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This Week
...Around Town - 2016

By Jodi Robinson


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December 29, 2016

    Happy birthday Thursday, December 29th to Judy Tafelski, Li-Anne "Rowswell" Mufson, Susan Magro, Laurel Moher and Friday, December 30th to Paul Facklam III & Lee Forster. Happy birthday Saturday, December 31st to Elsie Fleischmann, Kathy Lazenby, Alan Geldin & Carol Sterzelbach. Happy birthday on New Years day to Carmela (Millie) Attrind. Happy birthday on Monday, January 2nd to Raymond Whitbeck , Tuesday, January 3rd to Terry Funk, and Wednesday, January 4th to Gail Berti & Karen Woods.    Congratulations to Nick Tomkins & Allie Weiser on their recent engagement!

   David Pachla of Grand Island High School Boys Volleyball team was named to the 2016 All Western New York team. The Grand Island Girls Basketball team is competing in the Tonawanda Tournament this week and beat Tonawanda High School on Wednesday, 31-30. Next up today is North Tonawanda.

   The Havenwood and Kaegebein Tennis Courts will be renovated next year and the bid was awarded to FieldTurf USA for the combined cost of $148,000.

   The Grand Island High School Music Department presented A Winter Wonderland Concert on December 7, 2016 in the Grand Viking Theater, featuring the Concert Band, Choir, Symphonic Orchestra, Concert Choir, and Wind Ensemble, including the traditional performance of "Sleigh Ride". You can see the concert here.

    A Firearms Training Academy is opening at 401 Lang Blvd, off of Bedell Road. Defensor, Inc. is led by David Ditullio - Chief Operating Officer. The business will train you in home defense, intro to firearms, fundementals of firearms, advanced weapons tactics, military training for cinematic production and pistol permit courses. A grand opening will take place on Sunday, January 8th from 1:30 - 8:30 p.m.

   The Isledegrande site started with the guestbook 20 years ago, and became an all Island news source when Teddy Linenfelser became editor in 2000. When Teddy retired at the end of 2012, I became editor and jack of all trades. If you enjoy reading our publication each week, think about making a donation or becoming an advertiser for your business. You can do so on our donation page, think of it as a subscription! Isledegrande is grateful to the advertisers and readers that have supported us over the last 17 years. Thank you and have a happy and healthy new year!

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

Upcoming Events - See Events Calendar For Details
  • Recovery International meeting on Tuesday, January 3rd from 7 to 9 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church, 2100 Whitehaven Road.
  • The Grand Island Snowmobile Club's general meeting is Wednesday, January 4th at 7:30 p.m. at the Grand Island Rod & Gun Club, 1083 Whitehaven Rd. All are welcome.

    Send your news to jodi@giecom.net.


    December 22, 2016

        Happy birthday Friday, December 23rd to Karen Lloyd, Andrea Moreau & Gerarda Payne. Happy birthday Saturday, December 24th to Melissa Marlin, Carolyn Furman & Betsy Oshirak. Happy birthday on Christmas day to Bud Yensan, Chris Eberhard, Grant Hennigar, Marissa Catanzaro, Cayleigh Fitzsimmons, Ann Dlugokinski, Karen Krawczyk & Edward Weaver. Happy 14th birthday, Monday, December 26th to Allison Hill. Best birthday wishes on Tuesday, December 27th to Abigail Dallassandro & David Phillips and on Wednesday, December 28th to Robin Laible, Maggie Gushue & James Soto.

       In a Buffalo News sports article by Ben Tsujimoto, he listed 10 local players, high school or college age that could play for FC Buffalo of the NPSL - National Premier Soccer League. GIHS senior Garrett Robinson was one of the 10. Tsujimoto wrote; "What isn't Garrett Robinson good at? The Vikings star is impressive with the ball on the ground and in the air, is an asset in the midfield or up front, and boasts leadership qualities to boot. Although it's uncertain if he'll continue playing soccer into college, he's proven enough across his high school career to deserve a look from the highest-level team in Buffalo."

        Island Ship Center will close at 2 PM on Saturday, Dec 24th and we will reopen on Tuesday, the 27th at 8:30 AM.

       Ellden's at River Oaks has a special New Year's Eve menu. Reservations are required, call 775-5190.

       Merry Christmas and Happy Hanukkah to all of our readers. Enjoy your long weekend!

       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, December 27th from 7 to 9 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church, 2100 Whitehaven Road.
    Send your news to jodi@giecom.net.


    December 15, 2016

        Happy birthday Thursday, December 15th to Anthony Grillo. Happy birthday Friday, December 16th to my mom Nancy Hayes and Betty Lantz. Happy birthday Saturday, December 17th to Arvilla Kendzierski, Cassidy Louise Kendrick, Jeffrey Crane & Wilhelmina Perdaems. Happy birthday on Sunday, December 18th to Jaylee Maddalena, Jean Brighton, Art DiMartile, Dan Epstein, Jan Zaborowski, Barbara Graff. Happy birthday, Monday, December 19th to Sue Braun, Stan Hill, Louie D'Orazio, William O'Connor, Bridget Baungartner, Margaret Lawrence & James Purpora. Best birthday wishes on Tuesday, December 20th to Gloria Brown , Allyson Wolgast, Christopher Priest, Johyn Duchnik, Glenn "Bud" Smith, Nicholas Carey, Nancy Behrns & Joan Dekany and on Wednesday, December 21st to Vincent Pascoe, Kathy Hogrewe Lowes, & Allene Jansen.

       The news is up a day early as I'm heading south to help my dad who is recovering from heart surgery. Thanks to everyone for their prayers.

       In GIHS sports news...
       Grand Island boys basketball is off to a good start. They are 5-1 after defeating Niagara Wheatfield 66-56 last Friday and Wilson on Tuesday, 59-45. Scoring from the Wilson game is as follows: Cam Sionko led the scoring with 18. Mario Wright 12, JB Wilkes and Devan Brandon both had 8, Garrett Robinson 7, Connor Buzby 4 and Roman Cacciatore had 2. Thanks to mom Colleen Robinson for sending in the stats. Next game is this Friday night at home against CSAT, JV at 5pm and Varsity at 6:30pm. The girls basketball team is 2-0, defeating Niagara Wheatfield 25-24 last Friday. They will play CSAT on Friday away. Garret Robinson earned a spot on the All-State third team for soccer. Madisyn Pezzino received All-American honors from the National Soccer Coaches Assoc. of America.


       A Breakfast with Santa is at Ellden's at River Oaks on Saturday, December 17th from 10:00 a.m. - 12:00 p.m. Reservations are required, call 775-5190. The cost is $5 and it is for ages 4 and up.

       The Town Cafe is hosting their Christmas party on Saturday, December 17th from 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. There is a $10 cover charge that includes live music from "USA Band" and food. Christmas Avon gifts for everyone! Extra gifts will be donated to Carolyn House in Niagara Falls and homeless shelters in Buffalo. There will be a wreath raffle, donated by the South Park Horticulture class, to benefit the Buffalo Zoo Amphibian and Reptile 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
  • Recovery International meeting on Tuesday, December 20th from 7 to 9 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church, 2100 Whitehaven Road.
    Send your news to jodi@giecom.net.


    December 8, 2016

        Happy birthday Thursday, December 8th to Robin Shipman & Bobbi Cap. Happy birthday Friday, December 9th to Amanda Heftka, Grace Stewart, Phillip Smith & Thomas Wiswall. Happy birthday Saturday, December 10th to Marianne Tranter, Lisa Dinsmore Szpakowsk, Jake Scott, Christine Mills & Donna Purpora. Happy birthday on Sunday, December 11th to Paul Linenfelser Sr., Duffy Macguire and Joelle Logue . Happy birthday, Monday, December 12th to Reba Conway, Ron Livingston, Kathy Loncher, Dave Hammond & Steve Grunzweig. Happy cake and ice cream on Tuesday, December 13th to Kori Loder, Denise (Stack) Dewey, Daniel Donovan, Emma Santorio, Sandy Burns, Wanda Lorenz, Sandy Sugg & Nora Mejia and on Wednesday, December 14th to Mike Boerschig, Gary Sankes, Katie Rustowicz, Claire O'Connor, Nancy Koch, Sue Whitbeck, Amy Fisher, Mary Savoy.

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       Check out this gorgeous tree. Jane Boyle sent in a photo of her tree to get you all in the spirit. She recently had surgery, so I believe her son Steven actually did the work while Jane directed. Nice job Boyle family.

       A news story on Time Warner Cable News proclaims "Grand Island Town Board Rejects Homeowners From Providing Short Term Rentals". At the last workshop meeting a motion made by Supervisor Nathan McMurray to set a public hearing on the new law did not get seconded. The new local law #7 would have grandfathered the current tourist home operators. The old law #9, which is in effect, gave the operators one year from inception, which was last fall. So, they are all operating illegally. At this point the operators are going before the Zoning Board to get a one year extension, if approved. Just another issue that goes round and round and round....
    Update: Zoning Board Meeting Minutes 12/1/16. See which tourist home properties were denied and which were tabled for further review here.

       The Share Your Happiness Annual Food Drive is currently underway at all of our Grand Island Schools. The Neighbors Foundation is extremely grateful for your generosity which allows the organization to assist our Grand Island neighbors who are in need this Holiday Season. Please note this is the last week to bring in your donated food items. All donations must be turned in to classroom teachers by Monday, December 12th. See the attached flyer for suggested food items to donate. Thank you and Happy Holidays from the Neighbors Foundation!

        Councilman Mike Madigan has again pledged to match up to $1500 for donations to the DeGlopper Memorial Park Expansion. Head to Certified Auto Brokers at 1693 Grand Island Blvd. to make your donation or go to the website.

       On Tuesday, December 6th the Erie County Legislature and Visit Buffalo Niagara announced a collaborative effort to finally bring ridesharing to all of Upstate New York. In the 2017 Erie County budget, the Legislature allocated $100,000 to Visit Buffalo Niagara to help in their campaign to urge Albany to act on legislation and legalize ridesharing. This is the first major local financial investment by a governmental body to bring ridesharing to all of New York State. It is a great service, I used it in Florida recently. Hopefully it will come to WNY soon.

       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 group of crafty Islanders are hosting their annual Christmas Craft Show at 41 Sturbridge Lane ( off Ransom, east of school complex) on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, December 9-10, from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • St Timothy's Lutheran Church, corner of Staley and Stony Point, is hosting Breakfast with Santa on Saturday, December 10th from 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
  • Grand Island Peace Rally - Saturday, December 10th from 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. at the Town Commons.
  • A Holiday Tour of Homes will take place on Saturday, December 10th from 12-5:00 p.m. Tickets available at Flower A Day. See poster.
  • 2nd Annual Artisan Open House on Saturday, December 10th from noon-4pm, 2020 Fix Road.
  • Riverside-Salem Cottage is hosting "Christmas in the Woods" a carol sing & potluck on Sunday, December 11th from 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m.
  • Recovery International meeting on Tuesday, December 13th from 7 to 9 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church, 2100 Whitehaven Road.
  • The Charles N. DeGlopper Memorial VFW Post 9249 Monthly meeting is Tuesday, December 13, 2016 at 7:00 PM.
  • An information session on Drugs, Addiction and Our Children will be held on Wednesday, December 14th at Grand Island High School at 7:00 p.m.

    Send your news to jodi@giecom.net.


    December 1, 2016

        Happy birthday Thursday, December 1st to Brian Sullivan, Betty Lou Camardella, John Cassoni, Jr. & Mary Lou Cannata. Happy birthday Friday, December 2nd to Riley Crosby & Marcy Malecki . Happy birthday Saturday, December 3rd to Lois Kaiser Schoenfeld, Sara Barbur, Alan Endres, Liz Tucker, Evan Linenfelser & Kimberly Murchison-Petcu . Happy birthday on Sunday, December 4th to Natalie Carter, Aidan MacNeil, Claire Card, Bill Wilson, Cameron Cherenzia, Joann Meyers & Gladys Gibbon . Happy birthday, Monday, December 5th to Darcey Golde, Carolyn Kreutz & Luke Gworek. Happy cake and ice cream on Wednesday, December 7th to Joan Staub, Julia Capage & Maxine Eldridge. A super duper happy day to Ann Billica on December 7th turning 100 years young.

       Happy 32nd anniversary to Jack & Jackie Steckleberg today, December 1st.

       GIHS senior Kelsey Harrigan recently signed a letter of intent to play softball at Niagara University. She is receiving an academic and athletic scholarship and will be studying criminal justice. Kelsey also plays soccer and basketball for the Vikings. Some of her accomplishments include second team All-Niagara Frontier league in softball - 9th grade, first-team All-Niagara Frontier league in softball 10th & 11th grade, honorable mention All-Western New York 11th grade. Congratulations Kelsey!

       Grand Island senior football player J.B. Wilkes has been named a Trench Trophy finalist. Each year the top linemen in Western New York are chosen by committee and the 12 finalists will find out the winner at a banquet on December 7th. Nice going J.B.!

       The Senior Wishes program, established in 2013 by the United Church Home Society (UCHS), is dedicated to honoring the lives of area seniors. If you know of a deserving senior, visit www.seniorwishes.org or call 716-508-2121 for guidelines and an application for a wish request. Donations may be made out to UCHS, Inc., One Fox Run Lane, Orchard Park, NY 14127.

       This week in sports: WNY Girls Federation Hockey - Kenmore/Grand Island beat W. Seneca/Hamburg/Eden 7-0 on Tuesday, November 29th. Grand Island's Abby Blair had 3 goals. Boys Swimming had a meet with Niagara-Wheatfield on Tuesday, (Niagara Wheatfield 91, Grand Island 76) See results.

        The Grand Island Lawnmower Drag Racing group will be having a meeting at Say Cheese on December 6th at 6pm. Anyone interested in learning more about the Lawnmower Drag Racing series for 2017 is invited to attend. The agenda will consist of 2017 dates, locations, rule changes and classes.

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

    Upcoming Events - See Events Calendar For Details
  • Connor Middle School is hosting a Craft Show and Family Fun Night on Friday, December 2nd from 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
  • Grand Island Citizen Science Meeting: Tonawanda Coke Soil Study, is Saturday, December 3rd from 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m at Town Hall. See flyer.
  • A wildlife & educational artwork and shopping event will be held on Saturday, December 3rd at the Grand Island Nike Base Community room, 3278 Whitehaven Road from 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. See flyer.
  • The GI Historical Society Christmas Open House is on Sunday, December 4th at River Lea in Beaver Island State Park from 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • The GI Community Chorus with Carolyn Lokken, Director present "Unwrap the Season!" on Sunday, December 4th at St. Martin-in-the-Fields Church, 2587 Baseline Road at 7:00 p.m.
  • Recovery International meeting on Tuesday, December 6th from 7 to 9 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church, 2100 Whitehaven Road.
  • The Grand Island VFW Post 9249 will host a Pearl Harbor Remembrance and Open House on Wednesday, December 7th at 2121 Grand Island Blvd. Please arrive by 11:45 a.m. as the ceremony starts outside at the flag pole at 12:00 sharp.
  • Legislator Kevin Hardwick will host a HEAP Outreach from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Dec. 7, 2016 at The United Way Building, 34 Seymour St., City of Tonawanda.
  • The Grand Island Snowmobile Club's general meeting is Wednesday, December 7th at 7:30 p.m. at the Grand Island Rod & Gun Club, 1083 Whitehaven Rd.

    Send your news to jodi@giecom.net.


    November 24, 2016

        Happy birthday Thursday, November 24th to Edna Braddell & Margaret Sutton. Happy birthday Friday, November 25th to Linda Geldin & Charlene Gornicki. Happy birthday Saturday, November 26th to Ginger Stamler, Dennis Parrino & Nancy Killian. Happy birthday on Sunday, November 27th to Gerald Dubiel. Happy birthday, Monday, November 28th to PJ Marston, Ame'lia Isabelle Haag & Donald Loder. Happy birthday on Tuesday, November 29th to JoAnn Vanderheite, Daisy Moore, John Stark & Joanne Carcione , and on Wednesday, November 30th to Eric Harnden, John Podlucky, Pat Akinbami & Nancy Tobe.

       Happy 16th anniversary to Nicole & Greg Butcher on November 25th and also happy 10th anniversary to Peter & Susan Marston on the 25th.

       The GI Historical Society holiday luncheons at River Lea are next week and so much fun! Wednesday, November 30th has a dozen openings for the noon luncheon, so sign up now. There is also a gift shop for holiday shopping. Guest speaker Nancy La Chiusa will present a program titled "Christmas in Miniature". Nancy is a member of a miniature club and will have displays of her miniature collection of houses and scenes that she has created. River Lea is looking festive in the Williamsburg style and a lovely lunch has been planned for your enjoyment. This is a lovely way to start the holiday season. The cost of the luncheon is $25.00. Call Carole Moore at 773-3817 for reservations.

        A Holiday Light Display contest is being sponsored by the GI Recreation Department and the GI Chamber of Commerce. Open to all GI residents and businesses in two categories, Classic and Contemporary. Check out the flyer and send in your entry form before December 7th.

       Lynn Alessi invites you to Town Cafe, 2352 Grand Island Blvd., tonight, Wednesday, November 23 to enjoy the sounds of the USA Band. The band will play from 7pm-10pm. The cost is $10 and includes food!

       Shop Small Saturday is this week, November 26th. It's a great day to remember all our Island businesses. Look in the right hand column on all our pages to see our advertisers. It is because of them that you see us online every week.

       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 Memorial Library will hold a Family Story Time: Magical Creatures on Friday, November 25 from 2:00 – 3:00 p.m.
  • Recovery International meeting on Tuesday, November 29th from 7 to 9 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church, 2100 Whitehaven Road.
  • The American Legion, Grand Island Post #1346 general meeting is Wednesday, November 30th at 7:00 p.m. at the Loyal Order of The Moose Lodge.

    Send your news to jodi@giecom.net.


    November 17, 2016

        Happy birthday Thursday, November 17th to Sierra Yarnes, Bobbi McNulty Champayne, Dayton Fancher, William Hambridge & Carol Williams . Happy birthday Friday, November 18th to Mark Flash, Geraldine Wornick & Nancy Mondich. Happy birthday Saturday, November 19th to Eileen Minton. Happy birthday on Sunday, November 20th to Douglas F. Bauer, Grace Kammerer, Kathy Menter & Pam O'Connor. Happy birthday, Monday, November 21st to Joan Butcher, Ben Kose & Tyler Lorence. Happy birthday on Tuesday, November 22nd to Marilyne Brandoni, Jennifer Przybylski, Kevin Rosman, & Chris Gress, and on Wednesday, November 23rd to Bob Johnson, Barbara LaDuca .
        Happy 36th anniversary on November 22nd to Vala and Spencer O'Boyle. Happy 41st anniversary on November 23rd to Ray and Chris Gress.

       The GI Historical Society holiday luncheons at River Lea are coming up soon. The elves have been busy decorating River Lea in the Williamsburg style. The luncheon dates for this year are Tuesday, November 29, Wednesday, November 30 and Friday, December 2 at noon. Guest speaker Nancy La Chiusa will present a program titled "Christmas in Miniature". The cost of the luncheon is $25.00. Reservations are required and can be made by calling Carole Moore at 773-3817.

       The Grand Island Boys Soccer Team went to Middletown last weekend to play for the state boys championship. At the semi's on Satruday they beat New Hartford 3-0. On Sunday, in the finals, Somers High School beat the boys 2-1 in double-overtime. Got a text from Chuck Berlinger on Sunday evening that the Grand Island Fire Company and Town Police were going to give the team an escort to the high school when they arrived on the Island. I'm sure that made them feel a little better. Nice job guys, we're all very proud of you!

       Kudos to Ellden's at River Oaks for donating the entire cost of a pancake breakfast to benefit the Neighbors Foundation of Grand Island. Mark your calendars for the event scheduled for Sunday, December 11th from 9am-1pm. Your donation of $5 (or more) includes pancakes, sausage, orange juice and coffee.

       The King of Wing contest to benefit Relay For Life was held on Friday, November 11th at Say Cheese Pizza. The Relay for Life of Grand Island team won first place over teams from Pennsylvania, New Jersey and Brooklyn. Team member Weston Hirsch of Orchard Park ate 67, and Grand Island's own Scott Kalman ate 45 to come in second on the team. The team raised $3600 of the total amount of $27,000 raised during the contest. Way to go GI Relay!.

       Shop Small Saturday is next week, November 26th. Fabulous Fahim and Seema have stocked their Island Ship Center with wonderful gifts for your holiday shopping. Check out the ad here to get a 20% off coupon for that day only. It's a great day to remember all our Island businesses. Look in the right hand column on all our pages to see our advertisers. It is because of them that you see us online every week.

