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This Week...Around Town - 2018         By Jodi Robinson

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May 24, 2018

    Happy birthday today to Jordan Hiam, Catherine Long (95!), Gayle Piershalski & Debra Coughlin. and on Friday, May 25th to Marissa Cooney, Cathy Contino, Karen Wallace, Mercedes Miles & Thomas Pellegrino. Happy birthday on Saturday, May 26th to Lee Tetkowski (95!), Greg Bruenn, Michael Craig Davis, Michael Ball, Liz Wilbert & Carrie Mesmer and on Sunday, May 27th to Ray Pauley, Cindy Hagen, Richard McClive, Jim Rodriguez & Nancy Aydelotte. Happy birthday Monday, May 28th to Pat Shaw, Chris Sugar, Ian Cameron, Mary Leigh Burke, Mitchell Samplinski, Sophia Myers & Diane Darmofalski, and on Tuesday, May 29th to Pam Fries, Liam Dodd (25), Sharon Bauer, Jean Westmoore & Richard Campangna. Happy birthday, Wednesday, May 30th to Jim Watz, Michael Dinsmore, Jill Stamler, & Linda Facklam .

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

   The Town of Grand Island Memorial Day Ceremony will take place at Charles N. DeGlopper Memorial Park on Monday, May 28th at 10:00 a.m. The park is located at the intersection of Baseline Road and Grand Island Blvd. The guest speaker will be Lt. Namon R. Dimitroff, U.S. Coast Guard. See flyer.

    GI native Kelly Landon attended the wedding of Prince Harry and Meghan Markle last weekend. See WIVB story.

    Benjamin Bidell wrote an article about Grand Island, featuring photos by Paul Leuchner, for Scuttlebutt, a new Great Lakes Boating Guide. Ben is a Vice President of the Grand Island Chamber of Commerce. See article.

   The Grand Island Chamber of Commerce has hosted KidBiz Young Entrepreneur Program for the last 22 years always centrally located in the middle of the Island on the lawn just outside Town Hall in the month of June. KidBiz and the Youth Ambassador Hot dog scholarship fund-raising sale all run concurrently to showcase Grand Island’s best. KidBiz Training is Tuesday, June 5th at 7:00 p.m. in the Middle School Auditorium.

    Island Ship Center will be closed this Monday, May 28th, in observance of Memorial Day, and reopen at 9 AM on Tuesday, May 29th. This year, we are open normal hours on Saturday, May 26th, from 10 AM to 3 PM. and open until 6:30 p.m. every weeknight.

   If you enjoy reading Isledegrande, please consider becoming either a advertiser or making a donation. We need both of these income sources in order to stay in business! Thanks very much.

   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 Cheesy Chick food truck on Friday, May 25th from 11:00 a.m. - 2:30 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.
  • The American Legion, Grand Island Post #1346 will hold its general meeting on Wednesday, May 30, 2018 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.
  • The VFW Post 9249, 2121 Grand Island Blvd., is hosting a Chiavetta's Chicken BBQ on Wednesday, May 30th, from 4:00 p.m. till gone. Take-Out or Dine-In. Pre-sale tickets are available and encouraged. Dinner price is $10.00 and includes chicken, cole slaw, potato salad, dinner roll and butter.

    Send your news to jodi@giecom.net.


    May 17, 2018

        Happy birthday today to Stephanie Senn, Nikolas Massaro, Renee Tasevski, Caoimhe Carpenter, Ellen Faber & Viktor Dekany and on Friday, May 18th to Bob Pownall, Chase Luthringer & Peggy Winterfield. Happy birthday on Saturday, May 19th to Adam Garlapow, Peyton Golde, Pattie Frentzel, Carl Flick & Sandy Caffery. Happy birthday Monday, May 21st to JT Stamler, Steven Parisi, Philip Hy, Clarence Lydle, Dan Fitzgerald & Trudy O'Connor, and on Tuesday, May 22nd to Tom McDonough, Nathan DeMartin, Audry Brown & Jayne Playfair. Happy birthday, Wednesday, May 23rd to Chris Sugar, Dawn Fitzgerald & Ray Ackerman.

       Happy anniversary to Barb & Bill Wilson on May 22nd and to Kim & Scott Kalman on May 23rd!

        The Golden Age Center is looking for 6 - 10 more older folks at least age 55 to fill a FALL-TIME bus tour to the Boston area in mid-October. Currently, there are 30 members signed up for this fantastic adventure but, a few more are needed to run this tour! You do not have to be a member of the Golden Age Center. Please read the flyer and contact Jennifer at the Golden Age Center.

       The Fifth Annual Viking Olympics will take place at Grand Island High School on Friday, May 18th, from 5:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. This Veronica Connor Student Council sponsored event includes family activities, food trucks, and a basket raffle. See Flyer.

       Relay For Life Bowl for A Cure is on Friday, May 18th (tomorrow), at Mallwitz's Island Lanes at 6:00 p.m. There will be 50/50's and a basket raffle. Click on a href="http://www.isledegrande.com/relay2018/bowl-18.pdf" target="top">flyer to see details.

       Gram's Garage Sale in on Saturday, May 19th at the Golden Age Center from 9:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. You can get a tour of the center, shop for treasures, enjoy a hot dog lunch and by sweet treats from the Bake Sale!

        Join Zonta Club of Grand Island for a Applebee's Flapjack Fundraiser on Sunday, May 20, from 8-10 a.m. at Applebee's, 1608 Military Road, Niagara Falls. For tickets, contact moreau672@roadrunner.com or Flower A Day, 2119 Grand Island Blvd., Grand Island. Proceeds go to Zonta's Scholarship Fund for women.

       Grand Island HIgh School Lacrosse (3) is playing Amherst (6) in the Class C quarterfinals on Tuesday, May 22nd at 7:00 p.m. at Gene Masters Field. If they win, the semifinal is May 24th and final May 30th.

       The editorial board of the Buffalo News has made their opinion known regarding the statue of Charles DeGlopper at the memorial park. In their piece, it is stated, "to raise a fuss about a tribute to a genuine World War II hero who is a native son of Western New York seems like a colossal waste of time." If you would like to donate to the park, you can do so at the website.

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

    Upcoming Events - See Events Calendar For Details
  • St. Timothy Lutheran Childcare Center, 1453 Staley Road, is hosting a Community Carnival with BW's Chicken BBQ on Saturday, May 19th from 2:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. There will be a vendor fair, basket raffle and lots of fun for the kids. See flyer.
    Knights of Columbus Taste of Italy on Saturday, May 19th, from 6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. at St. Stephen School Cafeteria. 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.

    Send your news to jodi@giecom.net.


