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This Week...Around Town - 2017         By Jodi Robinson

Jeff Cooke Photo



May 25, 2017

    Happy birthday on Thursday, May 25th, to Marissa Cooney, Cathy Contino, Karen Wallace, Mercedes Miles & Thomas Pellegrino, and on Friday, May 26th to Greg Bruenn, Michael Craig Davis, Michael Ball, Liz Wilbert and Carrie Mesmer. A special happy birthday on Friday to Lee Tetkowski turning 94! Happy birthday on Saturday, May 27th to Ray Pauley, Cindy Hagen, Richard McClive, Jim Rodriguez & Nancy Aydelotte, and on Sunday, May 28th to Chris Sugar, Ian Cameron, Mary Leigh Burke, Mitchell Samplinski, Sophia Myers & Diane Darmofalski. On Monday, May 29th to Pam Fries, Liam Dodd, Sharon Bauer, Jean Westmoore & Richard Campangna. Happy birthday Tuesday, May 30th to Jim Watz, Michael Dinsmore, Jill Stamler & Linda Facklam and on Wednesday, May 31st to Bob Backlund, Martha Switzer & Nikki Roesch.

    Congratulations to Michael & Karen DeMartin on Thursday, May 25th. celebrating 26 years of marriage!!! Happy 6th anniversary to John and Ginger Bidell on May 27th. Happy 25th anniversary to Mark & Pattie Frentzel on May 30th. Happy anniversary to Chris & Paul Sipson on May 31st.

   Happy 80th Birthday Pat Shaw on May 28th. Best wishes and lots of love, from your family.

   Retired Town Employees Annette Sapienza & Diane Darmofalski just returned from a 7 day trip to Memphis and Nashville. Retirement is to keep on moving...

    Chiavetta's chicken BBQ at Fuccillo Chevrolet (716-773-7505 / 2000 Alvin Rd) on Saturday, May 27th from noon until 2pm during the huge-a-thon sale.

      Registration for the Gus Macker 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament has been extended to Monday, May 29th at midnight! Players may go to www.macker.com to register.

   The GIHS Class of '82 just added their info for the 35th reunion. See here.

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

Upcoming Events - See Events Calendar For Details
  • The Town of Grand Island is hosting a Memorial Day Service on Monday, May 29, 2017 at 10:00 a.m. at Charles N. DeGlopper Memorial Park, located at Baseline and Grand Island Blvd. Everyone is invited to attend. Rain location: VFW pavilion.
  • Recovery International meets on Tuesdays from 7-9 PM at Trinity United Methodist Church, 2100 Whitehaven Road in the church building at the rear of the parking lot.
  • The American Legion, Grand Island Post #1346 general meeting is Wednesday, May 31st at 7:00 p.m. at the Loyal Order of The Moose Lodge.
  • VFW Post #9249 is hosting a Chiavetta's Chicken BBQ as a fundraiser on Wednesday, May 31. Take-out or dine-in, 4:00 p.m. - gone. See flyer.

    Send your news to jodi@giecom.net.


    May 18, 2017

        Happy birthday on Thursday, May 18th, to Chase Luthringer, Ed Plucinski, Peggy Winterfield & Susan Robinson, and on Friday, May 19th to Adam Garlapow, Peyton Golde, Pattie Frentzel, Carl Flick, & Sandy Caffery who is 87 years young! Happy birthday on Saturday, May 20th to Chris O'Connor & Elaine Skotnicki, and on Sunday, May 21st to JT Stamler, Steven Parisi, Dan Fitzgerald, Trudy O'Connor & Diane Dinsmore. On Monday, May 22nd to Tom McDonough, Nathan DeMartin, Audry Brown & Jayne Playfair . Happy birthday Tuesday, May 23rd to Chris Sugar, Dawn Fitzgerald & Ray Ackerman and on Wednesday, May 24th to Jordan Hiam, Catherine Long (94 this year), Gayle Piershalski & Debra Coughlin.

        Happy 9th wedding anniversary to Kim & Scott Kalman on May 23rd and happy 54th anniversary to James & Ann Samplinski on May 24th

        A Hoffspice Meat Raffle fundraiser is planned on Friday, May 19th, at the VFW Post, 2121 Grand Island Blvd., 6pm - 11pm. Tickets are $6 presale and $8 at the door. See website. Hoffspice is a non-profit supporting Hospice Buffalo.

        The GIHS Lady Vikings Softball (4) team has a quarterfinal game today against Hamburg (5) at Vets Park, diamond 10 at 4:45 p.m. ( Hamburg won 3-1) The boys baseball team (3) will be playing in a quarterfinal game on Friday at home against North Tonawanda (6), at the high school. GI won 9-1 and is playing at Will South (2) in a semifinal, Monday, May 22nd at 5pm. (Vikings lost to Will South 5-0)

       Registration ends for the Gus Macker 3 on 3 Basketball Tournament on Grand Island, Monday May 22nd. Please visit the website to sign up for the event taking place June 10th & 11th at the Town Hall.

       The Grand Island Golden Age Center is looking for part-time attendents. See details here.

       Tasty news! The Buffalo Dog House is opening on Monday, June 5th and will be serving beer and wine with their Sahlen's hot dogs. Also, Fuccillo Chevrolet will be hosting a Chiavetta's chicken bbq on Saturday, May 27th from noon until 2:00 p.m., celebrating their huge-a-thon sale. If you haven't done so, sign up to win the around the world cruise!

       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 Cinderella Isle Garden Club will hold its May meeting on Thursday, May 18, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church.
  • There is a vegetable plant sale on Friday & Saturday, May 19 & 20 from 9:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. at 2230 Fix Road. There will be tomato, pepper, squash, melon, cucumber & broccoli plants for sale.
  • Escaping Polygamy: Anna LeBaron, author of "The Polygamist's Daughter", will speak about her book, with a Q and A session, reception and book signing to follow, on Saturday, May 20th, 7:00 pm, at Cornerstone Church.
  • Golden Age Center is hosting annual Gram's Garage Sale on Saturday, May 20, 2017 from 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
  • St. Timothy's Lutheran Child Care Center is hosting their annual Chicken BBQ and Vendor Fair on Saturday, May 20th from 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.
  • Grand Island Little League Opening Day is Saturday, May 20th. The parade will begin at 8:45 and ceremonies will start at diamond 4 at 9:00 a.m.
  • St. Stephen's Fourth Annual Holy Name Society Pitmaster Barbecue is on Sunday, May 21, 2017 at the school cafeteria, 2080 Baseline Road. Between 12:00 and 5:00 p.m., a bbq dinner is available.
  • The 2017 Registration for Jr. Viking Football and Cheerleading is Monday, May 22 (returning players) & Wednesday, May 24 (new players) at the Nike Base - 6pm - 8pm. See details.
  • Recovery International meets on Tuesdays from 7-9 PM at Trinity United Methodist Church, 2100 Whitehaven Road in the church building at the rear of the parking lot.
    Send your news to jodi@giecom.net.


