle on Saturday, September 8, 2018 at their facility, 1841 Whitehaven Road. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. and the first round starts at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are .00 and include, pizza, beer, wine and pop. See .

           Ray Billica is looking for some help in saving three trees at DeGlopper Memorial Park. See for more information.

       The Buffalo News announced this week's Varsity Football Character Athletes of the Week, as sponsored by Cross Training Athletics, Intense Milk, & Anthony Baldi and Associates. The honorees, who are selected for setting positive examples in speech conduct, love, faith and integrity of the game, included Anthony Seifert (Grand Island).

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  • Grand Island Farms Inc. Monday Farmer's Market at the Knights of Columbus, 1841 Whitehaven Road, between 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m., on September 10th.
  • Recovery International, a support group for adults over 18 who need help coping with depression, panic attacks, anxiety, anger management, or bipolar disorder, meets on Tuesdays from 7 to 9 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church.

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    August 30, 2018

        Happy birthday tomorrow, August 31st to Patty Mash, Adrianna Marinucci, Mike Owen & Bonnie Bartholomew . Happy birthday on Saturday, September 1st to Chance Luthringer, Justin Figler, Daniel Senn, Mike Sexton, Kay McGuire, Christian Hipp & Brooks Rimes and on Sunday, September 2nd to Anthony Webber & Dorothy Click. Happy birthday Monday, September 3rd to Carol Gress, Sam Linenfelser, Joshua Smith, Ian Conner, Jesse Rosser, Nancy Grabenstatter, Laurence Ledwon & Ruth Loncar, and on Tuesday, September 4th to Bob Dee, Justin Schmadel, Kiersten Winstel & Grace Carpenter.

        A special happy birthday to my brother Pete Hayes in Providence, RI, today. Pete is home recuperating from back surgery for the next few weeks.

        Happy 10th wedding anniversary today, August 30th to Bryan & Chrissy Smith in Simi Valley, CA.
       Happy 33rd wedding anniversary tomorrow, August 31st to JT & Donna Tomkins.
       Happy 6th wedding anniversary on September 1st to Lindsey (Smith) & Tim Lucinski in Youngstown, NY.

       Congratulations to Kyle Brady named Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Week for Men's Soccer. Kyle plays for Canisius College.

       Chris Taylor, Mike Mongan & Walt Zebker took first prize in the Salmon Division with a 29 pound, 7 ounce salmon in the Greater Niagara Fish Odyssey Derby last weekend. They won a 0 first place prize and an additional 0 bonus for being members of the Lake Ontario Trout and Salmon Association.

       Elderwood at Grand Island, 2850 Grand Island Blvd., is hosting Get Souped Up food truck on Friday, August 31st from 11:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

       A fundraiser sponsored by the BLC Mates for the Family Justice Center of Grand Island will feature Absolute Journey tribute band at the Buffalo Launch Club, 503 East River Road on Sunday, September 2, 2018 at 4:00 p.m. Tickets are /presale and /door. .

       Casey's Cabana in Ferry Village has a special celebration planned for Sunday, September 2nd, from 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. There will be Karaoke, face painting, a 50/50 drawing and other surprises. The last day of the season will be Labor Day Monday.

       Island Ship Center will be closed on Monday, Sept 3rd, in observance of Labor Day. they will be open from 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, Sept 1st. Fahim & Seema Mojawalla are now designing and printing notepads, in house. Add that to the other services they offer beyond packing and shipping, including mailboxes, cell phone repair, making banners and a great gift shop!

       The 40th annual Antique and Classic Boat Show is back on Grand Island at the Buffalo Launch Club on Saturday, September 8th from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. It is free and open to the public, parking will be on the BLC grounds. .

       The stables on Bedell Road are for sale. The property includes 40 acres of land, 50 horse stalls and out-buildings and a three bedroom house. Offers starting at 0,000 are being considered. Check it out on Zillow!

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    August 23, 2018

        Happy birthday today to Gene Dinsmore, Shellie Smith, Kurt Raepple, Colin Pinzel, Deborah Ackerman & Robert Wiltshire II. Happy birthday tomorrow, August 24th, to Gene Mongan, Ava Brandon, Melaina Ranger, DJ Foote, Donna Baranyl, Mary Ann Fancher & Gary Loncar. Happy birthday on Saturday, August 25th to Arlene Wunsch Anthony and on Sunday, August 26th to Judy Webb, Marisa Atkinson, Brielle Backland, Herta Krein, Lee Herbst & Gail Allen. Happy birthday Monday, August 27th to Luke Staub & Alexander Wright, and on Tuesday, August 28th to Jennifer Courtright, Craig Ryan, Judy Meer, Sandra Thompson, Michelle Chasse & Joseph Steffan. Happy birthday, Wednesday, August 29th to Sharon Nichols & Andy Boehm.


       Congratulations to Grand Island Fire Company firefighter Allison Demartin on becoming an Advanced Emergency Medical Technician. She recently started the 13-month paramedic course at Erie Community College.

        Are you ready for some football? The Grand Island Vikings will be scrimmaging at home on Saturday, August 25th. Start time is 8:00 a.m. Other participants are Williamsville East, Niagara Wheatfield, St. Francis, Sweet Home and Lockport. The first game of the season is at home against Starpoint, Friday, August 31st at 7:00 p.m.

       The Grand Island Kiwanis Club is collecting school supplies to be donated to the Grand Island schools. The collection box is located at Grand Island Town Hall until Tuesday, September 4th.

        The last workshop for the Solarize Grand Island program will be held at 7:00 - 9:00 p.m. on Thursday, August 30th, at Bogey’s at Beaver Island Golf Course. Participants will receive free solar evaluations, including a roof evaluation, preliminary site design, energy usage profile and financial analysis. The promotion will end on September 4th, 2018.

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  • Grand Island Farms Inc. Monday Farmer's Market at the Knights of Columbus, 1841 Whitehaven Road, between 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m., on August 27th.
  • The Grand Island Memorial Library Book Club will discuss "The Orphan Train" by Christina Baker Kline on Monday, August 20th at 6:45 p.m.
  • Recovery International, a support group for adults over 18 who need help coping with depression, panic attacks, anxiety, anger management, or bipolar disorder, meets on Tuesdays from 7 to 9 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church.
  • The American Legion, Grand Island Post #1346 will hold its general meeting on Wednesday, August 29, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. at the Loyal Order of The Moose Lodge, 2524 Grand Island Blvd.

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    August 16, 2018

        Happy birthday today to Jim Dlugokinski & Katie Prell. Happy birthday tomorrow, August 17th, to Maisie Mrkall, Jean Schlegel, Trudi Ruefli & Deborah Tirado. Happy birthday on Saturday, August 18th to Joan Templeton, Mark Doldan, Doug Saltzman, Nancy Pioli & Lisa Dudley and on Sunday, August 19th to William Smith, Brenda Mrkall & Darren DelSignore. Happy birthday Monday, August 20th to Charles Hall, Mary Ann Stone, John Martin, Madelyn Forbes, Joseph Martin, Jean Bartholomew & Patricia Brush, and on Tuesday, August 21st to Edward Szpala & Dolores Lach. Happy birthday, Wednesday, August 22nd to Justin Podgorny.

        Happy 34th wedding anniversary to Lisa & Mike Dudley on Sunday, August 19th!

       This is rich......from an article by Jerry Zremski in the Buffalo News dated August 13th. "Nathan McMurray, the Grand Island town supervisor and the Democratic candidate for Congress in the 27th District, slyly speculated on the prospect of Collins running for a town board seat somewhere. "What if he wins?" McMurray asked. "What a curse on that small town."

       Elderwood at Grand Island, 2850 Grand Island Blvd., is hosting Anderson's food truck on Friday, August 17th, from 11:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. .

        The Father's Day Lawnmower Race is rescheduled for Saturday, September 15th at Veterans Park. Check out the article for details and become an event sponsor.

       A Wall of Honor will soon be developed at the Grand Island High School Viking Mall. The eight honorees have all had a large impact on the Grand Island Schools and community. They are: William & Marion Pinkow, Gene Masters, H. David Myers, Diane Tiede, Charlotte Sidway, Veronica Connor, Joe Chimento and William Kaegebein. The committee has asked anyone that has an anecdotal story to share contact Reg Schopp at .

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  • Grand Island Farms Inc. Monday Farmer's Market at the Knights of Columbus, 1841 Whitehaven Road, between 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m., on August 20th.
  • The Grand Island Memorial Library Book Club will discuss "The Orphan Train" by Christina Baker Kline on Monday, August 20th at 6:45 p.m.
  • Recovery International, a support group for adults over 18 who need help coping with depression, panic attacks, anxiety, anger management, or bipolar disorder, meets on Tuesdays from 7 to 9 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church.
  • The Sparrows, a French boys singing group (ages 8 to 16) is going on a world tour and will be performing at St Stephens's Church, on Wednesday, August 22nd at 7:00 p.m.

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    August 9, 2018

        Happy birthday today to Daemon Gatti, Sybil Kennedy, Evelyn Lewis, Marcy Buell & Jean Yarwood.. Happy birthday tomorrow, August 10th, to Joe Zarbo, Lindsey Smith Lucinski, Lillian Beach & Deb Lapore. Happy birthday on Saturday, August 11th to Linda Saxton, Carolyn McFarland, Betty Clayton, John Ryan, Eileen Krause, Kyle Schutrumn & Sally Kaiser and on Sunday, August 12th to Mathew Aronica, Kodie Shamrock, David Michaud & Roy Ehlenfield. Happy birthday Monday, August 13th to Cyndi Krupp & Ruth Roughsedge, and on Tuesday, August 14th to Anne Hipp, Mark Staggs, Genna Nucherno, Carlin Hartman, Lola Wahl & Ronald Tebo. Happy birthday, Wednesday, August 15th to Peggy Bastian, Bella Duscher & Donald O'Connor.

        A super duper happy birthday to Bernie Callahan, who wil be turning 99 years-old on Monday, August 13th.

        Congratulations to Jim Ehde, the new Taste NY Market Manager at the WNY Welcome Center. He has multiple openings for full-time and part-time Store Clerks. Primary responsibilities include assisting with management of inventory, operation of cash register, cash controls, transportation of inventory to the store, customer service, food service and record keeping. Clerks will discuss Erie County agriculture and local foods with customers to engage them in these areas and to share information about the food and farm products sold in the store. Applications accepted online only .

       Save the date: A fundraiser for the Family Justice Center of Grand Island will feature Absolute Journey tribute band at the Buffalo Launch Club, 503 East River Road on Sunday, September 2, 2018 at 4:00 p.m. Tickets are /presale and /door. There will be a silent auction, 50/50, basket raffle, cash bar and food available to purchase. Get your tickets or call the Buffalo Launch Club at 773-7629.

       Save the date: Saturday, September 8th. A full day of events at the south end of GI. The 40th Annual Antique and Classic Boat Show will be at the Buffalo Launch Club from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. . The brand new Grand Island Festival and BBQ Battle will be at Beaver Island State Park from 11:00 a.m. - 7:00 p.m. .

       The Grand Island Central School District Board of Education held a General Session Meeting in the Professional Development Room of Grand Island High School on Monday August 6, 2018. See . Thanks Mark Gorton!

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  • Grand Island Farms Inc. Monday Farmer's Market at the Knights of Columbus, 1841 Whitehaven Road, between 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m., on August 13th.
  • Recovery International, a support group for adults over 18 who need help coping with depression, panic attacks, anxiety, anger management, or bipolar disorder, meets on Tuesdays from 7 to 9 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church.

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    August 2, 2018

        Happy birthday today to Jackie Brennan, Mary Kroetsch, Susan Farley & Mary Tront. Happy birthday tomorrow, August 3rd, to Nina Tortorice, Brandon McDonough, Gabrielle Martell & Parviz Taefi M.D. . Happy birthday on Saturday, August 4th to Bonnie Disarno, Harry Carter & Jack Bridenbaker and on Sunday, August 5th to George Allen & Charlene Staub. Happy birthday Monday, August 6th to Carol Moore, Philip Buchanan, Katrina Linenfelser, John Fletcher II, Editha Germain, Shelia Ferrentino, William Georgar & Dorothy Wiswall , and on Tuesday, August 7th to Bonnie Antholzner, Charlotte Tower, Madison Klos, Rebecca Reger & Richard M. Smith. Happy birthday, Wednesday, August 8th to Scot Millar, Holly "Whitford" Best, Shannon McDonough, Brandon Robinson, Norma Orton & Jeff Kwiatkowski .

        Happy Anniversary today to Frank & Amber Penque and on Saturday, August 4th to Greg & Cheryl Chamberlain, celebrating 29 years of marriage!