    May 10, 2018

        Happy birthday and welcome home today to my sister Dana Hayes Erickson. Happy birthday today to Bob Monoco, Lynn Sargent DeJonghe, Patricia Kraft, Geraldine Mondi, Greg DeMike & Donny Dee and on Friday, May 11th to Nikki Fadel, Charlie Lavallee & Barb Swagler. Happy birthday on Saturday, May 12th to Kim Kinney, Janet Brennan, Lisa Hogrewe & Mary Quinn and on Sunday, May 13th to Charles Lambert, Kurt Marlin, Linda Fearon, Victoria Cacciatore, Judy Buzby, Dennis McGinn, Tom Rodriguez, Bruce Wojick & Susan Bognar. Happy birthday Monday, May 14th to Lyn Laman & Carol Volk, and on Tuesday, May 15th to Teressa Meyer, Gabriel Wansart, Barbara Brzyski, Kevin Rustowicz & Edward Bognar . Happy birthday, Wednesday, May 16th to Dorothy Lenehen.

       Happy anniversary to Terry & Mike Endres on May 11th!!!

        The Grand Island Recreation Department and TC's Lounge are looking for part-time cooks. Check out the GI jobs page for details.

        Elderwood at Grand Island, 2850 Grand Island Blvd., is hosting Chef's food truck on Friday, May 11th from 11:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m.

        American Legion Post 1346 Annual Flower Fundraiser will be at the VFW Post, 2121 Grand Island Blvd., on Friday and Saturday, May 11 & 12, from 7:00 a.m. - sold-out. Baskets are $14.00 each. They will be accepting credit/debit this year.

       Solarize Grand Island Campaign kick-off is on Saturday, May 12th at Town Hall from 10:30 a.m. to noon.

       The Grand Island Lions Club would like to invite everyone to our Booster night fundraiser at Dick and Jenny's restaurant on Tuesday, May 15th. The restaurant will donate 20% of the food proceeds to our club. Just print out the coupon and bring to Dick and Jenny's!

        The VFW Post 9249, 2121 Grand Island Blvd., is hosting a Chiavetta's Chicken BBQ on Wednesday, May 16th, from 4:00 p.m. till gone. Take-Out or Dine-In. Pre-sale tickets are available and encouraged. Dinner price is $10.00 and includes chicken, cole slaw, potato salad, dinner roll and butter.

        There is still space available to golf in the Annual Village Inn Golf Tournament on Thursday, May 17th at Beaver Island Golf Course starting at noon. Contact Gary Roesch at 583-7969 or email groesch@gtsupplies.com.

        The Erie County Clerk's office "Thank A Vet" program will have an outreach event on Thursday, May 17th at the VFW Post 9249, 2121 Grand Island Blvd., from 10:00 a.m. to 12 noon. Flyer.

        The Father's Day Lawnmower Race has been re-scheduled for Saturday, September 15th at Veterans Park.

        The Grand Island Central School District Board of Education held their final Budget Information Session prior to the General Session Meeting, in the Professional Development Room of Grand Island High School on Monday May 7, 2018. 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
  • A Community Health Fair will be held on Saturday, May 12th from 1:00-3:00 p.m. at the Grand Island Memorial Library. It is free and open to the public.
  • The staff of Assemblyman Angelo J. Morinello (R,C,I,Ref-Niagara Falls) will hold mobile office hours on Tuesday, May 15 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Grand Island Town Hall..
  • St. Timothy Lutheran Church, 1453 Staley Road, is hosting a discussion of the "Book of Joy" by Dali, Lama, Desmond Tutu and Doug Abrams on Tuesday, May 15th at 7:00 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.
  • The Cinderella Isle Garden Club will holds its May meeting on Thursday, May 17, 2018 at 7:00 PM at Trinity United Methodist Church.

    Send your news to jodi@giecom.net.


    May 3, 2018

        Happy birthday today to Katie Hillock, Patrick Smith & Vince Martello and on Friday, May 4th to Mary Elisabeth Rustowicz, Sandie Rall-Smith, Emily Harnden, Mark Cunningham, William Gerristead, Mary Pascucci, Frank Tominich, Rev Paul Robinson, & Chris Stedman . Happy birthday on Saturday, May 5th to Kathy Dilamarter & Scott Whiting and on Sunday, May 6th to Carol Hugill, Linda Skotnicki, Tammy Violanti, Tina Giambra, Paul Gast, & Rosemary Wojick. Happy birthday Monday, May 7th to James DiCillis, Justin Geisenhoff, Betty Ann Wilkie & Mike Dudley, and on Tuesday, May 8th to Kara Dudley, Michele DiChristina, Lynn Gottler, John Lorenz, Michael Davis & Alice Blain. Happy birthday, Wednesday, May 9th to Gary Novitz, Jimmy Geblein & Jeff Dinsmore.

       A very happy belated birthday to Jim Teator on April 28th!!!

        Happy anniversary to Penny & Mike Linenfelser on May 4th.

        Congratulations to GIHS Hockey players Parker Morrow Forward (S) and Jason Lupp Goalie (S) on being named to the All-WNY Federation Small School Hockey Team.

       Grand Island attorney Angela J. Marinucci is challenging incumbent Michael P. Kearns for the job of Erie County Clerk. Marinucci is a graduate of Niagara-Wheatfield, Hobart and William Smith Colleges and American University.

        The Relay For Life Dan McBride Memorial Hockey Game is scheduled for Sunday, May 6th at 4:00 p.m. at the Harborcenter. Many Island skaters will participate, along with former Sabre Andrew Peters. The cost is $10 at the door and there will be a basket raffle.

        Sadly, the Father's Day Lawnmower Race has been cancelled due to the closing of West River Parkway and Veterans Park being unavailable. The committee is trying to find a date to reschedule over the summer at Veterans Park.

        Does anyone remember WKBW Radio's War of the Worlds? It aired on Halloween night in 1968, and Grand Island was the supposed landing site. A new documentary by Bob Koshinski, followed by a panel discussion will take place at the North Park Theatre on October 30th.

       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 Greater Buffalo Track Club's 24th Annual Grand Island Half Marathon and 10K will be held Saturday May 5th at Beaver Island from 9am until noon.
  • The GI Historical Society will host an Open House on "Love Your Parks Day", Saturday, May 5th, at River Lea from 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m.
  • On Sunday, May 6, 2018, Citizen Coalition for Wildlife and Environment will host a presentation on how to establish habitats that support wildlife . The event takes place at St. Timothy Lutheran Church, 1453 Staley Road, from 1:00 p.m. - 3:00 p.m. Flyer.
  • The Grand Island Community Chorus will present its spring concert at 7:00 p.m. Sunday, May 6th at St. Martin in the Fields Church on Baseline Road. Everyone welcome.
  • 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.


    April 26, 2018

        Happy birthday today to Mark Miles, mom & daughter Karen and Tessa DeMartin, & Scott Driess III and on Friday, April 27th to Bethany Leiner, Dr. Bob Miller, Brandon Kinney, Mark Leach, Henry Mayer & Tom Natale . Happy birthday on Saturday, April 28th to April Wright, Elijah Linenfelser, Jaimen Wright, Pat Ehringer, Janet Austin, & Kim Glessner and on Sunday, April 29th to Diane Goupil, Frank Cannata & Herman Black. Happy birthday Monday, April 30th to JP Kennedy, John Podlucky, Jessica Bykowicz, Ava DeFranks, Taylor Firth, Janet Pedlow, Georgette Combes, Cheryl Loree, & Judith Shields, and on Tuesday, May 1st to Krystin Hoppel, Amber Spiesz, Cynthia Stamler, & Karen Conboy. Happy birthday, Wednesday, May 2nd to Brent Fred Jr., Jim Bartolotta, & Joan Fred.