    May 11, 2017

        Happy birthday on Thursday, May 11th to Nikki Fadel, Charlie Lavallee & Barb Swagler, and on Friday, May 12th to Kim Kinney, Janet Brennan, Lisa Hogrewe & Mary Quinn. Happy birthday on Saturday, May 13th to Charles Lambert, Kurt Marlin, Linda Fearon, Victoria Cacciatore, Judy Buzby, Dennis McGinn, Tom Rodriguez, Bruce Wojick, Susan Bognar & Winifred Zarbo , and on Sunday, May 14th to Lyn Laman & Carol Volk. On Monday, May 15th to Teressa Meyer, Gabriel Wansart, Barbara Brzyski, Kevin Rustowicz & Edward Bognar. Happy birthday Tuesday, May 16th to Joe McMahon & Dorothy Lenehen and on Wednesday, May 17th to Stephanie Senn, Nikolas Massaro, Renee Tasevski, Caoimhe Carpenter, Ellen Faber & Viktor Dekany.

        Happy 32nd wedding anniversary to Terry & Mike Endres today, May 11th.

       Congratulations to Grand Island hockey players, defensemen/senior Zach Valvo & goalie/junior Jason Lupp, on being named to the Small School - All Western New York Hockey Team.

       I'm so proud of my daughter Zoe Dodd, on her graduation this weekend from St. Bonaventure and making the Dean's List AGAIN, in her final semester. Good luck in your new job at M & T!

       Class of 2020 will be holding a Krolick's chicken dinner fundraiser on Tuesday, May 16th (Budget Vote). There are pre-sale tickets on sale from any freshman class officer and advisor for $10.00/dinner. Dinner includes BBQ chicken, coleslaw, potato salad and dinner roll with butter. Dinners will be available to be picked up on May 16, 2017 from 2:30 until they sell out in the HS Senior cafeteria.

       Parents of young children, check out the front page ads of Island Kids Childcare Center. Ann MacClellan has two music classes planned, "Music with Mar", on Saturdays for the month of June. She also has a full schedule of summer camps posted for children ages kindergarten through 12 years, throughout the summer.

       Don't forget to get your hanging baskets from the American Legion on Friday & Saturday, May 12 & 13 at the VFW Post on the Blvd. They open at 7am and sell out quick!!!!

       Two more GIHS reunions were added this week to our reunion page, GIHS Class of '07 and GIHS Class of '67. Sign up 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
  • Elderwood at Grand Island, 2850 Grand Island Blvd., is hosting Polish Villa Food Truck from 10:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. on Friday, May 12th.
  • American Legion Post 1346 is hosting its annual flower fundraiser on Friday & Saturday, May 12 & 13, from 7:00 a.m. to sold out, at Charles N. DeGlopper VFW Post, 2121 Grand Island Blvd.
  • Recovery International meets on Tuesdays from 7-9 PM at Trinity United Methodist Church, 2100 Whitehaven Road in the church building at the rear of the parking lot.
  • VFW Post #9249 is hosting a Chiavetta's Chicken BBQ as a fundraiser on Wednesday, May 17. Take-out or dine-in, 4:00 p.m. - gone. Dinner is $10.
  • The Cinderella Isle Garden Club will hold its May meeting on Thursday, May 18, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church.

    Send your news to jodi@giecom.net.


    May 4, 2017

        Happy birthday on Friday,May 5th to Kathy Dilamarter & Scott Whiting, and on May 6th to Carol Hugill, Linda Skotnicki, Tammy Violanti, Tina Giambra, Paul Gast & Rosemary Wojick. Happy birthday on Sunday, May 7th to James DiCillis, Justin Geisenhoff, Betty Ann Wilkie, Mike Dudley & ME! and on Monday, May 8th to Kara Dudley, Michele DiChristina, Lynn Gottler, John Lorenz, Michael Davis & Alice Blain. Happy birthday Tuesday, May 9th to Mary Novitz, Jimmy Geblein & Jeff Dinsmore and on Wednesday, May 10th to Bob Monoco, Lynn Sargent DeJonghe, Patricia Kraft, sister Dana Hayes Erickson, Geraldine Mondi, Greg DeMike & Donny Dee.

        Happy anniversary to Penny & Mike Linenfelser today.

       Congratulations to Raelyn Lesser upon making her First Communion on May 6, 2017. Love Bapa and Nani!

        Congratulations to Corey McGowan, President, Corey McGowan Productions on being named to Businesss First's "30 under Thirty". This honors individuals for their professional success and community involvement. Among the factors considered for the sixth annual award program - career achievements, leadership and initiative, community engagement and each nominee's potential to become a community leader on a grand scale. This year's winners will be honored at a party and awards ceremony on Wednesday, June 21, at The Tralf in downtown Buffalo.

       Nice story about Jim Ehde and his company,Grand Island Waste Management, in online trade magazine "Pumper". It describes how Jim got into business and his plans for the future. See full story here.

       Family Dollar in the Grand Island Plaza will be closing. Dollar General bought 323 of the stores across the country. The Buffalo Dog House will be opening in the space formerly occupied by Theodore's in early 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.

    Upcoming Events - See Events Calendar For Details
  • VFW Post #9249 is hosting a Cinco De Mayo Party on Friday, May 5th, at the Post, 2121 Grand Island Blvd., starting at 6:30 p.m.
  • Linda Basta Memorial Charity Walk is at Veterans Park on Saturday, May 6th at 9:30 a.m. See flyer.
  • iMapInvasives Spring Training Workshop will be held on Saturday, May 6th at the GI Memorial Library starting at 10:30 a.m. See flyer.
  • The Grand Island Farmers Market will host a Farmer Fest on Saturday, May 6th from 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. at E.H. Enterprises 555 Ransom Road. See flyer.
  • The 23rd GBTC Annual Grand Island Half Marathon and 10k is on Saturday, May 6th. It starts at Beaver Island State Park and runs along West River Parkway. Registration is still open, see website for details.
  • The Grand Island Community Chorus will present its spring concert, "Music Among Friends," at 7:00 p.m. Sunday, May 7th at St. Martin in the Fields Church, 2587 Baseline Road.
  • Maple Grove Cemetery, located on Stony Point Road, will be having their annual meeting on Monday, May 8th at 6:00 p.m. at the Grand Island Memorial Library, 1715 Bedell Road.
  • Recovery International meets on Tuesdays from 7-9 PM at Trinity United Methodist Church, 2100 Whitehaven Road in the church building at the rear of the parking lot.


    Send your news to jodi@giecom.net.


    April 27, 2017

        Happy birthday Thursday, April 27th to Dr. Bob Miller, Brandon Kinney, Mark Leach & Bethany Leiner. On Friday, April 28th, happy birthday to April Wright, Elijah Linenfelser, Jaimen Wright, Pat Ehringer, Janet Austin & Kim Glessner , and on April 29th to Diane Goupil & Frank Cannata. Happy birthday Sunday, April 30th to JP Kennedy, John Podlucky, Jessica Bykowicz, Ava DeFrank , Anna Pullano, Taylor Firth, Janet Pedlow & Georgette Combes and on Monday, May 1st to Krystin Hoppel, Amber Spiesz, Don Hamman, Cynthia Stamler & Karen Conboy . Happy birthday Tuesday, May 2nd to Brent Fred Jr., Jim Bartolotta & Joan Fred and on Wednesday, May 3rd to Katie Hillock, Patrick Smith & Vince Martello.

       
       I spotted the above on Grand Island Blvd., in front of the fire hall on Sunday, April 23rd. The sign reads "Reserved 4 4th of July Parade" with #nevertooearly. As of today, chairs are still there. Hysterical!

        Certified Auto Brokers is having their First Sales Event to mark their 7th anniversary on April 28 - April 30th. On Saturday, Dicky's BBQ Food Truck will be available from 11am-3pm. For every entree item, receive a free raffle ticket for prizes. If you purchase a vehicle you will get 10 raffle tickets. There will also be a FREE appraisal tent. See website for more details.



