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

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December 28, 2017

    Happy birthday today to Robin Laible, Maggie Gushue, James Soto & Ralph Benson and on Friday, December 29th to Judy Tafelski, Li-Anne 'Rowswell' Mufson, Susan Magro & Laurel Moher. Happy birthday on Saturday, December 30th to Paul Facklam III & Lee Forster and on Sunday, December 31st to Kathy Lazenby, Alan Geldin & Carol Sterzelbach . Happy birthday Monday, January 1st to Nancy Weis, Elaine Clark, Nina Leskiw, Carmela (Millie) Attrind, and on Tuesday, January 2nd to Carol Gioia & Raymond Whitbeck. Happy birthday on Wednesday, January 3rd to Terry Funk.

   Happy 32nd wedding anniversary today, December 28th, to Mary & Jeff Cooke.

   Happy New Year to all our Isledegrande readers! Everyone is invited to the Buffalo Launch Club on New Year's Day to witness the inaugeration of elected officials at 12 noon. Thr first Town Board meeting of 2018 will be on Tuesday, January 2nd at 8:00 p.m.

   Looking for New Year's Eve options? Town Cafe is having a special surf & turf entree. Reservations are required.
   Ellden's at River Oaks is serving dinner from 5pm-9pm. See ad to make reservations.
    Mallwitz's Island Lanes is having an all afternoon/evening family bowling party. They are sold out and would like all reservations to prepay. See details.

   Grand Island High School's Music Department presents the Sounds of the Season at the Annual Winter Wonderland Concert on Wednesday December 13, 2017 in the Grand Viking Theater. Groups featured include Concert Band, Choir, String Orchestra, Concert Choir, and Wind Ensemble. See video. Thanks to Mark Gorton for filming.

    Ever wonder why Grand Island, Nebraska is named so? Just like our "grande isle", French fur traders named an island in the nearby Platte River, 'La Grande Ile' in the later 1700's. The island was incorporated in 1872 by damning the western flow of the river. The river is actually so shallow that it is hard to canoe.

    Interestingly, the traffic congestion on the Grand Island Bridges were graded in 1995 on the Comprehensive Master Plan as South Bridge Level of Service (LOS) "E" and the North Bridge LOS "D". Those are described as LOS "D" - Represents high density but stable flow. Speed and freedom to maneuver are severely restricted and the driver and/or pedestrian experiences poor levels of comfort and convenience. LOS "E" - Represents operating conditions at or near the capacity level. All speed limits are reduced to a low but relatively uniform value. Freedom to maneuver in the traffic stream is extremely difficult. Comfort and convenience levels are extremely poor. Level "F" - Used to define forced or breakdown flow. the condition exists wherever the amount of traffic approaching a point exceeds the amount which can traverse the point. I inquired with the Thruway Authority on December 13, 2017 as to what the grade was today. After speaking by phone and through email, I have yet to get a response.

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

    Send your news to jodi@giecom.net.


    December 21, 2017

        Happy birthday today to Vincent Pascoe, Allene Jansen. Happy birthday on Saturday, December 23rd to Karen Lloyd, Andrea Moreau & Gerarda Payne and on Sunday, December 24th to Melissa Marlin, Carolyn Furman, & Betsy Oshirak. Happy birthday Monday, December 25th to Bud Yensan, Chris Eberhard, Grant Hennigar, Marissa Catanzaro, Cayleigh Fitzsimmons, Ann Dlugokinski, Karen Krawczyk & Edward Weaver, and on Tuesday, December 26th to Allison Hill & Thomas Dunmire. Happy birthday on Wednesday, December 27th to Abigail Dallassandro & David Phillips .

       Welcome to Mike Morgan of Morgan Plumbing Inc., our newest Isledegrande advertiser. Mike is originally from the Hamptons, in Long Island, but after going to school at Alfred, has made his home in Grand Island for over ten years. He has 24 hour service and can get to you in a jiffy. Check out his ad to see just some of the services he offers. Thanks for coming aboard Mike!

       Merry Christmas to all our Isledegrande readers, near and far!

       Looking for New Year's Eve options? Ellden's at River Oaks is serving dinner from 5pm-9pm. See ad to make reservations.
    Mallwitz's Island Lanes is having an all afternoon/evening family bowling party. See details.

          Looking for a good home for your unplayed piano? Isledegrande Publisher Reg Schopp would like to offer a page for piano people to buy and sell pianos. If you are interested, email jodi@giecom.net.

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

    Send your news to jodi@giecom.net.


    December 14, 2017

        Happy birthday today to Mike Boerschig, Gary Sankes, Katie Rustowicz, Claire O'Connor, Nancy Koch, Sue Whitbeck & Amy Fisher and on Friday, December 15th to Anthony Grillo. Happy birthday on Saturday, December 16th to Nancy Hayes and Betty Lantz and on Sunday, December 17th to Arvilla Kendzierski, Cassidy Louise Kendrick, Jeffrey Crane & Wilhelmina Perdaems. Happy birthday Monday, December 18th to Jaylee Maddalena, Jean Brighton, Art DiMartile, Dan Epstein, Jan Zaborowski & Barbara Graff , and on Tuesday, December 19th to Sue Braun, Stan Hill, Louie D'Orazio, William O'Connor, Bridget Baungartner, Margaret Lawrence & James Purpora. Happy birthday on Wednesday, December 20th to Gloria Brown, Allyson Wolgast, Christopher Priest, Glenn "Bud" Smith, Nicholas Carey, Nancy Behrns & Joan Dekany .

       Grand Island Farms, Inc, 2487 Long Road, is hosting a holiday shopping event which includes local small businesses and farms products on Saturday, December 16th from 11am-2pm. Get some unique and tasty gifts while enjoying freshly prepared food and beverages, in an old barn converted into a Christmas store! Pick out your Christmas tree and warm up by the fire afterwards.

       The McCarthy School of Irish Dance's Celtic Christmas will take place on Saturday, December 16 at Grand Island High School. The show features the dancing of the McCarthy School, along with the Blarney Bunch. In addition, there will be a Basket Raffle Extravaganza and other fun raffles! Tickets are $7 each! Questions? Call Maura at 716-867-4597 or email at macorust@gmail.com.

        The $300,000 elevator planned for the Grand Island Town Hall will be paid for by a $100,000 Community Development Block Grant, with the remainder paid by the town.

       The newly elected Town Officials will be inaugurated on Monday, January 1st at 12 o'clock noon, at the Buffalo Launch Club, 503 East River Rd. Everyone is welcome to attend. A coffee & pastry reception will immediately follow.

        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 December 11, 2017. See video.

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

    Send your news to jodi@giecom.net.


    December 7, 2017

        Happy birthday today to Joan Staub, Julia Capage, Maxine Eldridge, and Ann Billica (101 years!) and on Friday, December 8th to Robin Shipman & Bobbi Cap. Happy birthday on Saturday, December 9th to Amanda Heftka, Grace Stewart, Phillip Smith & Thomas Wiswall and on Sunday, December 10th to Lisa Dinsmore Szpakowsk, Jake Scott, Christine Mills & Donna Purpora. Happy birthday Monday, December 11th to Paul Linenfelser Sr., Duffy Macguire and Joelle Logue, and on Tuesday, December 12th to Reba Conway, Ron Livingston, Kathy Loncher, Dave Hammond & Steve Grunzweig. Happy birthday on Wednesday, December 13th to Kori Loder, Denise (Stack) Dewey, Daniel Donovan, Emma Santorio, & Sandy Burns .


    Top & middle photos-Henry Olrogge

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    Henry Olrogge- photo by Michael Riggi.

        Henry Olrogge was at Canalside on Monday, December 4th for the arrival of the future USS Little Rock. The 400 foot, $440 million combat ship will be commissioned near its namesake on Saturday, December 16th. Henry was working with his employer BIDCO, captaining the tug that placed the gangways for the ship.

       UB basketball senior Cassie Oursler had her best game of the season last weekend in a consolation game at the ASU Classic in Tempe, AZ. She had 16 points, five rebounds, three assists and two steals. The Lady Bulls beat Nevada-Las Vegas 80-53. Next home game is Thursday, December 7th against Canisius at 7:00 p.m.

        A very satisfied customer recently wrote the following on the DeSignet International Jewelry store Facebook page. "If I could give the team at deSignet 10 stars I would. I have purchased 3 custom rings from them, with all communication done thru email. For creative collaboration, attention to detail, outstanding customer service, value and master craftsmanship, there is no better choice." Remember, there is a custom jewelry store located right here on GI, 1869 Whitehaven Road. Hundreds of gifts, ready to purchase, for your holiday gift list.

       The Share Your Happiness Annual Food Drive is currently underway at all the 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. All donations must be turned in to classroom teachers by Monday, December 11th. See the flyer for suggested food items to donate. Thank you and Happy Holidays!

       If you are entered in the holiday home decorating contest, make sure your lights are on this weekend. Judging will take place Friday and Saturday, December 8 & 9 from 8:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.

       Looking for a good home for your unplayed piano? Isledegrande Publisher Reg Schopp would like to offer a page for piano people to buy and sell pianos. If you are interested, email jodi@giecom.net.

       Looks like we are going to have to wait a bit longer to go to the new 773 North, located at the corner of Bedell Rd. and Grand Island Blvd. They are waiting on the liquor license.

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

    Upcoming Events - See Events Calendar For Details
  • St. Timothy Lutheran Church is hosting a holiday dinner theater titled "Greetings", on Saturday, December 9th at 7:00 p.m., and Sunday, December 10th at 1:00 p.m. See flyer.
  • The GI Historical Society Christmas Open House is Sunday, December 10th from 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m..
  • The Grand Island Community Chorus will present its fall concert, "Holiday Faith, Hope and Joy," at 7 p.m. Sunday, December 10th at St. Martin in the Fields Church on Baseline Road.
  • Recovery International, a support group for adults over 18 who need help coping with depression, panic attacks, anxiety, anger management, or bipolar disorder, meets on Tuesdays from 7 to 9 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church.

    Send your news to jodi@giecom.net.


    November 30, 2017

        Happy birthday today to Eric Harnden, John Podlucky, Pat Akinbami & Nancy Tobe and on Friday, December 1st to Brian Sullivan, Betty Lou Camardella, John Cassoni, Jr. & Mary Lou Cannata. Happy birthday on Saturday, December 2nd to Riley Crosby, Carol Ganster & Marcy Malecki and on Sunday, December 3rd to Sara Barbur, Alan Endres, Liz Tucker, Evan Linenfelse & Kimberly Murchison-Petcu . Super special birthday wishes to Auntie Lois Kaiser Schoenfeld on Sunday! Happy birthday Monday, December 4th to Natalie Carter, Aidan MacNeil, Claire Card, Bill Wilson, & Cameron Cherenzia, and on Tuesday, December 5th to Darcey Golde, Carolyn Kreutz & Luke Gworek.

       Happy anniversary on December 1st to Jack & Jackie Steckleberg, married 33 glorious years!

       The third grade students of Huth Road school teachers Mrs. Cindy Robinson and Mrs. Patricia Kwarciak made cards for the Buffalo Police Department, the family of Officer Craig Lehner and K9 dog Shield to show that they were thinking of them. As character traits are frequently discussed in the classroom, they came up with some traits to describe Officer Lehner, such as courageous, selfless, brave and a hero. These cards were delivered to the Buffalo Police Department.

       Tonawandas USBC (United States Bowling Congress) 2017 Hall of Fame Dinner was November 25th, 2017. Island Lanes owner Art Mallwitz was inducted for Meritorious Service, congratulations Art!

       It was announced last week that Dick Crawford officially won the Highway Superintendent election by 116 votes.

       Check out this letter in the Dispatch from November 19, 1951. It is penned by outgoing Supervisor Daniel J. McNamee. Thanks to Karen Raepple & Diane Loder Kerner for passing it along!

       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 November 27, 2017. See video.