        Elderwood at Grand Island, 2850 Grand Island Blvd., is hosting Chrusciki Bakery, Dirty Bird Chicken & Waffles and Carribean Flava on Friday, August 3rd, from 11:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Barrett Purses will also be there.

       Please be advised, weather permitting, the bridge on the linear bike path between Bedell and Long Roads will be closed for deck replacement starting Tuesday, August 7th. The Parks Department thanks you for your cooperation.

       National Night Out is Tuesday, August 7th at the Town Commons at 6:00 p.m. There will be driving and bike demonstrations, and Fire Company, Border Patrol and law enforcement demonstrations. Many organizations will also participate. The Traffic Safety Advisory Board is hosting a "celebrity dunk tank".
    Dunkees are:
    Skip Mrkall, Deputy Highway Superintendent and GI Firefighter
    Dakota Bower, GI Firefighter
    Laura Estenoz, GIHS Teacher and Interact Club Advisor
    Chuck Grunzweig, John's Towing
    Councilman Mike Madigan
    Highway Superintendent Richard Crawford
    School Superintendent Dr. Brian Graham
    Fahim Mojawalla, Island Ship Center
    Matthew Pfeil
    Neil Gallagher
    Liz Goss
        Special Thanks to JOHN'S TOWING AND METRO TOWN CENTER REALTY for assisting with sponsorship of the event.
        The GIFC Ladies Auxiliary is hosting a Chiavetta's Chicken BBQ from 3:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

        Our publication has lots of area visitors every week, but it's fun to see the out of towners that check back in. Just in the last couple days Isledegrande has had visits from Palm Beach, Largo & New Port Richey, Florida; Mississippi; San Francisco; State College, PA; Bordeaux, France; Assam, India & Cleveland Browns.com.

        Thanks to Pete Marston of Marston Power Equipment for renewing his advertising. Thanks also to Frank Pusatier, Diane Gollwitzer Doane & Karen Loder for their generous Isledegrande donations. Without local advertisers and reader donations, we would be out of business!

        The 15th annual SMArt Walk for a Cure, which benefits research into Spinal Muscular Atrophy, the leading genetic cause of death for infants, takes place Saturday in Beaver Island State Park on Grand Island. Registration is and begins at 8:30 a.m. The walk, for one or three miles, starts at 10:00 a.m. Hot dogs, snacks and water will be provided afterward. To make a donation online, search for Western New York Chapter Walk-n-Roll

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  • Grand Island Farms Inc. Monday Farmer's Market at the Knights of Columbus, 1841 Whitehaven Road, between 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m., on August 6th.
  • Recovery International, a support group for adults over 18 who need help coping with depression, panic attacks, anxiety, anger management, or bipolar disorder, meets on Tuesdays from 7 to 9 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church.

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    July 26, 2018

        Happy birthday today to Lindsey Spiker, Liz Reimann, Faith Gworek & Gary Leskiw. Happy birthday tomorrow, July 27th, to Helen Newkirk, Ruth Englert, Frank Burket & Rosemary Bahgat. Happy birthday on Saturday, July 28th to Andrew Spacone & Trent Gavazzi and on Sunday, July 29th to Iris Galeza, Frank Greico, Mary DiMartile & Elly Zarbo. Happy birthday Monday, July 30th to Tom Cope, Jane Costin Rocks, Diana Taefi Staub & Nicholas Panepinto, and on Tuesday, July 31st to Karen Cooney, Jacqueline Kazmierczak, Mary Vari, Jenna Hutzler & Pam Phillips . Happy birthday, Wednesday, August 1st to Eileen Sims, JoAnn Holmes, Hannah Linenfelser & Ermina Atkinson.

        Happy Anniversary to Marie & Tom Long on Wednesday, August 1st.

       Viking Lacrosse News: Recent GIHS graduate Tom Cecere has been named to the following for his excellent play this season; Coaches All-Western New York Boys Lacrosse team, US Lacrosse All-Americans, ALL-SECTION VI team and Section VI CLASS C team. Also named to the Section VI CLASS C first team was Trevor Samplinski. Section VI CLASS C second team: Cam Blair, Parker Morrow & Joe Samplinski. Congratulations!

       A story from WKBW TV on July 19th noted the cashless tolls has had no effect on congestion at the South Grand Island Bridge. The Thruway Authority monitors traffic patterns daily and said the time it takes to get on the Island has not gone down. It has remained the same as before, generally five minutes from 290 merge.

        Casey's Cabana, at the foot of Ferry Road is adding hard ice cream, milkshakes and sundaes to their menu. On Sunday, July 29th between 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. there will be the acoustic duo of Angela Ziegler and Ron LoCurto playing easy listening music

        The Town of Grand Island Highway Department, 1820 Whitehaven, is hosting a Unyts Blood Drive on Wednesday, August 1st from 11:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. Schedule an appointment by website, unytsblooddonor.org, enter sponsor code 000252 or by phone 512-7940. Photo ID is required to donate, free t-shirt for all donors.

          
    Nikki's Eats is coming to the corner of Wallace and Middle Roads in Sandy Beach. They will be serving breakfast and lunch.

        Thanks to Mike Carr and the Village Inn for rejoining Isledegrande as an advertising sponsor. Also, thanks to longtime advertiser Betty Harris of Metro Town Center Realty for her many, many years of participating. Without local advertisers and reader donations, we would be out of business!

        The Grand Island Class of 1969 is starting to plan next year's 50th reunion. Please message Nancy Boettcher or Karen Sciandra Raepple on Facebook with addresses, or emails. They are starting to brainstorm, so any ideas would be appreciated.

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  • The 13th Annual Paddles Up Niagara will take place on Saturday, July 28th at Beaver Island State Park. See
  • Grand Island Farms Inc. Monday Farmer's Market at the Knights of Columbus, 1841 Whitehaven Road, between 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. on July 30th.
  • Recovery International, a support group for adults over 18 who need help coping with depression, panic attacks, anxiety, anger management, or bipolar disorder, meets on Tuesdays from 7 to 9 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church.
  • Zonta Club of Grand Island will be having a bake sale at Town Commons during the Tuesday night concert on July 31, 2018 at 6:00pm.

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    July 19, 2018

        Happy birthday today to Tim Ehde, Pat (Weyland) Barroclough, Jean Bartholomew, Loretta Buffa, Connie Harrod & Bill Shaw and a special happy birthday to Alex Kavanaugh turning 17 today, from his grandmother. Happy birthday tomorrow, July 20th, to Mike Stamler, Rose Marie Shelp & Richard Berti. Happy birthday on Saturday, July 21st to Dan Linenfelser, Joan Portik, Bristol Khreis, Jeanne Anstett & Betty Phillips and on Sunday, July 22nd to Theresa Szpala & Tori Pritchard. Happy birthday Monday, July 23rd to Marion Fabiano, Michelle Botwin, Maya Pecoraro & Nancy Koch , and on Tuesday, July 24th to Kathy Bradley Smith, Mary Grace Egloff, Kaia Lynn Petrie, Emily Mae Klein, Sam DiChristina, Debra Gaudy, Marlene Golden & Suzanne Phillips . Happy birthday, Wednesday, July 25th to Lynne Heim.

       Congratulations Zonta Scholarship winners. Veronica Connor Scholarships: Claire Brandon, Hallie Mingoia, Sara Wolcott (GIHS 2018 grads) and Mollie Shoemick (2018 Sacred Heart Academy grad). Memorial Scholarship winner: Ashley Gugino, Niagara U. grad, headed to graduate school.

        Elderwood at Grand Island, 2850 Grand Island Blvd., is hosting The Great Foodini food truck on Friday, July 20th from 11:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

        Grand Island Farms Inc. is hosting Monday Farmer's Market at the Knights of Columbus, 1841 Whitehaven Road, between 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. You can purchase local summer produce, farm products, flatbread pizza and more. There will be live intertainment and family fun. See .

          The Grand Island Memorial Library has programs next week Tuesday, Wednesday and Thursday. Check the for more info.

        The American Legion, Grand Island Post #1346 will hold its general meeting on Wednesday, July 25, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. at the Loyal Order of The Moose Lodge, 2524 Grand Island Blvd. All members are requested and urged to attend.

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  • Recovery International, a support group for adults over 18 who need help coping with depression, panic attacks, anxiety, anger management, or bipolar disorder, meets on Tuesdays from 7 to 9 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church.

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    July 12, 2018

        Happy birthday today to Ashley Dragonette, Lindsay Proctor & Becky Stufkosky and happy birthday tomorrow, July 13th, to Christian Kessler, Peter Gornicki & Sarah Chamberlain. Happy birthday on Saturday, July 14th to Bernadette Childs and on Sunday, July 15th to Garnet Schopp & Sue "Hood" Trammell . Happy birthday Monday, July 16th to Kelly Yarnes, Mary Anne Eglott, Betty Clement, Carolyn Doebert, Luke Austin & Karen Belles, and on Tuesday, July 17th to Nathaniel Cohen, Marie O'Hara, Jim Pedlow, Mary Warburton, Kathleen Scully & Frances Havens. Happy birthday, Wednesday, July 18th to Alexis Gieselman. Elaine Petit & Margaret Tyrrell.

        Grand Island cardiologist Dr. Fred Albrecht will be performing with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra on Friday, July 13th at Kleinhans Music Hall. Albrecht plays the bassoon and started the Doctors of the World program several years ago with the BPO. This week, doctor-musicians from seven countries and 16 states have been rehearsing with BPO Director JoAnn Falletta for several performances.

        Mark Gorton recently sent a link to a video of the Distinguished Alumni Awards, held on June 1st in the Viking Theater. The three alumi honored were Pediatric Anesthesiologist Dr. Stacey Schoeder-Watt from the Class of 1992, Space Mission Developer Dipak Srinivasan from the Class of 1995 and NFL Punter Brett Kern from the Class of 2004. See .

        State Senator Chris Jacobs is hosting a drug drop-off on Saturday, July 14th at the Town Hall from 10:00 a.m. - noon.

        St. Martin-in-the-Fields Church will host their annual Chicken & a'Pickin Chicken Barbeque and Basket Raffle on Saturday, July 14th from 2:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. at 2587 Baseline Road. Tickets are presale or after July 8th. Vets eat free.

        The Grand Island Fun Center will host a fundraiser to benefit the Grand Island Dog Park on Sunday, July 15th from 4:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.. Print the flyer and the Fun Center will donate 30% of your sale to the Dog Park. See .

        Grand Island Farms Inc. is hosting Monday Farmer's Market at the Knights of Columbus, 1841 Whitehaven Road, between 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m. You can purchase local summer produce, farm products, flatbread pizza and more. There will be live intertainment and family fun. See .

        Adrian's, 2335 Grand Island Blvd. is having their annual Super Cruise & Crohn's Colitis Foundation Fundraiser on Monday, July 16th from 5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. There will be vendors and a basket raffle.

       Kayak Tour at Buckhorn Island with Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper starting at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, July 17th. Register at www.bnwaterkeeper.org /rivertours or call Wendy Patterson at 852-7483 Ext. 26.

        A memorial to Mary Dunbar-Daluisio is being planned for Veterans Park. It will consist of a bench and tree. If you would like to make a donation, please see the for details.

        The Grand Island Central School District Board of Education held their annual Reorganizational Meeting followed by their General Session Meeting in the Professional Development Room of Grand Island High School on Monday July 9, 2018. See .

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    July 5, 2018

        Happy birthday today to Bill Koch and happy birthday tomorrow, July 6th, to my dad Capt. Pete Hayes and also to Nick Mukhopadhyay . Happy birthday on Saturday, July 7th to Susan Willard, Anthony Gugino, Bruce Fuller, Robert Marble, Stephen Birtz & Ellie Zaccaria and on Sunday, July 8th to Cathy Thomas, Anthony Amato & Rosemary Campagna . Happy birthday Monday, July 9th to Shannon Robillard, Tyler Liam Dawson, Jenine Linenfelser & Miles Havens, and on Tuesday, July 10th to Abby Englert, Justin Frentzel, Eric Bellanca & Maddie Mesmer. Happy birthday, Wednesday, July 11th to Mark Frentzel, Ryan Shea & Jessica Doyle.


        Check out the banner Fahim at Island Ship Center made for the Grand Island Town Hall 50th Birthday Bash. He offers great design, quality work and a nice price. Come to the party at Town Hall on Saturday, July 7th, in the upper lobby at 1:00 p.m. to celebrate. Birthday cake will be served.


       When you have the right equipment, you can make a statement. Jake Zimmerman, of Woodchuck Tree Service, LOVES the July 4th holiday!

       Capt. Chris Cinelli guided a group from Ferguson Electric in the 17th Annual Greater Niagara BassEye Celebrity Challenge Tournament on Friday, June 29th. For the second year in a row, the team won with help from another Island resident, Mike Sullivan. This is the fifth CF BassEye title for Cinelli.