        Nice story about 10 year-old Emma Richards donating her allowance to the Sidway Playground fund. See here.

       Grand Island High School senior Kyle Huttenmaier competed with a partner, Tonawanda High School student Alex Prims in the Automotive Diagnostics competition at the Niagara Frontier Automobile Dealers Association's 2018 Ron Smith Memorial Auto Tech Competition. The team won the top spot in the competition, earning them a three-day, all-expense paid trip to New York City to compete in the National Automotive Technology Competition. In addition, they received toolboxes full of tools and equipment and $1,000 scholarships to further their automotive education.

        Elderwood at Grand Island, 2850 Grand Island Blvd., is hosting Dirty Bird Chicken N' Waffles food truck on Friday, April 27th from 11:00 a.m. - 2:30 p.m. Try a range of waffle sandwiches. Flyer.

        The Class of 1978 is asking classmates to check out a list of missing persons and to make your reservation for the 40th reunion to be held on Saturday, June 30th at the Radisson Hotel, 100 Whitehaven Rd. Information.

       A Relay For Life Zumbathon will be held on Sunday, April 29th at the Radisson Inn, 100 Whitehaven, from 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. Zumba will take place from 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. There will be a basket raffle and 50/50. Tickets are $15 pre-sale or $20 at the door. Contact Nichole at nbecker686@gmail.com. All proceeds will be donated in memory of Mary Dunbar-Daluisio and in honor of Hannah Boyer. Flyer.

        A message from Facebook. "On Sunday we lost a loving family member. Ashley Schmidt died in a motorcycle accident." "She was the loving mother of Elijah (12) and Raeven (6). We would love to raise funds for her children. Showing our support during this difficult time and in the future will mean the world to Ashley's family." Here is a link to the Go Fund Me page.

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

    Upcoming Events - See Events Calendar For Details
  • Senator Chris Jacobs is hosting a FREE Senior Scam Prevention Seminar on Friday, April 27, 2018 at the Golden Age Center, 3278 Whitehaven Road at 12:30 p.m. - 2:00 p.m. See flyer.
  • Annual United Way Community Baby Shower, see story.
  • Kiwanis Host Tony 'n Tina's Wedding", Friday, April 27th. See flyer.
  • A Pill Take Back will take place on Saturday, April 28th at Town Hall from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 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.


    April 19, 2018

        Happy birthday today to Lela Mancuso & Paul Brush and on Friday, April 20th to JoAnn Podlucky & Tina Miller. Happy birthday on Saturday, April 21st to Kim Domagala, Cindy Bleich & Rich Ray and on Sunday, April 22nd to Genna Baldassarre & Yvonne Turri . Happy birthday Monday, April 23rd to Sydney Neuhaus, Kathy Lechner, Linda Kutzbach & Erica Forbes, and on Tuesday, April 24th to Brad Robinson & Mary O'Brien. Happy birthday, Wednesday, April 25th to Florence Lindelow.

       Check out the WGRZ story of the collaboration between a GIHS senior, an alumni and DeGlopper Memorial Park Expansion project, here.

       Fahim & Seema Mojawalla at Island Ship Center can do all your printing; wedding invitations, save-the-dates, posters, birth announcements...you name it! Remember, their new hours are Monday-Friday, 9am-6:30pm, Saturdays 10am-3pm.

       It is local restaurant week...check out advertiser John's Pizza & Subs special menu, to see what they are offering.

       Over the winter, Earl DeGlopper Jr. came home to help clear out the family home. He brought over some treasures, and mentioned this clipping, from "The Daily Cataract Journal", dated February 1, 1908, from the City of Niagara Falls, sounded quite familiar to our own state of the nation. Take a look at "Like the Ravings of a Disordered Mind".

        You can still sign up for the Purple Ribbon Warrior 5K at Say Cheese Pizza on Sunday, April 22nd at 10am. The event is in memory of Mary Dunbar-Daluisio and even if you don't want to run/walk, you can come by and participate in the basket raffle from 8:30am-11:30am. Flyer.

       There are a lot of special programs happening at the Grand Island Memorial Library for both children and adults. Take a look at the library page and see if something tickles your fancy.

       Supervisor Nathan McMurray has mentioned that Cannon Design could be moving in the future and the headquarters on Whitehaven Road near the I-190 might make a perfect Community Center.....stay tuned.

        The Lions Club Spaghetti Dinner fundraiser is at the Radisson Hotel on Monday, April 23rd from 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. There will be a basket raffle and 50/50. Tickets at the door are $8 for adults and $5 children.

       The Grand Island Central School District Board of Education held their General Session Meeting, plus Budget Adoption for the 2018-19 School Year, in the Professional Development Room of Grand Island High School on Tuesday April 17, 2018. 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
  • Grand Island Farms, Inc. is hosting a special screening of Farmers for America - a movie to celebrate, support and inspire America's next generation of farmers on Friday, April 20, 2018 at Grand Island High School. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the movie begins at 7:00 p.m.
  • The Buffalo Niagara Waterkeeper shoreline cleanup will take place on Grand Island, Saturday, April 21st at Spicer Creek, located just north of Whitehaven Road. Sign up at 9:45am.
  • 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 will hold its general meeting on Wednesday, April 25, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. at the Loyal Order of The Moose Lodge.

    Send your news to jodi@giecom.net.


    April 12, 2018

        Happy birthday today to Mary McDonnell & Ted Pawlowski and on Friday, April 13th to Grace Aswad, Betty Killian (turning 95), Nicole Butcher & William Linton. Happy birthday on Saturday, April 14th to Dan Robinson, Nicholas Aronica, John Leszczak & James Stewart Jr. and on Sunday, April15th to Jim Panepinto, Curt Nestark & Trish Birtz. Happy birthday Monday, April 16th to Marie Casey, Helen Harrison & Judith (Judy) Wynne, and on Tuesday, April 17th to Jon Albertsson & Rob Kopf. Happy birthday, Wednesday, April 18th to Mark Hassan, Norma Horton & Nunzio Spacone.

        Happy wedding anniversay to Paul & Jean Leiner, celebrating their 52nd wedding anniversay on April 15th.
        Congratulations to Athena & Pete Xanthos on their 65th wedding anniversary, next Thursday, April 19th. Nancy Samrany called in with the heads-up, saying how much she loves this couple!

       Blue Rock Energy is hosting a community solar information session on Thursday, April 12th, 6:30 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. at Town Hall.

       Former assistant to the supervisor Cyndy Montana announced she will be opening the Beaver Island Golf Course "snack shack" on Thursday, April 26th. "Bogey's" hours will be 6:30 a.m. - dark, and you will be able to purchase food and drinks. Good luck with your new venture Cyndy!

       Pete Marston is ready to tune-up your lawnmowers and blowers at Marston's Power Equipment. If you're looking for new, he's got that too! Eventually spring will arrive and with it lots of outdoor chores.

