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Wednesday, December 24, 2014

    Happy birthday today to Melissa Marlin & Carolyn Furman. Happy Christmas birthday to Bud Yensan, Grant Hennigar, Marissa Catanzaro, Ann Dlugokinski & Karen Krawczyk. Happy birthday 12th birthday on Friday, December 26th to Allison Hill and happy birthday Saturday, December 27th to Abigail Dallassandro. Happy day on Sunday, December 28th to Maggie Gushue, James Soto & Ralph Benson. Happy birthday on Monday, December 29th to Judy Tafelski, Susan Magro & Laurel Moher and on Tuesday to Paul Facklam III & Lee Forster and on New Year's Eve to Elsie Fleischmann, Kathy Lazenby. Happy New Year's birthday to Donna Turner Williams, Nancy Weis & Elaine Clark

   The Buffalo News high school boys volleyball Niagara Frontier honor roll was named and Grand Island team members included were First Team - senior Mike Podgorny and junior Kyle Burns, Second Team - junior Brendan Sheehan and senior McClain Erhard. Congratulations guys!

   The Grand Island Post 1346, American Legion wishes all Veterans and citizens of Grand Island, New York a very Merry Christmas and a happy, healthy and prosperous New Year. They thank you for your support.

The 8th Annual GI Alumni Assoc. Comedy Night is at Ellden's at River Oaks on Saturday, January 24th at 8:00 p.m. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. for refreshments. The headliner, Tyrone Davis, is coming in from Michigan this year. There will be two local comediens too!. See flyer.

Island Tid-Bits...    Check out Butch Levere’s house light show at 544 Baseline Road. It plays from 5 to 10 p.m. through Jan. 1st on 100.3 FM.

   Merry Christmas! The Isledegrande office will be closed from December 25th - January 1st. A new edition will be posted on Friday, January 2nd. Any news sent over the break will be posted then. Happy New Year!

   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.

Send your news to jodi@giecom.net.


Thursday, December 18, 2014

    Happy birthday today to Jaylee Maddalena, Jean Brighton, Art DiMartile, Dan Epstein & Jan Zaborowski. Happy birthday on Friday, December 19th to Dan McBride, Sue Braun, George Wenner & Stan Hill. Happy birthday Saturday, December 20th to Gloria Brown, Allyson Wolgast, Christopher Priest & Glenn "Bud" Smith turning 75. Happy day on Sunday, December 21st to Kathy Hogrewe Lowes. Happy birthday on Tuesday to Karen Lloyd and on Christmas Eve to Melissa Marlin & Carolyn Furman.

   The McCarthy School of Irish Dance is presenting "A Celtic Christmas" holiday show on Friday, December 19th at 7:00 p.m. at the Niagara Falls High School Performing Arts Center. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. for a basket raffle and seating at 6:45 p.m. For tickets email mccarthycelticchristmas@gmail.com or call 870-5895.

   In a memo from the Grand Island Planning Board to the Town Board dated December 9, 2014, a 62 day default requirement and an R-2 development moratorium were mentioned for the Lighthouse Pointe Development project. Seeing as this is such a hot topic, I have attached the memo here. Hopefully this issue will be dealt with sooner than later.

    WNY United Against Drug & Alcohol Abuse announced the winners of its 2014 Drug Free New Year Art & Poetry Contest. The works are on display at the Festival of Lights in the Grange Building at the Erie County Fairgrounds in Hamburg. Winners from Grand Island are in Poetry: grades nine to 12. First place, Emily Wolcott, grade 12, and second place, Anam Hussain, grade nine. Congratulations!

   Cars were entered in the Sandy Beach neighborhood on Monday evening and money was stolen. Please make sure to lock your vehicles overnight, no matter where you live.

Island Tid-Bits...    My family held a birthday luncheon for our mom on Saturday, December 13th at Ellden's Grill at River Oaks and it was fabulous from start to finish. You may not think of it as a winter stop, but you should. They have just added a cozy fireplace and the view is grand!

   The Grand Island KOA Campground recently received the 2015 KOA President's Award by Kampgrounds of America at an international convention in Charleston, S.C. This award is presented to campgrounds that receive high scores in customer service and in KOA's annual Quality Review.

   Happy Holidays! The Isledegrande office will be closed from December 25th - January 1st. If you have any information you want posted, please send in by Tuesday, December 23rd at noon. Anything after that date will not be posted until Friday, January 2nd.

   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.

Upcoming Events - See Events Calendar For Details
  • River Oaks is hosting a pancake breakfast on Sunday, December 21st from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. $5.00 donation, with the proceeds going to the Grand Island Neighbors Foundation.
  • The Bible Presbyterian Carol Hymn Sing will be at the 6:00 p.m. service on Sunday, December 21st, 1650 Love Road.
  • The Bible Presbyterian Church Christmas Eve Candlelight Service, "Festival of Lessons and Carols", is at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, December 24th, 1650 Love Road.

    Grand Island High School Sporting Events - Varsity unless noted.
  • Grand Island Bowling will meet Lew Port at home on Thursday, December 18th at 4:00 p.m.
  • Boys Swimming will meet Lockport at home on Friday, December 19th at 5:00 p.m.
  • Boys Basketball will play Lew Port away on Friday, December 19th at 5:00 p.m.
  • Girls Basketball will play Lew Port at home on Friday, December 19th at 5:00 p.m.
  • Boys Hockey will play Ken East at HarborCenter on Friday, December 19th at 6:00 p.m.
  • Girls Basketball will play Starpoint away on Saturday, December 20th at 5:30 p.m.
  • Boys Hockey will play West Seneca East at Buff. State on Sunday, December 21st at 3:00 p.m.

    Send your news to jodi@giecom.net.


    Thursday, December 11, 2014

        Happy birthday today to Paul Linenfelser Sr., Duffy Macguire & Joelle Logue. Happy birthday on Friday, December 12th to Kathy Loncher & Dave Hammond. Happy birthday Saturday to Denise (Stack) Dewey, Emma Santorio, Sandy Burns and on Sunday, December 14th to Katie Rustowicz, Claire O'Connor (sweet sixteen), Nancy Koch and Sue Whitbeck. Happy birthday on Tuesday to Betty Lantz and super special shout out to my mom Nancy Hayes, turning 80 years young!

       The Grand Island High School Holiday Concert is tonight, December 11th at the new Grand Viking Theater at 7:30 p.m. The auditorium was completely gutted over the last year. The Grand Island Band Boosters are selling homemade holiday cookies prior to the concert at a cost of $5 per dozen.

       
       Out with the old and in with the new. The new Noco building is open and the tiny, original store was swiftly torn down in a day. The project started at the end of July and was expected to take 90 days to complete.

       Boy Scout Troop 630 is helping the Code Blue Relief Mission. They collect warm weather items and distribute to the homeless on the streets of Buffalo. The collection will be on December 17th at St. Stephen's Church. See story for details.

       Happy Holidays! The Isledegrande office will be closed from December 25th - January 1st. If you have any information you want posted, please send in by Tuesday, December 23rd at noon. Anything after that date will not be posted until Friday, January 2nd.

    Island Tid-Bits...
       Watch for Luke Gworek on WGRZ TV morning show, tomorrow, Friday, December 12th. He is the Star of the Tree of Hope at Roswell Park Friday night. See story.

       Santa is coming to Ellden's at River Oaks this weekend. Bring the kids on Sunday, December 14th from 12-2pm. If you want to decorate a gingerbread cookie, please make a reservation. See details.

        Check out this very cool YouTube video on Buffalo history through innovation and entrepreneurship.

       It's a great time to shop Isledegrande advertisers. A gift certificate from our many restaurants are the perfect gift for all ages. Choose from; Beach House, Ellden's at River Oaks, John's Pizza & Subs, Pizza Amore, Sandi's Family Restaurant, Say Cheese Pizza and Town Cafe.

       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.

    Upcoming Events - See Events Calendar For Details
  • People Inc. Senior Living is having a craft sale and open house at Marigold Senior Living, 3026 Grand Island Blvd. on Friday, December 12th from noon- 5pm.
  • Holiday Tour of Homes is Saturday, December 13th. Tickets at Flower A Day Florist or at River Lea on Saturday.
  • St. Stephen's Youth Ministry Kid's Night Out, Saturday, December 13th from 5:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.
  • The GI Snowmobile Club Christmas Party is Sunday, December 14th from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. at Mallwitz Island Lanes.
  • The Grand Island Memorial Library Adult Book Club will meet on Monday, December 15th at 7:00 pm at the library meeting room.

    Grand Island High School Sporting Events - Varsity unless noted.
  • Girls Basketball will play Niagara Catholic at home on Thursday, December 11th at 6:00 p.m.
  • Grand Island Bowling will meet Ken West at home on Thursday, December 11th at 4:00 p.m.
  • Boys Swimming will meet Ken East at home on Friday, December 12th at 5:00 p.m.
  • Boys Basketball will play Global Charter at home on Friday, December 12th at 5:00 p.m.
  • Boys Hockey will play Hamburg at Dwyer Arena on Friday, December 11th at 8:20 p.m.
  • Boys Wrestling will be at the Orchard Park Tournament on Saturday, December 13th.
  • Indoor Track at Fredonia on Saturday, December 11th at 8:30 a.m.
  • Boys Hockey will play Ken West at the HarborCenter on Sunday, December 14th at 6:00 p.m.
  • Boys Basketball will play Lockport at home on Tuesday, December 16th at 5:00 p.m.
  • Girls Basketball will play Lockport away on Tuesday, December 16th at 5:00 p.m.

    Send your news to jodi@giecom.net.


    Thursday, December 4, 2014

        Happy birthday today to Natalie Carter and Bill Wilson. Happy birthday on Friday, December 5th to Darcey Golde,Carolyn Kreutz & Luke Gworek. Happy birthday Sunday to Joan Staub, Julia Capage & Maxine Eldridge and on Monday, December 8th to Robin Shipman, Irene Thompson and Bobbi Cap. Happy birthday on Tuesday to Amanda Heftka & Grace Stewart and Wednesday to Lisa Dinsmore Szpakowski & Jake Scott.


       Grand Island resident Greg Butcher is the Deputy Commissioner of Disaster Preparedness of Erie County and was shown before the Bills vs. Browns game on Sunday receiving a game ball. He was one of nine officials representing their respective agencies, involved in the Snovember storm relief efforts. The crowd gave the recipients a standing ovation and Terry Pegula shook their hands.

       The GI American Legion is hosting a Christmas "Get Together" on Sunday, December 7th at the Moose Lodge, 2524 Grand Island Blvd. from 2:00 - 5:00 p.m. They are also looking for new members, especially younger, tech savvy members. The Legion is a great group of guys who do wonderful things for the community and for fellow veterans. Call Sr. Vice Commander Rick Schmitz at 773-2780 and let him know you will attend. It would be a great time to meet everyone.

       The Niagara Gazette named their All-Area Football Team this week. Grand Island High School is represented by junior running back Jarod Brandon, senior wide receiver and defensive back Anthony Mosher, senior offensive lineman Nick Paolini and senior linebacker and fullback T.J. Morgan. Honorable mentions included Chris Aronica, Enrico D'Abate and Scott Holmes. Congratulations!


       The old Health Care Plan building at 2710 Grand Island Blvd. may become a hotel someday. C&B International is the owner and will go before the Grand Island Planning Board on December 8th to present their site plan application for the three story, 81 room hotel.

       Welcome to Isledegrande's newest advertiser "The Real Barbers II". The only barbershop on Grand Island is located in the Grand Island Plaza next to M&T Bank. Co-owners Rich Rosso and Cindy Montanino were both born into the trade as their fathers and grandfathers were barbers. Check out their ad for hours and get your holiday haircut so you look awesome in all those upcoming photo ops.

    Island Tid-Bits...    The new paging system at Kelly's Country Store is the talk of the town, no more waiting in line for Santa! They will text you when it's your turn.
       The new Noco building should be open on Wednesday, December 10th according to employees.
       "Island Lights" Light Show is back at 544 Baseline Road until January 1st.

       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.

    Upcoming Events - See Events Calendar For Details
  • A craft show will be held at 41 Sturbridge on Thursday-Saturday, December 4,5,6 from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Trinity Methodist Church, 2100 Whitehaven Rd., is sponsoring "One Starry Night" an advent celebration on Friday, December 5th and Saturday, December 6th. Registration required.
  • Make your own Graham Cracker House is Saturday, December 6th at the Library. Registration is necessary, call 773-7124.
  • The Pearl Harbor Day Memorial Service will take place on Sunday, December 7th, at noon at the Flag located at the VFW Post #9249, 2121 Grand Island Blvd.
  • The Historical Society Open House is Sunday, December 7th at River Lea, Beaver Island from 1:00 p.m.- 4:00 p.m.
  • The Grand Island Community Chorus Christmas concert, "Winter Nights and Holly Days" is at 7 p.m. on Sunday, December 7, at St. Martin-in-the-Fields Church

    Grand Island High School Sporting Events - Varsity unless noted.
  • Girls Basketball will play at West Seneca Tournament on Thursday, December 4th at 5:00 p.m.
  • Grand Island Bowling will meet Lockport on Thursday, December 4th at 4:00 p.m.
  • Boys Swimming will meet Niag. Wheatfield at home on Friday, December 5th at 5:00 p.m.
  • Boys Wrestling will meet at St. Francis Duals on Friday, December 5th.
  • Indoor Track at Buff. State on Saturday, December 6th at 8:30 a.m.

    Send your news to jodi@giecom.net.


    Wednesday, November 26, 2014

        Happy birthday tomorrow to Jim O'Dea. Happy birthday on Friday, November 28th to PJ Marston and Ame'lia Isabelle Haag. Happy birthday to JoAnn Vanderheite & Daisy Moore on Saturday, November 29th. Happy birthday Sunday to Eric Harnden, John Podlucky & Pat Akinbami and on Monday, December 1st to Brian Sullivan, Betty Lou Camardella & John Cassoni, Jr.. Happy birthday on Tuesday to Pat McNulty & Marcy Malecki and Wednesday to Auntie Lois Kaiser Schoenfeld, Sara Barbur, Liz Tucker & Alan Endres.

       Happy anniversary to Dick and Joan Group on December 1st. Happy belated anniversary on Nov. 25th to Nicole & Greg Butcher and Pete & Sue Marston.

        The Niagara Falls Gazette named GIHS sophomore Madisyn Pezzino their Girls Soccer Player of the Year. Madisyn has 125 career goals and broke the 17-year-old school record this year, ending up with 47 goals and 8 assists. She was also named first team All-Western New York, first team All-Niagara Frontier League and NFL Player of the Year. Congratulations! The Niagara Falls Gazette named GIHS senior Mike Podgorny their Boys Volleyball Player of the Year. Mike had 337 kills, 210 digs, 28 blocks and 46 aces as team captain and made first team All-Niagara Frontier League. He is being recruited by local Division III schools. Nice work!

       In other sporting news, Alexander Kovacs, a graduate of St. Joe's is one of 14 players of the Niagara U. baseball recruiting class. He is a catcher and a first baseman. Grand Island High School hosted the NFL Kickoff Tournament on Tuesday, November 25th at Mallwitz Island Lanes. Grand Island boys bowlers took the top two high games at the event. In the third game, Nick Brink rolled a 264 and Colton McGray rolled a 256.

       

       Say Cheese has all kinds of fun planned for this week. The Clark Rabbit Band is playing awesome 80's tunes on Wednesday starting at 9pm. Thursday they are open at 11am and are serving a free turkey dinner buffet from 1-3pm. On Black Friday, the first ten people in the door get 50% off drinks and you can shop using their free WiFi. Saturday Night Hellraiser will play rock starting at 9pm.

    Island Tid-Bits...    The Lighthouse Point Subdivision is on the public hearing calendar for December 1st at 8:00 p.m. If you are interested in learning more about the project, go to the Town website News & Information page.
       Kelly's Country Store is starting Holiday Hours on Friday, November 28th. They will be open daily from 10am-9pm. Santa starts Friday too! He will be there from 6-9pm each evening.
       The date has been set for a spring Lawn Mower Race as Saturday, May 2nd. There is talk of a carnival on Saturday and maybe Friday night.

       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.

    Upcoming Events - See Events Calendar For Details
  • A Thanksgiving Eve Service will be held on Wednesday, November 26th at 7:00 p.m. at Bible Presbyterian Church, 1650 Love Road.
  • The Grand Island Post #1346, American Legion meeting is at 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, November 26th, 2014 at the Moose Lodge.
  • Island Presbyterian Church, 1822 Huth Rd. is hosting a free community dinner at 1:00 p.m.
  • Small Business Saturday is this week, shop local, help your neighbors!
  • The VNA will offer Flu & Pneumonia Vaccinations at the Grand Island Memorial Library on Saturday, November 29th from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • The Relay for Life Committee meeting is Monday, December 1st at 6:00 p.m. at the GI Memorial Library.
  • The Parent/Teacher Conferences will be held on Monday, December 1st in the High School from 12:00-3:00 p.m. and 4:00-7:00 pm.
  • The Grand Island Autism Support Group meeting is Tuesday, December 2nd at 6:30 p.m. at 2139 Grand Island Blvd.

    Grand Island High School Sporting Events - Varsity unless noted.
  • Boys Hockey will play Will. South at Hyde Park on Friday, November 28th at 6:45pm.
  • Grand Island Bowling will play in the Maryvale Tournament on Monday, December 1st at 3:30 p.m.
  • Girls Basketball will play at West Seneca West Tournament on Tuesday, December 2ns at 5:00 p.m.
  • Boys Swimming will meet Ken West away on Tuesday, December 2nd at 5:00 p.m.
  • Grand Island Bowling will play Ken East away at 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, December 2nd at 5:00 p.m.

    Send your news to jodi@giecom.net.


    Thursday, November 20, 2014

        Happy birthday today to Douglas Bauer, Kathy Mentor & Pam O'Connor . Happy birthday on Friday, November 21st to Joan Butcher, Ben Kose & Tyler Lorence. Happy birthday to Marilyne Brandoni, Jennifer Przybylski, Kevin Rosman & Chris Gress on Saturday, November 21st. Happy birthday Sunday to Bob Johnson & Barbara LaDuca and on Monday, November 24th to Edna Braddell & Margaret Sutton. Happy birthday on Wednesday to Ginger Stamler, Dennis Parrino & Nancy Killian.

       Happy anniversary to Ray and Chris Gress on November 22nd.

        Congratulations to Mark McKenna who will be signing a national letter of intent to Canisius College for baseball on Thursday, November 20th. Mark was a 1st team all WNY all star outfielder as a junior & batted over .400 for the season. Mark is also an outstanding hockey athlete. Congratulations also to Lindsay Proctor named Niagara Gazette Player of the Year in Girls Volleyball. Lindsay is a sophomore, fourth year varsity player for the Lady Vikings and was named first team All-Niagara Frontier League.

       Island resident Ashley Weiser 18, recently participated in the 2014 Inter-County Team Competition for 4-H members across Western New York held at the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Niagara County. Ashley's team, "The Barnyard Dreamers" placed third overall, third in the riding portion, second in the knowledge portion, and second in stable management. Teams are made up of five 4-H youth, which include two junior riders, two senior riders and a stable manager.

       The Lighthouse Point Subdivision is on the public hearing calendar for December 1st at 8:00 p.m. If you are interested in learning more about the project, go to the Town website News & Information page. It has the most recent documents and past documents from June and April. All you want to know about the corner of Whitehaven and East River Roads.

    Ellden's at River Oaks has a happy hour with food and drink specials every day from 4-6pm (closed Monday). Food specials are: Truffle Tater Tots, Sweet Potato Wedges, Deep fried Sausage Ravioli with Marinara Sauce, Reuben Bites and Chicken Pot Stickers with Sweet Chili sauce. Beer and wine specials-$2.50 domestic beers and $3.50 house wines by the glass.

       A committee is being formed to design and fundraise for a Dog Park at the Nike Base complex. This would be a fenced, off-leash area. Look for a information table at the "Light Up the Boulevard Festival" on Saturday, November 22nd at the Town Commons between 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.

        The Neighbors Foundation "Share Your Happiness" campaign would like to provide some modest amount of store gift cards to the parents of the 7 - 13 year old children that are helped. They are accepting $5, $10, $20 and $25 cards from suggested merchants: Top's Markets, Walgreens, Rite-Aid & Target. If you can help, submit your donation by mid-December. Mail to: Neighbors Foundation, PO Box 155, Grand Island, NY 14072 or call foundation board President Hank Kammerer at 773-1245 for pick up.

       Make plans to shop local on Small Business Saturday, November 29th. For every $100 spent at a local establishment, $68 goes back into the community through taxes, payroll and other expenditures. Isledegrande has many faithful advertisers that allow us to keep in business. Check out our yellow advertising list in the right hand column on every page and make your shopping list around that.

    Island Tid-Bits...    In certain cases the Town will install sidewalks at the property owner’s expense where they are required. There will now be an administrative fee based on the cost of staff time and expense at the rate of $250.

       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.

    Upcoming Events - See Events Calendar For Details
  • Cinderella Isle Garden Club will hold its November meeting on November 20, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church
  • The 3rd Annual Electric Parade, Festival and Rudolph Run is scheduled for Saturday, November 22nd, from 2:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
  • St. Martin-in-the-Fields, 2587 Baseline Road is hosting a six-member capella group, "Cut Off" on Saturday, November 22nd at 4:00 p.m.
  • American Red Cross Blood Drive on Tuesday, November 25th at GI Fire Headquarters, 2275 Baseline Rd. from 1:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m.
  • A Thanksgiving Eve Service will be held on Wednesday, November 26th at 7:00 p.m. at Bible Presbyterian Church.
  • The Grand Island Post #1346, American Legion meeting is at 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, November 26th, 2014 at the Moose Lodge.

    Grand Island High School Sporting Events - Varsity unless noted.
  • Boys Hockey will play in the Salmon River Tournament in Pulaski, NY this weekend.
  • There will be a Bowling NFL Kick-Off at Island Lanes on Tuesday, November 25th at 4:00 p.m.
  • Boys Swimming will meet Lew Port at home on Tuesday, November 25th at 5:00 p.m.
  • Boys Hockey will play Will. South at Hyde Park at 6:45 p.m. on Wednesday, November 26th.

    Send your news to jodi@giecom.net.


    Thursday, November 13, 2014

        Happy birthday today to Victor Cap, Mike Madigan, Roberta Jean Burke & Ann Rossiter. Happy birthday on Friday, November 14th to Sarah Brand. Happy birthday to Carole Lochte & Tom Dworak on Saturday, November 15th. Happy birthday Sunday to Annabelle Linenfelser & Peg Price and on Monday, November 17th to Sierra Yarnes, Bobbi McNulty Champayne, Dayton Fancher & William Hambridge. Happy birthday on Tuesday, November 18th to Mark Flash & Geraldine Wornick and on Wednesday to Eileen Minton.

       Happy anniversary to Ted & Lisa Kessler on Friday, November 14th.

       The Chamber of Commerce of the Tonawandas has awarded a Lifetime Achievement Award to "Ramblin' Lou" Schriver. Schriver was born and raised on Young Street in Tonawanda and has been a long-time Island resident. In 1978 he was inducted into the "Walkway of Stars" in the Country Music Hall of Fame in Nashville, TN and in 1996 inducted into the Buffalo Music Hall of Fame. In 2010 he was elected to the NYS Country Music Hall of Fame.

    Congratulations to Alley Cutting who is signing a letter of intent today to Kennesaw State University in Georgia. GICSD Athletic Director Jon Roth wrote she is "the greatest softball pitcher in Lady Viking history".

       The Town of Grand Island Planning Board okayed the Lighthouse Point townhouse community on Monday, November 10th. The area is zoned R-2 and the planned community fits in with the zoning guidelines. The townhouse lots will be comprised of 41 two-story, six unit buildings and a single story clubhouse of approximately 3,100 sq. ft. positioned along Whitehaven Road.

       Former Islander Lois Gibbs is speaking at the U.B. School of Management on Friday, November 21st at 10:00 a.m. in Jacobs 110 at the North Campus. She will present "Environmental Justice and Community Health: Lessons Learned from Love Canal". The event is free and open to the public by registering here. Gibbs was a resident of Love Canal and in 1978 became an activist after learning her neighborhood was built on top of a toxic waste dump. Because of her efforts, Superfund was formed, a federal program that cleans up hazardous waste sites.

    Island Tid-Bits...    Please take a look at the newest lost cat posting. The posting came in yesterday and "Piper" lives in the area of Stony Point and Bedell. If anyone knows if the other animals on the Lost & Found Pet page have been accounted for, please let me know.