       Congratulations to James Panepinto named St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute Alumni Association Man of the Year. James is from the Class of 1987 and is president of Pinto Construction. He is on the St. Joe's Board of Trustees and Executive Committee, Technology Committee and chairman of the Facilities Committee.

        You may have seen the giant concrete blocks at the site of the DeGlopper Memorial Park in the center of the Island. Three tractor trailor loads of 1600 pound blocks were delivered on Wednesday, April 19th. These blocks will be placed at the north end of the site and create an entrance to the expansion project. The retaining wall blocks were donated by Kistner Concrete Products of Lockport. There is a work day planned for this Saturday, April 29th at 9:00 a.m. Everyone, not just veterans, is invited to come to the park and lend a hand. If you would like to donate to the project, click here.

        Check out Russ Certo's "Creating Better Health" column, the title is "Make 1 Small Change this Week". You can catch up on his previous articles on that page.

       There is alot going on this weekend and next weekend. Take a look at the events calendar so you can plan on attending some of the fun activities scheduled.

       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
  • Jack & Jill Community Preschool, 2587 Baseline Road is hosting a Food Truck and Child Safety event on Saturday, April 29, 2017 from 11am-3pm.
  • Arbor Day will be celebrated in the Town Commons on Saturday, April 29th from 10:00 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
  • Paint the Town Purple at Town Commons on Saturday, April 29th.
  • The DeGlopper Memorial Park Expansion committee is looking for help on Saturday, April 29th at 9:00 a.m. See flyer.
  • National Drug Take Back Day at Town Hall, Saturday, April 29th, 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
  • Zonta Fashion Show and Luncheon is on Sunday, April 30th at the Buffalo Launch Club.
  • Brick Oven Pizzeria & Pub will host Breakfast for Autism Awareness at 8:00 a.m. on Sunday, April 30th, see flyer.
  • Recovery International meets on Tuesdays from 7-9 PM at Trinity United Methodist Church, 2100 Whitehaven Road in the church building at the rear of the parking lot.
  • VFW Post #9249 is hosting a Chiavetta's Chicken BBQ as a fundraiser on Wednesday, May 3.
  • The GI Historical Society meeting & program is on Thursday, May 4th at 7:00 p.m. at River Lea.


    April 20, 2017

        Happy birthday Thursday, April 20th to JoAnn Podlucky & Tina Miller. On Friday, April 21st, happy birthday to Kim Domagala, Cindy Bleich & Rich Ray , and on April 22nd to Genna Baldassarre & Laurie Steckelberg. Happy birthday Sunday, April 23rd to Sydney Neuhaus, Kathy Lechner, Linda Kutzbach & Erica Forbes and on Monday to Brad Robinson & Mary O'Brien. Happy birthday Tuesday, April 25th to Peggy Whitmire and on Wednesday, April 26th to Mark Miles, Travis & Craig Perno, Lisa Braun, Brooke Christensen, mom & daughter Karen and Tessa DeMartin & Scott Dreiss.

       
       Congratulations fo Justin Dowd for completing the Boston Marathon this past Monday. He came in 818th out of 30,000! He was also came in third for Western New York participants.

       The DEC and New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation remind boaters that their cooperation is needed to help protect the Bald Eagle habitat on Strawberry Island. See story for all the details.

        Aceti's Wine and Spirits, 2156 Grand Island Blvd., is hosting a free wine tasting and book-signing on Saturday, April 22nd, from 2:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. Western New York native and author John Aceti, is Sam Aceti's uncle. His book, "Wineries of the Texas Hill Country Plus One Fine Brewery. Aceti's is also looking for part-time help. Must be able to work flexible hours, weekends, nights, holidays. Must be able to lift 30 lbs. Apply at Aceti's (Top's Plaza).

       Brick Oven Pizzeria & Pub will host Breakfast for Autism Awareness at 8:00 a.m. on Sunday, April 23 & 30, to raise money for Autism Awareness Month. See flyer for details.

       The Island-Wide PTA Meeting is coming up on Monday, April 24th at High School Large Cafeteria. The Island-Wide PTA meeting was created to help you attend PTA meetings of different schools all on the SAME night, SAME location. This is a great way to catch super-shortened versions of your schools PTA meeting. The schedule is:
    6:30 - 7:00pm-High School PTSA & Sidway PTA
    7:00 - 7:30pm -Huth & Kaegebein PTAs
    7:30 - 8:00pm-Middle School PTA & PTA Council
    8:00pm - Board of Education Budget Q&A session

    .     Elderwood at Grand Island, 2850 Grand Island Blvd., is hosting a Paws For Love information program on Wednesday, April 26th at 10:30 a.m. Would your pet make a good therapy animal? A light breakfast and beverages will be served. Free admission. RSVP by April 20th to 773-5900 as space is limited.

       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 Cinderella Isle Garden Club will hold its April meeting on Thursday, April 20, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church at 2100 Whitehaven Rd.
  • Kaegebein PTA Family Fun Night is on Friday, April 21st from 6:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m.
  • Electronics Recycling Day at GM Tonawanda Engine Plant #1, 2995 River Road. See flyer.
  • St. Timothy Lutheran Church is hosting a free Community Pancake Breakfast on Saturday, April 22 from 9:00 a.m. to 11:00 a.m. at 1453 Staley Road.
  • The Golden Age Center, 3278 Whitehaven Road, is hosting a Meals on Wheels program fundraiser on Saturday, April 22nd from 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
  • River Lea Open House - Located in Beaver Island State Park, view the new GI Historical Society dvd "Island Homes in the 1950s", on Sunday, April 23rd from 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Recovery International meets on Tuesdays from 7-9 PM at Trinity United Methodist Church, 2100 Whitehaven Road in the church building at the rear of the parking lot.
  • The American Legion, Grand Island Post #1346 general meeting is Wednesday, April 26th at 7:00 p.m. at the Loyal Order of The Moose Lodge.


    Send your news to jodi@giecom.net.


    April 13, 2017

        Happy birthday Thursday, April 13th to Nicole, Butcher, Grace Aswad & Betty Killian (Betty is 94 today!!!). On Friday, April 14th, happy birthday to Dan Robinson, Nicholas Aronica, John Leszczak, & James Stewart Jr. , and on April 15th to Jim Panepinto & Curt Nestark. Happy birthday Easter Sunday, April 16th to Helen Harrisan and on Monday to Jon Albertsson & Rob Kopf. Happy birthday Tuesday, April 18th to Mark Hassan, & Jane Duffy.

        Happy 51st wedding anniversary to Paul and Jean Leiner on April 15th

        Lots going on at the Grand Island Recreation Department. Adult co-ed soccer, softball and golf leagues will be starting soon and high school students, grades 9-12, can work in a brand new art studio on Friday nights and Saturday afternoons. Go to the GI Recreation page for more info.

       Whitey Dlugosz, from Mallwitz's Island Lanes, needs your help. Whitey recently had surgery for an aggressive form of cancer, removing a tumor on his neck, and is now going through chemo and radiation. Treatments and surgery are very expensive, and a gofundme page has been created. You can donate here, or you can drop off donations at the bowling alley. Prayers for a quick recovery Whitey!