       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
  • 3rd Annual Artisan Open House is Saturday, December 2nd. See flyer.
  • Recovery International, a support group for adults over 18 who need help coping with depression, panic attacks, anxiety, anger management, or bipolar disorder, meets on Tuesdays from 7 to 9 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church.
  • Holiday Light Display deadline is Tuesday, December 5th. See flyer
    Send your news to jodi@giecom.net.


    November 21, 2017

        Happy birthday on Thanksgiving to Bob Johnson & Barbara LaDuca and on Friday, November 24th to Edna Braddell & Margaret Sutton. Happy birthday on Saturday, November 25th to Linda Geldin & Charlene Gornicki and on Sunday, November 26th to Ginger Stamler, Dennis Parrino & Nancy Killian. Happy birthday Monday, November 27th to Gerald Dubiel & Jim McGarvey, and on Tuesday, November 28th to PJ Marston, Ame'lia Isabelle Haag, Donald Loder, Andrew Baranyl, Mohinder Ghuman & Alma Mctigue. Happy birthday Wednesday, November 29th to JoAnn Vanderheite, Daisy Moore, John Stark, Joanne Carcione & Mary Savio.

       Happy anniversary on November 25th to Nicole & Greg Butcher (17 years) and Peter & Susan Marston (11 years).


       Congratulations to Chris Reger and Jim Ehde owners of GI Waste Management on their engagement. The pair were engaged at Disney over the weekend.

        The Thanksgiving week edition of Isledegrande will be posted on Tuesday, November 21st. If you have any news you would like posted in this edition, please send to jodi@giecom.net by noon of that day. If a death occurs, and you would like an obituary posted Wednesday, November 22nd - Tuesday, November 28th, please contact kim@raru.com. Thank you and Happy Thanksgiving.

        Congratulations to James P. Kennedy Jr. as he has officially been named U.S. Attorney for Western New York. Kennedy has served as the Acting U.S. Attorney for WNY since October 2016, when William J. Hochul stepped down. The promotion is effective Nov. 17. The appointment of Kennedy is for a period of 120 days or until a presidential appointee qualifies, whichever happens first.

        Christmas at the Farm - Grand Island Farms, Inc, 2487 Long Road, is hosting a holiday shopping event which includes local small businesses and farms products on Saturday, November 25th from 11am-2pm. Get some unique and tasty gifts while enjoying freshly prepared food and beverages, in an old barn converted into a Christmas store! Pick out your Christmas tree and warm up by the fire afterwards. See flyer.

       The GI Snowmobile Club will host a NYS Certified Snowmobile Safety course on Thursday, November 30 & Friday, December 1st at the GI Rod & Gun Club, 1083 Whitehaven Road, from 5pm-9pm. Paticipants must attend both sessions in order to quality and take the test. Pre-register by calling Paul Coughlin @ 716-812-2339.

       Seema Boutique at Island Ship Center, 1879 Whitehaven is having a purse party on Saturday, November 25th. from 9am-5pm in the business center. A 20% of coupon for any one item is available here. You don't have to print it out, just take a picture on your phone to enjoy big savings!

       ON VACATION! See you next 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
  • Recovery International, a support group for adults over 18 who need help coping with depression, panic attacks, anxiety, anger management, or bipolar disorder, meets on Tuesdays from 7 to 9 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church.
  • The American Legion, Grand Island Post #1346 general meeting is Wednesday, November 29th at 7:00 p.m. at the Loyal Order of The Moose Lodge, 2524 Grand Island Blvd. All members are requested and urged to attend, you are an important part of the American Legion.

    Send your news to jodi@giecom.net.


    November 16, 2017

        Happy birthday today, to Vala O'Boyle, Annabelle Linenfelser & Peg Price and on Friday, November 17th to Sierra Yarnes, Bobbi McNulty Champayne, Dayton Fancher & William Hambridge. Happy birthday on Saturday, November 18th to Mark Flash, Geraldine Wornick & Nancy Monich and on Sunday, November 19th to Eileen Minton. Happy birthday Monday, November 20th to Douglas F. Bauer, Grace Kammerer, Kathy Menter & Pam O'Connor, and on Tuesday, November 21st to Joan Butcher, Ben Kose and Tyler Lorence. Happy birthday Wednesday, November 22nd to Marilyne Brandoni, Jennifer Przybylski, Kevin Rosman & Chris Gress.

       Happy anniversary on November 22nd to Vala & Spencer O'Boyle (37 years) and Dr. Chris and Raymond Gress (42 years).

        The Thanksgiving week edition of Isledegrande will be posted on Tuesday, November 21st. If you have any news you would like posted in this edition, please send to jodi@giecom.net by noon of that day. If a death occurs, and you would like an obituary posted Wednesday, November 22nd - Tuesday, November 28th, please contact kim@raru.com. Thank you and Happy Thanksgiving.

        Aceti's Wine & Spirits, 2156 Grand Island Blvd, is having a free in-store wine tasting on Saturday, November 18th from 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. There will also be spirits to sample.

       Town Cafe is running a promotion on Facebook until November 19th. Like or share their page and you could win a large cheese and one topping pizza. Facebook link.

        The stairs into the Niagara Gorge at Devil's Hole State Park will be reopened on Saturday, November 18 after having been closed all summer so that they could be rebuilt. The stairs had been expected to be closed until Spring 2018. The $645,500 project consisted of removing and reconstructing the middle portion of the existing stairs as well as trail sections at Devil's Hole.

        Light Up The Boulevard is on Saturday, November 18th starting at 3:30 p.m. The road race will start at 5:00 p.m. and the parade to follow.

        773 North posted pictures of their new sign on Facebook and that they will be opening soon, contingent on their liquor license. Looking at the comments posted...there are a lot of people anxiously awaiting the new restaurant.

        The Grand Island Central School District Board of Education held their general session meeting on Monday November 13, 2017 in the Little Theater of Veronica Connor Middle School. See video.

       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 November meeting on Thursday, November 16, 2017 at 7:00 PM at Trinity United Methodist Church.
  • The VFW Auxiliary, 2121 Grand Island Blvd. is having a hot turkey sandwich sale on Friday, November 17th from 4:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.
  • Recovery International, a support group for adults over 18 who need help coping with depression, panic attacks, anxiety, anger management, or bipolar disorder, meets on Tuesdays from 7 to 9 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church.

    Send your news to jodi@giecom.net.


    November 9, 2017

        Happy birthday today, to Meshkat Assian, Judith Bassette and on Friday, November 10th to Katie Samland, Barbara Cook, Emily Nowak & Mary Mack. Happy birthday on Saturday, November 11th to Sandy Santorio, Lucia Roesch, Carolyn Gentz, Pat Wydra, Margaret Lawrence, James Purpora, & Gail Sturm and on Sunday, November 12th to Kelly Williams, Maria Burns, & Carol Lindelow. Happy birthday Monday, November 13th to Victor Cap, Mike Madigan, Pamela Barton, Roberta Jean Burke, Ann Rossiter & Debbie Tront, and on Tuesday, November 14th to Sarah Brand, Antonia Stabler & Ryan Foote. Happy birthday Wednesday, November 15th to Carole Lochte, Thomas Dworak & Mac Myles.

       Congratulations to Stacey Schroeder-Watt on her recent induction into the 27th class of the Greater Buffalo Sports Hall of Fame. The event took place on November 1st at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center. Stacey was a three sport athlete (volleyball, basketball, track & field) and had state records in shot put and discus in high school. The discus record stands today (172 feet). She also coordinated the Grand Island Challenge...raising over $25,000 to outfit a Grand Island room at Oishei Children's Hospital. GI is the only community in the area to achieve that honor.

        The Town of Grand Island cordially invites veterans, family members and friends to attend the Veterans Day Service on Saturday, November 11, 2017 at 11:00 a.m. at the Veterans Wall at Veterans Park, 1717 Bedell Road.

       GIHS basketball standout Cassie Oursler is back playing for the U.B. Bulls in her senior year. The women's basketball program is favored to win the MAC East division this season. The first game is Friday, November 10th at 1:00 p.m. at U.B. Arena. Last Friday night in a exhibition game with Bloomsburg, Cassie led the team with 20 pts in a 64-32 win.

       Congratulations to GIHS 2002 graduate Anthony Brindisi on completing his first New York City Marathon last weekend. Mama Jackie Brennan is very proud!

        The recent Huth Road School Family Game Night raised $2,000 for Dana Papaj who was seriously injured in a hit-and-run accident last June. Dana worked at the school for years.

        Lost dog was reunited with family.

       St. Stephen School is having a Meat Raffle on Friday, November 10th at the school, 2080 Baseline Road. Doors open at 6:00 p.m. and the raffle starts at 7:00 p.m. Tickets are $6 pre sale or $8 at the door and include: unlimited beer, pop or wine, a slice of pizza or a roast beef sandwich. You must be 21 years of age to attend. Call 773-4347 for a reservation.

       Corey McGowan's Concert for a Cure will take place on Saturday, November 11th at RiverWorks, on the Buffalo waterfront from noon-8:00 p.m. Ten local bands will entertain. Tickets are $10 and all proceeds will benefit the Grand Island Relay For Life/American Cancer Society.

       In observance of Veteran's Day, Island Ship Center will be closed on Saturday, November 11th. We will reopen at 8:30 AM on Monday, the 13th.

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

    Upcoming Events - See Events Calendar For Details
  • Grand Island Golden Age Center is hosting "Native American Culture" on Thursday, November 9th at 1:00 p.m.
  • Grand Island Golden Age Center is hosting "Disappearing Act: What Happened to the Middle Class" on Tuesday, November 14th at 10:00 a.m.
  • Recovery International Meeting is on Tuesday, October 24th at Trinity U.M.C. from 7 to 9 p.m.
  • Grand Island Golden Age Center is hosting "Native American Culture" on Thursday, November 9th at 1:00 p.m.
  • The Cinderella Isle Garden Club will hold its November meeting on Thursday, November 16, 2017 at 7:00 PM at Trinity United Methodist Church.

    Send your news to jodi@giecom.net.


    November 2, 2017

        Happy birthday today, to my BFF Carol Zimmerman and to Blake Rockwood, Paula Manijak, Bill Nash, Patti Mazzola, Joanne Lozo & Sue McMahon (twins), and on Friday, November 3rd to Anthony Weis & James Maul. Happy birthday on Saturday, November 4th to Marilyn Andujar, Mark Tiede, Alli DeMartin, Bill Salansky & Ricky Whitmire and on Sunday, November 5th to Susan Quagliana, Alexander Frye, Brian Rinio, Edie Thompson, Edna Kunselman, Ruthy Field & Linda Nihart. Happy birthday Monday, November 6th to Jo-Anne Greico, Joshua Less, David Arch, Sue Ellerton & David Pratt Ph.D. and on Tuesday, November 7th to John Kaeffer, Dorothy Ginsburg Joe Cushner, Francis Baumler & Gordon Mortenson Happy birthday Wednesday, November 8th to Scott Hammond, Joel Brennan, Anne Leahy, Grace Carey, & Vera Grace Lucinski..

       This week's Character Athletes of the Week from GI are: Luke Allinger/Boys Soccer, Laura Schultz/Girls Soccer. They were selected by Intense Milk and Cross Training Athletics for setting positive examples in speech, conduct, love, faith and integrity of the game.

       GIHS Sports News:
       NFL Cross Country: Individual boys title went to Grand Island senior Ryan Buzby (15:55.8).
       UPDATE: GI lost to Spencerport 1-0. Grand Island girls soccer beat Pioneer on Tuesday, October 31st, 5-1, and are Class A champions. Next up is Spencerport in the Far West Regional at Williamsville South on Saturday, November 4th. Grand Island boys soccer lost to East Aurora 4-3 in overtime at the Class A final on Wednesday evening.

       Back by popular demand...Franklin Delano Roosevelt will make a return visit to speak about Pearl Harbor at Historic (Old) St. Stephens Church at 2100 Baseline Rd., at 7:00 p.m. this evening. Everyone welcome! This is a Historical Society sponsored event.

