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This Week
...Around Town - 2015

By Jodi Robinson


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Wednesday, December 30, 2015

    Happy birthday today to Paul Facklam III. Happy birthday Thursday, December 31st to Kathy Lazenby, Alan Geldin & Carol Sterzelbach. Happy New Year's birthday to Donna Turner, Nancy Weis, Elaine Clark & Gail Klocke. Happy birthday Saturday to Raymond Whitbeck & Thomas Kunselman . Happy birthday Tuesday, January 5th to Peggy Boettcher Fuller and twin Kathy Boettcher Stisser, Sue Novits, Hazel Fancher Rowe & Jake Dixon. Happy birthday Wednesday, January 6th to Michael Lockett & Melissa Clement Hill.

   Happy anniversary to Gary & Emily Dahlstrom on Wednesday, January 6th!

   Happy New Year from all of us at Isledegrande and deSignet Jewelry. Wishing you a healthy and happy 2016!

   In her first game with the UB bulls, junior Cassie Oursler had a team-high 12 points, 10 rebounds and four blocks, helping to beat Sacred Heart in Fairfield, CT 66-53 on Tuesday, December 29th. Cassie transferred from Robert Morris after playing there as a freshman and two games as a sophomore. The Bulls are 8-3.

   The Inauguration of the newly elected officials will take place on Friday, January 1, 2016 at 12:00p.m. (noon) at the Buffalo Launch Club, 503 East River Road, Grand Island. To be inaugurated are Nathan D. McMurray - Supervisor, Patricia A. Frentzel - Town Clerk, Michael H. Madigan - Councilman, Beverly A. Kinney - Councilwoman and Sybil E. Kennedy - Town Justice. Phil Buchanan will serve as MC. The ceremony will be followed with a coffee, juice and light refreshments. All are invited to attend.

   Note to Michael Kline....I lost your information regarding Cole's super duper effort at University this fall. So sorry, please send again!

   Garbage pickup is delayed one day for New Year's Day Holiday.

   The GI Memorial Library is starting new hours in January. Check out the NEW 2016 Hours.

   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 Snowmobile Club monthly meeting is Wednesday, January 6, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. at the GI Rod & Gun Club, 1083 Whitehaven Road. Everyone is welcome.

    Grand Island High School Sports Schedules

    Send your news to jodi@giecom.net.


    Wednesday, December 23, 2015

        Happy birthday December 23rd to Karen Lloyd. Happy birthday Thursday, December 24th to Melissa Marlin & Carolyn Furman and Christmas to Bud Yensan, Chris Eberhard, Grant Hennigar, Marissa Catanzaro, & Cayleigh Fitzsimmons. Happy birthday Saturday to Allison Hill . Happy birthday Sunday, December 27th to Abigail Dallassandro. Happy birthday Monday, December 28th to Robin Laible, Maggie Gushue & James Soto. Happy birthday on Tuesday, December 29th to Judy Tafelski, Susan Magro & Laurel Moher.

       Merry Christmas and Happy New Year from all of us at Isledegrande and deSignet Jewelry. Wishing you a healthy and happy 2016!

       The GIHS has continued an annual tradition of a Yuletide lip dub music video. Watch the students and teachers rendition of Sleigh Ride by Johnny Mathis.

       I'm feeling really bad for the foster mom of Lollie, the missing dog. Lollie is a street dog from the Bahamas who is on the lam and has been spotted all over the Island. She seems to want to be free. I don't know what the answer is, but this poor women has spent the last week pounding the pavement trying to get this dog back to no avail. Can you imagine, throwing a lost dog into the mix of trying to get ready for the holidays, take care of your children and work?
       An Island resident wrote in today, Wednesday, December 23rd, "I saw a dog fitting this description on 190 north as I crossed bridge from Grand Island to NF in grass median...in Niagara Falls. I tried to circle back but dog was gone. Just wanted someone to know that dog might not be on Island anymore."

       The installation of the Lake Erie-Niagara River Ice Boom was delayed last week by an unexplained weather issue.??? The 1.7 mile long boom was installed this morning, Wednesday, December 23rd. For everything you ever wanted to know about the ice boom, check out the information sheet and ice boom view.

       Garbage pickup is delayed one day for Christmas Day and New Year's Day Holidays.

       Island Ship Center will be closing at 2:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 24th and reopen on Monday, December 28th at 8:30 a.m.

       In case you missed it on the front page...the GI Memorial Library is starting new hours in January. Check out the NEW 2016 Hours.

       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 traditional Christmas Eve Candlelight Service will be at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 24th. The church is located at 1650 Love Road.
  • Recovery International meets on Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. at Trinity UMC has been cancelled for December 29th.

    Grand Island High School Sports Schedules

    Send your news to jodi@giecom.net.


    Thursday, December 17, 2015

        Happy birthday today to Arvilla Kendzierski & Cassidy Louise Kendrick. Happy birthday Friday, December 18th to Jaylee Maddalena, Art DiMartile, Dan Epstein, Jan Zaborowski & Barbara Graff . Happy birthday Saturday to Sue Braun, Stan Hill, Louie D'Orazio & William O'Connor. Happy birthday Sunday, December 20th to Gloria Brown, Allyson Wolgast, Christopher Priest, & Glenn "Bud" Smith. Happy birthday Monday, December 21st to Kathy Hogrewe Lowes & Allene Jansen. Happy birthday on Wednesday, December 23rd to Karen Lloyd.

        A very special happy 15th birthday to Nicholas Carey from mom Kim Carey on Sunday, December 20th!

       Congratulations go to to GIHS soccer player Troy Brady named Boys Player of the Year by the Western New York Soccer Coaches at their banquet on Tuesday, December 15th. Also to GIHS Coach Frank Butcher, named Boys Coach of the Year.

       Check out The Clay Cafe in the Grand Island Plaza. Melanie and Justin Mckenney have a thriving business selling their popular vegetabowls, dishes molded from fruits and vegetables. Now they have opened a studio where you can paint pottery, enjoy clay classes and private parties. For a sneak peek, go to their website, www.islandclaycafe.com.

       If you're looking for gifts for the holidays, think about patronizing our advertisers in the right hand, yellow column. Their advertising dollars keep Isledegrande free from subscription fees.

        Ellden's at River Oaks, 201 Whitehaven Road, is hosting a pancake breakfast on Sunday, December 20th from 10am-1pm, and all proceeds will benefit the Neighbors Foundation. A donation of $5 is requested for breakfast.

       Grand Island Auto Tech is celebrating 40 years of service this year on Grand Island. They are experts in electrical and computer troubleshooting. Check out www.giautotech.com for information. Their holiday schedule is: closed Dec. 24 & 25, reopening Monday, Dec. 28th & closed Dec. 31 & Jan. 1st, reopening January 4th.

       Isledegrande will be posted on Wednesdays for the next three weeks due to the holidays and a vacation. If you have information you would like posted, please email by Tuesday noon to have it included for that weeks edition. Thank 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
  • The McCarthy School of Irish Dance presents A Celtic Christmas on Saturday, December 19, 2:00 pm at the Grand Island High School.
  • Saint Martin in the Fields Episcopal Church, 2587 Baseline Road, will present its annual Christmas pageant on Sunday December 20th at 10am & 6pm.
  • A carol hymn sing will be at Bible Presbyterian Church 6:00 p.m. service on Sunday, December 20th
  • Recovery International meets on Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. at Trinity UMC.
  • Bible Presbyterian Christmas Eve Candlelight service is at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, December 24th.


    Grand Island High School Sports Schedules

    Send your news to jodi@giecom.net.


    Thursday, December 10, 2015

        Happy birthday December 10th to Marianne Tranter, Lisa Dinsmore Szpakowsk & Jake Scott. Happy birthday Friday, December 11th to Paul Linenfelser Sr., Duffy Macguire & Joelle Logue. Happy birthday Saturday to Dave Hammond, Ron Livingston, Kathy Loncher & Steve Grunzweig. Happy birthday Sunday to my water class buddy Denise (Stack) Dewey and to Emma Santorio & Sandy Burns. Happy birthday Monday, December 14th to Claire O'Connor, Katie Rustowicz and Nancy Koch. On Tuesday say happy birthday to Anthony Grillo and on Wednesday, December 16th to my mom Nancy Hayes and to Betty Lantz.

       The Grand Island High School basketball teams were written up in today's Niagara Gazette and both teams are expected to have a great season. The girls are 5-0 and have Dakaylah Winfield back on the team after she spent last year playing for Cleve Hill. The girls will play at Lew-Port on Friday night at 6:30 p.m. See article. The boys are led by soccer standouts Joe Kulikowski and Garrett Robinson, are 2-2 and play Lew-Port at home on Friday at 6:30 p.m. See article.

       Over the winter, a wrestling club is open to children from 5-14 years old. It is on Monday and Wednesday evenings from 6:30-8:00pm in the upper gym at the high school, and runs through March 30th. You can sign up at the class, the registration fee is $75.00.

       The GIHS class of 1976 40th reunion schedule has been set. A three hour boat cruise on the Grand Lady will take place on Sunday, July 3rd from 6-9pm. After the cruise, everyone is invited to gather at the All Class Reunion at Island Lanes. See 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
  • Make a Graham Cracker House at the library, for children of all ages. Reservations are required, call 773-7124.
  • Recovery International meets on Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. at Trinity UMC.


    Thursday, December 3, 2015

        Happy birthday December 3rd to my auntie Lois Kaiser Schoenfeld and to Sara Barbur, Alan Endres, Liz Tucker & Evan Linenfelser. Happy birthday Friday, December 4th to Natalie Carter, Aidan MacNeil, Claire Card, Bill Wilson, Cameron Cherenzia, Joann Meyers & Gladys Gibbon . Happy birthday Saturday to Darcey Golde, Carolyn Kreutz & Luke Gworek. Happy birthday to Joan Staub, Julia Capage & Maxine Eldridge on Monday, December 7th. On Tuesday say happy birthday to Robin Shipman & Bobbi Cap and on Wednesday, December 9th to Amanda Heftka & Grace Stewart.

       
    A Town proclamation was presented to the 2015 Boys Viking Soccer team at the joint School/Town Board meeting on Monday, November 30th. The team ended their season at the NYS Championship tournament semi-finals with a record of 19-20-1, 1st in Western New York. This was the first year the boys team participated at the state level. Congratulations!!!


       The GIHS class of 1966 sent in their reunion invitation this week. The 50th reunion will take place over the July 4th weekend. A dinner dance will be held on Saturday, July 2nd, all class reunion at Island Lanes on Sunday, July 3rd and picnic at the VFW on July 4th after the parade. See invite.

        The past month has brought a half dozen donations into Isledegrande and for that we are thankful. Isledegrande does not charge for obituary postings, happy news, organization news or even supscriptions! The following went that extra step and showed their appreciation. Many thanks to GI American Legion, Marlene Whitfield, Earl DeGlopper, Janet Pedlow, Joe Synakowski and Mike Endres.

       Congratulations to the Biondi family on opening their second Baked Cupcakery store. They are located in the Village of Williamsville at 5428 Main Street and are open Tuesday - Saturday.

       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
  • Ducks Unlimited 7th Annual Wetlands Conservation Dinner at Buffalo Launch Club, Thursday December 3rd.
  • Connor Middle School Family Fun Night will be Friday, December 4th from 6:00 - 9:00 p.m. See flyer.
  • The Historical Society River Lea Christmas Open House is at Beaver Island State Park on Sunday, December 6 from 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Everyone is welcome.
  • The Grand Island Community Chorus invites you to the Christmas Concert, "A Wreath of Carols at 7 p.m. Sunday, December 6, at St. Martin-in-the-Fields Episcopal Church.
  • National Pearl Harbor Remembrance Day is Monday, December 7th. A ceremony will be held at the Grand Island VFW Post 9249, 2121 Grand Island Blvd. at 12 noon.
  • Recovery International meets on Tuesday at 7:00 p.m. at Trinity UMC.



    Grand Island High School Sports Schedules

    Send your news to jodi@giecom.net.


    Wednesday, November 25, 2015

        Happy birthday November 26th to Ginger Stamler, Dennis Parrino & Nancy Killian. Happy birthday Friday, November 27th to Jim O'Dea, Bill Barth & Gerald Dubiel. Happy birthday Saturday to PJ Marston, and Ame'lia Isabelle Haag & Donald Loder. Happy birthday to JoAnn Vanderheite, Daisy Moore & John Stark on Sunday, November 29th and to Eric Harnden, John Podlucky, Pat Akinbami & Nancy Tobe on Monday, November 30th. On Tuesday say happy birthday to Brian Sullivan, Betty Lou Camardella & John Cassoni, Jr. and on Wednesday, December 2nd to Riley Crosby, Carol Ganster & Marcy Malecki.

       The GIHS Class of 1986 30th Reunion will be held on July 2, 2016 at River Oaks. Check out the Facebook page. Contact Marijane Smith at tmjers@gmail.com.

        Mike Costello has taken over a tavern business in the heart of Youngstown. The Stone Jug is located in the 1824-era Ontario House building at Main and Lockport streets. Mike grew up on Grand Island and has owned Lakewood Landscaping, based in Youngstown, since 1985. He and his family and friends have been busy renovating the roof, putting in new bathrooms and updating the kitchen facilities of the old building. Plans are in the works to renovate rooms on the second and third floors for overnite stays. Mike has been a regular at the Jug since he moved off Island, back in 1979. The previous owner Ed Wojcik's family owned it for 83 years. It's about a 20 minute ride and a trip back in time!

       
       Kelly's Country Store, 3121 Grand Island Blvd. is stocked with Christmas trees that will be available for purchase on Friday, November 27th from 10am-9pm daily. proceeds from the tree sales will benefit the Multiple Sclerosis Society. Santa also arrives Friday for visits from 6-9pm Monday-Wednesday & Friday and noon - 5pm on Saturdays and Sundays.

       Remember to SHOP SMALL on Saturday....the official buy local event is celebrating its 5th anniversary. Check out the advertising list in the right hand column and grab some gifts from our sponsors. Isledegrande has the advertisers and readers donations to thank for keeping us in business.

        Check out the online pet product store offered by Islander Dr. Melissa Mroziak You can save time and money by ordering your pet products through her online store and Missy donates 25 percent of all net profits, every quarter, to a non-profit organization. Some of the organizations have included Miracle League, Heart and Soul, Wounded Warrior Project and Relay For Life Grand Island. See her web page here with link to the online store. I just had my Heartguard delivered free within 3 days of ordering.

        Looking for something to do this weekend? Canalside ice opened on Monday for the season. You can skate, ride the ice bike or try curling. See website for hours. Also, after dark, check out the light show on the grain elevators. The lights can be viewed until 11pm each evening.

       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 American Legion Post #1346 meeting is Wednesday, November 25th at 7:00 p.m. at the Loyal Order of The Moose Lodge
  • Bible Presbyterian Thanksgiving Eve Service is Wednesday, November 25th at 7:00 p.m.
  • Island Presbyterian Church is hosting a Community Thanksgiving dinner on Thursday, November 26th.
  • Historical Society Christmas Luncheons Nov. 30, Dec. 1 & 4th.
  • Recovery International meeting on Tuesday, December 1st at Trinity UMC at 7:00 p.m.
  • Ducks Unlimited 7th Annual Wetlands Conservation Dinner at Buffalo Launch Club, Thursday, December 3rd.

    Grand Island High School Sports Schedules

    Send your news to jodi@giecom.net.


    Thursday, November 19, 2015

        Happy birthday today November 19th to Eileen Minton. Happy birthday Friday, November 20th to Douglas F. Bauer, Grace Kammerer, Kathy Menter & Pam O'Connor. Happy birthday Saturday to Joan Butcher , Ben Kose & Tyler Lorence. Happy birthday to Dr. Chris Gress, Jennifer Przybylski & Kevin Rosman on Sunday, November 22nd and to Bob Johnson & Barbara LaDuca on Monday, November 23rd. On Tuesday say happy birthday to Edna Braddell & Margaret Sutton and on Wednesday, November 25th to Linda Geldin.

       Happy anniversary on November 25th to Nicole & Greg Butcher (15 years) & Pete & Sue Marston (9 years).


       Congratulations to Lexi and Grace Fredericks upon signing letters of intent to swim for Division I Central Connecticut State University. The twin sisters have been swimming for Mount St. Mary's during their high school years.

       Hair Envy Salon at the Grand Island Plaza offered free haircuts to Veterans on Veterans Day. Cathy Fancher is the owner of the salon and said they plan on making it an annual event. Nice job!

       Congratulations to Nathan McMurray, Bev Kinney, Mike Madigan, Sybil Kennedy & Pattie Frentzel, winners in the November 3rd election for Town government.

       Hold off on your holiday shopping! Small Business Saturday is on November 28th. This is a national effort, started in 2010 by American Express, to drive consumers to shop at local independently owned businesses. For every $100 spent at local, small business, $68 goes back into the community through taxes, payroll and other expenditures.

       Speaking of the holidays...the Neighbors Foundation Share Your Happiness Campaign needs your help. Check out the story and see if you can make a difference.

        Thermo Fisher is Hiring! They have 30+ full time manufacturing positions available with great benefits. See the flyer for details.

       Calico the cat was gone for a week and returned home on Monday night. I told the owner you don't hear happy endings with lost cats very often!

       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 Friends of the Grand Island Memorial Library will be holding a Used Book Sale at the Grand Island Memorial Library, 1715 Bedell Road on Friday November 20th and Saturday November 21st.
  • Light Up the Boulevard Electric Parade, Rudolph Run & Community Festival is Saturday, November 21st.
  • Recovery International meeting on Tuesday, November 24th at Trinity UMC at 7:00 p.m.
  • The GI American Legion Post #1346 meeting is Wednesday, November 25th at 7:00 p.m. at the Loyal Order of The Moose Lodge
  • Bible Presbyterian Thanksgiving Eve Service is Wednesday, November 25th at 7:00 p.m.
  • Island Presbyterian Church is hosting a Community Thanksgiving dinner on Thursday, November 26th.

    Grand Island High School Sports Schedules

    Send your news to jodi@giecom.net.


    Thursday, November 12, 2015

        Happy birthday today November 12th to Kelly Williams, Maria Burns & Carol Lindelow. Happy birthday Friday, November 13th to Victor Cap, Mike Madigan, Pamela Barton, Roberta Jean Burke & Ann Rossiter. Happy birthday Saturday to Sarah Brand. Happy birthday to Carole Lochte & Tom Dworak on Sunday, November 15th and to Annabelle Linenfelser & Peg Price on Monday November 16th. On Tuesday say happy birthday to Sierra Yarnes , Bobbi McNulty Champayne & Dayton Fancher and on Wednesday, November 18th to Mark Flash.

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


       Thanks to Town Cafe for generously providing free meals to veterans on Veterans Day. Owner Lynn Quarentello said when her family opened the restaurant 13 years ago, veterans from the VFW were her biggest supporters. The free meals were a way of thanking the vets for their bravery while protecting our country.

        Grand Island made the good list! The district had one of the lowest child obesity rates in the area at 25.7 percent, just behind Orchard Park, 25.5 percent and Hamburg, 25.6 percent. Other comparable districts are Clarence, 28.3 percent; Williamsville, 28.5 percent and Amherst, 28.6 percent.

        You will be able to see GIHS alumni Cassie Oursler play basketball this year at the University of Buffalo. She has transferred from Robert Morris and will be hitting the court December 29th.

           Remember, you can watch the school board meetings from the comfort of your own home. See BOE-11-9-15.



       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 VNA will offer Flu & Pneumonia Vaccinations at the Grand Island Memorial Library, 1715 Bedell Rd. on Saturday, November 14th from noon - 3:00 p.m.
  • The Charles N. DeGlopper VFW Auxiliary, 2121 Grand Island Blvd. is hosting a Hot Turkey Sandwich night on Saturday, November 14th from 4:00 - 7:00 p.m.
  • Recovery International meeting on Tuesday, November 17th at Trinity UMC at 7:00 p.m.


    Send your news to jodi@giecom.net.


    Thursday, November 5, 2015

        Happy birthday today November 5th to Susan Quagliana Alexander Frye & Brian Rinio. Happy birthday Friday, November 6th to Jo-Anne Greico, Joshua Less, David Arch & Helen Radder. Happy birthday Saturday to Joe Cushner & Francis Baumler. Happy birthday to Scott Hammond & Doug Smith on Sunday, November 8th. A special happy 13th birthday to Grace Carey from mom Kim on Sunday, November 8th! Happy birthday on Monday to Meshkat Assian, and on Tuesday to Katie Samland & Barbara Cook . Lots of happy birthdays on Wednesday, November 11th, Sandy Santorio, Richard Benns , Lucia Roesch , Carolyn Gentz, Pat Wydra, Shane Kinney, Margaret Lawrence & James Purpora.

        The annual Veterans Day service will be held at Charles N. DeGlopper Memorial Park at Baseline and Grand Island Blvd. instead of Veterans Park this year. The Grand Island VFW and American Legion posts will have a special project announcement at the service.The service takes place on Wednesday, November 11th at 11:00 a.m.