       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 Memorial Library will hold a Family Story Time: Celebrating Fall on the Farm on Thursday, November 17 from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m. This program is for children ages 3 to 6.
  • Cinderella Isle Garden Club will hold its November meeting on November 17, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church, 2100 Whitehaven Rd.
  • he VFW Post 9249 Auxiliary, 2121 Grand Island Blvd. is having a Hot Turkey Sandwich sale on Sunday, November 20th from 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Recovery International meeting on Tuesday, November 22nd from 7 to 9 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church, 2100 Whitehaven Road.
  • The Charles N. DeGlopper Memorial VFW Post 9249 Monthly meeting is Tuesday, November 8, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.

    Send your news to jodi@giecom.net.


    November 9, 2016

        Happy birthday Thursday, November 10th to Katie Samland, Barbara Cook & Emily Nowak . Happy birthday Friday, November 11th to Sandy Santorio, Richard Benns, Lucia Roesch, Carolyn Gentz, Pat Wydra, Shane Kinney, Margaret Lawrence, James Purpora & Bridget Baungartner. Happy birthday Saturday, November 12th to Kelly Williams, Maria Burns & Carol Lindelow. Happy birthday on Sunday, November 13th to Victor Cap, Mike Madigan, Pamela Barton, Roberta Jean Burke, Ann Rossiter & Debbie Tront. Happy birthday, Monday, November 14th to Sarah Brand & Antonia Stabler. Happy birthday on Tuesday, November 15th to Carole Lochte, Thomas Dworak & Mac Myles, and on Wednesday, November 16th to Vala O'Boyle, Annabelle Linenfelser, Peg Price & Phillip Marton.
        Happy anniversary on November 14th to Lisa and Ted Kessler.

       This week's news is up a day early as I am headed to sunny FLA to see my dad, brother and sister and the Keys relatives for the weekend. WooHoo!!!!

        The Town of Grand Island cordially invites veterans, family members and friends to attend the Veterans Day Service on Friday, November 11, 2016 at 11:00 a.m. at Veterans Park, 1717 Bedell Road. The Charles N DeGlopper Memorial VFW Post 9249, 2121 Grand Island Blvd. is hosting an Open House on Friday, November 11th after the 11:00 a.m. service. Free lunch and dinner will be served to Veterans, family and friends.

        Relay For Life is having their 2nd King of the Wing contest on Friday, November 11th at 6:30 p.m. at Say Cheese. There are teams from Buffalo, Brooklyn, New Jersey and Pennsylvania. For a $15 donation, you can eat pizza, wings and pop from 6:30 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. Everyone is welcome

       Congratulations to the Boys Soccer team on winning the Far West Regionals and head to Middletown for the State Finals this weekend. Girls Soccer had a great season but ended up losing to Spencerport last Saturday in penalty kicks. Girls Volleyball also had a super season but lost to Williamsville East to end their season.

       Thanks to Mark Nemeth, Rob Shoemaker and Superintendent of Schools Brian Graham for making a generous donation to Isledegrande. I apologize for not acknowledging earlier, as they came in on a sub-email address. We really appreciate your thoughtfulness!

       Veterans Park, 1717 Bedell Rd - Seasonal Limited Use: No Maintenance from Nov 1 to April 1.

       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, November 15th from 7 to 9 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church, 2100 Whitehaven Road.
  • The Grand Island Memorial Library will hold a Family Story Time: Celebrating Fall on the Farm on Thursday, November 17 from 6:30 – 7:30 p.m. This program is for children ages 3 to 6.
  • Cinderella Isle Garden Club will hold its November meeting on November 17, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church, 2100 Whitehaven Rd.

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    November 3, 2016

        Happy birthday today, Thursday, November 3rd to Anthony Weis & James Maul. Happy birthday Friday, November 4th to Marilyn Andujar, Mark Tiede, Alli DeMartin, Bill Salansky & Ricky Whitmire. Happy birthday Saturday, November 5th to Susan Quagliana Alexander Frye, Brian Rinio, Edie Thompson & Edna Kunselman. Happy birthday on Sunday, November 6th to Jo-Anne Greico, Joshua Less, David Arch, Helen Radder & Sue Ellerton. Happy birthday, Monday, November 7th to John Kaeffer, Dorothy Ginsburg Joe Cushner & Francis Baumler. Happy birthday on Tuesday, November 8th to Scott Hammond, Doug Smith, Joel Brennan, Anne Leahy & Grace Carey, and on Wednesday, November 9th to Meshkat Assian & Judith Bassette .

       The Citizen Coalition for Wildlife & Environment is hosting a Grand Island Nature Photo Contest. Share your photographs of Grand Island's wildlife and environment in a local contest that will feature the animals, trees, insects and plants of the Island. Five categories for photo entries include: mammals; birds; insects; reptiles and amphibians; trees,plants and flowers. The contest starts October 10th and entries must be received by November 20th. See flyer for complete details.

       Barry Conway is spending this weekend at the "Christmas in the Country" event at the Hamburg Fairgrounds. His Bear-Man cooking spices and sauces will be available Thursday through Sunday. Hours are Thursday-Friday 10am-9pm, Saturday 9am-6pm and Sunday 10am-4pm.

       Good luck to GIHS Boys and Girls soccer teams playing this weekend for the Far West Regional titles. The boys are playing Greece Athena Friday night at Sweet Home at 7:30 p.m. The Girls play Saturday at SUNY Geneseo against Spencerport at 6:30 p.m. The GIHS Girls Volleyball(1)) team is taking on Will. East(2)) on Friday, November 4th at Sweet Home for the Class A final. The game begins at 8:00 p.m.

       The first session of the GI Rec. Dept. Youth Open Gym starts this evening. Pre-registration is required. See details.

       A Town Board workshop meeting will be held at the Grand Island Memorial Library regarding the West River Bike Path on Wednesday, November 9th at 6:00 p.m. See notice.

       Thermo Fisher Scientific is looking for Manufacturing Technician I, positions are available for all three shifts. Check out the details.

       The Chamber of Commerce is sponsoring a small business contest from November 8-19th. See 12 Small Business Days Before Light Up the Boulevard for details.

        Thanks to Hank Kammerer for his generous donation and his kind words regarding Isledegrande!

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

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  • The GI Historical Society November Meeting & Program is on Thursday, November 3rd at Historic Trinity Church, 2100 Whitehaven Rd., at 7:00 p.m. SPECIAL EVENT!! The Union Volunteers Fife and Drum Corps, a reenacting group performing military field music of the American Civil War, will be the special guest presenters.
  • St. Stephen's First Friday Evening discussion is Friday, November 4th in the Hospitality Room at 7:30 p.m. Tim DePriest of NYSDEC will be speaking.
  • Vikes for Vets 5K Race is Saturday, November 5th at 9:00 a.m. at Veterans Park. www.vikingsforveterans.weebly.com.
  • Recovery International meeting on Tuesday, November 8th from 7 to 9 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church, 2100 Whitehaven Road.
  • The Charles N. DeGlopper Memorial VFW Post 9249 Monthly meeting is Tuesday, November 8, 2016 at 7:00 PM.

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    October 27, 2016

        Happy birthday today, Thursday, October 27th to Peter Marston, Dominic Cannata & Alyssa Quarantello. Happy birthday Friday, October 28th to Ann Samplinski, Ray Gress Jr., Steve Hunt, Nikki Zimmerman, Brenda Cassoni, Nancy Boettcher & Linda Keil. Happy birthday Saturday, October 29th to Joanne Gesl, Nina Goss & William Saenger. Happy birthday on Sunday, October 30th to Dave Wilkinson, Bill Pioli, Lynda Black, Teddy Ann Davis & Sharon Moffett. Happy birthday, Monday, October 31st to Morgan Proctor & Jane Wynne. Happy birthday on Tuesday, November 1st to Emily Fred, Andy Chambers & Lynn Ortiz, and on Wednesday, November 2nd to Carol Zimmerman, Julie Lockett, Blake Rockwood, Maryl Gavizzi, Jakob Jung, Patti Mazzola, Joanne Lozo & Sue McMahon.

       GI PTA Council, One Island, One Team and Erie County Council for the Prevention of Alcohol and Substance Abuse are hosting a forum titled "Drugs and the (Developing) Teenage Brain" at the GIHS Grand Viking Theater at 7:00 p.m. tonight. Everyone welcome.

       Boys soccer Class A-1 final - 1-Grand Island vs. 6-McKinley, 7:30 p.m. at Sweet Home - tonight, Thursday, October 27th. From the Buffalo News..."The No. 1 large school Vikings (18-0) have been the most dominant team in Western New York this year with a whopping +110 goal differential (114 goals for, 4 against). Led by Garrett Robinson (30 goals, 28 assists) and John Griffin (23 goals, 11 assists), this potent offense is the only one in Western New York to reach the 100-goal plateau. Garrett was named to the honor roll of the Buffalo News Athlete of the week, announced October 25th.

       Grand Island Girls Soccer take on Williamsville East in the A-1 final on Saturday, October 29th at Williamsville North at 2:30 p.m. The Lady Vikings beat Hamburg on Tuesday, 6-0 in the A-1 semi-final. The Grand Island Boys Football team lost the A-1 quarterfinal game on October 21st to Bennett, 24-7. Last night they beat Kenmore West in a consolation game 33-0.

       Friends of the Grand Island Memorial Library will be sponsoring a used book sale at the Library on October 28th and 29th. On Friday, the sale will be from 5-8 pm for Friends members only. Memberships are available at the door. Saturday will include "Fill a bag" for $5 from 10 am to 1 pm followed by $2 a bag from 1- 3 pm. Donations of used books will be gratefully accepted at the library. For library hours, call 773-7124.

       Halloween Parties, Saturday, October 29th: Say Cheese Pizza, 1771 Love Road 9pm-??. Town Cafe, 2352 Grand Island Blvd., 7pm-10pm., the USA Band will be playing.

        GIHS Class of 1977 is starting to plan their 40th reunion, scheduled around the Fourth of July festivities on Grand Island. The first meeting will be at Mallwitz bowling lanes on Whitehaven Rd., Wednesday, November 16th at 6 o'clock. There is a Facebook page set up entitled "Grand Island high school class of 77 "... Please feel free to contact Joann Santospirito through Facebook or 716-830-4046.

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

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  • Recovery International meeting on Tuesday, November 1st from 7 to 9 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church, 2100 Whitehaven Road.
  • A Septic System Maintenance Seminar hosted by Grand Island Waste Management LLC and the Erie County Health Department will be held on Wednesday, November 2nd at Veronica Connor Middle School Auditorium, 1100 Ransom Road at 7:00 p.m.
  • The GI Historical Society November Meeting & Program is on Thursday, November 3rd at Historic Trinity Church, 2100 Whitehaven Rd., at 7:00 p.m. SPECIAL EVENT!! The Union Volunteers Fife and Drum Corps, a reenacting group performing military field music of the American Civil War, will be the special guest presenters.

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    October 20, 2016

        Happy birthday today, Thursday, October 20th to Ryan Pinzel & Michael Madigan. Happy birthday Friday, October 21st to Laury Linenfelser. Happy birthday Saturday, October 22nd to Brianna Hadden, Rick Martin & Michele Namenek. Happy birthday on Sunday, October 23rd to Patrick Gallagher, Chase Harding, Zakary Massaro, Gerry Robinson & Ed Shelp. Happy birthday, Monday, October 24th to Douglas Krueger & Judy Wozniak . Happy birthday on Tuesday, October 25th to John Bidell, Joshua McMahon & Betsy Morrison, and on Wednesday, October 26th to Maxx & Calleigh Anderson, Dorothy Lew, Lorraine Mangin, Pete Gottler, & Donna Smith Phelan.

       Celebrating today: Happy 54th wedding anniversary to two of the nicest people on Grand Island, Carol & Gary Roesch!!! Happy 44th anniversary to Dan & Sue McMahon, also nice as nice can be!

       Congratulations! The Lady Vikings Soccer team defeated Sweet Home 11-0 on Thursday in the Class A-1 quarterfinal. Madisyn Pezzino had 3 goals and Marcy Barberic had 2 goals and an assist. Next up is the semifinal at Williamsville North on Tuesday, October 25th against #5 Hamburg at 8:00 p.m.

       In the Class A-1 quarterfinals yesterday, October 19th, Grand Island Boys Soccer beat North Tonawanda 7-1. Garrett Robinson 2g-4a; Nemanja Simic 2g; Tony Emmi 2g. Next up is a semifinal at Sweet Home against Will East, Friday, October 21st at 7:30 p.m. Girls Soccer will play tonight, October 20th at home against Sweet Home at 6:00 p.m. in a Class A-1 quarterfinal. Varsity Football is playing Bennett in a Class-A quarterfinal at All High Stadium, Friday, October 21st at 7:00 p.m. Girls Volleyball are NFL champs (14-0), last night beating Lockport 3-0. Sectionals begin next week for Lady Vikings Volleyball.

       Reminder: GIFC Ladies Auxiliary are having their world famous chowder sale this Saturday, October 22nd starting at 11am. Containers will be available and baked goods. Call Nicole at 609-3563 to pre-order.

       GIHS Principal Michael Lauria would like to remind all parents that the middle/ high school bus lane should not be used to drop off students for the school day, intramurals, practice, or any other extracurricular event before or after school, The traffic patterns are strategically designed to protect student safety and ensure busses can efficiently load and unload students.

       Start thinking about your costume... Say Cheese Pizza, 1771 Love Road is hosting a Halloween Party on Saturday, October 29th from 9pm-?? There will be spooky drink specials, giveaways and prizes for best costumes, Best Overall, Sexiest, Scariest, Most Unique and Best Couple.

       Town Cafe, 2352 Grand Island Blvd. is also having a Halloween party on Saturday, October 29th from 7pm-10pm. The USA Band will be playing, there is a $10 cover charge and a prize for every costume.

       Fuccillo Toyota is looking for a full-time detailer, go to our jobs page for more details.

       Aceti's Wine & Spirits has an awesome coupon in this months Val Pack mailing. Check it out before you toss 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.

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  • The Cinderella Isle Garden Club will hold its October meeting on October 20, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church
  • The DEA has arranged a Drug Drop Off at Grand Island Town Hall on Saturday, October 22nd from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
  • Trinity U.M.C. is hosting the annual Fall Festival on Saturday, October 22nd from 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • The St. Stephen Holy Name Society 6th Annual Pasta Extravaganza is Sunday, October 23, 2016 from noon-5:00 p.m. at the school cafeteria, 2080 Baseline Road.
  • The Grand Island Republican Committee is hosting their annual Pig Roast Tail Gate Party on Sunday, October 23rd at the Knights of Columbus.
  • Recovery International meeting on Tuesday, October 25th from 7 to 9 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church, 2100 Whitehaven Road.
  • The American Legion, Grand Island Post #1346 general meeting is Wednesday, October 26th at 7:00 p.m. at the Loyal Order of The Moose Lodge

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    October 13, 2016

        Happy birthday today, Thursday, October 13th to Christopher Conway, Dylan Castiglia, Tom Trader & Eleanor Stephan. Happy birthday Friday, October 14th to Stephanie Voyzey, John Turner & Ashley Battaglia. Happy birthday Saturday, October 15th to Shirley Luther, Jonathan Wozniak , Kalli Pedlow, Mark Argy & Mike Yensan. Happy birthday on Sunday, October 16th to Clare Conboy, Sue Cinelli, Rosa Galente & Kathleen Loth. Happy birthday, Monday, October 17th to Marissa Booker, Stephanie Kowalak, Jenna Giambra, Julius Schopp, Rosemarie McDonald, Patricia Schafer & Jack Hammond. Happy birthday on Tuesday, October 18th to Barb DeMaria, Alexandra Imperi & Aidan Daly, and on Wednesday, October 19th to Judy Thaler, Robert Skotnicki, Heidi Sue McCormick, Luke Hooper & Bill Winterfield.

       Happy wedding anniversary to Renee (Gress) & Mike Driskell, married on October 19, 2013.

       The Grand Island High School athletic teams are having a great year. Last Friday, Grand Island Varsity football beat Kenmore 39-12, improving to 5-1. They take on Will South on home field Friday, October 14th at 7pm. The boys soccer team are now 15-0, 13-0 NFL beating Lockport Tuesday 6-0. They are #1 large school in the WNY Soccer Coaches Poll and take on Ken East today at home at 6:30 p.m. The girls soccer team is ranked #2 large school and will play Ken East today, away at 4:30 p.m. Congratulation to Madisyn Pezzino, #1 scorer for GI and at the state level with 237 goals.

       The GI Fire Company is hosting their annual Open House on Friday, October 13th from 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. This year's theme is "Don't Wait, Check the Date", replace smoke detectors every 10 years. There are many fun activities for kids to do. The ladies auxiliary is cooking hot dogs and having a basket raffle.

       The Grand Island Little League will be participating in the Grand Island Lawnmower Racing Series on Saturday, October 15th at Veterans Park. This is the third of three racing events held in 2016. The GILL will be selling various grilled food items and non-alcoholic drinks. The schedule of events is: registration, testing, and food available at noon, racing from 2:00 p.m. - 5:00 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.

    Grand Island High School Athletic Calendar.

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  • The Boy Scouts are hosting a SCOUT Strong Mud Run on Saturday, October 15, 2016 at Beaver Island State Park.
  • The GI Historical Society Open House is on Sunday, October 16th at River Lea in Beaver Island State Park from 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Recovery International meeting on Tuesday, October 18th from 7 to 9 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church, 2100 Whitehaven Road.
  • The Cinderella Isle Garden Club will hold its October meeting on October 20, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church.

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    October 6, 2016

        Happy birthday today, Thursday, October 6th to Craig Blowers, Jane Consier, Ruth Cunningham & Roy Campbell. Happy birthday Friday, October 7th to Lorraine Willcox, Ann Weingartner, Greg Yensan, Mary Jo Soto, Bob McCormick, Michael Christensen, Morgan Capage, Evan Smith & Paul Leuchner. Happy birthday Saturday, October 8th to Andy Dinsmore, Bertha Frank, Casy Galeza & Harry Minion. Happy birthday on Sunday, October 9th to Taylor Duscher, Barb Jarzab, Chris Ciechoski, Marion Assenza, Marion Samland & Paula Tickner. Happy birthday, Monday, October 10th to Roger Thaler, Willian Barbur, Linda Schneckenburger & Ray Billica. Happy birthday on Tuesday, October 11th to Jacob Mongold & Barbara Shepard, and on Wednesday, October 12th Jean Peters, Gary Larsen, Marissa Mrkall & Ronald Milks.

       Happy belated wedding anniversary to Teddy & Jim Linenfelser, yesterday, October 5th.

       Congratulations to Town Attorney Peter Godfrey named a "Lawyer of the Year" in employment law-management, by The Best Lawyers in America 2017. Best Lawyers is based on an in-depth, peer-review survey in which attorneys cast votes on the legal abilities of lawyers outside their firm who practice in the same legal and geographic areas.

        GIHS boys soccer has continued its dominance in the Niagara Frontier League. They defeated Kenmore West 7-0 on Wednesday, after a 13-0 shut-out against CSAT on Monday. They are undefeated 12-0,10-0 NFL. Congrats guys!

       Madisyn Pezzino scored more than half of the GIHS Lady Vikings' (11-1, 10-0 NFL) goals, scoring seven in Monday's win over CSAT, 13-0. Then she did it again yesterday against Ken West, scoring 7 in a 12-0 win. Marcy Barberic had 3 goals and 4 assists.

       Prayers for all our family and friends in Florida over the next few days. Fingers crossed the storm heads east.

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

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  • The GI Historical Society October Meeting & Program is on Thursday, October 6th at River Lea at 7:00 p.m.
  • Wildlife in Your Community is on Thursday, October 6th at the Nike Base at 6:00 p.m. See flyer.
  • West River Multi-use Path Meeting is Thursday, October 6th at the High School Auditorium at 7:00 p.m.
  • Grand Ideas Meeting is at the VFW Pavillion, 2121 Grand Island Blvd. at 7:00 p.m. on Thursday, October 6th.
  • First Friday Evening discussions at St. Stephen's Church, 2100 Baseline Road on Friday October 7th at 7:30 p.m.
  • The Knights of Columbus Good Samaritan Council is hosting an Oktoberfest at St. Stephen School Cafeteria on Saturday, October 8th.
  • Kelly's Country Store, 3121 Grand Island Blvd. is hosting a Fall Festival on Saturday and Sunday, October 8th and 9th from 8am - 4pm.
  • Recovery International meeting on Tuesday, October 11th from 7 to 9 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church, 2100 Whitehaven Road.
  • The Charles N. DeGlopper Memorial VFW Post 9249 Monthly meeting is Tuesday, October 11, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.