        Mallwitz's Island Lanes will have live music on Saturday, April 14th. Carl Motyka will be performing starting at 8:00 p.m.

        Friends of the Grand Island Memorial Library will be sponsoring a used book sale at the Library on April 13th and 14th . On Friday, the sale will be from 5-7 pm for Friends members only. Memberships are available at the door. Saturday will include "Fill a bag" for $5 from 10 a.m. - 1 p.m., followed by $2 a bag from 1- 3 p.m. Donations of used books will be gratefully accepted at the library.

        A Spaghetti Dinner fundraiser sponsored by Sidway faculty and staff will take place at Riverstone Grill on Monday, April 16th from 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Proceeds go to Relay For Life. Eat in or take out, cash only. Tickets at the door are $10 for adults and $9 children & seniors.

        The Relay For Life Dan McBride Memorial Hockey Game is scheduled for Sunday, May 6th at 4:00 p.m. at the Harborcenter. Many Island skaters will participate, along with former Sabre Andrew Peters. The cost is $10 at the door and there will be a basket raffle.

       The Grand Island Central School District Board of Education held their General Session Meeting, plus Budget Review for the 2018-19 School Year, in the Professional Development Room of Grand Island High School on Monday April 9, 2018. 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 World Day of Prayer, an ecumenical worship service, will take place on Friday, April 13th at 10:00 a.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church, 2100 Whitehaven Road.
  • The GI Historical Society will have an Open House at River Lea on Sunday, April 15, 2018 at River Lea, Beaver Island State Park, from 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 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.


    April 5, 2018

        Happy birthday today to Daniel Tagiareni and on Friday, April 6th to Sherri Garner. Happy birthday on Saturday, April 7th to Barb Wilson and on Sunday, April 8th to Tom Crooks, Lucy Delavalle, Jean Mortenson & Daniel Lynch. Happy birthday Monday, April 9th to Wayne Kinney, Rhett Robinson, Becca Zimmerman, Walter Diringer, Carolyn Marble & Gerald Kutis, and on Tuesday, April 10th to Sue Kaiser. Happy birthday, Wednesday, April 11th to Roman Jurga & Arlene Edhe.

        Happy 45th wedding anniversary to Vince & Margaret Martello on Saturday, April 7th!

        Grand Island residents and sisters Miranda & Morgan Proctor won gold in Norway! Still trying to find a story.

        The Town of Grand Island is hosting a UNYTS Blood Drive at the Highway Department, 1820 Whitehaven Road on Friday, April 6th from 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. All donors receive a Tim Horton's gift card. Visit unytsblooddonor.org and register with code: 000252, or call UNYTS at 512-7940.

        A gofundme page has been set up for the Jerry & Donna Tutwiler family after a house fire destroyed their Fix Road home on March 31st.

        Island Ship Center will be celebrating 12 years in business today, April 5th. They will be changing their hours to: Monday thru Friday, 9 AM to 6:30 PM and Saturdays from 10 AM to 3 PM. As always, we will be closed every Friday from 1-3 PM.

        April is National Pickleball Month and Pickleball Island, 401 Lang Blvd., is celebrating! 50 first time players will be offered a free 30 minute lesson. See Facebook page.

        Very cool map of Grand Island that tells you; owner, lot size, land value, total value and year built. Thanks to Kim James Yarwood and his Facebook page "Grand Island Boomers". MAP.

        The St Stephens Parish Players will present Lion King Jr this weekend ! This is the 16 and under show later in April the full troupe will present Wizard of Oz. Shows Thursday (sold out) thru Saturday night at 7 with a matinee Saturday at 1 pmTickets are $8 each.

        The Kiwanis Club of Grand Island is hosting a dinner theater at the Beaver Island Clubhouse on Friday, April 27th. The show is "Tony 'n Tina's Wedding" and will include a champagne toast, Italian style buffet dinner and wedding cake. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and tickets are $50.00. See flyer.

        The Purple Ribbon Warrior 5K in memory of our Mary Dunbar-Daluisio will take place on Sunday, April 22nd at 10:00 a.m. Donations of baskets and gift cards are being requested for a raffle. If you would like to donate towards this, donations can be dropped off at deSignet Jewelry, 1869 Whitehaven Road, to Kim Kalman. If you would like to participate in the race, register here. You can also cheer the racers on and enjoy food and drinks for $15.00

       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 Spring Farmers Market hosted by Grand Island Farms, Inc. will be held at Knights of Columbus, 1841 Whitehaven Road on Sunday, April 8th from 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 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.

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    March 29, 2018

        Happy birthday today to Margie Southwood, Tracey Shickluna & Chloe Fitzsimmons and on Friday, March 30th to Sharon Wright & Jonathan Leiner. Happy birthday on Saturday, March 31st to Barry Smith & Tom Shanor and on Sunday, April 1st to Jeremy Figler. Happy birthday Monday, April 2nd to Joel Moyer, Sharon Stevens-Downing & Susan Ventry, and on Tuesday, April 3rd to Dante LoPresti . Happy birthday, Wednesday, April 4th to my baby girl Zoe Dodd and to Natalie Baldassare, Mike Geblein & Adele Cole.

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

        Grand Island residents and sisters Miranda & Morgan Proctor are in Norway, representing Team USA at the World Championships of Twirling, taking place March 28 - April 1, 2018. The ladies qualified last summer at the National Finals at Notre Dame University. Miranda, 16, competes in the Duet category with Amherst native Alexa Tamburlin. Morgan, 13, competes in the 2-baton category. Link to WGRZ story. Good luck ladies!



        The Grand Island Recreation Department will host their annual Easter Egg Hunt and Visit with the Island Easter Bunny on Friday, March 30th at Veteran's Park. See flyer.


       The Bedell House annex fire was 30 years ago yesterday, March 28th, 1988. I took the above picture in the summer of 1987 when our family held a "clan gathering". Sure do miss that place!

        The Purple Ribbon Warrior 5K in memory of our Mary Dunbar-Daluisio will take place on Sunday, April 22nd at 10:00 a.m. Donations of baskets and gift cards are being requested for a raffle. If you would like to donate towards this, donations can be dropped off at deSignet Jewelry, 1869 Whitehaven Road, to Kim Kalman. If you would like to participate in the race, register here. You can also cheer the racers on and enjoy food and drinks for $15.00

        This week, over two dozen residents attended the "Senator on your Street" office hours at the Town Hall, where a representative of Sen. Chris Collins discussed issues of concern. Many were there addressing the West River Parkway closure. An early April date was supposed to take effect.

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

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  • St. Stephen School Lenten Fish Fry Dinner on Friday, March 30th from 4:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. in school cafeteria.
  • The VFW Auxiliary is hosting a Lenten Fish Fry on Friday, March 30, 2018 from 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 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.
  • Trinity U.M.C., 2100 Whitehaven Road is hosting a community Easter breakfast on Sunday, April 1st from 7:00 a.m. - 9:00 a.m., free of charge. No reservations necessary. Church services will take place at 8am and 10am.