       The Vikings Boys Soccer team has been ranked No. 1 in New York State since October 4th, has not been scored upon since October 3rd and just won their 18th game in a row. They are Class A Section 6 champs and will take on Honeoye Falls at Spencerport High School, a Rochester suburb, on Friday night. The team bus leaves GI at 1:30 pm for the game. A spectator bus will be leaving the school at 5:00 p.m. Good luck guys!!!

       The question of who will be Grand Island Supervisor will go unanswered for two more weeks. A letter from the Erie County Board of Elections lists Wednesday, November 18th as the date the final canvass will begin. Dale Anderson of the Buffalo News reported 146 absentee ballots are up for grabs.

       
       The always positive Fahim Mojawalla is taking orders for what every baby Buffalo sports fan needs. The bibs are $6.99 and pre-orders will be taken until November 15th. Island Ship Center will be closed on Saturday, November 7th for continuing shipping education and Veterans Day hours are 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

        The GI Recreation Department has plenty to do this fall/winter. Check out these activities:
    Saturday Activities. For youths ages 4-15. Starts November 14th.
    Tuesday Night Open Gym. For adults.
    Wednesday Night Youth Open Gym
    Sunday Family Swim.

          Veronica Connor Middle School PTA annual Poinsettia & Holiday Wreath Sale is underway. Prepaid orders will be accepted until Monday, November 16th, see order form for 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
  • Vikings for Veterans - 5k, 8k race and 1k Dog Walk on Saturday, November 7th at Veterans Park.
  • The Historical Society River Lea Open House is at Beaver Island State Park on Sunday, November 8 from 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • A Veterans Day Service will be held on Wednesday, November 11th at 11:00 a.m. at DeGlopper Park, Baseline & GI Blvd.
  • VFW Veterans Day Open House on Wednesday, November 11th after the service.
  • A Watch Fire American Flag Retirement Ceremony will be held on Wednesday, November 11th at 5:00 p.m. at Martin's Fantasy Island Parking Lot.

    Send your news to jodi@giecom.net.


    Thursday, October 29, 2015

        Happy birthday today October 29th to Joanne Gesl and Nina Goss. Happy birthday Friday, October 30th to Dave Wilkinson, Bill Pioli, Teddy Ann Davis & Sharon Moffett. Happy birthday on Halloween to Morgan Proctor & Jane Wynne. Happy birthday Emily Fred & Andy Chambers, on Sunday, November 1st. Happy birthday on Monday to Carol Zimmerman, Julie Lockett, Blake Rockwood, Joanne Lozo & terrific twin Sue McMahon. Happy birthday on Tuesday, November 3rd to Anthony Weis & Donovan Wasson. Happy birthday on Wednesday, November 4th to Mark Tiede, Alli DeMartin & Bill Salansky .

        I had a visit from a former Islander this week. Wendy Card is a 1985 graduate of GIHS and after retiring from the military, started an online newspaper in New Bern, NC, New Bern Now.com. She mentioned she was inspired by former Isledegrande Editor Teddy Linenfelser after reading our news over the years. Wendy's mantra is "promote not demote", which is what Isledegrande has always tried to do.

       At the Ground Breaking of the Sandy Beach Park Club living shoreline this week, Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper Executive Director noted, 95% of the world's fresh water flows around Grand Island. This project is the first of many planned by the Riverkeepers and should be complete by Spring 2016. To learn more about living shorelines, click here.

       The Grand Island Recreation Department and the Grand Island Chamber of Commerce are having a "Holiday Light Display Contest". All Island residents and businesses are invited to compete in two categories, the "Classic" and the "Contemporary". Entry forms must be sent to the Recreation Department before December 9th to qualify. Judging will take place December 11 & 12th from 8:00 -11:00 p.m. See flyer for complete details and for registration form.

       Long time advertiser, the Town Cafe, 2352 Grand Island Blvd., has plenty to tantalize your taste buds. Check out the ad, lower left corner. The "Jodi Robinson Special Salad" was created by Nick Rossi and "ooh it's so good"?

       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. Stephens School, 2080 Baseline Road, is having their 7th Annual Shopping Extravaganza event on Sunday, November 1st from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • The Grand Island Snowmobile Club meeting is Wednesday, November 4th at 7:30 p.m. at the Grand Island Rod & Gun Club.
  • The Historical Society meeting is at Historic Trinity, 2100 Whitehaven Road, on Thursday, November 5 at 7:30 p.m. Featured speaker is Franklin Delano Roosevelt, as portrayed by actor Albert McFadyen.


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    Thursday, October 22, 2015

        Happy birthday today October 22nd to Brianna Hadden, Rick Martin & Michele Namenek. Happy birthday Friday, October 23rd to Patrick Gallagher, Chase Harding, Zakary Massaro, & Gerry Robinson. Happy birthday on Saturday, October 24th to Doug Krueger & Judy Wozniak . Happy birthday John Bidell, Joshua McMahon & Betsy Morrison, on Sunday, October 25th. A special happy birthday to Donna Smith Phelan from Dory Matwijkow on Sunday, and to Maxx and Calleigh Anderson, Dorothy Lew and Barbara Schaber. Happy birthday on Tuesday, October 27th to Peter Marston & Alyssa Quarantello. Happy birthday on Wednesday, October 28th to Steve Hunt, Jimmie Stewart III & Nikki Zimmerman.

       The Grand Island Lady Vikings soccer team beat Cheektowaga in the Class A pre-quarterfinal on Tuesday, October 20th at home by a score of 7-0. Junior Madisyn Pezzino broke the Grand Island High School career goals record with a hat trick, making her total 170 goals. The school record was previously held by Jessica Remmes at 168 in 2005. The other goals were scored by Marcy Berberic - 2, Giana Aiello -1 and Kelsey Harrigan -1. The #1 Lady Vikings (16-1-0)) will take on #9 Hamburg (7-7-1)) today at Gene Masters Field at approximately 6pm.


        A whole bunch of political candidates signs were removed or damaged around Town on Saturday night/Sunday morning last weekend. Many were found in a dumpster at the Village Inn on Ferry Road. The signs above were damaged at McMahon's Family Restaurant. My good neighbor Chuck Berlinger came to the rescue of Bev Kinney and pieced a large sign back together with packing tape. You're the best Chuck!

        GI Recreation Department and GIHS Art Club are presenting the "Isle of Spooky fun", Saturday, Oct. 24th at the Nike Base, for children. See poster. They are also presenting the "Isle of Horrors", Saturday & Sunday, Oct. 24 & 25th. See poster. This for for teens and adults only.

       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
  • Veronica Connor Middle School will present "Lion King Jr." at 7:00 p.m., Oct. 22, 23 & 24, at the Grand Viking Theater at GIHS.
  • The VNA will offer Flu & Pneumonia Vaccinations at the Grand Island Memorial Library, 1715 Bedell Rd. on Saturday, October 24th from noon - 3:00 p.m.
  • The Charles N. DeGlopper Post #9429 Auxiliary, 2121 Grand Island Blvd. is hosting a Spaghetti Dinner on Saturday, October 24th from 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
  • A Lawn Mower Race will take place on Saturday, October 24th at 2:30 p.m. at Veterans Park.
  • The Grand Island Rotary is sponsoring an Art Auction on Saturday, October 24th at Byblos Niagara Resort beginning at 6:00 p.m.
  • Recovery International will meet on Tuesday, October 27th at Trinity United Methodist Church.
  • The GI American Legion Post #1346 meeting is Wednesday, October 28th at 7:00 p.m. at the Loyal Order of The Moose Lodge.
  • Whitehaven Road Baptist Church is hosting a Harvest Party on Wednesday, October 28th from 6:00 p.m. - 8:15 p.m.

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    Thursday, October 15, 2015

        Happy birthday today October 15th to 91 years young Shirley Luther and to Mike Yensan. Happy birthday Friday, October 16th to Clare Conboy, Sue Cinelli, Rosa Galente & Kathleen Loth. Happy birthday on Saturday, October 17th to Stephanie Kowalak, Jenna Giambra & Julius Schopp. Happy birthday Barb DeMaria, Alexandra Imperi & Aidan Daly, on Sunday, October 18th. Happy birthday on Monday, October 19th to Judy Thaler, Robert Skotnicki & Heidi Sue McCormick and on Tuesday, October 20th to Ryan Pinzel & Michael Madigan. Happy birthday on Wednesday to Laury Linenfelser.

        Happy Anniversary to Renee & Mike Driskell, married on October 19, 2013.
       Happy golden+ anniversary to Carol & Gary Roesch on October 20th and to Sue & Dan McMahon, also on October 20th, married over 40 years!
       Celebrating anniversaries on October 21st are Earl & Rita DeGlopper and Jacquie & Patrick Foote. Congratulations everyone!!!

       Buffalo News reporter Miguel Rodriguez named the GIHS boys and girls soccer teams to his "Power 10 for Oct. 14" stating, "#5. Grand Island soccer. Both boys and girls teams clinch Niagara Frontier League titles with time to spare. Boys ranked first in state, girls fourth." This is the first time the boys' team has been ranked #1 in the state. Lady Viking Madisyn Pezzino is one goal shy of the school record.

       The Grand Island Lions Club, Isledegrande.com and the Island Dispatch/PennySaver are sponsoring a Meet the Candidate's Night today, October 15th at 7:00 p.m. at Kaegebein School Auditorium. The audience will be able to submit questions. Please arrive by 6:30 p.m. to do so. The Lions Club is asking for donations of no longer used eyeglasses, wheelchairs and walkers.

    Click for larger view

       Check out the GIHS Gene Masters Field with the track installed. Kevin and Dawn Cobello of K & D Action photo have been very generous with their time and services in taking great overhead shots of Island life. Due to the nasty weather forcast, the Grand Island Alumni Association will postpone the scheduled check presentation tomorrow evening at Masters Field.

        The Grand Island Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary Annual Chowder Sale is Saturday, October 17, 2015 at fire headquarters. Chowder will be ready at 11:00 a.m. Pre-orders will be taken by contacting Darcey - 907-3002. Bring your own containers!

       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 October meeting on Thursday, October 15th at 7:00 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church.
  • Elderwood at Grand Island, 2850 Grand Island Blvd. is hosting a a pet adoption and blessing event on Saturday, October 17th.
  • Fence the Dog Park Fundraiser will be held on Saturday, October 17th from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. at the Nike Base.
  • The Historical Society River Lea Open House is at Beaver Island State Park on Sunday, October 18 from 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Recovery International will meet on Tuesday, October 20th at Trinity United Methodist Church

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    Thursday, October 8, 2015

        Happy birthday today October 8th to Andy Dinsmore, Casy Galeza & Harry Minion. Happy birthday Friday, October 9th to Taylor Duscher, Barb Jarzab & Chris Ciechoski. Happy birthday on Saturday, October 10th to Ray Billica. Happy birthday Jacob Mongold & Barbara Shepard on Sunday, October 11th. Happy birthday on Monday, October 12th to Marissa Mrkall & Ronald Milks and on Tuesday, October 13th to Christopher Conway & Dylan Castiglia. Happy birthday on Wednesday to Stephanie Voyzey & Ashley Battaglia

        Best wishes to my little sister, Dana Hayes Foote, on her marriage to Ross Erickson on Saturday, October 10th in Branson, MO! We are road tripping out to join the festivities, so will be out of the office until Tuesday.


       Congrat's to GIHS senior diver Allison DeMartin. Allison is undefeated this season and achieved her personal best score of 213.45 on Tuesday night against Lockport, defeating Julia LaRose (Lockport), by a tenth of a point.

       The Grand Island Lions Club, Isledegrande.com and the Island Dispatch/PennySaver are sponsoring a Meet the Candidate's Night on Thursday, October 15th at 7:00 p.m. at Kaegebein School Auditorium. The audience will be able to submit questions. Please arrive by 6:30 p.m. to do so. The Lions Club is asking for donations of no longer used eyeglasses, wheelchairs and walkers.

       Get your tickets fast to the GI Historical Society Holiday Luncheon, Christmas in the Country. They are scheduled for Monday, November 30, Tuesday, December 1 and Friday, December 4th at noon. Cost is $25. Reservations may be made by calling Sue at 773-5313.

       For a unique gift, check out the Grand Island Jewelry & Gifts page at DeSignet Jewelry's website. There are charms, pendants, earrings, ornaments, bracelets and more!

       The Grand Island Alumni Association will be presenting a check to Jon Roth at the Homecoming football game on Friday, October 16th at Gene Masters Field at half-time. Money was raised at last fall's opening of the football field at "Friday Night Under the Lights." Some of the money was already spent cushion wrapping 50 more yards of fencing on the home side. After the game, alumni are invited to gather at Ellden's at River Oaks to reminisce.

       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 Fire Company Open House is on Friday, October 9h from 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at Grand Island Fire Hall, 2275 Baseline Road.
  • Holiday Happenings will take place at the Golden Age Center, 3278 Whitehaven Rd. (Nike Base) on Saturday, October 10th, from 10am-3pm
  • Recovery International will meet on Tuesday, October 13th at Trinity United Methodist Church, 2100 Whitehaven Rd. from 7 - 9:00 p.m.
  • Cinderella Isle Garden Club will hold its October meeting on Thursday, October 15th at 7:00 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church


    Grand Island High School Sporting Events - Varsity unless noted.
  • Boys Volleyball will play Ken East away today, October 8th at 4:30 p.m.
  • Boys Soccer will play Niag. Falls at home on Friday, October 9th at 4:30 p.m.
  • Girls Soccer will play Niag. Falls away on Friday, October 9th at 4:30 p.m.
  • Boys Golf will play Niag. Wheatfield at home on Friday, October 9th at 4:30 p.m.
  • Girls Tennis will play Ken East at home on Friday, October 9th at 4:00 p.m.
  • Girls Swimming will meet Niag. Falls away on Friday, October 9th at 5:00 p.m.
  • Viking Football will be at Sweet Home on Saturday, October 10th at 2:00 p.m.
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    Thursday, October 1, 2015

        Happy birthday today October 1st to Ariel Brucato and Allison Mae Walker. Happy birthday Friday, October 2nd to Joan Allen & Richard Warner. Happy birthday on Saturday, October 3rd to Jean Marie Ensminger & Joan Schlueter Wright. Happy birthday Margie Walker, Clarice Samland & Robert Vaccaro on Sunday, October 4th. Happy birthday on Monday, October 5th to Dylan Russo, Michele Remmes, Nancy Long, Robert N. Schwagler, Rebekah Thompson, Betty Magnuson & Carolyn Mesches and on Tuesday, October 6th to Craig Blowers, Jane Consier, Ruth Cunningham and Roy Campbell. Happy day on Wednesday to Bob McCormick, Michael Christensen, Morgan Capage, Evan Smith & Paul Leuchner.

        Happy 27th wedding anniversary to Patricia & Scott Shaw today, October 1st. Happy anniversary to Teddy & Jim Linenfelser on Monday, October 5th!

       Congratulations to the GIHS Boys and Girls Soccer teams! So far this season they both have an undefeated record in the NFL at 10-0-0.

        A Lawn Mower Race will take place at Veterans Park on Saturday, October 24th at 2:30 p.m. to benefit the Grand Island Little League. Racing starts at 3:30 p.m. There will be refreshments available to purchase, entertainment, drawings and flu shots. Fee is $10 per mower, no pre-registration is required.

       WIVB reporter George Richert did a story on September 29th regarding the planned Holiday Inn Express at the Hooker Chemical/Dunlop Tire building on Long Road. See story.

       You can view the most recent GI Central School District School Board Meeting from September 28th 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 4th Annual Taste of Grand Island is Saturday, October 3rd, 11 - 7:00 p.m. at the Town Commons, rain or shine.
  • The VNA will offer Flu & Pneumonia Vaccinations at the Grand Island Memorial Library, 1715 Bedell Rd. on Saturday, October 3rd from noon - 3:00 p.m.
  • St. Martin in the Fields Episcopal Church, 2587 Baseline Rd., is hosting their 4th Annual Pet Blessing on Saturday, October 3rd at 1:00 p.m.
  • The CROP Walk will be at Beaver Island State Park on Sunday, October 4th.
  • The Grand Island Community Chorus invites you to a Hymn Sing at 7:00 p.m. on Sunday, October 4th at St. Stephens Old Church.
  • A public meeting on the West River Greenway Connector Trail is Tuesday, October 6th from 5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at Grand Island Town Hall.
  • Recovery International will meet on Tuesday, October 6th at Trinity United Methodist Church, 2100 Whitehaven Rd. from 7 - 9:00 p.m.

    Grand Island High School Sporting Events - Varsity unless noted.
  • Boys Golf will play Lew Port away on Friday, October 2nd at 4:00 p.m.
  • Girls Volleyball will play No. Tonawanda away on Friday, October 2nd at 4:30 p.m.
  • Football against Will North is at home on Friday, October 2nd at 7:00 p.m.
  • Girls Tennis will play Niag. Falls away on Friday, October 2nd at 4:00 p.m.
  • Girls Swimming will meet Ken East at home on Friday, October 2nd at 5:00 p.m.
  • Boys Soccer will play Lew Port at home on Saturday, October 3rd at 2:00 p.m.
  • Girls Soccer will play Lew Port away on Saturday, October 3rd at 2:00 p.m.
  • Girls Tennis will play No. Tonawanda at home on Monday, October 5th at 4:00 p.m.
  • Girls Swimming will meet Lockport away on Tuesday, October 6th at 5:00 p.m.
  • Boys Soccer will play Ken West away on Tuesday, October 6th at 4:30 p.m.
  • Girls Soccer will play Ken West at home on Tuesday, October 6th at 4:30 p.m.
  • Boys Volleyball will play Lockport at home on Tuesday, October 6th at 5:00 p.m.
  • Girls Volleyball will play Lockport away on Tuesday, October 6th at 5:00 p.m.
  • Boys Golf will play Niagara Falls at home on Tuesday, October 6th at 4:00 p.m.
  • Boys Golf will play No. Tonawanda away on Wednesday, October 7th at 4:00 p.m.
  • Girls Tennis will play Ken West away on Wednesday, October 7th at 4:00 p.m.
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    Thursday, September 24, 2015

        Happy birthday today September 24th to Lucy Floss. Happy birthday Friday, September 25th to David Dee, Robert Smith, Robert Tyrrell, Liz Brock, Dan Bridge, Sam Carpenter & Jim Harrod . Happy birthday on Saturday, September 26th to Madison Martin, Kevin Rogoza, Liz Glor Allen & Cameron Kolat.. Happy birthday Alice Gerard, Amy Heist, Kevin Cobello, Dave Grant, Ashley Bleistein,Sharilyn Zarajczyk, Linda Clark, Andrew Szolnoky & Corky Carter on Sunday, September 27th. Happy birthday on Monday, September 28th to Cap Cooke, Jordan Davis (21), Claire Cinelli, Ron Webb & Marty Napier and on Tuesday, September 29th to Nancy Blundell, Joann Hasselbeck and Matthew Hamm, Dana Robinson, Jim Wright Jr. & Samantha Krause. Happy day on Wednesday to Faith Caldwell, Vikki Smith, Georgina Munk, Michael Rossiter& Barbara Nowakowski.

       Happy anniversary to John and Joanne Podlucky celebrating their 37th! on September 30th.

       Congratulations to the Charles N. DeGlopper Memorial VFW Post #9249, celebrating their 50th anniversary on Saturday, September 26th.

       Rotary Club of Buffalo is hosting a youth exchange student from France that will be attending Grand Island High School for the 2015-16 school year. They are looking for 2-3 host families to assist us in hosting him during the school year for 3-4 months. If you have the ability to assist, please contact Laurie Albertsson at laurie.rotaryexchange@gmail.com.

       Kaegebein School has announced starting Monday, September 28th, busses will arrive and depart from the back doors. Students driven to school will use the front doors.

       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
  • Recovery International meeting on Tuesday, September 29th at Trinity United Methodist Church, 2100 Whitehaven Rd. from 7-9pm.
  • The GI American Legion Post #1346 meeting is Wednesday, September 30th at 7:00 p.m. at the Loyal Order of The Moose Lodge 2524 Grand Island Blvd.
  • The Historical Society meeting is at River Lea, Beaver Island State Park on Thursday, October 1st at 7:30 p.m.

    Grand Island High School Sporting Events - Varsity unless noted.
  • Girls Swimming will meet No. Tonawanda at home on Friday, September 25th at 5:00 p.m.
  • Girls Tennis will play Tonawanda at home on Friday, September 25th at 4:00 p.m.
  • Football against Will South is away on Friday, September 25th at 7:00 p.m..
  • Boys Soccer will play No. Tonawanda at home on Monday, September 28th at 4:30 p.m.
  • Girls Soccer will play Niag. Wheatfield at home on Monday, September 28th at 4:30 p.m.
  • Girls Tennis will play Niag. Wheatfield away on Monday, September 28th at 4:00 p.m.