       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.

    Upcoming Events - See Events Calendar For Details
  • VCMS Connor Family Fun Night is Friday, November 14th from 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Admission is free and food and games will be available for purchase.
  • Friends of the Grand Island Memorial Library will present a Discarded Book Sale at the library on Friday & Saturday, November 14-15th from 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • The Grand Island Memorial Library Adult Book Club will meet on Monday, November 17th at 7:00 pm at the library meeting room.
  • Cinderella Isle Garden Club will hold its November meeting on November 20, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church

    Wednesday, November 5, 2014

        Happy birthday on Thursday to Joshua Less, David Arch, Helen Radder & Sue Ellerton. Happy birthday on Friday, November 7th to John Kaeffer & Joe Cushner. Happy birthday to Scott Hammond, Doug Smith, Joel Brennan & Anne Leahy on Saturday, November 8th. Happy birthday on Monday, November 10th to Katie Samland & Barbara Cook. Happy birthday on Tuesday, November 11th to Sandy Santorio, Richard Benns, Lucia Roesch, & Shane Kinney and on Wednesday to Kelly Williams & Maria Burns.

        The Town of Grand Island is hosting a Veterans Day Service on Tuesday, November 11th at 11:00 a.m. at Veterans Park Memorial Wall, 1717 Bedell Road. Everyone is welcome to attend. If you have any questions you can contact Recreation Department at 773-9680, or by email to recreation@grand-island.ny.us.

       Congratulations to Buddy Boss on rolling his first 300 on Thursday, October 30th at Bowl-O-Drome, part of a 749 series.

       Welcome to Isledegrande's newest advertiser, Ellden's Grill at River Oaks. Ellden's has been busy updating their decor and want everyone to know that they are open to the public. Their hours are Tuesday-Thursday 4pm-9pm, Friday-Saturday 4pm-10pm and Sunday from 1pm-8pm. Check out their website and ad.

       The news is up one day early this week as I am headed to hopefully, sunny FLA for the weekend to visit my family.

       The Lighthouse Point group is back..."The proposed project consists of a subdivision of approximately 45.3 acres of vacant land located on the south side of Whitehaven Road into 252 lots, consisting of 246 lots for attached townhouse units on individual lots, 5 lots that will be comprised of common areas and 1 lot that will consist of the remaining 14.8 acres of the overall parcel that is zoned R-2." The townhouse lots will be comprised of 41 two-story, six unit buildings and a single story clubhouse of approximately 3,100 sq. ft. positioned along Whitehaven Road.

       Another project going before the Planning Board at the November 10th meeting is Woods Creek Village, 1993 Grand Island Blvd. That is located across from H.M.S. Electric, on the east side of the boulevard. This project is mixed use with possibly 200+ living units.

    Island Tid-Bits...    Grand Island voted: Governor: Cuomo-1609, Astorino-1839, Hawkins-115, McDermott-55.
       Grand Island voted: State Senate: Panepinto-1604, Stocker-2514, Grisanti-1679, Gallagher-595.
       Buffalo Business First reported that Grand Island comes in at #5 in the WNY area for Median Home Values. There are 8,232 housing units with a median value of owner-occupied homes of $177,300. Clarence was #1 with 11,424 units and $233,700 value.

       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.

    Upcoming Events - See Events Calendar For Details
  • The November meeting of the Historical Society is Thursday, November 6th at River Lea at 7:30 p.m.
  • The GI WOTM Moose Lodge #180 will have a chili cook off to benefit Niagara Cerebral Palsy on Sunday, November 9th at 2524 Grand Island Blvd at 12 noon.
  • The GI Professional Women Vendor Fair is on Sunday, November 9th at the Grand Island Knights of Columbus Hall, 1841 Whitehaven Road, Grand Island, from 10:00 a.m.- 4:00 p.m.


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    Thursday, October 30, 2014

        Happy birthday today to Dave Wilkinson, Bill Pioli & Lynda Black. Happy spooktacular birthday tomorrow, Friday, October 31st to Morgan Proctor & Jane Wynne. Happy birthday to Emily Fred & Andy Chambers on Saturday, November 1st. Happy birthday to one of my oldest (longest, not age) besties...Carol Zimmerman on Sunday, November 2nd. Happy birthday on Monday, November 3rd to Anthony Weis. Happy birthday on Tuesday, November 4th to Mark Tiede & Alli DeMartin and on Wednesday to Alexander Frye, Brian Rinio & Edie Thompson.
       Happy belated birthday to Carter Jay Lesh who turned one year old on October 24, 2014. Love and kisses from grandparents Chuck and Eileen Lesh of Grand Island and Emily and Dan Lynch of North Tonawanda.

       I paid a visit this week to Diana Nobumoto at the oh so close to being opened "Pink Martini Gift Shop". She is opening in the Maria's/Pam's Gift Shop location in the Grand Island Plaza and hopes to be ready to roll early next week. New carpeting and fresh paint on the walls already give the space a jazzy, boutique feel. I can't wait to see it all come together.

       The action you see at the Patel Building, formerly Dunlop Tire Co. headquarters on Long Road, is somewhat exploratory. They are working on removing the asbestos. In an article by James Fink of Business First, owner Jayesh Patel says the building must be stabilized before any thought can be given to future plans. Mr. Patel paid $850,000 in 2013 for the property.

       The GI Lady Viking girls soccer team again made the list of "Top 10 Fall High School Sports" in the Buffalo News this week. Moving up a spot to #8, Miguel Rodriguez wrote "8. Grand Island and Williamsville East girls soccer. The unbeaten Vikings (17-0-1) have pasted last four foes by a combined 16-0 en route to Section VI semifinal date with Williamsville South. Meanwhile, unbeaten Williamsville East (15-0-3) has outscored its last five foes, 17-5. If GI and East win Wednesday, they get to add another chapter to their storied rivalry. The 2006 final between the two remains one of the best soccer games I’ve ever covered." GI beat Will South in the semifinal, 2-1, yesterday and will play Will. East in the final on Saturday, November 1st at 4:30 p.m. in Amherst

        Islanders Bryce Shipman, Jill Anderson, Elliott Michki, Jared Eichel, Catie Merletti, Anna Cipollitti and Sarah Swagler are all appearing in the Theatre in the Mist presentation of "Fiddler on the Roof." The play will run November 1st - 15th at the Niagara Falls High School Performing Arts Center, 4455 Porter Road, Fridays 7:30 p.m. and Saturdays 2:00 p.m. and 7:30 p.m.

    Island Tid-Bits...    New policy at the "Rock" behind the high school. In a video on "GIHS Viking Vision", School Superintendent Teresa Lawrence and Principal Dal Quartley announced that once painted, the message will be up for a one week period only. The Building & Grounds staff will repaint the rock blue with a white emblem on Sundays if needed.
       Say Cheese Pizza is having a costume party on Saturday, November 1st at 9pm. The event will be hosted by 97 Rock personality Slick Tom .

       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.

    Upcoming Events - See Events Calendar For Details
  • The Sandy Beach Yacht Club Woman's organization is hosting a crafts show on Saturday, November 1st at the club, 1851 Winter Road from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
  • The Grand Island Memorial Library, 1715 Bedell Road, will celebrate its 25th Anniversary on Saturday, November 1st. The community is invited to visit the library which will have a special family program at 2:00 p.m.
  • St. Stephens 6th Annual Shopping Extravaganza is Sunday, November 2nd at 2080 Baseline Rd. from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • A benefit to help Lisa Sorri is planned for Sunday, November 2nd at the Knights of Columbus, 1841 Whitehaven Rd. from 1:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
  • The GI Snowmobile Club General Meeting is Wednesday, November 5th at 7:30 p.m. at the G.I. Rod & Gun Club.
  • The November meeting of the Historical Society is Thursday, November 6th at River Lea at 7:30 p.m.

    Grand Island High School Sporting Events - Varsity unless noted.
  • #5N Boys football will play #5S - Iroquois in the Chuck Funke Mem. Classic Final at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 30th in Depew.
  • Boys Volleyball will play Lake Shore at 6:00 p.m. at home in the Division II quarterfinal on Thursday, October 30th.
  • #1 Girls Soccer will play #2 Will. East in the Class A-1 Final at Amherst at 4:30 p.m. on Saturday, November 1st.

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    Thursday, October 23, 2014

        Happy birthday today to Patrick Gallagher, Chase Harding, Zakary Massaro and a special shout out to father-in-law Gerry Robinson in sunny Florida. Happy birthday tomorrow, Friday, October 24th to Doug Krueger. Happy birthday to John Bidell & Joshua McMahon on Saturday, October 25th and to twins Maxx & Calleigh Anderson, Dorothy Lew and Lorraine Mangin on Sunday, October 26th. Monday, October 27th is the birthday of Alyssa Quarantello, Pete Marston & Dominic Cannata. Happy birthday on Tuesday, October 28th to Steve Hunt, Jimmie Stewart III & Nikki Zimmerman and on Wednesday to Joanne Gesl & Nina Goss.


    Kevin Taylor in front of yogurt machines.


       Grand Island residents Kevin & Lynn Taylor recently opened a Menchie's frozen yogurt store at the LaSalle Center, 1520 Military Road (WalMart Plaza). This is a serve yourself operation with 14 flavors of yogurt, 32 dry toppings and 12 fresh-cut fruits available. Besides oozing deliciousness, the franchise business model emphasizes community service. The opening week fundraiser benefited Family & Children's Service of Niagara. The store interior has a happy vibe with bright colors throughout. Store hours are Sunday-Thursday from 11am-10pm and Friday & Saturday from 11am-11pm. The Taylors have also teamed up with "Casey's Corner", the GIHS store is stocking frozen cups of yogurt for students to purchase.

       Lots of fun activities this weekend for the kids...Trinity Fall Festival is featuring "Trunk or Treat" and inside games at the Church, 2100 Whitehaven Rd. on Saturday. Activities start at 11am and "Trunk of Treat" is from 2-4pm. The Grand Island VFW Post 9249, 2121 Grand Island Blvd., is hosting a children's Halloween party on Saturday from 2:00 to 4:00pm. The GI High School Art Club presents "Isle of Spooky Fun" on Saturday, October 25th from 11am-4pm, at the Nike Base Community Building, 3278 Whitehaven Rd. There will be games, scarecrow contest, prizes and more. Admission is $5. For the older kids, teens & adults, the GI High School Art Club presents "Isle of Horror" on Friday & Saturday, October 24th & 25th from 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. at the Nike Base Community Building, 3278 Whitehaven Rd.

       The list of "Top 10 Fall High School Sports" in the Buffalo News listed Grand Island girls soccer as #9. "Quietly unbeaten. Won Niagara Frontier League crown. Top seed in Class A for Section VI Tournament. Madisyn Pezzino has 34 goals and 84 points to lead Vikings." In the girls soccer WNY coaches poll, the Lady Vikings rated #2 at 15-0-1 behind Clarence (16-0). The Lady Vikings played Cheektowaga(#17) in the pre-quarterfinal on Tuesday, and won 3-0. They will now play Olean(#9) at home on Thursday, October 23rd at 6:00 p.m. in the quarterfinal.UPDATE: GI beat Olean 5-0 and are headed to Depew High School on Wednesday, October 29th at 7:00 p.m. to take on Williamsville South.

       The Boys Soccer team is headed to the semifinals after beating Williamsville East on Wednesday night at home. The game was 3-3, 6-5 in penalty kicks, thanks to goalkeeper Jeremy Figler. They are headed to Tonawanda on Friday at 5:00 p.m., playing against #2 Williamsville South.

    Island Tid-Bits...    Back on the market...Byblos Niagara Resort & Spa is again a ship without a rudder. The latest owner group has listed the site for close to $10 million. The restaurant is serving breakfast 6:30-11am, no lunch service and dinner is available at the bar.
       If you were scratching your head over the check from NYS Department of Tax, click on this link for some background information.
       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.

    Upcoming Events - See Events Calendar For Details
  • The River Lea Quilters 2014 Quilt Show will be at Byblos Niagara Resort & Spa on Saturday, October 25th and Sunday, October 26th from 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • The St. Stephen Holy Name Society will have a pasta dinner on Sunday, October 26th from noon - 5:00 p.m. They are offering Spaghetti & Meatballs or Pasta Primavera.
  • The Relay for Life Committee meeting is Tuesday, October 28th at 6:00 p.m. at the GI Memorial Library.
  • Whitehaven Road Baptist Church, 1290 Whitehaven Rd. is hosting a Children's Harvest Party on Wednesday, October 29th from 6:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.
  • A special Mass for the Loss of a Child is on Wednesday, October 29th at 7:00 p.m at St. Stephen's RC Church, 2100 Baseline Rd.

    Grand Island High School Sporting Events - Varsity unless noted.
  • #1 Girls Soccer will play #9-Olean in the Class A quarterfinals at home at 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 23rd.
  • #5N Boys football will play #6S - Hutch Tech in the Chuck Funke Mem. Classic Game at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, October 24th at home.
  • #3 Boys Soccer will play #2 Will. South in the Class A-1 Semifinals at Tonawanda at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, October 24th.
  • Boys Volleyball will host a tournament starting at 8:00 a.m. on Saturday, October 25th.
  • Boys Volleyball will play Maryvale at home 7:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 28th in a Division II pre-quarterfinal.
  • Girls Volleyball will play Sweet Home at home at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 28th in a Class A Quarterfinal.
  • #1 Girls Soccer will play #4-Will South at Depew at 7:30 p.m. in the Class A Semifinals on Wednesday, October 29th.
  • #5N Boys football will play #5S - Iroquois in the Chuck Funke Mem. Classic Final Game at 5:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 30th at Depew.


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    Thursday, October 16, 2014

       Happy 25th wedding anniversary to Jacquie & Pat Foote on Tuesday, October 21st!

       Happy belated birthday wishes to Mike Yensan, his birthday was yesterday, October 15th.

        Happy birthday today to Clare Conboy & Sue Cinelli. Happy birthday tomorrow, Friday, October 17th to Stephanie Kowalak, Jenna Giambra & Julius Schopp. Say happy birthday to Barb DeMaria, Alexandra Imperi & Aidan Daly on Saturday and to Heidi Sue McCormick, Luke Hooper & Bill Winterfield on Sunday, October 19th. Monday, October 20th is the birthday of Ryan Pinzel & Michael Madigan. Happy birthday on Tuesday, October 21st to Laury Linenfelser and on Wednesday to Brianna Hadden & Rick Martin.

       Lots of anniversaries being celebrated this week. Happy 58th anniversary to former Islanders Bob & Joanne Urtell married October 13, 1956. Congratulations to Renee & Mike Driskell, Gary & Carol Roesch and Sue & Dan McMahon, all married on October 20th. Happy anniversary to Earl & Rita DeGlopper on October 21st.

       The 3rd Annual Light Up the Boulevard Electric Parade and Festival is on Saturday, November 22, 2014 from 2:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Anyone in the community can be a participant in the parade or festival. From 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. there will be visits with Santa, vendors and games in the Town Hall Parking lot. The Rudolph Run will take place at 5:00 p.m., followed by the Parade and right after the parade the Tree Lighting in the Town Commons. Parade Application, Business Light Contest Application and Rudolph Run Application & Entry Fee.

        Island Tid-Bits...    The culvert work on Stony Point between Bedell Road and Whitehaven starts today October 16th and may continue until November 28th.

       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.

    Upcoming Events - See Events Calendar For Details
  • Cinderella Isle Garden Club meeting is on Thursday, October 16, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church.
  • Hoffman's 9th Annual Hospice Fundraiser is at the VFW Post, 2121 Grand Island Blvd. on Saturday, October 18th at 2:00 pm.
  • NYS Parks is having a Fall Foliage Hike in the Woods on Saturday, October 18th from 2pm-4pm at Beaver Island State Park.
  • The GI Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary annual Chowder & Bakegood sale is Saturday, October 18th at 11:00 a.m. at Fire Headquarters, 2275 Baseline Road.
  • The Historical Society Open House is Sunday, October 19th at River Lea, Beaver Island from 2:00 p.m.- 4:00 p.m.
  • The Grand Island Memorial Library Adult Book Club will meet on Monday, October 20th at 7:00 pm at the library meeting room.
  • The library will present "Creatures of the Night" on Tuesday, October 21st at 6:30 pm, an evening story time for children ages 3 - 6.

    Grand Island High School Sporting Events - Varsity unless noted.
  • Boys Football will play Will East at home at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, October 17th.
  • NFL Girls Diving Invitational is at GI on Saturday, October 18th at 9:00 a.m.
  • Boys Volleyball will play North Tonawanda at home at 4:30 p.m. on Monday, October 20th.
  • Girls Volleyball will play North Tonawanda away at 4:30 p.m. on Monday, October 20th.
  • Girls Swimming will meet Ken East away at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 21st.

    GI Vikings Sports Schedules Modified, JV, Varsity

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    Thursday, October 9, 2014

        Happy birthday today to Taylor Duscher, Chris Ciechoski, Marion Samland & Paula Tickner. Happy birthday tomorrow, Friday, October 10th to Linda Schneckenburger and Ray Billica. Say happy birthday to Jacob Mongold & Barbara Shepardon Saturday and to Marissa Mrkall & Ronald Milks on Sunday, October 12th. Dylan Castiglia, Tom Trader, Eleanor Stephan are celebrating on Monday, October 13th and Stephanie Voyzey, John Turner, Erik Robinson & Ashley Battaglia get cake and ice cream on October 14th.

       A super duper special birthday is on Wednesday, October 15th. Shirley Luther is 90 years young and a Open House is planned at Historic Trinity Church, 2100 Whitehaven Rd from noon - 3:00 p.m. Everyone is welcome to help celebrate the grande dame of Grand Island's special day.

       A nice article about former Islander Gail Lazenby is featured in the September/October issue of "The Journal of Emergency Dispatch". It talks about a program called "Neighbors Saving Neighbors" that Gail is involved in at The Villages where he lives. The program places AEDs on resident properties throughout The Villages and trains residents how to use the devices, along with how to perform hands-only (compressions) CPR. The Villages’ survival rate for cardiac arrest went from 16.75 percent in 2004–2005 to more than 40 percent in just four years. See article. The heads up for this "Grand Island Goodness" is thanks to Steve Morgan via Peter McMahon.

       Two Grand Island High School football players have been named as Cross Training Football/Section VI Football Character Athletes of the Week. Senior Mike Podlucky was chosen for week three and junior Chris Aronica was chosen for week five. Congratulations guys! Don't forget the Vikings are playing North Tonawanda on Friday night, October 10th at 7pm.

    Island Tid-Bits...     New York State Senator Mark Grisanti recently named Dan McMahon as the ninth recipient of his "Veteran of the Month" recognition program. See story and well done Dan!
        The GI Fire Company is looking for an Assistant Communications Supervisor. Go to the jobs page and find out all the details.
       I just had the most delicious cupcake OF MY LIFE! No kidding! The Baked Cupcakery, on Whitehaven in Fahim's building, just opened Tuesday. I had the Red Velvet. They open at 11am. GO!
       Stony Point is having some culvert work done in the near future which will close it down to thru traffic from Bedell to Whitehaven and then Whitehaven to Staley. When, you dare ask? I tried to call Erie County Department of Public Works, twice. They must be so busy fixing roads, they don't have time to answer the phone.

       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.

    Upcoming Events - See Events Calendar For Details
  • GI Fire Company Fire Prevention Open House is Thursday, October 9th from 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at fire headquarters, 2275 Baseline Rd. Many family activities, a basket raffle and hot dog sale will be available.
  • The VNA will offer Flu & Pneumonia Vaccinations at the Grand Island Memorial Library on Saturday, October 11th from 12:00 p.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • NYS Parks is having a Fall Foliage Walk on Saturday, October 11th from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. at Buckhorn Island State Park.
  • The Rotary Club of Grand Island is having a document destruction event on Saturday, October 11th from 10am-12pm at Key Bank Parking Lot.
  • A Beaver Island Planting Project presentation is Saturday, October 11th at 11:00 a.m. at the main entrance.
  • The library will be open on Monday, October 13th from 10:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. "Inventions in Junk" a creative program for children ages 8 - 12 will meet in the library's meeting room at 2:00 p.m.
  • Elderwood at Grand Island, 2850 Grand Island Blvd. is hosting a UNYTS Blood Drive on Tuesday, October 14th from 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Cinderella Isle Garden Club meeting is on Thursday, October 16, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church.

    Grand Island High School Sporting Events - Varsity unless noted.
  • Boys Volleyball will play Ken West away at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 9th.
  • Girls Volleyball will play Ken West at home at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 9th.
  • Girls Tennis will play Ken East away at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 9th.
  • Boys Football will play No. Tonawanda at home at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, October 10th.
  • Girls Swimming will meet Niag. Wheatfield at home at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, October 10th.
  • Girls Soccer will play Niagara Falls at home at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, October 10th.
  • Boys Soccer will play Niagara Falls away at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, October 10th.
  • Cross Country at V-Pembroke Invite on Saturday, October 11th.
  • Girls Volleyball will play Niagara Falls away at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, October 14th.
  • Cross Country vs.Niagara Wheatfield at North Tonawanda at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, October 14th.
  • Boys Volleyball will play Niagara Falls at home at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, October 14th.
  • Boys Soccer will play North Tonawanda away at 6:30 p.m. on Tuesday, October 14th.
  • Girls Soccer will play North Tonawanda at home at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, October 14th.
  • Boys Soccer will play Lancaster at home at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, October 15th.
  • Boys Volleyball will play Niagara Wheatfield at home at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, October 15th.
  • Girls Swimming will meet Lew Port away at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 15th.

    GI Vikings Sports Schedules Modified, JV, Varsity

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    Thursday, October 2, 2014

        Happy birthday wishes today to Joan Allen & Richard Warner and happy birthday on Friday, October 3rd to Jean Marie Ensminger and Joan Schlueter Wright. Saturday's birthday gals are Margie Walker & Clarice Samland. Sunday, October 5th is a busy day for birthdays with Dylan Russo, Michele Remmes, Nancy Long, Robert N. Schwagler, Rebekah Thompson, Muriel Magnuson & Carolyn Mesches all celebrating. Blowing out the candles on Monday, October 6th are Craig Blowers, Jane Consier, Ruth Cunningham and Roy Campbell and on another busy day, Tuesday, October 7th, Lorraine Willcox, Ann Weingartner, Greg Yensan, Mary Jo Soto, Bob McCormick, Michael Christensen, Morgan Capage, Evan Smith and Paul Leuchner. Happy birthday on Wednesday to Taylor Duscher, Barb Jarzab & Chris Ciechoski. Happy belated birthday to the Robinson twins, Jackie Steckleberg and Lori Boulden, who celebrated on September 26th.

       A very happy wedding anniversary to Teddy & Jim Linenfelser on Sunday, October 5th!

       The World Pumpkin Weigh-Off took place on Saturday, September 26th at the Williamsville Oktoberfest. First place went to Island resident John Sobieski with a 727-pound pumpkin and second place went to another Island resident, Tom Victor, with a 716 pound specimen.

       Grand Island senior Lillian Cultrara will be participating in a 30-mile endurance race with her horse Mystery on Saturday, October 4th at Allegany State Park. The event is called "Allegany Shut Up and Ride" and features 55-mile and 75-mile rides also. The horses are checked out by vets along the way to make sure they are ok to continue. The pair need to finish the 30-mile ride in seven hours and 15 minutes. Lillian and Mystery, a 13-year-old Morgan/Hackney, completed a 15-mile intro course in July in Pennsylvania.

       An Island resident has recently started an online petition at Change.org requesting the Town of Grand Island "solve the traffic safety issues at the corner of Ransom Rd. and Stony Point Rd." If you would like to sign the petition click here.

        Sperling's BestPlaces is a website created and maintained by author and researcher Bert Sperling. It offers information about cities and zip codes in the United States including economy, population, demographics, education, cost of living, and employment. Posted below are some of the interesting facts about Grand Island.
  • As of 2014, Grand Island's population is 20,324 people. Since 2000, it has had a population growth of 9.14 percent.
  • Grand Island is 15th largest in population in the WNY area, just behind Lockport.
  • The median home cost in Grand Island is $101,300. Home appreciation the last year has been 3.90 percent.
  • Compared to the rest of the country, Grand Island's cost of living is 17.20% lower than the U.S. average.
  • Grand Island public schools spend $19,723 per student. The average school expenditure in the U.S. is $12,435. There are about 14.7 students per teacher in Grand Island.
  • The unemployment rate in Grand Island is 5.60 percent(U.S. avg. is 6.30%). Recent job growth is Positive, Grand Island jobs have increased by 0.12 percent.
  • Average Commute time is 19 minutes. The National Average is 25 minutes.