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    March 22, 2018

        Happy birthday today to Wendy Stratton-Gross, Peter Baker & Bev Kinney and on Friday, March 23rd to Jim Olmstead, Pat Harding, Ryan Kernin & Frank Williams. Happy birthday on Saturday, March 24th to Jillian Sheehan & Jack Burns and on Sunday, March 25th to Jack Mahnk, Amy Blundell & Sue Ann Mackenna. Happy birthday Monday, March 26th to Kendall Duscher, Betty Marinell, Leon Zakrzewski & Angelo LaDuca, and on Tuesday, March 27th to Brooklyn Landroche, & Clive Roughsedge . Happy birthday, Wednesday, March 28th to Liza Bowman, Olivia Williams, Barb Wienke, Kenna MacNeil, Jacob Stewart, Valerie Robinson, Jonathan Leiner & Annalea Masiello.


       A very special happy 40th birthday to Paul Truesdale on Monday, March 26th. Love, your mom!

       Congratulations to Mary Kopf on receiving the Volunteer Partner of the Year award at the annual Cystic Fibrosis Volunteer Appreciation Party.



        Thanks to Highway Superintendent Dick Crawford and his team of Skip Mrkall, Kevin Koch, Mike Carlson, Bill Stanley and Gary Lazik. These fine gentlemen took the bull by the horns this morning, and within an hour of the request, moved the "old" Town Hall cupola from a dirt berm at Kelly's Country Store, to a spot in the parking lot. This year is the 50th anniversary of the opening of the new Town Hall. The Grand Island Historic Preservation Advisory Board is working to get the cupola "display worthy" for the celebration.

        The 14th annual Scotty Bowman Showcase is a three-game all-star event at the KeyBank Center on Thursday, March 22nd. Grand Island players include junior Dylan Russo playing in the Tim Horton Memorial Cup game and seniors Parker Morrow and Jason Lupp playing in the Rick Martin Memorial Cup. Coach Don Pray is a coach for the Buffalo Seniors in the Scotty Bowman Cup. Congratulations!

        A fundraiser is planned for Dana Papaj on Friday, March 23, 2018 at the Radisson Hotel, 100 Whitehaven Road, from 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. There will be a basket raffle and 50/50. Tickets are $20 per person. See flyer for details.

       The Grand Island High School freshman class of 2021 is hosting a fundraiser at Chipotle at 1785 Military Road in Niagara Falls on Tuesday, March 27th from 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Bring in the flyer, show on your smartphone or tell cashier and 50% of proceeds will go to the Class of 2021. See Flyer.

        The Purple Ribbon Warrior 5K in memory of our Warrior Mary Dunbar-Daluisio will take place on April 22nd. They are in need of baskets and gift cert.'s for the raffle. If you would like to donate towards this, donations can be dropped off at deSignet Jewelry, 1869 Whitehaven Road. to Kim Kalman.

       Don't forget to watch Cassie Oursler play in the Sweet 16 on Saturday at 11:30 a.m. on ESPN.

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

    Upcoming Events - See Events Calendar For Details
  • St. Stephen School Lenten Fish Fry Dinner on Friday, March 23rd from 4:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. in school cafeteria.
  • The VFW Auxiliary is hosting a Lenten Fish Fry on Friday, March 23, 2017 from 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 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.
  • The American Legion, Grand Island Post #1346 will hold its general meeting on Wednesday, March 28, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. at the Loyal Order of The Moose Lodge.
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    March 15, 2018

        Happy birthday today to Henry Lobl, Gail Monti, Elizabeth Figler, John Corrao & Mindi Kratz and on Friday, March 16th to Dan Lee, Cameron Willer, Chris Bihler & Pat Phillips. Happy birthday on Saturday, March 17th to Bill Brobeil, Nancy Anderson, Nonnie Carroll, & Paul Gurzinski and on Sunday, March 18th to Adam Missert, Nicholas Tim, Audrey Mason & Eddie Krecisz. Happy birthday Monday, March 19th to Carol Sharpe, Lester Lee, Ruth Landel, & Joseph Roberts, and on Tuesday, March 20th to Marty Bidell, Mary O'Dea Beyer, & David Ames . Happy birthday, Wednesday, March 21st to Paul Roeder, Ruth Ryan, Daniel Parker, & Dolores Laska.

       Happy 39th wedding anniversary on March 16th to Bob & Debbie Guenther and 33rd anniversary to Vicki & Ian Harnden. Happy anniversary March 19th to Amy & Steve Morgan.

        If you know of anyone looking for full-time or part-time employment, with at least one (1) year retail wine and spirits experience (other than consuming it), go to Aceti's Wine & Spirits. Stop by the store and fill out an application or talk with Sam.

        Beginning March 13th, the middle school introduced three new safety protocols. 1. All visitors will be asked to present photo id in the main office, for any reason. 2. Building will open at 7am, but students will be required to wait in the lobby until 7:25am. 3. Office hours are 7am-4pm Monday-Thursday and 7am-3pm Friday.

       St. Patrick's Day Festivities: The Grand Island VFW Post 9249 is hosting an All Weekend St. Patrick's Day party, Friday, March 16 at 6:30 p.m. until Sunday, March 18th at closing. There will be a 40/60 raffle, drink specials, food and snacks and a Corned Beef and Cabbage dinner on Saturday, March 17th from 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m.
       Knights of Columbus Good Samaritan Council is hosting a St. Patrick's Day Party on Saturday, March 17th at the St. Stephen School Cafeteria, 2080 Baseline Rd. 6:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. See flyer.
       Knights of Columbus Mary Star of the Sea St. Patrick's Day Party is on Saturday, March 17th at 7:00 p.m., at their facility, 1841 Whitehaven Road. See flyer. Everyone is welcome at all events.

       The GI Historical Society will have an Open House on Sunday, March 18, 2018 at River Lea, Beaver Island State Park, from 2:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. Help celebrate the 181st birthday of Grover Cleveland.

       Former Island resident Marc Scibilia has a song, "Untamed", that was featured on the new NBC tv pilot of "Rise". You can see the awsome video on Marc's Facebook page.

        Grand Island Waste Mgmt. has just signed a 3 year partnership with the University of Buffalo athletics department to be the sole waste provider for the UB athletics. Congrat's Jim Ehde!

        A General Session Meeting was held by the Grand Island Central School District Board of Education on Monday March 12, 2018. Part 1 - Part 2.

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

    Upcoming Events - See Events Calendar For Details
  • St. Stephen School Lenten Fish Fry Dinner on Friday, March 16th from 4:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. in school cafeteria.
  • The staff of Assemblyman Angelo J. Morinello (R,C,I,Ref-Niagara Falls) will hold mobile office hours on Tuesday, March 20 from 10 a.m. to 12 p.m. at the Grand Island Town Hall Residents and elected officials are welcome and encouraged to stop by to address any ideas or concerns they may have.
  • 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.