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    Thursday, September 17, 2015

        Happy birthday today September 17th to Carmela Bartolomeo. Happy birthday Friday, September 18th to Town Cafe's Lynn Quarentello. Happy birthday on Saturday, September 19th to a nice group of people. Peter McMahon, Lisa Stoddard, Vickie Harnden, Bonnie Sciuk, David Long, Julie O'Connor & Donnie Burns, all share the same birthday!. Happy birthday Lisa Dollendorf, Jennifer Fiels, Becky Peters and Bruce Senn on Sunday, September 20th. Happy birthday on Tuesday, September 22nd to H. William DeGlopper, Kathleen McCormick, Kevin Hagen & Janine Gregoire and on Wednesday, September 23rd to Kenny Martina.

        The GIHS first home game of 2015 is under the lights on Friday, September 18th at 7pm. Grand Island (2-0) vs. Starpoint (2-0). Last week Grand Island beat Williamsville East 16-8 and Starpoint is coming off a first time win over Sweethome and has never won at Grand Island. Who will be more PUMPED!!!! Vikings of course!

        Congratulations to long time advertisers Dan & Sandi Clark of Sandi's Family Restaurant in Niagara Falls. Their daughter Lindsey was crowned Peach Festival Queen on Sunday, September 13th in Lewiston.


       The property formerly known as the Dunlop Building is in the midst of asbestos abatement. After an okay from the Planning Board on Monday, September 14th, phase one of Grand Island Hotels, LLC property conversion plan has begun. The abatement should be complete by October 30th and the PMJ Construction Company will begin to turn the eyesore into a 100 room hotel. The project is scheduled to be complete in May of 2016. See plans and renderings here.

        Not much to be learned at a workshop meeting held at Town Hall on Tuesday, September 15th regarding the Gus Macker. Most attendees agreed that the event was enjoyed by the participants and spectators. Parking on the streets was an issue at times with parking tickets written for some cars on Whitehaven, east of GI Blvd. and on Baseline, south of Whitehaven. A representative from the NFTA reported normal traffic by the buses coming and going. There were no security issues that occurred during the event. There was some correspondence read from local businesses that were not in favor as they either closed during the event or incurred expenses for security and extra staff.

    Island Tid-Bits...
       Congratulations to Coach Ben Gallegos and the GIHS JV girls soccer team. On Thursday, September 10th, the team won their 50th straight game!
       Sadly, Adrian's Custard and Beef closed last Saturday.

       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
  • Kaegebein Playground Construction is Friday-Sunday, September 18-20, starting at 8:00 a.m.
  • The WNY Hydrocephalus Assoc. Walk will be at Beaver Island State Park on Saturday, September 19th at 11:00 a.m.
  • The Historical Society River Lea Open House is at Beaver Island State Park on Sunday, September 20th from 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • BW's Chicken Dinner Fundraiser is Thursday, September 24th from 2:30 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. at the high school.

    Grand Island High School Sporting Events - Varsity unless noted.
  • Boys Football will play Starpoint at home on Friday, September 18th at 7:00 p.m.
  • Girls Soccer will play North Tonawanda at home on Friday, September 18th at 4:30 p.m.
  • Boys Golf will play Niagara Falls on Friday, September 18th at 4:00 p.m.
  • Girls Tennis will play North Tonawanda away on Friday, September 18th at 4:00 p.m.
  • Boys Volleyball will play Ken East at home on Friday, September 18th at 4:30 p.m.
  • Girls Swimming will meet North Tonawanda, Ken East & Niagara Falls at Niagara Falls on Friday, September 18th at 5:00 p.m.
  • Girls Tennis will meet Ken West at home on Monday, September 21st at 4:00 p.m.
  • Boys Soccer will play Niag. Wheatfield at home on Monday, September 21st at 4:30 p.m.
  • Girls Soccer will play Niag. Wheatfield away on Monday, September 21st at 4:30 p.m.
  • Girls Tennis will play Lockport at home on Tuesday, September 22nd at 4:00 p.m.
  • Girls Swimming will meet Ken West away on Tuesday, September 22nd at 5:00 p.m.
  • Boys Volleyball will play Niag. Wheatfield away on Tuesday, September 22nd at 4:30 p.m.
  • Girls Volleyball will play Niag. Wheatfield at home on Tuesday, September 22nd at 4:30 p.m.
  • Boys Golf will play North Tonawanda at home on Tuesday, September 22nd at 4:00 p.m.
  • Boys Golf will play Niagara Wheatfield away on Wednesday, September 23rd at 4:00 p.m.
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    Thursday, September 10, 2015

        Happy birthday today September 10th to Jessica Eastwood, Madison Mongold & Richard Lozo. Happy birthday Friday, September 11th to June Ann Chadima & Peter Bezan. Happy birthday on Saturday, September 12th to Ben Shaw, Chris Aronica and Callie Harding. Happy birthday Makenna Scalise & Bethany Kulikowski on Sunday, September 13th. Happy birthday on Tuesday, September 15th to Ava Staub and on Wednesday, September 16th to Christie Davis.

       Happy anniversary to Judy & Bob Schmidt (50th!!!!) on September 11th and to Mike and Sandy Beauchamp on September 15th.


       The final count in the week long survey, "Are you in favor of Gus Macker returning?" ended up as you see above.

       There are two upcoming events looking for venders in the next couple months. St. Stephen School Shopping Extravaganza is November 1st. Call Kim Nemeth at 716-773-3331, 716-481-3746 or email kimneme@gmail.com for details. The Taste of Grand Island is October 3rd. see flyer.

       An informational meeting is next Tuesday, September 15th, regarding the West River Greenway Connector Trail/Bike Path. It is at the Town Hall Second Floor Lobby from 5:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. See map & flyer.

        The Citizen Science Community Resources (CSCR) group is hosting a conference and meeting regarding the history and updates of the recent actions at Tonawanda Coke. The event is open to the public and will take place on Saturday, September 19th at 169 Sheridan-Parkside Drive, Tonawanda from 9:30 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. See Press Release for more details.

    Island Tid-Bits...
       An Electronics Recycling Day is planned for Saturday, September 12th from 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., at the GM Tonawanda Engine Plane #1. See flyer.

       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 Service will be held at the Charles N. Deglopper Post 9249 VFW, 2121 Grand Island Blvd. on Friday, September 11th at 7:00 p.m. at the flagpole.
  • The American Legion Patriot Day Poppy Drive will be held on Friday & Saturday, September 11 & 12th at various locations around Grand Island.
  • The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation & Historic Preservation will host a public meeting on the West River Greenway Connector Trail on Tuesday, September 15th.

    Grand Island High School Sporting Events - Varsity unless noted.
  • Girls Volleyball will play North Tonawanda at home on Thursday, September 10th at 4:30 p.m.
  • Girls Tennis will play Niag. Wheatfield at home on Friday, September 11th at 4:00 p.m.
  • Boys Football will play Will East away on Saturday, September 12th at 2:00 p.m.
  • Boys Soccer will play Ken-West at home on Saturday, September 12th at 11:00 p.m.
  • Girls Tennis will play Lew-Port away on Monday, September 14th at 4:00 p.m.
  • Boys Volleyball will play Lockport away on Monday, September 14th at 5:00 p.m.
  • Girls Volleyball will play Lockport at home on Monday, September 14th at 4:30 p.m.
  • Boys Soccer will play Niag. Falls away on Tuesday, September 15th at 4:30 p.m.
  • Girls Soccer will play Niag. Falls at home on Tuesday, September 15th at 4:30 p.m.
  • Girls Tennis will play Niagara Falls at home on Wednesday, September 16th at 4:00 p.m.
  • Boys Volleyball will play Will South at home on Wednesday, September 16th at 4:30 p.m.
  • Girls Volleyball will play Wilson away on Wednesday, September 16th at 4:30 p.m.

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    Thursday, September 3, 2015

        Happy birthday today September 3rd to Joshua Smith, Ian Conner, Jesse Rosser and Sam Linenfelser. Happy birthday Friday, September 4th to Bob Dee, Justin Schmadel, Kiersten Winstel & Grace Carpenter. Happy birthday on Saturday, september 5th to Sarah Lange. Happy birthday Jean Leiner, Judy Schmidt & Donna Ball on Sunday, September 6th. Happy birthday Monday, September 7th to Collin DeMartin, Anna Hammond, Gretchen Moss Beach and on Tuesday, September 8th to Michael Edwards, Betty Serio, Florence Lorenz. Happy day on Wednesday to Ardeth Westrope, Mikayla Claus, Jackie McGinty, Elizabeth Carpenter & James O'Brien.

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

    Casaba Melon bowl

       Justin and Melanie Mckenney live on Grand Island and have been getting a lot of press lately regarding their pottery business. They make serving pieces directly cast from fruits and vegetables and the Buffalo News ran a story August 29th, see here. Their wares have been featured in many magazines including Oprah, Cooking Light, doityourself, Woman's Day and more. Check out their website.

    Center: Gus Macker promoter Corey McGowan, on his left, Courtney Donovan.

        Courtney Donovan and her team MCMB were top court champions at the Gus Macker last weekend. The team also received the Sportsmanship award. Congratulations ladies!

       FYI: I know there is a spelling error on the front page, Gus Macker poll, but I can't fix it without starting over, so.....it's staying!

       Relay For Life Co-Chair Lynn Dingey announced yesterday that the Grand Island Relay page is up and running. You can sign up now for Relay 2016, scheduled for Friday, June 10th at 4:00 p.m. at Veterans Park. See webpage.

       The first Viking football game against Kenmore East scheduled for tomorrow, September 4th is cancelled due to a shortage of players at Kenmore East. It will be regarded as a forfeit and will not be rescheduled. Buffalo News reporter Miguel Rodriguez has a nice write-up on the Class A North football teams in todays edition. 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 Grand Island Historical Society's September meeting at River Lea in Beaver Island State Park is a potluck at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, September 3rd.

    Grand Island High School Sporting Events - Varsity unless noted.
  • Boys Soccer will play Lockport away on Thursday, September 3rd at 4:30 p.m.
  • Girls Soccer will play Lockport at home on Thursday, September 3rd at 4:30 p.m.
  • Girls Tennis will play Tonawanda away on Thursday, September 3rd at 4:00 p.m.
  • Football against Ken East is cancelled on Friday, September 4th.
  • Boys Soccer will play Ken-East at home on Saturday, September 5th at 4:30 p.m.
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    Thursday, August 27, 2015

        Happy birthday today August 27th to Luke Staub, Leo Orynawka & Alexander Wright. Happy birthday Friday, August 28th to Jennifer Courtright, Craig Ryan, Judy Meer & Sandra Thompson. Happy birthday on Saturday, August 29th to Andy Boehm & Sharon Nichols. Happy birthday big brother Pete Hayes on Sunday, August 30th. Happy birthday Monday, August 31st to Patty Mash, Adrianna Marinucci & Mike Owen and on Tuesday, September 1st to Chance Luthringer, Justin Figler, Daniel Senn & Mike Sexton.

       Happy anniversary to Bryan & Chrissy Smith in Simi Valley, CA.

       

    Left: Sue Sondel, right: Jackie Sondel

        Jackie Sondel finished the Erie County Fair as Grand Champion Morgan Hunter Pleasure, placing top three all weekend. Mom, Sue Sondel placed top three all weekend and was named Reserve Champion Morgan Western Pleasure. Jackie rides Iris (Blythewood Polaris) and Sue rides Timmy (Blythewood Vermont Topic. Congratulations ladies!!!

       Otsego, Michigan is also having their first Gus Macker Tournament this weekend. The city has just under 4000 residents and is located in the lower portion of western Michigan. Their tournament is hosting 301 teams and a local tv station article reported they expect 8 to 10 thousand spectators.

       Congratulations to the One Island, One Team Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition on being chosen to receive the Community Partnership Award at the Erie County Council for the Prevention of Alcohol and Substance Abuse's Annual Meeting Luncheon. The group wrote, "You were chosen as the recipient of this award due to the tireless work you've done in the community, for your collaborations with local community members, and for making your neighborhood a safer place!"

       I received an email from Vacations Made Easy this week. On a blog for lifestyle and travel, they listed Grand Island KOA as being one of 15 of New York's best Labor Day camping spots. They also mentioned that Buffalo is an hour southeast of Grand Island. Of course I set them straight, but at last look, they didn't correct it. See list.

       Currents Restaurant at Byblos Niagara, 100 Whitehaven, is open and serving breakfast (6:30am-10:30am), Sunday Brunch (11:00am-2:00pm) and dinner (5:00pm-9:00pm) daily. The bar is open Sunday-Thursday (5:00pm-11:00pm) and Friday/Saturday (5:00pm-1:00am). That view never gets old!

       The McMahon Family Fundraiser will be held on Saturday, August 29th at the restaurant, 1849 Grand Island Blvd. from noon - 4:00 p.m. There will be music, a basket raffle, bounce house, vendors, wheel barrel of cheer raffle and food.

    Island Tid-Bits...
       Congratulations to long time GICSD Transportation employee Theresa Alizadahon on her appointment as Supervisor of Transportation. Theresa is replacing Jack Burns who retired after 33 years of service.

       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 Gus Macker 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament will be on Grand Island Blvd. on Saturday & Sunday, August 29 & 30th.
  • Elderwood at Grand Island Cruise Night is Wednesday, September 2nd from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m., 2850 Grand Island Blvd.
  • The Grand Island Historical Society's September meeting at River Lea in Beaver Island State Park is a potluck at 6:30 p.m., Thursday, September 3rd.

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    Thursday, August 20, 2015

        Happy birthday today August 20th to my auntie, Mary Ann Stone and also to Madelyn Forbes, Joe Marin and Charles Hall. Happy birthday Friday, August 21st to Justin Podgorny. Happy birthday on Sunday, August 23rd to Kurt Raepple, Betty Ellis & Colin Pinzel. Happy birthday Monday, August 24th to Gene Mongan, Ava Brandon, DJ Foote & Mary Ann Fancher and on Tuesday, August 25th to Arlene Wunsch. Happy day on August 26th to Marisa Atkinson, Brielle Backland & Herta Krein.

       Happy 50th wedding anniversary on August 26th to Lee & Pat Smith.

        The Buffalo News had a story over the weekend about an injured Great Blue Heron. It was found at the Tonawanda Water Treatment plant and had a broken tongue bone. After spending two weeks at the SPCA in Tonawanda, it was released at Buckhorn State Park on Friday, August 14th. See photos.

        After the big uproar at the Town Board meeting on Monday, August 17th, much due to mis-information, the following files may be of interest to you.
  • Local law amending the R-2 Zoning & PDD Regulations.
  • Matrix used by Town Board to determine what should be included in the draft R-2 law.
  • Resolution denying Lighthouse Pointe Preliminary Plat.

       A workshop meeting for the Gus Macker was held this morning at Town Hall. As of today, 260 teams (1040 players) are signed up for the event. The boulevard will be closed down at 8:00 p.m. on Friday, August 28th for set-up and re-open on Sunday, August 30th after 3:00 p.m. Opening ceremonies begin at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday and games start at 8:30 a.m. each day. There will be 16 security officers on Saturday and 12 on Sunday watching over the courts, commons and nearby parking areas. The Town Police Department will have 6 officers working the event and the Sheriff's Department and NYS Police will have at least 2 officers covering any Island issues. This is a fun family event with food vendors in the Town Commons, along with a kid zone and merchandise vendors. As this is our first time at the Macker rodeo, erring on the side of caution is the plan. Paid parking will be available at Mallwitz's Island Lanes, Trinity U.M.C. and Knight's of Columbus.

       A fundraiser for Matt Brennan for medical expenses is planned for Saturday, August 22nd from 3:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at the Grand Island Rod & Gun Club, 1083 Whitehaven Road. Basket Raffle, door prizes, 50/50, food and drink included. See flyer. You can also help by making donations at the Go Fund Me page.

    Island Tid-Bits...
       Whitehaven Road Baptist Church is celebrating 100 years by hosting "Family Fun Friday" on August 21st from 4:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. There will be children's activities, music, worship, food and more.

       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
  • Free Friday night concert featuring "British Invasion" at the Town Commons from 6:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. on Friday, August 14th.
  • Fundraiser for medical expenses for Matt Brennan will be on Saturday, August 22nd from 3:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at the Grand Island Rod & Gun Club.
  • The GI American Legion Post #1346 meeting is Wednesday, August 26th at 7:00 p.m. at the Loyal Order of The Moose Lodge.

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    Thursday, August 13, 2015

        Happy birthday today August 13th to Bernie Callahan & Bill Click. Happy birthday Friday, August 14th to Genna Nucherno, Carlin Hartman & Lola Wahl. Happy birthday Saturday, August 15th to Peggy Bastian, Bella Duscher & Donald O'Connor and on Sunday, August 16th to Jim Dlugokinski, Jackson Stewart & Katie Prell. Happy birthday Tuesday, August 18th to Doug Saltzman, Nancy Pioli & Lisa Dudley. Cake and candles on August 19th for Brenda Mrkall & Darren DelSignore.

       Happy 31st wedding anniversary to Lisa & Mike Dudley on Wednesday, August 19th.

    Marshall Cancilla sculpture of David.

        Grand Island was well represented at the 2015 Lewiston Art Festival last weekend. The Grand Island High School Chalk Walk team again took first place. The team consists of Alexis Hy, Lavepreet Kaur, Kelsey Mahoney & Megan Gaiek (instructor). Third place in the sculpture division went to Marshall Cancilla with "The Giant Will Fall" and honorable mention in the Artistic Craft: Other, to JoAnn Vanderheite - "Belly Dancer". Congratulations to all!

       Thunder on the Niagara will be Saturday and Sunday, August 15 & 16 at Gratwick Park in North Tonawanda. The event is free, except for onsite parking ($10), and takes place from 9:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m. The director of the event is GI's own Gary Roesch. Also involved as primary sponsor for the third year is Tom Snyder Jr. of Snyder Industries.

       Paul Leuchner was interviewed a month ago for an article in the Buffalo News that was posted on August 6th. "Boaters beware: busier waters mean more kayakers to avoid", written by Aaron Besecker is a good read. Bottom line, kayaks and canoes have the right of way.

       The Village Inn is having a "Party in the Yard" on Sunday, August 16th from 3:00-8:00 p.m. There will be music, and food and beverages available for purchase. Authentic Vibe will play from 3:00-5:00 p.m., featuring Steve Parisi and a Beatles cover band will play from 5:00 - 8:00 p.m.

    Island Tid-Bits...
       The front parking lot of the high school will be closed from 8/14 to 8/21. Students and families who need to access the high school should do so via the back parking lot.

       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
  • Free Friday night concert featuring "David Nolf Band" at the Town Commons from 6:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. on Friday, August 14th.
  • Cub Scout Pack 425 is having a New Scout Recruitment Night Wednesday August 19th at 6:30 pm at St. Martin in the Fields church

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    Thursday, August 6, 2015

        Happy birthday today August 6th to Carol Moore, Philip Buchanan, Katrina Linenfelser, John Fletcher II & Shelia Ferrentino. Happy birthday Friday, August 7th to Charlotte Tower, Madison Klos & Rebecca Reger. Happy birthday Saturday, August 8th to Brandon Robinson, Shannon McDonough & Holly "Whitford" Best and on Sunday, August 9th to Town Justice Sybil Kennedy, Marcy Buell & Gene Belstraz. Happy birthday Monday, August 10th to Lindsey Smith Lucinski & Joe Zarbo. Cake and candles on August 11th for Betty Clayton, John Ryan & Sally Kaiser and on August 12th for Matt Aronica.

       A special happy birthday was sent in for Traffic Safety Board Member, Dorothy Bitner. She is celebrating a "big one" on August 11th.

       The Town of Grand Island is seeking interested individuals to volunteer for the ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT ADVISORY BOARD, and an alternate to the PLANNING BOARD. Any member of the community who is interested in serving should submit a letter of interest, and a resume including relevant experience, education or training to Town Supervisor Mary S. Cooke, 2255 Baseline Road, Grand Island, New York 14072 or by email to townboard@grand-island.ny.us. Information received by 5:00 pm. on Monday, August 24, 2015 will be considered. For additional information contact any member of the Town Board.



       Tammy Kessner has been channeling her inner artist by creating an "Animated mashup mural and Up Driveway Art". She wrote: "if you can't beat the heat, join it!" You can see her work at 1163 Baseline Road.

       Save the date...the Chamber of Commerce "Light Up the Blvd." Electric Parade and Festival will be held on Saturday, November 21st from 2:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. There will also be a 1K Rudolph Run that starts at 5:00 p.m., with the parade to follow. Watch for the 3rd annual Chamber "30 Days of Giveaways" online contest, starting on October 30th at midnight.

    Island Tid-Bits...
       A free Friday night concert featuring "Hair Nation" at the Town Commons from 6:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. on Friday, August 7th. Food & beverages will be available for purchase.
       FYI: If you don't know much about the Gus Macker tournament headed this way, take a quick read on the background and objectives of the event.