       There are two more Friday night football games at Gene Masters Field. On October 10th, GI will be playing North Tonawanda and on October 17th it will be the homecoming game against Williamsville East. Kick-off is 7:00 p.m. The cheerleaders have refreshments for sale in case you come hungry. It really is a spectacular site, all lit up.

       There is another chapter in the Kara Dudley photobomb incident. Kara made an appearance on the Steve Harvey show on October 1st, which you can see here.

       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.

    Upcoming Events - See Events Calendar For Details
  • The Lawn Mower Race Festival is Saturday, October 4th from 12:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at the Town Commons and Whitehaven Road. The Lawn Mower Race is going to feature a "Main Event" race between Superintendent of schools Dr. Teresa Lawrence and Town Supervisor Mary Cooke. Still waiting to hear who will be racing Kaegebein Principal Mary Haggerty.
  • The Golden Age Center Holiday Happenings is on Saturday, October 4th at the Nike Base, 3278 Whitehaven Road. It will be from 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • The Grand Island Fire Company will host a Fire Prevention Open House on Thursday, October 9th from 5:00 p.m. to 8:00 p.m. at fire headquarters, 2275 Baseline Rd.

    Grand Island High School Sporting Events - Varsity unless noted.
  • Girls Soccer will play Aquinas at home at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, October 3rd.
  • Boys Volleyball will play Ken East at home at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, October 3rd.
  • Girls Volleyball will play Ken East away at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, October 3rd.
  • Girls Tennis will play No. Ton. away at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, October 3rd.
  • Girls Swimming will meet Niagara Falls away at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, October 3rd.
  • Boys Football will play Starpoint away at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 4th.
  • Girls Soccer will play Lew Port at home at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 4th.
  • Boys Soccer will play Lew Port away at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, October 4th.
  • Cross Country at East Aurora Invite on Saturday, October 4th.
  • Boys Volleyball will play at Cheektowaga Tourn. on Saturday, October 4th.
  • Cross Country at home against Niagara Falls & Lew Port on Tuesday, October 7th.
  • Boys Golf will play No. Ton. at home at 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 7th.
  • Girls Soccer will play Ken West away at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, October 7th.
  • Girls Volleyball will play Niag. Wheatfield at home at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, October 7th.
  • Girls Swimming will meet Niagara Wheatfield at home at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 7th.
  • Girls Tennis will play Ken West at home at 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, October 7th.
  • Boys Volleyball will play Niag. Wheatfield away at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, October 7th
  • Boys Golf will play Niag. Wheat. away at 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 8th.
  • Girls Volleyball will play Ken West at home at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 9th.
  • Girls Tennis will play Ken East away at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 9th.
  • Boys Volleyball will play Ken West away at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 9th.

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    Thursday, September 25, 2014

        Happy birthday today, Thursday, September 25th to David Dee, Robert Smith, Robert Tyrrell, Liz Brock, Dan Bridge & Sam Carpenter. Friday, September 26th birthdays include Madison Martin, Kevin Rogoza, Liz Glor Allen, and Cameron Kolat. Happy birthday Saturday, September 27th to Kevin Cobello, Dave Grant, Ashley Bleistein, Sharilyn Zarajczyk, Linda Clark & Andrew Szolnoky. Happy birthday on September 28th to Cap Cooke, Jordan Davis & Claire Cinelli. Cake and ice cream coming to Nancy Blundell, Joann Hasselbeck, Matthew Hamm, Jim Wright Jr. & Samantha Krause on Monday, September 29th. A special birthday shout out to my favorite sister-in-law Dana Robinson on September 29th! September 30th is the birthday of Faith Caldwell, Vikki Smith & Michael Rossiter and Wednesday, October 1st celebrating birthdays are Ariel Brucato & Allison Mae Walker


       Happy 36th wedding anniversary to John & Joanne Podlucky (above), celebrating September 30th and to Patricia & Scott Shaw celebrating their 26th wedding anniversary on October 1st.

        A fabulous "Friday Night Under the Lights" took place last week at Gene Masters Field. So good to see all the alumni on the field along with Gene's kids, Cindy Khreis & Mike Masters, and long time A.D. H. David Meyers. Jon Roth was a wonderful host for the event. The Viking football team certainly made it exciting in the second half. Everyone is looking forward to the next game to be held on October 10th against North Tonawanda. To get a feel for the game check out the Viking Vision newscast video, superbly filmed by Brennan Carey (Class of 2011) and Colin Carey (Class of 2015), edited by Audio-Visual Technician/Viking Vision TV Club Advisor and Voice of the Vikings Mark Gorton and Colin.

       Finally, a Found Cat!!! We have had numerous lost cats and a couple found cats over the past month. Nothing ever matched up until this week. Shrimp was pictured here last week and is now back home with his family. A Siamese cat lost September 1st was just spotted at the Baseline/Fix/Alt area. Take a look at our lost and found pet page. There are three found cats, four lost cats, one lost bird and one lost dog.

       GI Girls Soccer phenom, sophomore Madisyn Pezzino, recently scored her 100th career goal in a game on September 22nd against Niagara Wheatfield. It was the second of her two goals that day and Grand Island won 2-1. The Lady Vikings are 7-0-1 in the NFL and 8-0-1 overall. Over on the Boys Soccer team GI goalkeeper Justin Figler set a new school record for career shutouts with his 22nd on September 18th. The Boys are 5-2 NFL and 6-3 overall. Congratulations!

       Now is the time to sign up for the Town of Grand Island Recreation Department Winter Volleyball and Basketball Leagues. There is also a weekly pick-up basketball open gym starting in November. Check out the Town Recreation page.

    Island Tid-Bits...    The Marion Klingel Town Commons sign is open to all community groups to advertise their events. For future use the community is asked to only provide vinyl 2'x 8' signs, not the rigid, corrugated type. The reasons being, difficulty in hanging in certain weather conditions and storage. If you have any questions regarding sign protocal, call 773-6789.

       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.

    Upcoming Events - See Events Calendar For Details
  • The 2014 Taste of Grand Island is scheduled for Saturday, September 27th from 12:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at the Town Commons.
  • A Pharmaceutical Drug Collection will take place at the GI Fire Hall, 2275 Baseline Rd., on Saturday, September 27th from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
  • The Grand Island Crop Walk is Sunday, September 28th 1:00 p.m. at Beaver Island State Park.
  • A Joint Town & School Board Meeting is planned for Monday, September 29, 2014 at Eco Island, 3325 Staley Road. A tour is planned at 6:30 p.m. and the meeting will take place at 7:30 p.m.
  • The Grand Island Professional Women's Chapter, New York State Women, Inc. will meet at 6:00 p.m., Wednesday, October 1st, in River Oaks Clubhouse, 201 Whitehaven Road.
  • The October meeting of the Historical Society is Thursday, October 2nd at River Lea at 7:30 p.m.

    Grand Island High School Sporting Events - Varsity unless noted.
  • Boys Soccer will play Lockport away at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 25th.
  • Girls Soccer will play Lockport at home at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 25th.
  • Girls Volleyball will play Lew Port away at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 25th.
  • Boys Volleyball will play St. Joe's at home at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, September 26th.
  • Boys Golf will play Lockport at home at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, September 26th.
  • Girls Swimming will meet Lockport at home at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, September 26th.
  • Boys Football will play Ken East away at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 27th.
  • Girls Soccer will play Niagara Wheatfield away at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 27th.
  • Boys Volleyball will play No. Tonawanda away at 4:30 p.m. on Monday, September 29th.
  • Girls Volleyball will play No. Tonawanda at home at 4:30 p.m. on Monday, September 29th.
  • Boys Golf will play Ken East away at 4:00 p.m. on Monday, September 29th.
  • Girls Tennis will play Lew Port away at 4:00 p.m. on Monday, September 29th.
  • Girls Swimming will meet No. Tonawanda at home at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 30th.
  • Cross Country will host Lockport and Ken West at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, September 30th.
  • Boys Volleyball will play Lockport away at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 1st.
  • Girls Volleyball will play Lockport at home at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, October 1st.
  • Boys Soccer will play Ken East at home at 4:30/6:30 p.m. on Wednesday, October 1st.
  • Girls Tennis will play Niag. Falls at home at 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, October 1st.

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    Thursday, September 18, 2014

        Happy birthday today, Thursday, September 18th to Town Cafe's Lynn Quarentello. I heard they had a nice crowd in for the new Sunday Brunch. Quite the list of birthdays on Friday, September 19th, happy birthday Peter McMahon, Mike Carr, Lisa Stoddard,Vickie Harnden, Bonnie Sciuk, Julie O'Connor and Donnie Burns. Happy birthday Saturday, September 20th to Bruce Senn, Becky Peters, Jennifer Fiels, Lawrence Runions & Lisa Dollendorf. Happy birthday on September 21st to Madison Nowak & Glenn Wallace and on September 22nd to Bill DeGlopper, Kathleen McCormick & Kevin Hagen.


       Camera shy Bev Billica Benton does a fabulous job as flower lady for the Town of Grand Island. Check out her latest handiwork at the Town Commons corner, all decked out for fall. Next up is mums galore at the DeGlopper Memorial Park at GI Blvd. and Baseline. Bev also takes care of Veterans Park, Fisherman's Park and the Nike Base.

        Very sorry to hear Kevin "Skee" Zoldowski, Class of 1970, can't make the "Friday Night Under the Lights" game. Norm Brady was in for a commemmorative t-shirt and told us the bad news. Skee, thanks for being one of the first sponsors of the event, we will make sure to send you a program. Ran into Andrew Dale, Class of 2013 and football alumni at Tops and he is pumped for the game! If you have a jersey, wear it!

       The Class of 2017 will be hosting a Chicken BBQ at the High School today (HS open house night) from 2:30 - Open House. Dinners are $9 presale and $10 at the door.

        There are still a few spots left in some of the classes for kids in the Grand Island Community Education Fall Program. Classes with a few spots left that begin next week include: Yoga for Kids and Teens, Kids FitnessJam, Fundamental Aquatics, Level 3 and Level 4 Stroke Development and KidsPlay Soccer (parent/child and level 1). There are also still spots left for the Youth Basketball League which begins November 7th. There is a league for ages 6-8 and another league for 9-12. To get more information about the classes and to register click here: Fall 2014 Community Ed and scroll to bottom of page.

       Another reminder...The "Friday Night Under The Lights" football game tomorrow is going to be well attended. There are parking spaces for 650 cars in parking lots at the school. A bus will run spectators from the middle and high school lots to the back and you will be able to walk through the school. Handicapped parking will be in the back, small lot closest to the school. If needed, parking will be allowed on Ransom and surrounding streets. This would be a good time to car pool! The game is being televised by Time Warner and is scheduled to begin no later than 7:07 p.m. A gathering of alumni will take place from 5:00 -7:00 p.m.

        The Grand Island Boys Volleyball team is off to a good start. They beat North Tonawanda last weekend, 25-13, 25-20 to win the 17th North Tonawanda tournament. Mike Podgorny and Kyle Burns were named to the all-tournament team for the Vikings. Congratulations guys!

       Thanks very much to Frank & Julie Greco and Jerrie Page here on the Island and Don Turner in sunny Florida for sending a donation to Isledegrande. We really appreciate your generosity.

    Island Tid-Bits...    The High School Auditorium is scheduled to be completed on November 30th, just in time for holiday concerts.

       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.

    Upcoming Events - See Events Calendar For Details
  • Cinderella Isle Garden Club will hold its September meeting on September 18, 2014 at 7:00 PM at Eco Island Nature Center
  • The first football game at Gene Masters Field at the new GIHS Stadium will take place on Friday, September 19th at 7:00 pm.
  • The Historical Society Garage Sale Fundraiser is Friday, September 19th at 665 South Colony from 9:00 a.m.- 3:00 p.m.
  • Elderwood at Grand Island, 2850 Grand Island Blvd. is hosting a Classic Car Cruise Day on Saturday, September 20th, 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • The Historical Society Open House is Sunday, September 21st at River Lea, Beaver Island from 2:00 p.m.- 4:00 p.m.

    Grand Island High School Sporting Events - Varsity unless noted.
  • Boys Soccer will play No. Tonawanda at home at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 18th.
  • Girls Soccer will play No. Tonawanda away at 6:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 18th.
  • Boys Volleyball will play Ken. West at home at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 18th.
  • Boys Volleyball will play Ken. West away at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 18th.
  • Girls Tennis will play Ken West away at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, September 18th.
  • Boys Football will play Williamsville South at home at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, September 19th.
  • Girls Swimming will play Ken. West away at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, September 19th.
  • Girls Soccer will play Niagara Wheatfield at home at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, September 22nd.
  • Boys Soccer will play Niagara Wheatfield away at 4:30 p.m. on Monday, September 22nd.
  • Girls Tennis will play Ken East at home at 4:00 p.m. on Monday, September 22nd.
  • Boys Volleyball will play Niagara Falls away at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, September 23rd.
  • Girls Volleyball will play Niagara Falls at home at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, September 23rd.
  • Boys Golf will play play Niagara Wheatfield at home at 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, September 23rd.
  • Girls Tennis will play play Niagara Wheatfield at home at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, September 23rd.
  • Boys Golf will play Ken West at home at 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 24th.
  • Girls Tennis will play Lockport away at 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 24th.

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    Thursday, September 11, 2014

        Happy birthday today, Thursday, September 11th to June Ann Chadima. Happy birthday Friday, September 12th to Elizabeth Belocci, Carole Bifano, Chris Aronica, Pearl Lane, Ben Shaw (18!) & Christopher Sadkowski. Happy birthday Saturday, September 13th to Makenna Scalise & Bethany Kulikowski. Happy birthday on September 15th to Ava Staub.

       Happy anniversary to Judy & Bob Schmidt today, September 11th and to Tim & Irene Ehde on Tuesday, September 16th.


       A very special Happy Birthday on Thursday, September 19th to Don Burns turning 75 years young. The photo above was taken in 1972 and the lovely young lady at his side is Peggy McNulty. I'm sure he will be playing at Dick & Jenny's on his birthday. I am posting it now so everyone has time to make plans to help "Burnsie" celebrate!

       The Grand Island Lady Vikings Swim team has two junior divers who are off to a terrific start this season. Congratulations to Allison DeMartin for coming in first place at the first meet against Cleveland Hill on Tuesday, with her highest score ever of 205.00. Allison qualified for sectionals last Saturday at a Quad meet. Fellow diver Jordyn Fisher also qualified for Sectionals at the Cleveland Hill meet. Nice job girls!

       Town Cafe, 2352 Grand Island Blvd. is going to serve a new brunch buffet starting this Sunday, September 14th. The brunch will be open from 10:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m and will have delicious breakfast and lunch items. This week's menu is scrambled eggs, home fries, pancakes, French toast, bacon, sausage links, Danish, muffins, croissants, sausage with peppers and onions, mac and cheese, panko chicken, shells and sauce, cottage cheese, jello, salad, and fruit, with coffee or tea for $10.99. Kids under 10 are $5.99. There will be mimosas and Bloody Mary's for $4. Call Lynn at 773-7373 for more information. There will also be a September/Lynn's birthday party on Thursday, September 18th from 5-8pm, free pizza at the bar!

       The "Friday Night Under The Lights" football game on September 19th is going to be well attended. There are parking spaces for 650 cars in parking lots at the school. A bus will run spectators from the middle and high school lots to the back and you will be able to walk through the school. Handicapped parking will be in the back, small lot closest to the school. If needed, parking will be allowed on Ransom and surrounding streets. The game is being televised by Time Warner and is scheduled to begin no later than 7:07 p.m. A gathering of alumni will take place from 5:00 -7:00 p.m.

    Island Tid-Bits...    Thermo Fisher Scientific on Staley Road has quite a few positions available. Check out the jobs page to see if one is a good fit for you.

       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.

    Upcoming Events - See
    Events Calendar For Details
  • A 9-11 Memorial Service to honor lives lost on September 11th, 2001 will be held Thursday, September 11th, 2014 at 7:00pm at the Grand Island VFW, 2121 Grand Island Blvd.
  • Batmobile at Say Cheese Pizza, 1771 Love Road on Saturday, September 13th from 2-8pm.
  • Law Enforcement Day at WNY Miracle League will be on Saturday, September 13th at 1:30 pm at the Miracle League Field in Veterans Park.
  • The Grand Island Community Chorus will begin fall rehearsals on Sunday, September 14, at 6:30 p.m. at St. Timothy Evangelical Lutheran Church, 1453 Staley Road.
  • The Grand Island Memorial Library Adult Book Club will meet on Monday, September 15th at 7:00 pm at the library meeting room.
  • St. Timothy Lutheran Child Care Center will be holding an open house on Wednesday, September 17, 2014 from 6:15-8:00 pm.
  • Cinderella Isle Garden Club will hold its September meeting on September 18, 2014 at 7:00 PM at Eco Island Nature Center, 3325 Staley Rd., Grand Island.

    Grand Island High School Sporting Events - Varsity unless noted.
  • Boys Football will play Riverside away at 7:00 p.m. on Friday, September 12th.
  • Boys Soccer will play Ken. West away at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, September 12th.
  • Boys Volleyball will play Ken. East away at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, September 12th.
  • Girls Volleyball will play Ken. East at home at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, September 12th.
  • Girls Soccer will play Niag. Wheatfield away at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, September 12th.
  • Boys Golf will play Ken. East at home at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, September 12th.
  • Girls Tennis will play Lew Port at home at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, September 12th.
  • Girls Soccer will play Ken. West at home at 10am/noon on Saturday, September 13th.
  • Boys Volleyball will play No. Tonawanda Tourn. on Saturday, September 13th.
  • Girls Volleyball will play Niagara Wheatfield away at 4:30 p.m. on Monday, September 15th.
  • Girls Tennis will play Niagara Falls away at 4:00 p.m. on Monday, September 15th.
  • Boys Golf will play Lew Port away at 4:00 p.m. on Monday, September 15th.
  • Boys Volleyball will play Niagara Wheatfield at home at 4:30 p.m. on Monday, September 15th.
  • Boys Soccer will play Niagara Falls at home at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, September 16th.
  • Girls Soccer will play Niagara Falls away at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, September 16th.
  • Girls Volleyball will play Lew Port at home at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, September 17th.
  • Boys Golf will play Niagara Falls at home at 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 17th.
  • Girls Tennis will play No. Tonawanda at home at 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, September 17th.

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    Thursday, September 4, 2014

        Happy birthday today, Thursday, September 4th to Bob Dee, Justin Schmadel, Kiersten Winstel, Grace Carpenter. Happy birthday Friday, September 5th to Sarah Lange. Happy birthday Saturday,September 6th to Jean Leiner & Judy Schmidt. Sunday's birthday celebrants are Collin DeMartin, Anna Hammond & Gretchen Moss Beach. Happy birthday on September 9th to Mikayla Claus, Jackie McGinty & Elizabeth Carpenter. Happy Birthday Wednesday, September 10th to Don Link & Richard Lozo.

       Happy anniversary to David and Carol Dusenbury on Monday, September 8th and to Butch and Julie Meyer on September 9th.

       Check out "the Rock" at the back of the high school. It has been recently painted by the class of 2025. Bet that won't last very long.

       Say Cheese Pizza, 1771 Love Road is fundraising for the Down Syndrome Parent Group of WNY and as part of this will be hosting the life-size Batmobile on Saturday, September 13th from 2:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. There will be hot dogs, hamburgers and pizza specials. Pictures are free but please consider a donation to the DSPG.

        Congratulations to Beth McCarthy of McCarthy School of Irish Dance. Beth is celebrating her 25th season this year. New beginner class starts Tuesday September 9. For more information visit the website www.mccarthyschoolofirishdance.com.

       Word went out on the GIHS Class of 1995 FaceBook page requesting donations for the Gene Masters Field Dedication. The class hit the Silver level and were then given a challenge by an out-of-towner on September 2nd. He wrote “There’s $250 between where we are now and the “Gold Level”. If we get half of that ($125) between now and Saturday, 9/6, I’ll put in the rest to get us to gold.” Well the class achieved the goal in 5 hours. The challenge was posed at 1:42 p.m. and they hit it at 6:08 p.m. Thanks to the AWESOME Class of 1995 and their $500 donation to “Friday Night Under the Lights”.

       There is a lot going on the next month on Grand Island. Mark your calendars for the Gene Masters Dedication on Friday, September 19th at the high school field. The Historical Society Open House is Sunday, September 21st at River Lea. The Taste of Grand Island is Saturday, September 27th at the Town Commons. Grand Island Crop Walk is on Sunday, September 28th at Beaver Island Park and the Lawn Mower Race & Festival is Saturday, October 4th! Whew!

        According to Peggy McNulty, the Class of 1964 from Riverside High enjoyed a wonderful reunion this past summer and will be keeping their webpage up to keep classmates updated on news. See www.riverside64reunion.com.

    Island Tid-Bits...     Trinity Church is having a Rally Day on Sunday, September 7th from 9am-1pm. There will be free brunch, bounce house, face painting, games and crafts. Services are 8am, 9:15am and 10:45am.
       This just in....the Class of 1983 is making a $100 donation to "Friday Night Under the Lights" and would like to challenge all other GIHS classes (reunion committees) to match or beat their donation!! Go to www.gialumni.org for information.

       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.

    Upcoming Events - See Events Calendar For Details
  • The Historical Society's September meeting at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, September 4th at River Lea is a potluck followed by speaker Gregoroy Kinal (European immigration at turn of century (1900). Please bring a dish to pass and your own place setting.
  • 37th Annual Antique Boat Show & Raceboat Reunion will be held on Saturday, September 6th at the Buffalo Launch Club.
  • The Sandy Beach Park Club is hosting a Krolick's Chicken and Rib BBQ on Saturday, September 6th from 3pm till 6pm.
  • The Grand Island Autism Support Group will meet Tuesday, September 9th at 2139 Grand Island Blvd. from 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

    Grand Island High School Sporting Events - Varsity unless noted.
  • Girls Volleyball will play Will. North at home at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, September 4th.
  • Girls Soccer will play Orchard Park at home at 4:30 p.m. on Friday, September 5th.
  • Boys Football will play Will. North away at 2:00 p.m. on Saturday, September 6th.
  • Boys Soccer will play Ken. East away at 11:00 a.m. on Saturday, September 6th.
  • Girls Soccer will play Ken. East at home at noon on Saturday, September 6th.
  • Boys Soccer will play Lockport at home at 4:30 p.m. on Monday, September 8th.
  • Girls Soccer will play Lockport away at 4:30 p.m. on Monday, September 8th.
  • Boys Golf will play Ken West away at 4:00 p.m. on Monday, September 8th.
  • Girls Tennis will play Lockport at home at 4:00 p.m. on Monday, September 8th.
  • Boys Volleyball will play Lockport at home at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, September 9th.
  • Girls Volleyball will play Lockport away at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, September 9th.

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    Thursday, August 28, 2014

        Happy birthday today, Thursday, August 28th to Jennifer Courtright & Craig Ryan. Happy birthday Friday, August 29th to Sharon Nichols. Happy birthday Saturday, August 30th to my big brother Peter Hayes, see you in a few weeks for the "Gene Masters Field Dedication"! On Sunday August 31st say happy birthday to Patty Mash, Adrianna Marinucci & Mike Owen. Monday, September 1st Chance Luthringer, Justin Figler & Daniel Senn are celebrating their birthday. Happy Birthday Wednesday, September 3rd to Carol Gress, Sam Linenfelser, Joshua Smith, Ian Conner & Jesse Rosser.

       A special happy birthday to Colin Carey turning 17 on Saturday, August 30th from his mom Kim Carey. September 1st is a big day for Mike Sexton, he will be 60!!!

       Happy anniversary to Bryan & Chrissy Smith on Saturday, August 30th. We're hoping you will be celebrating next year as Grand Island residents!

        Laureen (Zelonis) Hess wrote in regarding her mom Louise Zelonis. Louise is in Tonawanda Manor assisted living and would love some of her friends to come visit or drop a note in the mail. The address is: Tonawanda Manor, 111 Ensminger Road, Tonawanda, NY 14150.

       Islander and Niagara University senior Jeannie Taylor was mentioned in a Niagara Gazette article this week as "expected to lead Niagara's defense this season." A preseason coaches poll of the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference expects Purple Eagles women's soccer to place eighth this season. Islander Larry Smith has been named to the NU men's hockey team, he spent last season playing with the Carleton Place Canadians and is a two-way defenseman.