       St. Stephens School is hosting their 9th annual shopping extravaganza event on Sunday, November 5th, from 9:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. at 2080 Baseline Road. Food, Drink, Fun, Raffles, crafts for kids and admission is FREE! Stop on by! over 80+ vendors.

       Stop at any of the 37 NOCO Express Shops in Western New York & pick up a Green Lightbulb for your front porch to show your support & appreciation for our Veterans! Bulbs are $2.99 (plus tax) each & all proceeds go to the Buffalo & Rochester chapters of Team RWB! Bulbs will only be available from November 1st till November 11th, Veterans Day. Team RWB's mission is to enrich the lives of America's veterans by connecting them to their community through physical and social activity.

       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 on Tuesday, November 7th at Trinity U.M.C. from 7 to 9 p.m.
  • Grand Island Golden Age Center is hosting "Native American Culture" on Thursday, November 9th at 1:00 p.m.

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    October 26, 2017

        Happy birthday today, October 26th to Donna Smith Phelan, twins Maxx and Calleigh Anderson, Dorothy Lew, Lorraine Mangin, Pete Gottler & Barbara Schaber, and on Friday, October 27th to Peter Marston, Dominic Cannata & Alyssa Quarantello. Happy birthday on Saturday, October 28th to Ann Samplinski, Ray Gress Jr., Steve Hunt, Nikki Zimmerman, Brenda Cassoni, Nancy Boettcher, Linda Keil & Jerry Turri and on Sunday, October 29th to Joanne Gesl, Nina Goss, William Saenger & Thomas Roell. Happy birthday Monday, October 30th to Dave Wilkinson, Bill Pioli, Lynda Black, Teddy Ann Davis & Sharon Moffett and on Tuesday, October 31st to Morgan Proctor & Jane Wynne Happy day Wednesday, November 1st to Emily Fred, Andy Chambers & Lynn Ortiz.

        Happy Anniversary to Sue & Dan McMahon on Friday, October 27th!

       GIHS Sports News:
       Grand Island Girls Soccer beat Williamsville South in the semifinal game 2-0 and will play in the championship A-1 game at Williamsville North on Saturday, October 28th at 3:00 p.m. Grand Island Boys Soccer Class A-1 championship is at Sweet Home tonight at 7:30 p.m. They will take on 7-Kenmore West.

        Island Ship Center has announced that they are hosting a regional workshop at their store on Saturday, October 28th. The warehouse in the back of the building will be transformed into a classroom, complete with tables, chairs and a projector. As a result, the rear entrance dock and man doors will be closed for the entire day. The front of the store will be open normal hours, from 10 am to 3 pm, with business as usual. All large pickups and drop-offs will have to occur from the front, just for Saturday.

       My family had a delicious dinner at Town Cafe last night. Thanks to restauranteur Lynn Quarantello, daughter and super waitress Alyssa and Chef Perry Spencer for making our night special. We had seafood pasta with alfredo sauce, shrimp and scallops, and Sicilian chicken. All entrees come with a soup and salad bar, the only one on GI! Of course the hubby had to have chicken wings which were big! and cooked perfectly. No small portions here, enough leftovers for lunch today! Stop in to the Town Cafe...they are open Tuesday through Sunday for lunch and dinner.

           

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    .    The year is 1955, kindergarten graduation at Kaegebein Elementary School. Can you guess who these handsome devils are? Click on the photo to see the three amigos today.

       The Grand Island Central School District Board of Education held their general session meeting on Monday October 23, 2017 in the auditorium at Kaegebein Elementary School. See video.

        The GI Historical Society Holiday Luncheons will take place, Tuesday, Dec. 5, Friday, Dec. 8 and Saturday, Dec. 9 at NOON. Tickets are $25.00. The program will be "Unique Fashions" by Maggie Gushue. Reservations required. Call Carol Moore at 773-3817 for reservations.

       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
  • Candidates Night at Kaegebein on Thursday, October 26, 2017, 7-9pm.
  • Grand Island Golden Age Center is hosting "Crystal Beach: The Good Old Days" on Friday, October 27th at 10:00 a.m.
  • Friends of the Grand Island Memorial Library will be sponsoring a used book sale at the Library on Saturday, October 28th. Saturday will include "Fill a bag" for $5 from 10:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., followed by $2 a bag from 1:00 p.m. 3:00 p.m.
  • A free drive-up prescription and over-the-counter medication take back will take place at Town Hall on Saturday, October 28th.
  • Grand Island Farms, Inc. is hosting "Trick or Treat at the Farm" on Monday, October 30th from 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m, 2487 Long Road.
  • Recovery International Meeting is on Tuesday, October 24th at Trinity U.M.C. from 7 to 9 p.m.

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    October 19, 2017

        Happy birthday today, October 19th to Heidi Sue McCormick, Luke Hooper, Bill Winterfield, & Chris McCabe, and on Friday, October 20th to Ryan Pinzel & Michael Madigan. Happy birthday on Saturday, October 21st to Laury Linenfelser, Gunnar Munk & Bob Henschel and on Sunday, October 22nd to Brianna Hadden, Rick Martin & Michele Namenek. Happy birthday Monday, October 23rd to Patrick Gallagher, Chase Harding, Zakary Massaro, Gerry Robinson & Ed Shelp and on Tuesday, October 24th to Douglas Krueger & Judy Wozniak Happy day Wednesday, October 25th to John Bidell, Joshua McMahon & Betsy Morrison.

       Happy anniversary to Carol & Gary Roesch on Friday, October 20th!

       GIHS Sports News:
       Boys Soccer Semifinal: GI beat Hamburg Friday night 1-0 and are now in the finals against Class A-2 winner Kenmore West. The game will be played at Sweet Home on Thursday, October 26th. Soccer quarterfinal: Grand Island (1) Boys Soccer beat Sweet Home (8) yesterday 2-0 at Masters Field. Next up is the semi-finals against Hamburg (4) at Tonawanda High School tomorrow, Friday, October 20th at 7:30 p.m. Grand Island Girls Soccer (1) is playing tonight at Gene Masters Field in the quarterfinals against West Seneca East (9) at 6:00 p.m. Update: The girls beat WS East 2-0 and will play in the semifinal on Wednesday, October 25th at Williamsville North at 8:00 p.m. against Will. South.
        Grand Island Football: Lost to West Seneca East, 28-14. Next: TBA. Grand Island Football (1N) will play West Seneca East (4S) at Masters Field, 7 p.m. Friday, October 20th.

       The Middle School will be presenting 'Seussical the Musical' Thursday, Friday and Saturday evening at 7:00 PM in the Grand Viking Theater. General admission is $5. at the door. All children must be accompanied by an adult.

       The Golden Age Center hosts Holiday Happenings on Saturday, October 21, 2017, from 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. There will be craft vendors, open house tours, basket raffle, lunch items and a bake sale. See Flyer.

       State Senator Chris Jacobs and Erie County Department of Health are hosting a Free Narcan Training Event on Monday, October 23rd from 6:00 - 8:00 p.m. at Grand Island Senior High School, 1100 Ransom Road. See flyer.

       Christy & Jason Zippier are making great progress on their new restaurant, 773 North, located at Grand Island Blvd. and Bedell Road. Look them up on Facebook and see photos of the renovations taking place. A mid November opening has been mentioned.

        Two new stop signs were installed on Wednesday morning, October 18th at Stony Point & Ransom Roads. This will now be a three way stop. Heard from a GICSD bus driver this morning that it was a bit difficult and will take some getting used to.

       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 October meeting on Thursday, October 19. 2017 at 7:00 PM at Trinity United Methodist Church.
  • Pancake Breakfast Fundraiser at Trinity United Methodist Church on Saturday, October 21st from 8:00am - 11:00am. See flyer.
  • The Gi Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary Chowder Sale is Saturday, October 21st at fire headquarters, 2275 Baseline Road. Chowder will be ready at 11:00 a.m.
  • Grand Island Golden Age Center is hosting "Medicare Rights and Wrongs...Can They Do That?" on Tuesday, October 24th at 10:00 a.m. and "Inside the FBI's Behavioral Analysis Unit" on Tuesday, October 24th at 1:00 p.m.
  • Recovery International Meeting is on Tuesday, October 24th at Trinity U.M.C. from 7 to 9 p.m.
  • Representatives from State Sen. Chris Jacobs' staff will be available between 9:30 and 11:30 a.m. on Wednesday, October 25th at Town Hall, 2255 Baseline Road.
  • The American Legion, Grand Island Post #1346 general meeting is Wednesday, October 25th at 7:00 p.m. at the Loyal Order of The Moose Lodge.

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    October 12, 2017

        Happy birthday today, October 12th to Jean Peters, Gary Larsen, Marissa Mrkall, Ronald Milks & Douglas Carlson, and on Friday, October 13th to Christopher Conway, Dylan Castiglia, Tom Trader, Eleanor Stephan, Priscilla Johnson, & Kim Yarwood. Happy birthday on Saturday, October 14th to Stephanie Voyzey, John Turner, Ashley Battaglia, Iris Jiscitsno & Sheryl Kutis and on Sunday, October 15th to Shirley Luther (93 years young), Mark Argy & Mike Yensan . Happy birthday Monday, October 16th to Clare Conboy, Sue Cinelli, Rosa Galente, & Kathleen Loth and on Tuesday, October 17th to Stephanie Kowalak, Jenna Giambra, Julius Schopp, Rosemarie McDonald, Patricia Schafer, Jack Hammond & Steven Grabiee M.D. Happy day Wednesday, October 18 to Barb DeMaria, Alexandra Imperi, Aidan Daly & Sharon Ledwon.

       Jim Ehde announced he will be bringing back the Isle Cove's Broccoli Cheese and Chicken Noodle Soup at Kelly Country's Stores Fall Festival this weekend. Come out and try a bowl or take some home with you. The event takes place from 10am-5pm. Jim is the owner of Grand Island Waste Management.

       GIHS Sports News: (From Buffalo News Sports)
    Update (October 13, 2017): Grand Island wins boys, girls NFL titles
       Grand Island won its third straight Niagara Frontier League boys soccer championship with a 6-0 win over North Tonawanda. David Bilek had two goals and two assists while Luke Ailinger had a goal and two assists. Next game is at Masters Field on Wednesday, October 18th.
       It took two goals in overtime for the Grand Island girls to capture the league title over Niagara-Wheatfield. Kayla Robinson and Brooke Amato each scored in overtime for the 2-0 Vikings' win.
       Girls Soccer: No. 1 large school Grand Island (14-1, 11-0) and No. 4 Niagara Wheatfield (13-1, 11-1) play at Lew-Port at 5 p.m. tonight for the Niagara Frontier League championship in girls soccer. The Vikings scored the first two goals of the game in a 2-1 win at Wheatfield on Sept. 12th. Their lone loss came at Rochester private school Aquinas, 1-0. The Falcons have won seven in a row since losing their only game of the season.
       Boys Soccer: The boys soccer title game will be played at 7:30 p.m. at Lew-Port tonight between No. 7 large school Grand Island (9-3-3, 9-1-1) and No. 9 North Tonawanda (10-2-3, 7-2-3). The Vikings won a 3-1 game at NT on Sept. 21.
       Football: In Class A North: There's one playoff spot up for grabs. Grand Island (5-1, 4-1) controls its own destiny on Friday Night, playing Williamsville East (4-2, 4-1) at home (7pm). The Vikings can finish first, third or fourth. A Grand Island win gives it the No. 1 seed, Starpoint No. 2, Williamsville East No. 3 and the Sweet Home-Williamsville South winner No. 4. A Grand Island loss would give Starpoint the No. 1 seed and East No. 2. If Sweet Home beats South, Grand Island is No. 3 and Sweet Home No. 4. If South beats Sweet Home, South is No. 3 and Grand Island No. 4. Loser of Sweet Home-South is out of the playoffs.