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    September 29, 2016

        Happy birthday today, Thursday, September 29thto Nancy Blundell, Matthew Hamm, Dana Robinson, Jim Wright Jr. & Samantha Krause. Happy birthday Friday, September 30th to Faith Caldwell, Vikki Smith, Michael Rossiter & Barbara Nowakowski. Happy birthday Saturday, October 1st to Ariel Brucato and Allison Mae Walker. Happy birthday on Sunday, October 2nd to Joan Allen & Richard Warner. Happy birthday, Monday, October 3rd to Jean Marie Ensminger & Joan Schlueter Wright. Happy birthday on Tuesday, October 4th to Margie Walker, Clarice Samland & Robert Vaccaro , and on Wednesday, October 5th Dylan Russo, Michele Remmes, Nancy Long, Robert N. Schwagler, Rebekah Thompson & Betty Magnuson.

       Happy anniversary on September 30th to John & Joanne Podlucky. Happy anniversary to Patricia & Scott Shaw on October 1st.

       A dedication will take place at the Friday, September 30th GIHS Homecoming Game honoring H. David Myers. He is the "Father of Viking Athletics", having been with the school district for over 35 years. Alumni athletes and coaches are encouraged to attend. At halftime, alumni will be asked onto the field during the dedication. GI takes on Williamsville East at 7:00 p.m. Last week Grand Island quarterback Conner Buzby took over for injured starter Cam Sionko. Grand Island beat North Tonawanda 38-35. Buzby completed 23-of-34 passes for 357 yards and four touchdowns.

        The Golden Age Center Holiday Happenings will take place on Saturday, October 1st from 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. at the Nike Base, 3278 Whitehaven Road. There will be 15 vendors to shop from, a bake sale, 60+ basket raffle (1:00 p.m.), chili, chicken noodle soup & roast beef sandwich lunch sale will be available from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Open House tours will take place from 10-11:00 a.m. Proceeds support the Golden Age Center and the Golden Age Club.

       Important Meetings Next Week
    Are Your Ash Trees Dying?- Meeting Tuesday, October 4th.
    West River Parkway Multi-use Path Meeting - Thursday, October 6th.
    Wildlife in Your Community Seminar - Thursday, October 6th.


        The last couple weeks Mallwitz's Island Lanes has been running a Wednesday dinner special called the "Gutter Plate". It included choice of 2 sides: mac salad, home fries, tater tots, or french fries. They put two cheeseburger patties over them, a dash of onion, mustard, and a nice ladle full of the homemade meat hot sauce. Everyone loved it! Not sure if it will be available every week. Give them a call and check...773-0062.

        The Grand Island Central School District Board of Education held their General Session Meeting inside Eco Island on Monday September 26, 2016. Thanks to Mark Gorton, you can view it here.

       Thanks so much to new advertisers Gerald & Anne Bennett of Island Mowing. Without advertisers, Isledegrande couldn't be in business.

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

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  • Elderwood at Grand Island, 2850 Grand Island Blvd. is hosting a food truck event featuring "Ted's Hot Dogs" on Friday, September 30th from 10:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
  • Jack & Jill Community Preschool, 2587 Baseline Road, is hosting a Food Truck and Child Safety event open to the entire Grand Island and WNY communities on Saturday, October 1st from 11am-3pm.
  • St. Martin in the Fields Episcopal Church, 2587 Baseline Rd., will be hosting their 5th Annual Pet Blessing in honor of St. Francis of Assisi, the Patron Saint of Animals on Saturday, October 1st. A brief service will be held at 11:30 a.m.
  • The 29th annual CROP Walk will take place Sunday, October 2nd at Beaver Island State Park at 2:00 p.m.
  • Recovery International meeting on Tuesday, October 4th from 7 to 9 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church, 2100 Whitehaven Road.
  • The Charles N. DeGlopper Memorial VFW Post 9249 Monthly meeting is Tuesday, October 4, 2016 at 7:00 PM. 2121 Grand Island Blvd.
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    September 22, 2016

        Happy birthday today, Thursday, September 22nd to Kathleen McCormick, Kevin Hagen & Janine Gregoire. Happy birthday Friday, September 23rd to Kenny Martina & Helga Tyson. Happy birthday Saturday, September 24th to Lucy Floss. Happy birthday on Sunday, September 25th to David Dee, Robert Tyrrell, Liz Brock, Dan Bridge, Sam Carpenter & Jim Harrod. Happy birthday, Monday, September 26th to Madison Martin, Kevin Rogoza, Liz Glor Allen, Cameron Kolat. Betty Walk & James Walters, Sr.. Happy birthday on Tuesday, September 27th to Alice Gerard, Amy Heist, Kevin Cobello, Dave Grant, Ashley Bleistein, Sharilyn Zarajczyk, Linda Clark, Andrew Szolnoky & Harrison (Corky) Carter, and on Wednesday, September 28th to Cap Cooke, Jordan Davis, Claire Cinelli, Ron Webb & Marty Napier.

       Fire Chief Matt Osinski is proud to announce that the Grand Island Fire Company (GIFC) will present the colors for singing of the National Anthem for the Buffalo Bills home game against the Arizona Cardinals at New Era Field on September 25th! Kick-off is scheduled for 1pm. Any Island resident attending the game should be sure to arrive early to watch the pre-game ceremony.

       Boys Soccer beat Kenmore East Monday, September 19th 3-0. GI is 6-0 in the league and 8-0 overall. They are ranked #1 WNY large schools and #1 in NYS Class A schools. Garrett Robinson made the nomination list for the Buffalo News Prep Talk Player of the Week. He scored six goals in two games, with five coming in a win over Lockport.
       Update: Thursday, September 22nd game, Grand Island 10, North Tonawanda 0
    GI (9-0.7-0): Garrett Robinson 3g-3a; John Griffin 3g; Nemanja Simic g-2a

       Mike Carr's Village Inn was featured in a nice article in the Buffalo News by food writer Andrew Galarneau on September 21st. After reading you will want to head on over to Ferry Village. See article.

        The Baked Cupcakery owners Tara & Jonathan Bondi are talking proud! It was announced yesterday that a One Buffalo cupcake, designed by Kim Pegula, will be made by the bakery and sold at Sabres games and Tops Markets. See WGRZ story.

       A revised Tourist Home Law was introduced on September 21st, see here. The next public hearing will be held at the Planning Board meeting scheduled for Tuesday, October 11th at 7:00 p.m.

       The 5th annual Taste of Grand Island will be held on Saturday, September 24, 2016 from 12pm - 8pm. Located on Whitehaven Rd, between Grand Island Blvd and Baseline Rd. Be there to experience all of the island's best restaurants along with music, beer and wine all day! Also featuring many artisans & crafters, a kids fun zone, face painting, petting zoo, pony rides and more!

        The Town Commons Sign will now be coordinated by Cyndy Montana, Assistant to the Town Supervisor. Any questions email Cyndy Montana at cmontana@grand-island.ny.us.

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

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  • Bible Fellowship Center, 1136 Baseline Road is hosting a church service for everyone impacted by disabilities; family & caregivers. The service is Saturday, September 24, 2016 from 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. .
  • Recovery International meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 27th from 7 to 9 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church, 2100 Whitehaven Road.
  • The American Legion, Grand Island Post #1346 general meeting is Wednesday, September 28th at 7:00 p.m. at the Loyal Order of The Moose Lodge.
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    September 15, 2016

        Happy birthday today, Thursday, September 15th to Ava Staub. Happy birthday Friday, September 16th to Matthew Wasson & Christie Davis. Happy birthday Saturday, September 17th to Carmela Bartolomeo. Happy birthday on Sunday, September 18th to DeVonte' Mali'q Johnson, Lauren Ann Bermel, Donald Wendel, Town Cafe's Lynn Quarentello. Happy birthday, Monday, September 19th to Peter McMahon, Mike Carr, Lisa Stoddard, Vickie Harnden, Bonnie Sciuk, David Long, Julie O'Connor, Donnie Burns & Ann Marie Chartrand. Happy birthday on Tuesday, September 20th to Bruce Senn, Becky Peters, Jennifer Fiels, Lawrence Runions, Lisa Dollendorf & Lois Schneider, and on Wednesday, September 21st to Madison Nowak , Glenn Wallace & Pamela O'Brien.

       Happy anniversary to Tim and Irene Ehde on Friday, September 16th.

       A Town Board hearing will take place on Monday, September 19th at 8:00 p.m., on a proposed local law to modify Chapters 407 and 351 to allow certain tourist homes to continue. This IS a public comment session. See Proposed Tourist Homes Law.

       Barbara Swagler is "Theatre in the Mist" Chair and sent all the information for their presentation of Andrew Lloyd Webber's "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat ". The production can be seen September 23 - October 9th at the Stella Niagara Stage. See press release for complete details.

        The boys varsity soccer team (6-0, 4-0 in NFL) defeated Niagara Falls 9-0 on Tuesday, September 13th and are the No. 2 ranked Large Wchool in WNY. You can watch them in action tomorrow against Lockport on Masters Field. JV start time is 4:30 p.m. and Varsity follows at approximately 6:30 p.m. Grand Island Varsity football defeated Amherst at home last week 28-14. They play at Starpoint on Friday night at 7:00 p.m.

       A dedication will take place at the Friday, September 30th GIHS Homecoming Game honoring H. David Myers. He is the "Father of Viking Athletics", having been with the school district for over 35 years. Alumni athletes and coaches are encouraged to attend. At halftime, alumni will be asked onto the field during the dedication.

        A benefit for Mary Dunbar-Daluisio is planned for Saturday, September 17th from 1:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. at the Radisson Niagara Grand Island, 100 Whitehaven Road. Tickets are $20 pre-sale and $25 at the door. See flyer for details. If you like basket raffles, don't miss it. There are over 160 baskets to win.

        Mallwitz's Island Lanes has openings for two-four member teams on a once a month Friday night league. Start time is 7:15 p.m. and opening night is September 24th. It is super fun! If you are interested email Kelly at Kelly_Mallwitz@hotmail.com.

        Monday, October 3rd is the last scheduled GI Farms Cooperative Farmers Market. It is open 4pm-7pm on Long Road near GI Blvd.

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

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  • Cinderella Isle Garden Club will hold its September meeting on Thursday, September 15, 2016 at 7:00 P.M. at Trinity United Methodist Church.
  • The One Island, One Team, Substance Abuse Prevention Coalition is having a networking opportunity on Thursday, September 15th at the Niagara Sailing Club, 3619 East River Road from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
  • The 2016 Walk for Children is Saturday, September 17, 2016 at 11:00 a.m., at the Miracle League of Grand Island and WNY Pavilion, Veterans Park
  • The GI Historical Society Open House is on Sunday, September 18th at River Lea in Beaver Island State Park from 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Recovery International meeting on Tuesday, Sept. 20th from 7 to 9 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church, 2100 Whitehaven Road.

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    September 8, 2016

        Happy birthday today, Thursday, September 8th to Michael Edwards, Betty Serio, Florence Lorenz & Marie Perry. Happy birthday Friday, September 9th to Ardeth Westrope, Mikayla Claus, Jackie McGinty, Elizabeth Carpenter & James O'Brien. Happy birthday Saturday, September 10th to Jessica Eastwood, Don Link, Cathleen Moore, Richard Lozo & Madison Mongold. Happy birthday on Sunday, September 11th to June Ann Chadima & Peter Bezan . Happy birthday, Monday, September 12th to Elizabeth Belocci, Carole Bifano, Chris Aronica, Pearl Lane, Christopher Sadkowski, Ben Shaw and Callie Harding. Happy birthday on Tuesday, September 13th to Makenna Scalise, Bethany Kulikowski & Dave Cole and on Wednesday, September 14th to Morgan Weir.

       Happy anniversary to David and Carol Dusenbury on September 8th, to Butch & Julie Meyer on September 9th and to Judy & Bob Schmidt on September 11th.

       A Town Board hearing will take place on Monday, September 19th at 8:00 p.m., on a proposed local law to modify Chapters 407 and 351 to allow certain tourist homes to continue. This IS a public comment session.

        The boys varsity soccer team rolled to their second win of the season, beating CSAT 12-0 on Wednesday, September 7th. JV and Varsity will play Ken West on Saturday, September 10th at home, JV at 12 noon and Varsity at 2pm.

        Grand Island Varsity football defeated Niagara Wheatfield last week 27-6. Sophomore quarterback Cam Sionko was 17 for 22 with a total of 208 yards and three touchdowns. Next up is Amherst at home, Friday night, September 9th, under the lights at Gene Masters Field.

       A dedication will take place at the Friday, September 30th GIHS Homecoming Game honoring H. David Myers. He is the "Father of Viking Athletics", having been with the school district for over 35 years. Alumni athletes and coaches are encouraged to attend. At halftime, alumni will be asked onto the field during the dedication.

       Erie County Sheriff Timothy B. Howard is inviting all qualified candidates to take the Police Services Deputy Sheriff's exam on November 19, 2016. See article for all the details.

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    Grand Island High School Athletic Calendar.

    Upcoming Events - See Events Calendar For Details
  • Trinity United Methodist Church, 2100 Whitehaven Road, Grand Island, invites and welcomes everyone to Sunday Funday on September 11th.
  • The public is invited to the Charles N. DeGlopper Memorial VFW Post 9249, 2121 Grand Island Blvd., for a 9/11 Memorial Service on Sunday, September 11, 2016, at 7:00 p.m.
  • GICSD School Superintendent Meet & Greet and Tours of Technology Wing are Monday, September 12th.
  • The Charles N. DeGlopper Memorial VFW Post 9249 Monthly meeting is Tuesday, September 13, 2016 at 7:00 PM

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    September 1, 2016

        Happy birthday today, Thursday, September 1st to Chance Luthringer, Justin Figler, Daniel Senn, Mike Sexton, Kay McGuire, Brooks Rimes. Happy birthday Friday, September 2nd to Anthony Webber. Happy birthday Saturday, September 3rd to Carol Gress, Sam Linenfelser, Joshua Smith, Ian Conner, Jesse Rosser. Happy birthday on Sunday, September 4 to Bob Dee, Justin Schmadel, Kiersten Winstel, Grace Carpenter. Happy birthday, Monday, September 5th to Sarah Lange. Happy birthday on Tuesday, September 6th to Jean Leiner, Judy Schmidt, & Donna Ball and on Wednesday, September 7th to Collin DeMartin, Anna Hammond & Gretchen Moss Beach .

       Happy belated anniversary to JT & Donna Tomkins, yesterday, August 31st, married 31 years! Happy 4th anniversary today to Lindsey Smith Lucinski and Tim Lucinski.

       A Town Board workshop is scheduled for Tuesday, September 6th at 6:00 p.m., before the Town Board meeting at 8:00 p.m. It is scheduled to be a discussion of a new version of the Tourist Home law. Workshops are open to the public. This is not a public comment session. This just in....there will be an executive session at the start of the meeting, so not sure actual public start time.

        Defending Class A champion Grand Island opened its boys soccer season Friday, August 26th with a 2-0 victory over West Seneca West in the Coaches Vs. Cancer ECIC/NFL Challenge tournament at Sweet Home. The next day they beat Williamsville South (2-1).
    Stats for the two games:
    Grand Island 2, West Seneca West 0
    GI (1-0): John Griffin 2g; Garrett Robinson 2a; Lucas Robinson sho (8 svs)
    Grand Island 5, Williamsville South 0
    GI (2-0): Garrett Robinson 2g-2a; Sean Pufpaff g-a; Steven Pufpaff sho (8 svs)
    Boys JV ended up 2-0-0
    Grand Island 12, West Seneca West 1
    Grand Island 2, Williamsville South 1

        Buffalo News Sports Reporter Miguel Rodriguez wrote of "10 WNY High School Quarterbacks to Watch". Included was GIHS sophomore Cam Sionko. Rodriquez wrote "The 6-foot, 165-pounder started the Vikings' final five games last season as a freshman, which is a rarity. He passed for five touchdowns and 515 yards when called upon to throw. Coach Dean Santorio said Sionko, who started at point guard on the varsity basketball team and also played baseball, will be asked to do more in the passing game as the Vikings have lots of skill at the receiver spot." Grand Island High School Athletic Calendar.


       Kyle Chandler of "Bloodlines" and "Friday Night Lights", once lived on Grand Island and was back this week to visit. He was at the Buffalo Launch Club last night and Kristy Kalman was delighted to be his server, as you can see above. Love "Bloodlines", can't wait for the next season to begin. Check it out on Netflix.

       The GI Recreation Department is starting something new this year, a fall co-ed softball league. Games take place on Friday nights starting September 9th, under the lights at the Nike Base. Two games are scheduled, with 6:15pm and 7:30pm starts.

       There is a Garage Sale at 1367 Whitehaven Road this weekend and proceeds will go to Relay For Life. Days are Friday, Saturday and Sunday, 9/2,9/3 & 9/4, 9am-3pm. A lemonade stand on Friday will benefit Mary Dunbar Daluisio's Wishes for a Warrior fundraiser.

        Fahim at Island Ship Center is going to be closed this weekend from Saturday through Monday and will reopen on Tuesday, the 6th of September at 8:30 AM. Going back to normal hours; 8:30 am to 6 pm.

       Still need teachers...there are three teaching opportunities on our GI Jobs Page. Grand Island Central Schools are looking for substitute teachers and non-instructional subs. St. Timothy Child Care Center is looking for a infant room lead teacher, and Kiddo's Korner Preschool has a teachers aide position available.

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    GIHS Fall Athletic Schedule

    Upcoming Events - See Events Calendar For Details
  • The GI Coop Farmer's Market will take place Labor Day, Monday, September 5th from 11am-3pm. More vendors are now participating and parking is improved with more space and attendants.
  • Cruise Night at Elderwood is Wednesday, September 7th. See flyer.

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    August 25, 2016

        Happy birthday today, Thursday, August 25th to Arlene Wunsch. Happy birthday Friday, August 26th to Judy Webb, Marisa Atkinson, Brielle Backland, Herta Krein & Lee Herbst. Happy birthday Saturday, August 27th to Luke Staub & Alexander Wright. Happy birthday on Sunday, August 28th to Jennifer Courtright, Craig Ryan, Judy Meer, Sandra Thompson, Michelle Chasse & Joseph Steffan. Happy birthday, Monday, August 29th to Andy Boehm & Sharon Nichols. Happy birthday on Tuesday, August 30th to my brother Peter "Pepe" Hayes and on Wednesday, August 31st to Patty Mash, Adrianna Marinucci, Mike Owen & Bonnie Bartholomew .

       Happy anniversary to Bryan and Chrissy Smith on Tuesday, August 30th.

        Congratulations to GIHS students Lovepreet Kaur, Lex Hy and Julie Klein winning first place out of ten teams at the annual Chalk Walk competition at the Lewiston Art Festival. This is the second year in a row the team came in first. The GI team also came in first in 2012. This year's theme was "50 Years in Art".

        Congratulations to GIHS summer graduates Jacob Bass, Shelby Ishmael, Kassandra Kern, Shane Kinney, Christopher Lewis, Colin Loder, Jason Miller, Ernest Minichello, Auston Nieman & Eric O'Brien.


    Dick Crawford shot his first hole in one on Saturday, August 20th on the Fawn nine at Deerwood, 125 yard par 3 with a nine iron!!!

       The Grand Island Parks and Rec Advisory Board unanimously approved the closure of the Parkway option. See letter here. On the other side of the coin, a meeting held by the West River Homeowners Association on Monday night, they voted on a motion to keep the West RIver Parkway open to vehicle traffic. The vote was 127 for keeping the West River Parkway open to vehicle traffic and four votes for closing the Parkway and using it as the bike path.

        Thanks to Fahim at Island Ship Center for making free color copies for Mary Dunbar Daluisio's fundraiser. Talk about easy...just send your documents to print@IslandShipCenter.com. They will be ready in a jiffy!

       There are three teaching opportunities on our GI Jobs Page. Grand Island Central Schools are looking for substitute teachers and non-instructional subs. St. Timothy Child Care Center is looking for a infant room lead teacher, and Kiddo's Korner Preschool has a teachers aide position available.

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    Upcoming Events - See Events Calendar For Details
  • Music in the Park is Friday, August 26th from 6-10pm, featuring Scott Celani Band.
  • Movies in the Park is Saturday, August 27th. 9pm movie is Ice Age Meltdown and 11pm movie is Ghostbusters.
  • The GI Farms Cooperative is currently running a farmer's market every Monday from 4 - 7 p.m. at 2487 Long Road.
  • The Grand Island School Business Alliance Golf Outing is on Monday, August 29th at River Oaks Golf Club.
  • The American Legion, Grand Island Post #1346 general meeting is Wednesday, August 31st at 7:00 p.m. at the Loyal Order of The Moose Lodge, 2524 Grand Island Blvd.