       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-In-The Fields Episcopal Church hosts a wine, beer & appetizer tasting on Friday, August 7th, 2587 Baseline Road.
  • The Grand Island Moose Golf Tournament will take place at Beaver Island State Park on Saturday, August 8th.
  • Then and Now will play Classic Rock on Tuesday, August 11th at 6:30 p.m. at the Town Commons.
  • Niagara University Repertory Theatre, Tuesday, August 11, 2:00 pm, at the GI Library
  • The Grand Island Vipers are holding tryouts for its 2016 16U Travel Softball Team on Wednesday, August 13th.

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    Thursday, July 30, 2015

        Happy birthday today July 30th to Nicholas Panepinto, Carolyn Broadway & Ralph Lommer. Happy birthday Friday, July 31st to Karen Cooney, Jacqueline Kazmierczak, Jenna Hutzler, Janet Wenner and Ray Fisher II. Happy birthday Saturday, August 1st to Hannah Linenfelser, Ermina Atkinson and JoAnn Holmes and on Sunday, August 2nd to Jackie Brennan, Samantha Gieselman, Mary Kroetsch & Susan Farley. Happy birthday Monday, August 3rd to Nina Tortorice, Brandon McDonough & Gabrielle Martell and to Harry Carter on August 4th.

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

       Time for the 4th Annual Say Cheese golf tournament. Last year the tournament raised $2,000 for Down Syndrome Parent Group of WNY. They will be playing at Beaver Island, Monday August 24th, a 11am shotgun start. It will be $75 per person and include: Golf, Cart, Dinner and 3 Hours Open Bar. Sign up at Say Cheese.

       Grand Island High School students and teachers dazzle once again at the 2015 GIHS Talent Show, presented by the Class of 2016. An amazing variety of acts includes a band, singers, dancers, piano players, baton twirlers, hula-hooping, guitar playing, comedy act, rapping, and mind-blowing magic, all performed in the Grand Viking Theater!! See video.

       A fundraiser for Matt Brennan is planned on Saturday, August 22nd at the Grand Island Rod & Gun Club. Check out his story and see if you can help a young man fight a horrible disease.

    Island Tid-Bits...
       Thermo Fisher Scientific is having a job fair on August 19th & 20th at 3175 Staley Road. There are quite a few openings available. See our jobs page for 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
  • Free Friday night concert featuring "Black Widow" at the Town Commons from 6:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. on Friday, July 31st.
  • The 4th Annual West River Homeowners Garage Sale will be at multiple locations along West River Road on Friday, July 31st and Saturday, August 1st from 9:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • National Night Out is at the Town Commons on Tuesday, August 4th at 6:30 p.m.
  • The Sid Winkler Band is featured on Tuesday, August 4th at 6:30 p.m. at the Town Commons.

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    Thursday, July 23, 2015

        Happy birthday today July 23rd to Marion Fabiano, Michelle Botwin, Maya Pecoraro and Debi Acomb. Happy birthday Friday, July 24th to Ray Kaiser, Sam DiChristina, Mary Grace Egloff, Kaia Lynn Petrie & Marion Fabiano. Happy birthday Saturday, July 25th to Alez Szabad and on Sunday, July 26th to Gary McDannell, Liz Reimann, Lindsey Spiker and Faith Gworek. Happy birthday Monday, July 27th to Helen Newkirk, John Roberts & Sandy Minion and Wednesday, July 29th to Iris Galeza & Frank Greico.

       Congratulations to Grand Island School Superintendent Dr. Teresa Lawrence, named one of Business First's 2015 Women of Influence in the Inspiration category. Inspiration honors women leaders who, through their words, actions and attitude, inspire those who work with and around them. The awards ceremony and luncheon are planned for Thursday, September 17th at the Grapevine Banquet Center.

       Fahim Mojawalla of Island Ship Center has become an official UPS Authorized Shipping Outlet. Hard to believe that it took eight years of applying and being denied by UPS to finally make it official. UPS formerly maintained that Island Ship Center was located too close to the Niagara Falls UPS Store. So all this time, Fahim has had to pay for weekly pickup charges and insurance. After attending a Shipper's Expo in Las Vegas in June, Fahim joined AMBC (Associated Mail & Business Centers) and they helped him achieve his long awaited status. Check out the story on his website for more details.

       

    Jim Ehde and his company Grand Island Waste Management, got the call over the weekend to pump out a 164 foot, 42 million dollar yacht, named WABI SABI, at the Erie Basin Marina. Jim reports that the crew was not allowed to answer any questions, nor was Jim's company allowed to touch the yacht. The crew did all the hook-ups and Jim emptied the yacht.

       A fundraiser for the McMahon Family will take place at the McMahon Family Restaurant, 1849 Grand Island Blvd. on Saturday, August 29th from noon - 4:00 p.m. Baskets are needed for the raffle. If you can help call 523-1071 or drop off donations at Mallwitz's Island Lanes.

    Island Tid-Bits...
       Business First had a list of poverty levels in 50 towns and cities in Western New York, lowest to highest. Grand Island came in the 11th spot with a rate of 6.09%, 1,237 people below poverty level.

       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
  • Free Friday night concert featuring "Rock Angel" at the Town Commons from 6:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. on Friday, July 17th.
  • The 10th Annual Paddles Up Niagara is Saturday, July 25th See flyer.
  • 23 Skidoo will play Dixieland and Patriotic music on Tuesday, July 28th at 7:00 p.m. at the Town Commons.
  • The GI American Legion Post #1346 meeting is Wednesday, July 29th at 7:00 p.m. at the Moose.
  • Omni Puppet Theater, Wednesday, July 29, 2:00 pm - for all ages at the GI Memorial Library

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    Thursday, July 16, 2015

        Happy birthday today July 16th to Kelly Yarnes, Mary Anne Eglott, Betty Clement, Carolyn Doebert & Luke Austin. Happy birthday Friday, July 17th to Nathaniel Cohen, Marcia Shaffer, Marie O'Hara, Jim Pedlow & Mary Warburton. Happy birthday Saturday, July 18th to Alexis Gieselman & Elaine Petit and on Sunday, July 19th to Tim Ehde, Pat (Weyland) Barroclough and Jean Bartholomew. Happy birthday Monday, July 20th to Mike Stamler and Tuesday, July 21st to Dan Linenfelser, Joan Portik, Bristol Khreis & Jeanne Anstett.

       Congratulations to the GIHS Baseball and Softball players recently named to All-Area Teams. They are: Sophomore pitcher Bryce Jellinick, Junior 1st baseman Brendan Sheehan and Senior pitcher Alley Cutting. Honorable mentions went to Mark McKenna, Kelsey Harrigan & Leah Geis.

        www.oldboatsbuffalo.org website reports that the 38th Annual Antique Boat Show will be held in downtown Buffalo in conjunction with the Buffalo Maritime Festival on Friday and Saturday, September 11 & 12th. The wooden boats will be displayed at the Inner Harbor and the Vintage Hydroplanes will be at the Outer Harbor. It should be bigger and better than ever as a two-day event.

       1995 GIHS graduate Dipak Srinivasan is involved with the New Horizons spacecraft successful flyby of Pluto. Check out his story on WGRZ TV.

       A public hearing regarding the "Tourist Home" in residential neighborhoods is scheduled for 8:00 p.m. on Monday, July 20th at the Town Hall Courtroom. You can look at the full, five page amendment to the Town Code here. The law clarifies that, short-term rental, transient rental and tourist home are not permitted within Town residential districts. There will be a one-year amortization period for properties acting as such, from date of amendment.

       Thunder of Niagara Air Show is Saturday and Sunday, July 18 & 19 at the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station. The United States Air Force Thunderbirds aerial demonstration team and several military and civilian air performers will participate. There will also be displays, aircraft tours and concessions. Gates open at 9:00 a.m. and flying starts after the opening ceremonies at 11:00 a.m. General admission vehicles and motorcycles can enter at the Tuscarora Road gate on the west or the Walmore Road gate on the east side of the base. Handicapped parking is available at the main gate on Lockport Road.

    Island Tid-Bits...
       Donna Tomkins has been named general chairperson of the 57th Annual Porter Cup at Niagara Falls Country Club taking place July 28th - August 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
  • Free Friday night concert featuring "Busted Stuff" at the Town Commons from 6:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. on Friday, July 17th.
  • Trinity United Methodist Women are hosting a vendor sale on Saturday, July 18th from 8:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. at the church parking lot.
  • CANCELLED-A Grand Island Garden Tour will take place on Saturday, July 18th from 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • A SuperCruise Fundraiser Night for the CCFA (Crohn's & Colitis Foundation) will take place at Adrian's Custard & Beef on Monday, July 20th at 5:00 p.m.
  • The Lyle Stang - One Man Rockin' Band will play a variety of music on Tuesday, July 21st at 7:00 p.m. at the Town Commons.
  • The Historical Society Root Beer Float Sale is on Tuesday, July 21st at 7:00 p.m. at the Town Commons.
  • The GI Community Chorus Summer Concert, "The Music of the Movies" will be held on Tuesday, July 21st at St. Timothy's Church at 7pm.
  • Elderwood at Grand Island, 2850 Grand Island Blvd. is hosting a Vendor Fair on Wednesday, July 22nd from noon - 6:00 p.m.
  • The Mike Randall Super Hero Program will be at the GI Memorial Library, Thursday, July 23, 2:00 pm - for all ages.

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    Thursday, July 9, 2015

        Happy birthday today July 9th to Shannon Robillard & Jenine Linenfelser. Happy birthday Friday, July 10th to Abby Englert, Justin Frentzel & Wendy Duignan. Happy birthday Saturday, July 11th to Mark Frentzel, Ryan Shea & Skip Mrkall and on Sunday, July 12th to Ashley Dragonette, Lindsay Proctor & Becky Stufkosky. Happy birthday Monday, July 13th to Christian Kessler & Peter Gornicki and Tuesday, July 14th to Bernadette Childs. Happy birthday wishes to Garnet Schopp & Sue Sondel on Wednesday.

       The Gus Macker basketball tournament is a go after the Town Board voted 3-1 in favor, allowing the event to proceed as planned for the weekend of August 29 & 30. Officially, Corey McGowan has to produce a contract with Rural Metro Ambulance Service and update the Operations Plan, which he said was no problem. Councilman Gary Roesch was the dissenting vote, noting he was not comfortable with the Sheriff's Department and NYS Police being tied up that weekend with other activities. The normal weekend crew will be on duty patrolling the Island and 20 security officers are being hired to oversee the tournament.

       You can participate in "two great ways to save in the garden". For the month of July, you can pre-order (checks only) a rain barrel and/or compost bin (order form), thanks to Erie County, the Town of Tonawanda Environment Commission and the WNY Stormwater Coalition. See story.

       A free Friday night concert featuring "Wasted Whiskey" is at the Town Commons from 6:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. on Friday, July 10th. Food & beverages will be available for purchase.

    Island Tid-Bits...
       The Grand Island High School Cross Country team will wash your car at Adrian's Custard and Beef, 2335 Grand Island Blvd., Thursday, July 16th from noon - 4pm. See flyer.
       The Parks Department is doing summer repairs at Veterans Park. Please respect the closure notices.

       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's Annual Rummage Sale is Friday - Sunday, July 10, 11 & 12.
  • St. Martin in the Fields Episcopal Church Chicken & a Pickin' is Saturday, July 11th from 2-7 p.m.
  • Kathy Lynn and the Playboys will play Classic Rock on Tuesday, July 14th at 7:00 p.m. at the Town Commons.
  • Wonder Makers presents multicultural folktales, Tuesday, July 14, 2:00 pm, for ages 5 - 12 at the Grand Island Memorial Library.
  • The Lions Club Special Kids Picnic is on Wednesday, July 15th at the Buffalo Launch Club.

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    Thursday, July 2, 2015

        Happy birthday today July 2nd to Wilma Greenwood, Jason Davis, Joe Khreis & Megan Pinzel. Happy birthday Friday, July 3rd to Donald Lewis. Happy birthday Saturday, July 4th to Chris Affuso, Alivia Manzo and Ella MacNeil and on Sunday, July 5th to Susan Kowzan. Happy birthday Monday, July 6th to Captain Pete Hayes and Tuesday, July 7th to Earl DeGlopper, Susan Willard, Bruce Fuller, & Robert Marble. Happy birthday wishes to Cathy Thomas & Judy Joseph on Wednesday.

       Congratulations to Paul & Marian Ianni, recently celebrating 75 years of marriage. They were married June 10, 1940 in Niagara Falls. Congrats also to Michael & Christine (Utz) Davis, married June 13, 2015 at Niagara University Chapel.

       You can help the Grand Island Co-Op Nursery School win a $25,000 prize in the Wells Fargo Works Project contest. The school is looking to increase class sizes and hours, and hire more staff in the next two - five years. Vote here.

       Nancy Buckley Valone asks GIHS Class of 1966 grads to send your contact information (address and email), to valonen@yahoo.com. The 50th reunion is in the planning stages for next year.

       The GIHS bicentennial class of 1976 has also started planning a reunion for next year, at this time. The Grand Lady boat has been reserved for a three hour cruise on the evening of Sunday, July 3rd. Email Maureen MacGuire Kielt with your address and email at maureen.macguirekielt@gmail.com.

       There will be a public hearing on Monday, July 20th for the purpose of hearing comments regarding the creation of a Historic Preservation Ordinance for the Town of Grand Island. At this time, the owners of historic properties are unable to qualify for grants without this type of local ordinance. A property would be designated historic only with the permission of the owner. Over the years many beautiful, historic homes have been destroyed and having a method to designate them as historic buildings may have made the difference for owners interested in preserving them for future generations to enjoy. Be at the Town Courtroom at 8:00 p.m. on Monday, July 20th. If you wish to support the ordinance, all you have to say is "I support an historic ordinance". See ordinance.

    At a meeting today with the Grand Island Town Board, Gus Macker promoter Corey McGowan did not get the resolution he was hoping for. Representatives from NYS Police, Erie County Sheriff's Office, NFTA, Town Police, Executive Investigation Security and the Town Board discussed their concerns about staging the basketball tournament, August 29 & 30th. Parking and patrolling parking areas is an area of concern. Although the security contract calls for 20 armed, on site police, the local police agencies (Sheriff, NYS Police, Town Police) will be operating on a normal detail due to staffing at a Buffalo Bills game and the New York State Fair that day.

    Island Tid-Bits...
       DeSignet Jewelry, 1869 Whitehaven will be closed Saturday, July 4th and Monday, July 6th for the holiday weekend.
       In observance of Independence Day, Island Shipping will be closing the store at 1:00 p.m. on Friday, July 3rd and re-open Monday, July 6th at 10:00 a.m.

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

    Upcoming Events - See Events Calendar For Details
  • Mallwitz Island Lanes is hosting the 5th Annual Grand Reunion at 6:00 p.m. on Friday, July 3rd. Music by Wide Right begins at 7:00 p.m., no cover.
  • The annual Independence Day Parade & Dick Bessel Road Race is on Saturday, July 4th on Grand Island Blvd. at 9:00 a.m.
  • The annual Independence Day VFW Post 9249 Open House is on Saturday, July 4th at 2121 Grand Island Blvd. The event begins after the Parade.
  • A Music & Art Festival at the Town Commons following the parade.
  • The Double Down Blues Band will play Blues on Tuesday, July 7th at 7:00 p.m. at the Town Commons.

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    Thursday, June 25, 2015

        Happy birthday today June 25th to Cole Glessner, Nancy Valone and Brian O'Connor. Happy birthday Friday, June 26th to Tom Luescher, Jan Rose & Cheryl Gonda. Happy birthday Saturday to Lily Panepinto and Tom Rall and on Sunday, June 28th to Norm Stessing, Eric Beyer, George DeGlopper & Dick Crawford. Happy birthday Monday, June 29th to Justine Vanthoff & Max Costello and on Wednesday, July 1st to Joey Cali, Bob Kopf , Councilman Gary Roesch, Pat Colosi & Jack Kostenbauder .

       Happy anniversary to Barbara & Richard Brzyski, married on June 30, 1962.

       Pattie Frentzel wrote that her mom, Barb Anderson is recuperating from heart surgery that took place on Monday, June 22nd. Prayers and cards would be most appreciated, send to 604 B Robin Road, Ormond Beach, FL 32176

       Congratulations to Airman Ashley K. Swiantek who has graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas. Ashley is a GIHS graduate and the daughter of Annette & Peter Swiantek.

       Bible Presbyterian Church, 1650 Love Road, is hosting a children's vacation bible school starting Monday, June 29th - Friday, July 3rd. The morning program is titled "Operation Space" and is for ages 4 - through entering 5th grade. It runs from 9:30 a.m. - noon. A evening program is geared toward youth ages grade 6 - 12, titled "The End of Shame" and takes place from 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. See flyer.

        The GIHS lacrosse teams had a good season and some stand out players as follows. Niagara Frontier Boys Class B First Team: Tanner Morrow - 11, Class B Second Team: Joe Boyko - 10, Austin Blair - 11. Girls All Western New York Second team: Tiffany Melendez - 11. Niagara Frontier Girls First Team: Tiffany Melendez - 11, Sierra Brooks - 12, Emily Wolcott - 12, Jordan VeRost - 12. Second Team: Chelsea Robillard-11, Kaylee Conta-10, Hayley Latvala-10, Karli Deuser, Julia Lawley-11, Alyssa Maxwell-10.

       The 90 West Band kicks off the Summer Concert Series this Friday night at the Town Commons. The event is from 6:00pm - 11:00pm and will feature food, beer, wine and live music all night. Movies in the Park starts on Saturday with "Penguins of Madagascar at 9pm and Anchor Man at 11pm. Both events are free admission.

    Island Tid-Bits...
       Governor Cuomo has designated this weekend, June 27-28th as a free fishing weekend in New York State and the Town is sponsoring a fishing contest on Saturday. See 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
  • The 19th annual KidBiz Sidewalk Sale on Saturday, June 27th from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at the Town Commons.
  • The Rotary Club of Grand Island is having a document destruction event at the Key Bank parking lot in Tops Plaza on Saturday, June 27th from 11:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
  • Car seat safety check and child ID kit event from 10:00 a.m.-12:00 p.m. on Saturday, June 27th at the Grand Island Fire Company, 2275 Baseline Road.
  • The Grand Island High School class of 2015 graduation is at Kleinhans Music Hall on Sunday, June 28th at 10:00 a.m.
  • The Barroom Buzzards will play Classic American Jazz on Tuesday, June 30th at 7:00 p.m. at the Town Commons.
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    Thursday, June 18, 2015

        Happy birthday today June 18th to Jacob Olszewski, Kester Bleich , Christopher Stessing, Skip DeLong, Nathaniel Cohan & Nancy Prusak. Happy birthday Friday, June 19th to Mira Tetkowski Berkley, Randy White & Teddy Linenfelser. Happy birthday Saturday to Savannah Kustra, Joseph Verdi, Melinda Evans, Paula Callahan & Jim Linenfelser(little) and on Sunday, June 21st to Alexandra Whitford. Happy birthday Monday, June 22nd to Melissa Thurnherr-Giambra & Patsy Johnson. On Tuesday say happy birthday to Tim Burley, Mel Passarelli & Keelan Erhard and on Wednesday June 24th to Conor Bryan, Linda Roberts Krug, Sandra Grillo & Tom Dahlquist.

       Relay for Life team "Stomp it Out" will be providing food for purchase at the Lawn Mower Race on Saturday along West River. They will be selling Hamburgers/Cheesburgers, Hot Dogs, Italian Sausage w/green peppers/onions & Polish Sausage. So bring an appetite to the races.

       Get ready to read! The Grand Island Memorial Library, 1715 Bedell Road is having a Bike Drawing this summer from July 1st - August 13th. Two bikes will be awarded on the final day, picked from entries earned by reading See details.

       The Grand Island Community Education Summer Enrichment Program is offering the following classes for grades 9-12: 4-Hour ACT Boot Camp, 4-Hour SAT Boot Camp, Writing the College Application Essay, Theatre Workshop and Strength and Conditioning. To register click here then on "webstore" in first column.

       Included in an article titled "The Bedell House, Grand Island" (1880), was an article dated May 6, 1871 from the "Buffalo Commercial Advertiser". It read; "Grand Island...shows the best health record of any place in the United States. The ratio of deaths for a year, as shown by the returns, is seven in a living population of eleven hundred and twenty-six; and we are informed by the assistant marshal that two of these deaths were not properly attributable to the island, one of them being young Webb, who was drowned with Mr. Crocker here in the city (Buffalo), and the other a young man brought from Ohio in the last stages of consumption; so that the mortality due to the island is only five in a living population of eleven hundred and twenty-six!" It goes on to say "Why need the sick go to the ends of the earth in search of health? If any of our readers are sick, and are not ready or willing to die, let them go to Grand Island and live." This page was found in the New York Public Library Digital Collection.