       Grand Island Plaza News: Silk Florals has moved to the Grand Island Plaza from Baseline Road and a new Dollar General is coming.

        The Grand Island Central School District Board of Education held their general session meeting on Tuesday October 10, 2017 at Huth Road Elementary School. Video.

       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 J & L BBQ Food Truck from 10:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. on Friday, October 13th.
  • St. Stephen Church is hosting "The 13th Day", story of Fatima on Friday, October 13th at 7:00 p.m. in the Hospitality Room
  • Trinty Church Fall Festival is Saturday, October 14th. See flyer.
  • The GI Revolution 9U Baseball Meat Raffle Fundraiser is Saturday, October 14, 2017 at VFW Post #9249, 5-8pm.
  • Kelly's Country Store is hosting Fall Fest 2017, 3121 Grand Island Blvd.on Saturday & Sunday, October 14 & 15, from 10:00 a.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • The VFW Auxiliary, 2121 Grand Island Blvd. is hosting a Pork Roast Dinner on Sunday, October 15th, from 4pm-7pm.
  • Grand Island Junior Vikings Spaghetti Dinner fundraiser will take place on Monday, October 16, 2017 from 5:30-8:30 p.m. at the Riverstone Grill. See Flyer.
  • Recovery International Meeting is on Tuesday, October 10th at Trinity U.M.C. from 7 to 9 p.m.
  • The Cinderella Isle Garden Club will hold its October meeting on Thursday, October 19. 2017 at 7:00 PM at Trinity United Methodist Church.

    Send your news to jodi@giecom.net.


    October 5, 2017

        Happy birthday today, October 5th to Dylan Russo, Michele Remmes, Nancy Long, Rebekah Thompson, Betty Magnuson & Carolyn Mesches, and on Friday, October 6th to Craig Blowers, Jane Consier, Ruth Cunningham & Sandy Warren-Henderson. Happy birthday on Saturday, October 7th to Lorraine Willcox, Ann Weingartner, Greg Yensan, Michael Christensen, Morgan Capage, Evan Smith & Paul Leuchner and on Sunday, October 8th to Andy Dinsmore, Bertha Frank, Casy Galeza, Harry Minion & Dennis Potenski. Happy birthday Monday, October 9th to Taylor Duscher, Barb Jarzab, Chris Ciechosk, Marion Assenza, Marion Samland & Paula Tickner and on Tuesday, October 10th to Roger Thaler, Willian Barbur, Linda Schneckenburger, Ray Billica & Annette Lobl. Happy day Wednesday, October 11 to Jacob Mongold & Barbara Shepard.

       Angelo LaDuca's show, "Angelo LaDuca Celebrates Being 80 with an Art Show," is opening Saturday, October 7th at the Buffalo Niagara Heritage Village Museum, 3755 Tonawanda Creek Road in Amherst. You can see the show throughout the month of October. On Thursday, October 12th, he will have a talk titled "What an Artist Thinks About When Doing a Painting" at 6:30 p.m. and a free reception will take place on Saturday, October 14th at 4:30 p.m., where you can view 42 of his paintings.

       The Family Justice Center is hoping to open a satellite on Grand Island. Island Presbyterian Church. 1822 Huth Road, is hosting Mary Travers Murphy, the current executive director of the Family Justice Center, on Sunday, October 8th at 10:30 a.m. Please come and hear how you can help get this satellite and help put an end to family violence. Questions? Call 716-773-4849.

       Power 10: Miguel Rodriguez ranks the best of the scholastic fall season this week Oct. 3 "Grand Island football. Huge triumph by the Vikings over the two-time defending Class A North champion Starpoint, which had won 17 straight versus division foes. GI among the five one-loss teams in Class A North vying for four playoff spots, but the win over the Spartans should aid the Vikings' push the final two weeks of the regular season." Grand Island will play Sweet Home away on Friday, October 6th. Thomas Cecere was named Prep Talk Football Player of the Week. From the Buffalo News, "The senior helped the Vikings defeat Starpoint for the first time in four years and snap the Class A North defending champion's 17 game-winning streak against division opponents. Cecere rushed for 203 yards, scoring on runs of 5, 13 and 5 yards. He also returned an interception 64 yards for a touchdown in the 33-7 victory at Gene Masters Field."

       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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  • A presentation by Douglas DeCroix of "Cruise Ships to Carriers" will be at the First Friday Evening program on Friday, October 6th at St. Stephen's Hospitality Room.
  • St. Martin-in-the-Fields Episcopal Church, 2587 Baseline Road will have a pet blessing at 12 noon on Saturday, October 7th. Jack & Jill Nursery are having a fundraiser at that time.
  • Farmer's Market on Mondays, 4pm - 7pm at 2487 Long Road.
  • Recovery International Meeting is on Tuesday, October 10th at Trinity U.M.C. from 7 to 9 p.m.

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    September 28, 2017

        Happy birthday today, September 28th to Cap Cooke, Jordan Davis, Claire Cinelli, Ron Webb & Marty Napier, and on Friday, September 29th to Matthew Hamm, Dana Robinson, Jim Wright Jr. & Samantha Krause. Happy birthday on Saturday, September 30th to Michael Rossiter, Barbara Nowakowski & Carol Luther Dunworth and on Sunday, October 1st to Ariel Brucato & Allison Mae Walker. Happy birthday Monday, October 2nd to Joan Allen & Richard Warner and on Tuesday, October 3rd to Jean Marie Ensminger. Happy day Wednesday, October 4 to Margie Walker & Clarice Samland, Celia Spacone, Afiza Mojowalla, Lynn Polizzi, Dawn Whitbeck & Robert Vaccaro..

        Wedding congratulations and best wishes to Ben Hoover and Jill LaJoie, tying the knot on Saturday, September 30th! Happy 39th wedding anniversary to John & Joanne Podlucky on Saturday and happy 29th anniversary to Patricia & Scott Shaw on October 1st!

       The Opioid Epidemic: A Community Conversation will take place tonight, Thursday, September 28, 2017 at Grand Island High School from 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. See flyer.

       The Pig Roast Fundraiser is at the VFW on Sunday, October 1st from 1pm - 5pm. Tickets are $25 and proceeds go to the DeGlopper Memorial Park expansion. The Bills game will be on!

       Grand Island goalkeeper Steven Pufpaff recorded his 25th career shutout a Vikings record, in Monday night's 10-0 victory over Niagara Falls. David Bilek had two goals and three assists in the victory. Last night, Grand Island beat Kenmore East 2-1 to take first place in the NFL Frontier Division (7-3-3,7-1-2).

       Supervisor McMurray announced on Facebook that an agreement has been made with Erie County to install a 3-way stop at Ransom Road and Stony Point Road.

       Board of Education Meeting, Monday, September 25, 2017.

       Hurricane Update: Sister Dana Erickson finally made it out of Puerto Rico on Monday, September 25th, arriving in Ft. Lauderdale at 1:00 p.m. Evacuating from two hurricanes in two weeks make for a stressful time.

       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
  • Knights of Columbus Mary Star of the Sea Meat Raffle is Saturday, September 30, 2017 at 1841 Whitehaven Road. Doors open at 6:00 p.m.
  • St. Stephen Church, 2100 Baseline Road, will have a pet blessing in honor of the feast of St. Francis at 12 noon on Sunday, October 1st.
  • Farmer's Market on Mondays, 4pm - 7pm at 2487 Long Road.
  • GI Autism Support Group meeting is Tuesday, October 3rd at 2139 Grand Island Blvd. at 6:30 p.m.
  • Recovery International Meeting is on Tuesday, October 3rd at Trinity U.M.C. from 7 to 9 p.m.

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    September 21, 2017

        Happy birthday today, September 21st to Madison Nowak, Glenn Wallace & Pamela O'Brien, and on Friday, September 22nd to Bill DeGlopper, Kathleen McCormick, Kevin Hagen & Janine Gregoire. Happy birthday on Saturday, September 23rd to Kenny Martina and on Sunday, September 24th to Lucy Floss. Happy birthday Monday, September 25th to David Dee, Robert Tyrrell, Liz Brock, Dan Bridge, Sam Carpenter & Jim Harrod and on September 26th to Madison Martin, Kevin Rogoza & Cameron Kolat. Happy birthday, Wednesday, September 27th to Alice Gerard, Amy Heist, Kevin Cobello, Dave Grant, Ashley Bleistein and Sharilyn Zarajczyk.

       In GIHS Sports News (from the Buffalo News):
       Miguel Rodriguez in his Power 10 list (Buffalo News), ranks the best of the fall scholastic sports season. Grand Island girls soccer is unbeaten (7-0-0) and has moved up from #4 last week to #3. Coach Dave Bowman had his 200th win!
        Titans Punter Brett Kern: The Grand Island native punted three times for 125 yards in a 37-16 win over Jacksonville. He averaged 41.7 gross yards and 40.3 net yards as the Titans gave up just 4 yards on one punt return.

       Grand Island residents Mike Endres, Mike Geblein, Gary Roesch & Tom Snyder all work with the Hydroplane Racing League "Steeler", #777. Congratulations on winning the season championship.

       Welcome to new Isledegrande advertiser Diane Garey Interiors. Check out the welcome story.

       

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    .    DeSignet Jewelry has sold to every state in the U.S. except to Wyoming in the last year. They are looking for a former Islander who lives in Wyoming, and will give them a $50 gift certificate, just so a pin can be placed. Contact kim@raru.com.

        My sister Dana Hayes Erickson and eight of her family and friends are stuck in Puerto Rico, after making it through Hurricane Maria in a concrete block apartment. The good news is they are safe. They had been evacuated from a resort on Tuesday because it was in a low lying area. Now, without power or running water, they are hoping the airport will be open soon. This is the second hurricane in 10 days for the group. They live in Sarasota, FL and evacuated from their homes during Hurricane Irma. Thanks to all the nice people sending prayers their way during this very stressful time.

       The 6th Annual Taste of Grand Island is Saturday, September 23rd from 12 noon - 8:00 p.m., at the Town Center. There are many restaurants and vendors, along with music and a kids zone. The weather is going to be fantastic!

       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 September meeting on Thursday, September 21, 2017 at 7:00 PM at Trinity United Methodist Church
  • Farmer's Market on Mondays, 4pm - 7pm at 2487 Long Road.
  • Recovery International Meeting is on Tuesday, September 26th at Trinity U.M.C. from 7 to 9 p.m.
  • The American Legion, Grand Island Post #1346 general meeting is Wednesday, September 27th at 7:00 p.m. at the Loyal Order of The Moose Lodge.
  • The Opioid Epidemic: A Community Conversation will take place on Thursday, September 28, 2017 at Grand Island High School from 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. See flyer.

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    September 14, 2017

        Happy birthday Friday, September 15th to Ava Staub, and on Saturday, September 16th to Matthew Wasson & Christie Davis. Happy birthday on Sunday, September 17th to Carmela Bartolomeo. Happy birthday Monday, September 18th to DeVonte' Mali'q Johnson, Lauren Ann Bermel, & Lynn Quarentello and on September 19th to Peter McMahon, Mike Carr, Lisa Stoddard, Vickie Harnden, Bonnie Sciuk, Julie O'Connor, & Donnie Burns. Happy birthday Wednesday, September 20th to Bruce Senn, Becky Peters, Jennifer Fiels, & Lisa Dollendorf.