        Elderwood at Grand Island, 2850 Grand Island Blvd., is hosting Hawaiian BBQ food truck on Friday, July 6th from 11:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

        The Golden Age Center is looking for a full-time recreation leader at the center. See .

        A memorial to Mary Dunbar-Daluisio is being planned for Veterans Park. It will consist of a bench and tree. If you would like to make a donation, please see the for details.

       A Wall of Honor will soon be developed at the Grand Island High School Viking Mall. The eight honorees have all had a large impact on the Grand Island Schools and community. They are: William & Marion Pinkow, Gene Masters, H. David Myers, Diane Tiede, Charlotte Sidway, Veronica Connor, Joe Chimento and William Kaegebein. The committee has asked anyone that has an anecdotal story to share contact Reg Schopp at .

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  • The 3rd Annual Grand Island Garden Walk is Sunday, July 8th from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. The event is free and maps are available at the Town Commons Gazebo, 2255 Baseline Road. Website: www.grandislandgardenwalk.com.
  • St. Stephen School and Parish Annual Golf Tournament is Monday, July 9th at River Oaks Golf Course.
  • Grand Island Farms Inc. is hosting Monday Farmer's Market at the Knights of Columbus, 1841 Whitehaven Road, between 4:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.
  • Recovery International, a support group for adults over 18 who need help coping with depression, panic attacks, anxiety, anger management, or bipolar disorder, meets on Tuesdays from 7 to 9 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church.

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    June 28, 2018

        Happy birthday today to
    Norm Stessing, Eric Beyer, George DeGlopper & Dick Crawford and on Friday, June 29th to Justine Vanthoff, Max Costello & Ray DeGlopper. Happy birthday on Saturday, June 30th to Brennan Morgan & Marie Amato and on Sunday, July 1st to Joey Cali, Bob Kopf, Gary Roesch. Pat Colosi & Margaret Giles. Happy birthday Monday, July 2nd to Wilma Greenwood, Jason Davis, Joe Khreis, Georgio Panepinto, Natalie Mucci, John Wenner, Megan Pinzel, & Paul Bassette, and on Tuesday, July 3rd to Donald Lewis. Happy birthday, Wednesday, July 4 to Chris Affuso, Alivia Manzo & Ella MacNeil.

       Happy anniversary on June 30th to Brian & Dana Robinson and to Barbara & Richard Brzyski. Happy 51st anniversary on July 1st to former residents Rev. Paul & Ellie Robinson.

       Congratulations to the 2018 All-Western New York Scholar-Athlete spring sports team. Islanders are: Tyler Bernatovicz - GI Tennis Arthur Meaney IV - GI baseball, Sara Wolcott - GI lacrosse.

        The 40th Reunion for the Grand Island Class of 1978 is on Saturday, June 30th at the Radisson Hotel.

        The Monday Farmer's Market begins their 2018 season on Monday, July 2nd at the Knight's of Columbus on Whitehaven, 4pm - 7pm.

       Mallwitz's Island Lanes is hosting their 8th Annual Grand Reunion on Tuesday, July 3rd, starting at 6:00 p.m.. There is no cover charge and there will be drink specials and music starting at 7:00 p.m. by "Wide Right". Everyone is welcome to attend (21 and over event).

       The Island of Majorca, off the coast of Spain has a deterrent for banned, short-term rentals. Fines of 40,000 euros or ,670 can be assessed if you break the law. That would certainly make you sit up and take notice.

       The Grand Island Central School District Board of Education held their General Session Meeting in the Professional Development Room of Grand Island High School on Monday June 25, 2018. See .

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  • St. Stephen Church Annual Rummage Sale is scheduled for Friday & Saturday, June 29 & 30 from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m., and Sunday, July 1st from 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
  • KidBiz will be held at the Town Commons on Saturday, June 30th from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • Recovery International, a support group for adults over 18 who need help coping with depression, panic attacks, anxiety, anger management, or bipolar disorder, meets on Tuesdays from 7 to 9 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church.

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    June 21, 2018

        Happy birthday today to Alexandra Whitford, Warren Dinnis Rimer & Dana Gast and on Friday, June 22nd to Melissa Thurnherr-Giambra, Patsy Johnson, Michael Baungartner & Mary Ann Reszel. Happy birthday on Saturday, June 23rd to Tim Burley, Marilyn Johnson, Bill Lang, Mel Passarelli & Keelan Erhard and on Sunday, June 24th to Conor Bryan, Linda Roberts Krug, Tom Dahlquist, Sandra Grillo & Daniel Kutis. Happy birthday Monday, June 25th to Cole Glessner, Nancy Valone, Brian O'Connor, Morgan Blum and Megan Zahradnik, and on Tuesday, June 26th to Tom Luescher, Jan Rose & Cheryl Gonda. Happy birthday, Wednesday, June 27th to Lily Panepinto & Tom Rall.

       Happy belated birthday to Adriana Kavanaugh, who celebrated on June 19th. Grandmother Trish Kavanaugh wrote in early....I dropped the ball!

       Funny thing happened while having lunch at a Tuscan farm last week, Susan (Milkey) Cronin, GIHS class of 1966, was seated three seats down from me. We were on the same western Mediterranean cruise!

        Nikki's Eats is opening in the long empty building at Wallace and Middle Roads in Sandy Beach. It is said to be a breakfast and lunch spot.

        Grand Island Festival and BBQ Battle will take place on Saturday, September 8th at Beaver Island State Park. See .

       Remember this weekend- June 23-24 - is Free #Fishing Weekend in New York State. No fishing license is required so check out any of the state's 7,500 lakes and ponds and 50,000 miles of rivers and streams. In addition, September 22, 2018 and November 11, 2018 have also been newly designated as Free Fishing Days. During these days, anyone can fish the fresh waters of NY and no license is required!

        The Town of Grand Island is looking for bids for trail construction at the Scenic Woods/Bicentennial Park, located off Ransom Road, between Sturbridge, east to East River Road. Bids will be excepted between June 29th and July 25th. Another project that is seeking bids is for garbage/recycle collection and disposal. Many complaints have been made about recent service.

        A free Alzheimer's Awareness Class will take place at the Golden Age Center, 3278 Whitehaven Road, on Wednesday, June 27th from 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. See .

        The Grand Opening of Farmer Market Monday's will be July 2nd from 4pm - 7pm at Knight's of Columbus, 1841 Whitehaven.

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  • Elderwood at Grand Island, 2850 Grand Island Blvd., is hosting The Polish Villa food truck on Friday, June 22nd from 11:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
  • Relay For Life Golf Tournament is at River Oaks Golf Course on Monday, June 25th.
  • Recovery International, a support group for adults over 18 who need help coping with depression, panic attacks, anxiety, anger management, or bipolar disorder, meets on Tuesdays from 7 to 9 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church.
  • American Legion Post #1346 will hold its general meeting on Wednesday, June 27, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. at the Loyal Order of The Moose Lodge.

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    June 7, 2018

        Happy birthday today to Sally Waterson, Sandy Ackerman, Lorraine Dale & Brandon Loder and on Friday, June 8th to Russ Colosi, Ryan Osvath & Debbie Becker . Happy birthday on Saturday, June 9th to Nathan Cook, Jason Wilkinson & JT Tomkins and on Sunday, June 10th to Dolores Wojdan & Peggy Skeels. Happy birthday Monday, June 11th to Chris Beyer, Richard Furman, Aleida Delgado & Cynthia Lin , and on Tuesday, June 12th to Jeff Baumler, Roy Meyers & Randy Whitbeck. Happy birthday, Wednesday, June 13th to Paul Sommer, Kim Nestark, Jeffrey Wansart III, Danielle (Hassan) Martin & Philip Pack.

        Happy 40th wedding anniversary to Ann Marie & Bob Stewart on Saturday, June 9th and happy 39th anniversary to Lisa & Pete Podlucky on Saturday, June 16th! Happy anniversary to Kevin & Amanda Brady on June 10th!

       Congratulations to Ryan Buzby on his stellar performances at the Section VI boys track and field championship meet, last weekend at Niagara Falls High School. Ryan won the 3200 on Friday and on Saturday came from behind to win the steeplechase. This was only the third time he has run the steeplechase, and he actually fell in the moat on his third and fourth laps!


       The Grand Island Fathers Day Lawn Mower Races & Classic Car Show has been postponed until September 15, 2018 at Veterans Park. The races are dedicated to Mary Dunbar-Daluisio, who lost her battle with cancer last fall. Mary is shown above at last year's races with two of her nurses.

       Relay For Life is at Veterans Park on Friday, June 8th, starting at 4:00 p.m.

        Grand Island electrician Don Benoit is opening a restaurant next to the Erie Canal in the City of Tonawanda, hopefully by the end of June. Prescott's Provisions will be located at 40 E. Niagara Street in what was an auto service shop built in the 1920's. Live fire cooking in an open kitchen will take place. The goal is upscale menu with a medium price point. See .

       A Wall of Honor will soon be developed at the Grand Island High School Viking Mall. The eight honorees have all had a large impact on the Grand Island Schools and community. They are: William & Marion Pinkow, Gene Masters, H. David Myers, Diane Tiede, Charlotte Sidway, Veronica Connor, Joe Chimento and William Kaegebein. The committee has asked anyone that has an anecdotal story to share contact Reg Schopp at .

        Due to overwhelming response and a packed house at 2018 KidBiz Training, the Chamber is offering another opportunity to register your child for KidBiz. Saturday, June 16th at the Chamber office, 1870 Whitehaven Rd., from 9am-noon.

       From Linda Samland of the Sidway Playground committee - "Huge Thank you to everyone that came out to our Chiavetta BBQ and Kick Off Party. Was a huge success because of the Grand Island community. Great things happen when we pull together, as was seen tonight. Thank you to everyone that volunteered and sponsored us. Congratulations to Bryan Semski on winning the jetski."

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  • Elderwood at Grand Island, 2850 Grand Island Blvd., is hosting Dickie's BBQ food truck on Friday, June 8th from 11:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
  • Bird Walk at Buckhorn Island State Park, on Grand Island, Saturday, June 9, 8:30 - 10:30 am.
  • E -Waste (electronics) Disposal Collection will take place at Town Hall on Saturday and Sunday, June 9 & 10th, all day.
  • Professor Daniel Haeusser will present a talk this Sunday, June 10, 2018, from 4-6 p.m. at Riverside-Salem, 3449 West River Road.
  • Recovery International, a support group for adults over 18 who need help coping with depression, panic attacks, anxiety, anger management, or bipolar disorder, meets on Tuesdays from 7 to 9 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church.

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    May 31, 2018

        Happy birthday on Friday, June 1st to Alan Sexton, Leslie Madigan, Kelly McGarvey & Loretta Crvelin. Happy birthday on Saturday, June 2nd to Dan Hiam, Diane Gerard, Dianne Tiede & William Bermel and on Sunday, June 3rd to Anne Timmerman, Kathy Molnar, Jordan Dixon, Jason Hill, Willis Schwartz & Richard Koch. Happy birthday Monday, June 4th to Janet Mumm, Mike Stewart, Elizabeth Wedrychowicz, Deanna Kutis & Karen Vanthoff , and on Tuesday, June 5th to Patti Loquasto & Beverly Kudla and a special happy 12th birthday to Brent Lesser from Nani and Bapa! Happy birthday, Wednesday, June 6th to Peter Fadum, Victoria Aronica, & Joan Mazur .

       Happy anniversary to Doug and Janet Saltzman on June 2nd!

        Congratulations to UB graduate Cassie Oursler. She has signed to play professional basketball in Spain. She will play for Cadi La Seu, which is located in La Seu D'Urgell, northwest of Barcelona. The team plays in the first-tier level of the women's professional league in Spain, their schedule starting in early fall and running through March.

       The Sidway Playground Committee is hosting a fundraiser at the school on Friday, June 1st from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. There will be a Chiavetta's Chicken BBQ, DJ, dancing, face painting, pie throwing contest, basket raffle and 50/50. See for details.

       G.I. Farms Indoor Market, Sunday June 3rd, 10am to 2pm at the Knights of Columbus Hall on Whitehaven Rd.

        The Grand Island Dog Park will be hosting a Meat Raffle on Sunday, June 3rd at Ellden's at River Oaks. Doors open at 12:00 and first spin is at 1:00 p.m. Pre-sale tickets available by calling Pam at 716-773-9465. Limited Seating. Get your tickets early. .

       Mallwitz's Island Lanes Summer Hours are Monday through Friday, 5:00-close, Saturday & Sunday Closed. Enjoy your summer weekends Art and Mary, you certainly deserve it!

        The Western New York Land Conservancy has received ,000 from New York state to support the 140-acre nature sancturary, situated behind Assumption Cemetary on Whitehaven Road. It will be named the Margery Gallogly Nature Sanctuary.