       
    Here's one for the good old days. One of my all time favorites, the "Beany and Cecil" cartoon. I just came across a YouTube page while looking into maritime history and wanted to share. The cartoon first appeared in 1959, and do to the large adult audience, moved to Prime Time Saturday night in 1962. If you are a fan, click here to watch many episodes.

       Check out the Fuccillo Auto Group coupons in the right hand column. There are assorted Chevy, Toyota and Hyundai services available.

       Elderwood at Grand Island, 2850 Grand Island Blvd., is hosting Ted's Hot Dogs Food Truck from 10:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. on Friday, April 14th.

       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 VFW Post 9249 Auxiliary is hosting a Friday Lenten Fish Dinner on April 14th from 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. at the post, 2121 Grand Island Blvd. See flyer.
  • St. Stephen Lenten Fish Fry, Friday, April 14, 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. Take Out Only. See flyer.
  • Elderwood at Grand Island, 2850 Grand Island Blvd., is hosting Ted's Hot Dogs Food Truck from 10:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. on Friday, April 14th.
  • Trinity Methodist Church, 2100 Whitehaven Road, is offering a free hearty Easter Breakfast for all Island residents on Sunday, April 16 from 7:00 a.m. - 9:30 a.m. No reservations necessary.
  • Recovery International meets on Tuesdays from 7-9 PM at Trinity United Methodist Church, 2100 Whitehaven Road in the church building at the rear of the parking lot.
  • The Cinderella Isle Garden Club will hold its April meeting on Thursday, April 20, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church at 2100 Whitehaven Rd.

    Send your news to jodi@giecom.net.


    April 6, 2017

        On Friday, April 7th, happy birthday to Barb Wilson. Happy birthday Saturday, April 8th to James Rustowicz. Happy birthday Sunday, April 9th to Wayne Kinney, Rhett Robinson, Becca Zimmerman, Scott Green & Carolyn Marble. Happy birthday on Monday, April 10th to Nancy Hollinger. On Tuesday, April 11th, happy birthday to Roman Jurga & Gwendolyn Slachciak and on Wednesday, April 12th to Dan Pedlow, Max Hyland & Mary McDonnell.

        Happy anniversary to Vince & Margaret Martello on April 7th!

       GIHS Class of 1987, 30th Reunion is on Saturday, July 1st at Beaver Island Casino at 6:30 p.m. $50 per person includes food and open bar. Pass the word to your fellow classmates as invitations will not be sent. Contact Sue Marston at 982-7366, mail checks to 3040 Love Road, made out to Sue Marston. Email: sue.marston@yahoo.com. A Facebook page is being set up.


       There are plans by Benderson, owners of Tops Plaza, to build a 7000 square foot building in the parking lot, south of Keybank. It is to be restaurant/retail space. What would you like to see go in there?

        GICSD Audio-Visual Technician & Viking Vision TV Club Advisor Mark Gorton has been extremely busy filming. On Friday March 24th, the Kaegebein Talent Show took place. See video here. The School Board meeting from Monday, April 3rd can be seen here. A five minute recruitment video was presented at the St. Stephen School High School Fair last week. Many students explain programs and acitivities that highlight why you should be "Proud To Be A Viking" See video here.

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

    Upcoming Events - See Events Calendar For Details
  • Rain Gardens - Hear the frog chorus at Beaver Island State Park from 7:00 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. on Saturday, April 8th. Pre-register at 549-1050.
  • Recovery International is a self help support group for adults 18 and over who are dealing with anger management, anxiety, panic attacks, depression, bipolar disorder, PTSD and fears of all kinds. They meet on Tuesdays from 7-9pm at Trinity Church.

    Send your news to jodi@giecom.net.


    March 30, 2017

        Happy birthday Thursday, March 30th to Sharon Wright. On Friday, March 31st to Barry Smith & Tom Shanor. Happy birthday Saturday, April 1st to Jeremy Figler. Happy birthday Sunday, April 2nd to Joel Moyer. Happy birthday on Monday, April 3rd to Dante LoPresti. On Tuesday, April 4th, happy birthday to my baby girl Zoe Dodd and also to Natalie Baldassare & Mike Geblein.

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


       Christina & John Podlucky's daughter Becca is featured on the Fisher Price website. Check out her adorable photo above.

       Neat story on Wired.com website tells of the Niagara River and Niagara Falls without water on March 30-31, 1848. For a period of 30-40 hours, an ice dam stopped the flow of water into the Niagara River from Lake Erie. Some people thought it was the end of the world, as at that time, word traveled slow, a train ride to Buffalo was at least three hours. See story here.

       Nickel City Hardwood is having a Grand Opening of their showroom on Saturday, April 1st from 12:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. at 1870 Whitehaven Road. They offer flooring for new construction, renovations and remodels, for residential and commercial. Otherwise, they will be open by appointment only.

       Mixing Bowl Bakery & Cafe,1879 Whitehaven is opening on Sunday, April 2nd at 8:00 a.m. Momma De will be offering breakfast and baked goods until 2:00 p.m. that day. Hours will be Monday, Tuesday, Thursday & Friday, 6am-6pm, Saturday 8am-6pm and Sunday 8am-2pm.

       Laurie Steckelberg is ill with ulcerative colitis and a GoFundMe page has been set up to help with her expenses. After being in the hospital for many weeks, Laurie found out her job was being terminated, so she needs your help more than ever. Please donate here

       An engagement ring was found Monday morning in the parking lot of Island Ship Center. The founder brought it to our attention and the same day, the owner saw the announcement on on our front page (her home page) and was reunited with her ring. We post important news, immediately upon receiving. It could be lost pets, items, school & town notices, you name it. You don't get that service in paper publications. Consider making a donation or "subscription fee", to keep Isledegrande going strong.

       Heron Pointe, on Grand Island Blvd. is building 242 apartments in 20 buildings. Work started last fall and should be complete in 2018. A couple of interesting services they offer are changing lightbulbs and taking out your garbage. A one-bedroom, 805 square foot apartment starts at $1080 per month. The beautiful clubhouse is now open and a pool and cabana should be ready by summer.

       Thanks to the Grand Island Historical Society for their recent donation. It's nice to see they appreciate the services that Isledegrande offers, in promoting their organization news and events. Thanks also to the generous donation by Sandy Nelson, another life-long Island resident that enjoys keeping up with Island news!

       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 Connor Middle School PTA is hosting a Crisis Intervention meeting on Thursday, March 30, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. at room 110 at Grand Island High School. See flyer.
  • The VFW Post 9249 Auxiliary is hosting a Friday Lenten Fish Dinner on March 31st from 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at the post, 2121 Grand Island Blvd. See flyer.
  • St. Stephen Lenten Fish Fry, Friday, March 31st, 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. See flyer.
  • Elderwood at Grand Island, 2850 Grand Island Blvd., is hosting a spring celebration on Saturday, April 1st at 2:30 p.m. for kids.
  • Mallwitz Island Lanes is hosting their annual Relay For Life fundraiser on Saturday, April 1, 2017 from 6:00 p.m. - midnight. The basket raffle takes place from 6:00 p.m - 10:00 p.m., music by "Wide Right" starts at 8:00 p.m.
  • Grand island Farmers Market is hosting a Spring Farmers Market on Sunday, April 2nd from 11:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus, 1841 Whitehaven Rd.
  • The River Lea Quilters' Guild Presents: "Waves of Change" Quilt Show will take place Saturday & Sunday, April 1 & 2, 2017, at the Gratwick Fire Hall, 110 Ward Rd., North Tonawanda, NY, 10:00 am to 5:00 pm.
  • The Grand Island Snowmobile Club's general meeting is Wednesday, April 5th at 7:30 p.m. at the Grand Island Rod & Gun Club, 1083 Whitehaven Rd.