       In GIHS Sports News (from the Buffalo News):
        Miguel Rodriguez in his Power 10 list, ranks the best of the fall scholastic sports season. #4 was "Grand Island girls soccer. The unbeaten Vikings may be ranked behind the team it beat in the Western New York Coaches' Large Schools Poll, but reigning Section VI Class A champion Grand Island gets the nod in this spot for handing defending Class AA champion Clarence its lone loss of the season back on Aug. 31. Grand Island is ranked 2nd in Prep Talk Large Schools Girls Soccer with a record of 5-0.
        Ben Tsujimoto named boys soccer goalie Steve Pufpaff to his "10 Contenders for boys soccer Prep Talk Player of the Year." "2017 stats, through Sept. 12: Denied two penalty kicks on the season so far, including a game-saving stop in overtime to seal a draw against International Prep. His eight-save clean sheet to beat Niagara-Wheatfield, 1-0, was another impressive effort."
       A Nominee for Connolly Cup, quarterback Cam Sionko of Grand Island (19-for-26 passing, 245 yards, three TDs), Last week Grand Island beat North Tonwanda 36-0, "Sionko completed 19 of 26 passes for 245 yards and three touchdowns as the Vikings improved to 2-0. Zane Johnson had eight catches for 115 yards while Jay Breeden caught seven passes for 82 yards including TD catches of 14 and 15 yards." Next up is Niagara Wheatfield at home on Friday night, September 15th.

       Thanks to former Islander Fred Wornick, who recently made a donation to Isledegrande and said "Keep up the great job. I miss Grand Island and the wonderful people." We miss you too Fred!

       UPDATE - September 18, 2017, No crosswalk (not enough pedestrian traffic). Erie County approved a roundabout but it would cost $600,000 and the Town would have to pay for it. McMurray will look into grant money for the project.
        Supervisor Nate McMurray recently announced that a crosswalk and over-sized stop signs will be installed at the corner of Stony Point Road and Ransom Road.

       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 Chef's Food Truck from 10:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. on Friday, September 15th.
  • St. Stephen School's annual Chicken BBQ is on Saturday, September 16th in the School Parking Lot from 5:00pm-8:00pm, Rain or Shine!
  • The Grand Island Historical Society will have an Open House at River Lea in Beaver Island State Park on Sunday, September 17th from 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • Farmer's Market on Mondays, 4pm - 7pm at 2487 Long Road.
  • Sheriff's Department will have a car seat safety check event on Monday, September 18th from 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. at the substation, 1856 Whitehaven Road.
  • Recovery International Meeting is on Tuesday,September 19th at Trinity U.M.C. from 7 to 9 p.m.

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    September 7, 2017

        Happy birthday today, September 7th to Collin DeMartin, Anna Hammond & Gretchen Moss Beach, and on Friday, September 8th to Michael Edwards. Happy birthday on Saturday, September 9th to Ardeth Westrope, Mikayla Claus, Jackie McGinty, Elizabeth Carpenter & James O'Brien, and on Sunday, September 10th to Jessica Eastwood, Madison Mongold, Don Link, Cathleen Moore & Richard Lozo . Happy birthday Monday, September 11th to June Ann Chadima & Peter Bezan and on September 12th to Ben Shaw, Elizabeth Belocci, Carole Bifano, Chris Aronica, Pearl Lane, Christopher Sadkowski, and Callie Harding. Happy birthday, Wednesday, September 13th to Makenna Scalise & Bethany Kulikowski.

       Happy anniversary to Judy & Bob Schmidt on September 11th.

       The annual American Legion Poppy Drive is scheduled for Friday and Saturday, September 8th and 9th at Top's, 7-11, Keybank, M&T and Northwest Savings Banks.

        The VFW at 2121 Grand Island Blvd will be hosting a 9/11 Memorial Ceremony on Monday, September 11th at 7PM. It will take place at the flagpole, or under the pavilion in the event of rain. All are welcome to attend.

    Sports News (from the Buffalo News):    For the Golden Griffs, GIHS alum Troy Brady was named Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Offensive Player of the Week for scoring three goals and adding an assist in the Griffs' two home wins.
        2017 H.S. Football: WNY's players to watch by Miguel Rodriguez.
       Zane Johnson, Grand Island - "Grand Island's senior wide receiver is a playmaker. The third-team All-WNY pick and third-year starter averaged 16.4 yards per catch last year. Nine of his 12 touchdowns were of the receiving variety, but he also scored on a 99-yard interception return and took two punts to the house. He'll get the ball in his hands alot."
       Buffalo News Prep Talk column
       Named to Character Athletes of the Week, as sponsored by Intense Milk and Cross Training Athletics - Brandon Vedella - Selected for setting positive examples in speech, conduct, love, faith and integrity of the game.

       Greg Schnitzer posted on Facebook, a reference to an elementary school gym ditty from the 60's. If you remember "Chicken Fat", click on the link for a blast from the past. Funny, I've been singing "Go you chicken fat go" to my kids for years! They thought I made it up.

       Prayers for our Florida relatives and friends. It is going to be a long weekend, waiting and watching the path and aftermath. Be safe everyone!

       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
  • Farmer's Market on Mondays, 4pm - 7pm at 2487 Long Road.
  • Recovery International Meeting is on Tuesday, September 12th at Trinity U.M.C. from 7 to 9 p.m.
  • St. Stephen Church is hosting "The 13th Day", story of Fatima on Wednesday, September 13th at 7:00 p.m. in the Hospitality Room.

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    August 31, 2017

        Happy birthday today, August 31st to Patty Mash, Adrianna Marinucci, Mike Owen & Bonnie Bartholomew , and on Friday, September 1st to Chance Luthringer, Justin Figler, Daniel Senn, Mike Sexton & Brooks Rimes. Happy birthday on Saturday, September 2nd to Anthony Webber, and on Sunday, September 3rd to Carol Gress, Sam Linenfelser, Joshua Smith, Ian Conner & Jesse Rosser. Happy birthday Monday, September 4th to Bob Dee, Justin Schmadel, Kiersten Winstel & Grace Carpenter and on September 5th to Sarah Lange. Happy birthday, Wednesday, September 6th to Jean Leiner & Judy Schmidt.

       Happy anniversary to JT & Donna Tomkins today and to Lindsey Smith Lucinski and husband Tim tomorrow, September 1st.

       Top's Friendly Markets announced last week that Islander "Larry K." won free food for life in the Monopoly Collect and Win Game. LUCKY!

       Congratulations to SUNY Oneonta freshman Claire O'Connor. She has been selected to receive the Elin J. Stene Endowed fund for music scholarship by the school . The award of $1,420 annually will help Claire pursue a bachelor's degree in Music Industry..

           Tompkins Bank of Castile has hired a Grand Island resident, Adam Desmond, as its regional market leader for the Buffalo area, to guide the bank's expansion in WNY.

       Island resident Mark Jansen was voted out of the Big Brother show last week. He is now part of the jury, deciding who will get the $500,000 prize.

        Grand Island football standout Alex Neutz was recently featured in a WGRZ story about his anxiety, depression and addiction. See story here.

       ASI Signage Innovations on Grand Island manufactured the sign featured on the Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at the corner of Allen and Main streets.

       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 August 28, 2017. See video here.

       Town Cafe's First Annual End of Summer Smokeout, 2352 Grand Island Blvd. Saturday, September 2, 2017.
    Food served from 5:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. - Live Music from 7:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
    Wristbands: Food & Drink $45 per person - Food only $25 per person - Drinks only $20 per person (beer & wine).
    See flyer for details.

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

    Upcoming Events - See Events Calendar For Details
  • Farmer's Market on Mondays, 4pm - 7pm at 2487 Long Road.
  • Recovery International Meeting is on Tuesday, August 29th at Trinity U.M.C. from 7 to 9 p.m.
  • Oarhouse Eatery Food Truck, 1879 Whitehaven, Wednesdays - 4pm to dusk.

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    August 24, 2017

        Happy birthday today, August 24th to Gene Mongan, Ava Brandon, Melaina Ranger & DJ Foote, and on Friday, August 25th to Arlene Wunsch. Happy birthday on Saturday, August 26th to Judy Webb, Marisa Atkinson, Brielle Backland, Herta Krein & Lee Herbst, and on Sunday, August 27th to Luke Staub & Alexander Wright. Happy birthday Monday, August 28th to Jennifer Courtright, Craig Ryan, Judy Meer and Sandra Thompson, and on the 29th to Andy Boehm & Sharon Nichols. Happy birthday, Wednesday, August 30th to Peter "Pepe" Hayes II.

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

       
       Happy anniversary to Debbie & Ray Billica on August 25th, "married for 39 wonderful years!" (Ray wrote that!!!)

       A fundraiser for former Islander Mike LaJoie will be held on Saturday, August 19th at Tan Tara Golf Club, 4391 Tonawanda Creek Road, North Tonawanda from 6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. Tickets are $20 and include music, draft beer, soda. Donations can be made to Denise Filosofos, 3380 Wallace Drive, Grand Island. Call Denise (867-0598) or Mike (930-3407).

          Two more days of Mallwitz's 37th anniversary celebration, 50 cent roll back. Games, shoes, pop, hot dogs and wings are all just 50 cents! Monday, August 21st - Friday, August 28th, from 5pm-11pm. Check out their brand new parking lot, it looks awesome!

       Six students from the Class of 2017 get their day in the sun at the Grand Island High School Summer Graduation Ceremony, which was held in the GIHS Library on Tuesday, August 22, 2017. See video.

       The land cleared across from the MOG and next to Century 21, is said to be a future small plaza.

       Town Cafe's First Annual End of Summer Smokeout, 2352 Grand Island Blvd. Saturday, September 2, 2017.
    Food served from 5:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. - Live Music from 7:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m.
    Wristbands: Food & Drink $45 per person - Food only $25 per person - Drinks only $20 per person (beer & wine).
    See flyer for details.

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

    Upcoming Events - See Events Calendar For Details
  • Summer Concert Series at Radisson, Friday, August 25th, 6:30 - 9:30 p.m. See schedule.
  • Farmer's Market on Mondays, 4pm - 7pm at 2487 Long Road.
  • Recovery International Meeting is on Tuesday, August 29th at Trinity U.M.C. from 7 to 9 p.m.
  • The American Legion, Grand Island Post #1346 general meeting is Wednesday, August 30th at 7:00 p.m. at the Loyal Order of The Moose Lodge.
  • Oarhouse Eatery Food Truck, 1879 Whitehaven, Wednesdays - 4pm to dusk.

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    August 17, 2017

        Happy birthday today, August 17th to Maisie Mrkall & Jean Schlegel, and on Friday, August 18th to Doug Saltzman, Nancy Pioli, & Lisa Dudley. Happy birthday on Saturday, August 19th to Brenda Mrkall & Darren DelSignore, and on Sunday, August 20th to Charles Hall, Mary Ann Stone, John Martin, Madelyn Forbes, & Jean Bartholomew. Happy birthday Monday, August 21st to Edward Szpala and on the 22nd to Justin Podgorny. Happy birthday, Wednesday, August 23rd to Gene Dinsmore, Shellie Smith, Kurt Raepple, Betty Ellis & Colin Pinzel.

       Happy anniversary to Lisa & Mike Dudley on August 19th.

       This just in....Mallwitz's Island Lanes is celebrating their 37th anniversary this week with a 50 cent throw back, thank you. Games, shoes, pop, hot dogs and wings are all just 50 cents! Monday, August 21st - Friday, August 28th, from 5:00 p.m. - 11:00 p.m. Check out their brand new parking lot, it looks awesome!

        The Grand Island Lions Club will be doing their annual "White Cane Days" fundraiser on Friday and Saturday, August 18th and 19th. They will be collecting at Top's, local banks and at the Roundabout at Staley Road on Friday morning.

       West Side Rowing Club crews won two races and had six top three finishes in the 135th Royal Canadian Henley Regatta last weekend in St. Catharines, Ont. The WSRC Women's Under 19 Four won its division, beating out 45 other crews. Islander Sophia Castillo is on the winning crew. Another Islander Kassie Moss is on the Under 19 Women's Eight. they came in second. Congratulations ladies!

       
       Doctor Ted Rayhill with wife Joanne.
       Happy birthday Doc Rayhill! Son, Mike Rayhill, gifted his dad a ride on the Madras Maiden B-17G Flying Fortress for his birthday last weekend.The plane is one of fewer than 100 left of the WWII bombers, and less than 15 still fly. Mike said "he was absolutely thrilled!"