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  • The 2nd Annual Linda Basta Memorial Charity Walk will take place on Saturday, June 2nd at Veterans Park at 9:00 a.m.
  • The staff of Assemblyman Angelo J. Morinello (R,C,I,Ref-Niagara Falls) will hold mobile office hours on Tuesday, June 5th from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Grand Island Town Hall
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    May 24, 2018

        Happy birthday today to Jordan Hiam, Catherine Long (95!), Gayle Piershalski & Debra Coughlin. and on Friday, May 25th to Marissa Cooney, Cathy Contino, Karen Wallace, Mercedes Miles & Thomas Pellegrino. Happy birthday on Saturday, May 26th to Lee Tetkowski (95!), Greg Bruenn, Michael Craig Davis, Michael Ball, Liz Wilbert & Carrie Mesmer and on Sunday, May 27th to Ray Pauley, Cindy Hagen, Richard McClive, Jim Rodriguez & Nancy Aydelotte. Happy birthday Monday, May 28th to Pat Shaw, Chris Sugar, Ian Cameron, Mary Leigh Burke, Mitchell Samplinski, Sophia Myers & Diane Darmofalski, and on Tuesday, May 29th to Pam Fries, Liam Dodd (25), Sharon Bauer, Jean Westmoore & Richard Campangna. Happy birthday, Wednesday, May 30th to Jim Watz, Michael Dinsmore, Jill Stamler, & Linda Facklam .

       Happy anniversary to John & Ginger Bidell on May 27th and to Mark & Pattie Frentzel on May 30th!

       The Town of Grand Island Memorial Day Ceremony will take place at Charles N. DeGlopper Memorial Park on Monday, May 28th at 10:00 a.m. The park is located at the intersection of Baseline Road and Grand Island Blvd. The guest speaker will be Lt. Namon R. Dimitroff, U.S. Coast Guard. See .

        GI native Kelly Landon attended the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle last weekend. See .

        Benjamin Bidell wrote an article about Grand Island, featuring photos by Paul Leuchner, for Scuttlebutt, a new Great Lakes Boating Guide. Ben is a Vice President of the Grand Island Chamber of Commerce. See .

       The Grand Island Chamber of Commerce has hosted KidBiz Young Entrepreneur Program for the last 22 years always centrally located in the middle of the Island on the lawn just outside Town Hall in the month of June. KidBiz and the Youth Ambassador Hot dog scholarship fund-raising sale all run concurrently to showcase Grand Island’s best. KidBiz Training is Tuesday, June 5th at 7:00 p.m. in the Middle School Auditorium.

        Island Ship Center will be closed this Monday, May 28th, in observance of Memorial Day, and reopen at 9 AM on Tuesday, May 29th. This year, we are open normal hours on Saturday, May 26th, from 10 AM to 3 PM. and open until 6:30 p.m. every weeknight.

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  • Elderwood at Grand Island, 2850 Grand Island Blvd., is hosting Cheesy Chick food truck on Friday, May 25th from 11:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.
  • Recovery International, a support group for adults over 18 who need help coping with depression, panic attacks, anxiety, anger management, or bipolar disorder, meets on Tuesdays from 7 to 9 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church.
  • The American Legion, Grand Island Post #1346 will hold its general meeting on Wednesday, May 30, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. at the Loyal Order of The Moose Lodge, 2524 Grand Island Blvd. All members are requested and urged to attend.
  • The VFW Post 9249, 2121 Grand Island Blvd., is hosting a Chiavetta's Chicken BBQ on Wednesday, May 30th, from 4:00 p.m. till gone. Take-Out or Dine-In. Pre-sale tickets are available and encouraged. Dinner price is .00 and includes chicken, cole slaw, potato salad, dinner roll and butter.

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    May 17, 2018

        Happy birthday today to Stephanie Senn, Nikolas Massaro, Renee Tasevski, Caoimhe Carpenter, Ellen Faber & Viktor Dekany and on Friday, May 18th to Bob Pownall, Chase Luthringer & Peggy Winterfield. Happy birthday on Saturday, May 19th to Adam Garlapow, Peyton Golde, Pattie Frentzel, Carl Flick & Sandy Caffery. Happy birthday Monday, May 21st to JT Stamler, Steven Parisi, Philip Hy, Clarence Lydle, Dan Fitzgerald & Trudy O'Connor, and on Tuesday, May 22nd to Tom McDonough, Nathan DeMartin, Audry Brown & Jayne Playfair. Happy birthday, Wednesday, May 23rd to Chris Sugar, Dawn Fitzgerald & Ray Ackerman.

       Happy anniversary to Barb & Bill Wilson on May 22nd and to Kim & Scott Kalman on May 23rd!

        The Golden Age Center is looking for 6 - 10 more older folks at least age 55 to fill a FALL-TIME bus tour to the Boston area in mid-October. Currently, there are 30 members signed up for this fantastic adventure but, a few more are needed to run this tour! You do not have to be a member of the Golden Age Center. Please read the and contact Jennifer at the Golden Age Center.

       The Fifth Annual Viking Olympics will take place at Grand Island High School on Friday, May 18th, from 5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. This Veronica Connor Student Council sponsored event includes family activities, food trucks, and a basket raffle. See .

       Relay For Life Bowl for A Cure is on Friday, May 18th (tomorrow), at Mallwitz's Island Lanes at 6:00 p.m. There will be 50/50's and a basket raffle. Click on a href="http://www.isledegrande.com/relay2018/bowl-18.pdf" target="top">flyer to see details.

       Gram's Garage Sale in on Saturday, May 19th at the Golden Age Center from 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. You can get a tour of the center, shop for treasures, enjoy a hot dog lunch and by sweet treats from the Bake Sale!

        Join Zonta Club of Grand Island for a Applebee's Flapjack Fundraiser on Sunday, May 20, from 8-10 a.m. at Applebee's, 1608 Military Road, Niagara Falls. For tickets, contact or Flower A Day, 2119 Grand Island Blvd., Grand Island. Proceeds go to Zonta's Scholarship Fund for women.

       Grand Island HIgh School Lacrosse (3) is playing Amherst (6) in the Class C quarterfinals on Tuesday, May 22nd at 7:00 p.m. at Gene Masters Field. If they win, the semifinal is May 24th and final May 30th.
       The editorial board of the Buffalo News has made their opinion known regarding the statue of Charles DeGlopper at the memorial park. In their piece, it is stated, "to raise a fuss about a tribute to a genuine World War II hero who is a native son of Western New York seems like a colossal waste of time." If you would like to donate to the park, you can do so at the .

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  • St. Timothy Lutheran Childcare Center, 1453 Staley Road, is hosting a Community Carnival with BW's Chicken BBQ on Saturday, May 19th from 2:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. There will be a vendor fair, basket raffle and lots of fun for the kids. See .
    Knights of Columbus Taste of Italy on Saturday, May 19th, from 6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. at St. Stephen School Cafeteria. See .
  • Recovery International, a support group for adults over 18 who need help coping with depression, panic attacks, anxiety, anger management, or bipolar disorder, meets on Tuesdays from 7 to 9 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church.

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    May 10, 2018

        Happy birthday and welcome home today to my sister Dana Hayes Erickson. Happy birthday today to Bob Monoco, Lynn Sargent DeJonghe, Patricia Kraft, Geraldine Mondi, Greg DeMike & Donny Dee and on Friday, May 11th to Nikki Fadel, Charlie Lavallee & Barb Swagler. Happy birthday on Saturday, May 12th to Kim Kinney, Janet Brennan, Lisa Hogrewe & Mary Quinn and on Sunday, May 13th to Charles Lambert, Kurt Marlin, Linda Fearon, Victoria Cacciatore, Judy Buzby, Dennis McGinn, Tom Rodriguez, Bruce Wojick & Susan Bognar. Happy birthday Monday, May 14th to Lyn Laman & Carol Volk, and on Tuesday, May 15th to Teressa Meyer, Gabriel Wansart, Barbara Brzyski, Kevin Rustowicz & Edward Bognar . Happy birthday, Wednesday, May 16th to Dorothy Lenehen.

       Happy anniversary to Terry & Mike Endres on May 11th!!!

        The Grand Island Recreation Department and TC's Lounge are looking for part-time cooks. Check out the for details.

        Elderwood at Grand Island, 2850 Grand Island Blvd., is hosting Chef's food truck on Friday, May 11th from 11:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

        American Legion Post 1346 Annual Flower Fundraiser will be at the VFW Post, 2121 Grand Island Blvd., on Friday and Saturday, May 11 & 12, from 7:00 a.m. - sold-out. Baskets are .00 each. They will be accepting credit/debit this year.

       Solarize Grand Island Campaign kick-off is on Saturday, May 12th at Town Hall from 10:30 a.m. to noon.

       The Grand Island Lions Club would like to invite everyone to our Booster night fundraiser at Dick and Jenny's restaurant on Tuesday, May 15th. The restaurant will donate 20% of the food proceeds to our club. Just print out the and bring to Dick and Jenny's!

        The VFW Post 9249, 2121 Grand Island Blvd., is hosting a Chiavetta's Chicken BBQ on Wednesday, May 16th, from 4:00 p.m. till gone. Take-Out or Dine-In. Pre-sale tickets are available and encouraged. Dinner price is .00 and includes chicken, cole slaw, potato salad, dinner roll and butter.

        There is still space available to golf in the Annual Village Inn Golf Tournament on Thursday, May 17th at Beaver Island Golf Course starting at noon. Contact Gary Roesch at 583-7969 or email .

        The Erie County Clerk's office "Thank A Vet" program will have an outreach event on Thursday, May 17th at the VFW Post 9249, 2121 Grand Island Blvd., from 10:00 a.m. to 12 noon. .

        The Father's Day Lawnmower Race has been re-scheduled for Saturday, September 15th at Veterans Park.

        The Grand Island Central School District Board of Education held their final Budget Information Session prior to the General Session Meeting, in the Professional Development Room of Grand Island High School on Monday May 7, 2018. See .

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  • A Community Health Fair will be held on Saturday, May 12th from 1:00-3:00 p.m. at the Grand Island Memorial Library. It is free and open to the public.
  • The staff of Assemblyman Angelo J. Morinello (R,C,I,Ref-Niagara Falls) will hold mobile office hours on Tuesday, May 15 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Grand Island Town Hall..
  • St. Timothy Lutheran Church, 1453 Staley Road, is hosting a discussion of the "Book of Joy" by Dali, Lama, Desmond Tutu and Doug Abrams on Tuesday, May 15th at 7:00 p.m.
  • Recovery International, a support group for adults over 18 who need help coping with depression, panic attacks, anxiety, anger management, or bipolar disorder, meets on Tuesdays from 7 to 9 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church.
  • The Cinderella Isle Garden Club will holds its May meeting on Thursday, May 17, 2018 at 7:00 PM at Trinity United Methodist Church.

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    May 3, 2018

        Happy birthday today to Katie Hillock, Patrick Smith & Vince Martello and on Friday, May 4th to Mary Elisabeth Rustowicz, Sandie Rall-Smith, Emily Harnden, Mark Cunningham, William Gerristead, Mary Pascucci, Frank Tominich, Rev Paul Robinson, & Chris Stedman . Happy birthday on Saturday, May 5th to Kathy Dilamarter & Scott Whiting and on Sunday, May 6th to Carol Hugill, Linda Skotnicki, Tammy Violanti, Tina Giambra, Paul Gast, & Rosemary Wojick. Happy birthday Monday, May 7th to James DiCillis, Justin Geisenhoff, Betty Ann Wilkie & Mike Dudley, and on Tuesday, May 8th to Kara Dudley, Michele DiChristina, Lynn Gottler, John Lorenz, Michael Davis & Alice Blain. Happy birthday, Wednesday, May 9th to Gary Novitz, Jimmy Geblein & Jeff Dinsmore.

       A very happy belated birthday to Jim Teator on April 28th!!!

        Happy anniversary to Penny & Mike Linenfelser on May 4th.

        Congratulations to GIHS Hockey players Parker Morrow Forward (S) and Jason Lupp Goalie (S) on being named to the All-WNY Federation Small School Hockey Team.

       Grand Island attorney Angela J. Marinucci is challenging incumbent Michael P. Kearns for the job of Erie County Clerk. Marinucci is a graduate of Niagara-Wheatfield, Hobart and William Smith Colleges and American University.

        The Relay For Life Dan McBride Memorial Hockey Game is scheduled for Sunday, May 6th at 4:00 p.m. at the Harborcenter. Many Island skaters will participate, along with former Sabre Andrew Peters. The cost is at the door and there will be a basket raffle.