    Island Tid-Bits...
        The GI Community Chorus has planned a summer concert on July 21st. If you would like to sing with the group, contact Jim Watz at 773-5075. Rehearsals will be held on Tuesday evenings at St. Timothy Lutheran Church.

       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 annual Father's Day Lawnmower Race/Run/Classic Car Show will be on West River on Saturday, June 20th.
  • The Great Water Walk is Saturday, June 20th at Beaver Island at 9:00 a.m.
    The GI American Legion Post #1346 meeting is Wednesday, June 24th at 7:00 p.m. at the Loyal Order of The Moose Lodge
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    Thursday, June 11, 2015

        Happy birthday today June 11th to Chris Beyer & Richard Furman. Happy birthday Friday, June 12th Jeff Baumler. Happy birthday Saturday to Paul Sommer, Kim Nestark, Jeffrey Wansart III, Danielle (Hassan) Martin & Philip Pack and on Sunday, June 14th to Catherine Mancuso, Richard Krawczyk, David Conboy, Jamin Cope & Raven Khreis. Happy birthday Monday, June 15th to Bohdan Pikas, Chris Russell, Ingeborg Haslam, Joe Disarno & Jennifer Knoll. On Tuesday say happy birthday to Claire Neuhaus, Helen Vickers & Marietta Rotella and on Wednesday June 17th to Karen Wallace, Morgan Santorio, Lloyd Potter, Michelle Driess & Anna Vaccaro.

       Congratulations to Alley Cutting named NFL Pitcher of the Year for the second time. Congratulations also go out to the GI Vipers 14U softball team on winning the "Lewiston Battle of the Fort" Tournament held last weekend and to VCMS Modified Softball team on having an undefeated NFL season.

       Does anyone remember a tornado that touched down in Grandyle Village on July 7, 1961 at 2:45 p.m.? It was a Class F2 (max. wind speeds 113-157 mph) and traveled directly east to Amherst at what is now the University of Buffalo North Campus. Send your stories to jodi@giecom.net or call 773-6789. Check out the map on the Tornado History Project website.

       The Grand Island history book "Images of America-Grand Island", brought back the very sharp memory of Wilma MacDonald Greenwood this past week. She stopped in to DeSignet Jewelry and while there named all 19 of her classmates from the 1944 Sidway graduating class, from a photo on page 115. If anyone has photos, memorabilia or wants to share stories of the past, don't wait until it's too late. It would be a shame to lose any part of Grand Island history. Please use the contact information above.

       It's only 3 weeks away, the 40th Annual Dick Bessel Independence Day Run and Parade, on Saturday, July 4th. Registration Form - Kids Race 9:00am, 2.3 Mile Race/Walk 9:15am

        Erie County Sheriff Timothy B. Howard reports Deputies issued 442 tickets during the national seatbelt awareness mobilization from May 18 thru May 31st. During the 14 day period, there were 90 total crashes, including one fatal and 15 personal injury crashes. Deputies also issued tickets for speeding, aggressive driving, cell phone use and other vehicle and traffic violations.

    Island Tid-Bits...
       Say Cheese Pizza, 1771 Love Road is having a Yuengling Beer Tasting at 6:00 p.m. this Saturday, June 13th.
        The Niagara Falls Music & Art Festival is this weekend on Old Falls Street, hours are 4 to 11 p.m. Friday, 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. Saturday and 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Sunday. Dick & Jenny's will be offering shrimp boil and jambalaya all day Saturday at the beer tent.

       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
  • Miracle League Law Enforcement Day is Saturday, June 13th at 1:30 p.m. Members of Law Enforcement are invited to enjoy a day of baseball with the players.
  • The GI Little League Golf Tournament & Basket Raffle is on Sunday, June 14th at Deerwood Golf Course.

    Send your news to jodi@giecom.net.


    Thursday, June 4, 2015

        Happy birthday today June 4th to Janet Mumm, Catherine DiVizio, Mike Stewart, Elizabeth Wedrychowicz & Karen Vanthoff. Happy birthday Friday, June 5th Patti Loquasto, Gloria Diringer & Beverly Kudla. Happy birthday Saturday to Victoria Aronica, Joan Mazur & Barbara Johnson and on Sunday, June 7th to Sally Waterson, Lorraine Dale and Brandon Loder. On Monday, June 8th say happy birthday to Russ Colosi, Ryan Osvath & Debbie Becker. On Tuesday say happy birthday to Nathan Cook, Jason Wilkinson & Bill Good and on Wednesday June 3rd to Dolores Wojdan.

       Happy wedding anniversary Jim and Laury Linenfelser on June 7th and to Kevin & Amanda Brady on June 10th.

       Thinking about summer activities for the kids? Summer Programs at the GI Memorial Library include reading for all ages. See the Summer Program schedule. The Town Recreation Department Summer Program sign up is Saturday, June 13th, check out the schedule.

       Grand Island's own Corey McGowan has plans to keep you busy over the summer. There is to be live music on Fridays and Movies on Saturday nights at the Town Commons. A GI Garden Tour on July 18th, another Lawn Mower Race on August, 8th, Bands Brews and BBQ at Beaver Island on September 12th and Taste of GI at the Commons on Ocotber 3rd.

       There seems to be much hullabaloo regarding the possibility that a MAC Basketball Tournament is coming to Grand Island at the end of August. It is not a done deal until all the i's are dotted and t's are crossed, and that hasn't happened yet.

    Island Tid-Bits...
       The Old Bedell Grille, 1437 Ferry Road at the East River, is open and serving daily from 11:00 a.m. - 9:00 p.m. They have hot dogs, hamburgers, pizza, clams, lobster rolls, shaved ice and lots more.
       Sunday, June 7th is opening day for Miracle League teams at 2:00 p.m.

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

    Upcoming Events - See Events Calendar For Details
  • The Chamber Relay For Life team BW BBQ fundraiser is on Friday, June 5th from 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. at McMahon's Family Restaurant, 1849 Grand Island Blvd.
  • St. Timothy Lutheran Child Care Center, 1453 Staley Rd. will host a BW's Chicken and Rib BBQ and Basket Raffle Fundraiser on Saturday, June 6th from 3:00 - 7:00 p.m
  • Miracle League Opening Day is Sunday, June 7th at 2:00 p.m.
  • The 2nd annual Mallwitz's Island Lanes Golf Tournament for Relay for Life is Monday, June 8th at River Oaks Golf Course.

    Send your news to jodi@giecom.net.


    Thursday, May 28, 2015

        Happy birthday today May 28th to Pat Shaw, Chris Sugar, Ian Cameron, Mary Leigh Burke & Mitchell Samplinski. Happy birthday Friday, May 29th to my boy Liam Dodd and to Pam Fries, Sharon Bauer and Jean Westmore. Happy birthday Saturday to Jim Watz, Michael Dinsmore, Jill Stamler & Linda Facklam and on Sunday. May 31st to Bob Backlund & Martha Switzer . On Monday, June 1st say happy day to Bernhard Samland, Donald Dickinson, Richard Koch, Janina Przystal & Alan Sexton. On Tuesday say happy birthday to Dan Hiam, Diane Gerard & Dianne Tiede and on Wednesday June 3rd to Anne Timmerman, Kathy Molnar, Jordan Dixon & Jason Hill

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

       Starting on May 27th the Athletic Field and the Track at the High School are off limits as they are both having work done to them. The work will continue for three weeks.

        There are Manufacturing and Customer Service positions available at Thermo Fisher Scientific Inc., Staley Road. Please apply on line at http://careersat.thermofisher.com/.


       New this year at the Grand Island Relay For Life on Saturday, May 30th, the "Ultimate Lip Sync Battle Royale" will start at 10:30 p.m. and go until singers are sung out. Teams and individuals will be provided with instruments and props and it is FREE!

       The GIHS Class of 1980 has planned a 35th Reunion. Nancy Hoover Anderson wrote that the GIHS Class of 1980 has planned a 35th reunion. See details. All reported reunions are listed on the front page at the bottom of the third headline column.

    Island Tid-Bits...
        Remember...the Island Ship Center will be closed June 3rd through June 9th so Fahim can go to a conference.
       Sunday, May 31st is opening day for Miracle League teams at 2:00 p.m.
       TC's Island Bar & Grill has a new menu, take a look and be prepared to drool! Menu.

       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, May 30th in the St. Stephen School Cafeteria, see flyer.
  • The Grand Island Relay For Life is at Veterans Park on Saturday, May 30th from 4:00 p.m - 6:00 a.m. See Schedule of Events
  • A KidBiz training session will take place on Tuesday, June 2nd from 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. at the Grand Island Middle School Little Theatre
  • The VFW Post #9249, 2121 Grand Island Blvd. will be hosting their 4th Annual Chicken Dinner on Wednesday, June 3rd from 4:00 - 7:00 p.m.
  • Installation of officers and catered dinner at River Lea on Thursday, June 4th.

    Send your news to jodi@giecom.net.


    Thursday, May 21, 2015

        Happy birthday today May 21st to Steven Parisi & Dan Fitzgerald. Happy birthday Friday, May 22nd to Tom McDonough, Nathan DeMartin & Audry Brown. Happy birthday Saturday to
    Dawn Fitzgerald & Chris Sugar and on Sunday, May 24th to Jordan Hiam & Catherine Long (92!). On Monday, May 25th say happy day to Marissa Cooney, Cathy Contino, Karen Wallace & Mercedes Miles. On Tuesday say happy birthday to Lee Tetkowski, Michael Craig Davis & Michael Ball and on Wednesday to Ray Pauley & Cindy Hagen,

       Happy 52nd wedding anniversary James and Ann Samplinski, married May 24, 1963 at the Niagara Falls Courthouse. Happy anniversary to John and Ginger Bidell, celebrating their fourth anniversary on May 27th.

       Kaegebein PTA is asking for books to share with their students. They need gently used elementary level books. Donating a book or even a small bag of books isn't only a nice way to clean up a bookshelf at home, but a great way to share favorite books with younger students. Every Kaegebein student will have the chance to choose 'new' books that another student has shared. Books can be dropped off at the Library, through Monday, June 1st.

       The Island Ship Center will be starting Summer hours on Tuesday, May 26th. They are: Monday-Friday 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Saturday 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m., closed Fridays from 1-3:00 p.m. The store will be closed June 3rd through June 9th so Fahim can go to a conference.


       The High School is looking for parent volunteers (preferably underclassman parents, but senior parents are welcome) for the Senior Celebration held after prom on Friday, May 29th, between 10:30 pm and 3:30 am. If you are able to help in any way, volunteering either time or giving a donation toward the event, please contact either Bob Simpson at robertsimpson@grandislandschools.org or Sara Silvestri at sarasilvestri@grandislandschools.org.

       Congratulations to new School Board trustees, Joy LaMarca and Richard D'Agostino and to Glenn Bobeck, back for another term.

    Island Tid-Bits...
        The U.S. Customs and Border Protection plans to hire 1,600 agents by Sept. 30th. The job listing is now open on USAJOBS until May 31st.
       The "British Invasion Band" will play this Saturday night, May 23rd at River Oaks! Enjoy live music by The Beatles, Rolling Stones, The Who and many more.

       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 Cinderella Isle Garden Club meeting is on Thursday, May 21st at 7:00 p.m. at Trinity Methodist Church, 2100 Whitehaven.
  • A Memorial Day Ceremony will be held on Monday, May 25th at 10:00 a.m. at the Charles N. DeGlopper Memorial Park at Baseline and GI Blvd. If it rains, head to the VFW Pavilion.
  • The GI American Legion Post #1346 meeting is Wednesday, May 27th at 7:00 p.m. at the Loyal Order of The Moose Lodge 2524 Grand Island Blvd.
  • The VFW Post #9249, 2121 Grand Island Blvd. will be hosting their 4th Annual Chicken Dinners on Wednesday, May 27th from 4:00 - 7:00 p.m.
  • Elderwood fundraiser BBQ for GI Fire Company is Thursday, May 28th at the facility, 2850 Grand Island Boulevard.

    Send your news to jodi@giecom.net.


    Thursday, May 14, 2015

        Happy birthday tomorrow May 15th to Teressa Meyer, Gabriel Wansart & Barbara Brzyski. Happy birthday Saturday, May 16th to Joe McMahon & Dorothy Lenehen. Happy birthday on Sunday. May 17th to Nikolas Massaro, Renee Tasevski & Ellen Faber and on Monday, May 18th to Bob Pownall, Chase Luthringer, Ed Plucinski & Peggy Winterfield. On Tuesday say happy birthday to Adam Garlapow, Peyton Golde & Pattie Frentzel and on Wednesday to Elaine Skotnicki


       Happy 21st birthday to Stephanie Senn on Sunday, May 17th.

       The Grand Island Historical Society is having a yard sale on Friday, May 15th and Saturday, May 16th at 2020 Fix Road (corner of Baseline) from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. The new Grand Island Book, Images of America, will be available to purchase.

       There were two GIHS reunions added this week. For details check out GIHS Class of '95 - GIHS Class of '85 - GIHS Class of '75

       The Daniel McBride Memorial Cup will be held on Sunday, May 17th at 4:00 p.m. at the Harborcenter in downtown Buffalo. This 3rd annual Relay for Life Hockey Game raises funds for the Grand Island Relay for Life and is in memory of Dan McBride who lost his battle with cancer February 1st. Tickets are $5 and there will be raffles, 50/50's and giveaways. See flyer for details.



       Congratulations to Vicki Harnden, a senior team manager for tastefullysimple. She was named as the top in tasting party sales for the month of March in the company news magazine with a total of $2,458 in sales.

       Two Grand Island bowlers topped the leaderboard after the first night of qualifying Tuesday in the 52nd annual George A. Obenauer Masters Tournament at AMF Airport lanes. Michael Johnson posted a four-game block of 908 including games of 248 and 242. That was two pins better than another Islander, Mike Mallwitz, who shot a 266 game in his 906 round. As of today, Mike Johnson remains in first place and Mike Mallwitz is in 4th place.

       School Budget/trustee vote is Tuesday May 19th. You will be voting on the budget, choosing three trustees, acquire various school buses and vehicles, and to expend therefore an amount not to exceed $650,000, offer a school tax exemption on the primary residence of eligible veterans residing within the school district;. If you plan ahead you can purchase a Krolick's Chicken dinner from the Class of 2018. Presale tickets are $9 and are available from Rachael Grabek in the HS Library (ext. 8887 or rachaelgrabek@grandislandschools.org or from any class of 2018 officer. Limited dinners will be available for $10 at the door.

    Island Tid-Bits...
        If you missed the School Board Candidates night on Tuesday, you can see it here.

       The second annual Playground & Relay for Life-Huth's Heroes Adrian's fundraiser will be on Thursday, May 14th, 5-8 pm at Adrian’s Custard and Beef. 10% of sales will be donated back.

       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 Nicaragua Mission Collection will be at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 1841 Whitehaven Road, between the hours of 10:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. on Thursday, May 14th.
  • Registration for new and returning players and cheerleaders will be held Thursday, May 14th from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at the NIKE base.
  • The Veronica E. Connor Middle School Student Council is sponsoring the Viking Olympics on Friday, May 15th from 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
  • The Grand Island Historical Society will have a Garage Sale on Friday and Saturday, May 15 & 16 at 2020 Fix Road from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • The Relay for Life t-shirt pick-up and last bank event is Saturday, May 16th from 10:30 a.m. - noon at the GI Memorial Library.
  • Golden Age Center Gram's Garage Sale & Krolick's Chicken BBQ is Saturday, May 16th from 10:00 a.m. - 6pm at the Center, 3278 Whitehaven Rd.
  • Dog Park Development Day is Saturday, May 16th from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. at the Nike Base, 3279 Whitehaven Road.
  • The East Park Garden Club will hold it's annual plant sale on Saturday, May 16th from 9-3 PM at the Grand Island Town Hall on Baseline Road.
  • The Grand Island Historical Society will have an Open House on Sunday, May 17th at River Lea from 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • A Relay for Life Fundraiser at Harborcenter in honor of Daniel McBride will be on Sunday, May 17th at 4:00 p.m.
  • Kindergarten Orientation for Parents & Child is on Tuesday, May 19th at 1:00 p.m. at Sidway.
  • School district budget vote at GIHS, 1100 Ransom Road on Tuesday, May 19th. Hours are 8 a.m. to 9 p.m.
  • GIHS Class of 2018 will be hosting a Krolick's Chicken BBQ on Tuesday, May 19th from 2:30 to 6:30 in the Viking Mall.
  • A Cinderella Isle Garden Club meeting is on Thursday, May 21st at 7:00 p.m. at Trinity Methodist Church, 2100 Whitehaven.

    Send your news to jodi@giecom.net.


    Thursday, May 7, 2015

        Happy birthday today to Justin Geisenhoff and ME! Happy birthday tomorrow, May 8th to Kara Dudley, Michele DiChristina, Lynn Gottler & John Lorenz. Happy birthday on Saturday May 9th to Gary Novitz and on Sunday, May 10th to Bob Monoco, Lynn Sargent DeJonghe, Elsa Peters, Patricia Kraft & my sis Dana Hayes Foote. On Monday say happy birthday to Nikki Fadel and Charlie Lavallee and on Tuesday to Kim Kinney, & Janet Brennan. Happy birthday Wednesday to Charles Lambert, Kurt Marlin, Linda Fearon & Victoria Cacciatore.

    Thanks to Randy White who wrote in that former Island resident Sam Aswad celebrated his 90th birthday recently in Phoenix, Arizona. Sam was a longtime resident of the Sandy Beach area. He has lived in Arizona for over 25 years. As you can see, Sam is still a sprightly fellow.

       Relay for Life team Mallwitz Cancer Crew is hosting a Chicken BBQ by BW's Barbecue on Saturday, May 9th from 2:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. at the Grand Island Rod & Gun Club, 1083 Whitehaven Road. There will be a basket raffle, music, 50/50, bake sale and hot dogs.

       Meet the Grand Island School Board candidates on Tuesday, May 12th at 7:00 p.m. at the High School Professional Development Room, 1100 Ransom Road. They are: Joy LaMarca, Jeffrey Hassler, Glenn Bobeck, Takayuki Nobumoto, Ashli Skura Dreher, Eric Soehnlein & Richard D'Agostino. See biographies.

       Celebrate Mother's Day at the Town Cafe, 2352 Grand Island Blvd. and enjoy brunch with Mom from 10:00 am - 3:00 pm on Sunday, the cost is $10.99. This will be the last brunch for a while as the Town's hours change back to lunch and dinner on Sundays for the visitors over the summer season.

        If you happen to be doing some spring cleaning, think about donating items to the Golden Age Center for their Gram's Garage Sale on May 16th at the Nike Base. You can drop off your donations Monday-Friday, 8am-3pm.

    Island Tid-Bits...
        Looks like Grand Island is hosting the Gus Macker Basketball Tournament, August 29th & 30th on Grand Island Blvd. between Whitehaven and Baseline Roads. Over 400 teams are expected to play over the two days.

       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 at River Lea is Thursday, May 7th at 7:30 p.m.
  • American Legion Hanging Basket Sale is Friday, May 8th & Saturday, May 9th 6:30 a.m. till sold out at the VFW Post #9249, 2121 Grand Island Blvd.
  • Transportation Center Groundbreaking Ceremony on Friday, May 8th at 9:30 p.m. at the current Transportation Center, 2451 Baseline Road.
  • The Relay for Life Chicken BBQ is Saturday, May 9th from 2:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. at the Grand Island Rod & Gun Club.
  • Duct Tape Design for children ages 8 - 12 is at the GI Memorial Library on Saturday, May 9, 2015 at 2:00 p.m. Call 773-7124 to register.
  • Meet the GI School Board candidates on Tuesday, May 12th at 7:00 p.m. at the High School Professional Development Room, 1100 Ransom Road.

    Send your news to jodi@giecom.net.


    Thursday, April 30, 2015

        There are a bunch of birthdays today! Happy birthday to Jessica Bykowicz, Ava DeFranks, Cheryl Loree, Taylor Firth, Joe Aladeen, Janet Pedlow, Georgette Combes & Nolan Miles. Happy birthday tomorrow, May 1st to Krystin Hoppel, & Amber Spiesz . Happy birthday on Saturday May 2nd to Brent Fred Jr. and on Sunday, May 3rd to Katie Hillock. On Monday say happy birthday to Mary Elisabeth Rustowicz, Sandie Rall-Smith, Emily Harnden & Mark Cunningham and on Wednesday to Carol Hugill.

       The first of several public meetings over the next twelve months will take place at 6:30 p.m., tonight, April 30th at the Town Hall, 2255 Baseline Road. The meeting will give an overview of the town-wide revaluation project, and give a timeline for the residents and businesses to follow, as well as give the property owners the opportunity to ask any questions or concerns they may have.

       Show your support for the Grand Island Relay For Life by stopping at DeSignet Jewelry, 1869 Whitehaven, and purchasing a purple ribbon. While your at it...Mother's Day is next week and there are hundreds of items at DeSignet that Mom would love!