        If you waited too long to grab eclipse glasses, here's a simple eclipse projector, made out of a cereal box. See directions. The eclipse begins in Western New York on Monday, August 21st at 1:11 p.m. The maximum eclipse is said to be 75% and will occur at 2:33 p.m. It will end at 3:51 p.m.

        The Grand Island High School Class of 1967 is hosting a reunion weekend starting October 6th. There will be an icebreaker at TC's on Friday at 7:00 p.m. On Saturday you can take a tour of the high school at 10am and a boat tour on the Grand Lady at 1pm. Dinner that evening will be at the Beaver Island Casino. A farewell breakfast will be served at the Radisson on Grand Island on Sunday, October 8th. For all details and to see who is attending click 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
  • Slow Roll Buffalo is hosting a Pedal Party on Friday, August 18th at the Radisson Hotel, 100 Whitehaven Road. Meet at 6:00 p.m., ride at 7:00 p.m., on a 10 mile bike ride. There will be a giant beer tent after the cruise.
  • Summer Concert Series at Radisson, Friday, August 18th, 6:30 - 9:30 p.m. See schedule.
  • VFW Post 9249 in conjunction with Grand Island Farms, Inc. will be hosting a Garage Sale and Farmers Market on Friday, August 18 (12pm-6pm) & Saturday, August 19th (8am-4pm).
  • Farmer's Market on Mondays, 4pm - 7pm at 2487 Long Road.
  • Recovery International Meeting is on Tuesday, August 22ndat Trinity U.M.C. from 7 to 9 p.m.
  • Oarhouse Eatery Food Truck, 1879 Whitehaven, Wednesdays - 4pm to dusk.

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    August 10, 2017

        Happy birthday today, August 10th to Joe Zarbo & Lindsey Smith Lucinski, and on Friday, August 11th to Eileen Krause, Kyle Schutrum, Sally Kaiser & Betty Clayton. Happy birthday on Saturday, August 12th to Mathew Aronica & Kodie Shamrock, and on Sunday, August 13th to Bernie Callahan. Happy birthday Monday, August 14th to Anne Hipp . Happy August 15th birthday to Peggy Bastian, Bella Duscher & Donald O'Connor. Happy birthday, Wednesday, August 16th to Jim Dlugokinski, Jackson Stewart & Katie Prell.

       The Town Board presented a proclamation to American Legion & VFW member Joe Synakowski on Monday, August 7th, designating August 16th as National Airborne Day. The first official Army parachute jump was performed on August 16, 1940 and WWII Medal of Honor awardee Pfc. Charles N. DeGlopper was a member of the 82nd Airborne Division. Another Islander, Lt. Col. Terrance K. Crowe was also killed in action, in Iraq in 2005, was a 98th Division Airborne Trooper. See proclamation.

       Congratulation to Kevin Borowicz on winning the final round of the Buffalo District Golf Assoc. championship at Niagara Frontier Country Club. Kevin shot a 73 in the final round and won by one stroke. He attends Univeristy of Central Florida.

        GIHS students Tess Lariviere, Julie Klein, and Kelsey Mahoney are entered in the 33rd Annual KeyBank Chalk Walk Competition at the Lewiston Art Festival on Saturday, August 12th. The chalkwalk starts at noon and ends at 4:00 p.m.

        Slow Roll Buffalo is hosting a Pedal Party on Friday, August 18th at the Radisson Hotel, 100 Whitehaven Road. Meet at 6:00 p.m., ride at 7:00 p.m., on a 10 mile bike ride. There will be a giant beer tent after the cruise.

        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 August 7, 2017. See video.

       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
  • Summer Concert Series at Radisson, Friday, August 11th, 6:30 - 9:30 p.m. See schedule.
  • St. Martin in the Fields Church, 2587 Baseline Road is hosting a Chicken BBQ & Basket Raffle on Saturday, August 12th from 2pm-7pm.
  • Farmer's Market on Mondays, 4pm - 7pm at 2487 Long Road.
  • Grand Island Central School District will hold a substitute recruitment job fair on Aug. 15 from 8:30 a.m. to Noon.
  • Recovery International Meeting is on Tuesday, August 1st at Trinity U.M.C. from 7 to 9 p.m.
  • Wednesday night Music Series, paired with a local restaurant, the music series takes place from 7pm-9pm. at Buffalo Dog House. See flyer.
  • The Grand Island Conservation Advisory Board & Citizens Coalition for Wildlife and Environment is hosting an informational meeting on insects and their conservation on Wednesday, August 16th at 6:30 p.m. at the Nike Base. See flyer.
  • Oarhouse Eatery Food Truck, 1879 Whitehaven, Wednesdays - 4pm to dusk.

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    August 3, 2017

        Happy birthday today, August 3rd to Nina Tortorice, Brandon McDonough, Dr. Taefi & Gabrielle Martell, and on Friday, August 4th to Bonnie Disarno & Harry Carter. Happy birthday on Saturday, August 5th to George Allen & Charlene Staub, and on Sunday, August 6th to Katrina Linenfelser, Editha Germain, Shelia Ferrentino & Dorothy Wiswall. Happy birthday Monday, August 7th to Madison Klos & Rebecca Reger . Happy August 8th birthday to Scot Millar, Holly "Whitford" Best, Shannon McDonough, Brandon Robinson & Norma Orton. Happy birthday, Wednesday, August 9th to Daemon Gatti, Sybil Kennedy, Marcy Buell & Charlotte (Jean) Yarwood.

       Congratulations to MaryElisabeth Rustowicz. After volunteering this summer at the GI Fire Company, MaryElisabeth received a $1500 scholarship from the Firemen's Association of the State of New York. She plans to attend Niagara University in the fall and major in childhood education and adolescent English.

       The 16th Annual Greater Niagara BassEye Celebrity Challenge was on Friday, July 28th on Lake Erie. Islanders Capt. Chris Cinelli & Mike Sullivan took top team trophy and Sullivan was Grand Champion.

        The New York State Sportswriters Assoc. named two Grand Island High School lacrosse players to the small school All-State team. Senior Connor Buzby plays defense and was named to the third team. Senior attack Joe Boyko was named to the fifth team. Two Grand Island rugby players were named to the Buffalo Cup First 15, a new top 15 list of rugby players in Western New York. They are juniors Jason Messing and Zane Johnson. Congratulations guys!

        Check out Kayaking with Tina: Smartstart Paddling Orientation classes, 6:30 p.m. Thursdays in August and Sept. 7, beginner classes 11 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m. Saturday, Aug. 26, and Sept. 2, Beaver Island State Park.

       Grand Island Chiro & Massage, 2283 Grand Island Blvd. is offering a special deal! A 50 minute massage is only $39 when you buy six. Go ahead and treat yourself, you deserve it! Call 773-2222 or go to their website.

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

    Upcoming Events - See Events Calendar For Details
  • Elderwood at Grand Island, 2850 Grand Island Blvd., is hosting Louisiana Cookery Food Truck from 10:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. on Friday, August 4th.
  • Summer Concert Series at Radisson, Friday, August 4th, 6:30 - 9:30 p.m. See schedule.
  • The GI Junior Viking Meat Raffle will take place at VFW Post #9249, 2121 Grand Island Blvd. on Saturday, August 5, 2017, from 3:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m.
  • Farmer's Market on Mondays, 4pm - 7pm at 2487 Long Road.
  • Niagara University Repertory Theatre at GI Memorial Library, Tuesday, August 8, 2:30 pm, for ages 6 - 12, 5 and younger must be accompanied by an adult.
  • Recovery International Meeting is on Tuesday, August 1st at Trinity U.M.C. from 7 to 9 p.m.
  • Summer Band Concert is on Tuesday, August 1st at Town Commons at 7 p.m. featuring The Boomers.
  • GI Community Chorus "Summer Songfest" is Tuesday, August 1st at St. Martin in the Fields Church at 7pm.
  • Wednesday night Music Series, paired with a local restaurant, the music series takes place from 7pm-9pm. at Current's. See flyer.
  • Oarhouse Eatery Food Truck, 1879 Whitehaven, Wednesdays - 4pm to dusk.

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    July 27, 2017

        Happy birthday today, July 27th to Helen Newkirk, Ruth Englert, Frank Burket & John Roberts, and on Friday, July 28th to Andrew Spacone & Trent Gavazzi. Happy birthday on Saturday, July 29th to Frank Greco & Elly Zarbo, and on Sunday, July 30th to Tom Cope, Diana Taefi Staub & Nicholas Panepinto. Happy birthday Monday, July 31st to Jenna Hutzler, Karen Cooney, Jacqueline Kazmierczak & Pam Phillips . Happy August 1st birthday to Hannah Linenfelser & Ermina Atkinson. Happy birthday, Wednesday, August 2nd to Jackie Brennan, Mary Kroetsch & Susan Farley.

       Happy anniversary to Tom & Marie Long on August 1st!

       The American Legion summer baseball team was formed just last summer and they are now in the NYS Tournament finals! The game is against Rockland County this evening at 7:00 p.m. in Utica. Team manager Patrick Soos has been sending updates and reports you can watch the game streaming live if you Google "ALB State Tournament NY". See story.

       Cub Scout Pack 630 is having a fundraising scrap metal drive until August 4th. Bring your scrap to Marston Power Equipment, 1970 Grand Island Blvd. and all proceeds will go to the youngsters.

       Niagara River Cruises will offer ferry service for bicyclists and pedestrians between the City of Tonawanda and Grand Island starting August 6th. The Sunday only service will cost $15 round-trip and will leave from the River Oaks Marina. Tickets are by reservation only and are available online at the Queen of Peace ferry website.

       The Grand Island duo of Ellen Lutnick & Chris Komin and their team in the "Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge", made it to the final six, semifinals last Sunday night. The "Mathletes" from UB were the youngest group on the show and ended up being eliminated. Nice effort!

       LOST CAT:Dexter - Colonial Drive/Driftwood Area.


       Gary Burridge posted a photo on Facebook Thursday, July 27th, of a coyote walking on Havenwood Lane.

       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
  • There is no food truck on Friday at Town Hall.
  • Summer Concert Series at Radisson, Friday, July 28th, 6:30 - 9:30 p.m. See schedule.
  • 2nd Annual Paddles Up Niagara is on Saturday, July 29, 2017 at Beaver Island State Park.
  • Farmer's Market on Mondays, 4pm - 7pm at 2487 Long Road.
  • St. Stephen Vacation Bible School is July 31 - August 4th, from 8:30 a.m. - 11:30 a.m.
  • Recovery International Meeting is on Tuesday, August 1st at Trinity U.M.C. from 7 to 9 p.m.
  • Summer Band Concert is on Tuesday, August 1st at Town Commons at 7 p.m. featuring the Country band "High Noon." GIFC Ladies Aux. is having a Chiavetta's Chicken BBQ.
  • GI Community Chorus "Summer Songfest" is Tuesday, August 1st at St. Martin in the Fields Church at 7pm.
  • Wednesday night Music Series, paired with a local restaurant, the music series takes place from 7pm-9pm. at Mallwitz's. See flyer.
  • Oarhouse Eatery Food Truck, 1879 Whitehaven, Wednesdays - 4pm to dusk.

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    July 20, 2017

        Happy birthday today, July 20th toMike Stamler, Rose Marie Shelp & Richard Berti, and on Friday, July 21st to Dan Linenfelser, Joan Portik, Bristol Khreis & Jeanne Anstett. Happy birthday on Saturday, July 22nd to Theresa Szpala & Tori Pritchard, and on Sunday, July 23rd to Marion Fabiano, Michelle Botwin, Maya Pecoraro & Nancy Koch. Happy birthday Monday, July 24th to Kathy Bradley Smith, Mary Grace Egloff, Kaia Lynn Petrie, Emily Mae Klein, Sam DiChristina, Debra Gaudy, Marlene Golden & Suzanne Phillips . Happy July 25th birthday to Alex Szabad & Lynne Heim. Happy birthday, Wednesday, July 26th to Lindsey Spiker, Liz Reimann, Faith Gworek & Gary Leskiw.