        Sadly, the Father's Day Lawnmower Race has been cancelled due to the closing of West River Parkway and Veterans Park being unavailable. The committee is trying to find a date to reschedule over the summer at Veterans Park.

        Does anyone remember WKBW Radio's War of the Worlds? It aired on Halloween night in 1968, and Grand Island was the supposed landing site. A new documentary by Bob Koshinski, followed by a panel discussion will take place at the North Park Theatre on October 30th.

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  • The Greater Buffalo Track Club's 24th Annual Grand Island Half Marathon and 10K will be held Saturday May 5th at Beaver Island from 9am until noon.
  • The GI Historical Society will host an Open House on "Love Your Parks Day", Saturday, May 5th, at River Lea from 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • On Sunday, May 6, 2018, Citizen Coalition for Wildlife and Environment will host a presentation on how to establish habitats that support wildlife . The event takes place at St. Timothy Lutheran Church, 1453 Staley Road, from 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. .
  • The Grand Island Community Chorus will present its spring concert at 7:00 p.m. Sunday, May 6th at St. Martin in the Fields Church on Baseline Road. Everyone welcome.
  • Recovery International, a support group for adults over 18 who need help coping with depression, panic attacks, anxiety, anger management, or bipolar disorder, meets on Tuesdays from 7 to 9 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church.

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    April 26, 2018

        Happy birthday today to Mark Miles, mom & daughter Karen and Tessa DeMartin, & Scott Driess III and on Friday, April 27th to Bethany Leiner, Dr. Bob Miller, Brandon Kinney, Mark Leach, Henry Mayer & Tom Natale . Happy birthday on Saturday, April 28th to April Wright, Elijah Linenfelser, Jaimen Wright, Pat Ehringer, Janet Austin, & Kim Glessner and on Sunday, April 29th to Diane Goupil, Frank Cannata & Herman Black. Happy birthday Monday, April 30th to JP Kennedy, John Podlucky, Jessica Bykowicz, Ava DeFranks, Taylor Firth, Janet Pedlow, Georgette Combes, Cheryl Loree, & Judith Shields, and on Tuesday, May 1st to Krystin Hoppel, Amber Spiesz, Cynthia Stamler, & Karen Conboy. Happy birthday, Wednesday, May 2nd to Brent Fred Jr., Jim Bartolotta, & Joan Fred.

        Nice story about 10 year-old Emma Richards donating her allowance to the Sidway Playground fund. See .

       Grand Island High School senior Kyle Huttenmaier competed with a partner, Tonawanda High School student Alex Prims in the Automotive Diagnostics competition at the Niagara Frontier Automobile Dealers Association's 2018 Ron Smith Memorial Auto Tech Competition. The team won the top spot in the competition, earning them a three-day, all-expense paid trip to New York City to compete in the National Automotive Technology Competition. In addition, they received toolboxes full of tools and equipment and ,000 scholarships to further their automotive education.

        Elderwood at Grand Island, 2850 Grand Island Blvd., is hosting Dirty Bird Chicken N' Waffles food truck on Friday, April 27th from 11:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Try a range of waffle sandwiches. .

        The Class of 1978 is asking classmates to check out a list of missing persons and to make your reservation for the 40th reunion to be held on Saturday, June 30th at the Radisson Hotel, 100 Whitehaven Rd. .

       A Relay For Life Zumbathon will be held on Sunday, April 29th at the Radisson Inn, 100 Whitehaven, from 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Zumba will take place from 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. There will be a basket raffle and 50/50. Tickets are pre-sale or at the door. Contact Nichole at . All proceeds will be donated in memory of Mary Dunbar-Daluisio and in honor of Hannah Boyer. .

        A message from Facebook. "On Sunday we lost a loving family member. Ashley Schmidt died in a motorcycle accident." "She was the loving mother of Elijah (12) and Raeven (6). We would love to raise funds for her children. Showing our support during this difficult time and in the future will mean the world to Ashley's family." Here is a link to the .

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  • Senator Chris Jacobs is hosting a FREE Senior Scam Prevention Seminar on Friday, April 27, 2018 at the Golden Age Center, 3278 Whitehaven Road at 12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. See .
  • Annual United Way Community Baby Shower, see .
  • Kiwanis Host Tony 'n Tina's Wedding", Friday, April 27th. See .
  • A Pill Take Back will take place on Saturday, April 28th at Town Hall from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
  • Recovery International, a support group for adults over 18 who need help coping with depression, panic attacks, anxiety, anger management, or bipolar disorder, meets on Tuesdays from 7 to 9 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church.
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    April 19, 2018

        Happy birthday today to Lela Mancuso & Paul Brush and on Friday, April 20th to JoAnn Podlucky & Tina Miller. Happy birthday on Saturday, April 21st to Kim Domagala, Cindy Bleich & Rich Ray and on Sunday, April 22nd to Genna Baldassarre & Yvonne Turri . Happy birthday Monday, April 23rd to Sydney Neuhaus, Kathy Lechner, Linda Kutzbach & Erica Forbes, and on Tuesday, April 24th to Brad Robinson & Mary O'Brien. Happy birthday, Wednesday, April 25th to Florence Lindelow.

       Check out the WGRZ story of the collaboration between a GIHS senior, an alumni and DeGlopper Memorial Park Expansion project, .

       Fahim & Seema Mojawalla at can do all your printing; wedding invitations, save-the-dates, posters, birth announcements...you name it! Remember, their new hours are Monday-Friday, 9am-6:30pm, Saturdays 10am-3pm.

       It is local restaurant week...check out advertiser John's Pizza & Subs , to see what they are offering.

       Over the winter, Earl DeGlopper Jr. came home to help clear out the family home. He brought over some treasures, and mentioned this clipping, from "The Daily Cataract Journal", dated February 1, 1908, from the City of Niagara Falls, sounded quite familiar to our own state of the nation. Take a look at .

        You can still sign up for the Purple Ribbon Warrior 5K at Say Cheese Pizza on Sunday, April 22nd at 10am. The event is in memory of Mary Dunbar-Daluisio and even if you don't want to run/walk, you can come by and participate in the basket raffle from 8:30am-11:30am. .

       There are a lot of special programs happening at the Grand Island Memorial Library for both children and adults. Take a look at the and see if something tickles your fancy.

       Supervisor Nathan McMurray has mentioned that Cannon Design could be moving in the future and the headquarters on Whitehaven Road near the I-190 might make a perfect Community Center.....stay tuned.

        The Lions Club Spaghetti Dinner fundraiser is at the Radisson Hotel on Monday, April 23rd from 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. There will be a basket raffle and 50/50. Tickets at the door are for adults and children.

       The Grand Island Central School District Board of Education held their General Session Meeting, plus Budget Adoption for the 2018-19 School Year, in the Professional Development Room of Grand Island High School on Tuesday April 17, 2018. See .

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  • Grand Island Farms, Inc. is hosting a special screening of Farmers for America - a movie to celebrate, support and inspire America's next generation of farmers on Friday, April 20, 2018 at Grand Island High School. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the movie begins at 7:00 p.m.
  • The Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper shoreline cleanup will take place on Grand Island, Saturday, April 21st at Spicer Creek, located just north of Whitehaven Road. Sign up at 9:45am.
  • Recovery International, a support group for adults over 18 who need help coping with depression, panic attacks, anxiety, anger management, or bipolar disorder, meets on Tuesdays from 7 to 9 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church.
  • The American Legion, Grand Island Post #1346 will hold its general meeting on Wednesday, April 25, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. at the Loyal Order of The Moose Lodge.

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    April 12, 2018

        Happy birthday today to Mary McDonnell & Ted Pawlowski and on Friday, April 13th to Grace Aswad, Betty Killian (turning 95), Nicole Butcher & William Linton. Happy birthday on Saturday, April 14th to Dan Robinson, Nicholas Aronica, John Leszczak & James Stewart Jr. and on Sunday, April15th to Jim Panepinto, Curt Nestark & Trish Birtz. Happy birthday Monday, April 16th to Marie Casey, Helen Harrison & Judith (Judy) Wynne, and on Tuesday, April 17th to Jon Albertsson & Rob Kopf. Happy birthday, Wednesday, April 18th to Mark Hassan, Norma Horton & Nunzio Spacone.

        Happy wedding anniversay to Paul & Jean Leiner, celebrating their 52nd wedding anniversay on April 15th.
        Congratulations to Athena & Pete Xanthos on their 65th wedding anniversary, next Thursday, April 19th. Nancy Samrany called in with the heads-up, saying how much she loves this couple!

       Blue Rock Energy is hosting a community solar information session on Thursday, April 12th, 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. at Town Hall.

       Former assistant to the supervisor Cyndy Montana announced she will be opening the Beaver Island Golf Course "snack shack" on Thursday, April 26th. "Bogey's" hours will be 6:30 a.m. - dark, and you will be able to purchase food and drinks. Good luck with your new venture Cyndy!

       Pete Marston is ready to tune-up your lawnmowers and blowers at . If you're looking for new, he's got that too! Eventually spring will arrive and with it lots of outdoor chores.

        Mallwitz's Island Lanes will have live music on Saturday, April 14th. Carl Motyka will be performing starting at 8:00 p.m.

        Friends of the Grand Island Memorial Library will be sponsoring a used book sale at the Library on April 13th and 14th . On Friday, the sale will be from 5-7 pm for Friends members only. Memberships are available at the door. Saturday will include "Fill a bag" for from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m., followed by a bag from 1- 3 p.m. Donations of used books will be gratefully accepted at the library.

        A Spaghetti Dinner fundraiser sponsored by Sidway faculty and staff will take place at Riverstone Grill on Monday, April 16th from 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Proceeds go to Relay For Life. Eat in or take out, cash only. Tickets at the door are for adults and children & seniors.

        The Relay For Life Dan McBride Memorial Hockey Game is scheduled for Sunday, May 6th at 4:00 p.m. at the Harborcenter. Many Island skaters will participate, along with former Sabre Andrew Peters. The cost is at the door and there will be a basket raffle.

       The Grand Island Central School District Board of Education held their General Session Meeting, plus Budget Review for the 2018-19 School Year, in the Professional Development Room of Grand Island High School on Monday April 9, 2018. See .

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  • The World Day of Prayer, an ecumenical worship service, will take place on Friday, April 13th at 10:00 a.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church, 2100 Whitehaven Road.
  • The GI Historical Society will have an Open House at River Lea on Sunday, April 15, 2018 at River Lea, Beaver Island State Park, from 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Recovery International, a support group for adults over 18 who need help coping with depression, panic attacks, anxiety, anger management, or bipolar disorder, meets on Tuesdays from 7 to 9 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church.
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    April 5, 2018

        Happy birthday today to Daniel Tagiareni and on Friday, April 6th to Sherri Garner. Happy birthday on Saturday, April 7th to Barb Wilson and on Sunday, April 8th to Tom Crooks, Lucy Delavalle, Jean Mortenson & Daniel Lynch. Happy birthday Monday, April 9th to Wayne Kinney, Rhett Robinson, Becca Zimmerman, Walter Diringer, Carolyn Marble & Gerald Kutis, and on Tuesday, April 10th to Sue Kaiser. Happy birthday, Wednesday, April 11th to Roman Jurga & Arlene Edhe.

        Happy 45th wedding anniversary to Vince & Margaret Martello on Saturday, April 7th!

        Grand Island residents and sisters Miranda & Morgan Proctor won gold in Norway! Still trying to find a story.

        The Town of Grand Island is hosting a UNYTS Blood Drive at the Highway Department, 1820 Whitehaven Road on Friday, April 6th from 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. All donors receive a Tim Horton's gift card. Visit unytsblooddonor.org and register with code: 000252, or call UNYTS at 512-7940.

        A has been set up for the Jerry & Donna Tutwiler family after a house fire destroyed their Fix Road home on March 31st.

        Island Ship Center will be celebrating 12 years in business today, April 5th. They will be changing their hours to: Monday thru Friday, 9 AM to 6:30 PM and Saturdays from 10 AM to 3 PM. As always, we will be closed every Friday from 1-3 PM.

        April is National Pickleball Month and Pickleball Island, 401 Lang Blvd., is celebrating! 50 first time players will be offered a free 30 minute lesson. See .

        Very cool map of Grand Island that tells you; owner, lot size, land value, total value and year built. Thanks to Kim James Yarwood and his Facebook page "Grand Island Boomers". .

        The St Stephens Parish Players will present Lion King Jr this weekend ! This is the 16 and under show later in April the full troupe will present Wizard of Oz. Shows Thursday (sold out) thru Saturday night at 7 with a matinee Saturday at 1 pmTickets are each.

        The Kiwanis Club of Grand Island is hosting a dinner theater at the Beaver Island Clubhouse on Friday, April 27th. The show is "Tony 'n Tina's Wedding" and will include a champagne toast, Italian style buffet dinner and wedding cake. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and tickets are .00. See .