       This Saturday, August 30th, "Junk for Jackie" will take place at 1581 Love Road from 9am-3pm. It is a garage sale to benefit a single mom that is fighting cancer. Multiple families have donated items to sell and there will be a hot dog sale, Bake Sale and 50-50 raffle.

       The GI Alumni Association and "Friday Night Under The Lights", Gene Masters Field Dedication committee is getting very excited for the upcoming event on Friday, September 19th. An after party is planned at Mallwitz's Island Lanes (Silver Sponsor) so everyone can get together to reminisce. See flyer for details

        Speaking of football...The Buffalo News had a high school football preview recently featuring Dick Gallagher who predicts that GI will make the playoffs. His preseason All-WNY Candidates for 2014-2015 WNY High School Football Season from the Vikings are:
    Chris Aronica - 6’3, 250 lbs, DL - Jr
    Jarod Brandon - 5’10, 175 lbs, RB - Jr
    Nick Paolini - 5’10, 250 lbs, L - Sr

       

    Island Tid-Bits...    Due to the plethora of lost pets on GI we have created a new page - Lost Pets. When you send in your pet info and photo, it will be posted on this page. A headline will be posted on the front page to let people know to check it out.

       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.

    Upcoming Events - See Events Calendar For Details
  • The Historical Society's September meeting at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, September 4th at River Lea is a potluck followed by speaker Gregoroy Kinal (European immigration at turn of century (1900). Please bring a dish to pass and your own place setting.

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    Thursday, August 21, 2014

        Happy birthday tomorrow, Friday, August 22nd to Justin Podgorny. Happy birthday Saturday, August 23rd to Gene Dinsmore, Shellie Smith, Kurt Raepple, Betty Ellis and Colin Pinzel. On Sunday August 24th say happy birthday to Gene Mongan, Ava Brandon, Melaina Ranger, DJ Foote & Mary Ann Fancher. Monday, August 25th Arlene Wunsch is celebrating her birthday. Happy birthday Tuesday, August 26th to Judy Webb, Marisa Atkinson & Brielle Backland, and on Wednesday, August 27th to Luke Staub & Alexander Wright.

       Proud mom Sandi Cunningham wrote: "Shout out to our boy, Chris Sexton who celebrated his 21st birthday this week on his new home, the USS San Diego LPD22. He and his team of Sailors and Marines have been underway since late July and were recently sited for a heroic rescue during Hurricane Iselle on August 8th." See story. Happy belated birthday Chris and thank you for your service to our country.

        Two of Grand Island's finest recently graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. Air Force Airman Cyle A. Alcorn, son of Randall and stepson of Carol Alcorn, and son of Kelly M. Alcorn, all of Grand Island is a 2013 graduate of Grand Island High School. Air Force Airman Tyler G. Mondoux is the son of Nicole M. and Joseph A. Mondoux, and grandson of John Mondoux and Debbie Mondoux, and Barbara Gannon, all of Grand Island. He is a 2013 graduate of Grand Island Senior High School.


       Bonsai artist Paul Pearson is shown above with his award winning tree. His Japanese Maple was awarded 2nd place at the Erie County Fair by a panel of Bonsai judges. Paul is a Grand Island native who graduated from GIHS in 1975.

        The 3rd Annual Baseball Showcase for high school underclassmen was held on Saturday and Sunday, August 16th & 17th in North Collins. Three GI Viking players were chosen for the NFL/NO team. They were outfielder Mark McKenna, catcher Mitch Racz and pitcher/3rd baseman Josh Barrett. The team beat CCAC in the first round 15-9, and in the championship round lost to Monsignor Martin 4-1. Mark McKenna was named to the All Tournament team. Congratulations guys!

        There has been so many wonderful people donate to the Gene Masters Field Dedication. Our latest Platinum Sponsor is Dan Buenafe, in Remembrance of those lost from the '64-'65 team: Coach Masters, Bobby Luther, Rich Trotter, Paul Kaegebein, Danny Carroll and Art Bascomb. Also, thanks to Frank Budwey for his donation of beverages for the pre-game party. See sponsor list and event details.

        The Niagara Gazette estimated that over 10,000 people turned out at Gratwick Park on Sunday, August 17th to watch the second day of "Thunder on the Niagara" boat races. Time Warner Cable News has on its website that 20,000 were there on Saturday...hard to believe. Anyhow, Grand Island resident Ken Brodie Jr., got hearts racing overtime when he flipped his Grand Prix boat at approximately 130 mph. He is "OK". Check out the WGRZ slideshow of the flip. Islander Gregory Barker's boat finished first in the SE Class.

    Island Tid-Bits...    Mallwitz's Island Lanes is offering 50 cent Rollback week from August 25 - 29, Monday - Friday, from 4:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. This is an all ages event. Games, shoes, pop, hot dogs and wings will all be 50 cents each. No take outs please!
       Islanders Lauren Fonte, Tara Hook and Cassie Bennett were busy last weekend creating a video for the "Ice Bucket Challenge". Take a look at their production on YouTube.

       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.

    Upcoming Events - See Events Calendar For Details
  • The Knights of Columbus Good Samaritan Council 15749 and the Buffalo Bisons are hosting Family Night on Friday, August 22nd at 7:05 p.m.
  • The Grand Island Post #1346, American Legion will hold its regular monthly meeting at 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, August 27th, 2014.

    Send your news to jodi@giecom.net.


    Thursday, August 14, 2014

        Happy birthday today, August 14th to Genna Nucherno, Carlin Hartman & Lola Wahl. Happy birthday tomorrow, Friday, August 15th to Sharon Zimmerman, Peggy Bastian, Bella Duscher & Donald O'Connor. Happy birthday Saturday, August 16th to Jim Dlugokinski, Jackson Stewart & Katie Prell. On Sunday August 17th say happy birthday to Maisie Mrkall, Jean Schlegel, Trudi Ruefli & Deborah Tirado. Monday, August 18th is the birthday of Joan Templeton, Mark Doldan, Doug Saltzman, Nancy Pioli & Lisa Dudley. Happy birthday Tuesday, August 19th to Brenda Mrkall & Darren DelSignore and on Wednesday, August 20th to Charles Hall, Mary Ann Stone, John Martin, Madelyn Forbes & Joseph Martin.

       Congratulations and happy 30th anniversary to Lisa and Mike Dudley on Tuesday, August 19th.

       Last weekend at the Lewiston Arts Festival, Grand Island artist JoAnn Vanderheite came in first place with her Gourd Art in the Artistic Craft - other category. In the Artistic Craft - jewelry category Patricia Cancilla came in third place. The Grand Island High School KeyBank Chalk Walk team of Abhiraj Grewal, Ali Price & Lovepreet Kaur placed third overall and first in the People's choice. Congratulations everyone!

       Wild Women Unite invites you to a weekend of "fun, friendship, and learning about playing outdoors." The women only weekend will be held on Grand Island, October 3-5th at Byblos Niagara where there will be 30 workshops and two speakers. The Buffalo News did a story on August 9th that featured a photo of Grand Island resident Amy Garten. See story. Check out the Wild Women Unite website for more information.

        The Knights of Columbus Good Samaritan Council 15749 and the Buffalo Bisons are hosting a Grand Island Family Night on Friday, August 22nd at 7:05 p.m. Tickets are $10 and proceeds benefit the Miracle League and Roswell Park. Call 716-432-2951 to purchase tickets or see flyer & ticket form.



    Island Tid-Bits...    There are still openings on the Jr Vikings 80# and 145# football teams, registration will be open until September 1st. If you are interested, contact Jon Hart at jphart@roadrunner.com. All cheerleading squads and 100# and 120# teams are full.

       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.

    Upcoming Events - See Events Calendar For Details
  • "Fun"draiser for Women and Children's Hospital is on Saturday August 16th from 10am - 2:00 p.m. at 1353 Ransom Road. There will be a basket raffle held in the gym, bounce house, petting zoo, face painting, and games.
  • The Grand Island Memorial Library Adult Book Club will meet on Monday, August 18th at 7:00 pm at the library meeting room.

    Send your news to jodi@giecom.net.


    Thursday, August 7, 2014

       Happy belated birthday to Jackie Brennan on August 2nd. Happy birthday today, August 7th to Bonnie Antholzner, Charlotte Tower, Madison Klos and Rebecca Regerz. Happy birthday tomorrow, Friday, August 8th to Holly "Whitford" Best, Shannon McDonough, Brandon Robinson and Norma Orton. Happy birthday Saturday to Daemon Gatti, Sybil Kennedy, Evelyn Lewis & Marcy Buell. On Sunday August 10th say happy birthday to my niece Lindsey Smith Lucinski and to Joe Zarbo and Clark Nesbitt. Monday, August 11th is the birthday of Betty Clayton, John Ryan, Eileen Krause, Kyle Schutrum & Sally Kaiser. Happy birthday Tuesday, August 12th to Mathew Aronica, Kodie Shamrock & David Michaud and on Wednesday, August 13th to Bill Click.


       Congratulations to seven year-old Luke Gworek who received a wonderful gift from Make-A-Wish of WNY on Thursday, July 24th. The foundation funded a RV Travel Trailer from Buffalo RV, and Buffalo RV took care of the DMV expenses and gifts to fulfill his wish for a family camper. Young Luke is undergoing chemotherapy treatment for lymphoblastic leukemia at Roswell Park Cancer Institute and loves to go camping. The family took their first camping trip this past weekend.

       St. Martin-In-The-Fields Episcopal Church is hosting a wine & beer tasting fundraiser at 2587 Baseline Rd. on Friday, August 8th from 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. "Moonlight Serenade" will feature Jack Civiletto singing Sinatra. I heard last year's event was a blast! See flyer for details.

    Island Tid-Bits...    Grand Island Town Law concerning short-term rental of residential homes is the subject of a lawsuit in NYS Supreme Court. The case will be heard before Judge Diane Devlin on Thursday, August 14, 2014, 9:30 am, Part 32, 9th floor, 50 Delaware Ave, Buffalo. The ruling in this case will determine the direction the Town Board takes in this matter.
       There was a nice story in the Lockport Journal featuring previous GIHS Assistant Principal Dr. Andres Arroyo who has taken over as Newfane High School Principal. See story.
       A pair of children's glasses was found on Tuesday, August 5th at National Night Out at the Town Commons. Call 773-5651 if you are missing a pair.

       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.

    Upcoming Events - See Events Calendar For Details
  • Buckin' Up For Emily Fundraiser is on Saturday August 9th from noon - 5:00 p.m. at the GI Rod & Gun Club. There will be food , drinks, a basket raffle and prizes.
  • Roast for Life is hosting a Pig and Chicken Roast on Saturday, August 9th from 3:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. at the VFW, 2121 GI Blvd. to benefit the American Foundation for Suicide Prevention.
  • The last Town Summer Band Concert will be at the Town Commons on Tuesday, August 12th at 6:30 p.m. featuring "Doubledown Blues Band.

    Send your news to jodi@giecom.net.


    Thursday, July 31, 2014

        Happy birthday today, July 31st to Jenna Hutzler, Janet Wenner, Karen Cooney and Bruce Gentz. Happy birthday tomorrow, Friday, August 1st to JoAnn Holmes, Hannah Linenfelser & Ermina Atkinson. Happy birthday Saturday to Samantha Gieselman, Mary Kroetsch & Susan Farley. On Sunday August 3rd say happy birthday to Brandon McDonough & Gabrielle Martell and on Monday, August 4th to Harry Carter & Jack Bridenbaker. Happy day on Wednesday, August 6th to Carol Moore, Philip Buchanan, Katrina Linenfelser & Shelia Ferrentino.

       Happy anniversary to Marie and Tom Long on August 1st and to Frank and Amber Penque on August 2nd.

          The Ad Pro Kensington Lions All Star football game was yesterday, Wednesday, July 30th at Depew Field. GI football coach Dean Santorio coached the North team and graduated senior Tommy Doctor not only played first team offense and defense but was chosen as one of the captains. The North team won by the score of 28-6. A Buffalo News article stated "led by defensive end Tommy Doctor (Grand Island), the North stifled the South’s offense throughout the game." Tommy is headed to Fork Union Military Academy in the fall. This was Coach Santorio's fourth time coaching in the All Star game and he played as a senior in 1986.


       Kathy Duff's cat escaped last week from the Tracey Lane area, near the town park. Since then, Noelle has been spotted in the Windham Lane area and just Tuesday was seen at Buckhorn near the I-190 entrance. Kathy's son saw her and she ran the other way. Guess she likes her freedom.

       The Grand Island Fire Company Ladies' Auxiliary is having a Chiavett'a's Chicken BBQ dinner, take-out only on Tuesday, August 5th from 3:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. at the Fire Hall. Tickets are $9. You can grab a dinner and then go enjoy the concert and National Night Out at Marion Klingel Town Commons. There will be free family activites, GI Fire Company, law enforcement, crafts and more. "The Boomers" play rock and pop.

    Island Tid-Bits...    Grand Island High School physics teacher Lee Nowocein is featured in a story in the Buffalo News about the NYS Master Teacher program. See story by Denise Jewell Gee.
       Quest Diagnostics is now open at 1738 Grand Island Blvd. in the space that NAPA Auto Parts once occupied. Their hours are 5:30 a.m. - noon, Monday - Friday. Best way to get in and out fast is walk in. Impossible to make an online appointment less than a month out.

       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.

    Upcoming Events - See Events Calendar For Details
  • Friends of the Grand Island Memorial Library book sale room will be open be open on Thursday, July 31st from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
  • Byblos Niagara is hosting a free concert on Friday, August 1st starting at 6:30 p.m. Getting Better Band is featured.
  • The Moose Lodge #180 and the GI American Legion Post #1346 are hosting an appreciation picnic for WWII veterans and their families on Saturday August 2nd, from 3-8pm at the Moose Lodge.
  • The Cellular Connection store, 2162 Grand Island Blvd. is giving away packpacks on Saturday August 2nd, from 3:00 - 8:00 p.m.


    Send your news to jodi@giecom.net.


    Thursday, July 24, 2014

        Happy birthday today, July 24th to Kaia Lynn Petrie, Emily Mae Klein & Sam Di-Christina. Happy birthday tomorrow, Friday, July 25th to Robert Johnson & Alez Szabad. Happy birthday Saturday to Gary McDannell, thanks for sending in your awesome pictures. On Sunday July 27th say happy birthday to Helen Newkirk & John Roberts and on Wednesday, July 30th to Tom Cope, Diana Taefi Staub & Nicholas Panepinto.

       Thanks to GI Parks Department Crew Chief Tom Dworak and his crew for sprucing up the Town Commons sign. The paint was peeling from the back and on the posts and the guys from the Parks Department had the project done in a jiffy.

    Island Tid-Bits...
        Corey McGowan has announced the "Holiday Tour of Homes" on Saturday, December 6th and is looking for four more homes for the tour. See Tour of Homes for more information.
       Check out the Garcia family summer vacation photos. They recently returned from a trip to Spain.

       The GIHS Viking football schedule is out. Sept. 6 - Grand Island at Williamsville North, 2 p.m., Sept. 12 - Grand Island vs. Riverside at Riverside Field, 7 p.m., Sept. 19 Williamsville South at Grand Island, 7 p.m. (first game under the lights), Sept. 27 Grand Island at Kenmore East, 2 p.m., Oct. 4 Grand Island at Starpoint, 2 p.m., Oct. 10 North Tonawanda at Grand Island, 7 p.m., Oct. 17 Williamsville East at Grand Island, 7 p.m. Mark your calendars for the "Gene Masters Field Dedication" on Friday, September 19th. Commemorative t-shirts will be available after August 7th, sold by Casey's Corner school store.

       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.

    Upcoming Events - See Events Calendar For Details
  • Friends of the Grand Island Memorial Library book sale room will be open on Friday, July 25th from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
  • A free concert at Byblos Niagara featuring the David Nolf band is on Friday, July 25th from 6:30 p.m. - 10:30 p.m.
  • The 9th Annual Paddles Up Niagara is Saturday, July 26th at Beaver Island State Park
  • The GIHS Class of '94 20th Reunion is Saturday, July 26th at Byblos Niagara (Holiday Inn) Niagara Room.
  • The Town of Grand Island is hosting a concert at Marion Klingel Town Commons on Tuesday, July 29th at 7:00 p.m. "Storm Watch Blues Band" will play and the Historical Society is having a Root Beer Float Sale .
  • The Grand Island Community Chorus annual "Family and Friends" summer concert is at 7 p.m. on Tuesday, July 29th, at St. Martin-in-the-Fields Episcopal Church.
  • The Grand Island Post #1346, American Legion will hold its regular monthly meeting at 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, July 30th, 2014, at the Moose Lodge.
  • Friends of the Grand Island Memorial Library book sale room will be open on Thursday, July 31st from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

    Send your news to jodi@giecom.net.


    Thursday, July 17, 2014

        Happy birthday today, July 17th to Nathaniel Cohen & Marcia Shaffer. Happy birthday tomorrow, Friday, July 18th to Alexis Gieselman. Happy birthday Saturday to Tim Ehde, Pat (Weyland) Barroclough and Jean Bartholomew and to Mike Stamler on Sunday July 20th! Happy birthday to Dan Linenfelser, Joan Portik & Jeanne Anstett on Monday, July 21st and to Marion Fabiano, Michelle Botwin & Maya Pecoraro on July 23rd.

       Grand Island’s Kevin Borowicz was tied for 57th (80-81--161) at the American Junior Golf Association’s New Era Championship at River Oaks Golf Club going into the final round this morning, teeing off at 7:40 a.m. The 54-hole tournament is for junior players ages 12-18 and took place over three days this week.

       Island Kids Childcare Center on Ransom Road is having its annual Women and Children's Hospital fundraiser on August 16th. They will have a bounce house, petting zoo, pony rides, games, fish game (like at the fair), face painting, Grand Island fire fighter, fire truck, hotdog sale, basket raffle, 50/50, a great DJ (DJ Erich Kruger) and much more!! Anyone who may be interested in promoting a new business at the fundraiser and would like to drop off a flyer and a gift certificate are welcome to do so. Contact Ann MacClellan at 863-5859. Everyone is welcome to attend.

    SERIOUSLY??? You Can't See This?

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       With yet another accident at the corner of Fix Road and Baseline Road on Tuesday, July 15th, I had to go check it out. As you approach the intersection, driving on Fix there is a big warning sign, 50 feet out, of the upcoming stop. At the corner is a GIANT stop sign with the warning, "Cross Traffic Does Not Stop". That is on both sides of the intersection. I'm thinking...you have to be blind not to see that. Apparently not, as I was sitting there a big silver pick-up truck came roaring by, headed west and rolled right around the corner onto Baseline headed north. WHAT? Those are the people I hope get hit, which is dumb because (a) it's not nice and (b) innocent people get hurt. Town Highway Superintendent JT Tomkins reported that the stop signs were added approximately four years ago. The GI Fire Company reports that there were eight calls in 2012, eight in 2013 and three YTD for 2014. That does not include "Sheriff only" incidents. If you would like to tell me about your experiences either at this intersection or any other that you deem unsafe, email jodi@giecom.net.

    Island Tid-Bits...    The 1957 Master Plan proposed the ultimate development of a town civic center as well as a town beach and park. The town beach was suggested to be built on 40 acres in the southeast corner of Buckhorn across from Navy Island. It also had the suggestion of building a high school at the corner of Whitehaven and Baseline, a junior high on west Love Rd., near Alt and the addition of 5 new elementary schools. The school district ended up buying 100 acres on Ransom Road for $40,000 in 1960.

       Check out the employment opportunities at Mill-Tex Sportswear, Inc., just posted on the GI Jobs page.

       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.

    Upcoming Events - See Events Calendar For Details
  • Byblos Niagara is hosting a free concert on Friday, July 18th from 6:30-10:30 p.m. Music by "Kick Start Rumble".
  • The Grand Island Memorial Library Adult Book Club will meet on Monday, July 21st at 7:00 pm at the library meeting room.
  • The Town of Grand Island and Byblos Niagara is hosting the "Rockabilly Band" at a concert at Byblos Niagara on Tuesday, July 22nd at 7:00 p.m.

    Send your news to jodi@giecom.net.


    Thursday, July 10, 2014

        Happy birthday today, July 10th to Abby Englert & Justin Frentzel. Happy birthday tomorrow, Friday, July 11th to Mark Frentzel & Ryan Shea. Happy birthday Saturday to Ashley Dragonette, Lindsay Proctor & Becky Stufkosky and to Christian Kessler on Sunday July 13th! Happy birthday to Garnet Schopp & Sue Sondel on Tuesday, July 15th and to Kelly Yarnes & Carolyn Doebert on July 16th. A special happy belated birthday to Wilma McDonald Greenwood who celebrated last week.

       Happy anniversary to James and Sharon Watz who recently celebrated 50 years of marriage. They were married on June 6, 1964.

       
    This pretty young lady is Alivia Manzo pictured posing at the GI Fire Hall with the very life-like mascot. Alivia turned 10 on July 4th and her mom says "she is the most patriotic little girl you'll ever meet. She couldn't be more proud to celebrate her birthday with America every year!!"

       Sports Notes: From the Dick Bessel Race, congrats to Megan Karpie who came in first in the 19-24 group and 4th overall, and to Nick Masiello first in the 19-24 age group and 3rd overall. The Niagara Gazette announced their 2014 All-Area High School Softball team today and three GI players made the cut. Junior pitcher Alley Cutting made the team with season highlights of two no-hitters and one perfect game. Alley was also named to first team All-NFL and NFL Pitcher of the Year. As position players, Leah Geis and Scarlett Whitman were named honorable mention.

       I just rediscovered the stories of Ruth Stahl, our "Treasures" and "Features" writer for many years. Starting in the fall of 2000 and continuing on until the fall of 2009, Ruth wrote about Grand Island history and interesting stories of the time. Ruth died in April of 2013. Take a look back to learn the stories of the past.



    Island Tid-Bits...    In 1919, the New York Central Railroad bought a track of land that went along the south side of Staley Road from East River to West River. The railroad planned to place a bridge at either end and a terminal at the intersection of Staley and Baseline Roads. The purpose was to shave three hours off the New York-Chicago trip. Sometime in the mid 1930's the plan was scratched at the railroad offices. On a map from 1938 the railroad still owned the property.
       As next week is the 56th annual Lions Club picnic where over 900 guests are treated to all sorts of fun, I thought a mention of an article from July 26, 1961 was interesting. The article title is "Lions are Hosts to 60 Children on Grand Island". The event was at the Buffalo Launch Club and mentions "the day's fun included games, prizes, boat rides and plenty of pop, hot dogs and other picnic foods." The Lions current event chair Annette Boies-Lobl mentioned that the club began in 1957, so the 1961 event had to be one of the first.

       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.

    Upcoming Events - See Events Calendar For Details
  • Friends of the Grand Island Memorial Library book sale room will be open on Friday, July 11th from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
  • Byblos Niagara is hosting a free concert on Friday, July 11th at 6:30 p.m. featuring "90 West".
  • St. Martin in the Field Church, 2587 Baseline Road is hosting its annual Chicken BBQ, Basket Raffle and Silent Auction on Saturday, July 12th from 2:00 p.m.- 7:00 p.m.
  • The Town of Grand Island is hosting a concert at Marion Klingel Town Commons on Tuesday, July 15th at 7:00 p.m. "Tom Stahl and the Dangerfields" play a rock mix.
  • Friends of the Grand Island Memorial Library book sale room will be open on Thursday, July 17th from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
  • The Cinderella Isle Garden Club will hold its annual summer picnic and white elephant sale on Thursday, July 17, 2014.

    Send your news to jodi@giecom.net.


    Thursday, July 3, 2014

        Happy birthday Friday, July 4th to Chris Affuso, Alivia Manzo & Ella MacNeil. Happy birthday Saturday, July 5th to Susan Kowzan. Happy 80th birthday to my dad, Captain Pete Hayes on Sunday July 6th! Happy birthday to Ted Kessler Sr., Earl DeGlopper & Susan Willard on Monday, July 7th and to Cathy Thomas on July 8th and Shannon Robillard, Tyler Liam Dawson & Jenine Linenfelser on Wednesday, July 9th. Everyone enjoy your special day.

       Happy anniversary to Jim and Mary Dunbar-Daluisio married 22 fabulous years on the 4th of July.