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    August 18, 2016

        Happy birthday today, Thursday, August 18th to Joan Templeton, Mark Doldan, Doug Saltzman, Nancy Pioli & Lisa Dudley. Happy birthday Friday, August 19th to Brenda Mrkall, Darren DelSignore. Happy birthday Saturday, August 20th to my favorite auntie Mary Ann Stone, also to John Martin, Madelyn Forbes, Joseph Martin, Jean Bartholomew. Happy birthday on Sunday, August 21st to Edward Szpala. Happy birthday, Monday, August 22nd to Justin Podgorny. Happy birthday on Tuesday, August 23rd to Gene Dinsmore, Shellie Smith, Kurt Raepple & Colin Pinzel, and happy birthday on Wednesday, August 24th to Gene Mongan, Ava Brandon, Melaina Ranger, DJ Foote & Mary Ann Fancher .

       Happy 32nd wedding anniversary to Lisa & Mike Dudley on Friday, August 19th!!!

       Thanks to the West River Homeowners Association (WRHOA) for their generous donation to Isledegrande. As a public service, Isledegrande has an information page for the WRHOA, as we do for most Island organizations.

       The GI Farms Cooperative is hosting a seminar titled "Your Right to Farm: How to Join an Agricultural District" tonight, Thursday, August 18th at the GI Memorial Library, 1715 Bedell Road at 6:00 p.m.

       Joyryde with the Hitmen Horns will be at River Oaks, 100 Whitehaven Road on Saturday, August 20th at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are $10 and available at the door.

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    Upcoming Events - See Events Calendar For Details
  • The West River Homeowners Association will have a membership meeting regarding the bike path proposal that calls for the closing of the West River Parkway. It is on Monday, August 22nd from 7:00 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. at Trinity U.M.C.
  • The GI Farms Cooperative is currently running a farmer's market every Monday from 4 - 7 p.m. at 2487 Long Road.
  • Grand Island High School will hold its annual Freshman/New Student Orientation on Tuesday, August 23, from 6:30 - 8:00 p.m.

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    Week of August 11, 2016

        GONE FISHING!!! This week's edition of Isledegrande is posted early as I am headed to our cottage in Bracebridge. I hope everyone enjoys their week as much as I will!!! PS: That also means I won't be posting Letters to the Editor, but keep them coming, they will be posted Monday.

        Happy birthday Thursday, August 11th to Linda Saxton, Carolyn McFarland, Betty Clayton, John Ryan, Eileen Krause, Kyle Schutrum & Sally Kaiser. Happy birthday Friday, August 12th to Mathew Aronica, Kodie Shamrock & David Michaud. Happy birthday Saturday, August 13th to Bernie Callahan & Bill Click. Happy birthday on Sunday, August 14th to Anne Hipp, Mark Staggs, Genna Nucherno, Carlin Hartman & Lola Wahl. Happy birthday, Monday, August 15th to Peggy Bastian, Bella Duscher & Donald O'Connor. Happy birthday on Tuesday, August 16th to Jim Dlugokinski, Jackson Stewart & Katie Prell, and happy birthday on Wednesday, August 17th to Maisie Mrkall, Jean Schlegel, Trudi Ruefli & Deborah Tirado.

       Fahim & Seema are off to another work session this weekend. Island Ship Center will be closed on Saturday, August 13 and reopens Monday, August 15th.

       Do to liability issues the new Farmer's Market at the Town Commons scheduled for Saturday mornings will not take place at this time. There is a Monday evening market at the Grand Island Farm Cooperative, 2487 Long Road, offering fresh produce.

        St. Martin-In-The-Fields "Moonlight Serenade" is Friday, August 12th at 2587 Baseline Road. The evening includes music by Jack Civiletto, singing Sinatra, dancing, appetizers and drinks. Tickets are $20 pre-sale and $25 at the door. See flyer for details.

        Concert for a Cure is Sunday, August 16th at the Town Commons starting at noon. See poster. Relay for Life is having a volleyball tournament at T.C's that day at 2pm. They are also sponsoring a 9 hole golf outing in the morning with dinner and drinks to follow at T.C.'s. Registration for either event will get you free admittance to the Concert for a Cure. Register at T.C.'s, 2241 Grand Island Blvd.



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    Upcoming Events - See Events Calendar For Details
  • Erie County Legislator Kevin Hardwick has planned District Outreach Meeting at the Grand Island Senior Center, 3278 Whitehaven Rd., Wednesday, August 17th from 9:30 - 11:30 a.m.
  • VCMS New Student Orientation will take place on Wednesday, August 17th in the school cafeteria, 1100 Ransom Road, from 10:00

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    Thursday, August 4, 2016

        Happy birthday today to Bonnie Disarno, Harry Carter & Jack Bridenbaker. Happy birthday Friday, August 5th to George Allen & Charlene Staub. Happy birthday Saturday, August 6th to Carol Moore, Philip Buchanan, Katrina Linenfelser, John Fletcher II, Editha Germain, Shelia Ferrentino, William Georgar & Dorothy Wiswall . Happy birthday on Sunday, August 7th to Bonnie Antholzner, Charlotte Tower, Madison Klos, & Rebecca Reger. Happy birthday, Monday, August 8th to Scot Millar, Holly 'Whitford' Best, Shannon McDonough, Brandon Robinson & Norma Orton. Happy birthday on Tuesday, August 9th to Daemon Gatti, Sybil Kennedy, Evelyn Lewis, Marcy Buell, Gene Belstraz, Charlotte (Jean) Yarwood, and happy birthday on Wednesday, August 10th to Joe Zarbo, Lindsey Smith Lucinski, Clark Nesbitt & Lillian Beach .

       On Wednesday morning a large coyote was spotted in the area of Stony Point Road and East Park.

       A Farmers Market is to take place at the Town Commons every Saturday from 8am - 2pm. If you would like to be a vendor contact Cyndy at 775-9600 ext. 658.

        Grand Island's favorite gal about town, Mary Dunbar Daluisio has always been a big promoter of all things Island! Now is our time to help her out. Mary has been fighting cancer for over ten years, always upbeat and positive. Recently, she has had to stop working, in order to build up her stamina, to continue fighting for her health. A fundraiser is planned for Saturday, September 17th at the Grand Island Fire Hall. If you can donate; a basket, gift certificate, prize or money to help this fine cause, contact me at 773-6789 or jodi@giecom.net. Thanks for your support.

       Thunder on the Niagara Hydroplane Races will take place on Saturday & Sunday, Aug. 6 & 7th at Gratwick Park, NT from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m. See Racing Program.

       Girls fast pitch tryouts are taking place in Cheektowaga this month. Check out the New York Inferno website for information.

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    Upcoming Events - See Events Calendar For Details
  • Thunder on the Niagara Hydroplane Races will take place on Saturday & Sunday, Aug. 6 & 7th at Gratwick Park NT from 10:00 a.m. to 5:00 p.m.
  • The Charles N. DeGlopper Memorial VFW Post 9249 Monthly meeting is Tuesday, August 9, 2016 at 7:00 p.m.

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    Thursday, July 28, 2016

        Happy birthday today to Andrew Spacone. Happy birthday Friday, July 29th to Tom Long, Iris Galeza, Frank Greico, Mary DiMartile & Elly Zarbo. Happy birthday Saturday, July 30th to Tom Cope, Jane Costin Rocks, Diana Taefi Staub, Nicholas Panepinto, Carolyn Broadway & Ralph Lommer. Happy birthday on Sunday, July 31st to Jenna Hutzler, Janet Wenner, Ray Fisher II, Karen Cooney, Jacqueline Kazmierczak, Bruce Gentz, Diane Nassar & Pam Phillips. Happy birthday, Monday, August 1st to Eileen Sims, JoAnn Holmes, Hannah Linenfelser, Ermina Atkinson. Happy birthday on Tuesday, August 2nd to Jackie Brennan, Samantha Gieselman, Mary Kroetsch & Susan Farley, and happy birthday on Wednesday, August 3rd to Nina Tortorice, Brandon McDonough & Gabrielle Martell.

       Happy anniversary to Marie & Tom Long on August 1st and to Frank & Amber Penque on August 3rd.

        The 41st Kensington Lions All-Star High School Football Game was played this week at Tonawanda High School's Clinton H. Small Stadium on Wednesday night. Grand Island's Jeremiah Wilkes II, was named top defenseman as North beat South by a score of 29-26.

        The Outdoor Summer Concert Series Music in the Park will feature Tiger Chung Lee at the Town Commons tomorrow, Friday, July 29th from 6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. See poster. The Outdoor Summer Movie in the Park Series will take place at the Town Commons on Saturday, July 30th. 9pm movie is Finding Nemo and 11pm movie is Independence Day. See poster.

       Interested in being a vendor at the Concert For A Cure on August 14th at the Town Commons? How about the Taste of Grand Island on September 24th? If so, click here to learn vendor details for both of these events.

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    Upcoming Events - See Events Calendar For Details
  • The Grand Island Rod & Gun Club, Inc., 1083 Whitehaven Road, is hosting a HUGE Meat Raffle on Saturday, July 30th.
  • The Grand Island VFW Men's Auxiliary is hosting the Dick Pendleton Memorial Super Cruise on Sunday, July 31st at Post 9249, 2121 Grand Island Blvd. Gates open at 10:00 a.m.
  • The Alzheimer's Association Western New York Chapter are planning a special consultation program on Grand Island on Monday, August 1st at the Golden Age Center.
  • St. Stephen Vacation Bible School starts Monday, August 1- Friday, August 5, 2016 from 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
  • The Grand Island Fire Co. Ladies Auxiliary will host a Chiavetta's chicken barbecue fundraiser during celebration of National Night Out on Tuesday, August 2nd.

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    Thursday, July 21, 2016

        Happy birthday today to Dan Linenfelser, Joan Portik, Bristol Khreis, Jeanne Anstett, Betty Phillips, Mia Waechter. Happy birthday Friday, July 22nd to Theresa Szpala, Tori Pritchard. Happy birthday Saturday, July 23rd to Marion Fabiano, Michelle Botwin, Maya Pecoraro, Debi Acomb & Jeri Wright . Happy birthday on Sunday, July 24th to Kathy Bradley Smith, Ray Kaiser, Mary Grace Egloff, Emily Mae Klein & Sam DiChristina. Happy birthday, Monday, July 25th to Robert Johnson & Alez Szabad. Happy birthday on Tuesday, July 26th to Lindsey Spiker, John MacNeil, Steve Barnhart, Liz Reimann, Faith Gworek, Joan Compo, Marjorie Lee & Gary McDannell and happy birthday on Wednesday, July 27th to Helen Newkirk, John Roberts, Sandy Minion & Ruth Englert.

       The Buffalo News named their All Western New York Lacrosse teams this week. Boys Lacrosse Team for Class B First Team: G Noah Teator 11, A Joe Boyko 11, M Jarod Brandon 12, D Conner Buzby 11.
    Second team: Bailey Kephart, Tom Cecere, Austin Blair, Tanner Morrow.
    Honorable Mention: Mike Mankowski, Jim Thorpe, Adam Bahgat.
    All Western New York Girls Lacrosse Team for Class B Second team:D Tiffany Melendez 12, A Alyssa Maxwell 11.
    Niagara Frontier League Coach of the Year was Grand Island Coach Jen Shalke.
    Named to the Niagara Frontier first team: Alyssa Maxwell, Julia Lawley, Tiffany Melendez, Hayley Latvala & Emma Schultz. Second team: Abby Blair, Jessica Surace, Madelyn Webb.

       Island residents Mike Geblein, Gary Roesch and Mike Endres crew on the hydroplane GP-777 Steeler, in the Hydro 350 class. Last weekend the team dominated the Grand Prix class at Regates de Valleyfield, Quebec, winning the three day event. This was the fourth time the team won in Valleyfield over the last 6 years, winning in 2010, 2012, 2014 and 2016. They have won three of five regatta's this season and are looking forward to dominating at the Thunder on the Niagara race on August 6 & 7 at Gratwick Park, North Tonawanda. Island resident Tom Snyder of Snyder Industries is a sponsor of the Steeler and of the Thunder on the Niagara Races.

       Here we go again...now it's the West River Bike Path. The latest in contentious topics that will be good for the Town, we're told. Hundreds of people showed up to give their opinions, the majority against the preferred plan of making the West River Parkway a bike path, and moving traffic over to the West River service road. But will that matter? Trapping went down to the minority (3-2) last Monday night, thanks to veteran Councilmen Chris Aronica and Ray Billica and newcomer Mike Madigan. Next on the agenda is Tourist Homes, another subject talked about for the last year, with the majority of Island residents against the concept. The new Town Board members all seem to be in favor of it with "stringent regulations", so there it is, 3-2, grandfathered tourist homes allowed. Now the Bike Path. Let's make Grand Island famous for having a beautiful spot to ride & walk at the expense of the residents who live there. Sure, lets move the traffic close to the houses. Children should play in the back yard anyway. Let's add seven new parking areas for bikers in the median in front of the homes, that's what I would want to add to the view, I so handsomly paid for. Those bike riders that cruise the Island in packs? They won't even use it...they go too fast. You know that commercial where the guy says "you make my head numb"? Town Hall is making my head numb.
    Link to West River Bike Trail presentation.

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    Upcoming Events - See Events Calendar For Details
  • Cinderella Isle Garden Club will hold a Garden Walk, Pot-Luck Picnic and White Elephant Sale on Thursday, July 21, 2016.
  • The Grand Island Community Chorus will host a summer concert of American music on Tuesday, July 26th at 7 p.m. at St.-Martin-in-the Fields Church.
  • The American Legion, Grand Island Post #1346 general meeting is Wednesday, July 27th at 7:00 p.m. at the Loyal Order of The Moose Lodge.
  • Riverside-Salem UCC is hosting the Daughters of Creative Sound on Wednesday, July 27th at 6:30 p.m. at the DC Cottage, 3449 West River Road. See flyer. Send your news to jodi@giecom.net.


    Thursday, July 14, 2016

        Happy birthday today to Bernadette Childs & Mili Clark. Happy birthday Friday, July 15th to Garnet Schopp, Ann Tubin, Tom Dilamarter & Sue Sondel. Happy birthday Saturday, July 16th to Kelly Yarnes, Mary Anne Eglott, Betty Clement, Carolyn Doebert, Luke Austin & Karen Belles. Happy birthday on Sunday, July 17th to Nathaniel Cohen, Marcia Shaffer, Marie O'Hara, Jim Pedlow, Mary Warburton, Kathleen Scully & Frances Havens. Happy birthday, Monday, July 18th to Alexis Gieselman, Elaine Petit, Margaret Tyrrell & June Newcomer. Happy birthday on Tuesday, July 19th to Tim Ehde, Pat (Weyland) Barroclough, Jean Bartholomew, Loretta Buffa, Connie Harrod & Bill Shaw and happy birthday on Wednesday, July 20th to Mike Stamler, Rose Marie Shelp, Richard Berti, Linda Krug & David Crocketti.

    Justin Palamuso at race. Larry Austin photo.

       GI Fire Company Public Information Officer Ray Pauley stopped in and said my frenemy at the Dispatch, Larry Austin, had taken a great picture of his grandson running in the Independence Day Parade. Larry was nice enough to pass it along. GIHS 2015 graduateJustin Palamuso is a Lance Corporal in the Marines, awaiting deployment at Camp LeJeune, NC. Justin already has completed a brief tour in Jordan. Good luck to you Justin!!!

       Thunder on the Niagara Hydroplane Races will take place on Saturday & Sunday, Aug. 6 & 7th at Gratwick Park NT from 10 am to 5 pm. There will be food and craft vendors, a beer tent, kids zone petting zoo and over 65 racing hydroplanes. On Saturday there will be a Custom Car and Motorcycle Show. Go to their FaceBook page to see videos and photos. If you would like to be a vendor, check out the website for details.

        The new Grand Island American Legion Baseball team made the local playoffs in their first season. They will begin play Saturday, see schedule.

       A bit of a shake up at the School Board Reorganizational Meeting on Monday, July 11th. See meeting for details.

        A new event called "The Island Market" will be at McMahon's Family Restaurant, 1849 Grand Island Blvd., Sundays, from 10am-2pm. Items available to purchase include produce, baked goods and more. For information call 773-9707.

       

    From left: Tom Dworak & Mike Digati.

       This just in from cub reporter Scott Kalman...a Digati Challenge recently took place at Mallwitz's Island Lanes featuring superstar bowler Mike Digati vs. non-bowler Tom Dworak. Tom was spotted 75 pins for the challenge, and prevailed, winning a delicious ham sub, made by the fantastic kitchen staff of the lanes. Love the head gear!

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    Upcoming Events - See Events Calendar For Details
  • West River Bike Trail Info. Meeting, Wednesday, July 20th at High School. See details.
  • Elderwood at Grand Island is hosting a fundraiser to benefit the Alzheimer's Association on Wednesday, July 20th from 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
  • The Lions Club Special Kids Picnic will be held on Wednesday, July 20th at the Buffalo Launch Club.
  • Cinderella Isle Garden Club will hold a Garden Walk, Pot-Luck Picnic and White Elephant Sale on Thursday, July 21, 2016.

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    Thursday, July 7, 2016

        Happy birthday today to Susan Willard, Airman Anthony Gugino, Bruce Fuller, Bob Marble & Ellie Zaccaria. Happy birthday Friday, July 8th to Cathy Thomas, Anthony Amato & Judy Joseph . Happy birthday Saturday, July 9th to Shannon Robillard, Bernice Dinsmore, Jenine Linenfelser & Miles Havens. Happy birthday on Sunday, July 10th to Abby Englert, Justin Frentzel, Eric Bellanca & Maddie Mesmer. Happy birthday, Monday, July 11th to Mark Frentzel, Ryan Shea, Norm Mrkall, Jessica Doyle, Paul Eberhard & Sheila Rader. Happy birthday on Tuesday, July 12th to Ashley Dragonette, Lindsay Proctor & Becky Stufkosky and happy birthday on Wednesday, July 13th to Sarah Chamberlain, Christian Kessler & Peter Gornicki.

        The Buffalo News has named the All Western New York Baseball team. Senior DH Brendan Sheehan of Grand Island was a three-year starter and never missed a game for the Niagara Frontier League champs. He led the league in batting average last two seasons. Honorable mention goes to junior Bryce Jelinick The Vikings placed ninth in the Top 10 Polls with a 15-5 record. Listed for the Niagara Frontier First Team were Bryce Jellinick, Brendan Sheehan & Sean Pufpaff. Second Team- Jake Niland and third team Drew Callen.

        SUNY Plattsburgh announced the dean's list for spring 2016. To be eligible, undergraduate students must achieve a minimum 3.5 semester grade point average with at least 12 credit hours. Grand Island students are Lindsey Spiker; Marisa Atkinson. Congratulations ladies!

       The VFW Auxiliary announced the 50/50 drawing winner is ticket #523257. To claim your winnings, go to the VFW between the hours of 11am and 9pm daily.

       The Grand Island VFW Men's Auxiliary is hosting the Dick Pendleton Memorial Super Cruise on Sunday, July 31st at Post 9249, 2121 Grand Island Blvd. Gates open at 10:00 a.m., registration 10-12:00 p.m., judging 12 noon and awards at 3:00 p.m. Food, music, raffles, chinese auction. For information: call Mark-773-3058 or Pat 472-3148.

       The Garden Walk will take place on Sunday, July 10th from 10am-4pm, rain or shine. Pick up a map at the Town Commons Gazebo for this FREE event. Website.

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    Upcoming Events - See Events Calendar For Details
  • Cub Scout Pack 630 will have an information night on Monday, July 11th at 6:30 p.m. at St. Stephen's Hospitality Room.
  • Whitehaven Baptist Vacation Bible School is July 11-July 15th for kids ages 4 years to fifth grade.
  • The Charles N. DeGlopper Memorial VFW Post 9249 Monthly meeting is Tuesday, July 12, 2016 at 7:00 PM.
  • Trinity Church will host a vacation bible school camp on July 12-15, Tuesday-Friday at 2100 Whitehaven Road, from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.

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    Thursday, June 30, 2016

        Happy birthday today to Brennan Morgan. Happy birthday Friday, July 1st to Margaret Giles, Joey Cali, Bob Kopf, Gary Roesch, Pat Colosi, Maria Leszczak & Jack Kostenbauder . Happy birthday Saturday, July 2nd to Wilma Greenwood, Jason Davis, Joe Khreis, Georgio Panepinto, Natalie Mucci, Megan Pinzel & Sam Tortorice . Happy birthday on Sunday, July 3rd to Donald Lewis. Happy birthday, Monday, July 4th to Chris Affuso, Alivia Manzo, Ella MacNeil & Bernie Cobello. Happy birthday on Tuesday, July 5th to Susan Kowzan and a special happy birthday on Wednesday, July 6th to my dad Pete Hayes.