    Send your news to jodi@giecom.net.


    March 23, 2017

        Happy birthday Thursday, March 23rd to Jim Olmstead, Pat Harding, Ryan Kernin & Frank Williams. On Friday, March 24th to Jillian Sheehan & Jack Burns. Happy birthday Saturday, March 25th to Linda Paasch, Jack Mahnk, Amy Blundell & Sue Ann Mackenna. Happy birthday Sunday, March 26th to Kendall Duscher, Betty Marinell, Leon Zakrzewski & Angelo LaDuca . Happy birthday on Monday, March 27th to Brooklyn Landroche & Clive Roughsedge. On Tuesday, March 28th, happy birthday to Annalea Masiello, Liza Bowman, Valerie Robinson, & Jonathan Leiner, and Wednesday, March 29th to Margie Southwood, Tracey Shickluna & Chloe Fitzsimmons.

       Watch for Mixing Bowl Bakery & Cafe to open in early April at 1879 Whitehaven. Nickel City Hardwood, 1870 Whitehaven, is having a showroom Grand Opening on Saturday, April 1st from 12pm - 4:00 p.m. They will offer custom hardwood, engineered hardwood, luxury vinyl, porcelain, glass, travertine, and marble tile, as well as carpet.

       Thanks to Isledegrande readers who have recently made contributions. The very generous donations came from Robert Pettitt, the Grand Island Zonta Club and John Sullivan. It is so nice to hear how much our readers enjoy Isledegrande news.

       The Alzheimer's Association Western New York Chapter offers an on-line support group for care partners of those who have been diagnosed with dementia before the age of 65. The Young Onset Virtual Support Group is available via Google Hangout on the first Tuesday of every month at 6:00 p.m. To register call 1.800.272.3900 or send an email to program.wny@alz.org.

       Thank you for the thoughtful cards and good wishes during my recuperation from hand surgery over the last couple weeks.

       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, March 28, 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, March 29th at 7:00 p.m. at the Loyal Order of The Moose Lodge
  • The Connor Middle School PTA is hosting a Crisis Intervention meeting on Thursday, March 30, 2017 at 7:00 p.m. at room 110 at Grand Island High School. See flyer.

    Send your news to jodi@giecom.net.


    March 2, 2017

        Happy birthday Thursday, March 2nd to Jamie Akers Smith. On Friday, March 3rd to Roy Gerard, Jeff Denler, John Simon, & Anne Rollins. Happy birthday Saturday, March 4th to Kevin Smith, Grace Myhre, Mary Trinci. Happy birthday Sunday, March 5th to Tim Moriarty, David McConnell, Rich Amantia, Missy Fargino, Jeanne Powers & Carol Aronica. Happy birthday on Monday, March 6th to Hayden Backlund, Eilene Gebrian, Charles Tobe & Pat Bassler. On Tuesday, March 7th, happy birthday to Linda Leuchner, Glen Shepherd, Leda Barton, Lola Brindisi, Carol O'Connor, & Bill Ortiz, and Wednesday, March 8 to Rosemary Loth Fischer, Diane Grant & David Schaefer.

       Happy anniversary on March 4th to Bud & Rosemary Whiting, married 73 years!!!!!

       Grand Island Girls Basketball lost in the semi-final on Wednesday to Hamburg 41-34 and the boys lost to North Tonawanda in the semi-finals 64-34 on Tuesday evening. Nice job on the season athletes!

       Recreation news: The Town of GI has signed the contract to have the Havenwood courts and Kaegebein Courts re-surfaced. Kaegebein will be two tennis courts and Havenwood will have one roller hockey surface, one tennis court, and two pickle ball courts. An art studio is going to be set up at the Nike Base for high school aged kids.

       Cabin Fever Breakout: Guided trail walk, 10:00 a.m. - noon, Saturday, March 4th at Buckhorn Island State Park. To register, call 549-1050. Free.

       One of the Grand Island Parks Department flower ladies is looking for a short term rental this summer. Snowbird Bev Billica Benton would like either an efficiency or room to rent for the months of July and August. If you know of a spot for Bev to hang her hat, please call 864-9055.

       The Grand Island Central School District Board of Education held their General Session Meeting in the Professional Development Room of Grand Island High School on Monday, February 27, 2017. See video.

       Reminder: I am off on medical leave for the next two weeks, through March 20th.

       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 "World Day of Prayer" service will be held at St. Stephen Church, 2100 Baseline Road on Friday, March 3rd at 10:00 a.m.
  • The GIHS Music Boosters will be canvasing neighborhoods on Saturday, March 4th to sell Discount Cards that feature various Grand Island Businesses.
  • The 4th Annual Pasta Sauce-Off is on Saturday, March 4th at the LaSalle Yacht Club, 3:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
  • Recovery International meeting on Tuesday, March 7, from 7 to 9 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church, 2100 Whitehaven Road.
  • The GICSD Health & Wellness Council is hosting a Health & Wellness Family Fair on Tuesday, March 7th from 4:00 p.m. - 6:30 p.m. at the high school large cafeteria.

    Send your news to jodi@giecom.net.


    February 23, 2017

        Happy birthday Thursday, February 23rd to Kay Tyson, Sherry DeBruyn, Jo Klock, Paula Nakayama, Sophia Black, Linda Gerristad & John Whitney. On Friday, February 24th to Brian Robinson, Ed Stisser and Dottie Carter . Happy birthday Saturday, February 25th to Scott Tetreault & Kevin Brock. Happy birthday Sunday, February 26th to David Rogers, Debbie Kennedy-Rogoza, Jay Hollinger, William Madigan & Lynn Dingey. Happy birthday on Monday, February 27th to Gabrielle Robinson, Kevin Koch Jr. & Mike Cali. On Tuesday, February 28th, happy birthday to Mary Ann Love, Barry Conway, David Steggs, Patrick McMahon & Don Loder, and Wednesday, March 1 to Jane Cooke, Jean Smith, Linda Hermann, Michael William Rayhill, Karie Stedman, Ashley Gorman, Sarah Dollendorf, Gail Click & Bridget McMahon.

       Happy birthday to leap year babies Jason Weis, Donna Linenfelser & Greg Chamberlain.

       Grand Island Girls Basketball will play the winner of the first round game between West Seneca East and Sweet Home on Thursday, February 23rd, at home, in a Class A-1 quarterfinal game. The Lady Vikings are 11-9. (They beat Sweet Home on Thursday 47-46, will play #3 Hamburg in the semifinals on March 1st at Willimsville North at 5:30 p.m. ). Grand Island Boys Basketball will play Sweet Home (9-11) in a Class A-1 quarterfinal at home on Friday, February 24th. (Grand Island beat Sweet Home 45-40). They will play at Buffalo State in the semifinals on Tuesday, February 28th against #2 North Tonawanda aty 6:45 P.M.

       Athletic Director Jon Roth recently announced that the 2017 Homecoming date is Friday, September 15th.

       Restaurant news: A new bakery and cafe is opening in the space vacated by Baked Cupcakery on Whitehaven Road. Also, the old Peppermill on Grand Island Blvd. is said to be opening this year. Will let you know details as they are confirmed.