        The Purple Ribbon Warrior 5K in memory of our Mary Dunbar-Daluisio will take place on Sunday, April 22nd at 10:00 a.m. Donations of baskets and gift cards are being requested for a raffle. If you would like to donate towards this, donations can be dropped off at deSignet Jewelry, 1869 Whitehaven Road, to Kim Kalman. If you would like to participate in the race, register . You can also cheer the racers on and enjoy food and drinks for .00

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  • A Spring Farmers Market hosted by Grand Island Farms, Inc. will be held at Knights of Columbus, 1841 Whitehaven Road on Sunday, April 8th from 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
  • Recovery International, a support group for adults over 18 who need help coping with depression, panic attacks, anxiety, anger management, or bipolar disorder, meets on Tuesdays from 7 to 9 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church.
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    March 29, 2018

        Happy birthday today to Margie Southwood, Tracey Shickluna & Chloe Fitzsimmons and on Friday, March 30th to Sharon Wright & Jonathan Leiner. Happy birthday on Saturday, March 31st to Barry Smith & Tom Shanor and on Sunday, April 1st to Jeremy Figler. Happy birthday Monday, April 2nd to Joel Moyer, Sharon Stevens-Downing & Susan Ventry, and on Tuesday, April 3rd to Dante LoPresti . Happy birthday, Wednesday, April 4th to my baby girl Zoe Dodd and to Natalie Baldassare, Mike Geblein & Adele Cole.

       Happy anniversary to Rosemary & Bruce Wojick on March 31st!

        Grand Island residents and sisters Miranda & Morgan Proctor are in Norway, representing Team USA at the World Championships of Twirling, taking place March 28 - April 1, 2018. The ladies qualified last summer at the National Finals at Notre Dame University. Miranda, 16, competes in the Duet category with Amherst native Alexa Tamburlin. Morgan, 13, competes in the 2-baton category. Link to . Good luck ladies!

        The Grand Island Recreation Department will host their annual Easter Egg Hunt and Visit with the Island Easter Bunny on Friday, March 30th at Veteran's Park. See .


       The Bedell House annex fire was 30 years ago yesterday, March 28th, 1988. I took the above picture in the summer of 1987 when our family held a "clan gathering". Sure do miss that place!

        The Purple Ribbon Warrior 5K in memory of our Mary Dunbar-Daluisio will take place on Sunday, April 22nd at 10:00 a.m. Donations of baskets and gift cards are being requested for a raffle. If you would like to donate towards this, donations can be dropped off at deSignet Jewelry, 1869 Whitehaven Road, to Kim Kalman. If you would like to participate in the race, register . You can also cheer the racers on and enjoy food and drinks for .00

        This week, over two dozen residents attended the "Senator on your Street" office hours at the Town Hall, where a representative of Sen. Chris Collins discussed issues of concern. Many were there addressing the West River Parkway closure. An early April date was supposed to take effect.

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  • St. Stephen School Lenten Fish Fry Dinner on Friday, March 30th from 4:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. in school cafeteria.
  • The VFW Auxiliary is hosting a Lenten Fish Fry on Friday, March 30, 2018 from 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
  • Recovery International, a support group for adults over 18 who need help coping with depression, panic attacks, anxiety, anger management, or bipolar disorder, meets on Tuesdays from 7 to 9 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church.
  • Trinity U.M.C., 2100 Whitehaven Road is hosting a community Easter breakfast on Sunday, April 1st from 7:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m., free of charge. No reservations necessary. Church services will take place at 8am and 10am.
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    March 22, 2018

        Happy birthday today to Wendy Stratton-Gross, Peter Baker & Bev Kinney and on Friday, March 23rd to Jim Olmstead, Pat Harding, Ryan Kernin & Frank Williams. Happy birthday on Saturday, March 24th to Jillian Sheehan & Jack Burns and on Sunday, March 25th to Jack Mahnk, Amy Blundell & Sue Ann Mackenna. Happy birthday Monday, March 26th to Kendall Duscher, Betty Marinell, Leon Zakrzewski & Angelo LaDuca, and on Tuesday, March 27th to Brooklyn Landroche, & Clive Roughsedge . Happy birthday, Wednesday, March 28th to Liza Bowman, Olivia Williams, Barb Wienke, Kenna MacNeil, Jacob Stewart, Valerie Robinson, Jonathan Leiner & Annalea Masiello.


       A very special happy 40th birthday to Paul Truesdale on Monday, March 26th. Love, your mom!

       Congratulations to Mary Kopf on receiving the Volunteer Partner of the Year award at the annual Cystic Fibrosis Volunteer Appreciation Party.



        Thanks to Highway Superintendent Dick Crawford and his team of Skip Mrkall, Kevin Koch, Mike Carlson, Bill Stanley and Gary Lazik. These fine gentlemen took the bull by the horns this morning, and within an hour of the request, moved the "old" Town Hall cupola from a dirt berm at Kelly's Country Store, to a spot in the parking lot. This year is the 50th anniversary of the opening of the new Town Hall. The Grand Island Historic Preservation Advisory Board is working to get the cupola "display worthy" for the celebration.

        The 14th annual Scotty Bowman Showcase is a three-game all-star event at the KeyBank Center on Thursday, March 22nd. Grand Island players include junior Dylan Russo playing in the Tim Horton Memorial Cup game and seniors Parker Morrow and Jason Lupp playing in the Rick Martin Memorial Cup. Coach Don Pray is a coach for the Buffalo Seniors in the Scotty Bowman Cup. Congratulations!

        A fundraiser is planned for Dana Papaj on Friday, March 23, 2018 at the Radisson Hotel, 100 Whitehaven Road, from 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. There will be a basket raffle and 50/50. Tickets are per person. See for details.

       The Grand Island High School freshman class of 2021 is hosting a fundraiser at Chipotle at 1785 Military Road in Niagara Falls on Tuesday, March 27th from 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Bring in the flyer, show on your smartphone or tell cashier and 50% of proceeds will go to the Class of 2021. See .

        The Purple Ribbon Warrior 5K in memory of our Warrior Mary Dunbar-Daluisio will take place on April 22nd. They are in need of baskets and gift cert.'s for the raffle. If you would like to donate towards this, donations can be dropped off at deSignet Jewelry, 1869 Whitehaven Road. to Kim Kalman.

       Don't forget to watch Cassie Oursler play in the Sweet 16 on Saturday at 11:30 a.m. on ESPN.

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  • St. Stephen School Lenten Fish Fry Dinner on Friday, March 23rd from 4:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. in school cafeteria.
  • The VFW Auxiliary is hosting a Lenten Fish Fry on Friday, March 23, 2017 from 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
  • Recovery International, a support group for adults over 18 who need help coping with depression, panic attacks, anxiety, anger management, or bipolar disorder, meets on Tuesdays from 7 to 9 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church.
  • The American Legion, Grand Island Post #1346 will hold its general meeting on Wednesday, March 28, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. at the Loyal Order of The Moose Lodge.
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    March 15, 2018

        Happy birthday today to Henry Lobl, Gail Monti, Elizabeth Figler, John Corrao & Mindi Kratz and on Friday, March 16th to Dan Lee, Cameron Willer, Chris Bihler & Pat Phillips. Happy birthday on Saturday, March 17th to Bill Brobeil, Nancy Anderson, Nonnie Carroll, & Paul Gurzinski and on Sunday, March 18th to Adam Missert, Nicholas Tim, Audrey Mason & Eddie Krecisz. Happy birthday Monday, March 19th to Carol Sharpe, Lester Lee, Ruth Landel, & Joseph Roberts, and on Tuesday, March 20th to Marty Bidell, Mary O'Dea Beyer, & David Ames . Happy birthday, Wednesday, March 21st to Paul Roeder, Ruth Ryan, Daniel Parker, & Dolores Laska.

       Happy 39th wedding anniversary on March 16th to Bob & Debbie Guenther and 33rd anniversary to Vicki & Ian Harnden. Happy anniversary March 19th to Amy & Steve Morgan.

        If you know of anyone looking for full-time or part-time employment, with at least one (1) year retail wine and spirits experience (other than consuming it), go to Aceti's Wine & Spirits. Stop by the store and fill out an application or talk with Sam.

        Beginning March 13th, the middle school introduced three new safety protocols. 1. All visitors will be asked to present photo id in the main office, for any reason. 2. Building will open at 7am, but students will be required to wait in the lobby until 7:25am. 3. Office hours are 7am-4pm Monday-Thursday and 7am-3pm Friday.

       St. Patrick's Day Festivities: The Grand Island VFW Post 9249 is hosting an All Weekend St. Patrick's Day party, Friday, March 16 at 6:30 p.m. until Sunday, March 18th at closing. There will be a 40/60 raffle, drink specials, food and snacks and a Corned Beef and Cabbage dinner on Saturday, March 17th from 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
       Knights of Columbus Good Samaritan Council is hosting a St. Patrick's Day Party on Saturday, March 17th at the St. Stephen School Cafeteria, 2080 Baseline Rd. 6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. See .
       Knights of Columbus Mary Star of the Sea St. Patrick's Day Party is on Saturday, March 17th at 7:00 p.m., at their facility, 1841 Whitehaven Road. See . Everyone is welcome at all events.

       The GI Historical Society will have an Open House on Sunday, March 18, 2018 at River Lea, Beaver Island State Park, from 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Help celebrate the 181st birthday of Grover Cleveland.

       Former Island resident Marc Scibilia has a song, "Untamed", that was featured on the new NBC tv pilot of "Rise". You can see the awsome video on Marc's Facebook page.

        Grand Island Waste Mgmt. has just signed a 3 year partnership with the University of Buffalo athletics department to be the sole waste provider for the UB athletics. Congrat's Jim Ehde!

        A General Session Meeting was held by the Grand Island Central School District Board of Education on Monday March 12, 2018. - .

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  • St. Stephen School Lenten Fish Fry Dinner on Friday, March 16th from 4:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. in school cafeteria.
  • The staff of Assemblyman Angelo J. Morinello (R,C,I,Ref-Niagara Falls) will hold mobile office hours on Tuesday, March 20 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Grand Island Town Hall Residents and elected officials are welcome and encouraged to stop by to address any ideas or concerns they may have.
  • Recovery International, a support group for adults over 18 who need help coping with depression, panic attacks, anxiety, anger management, or bipolar disorder, meets on Tuesdays from 7 to 9 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church.
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    March 8, 2018

        Happy birthday today to Rosemary Loth Fischer, Diane Grant & David Schaefer and on Friday, March 9th to Grace Wenner, Muriel Walker & Elaine Hardman. Happy birthday on Saturday, March 10th to Nancy Seifert Dinan and on Sunday, March 11th to Emily Bolles, Roman Cacciatore & David Cook. Happy birthday Monday, March 12th to Madison MacNeil, Ray Hayward, Michele Beauchamp, & Jojo Paczynski Sparcino, and on Tuesday, March 13th to Karen Hayes Smith, Mary Ellen Hamman, Martha Bojarski, Pat Kendzierski, Adam Kratz, & Susan Anstett Marston . Happy birthday, Wednesday, March 14th to Jon Grenda, Kathy Shaklee & Rebecca Popiel.


       Congratulations to Amy Stewart Terpening and husband Justin on the arrival of their bouncing baby boy, Loren Robert. Loren was born in Syracuse on March 4th, weighing 8 lb. 6.5 oz. Congrats also to grandparents AnnMarie & Bob Stewart and great-grandmother Nancy Samrany.

       SUNY Plattsburgh Announces Fall 2017 Dean's List includes Grand Island residents Lindsey Spiker and Marisa Atkinson. To be eligible, undergraduate students must achieve a minimum 3.5 semester grade point average with at least 12 credit hours.

       Erie County Sheriff Timothy B. Howard announces his office will be hosting a free car seat inspection Saturday, March 10, from 9 A.M. to 1 P.M. at the Grand Island Fire Company located at 2275 Bedell Road.

       The Grand Island GOP is hosting a St. Patrick's Day event honoring former Councilman Raymond Billica on Tuesday, March 13th from 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. at Riverstone Grill, 671 East River Road. Tickets are per person and include Irish themed hours d'oeuvre's, complimentary first beverage, cash bar and silent auction. For information contact Mary Cooke 225-5838 or Dick Crawford 818-6992. .

       The Grand Island Central School District Board of Education held their General Session Meeting in the Professional Development Room of Grand Island High School on Monday February 26, 2018. See .

       Another unwanted, NYS controlled, and taxpayer funded project is being developed at an unusually fast clip.