        Happy anniversary today to Barbara and Richard Brzyski, married on June 30, 1962. Happy 49th anniversary tomorrow, July 1st to Rev. Paul and Eleanor Robinson. Happy 24th anniversary to Jim and Mary Dunbar-Daluisio on Independence Day!

        The Niagara Gazette All Area Baseball Team was named this week with the following Grand Island Viking players; Bryce Jellinick, Sean Pufpaff, Brendan Sheehan and Jake Niland. The Niagara Gazette named GIHS junior Kelsey Harrigan to the All-Area Softball Team. Congratulations athletes!

        The annual Independence Day VFW Post 9249 Fund Raising Party is on Monday, July 4th at 2121 Grand Island Blvd. Festivities start after the parade and end around 4pm. You can get great food, drinks and see a lot of people you haven't seen since the last VFW party.

       Erie County Sheriff Timothy B. Howard announced the sheriff's office will be adding roving DWI patrols throughout Erie County for the July Fourth weekend. The increased enforcement will also include DWI checkpoints at undisclosed locations in Erie County. The enhanced DWI patrols are possible with funding from Erie County STOP DWI and the roving patrols will begin Friday, July 1.

       A public hearing scheduled for Tuesday, July 5th regarding tourist homes will begin at 8pm at Town Hall. Be informed, read the Proposed Tourist Home Law and know if this passes, a tourist home could be right next to your residence at any time.

       Grand Island is fortunate to have three Garden Clubs whose members are dedicated to gardening, horticulture, ecology, and conservation. This year's Garden Walk is a joint venture of these three clubs and a number of talented gardeners, with the support of our community, civic leadership, and town government. The walk will take place on Sunday, July 10th from 10am-4pm, rain or shine. Pick up a map at the Town Commons Gazebo for this FREE event. Website.

        The Grand Island High School Senior Class of 2016 officially became Viking Alumni at the 51st Commencement Ceremony held Sunday morning June 26, 2016 at Kleinhans Music Hall in Buffalo. Congratulations to all the graduates, and best wishes for your future!! See ceremony. Thanks to Mark Gorton for his videography skills.

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

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  • The GI Historical Society is hosting a Plein Air Painting Workshop, July 1st. 6:30-9pm @ River Lea, Beaver Island State Park.
  • St. Stephen Rummage Sale will be held Friday-Sunday, July 1, 2, & 3. See flyer for drop off and sale information.
  • Mallwitz's Island Lanes is hosting the 6th Annual Grand Reunion on Sunday, July 3rd, starting at 6:00 p.m. Music by Wide Right starting at 7:00 p.m. See flyer.
  • The annual Independence Day VFW Post 9249 Fund Raising Party is on Monday, July 4th at 2121 Grand Island Blvd. Starts after the Parade and ends around 4pm.

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    Thursday, June 23, 2016

        Happy birthday today to Mary Dunbar Daluisio, Tim Burley, Marilyn Johnson, Bill Lang, Mel Passarelli & Keelan Erhard. Happy birthday Friday, June 24th to Conor Bryan, Linda Roberts Krug & Tom Dahlquist. Happy birthday Saturday, June 25th to Cole Glessner, Nancy Valone, Brian O'Connor, Morgan Blum and Megan Zahradnik. Happy birthday on Sunday to Tom Luescher, Jan Rose & Cheryl Gonda. Happy birthday, Monday, June 27th, Lily Panepinto, Tom Rall & Philip Bousquet. Happy birthday on Tuesday, June 28th to Norm Stessing, Eric Beyer, George DeGlopper, Dick Crawford & Mary Martin. Happy birthday Wednesday, June 29th to Justine Vanthoff & Max Costello.

    Grand Island High School junior Alyssa Maxwell was named the Niagara Gazette's Girls Lacrosse Player of the Year. Alyssa is a three-year starter and scored 66 goals this season. In doing so, she broke the school record for goals in a single season and broke the career goal record with 105.

        Congratulations to Jacob Athoe making the Dean's List at Boston University for the Spring 2016 semester. Jacob is a Biochemistry / Molecular Biology major..

        Former long-time Islander Doug Smith was named this week to the Western New York Baseball Hall of Fame. Doug was a sports writer for 65 years, working with the Buffalo News, Courier-Express, Niagara Gazette and local weekly papers. He will pick up his award in September at the Lake Erie Italian Club. Congrats!

       There is going to be a public hearing at Town Hall on Tuesday, July 5th regarding Tourist Homes. The notice states; "to modify Chapters 407 and 351 to allow certain transient rentals or short-term rentals to continue." This is now going against a law voted in last fall, requiring properties acting as tourist homes to cease operation within one year. This issue has brought out many more residents against tourist homes than in favor over the last few years. See current law. If you have an opinion, let the Town Council know. Speak up at the meeting or send an email to townboard@grand-island.ny.us. There is also going to be a public hearing for a "chicken law" that night. The festivities begin at 8pm.

       An inflatable pub will be located at the Marion Klingel Town Commons on Friday, June 24th from 6:00 - 10:00 p.m. "Johnny Mac's" will provide beverages during Music in the Park, featuring Gimmie Buffet Band.

       AAA will be holding a Driver's Education Program at Grand Island Senior High School this summer. The dates are July 6 - July 27, Monday through Friday. The times are 12:00 pm - 3:00 pm. AAA needs a certain number of students registered to run the program. If you are interested, registration forms are in the High School Main Office. The program fee for AAA is $450. Applications are due to the Main Office by June 29.

       Miss Cathy's Dance Recital is tonight and tomorrow night, June 23rd and 24th at the Grand Island High School Grand Viking Theatre at 7:00 p.m. Tickets $12.00 at the door.

       Anthony Massaro is looking for servers and kitchen staff for his new restaurant at the Beaver Island Clubhouse. You can message him on Facebook. I had a nice dinner there last night. Perfect place to relax with a cold drink and wonderful view.

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

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  • Elderwood at Grand Island is hosting a party on Thursday, June 23rd from 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Grand Island Fire Department. See flyer.
  • The Grand Island Chamber of Commerce hosts KidBiz at Town Commons Park on Saturday, June 25th from 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • Bible Presbyterian Church Vacation Bible School is Monday, June 27 - Friday, July 1, 2016. See flyer.
  • Recovery International meeting on Tuesday, June 28th from 7 to 9 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church, 2100 Whitehaven Road.

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    Thursday, June 16, 2016

        Happy birthday today to Claire Neuhaus, Helen Vickers & Maryann Provorse Happy birthday Friday, June 17th to Karen Wallace, Morgan Santorio , Lloyd Potter, Michelle Driess & Anna Vaccaro. Happy birthday Saturday, June 18th to Jacob Olszewski, Kester Bleich, Chris Stessing, Skip DeLong, Nathaniel Cohan & Nancy Prusak. Happy birthday on Sunday to Mira Tetkowski Berkley, Randy White, Reg Schopp & Teddy Linenfelser. Busy birthday, Monday, June 20th, Savannah Kustra, Joseph Verdi, Bev Kroetsch, Melinda Evans, Paula Callahan, Jacob Rowles, Carl Pinzel, 'young' Jim Linenfelser, John Frentzel, Andrea Rogers, Cindy Hagan & RIchard McClive. Happy birthday on Tuesday, June 21st to Alexandra Whitford & Warren Dinnis Rimer. Happy birthday Wednesday, June 22nd to Melissa Thurnherr-Giambra, Patsy Johnson & William Kraft.

        Congratulations to siblings and St. John Fisher College students James & Margaret Rustowicz, named to the Dean's List for the spring semester. James is majoring in business & marketing and Maggie in nursing. Proud parents are Kevin & Maura Rustowicz.


        Cute photo taken by Mary Stewart at the Island Pet Lodge fundraiser last Saturday, June 11th. Mike & Kim Ludwig hosted the event celebrating their 5th anniversary and the recent addition of 20 new kennels.

        A Hazardous Waste Drop-Off Day is available to Island residents on Saturday, June 18th at the ECC South Campus in Orchard Park. The events are open to all Erie County residents. See story for details.

       A public hearing scheduled for Monday, June 20th regarding trapping on Town land has been cancelled.

        The following Summer Enrichment classes still have some openings for kids 3-11, they are; Engineering for Kids, Little Vikes Cheer Camp, Kidsplay Soccer & Intro to Drums. Click here to register.

       Check out the Tonawandas 2016 Community Calendar and Visitor's Guide created by the Chamber of Commerce of the Tonawandas. It has concert, festival and special events listings for North Tonawanda and the City of Tonawanda throughout 2016.

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

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  • The Grand Island Father's Day Lawnmower Race, Kevin Doring Memorial 5K Walk/Run and Vintage Boat Show will take place on Saturday, June 18th at West River Parkway and Long Road. See flyer
  • Miracle League Law Enforcement Day is on Saturday, June 18th at Veterans Park at 1:30 p.m. See flyer.
  • The 3rd Annual Mallwitz's Island Lanes Golf Tournament for Relay For Life is on Monday, June 20th at River Oaks Golf Course.
  • Recovery International meeting on Tuesday, June 21st from 7 to 9 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church, 2100 Whitehaven Road.
  • Elderwood at Grand Island is hosting a party on Thursday, June 23rd from 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Proceeds from the event will benefit the Grand Island Fire Department. See flyer.

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    Thursday, June 9, 2016

        Happy birthday today to Nathan Cook , Jason Wilkinson, Bill Good and a milestone for JT Tomkins turning 60! Happy birthday Friday, June 10th to Dolores Wojdan & Peggy Skeels. Happy birthday Saturday, June 11th to Chris Beyer, Richard Furman, Judith Sahlem & Cynthia Lin. Happy birthday on Sunday to Roy Meyers & Jeff Baumler. Best wishes on Monday, June 13th to Paul Sommer, Kim Nestark, Jeffrey Wansart III, Danielle (Hassan) Martin & Philip Pack. Happy birthday on Tuesday, June 14th to Catherine Mancuso, Spencer O'Boyle, David Conboy, Jamin Cope & Raven Khreis. Happy birthday Wednesday, June 15th to Bohdan Pikas, Chris Russell, Joe Disarno & Jennifer Knoll.

       Happy anniversary on June 10th to Kevin & Amanda Brady.

        Congrats to Cole Kline making the Dean's List at George Washington University with a gpa of 3.9!

        Relay For Life Schedule of Events starting Friday, June 10th at 4pm. Everyone is welcome.

        Grand Island High School Classes, 1966, 1976, 1986 & 1996 are having reunions this year and details are on the Reunion Page. Please let your committees know asap if you would like to attend. The Class of 1966 has made arrangements with the High School to have a Tour of the school on July 1st at 11 am. It would be 45 minutes - one hour.



       The 3rd Annual Mallwitz's Island Lanes Golf Tournament for Relay For Life is on Monday, June 20th at River Oaks Golf Course. Call 773-0062 for details. See flyer.

       The GI Recreation Department Summer Program registration is on Saturday, June 11th at the Nike Base at 9am. For kids there is a Sports Craze program, swim lessons, outdoor fitness, nature program, Come and Create, US Kids Golf, Let's Dance class, Roller Hockey, Flag Football, Fishing Club, Sandlot Kickball and tennis and open swim for youth and adult. See Recreation Summer Programs 2016.

        In the Planning Board minutes from May 9, 2016, it stated; "The 'Hooker Building'. A $5,000,000 loan has been secured enabling the project to move forward. That would be nice!

        The Erie County Opiate Task Force is preparing a comprehensive assessment regarding the perception of opiate abuse in the community. Please take the survey, it takes one minute.

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

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  • The Rotary Club of Grand Island is hosting a Document Destruction event on Saturday, June 11th from 10am-12pm at the Key Bank parking lot.
  • The Island Pet Lodge is celebrating their five year anniversary with a party and pet rescue fundraising event on Saturday, June 11th, from 11:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. The Lodge is located at 2120 Alvin Road.
  • The Charles N. DeGlopper Memorial VFW Post 9249 Monthly meeting is Tuesday, June 14, 2016 at 7:00 PM. 2121 Grand Island Blvd.
  • Recovery International meeting on Tuesday, June 14th from 7 to 9 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church, 2100 Whitehaven Road.
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    Thursday, June 2, 2016

        Happy birthday today to Dan Hiam, Diane Gerard, Dianne Tiede, William Bermel. Happy birthday Friday, June 3rd to Anne Timmerman, Kathy Molnar, Jordan Dixon, Jason Hill. Happy birthday Saturday, June 4th to Janet Mumm, Catherine DiVizio, Mike Stewart, Elizabeth Wedrychowicz & Karen Vanthoff. Happy birthday on Sunday to Patti Loquasto , Gloria Diringer, Beverly Kudla and special birthday wishes that day from Ray Gress to grandson Brent Lesser . Best wishes on Monday, June 6th to Peter Fadum, Victoria Aronica, Joan Mazur & Barbara Johnson. Happy birthday on Tuesday, June 7th to Sally Waterson, Lorraine Dale & Brandon Loder. Happy birthday Wednesday, June 8th to Bill Good, Russ Colosi, Ryan Osvath & Debbie Becke.

       A very special happy birthday wish to Joseph Schnettler, love from Mom, Dad and Maria.

       Happy anniversary on June 2nd to Doug and Janet Saltzman and to Jim and Laury Linenfelser on June 7th.

        Everyone loves a happy ending! A call came in over the weekend that Bailey, a border collie visiting Branches of Niagara Campground was missing. I talked to the owner on Tuesday and he was back in New Hampshire with Bailey where they live. Bailey ran off, 1/2 mile from their campsite at 10:00 a.m. on Saturday. After a long day of searching, the owner went to bed in his tent and woke at 4:30 a.m. to Bailey's return.

        Hazel DeGlopper Mallwitz will be 96 on June 26th and she was wondering if there are any original Grand Islanders her age or older still alive. She was born at 2538 Fix Road, corner of Fix and Alt Blvd. Sister of the late Earl DeGlopper, Marion Coates, Bernice Bailey & Walter DeGlopper.

       
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    Photo taken by Recreation Attendent Liz Wilbert at entrance to Golden Age Center.

          Reminder! June 2nd at 7 pm - High School Auditorium.
       Hands-on presentation of the latest trends in alcohol use by adolescents in the Grand Island community. Also discussed will be the trends for cigarette marijuana and prescription drug use to demonstrate how alcohol use impacts the use of other drugs. Included in the presentation is the paraphernalia that accompanies drug use. Participants can see first-hand what drug users use. The workshop is an educational, interactive experience that is designed to raise adult awareness of drug use today!

       The Gus Macker 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament will take place this weekend, Friday, June 3rd - 4-9pm, Saturday, June 4th - 7am-5:30pm, Sunday, June 5th -8:30am - 4pm at the Town Commons, Town Hall and Grand Island Blvd. Spectators are encouraged to attend.

        The Town Recreation Department Open registration is Saturday, June 11th and General Registration is Monday-Friday, June 13-17 & June 20-24 at the Nike Base. See Recreation Summer Programs 2016.

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

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  • West River Homeowners Assoc. Garage & Bake Sale is June 3-5. Homeowners on West River Road participating will have balloons on their mailboxes, 9am-1pm, rain or shine.
  • Recovery International meeting on Tuesday, June 7th from 7 to 9 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church, 2100 Whitehaven Road.
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    Thursday, May 26, 2016

       Our apologies to readers for the delay in this week's edition. A glitch with the server prevented us from uploading new pages until this morning, Friday, May 27th.

        Happy birthday today to Lee Tetkowski, Greg Bruenn, Michael Craig Davis, Michael Ball, Greg Bruenn & Liz Wilbert. Happy birthday Friday, May 27th to Ray Pauley, Cindy Hagen & Richard McClive . Happy day Saturday, May 28th to Chris Sugar, Ian Cameron, Mary Leigh Burke, Mitchell Samplinski & Sophia Myers. A special happy birthday wish from daughter Sherry Shaw Watkins to Pat Shaw, on Saturday. Happy birthday on Sunday to my baby boy Liam Dodd and to Pam Fries, Sharon Bauer & Jean Westmoore. Best wishes on Monday, May 30th to Jim Watz, Michael Dinsmore, Jill Stamler & Linda Facklam. Happy birthday on Tuesday, May 31st to Bob Backlund & Martha Switzer. Happy birthday Wednesday, June 1st to Donald Dickinson, Richard Koch, Janina Przystal & Alan Sexton.

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

        Retired Deputy Town Clerk Diane Darmofalski is celebrating her 75th birthday on May 28th. The celebration began early the first week of May with a trip to Las Vegas for 5 days. Joining her were three friends all celebrating milestone birthdays of 70 and 75 years young. The ongoing celebration will end with a three generation family dinner at a restaurant in Buffalo. That's the way to celebrate Diane!!!

        The Grand Island Rugby Club is playing in their home finale and having senior night ceremonies at Sidway Elementary School on Thursday evening, May 26th, beginning at 5:00pm. Prior to honoring our seniors the club will be recognizing Mike Wheeler, the bus driver from Ridge Road Express whose quick thinking and timely response avoided tragedy last week when the bus home from Fairport was forced off road.

       WKBW morning show AM Buffalo had a feature with Island resident Alyssa Cinelli on Friday, May 20th. Alyssa is a vocalist who is on her way to Los Angeles at the end of July to record. See interview.

       A KanJam Tournament will be held at the Relay For Life at Veterans Park on Friday, June 10th. It will be hosted by Team Billy's Buddies and starts at 4:30 p.m. The cost is $6 per team and you can register the day of the event starting at 4pm or by emailing GIRelayKanJam@yahoo.com.

       The GIPTA Council, One Island, One Team, and ECCPASA are hosting a presentation on trends in alcohol use in the community on Thursday, June 2nd at 7:00 p.m. at the Grand Island High School Auditorium. See flyer.

       The Grand Island Parks Department has announced that speed bumps will be installed in Veterans Park sometime in June.

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

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  • Memorial Day service at DeGlopper Memorial Park, Monday, May 30, 2016 at 10:00 a.m. It will be held in the Charles N. DeGlopper Memorial Park, located at the intersection of Grand Island Boulevard and Baseline Road.
  • Recovery International meeting on Tuesday, May 31st from 7 to 9 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church, 2100 Whitehaven Road.
  • VFW Post #9249, 2121 Grand Island Blvd., is hosting a Chiavetta's Chicken BBQ on Wednesday, June 1st from 4:00 p.m. - gone.

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    Thursday, May 19, 2016

        Happy birthday today to Adam Garlapow, Peyton Golde, Pattie Frentzel & Carl Flick . Happy birthday Friday, May 20th to Elaine Skotnicki. Happy day Saturday, May 21st to Dan Fitzgerald & Steven Parisi. Happy birthday on Sunday to Tom McDonough, Nathan DeMartin & Audry Brown. Best wishes on Monday, May 23rd to Dawn Fitzgerald & Chris Sugar and a very special happy day to Catherine Long celebrating her 93rd birthday on Tuesday, May 24th. Happy birthday Wednesday, May 25th to Mercedes Miles, Marissa Cooney & Cathy Contino.

        Happy 53rd anniversary to James & Ann Samplinski married May 24, 1963 at the Niagara Falls Courthouse.

        Proud grandmother Nancy Samrany phoned in to share the exciting graduation news of Joshua Miller, son of Paula & Jeff Miller. Josh graduated from the University of Albany summa cum laude on Sunday, May 15th with a 4.0 in Nanoscale Science and Engineering. Congratulations Josh!

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       Councilman Ray Billica dropped by to let me know there will be free daffodill bulbs available from the roundabout renovation project. The NYS DOT began pulling out all the plantings this week. Check out the Staley Road side of the old information center for the bulbs, first come-first serve. The lilac trees will be staying.

       Grand Island amusement park, Martin's Fantasy Island has been sold to Apex Parks Group, based in California. Long-time owner Martin DiPietro has been at the helm for 22 years and will continue to work with the new owners for a successful transition. The park opened on Saturday, May 15th.

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

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  • The Connor Middle School Student Olympic Games will take place at the High School on Friday, May 20th from 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m.
  • The Golden Age Center is having their annual "Gram's Garage Sale" on Saturday, May 21st from 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. at the Golden Age Center, 3278 Whitehaven Rd.
  • The East Park Garden Club Annual Plant Sale is on Saturday, May 21st at the Town Commons Gazebo from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m.
  • St. Timothy Lutheran Child Care Center's annual Spring Festival BBQ and Basket Raffle will be held on Saturday, May 21st from 3:00 p.m. to 7:00 p.m. at 1453 Staley Road.
  • Beaver Island State Park Memorial Tree Planting Project announced they will be holding a tree ceremony on Saturday, May 21 at 10:00 a.m.
  • Recovery International meets on Tuesday, May 24th from 7 to 9 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church, 2100 Whitehaven Road.
  • The American Legion, Grand Island Post #1346 general meeting is Wednesday, May 25th at 7:00 p.m. at the Loyal Order of The Moose Lodge.