       The Niagara Gazette posted the 2014 All-Area Baseball Team selections this week. Grand Island stand outs were:
    Position Players:
    Mark McKenna, named 1st team All-NFL and 1st team All-WNY
    Greg Nicolia, 1st team All-NFL
    Mitch Racz
    Position Player Honorable Mention: Ben Goc
    Pitching Honorable Mention for: Josh Barrett & Quinn Corrao

       Byblos Niagara free summer concert on Friday, July 4th will feature Island resident Scott Celani at 6:30 p.m. Food and beverages are available for purchase. Concerts are scheduled for every Friday through Aug. 15th. No pets or coolers allowed.

       River Oaks hosted a a qualifying tournament for the NYS Men's Amateur Championship recently and brothers Mark and Eric Hajnos both shot a 72 to make the cut. The Championship is scheduled for July 22-24th at the Bellevue Country Club.

       The Grand Island Major Division (11-12 year olds) Little League team is headed to the sectional tournament next week after beating North Tonawanda 8-2 on Wednesday, July 2nd. They are the District 1 champs and will play in Portville, NY on July 11th. Congratulations!

       Two more days until the reunions of GIHS Classes from '74,'84 and '89. Check the reunion page if you are one of this years celebrating classes.

       The GI Central School District recently received a nice surprise. Senator Mark Grisanti earmarked a one time grant of $75,000 to reinstate a music position. Thanks to Senator Grisanti. Sidway School is under construction and the back parking lot is not available when visiting the playground. Park in the front lot and walk around the building.

    Island Tid-Bits...    I've been coming across some interesting information while looking through old files at Town Hall. The population here was 1048 in 1890, down to 626 in 1930 and bounced from 1055 in 1940 to 3090 in 1950. The last ten year stretch showed a 193% increase which was more than double the percent increase of any other town in Erie County. The first Master Plan published in 1957 projected our population in 1970 to be 20,000 while the actual was 13,977. In 1971 it was noted that by 1990, 40,000 people should be living here.

       An article in today's Niagara Gazette by Michele DeLuca features islander and veteran Mike Shanley working with the Dog Tags Niagara program. The program puts undesirable dogs from the no-kill, Niagara County SPCA with veterans learning to cope with their past experiences. The dogs work with the vets and learn good behavior and the vets get the affection of the dogs and satisfaction of helping the animal. For more information see the Dog Tags Niagara web page.

       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.

    Upcoming Events - See Events Calendar For Details
  • "4th Annual All Island Reunion" at Mallwitz's Island Lanes is tonight, July 3rd starting at 6:00 p.m.
  • The Independence Day Race and Parade is Friday, July 4th with the race beginning at 9:00 a.m. and the parade to follow at approximately 10:30 a.m.
  • Charles N DeGlopper Memorial Grand Island VFW Post 9249 4th of July Open House follows the parade until 6:00 p.m.
  • The Town of Grand Island and Byblos Niagara is hosting a concert at Byblos Niagara on Tuesday, July 8th at 7:00 p.m. featuring "David Gerald"
  • East Park Garden Club meeting is Tuesday, July 8th at 7:00 p.m. at the library.

    Send your news to jodi@giecom.net.


    Thursday, June 26, 2014

        Happy birthday today, June 26th to Jan Rose & Cheryl Gonda. Happy birthday tomorrow, Friday June 27th to Lily Panepinto & Tom Rall. Happy birthday to George DeGlopper and Dick Crawford on Saturday, June 28th and on June 29th to Max Costello & Justine Vanthoff. Happy birthday on Tuesday, July 1st to three of the nicest GI residents...Joey Cali, Bob Kopf & Councilman Gary Roesch.

       Happy anniversary to Dave & Marsha Hammond married 50 years tomorrow, June 27th. Happy 52nd anniversary to Barbara and Richard Brzyski on Monday, June 30th and happy 47th anniversary to Rev. Paul & Ellie Robinson on July 1st.

       One week from today is the "4th Annual All Island Reunion" at Mallwitz's Island Lanes. Everyone is welcome to come enjoy the music of "Wide Right" and see many old friends. This is an outside event, weather permitting and the music gets started at 7:00 p.m. The Pizza Amore food truck will be on hand to tantalize your taste buds!

       The Buffalo News named its Girls Lacrosse standouts this week. Named to the Class B-2 First team was ninth grader Kaylee Conta. Second Team players are seniors Madz Wright and Mia Villani. Nice job girls.

       Byblos Niagara is bringing back the free summer concerts starting tomorrow, Friday, June 27th with "Murphy's Law" at 6:30 p.m. Food and beverages are available for purchase. Concerts are scheduled for every Friday through Aug. 15th. No pets or coolers allowed.

       One more week until the reunions of GIHS Classes from '74,'84 and '89. Check the reunion page if you are one of this years celebrating classes.

       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.

    Upcoming Events - See Events Calendar For Details
  • Bible Presbyterian Church Vacation Bible School begins on Friday, June 27th.
  • The Chamber of Commerce is hosting the KidBiz Sale on Saturday, June 28th at the Town Commons from 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • The Town of Grand Island Recreation Department is hosting a fishing contest on Saturday, June 28th at Fisherman's Landing.
  • Joyful Noise Singers Youth Choir will be featured at the 9:00 a.m. and 10:30 a.m. services at Trinity United Methodist Church
  • "My Cousin Tone" will play at the town concert at Marion Klingel Town Commons on Tuesday, July 1st at 7:00 p.m. Wagon Decorating Contest also.
  • The Eggertsville-Grand Island Lodge is having a chicken barbeque on Tuesday, July 1st from 2:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. at the Sweethome Masonic Hall.
  • Mallwitz's Island Lanes is having the 4th Annual 'Grand Reunion' party on Thursday, July 3rd at 6:00 p.m., live music by "Wide Right".

    Send your news to jodi@giecom.net.


    Thursday, June 19, 2014

        Happy birthday today, June 19th to Mira Tetkowski Berkley, Randy White, Reg Schopp & Teddy Linenfelser. Happy birthday tomorrow, Friday June 20th to Paula Callahan, Jacob Rowles, Carl Pinzel, Jim Linenfelser & John Frentzel. Happy birthday to Mel Passarelli & Keelan Erhard on Monday, June 23rd and on June 25th to Cole Glessner and Brian O'Connor.

       Happy anniversary to Donald & Eleanor Swain married 67 years tomorrow, June 21st.

       
    Proud mom Cheryl Frailey wants to share the good news at her house. GIHS freshman Joe Frailey had a great Track & Field season. He was named Rookie of the year and also to the 1st Team in the Niagara Frontier League AND his Varsity letter. Joe also earned his 1st degree Black Belt in Karate. Special thanks to Master Tom Joseph at the American School of Karate on Baseline Rd. Mom writes, "your family is so proud of you!" Great job Joe!

        Again GIHS senior Jess Dhaliwall is in the spotlight! This past week she was named as the top athlete in Girls track and field at the inaugural Prep Talk Awards by the Buffalo News. Today Jess was named as the Niagara Gazette Athlete of the Year in Girls Track. Congratulations!

       Another GIHS athlete named to the 2014 Prep Talk Awards was senior Tom Doctor for Football, All WNY First Team. Kudos Tom!

        Nicholas Pino, of Grand Island was one of three WNY students selected for 24 spots in the 2014-15 Service Scholars program at St. John Fisher College in Rochester. The students will receive payments for half their tuition and room and board each year. The students will be expected to continue their involvement in community service.

       The closer we get to July the more often updates on reunion information comes in. Check the reunion page if you are one of this year's celebrating classes.


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       Betcha you can't identify where this picture was taken at first glance! It is the GIHS auditorium. Seems like the whole school is torn apart. I can't wait to see what they accomplish over the summer.

       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.

    Upcoming Events - See Events Calendar For Details
  • The Kaegebein Playground Committee is holding a Kickoff to Summer event at the school on Friday, June 20th from 6:00 – 9:00 pm. Everyone is welcome at this family fun event. See flyer.
  • The Grand Island Post #1346, American Legion will hold its regular monthly meeting at 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, June 25th, 2014, in the meeting room of the Loyal Order of The Moose Lodge #180.
  • The Pink Bag Ladies of Trinity UMC are having a fundraiser on Wednesday, June 25th, at Bob Evans Restaurant, 6543 Niagara Falls Blvd., Niagara Falls from 11:00 a.m. - 8:00 p.m., dine in or carry out. 15% of sales will go to Lady Vets.

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    Thursday, June 12, 2014

        Happy birthday today, June 12th to Jeff Baumler & Roy Meyers. Happy birthday tomorrow, Friday June 13th to Paul Sommer, Kim Nestark, Jeffrey Wansart III, Danielle (Hassan) Martin & Philip Pack. Happy day on June 14th to Catherine Mancuso, Richard Krawczyk, Marilynn Ford Fortner, David Conboy, Jamin Cope & Raven Khreis. Happy birthday to Bohdan Pikas, Chris Russell, Frank Zahm & Ingeborg Haslam on Sunday, June 15th. Happy birthday Monday, June 16th to Claire Neuhaus, Helen Vickers & Marietta Rotella. Happy birthday on Tuesday, June 17th to Karen Wallace, Morgan Santorio, Lloyd Potter & Michelle Driess and on Wednesday, June 18th to Jacob Olszewski, Kester Bleich, Christopher Stessing, Nancy Linton, Nathaniel Cohan & Nancy Prusak.

       The Kaegebein Playground Committee is holding a" Kickoff to Summer" event at the school on Friday, June 20th from 6:00 – 9:00 pm. The event will have multiple bounce houses, dance lessons, face painting, sports contest, and culminates with an outdoor movie. There is also food available to purchase, so forget making dinner! See flyer for details. Everyone is welcome to attend.

        The date is set and plans are in motion for the "Friday Night under the Lights" event, celebrating the new GIHS Football Stadium and Coach Gene Masters. The event is Friday, September 19th and there is a party before the game from 5-7pm and everyone is welcome. The organizers are looking for sponsors for the event and Pete Hayes, part of the 1973 team that went undefeated, has signed on as the first sponsor at the Gold level. He is challenging all former players and hopes Vikings alumni step up and help out. The 1973 team went 8-0, scored 259 points and had only 7 points scored against them all season. See the event flyer for more information.


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        Do you remember? I came across an old newspaper clipping dated May 26, 1964 that announced the Rotary Railroad opening at Beaver Island State Park on Memorial Day, May 30, 1964. The Grand Island Rotary Club built 3800 feet of track that included a 125 foot tunnel and a 65 foot trestle crossing. The train had an engine, five open coaches and carried 70 adults. The train ended up at Fantasy Island. See Teddy Linenfelser story from 2004.

       Keep the kids busy this summer, Grand Island Recreation Department Summer Program registration is Saturday, June 14th from 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. at the Nike Base, 3278 Whitehaven Road. See the flyer for details.

        GIHS senior Jess Dhaliwall came in first place in the discus throw at the New York State Track and Field Championships in Cicero last weekend, with a toss of 161-9. She also came in second in the shot put with a toss of 44-6.5. GIHS student Conor Harrigan came in fourth in the Pentathlon with a score of 3,040. Great effort!

       In other sports news, the Niagara Police Athletic League (PAL) annual Sports Awards' Dinner was held recently and GIHS athletes receiving the Male and Female Athlete Awards are Jasakiran "Jess" Dhaliwall for Track & Basketball and Ryan Ross for Basketball & Soccer.

        A "Social Host Law" recently passed in the Erie County Legislature, check out the article so you know your responsibilities. This time of year, graduation parties can be "tricky" for parents. See story.

       There are three GIHS Reunions on July 5th this year, they are 1974, 1984 and 1989. Go to reunion page, get yourself signed up and join in the fun!

       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.

    Upcoming Events - See Events Calendar For Details
  • The Father’s Day Lawnmower Race / Kevin’s 5K Run, Walk & Classic Car Show is Saturday, June 14th at the north end of West River Parkway. See story for details.
  • The Grand Island Memorial Library Adult Book Club will meet on Monday, June 16th at 7:00 pm at the library meeting room.
  • Adrian's Custard & Beef is having a Super Cruise to Benefit Crohn's Colitis Foundation of America on Monday, June 16, 2014, from 5:00pm - 9:00pm.
  • Cinderella Isle Garden Club meeting is on Thursday, June 19, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church, 2100 Whitehaven Road.

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    Thursday, June 5, 2014

        Happy birthday today, June 5th to Gloria Diringer, Beverly Kudla & Franklin Mesmer. Happy birthday tomorrow, Friday June 6th to Joan Mazur, Barbara Johnson, Peter Fadum & Victoria Aronica. Cake and candles on June 7th for Sally Waterson, Lorraine Dale & Brandon Loder. Happy birthday to Russ Colosi, Ryan Osvath & Debbie Becker on Sunday, June 8th. Happy day on Monday, June 9th to Irmgard Hohbach, Bill Good, Nathan Cook & Jason Wilkinson. Happy birthday on Tuesday, June 10th to Dolores Wojdan & Betsy Kinsey Sims and on Wednesday, June 11th to Richard Furman, Judith Sahlem & Chris Beyer.


       Happy 25th anniversary Saturday, June 7th to Kevin & Amanda Johnson Brady, pictured above. They were the first couple to get married in the Town Commons Gazebo, thanks to the nod from Supervisor Bunny Luther. Happy anniversary June 7th to Jim and Laury Linenfelser.

       Don't forget the Town of Grand Island Recreation Department Summer Program registration is Saturday, June 14th from 9:30 - 11:30 a.m. at the Nike Base, 3278 Whitehaven Road. There are all sorts of activities for the kids and tennis for adults. See the flyer for details.

        Grand Island senior thrower Jess Dhaliwall won the shot put and discus in Division I at sectionals last weekend in Olean. She is headed to the New York State Track and Field Championships at Cicero, North Syracuse Friday and Saturday to compete.
       High school senior Kevin Borowicz didn't do as well as he would have liked at the NYS Public High School Golf Championship on June 1 & 2 in Ithaca, but he did come home with the Sportmanship award for Section 6. Kevin is headed to Greensboro College, NC in the fall where he will play.

       Say Cheese is having an election for Mayor of Say Cheese on Friday, June 6th. Butch Backlund is the favorite against "the other guy". Vote for Butch and get free wings and drink discounts. The Election Party Happy Hour is from 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Karaoke starts at 9:00 p.m. and there will be drink specials and giveaways all night.

       Business First posted their 2014 rankings for school districts. Grand Island is #9 in teacher pay with a starting salary at $44,043, median $68,219 and peak of $94,125. We were #13 in lowest spending per pupil from 2012 of $15,707. That was -24.87% of the state average. The Belfast School District in Allegany County is a whopping $30,075 per pupil making it last on the list of 98.

    Town Tidbits...
       The Town recently received a check for $280,094.83 for Mortgage Taxes from the county for the period of October 13 - April 14, 2014.
       A shout out goes to Capital Fence Co. who has donated all the fencing at the Community Garden project at Stony Point and Ransom Roads. If you're in the market for a fence, give them a look as a thanks for helping out our community.
       Quest Diagnostics is moving into the old "NAPA" space at the plaza at the south end of GI Blvd. Supervisor Mary Cooke reports they should be up and running before the end of the year.

       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.

    Upcoming Events - See Events Calendar For Details
  • State Sen. Mark Grisanti will have a satellite office at the GI Town Hall on Wednesday, June 11th from 4:00 - 7:00 p.m.

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    Thursday, May 29, 2014

        Happy birthday today, May 29th to my boy Liam Dodd celebrating his 21st birthday. Happy birthday today to Pam Fries, Sharon Bauer & Jean Westmoore. Cake and candles on May 30th for Jim Watz, Michael Dinsmore & Jill Stamler. Happy birthday to Bob Backlund on Saturday, May 31st. On Sunday, June 1st say happy birthday to Terry Swain and on Monday, June 2nd wish Dan Hiam, Diane Gerard, Dianne Tiede & William Bermel a great day. Happy birthday on Wednesday, June 4th to Janet Mumm & Mike Stewart.

       Happy anniversary on May 30th to Pattie & Mark Frentzel and happy anniversary to Doug & Janet Saltzman on June 2nd.

       The Relay for Life fundraiser is Saturday, May 31st at Veterans Park from 2:00 p.m. - 2:00 a.m. There will be lots of food and raffles available from many teams. Look for the HUGE basket raffle across from the stage. Check out the Schedule of Events.

        GIHS boys track relay team won first place in the 4x400 at the Niagara Frontier League Championships Friday, May 23rd at Sparky Adams Field in Kenmore. Making up the Varsity team are, Seniors Tanner Speer, Brandon Stevenson, Kevin Freedman & Freshman, Joe Frailey. Congrats Boys, on to the Sectionals in Olean on Friday, May 30 & Saturday, May 31. GO VIKINGS!

       Grand Island Varsity baseball beat North Tonawanda on Wednesday 4-0 after being called for lightening Tuesday in the Class A1 quarterfinal.Quinn Corrao got the start and the Vikings were up 3-0 when the game was called at the top of the fifth. Wednesday, Mark Montez took the mound and allowed only three runners over the two and two-third innings. Grand Island(#2) takes on Starpoint(#3) today at 5:00 p.m. at the GIHS field.

       The High School Instrumental students, both Band and Orchestra still have Island Discount cards available. The cards provide discounts to many Island Businesses. They are $5.00 each and 50% of the profits go directly to the students. You may either contact a High School instrumental student or gimusicboosters@gmail.com.

       Alex Neutz recently signed with the Cincinnati Bengals as a free agent wide receiver. Base salary is $420,000, not bad for a young man just graduating from U.B. Alex finished his last season with 61 catches, 12 touchdowns and holds the career record at the school with 31 touchdown catches.

       Sidway Elementary School had its "Walk for Hope" on Friday, May 23rd. Proceeds of $1996.10 was donated to Relay for Life!

       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.

    Upcoming Events - See Events Calendar For Details
  • The Grand Island Relay For Life 2014 will take place on Saturday, May 31st from 2:00 p.m. - 2:00 a.m. at Veterans Park.
  • The Golden Age Center 55th Anniversary Open House will be Sunday, June 1st from 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m., 3278 Whitehaven Road.
  • Miracle League Opening Day is Sunday, June 1st at 1:00 p.m. at Miracle Field at Veterans Park.
  • The training session for KidBiz is on Tuesday, June 3, 2014 from 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m.at the Grand Island Middle School Little Theater.
  • West River Trail Information Session is on Tuesday, June 3, 2014 from 4:00 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. in the upper lobby of the Grand Island Town Hall
  • Randstad Job Fair at Town Hall on Wednesday, June 4, 2014 from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. See Flyer.
  • The VFW Post #9249, 2121 Grand Island Blvd. is hosting the 3rd Annual Chicken Dinner Wednesday on June 4th from 4:00-7:00 p.m.

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    Thursday, May 22, 2014

       Birthdays are coming up for Tammy & Mike Henderson and grandaughter Maddy. I put the exact dates in a very special place that I cannot find! Hope all of your special days are the best.

        Happy birthday today, May 22nd to Tom McDonough, Nathan DeMartin & Audry Brown. Happy birthday on May 24th to Jordan Hiam and to Catherine Long turning 91. Happy birthday on May 25th to Marissa Cooney, Cathy Contino, Karen Wallace & Mercedes Miles. Happy birthday to Lee Tetkowski & Michael Craig Davis on Monday, May 26th and to our favorite GIFC Information Officer Ray Pauley on Tuesday, May 27th. Wish Pat Shaw, Ian Cameron, Mitchell Samplinski & Sophia Myers a happy birthday on Wednesday, May 28th.

       Happy 51st wedding anniversary on May 24th to James and Ann Samplinski and happy 3rd anniversary to Ginger & John Bidell on May 27th.

       A fundraiser for young Luke Gworek is at the GI Moose Lodge, 2524 Grand Island Blvd. Sunday, May 25th from 4:00 p.m. – 9:00 p.m. See flyer for details. From what I hear the basket raffle and silent auction are going to be fantastic!

       GIHS senior Kevin Borowicz shot a 115 (79-36-115) at River Oaks on Monday, May 19th at the Section VI New York State Qualifier. Kevin came in fourth-place out of 80 players and will compete at the New York State Championships, June 1-2 at the Robert Trent Jones Golf Course at Cornell University. He is headed to Greensboro College in North Carolina in the fall. Good luck Kevin!

       In other sports news GIHS senior Jess Dahliwall is #1 in the discus in WNY and is no doubt headed to States. Bobby Ross is a new graduate from Brockport College and is back playing for FC Buffalo of the National Premier Soccer League. Did you know FC stands for "For Our City"? Bobby is a defensive player and got the lone goal last week in a tie with AFC Cleveland. You can watch Bobby on Sunday, May 25th at 2:00 p.m. against Indiana Fire at the Demske Sports Complex at Canisius College, 1829 Main Street.

       Tom Burke stopped by and reported that there is an Osprey nest located in a cell tower at the old "Alt Chevrolet" site on Whitehaven. You can park in the parking lot and observe the male and female taking turns leaving the nest. That could be a sign that there are eggs. He also reported the there are two eaglets in the nest on Strawberry Island. Click here to see how the seven week old eaglets from Pittsburg are doing.

       The Miracle League is looking for volunteers to help assemble the new playground on June 14, 15 and 21st starting at 8:00 a.m., rain or shine. No experience needed, so says Dan "Double D" Drexilius, they will find a job for you in your comfort zone.

       Make sure you stop and get your Buddy Poppy on Thursday-Saturday this week. You will find volunteers at Tops, 7-11, M & T and First Niagara. All proceeds benefit veterans and their dependents.

       Vincent Golda is a Grand Island resident, GIHS 2011 graduate and a member of the Special Olympics softball, floor hockey and basketball teams. He will participate June 6 & 7 at the State Summer Games in Buffalo and then will compete at the USA Games June 14 & 15 in Princeton, NJ with the NYS basketball team. The cost for sending an athlete to the USA Games is approximately $5,000. If you can help out Vincent, go to Special Olympics website and make a donation. Thank you.

       The Grand Island School District has changed its domain name to “grandislandschools.org”. All emails will be forwarded for now, but beginning next fall the old domain name “k12.ginet.org” will no longer work. If you have specific teacher or employee names in your contacts, you will need to revise them to reflect this change. The district website will soon be making the same transition.

       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.

    Upcoming Events - See Events Calendar For Details
  • The GI Community Garden Kick-Off is Memorial Day weekend. See story.
  • The Grand Island Post #1346, American Legion will hold its regular monthly meeting at 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, May 28th, 2014, in the meeting room of the Loyal Order of The Moose Lodge #180.
  • Grand Island Professional Women’s Chapter, New York State Women, Inc., meeting is at 6:00 p.m., Wednesday, May 28th at Elldens at River Oaks.


    Grand Island High School Sporting Events - Varsity unless noted.
  • Girls Softball will play W. Seneca East at home at 4:45 p.m. on Thursday, May 22nd in a pre-quarterfinal.
  • Boys Baseball will play at home on Tuesday, May 27th at 4:45 p.m. in the second round after finishing third in the NFL at 10-4.

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    Thursday, May 15, 2014

        Happy birthday today, May 15th to Teressa Meyer & Gabriel Wansart. Happy birthday on May 16th to Joe McMahon. Happy 20th birthday on May 17th to Stephanie Senn. Happy birthday to Bob Pownall & Chase Luthringer on Sunday, May 18th and to Pattie Frentzel, Adam Garlapow & Peyton Golde on Monday, May 19th. A super-duper happy birthday to Esther Lozo celebrating her 100th!!! birthday on Monday, May 19th. Happy birthday to JT Stamler & Steven Parisi on Wednesday, May 21st.

        GIHS junior Alley Cutting has been making a name for herself in the media. The softball pitcher has recently had two stories in the NF Gazette and was named Super 7 Athlete of the Week on WKBW TV. Alley pitched a perfect game on April 28th against Kenmore East, a no-hitter on May 2nd against Lockport and has made a verbal commitment to Kennesaw State University in Georgia. Great job Alley!

       The annual GI Father's Day Lawn Mower Race, Classic Car Show & Kevin Doring 5K Run/Walk is on Saturday, June 14th this year, instead of the traditional Father's Day Sunday. You can register for the racing and the 5k by going to the website.

       The Erie County Council VFW installed Officers on Saturday, May 10th and Grand Island resident Kathy Blake was elected the Erie County Council VFW Ladies Auxiliary President. Congratulations Kathy!