       I am having surgery on my hand and will be out for two weeks. If you have any events you would like posted, please send in by Wednesday, March 1st, as the March 2nd edition will be up until at least March 23rd.

       This week the Top 10 WNY Track and Field Leaders were announced by the Buffalo News. They are all headed to sectionals this weekend. Grand Island athletes, the event, time and place are listed below:
    600 - Jerome Masters - 1:27.47 - #9
    1000 - Jerome Masters - 2:42.07 - #9
    4x800 Relay - 8:37.74 - #4
    Triple Jump - Alex Jennings - 40-10.50 - #10
    High Jump - Alex Jennings - 5-8-6 - #10
    Weight Throw - Brad Stevenson - 54-2.75 - #5
    1500 Racewalk - Genna Baldassarre - 7:23.33 - #1, Vanessa Shores - 8:43.32 - #5, Elisabeth Lupp - 9:14.10 - #8
    Weight Throw Tima Abdellatif - 37-4 - #7

       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
  • Elderwood, 2850 Grand Island Blvd., presents a Fat Tuesday Celebration on Tuesday, February 28th from 10:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m
  • Recovery International meeting on Tuesday, February 28th from 7 to 9 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church, 2100 Whitehaven Road.
  • 8th annual Shrove Tuesday Pancake Supper on Tuesday, February 28, 2017 from 5:00 p.m.-7:00 p.m. at Trinity Church.
  • The Grand Island Snowmobile Club's general meeting is Wednesday, March 1st at 7:30 p.m at the Grand Island Rod & Gun Club, 1083 Whitehaven Rd.

    Send your news to jodi@giecom.net.


    February 16, 2017

        Happy birthday Thursday, February 16th to Deborah Parker, Marianne Ward & Lynne Rimer. On Friday, February 17th to Bob Pownall, Kathy Garlapow, Pat Kostenbauder, Charlie Dalbo, Dolly Mukhopdhyay, Lillian Brenner, Aaron Delavalle & Chuck Delavalle. Happy birthday Saturday, February 18th to Michelle Gast, Patrick Stouter, Chris Ciszek, Richard Mesmer & Dave Fields. Happy birthday Sunday, February 19th to Katherine Lommer & Phyllis Jean Wesolek. Happy birthday on Monday, February 20th to Bryan Smith, Jennifer Watkins, Katie Brady, MaryJo Gill, Dick Bessel and Ben Castleberry. On Tuesday, February 21st, happy birthday to Chere Rupp, and Wednesday, February 22nd to Marilyn Wilkie Watt, Jim Zilliox & Ralph Quarantillo.

        The GI School District sent out two safety emails on Wednesday, February 15th. The first one from School Superintendent Dr. Graham alerting the public to an incident that occurred on Oak Ridge Road on Tuesday evening, February 14th. An older man, driving a blue Toyota van attempted to speak to a female middle school student. The second, Sidway School went into a lock - out situation on Wednesday afternoon for approximately 20 minutes. A call was received from the Sheriff's Department indicating that a male suspect they were looking for was in the vicinity of the school. The suspect was apprehended and the school received the all clear. Students, faculty and staff were kept safe and continued with their normal activities throughout the time.

       U.S. Border Patrol agents arrested nine suspects on Grand Island on Wednesday, February 15, 2017. All were taken into federal custody. One of the suspects was arrested at the Rite Aid Pharmacy on Grand Island Blvd.

       The executive director of the Thruway Authority, Bill Finch, recently reported that there are no plans to bring the cashless toll system to upstate any time soon. He did say the area "would benefit" from the system, citing less accidents, greenhouse gas emissions and wait times at the toll booths.

       Congratulations to Scott Swagler on his recent hiring as General Manager of the DoubleTree Hotel in Niagara Falls. The hotel overlooks the rapids above the falls and was a popular spot, back in day, for proms and weddings. $37 million was invested in the 192-room property.

       Thanks to Sandra Wolgast for her generous donation to Isledegrande!

        Adrian's Opening day will be Tuesday, February 21, 2017!

       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 Little League in person registration for ages 4 through 15 is at the Grand Island Library, 1715 Bedell Road, Saturday, February 18th from 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m.
  • Recovery International meeting on Tuesday, February 21st 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, February 22nd at 7:00 p.m. at the Loyal Order of The Moose Lodge

    Send your news to jodi@giecom.net.


    February 9, 2017

        Happy birthday Thursday, February 9th to Elinor Wiant, Linda Tomkiel, Chris Ford & Dory Smith Matwijkow and on Friday, February 10th to Kaylee Montana. Happy birthday Saturday, February 11th to Jackie Walt, Richard Dobmeier, Joan Barone, Dominic Mazzola & Amanda Kaiser. Happy birthday Sunday, February 12th to Kim Kalman, Carol Roesch, Patty Rink and twin Penny Linenfelser, Jayce Claus, Jack Muscarella & Dorothy Lovelee. Happy birthday on Monday, February 13th to Adam Dahlberg, Mitchell Matthews , Nancy Hamm-Johnson, Hans Sterzelbach & Emma Wheeler. On Tuesday, February 14th, happy birthday to Kathy Barton, Kassie Bennett, Wayne Anstett & Shirley Martin., and Wednesday, February 15th to Herman Roberts, Philip Sahlem, Todd Sipson, Kellie Kehoe, Daniel Baney & Donna Tomkins.

       Best news this week! Adrian's Opening day will be Tuesday, February 21, 2017!

       Grand Island Viking cheerleaders were first among five teams in the coed division of the Section VI cheerleading competition at Buffalo State last Saturday, February 4th. They will compete in the state competition in Syracuse on March 4th.

       Congratulations to Lady Vikings Track & Field athletes on being named to Top 10 in WNY. In the 1500 racewalk, Genna Baldassarre at 7:23.33 is #1, and Vanessa Shores at 8:43.32 is #5. In weight throw, Tima Abdellatif is #10 with a throw of 34-9.

    Brad Robinson

       Warner Drive neighbors were called to action on Monday, February 6th. Brad Robinson & Chuck Berlinger came to the aid of 80 something, Barbara Berry, after she locked herself out of the house. Power tools did the trick and Mrs. Berry was soon back inside. Not 5 minutes later, another call for help from Mrs. Berry, who had located a raccoon in her garage. The guys came back, both armed with hockey sticks, for corraling the critter. In the end, Brad donned the welding gloves, scooped up the youngster and deposited it back in the woods. Nice job guys!

       Thanks to Earl DeGlopper Jr. for his annual, generous donation to Isledegrande! He stopped in on a visit home for his mom Rita's, 90th birthday, celebrated on February 3rd.

       Looking for some unique Valentine's Day gifts? Come visit some of your favorite Grand Island Farms vendors, and enjoy a hearty soup and fresh bread at the annual Knights of Columbus Soup sale. There's something for everyone! Sunday, February 12th from 12 - 3 pm at 1841 Whitehaven Road.

        The annual Father's Day Lawn Mower Race is back to Sunday, June 18th this year on West River Parkway. Plans include the Kevin Doring Walk, a sanctioned 5k run, food truck rodeo, Lions Club Garage Sale, a kids zone, car show and of course the wildly popular lawn mower races.

        Vote for Grand Island Waste Management in a "What Makes Your Business Unique Contest". Click here. Advertisor Jim Ehde can win $, gift cards, mentoring and training opportunities. Take a minute to vote.