       Congratulations to GIHS sophomore Bryce Jellinick on pitching a no-hitter over Niagara Wheatfield on Wednesday, winning 8-0. That leaves the two teams tied for second place in the Niagara Frontier League behind Niagara Falls.

       Fantasy Island is opening on May 9th, for weekends only, until June 15th. There are two new rides this year; the one in Kiddieland replaces the old Jack & The Beanstalk ride and the Rock 'n Roll Musik Express for older kids and adults in the main area of the park.

       The Grand Island Central School District Board of Education invites all community members to attend the Transportation Center Groundbreaking Ceremony on Friday, May 8th at 9:30 a.m. at the current Transportation Center, 2451 Baseline Road.

        The historical book "Images of America: Grand Island" will be available at Town Hall, 2255 Baseline Rd., on Tuesday, May 5th from 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. See flyer. Authors Gerald Carpenter and June Justice Crawford will be available to sign your book. The book is also available in the Isledegrande office, 1871 Whitehaven, Monday-Friday, 9am-3pm. The GI Historical Society will receive proceeds from each book sold at these two options.

    Island Tid-Bits...
       Congratulations to Gillman Clarke retiring from the Town of Grand Island in May after 30 years of employment.
       Grand Island's share of the Erie County Mortgage Tax for the period of October 1, 2014 - March 31, 2015 is estimated to be $205,125.19 and should be distributed May 15th.
       Moms play mini golf for free on Mothers Day - Sunday, May 10th at the Grand Island Fun Center.

       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
  • Grand Island Lawn Mower Racing Series has scheduled a Spring event at the Town Commons on Saturday, May 2nd. See flyer.
  • "Princess Dance Party" on Saturday, May 2nd from 2:00 p.m. - 3:30 p.m. at Step In Time Studio of Dance, 2920 Grand Island Blvd. See flyer.
  • Donations of used clothing, shoes and textiles will be accepted at the Grand Island Memorial Library, 1715 Bedell Road between the hours of 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m.
  • Grand Island Community Chorus Spring Concert is at 7 p.m. Sunday, May 3 at St. Martin-in-the-Fields Episcopal Church, 2587 Baseline Road
  • The Relay for Life committee meeting is Monday, May 4th at 6:00 p.m. at the GI Memorial Library. The team meeting will follow at 7:00 p.m.
  • The Annual Maplegrove Cemetery Meeting is Tuesday, May 5th at 6:00 p.m, at the Grand Island Memorial Library, 1715 Bedell Road.
  • Historical Society meeting at River Lea is Thursday, May 7th at 7:30 p.m.

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    Thursday, April 23, 2015

        Happy birthday today to Sydney Neuhaus, Kathy Lechner, Carol Nogle & Nathan Miles. Happy birthday tomorrow, April 24th to my wonderful husband Brad Robinson. Happy birthday on Sunday, April 26th to Mark Miles, Lisa Braun, Brooke Christensen, Tessa DeMartin, Bernadette DiMartile & Scott Driess III. Happy 23rd birthday to Bethany Leiner on Monday, April 27th and also to Dr. Bob Miller & Brandon Kinney. Happy birthdayon Tuesday to April Wright, Elijah Linenfelser, Jaimen Wright, Pat Ehinger & Janet Austin

       Erie County Legislator Kevin Hardwick honored the Grand Island Chamber of Commerce's 2015 Citizen of the Year Awards honorees with county proclamations at the April 16th session. Legislator Hardwick extends his congratulations to: Daniel C. Drexelius - Community Service Person of the Year; Mark Gorton - Educator of the Year; Michael Ludwig - Business Person of the Year; Paul Edward Robinson - Civic Person of the Year; Flower A Day - Business of the Year; and West River Lawnmower Race - Organization of the Year.

        The May 2nd Lawn Mower Race "Celebrity Racers" have been announced. Father's Day West River Lawnmower Race founder Floyd Doring will be racing against West River Road resident and longtime racer Jim Mazza at the event. All proceeds will benefit the new Kaegebein Playground. See flyer for details.


       It's official. The Robert Wynne family of Grand Island received their 2015 Toyota Camry, one of three cars given away in the Tim Horton's Roll Up The Rim contest. Across the country, over 15 million cups were sold and two of the cars were won here in western New York. The other car was won at the Pine Avenue store in Niagara Falls. Congratulations!

       Don't miss Grand Island's Largest Disco, this Saturday night at River Oaks. Enjoy live music from Buffalo's best disco band, Disco Duck. Showtime is 8:00 p.m. and the party goes all night with great food from Ellden's at River Oaks. Tickets are $10, for reserved seating call River Oaks at 716 341 1040.

    Island Tid-Bits...
       Gov. Andrew Cuomo announced Tuesday that $14 million will be invested in Western New York for parks and historic sites. $2 million is going to Beaver Island State Park to rebuild the golf shop.
       The Gitdrum Bros. will be playing acoustic music at Say Cheese on Saturday, April 25th from 9pm-12pm.

       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
  • New York State Parks Department is hosting a guided evening walk titled "Night Buckhorn Swamp People" through Buckhorn Island State Park on Friday, April 24th from 7:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Call 549-1050 for information and registration.
  • A benefit for the Ken Kalinowski family will be held on Saturday, April 25th at at the Knights of Columbus. Flyer.
  • The Roast for Life's Annual Pig & Chicken Roast is on Saturday, April 25th from 4-10:00 p.m. at VFW Post #9249, 2121 Grand Island Blvd.
  • Paint the Town Purple Day in support of the Relay For Life of Grand Island is at the Town Commons on Saturday, April 25th. Purple ribbons will be available at First Niagara Bank and DeSignet Jewelers, 1869 Whitehaven while supplies last.
  • The Lions Club Spaghetti Dinner is Monday, April 27th at the GIHS, 100 Ransom Road, see flyer.
  • The GI American Legion Post #1346 meeting is Wednesday, April 29th at 7:00 p.m. at the Loyal Order of The Moose Lodge 2524 Grand Island Blvd.

    Send your news to jodi@giecom.net.


    Thursday, April 16, 2015

        Happy birthday today to Helen Harrison. Happy birthday on Saturday, April 18th to Mark Hassan, Norma Horton & Jane Duffy and on Sunday, April 19th to Jane Baedeker & Kenneth Johnson. A happy sweet 16th birthday to Genna Baldassarre on Wednesday, April 22nd.

       As of Wednesday there was more than 850 square miles of ice on Lake Erie, meaning the boom will not come out any time soon. The latest ice boom opening was May 3, 1971. Last year, the boom opening began April 29th. Under the International Joint Commission's current order, the ice boom must be opened by April 1 - unless there is more than 250 square miles of ice remaining in the eastern end of the lake.

       Twenty members of the Niagara County 4-H Club, part of the Cornell Cooperative Extension of Niagara County, recently faced off against their Erie County counterparts, and were tested on their knowledge of all types of horses and horse information. Islanders who took part in the event were; Isabelle Hillestad, 12, part of a second place finishing Junior Division Team and Katie Grace Hillestad, 9, on a 4th place finishing Junior Division Team.


       Free Prom Dress Weekend is here. Shoppers are welcome to select one free dress from 3 to 6 p.m. Saturday, April 18 and from noon to 3 p.m. Sunday, April 19 at Performing Arts Dance Academy, 206 Lake St., Hamburg. A limited number of shoes have been donated by ShoeFly and Dyed To Match, and handmade earrings were donated by The Bead Gallery. Shoes and jewelry will also be available for free. For additional information or to contact Legislator Dixon, please call (716) 858-8671 or email lynne.dixon@erie.gov.

       New York State Parks Department is hosting a guided evening walk titled "Night Buckhorn Swamp People" through Buckhorn Island State Park on Friday, April 24th from 7:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. They say "explore eerie nighttime sounds from the swamps - nightjars, screech owls and leopard frogs, for starters." Call 549-1050 for information and registration.

       The Grand Island Men's Golf Club is celebrating its 50th anniversary this year looking for new members. The once a month, 18 hole tournaments are held at Beaver Island. Members will receive a USGA handicap and the ability to play in the WNY pub-links events. For more information contact Paul Krull at 909-4634.

    Island Tid-Bits...
       Beaver Island Golf Course is shooting for a Friday, April 24th opening date. You can make reservations at 773-4668. Rates are listed as (9) $11-12/(18) $18-22. Go to www.nysparks.com/golf-courses for more information.
       Check out this easy to read GIHS Spring Athletic Schedule.

       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 Parish Players will present "Footloose the Musical" in the school cafeteria on Thursday, April 16 - 7:00 p.m., Friday, April 17 - 7:00 p.m. and Saturday, April 18 - 1:00 p.m. matinee and 7:00 p.m. show. Tickets are $9.
  • Cinderella Isle Garden Club will hold its April meeting on April 16, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. at Eco Island Nature Center 3325 Staley Rd.
  • The Zonta Club Fashion Show will be at the Buffalo Launch Club on Sunday, April 19th. Doors open at 11:30, tickets available at Flower A Day florist until Friday, April 17th.
  • The Relay for Life Bowl-A-Thon takes place on Sunday, April 19th at Mallwitz's Island Lanes. This is a kids only event. See flyer.
  • The Grand Island Historical Society will have an Open House on Sunday, April 19th at River Lea from 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • The Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year Awards will be at Byblos Niagara on Thursday, April 23rd.

    Send your news to jodi@giecom.net.


    Thursday, April 9, 2015

        Happy birthday today to Rhett Robinson, Becca Zimmerman, Wayne Kinney and Carolyn Marble. Happy birthday on Saturday, April 11th to Roman Jurga and on Sunday, April 12th to Amy Bidell DeRego & Ted Pawlowski. A very, very happy birthday to Betty Killian turning 92 years young on Monday, April 13th. Happy birthday to Dan Robinson, Nicholas Aronica and John Leszczak on Wednesday, April 15th

       Best wishes to Gene and JoAnn Hasselbeck, celebrating their 63rd wedding anniversary on April 12th. Happy 49th wedding anniversary to Paul and Jean Leiner on Wednesday, April 15th.

       Congratulations to the following GIHS athletes all named to the Niagara Gazette's All NFL winter teams.
    All NFL Basketball Team: Second Team-Joe Kulikowski. Third Team-Colin Carey.
    All NFL Wrestling Team: First Team-Ben Wright, Second Team-Scott Holmes, Zach Breeden and Apelasan Wngneswaren.
    All NFL Boys Bowling Team: Second Team-Colton McGraw. Girls Bowling: Second Team-Christina Sutton.
    All NFL Swimming Team: First Team-Ian Eisenberger/100 backstroke. Second Team-Tim Winder, Kurt Laschinger, Jordan Piershalski, Ian Eisenberger/200 medley relay, Jordan Piershalski/100 butterfly. Third Team-Ian Eisenberger/200 freestyle, Kurt Laschinger/100 breaststroke and Steven White, Jordan Piershalski, Adam Frosolone, Ian Eisenberger/400 free relay.


       DeSignet Jewelry, 1869 Whitehaven has made thousands of items for fans of the "Outlander" series of books over the past few years. The Starz televison network began the second half of the first season on April 4th, which made Monday a busy day at the jewelry store. The series, in 16 episodes, covers all of the first book written by Diana Gabaldon. A second season has been ordered and will tell the story of "Dragonfly in Amber", book two of the series. Check out The Authors Attic to see the beautiful items hand crafted by Reg Schopp and his staff.

       Grand Island will have its own history book available for purchase in May. The Images of America series book, "The Town of Grand Island" was written by West River Road resident June Justice Crawford and Dr. Gerald Carpenter. It will have hundreds of old images of the people and places important to Grand Island history. A reception and book signing will take place this spring.

       GI Soccer Club House Registration is April 1st - May 5th. Programs are for boys and girls from 6-19 years of age. See website for more information.

       The GIHS PTSA 31st Annual Plant Sale is now accepting orders. 100% of funds raised support the PTSA Scholarship Program. Orders must be in by Tuesday, April 28th. See order form for complete details.

    Island Tid-Bits...
       Islander and D'Youville freshman Brock Tetreault was named Alleghany Mountain Collegiate Conference men's volleyball player of the week. Tetreault produced 40 kills in four weekend games, including 16 against Cal-Santa Cruz.
          The Relay for Life Bowl-A-Thon takes place on Sunday, April 19th at Mallwitz's Island Lanes. This is a kids only event. See flyer.


       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 Parish Players will present Aladdin, Jr in the school cafeteria on Thursday, April 9 - 7:00 pm, Friday, April 10 - 7 pm and Saturday, April 11 - 1:00 pm matinee and 7:00 pm show.
  • The Relay for Life committee meeting is Monday, April 13th at 6:00 p.m. at the GI Memorial Library. The team meeting will follow at 7:00 p.m.
  • Getting Ready for Kindergarten Night, a parents only meeting will be at Sidway School on Wednesday, April 15th at 6:30 p.m.
  • The GI Library will host Elephant & Piggie! Thursday, April 16 - for ages 3 - 8.
  • Cinderella Isle Garden Club will hold its April meeting on April 16, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. at Eco Island Nature Center 3325 Staley Rd.

    Send your news to jodi@giecom.net.


    Thursday, April 2, 2015

        Happy birthday today to Joel Moyer. Happy birthday on Saturday, April 4th to Natalie Baldassare, Zoe Dodd, Mike Geblein & Ruth Padlog. Happy birthday on Sunday, April 5th to Marilyn Koziol and on Tuesday, April 7th to Barb Wilson. Happy birthday on Wednesday to Daniel Lynch & Tom Crooks.

       Happy 42nd wedding anniversary to Vince & Margaret Martello on Tuesday, April 7th.

       Congratulations to Christina & John Michael Podlucky on the birth of their baby girl Mackenzie Nicole on Tuesday, March 31st!

       Erie County Sheriff Deputies Bradley Girdler and Brandon Stott received the William G. Payne Patrol Services Award for their rescue of a person trapped inside a burning vehicle on Whitehaven Road last September. Stott used a fire extinguisher to attack the flames while Girdler worked to free the victim, first trying to pry open a door on the heavily damaged vehicle. Stott had emptied two extinguishers and was continuing to fight the fire with a third when Girdler was able to break out a window; both deputies removed the victim through the window and began first aid. The award was presented on Saturday, March 28th at the annual Badge and Shield Club dinner.

        The Grand Island School District budget received great news this week. A 10.20% increase in the overall budget from the state in the amount of $15,317,787.

       Stock up for the holiday at Acetis's Wine & Spirits. Not only is Aceti's having a case sale where you can make your own 20% off wine case and 10% off liquor case, they are open on Easter from noon till 7:00 p.m.!

       The NCLL (National College Lacrosse League) is a men's collegiate Lacrosse association that consists of over 120 teams in twelve conferences throughout 15 states. Brockport senior Liam Dodd was named co-player of the week in the Empire West Conference (Brockport 3-1), with 5 goals and 3 assists over Buffalo State and 1 assist vs. Clarkson in last weekend's games. So proud of my boy!

    Island Tid-Bits...
       Island resident Kelly Remington got voted off "Survivor: Worlds Apart" on Wednesday, April 1st. There were two contestants that should have been chosen except for the interference of the Immunity Challenge winner and the Immunity Idol.
       Say Cheese Pizza is hosting "Parrot Karaoke" with John Dudley on Friday, April 3rd from 9:00 p.m. - 2:00 a.m.


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

    Upcoming Events - See Events Calendar For Details
  • Bible Presbyterian Church, 1650 Love Road is having a Holy Week Service on Thursday, April 2nd at 7:00 p.m.
  • The Historical Society April general meeting and program is on Thursday, April 2nd at 7:30 p.m at River Lea.
  • St. Stephen School Lenten Fish Fry Dinner, 2080 Baseline Road, take-out only on Friday, April 3rd.
  • The Charles N. DeGlopper Memorial VFW Post 9249, 2121 Grand Island Blvd. is hosting a Fish Fry dinner on Friday, April 3rd from 4:00 - 7:00 p.m.
  • Bible Presbyterian Church, 1650 Love Road is having a Holy Week Service on Friday, April 3rd at 7:00 p.m.
  • Bible Presbyterian Church, 1650 Love Road is having Easter Sunday services on April 5th at 10:45 a.m. at 6:00 p.m.
  • The Zoomobile will visit the GI Library, Wednesday, April 8, 2:00 pm, for ages 6 and up.

    Send your news to jodi@giecom.net.


    Thursday, March 26, 2015

        Happy birthday today to Kendall Duscher, Betty Marinell & Leon Zakrzewski. Happy birthday on Friday, March 27th to Brooklyn Landroche. Happy birthday on Saturday, March 28th to Annalea Masiello, Liza Bowman, Morgan Green, Olivia Williams, Barb Wienke, Kenna MacNeil, Jacob Stewart & Valerie Robinson and on Sunday, March 29th to Margie Southwood, Tracey Shickluna & Chloe Fitzsimmons. Happy birthday Monday to Sharon Wright. Happy birthday to Barry Smith & LCpl Tom Shanor on Tuesday and to Jeremy Figler on April 1st.

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

       There will be a dedication of artwork on Monday, March 30th at the Grand Island High School Viking Mall at 6:30 p.m. The artwork "Perilous Flow" - A Gift of the River Reuniting Bonds Between Friends, Grand Island High School and the Niagara Region was created by Grand Island graduate Neil Tetkowski (Class of 1973) and donated to Grand Island High School by Bill Whitford (Class of 1972) in honor of his brother, Bruce Whitford (Class of 1975).

    Congratulations to this year's Chamber Citizens of the Year. Organization: West River Lawnmower Race - Floyd Doring; Business Person: Mike Ludwig; Community Service: Dan Drexelius; Civic: Paul Robinson; Business of the Year: Flower A Day - Sue Berger; Educator: Mark Gorton.

       Grand Island is one of 388 school districts across the country, recognized by the NAMM Foundation (National Association of Music Merchants) "for their outstanding commitment to music education with a Best Communities for Music Education (BCME) designation." Nice job GI!

       Some interesting North Bridge notes: the original bridge was built in 1935 for $1.5 million. The second span built in 1962 cost $7.7 million. In a 21 year time span, from 1989-2008, over $59 million was spent on the North Bridges. It was estimated in 2012 that 57,000 cars crossed the North Bridges daily. Temperatures have to be 40 degrees and rising to work with the concrete and there is a $1000 a minute fine for each minute over the 6:00 a.m. opening each day during the rehab project.

       There are going to be many events at the Marion Klingel Town Commons in 2015. They are:
  • Lawn Mower Race and Soup, Chili and Chowder Cook-off - Saturday, May 2nd from noon - 7:00 p.m.
  • Music in the Park, Fridays June 26 -Aug 28, 6 - 10 pm
  • Movies in the Park, Saturdays, June 27 - Aug 29, 9 pm - 1 am
  • Art in the Park, between the parade and fireworks on Saturday, July 4.
  • Lawn Mower Race - Saturday, August 29th from noon - 7:00 p.m.
  • Taste of Grand Island - Saturday, October 3rd, 12 noon - 8 pm for vendors.

       It appears that Anthony Cutaia's luxury apartment plan for the Light House Point project at East River and Whitehaven Roads is being replaced by Meadow Creek Estates. Meadow Creek is a 31 acre development of 232 upscale, attached multifamily units, located across from Howard M. Sexton Electric on Grand Island Blvd. The Zoning Board will be discussing a variance needed for sign placement and building height at their April 2nd meeting.

    Island Tid-Bits...
        Just in case you didn't catch the Letters to the Editor last week, check out Nancy Anderson's letter "One Plate at a Time" and help out the McMahon family.
       Hizair Hair Salon is moving to Webster Street in North Tonawanda with a planned opening date of May 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 Thank A Vet Discount Program Outreach Event is scheduled at the Nike Base Community Center, Friday, March 27th from 1-3:30pm.
  • St. Stephen School Lenten Fish Fry Dinner, 2080 Baseline Road, served from 4:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. on Friday night, March 27th.
  • The Friends of the Grand Island Memorial Library will be holding a Used Book Sale at the Library, 1715 Bedell Road on Friday, March 27th for members only from 5 - 8 p.m.
  • he Friends of the Grand Island Memorial Library will be holding a Used Book Sale at the Library, 1715 Bedell Road on Saturday, March 28th from 10 a.m. - 3 p.m.
  • Elderwood, 2850 Grand Island Blvd. is sponsoring an Easter Egg Hunt on Sunday, March 29th at 2:00 p.m., rain, snow or shine.
  • Huth Road Elementary School will be presenting a special night of inspirational singing in a "GI Sings for Hope Concert" to be held Wednesday, April 1, 2015 in the Grand Island High School Auditorium at 7:00 p.m.
  • Bible Presbyterian Church, 1650 Love Road is having a Holy Week Service on Wednesday, April 1st at 7:00 p.m.
  • Bible Presbyterian Church, 1650 Love Road is having a Holy Week Service on Thursday, April 2nd at 7:00 p.m.
  • Historical Society meeting is Thursday, April 2nd at 7:30 p.m at River Lea.