       Relay for Life is Saturday, May 31st from 2pm - 2am. The "Spike Out Cancer Mixed Volleyball Tournament" starts at 1:00 p.m. at the Relay. Mixed teams are wanted, ages 14-18 with four on the court, including one girl at all times. The entry fee $10 per player and prizes are available, all proceeds benefit the Relay. Contact Alex or Diane Garey to register @ 773-5714 or gareys@roadrunner.com.

       The GI Community Garden Kick-Off is Memorial Day weekend. See the story for more information and watch for a weekly Farmer's Market at the site.

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       Members of the West River Homeowners Association conducted their annual Adopt-a-Highway Spring Clean-up Saturday morning, May 10th along the West River Parkway.

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       The Huntley Plant looked positively creepy on Wednesday morning, May 14th. As you traveled south along the East River from the south bridge, the fog got thicker and thicker.

       The GIHS Class of '74 reunion committee has posted a registration form on the Reunions page. See article.

       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.

    Upcoming Events - See Events Calendar For Details
  • Cinderella Isle Garden Club will hold its May meeting on May 15, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church.
  • Beatlemania Magic - A Tribute to the Beatles at Byblos Niagara Resort on Friday, May 16, 2014 from 7:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
  • The GI Golden Age Center is having "Gram's Garage Sale" on Saturday, May 17th from 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. at the center
  • The GI Historical Society will host a FREE Open House on Sunday, May 18th from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m., at River Lea
  • A Relay For Life Team Captain meeting is scheduled for Monday, May 19th at the Grand Island Memorial Library
  • Sidway School Kindergarten Orientation is Tuesday, May 20th at 1:30 p.m. at the school.
  • The VFW Post #9249, 2121 Grand Island Blvd. is hosting the 3rd Annual Chicken Dinner Wednesday on May 21st from 4:00-7:00 p.m.


    Grand Island High School Sporting Events - Varsity unless noted.
  • Girls Softball will play Niagara Wheatfield away at 4:45 p.m. on Thursday, May 15th.
  • Boys Baseball will play Niagara Wheatfield at home at 4:45 p.m. on Thursday, May 15th.
  • Track & Field are at Kenmore Invite. on Saturday, May 17th.
  • Girls Softball will play Sweet Home away at 4:45 p.m. on Monday, May 19th.

    Send your news to jodi@giecom.net.


    Thursday, May 8, 2014

        Happy birthday today, May 8th to Kara Dudley turning 21!. Happy birthday on May 10th to Bob Monoco, Lynn Sargent DeJonghe, Elsa Peters. Happy birthday May 10th to my baby sister Dana "Boo" Foote. Happy birthday to Nikki Fadel and Charlie Lavallee on Sunday, May 11th and to Kim Kinney on Monday, May 12th. Happy birthday to Victoria Cacciatore turning 21 on Tuesday, May 13th.

        The American Legion Hanging Basket Sale opens at 7:00 a.m. on Friday, May 9th. Watch out for the "Real Housewives of Grand Island" when you get there. They have no scruples in their quest for the perfect hanging basket. Also, don't forget to pick up your PTSA plants on Friday, May 9th, 9:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. at the GI Bus Garage behind Sidway School on Baseline. If you didn't order, there will plenty of extras available for sale...geraniums, grasses, herbs, hanging baskets!

       Check out the Recreation Department Summer Program Schedule. There are lots of programs for kids and tennis for adults. Registration is Saturday, June 14th.

       Don't forget the Letters Carrier Food Drive on Saturday, May 10th. Leave a bag of non-perishables at your mailbox and the Neighbors Foundation and the Inner City Buffalo Food Pantries will receive the collected items. Volunteers are needed at St. Stephens Old Church to unload Postal vehicles after 10:30 a.m. GIHS seniors are invited to finish up their community service hours.

       The Rotary Lobsterfest is planned for Friday, June 6th at River Oaks Golf Club. Tickets are available at the Chamber of Commerce office, 2257 Grand Island Blvd. They say "all you can eat"...

       Congratulations to Isledegrande advertiser Joan Dlugokinski named one of Realty USA's top sales people of 2014.

       Registration is being accepted for the "Wild Women Unite" conference scheduled at Byblos Niagara on October 3-5, 2014. Your registration fee includes, four workshops, two Wild Women speakers, meals and entertainment. The mostly "outdoorsy" workshops give you a chance to try out new activities at the beginner level. Check out the website for full details.

       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.

    Upcoming Events - See Events Calendar For Details
  • Friends of the Library Annual Meeting is Thursday, May 8th at 7:00 p.m. at the Library.
  • The Nicaragua Mission Collection is Thursday, May 8th at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 1841 Whitehaven Road.
  • "Annual Mothers Day Hanging Basket Flower Sale" is Friday, May 9th & Saturday, May 10th from early morning until sold out at the Charles N. DeGlopper Memorial Post #9249, 2121 Grand Island Blvd.
  • Team Mallwitz Cancer Crew is having a Chicken BBQ by BW's, Basket Raffle & Music at the GI Rod & Gun Club on Saturday, May 10th from 2:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
  • The Grand Island Rotary is sponsoring a document shredding event in the parking lot near Key Bank on Saturday, May 10th from 10:00 a.m. until 1:00 p.m.
  • A fundraiser for former Island resident Nick Sendlbeck is Saturday, May 10th from 5:00 p.m. until 9:00 p.m. at the Dugout, 6856 S Transit Rd, Lockport, NY.
  • Island Presbyterian Church will have a free movie night on Saturday, May 10th at the church, 1822 Huth Road at 6:00 p.m.
  • The Grand Island Memorial Library Adult Book Club will meet on Monday, May 12th at 7:00 pm at the library meeting room.
  • State Sen. Mark Grisanti will have a satellite office at the GI Town Hall on Wednesday, May 14th from 4:00 - 7:00 p.m.
  • Cinderella Isle Garden Club will hold its May meeting on May 15, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church.


    Grand Island High School Sporting Events - Varsity unless noted.
  • Girls Lacrosse will play Will. South away at 4:45 p.m. on Friday, May 9th.
  • Girls Softball will play Nichols at home at 4:45 p.m. on Friday, May 9th.
  • Boys Lacrosse will play W. Seneca W. away at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, May 9th.
  • Boys Tennis will play Niagara Falls at home at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, May 9th.
  • Track & Field are at Batavia Invite. on Saturday, May 10th.
  • Boys Baseball will play No. Tonawanda at home at 4:45 p.m. on Monday, May 12th.
  • Girls Lacrosse will play Niag. Wheatfield at home at 4:45 p.m. on Monday, May 12th.
  • Boys Lacrosse will play Lockport at home at 5:00 p.m. on Monday, May 12th.
  • Boys Tennis will play Ken East away at 4:00 p.m. on Monday, May 12th.
  • Girls Softball will play No. Tonawanda away at 4:45 p.m. on Monday, May 12th.
  • Track & Field are at Ken West at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, May 13th.
  • Girls Softball will play Ken West away at 4:45 p.m. on Tuesday, May 13th.
  • Boys Baseball will play Ken East away at 4:45 p.m. on Wednesday, May 14th.
  • Girls Lacrosse will play Niag. Falls away at 4:45 p.m. on Wednesday, May 14th.
  • Boys Tennis will play Lockport at home at 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 14th.
  • Boys Lacrosse will play Will. North away at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 14th.
  • Girls Softball will play Ken East at home at 4:45 p.m. on Wednesday, May 14th.
  • Boys Baseball will play Niagara Wheatfield at home at 4:45 p.m. on Thursday, May 15th.
  • Girls Softball will play Niag. Wheatfield away at 4:45 p.m. on Thursday, May 15th.

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    Thursday, May 1, 2014

        Happy birthday today, May 1st to Krystin Hoppel (21), Rosemary Madejski, and Amber Spiesz (21) . Happy birthday on May 2nd to Brent Fred. Happy birthday to Katie Hillock on Saturday, May 3rd and to Mary Elisabeth Rustowicz, Sandie Rall-Smith, Emily Harnden and Mark Cunningham on Sunday, May 4th. Happy birthday to Carol Hugil on Tuesday, May 6th and to Justin Geisenhoff on Wednesday, May 7th.

        Welcome to new advertiser Anthony Massaro and RigaTony's Italian Catering. Check out their menu for your upcoming graduation party, wedding/baby shower, family reunion or anytime you don't want to cook for a group large or small.

       Grand Island Little League is opening up this Saturday, May 3rd. The parade and opening ceremonies are scheduled for May 17th, to honor Little League’s 75th anniversary. Grand Island has been a member since 1989 and is in District 1, which is the oldest district in all of Little League.

       The School Board approved the proposed 2014-2015 budget in the amount of $55,816,937 on April 22nd by a vote of 6-1 with Paul Krull being the dissenting vote. The tax rate is a proposed 2.54%. Eliminated from the budget is the International Baccalaureate program. The late bus runs previously reported as being cut are not changing. There are six retirees from the teachers/school related personnel. The public vote is scheduled for Tuesday, May 20th from 7:00 a.m.-9:00 p.m. See the 16 page Grand Island School Budget for 2014-2015.

       Grand Island High School Technology students won the N.C.C.C. Tech Wars Engineering Competition for the fifth year in a row. The middle school team came in second behind Lockport City Schools. Congratulations students.

        The Miracle League raised enough money to take advantage of a Challenge Grant where if $25,000 was raised an anonymous donor would match it. This money is for the new playground scheduled to begin in the next few weeks.

       The Grand Island Post # 1346, American Legion is hosting its "Annual Mothers Day Hanging Basket Flower Sale" on Friday, May 9th and Saturday, May 10th from early morning until sold out at the Charles N. DeGlopper Memorial Post #9249, 2121 Grand Island Blvd. Don't buy from the big box stores, wait for the guys from the Legion to hook you up!

    Mary Stewart Photo

       The Chamber Citizen of the Year 2013 dinner at Byblos Niagara was a very nice event. Everyone seemed to enjoy themselves and especially the early exit, out by 9:00! From left: Event Chair Liz Wilbert, Cheryl Chamberlain, Sue Ohrum, Nonnie Carroll, Teddy Linenfelser, Lynn Alan Konovitz and Chamber President Eric Fiebelkorn.

    Notice: News for May 8th edition must be submitted by Tuesday, May 6th at noon.



       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.

    Upcoming Events - See Events Calendar For Details
  • The GI Historical Society general meeting and program will be on Thursday, May 1st at 7:30 p.m., at River Lea in Beaver Island State Park.
  • Sidway Elementary Fine Arts & Ice Cream Social is Friday, May 2nd from 6:00-8:00 p.m.
  • St.Timothy Lutheran Child Care Center Spring Festival, BBQ and Basket Raffle is on Saturday, May 3, 2014 from 3pm-7pm, at St. Timothy's Lutheran Church.
  • The Miracle League of WNY "First Pitch" fundraiser is on Saturday, May 3rd from 3:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. at the Grand Island Rod & Gun Club, 1083 Whitehaven Road.
  • The 9th Annual BOWL FOR A CURE Bowl-a-thon, Silent Auction & Basket Raffle is Sunday, May 4th at 2:00 p.m. at Mallwitz’s Island Lanes.
  • The Grand Island Community Chorus invites you to its Spring Concert, “Rivers of Song,” on Sunday, May 4, at 7:00 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church, 2100 Whitehaven Road.
  • A Relay For Life Team Captain meeting is scheduled for Monday, May 5th at the Grand Island Memorial Library, 1715 Bedell Road at 7:00 p.m.
  • The VFW Post #9249, 2121 Grand Island Blvd. is hosting the 3rd Annual Chicken Dinner Wednesday on May 7th from 4:00-7:00 p.m.
  • The annual Friends of the Library meeting will be held on Thursday, May 8th at 7:00 p.m. in the library’s meeting room.
  • The Nicaragua Mission Collection will be held Thursday, May 8th at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 1841 Whitehaven Road.

    Grand Island High School Sporting Events - Varsity unless noted.
  • Boys Baseball will play Ken West at home at 4:45 p.m. on Thursday, May 1st.
  • Boys Tennis will play Ken West at home at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, May 2nd.
  • Boys Lacrosse will play Sweet Home at home at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, May 2nd.
  • Girls Lacrosse will play Niagara Falls at home at 4:45 p.m. on Friday, May 2nd.
  • Boys Baseball will play at Lockport at 4:45 p.m. on Monday, May 5th.
  • Boys Tennis will play Niagara Wheatfield away at 4:00 p.m. on Monday, May 5th.
  • Girls Softball will play Lockport at home at 4:45 p.m. on Monday, May 5th.
  • Girls Lacrosse will play Lockport at home at 5:00 p.m. on Monday, May 5th.
  • Boys Baseball will play Lew Port at home at 4:45 p.m. on Wednesday, May 7th.
  • Girls Softball will play Lew Port away at 4:45 p.m. on Wednesday, May 7th.
  • Boys Tennis will play Lew Port away at 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 7th.
  • Boys Lacrosse will play No. Tonawanda away at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 7th.
  • Girls Lacrosse will play No. Tonawanda away at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, May 7th.
  • Boys Baseball will play Niagara Falls at home at 4:45 p.m. on Thursday, May 8th.
  • Girls Softball will play Niagara Falls away at 4:45 p.m. on Thursday, May 8th.
    Send your news to jodi@giecom.net.


    Thursday, April 24, 2014

        Happy birthday today to my hubby Brad Robinson. Happy birthday on April 26th to Travis & Craig Perno, Lisa Braun, Brooke Christensen, Tessa DeMartin, Bernadette DiMartile and Scott Driess III. Happy birthday to Dr. Bob Miller, Bethany Leiner & Brandon Kinney on Sunday, April 27th and on Monday, April 28th to April Wright, Elijah Linenfelser & Jaimen Wright. Happy birthday to Diane Goupil and Herman Back on Tuesday, April 29th and to Jessica Bykowicz, Ava DeFranks, Cheryl Loree, Anna Pullano, Taylor Firth, Joe Aladeen & Georgette Combes on Wednesday, April 30th.

       Congratulations to the following Islanders that completed the Boston Marathon on Monday, April 21st. They are: Eric Soehnlein - 2:49:34, Sean Squire - 3:28:58 and Melissa Squire - 3:47:41.

       Congratulations to members of the Grand Island Boys Federation Hockey team. Junior forward Mark McKenna was named to All-State Second Team and Division II All-Federation Small School First team. Also named to the Division II All-Federation Small School list on first team; senior Ben Morrish, defense, second team; senior Tommy Corrao, forward and honorable mention Andrew Husted.

       Looking for an exciting summer job? A new business, Niagara Jet Adventures of Youngstown, will have boat trips up the lower Niagara River to the Whirlpool and have cruises into Lake Ontario. They are having a job fair on Saturday, April 26th at the Village Center, 240 Lockport Rd., Youngstown, from 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.

       Thanks to Rom Figler, the GIHS Class of '74 is finally on the official reunion list. Take a look at the reunion page for particulars for the reunion being planned for July 5th.

       The Beaver Island Golf Club located at Beaver Island State Park is now open to walkers only. The driving range is closed at this time, but should be open shortly. Go to the website or call 773-4668 for tee times, information and specials.

       An article in the Buffalo News mentioned a new hotel in the planning stages at 3214 Grand Island Blvd. The Holiday Inn Express & Suites is a 80 room hotel that would be located at the location of a former garden center on the north west corner of Long Road and Grand Island Blvd.

    It's that time of year! Our Garage Sale page is back in action, check out this week's locations and remember it is FREE to post your garage sales at Isledegrande.

       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.

    Upcoming Events - See Events Calendar For Details
  • The Knights of Columbus Good Samaritan Council "Taste of Italy" Dinner is Saturday, April 26th at 6:00 p.m., at St. Stephen School Cafeteria.
  • Paint the Town Purple is Saturday, April 26th. Ribbons available at First Niagara Bank from 9:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.
  • National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is Saturday, April 26th. Collection is 10:00 a.m. – 2:00 p.m. at the Town Hall, 2255 Baseline Road.
  • GI Historical Society Open House is Sunday, April 27th from 2:00 - 4:00 p.m., at River Lea in Beaver Island State Park.
  • 2nd Annual Grand Island Garbage Cleanup is Sunday, April 27th at 11:00 a.m., meet at Dick and Jenny’s parking lot.
  • The Lions Club annual Spaghetti Dinner will be at Byblos Niagara on Monday, April 28th from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m.
  • The Annual Maplegrove Cemetery Meeting will take place on Tuesday, April 29th at 6:30 p.m. at the Grand Island Memorial Library.
  • The Grand Island Post #1346, American Legion will hold its regular monthly meeting at 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, April 30th, 2014, at the Moose Lodge #180.
  • Huth Road Relay Team "Fun Night" at Adrian's Custard & Beef, 2335 Grand Island Blvd. on Wednesday, April 30th from 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
  • The GI Historical Society general meeting and program will be on Thursday, May 1st at 7:30 p.m., at River Lea in Beaver Island State Park.

    Grand Island High School Sporting Events - Varsity unless noted.
  • Girls Softball will play No. Tonawanda at home at 4:45 p.m. on Thursday, April 24th.
  • Girls Softball will play Lew Port at home at 4:45 p.m. on Friday, April 25th.
  • Boys Tennis will play Ken West away at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, April 25th.
  • Girls Lacrosse will play No. Tonawanda at home at 4:00 p.m. on Friday, April 25th.
  • Boys Lacrosse will play Will. South at home at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, April 25th.
  • Track & Field will meet at W. Seneca West on Saturday, April 26th.
  • Girls Softball will play Ken East away at 4:45 p.m. on Monday, April 28th.
  • Girls Lacrosse will play W. Seneca West at home at 4:45 p.m. on Monday, April 28th.
  • Boys Baseball will play at Ken East at home 4:45 p.m. on Monday, April 28th.
  • Boys Tennis will play Lockport away at 4:00 p.m. on Monday, April 28th.
  • Boys Tennis will play Niagara Falls away at 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday April 29th.
  • Boys Tennis will play No. Tonawanda away at 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 30th.
  • Girls Lacrosse will play Niag. Wheatfield away at 4:45 p.m. on Wednesday, April 30th.
  • Boys Baseball will play Niagara Wheatfield away at 4:45 p.m. on Wednesday, April 30th.
  • Track & Field will meet at Ken East on Wednesday, April 30th.
  • Boys Lacrosse will play Hamburg at home at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 30th.
  • Girls Softball will play Niagara Wheatfield at home at 4:45 p.m. on Wednesday, April 30th.
  • Boys Baseball will play Ken West at home at 4:45 p.m. on Thursday, May 1st.
    Send your news to jodi@giecom.net.


    Thursday, April 17, 2014

        Happy birthday tomorrow, April 18th to Mark Hassan, Norma Horton & Jane Duffy. Happy birthday on April 19th to Jane Baedeker, Lela Mancuso & Cassidy Smith. Happy birthday to Genna Baldassare turning 15 on Tuesday, April 22nd and on April 23rd to Sydney Neuhaus (6), Kathy Lechner, Carol Nogle & Alexandra Dzielski.

       Happy 48th wedding anniversary to Paul and Jean Leiner on April 15th! Thanks for being a great supporter of Isledegrande.

       Congratulations to Nonnie Carroll, named Chamber Citizen of the Year for Volunteer Service and to Hizair Hair Salon being named Chamber Business of the Year. Tickets are still available at the Chamber office for the awards dinner that will take place on Thursday, April 24th at Byblos Niagara. Call 773-3651.

       Congratulation to Air Force Airman Daniel S. Olszewski graduating from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio. Daniel is the son of Kathleen and Stephen Olszewski of Grand Island and is a 2011 graduate of Grand Island Senior High School.

       Congratulations to GIHS 2009 graduates Nicole Serra and Cpl. Thomas Shanor on their recent engagement. The couple will be married on July 10, 2015 at St. Stephen R.C. Church. Parents of the bride are Mr. and Mrs. Anthony Serra and parents of the groom are Denise (Kris) Hamilton and Jim (Kathy) Shanor.

       The Light House Pointe developers attended the Planning Board meeting on Monday, April 14th and made an informal presentation for the property located at Whitehaven and East River Roads. The new plan is a complex of 298 total units of two story, attached townhouses. These are allowable in the current R2 zoning and can be rented. See plan. An updated version of the two story apartments and senior housing that requires rezoning was also presented. See Plan. If you are interested in seeing the current town code, see the town code book.

        Take a look at Don Fancher's Magic Marble Towel Holders for a fun gift for Mother's or Father's Day. He has many towel holder designs, and a key rack, all hand made out of oak. There is also a "slim" design made out of unfinished poplar that you can paint with your own design.

       It certainly was a quiet week around town. Seems like a lot of people have had enough of winter and headed south to warm their bones. Hopefully this is truly the end of nasty weather and spring will stick around for a while.

       The Buffalo News reported that Grand Island had a small percentage of students opting out of the state English Exams recently, compared with other local districts. Grand Island had 47 students or 3.7% refuse to take the 3-8 grade tests which were at the lower end of the spectrum. The three schools with the highest percentage were West Seneca with 877 (28%), Lake Shore 287 (25%) and Wilson 120 (21%).

       The always effervescent Fahim Mojawalla of the Island Ship Center is celebrating his eighth year in business in 2014. Can we even imagine the Island business community before Fahim? If you need copies, shipping or a gift, Fahim will take care of you...and you always leave with a smile.

       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.

    Upcoming Events - See Events Calendar For Details
  • St. Stephen School's Lenten Fish Fry is Friday, April 18th starting at 4:30 p.m. at the school, take out only.
  • The VFW Men's Auxiliary Lenten Fish Fry is Friday, April 18th starting at 4:00 p.m. at the Post, 2121 Grand Island Blvd.
  • Trinity United Methodist Women Good Friday Fish Dinner is Friday, April 18th from 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. at the church, 2100 Whitehaven Road.
  • The Grand Island Memorial Library Adult Book Club will meet on Monday, April 21st at 7:00 pm at the library.
  • The deadline for filing nominating petitions for a School Board seat is Monday, April 21st.
  • The Grand Island Chamber of Commerce is hosting the awards dinner on Thursday, April 24th at 6:00 p.m., at Byblos Niagara Resort.

    Grand Island High School Sporting Events - Varsity unless noted.
  • Boys Baseball will play at Maryvale Tournament on Friday, April 18th & Saturday, April 19th.
  • Boys Baseball will play at Lew Port away at 4:45 p.m. on Monday, April 21st.
  • Boys Tennis will play LewPort at home at 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 22nd.
  • Boys Baseball will play at Niagara Falls away at 4:45 p.m. on Wednesday, April 23rd.
  • Girls Lacrosse will play Lockport away at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 23rd.
  • Boys Lacrosse will play W. Seneca East away at 7:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 23rd.
  • Track & Field will meet at LewPort away at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 23rd.
  • Girls Softball will play Niagara Falls at home at 4:45 p.m. on Wednesday, April 23rd.
  • Boys Baseball will play Niagara Falls away at 4:45 p.m. on Wednesday, April 23rd.
  • Girls Softball will play No. Tonawanda at home at 4:45 p.m. on Thursday, April 24th.
  • Boys Baseball will play at No. Tonawanda away at 4:45 p.m. on Thursday, April 24th.
    Send your news to jodi@giecom.net.


    Thursday, April 10, 2014

        Happy birthday tomorrow, April 11th to Roman Jurga. Happy wedding anniversary to Gene and JoAnn Hasselbeck on Saturday, April 12th and happy birthday on April 12th to Amy Bidell. Happy birthday on April 13th to Betty Killian turning 91 years young and to Grace Aswad. Happy birthday to Dan Robinson & Nicholas Aronica on Monday, April 14th.

       The residents that rallied to oppose the Light House Pointe rental apartment project made enough fuss that the developer cancelled the public hearing scheduled for April 21st. Over 400 units were planned to be located on the 45 acre site. I can't even imagine what it would be like driving down Whitehaven Rd. with that amount of units added to the neighborhood. Especially after the Gunn Creek subdivision is begun.

       The Niagara Gazette had some nice things to say about the GIHS Softball and Baseball teams in an article on Saturday, April 5th. On both teams, pitching is expected to be the key. The girls are led by junior Alley Cutting with help from senior Jillian Sheehan and junior Scarlet Whitman. The boys are led by senior Quinn Corrao and junior Josh Barrett. If the weather cooperates they might even be able to play a game or two.

    Masters Field today, Jodi Robinson photo - click for larger view.

       The GIHS has scheduled the opening of the new "Gene Masters Field" for Friday, Sept. 19th, under the lights! The GIHS Alumni Association is working with Athletic Director Jon Roth to make this a most auspicious event. Tentative plans include food and fun starting at 5:00 p.m. and a 7:00 p.m. game time. We are looking for former players that are interested in helping out by getting the word out to their team mates. Contact me at jodi@giecom.net so we can get this party started!