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

    Upcoming Events - See Events Calendar For Details
  • Friends of the Library will host a discard book sale to benefit the library on Saturday, February 11th. The sale will run from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m.
  • St. Stephens School is hosting the Green & Gold Gala on Saturday, February 11th, from 6:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. at the school. See flyer.
  • Recovery International meeting on Tuesday, February 14th from 7 to 9 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church, 2100 Whitehaven Road.
  • Kids Escaping Drugs Face 2 Face Program is Wednesday, February 15th at 7:00 p.m. at the Grand Island High School, Room 110.

    Send your news to jodi@giecom.net.


    February 2, 2017

        Happy birthday Thursday, February 2nd to Caroline Ungaro, Lee Richard, Bob Hillock, Don Kaiser, Cheryl Wasson and Natalie Kopf, turning 10 years-old.On Friday, February 3rd to Ilene Dee, Joan Dlugokinski, Madison Brown and Ryan Timmerman. Happy birthday Saturday, February 4th to Pete Marston Maureen Lewis, Emma Hall, Christopher Drew, Juliette Caprio, Mark VonWryeza, Mary Lou Jerge and Dan Ryan. Happy birthday Sunday, January 5th to Jeri Benzing & Kip Staub. Happy birthday on Monday, February 6th to Olivia Wenner, Noelle Linenfelser & Cody Okelberry. On Tuesday, February 7th, happy birthday to Glenn Skelly, and Wednesday, February 8th to Diane Gurbacki, Sarah Klock , David Santa Lucia, Jadon Garman, Carleigh Rodriguez, Sheila Strott, & Jackson Tower.

       A story in The Buffalo News today, Thursday, February 2nd, announced the West River Parkway will close to vehicle traffic at the end of summer. Nancy Fischer wrote the story and in it, Grand Island Supervisor Nate McMurray was quoted as saying: "The only people who are not in favor are four or five people who will say whatever they can to stop it because they have had access to that water exclusively for such a long time that they can't imagine it changing. I would say 98 percent of the island is for it." Whaaaaaaaat? Sure sounds like an alternative fact to me. See story here.

       Congratulations to Marcy Berberic on signing to play soccer for Division 1 University at Buffalo. National Signing Day was yesterday and Marcy signed after school in front of a crowd of family, friends and teammates. Coach Dave Bowman said Marcy "made things happen" and is "the best midfielder ever" to play in the Grand Island program.

        GIHS Musical "Music Man" performance dates are Thursday, February 2, 2017, Friday, February 3, 2017 and Saturday, February 4, 2017. Show time is 7:00PM. Ticket price is $10. Seniors carrying a Golden pass will be admitted free on Thursday, February 2nd . New this year! Tickets will be sold using an online service only. The web address is "ticketpeak.com/gimusical".

       I received an email over the weekend from a woman on Colonial East who had contacted me earlier last week, regarding a found cat. She said the owner emailed and said the cat likes to wander and actually lives on Webb Road and was home.

       FREE TIRES! 4 Tires, fit Chrysler 200. KUMHO SOLUS 235/45 R18 94V. 2 are in great shape. The other 2 are fair. FREE!!!. Text or call 864-7188.

       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
  • First Friday evening February 3, 2017, St. Stephen's Hospitality Room. A health seminar for you, your family and others you care about, "Nutrition Response Training". Begins at 7:00 p.m. with a short social and the program begins at 7:30 p.m.
  • The VFW Auxiliary Annual Spaghetti Dinner will be on Saturday, February 4, 2017 at the Post, 2121 Grand Island Blvd. from 4-7pm.
  • Recovery International meeting on Tuesday, February 7th from 7 to 9 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church, 2100 Whitehaven Road.

    Send your news to jodi@giecom.net.


    January 26, 2017

        Happy birthday Thursday, January 26th to Tommy Geblein & Wayne Baumler. and Friday, January 27th to Sabrina Butcher, Brent Minet, Mary Stewart & Judi Wakefield . Happy birthday Saturday, January 28th to Kelly Greene Cunningham, Jason Vallina & Tom Burkman. Happy birthday Sunday, January 29th to Eric Sharpe, Nicholas Penque & Ruth Rocke. Happy birthday on Monday, January 30th to David Clayton III & Rich Foks. On Tuesday, January 31st, happy birthday to Ronald Duguay, Hailee Clayton, Conner Bolles, Anthony Mondi & Regina Truitt, and Wednesday, February 1st to Judith Pack, Mandy Malaney, Ryan Pecoraro, Clyde Hickok, & Sydney Mazur.

       Congratulations to GIHS Cross Country athletes. The 2016 Girls Cross Country Honor Roll named Emily Fred, grade 11, to the Niagara Frontier Second Team. 2016 Boys Cross Country Honor Roll named Ryan Buzby, grade 11, to All WNY First Team and the Niagara Frontier League First Team. Jerome Master, grade 12, was also named to the All WNY First Team. Niagara Frontier League Second Team - Timothy Howard & Max Keller.

       The Grand Island High School production of "The Music Man" directors and leads will be on AM Buffalo WKBW Channel 7 on Monday, January 30th at 10:00 AM.

       The Grand Island Central School District Board of Education held their General Session Meeting in the Professional Development Room of Grand Island High School on Monday January 23, 2017. See video here.

       The GIAA Comedy Show is close to a sell out. Sam at Aceti's Wine & Spirits has a dozen tickets left, so get yours fast! Thanks to these GIAA Comedy Show contributors: Aceti's Wine & Spirits-Platinum Sponsor, Fuccillo Auto Group - $250 Gold Sponsor, GIHS Class of 1972 - $100 Silver Sponsor, and Pizza Amore for being a $50 Business Sponsor. Business Sponsors: Say Cheese, Ellden's at River Oaks, Brick Oven, deSignet Jewelry, John's Pizza & Subs, Isledegrande.com, Silk Florals & Pink Martini Gift Shop. All proceeds from the show benefit the GIAA Scholarship Fund. Over $13,000 in scholarships have been awarded to Grand Island seniors over the past 11 years.

       The GIHS production of "Music Man" will take place on Thursday, February 2, Friday, February 3 and Saturday February 4, 2017. Show time is 7:00PM. Ticket price is $10 for reserved seating. Seniors carrying a Golden pass will be admitted free on THURSDAY FEBRUARY 2nd . New this year! Tickets will be sold using an online service only. The web address is "ticketpeak.com/gimusical". deSignet Jewelry, 1869 Whitehaven Road, has charms for sale as a keepsake from the show.

       Thanks to the following for donations to Isledegrande this month: Jerrie Page, Kevin "Skee" Zoldowski, John Cameron & Trinity UMC..

       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 Little League in person registration for ages 4 through 15 is at the Grand Island Library, 1715 Bedell Road, Saturday, January 28th from 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. Birth certificates must be brought to the library.
  • Recovery International meeting on Tuesday, January 31st from 7 to 9 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church, 2100 Whitehaven Road.
  • The Grand Island Snowmobile Club's general meeting is Wednesday, February 1st 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.