    Send your news to jodi@giecom.net.


    Thursday, March 19, 2015

        Happy birthday today to Carol Sharpe, Lester Lee, Ruth Landel & Joseph Roberts. Happy birthday on Friday, March 20th to Marty Bidell, Mary O'Dea Beyer, David Ames. Happy birthday on Saturday, March 21st to Paul Roeder, Ruth Ryan, Daniel Parker & Dolores Laska and on Sunday, March 22nd to Wendy Stratton-Gross, Peter Baker & Paul Adams. Happy birthday Monday to Jim Olmstead, Pat Harding & Ryan Kernin. Happy birthday to Jillian Sheehan & Jack Burns on Tuesday and to Jack Mahnk, Amy Blundell & Sue Ann Mackenna on March 25th.

       Congratulations to Fahim Mojawalla of Island Ship Center. He was recently chosen to be interviewed by the FedEx FASC marketing team to provide peer insight into growing the shipping business. There are over 2700 FedEx Authorized Ship Centers in the country and they picked Fahim for peer advice to his fellow store owners. His topic was "Getting customers into the door" and his response was simple: "Be yourself, be different, provide outstanding service and an experience that your clients will remember, cherish and come back for time and again." See article.

        For those looking to do some Spring cleaning...
       The 6th annual Prom Dress Drive hosted by Erie County Legislator Lynne M. Dixon and Urban Valet dry cleaners will continue through March 27th. The donated dresses - which will be professionally cleaned, free of charge, by Urban Valet cleaners - are being made available to local high school girls who are in need of a dress for prom or special occasion. The closest drop off location is Urban Valet, 620 Elmwood in Buffalo. Girls are welcome to select one free dress from 3 to 6 p.m. April 18th or from noon to 3 p.m. April 19th at the Performing Arts Dance Academy, 206 Lake St., Hamburg.


    Island Tid-Bits...
       Call 773-7508 for emergency services from your cell phone. If you call 911 your call is sent off Island which may add time to response from emergency services.
       The Saffire Grill has closed on Grand Island Boulevard.

       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 19, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church.
  • St. Stephen School Lenten Fish Fry Dinner, 2080 Baseline Road, served from 4:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. on Friday night, March 20th.
  • The Charles N. DeGlopper Memorial VFW Post 9249, 2121 Grand Island Blvd. is hosting a Fish Fry dinner on Friday, March 20th from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m.
  • Band & Baskets for Relay For Life is on Saturday, March 21st at 6:00 p.m. at Mallwitz's Island Lanes.
  • The Grand Island Cooperative Nursery School 11th annual basket raffle is on Saturday, March 21st from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at Trinity UMC.
  • Jack & Jill Community Preschool is hosting a spaghetti dinner on Sunday, March 22nd from 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. at the Knight's of Columbus, 1841 Whitehaven Road.
  • The Ecumenical Lenten Luncheon is hosted by St. Timothy Lutheran Church on Wednesday, March 25th at Trinity United Methodist Church.
  • The GI American Legion Post #1346 meeting is Wednesday, March 25th at 7:00 p.m. at the Loyal Order of The Moose Lodge 2524 Grand Island Blvd.

    Thursday, March 12, 2015

        Happy birthday today to Madison MacNeil, Ray Hayward, Michele Beauchamp & Jojo (Paczynski) Sparcino. Happy birthday on Friday, March 13th to my sister Karen Hayes Smith and to Mary Ellen Hamman & Martha Bojarski. Happy birthday on Saturday, March 14th to Kathy Shaklee & Rebecca Popiel and to Jon Grenda turning 21! Happy birthday on Sunday, March 15th to Gail Monti, Elizabeth Figler & John Corrao and a happy 75th to Richard (Dick) Harnden. Happy birthday Monday to Dan Lee, Cameron Willer, Chris Bihler, Sally Black, Pat Phillips, Aree Saenger. Happy birthday to Bill Brobeil, Nancy Anderson, Nonnie Carroll & Paul Gurzinski on Tuesday and to Adam Missert, Nicholas Tim, Audrey Mason, Eddie Krecisz on March 18th.

       Happy 30th anniversary to Vicki & Ian Harnden on Monday, March 16th!


        A very special birthday wish to Ralph Hoover celebrating his 87th birthday tomorrow, March 13th. Ralph stayed home all winter for the first time in 15 years and could use a "pick-me-up". Send a card with well wishes to 3458 Wallace Drive.

       Eileen LaMarca wrote in that her brother, Tom Murphy (GIHS 1990), a reporter for the Associated Press, will be in town next week with his family for his wife's book debut. She is Sarah Layden, also a journalist, writer and teacher, and her fiction book "Trip Through Your Wires" will be featured during a book signing at Talking Leaves, 3158 Main St. in Buffalo, on March 19th at 7 p.m.

       Welcome to new Isledegrande advertiser Dr. Missy Mroziak and her Mobile PAWS, PLLC business. Dr. M has invested in a mobile advanced imaging unit called Vimago which can be shared with nearby veterinary clinics. She also has an online pet store where flea and tick applications and foods may be purchased. Her policy is to contribute to the community by giving back 25% of the stores net purchases. The next quarter (April-June) will be dedicated to donating to the GI Relay for Life team "Stomp it Out". See webpage for details.

        Lynn Marston Dingey invites you to her event, "Band & Baskets for Relay For Life", on Saturday, March 21st at 6:00 p.m. at Mallwitz's Island Lanes. The band "Wide Right" will play from 8:00 p.m. - midnight and a basket raffle will take place from 6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m.

       The Grand Island Chamber of Commerce has scheduled the 49th annual Citizen of the Year awards dinner on Thursday, April 23rd at Byblos Niagara. If you would like to recognize an individual or a business that have given greatly to the community, see the nomination form. The deadline is now March 16th at 5:00 p.m. Don't miss this opportunity to nominate your friend, neighbor or family member for this honor.

       Frank Budwey of Budwey's Supermarket is having a HUGE one day sale on Saturday, March 14th from 6am-10pm at the 535 Division Street, NT store. Check out his Facebook page to see the great deals.

    Island Tid-Bits...
       THE BEST NEWS!!! Adrian's Custard & Beef is opening on Tuesday, March 17th at 11:00 a.m. Look on their Facebook page for new ice cream flavors.
       Rock on the Island Concert Series presents the "Strictly Hip" at a St. Patty's Day party at Ellden's at River Oaks on Friday, March 13th. The event includes music, Irish brews, Irish food, green beer and Irish dancers. Doors open at 7:30 p.m. and admission is $10. See flyer.

       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 Lenten Fish Fry Dinner, 2080 Baseline Road, served from 4:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. on Friday night.
  • Boy Scout Troop 630 is having its annual Spaghetti Dinner and Basket Raffle on Sunday, March 15th at the St. Stephen's School
  • The NYS Thruway Authority has scheduled a meeting to review the North Grand Island Bridge southbound re-decking project on Tuesday, March 17th at 9:00 a.m. in the Town Hall Court Room.
  • The Ecumenical Lenten Luncheon is hosted by Island Presbyterian Church on Wednesday, March 18th at Trinity United Methodist Church.
  • Cinderella Isle Garden Club will hold its March meeting on March 19, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church.

    Send your news to jodi@giecom.net.


    Thursday, March 5, 2015

        Happy birthday today to Tim Moriarty, David McConnell, Rich Amantia, Missy Fargino & Jeanne Powers. Happy birthday on Friday, March 6th to Hayden Backlund & Eilene Gebrian. Happy birthday on Saturday, March 7th to Linda Leuchner, Glen Shepherd, Carol O'Connor & Leda Barton. Happy birthday on Sunday, March 8th to Diane Grant & David Schaefer and on Monday to Grace Wenner. Happy birthday to Nancy Seifert Dinan on Tuesday and to Emily Bolles, Roman Cacciatore, Barbara Anderson & David Cook on March 11th.

       The Zonta Club of Grand Island will be awarding four scholarships in three categories this year at their annual awards dinner on June 23, 2015. There are two scholarships for high school seniors, one for a female between 18 - 25 and one for a woman over 25 for career advancement. Check out the full details here. The Zonta Club is having its annual Spring Fashion Show and Luncheon on Sunday, April 19th at the Buffalo Launch Club. Tickets are $25 and are available at Flower A Day Florist.

        Grand Island Supervisor Mary Cooke is hosting the Erie County Clerk's "Thank A Vet" Discount Program Outreach Event at the Nike Base Community Center, Friday, March 27th from 1-3:30pm. This program allows vets to receive discounts at over 1000 Erie County Businesses. See flyer for details.

        The Grand Island Lawn Mower Racing Series has scheduled a Spring event at the Town Commons on Saturday, May 2nd. There will also be a Chili, Chowder & Soup Cook-off. Local restaurants and organizations are invited to participate as over 1000 patrons are expected to attend. The event fee will go to the Kaegebein Playground Fundraising project and all revenue generated at your booth is yours to keep. See application.

    Island Tid-Bits...
       The Golden Age Center is looking for a Part Time Kitchen Assistant. Enjoying working with the senior population is a MUST for the ideal candidate. See 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
  • The Grand Island Historical Society meeting is at River Lea, in Beaver Island State Park on Thursday, March 5th at 7:30 p.m.
  • GI Ministerium "World Day of Prayer" is at St. Martins-in-the-Field, 2587 Baseline Rd. on Friday, March 6th at 2:00 p.m.
  • St. Stephen School Lenten Fish Fry Dinner, 2080 Baseline Road, served from 4:30-7:00 p.m.
  • The Huth Road School Bazaar and Basket Raffle is scheduled for Friday, March 6th from 5-8:00 p.m.
  • The VFW Ladies Auxiliary's 12th Annual Corned Beef Dinner will be Saturday, March 7, 2015 from 4-7:00 p.m.
  • The Relay for Life team meeting is Monday, March 9th at 7:00 p.m. at the GI Memorial Library.
  • The Ecumenical Lenten Luncheon is hosted by St. Martin-in-the-Field Church on Wednesday, March 11th at Trinity United Methodist Church.

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    Thursday, February 26, 2015

        Happy birthday today to David Rogers & Debbie Kennedy-Rogoza. Happy birthday on Friday, February 27th to my niece Gabrielle Robinson and to Kevin Koch Jr. & Mike Cali. Happy birthday on Saturday, February 28th to Mary Ann Lov , David Steggs & Patrick McMahon. Happy birthday on Sunday, March 1st to Mike Rayhill, Karie Stedman & Sarah Dollendorf. Happy birthday John Simon on March 3rd and to Grace Myhre on March 4th.

        Joe Frailey, came in 3rd place in the 600 meter race at the Section 6 State qualifiers on Friday, Feb. 20th. He also broke the school record. Katie Tuohy, came in 2nd place in the Race Walk. Both sophomores have qualified to go the State Finals that will be held at Cornell University in Ithaca, NY on March 6 & 7. Way to go Katie & Joe!! Grand Island is proud of you both! Thanks to mom Cheryl Frailey for the update.

       The point of the proposed Historic Preservation Ordinance is not, as some would have you believe, to tell property owners what they can and cannot do to their buildings. Owners must agree with the suggested designation if a property is considered. The bottom line is that without a local law, available funding for maintenance from foundations and government agencies cannot be utilized. A public hearing is scheduled for Monday, March 2nd at 8:00 p.m. regarding the ordinance. See Historic Preservation Ordinance.

       The 82nd annual Buffalo News Spelling Bee will take place on March 8th at the Buffalo History Museum. Veronica E. Connor Middle School sixth grade student, Hannah Schiffmacher, is one of 20 students competing. A written test was given on February 4th to 61 school champions to see who would compete in the oral finals. The winner will receive an all-expense paid trip to Washington, D.C. for the Scripps; National Spelling Bee in May. Great work Hannah!

        The Grand Island Chamber of Commerce has scheduled the 49th annual Citizen of the Year awards dinner on Thursday, April 23rd at Byblos Niagara. If you would like to recognize an individual or a business that have given greatly to the community, see the nomination form. The deadline is March 6th.

       Enter the Healthy Playground Makeover Sweepstakes today and every day through Thursday, March 19, to give Kaegebein a chance to win one of two grand prizes, including a $30,000 grant or a new playground. One of the grand prize winners will be chosen from among all eligible entries. A second grand prize winner will be chosen from a special drawing for Title I Schools, like Kaegebein.

       GIHS seniors Meaghan O'Leary and Mark McKenna were honored by the Niagara Police Athletic League at their Sports Award dinner and received a trophy in recognition of success on the field, in the classroom and in the community.

    Island Tid-Bits...
        Verizon Wireless has recently added 4G XLTE technology to the Grand Island cell site to "meet growing demand and to provide faster peak speeds for people downloading and uploading data". It supposedly doubles the bandwidth.
        Alan Pergament in his "Talkin TV" column in the Buffalo News, has a nice article on Grand Island resident and Survivor contestant Kelly Remington. 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
  • St. Stephen School Lenten Fish Fry Dinner, 2080 Baseline Road, served from 4:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
  • A Citizen Preparedness Corps training program is at the Grand Island Memorial Library on March 2, 2015 at 6:30 pm. Call 773-7124.
  • The Grand Island Rugby Club annual Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser is Tuesday March 3rd from 4:00-7:00 p.m. in the GIHS cafeteria.
  • The Ecumenical Lenten Luncheon is hosted by Trinity UM Church on Wednesday, March 4th at Trinity United Methodist Church.
  • The Grand Island Historical Society meeting is at River Lea, in Beaver Island State Park on Thursday, March 5th at 7:30 p.m.

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    Thursday, February 19, 2015

        Happy birthday today to Joan Santospirito, Katherine Lommer & Phyllis Jean Wesolek. Happy birthday on Friday, February 20th to my nephew Bryan Smith in Simi Valley and to Jennifer Watkins, Katie Brady, MaryJo Gill & Dick Bessel. Happy birthday on Sunday, February 22nd to Marilyn Wilkie Watt, John Grycel & Jim Zilliox. Happy birthday on Monday, February 23rd to Kay Tyson, Sherry DeBruyn, Jo Klock, Paula Nakayama & Sophia Black and to my favorite brother-in-law Brian Robinson on Tuesday, February 24th. Happy birthday to Scott Tetreault on Wednesday, February 25th.

       The Real Barbers II at the Grand Island Plaza has announced that Jesse Ciffa, "Barber Chief" of Grand Island, has recently joined their barbershop, 2379 Grand Island Blvd, next to M & T Bank. The shop specializes in flat tops, kids cuts, military cuts and hot towel shaves. Jesse is a 2012 graduate of GIHS and is studying Sports Management at Niagara University.

       2012 GIHS graduate Megan Karpie is a junior at RIT and is headed to the "Tiger Trail" run in Auburn, Alabama on March 21st. The 1,400 mile run is eight-days in duration and each participant runs three-mile shifts. The run is a benefit for the "Tigers for Tigers" coalition.

       I came across a website called City-Data.com. The site claims to have "detailed, informative profiles of all cities in the United States." There is quite a bit of information on the page and some that surprised me, for instance, 77% of the Island is Catholic, and 30% of the Island is of German ancestry. There is much more at the site, makes for a interesting read.



    Island Tid-Bits...
        The Town of Grand Island is seeking a Dog Control Officer to work at least one weekend each month and to fill in other shifts as needed. Please submit a letter of interest and a resume to: townboard@grand-island.ny.us or mail to: Town Supervisor, 2255 Baseline Rd., Grand Island, NY 14072. Information received by 5:00 p.m. on February 25th will be considered.
       Economic Development Advisory Board has two openings to fill the remainder of terms expiring 12/31/15 and 12/31/16.Submit a letter of interest and a resume to: townboard@grand-island.ny.us or mail to: Town Supervisor, 2255 Baseline Rd., Grand Island, NY 14072. Information received by 5:00 p.m. on February 25th will be considered.

       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
  • "90 West" was recently voted WNY #1 Country Band. They are playing at Ellden's at River Oaks on Friday, February 20th at 9:00 p.m. Tickets are $10 at the door.
  • The Ecumenical Lenten Luncheon is hosted by St. Stephen Church on Wednesday, February 25th at Trinity United Methodist Church, 2100 Whitehaven Road. The speaker is Rev. Paul Nogaro.
  • The GI American Legion Post #1346 meeting is Wednesday, February 25th at 7:00 p.m. at the Loyal Order of The Moose Lodge 2524 Grand Island Blvd.

    Grand Island High School Sporting Events - Varsity unless noted.
  • Girls Basketball will play Starpoint away on Friday, February 20th at 5:30 p.m.

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    Thursday, February 12, 2015

        Happy birthday today to Kim Kalman and Carol Roesch and to the Costello twins, Patty Rink & Penny Linenfelser. Happy birthday on Friday, February 13th to Emma Wheeler turning nine years-old. Happy birthday on Saturday, February 14th to Kassie Bennet & Wayne Anstett. Happy birthday on Sunday, February 15th to Todd Sipson and Kellie Kehoe. Happy birthday on Tuesday, February 17th to Pat Kostenbauder and on Wednesday to Michelle Gast & Patrick Stouter.

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       The new Grand Island Parks Department Maintenance building is under construction off of Bedell Road near Veteran's Park. The pre-engineered metal building is being built by Tedesco Construction of Niagara Falls. I ran into President Jeff Tedesco at the site and he reported that the framing began on Tuesday and the building should be finished in six weeks.

       The Section VI Division I wrestling championships/state qualifier is Saturday at Lake Shore. Island wrestlers mentioned in a Buffalo News story include Scott Holmes, a Class A champion in the 182 class and Ben Wright, at 195 lbs, is 38-5 and the Class A champion. Good luck guys!

    Kara is in blue shirt. Click for larger view.

       Grand Island's famous photo bomber Kara Dudley was in last night's episode of Law & Order SVU. Mom Lisa Dudley wrote that she saw her four times in the last scene of the program.

        Our family enjoyed the Town Cafe brunch last Sunday. It is available from 10-2:30 p.m. and has all kinds of breakfast and lunch items to satisfy everyone in your party. Kudos to Nick Rossi in the kitchen! He made sure we left fat and happy. The cafe is located at 2352 Grand Island Blvd. across from Adrian's. They also have a special Valentine's Dinner for Two on Saturday.

       Island resident Mike Dollendorf is the owner of Roy's Plumbing and was quoted in a story in the Buffalo News today on cold weather tips. Mike said to "keep your house warm", "if anything, turn the thermostat up a little bit". You can also open cabinets, vanities and closets that have pipes in them. If you have an area prone to freezing, keep the taps at a slow drip.

    Island Tid-Bits...
       Our favorite shipping expert, Fahim Mojawalla, reported that one of his customers won a car at the Tim Horton's by the bridge this week. That is amazing...I can't even win a donut!

       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 Ladies Auxiliary VFW Spaghetti Dinner is Saturday, February 14th from 4-7:00 p.m. Early Bird - $6 (4-5pm), Regular - $7 (5-7pm).
  • The GI Little League will have a walk-in registration at the G.I Memorial Library on Saturday, February 14th from 10:00 a.m. to noon.
  • Congressman Brian Higgins "Congress on Your Corner" at Town Hall on Tuesday, February 17th from 9-11 p.m.
  • Cinderella Isle Garden Club will hold its February meeting on Thursday, February 19, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. at Trinity UMC.

    Grand Island High School Sporting Events - Varsity unless noted.
  • Girls Basketball will play Niag. Wheatfield at home on Friday, February 13th at 5:00 p.m.
  • Boys Basketball will play Niag. Wheatfield away on Friday, February 13th at 5:00 p.m.
  • Boys Hockey will play Will East at HarborCenter on Sunday, February 15th at 8:00 p.m.
  • Boys Hockey will play W. Seneca W. at Hyde Park on Monday, February 16th at 8:45 p.m.
  • Girls Basketball will play No. Tonawanda away on Wednesday, February 18th at 5:00 p.m.
  • Boys Basketball will play No. Tonawanda at home on Tuesday, February 18th at 5:00 p.m.

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    Thursday, February 5, 2015

        Happy birthday today to Geraldine "Jeri" Benzing. Happy birthday on Friday, February 6th to Olivia Wenner & Noelle Linenfelser . Happy birthday on Saturday, February 7th to Glenn Skelly. Happy birthday on Sunday, February 8th to Jadon Garman, Carleigh Rodriguez and Sheila Strott and on Monday, February 9th to Eli Wiant Happy birthday on Tuesday, February 10th to Kaylee Montana turning 10 and on Wednesday to Jackie Walt & Joan Barone.

       Don't Miss it! The final presentation of "Two Small Islands in the Mighty Niagara" will be on Saturday, February 7th at the Buffalo Launch Club. There will be seven of the "most knowledgeable and interesting story tellers", video and photos of Strawberry and Motor Boat Islands. The story tellers include; President of the GI Historical Society Curt Nestark, BLC Historian Tom Frauenheim, Niagara River Historian and Ecologist Paul Leuchner, Gary Kenline - family owned Motor Boat for many years, NY Power Authority Rep. David Frazier and Marine Contractors Jeff & Lyle Dinsmore. Reservations are required. Dinner begins at 6:30 and the presentation starts at 8:00 p.m. See flyer and don't delay, call 773-7629.