       Mike Geblein was towing the Steeler Grand Prix hydroplane boat in the Canal Fest Parade on Tuesday, July 18th when Kevin Cobello took this photo. Mike, along with Gary Roesch and Mike Endres crew on the Steeler hydroplane boats and were promoting the Gratwick Park "Thunder On The Niagara" event August 5 & 6. The Steeler team took first place in both the GP and 350 class in Valleyfield, Quebec last weekend. There are other islanders on the crew, hope to get the photo and names Mike promised me!

    Lyle Dinsmore in the Miss Gangway getting ready for his race.

        I was lucky to be asked to help out Lyle Dinsmore's Miss Gangway crew, with Mike and Lynn Yensan, Kathy Barton and my husband Brad Robinson, in Valleyfield as well. Miss Gangway is in the Vintage class and is a crowd favorite.

       The 2nd Annual Island Wide Garage Sale is Friday, July 21 & Saturday, July 22nd. See Map.


       My nephew Rhett Robinson was at the Italian Festival last weekend and met the 2016 Americas Got Talent finalist Sal Valentinett. Sal sings Sinatra classics.

       Fuccilo Chevrolet is offering complimentary car washes for anyone and everyone on Grand Island. This is for every Thursday in July, from 11am to 6pm.

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

    Upcoming Events - See Events Calendar For Details
  • Grand Island Food Truck Friday. This week, July 21st, featuring: Healthy Scratch.
  • Elderwood at Grand Island, 2850 Grand Island Blvd., is hosting Hawaiian BBQ Food Truck from 10:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. on Friday, July 21st.
  • Summer Concert Series at Radisson, Friday, July 21st, 6:30 - 9:30 p.m. See schedule.
  • Farmer's Market on Mondays, 4pm - 7pm at 2487 Long Road.
  • Recovery International Meeting is on Tuesday, July 25th at Trinity U.M.C. from 7 to 9 p.m.
  • Summer Band Concert is on Tuesday, July 25th at Town Commons at 7 p.m. featuring the Erie County Wind Ensemble
  • Wednesday night Music Series, paired with a local restaurant, the music series takes place from 7pm-9pm. at Town Commons. See flyer.
  • Oarhouse Eatery Food Truck, 1879 Whitehaven, Wednesdays - 4pm to dusk.
  • American Legion meeting is Wednesday, July 26th at 7:00 p.m. at the Loyal Order of The Moose Lodge.

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    July 13, 2017

        Happy birthday today, July 13th to Christian Kessler, Peter Gornicki, Bryce Callen (21!) & Sarah Chamberlain, and on Friday, July 14th to Bernadette Childs & Mili Clark. Happy birthday on Saturday, July 15th to Garnet Schopp & Sue Sondel Trammell, and on Sunday, July 16th to Kelly Yarnes, Mary Anne Eglott, Betty Clement, Carolyn Doebert, Luke Austin & Karen Belles. Happy birthday Monday, July 17th to Nathaniel Cohen, Marie O'Hara, Jim Pedlow, Mary Warburton, Kathleen Scully & Frances Havens Happy July 18th birthday to Alexis Gieselman. Elaine Petit, Margaret Tyrrell & June Newcomer. Happy birthday, Wednesday, July 19th to Tim Ehde, Pat (Weyland) Barroclough, Jean Bartholomew, Loretta Buffa, Connie Harrod & Bill Shaw

       Island resident Harry Gibbs Jr. has passed away after a long illness. A Celebration of Life will take place on Monday, July 17th at 6:30 p.m. at Mallwitz Island Lanes. A Facebook page is asking for photos to be uploaded for a slideshow presentation. Instead of bringing a dish to pass, a donation of $5 is being requested to help with expenses. A GoFundMe page has been set up here..

       On Wednesday. July 5th, Dan Linenfelser, parish chairman at St. Stephen Parish on Grand Island, received the Service in Love award to honor 50 years of Catholic Charities of Buffalo appeal service. Linenfelser is stepping down after 36 years as parish chairman. The group met its 2017 goal of $11 million.

       
       Fahim & Seema have tie-died Grand Island t-shirts at the Island Ship Center, for a limited time. Great for grads, visitors and ex-patriots! Only $19.95.

       M.O.G. owner Russ Certo has a great article in his Creating Better Health column this week. How Should We Really Be Assessing Overall Health?.

        Soma Cura Wellness Center is offering cat yoga classes at 7 p.m. Friday, July 14 and 1:30 p.m. Sunday, July 16 at the studio, 2154 Grand Island Boulevard. Donations of $10-$25 are suggested. All proceeds will go to Second Chance Animal Rescue and HEART Animal Rescue.

       FYI: Beginning on Monday July 17, 2017 the stairs into the Niagara Gorge at Devil's Hole State Park will be closed as work to replace them begins. They are expected to be closed through Spring of 2018.Access to the Gorge will be available via the Great Gorge Railway Trail (begins at Niagara Gorge Discovery Center), Whirlpool, The Suspension Bridge Stairs (under the Whirlpool Bridge) and the elevator at the Schoellkopf Power Plant Ruins at Niagara Falls State Park. Fishing access is also available at Artpark and at the New York Power Authority South Access Road Fishing Platform (opens 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
  • Grand Island Food Truck Friday. This week, July 14th, featuring J&L Blvd. BBQ
  • Summer Concert Series at Radisson, Friday, July 14th, 6:30 - 9:30 p.m. See schedule.
  • Elderwood at Grand Island, 2850 Grand Island Blvd. will host a Saturday Outdoor Movie on July 15th. Trolls will be shown at 9pm & 11pm. Snacks will be available for purchase.
  • Farmer's Market on Mondays, 4pm - 7pm at 2487 Long Road.
  • Recovery International Meeting is on Tuesday, July 18th at Trinity U.M.C. from 7 to 9 p.m.
  • Summer Band Concert is on Tuesday, July 18th at Town Commons at 7 p.m. featuring the Bluegrass band Creek Bend.
  • Wednesday night Music Series, paired with a local restaurant, the music series takes place from 7pm-9pm. at Town Commons. See flyer.
  • Oarhouse Eatery Food Truck, 1879 Whitehaven, Wednesdays - 4pm to dusk.

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    July 6, 2017

        Happy birthday today, July 6th to my dad Pete Hayes, and Bill Koch, and on Friday, July 7th to Susan Willard, Anthony Gugino, Bruce Fuller, Robert Marble & Ellie Zaccaria. Happy birthday on Saturday, July 8th to Cathy Thomas, Anthony Amato, Judy Joseph & Rosemary Campagna, and on Sunday, July 9th to Shannon Robillard, Tyler Liam Dawson, Jenine Linenfelser & Miles Havens. Happy birthday Monday, July 10th to Abby Englert, Justin Frentzel, Eric Bellanca & Maddie Mesmer. Happy July 11th birthday to Mark Frentzel, Ryan Shea, Norm Mrkall , Jessica Doyle, Paul Eberhard, Sheila Rader & Robert Kifowit. Happy birthday, Wednesday, July 12th to Ashley Dragonette, Lindsay Proctor & Becky Stufkosky.

       The Grand Island Garden Walk will take place on Sunday, July 9th from 10:00 a.m. - 4:00 p.m. This is a free event. Pick up your map of participating gardens on July 9 at the Town Commons Gazebo, 2255 Baseline Road, Grand Island 14072. www.grandislandgardenwalk.com.


       For the month of July, Fucillo Chevrolet is offering complimentary car washes for anyone and everyone on Grand Island. This is every Thursday, from 11am to 6pm. Fuccillo Auto Group is also hosting a Lady's Night at Fuccillo Toyota on Wednesday, July 12th from 6pm - 9pm. There will be snacks & beverages and reps from LulaRoe, Jamberry Nails, LipSense, Candle-Lite, Stella & Dot, Premier Designs and more.

       Kayaking with Tina. Smartstart Paddling Orientation classes, 6:30 p.m. Thursdays in July, August and Sept. 7, beginner classes 11 a.m., 1 and 3 p.m.on Saturday, Aug. 5 and 26, and Sept. 2, Beaver Island State Park, Grand Island. A kayak, paddle and life jacket will be provided. Space is limited, so sign up early. Call 282-5154 to register.

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        Most bizarre moment of the Independence Day Parade. What was this? Can anyone explain what this float was supposed to represent? Heard from some parade goers...too long and too many politicians.

       Susie's Produce is opening on Saturday, July 8th at the VFW. They are open seven days a week at 9am.

        Mark Gorton was again busy filming school activities.
    Grand Island High School Class of 2017 - 52nd Annual Commencement Ceremony.
    8th Grade Academic Awards.
    Huth Road 5th Grade Moving Up Day.
    Kaegebein 5th Grade Moving Up Day.

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

    Upcoming Events - See Events Calendar For Details
  • Grand Island Food Truck Friday. This week, July 7th, featuring: Great Foodini with music by Scott Celani.
  • Summer Concert Series at Radisson, Friday, June 30th, 6:30 - 9:30 p.m. See schedule.
  • Farmer's Market on Mondays, 4pm - 7pm at 2487 Long Road.
  • Recovery International Meeting is on Tuesday, July 11th at Trinity U.M.C. from 7 to 9 p.m.
  • Summer Band Concert is on Tuesday, July 11th at Town Commons at 7 p.m. featuring the Barrom Buzzards.
  • Wednesday night Music Series, paired with a local restaurant, the music series takes place from 7pm-9pm. at Town Commons. See flyer.
  • Oarhouse Eatery Food Truck, 1879 Whitehaven, Wednesdays - 4pm to dusk.

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    June 29, 2017

        Happy birthday, June 29th to Justine Vanthoff, Max Costello & Raymond DeGlopper, and to Brennan Morgan & Marie Amato, on Friday, June 30th. Happy birthday on Saturday, July 1st to Joey Cali, Bob Kopf, Gary Roesch. Pat Colosi, Maria Leszczak & Margaret Giles, and on Sunday, July 2nd to Wilma Greenwood, Jason Davis, Joe Khreis, Georgio Panepinto, Natalie Mucci & Megan Pinzel . Happy birthday Monday, July 3rd to Donald Lewis. Happy July 4th birthday to Chris Affuso, Alivia Manzo, Ella MacNeil & Bernie Cobello. Happy birthday, Wednesday, July 5th to Susan Kowzan.

       Happy 55th anniversary to Barbara and Richard Brzyski, married on June 30, 1962. Happy 50th anniversary to Rev. Paul and Eleanor Robinson, married on July 1, 1967. Happy 25th anniversary to Jim and Mary Dunbar-Daluisio on July 4th.

       Marc Scibilia performs in the new Jeep summer ad campaign and his latest single "On The Way", is the feature song.

       Wednesday Night Music Series starts tonight, Wednesday, June 28th at the Town Commons. Each week, from 7:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m., an Island restaurant will be featured with live music. Tonight is Brickoven Pizzeria and Bryan Berhalterm, next Wednesday is Dick & Jenny's and Tom Bender.

       Islanders Ellen Lutnick and Chris Komin and their "Mathlete's" teammates won the Monday, June 26th edition of the NBC show "Spartan: Ultimate Team Challenge". They will advance to the next round, and are supposed to be featured in four episodes. The show is on at 10:00 p.m. on Mondays.

        Under a new Canadian law, American boaters who do not anchor their boat or step foot on Canadian soil will not have to report to Canadian Customs.

       Mad Smoke BBQ has taken up residence in Charlotte's Old Snack Stand at 1437 Ferry Road. Dave Shearer makes a special smoky burger & beef tacos, pork sliders and hot dogs, along with daily specials. A grand opening is taking place on Friday, June 30th at 11 am. Open 11am, Tuesday - Sunday.