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  • The Grand Island Central School District will hold a substitute recruitment job fair on Friday, March 9, 2018 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the District Office, 1100 Ransom Road.
  • St. Stephen School Lenten Fish Fry Dinner on Friday, March 9th from 4:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. in school cafeteria.
  • Omnipresent Puppet Theatre presents "Goldilocks and the Three Bears" on Saturday, March 10th at 2:00 p.m. at the GI Memorial Library, 1715 Bedell Rd. See .
  • Boy Scout Troop 630 annual Spaghetti Dinner and Basket Raffle will be Sunday, March 11, 2018 at St. Stephen School Cafeteria from 12:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
  • Recovery International, a support group for adults over 18 who need help coping with depression, panic attacks, anxiety, anger management, or bipolar disorder, meets on Tuesdays from 7 to 9 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church.
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    March 1, 2018

       My apologies for the delayed posting of the March 1st edition. I got the flu and it kicked my butt! Down and out for five days.

        Happy birthday March 1st to Jane Cooke, Jean Smith, Linda Hermann, Michael William Rayhill, Karie Stedman, Ashley Gorman, Sarah Dollendorf, Gail Click & Bridget McMahon and on Friday, March 2nd to Jamie Akers Smith. Happy birthday on Saturday, March 3rd to Jeff Denler, John Simon & Anne Rollins and on Sunday, March 4th to Kevin Smith, Grace Myhre & Mary Trincik. Happy birthday Monday, March 5th to Tim Moriarty, David McConnell, Rich Amantia & Missy Fargino, and on Tuesday, March 6th to Hayden Backlund, Eilene Gebrian, Charles Tobe & Pat Bassler. Happy birthday, Wednesday, March 7th to Linda Leuchner, Glen Shepherd, Leda Barton, Lola Brindisi, Carol O’Connor & Bill Ortiz.

        Happy 74th wedding anniversary on March 4th to Bud & Rosemary Whiting.
        Save the date: The Annual Dan McBride Memorial Cup at Harborcenter, 100 Washington Street, Buffalo, on Sunday, May 6th from 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. This event was started back in 2013 to honor Dan's battle with cancer. Each year the event brings the family and friends of Dan McBride, American Coradius International and the Grand Island Relay For Life together to raise funds in Dan's memory.

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    February 22, 2018

        Happy birthday today to Marilyn Wilkie Watt, Jim Zilliox & Ralph Quarantillo and on Friday, February 23rd to Sherry DeBruyn, Jo Klock, Paula Nakayama, Sophia Black, Linda Gerristad & John Whitney. Happy birthday on Saturday, February 24th to Brian Robinson and on Sunday, February 25th to Scott Tetreault & Kevin Brock. Happy birthday Monday, February 26th to David Rogers, Debbie Kennedy-Rogoza, Jay Hollinger, William Madigan and Lynn Dingey, and on Tuesday, February 27th to Gabrielle Robinson, Kevin Koch Jr., & Mike Cali. Happy birthday, Wednesday, Feb. 28th to Mary Ann Love, Barry Conway, David Steggs, Patrick McMahon & Ron Bastian.

        UB senior center Cassie Oursler (Grand Island) was named MAC East Player of the Week after she averaged 17.0, 10.5 rebounds and 2.5 blocks in wins over Central Michigan and Akron. UB is now (21-4, 12-2 MAC).
        Grand Island Little League Baseball and Softball registration is still open for boys and girls ages 4-16. The Early bird discount expires March 4. Go to www.grandislandll.com for details and to register today! Opening Day is May 5th.

       Fun story from Fahim and Seema at Island Ship Center. A Grand Island resident and her family recently moved to Iowa where her husband's job relocated. She contacted Fahim to see if there was any way that they could get Chocolate Panda Paws by Perry's Ice Cream delivered. Of course he could! The weather cooperated and four gallon tubs arrived on the Iowa doorstep, after an overnight flight from Buffalo.

       The Grand Island Alumni Association Comedy Show would like to thank Platinum sponsor Aceti's Wine and Spirits, and Gold Sponsors George Ihle, State Farm Insurance (Niagara Falls) and Fuccillo Auto Group. Tickets are still available for the March 3rd show at Ellden's at River Oaks. See ad, upper right corner.

        The Grand Island Chamber of Commerce is asking you to take 15 minutes to complete a survey to find out how you feel about business on Grand Island. Visit to share your opinion today.

       Adrian's Custard and Beef opened today, Thursday, February 22nd.

        Thunder on the Niagara Hydroplane Boat Race is scheduled for August 4 & 5, 2018 at Gratwick Park in North Tonawanda. Racing begins at 10:00 a.m. and ends around 5:00 p.m. The event is sponsored by SNYDER INDUSTRIES and is dedicated to Darryl Monette.

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  • St. Stephen School Lenten Fish Fry Dinner on Friday, February 16th from 4:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. in school cafeteria.
  • Recovery International, a support group for adults over 18 who need help coping with depression, panic attacks, anxiety, anger management, or bipolar disorder, meets on Tuesdays from 7 to 9 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church.
  • The American Legion, Grand Island Post #1346 will hold its general meeting on Wednesday, February 28, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. at the Loyal Order of The Moose Lodge.
  • Grand Island's Master Plan findings will be presented at a public meeting on Wednesday, February 28th at 6:30 p.m. at the Grand Island High School.
  • The Grand Island Lions Club, in conjunction with Lions S.E.E. and Lions Kidsight USA, is hosting free vision screenings for children six months to six years old. Screenings will be held in the Conference Room at the Grand Island Memorial Library on Thursday, March 1, 2018 between the hours of 11 AM and 2 PM and from 4 PM to 7 PM. .
  • GI Historical Society General Meeting and Program is on Thursday, March 1, 2018 at River Lea, Beaver Island State Park at 7:00 p.m. The guest speaker is Carol Rogers with a power point presentation, "The 80th Anniversary of the Honeymoon Bridge Collapse."
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    February 15, 2018

        Happy birthday today to Todd Sipson, Kellie Kehoe, Daniel Baney & Donna Tomkins and on Friday, February 16th to Deborah Parker, Marianne Ward & Lynne Rimer . Happy birthday on Saturday, February 17th to Kathy Garlapow, Pat Kostenbauder & Lillian Brenner and on Sunday, February 18th to Michelle Gast, Patrick Stouter, Chris Ciszek & Dave Fields. Happy birthday Monday, February 19th to Joan Santospirito, and on Tuesday, February 20th to Bryan Smith, MaryJo Gill, Dick Bessel, Carol Alt, Daniel Tattenbaum, Jennifer Watkins & Katie Brady.

       UB women's basketball team is (20-4, 11-2 Mid-American Conference) and beat Central Michigan (20-4, 12-1 MAC) its first loss of the MAC season, last night. GI's Cassie Oursler had 24 points and 13 rebounds in the contest and received a honorary basketball before the game for breaking the 1000-point mark at a game on February 3rd.
       Posted on Facebook: The next 4-6 weeks is mating season for coyotes. Please do not let your dogs out alone. The coyote gets your dog to chase him and then somewhere in the distance the pack waits for your dog. Then the outcome is tragic. Just be aware it can happen to your beloved pet. (Coyote breeding typically peaks in late February and early March, the gestation period averages 58 to 63 days. Male coyotes can become more aggressive during this time of year, the long and short of it all is that coyotes always pose a risk to your dog (and other small pets). That risk increases during mating season.)

        Keep your cars locked in your driveway. There were reported break-ins in the Sandy Beach area this week and last week Hazelwood Lane.

        So, there are two fun and popular events on Saturday, March 3rd on Grand Island. The Relay For Life Fundraiser, Music and Basket Raffle is at Mallwitz's Island Lanes and the GIAA Comedy Show is at Ellden's at River Oaks. Here's the plan...go to Mallwitz's on the way to the comedy show and get in on the raffle. Come to the comedy show and their ever popular wine raffle from 8-10pm, then stop back at Mallwitz's to pick up all your raffle winnings. Perfect!

       The Grand Island Central School District Board of Education held their General Session Meeting, as well as revealed the initial Budget Plan for the 2018-19 School Year, in the Professional Development Room of Grand Island High School on Monday February 12, 2018. See .

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  • The Cinderella Isle Garden Club will hold its February meeting on Thursday, February 15, 2018 at 7:00 PM at Trinity United Methodist Church.
  • St. Stephen School Lenten Fish Fry Dinner on Friday, February 16th from 4:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. in school cafeteria.
  • Grand Island Little League will be having in-person registration sessions at the Knight's of Columbus, 1841 Whitehaven Road, from 9:00 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday, February 17, 2018.
  • The staff of Assemblyman Angelo J. Morinello (R,C,I,Ref-Niagara Falls) will hold mobile office hours on Tuesday, February 20 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Grand Island Town Hall.
  • Recovery International, a support group for adults over 18 who need help coping with depression, panic attacks, anxiety, anger management, or bipolar disorder, meets on Tuesdays from 7 to 9 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church.

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    February 8, 2018

        Happy birthday today to Diane Garey, Diane Gurbacki, Sarah Klock , David Santa Lucia & Jadon Garman and on Friday, February 9th to Elinor Wiant, Linda Tomkiel, Chris Ford & Dory Smith Matwijkow . Happy birthday on Saturday, February 10th to Kaylee Montana and on Sunday, February 11th to Jackie Walt, Joanne Metzger, Joan Barone, Dominic Mazzola & Amanda Kaiser Wayne. Happy birthday Monday, February 12th to Kim Kalman, Carol Roesch, the Costello twins Patty Rink & Penny Linenfelser , Jayce Claus & Jack Muscarella, and on Tuesday, February13th to Adam Dahlberg, Mitchell Matthews, Nancy Hamm-Johnson & Emma Wheeler. Happy birthday on Wednesday, February 14th to Kassie Bennett, Wayne Anstett & Shirley Martin.

       There are still openings in the Grand Island Historical Society's Community Education class, 'Explore Grand Island History - Part II'. There wil be four classes held at the high school that will feature interesting topics, maps, and artifacts. The last class will be at the society's museum, River Lea, in Beaver Island State Park. Everyone is welcome - you do not have to have been in last year's class. Check out page four of the .
       There is another Islander in need. Howie Benns was a fearless hydroplane racer back in the day. He was one of the best hydroplane racers around, racing "Sudden Seven" and "Miss Budweiser", among others. Since June of 2017 he has been in and out of the hospital seven times and could use some help with his medical bills. See for details.

        Saw on Facebook, Niagara Speedway Go-Cart Track at Clifton Hill in Niagara Falls, Ontario is scheduled to open this Spring. Take a , so fun!

        High school graduation rates continued to climb in districts around New York State last year. The four-year graduation rate as of August for Grand Island was 96%. East Aurora had the only 100% in the area.

       Saturday night is Prime Rib night at the Town Cafe, 2352 Grand Island Blvd.! A dozen family members from near and far enjoyed the creations of Chef Perry Spencer this past week. Prime Rib with garlicky shrimp scampi and Prime Rib Marsala were fan favorites. There are numerous other items to choose from AND Grand Island's only soup and salad bar is included with every entree. Thanks Lynn & Alyssa for a fabulous evening!

        The Golden Age Center's Flap Jack Fundraiser on Saturday, February 24th has been cancelled and will be rescheduled.

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  • Recovery International, a support group for adults over 18 who need help coping with depression, panic attacks, anxiety, anger management, or bipolar disorder, meets on Tuesdays from 7 to 9 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church.
  • The Grand Island Autism Support Group is hosting an "Intro to Medical Cannabis in NYS" on Tuesday, February 13, 2018 at 2139 Grand Island Blvd. See .
  • The Cinderella Isle Garden Club will hold its February meeting on Thursday, February 15, 2018 at 7:00 PM at Trinity United Methodist Church.

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    February 1, 2018

        Happy birthday today to Judith Pack, Mandy Malaney, Ryan Pecoraro, Clyde Hickok, and Sydney Mazur and on Friday, February 2nd to Anita Wasson, Al Ackerman, Jason MacClelland, Colton Wilkinson. Sam Giglia, & Judy Polizzi. Happy birthday on Saturday, February 3rd to Ilene Dee & Ryan Timmerman and on Sunday, February 4th to Pete Marston, Maureen Lewis, Dan Ryan, & Mary Lou Jerge. Happy birthday Monday, February 5th to Jeri Benzing & Kip Staub, and on Tuesday, February 6th to Olivia Wenner, Noelle Linenfelser & Cody Okelberry. Happy birthday on Wednesday, February 7th to Glenn Skelly.

        Happy anniversary to Oliver & Anne Stuardi on February 2nd.

        A has been set up to help Joe Rossi, injured in a car accident on January 31st. Please help if you are able.