       I spoke with Dan Stedman today and he has been very busy giving TC's Lounge a facelift, inside and out. Among the changes planned are new furniture and bar, new bathrooms, additional draft beers for the craft beer and IPA enthusiasts and a larger menu. TC's, 2241 Grand Island Blvd., has been in business for over 40 years and is open from 11am - 2am. Stop in and see what's new at TC's.

       GI Supervisor Mary Cooke was sworn in as a 2015 officer of the Association of Erie County Governments on January 22nd at Salvatore's Italian Gardens. The association, which consists of local elected officials throughout Erie County, meets monthly to discuss and address common areas of interest.

       The Grand Island Music Boosters have started a petition "Supporting and Promoting the Grand Island School District Music Department." The group is afraid that the music department is under consideration for cutbacks. Last year, a grant was received that saved a position set for elimination. Take a look at the full details of the petition here.


        Our favorite roving photographer, Mary Stewart, submits her work to Pixoto, a photo contest site that can be found on Facebook. The photo above has garnered accolades for two years in a row. Most recently, voted best in the top 10% of the 2014 Food & Drink category. Congratulations Mary!

    Island Tid-Bits...
       "Shrek, the Musical" will be on stage at the Grand Viking Theater at the high school on Thursday, February 5, Friday, February 6, and Saturday, February 7th at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $10 and available at the door.
       GIHS sophomore Joe Frailey came in 1st place in the 300, 600 & 1000 meter races at the 9 & 10th grade Championships held at Fredonia State on Saturday, January 31st. 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
  • Island Presbyterian Church, 1822 Huth Road, is sponsoring a movie night on Saturday, February 7th at 6:00 p.m. The feature will be "Field of Dreams".
  • The Relay for Life team meeting is Monday, February 9th at 7:00 p.m. at the GI Memorial Library.
  • One Island Special Meeting will be at Town Hall on Tuesday, February 10th at 6:00 p.m.
  • Grand Island Cooperative Nursery School Open House is on Wednesday, February 11th from 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m at Trinity Church.

    Grand Island High School Sporting Events - Varsity unless noted.
  • Boys & Girls Bowling will meet Niagara Falls at home on Thursday, February 5th at 4:00 p.m.
  • Girls Basketball will play Ken West away on Friday, February 6th at 5:00 p.m.
  • Boys Basketball will play Ken West at home on Friday, February 6th at 5:00 p.m.
  • Boys Hockey will play W. Seneca West at HarborCenter on Sunday, February 8th at 8:00 p.m.
  • Boys Hockey will play Ken West at Hyde Park on Monday, February 9th at 6:45 p.m.
  • Girls Basketball will play Ken East at home on Tuesday, February 10th at 5:00 p.m.
  • Boys Basketball will play Ken East away on Tuesday, February 10th at 5:00 p.m.

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    Thursday, January 29, 2015

        Happy birthday today to Eric Sharpe & Nicholas Penque. Happy birthday on Friday, January 30th to David Clayton III, Rich Foks and Art Haller. Happy birthday on Saturday, January 31st to Ronald Duguay, Hailee Clayton & Conner Bolles. Happy birthday on Sunday, February 1st to Mandy Malaney, Ryan Pecoraro, Clyde Hickok, and Sydney Mazur and on Monday, February 2nd to Cheryl Wasson, Natalie Kopf & Lee Richard Happy birthday on Tuesday, February 3rd to Ilene Dee, Rita DeGlopper and Ryan Timmerman and on Wednesday to Emma Hall & Christopher Drew.

       Happy anniversary to Oliver and Anne Stuardion February 2nd.

       Congratulations to former basketball Coach Greg Ross on his induction into the North Tonawanda Basketball Hall of Fame on Friday, January 23rd. Coach Ross coached at NT from 1991-2005 and is the program's all-time leader in wins (154) and games coached (299). Coach Ross also coached basketball at GIHS for six years after leaving the NT program.

       The middle school assistant principal Eleanor Payne has resigned and is headed to Silver Creek Middle School as Principal. Mrs. Payne has been at GIMS for six years and saved the life of a student in September 2013 after the student collapsed in a hall. Her quick action performing CPR, got the student breathing again. Fire officials say that Mrs. Payne's actions saved the students life.

       The Buffalo News Food Editor Andrew Galarneau had an article in the January 27th edition titled "10 pizzas to pine for". Grand Island's Pizza Amore, 2024 Grand Island Blvd. was singled out for the "Prosciutto with arugula." Mr Galarneau wrote " Known more for its mobile wood-fired pizza trailer, Pizza Amore serves up blistery-crusted pies that bridge the gap between wood-fired pizza ideals and Buffalo-standard topping payloads. It's worth taking the bridge to Grand Island for a shot at the prosciutto and arugula. It's a tomato-sauced pie that gets rather more mozzarella and prosciutto than your cardiologist would recommend. Then after it's bubbly brown it gets handfuls of arugula, and a drizzle of 18-year-old balsamic vinegar. Technically, that's a salad." I can't wait to try it.

    Island Tid-Bits...
       "Two Small Islands in the Mighty Niagara" is at the Buffalo Launch Club on Saturday, February 7th. This is the third presentation of a very popular program. Give the BLC a call and make a reservation, see flyer for details.
       A public hearing on a 120 day moratorium on R-2 development scheduled for Monday, February 2nd should be a well attended event as thousands of residents have reportedly signed a petition against the Lighthouse Point project.
       Get ready to wang chung at the year's biggest 80's Bash coming to Grand Island on Saturday January 31st. "Nerds Gone Wild" will perform all of your favorite 80's new wave and classic hits, live at River Oaks! Tickets are $10 and are available at River Oaks or by calling 716-341-1040. Don't miss it!

       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 Cooperative Nursery School Open House is on Thursday, January 29th from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m at Trinity Church (new).
  • The GI Little League walk in registration will be on Saturday, January 31st at the Grand Island Memorial Library from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
  • The Red Cross will have a two-hour Citizen Preparedness Corps training program on February 2, 2015 at 6:30 p.m. at the Library.
  • The Grand Island Autism Support Group meeting is February 3rd at 2139 Grand Island Blvd. from 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
  • "Shrek the Musical" will be performed at 7:00 p.m. at the Grand Island Viking Theater, 1100 Ransom Road, on Thursday, February 5th at 7:00 p.m.

    Grand Island High School Sporting Events - Varsity unless noted.
  • Boys Basketball will play Lewp Port at home on Friday, January 30th at 5:00 p.m.
  • Boys Hockey will play Lockport away on Friday, January 30th at 7:30 p.m.
  • Boys Basketball will play Niagara Falls away on Tuesday, February 3rd at 5:00 p.m.
  • Girls Basketball will play Niagara Falls at home on Tuesday, February 3rd at 5:00 p.m.
  • Boys & Girls Bowling will meet Lew Port away on Tuesday, February 3rd at 4:00 p.m.
  • Boys & Girls Bowling will meet Niagara Falls at home on Thursday, February 5th at 4:00 p.m.

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    Thursday, January 22, 2015

        Happy birthday today to Jean Bousquet, Joanne Browne, Margie Rall Hunter, Karen Geng and Christian Bermel. Happy birthday on Friday, January 23rd to Joan Raab, Jonathan Minton, Allison Boron & Mark Leffler. Happy birthday on Saturday, January 24th to Joyce Warning, Hunter Schmidt, Sarah Ramsperger, Benjamin DeFranks & Tyler Meyer. Happy birthday on Sunday, January 25th to Anita Wasson, Al Ackerman, Jason MacClelland and on Monday to Tommy Geblein & Wayne Baumler Happy birthday on Tuesday to Sabrina Butcher turning 8 and on Wednesday to Kelly Greene & Jason Vallina.


       A special birthday wish goes out to Vinny Pascucci turning 7-years-old today! Love from Mom, Dad and baby Enzo.

       Happy anniversary to Karen and Rom Figler who were married on January 23, 1982.

       The Middle School Tech Wars team has once again placed first at the regional Tech Wars held at Niagara County Community College. They competed against 22 teams across Western New York. Individual awards went to: Sumo Battle Bots (1st: Ryan W., 2nd: Henry G., 3rd: Emma S.) CO2 Dragsters (1st: Easton S., 2nd: Jagger C., 3rd: Alex L.) Mousetrap Car (2nd: Henry G. & Dalton N., 3rd: Miranda P. & Emma S.).

       DeSignet Jewelry is recycling batteries at the store at 1869 Whitehaven. Drop off all your old household batteries from watches, AA, AAA, C, D, etc. While your at it, buy your sweety a little something as Valentine's Day is not too far away.

       The Hizair Plaza at 1725 Grand Island Boulevard is currently under contract for sale to McDonald's USA LLC. The plan is to demolish the plaza and build a new restaurant on the site. Wonder what happens to the old one?

       The Town of Grand Island Parks Department has just announced the positions needed to be filled for the spring & summer. Take a look at Parks Department Job Vacancies
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    Island Tid-Bits...    The former Dunlop eyesore at the north end of GI is in its final stages of asbestos removal, to the tune of $750,000. Owner Jay Patel reported that two floors of the three floor building are complete. A 90+ room hotel will be located there when the project is finished. The site has been vacant for over 25 years.

       Another church break-in occured last week at Historic Trinity where nothing was reported stolen, but vandalism occured.

       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 annual GI Alumni Assoc. Comedy Night is on Saturday, January 24th at 8:00 p.m. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. for refreshments.
  • Two Small Islands in the Mighty Niagara is at the BLC on on Saturday, January 24th and is sold out, watch for a 2nd presentation on February 7th.
  • The GI American Legion Post #1346 meeting is Wednesday, January 28th at 7:00 p.m. at the Loyal Order of The Moose Lodge.
  • Grand Island Professional Women's Chapter, New York State Women, Inc. will meet at 6 p.m., Wednesday, January 28, at Elldens Restaurant.
  • A Grand Island Cooperative Nursery School Open House is on Thursday, January 29th from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m at Trinity Church.

    Grand Island High School Sporting Events - Varsity unless noted.
  • Grand Island Bowling will meet No. Tonawanda at home on Thursday, January 22nd at 4:00 p.m.
  • Girls Basketball will play Lockport at home on Friday, January 23rd at 5:00 p.m.
  • Boys Basketball will play Lockport away on Friday, January 23rd at 5:00 p.m.
  • Boys Swimming will meet No. Tonawanda at home on Friday, January 23rd at 5:00 p.m.
  • Boys Hockey will play Hamburg at Buff. State on Sunday, January 25th at 3:00 p.m.
  • Boys Basketball will play Burgard at home on Tuesday, January 27th at 5:00 p.m.
  • Boys Swimming will meet Lockport away on Tuesday, January 27th at 5:00 p.m.
  • Girls Basketball will play Lew Port away on Wednesday, January 28th at 5:30 p.m.
  • Boys Basketball will play Tapestry away on Wednesday, January 28th at 4:30 p.m.

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    Thursday, January 15, 2015

        Happy birthday today to Anthony Masocco & Jennifer Farrell. Happy birthday on Friday, January 16th to Amber Malaney, Don Burrows & Earl DeGlopper Jr. Happy birthday on Sunday, January 18th to Kathy Butcher, Bill Williams & Caitlin Schwinge. Happy day on Monday, January 19th to Phyllis Lange, Mackenzie Hassan & Kristyn Brown. Happy birthday on Tuesday to Fran Burrows, Andrew Masiello, Josh Lange & Dustin Gushue and on Wednesday to Supervisor Mary Cooke.

       2014 ALL-WNY Boys Soccer Team chosen by Western New York coaches: FIRST TEAM: Troy Brady, a junior forward from Grand Island. Had a goal and PK in win over Wmsv. East, 22 goals, 12 assists for the season, All-tourney in Sweet Home event, 2-time All-NFL, 3.3 average. First Team LARGE SCHOOL: M Joe Farrell, Grand Island senior, G Justin Figler, Grand Island senior.

       Get ready for the "Rock on the Island" Winter Concert series at Ellden's at River Oaks. The first concert is this Saturday, January 17th at 8:00 p.m. and features the country group "Heritage". Next on the docket is a 80's music bash on Saturday, January 31st featuring "Nerds Gone Wild" then back to country music on Friday, February 20th featuring "90 West Band". The final concert of the series is a St. Patrick's Day celebration featuring "The Strictly Hip", with Irish food, drinks and dancers on Saturday, March 13th. Tickets to all shows are $10 per person and are available at the door.

       Grand Island Little League registration starts today. See information and registration form.

    Island Tid-Bits...    It was just announced that Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper will get a $24,482 grant from New York Sea Grant for projects targeting erosion along Grand Island's shoreline. The grant will help Riverkeeper work with shoreline property owners and town officials to improve the shoreline by providing technical and educational assistance.

        The Sheriff's Office has received and responded to two church "break-ins" since December 25, 2014. The first one was on December 25th at the Bible Fellowship Center on Baseline Road. The second incident was at St. Stephen RC church on Baseline Road. Both incidences are still under investigation.

       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 on January 15, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church.
  • Ladies Auxiliary VFW Soup & Salad Night is Saturday, January 17th from 4-7pm.
  • Council 4752 Knights of Columbus is sponsoring a Free Throw Championship on Saturday, January 17th at St. Stephen School beginning at 12:30 p.m.
  • The Historic Preservation Advisory Board will speak at the Golden Age Center at 1:00 p.m. on Thursday, January 22nd regarding a proposed ordinance to preserve historical buildings.

    Grand Island High School Sporting Events - Varsity unless noted.
  • Grand Island Bowling will meet Niagara Wheatfield away on Thursday, January 15th at 4:00 p.m.
  • Boys Hockey will play Will. South at Northtown on Thursday, January 15th at 9:00 p.m.
  • Girls Basketball will play Niag. Wheatfield away on Friday, January 16th at 5:00 p.m.
  • Boys Basketball will play Niag. Wheatfield at home on Friday, January 16th at 5:00 p.m.
  • Boys Swimming will meet Niagara Falls at home on Friday, January 16th at 5:00 p.m.
  • Boys Hockey will play W. Seneca W. at Buff. State on Sunday, January 18th at 3:00 p.m.
  • Girls Basketball will play N. Tonawanda at home on Tuesday, January 20th at 5:00 p.m.
  • Boys Basketball will play N. Tonawanda away on Tuesday, January 20th at 5:00 p.m.
  • Boys Swimming will meet Ken East away on Tuesday, January 20th at 5:00 p.m.
  • Grand Island Bowling will meet Ken. West away on Tuesday, January 20th at 4:00 p.m.
  • Grand Island Bowling will meet No. Tonawanda at home on Thursday, January 22nd at 4:00 p.m.

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    Thursday, January 8, 2015

        Happy birthday today to Nicholas Heftka, Maggie Rustowicz & Hank Carroll. Happy birthday on Friday, January 9th to Richard Brzyski & Rita Desemone. Happy birthday Saturday, January 10th to Peter Fabiano and Scott Shaw. Happy day on Sunday, January 11th to Art Ciechoski & Jack Roesch. Happy birthday on Monday to Martha Muller & Lyle Dinsmore and on Wednesday to Mike Rustowicz & Evan Carey.

       Happy 26th anniversary on Wednesday, January 14th to Donna & Bill Williams, retired to the sunny Florida Gulf Coast.

       Grand Island High School sophomore Joe Frailey broke the 300 meter school record at a track meet at Fredonia State College on Saturday, January 3rd. His time was 37.6 to extinguish the old record. Congratulations Joe!

       Enter the Healthy Playground Makeover Sweepstakes today and every day, for a chance to win one of two grand prizes to help Kaegebein School get a new playground. The contest is sponsored by the Together Counts program, a nationwide program inspiring active and healthy living. See Together Counts Website and Voting Page.

       The GI Alumni Association Comedy Night is scheduled for Ellden's at River Oaks on Saturday, January 24th at 8pm. Doors open early for dinner, drinks and raffles. Tickets are only $20 and are available at Aceti's Wine & Spirits in Tops Plaza and DeSignet Jewelry, 1869 Whitehaven Rd. Everyone is welcome and all proceeds go to the GIHS Scholarship program.

       You still have a chance to try out for the St Stephen's Parish Players shows this Saturday, January 10th. The student show is "Aladdin Jr." and the youth/adult show is "Footloose". See story for details.

       So fun talking to Earl DeGlopper today after he stopped in to visit. He resides in Ft. Myers and says he gets together regularly with Don Turner, both big fans of Isledegrande. Thanks for your support!

       Say Cheese, 1771 Love Road is hosting "Grand Island's Best Bartender Showdown" on Saturday, January 10th! Enjoy 12 signature cocktails from bartenders representing 12 of your favorite bars and restaurants on Grand Island! Tickets for this event are just $10 and include a signature drink from each participating bartender. The fun begins at 7:30pm and will go until about midnight. There will be a different bartender every 20-30 minutes. Tickets available at Say Cheese or by calling 716-341-1040.

    Island Tid-Bits...     The Grand Island Republican party had a holiday gathering on Wednesday, January 7th at Say Cheese. Town Supervisor Mary Cooke announced her intention to seek re-election in 2015.
        A resident wrote in that she saw a mama coyote and her cub right across from River Oaks on Whitehaven around 1:00pm on Sunday afternoon.

       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
  • Relay for Life Kick-Off is on Wednesday, January 14th at the Middle School Cafeteria at 7:00 p.m.
  • Cinderella Isle Garden Club will hold its January meeting on January 15, 2015 at 7:00 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church.

    Grand Island High School Sporting Events - Varsity unless noted.
  • Boys Hockey will play Sweet Home at Northtown on Thursday, January 8th at 9:00 p.m.
  • Grand Island Bowling will meet Ken East at home on Thursday, January 8th at 4:00 p.m.
  • Girls Basketball will play Ken West at home on Friday, January 9th at 5:00 p.m.
  • Boys Basketball will play Ken West away on Friday, January 9th at 5:00 p.m.
  • Boys Swimming will meet Ken West at home on Friday, January 9th at 5:00 p.m.
  • Boys Hockey will play Will East at Northtown on Saturday, January 10th at 5:30 p.m.
  • Grand Island Bowling will meet Lockport at home on Tuesday, January 13th at 4:00 p.m.
  • Girls Basketball will play Ken East away on Tuesday, January 13th at 5:00 p.m.
  • Boys Basketball will play Ken East at home on Tuesday, January 13th at 5:00 p.m.
  • Boys Swimming will meet Niagara Wheatfield away on Tuesday, January 13th at 5:00 p.m.
  • Boys Wrestling will meet Niagara Wheatfield at home on Wednesday, January 14th at 5:30 p.m.
  • Indoor Track will be at Houghton College on Saturday, January 10th at 10:00 a.m.

    Send your news to jodi@giecom.net.


    Friday, January 2, 2015

        Happy birthday today to Raymond Whitbeck & Thomas Kunselman. Happy birthday Monday, January 5th to twins Peggy Boettcher Fuller & Kathy Boettcher Stisser. A special happy 20th brithday on Monday to Jake Dixon. Happy birthday Tuesday, January 6th to Michael Lockett, Melissa Clement Hill, Ron Webb, Kathy McNulty & Sandy Less. Happy birthday, Wednesday, January 7th to Craig Davis, Eric Reimann & Norm Mrkall. Happy anniversary on January 6th to Gary & Emily Dahlstrom

       Two Grand Island High School students were named to the "All-WNY Girls Soccer First Team", they are sophomore forward Madisyn Pezzino and sophomore midfielder Marcy Barberic. Madisyn was named MVP of the NFL with a school record 47 goals. Others named to the NFL first team are Marcy Barberic - 10, Carly Bernatovicz - 12, Julia Lawley - 11, & G Meaghan O'Leary - 12. NFL second team from GI Meaghan Thomas, Sara Colon & Lexi Miller. NFL third team Hailey Randle, Rebekah Gaydosh, Giana Aiello.

       If you want to talk to a human instead of dealing with the annoying auto answering set-ups at most companies, go to www.gethuman.com. I heard about it over the holidays and it not only saves time, but extreme aggravation.

       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.

    Grand Island High School Sporting Events - Varsity unless noted.
  • Boys Basketball will play Niagara Falls at home on Tuesday, January 6th at 5:00 p.m.
  • Girls Basketball will play Niagara Falls away on Tuesday, January 6th at 6:30 p.m.
  • Girls & Boys Bowling will meet Niagara Falls away on Tuesday, January 6th at 4:00 p.m.
  • Boys Swimming will meet Lew Port away on Tuesday, January 6th at 5:00 p.m.
  • Boys Wrestling will meet Niagara Falls away on Wednesday, January 7th at 5:30 p.m.

    Send your news to jodi@giecom.net.