    March 8, 2018

        Happy birthday today to Rosemary Loth Fischer, Diane Grant & David Schaefer and on Friday, March 9th to Grace Wenner, Muriel Walker & Elaine Hardman. Happy birthday on Saturday, March 10th to Nancy Seifert Dinan and on Sunday, March 11th to Emily Bolles, Roman Cacciatore & David Cook. Happy birthday Monday, March 12th to Madison MacNeil, Ray Hayward, Michele Beauchamp, & Jojo Paczynski Sparcino, and on Tuesday, March 13th to Karen Hayes Smith, Mary Ellen Hamman, Martha Bojarski, Pat Kendzierski, Adam Kratz, & Susan Anstett Marston . Happy birthday, Wednesday, March 14th to Jon Grenda, Kathy Shaklee & Rebecca Popiel.


       Congratulations to Amy Stewart Terpening and husband Justin on the arrival of their bouncing baby boy, Loren Robert. Loren was born in Syracuse on March 4th, weighing 8 lb. 6.5 oz. Congrats also to grandparents AnnMarie & Bob Stewart and great-grandmother Nancy Samrany.

       SUNY Plattsburgh Announces Fall 2017 Dean's List includes Grand Island residents Lindsey Spiker and Marisa Atkinson. To be eligible, undergraduate students must achieve a minimum 3.5 semester grade point average with at least 12 credit hours.

       Erie County Sheriff Timothy B. Howard announces his office will be hosting a free car seat inspection Saturday, March 10, from 9 A.M. to 1 P.M. at the Grand Island Fire Company located at 2275 Bedell Road.

       The Grand Island GOP is hosting a St. Patrick's Day event honoring former Councilman Raymond Billica on Tuesday, March 13th from 6:00 p.m. - 9:00 p.m. at Riverstone Grill, 671 East River Road. Tickets are $25 per person and include Irish themed hours d'oeuvre's, complimentary first beverage, cash bar and silent auction. For information contact Mary Cooke 225-5838 or Dick Crawford 818-6992. Flyer.

       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 26, 2018. See video.

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       Another unwanted, NYS controlled, and taxpayer funded project is being developed at an unusually fast clip.

       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 Central School District will hold a substitute recruitment job fair on Friday, March 9, 2018 from 9:30 a.m. to 12:30 p.m. at the District Office, 1100 Ransom Road.
  • St. Stephen School Lenten Fish Fry Dinner on Friday, March 9th from 4:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. in school cafeteria.
  • Omnipresent Puppet Theatre presents "Goldilocks and the Three Bears" on Saturday, March 10th at 2:00 p.m. at the GI Memorial Library, 1715 Bedell Rd. See flyer.
  • Boy Scout Troop 630 annual Spaghetti Dinner and Basket Raffle will be Sunday, March 11, 2018 at St. Stephen School Cafeteria from 12:00 p.m. - 6:00 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.

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    March 1, 2018

       My apologies for the delayed posting of the March 1st edition. I got the flu and it kicked my butt! Down and out for five days.

        Happy birthday March 1st to Jane Cooke, Jean Smith, Linda Hermann, Michael William Rayhill, Karie Stedman, Ashley Gorman, Sarah Dollendorf, Gail Click & Bridget McMahon and on Friday, March 2nd to Jamie Akers Smith. Happy birthday on Saturday, March 3rd to Jeff Denler, John Simon & Anne Rollins and on Sunday, March 4th to Kevin Smith, Grace Myhre & Mary Trincik. Happy birthday Monday, March 5th to Tim Moriarty, David McConnell, Rich Amantia & Missy Fargino, and on Tuesday, March 6th to Hayden Backlund, Eilene Gebrian, Charles Tobe & Pat Bassler. Happy birthday, Wednesday, March 7th to Linda Leuchner, Glen Shepherd, Leda Barton, Lola Brindisi, Carol O’Connor & Bill Ortiz.

        Happy 74th wedding anniversary on March 4th to Bud & Rosemary Whiting.

        Save the date: The Annual Dan McBride Memorial Cup at Harborcenter, 100 Washington Street, Buffalo, on Sunday, May 6th from 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. This event was started back in 2013 to honor Dan's battle with cancer. Each year the event brings the family and friends of Dan McBride, American Coradius International and the Grand Island Relay For Life together to raise funds in Dan's memory.

       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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    February 22, 2018

        Happy birthday today to Marilyn Wilkie Watt, Jim Zilliox & Ralph Quarantillo and on Friday, February 23rd to Sherry DeBruyn, Jo Klock, Paula Nakayama, Sophia Black, Linda Gerristad & John Whitney. Happy birthday on Saturday, February 24th to Brian Robinson and on Sunday, February 25th to Scott Tetreault & Kevin Brock. Happy birthday Monday, February 26th to David Rogers, Debbie Kennedy-Rogoza, Jay Hollinger, William Madigan and Lynn Dingey, and on Tuesday, February 27th to Gabrielle Robinson, Kevin Koch Jr., & Mike Cali. Happy birthday, Wednesday, Feb. 28th to Mary Ann Love, Barry Conway, David Steggs, Patrick McMahon & Ron Bastian.

        UB senior center Cassie Oursler (Grand Island) was named MAC East Player of the Week after she averaged 17.0, 10.5 rebounds and 2.5 blocks in wins over Central Michigan and Akron. UB is now (21-4, 12-2 MAC).

        Grand Island Little League Baseball and Softball registration is still open for boys and girls ages 4-16. The $20 Early bird discount expires March 4. Go to www.grandislandll.com for details and to register today! Opening Day is May 5th.

       Fun story from Fahim and Seema at Island Ship Center. A Grand Island resident and her family recently moved to Iowa where her husband's job relocated. She contacted Fahim to see if there was any way that they could get Chocolate Panda Paws by Perry's Ice Cream delivered. Of course he could! The weather cooperated and four gallon tubs arrived on the Iowa doorstep, after an overnight flight from Buffalo.

       The Grand Island Alumni Association Comedy Show would like to thank Platinum sponsor Aceti's Wine and Spirits, and Gold Sponsors George Ihle, State Farm Insurance (Niagara Falls) and Fuccillo Auto Group. Tickets are still available for the March 3rd show at Ellden's at River Oaks. See ad, upper right corner.

        The Grand Island Chamber of Commerce is asking you to take 15 minutes to complete a survey to find out how you feel about business on Grand Island. Visit www.surveymonkey.com/r/gichamber to share your opinion today.

       Adrian's Custard and Beef opened today, Thursday, February 22nd.

        Thunder on the Niagara Hydroplane Boat Race is scheduled for August 4 & 5, 2018 at Gratwick Park in North Tonawanda. Racing begins at 10:00 a.m. and ends around 5:00 p.m. The event is sponsored by SNYDER INDUSTRIES and is dedicated to Darryl Monette.