       The 7th Annual Grand Reunion will take place on Monday, July 3rd at Mallwitz's Island Lanes. The 21 & over event starts at 6pm and Wide Right will play starting at 7pm. There is no cover charge and food and beverages are available for purchase.

       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
  • This week Food Truck Friday at the Grand Island Town Hall has Gourm-Asian Bistro and Chris Squire!
  • Summer Concert Series at Radisson, Friday, July 7th, 6:30 - 9:30 p.m. See schedule.
  • July 4th Independence Day Parade is Tueday starting at 9am with the Kids Race, followed by Dick Bessel Race and parade.

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    June 22, 2017

        Happy birthday today, June 22nd to Melissa Thurnherr-Giambra, Patsy Johnson, Michael Baungartner & Mary Ann Reszel, and to Tim Burley, Marilyn Johnson and Bill Lang, Mel Passarelli, Keelan Erhard & Mary Dunbar Daluisio, on Friday, June 23rd. Happy birthday on Saturday, June 24th to Conor Bryan, Linda Roberts Krug, Sandra Grillo & Tom Dahlquist, and on Sunday, June 25th to Cole Glessner, Nancy Valone, Brian O'Connor, Morgan Blum, Megan Zahradnik & William Gugino. Happy birthday Monday, June 26th to Tom Luescher, Jan Rose & Cheryl Gonda. Happy day to Lily Panepinto, Tom Rall & Philip Bousquet on Tuesday. Happy birthday, Wednesday, June 28th to Norm Stessing, Eric Beyer, George DeGlopper & Dick Crawford

       This week Food Truck Friday at Grand Island Town Hall has Lloyd's Taco Trucks! Music by Garrett Shea.

       Repaving of the Kaegabein tennis courts started this week. Please remember that the town-owned tennis courts are for tennis use only! Any other use (bikes, rollerblades, etc) has the potential to damage the surface of the courts.

       Both of the winners of the Fuccillo Around the World cruise decided to take the cash. Island resident Gary Loncar received $10,000 in exchange for the 86-day trip, valued at $42,000.

       VFW is looking for volunteers to help at the VFW gathering on July 4th. A meeting is on Monday, June 27th at 6:00 p.m. at the VFW Post, 2121 Grand Island Blvd., for a planning meeting for 4th of July at the VFW on Grand Island. They are reformatting the management of the event and welcome the public to the mandatory planning meeting to find out how you can help the event be successful. They will feed you light dinner and help you find the best venue to work. The day of the event they will feed you and offer refreshments. It's a lot of fun and helps a good cause.

       A ribbon cutting ceremony will be held on Tuesday, July 27 at 9:00 a.m. to officially open the Havenwood tennis, pickle ball and roller hockey courts.

       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 on Tuesday, June 27th at Trinity U.M.C. from 7 to 9 p.m.

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    June 15, 2017

        Happy birthday today, June 15th to Bohdan Pikas, Chris Russell, Ingeborg Haslam & Jennifer Knoll, and to Claire Neuhaus, Helen Vickers, & Maryann Provorse, on Friday, June 16th. Happy birthday on Saturday, June 17th to Karen Wallace, Morgan Santorio, Lloyd Potter, Michelle Driess & Anna Vaccaro , and on Sunday, June 18th toJacob Olszewski, Kester Bleich , Christopher Stessing, Skip DeLong, Nathaniel Cohan & Nancy Prusak. Happy birthday Monday, June 19th to Mira Tetkowski Berkley, Randy White, Reg Schopp & Teddy Linenfelser Tuesday is a busy birthday day! Happy day to Savannah Kustra, Joseph Verdi, Bev Kroetsch, Melinda Evans, Paula Callahan, Jacob Rowles, Carl Pinzel, Jim Linenfelser, John Frentzel, Andrea Rogers & Cindy Hagan. Happy birthday, Wednesday, June 21st to Alexandra Whitford.

       A special happy birthday to Adriana Kavanaugh on June 19th from her Grandma Holly!

       Citizen Science Community Resources and the University at Buffalo will be doing soil samples from sites on Grand Island in the coming months. A community information meeting will be held at Grand Island Town Hall tonight, June 15th, 2255 Baseline Road, from 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

       Don't forget...Sunday is the Father's Day Lawn Mower Race on West River Parkway. Lot's to do! Race/Walk, Car Show, Kids Zone, Food, Music and Racing! Check out the story and schedule here.     Food Truck Fridays at Town Hall start tomorrow, June 16th. The hours are 11:30 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. and there will be live music. The first food truck is Great Aussie Bite & music by AJ Tezla. See flyer for full line-up.

       Fuccillo Automotive Group celebrated the conclusion of its annual statewide Huge-A-Thon 2017 event by giving away two trips around the world. Two grand prize winners were randomly selected during a drawing on Tuesday, June 6, at Fuccillo Hyundai of Syracuse. The trips are valued at $42,000 each. Lucky Gary Loncar, of Grand Island, New York, and Patricia Wade, of Ballston, New York, were selected the grand prize winners of the 86-day trip for two around the world. The trips are scheduled to depart from New York City in January 2018 and make stops in London, England; Lisbon, Portugal; Rome, Florence and Venice, Italy; Munich, Germany; Salzburg and Vienna, Austria; Budapest, Hungary; Bangkok, Thailand; Singapore; Sydney, Australia; Auckland and Queenstown, New Zealand; Honolulu, Maui and Kauai, Hawaii; San Francisco, California; and Houston, Texas, before returning to New York City in March 2018. The trips include complimentary air travel and hotel accommodations.

        Mark Gorton was busy filming school activities this week. June 12 Board of Education Meeting
    Kaegebein Spring Choral Concert in honor of retiring Art Teacher Alexann Incao.
    GIHS Spring Choral Concert

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  • The Cinderella Isle Garden Club will hold its June meeting on Thursday, June 15, 2017 at 7:00 PM at Trinity United Methodist Church
  • Recovery International Meeting is on Tuesday, June 20th at Trinity U.M.C. from 7 to 9 p.m.

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    June 8, 2017

        Happy birthday today, June 8th to Bill Good, Russ Colosi, Ryan Osvath & Debbie Becker, and to Nathan Cook , Jason Wilkinson, and JT Tomkins, on Friday, June 9th. Happy birthday on Saturday, June 10th to Dolores Wojdan & Peggy Skeels , and on Sunday, June 11th to Chris Beyer, Richard Furman, Aleida Delgado & Cynthia Lin . Happy birthday Monday, June 12th to Jeff Baumler & Roy Meyers, and on Tuesday, June 13th to Paul Sommer, Kim Nestark, Jeffrey Wansart III & Danielle (Hassan) Martin. Happy birthday, Wednesday, June 14th to Catherine Mancuso, Spencer O'Boyle, David Conboy, Jamin Cope & Raven Khreis.

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

        Congratulations to Amanda Kaiser and Daniel Wayne on their upcoming wedding, Saturday, June 10th. Can't wait to see all the family, back in town for the festivities. Amanda is the daughter of Ross & Sally Kaiser.

        Relay For Life 2017 starts at 4:00 p.m. at Veterans Park on Friday, June 9th and runs until 12 midnight. See Entertainment Schedule. Everyone welcome.

        Gus Macker Basketball will take place this weekend, June 10 & 11th, at the center of Town. Grand Island Blvd. between Whitehaven and Baseline Roads will be closed during the event, so plan your travels in that area accordingly. Everyone is welcome to attend, see schedule here.

       Citizen Science Community Resources and the University at Buffalo will be doing soil samples from sites on Grand Island in the coming months. A community information meeting will be held at Grand Island Town Hall on Thursday, June 15th, 2255 Baseline Road, from 6:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m.

       GIHS alumni are invited to attend a school tour on Monday, July 3, 2017 at 9:00 a.m. You will be amazed at the changes made over the last 10 - 50 years! Leading the tours will be Athletic Director Jon Roth and long-time musical director and teacher Maggie Miller Kennedy.

       Interesting ending to the Town Board meeting on Monday, June 5th. In the Public Comment section, two members of the Golden Age Center stated that the majority of the center's members are not interested in moving into a new community center. Pat Akinbami recently did an unofficial survey of 29 members and none were in favor of a move. Another public comment by Chris Russell, called on the Town Board to "come together and do what's right for the town" and to "check your ego's at the door". He also reminded the Board that they worked for the people, not their own agenda.



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  • Elderwood at Grand Island, 2850 Grand Island Blvd., is hosting Andersons Food Truck from 10:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. on Friday, June 9th.
  • Recovery International Meeting is on Tuesday, June 13th at Trinity U.M.C. from 7 to 9 p.m.
  • The Cinderella Isle Garden Club will hold its June meeting on Thursday, June 15, 2017 at 7:00 PM at Trinity United Methodist Church.

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    June 1, 2017

        Happy birthday on Friday, June 2nd to Dan Hiam, Diane Gerard, Dianne Tiede & William Bermel, and to Anne Timmerman, Kathy Molnar, Jordan Dixon, Jason Hill, & Richard Koch, on Saturday, June 3rd. Happy birthday on Sunday, June 4th to Mike Stewart, Elizabeth Wedrychowicz & Karen Vanthoff , and on Monday, June 5th to Patti Loquasto & Beverly Kudla . A special happy birthday wish from Ray Gress to his grandson Brent Lesser turning 11, on Monday, June 5th. Happy birthday Tuesday, June 6th to Peter Fadum, Victoria Aronica, Joan Mazur & Barbara Johnson, and to Lorraine Dale & Brandon Loder on June 7th.

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

        GIHS boys lacrosse is playing West Seneca East at Williamsville North tonight at 5:00 p.m., in the Class C final. If they win they will be headed to Saturday's Far West Regionals at St. John Fisher in Rochester. GI's record is 17-1 and they are looking for their first sectional title since 2000. They are on an 11-game winning streak, with two of those wins beating West Seneca East. Go Vikings!

       Message on Facebook said the Boardwalk Bar & Grill at Beaver Island Clubhouse opened on Sunday, May 28th, with bar service and a limited menu.

        A new group, Grand Islanders for Pickleball (GRIP), has been formed. New this year, there will be two dedicated courts at Havenwood Courts, off of Long Road.

       Major work on the Whitehaven Road sewer pipe reconstruction was started on Wednesday, May 31st by a new construction company. The goal is to have all the bypass pumping equipment out of the road in two weeks or less. Please use caution while driving through the area.

       Congratulations to Jim Ehde of Grand Island Waste Management, who recently won Score's Small Business Client of the year for 2017.

       There is a bill in the NYS Senate, sponsored by Tim Kennedy of Buffalo, that would supply tax credit to property owners that have to remove ash trees due to infestation. It is for a 50 percent tax credit, not to exceed $300 for removal or $100 for treatment of an infested tree.

       DOT finally started mowing. The South State Parkway began today, and the West River Parkway began yesterday, Wednesday, May 31st.

       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. Multi-Family Garage & Bake Sale is scheduled for Friday-Sunday, June 2, 3, & 4, from 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., rain or shine. Participating homeowners will have a balloon on their mailbox.
  • The Village Inn Spring Golf Outing is on Tuesday, June 6, 2017 at Beaver Island Golf Course. It will be 9 holes starting at 11:30 a.m. See flyer.
  • Elderwood at Grand Island, 2850 Grand Island Blvd., is hosting Andersons Food Truck from 10:30 a.m. - 1:00 p.m. on Friday, June 9th.
  • Relay For Life 2017 starts at 4:00 p.m. at Veterans Park on Friday, June 9th and runs until 12 midnight. See Entertainment Schedule.
  • The Gus Macker Basketball Tournament will return to the town center on Saturday & Sunday, June 10-11 from 8:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m.

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    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 & 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.

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  • 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.

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    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.

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  • 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.
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    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.

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  • 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.

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    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.

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  • 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.


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    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.


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    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.

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  • 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.

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    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.

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  • 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.

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    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.

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  • 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.

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    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.

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  • 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.

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  • 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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