       A full lunar eclipse will occur early Tuesday morning, darkening the full moon and possibly tinting it a reddish hue that causes some to call it a "Blood Moon". Grand Island is located just on the edge of seeing the full eclipse. The total eclipse begins around 3 a.m. and ends around 4:30 a.m., with the moon at its dimmest at 3:46 a.m.


       Our photographer Mary Stewart has again won awards from the Pixoto website for March. This photo of chocolates was in the top 20% for the week of March 23rd and top 10% for the day of March 25th. Nice job Mary!

       Speaking of candy...don't forget to hippity hop down the Boulevard to Kelly's Country Store to get your Easter candy and gifts. The Easter Bunny will be there all next week, April 12 - 19th from noon - 5:00 p.m. They will be open everyday from 10:00 - 9:00 p.m. until Easter.

       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.

    Upcoming Events - See Events Calendar For Details
  • St. Stephen School's Lenten Fish Fry is Friday, April 11th starting at 4:30 p.m. at the school.
  • The U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary will have a NYS Safe Boating course on Saturday, April 12th from 8:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. at the Buffalo Launch Club

    Grand Island High School Sporting Events - Varsity unless noted.
  • Boys Baseball will play Starpoint at home at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 10th.
  • Girls Softball will play Orchard Park away at 4:45 p.m. on Thursday, April 10th.
  • Girls Lacrosse will play Springville-Griffith at home at 4:45 p.m. on Thursday, April 10th.
    Send your news to jodi@giecom.net.


    Thursday, April 3, 2014

        Happy birthday tomorrow, April 4th to my baby girl Zoe Dodd turning 19 at St. Bonaventure, to Natalie Baldassare turning 18 on the GIHS Band & Orchestra Spring trip in Washington, D.C. and to Mike Geblein. Happy 41st wedding anniversary to Vince and Margaret Martello on Monday, April 7th. Happy birthday April 7th to Barb Wilson & Louise Zelonis, April 8th to Daniel Lynch and April 9th to Wayne Kinney, Walter Diringer and Carolyn Marble. Happy 21st birthday to my god-daughter Rebecca Zimmerman and happy 13th birthday to my nephew Rhett Robinson on Wednesday, April 9th.


    Randy, Sam & Fred     Former Islander Randy White sent in a photo of the 89th birthday celebration for Sam Aswad in Mesa, Arizona that was held recently. Sam's birthday was March 13th and his son Fred Aswad was also there to help celebrate.

        I stopped in to see two new Island businesses this week. I met Gary Herman, one of the owners of Bottle Junction located at the Grand Island Plaza. The container redemption store employees are very personable and fast! They are open Monday - Friday (10-5) and Saturday (9-3). If you would like, you can donate your cans to the Relay for Life team "Billy's Buddies". I also met Brett Bavisotto of Bon Joe's Cycle Sports, 1979 Grand Island Blvd...what a nice guy. They repair motorcycles, ATVs and Jet Skis and sell new parts and accessories. My fingers are crossed he can fix the lemon scooter I bought a few years back. Welcome to the neighborhood guys!

       Congratulations to Heavyn Dreher, a senior at Grand Island High School, who has been accepted at the University of Pennsylvania (PENN), to row on the women’s Division 1 rowing team. Heavyn is in the top 10% of her class and was recruited by numerous colleges including Notre Dame and Boston University and was invited on official, Division 1 athletic recruiting visits to Cornell, PENN, University of Buffalo, and Duke University.

       Check out the GI High School sporting events below. There is an event almost every day for the next week. Lets just hope the weather cooperates!

       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.

    Upcoming Events - See Events Calendar For Details
  • The GI Historical Society general meeting and program will be on Thursday, April 3rd at 7:30 p.m., at River Lea.
  • St. Stephen School's Lenten Fish Fry is Friday, April 4th starting at 4:30 p.m. at the school.
  • The VFW Men's Auxiliary Lenten Fish Fry is Friday, April 4th starting at 5:00 p.m. at the Post, 2121 Grand Island Blvd.
  • The Friends of the Library Used Book Sale for members is on Friday, April 4th from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m. at the GI Memorial Library.
  • The Friends of the Library Used Book Sale is on Saturday, April 5th from 10:00 - 3:00 p.m. at the GI Memorial Library
  • A Relay For Life Team Captain meeting is scheduled for Monday, April 7th at the Grand Island Memorial Library at 7:00 p.m.
  • State Sen. Mark Grisanti will have a satellite office at the GI Town Hall on Wednesday, April 9th from 4:00 - 7:00 p.m.
  • Whitehaven Road Baptist Church, 1290 Whitehaven Road is hosting "The Jerusalem Marketplace" on Wednesday, April 9th from 6:15 - 8:15 p.m.
  • Getting Ready for Kindergarten Night at Sidway School is Wednesday, April 9th at 6:30 p.m.

    Grand Island High School Sporting Events - Varsity unless noted.
  • Track & Field at Sweet Home Invite away on Saturday, April 5th.
  • Girls Lacrosse will play Eden away at 5:00 p.m. on Monday, April 7th.
  • Boys Lacrosse will play Lew Port away at 7:30 p.m. on Monday, April 7th.
  • Girls Softball will play Ken West at home at 4:45 p.m. on Monday, April 7th.
  • Boys Baseball will play Ken West away at 4:45 p.m. on Monday, April 7th.
  • Boys Baseball will play Amherst at home at 4:30 p.m. on Tuesday, April 8th.
  • Boys Tennis will play No. Tonawanda at home at 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 8th.
  • Girls Lacrosse will play East Aurora away at 4:45 p.m. on Wednesday, April 9th.
  • Boys Lacrosse will play Niagara Wheatfield at home at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 9th.
  • Boys Tennis will play Ken West away at 4:00 p.m. on Wednesday, April 9th.
  • Girls Softball will play Lockport away at 4:45 p.m. on Wednesday, April 9th.
  • Track & Field at No. Tonawanda at 4:30 p.m. on Wednesday, April 9th.
  • Boys Baseball will play Lockport at home at 4:45 p.m. on Wednesday, April 9th.
  • Boys Baseball will play Starpoint at home at 4:30 p.m. on Thursday, April 10th.
  • Girls Softball will play Orchard Park away at 4:45 p.m. on Thursday, April 10th.
  • Girls Lacrosse will play Springville-Griffith at home at 4:45 p.m. on Thursday, April 10th.
    Send your news to jodi@giecom.net.


    Thursday, March 27, 2014

        Happy birthday today to Brooklyn Landroche and tomorrow , March 28th to the best water class instructor Annalea Masiello. Also on Friday, happy birthday to Liza Bowman, Morgan Green, Olivia Williams and my favorite mother-in-law Val Robinson. Happy birthday Sunday to Sharon Wright and on Monday, March 31st to Barry Smith & LCpl Tom Shanor. Happy birthday Jeremy Figler on Tuesday, April 1st and to Joel Moyer on April 2nd.

       Happy anniversary to Rosemary and Bruce Wojick on Monday, March 31st.

       Congratulations to all the Chamber Citizen of the Year award winners but especially to our retired star editor Teddy Linenfelser. Teddy's award is in the "Service to the Community" category and is well deserved after decades of volunteer service in the Historical Society and Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary. Congratulations to Nonnie Carroll - Volunteer Service, Cheryl Chamberlain - Educator 2013, Hizair Hair Salon - Business of the Year, Lynn Alan Konovitz - Professional Contributor.

        The Grand Island High School Spring Athletic Schedule is out. It will be posted on the front page and I will continue to have the weekly game list at the bottom of this column. At this point only the boys and girls lacrosse teams are scheduled to play. They are a tough bunch, and so are their parents! My daughter Zoe is coming into town from St. Bonaventure on Saturday to play club lacrosse at Niagara U. Weather forecast? Rain and snow showers, high of 38 degrees.

        Huth Road Elementary is in second place in the WGRZ weather contest. Take the time to vote as they have been trying for a long time. Click on the link to go to the voting page. I have the weather word on the front page every day.

       Congratulations to GIHS sophomore guard Dakaylah Winfield on being selected for the Niagara Gazette 2013-2014 second team for girls basketball.

        We have many great singers on the Island so I thought a heads up was in order. The Bisons are hosting their annual national anthem auditions on Saturday, March 29th from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. You need to sing "O Canada" and "The Star Spangled Banner." Enter the ball park at the Pettibones Grille entrance.

       Welcome to new advertiser ReNew Lawn Care and Landscape Services! ReNew is offering free lawn care for the month of May with a signed season contract. Check out their website. New advertiser Buffalo Snapshots offers photo booth rentals for your graduation, birthday and reunion parties. Make a reservation now at their website.

       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.

    Upcoming Events - See Events Calendar For Details
  • St. Stephen School's Lenten Fish Fry is Friday, March 28th starting at 4:30 p.m.
  • This Saturday, March 29th, Island Lanes is hosting a Relay for Life fundraiser with live music by "Wide Right" and a basket raffle. The raffle starts at 6:00 p.m. and music begins at 8:00 p.m.
  • St. Stephen's Holy Name Society is hosting "Pitmaster Barbecue" on Sunday, March 30th from noon – 4:00 p.m.; take out only, 2080 Baseline Road.
  • The GI Historical Society general meeting and program will be on Thursday, April 3rd at 7:30 p.m., at River Lea in Beaver Island State Park.

    Grand Island High School Sporting Events - Varsity unless noted.
  • Boys Lacrosse will play Wilson away at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, March 28th.
  • Girls Lacrosse will play Mt. St. Mary Academy at home at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday, March 29th.
  • Boys Lacrosse will play Lakeshore away at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, March 31st.
  • Girls Lacrosse will play Will East away at 4:45 p.m. on Tuesday, April 1st.
  • Boys Lacrosse will play Iroquois at home at 5:00 p.m. on Monday, April 2nd.
    Send your news to jodi@giecom.net.


    Thursday, March 20, 2014

        Happy birthday today to Marty Bidell and tomorrow, March 21st to my buddy Paul Roeder, and to Evan Shaw celebrating his 21st birthday. Happy birthday Sunday to Ryan Kernin and on Monday, March 24th to Jillian Sheehan & Jack Burns.

       Spring officially begins at 12:57 p.m. today, March 20th. Let's hope the weather knows that and starts warming up soon.

       Vincent Quarantello is my neighbor and a lovable young boy with special needs. He is nominated for the "Great Bike Giveaway" and you can help get him a special bike. A tricycle bike will help him get some physical activity as he is unable to run and spends most of his time watching Barney. Go to the website, vote, and donate if you can.

        Huth Road Elementary has been trying for a long time to win WGRZ's Andy Parker Weather Machine Assembly. If you have time to help, click on the link to go to the voting page. You do have to watch the morning show at 5:15 a.m. or 6:15 a.m. to get the word of the day. I'm going to put a link on the front page and try to get the weather word each day to make it easier.

       A recent Town Board workshop produced some interesting news. The Jr. Vikings are hoping to erect a building that will house the snack stand, announcers booth and can be used for storage at their field at Veteran's Park. It is in the preliminary stages and hopes are it can be built this summer. Events planner Corey McGowan is looking into hosting an Art Festival on July 4th this year. It would be from 4:00 - 9:00 p.m. and be located in the Town Commons and on Whitehaven Road between the Boulevard and Baseline. Artists, food and beverage vendors would be invited to participate.

       Recently Frank Budwey announced he is not retiring and selling his Niagara County Budwey stores. In an announcement on his website he wrote; "My family began this journey over 80 years ago and today I'm delighted to say the legacy of Budwey's will indeed continue... To my faithful and loyal customers... I'm not ready for retirement just yet!!!" Great news Frank!

        The Grand Island Parks Department is accepting applications for janitorial, maintenance, mowing and a gardener position. Applications are available on line at the Parks page.


       This week's edition is posted early because I have a date with my son downtown to watch March Madness. Check another item off the bucket list!

       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.

    Upcoming Events - See Events Calendar For Details
  • Cinderella Isle Garden Club will hold its March meeting on March 20, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church.
  • St. Stephen School's Lenten Fish Fry is Friday, March 21st starting at 4:30 p.m.
  • VFW Men's Auxiliary Lenten Fish Fry is Friday, March 21st starting at 5:00 p.m.
  • Girl Scouts Junior Troop #30144 is hosting a family-oriented Wellness Fair on Saturday, March 22nd at the Connor Middle School at 1:00 p.m.
  • The GI Cooperative Nursery School Basket Raffle is Saturday, March 22nd from 11:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. at the school in Trinity Church.
  • The Grand Island Memorial Library Teen Book Club will meet on Saturday, March 22nd at 1:00 p.m. at the library meeting room.
  • The GI Memorial Library will hold a Family Movie Afternoon on Saturday, March 22nd, at 2:00 p.m.
  • The Grand Island Post #1346, American Legion will hold its regular monthly meeting at 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, March 26th at the Moose.

    Send your news to jodi@giecom.net.


    Thursday, March 13, 2014

        Happy birthday today to my sister Karen Hayes Smith and tomorrow , March 14th to Jon Grenda. Happy birthday Saturday to Gail Monti & Elizabeth Figler and on Sunday, March 16th to Dan Lee, Cameron Willer & Chloe Timmerman. St. Patrick's day is a busy day for birthdays. Happy birthday to Nancy Anderson, Nonnie Carroll, Bob Tranter, Ruth Lougen, Steve Cane & Patty Lou Exley. Happy birthday on March 18th to Adam Missert, Nicholas Tim, Audrey Mason, & Eddie Krecisz and on March 19th to Lester Lee. Happy 16th birthday to James Martin on Tuesday, March 18th.

       Good luck to the boys from the GI Youth Wrestling Club. Henry Grunzweig, Hayden Backlund, Blake Bielec, Logan Ramadan, and Brian Bielec are all headed to the State Championship in Syracuse this weekend after placing very well at the far western region championship this past weekend in Jamestown.

       The Buffalo News Listed Grand Island as receiving 12" of snow from the Blizzard of 2014 Part II yesterday. Hopefully that is it!

       Mark your calendars as this year's annual Father's Day Lawnmower Race, Car Show and Kevin's 5k is moving to Saturday, June 14th.

       The Beach House is serving corned beef and cabbage this weekend, Saturday, Sunday and Monday, March 15th-17th. See ad for details.    Islander and World Champion Pitmaster Neil Gallagher, from the Championship Team of “Too-Sauced-To-Pork” is head chef at the St. Stephen Holy Name Society's "Pitmaster Barbecue" on Sunday, March 30th. See flyer for complete details.

       Welcome to Lisa & Kevin Dilliot of Shear Paradise Salon, the newest Island business is located at 1871 Whitehaven Road. They have a new client special until the end of March. Take a look.

       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.

    Upcoming Events - See Events Calendar For Details
  • St. Stephen School's Lenten Fish Fry is Friday, March 14th starting at 4:30 p.m.
  • Knights of Columbus Good Samaritan Council is hosting a St. Patrick's Day Party on Saturday, March 15th at 6:00 p.m. at the school cafeteria, 2080 Baseline Road.
  • The Grand Island Memorial Library Adult Book Club will meet on Monday, March 17th at 7:00 p.m. at the library meeting room.
  • Cinderella Isle Garden Club will hold its March meeting on March 20, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church.

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    Thursday, March 6, 2014

        Happy birthday today to Hayden Backlund turning 13 and Saturday, March 8th to Diane Grant. Happy birthday to Grace Wenner on Sunday, March 9th and to Nancy Seifert Dinan on Monday, March 10th. Happy birthday on Tuesday, March 11th to Emily Bolles , Barbara Anderson, Tim Smith and Roman Cacciatore. Happy belated 40th anniversary to Linda and Dennis McGinn on February 23rd.


        Annie Corrao is studying to become a nurse at Alfred State College is part of a team that broke the school record for the 4/200 relay and is now going to Boston this weekend for the ECAC's track meet. Next week Annie leaves for Ft. Myers, FL as a member of the softball team playing other teams from the northeast in a college softball playoff conference. Annie is a 2013 graduate of GIHS.

       University of Buffalo Senior Wide Receiver and Island native Alex Neutz was at U.B. Pro Day this week and was doing well until he pulled a hamstring after running his third 40. He is looking forward to the NFL Draft starting May 8th and although there is talk of him going in a later round, he thinks he most likely will be a priority free agent.

       Congratulations to GIHS 9th grade student, Joe Frailey. Joe was recently named Boys Indoor Track Rookie of the Year. His specialty is the 300m dash and he qualified for states but was unable to participate due to a late season injury. Your family is very proud of you!

       GIHS senior Jessie Dhaliwall took second place in the shot with a measurement of 44-05.5 at the State Championship Indoor Track Meet at Ithaca, NY on March 1st. Congratulations Jessie.

       The Pot Hole Map on WGRZ.com has one pot hole located on Grand Island. It describes it as a "long strip of very large pot holes gong south on Stony Point just past Whitehaven". I guess we are pretty lucky. Highway Superintendent JT Tomkins was quoted in the Buffalo News as saying GI is staying ahead of repairs because of their patching system in the summer and that weather permitting, there is a two-man crew out daily.

       Brownie Troop #30429 will be selling Girl Scout Cookies this weekend at the GI Key Bank on Saturday, March 8th from 9am-noon. All your favorites will be available at $3.50 per box.

       Grand Island High School is participating in the "Books for Kids" program. This program began in 1995 and has distributed over 2 million books in our area. New or gently used books are being collected throughout the month of March. If you can help, a collection box is located at the high school.

       If this is a reunion year for you, check our front page links to the respective class information. Peggy McNulty of the Riverside Class of '64 wants to remind everyone to check the new website for the most current information on the upcoming reunion. I just added the GIHS Class of '89, GIHS Class of '94 and Hutch Tech '84.

       Fahim of Island Ship Center, 1879 Whitehaven, has recently announced that he has an Irish gift section with St Patrick’s Day Cards and a new Mannequin dressed in Irish wear. They also have scarves, purses and leather goods for sale and with every purchase you are guaranteed to leave in a much better frame of mind. Thanks Fahim!

       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.

    Upcoming Events - See Events Calendar For Details
  • Historical Society meeting on Thursday, March 6th at 7:30 p.m. at River Lea in Beaver Island.
  • World Day of Prayer is at 10:00 a.m. on Friday, March 7th at St. Timothy Church.
  • St. Stephen School's Lenten Fish Fry is Friday, March 7th starting at 4:30 p.m.
  • The GI Rec. Dept offers crafts and activities to youths ages 7-12 on Saturday, March 8th from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. at the Nike Base Reality Cafe.
  • Relay for Life Team Captain meeting is at 7:00 p.m., Monday, March 10, 2014 the GI Memorial Library, 1715 Bedell Road.
  • Sen. Grasanti Satellite Office at Town Hall on Wednesday, March 12th from 4:00 - 7:00 p.m.

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    Thursday, February 27, 2014

        Happy birthday today to my niece Gabrielle Robinson turning 16 and to Kevin Koch Jr. and Mike Cali. Happy birthday to David Steggs & Patrick McMahon tomorrow, February 28th and on Saturday to Jean Smith, Linda Hermann, Mike Rayhill, Karie Stedman & Ashley Gorman. Happy birthday on Sunday, March 2nd to Jamie Akers Smith and on Monday, March 3rd to Roy Gerard, Jeff Denler and John Simon.

        The 32nd Annual Niagara Police Athletic League 2013/2014 Sports Awards were held on February 22nd and Islanders Alex Neutz (Co-Male Athlete of the Year, UB receiver), Ryan Ross (Male Prep Athlete, GIHS basketball/soccer) and Jess Dhaliwall (Female Prep Athlete, GIHS track) were amongst the 26 athletes honored. Congratulations!


    Tyler Ludwig and Jhonas Enroth

       Kim Ludwig of Island Pet Lodge let us know that the Lodge took care of Sweden Olympic team member and Buffalo Sabre Jhonas Enroth and girlfriend Jessica's "babies" while they were at the Olympics. Not only did Jhonas get a silver medal, he and his wife helped rescue two of the many stray puppies in Sochi. When Jhonas came to pick up his animals he posed for a picture with Kim's son Tyler and gave him a jersey. NICE!!!

       Recreation Department news... Only two weeks left in the Come and Create Winter Session at the Nike Base. The program consists of Arts and Crafts, Legos, Indoor and Outdoor Games and More! Open to youths ages 7-12 and takes place from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. at the Reality Cafe on March 1st and 8th. This Sunday is the last family swim at the high school from 12:00 - 2:45 p.m. Please enter the building through Door #12 in the back of the High School. The snow sculpture contest runs until March 30th so if you feel like being creative, let the Rec. Dept. know and they will come check it out.

       There are two performances left of the St. Stephen Parish Players presentation of "Bye Bye Birdie". See story for complete details.

       There are two more dates available to get a waterfowl hunting permit from the state. Call Tuesday, March 4th for the hunting dates of March 5-7 and Thursday, March 6th for dates March 8-10. Blinds and permits may be obtained by calling 773-2010 between 9:00 a.m. and Noon.

       The Grand Island Chamber of Commerce has announced that the Business and Food Expo planned for March has been cancelled.

       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.

    Upcoming Events - See Events Calendar For Details
  • Come and Create - Arts & Crafts for youths 7-12 on Saturday, March 1st at the Nike Base Reality Cafe from 11-1pm.
  • Nathan Grisanti Fundraiser on Saturday, March 1st from 3:00 p.m - 8:00 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus, 1530 Kenmore Ave., Buffalo. See flyer.
  • Austin for Autism Fundraiser to benefit Jack Schroeder on Saturday, March 1st at Brick Oven. See flyer for details.
  • Mardi Gras Affair Party at Byblos Niagara on Saturday, March 1st at 7:00 p.m. See flyer.
  • The GI Recreation Department offers a Sunday Family Swim from noon - 2:45 on Sunday,March 2nd at the GIHS pool.
  • Tonawanda Coke Community Forum at 7:00 p.m., Monday, March 3, 2014 from 6:30 p.m. – 8:00 p.m. at the Sheridan Parkside Community Center. See details.
  • Huntley Coal Plant Report at the Grand Island Memorial Library, 1715 Bedell Rd. on Monday, March 3rd at 6:00 p.m.
  • Kevin Hardwick Outreach Meeting on Tuesday, March 4th at 9:00 a.m. at the GI Golden Age Center.
  • GIHS Rugby Team Spaghetti Dinner is Tuesday, March 4th from 4:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. at the GIHS cafeteria. Tickets are $5 presale, $6 at door, $20 for family of five or more.
  • The Grand Island Autism Support Group is having a meeting on Tuesday, March 4th from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m. at 2139 Grand Island Blvd.
  • The GI Historical Society general meeting and program will be on Thursday, March 6th at 7:30 p.m., at River Lea.

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    Thursday, February 20, 2014

        Happy birthday today to my nephew Bryan Smith in sunny California and to Katie Brady turning 21!. Happy birthday to Marilyn Wilkie Watt tomorrow, February 22nd and on Saturday to Kay Tyson from daughter Jan, and to Sherry DeBruyn, Jo Klock, Paula Nakayama and Sophia Black. Happy birthday wishes to Brian Robinson on Monday, February 24th and to Scott Tetreault on Tuesday, and David Rogers on Wednesday.

       Congratulations to Islanders John Whitney and James Panepinto for receiving awards from the American Public Works Association. Town Engineer John Whitney for his response to the collapse of the 30” wastewater line in August 2013, and James Penepinto of Pinto Construction for the 2014 Project of the Year Award in Construction/Repair for his renovation of Gratwick Riverside Park Marina in North Tonawanda.

       Last week a missing person notice for Valentina Kolock was posted at the request of a family member from the Island. She was found on February 18th in down state NY and is back with her family now.

       Two youngsters from St. Stephen School are raising funds for Carly's Club on Saturday, February 22nd at the LaSalle Yacht Club. Allyson Nemeth and Jessica Flash lead a club called "Cooking for Cancer" and they teamed up with the yacht club's annual "Pasta Sauce Off". The event takes place at 73 S. 68th Street and runs from 3:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. and admission is free. There will be a bake sale, basket raffle, silent auction and sauces to try.

       The St. Stephen Parish Players are presenting "Bye Bye Birdie" starting this weekend. Tickets are selling fast so if you are thinking about going, check out the story for complete details.