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

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  • St. Stephen School Lenten Fish Fry Dinner on Friday, February 16th from 4:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. in school cafeteria.
  • 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 will hold its general meeting on Wednesday, February 28, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. at the Loyal Order of The Moose Lodge.
  • Grand Island's Master Plan findings will be presented at a public meeting on Wednesday, February 28th at 6:30 p.m. at the Grand Island High School.
  • The Grand Island Lions Club, in conjunction with Lions S.E.E. and Lions Kidsight USA, is hosting free vision screenings for children six months to six years old. Screenings will be held in the Conference Room at the Grand Island Memorial Library on Thursday, March 1, 2018 between the hours of 11 AM and 2 PM and from 4 PM to 7 PM. Details.
  • GI Historical Society General Meeting and Program is on Thursday, March 1, 2018 at River Lea, Beaver Island State Park at 7:00 p.m. The guest speaker is Carol Rogers with a power point presentation, "The 80th Anniversary of the Honeymoon Bridge Collapse."

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    February 15, 2018

        Happy birthday today to Todd Sipson, Kellie Kehoe, Daniel Baney & Donna Tomkins and on Friday, February 16th to Deborah Parker, Marianne Ward & Lynne Rimer . Happy birthday on Saturday, February 17th to Kathy Garlapow, Pat Kostenbauder & Lillian Brenner and on Sunday, February 18th to Michelle Gast, Patrick Stouter, Chris Ciszek & Dave Fields. Happy birthday Monday, February 19th to Joan Santospirito, and on Tuesday, February 20th to Bryan Smith, MaryJo Gill, Dick Bessel, Carol Alt, Daniel Tattenbaum, Jennifer Watkins & Katie Brady.

       UB women's basketball team is (20-4, 11-2 Mid-American Conference) and beat Central Michigan (20-4, 12-1 MAC) its first loss of the MAC season, last night. GI's Cassie Oursler had 24 points and 13 rebounds in the contest and received a honorary basketball before the game for breaking the 1000-point mark at a game on February 3rd.

       Posted on Facebook: The next 4-6 weeks is mating season for coyotes. Please do not let your dogs out alone. The coyote gets your dog to chase him and then somewhere in the distance the pack waits for your dog. Then the outcome is tragic. Just be aware it can happen to your beloved pet. (Coyote breeding typically peaks in late February and early March, the gestation period averages 58 to 63 days. Male coyotes can become more aggressive during this time of year, the long and short of it all is that coyotes always pose a risk to your dog (and other small pets). That risk increases during mating season.)

        Keep your cars locked in your driveway. There were reported break-ins in the Sandy Beach area this week and last week Hazelwood Lane.

        So, there are two fun and popular events on Saturday, March 3rd on Grand Island. The Relay For Life Fundraiser, Music and Basket Raffle is at Mallwitz's Island Lanes and the GIAA Comedy Show is at Ellden's at River Oaks. Here's the plan...go to Mallwitz's on the way to the comedy show and get in on the raffle. Come to the comedy show and their ever popular wine raffle from 8-10pm, then stop back at Mallwitz's to pick up all your raffle winnings. Perfect!

       The Grand Island Central School District Board of Education held their General Session Meeting, as well as revealed the initial Budget Plan for the 2018-19 School Year, in the Professional Development Room of Grand Island High School on Monday February 12, 2018. 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.

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  • The Cinderella Isle Garden Club will hold its February meeting on Thursday, February 15, 2018 at 7:00 PM at Trinity United Methodist Church.
  • St. Stephen School Lenten Fish Fry Dinner on Friday, February 16th from 4:30 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. in school cafeteria.
  • Grand Island Little League will be having in-person registration sessions at the Knight's of Columbus, 1841 Whitehaven Road, from 9:00 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday, February 17, 2018.
  • The staff of Assemblyman Angelo J. Morinello (R,C,I,Ref-Niagara Falls) will hold mobile office hours on Tuesday, February 20 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Grand Island Town Hall.
  • 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.


    February 8, 2018

        Happy birthday today to Diane Garey, Diane Gurbacki, Sarah Klock , David Santa Lucia & Jadon Garman and on Friday, February 9th to Elinor Wiant, Linda Tomkiel, Chris Ford & Dory Smith Matwijkow . Happy birthday on Saturday, February 10th to Kaylee Montana and on Sunday, February 11th to Jackie Walt, Joanne Metzger, Joan Barone, Dominic Mazzola & Amanda Kaiser Wayne. Happy birthday Monday, February 12th to Kim Kalman, Carol Roesch, the Costello twins Patty Rink & Penny Linenfelser , Jayce Claus & Jack Muscarella, and on Tuesday, February13th to Adam Dahlberg, Mitchell Matthews, Nancy Hamm-Johnson & Emma Wheeler. Happy birthday on Wednesday, February 14th to Kassie Bennett, Wayne Anstett & Shirley Martin.

       There are still openings in the Grand Island Historical Society's Community Education class, 'Explore Grand Island History - Part II'. There wil be four classes held at the high school that will feature interesting topics, maps, and artifacts. The last class will be at the society's museum, River Lea, in Beaver Island State Park. Everyone is welcome - you do not have to have been in last year's class. Check out page four of the class listings.

       There is another Islander in need. Howie Benns was a fearless hydroplane racer back in the day. He was one of the best hydroplane racers around, racing "Sudden Seven" and "Miss Budweiser", among others. Since June of 2017 he has been in and out of the hospital seven times and could use some help with his medical bills. See gofundme page for details.

        Saw on Facebook, Niagara Speedway Go-Cart Track at Clifton Hill in Niagara Falls, Ontario is scheduled to open this Spring. Take a look, so fun!

        High school graduation rates continued to climb in districts around New York State last year. The four-year graduation rate as of August for Grand Island was 96%. East Aurora had the only 100% in the area.

       Saturday night is Prime Rib night at the Town Cafe, 2352 Grand Island Blvd.! A dozen family members from near and far enjoyed the creations of Chef Perry Spencer this past week. Prime Rib with garlicky shrimp scampi and Prime Rib Marsala were fan favorites. There are numerous other items to choose from AND Grand Island's only soup and salad bar is included with every entree. Thanks Lynn & Alyssa for a fabulous evening!

        The Golden Age Center's Flap Jack Fundraiser on Saturday, February 24th has been cancelled and will be rescheduled.

       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 Grand Island Autism Support Group is hosting an "Intro to Medical Cannabis in NYS" on Tuesday, February 13, 2018 at 2139 Grand Island Blvd. See flyer.
  • The Cinderella Isle Garden Club will hold its February meeting on Thursday, February 15, 2018 at 7:00 PM at Trinity United Methodist Church.

    Send your news to jodi@giecom.net.


    February 1, 2018

        Happy birthday today to Judith Pack, Mandy Malaney, Ryan Pecoraro, Clyde Hickok, and Sydney Mazur and on Friday, February 2nd to Anita Wasson, Al Ackerman, Jason MacClelland, Colton Wilkinson. Sam Giglia, & Judy Polizzi. Happy birthday on Saturday, February 3rd to Ilene Dee & Ryan Timmerman and on Sunday, February 4th to Pete Marston, Maureen Lewis, Dan Ryan, & Mary Lou Jerge. Happy birthday Monday, February 5th to Jeri Benzing & Kip Staub, and on Tuesday, February 6th to Olivia Wenner, Noelle Linenfelser & Cody Okelberry. Happy birthday on Wednesday, February 7th to Glenn Skelly.