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    Thursday, May 12, 2016

        Happy birthday today to Kim Kinney & Janet Brennan. Happy birthday Friday, May 13th to Charles Lambert, Kurt Marlin, Linda Fearon & Victoria Cacciatore. Happy day Sunday, May 15th to Teressa Meyer, Gabriel Wansart, Barbara Brzyski & Dian Dubiel. Happy birthday on Monday, May 16th to Joe McMahon & Dorothy Lenehen and on Tuesday, May 17th to Stephanie Senn, Nikolas Massaro, Renee Tasevski, Caoimhe Carpenter, Ellen Faber & Viktor Dekany. Happy birthday Wednesday, May 18th to Bob Pownall, Chase Luthringer, Ed Plucinski & Peggy Winterfield.

       Buffalo Bills player Eric Wood was recently invited by Connor Middle School student Caralyn Reynolds to surprise her teacher Steve Steck and classmates. Check out the Facebook video here. You have to scroll down a bit. Look for Eric in front of the middle school.

       The 24th annual Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive by the U.S. Letter Carriers is Saturday, May 14th. Last year, more than 71 million pounds of food was collected by postal carriers nationally, feeding an estimated 30 million people. To participate, leave a non-perishable food donation in a bag by your mailbox.

       Islander Bill Young is featured in a veterans story written by Lou Michel of the Buffalo News on May 8th. See story.

       Remember when you vote for the School Budget and Trustees on Tuesday, May 17th, check out the Annual K-12 District Art Show in the Viking Mall. Grand Island is home to many fine artists of all ages.

       Island Ship Center will be closed on Saturday, May 14th to continue the expansion at the back of the building. They will reopen on Monday, May 16th at 8:30 a.m. Save the date...June 1st is the Purse Party, see details.

       Kudo's to Adrian's Custard & Beef on making a top listing in New York State. The list is located here.

       It is official, Theodore's Red Hots will not be re-opening.

       Pick up your poop! If you walk your dog outside of your own yard, be considerate and bring plenty of bags to dispose of waste. Runner friends have been complaining of having to dodge droppings along the Parkway. That's just not nice!

       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 will host an open house on Sunday, May 15th from 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. at River Lea in Beaver Island State Park.
  • St. Stephen Holy Name Society's Third Annual Pitmaster Barbecue is Sunday, May 15, 2016 from 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. at the St. Stephen School Cafeteria.
  • Recovery International meets on Tuesday, May 17th from 7 to 9 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church, 2100 Whitehaven Road.
  • VFW Post #9249, 2121 Grand Island Blvd., is hosting a Chiavetta's Chicken BBQ on Wednesday, May 18th from 4:00 p.m. - gone.

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    Thursday, May 5, 2016

        Happy birthday today to Kathy Dilamarter. Happy birthday Friday, May 6th to Carol Hugill, Linda Skotnicki, Tammy Violanti & Tina Giambra. Happy day Saturday, May 7th to James DiCillis, Justin Geisenhoff & Betty Ann Wilkie. Happy birthday, Sunday, May 8th to Kara Dudley, Michele DiChristina, Lynn Gottler, John Lorenz & Michael Davis. Happy birthday on Monday, May 9th to Gary Novitz and on Tuesday, May 10th to my little sis Dana Hayes Erickson and to Bob Monoco, Lynn Sargent DeJonghe, Elsa Peters, Patricia Kraft, & Geraldine Mondi. Happy birthday Wednesday to Nikki Fadel & Charlie Lavallee.

       Congratulations to Annalea Warshick Masiello and the Grand Island Middle School "Men on Mondays" for scoring "GOLD with Distinction" at NYSSMA! The group competed on Friday, April 29th.

       Happy Cinco de Mayo! The Village Inn, 1488 Ferry Road, is celebrating tonight with $5 frozen margaritas and Cinco de Mayo inspired entrees!


        Jen Mentor of the Golden Age Center wrote: "A special angel and special friend of the Golden Age Center brightened up our tables with these beautiful, springtime arrangements! These blossoms smell so fragrant and make our Dining Room look as if it's full of sunshine! A special thank you goes out to our special friend for his or her love and kindness. Your kindness put smiles on to the faces of our members!"

       Boys Hockey Honor Roll for 2015-16 was recently announced. In the All Federation League, Division III, GIHS junior Zach Valvo was picked for the second team.

       This year's donations for the GIHS Senior Post Prom party are at an all time low, $190 raised from parents so far. They need to be at about $3000. Post Prom is an event that is not funded by the school so fundraising help is needed. If every senior family gave $10, they would be at about $2500. No donation is considered too small, and every little bit helps. Local business is also asked to help out. Please consider donating to this worthwhile event and keeping the kids safe after prom!

       Get your mom something nice at deSignet Jewelry, 1869 Whitehaven for Mother's Day. Many gifts, ready to wrap, under $50. The store is open tomorrow, 8-5 and Saturday, 9-2.

        The 2016 Grand Island Half Marathon and 10K Race will be held on Saturday, May 7th at Beaver Island State Park. Both races start at 9:00 a.m. in the main parking lot, onto West River Parkway. The 10-k runners turn back at the 3.1 mile mark and the half marathon continues to 6.5 mile mark, the road should be clear by noon.

        If you are thinking about signing up for the Gus Macker Basketball Tournament, June 4-5, do it quick! Registration ends May 16th, go to www.macker.com.

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

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  • The Grand Island Historical Society will have a meeting on Thursday, May 5, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. at River Lea in Beaver Island State Park.
  • The annual Maple Grove Cemetary meeting will take place on Thursday, May 5th at the Grand Island Memorial Library, 1715 Bedell Road, at 6:00 p.m.
  • The Buffalo Master Chorale and the Buffalo Niagara Youth Chorus present "Affirmation of Hope: All Things Irish", a commemoration of the 100th anniversary of the 1916 Easter Rising on Friday, May 6th, 7:30 pm - Trinity United Methodist, 2100 Whitehaven Rd.
  • St.Stephen Church, 2080 Baseline Road is hosting Imam Chawla and Father Francis Mazur on Friday, May 6th in a discussion on what every Christian wishes to know about Islam. Discussion will begin at 7:30 in the hospitality room.
  • Relay for Life Team Mallwitz is sponsoring a BW's Chicken Barbecue and Basket Raffle on Saturday, May 7, 2016, from 3:00 p.m. - 6:00 pm. at the Grand Island Rod & Gun Club
  • The GI Little League Opening Day is Saturday, May 7, 2016 at Veterans Park. The player parade is at 8:45 a.m., opening ceremonies at 9:00 a.m. and games begin at 10:00 a.m.
  • Sheriff's Department is hosting a free car seat safety inspection at the Grand Island Town Hall on Saturday, May 7th., from 9:00 a.m. - noon.
  • The Charles N. DeGlopper Memorial VFW Post 9249 Monthly meeting is Tuesday, May 10, 2016 at 7:00 PM. 2121 Grand Island Blvd.
  • Recovery International meets on Tuesday, May 10th from 7 to 9 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church, 2100 Whitehaven Road.
  • Nicaragua Mission Collection is Thursday, May 12th at Knight's of Columbus from 10am-6pm.

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    Thursday, April 28, 2016

       A very special happy birthday to April Wright today from grandson Wesley James McCandles, he says "I love you Grandma!"

        Happy birthday today to Elijah Linenfelser, Jaimen Wright, Pat Ehringer & Janet Austin. Happy birthday Friday, April 29th to Diane Goupil & Herman Black. A very popular birthdate is Saturday, April 30th. Happy day to Nolan Miles, Jessica Bykowicz, Ava DeFranks , Cheryl Loree, Anna Pullano, Taylor Firth, Janet Pedlow & Georgette Combes. Happy birthday, Sunday, May 1st to Krystin Hoppel, Rosemary Madejski, Joe Zilbauer, Amber Spiesz, Cynthia Stamler & Don Hammann. Happy birthday on Monday, May 2nd to Brent Fred Jr. Happy birthday to Katie Hillock & Patrick Smith on Tuesday, May 3rd and happy birthday to Mary Elisabeth Rustowicz, Sandie Rall-Smith, Emily Harnden, Mark Cunningham, Mary Pascucci & Frank Tominich on Wednesday.

       Congratulations to Dr. Stacey Watt of Grand Island, recognized as one of the Women of Distinction in Health Care by Assemblyman John Ceretto on April 16th in Niagara Falls.

       Allyson Nemeth & Jessica Flash of St. Stephen School raised over $7000 for Carly's Club Team Cure at the Third Annual Pasta Sauce-Off they organized on February 27th. Congratulations to the girls who have raised over $18,000 in the four years they have been fundraising.

       The Kaegebein PTA is doing a unique fundraiser this year. All students did a drawing at school that was sent to a company (SilverGraphics) that will make all sorts of items with the design. You can order canvas bags, mugs, potholders, water bottles, ceramic tiles, pendant necklaces, i-phone covers, wooden gift items and more. These are great gifts for all occasions. Products will be delivered by June 10th.

       See Scott Kalman compete in the "King of the Wing" competition at Say Cheese on Friday, April 29th at 7:30 p.m. Scott is part of a WNY Relay For Life team that will take on teams from Brooklyn, Syracuse, Nassau and Manhattan for bragging rights! See flyer.

       Nancy Buckley Valone sent in a "looking for" list and registered attendees for the GIHS Class of '66 reunion. Make your reservations now!

        Elderwood at Grand Island is a sponsor of Blue Mondays and Bluegrass Mondays in Lewiston this year. The free concert series is held at Hennepin Park Gazebo, on the corner of Fourth and Center streets, 7 to 9 p.m., July 11 through Aug. 29.

       Sadly, Theodore's Original Red Hots is closed while the owners are trying to work out a tax payment plan with New York State.

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

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  • The Grand Island Lawn Mower Racing series begins on Saturday, April 30th at Veterans Park at 12 noon.
  • National Prescription Drug Take-Back Day is Saturday, April 30 from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. at Grand Island Town Hall, 2255 Baseline Rd.
  • The Grand Island Community Chorus Spring Concert is at 7 pm Sunday, May 1, at St. Martin-in-the-Fields Episcopal Church, 2587 Baseline Road.
  • "Emerald Ash Borer: The beetle killing our ash trees!" seminar is Tuesday, May 3rd at the Connor Middle School Auditorium, 1100 Ransom Road at 7:00 p.m.
  • The Grand Island Autism Support Group meets Tuesday, May 3rd at 2139 Grand Island Blvd. from 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
  • Recovery International meets on Tuesday, May 3rd from 7 to 9 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church, 2100 Whitehaven Road.
  • The VFW is hosting a Chiavetta's Chicken BBQ on Wednesday, May 4th from 4:00 p.m. - gone.
  • The Grand Island Historical Society will have a meeting on Thursday, May 4, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. at River Lea in Beaver Island State Park.

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    Thursday, April 21, 2016

        Happy birthday Friday, April 22nd to Genna Baldassarre. Happy birthday Saturday, April 23rd to Sydney Neuhaus, Kathy Lechner, Nathan Miles & Carol Nogle. Happy birthday, Sunday, April 24th to my hubby Brad Robinson. Happy birthday on Monday, April 25th to Peggy Whitmire. Happy birthday to Mark Miles, Travis & Craig Perno, Lisa Braun, Brooke Christensen, Tessa DeMartin, Bernadette DiMartile & Scott Driess III on Tuesday, April 26th. Happy birthday Wednesday, April 27th to Dr. Bob Miller, Bethany Leiner (24) & Brandon Kinney.

       Congratulations to GIHS Baseball Coach Dean Santorio on his 200th win this week! Congratulations also to Huth Road Elementary teacher Diane Lipp, honored on April 16th in celebration of the Women of Distinction Awards, presented by Assemblyman John Ceretto and also to Huth Road music teacher Carol Horrigan, named Buffalo State Music Educator of the Year.

       A Fundraiser for the 2016 GIHS Senior Class is at Moe's Southwest Grill tonight, Thursday, April 21st from 4pm-8pm. Present flyer to cashier (printed or on mobile device) and 25% of sale will go to class. Only at 1551 Niagara Falls Blvd. Amherst. See flyer.

       The Grand Island Golden Age Center is participating in the University Express, a program on current affairs, history, science, the arts, wellness and more. The programs are given by retired and senior volunteers. The classes for the Spring semester that will be held at the Golden Age Center are:
  • The 10 Warning Signs of Alzheimer's Disease - Friday, April 8th at 10:00 a.m.
  • Embracing Elderhood: Creating a Plan for Aging - Tuesday, April 12th at 1:00 p.m.
  • What Does An Executor Do? - Thursday, April 14th at 12:30 p.m.
  • Alice in Wonderland, presentation by Island resident June Justice Crawford - Friday, April 15th at 10:00 a.m.
  • 1946 Montreal: Home to Two of the World's Greatest Sports Hero's - Friday, May 20th at 10:00 a.m.
  • Hard Times In Western New York - 1812-1844 - Thursday, June 2nd at 10:00 a.m.
  • Buffalo's Grain Elevators - Thursday, June 9th at 1:00 p.m.
  • The Evolution of French Fashion - Friday, June 10th at 10:00 a.m.
  • Active Weather in WNY - Thursday, June 14th at 1:00 p.m.
    Register by calling 773-9682. Full Spring Schedule.

       2016 All-Western New York girls basketball team honorable mention went to GIHS senior Dakaylah Winfield. Congratulations!

       The Town of Grand Island Summer Program book is out and jam packed with fun activities for kids and adults. For kids there is a Sports Craze program, swim lessons, outdoor fitness, nature program, Come and Create, US Kids Golf, Let's Dance class, Roller Hockey, Flag Football, Fishing Club, Sandlot Kickball and tennis and open swim for youth and adult. Open registration is Saturday, June 11th and General Registration is Monday-Friday, June 13-17 & June 20-24 at the Nike Base. See Recreation Summer Programs 2016.

       A Booster Night was held for Team Luke in the Ride for Roswell at Dick and Jenny's on April 20th. Luke Gworek is a third grader at Huth Road School and has been fighting leukemia since December 2013. Luke just had his last chemo treatment on April 1st. 20% of all food purchases were donated back to the team for the evening. If you would like to help the team, go to www.rideforroswell.org and type Team Luke in the search window to make a donation.

       The GIHS classes of '66, '76, '86 & '96 are all having reunions this summer. Take a look at the reunion page and make your plans to join your classmates in reminiscing the good ol' days! See reunion page.

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

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  • Cinderella Isle Garden Club will hold its April meeting on Thursday, April 21, 2016 at 5:30 p.m. at the Buffalo Launch Club, 503 E. River Rd.
  • Grand Island Central School District Health and Wellness Fair will be in the GIHS large cafeteria, 1100 Ransom Road on Saturday, April 23rd from 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
  • The Grand Island Historical Society will have a Spring Tea on Sunday, April 24, 2016 at 1:00 p.m. at River Lea in Beaver Island State Park.
  • Recovery International meets on Tuesday, April 19th from 7 to 9 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church, 2100 Whitehaven Road.
  • The American Legion, Grand Island Post #1346 general meeting is Wednesday, April 27th at 7:00 p.m. at the Loyal Order of The Moose Lodge
  • The Grand Island Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year Awards is Thursday, April 28th at Byblos Niagara Restort.

    Grand Island High School Sports Schedules

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    Thursday, April 14, 2016

        Happy birthday Thursday, April 14th to Dan Robinson, Nicholas Aronica, John Leszczak & James Stewart Jr. . Happy birthday Saturday, April 16th to Helen Harrison. Happy birthday on Monday, April 18th to Mark Hassan, & Jane Duffy . Happy birthday to Kenneth Johnson on Tuesday, April 19th. Happy 50th anniversary to Paul and Jean Leiner on April 15th.

       The Grand Island High School PTSA 32nd Annual Geranium and Plant Sale is now accepting orders. 100% of funds raised support the PTSA Scholarship Program. Orders must be in by Tuesday, April 26th. See order form for complete details.

       The Parish Players present "Hairspray" on Thursday, Friday & Saturday, April 14-15-16. Hairspray, $9.00 each ticket,Thursday, April 14th 7:00 p.m., Friday-SOLD OUT, Saturday, April 16th 1:00 p.m., Saturday, April 16th 7:00 p.m. Tickets are available at deSignet Jewelry, 1869 Whitehaven Road, call or email 465-5574 - kim@raru.com.

       The officers and members of the Grand Island American Legion Post 1346 are proud to introduce American Legion Baseball to Grand Island. The team will consist of players from Grand Island High School and games will be at Veterans Park on Monday evenings. A schedule will be available shortly. and your support would be appreciated.

        To celebrate the two year anniversary of her salon, Lisa Dilliot of Shear Paradise Salon is offering $5 off any service. The salon is conveniently located at 1871 Whitehaven Road and is open Tuesday-Saturday. See Shear Paradise Salon Coupon.

        Country music singer JB Aaron is performing Saturday night at Ellden's at River Oaks at 9:00 p.m. Tickets are available at the door for $10. See flyer for information.

       FYI: The news was posted a day early as I'm on vacation for a few 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.

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  • The Grand Island Memorial Library, 1715 Bedell Road, will host Create a Mini-Book with David Wasik on Saturday, April 16th at 11:00 a.m.
  • The Grand Island Historical Society will host an open house on Sunday, April 17th from 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. at River Lea in Beaver Island State Park.
  • The Zonta Club Spring Fashion Show is on Sunday, April 17, 2016 at the Buffalo Launch Club at 11:30 a.m.
  • The Grand Island Lions Club Spaghetti Dinner is on Monday, April 18th from 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at Byblos Niagra Resort, 100 Whitehaven Road.
  • Recovery International meets on Tuesday, April 19th from 7 to 9 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church, 2100 Whitehaven Road.
  • Cinderella Isle Garden Club will hold its April meeting on Thursday, April 21, 2016 at 5:30 p.m. at the Buffalo Launch Club, 503 E. River Rd.

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    Thursday, April 7, 2016

        Happy birthday today to Noland Welch & Barb Wilson. Happy birthday Friday, April 8th to Tom Crooks & Daniel Lynch. Happy birthday Saturday, April 9th to Rhett Robinson, Becca Zimmerman, Carolyn Marble & Wayne Kinney. Happy birthday on Monday, April 11th to Roman Jurga . A very special happy birthday to Betty Killian, 93 on Wednesday, April 13th. Happy anniversary to Vince and Margaret Martello today and to Gene & Joann Hasselbeck on April 12th

       Grand Island Central School District Athletic Department secretary Kathie Tim recently received the 2016 New York State Athletic Administrators Association Chapter 6 Secretary of the Year Award. Kathie was recognized at the NYS Public High Scholl Athletic Association conference on March 17th in Saratoga Springs. She has worked with Athletic Director Jon Roth for 15 years.

       Registration is now open for the Grand Island Youth Soccer programs. You can go online at www.gisoccerclub.org for complete details.

       Islanders Emily Pici and Anthony Borzillieri are performing in the "Theatre in the Mist" presentation of "A Lovely Night - The Music of Rodgers and Hammerstein" on April 15 - 24, at Stella Niagara Education Park, 4421 Lower River Road, Lewiston. It is an original music revue showcasing the music of America's most legendary writing team. See the website for show times and ticket information.

       FYI: Grand Island's 7-digit emergency number is 773-7508 (non-emergency 773-4334). Erie County Sheriff's is 858-2903.

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

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  • The Grand Island Historical Society monthly meeting is Thursday, April 7, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. at River Lea in Beaver Island State Park.
  • The Grand Island Memorial Library, 1715 Bedell Road, will have a Family Story Time on Monday, April 11th at 6:30 p.m.
  • The Charles N. DeGlopper Memorial VFW Post 9249 Monthly meeting is Tuesday, April 12, 2016 at 7:00 PM. 2121 Grand Island Blvd.
  • Recovery International meets on Tuesday, April 12th from 7 to 9 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church, 2100 Whitehaven Road.
    PTSA Plant Sale -The Grand Island High School PTSA 32nd Annual Geranium Sale is now accepting orders. 100% of funds raised support the PTSA Scholarship Program. Orders must be in by Tuesday, April 26th. See order form for complete details.