       Island resident Terri Filips Vaughan is an associate professor at Niagara University. Since September 2017, Terri has been working on a new musical, created and starring Eddie Money, "Two Tickets to Paradise: The Musical". The musical will be on stage at the Kodak Center in Rochester, February 14-18th and could go on a national tour. Information and tickets .
       College Power 10, dated January 29th, Jack Good ranks the top 10 college performers in the area. 2. Cassie Oursler: The Grand Island product led the University at Buffalo women's basketball team (16-3, 7-1 MAC) in points (25) and rebounds (13, a career best) in a 97-92 overtime victory against Eastern Michigan. She hit a layup and a pair of free throws down the stretch in extra time to help UB to its fifth straight victory. Point guard Stephanie Reid also had a highlight moment, as she hit a free throw for her 1,000th career point.

        The Grand Island High School Viking wrestling team has earned their first Niagara Frontier League championship in school history this season. The Vikings are undefeated in the league, with the only loss of the season to Lancaster.

       I received an email from a Mr. Maas from the Netherlands, looking for a Irvin Lynn, that lived at 2907 Fix Road in 1949. Mr. Maas bought an electric Gibson guitar in Europe, that at one time was owned by Mr. Lynn. He found a letter hidden inside the guitar with his name, address and date of purchase. Mr. Lynn no longer lives at the Fix Road address, if anyone knows of a relative or contact, please send an email to .

       Interesting GI Fire Company fact...Fire Calls for January to date (Jan. 28) is 120, that is 40 less than last year.

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  • The Grand Island High School Spring Musical "Pippin" will have three shows, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, February 1-3 at the Grand Viking Theater, 1100 Ransom Road. All shows are at 7:00 p.m.
  • Sidway School PTA is sponsoring a Family Fun Day Basket Raffle on Saturday, February 3, 2017 from 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
  • Grand Island Farms Inc. is hosting an indoor Farmers Market at the Knight's of Columbus, 1841 Whitehaven Road on Sunday, February 4th at 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
  • St. Stephen Elementary School on Grand Island will hold an Open House from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 4, 2018/
  • The staff of Assemblyman Angelo J. Morinello (R,C,I,Ref-Niagara Falls) will hold mobile office hours on Tuesday, February 6 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Grand Island Town Hall
  • Recovery International, a support group for adults over 18 who need help coping with depression, panic attacks, anxiety, anger management, or bipolar disorder, meets on Tuesdays from 7 to 9 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church.
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    January 25, 2018

        Happy birthday today to Anita Wasson, Al Ackerman, Jason MacClelland, Colton Wilkinson. Sam Giglia, & Judy Polizzi and on Friday, January 26th to Tommy Geblein & Wayne Baumler. Happy birthday on Saturday, January 27th to Sabrina Butcher, Brent Minet, Mary Stewart & Judi Wakefield and on Sunday, January 28th to Kelly Greene Cunningham, Jason Vallina & Tom Burkman. Happy birthday Monday, January 29th to Eric Sharpe, Nicholas Penque & Ruth Rocke, and on Tuesday, January 30th to David Clayton III & Rich Foks . Happy birthday on Wednesday, January 31st to Ronald Duguay, Hailee Clayton, Conner Bolles, Anthony Mondi & Regina Truitt.

       Word on the street is a bid has been accepted for the creation of the West River Parkway Path and closing the road. If you want an easy way to have your voice heard on this issue, take a minute to send an email to NYS Senator Chris Jacobs at or State Assemblyman Angelo Morinello at .
       773 North will be participating in the 8th Annual Buffalo Soup-Fest on Sunday, January 28th at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center, from 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Admission is . They will be featuring: Borscht (Gluten Free & Vegan), Clams Casino Bisque & Thai Chicken Noodle Soup.

       The Grand Island High School Class of 1988 is having their 30th reunion on Friday, July 6, 2018 at the Sandy Beach Yacht Club, 1851 Winter Road, at 7:00 p.m. Check out the Facebook page "GIHS Class of 88" or contact .

       The Grand Island Central School District Board of Education held their General Session Meeting in the Professional Development Room of Grand Island High School on Monday January 22, 2018. See .

       Congratulations to the group of GI middle & high school students and teachers who created a Kids Escaping Drugs public service announcement that earned them second place honors. See .

       Remember....there is no charge to announce your engagement, wedding, anniversary or birthday, even with a picture! Only at Isledegrande do you get that kind of service.

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  • The Small Business Networking Group is hosting a Wellness Expo on Saturday, January 27, 2018 at KeyBank, 2180 Grand Island Blvd. from noon - 5:00 p.m. See .
  • St. Stephen Holy Name Society Parish Community Breakfast Fundraiser will take place on Sunday, January 28th from 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m, see .
  • Recovery International, a support group for adults over 18 who need help coping with depression, panic attacks, anxiety, anger management, or bipolar disorder, meets on Tuesdays from 7 to 9 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church.
  • G.I.Farms Inc. is hosting a seminar on "Seed Starting Basics" in the Community Room at the Grand Island Library, Thursday, January 25th, 7:00 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.
  • A Sidway Playground Benefit will be at Brick Oven Pizza on Tuesday, January 30th to benefit a new playground, get .
  • The American Legion, Grand Island Post #1346 will hold its general meeting on Wednesday, January 31, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. at the Loyal Order of The Moose Lodge.
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    January 18, 2018

        Happy birthday today to Bill Williams, Caitlin Schwinge, Kathy Butcher, Gail Becher, Patricia Smith, & Peter and Paul Minton and on Friday, January 19th to Phyllis Lange, Mackenzie Hassan & Kristyn Brown. Happy birthday on Saturday, January 20th to Fran Burrows, Kaylee Connell, Andrew Masiello, Betty Brinda, Josh Lange, Dustin Gushue, Brenda Hollfelder & Diane Haney and on Sunday, January 21st to Mary Cooke, John Gast, Ron Pavis & Dennis Lach. Happy birthday Monday, January 22nd to Jean Bousquet, Joanne Browne, Margie Rall Hunter, Karen Geng, Vinny Pascucci & Christian Bermel, and on Tuesday, January 23rd to Jonathan Minton, Allison Boron & Mark Leffler. Happy birthday on Wednesday, January 24th to Joyce Warning, Hunter Schmidt, Sarah Ramsperger, Benjamin DeFranks, Tyler Meyer & Warren Becher.

       Happy 36th! wedding anniversary to Karen & Rom Figler on January 23rd.
        Congratulations to GIHS athletes on being named to All-WNY Soccer first teams, chosen by WNY coaches.
        2017 All-WNY girls soccer first team: Grace Stranahan, Grand Island 12(year) M(position) and Alexa Chiarenza, Grand Island 11 D.
       2017 All-WNY boys soccer first team: John Griffin, Grand Island 12 F and Steven Pufpaff, Grand Island 12 G.

       SAVE THE DATE!!! The Grand Island Alumni Association and Aceti's Wine & Spirits are hosting the 11th Annual Comedy Night on Saturday, March 3rd at Ellden's at River Oaks. Tickets are not yet available, see .

       The VFW Auxiliary is hosting a Soup Night on Saturday, January 20, 2018 from 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. (or sold out!). The cost is .00 for all you can eat soup and bread. Take out soup is available after 6:00 p.m. at .00 per quart. There will be raffles and 50/50.

       Grand Island Little League has opened online registration for boys and girls ages 4 to 16 and will be having in-person registration sessions at the GI Library on Bedell Rd from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday, January 20, 2018. A early bird discount ends March 5, 2018.

        Isledegrande has been getting great tips for your health from Russ Certo for the past year, see . Now we have added tips to , thanks to Diane Garey.

        The Father's Day Lawnmower Race committee has a meeting planned and the announced race date is Sunday, June 17th.

       If your looking to buy an old time saloon, Turner's is on the market. They will "entertain offers between million and .5 million".

       Remember....there is no charge to announce your engagement, wedding, anniversary or birthday, even with a picture! Only at Isledegrande do you get that kind of service.

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  • Recovery International, a support group for adults over 18 who need help coping with depression, panic attacks, anxiety, anger management, or bipolar disorder, meets on Tuesdays from 7 to 9 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church.
  • G.I.Farms Inc. is hosting a seminar on "Seed Starting Basics" in the Community Room at the Grand Island Library, Thursday, January 25th, 7:00 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.
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    January 11, 2018

        Happy birthday today to Joyce Neil, Susan Head, Art Ciechoski, Mary McClive, Mark Landroche, Jack Roesch & Bob Marcel and on Friday, January 12th to Martha Muller, Lyle Dinsmore, Carol Gioia, Adam Kopf & Patricia Dunn. Happy birthday on Saturday, January 13th to James Winter, Carol Kraemer, Greg Bell, Lynn Henschel & Paula Zucarelli and on Sunday, January 14th to Mary Jung, Carolina Luciani, Mike Rustowicz, Evan Carey & Judy Link. Happy birthday Monday, January 15th to Anthony Masocco, Jennifer Farrell & John Harbison, and on Tuesday, January 16th to Amber Malaney, Don Burrows, Joyce Hornbeck, Sudha Sharma, Earl DeGlopper Jr., Carroll Becker, Sue Fleischauer, Joyce Hornbeck & Joy Mesmer. Happy birthday on Wednesday, January 17th to Ron Sutton, Hank Kammerer, Nick Kingston & Marvin Mack.

       Happy 50th! wedding anniversary to Linda & John Braddell on Saturday, January 13th.
       Happy 29th wedding anniversary to Donna & Bill Williams on Sunday, January 14th.

       GIHS Viking Vision advisor Mark Gorton sent in a link to the 500th Newscast of the high school current events station. He wrote: "Thanks so much for everyone who contributed to this newscast, as well as all the seasons we've been on the air!! It's been an incredible journey, and I've loved every minute!! We appreciate all the support and viewership through the years, and we hope you will keep watching and enjoying our newscasts for many more years to come!!" After three weeks of editing, it is ready! See , it is two hours long!

       Grand Island native Brett Kern, punter of the Tennessee Titans will be facing New England in the AFC divisional round of playoffs on Saturday, January 13th at 7:15 p.m. Bret has also been named to the Pro Bowl.

    773 North will begin taking reservations Monday, January 22nd! (716) 773-6678. The Grand Opening is Wednesday, January 31st at 10:30 a.m.

       Remember....there is no charge to announce your engagement, wedding, anniversary or birthday, even with a picture! Only at Isledegrande do you get that kind of service.

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  • The staff of Assemblyman Angelo J. Morinello (R,C,I,Ref-Niagara Falls) will hold mobile office hours on Tuesday, January 16, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Grand Island Town Hall.
  • Recovery International, a support group for adults over 18 who need help coping with depression, panic attacks, anxiety, anger management, or bipolar disorder, meets on Tuesdays from 7 to 9 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church.
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    January 4, 2018

        Happy birthday today to Gail Berti, Michael Dowd & Karen Woods and on Friday, January 5th to Jake Dixon, Marissa Aceti & Sue Novits. Happy birthday on Saturday, January 6th to Michael Lockett, Melissa Clement Hill, Ron Webb, Kathy McNulty, Sandy Less, Florence Prawel, John Bidell Sr. & Jacquie Goris Foote and on Sunday, January 7th to Craig Davis, Eric Reimann, & Norm Mrkall. Happy birthday Monday, January 8th to Sharon Koehler, Sharon Minet, Nicholas Heftka and Maggie Rustowicz, Alexandria Anderson, Michael Klipich, Betsy Tranter, Brooks Rime & Jean Siess, and on Tuesday, January 9th to Richard Brzyski, Rita Desemone, Sam Loquasto,. Happy birthday on Wednesday, January 10th to Peter Fabiano, Patricia & Scott Shaw & Darlene Conners.

       Happy anniversary to Gary & Emily Dahlstrom on January 6th.

       The GIHS Class of 1978 has planned a reunion for Saturday, June 30th at the Radisson on GI. Check out their Facebook page or email Margie (Hess) Wood at .

       Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center (NFMMC) and GI Family Practice are advertisers with Isledegrande. NFMMC announced today, the opening of a 23-bed, .3M Cardiac-Stroke Care unit. See .

       GI's own Cassie Oursler is kicking butt on the basketball court playing for UB. She leads the Bulls (10-2) in scoring at 13.6 average per game. The next time the Bulls are at home is Wednesday, January 10th against Miami of Ohio.

        River Oaks Golf Club and Elden's has generously donated the entire cost of a pancake breakfast event on Sunday, January 7th from 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., to support the Neighbors Foundation. Your donation of (or more) gives each: pancakes, sausage, orange juice and coffee, with all proceeds going to help the Neighbors Foundation.

       Remember....there is no charge to announce your engagement, wedding, anniversary or birthday, even with a picture! Only at Isledegrande do you get that kind of service.

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  • Recovery International, a support group for adults over 18 who need help coping with depression, panic attacks, anxiety, anger management, or bipolar disorder, meets on Tuesdays from 7 to 9 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church.
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