    January 19, 2017

        Happy birthday Thursday, January 19th to Catherine Burke, John Myhre, Phyllis Lange, Mackenzie Hassan & Kristyn Brown. and Friday, January 20th to Fran Burrows, Kaylee Connell, Andrew Masiello, Betty Brinda, Josh Lange, Dustin Gushue, Brenda Hollfelder & Diane Haney. Happy birthday Saturday, January 21st to Mary Cooke, John Gast & Ron Pavis. Happy birthday Sunday, January 22nd to Jean Bousquet, Joanne Browne, Margie Rall Hunter, Karen Geng, Vinny Pascucci & Christian Bermel. Happy birthday on Monday, January 23rd to Joan Raab, Jonathan Minton, Allison Boron, Mark Leffler. On Tuesday, January 24th, say happy birthday to Louie Freitas, Joyce Warning, Hunter Schmidt, Sarah Ramsperger, Benjamin DeFranks, Tyler Meyer, Warren Becher & Bill Burch, and Wednesday, January 25th to Anita Wasson, Al Ackerman, Jason MacClelland, Colton Wilkinson & Sam Giglia.

       Happy anniversary to Karen and Rom Figler on January 23rd, celebrating 35 years!

       Congratulations to Carol Hamlin on her retirement from Kaegebein Elementary as the Library Clerk, after 30 years. Carol was a student at Kaegebein back in the day.

       Congratulations to Lydia Catherine Senger on being named to the Dean's List at Niagara County Community College for the Fall 2016 semester. Lydia is studying Criminal Justice and is the daughter of Shawn and Tabitha Senger.

       In a story from Time Warner Cable News, the proposed Grand Island Welcome Center is going to be more than a stop for snacks and gas. There will be digital kiosks with history of Grand Island and Western New York. The projects initial cost is $8 million and could be completed in 2018.

       GIHS reunions are being planned. I just received information from Joann Hudson from the Class of '77, see info here. I keep a headline on the front page from now until the reunions with updated information. Any other classes interested in having details posted send to jodi@giecom.net.

       "Nerds Gone Wild" are performing at the 80's Bash at Ellden's at River Oaks on Saturday, January 21st at 8:00 p.m. Tickets are $10 each and are available at the door.

        Silk Florals is owned by Island resident Andi LaMar and is located at 1733 Baseline Road, between Staley and Alvin. Andi has new Valentine's items, seasonal tabletops, wreaths, cemetary wreaths and cones available. Hours are Tuesday-Saturday, 10am-6pm.

       The Grand Island Alumni Association and Aceti's Wine & Spirits 10th Annual Comedy show at Ellden's at River Oaks on Friday, January 27th at 8:00 p.m. Tickets available at Aceti's (Top's Plaza) and DeSignet Jewelry, 1869 Whitehaven. Poster. New sponsors: Fuccillo Auto Group-Gold Sponsor, Business Sponsors - Pizza Amore, Brick Oven, Say Cheese, Ellden's at River Oaks, deSignet Jewelry, Isledegrande.com, John's Pizza.

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

    Upcoming Events - See Events Calendar For Details
  • Cinderella Isle Garden Club will hold its January meeting on January 19, 2017 at 6:30 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church.
  • Cub Pack 630 is having a Pine Wood Derby on Saturday, January 21st at St. Stephen's cafeteria at noon.
  • Nerds Gone Wild are performing at Ellden's at River Oaks on Saturday, January 21st from 8:00 p.m. - midnight.
  • Recovery International meeting on Tuesday, January 24th from 7 to 9 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church, 2100 Whitehaven Road.
  • Ellderwood at Grand Island, 2850 Grand Island Blvd. is hosting a breakfast speaker series by the Alzheimer's Association on Wednesday, January 25th at 10:30 a.m. Admission is free but space is limited. Please RSVP by January 20th to 773-5900.

    January 12, 2017

        Happy birthday Thursday, January 12th to Martha Muller, Lyle Dinsmore, Carol Gioia, & Adam Kopf turns 6! and Friday, January 13th to James Winter, Carol Kraemer, Greg Bell, Mary Rasinski, Paula Zucarelli. Happy birthday Saturday, January 14th to Mary Jung, Carolina Luciani, Mike Rustowicz, Evan Carey & Judy Link . Happy birthday Sunday, January 15th to Anthony Masocco, Jennifer Farrell, & John Harbison. Happy birthday on Monday, January 16th to Amber Malaney, Don Burrows, Joyce Hornbeck, Sudha Sharma & Earl DeGlopper Jr.. On Tuesday, January 17th, say happy birthday to Ron Sutton, Hank Kammerer & Nick Kingston, and Wednesday, January 18th to Bill Williams, Caitlin Schwinge,Kathy Butcher, Gail Becher, Patricia Smith, Peter and Paul Minton.

       Happy anniversary to Donna & Bill Williams on January 14th celebrating 28 years!

       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.


    January 5, 2017

        Happy birthday Thursday, January 5th to Marissa Aceti, Jake Dixon, Hazel Rowe & Sue Novits. and Friday, January 6th to Michael Lockett, Melissa Clement Hill, Ron Webb, Kathy McNulty, Jacki Goris & Sandy Less. Happy birthday Saturday, January 7th to Craig Davis, Eric Reimann & Norm Mrkall. Happy birthday Sunday, January 8th to Sharon Koehler, Sharon Minet, Nicholas Heftka, Maggie Rustowicz, Alexandria Anderson, Michael Klipich & Brooks Rimes. Happy birthday on Monday, January 9th to Richard Brzyski, Rita Desemone & Sam Loquasto . On Tuesday, January 10th, say happy birthday to Peter Fabiano, Patricia & Scott Shaw, Darlene Conners, and Wednesday, January 11th to Joyce Neil, Susan Head, Art Ciechoski, Mary McClive & Jack Roesch.    Happy anniversary to Gary & Emily Dahlstrom on January 6th

       Buffalo News named their Final Power 10 for the 2016 fall season. Grand Island Boys Soccer came in at #7. " An imperfect ending to GI’s quest for a perfect season. The Vikings suffered their only defeat in double-overtime of the state championship game. It was a tough ending but one of the best seasons by a boys soccer team from Section VI." WKBW Sports Top 10 high school sports moments of 2016 was shown on December 30th. Grand Island High School took the #7 and #1 spots. They were: #7 - Conner Buzby, Grand Island Football: Facing North Tonawanda as the ball was snapped over his head, the GI star picked it up and thre a touchdown pass. #1 - Madisyn Pezzino, Grand Island Soccer: Pezzino set the New York State high school scoring record with 251 career goals. See video.

        For everything you have wanted to know about the West River Bike Path/Connector Trail go to info webpage. Here you will find the original application to the Nigara River Greenway Commision, dated July 16, 2013. It also has the traffic count data summary and a letter dated November 9th from Mark Thomas, Director of Western District, NYS Parks. The letter states option 3 (closing West River Parkway), as the preferred option, with an anticipated construction start date of Fall 2017.

       The Golden Age Center, 3278 Whitehaven Road, Grand Island, is looking for volunteers to help start up a new community respite program in February which will provide breaks for people who are providing care for loved ones with dementia. See story.



       The Grand Island Alumni Association and Aceti's Wine & Spirits 10th Annual Comedy show at Ellden's at River Oaks on Friday, January 27th at 8:00 p.m. Tickets available at Aceti's (Top's Plaza) and DeSignet Jewelry, 1869 Whitehaven. Poster

       Thank you Michael Rayhill for your generous donation!.

       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
  • Trinity United Methodist Church is hosting a Three Kings Dinner on Friday, January 6th from 5-7:00 p.m. , 2100 Whitehaven Road.
  • Recovery International meeting on Tuesday, January 10th from 7 to 9 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church, 2100 Whitehaven Road.

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