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    Thursday, March 31, 2016

        Happy birthday today to Barry Smith & LCpl Tom Shanor . Happy birthday Friday, April 1st to Jeremy Figler. Happy birthday Saturday, April 2nd to Joel Moyer. Happy birthday on Sunday to Dante LoPresti. Happy birthday Monday, April 4th to Natalie Baldassare & Mike Geblein, and happy, happy 21st birthday to my daughter Zoe Dodd on Monday also. Happy anniversary to Rosemary & Bruce Wojick today!

       The Niagara Frontier League has named three senior Grand Island High School athletes to first team, winter league. Wrestling- Zach Breeden, Girls Basketball - Dakaylah Winfield and Girls Bowling - senior Christina Sutton.

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    top: Grand Island Bridges Resident Book 55 Trips - $5.00, undated.
    middle: Grand Island Bridges 30 Day Commutation Book 30 Trips - $2.50, dated July 25, 1976
    bottom: Grand Island Transit Schedule, Buffalo to Niagara Falls, dated September 7, 1969.

       Doug Smith stopped by with some treasures before he left this week for a new adventure in Cortland, NY. What you may not notice in the picture above is the middle book, inside tickets are printed upside down. Doug also left behind a ticket from the Island Theatre Group, a membership card to the Grand Island Art Society and tickets from the first Taste of Grand Island in 2012.

        The Grand Island High School Boys Lacrosse team started their season on Wednesday, March 30th against Amherst, coming out on top 12-9. Last year they had their first winning season since 2006 with a 11-7 overall record. They ended up losing to Niagara Wheatfield in the quarterfinals of the Section VI Class B tournament after beating Lake Shore 17-13. Their next game is Friday, April 1st at Grand Island at 5:00 p.m. against Niagara Wheatfield.

       The Grand Island High School PTSA 32nd Annual Geranium Sale is now accepting orders. 100% of funds raised support the PTSA Scholarship Program. Orders must be in by Tuesday, April 26th. See order form for complete details.

       Thanks to Mike Carr and The Village Inn for coming back onboard as an advertiser. Everything at the Village Inn is homemade and don't forget to save room for the desserts Sarah creates daily. Some customer favorites are Bread Puddings like Cinnabon, Blueberry Streusel, or Maple Pecan French Toast, or Cheesecakes which sell out quickly like Junk in the Trunk, Chocolate Covered Cherry, or Peanut Butter Oreo. She takes creative spins on the traditional Cream Pies, like Black Bottom Banana Cream to Grand Marnier Orange Chocolate Cream!

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

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  • The Parish Players present "The Little Mermaid" for children ages 4-14 on Friday, Saturday & Sunday, April 1-2-3. Little Mermaid Jr. $6.00 each ticket. Friday April 1st 7:00 p.m, Saturday April 2nd 1:00 p.m., Saturday April 2nd 7:00 p.m., Sunday April 3rd 1:00 p.m.
  • St. Martin-in-the-Fields Episcopal Church will have a spaghetti dinner on Saturday, April 2nd at Sandy Beach Yacht Club.
  • The Grand Island Autism Support Group meets at 2139 Grand Island Blvd. from 6:30 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. on Tuesday, April 5th.
  • The Grand Island Snowmobile Club monthly meeting is Wednesday, April 6, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. at the GI Rod & Gun Club, 1083 Whitehaven Road.
  • The Grand Island Historical Society monthly meeting is Thursday, April 7, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. at River Lea in Beaver Island State Park.

    Grand Island High School Sports Schedules

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    Thursday, March 24, 2016

        Happy birthday today to Jillian Sheehan & Jack Burns. Happy birthday Friday, March 25th to Jack Mahnk, Amy Blundell & Sue Ann Mackenna. Happy birthday to Kendall Duscher, Betty Marinell, Leon Zakrzewski & Angelo LaDuca on Saturday, March 26th. Happy birthday on Sunday to Brooklyn Landroche & Frances Tracy and on Monday, March 28th to mom-in-law Valerie Robinson, hope your dancing soon! Also on March 28th to Annalea Masiello, Liza Bowman, Morgan Green, Olivia Williams, Barb Wienke, Kenna MacNeil, Jacob Stewart. Happy birthday Tuesday, March 29th to Margie Southwood, Tracey Shickluna & Chloe Fitzsimmons. Happy birthday Wednesday, March 30th to Sharon Wright & Jonathan Leiner, four years-old! .

       Don't forget the Easter Egg Hunt & Bunny Visit is tomorrow, Friday, March 25th, starting at 10:00 a.m. Try to find the golden egg!


       John Elwell recently sent in a clipping from October 1, 1975 PennySaver. In it a group of Islanders were on an annual fishing trip in Ontario. Featured in the story is Louis Quaglianna, now deceased, showing off his first catch ever, a 45" muskelunge. Click here to see the full write-up and photo of the "Grand Island Beer Drinkers and Poker Players Society".

    From left: Fahim with Dick Krajewski, Fed Ex driver.

        The Island Ship Center is almost ready to celebrate their 10th anniversary on April 5th. Fahim & Seema Mojawalla have transformed what used to be a dreaded experience into a highly anticipated stop. The shipping center is adding the capability of shipping large items, 500 mail boxes with keyless entry and a larger gift shop area, thanks to an addition and remodeling effort by property owner Larry Playfair. The Mojawalla's had an idea for a motivational wall, shown above, painted by local artist Theresa Covatto. Each week Fahim will be posting motivational quotes within the island. Stop by for shipping, a gift or just to say hi and be energized by their positive spirit. Their social media hashtags are #Spaofshipping, #ExudeExcellence and #FahimFix.

       Shear Paradise Hair Salon is looking for a stylist for a chair rental. Call Lisa at call 773-0000 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.

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  • St. Stephen School Fish Fry Dinner is Friday, March 25h from 4:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Take out only.
  • VFW Men's Auxiliary Lenten Fish Fry Dinner is Friday, March 25th from 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m., 2121 Grand Island Blvd.
  • Recovery International Meeting is Tuesday, March 29, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church.
  • The American Legion, Grand Island Post #1346 general meeting is Wednesday, March 30th at 7:00 p.m. at the Loyal Order of The Moose.

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    Thursday, March 17, 2016

        Happy birthday today to Nancy Anderson, Nonnie Carroll and Paul Gurzinski. Happy birthday Friday, March 18th to Adam Missert, Nicholas Tim, Audrey Mason, Eddie Krecisz. Happy birthday to Carol Sharpe & Lester Lee on Saturday, March 19th. Happy birthday on Sunday to Marty Bidell, Mary O'Dea Beyer, & David Ames and on Monday, March 21st to Paul Roeder, Ruth Ryan, Daniel Parker & Dolores Laska. Happy birthday Tuesday, March 22nd to Wendy Stratton-Gross & Peter Baker. Happy birthday Wednesday, March 23rd to Jim Olmstead, Pat Harding & Ryan Kernin.

       Congratulations! GIHS senior Dakaylah Winfield was named the Niagara Gazette Girls Basketball Player of the Year. She had 403 points, 113 assists and 112 steals to lead the league this season. A nice story in the Gazette today by Derek Wangler noted Dakaylah was not only a great player, but a great teammate and leader. Also named to the Gazette First Team was senior Kali Hausrath who averaged 8 points and 7.2 rebounds and had six double-doubles.

       Congratulations to Joe Kulikowski named to the Niagara Gazette All-Area Boys Basketball Second Team. Joe averaged 16 points, 3 rebounds and had 52 3-pointers during the season. He finished as the third all-time leading scorer in Grand Island history with 919 points.

       The UB Bulls women's basketball team and Cassie Oursler are headed to the MAC Tournament. They are seeded 14th and will play against third-seeded Ohio State University Buckeyes on Friday, March 18th at 2:30 p.m. on ESPN2 or Radio 1520 AM. A nice story about Cassie, written by Amy Moritz was published in the Buffalo News on Friday. See here.

       Island Ship Center will be closed Friday, March 18th & Saturday, March 19th and we will reopen on Monday, March 21st at 8:30 AM. Fahim says "Thank you for allowing us to transform our store into the Spa of Shipping, changing the mundane into extraordinary. "

       The Grand Island Memorial Library has a busy week planned for the holiday break next week. These activities are available:
    Star Wars Academy, 3/21 6-12 years, Movie Afternoon, 3/23 all ages, Charlie & Checkers, 3/24 all ages. Check out the library page for more information.

       The Grand Island Central School District Board of Education held their General Session Meeting in the Professional Development Room of Grand Island High School on Monday March 14, 2016. You can see the meeting here.

        There are a couple of new job postings on the GI jobs page, small engine repair and Veterans Park Security Patrol positions.

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

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  • St. Stephen School Fish Fry Dinner is Friday, March 18th from 4:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
  • "Empty Nesters" is the name of the program presented from 10 a.m. to noon, Saturday, March 19 at Buckhorn Island State Park on Grand Island
  • VFW Auxiliary Corned Beef & Cabbage Dinner is Saturday, March 19th from 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
  • The Strictly Hip will be performing at Ellden's at River Oaks, 201 Whitehaven Road on Saturday, March 19th.
  • Recovery International Meeting is Tuesday, March 22, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church.
  • The Lions Club March meeting is on Wednesday, March 23rd at Byblos Resort at 6:30 p.m.

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    Thursday, March 10, 2016

        Happy birthday to Pat Kendzierski and her son Adam Kratz on March 13 and to daughter Mindi Kratz on Tuesday, March 15th!

        Happy birthday today to Nancy Seifert Dinan. Happy birthday Friday, March 11th to Emily Bolles, Roman Cacciatore & David Cook. Happy birthday to Madison MacNeil, Ray Hayward, Michele Beauchamp, Jojo Paczynski Sparcino on Saturday, March 12th. Happy birthday on Sunday to my sister Karen Hayes Smith and on Monday, March 14th to Jon Grenda, Kathy Shaklee, Rebecca Popiel, Mary Herbst & Patricia Krantz. Happy birthday Tuesday, March 15th to Gail Monti. Happy birthday Wednesday, March 16th to Dan Lee, Cameron Willer, Chris Bihler, Sally Black, Pat Phillips, & Aree Saenger.

       Happy 31st anniversary to Vicki & Ian Harnden on Monday, March 16th!


       Last weeks article on the well recovered from the Niagara River resulted in Jennifer Wenner sharing a cute photo of her son George taken last fall while walking at Beaver Island. Kudos to LDC Construction for getting the job done, gratis!

       The UB Bulls women's basketball team beat Ohio University (ranked #1 MAC) 72-60 in a quarterfinal in Cleveland Wednesday, with a lot of help from Cassie Oursler. Cassie scored 10 points and 5 rebounds in the final quarter, for a total of 15 points. Ohio U. was 16-0 against 10 of its 11 conference opponents, but 0-3 against the Bulls. Nice work Cassie! Next game is tomorrow, Friday, March 11th at noon, against Akron (19-12).

    Town Cafe owner Lynn Quarentello, center with lottery officials.

    The Town Cafe was visited by members of the Ontario, Canada Lottery and New York State Lottery on Wednesday, March 9th to see how the restaurant operates their Keno game. They were chosen as one of only 22 sites to visit throughout the state.

       Deputy Highway Superintendent Dick Crawford passed this along; Town law prohibits parking on town and county roads from November 1 till April 1, from 2am to 7 am.Mild weather certainly is welcomed, however "Mother Nature" has proved that she still may have either snow or ice in a future forecast. The ordinance allows us to get whatever the weatherman throws our way, safely off the road for all drivers.

       A nice story about long-time Island residents Doug & Polly Smith was featured in The Buffalo News on Sunday, March 6th. The Smiths will be leaving Grand Island this Spring to be closer to their daughter in Cortland, NY. See story written by Colin Dabkowski.

        Three Island residents are acting in the Niagara Regional Theatre Guild presentation of "When We Are Married". You have until March 20th to see Alaina Kulikowski, Dawn Marcolini-Newton and Fran Newton on stage. 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.

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  • The Kaegebein PTA Family Fun Night is on Friday, March 11th at the school. Public welcome!
  • St. Stephen School Fish Fry Dinner is Friday, March 11th from 4:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
  • VFW Men's Auxiliary Lenten Fish Fry Dinner is Friday, March 11th from 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m., 2121 Grand Island Blvd.
  • Saint Martin-in-the-Field Episcopal Church is hosting a Zumbathon on Saturday, March 12, 2016 at 10:30 a.m. at the church, 2587 Baseline Road.
  • A Family Fun Day will be held by Grand Island Cooperative Nursery School in the family room of Trinity United Methodist Church, 2100 Whitehaven Road on Saturday March 12th, from 11:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m.
  • The Grand Island Dog Park is hosting a Pet Expo on Saturday, March 12th from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. at the Grand Island Community Center, Nike Base, 3278 Whitehaven Road.
  • The Grand Island Moose Lodge is hosting the Wide Right band and a basket raffle on Saturday, March 12, 2016, from 6:00 p.m. - midnight at Mallwitz's Island Lanes.
  • Adrian's Custard & Beef opens Tuesday, March 15, 2016 for lunch.
  • Recovery International Meeting is Tuesday, March 15, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church.
  • The Grand Island GOP is hosting a St. Patrick's Day Event honoring former Supervisor Mary Cooke on Wednesday, March 16th from 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. at the Beaver Island Casino

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    Thursday, March 3, 2016

        Happy birthday today to John Simon & Anne Rollins. Happy birthday Friday, March 4th to Kevin Smith & Grace Myhre. Happy birthday to Tim Moriarty, David McConnell, Rich Amantia, Missy Fargino & Jeanne Powers on Saturday, March 5th. Happy birthday on Sunday to Hayden Backlund, Eilene Gebrian & Pat Bassler and on Monday, March 7th to Linda Leuchner, Lola Brindisi, William Ortiz, Joseph Sick, Carol O'Connor & Leda Barton. Happy birthday Tuesday, March 8th to Diane Grant & David Schaefer. Happy birthday Wednesday, March 9th to Grace Wenner, James O'Brien, Muriel Walker & Elaine Hardman.

       Good luck to GIHS Indoor Track team members Kaitlynn Tuohy, Genna Baldassarre and Joe Frailey headed to Cornell University in Ithaca, NY this weekend for the NYSPHSAA Championship on Saturday, March 5th.

       
       Spring is just around the corner...Adrian's Custard & Beef is opening on Tuesday, March 15th.



       Fahim Mojawalla at Island Ship Center recently added the delivery service of DHL Express to his shipping business. DHL Express transports documents and goods to more than 220 countries and territories around the world.

       Relay For Life of Grand Island Kickoff is planned for Tuesday, March 8th at 7:00 p.m. at the Connor Middle School cafeteria. The western theme is "Wanted! Cure for Cancer". At this point, there are 21 registered teams and 86 participants who have already raised over $12,000. Everyone is invited to attend.

        Get groovy at the Huth Road Bazaar on Friday, March 4 from 5:00 to 8:00 p.m. This is a family fun, 60s themed event. You can grab a bite to eat in the cafeteria, play games in the gym, and visit the book fair in the community room. Try your luck at the cake walk and the fish pitch. Then strike a pose in the photo booth. Don't miss the popular basket raffle.

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

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  • The Grand Island Historical Society monthly meeting is Thursday, March 3, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. at River Lea in Beaver Island State Park.
  • Island Presbyterian Church, 1822 Huth Road will host "World Day of Prayer" on Friday, March 4th at 10:00 a.m.
  • St. Stephen School Fish Fry Dinner is Friday, March 4th from 4:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
  • The Charles N. DeGlopper Memorial VFW Post 9249 Monthly meeting is Tuesday, March 8, 2016 at 7:00 PM. 2121 Grand Island Blvd.
  • Recovery International Meeting is Tuesday, March 8, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church.
  • The GI Rotary Club dinner meeting is Wednesday, March 9th at 6:15 p.m. at the Buffalo Launch Club.

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    Thursday, February 25, 2016

        Happy birthday today to Scott Tetreault & Kevin Brock. Happy birthday Friday, February 26th to David Rogers & Debbie Kennedy-Rogoza. A special happy birthday to my niece Gabby Robinson turning 18 on Saturday, February 27th, also to Kevin Koch Jr. & Mike Cali. Happy birthday on Monday, February 29th to Jason Weis & Donna Linenfelser. Happy birthday Tuesday, March 1st to Mike Rayhill, Karie Stedman, Ashley Gorman & Sarah Dollendorf and to Jane Cooke celebrating her 21st birthday! Happy birthday Wednesday, March 2nd to Jamie Akers Smith.

       The Grand Island GOP is hosting a St. Patrick's Day Event honoring former Supervisor Mary Cooke on Wednesday, March 16th from 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. at the Beaver Island Clubhouse. Everyone is welcome to attend. Tickets are $25 each. See flyer.

       Congratulations to Islanders and UB students Jacob Dixon & Chris Komin on being a finalist in the "Red Bull Can You Make It" contest. Now they have to wait for a panel of judges to pick the teams to participate in the European adventure.

       The Lady Vikings basketball team lost to Williamsville South on Wednesday, February 24th in a quarterfinal game. Congratulations ladies on a fine season.

       Grand Island High School athlete Giana Aiello was named Female Comeback Athlete of the Year at the Niagara Police Athletic League Sports Awards Dinner on Sunday, February 21st. Giana tore her ACL twice and returned to the soccer team for the 2015 season and earned second team All-NFL honors.

       An informational meeting was held on Friday, February 19th at Town Hall regarding the Southpointe project, located between Baseline Rd., Staley Rd., the Parkway and Love Rd. This project has been in the works for over 20 years. The plan is for approximately 400 units including single homes, attached single family homes and an assisted living area. The new plan shown calls for a large wetland area in the center and an area of 40 single homes at Baseline and Love Rd and 40 homes in the eastern portion by the Parkway. The northern section would be the most densely populated area with single, attached and assisted living space. The sewer district would expand, paid for by the developer. The next action to be taken is a SEQR determination by the Town Board. A public hearing will eventually be held.

       A couple additional Dean's List announcements. 2014 GIHS graduate Jacob Athoe named to the Boston University Dean's List and Niagara University student Drew Pitts, named to the Dean's List majoring in Computer Science. Congratulations guys!

       A Buffalo News story this week had good reviews on UB basketball player and Islander Cassie Oursler. Cassie scored a season-high 16 points last Saturday to help the team beat Miami of Ohio 58-39. The story said she "has made a good impact on UB since joining the team." Cassie is averaging 7.2 points and 6.6 rebounds per game. The Lady Bulls won Wednesday, February 24th 55-52 against Bowling Green and are hoping for home court advantage in the MAC tournament first round.

       At the Nickel City Chef Challenge on March 6th, Riverstone Grill owner/chef Chaz Bulera is taking on Nickel City Chef Jennifer Boye of Elm Street Bakery at Artisan Kitchens & Baths on Amherst Street. The event is sold out. Good luck Chef!

       The GIHS Class of 1966 is working on getting a tour of the High School scheduled for Friday, July 1st, in the afternoon. If any of the reunion classes would be interested in learning more...contact me at jodi@giecom.net and I will get you in touch with the right people.

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  • St. Stephen School Fish Fry Dinner is Friday, February 26th from 4:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
  • It's Country Night, 90 West Band will be performing at Ellden's at River Oaks, 201 Whitehaven Road on Saturday, February 27th. Doors open at 8:00 p.m.
  • The GIHS Rugby Club is hosting a spaghetti dinner on Tuesday, March 1, 2016 from 4:00 - 8:00 p.m. at the High School.
  • Recovery International Meeting is Tuesday, March 1, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church.
  • The Grand Island Snowmobile Club monthly meeting is Wednesday, March 2, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. at the GI Rod & Gun Club.
  • The Grand Island Historical Society monthly meeting is Thursday, March 3, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. at River Lea in Beaver Island State Park.

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    Thursday, February 18, 2016

        Happy birthday today to Michelle Gast, Patrick Stouter & Chris Ciszek. Happy birthday Friday, February 19th to Joan Santospirito, Katherine Lommer, & Phyllis Jean Wesolek. A special happy birthday to my nephew in CA, Bryan Smith on Saturday, February 20th, along with MaryJo Gill, Dick Bessel and Katie Brady. Happy birthday on Sunday, February 21st to Chere Rupp. Happy birthday Monday, February 22nd to Marilyn Wilkie Watt.. Happy day, Tuesday, February 23rd to Jo Klock, Paula Nakayama & Sophia Black and Wednesday, February 24th to Brian Robinson, Ed Stisser & Dottie Carter.

       #8 GIHS boys basketball beat #9 Sweet Home at the Class A-1 pre-quarterfinal at home on Wednesday night, by a score of 61-32. Joe Kulikowski had 16 points and Kyle Burns, back from a ten game absence from a broken arm, had 8 points. The Vikings will play at #1 Williamsville South on Friday, February 19th at 7:00 p.m., in the A-1 quarter-final.