       The soon to be built Miracle League playground will have a unique anti vandalism device installed. It will deter youth between the ages of 12 and 25 from loitering between dusk and dawn. The "Mosquito Alarm" is an electronic device which emits a sound with a very high frequency that can typically be heard by most people in that age group who still have sensitive hair cells in their inner ears. The sound is likened to fingernails dragged across a chalkboard or a pesky mosquito buzzing in your ear. It is a bit controversial, with critics saying it discriminates against young people. The noise can be heard by animals and babies, but is only bothersome to children older than 12 and becomes unbearable after several minutes. I love the concept...wonder if I can set it up in my living room. Just kidding!

       If you are 50+ check out this discount list. It includes restaurants, retail/apparel, grocery, travel; including airlines, rail, bus, rental cars and hotels, and activities and entertainment.

       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.

    Upcoming Events - See Events Calendar For Details
  • Cinderella Isle Garden Club February meeting is on Thursday, February 20, 2014 at 7:00 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church.
  • Come and Create - Arts & Crafts for youths 7-12 on Saturday, February 22nd at the Nike Base Reality Cafe from 11-1pm.
  • The Ladies Auxiliary of VFW Post 9249 are hosting their annual Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser on Saturday, February 22nd from 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
  • The GI Recreation Department offers a Sunday Family Swim from noon - 2:45 on Sunday, February 23rd at the GIHS pool.
  • The Grand Island Post #1346, American Legion will hold its regular monthly meeting at 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, February 26th, 2014

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    Thursday, February 13, 2014

        Happy birthday today to Adam Dahlberg, Mitchell Matthews and Nancy Hamm-Johnson. Happy Valentine's birthday to Kassie Bennett and Wayne Anstett tomorrow, February 14th. On Saturday say happy birthday to Todd Sipson. Happy birthday wishes to Pat Kostenbauder on Monday, February 17th and to Joan Santospirito on Wednesday, February 18th. Happy 10th anniversary today to my brother Pete Hayes and his lovely bride Karie in Providence.

        While trying to verify a co-workers claim that it was 66 degrees in January last year, I came across the Farmer's Almanac prediction for the Western New York winter of 2013-2014..."Winter will be slightly milder than normal, with near-normal precipitation and below-normal snowfall in most of the region." Really? Here is the Almanac's current forecast, "Feb 9-18: Sunny, then sprinkles and flurries, turning mild." Doesn't seem to be anything like what we have going on. A fun fact, on this day in 1984 it was 61 degrees. See Buffalo records webpage

       The St. Stephen Parish Players are presenting "Bye Bye Birdie" starting next weekend. Tickets are selling fast so if you are thinking about going, check out the story for complete details.

        The Town of Grand Island is hiring a Clerk Typist/Recreation Leader part-time and tomorrow February 14th is the last day for applications. The Town is also hiring Seasonal/Part-time Parks Maintenance Workers, send a letter of interest by February 28th. See GI Jobs page for complete info.

       Think spring! There is a brand new ladies mountain bike for sale on our classifed page.

       A set of nine historic island prints in pen and ink by Albion Ende are available at the Isledegrande/deSignet offices. See the flyer for details.

       Does anyone know a responsible mover/moving company that works on Grand Island? I received an inquiry and asked around but no one knows of one.

       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.

    Upcoming Events - See Events Calendar For Details
  • Come and Create - Arts & Crafts for youths 7-12 on Saturday, February 15th at the Nike Base Reality Cafe from 11-1pm.
  • Passport Day at Town Hall on Saturday, February 15th from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • Grand Island Community Chorus Rehearsal on Sunday, February 16th at 6:30 p.m., New Apostolic Church, Bedell and Stony Point Roads.
  • Cinderella Isle Garden Club Meeting is Thursday, February 20th at 7:00 p.m. at Trinity UMC.

    Grand Island High School Sporting Events - Varsity unless noted.
  • Boys Hockey will play W. Seneca West at Northtown at 8:00 p.m. on Friday, February 14th.
  • Indoor Track at Lancaster on Saturday, February 15th.

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    Thursday, February 6, 2014

        Happy birthday to Erin O'Brien, Olivia Wenner, Noelle Linenfelser and Cody Okelberry today, February 6th. Happy birthday Glenn Skelly tomorrow, February 7th. On Saturday say happy birthday to Diane Gurbacki, Sarah Klock, David Santa Lucia, Jadon Garman, Carleigh Rodriguez, Sheila Strott and Jackson Tower. Happy birthday wishes to Elinor Wiant, Linda Tomkiel and Chris Ford on Sunday, February 9th. Kaylee Montana turns nine on Monday, February 10th. Wednesday, February 12th is the birthday of a bevy of lovely ladies. Happy birthday Kim Kalman, Carol Roesch and the Costello twins, Patty Rink and Penny Linenfelser.

       Congratulations to Jeff Bellanca, a redshirt junior at Gannon University, named to the NCBWA Preseason All-Atlantic Region honorable-mention team in his role as first baseman.

       Congratulations Jesse Dahliwal! She just signed a commitment letter to U.B. on a full ride scholarship.

       Looking for a part-time job? The town is in need of a clerk typist/recreation leader. Resumes must be in by Valentine's Day. Go to the GI Jobs page and see the requirements.

       The 2014 Relay for Life Kickoff was postponed and is now scheduled for Wednesday, February 26th at Veronica Connor Middle School cafeteria at 7:00 p.m.

        A notice was recently sent out by New York State Comptroller Thomas P. DiNapoli urging New Yorkers to see if any of the $12.5 billion in lost and forgotten money currently being held by his office could be yours. Go to the webpage and post your name....hey, you never know!

       Plan ahead! Valentine's Day is just around the corner and our advertisers would love to help you tickle your sweetie's fancy.

       I would love to hear from our readers on the topic of Tourist Homes/Transient Homes on GI. A public hearing is going to take place on March 3rd, which I believe will be well attended.

       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.

    Upcoming Events - See Events Calendar For Details
  • GIHS presents The Pirates of Penzance" on Thursday, February 6th at 7:30 p.m.
  • The GI Cooperative Nursery School Open House is Thursday, February 6th from 5:00 - 7:00 p.m. at the school in Trinity Church.
  • GIHS presents The Pirates of Penzance" on Friday, February 7th at 7:30 p.m.
  • The Grand Island Memorial Library Teen Book Club will meet on Saturday, February 8 from 1:00 pm – 2:00 pm at the library.
  • The Grand Island Memorial Library will hold a Family Movie Afternoon on Saturday, February 8th, at 2:00 pm.
  • Come and Create - Arts & Crafts for youths 7-12 on Saturday, February 8th at the Nike Base Reality Cafe from 11-1pm.
  • The St. Stephen's Parish Players present "Disney's Peter Pan, Jr" on Saturday, February 8th at 1:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m.
  • GIHS presents The Pirates of Penzance" on Saturday, February 8th at 7:30 p.m.
  • The GI Recreation Department offers a Sunday Family Swim from noon - 2:45 on Sunday, February 9th at the GIHS pool.
  • The St. Stephen's Parish Players present "Disney's Peter Pan, Jr" on Sunday, February 9th at 1:00 p.m.
  • The Grand Island Memorial Library Adult Book Club will meet on Monday, February 10th at 7:00 pm at the library.
  • The GI Cooperative Nursery School Open House is Tuesday, February 11th from 12:30 - 2:30 p.m. at the school in Trinity Church.
  • State Sen. Mark Grisanti will have a satellite office at the GI Town Hall on Wednesday, February 12th from 4:00 - 7:00 p.m.

    Grand Island High School Sporting Events - Varsity unless noted.
  • Boys & Girls Bowling will meet Niagara Wheatfield away at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 6th.
  • Boys Basketball will play Niagara Wheatfield at home at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, February 7th.
  • Girls Basketball will play Niagara Wheatfield away at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, February 7th.
  • Boys Hockey will play W. Seneca West at Northtown at 3:00 p.m. on Saturday, February 8th.
  • Boys Wrestling Qualifiers at Starpoint on Saturday, February 8th.
  • Girls Basketball will play No. Tonawanda at home at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, February 12th.
  • Boys Basketball will play No. Tonawanda away at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, February 12th.

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    Thursday, January 30, 2014

       There are a lot of birthdays this week! Happy birthday to Mandy Malaney tomorrow, February 1st. Hope you have a fabulous day darlink! Also celebrating tomorrow is Ryan Pecoraro (12), Sydney Mazur (13) and Clyde Hickok. Saturday, February 2nd birthdays are Lee Richard, Bob Hillock, Cheryl Wasson and Natalie Kopf is turning seven!

       Happy birthday on Sunday, February 3rd to Ilene Dee, Rita DeGlopper and Ryan Timmerman. Monday, February 4th is a busy day for island birthdays, happy day to Emma Hall, Christopher Drew, Juliette Caprio, Mark VonWryeza, Mary Lou Jerge, Dan Ryan and Sophie Cane turning seven. Happy birthday on Wednesday, February 5th to Jeri Benzing and Kip Staub.

       Happy 7th Anniversary to Anne and Oliver Stuardi on Saturday, February 2nd.

       Congratulations to GIHS senior Tommy Corrao, recently named U.S. Marines High School Athlete of the Month. Tommy is captain of the Grand Island hockey team and is leading scorer with seven goals and 14 assists this season. The award honors students for athletic and academic performance and community service. The presentation took place at the Sabres game on Tuesday, January 28th.

       Isledegrande has a new link on our front page to the Grand Island High School TV show "Viking Vision". This is the fifth season of the informative show that Audio Visual Technician Mark Gorton began. It is an entertaining way to learn what is going on at the school. See GIHS Viking Vision TV.

       Say Cheese Pizza is having a Super Bowl party on Sunday. There will be prizes galore, drink specials, pizza specials and the big game on all 22 TV's including the 109" big screen! The party starts at 5pm.

       The 2014 Relay for Life Kickoff is Wednesday, February 5th at Veronica Connor Middle School cafeteria at 7:00 p.m. The theme is "Rock-Out Cancer" and your invited to wear your favorite concert or band shirt to win prizes. There will be music and refreshments and a wrap up of the 2013 relay.

       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.

    Upcoming Events - See Events Calendar For Details
  • Come and Create - Arts & Crafts for youths 7-12 on Saturday, February 1st at the Nike Base Reality Cafe from 11-1pm.
  • Byblos Niagara is hosting an 80's Bash on Saturday, February 1st at 100 Whitehaven Rd. Doors open at 7:00 p.m and "Nerds Gone Wild" will begin the show at 8:00 p.m.
  • The Grand Island Knights of Columbus and Aceti's Wine and Spirits are hosting a "Night of Wine and Cheese" at the Knights hall, 1841 Whitehaven on Saturday, February 1st from 7:00 - 10:00 p.m.
  • The GI Recreation Department offers a Sunday Family Swim from noon - 2:45 on Sunday, February 2nd at the GIHS pool.
  • Grand Island's Relay for Life Kickoff will be at Veronica Connor Middle School's cafeteria, 1100 Ransom Road on Wednesday, February 5th at 7:00 p.m.

    Grand Island High School Sporting Events - Varsity unless noted.
  • Girls Basketball will play Niagara Falls away at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, January 31st.
  • Boys Basketball will play Niagara Falls at home at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, January 31st.
  • Girls Basketball will play Ken East at home at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 4th.
  • Boys Basketball will play Ken East away at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 4th.
  • Boys & Girls Bowling will meet Lew Port at home at 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, February 4th.

    Send your news to jodi@giecom.net.


    Thursday, January 23, 2014

       Late Breaking News: The GIHS Winter Ball scheduled for Saturday, January 25th has been cancelled due to the possibly nasty weather forecast.

        Happy birthday to Joyce Warning tomorrow, January 24th and to Tommy Geblein on Sunday, January 26th. Happy birthday to Sidway gym teacher Kelly Greene on Tuesday, January 28th.

       FYI - There is a workshop tomorrow morning at the Town Hall at 8:45 a.m. and the first item on the agenda is the hot topic of rental homes. Workshops are open to the public but listed in the agenda is the possibility of the Board going into Executive Session.

       The Grand Island Golden Age Center has just been awarded a $55,000 grant for a new vehicle. The Erie County Block grant program only approved eight out of 37 proposals sent in, which means the GAC is very lucky. In other GAC news...the Golden Age Center at the Nike Base served over 10,000 lunches in the course of 249 days in 2013. Kudos to the kitchen staff!

       It is exam time at GIHS. Please note that Monday, January 27th, regular classes are in session. Exams will take place Monday, January 27th - Thursday, January 30th. Due to the recent snow closures, there will be a half day of school on Friday, January 31, 2014. Students will arrive at their normal time in the morning and will be discharged at 10:49 a.m.

        The Historic Presentation at the BLC on Saturday night is sold out! I'm hoping that they will have an encore performance as I would love to attend. Don't forget GI Alumni Comedy Show at River Oaks on Saturday, January 25th, tickets are still available!

       Our photographer Mary Stewart has won awards from the Pixoto website for 2013. Mary got a top 10% in the holiday category and a top 20% in children and baby category. Congratulations!!!

       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.

    Upcoming Events - See Events Calendar For Details
  • St. Martin's Final Affairs Seminar is on Saturday, January 25th at the church beginning at 9:00 a.m.
  • Grand Island Alumni's 7th Annual Comedy Show on Saturday, January 25th at Ellden's at River Oaks. Doors open at 7:00 p.m., show starts at 8:00 p.m.
  • Come and Create - Arts & Crafts for youths 7-12 on Saturday, January 25th at the Nike Base Reality Cafe from 11-1pm.
  • GI Little League registration is on Saturday, January 25th at the Library meeting room from 10-1pm.
  • The GI Recreation Department offers a Sunday Family Swim from noon - 2:45 on Sunday, January 26th at the GIHS pool.
  • St. Stephens School Open House is Sunday, January 26th from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
  • Jack and Jill Community Preschool is having an open house on January 27 & 28, 2014 at 2587 Baseline Road from 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
  • The American Legion regular monthly meeting is at 7:00 p.m., Wednesday, January 29th, 2014, at The Moose Lodge #180.
  • The Grand Island Board of Education budget input session is Monday, January 27, 2014 at 6:30 p.m. in the Professional Development Room located in the High School.


    Grand Island High School Sporting Events - Varsity unless noted.
  • Boys & Girls Bowling, against Lockport away at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 23rd.
  • Boys Hockey will play Ken East at Hyde Park on Thursday, January 23rd at 5:00 p.m.
  • Indoor Track will be at Lancaster at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, January 24th.
  • Girls Basketball will play Lew Port at home at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, January 24th.
  • Boys Basketball will play Lew Port away at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, January 24th.
  • Boys Swimming & Diving will meet No. Tonawanda at home at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, January 24th.
  • Boys Basketball will play Tapestry at home at 5:00 p.m. on Monday, January 27th.
  • Boys Basketball will play Burgard at home at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 28th.
  • Girls Basketball will play Tonawanda at home at 5:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 29th.
  • Boys Wrestling will meet Ken East away at 6:00 p.m. on Wednesday, January 29th.

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    Thursday, January 16, 2014

        Happy birthday to Amber Malaney and Don Burrows turning 70 today, January 16th and to Bill Williams turning 72 on Saturday, January 18th. Happy birthday to Fran Burrows and Andrew Massiello on Monday, January 20th and to Mary Cooke on Tuesday, January 21st.

       
        Happy 31st birthday to Mackenzie Hassan on Sunday, January 19th and to her son Vincent Pascucci who will be turning six on Wednesday, January 22nd.

       Congratulations to Alex Neutz! The recent UB wide receiver will be playing in the NFLPA Collegiate Bowl scheduled for Saturday, January 18th at the StubHub Center in Carson, CA. The game kicks off at 6:00 p.m. (EST) and will air on ESPN2.

       The GIHS Music Boosters are hosting a fundraiser at Dick & Jenny's tonight during dinner service. Stop and see Kim Kalman on your way in to get a voucher that will provide 20% of your dinner bill being donated to the Music Boosters. They are also having a 50/50 drawing. That's not all! The Music Boosters are hosting a Casino/Race night on Saturday, January 18th at the GI Moose Lodge from 7pm - ?. Everyone is welcome.

       Grand Island Pee Wee hockey players Rhys Mendel, Dylan Russo, Anthony Desimone, and Tyler Lehan are on the Niagara Jr. Purple Eagles team that is headed to 2014 NYS tournament in March. Their team is ranked 30th in the nation out of 904 teams and first in Pee Wee AA in NYS. Nice job guys, good luck in March.

        Serene Gardens Garden Center is still at the Grand Island Boulevard location but the restaurant is closed. The owners are opening a new restaurant on Elmwood in February.

       Friendly reminder...Monday is Martin Luther King Jr. day and that means government offices, banks and most schools are closed, except for some colleges.

       Consider joining us at the Grand Island Alumni's 7th Annual Comedy Show on Saturday, January 25th. Along with three great comedians, there is a wine raffle of 100 bottles of wine provided by our main sponsor, Aceti's Wine & Spirits. There is also a large flat screen tv to be raffled off just in time for the Super Bowl. See details.

       Mark your calendar for Wednesday, February 5th as the Relay For Life KICK-OFF is scheduled at the high school at 7:00 p.m. There is a music theme this year, “ROCK OUT CANCER”! Relay will be held at Veteran's Park on Saturday, May 31st from 2:00 p.m. - 2:00 a.m.

       I'd like to thank Joe Synakowski and his fellow members of the American Legion Post #1346 for doing a great job in the community and for their continuous support over the years to Isledegrande. They are a class act!

       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.

    Upcoming Events - See Events Calendar For Details
  • Cinderella Isle Garden Club will hold its January meeting tonight at 7:00 p.m. at Trinity UMC.
  • Come and Create - Arts & Crafts for youths 7-12 on Saturday, January 18th at the Nike Base Reality Cafe from 11-1pm.
  • VFW Ladies Auxiliary's 10th Annual Soup Night is Saturday, January 18th at the VFW from 4-7pm or sold out.
  • The GI Recreation Department offers a Sunday Family Swim from noon - 2:45 on Sunday, January 19th at the GIHS pool.
  • Niagara River Greenway Commission Meetings will be on Tuesday, January 21st starting at 2pm at Beaver Island State Park.


    Grand Island High School Sporting Events - Varsity unless noted.
  • Boys Swimming & Diving will meet Ken East at home at 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 16th.
  • Boys & Girls Bowling, against No. Tonawanda at home at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 16th.
  • Girls Basketball will play Ken West at home at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, January 17th.
  • Boys Basketball will play Ken West away at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, January 17th.
  • Indoor Track will be at Lancaster at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, January 17th
  • Boys Wrestling will meet at Niagara Falls Dual on Saturday, January 18th.
  • Boys Hockey will play Sweet Home at Northtowns on Saturday, January 18th at 3:00 p.m.
  • Boys Hockey will play Will. South at Northtowns 8:30 p.m. on Monday, January 20th.
  • Boys & Girls Bowling, against Ken East away at 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 21st.
  • Girls Basketball will play Lockport away at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 21st.
  • Boys Basketball will play Lockport at home at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 21st.
  • Boys Swimming & Diving will meet Niagara Falls away at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 21st.
  • Boys Wrestling will meet Ken West away at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, January 22nd.
  • Boys Hockey will play Ken East at Hyde Park at 8:30 p.m. on Thursday, January 23rd.
  • Boys & Girls Bowling, against Lockport away at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 23rd.

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    Thursday, January 9, 2014

        Happy birthday to Richard Brzyski today, January 9th and to Elizabeth AuClair Smith tomorrow January 10th. Say happy birthday to Martha Muller on Sunday, January 12th. Happy 25th wedding anniversary to life long islanders Donna & Bill Williams who relocated to the sunny Florida Gulf Coast in 1995 and are now retired.

        Sunday, January 12th is a milestone for Lyle Dinsmore. Happy 75th birthday! Lyle is currently in charge of the Frog Island Restoration project located between Strawberry Island and Motor Boat Island. The purpose is to re-establish the area so that it can support fish and wildlife. He also completed the project to protect the Motor Island shoreline from erosion in 2012. Doesn't sound like he's interested in retiring!

        Retired Deputy Town Clerk Diane Darmofalski wrote that her daughter and son-in-law Patricia and Scott Shaw will be celebrating their birthdays together on Friday, January 10th, 50 and 52 respectively. Happy Birthday! She also noted that she and Scott's mom share the same birth date. What are the odds of that?

       Congratulations to my neighbor Peter Stein. Peter officially retired this week from his USAF Fire Protection Chief Officer position at the Niagara Falls Air Base after 35 years of service.

       Chamber of Commerce chair person Fran McMahon of "Light Up the Boulevard Electric Parade & Festival", and co-chair Liz Wilbert announced that Hizair Hair Salon was selected for having the Best Decorated Store Front during the Festival.

       The GIHS reunions are starting to get organized. Heard from Barbara Buell Brown that the class of '84 has scheduled an event for Saturday, July 5th at Byblos Niagara. Dick Crawford mentioned the class of "74 has an event planned for Saturday, July 5th at River Oaks. Watch the reunion pages for future updates.

       There is quite the list of GIHS sporting events listed below that take place over the next week. Got cabin fever? Go see a game or three!

       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.

    Upcoming Events - See Events Calendar For Details
  • Come and Create - Arts & Crafts for youths 7-12 on Saturday, January 9th at the Nike Base Reality Cafe from 11-1pm.
  • The GI Recreation Department offers a Sunday Family Swim from noon - 2:45 on Sunday, January 12th at the GIHS pool.
  • Legislator Kevin Hardwick will host a HEAP Outreach on Wednesday, Jan. 15th at Grand Island Golden Age Center, 3278 Whitehaven Road, Grand Island from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Clean Air's Hope and History Forum will be held at St. Timothy Church on Wednesday, January 15th at 7:00 p.m.

    Grand Island High School Sporting Events - Varsity unless noted.
  • Boys & Girls Bowling, against Ken West away at Manor Lanes at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 9th.
  • Boys Hockey will play Will East at 9:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 9th at Northtowns.
  • Girls Basketball will play Niagara Wheatfield at home at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, January 10th.
  • Boys Basketball will play Niagara Wheatfield away at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, January 10th.
  • Boys Swimming & Diving will meet Niagara Wheatfield at home at 5:00 p.m. on Friday, January 10th.
  • Boys Wrestling will meet at Will. North Dual on Saturday, January 11th.
  • Boys Hockey will play Hamburg at Riverside on Saturday, January 11th at 2:30 p.m..
  • Indoor Track will be at Fredonia at 9:00 a.m. on Saturday, January 11th.
  • Boys & Girls Bowling, against Niagara Falls at home at 4:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 14th.
  • Girls Basketball will play North Tonawanda away at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 14th.
  • Boys Basketball will play North Tonawanda at home at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 14th.
  • Boys Swimming & Diving will meet Lockport away at 5:00 p.m. on Tuesday, January 14th.
  • Boys Wrestling will meet No. Tonawanda at home at 5:30 p.m. on Wednesday, January 15th.
  • Boys Swimming & Diving will meet Ken East at home at 5:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 16th.
  • Boys & Girls Bowling, against No. Tonawanda at home at 4:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 16th.

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    Thursday, January 2, 2014

        Happy birthday to Raymond Whitbeck & Thomas Kunselman today, January 2nd. Happy birthday to Hazel Rowe on January 5th. Happy birthday on January 6th to Michael Lockett and happy 50th birthday to Craig Davis, on January 7th. Happy birthday to Henry Carroll & Ramona Blackmore on Wednesday, January 8th.

        The newest islander and first WNY New Year's baby is Lilliana Rose Amadori, born at 12:56 a.m. on New Year's Day at Millard Fillmore Suburban. Parents Tracy and Chuck Amadori are first time parents of the 7 pound, 15 ounce and 21¼ inch long baby girl. The family was featured in the Buffalo News and on the local TV stations.


       Mrs. Lee Tetkowski (above seated in front of Klaaren mural) was recently in Siena, Italy attending an award ceremony honoring her son Neil. While there, she visited the Hotel Athena, where former islander and artist Terry Klaaren had completed a mural a few years ago.

       The Miracle League of Grand Island and WNY received a $60,000 grant from an anonymous donor in December. In addition, a matching grant is available. See story for details and how you can help get the new playground built.

       Special thanks to Bev & Jack Mikulski & Frank & Julia Greco for their holiday donation to Isledegrande. I loved hearing from you Bev! Hope your new year is extra special.

       The Grand Island Community Federal Credit Union is now the Financial Trust Federal Credit Union. See website for information.

       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.

    Upcoming Events - See Events Calendar For Details
  • Come and Create - Arts & Crafts for youths 7-12 on Saturday, Januray 4th at the Nike Base Reality Cafe from 11-1pm.

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