       #4 GIHS Lady Vikings basketball team beat #5 Hutch Tech Thursday evening, February 18th by a score of 51-37 in the Class A-1 quarterfinal. Dakaylah Winfield had 19 points, 10 rebounds and 10 steals to lead the team. Sam Bailey had 14 rebounds. Next up is top seeded Williamsville South on Wednesday, February 24th at Kenmore West High School.

       The GI Chamber of Commerce is looking for nominations for the Citizen of the Year Awards dinner on Thursday, April 28th. Award winners can be a business, organization, a teacher or individuals who go the extra mile. The deadline for nominations is March 1st. Nomination Form .

       Congratulations to my daughter Zoe Dodd! She has been named to the St. Bonaventure Dean's List for the fall 2015 semester. Zoe is a junior English major and is interning at Olean Middle School this semester.

       GI based Plumeria, a natural bath and body product store is opening a second location on March 1st in the Eastern Hills Mall. The Island store is located in Top's plaza.

       The GIHS class of 1976 is celebrating its 40th reunion this year. If you have information on any class members, please contact me at jodi@giecom.net. A boat cruise on the Grand Lady is planned for Sunday, July 3rd from 6-9 p.m. After the cruise, the plan is to meet at Mallwitz's Island Lanes for their All Island Reunion.

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  • Cinderella Isle Garden Club will hold its February meeting on February 18, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church.
  • St. Stephen School Fish Fry Dinner is Friday, February 19th from 4:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
  • VFW Auxiliary Pork Roast Dinner is on Saturday, February 20th from 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. at the Post, 2121 Grand Island Blvd.
  • Recovery International Meeting is Tuesday, February 23, 2016 at 7:00 PM at Trinity United Methodist Church.
  • The American Legion, Grand Island Post #1346 general meeting is Wednesday, February 24th at 7:00 p.m. at the Loyal Order of The Moose Lodge.

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    Thursday, February 11, 2016

        A very happy birthday today to Jackie Walt, Richard Dobmeier, Joan Barone & Dominic Mazzola. Happy birthday Friday, February 12th to Kim Kalman, Carol Roesch, Patty Rink and her twin sister Penny Linenfelser, Jayce Claus & Jack Muscarella. A special happy birthday shout out to Dorothy Lovelee turning 90 years young. Dorothy is a 82 year resident of Grand Island and now resides at Elderwood Health Care. Happy birthday Saturday, February 13th to Adam Dahlberg, Mitchell Matthews , Nancy Hamm-Johnson, Hans Sterzelbach & Emma Wheeler, turning 9!!! Happy Valentine's Day birthday on Sunday, February 14th to Kassie Bennett, Wayne Anstett & Shirley Martin. Happy birthday Monday, February 15th to Herman Roberts, Philip Sahlem, Todd Sipson, Kellie Kehoe & Daniel Baney.. Happy day, Tuesday, February 16th to Deborah Parker, Marianne Ward & Lynne Rimer and Wednesday, February 17th to Bill Hackett, Bob Pownall, Kathy Garlapow & Pat Kostenbauder.

       Congratulations to GIHS girls basketball player Dakaylah Winfield on scoring her 1,000th career point on Thursday, February 11th in a win over W. Seneca East, 63-51. She also had 10 assists in the final regular season game. (14-6)


       The combined Kenmore/Grand Island girls hockey team came in second place at the New York State Championship on Saturday, February 6th in Albany. Congratulations to Islanders Andrea Colon, Tori Botticello, Abby Blair, LeeAnn Wright & Rosie Boyko!



       GIHS class of 1996 to hold 20 year Reunion on Saturday, July 2nd at Speak Easy Parlour, located on the 4th floor of Pearl Street Grill & Brewery. Tickets are $65/person and include hors d'oeuvres, 3 hours OPEN BAR, dinner & desserts. For additional information please contact Christina Galbreath at 843-816-2814 or Christina@hiltonheadhomes.com.

        A workshop held on Monday, February 8th was well attended by residents interested in the Gus Macker Basketball Tournament, trapping on Town land, the Chicken Law and Tourist Homes. Public hearings will be held in the future, possibly by the next meeting, scheduled for Monday, March 7th. If you have an opinion on any of these topics, you can let the Town Board know by emailing townboard@grand-island.ny.us or by mail at 2255 Baseline Road.

       This weekend is going to be freezing and your going to want to stay inside! It's the perfect time to scroll through hundreds of photos from past Grand Island events, people and landmarks. Start at the most recent photo and click on the "Previous" pages at the top of the page.

        The Sandy Beach Neighborhood Block Watch group is asking for the Town Police, Sheriff and State Police to patrol the streets as speeding and blowing through stop signs has become a major problem.

       Registration for Grand Island Little League's 2016 Season is Now Open! GILL is offering a 2nd in person registration event on Saturday, February 13th from 10:30 am – 1:00 pm at the GI Memorial Library. You can also visit the Grand Island Little League website at www.grandislandll.com to register your child(ren) online and check out important league dates and more on the GILL site!


        Fahim Mojawalla at the Island Ship Center has Grand Island items for sale, including etched glasses made by the GIHS Technology Department. He donates much of the profits back to the school, so if you are looking for a unique gift, stop by 1879 Whitehaven to view the glass selection.

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

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  • St. Stephen School Fish Fry Dinner is Friday, February 12th from 4:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
  • "Birding on the Niagara River" from 10 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. on Saturday, February 13 at Beaver Island State Park on Grand Island.
  • Informational community events meeting, taking place at 7:00 p.m. on Monday, February 15th at Mallwitz Island Lanes, hosted by Corey McGowan.
  • Recovery International Meeting is Tuesday, February 16, 2016 at 7:00 PM at Trinity United Methodist Church.
  • Cinderella Isle Garden Club will hold its February meeting on February 18, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church

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    Thursday, February 4, 2016

        A very happy birthday today to Emma Hall, Juliette Caprio, Mary Lou Jerge, Pete Marston, Maureen Lewis, and Dan Ryan. Happy birthday Friday, February 5th to Geraldine (Jeri) Benzing & Kip Staub. Happy birthday Saturday, February 6th to Olivia Wenner, Noelle Linenfelser & Cody Okelberry. Happy birthday Sunday, February 7th to Glenn Skelly. Happy birthday Monday, February 8th to Diane Gurbacki, Sarah Klock , David Santa Lucia, Jadon Garman, Carleigh Rodriguez, Sheila Strott and Jackson Tower.. Happy day, Tuesday, February 9th to Elinor Wiant, Linda Tomkiel & Chris Ford and Wednesday, February 10th to Kaylee Montana.

       The annual Father's Day Lawnmower Race & Kevin's 5K Run is scheduled for Saturday, June 18th. A new twist this year is a boat show with Bill DeGlopper at the helm. Should be classic!

       Kristin (Dussault) McGinnis is looking for information regarding the GIHS class of 1991 25th reunion. If anyone has information, contact me at jodi@giecom.net so I can pass it along.

       The Grand Island High School Music Department is presenting "Mary Poppins" on February 4, 5 & 6 at 7:30 p.m. in the Grand Viking Theater, 1100 Ransom Rd.

       Congratulations to the Grand Island High School girls hockey team. This first year team is headed to the NYS semifinal on Friday. The girls have joined a Kenmore team that has gone to the state semifinal for the past four years, eliminated three times, then losing the final last year.

       There is a Town Board workshop meeting regarding the Gus Macker on Monday, February 8th at 4:30 p.m. in the downstairs conference room.

       A well, that was in the east Niagara River just off River Lea and is thought to be circa 1900, was lifted and moved onto shore on Tuesday, February 2nd. I will be getting photos and the scoop very soon from Paul Leuchner. Thanks Paul!!!

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

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  • Bill Koch will present a program on Buffalo churches on Friday, February 5th at St. Stephen Church at 7:00 p.m.
  • Sidway School 2016 Family Fun Day & Basket Raffle is Saturday, February 6th from 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
  • Legislator Kevin Hardwick will host a HEAP Outreach on Monday, Feb. 8, 2016 at Grand Island Golden Age Center from 9:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Recovery International Meeting is Tuesday, February 9, 2016 at 7:00 PM at Trinity United Methodist Church.
  • The Charles N. DeGlopper Memorial VFW Post 9249 Monthly meeting is Tuesday, February 9, 2016 at 7:00 p.m. at the post.
  • Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper at Trinity United Methodist Church on Tuesday, February 9, 2016 from 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.

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    Thursday, January 28, 2016

        A very happy birthday today to Kelly Greene Cunningham from her mom Lynn Lombardo. Happy birthday Friday, January 29 to Eric Sharpe, Nicholas Penque & Ruth Rocke. Happy birthday Saturday, January 30th to David Clayton III, Rich Foks & Art Haller. Happy birthday Sunday, January 31st to Anthony Mondi, Ronald Duguay, Hailee Clayton & Conner Bolles. Happy birthday Monday, February 1st to BFF Mandy Malaney and to Ryan Pecoraro, Clyde Hickok & Sydney Mazur.. Happy day, Tuesday, February 2nd to Lee Richard, Cheryl Wasson, Natalie Kopf & Dominic Pullano and Wednesday, February 3rd to Ilene Dee, Rita DeGlopper and Ryan Timmerman.

        Congratulations to Ray Pauley, honored at the Installation of Officers program at the Grand Island Fire Company on January 9th, for 52 years of active service. Ray is the Public Information Officer for the fire company and has led the top 10 responders list for many, many years. Thanks to Ray for keeping the residents updated on GIFC calls, along with photos. Since joining the GIFC in 1963, Ray has worked his way through the ranks and was Fire Chief from 1989-1991.


       Congratulations to GI seniors Austin Blair and Gabby Robinson, named King and Queen at the Winter Dance on Saturday, January 23rd at the high school.

       Thanks to Doug Smith, a 49 year resident headed with wife Polly to be near their daughter in Cortland, NY, in the spring. Doug called to say he is clearing out his home and has treasures he just can't toss away, would I take them? Of course I would! Delivered Friday, along with wonderful stories of the past, was a Grand Island Transit bus schedule, a Grand Island Centennial program from 1952, a copy of the last Tonawanda News paper dated January 31, 2015 and a copy of The Boston Herald, announcing the death of President Roosevelt, dated April 13, 1945. I can't wait to see what he comes up with next!!!!

       Buffalo News Fall Power 10 High School Sport ranking listed Grand Island boys soccer at #8. "After a 0-1-1 start, the Vikings won 19 in a row to earn the state's top ranking in Class A and reach the state semifinals. Grand Island's thrilling run ended with a 3-2 loss to eventual state champion Amityville of Section XI. Still, a 19-win season equals one heck of a year."

       The Niagara Regional Theatre Guild is presenting "The Miracle Worker", January 29th - February 14th at the Ellicott Creek Playhouse, 530 Ellicott Creek Road, Tonawanda. Two Island residents are appearing in the show, they are Bethany Kulikowski as Helen Keller and Tom Slaiman as the doctor. For information, call 260-2319 or go to www.niagaratheatre.com.

       Registration for Grand Island Little League's 2016 Season is Now Open! Visit the Grand Island Little League website at www.grandislandll.com to register your child(ren) online, read the 2016 GILL newsletter, check out important league dates for 2016 and more! If you prefer to register in person, GILL is offering their annual registration event on Saturday, January 30th from 10:300 am - 2:00 pm at the GI Memorial Library. The registration form is available in the Handout Section of the GILL website.

       There are about 20 tickets left for the GIAA Comedy Show at Ellden's at River Oaks tomorrow night. The headliner is Jeff Pirrami out of NYC, along with Tony Pusateri and Rick Matthews. See details.

       That crazy rescue dog Lollie was finally caught after 40 days on her own. Her mad-cap adventure began at the north end of Grand Island, traveled over most of the rest of the Island, up over the North Bridge, and around the LaSalle area of Niagara Falls.. Talk about nine lives! Lollie finally wandered into a trap set next to Ventry's Pizza on Pierce Avenue in Niagara Falls and was brought back to the shelter where she started, in Nassau, Bahamas.

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

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  • Recovery International Meeting is Tuesday, February 2, 2016 at 7:00 PM at Trinity United Methodist Church.
  • The Grand Island Snowmobile Club monthly meeting is Wednesday, February 3, 2016 at 7:30 p.m. at the GI Rod & Gun Club, 1083 Whitehaven Road. Everyone is welcome.

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    Thursday, January 21, 2016

        A very happy birthday today to Mary Cooke, thanks for your many years of service in Town government and in volunteer activites. Happy birthday Friday, January 22 to Jean Bousquet, Joanne Browne, Margie Rall Hunter, Karen Geng, Vinny Pascucci & Christian Bermel. Happy birthday Saturday, January 23rd to Joan Raab, Jonathan Minton, Allison Boron & Mark Leffler. Happy birthday Sunday, January 24th to Louie Freitas, Joyce Warning, Hunter Schmidt, Sarah Ramsperger, Benjamin DeFranks & Tyler Meyer. Happy birthday Monday, January 25th to Anita Wasson, Al Ackerman, Jason MacClelland & Colton Wilkinson and on Tuesday, January 26th to Tommy Geblein & Wayne Baumler and Wednesday, January 27th to Sabrina Butcher turning 10 and Mary Stewart celebrating her 75th special day.

        I received an email from SSgt Andrew G. Golembiewski, a Grand Island resident from 1983 - 2003 and graduate of GIHS Class of 2002. He wrote "just wanted to let the hometown know that I will deploying in April of 2016 for 6 Months. I send all my love to my GI family. I am stationed at JBPHH, HI." Stay safe Andrew and thank you for your service.


        Does this look familiar? Don "Bones" Fancher brought this photo in of his family and Ramblin' Lou from 1952. It was taken at Smitty's Restaurant, located in the spot where the Island Deli now stands. From left in the photo is Don Fancher, Karen Anderson Webb, Ramblin Lou; offstage is Don's sisters, Donna Fancher Carpenter and Hazel Fancher Rowe.

       The Buffalo News had a photo montage of 50 - "You know you're from Buffalo if ..." on Monday, January 18, 2016, on their website. #39 was "Seeing the Grand Island bridges approach fills you with a sense of dread". We know different! I believe for most Islanders it is relief, almost home!

       Grand Island Board of Education meetings are now airing on Time Warner Cable. Tune into Channel 22 on Saturday 8:30 PM and on Sunday 12:00 PM to view the most current Board of Education meeting. You can also view the meetings online on the GI School District website here.

        The Town is seeking interested individuals to volunteer for several Advisory Board openings: One opening for CONSERVATION, four openings for ECONOMIC DEVELOPMENT and two openings for TRAFFIC SAFETY. If you are interested see story. Letters must be submitted by January 27th.

       Nerd's Gone Wild will be performing at Ellden's at River Oaks, 201 Whitehaven Road on Friday, January 22nd. Doors open at 8:00 p.m. A portion of the proceeds will go to the Wellness Institute of Greater Buffalo. See flyer for details.

        Get your tickets fast to the GI Alumni Assoc. 9th Annual Comedy Night at Ellden's at River Oaks on Friday, January 29th. There are three comedians for the evening. The headliner is Jeff Pirrami out of NYC, along with Tony Pusateri and Rick Matthews. 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.

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  • Meet new Library Director Patricia Covley n Monday, January 25 from 5 to 7 pm in the library's meeting room.
  • Recovery International Meeting is Tuesday, January 26, 2016 at 7:00 PM at Trinity United Methodist Church.
  • The American Legion, Grand Island Post #1346 general meeting is Wednesday, January 27th at 7:00 p.m. at the Loyal Order of The Moose Lodge.

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    Thursday, January 14, 2016

        Happy birthday today to Carolina Luciani, Mike Rustowicz, Evan Carey, Judy Link & Mary Jung. Happy birthday Friday, January 15 to Anthony Masocco & Jennifer Farrell. Happy birthday Saturday, January 16th to Amber Malaney & Don Burrows. Happy birthday Sunday, January 17th to Ron Sutton & Hank Kammerer. Happy birthday Monday, January 18th to Bill Williams, Caitlin Schwinge, Kathy Butcher & Gail Becher, Tuesday, January 19th to Phyllis Lange & Mackenzie Hassan and on Wednesday, January 20th to Fran Burrows, Andrew Masiello, Josh Lange & Dustin Gushue. A special happy birthday to Peter and Paul Minton turning 50 yrs. old on January 18th and happy belated birthday to Bill Stewart, 42 years young on January 18th.

       Happy 27th wedding anniversary today, January 14th to Donna & Bill Williams.

       Two members of the GIHS Girls Soccer team were selected to the WNY Girls Soccer first team. The girls are both in 11th grade so will be back next year. Forward Madisyn Pezzino had 53 goals in 2015, breaking her own school record. She was First Team in 2014 and second-team All-New York State and has started for the Lady Vikings for five years. Midfielder Marcy Barberic had an 83-point season and was also First-team All-WNY in 2014. Congratulations!!!

       Check out a Buffalo News article titled "National Fuel tries to ease Wheatfield residents' concerns" by Thomas J. Prohaska. The first sentence of the article states; "National Fuel representatives tried to convince skeptical Wheatfield residents Wednesday that a proposed natural gas dehydration facility wouldn't poison their families." Interestingly enough it was mentioned further in the article, Ronald C. Kraemer, vice president of National Fuel Gas Supply Corp said "the company was looking for a site in an industrial zone between the junction of the existing Empire Pipeline and the supply line from Pennsylvania. He said the choice boiled down to Wheatfield or Grand Island." Does that mean if Wheatfield gives it the heave-ho, Grand Island is next? Hmmmmmm.



        Islander Brandon Digati, 22, will be featured as the "champ" in the revival of the "Beat the Champ" bowling show on Saturday, January 16th on WBBZ-TV at 4:00 p.m. He will be challenged by Jason Ciliberto of Gasport, Chris Labiak from North Tonawanda, and Joe Pohlman of Clarence. It can be seen on Dish Network Ch. 5, Direct TV Ch. 67 and Time Warner Cable Ch. 5, and also viewed Sunday at noon, 2pm & 4pm, and Tuesday, January 19th at 7pm.

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

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  • Recovery International Meeting is Tuesday, January 19, 2016 at 7:00 PM at Trinity United Methodist Church.
  • Grand Island Professional Women's Chapter, New York State Women, Inc. meeting is Wednesday, January 20th at Ellden's at River Oaks.
  • Nerd's Gone Wild will be performing at Ellden's at River Oaks, 201 Whitehaven Road on Friday, January 22nd. Doors open at 8:00 p.m.

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    Thursday, January 7, 2016

        Happy birthday today to Craig Davis, Eric Reimann & Norm Mrkall. Happy birthday Friday, January 8 to Ramona Blackmore, Sharon Koehler, Sharon Minet, Nicholas Heftka and Maggie Rustowicz Happy birthday Saturday, January 9th to Richard Brzyski, Rita Desemone, Sam Loquasto. Happy birthday Sunday, January 10th to Peter Fabiano, Darlene Conners and Scott Shaw. Happy birthday Monday, January 11th to Elizabeth AuClair Smith, Carol Laskay, Mary McClive, Joyce Neil, Susan Head, Art Ciechoski and Jack Roesch, Tuesday, January 12th to Martha Muller & Lyle Dinsmore and on Wednesday, January 13th to Carol Kraemer.

       Joe Menter of the Grand Island Recreation Department is busy fixing up the newly designed Activity Center in the Recreation Building at the Nike Base. The space was used for many years as the Reality Cafe for teens. The Activity Center has many table games such as shuffleboard, bumper pool, basketball shoot, air hockey and foosball. The space will be ready to go in a couple weeks and will be utilized by the Golden Age Center senors and youth during Saturday Recreation session. It could really use some new industrial carpeting, so if you know any carpet fairies, get in touch with Joe!

       You can take a sneak peek at a trailer for film producer Andrew Dale's short film, "Beyond the Sea", on YouTube. The film was written and produced by Andrew and his friend Vinny DiVirgilio, and filmed aboard the USS Croaker at the Buffalo and Erie County Naval and Military Park. It is about an inexperienced WWII sailor, alone in a submerged submarine, behind enemy lines. View trailer.

       Members of the Grand Island High School Boys Soccer team were named to the Boys Soccer Honor Roll for 2015. Named All Western New York was Forward Troy Brady (12) and Andrew Carlson (12) on defense. Forward Joe Kulikowski (12) was named to the Large School Honor Roll. 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.

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  • Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper "Importance of Grand Island Streams" program is Friday, January 8th at St. Stephen's Hospitality Room at 7:30 p.m.
  • The Charles N. DeGlopper Memorial VFW Post 9249 Monthly meeting is Tuesday, January 12, 2016 at 7:00 PM. 2121 Grand Island Blvd., Grand Island, NY.
  • Recovery International Meeting is Tuesday, January 12, 2016 at 7:00 PM at Trinity United Methodist Church.

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