        Happy anniversary to Oliver & Anne Stuardi on February 2nd.

        A gofundme page has been set up to help Joe Rossi, injured in a car accident on January 31st. Please help if you are able.

       Island resident Terri Filips Vaughan is an associate professor at Niagara University. Since September 2017, Terri has been working on a new musical, created and starring Eddie Money, "Two Tickets to Paradise: The Musical". The musical will be on stage at the Kodak Center in Rochester, February 14-18th and could go on a national tour. Information and tickets here.

       College Power 10, dated January 29th, Jack Good ranks the top 10 college performers in the area. 2. Cassie Oursler: The Grand Island product led the University at Buffalo women's basketball team (16-3, 7-1 MAC) in points (25) and rebounds (13, a career best) in a 97-92 overtime victory against Eastern Michigan. She hit a layup and a pair of free throws down the stretch in extra time to help UB to its fifth straight victory. Point guard Stephanie Reid also had a highlight moment, as she hit a free throw for her 1,000th career point.

        The Grand Island High School Viking wrestling team has earned their first Niagara Frontier League championship in school history this season. The Vikings are undefeated in the league, with the only loss of the season to Lancaster.

       I received an email from a Mr. Maas from the Netherlands, looking for a Irvin Lynn, that lived at 2907 Fix Road in 1949. Mr. Maas bought an electric Gibson guitar in Europe, that at one time was owned by Mr. Lynn. He found a letter hidden inside the guitar with his name, address and date of purchase. Mr. Lynn no longer lives at the Fix Road address, if anyone knows of a relative or contact, please send an email to jodi@giecom.net.

       Interesting GI Fire Company fact...Fire Calls for January to date (Jan. 28) is 120, that is 40 less than last year.

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

    Upcoming Events - See Events Calendar For Details
  • The Grand Island High School Spring Musical "Pippin" will have three shows, Thursday, Friday, Saturday, February 1-3 at the Grand Viking Theater, 1100 Ransom Road. All shows are at 7:00 p.m.
  • Sidway School PTA is sponsoring a Family Fun Day Basket Raffle on Saturday, February 3, 2017 from 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
  • Grand Island Farms Inc. is hosting an indoor Farmers Market at the Knight's of Columbus, 1841 Whitehaven Road on Sunday, February 4th at 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m.
  • St. Stephen Elementary School on Grand Island will hold an Open House from 10:00 a.m. to 2:00 p.m. on Sunday, February 4, 2018/
  • The staff of Assemblyman Angelo J. Morinello (R,C,I,Ref-Niagara Falls) will hold mobile office hours on Tuesday, February 6 from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Grand Island Town Hall
  • 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.


    January 25, 2018

        Happy birthday today to Anita Wasson, Al Ackerman, Jason MacClelland, Colton Wilkinson. Sam Giglia, & Judy Polizzi and on Friday, January 26th to Tommy Geblein & Wayne Baumler. Happy birthday on Saturday, January 27th to Sabrina Butcher, Brent Minet, Mary Stewart & Judi Wakefield and on Sunday, January 28th to Kelly Greene Cunningham, Jason Vallina & Tom Burkman. Happy birthday Monday, January 29th to Eric Sharpe, Nicholas Penque & Ruth Rocke, and on Tuesday, January 30th to David Clayton III & Rich Foks . Happy birthday on Wednesday, January 31st to Ronald Duguay, Hailee Clayton, Conner Bolles, Anthony Mondi & Regina Truitt.

       Word on the street is a bid has been accepted for the creation of the West River Parkway Path and closing the road. If you want an easy way to have your voice heard on this issue, take a minute to send an email to NYS Senator Chris Jacobs at jacobs@nysenate.gov or State Assemblyman Angelo Morinello at morinelloa@nyassembly.gov.

       773 North will be participating in the 8th Annual Buffalo Soup-Fest on Sunday, January 28th at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center, from 11:00 a.m. - 6:00 p.m. Admission is $5. They will be featuring: Borscht (Gluten Free & Vegan), Clams Casino Bisque & Thai Chicken Noodle Soup.

       The Grand Island High School Class of 1988 is having their 30th reunion on Friday, July 6, 2018 at the Sandy Beach Yacht Club, 1851 Winter Road, at 7:00 p.m. Check out the Facebook page "GIHS Class of 88" or contact gihsclassof1988@gmail.com.

       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 22, 2018. See video.

       Congratulations to the group of GI middle & high school students and teachers who created a Kids Escaping Drugs public service announcement that earned them second place honors. 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 Small Business Networking Group is hosting a Wellness Expo on Saturday, January 27, 2018 at KeyBank, 2180 Grand Island Blvd. from noon - 5:00 p.m. See flyer.
  • St. Stephen Holy Name Society Parish Community Breakfast Fundraiser will take place on Sunday, January 28th from 8:30 a.m. - 12:30 p.m, 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.
  • G.I.Farms Inc. is hosting a seminar on "Seed Starting Basics" in the Community Room at the Grand Island Library, Thursday, January 25th, 7:00 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.
  • A Sidway Playground Benefit will be at Brick Oven Pizza on Tuesday, January 30th to benefit a new playground, get coupon.
  • The American Legion, Grand Island Post #1346 will hold its general meeting on Wednesday, January 31, 2018 at 7:00 p.m. at the Loyal Order of The Moose Lodge.

    Send your news to jodi@giecom.net.


    January 18, 2018

        Happy birthday today to Bill Williams, Caitlin Schwinge, Kathy Butcher, Gail Becher, Patricia Smith, & Peter and Paul Minton and on Friday, January 19th to Phyllis Lange, Mackenzie Hassan & Kristyn Brown. Happy birthday on Saturday, January 20th to Fran Burrows, Kaylee Connell, Andrew Masiello, Betty Brinda, Josh Lange, Dustin Gushue, Brenda Hollfelder & Diane Haney and on Sunday, January 21st to Mary Cooke, John Gast, Ron Pavis & Dennis Lach. Happy birthday Monday, January 22nd to Jean Bousquet, Joanne Browne, Margie Rall Hunter, Karen Geng, Vinny Pascucci & Christian Bermel, and on Tuesday, January 23rd to Jonathan Minton, Allison Boron & Mark Leffler. Happy birthday on Wednesday, January 24th to Joyce Warning, Hunter Schmidt, Sarah Ramsperger, Benjamin DeFranks, Tyler Meyer & Warren Becher.

       Happy 36th! wedding anniversary to Karen & Rom Figler on January 23rd.

        Congratulations to GIHS athletes on being named to All-WNY Soccer first teams, chosen by WNY coaches.
        2017 All-WNY girls soccer first team: Grace Stranahan, Grand Island 12(year) M(position) and Alexa Chiarenza, Grand Island 11 D.
       2017 All-WNY boys soccer first team: John Griffin, Grand Island 12 F and Steven Pufpaff, Grand Island 12 G.

       SAVE THE DATE!!! The Grand Island Alumni Association and Aceti's Wine & Spirits are hosting the 11th Annual Comedy Night on Saturday, March 3rd at Ellden's at River Oaks. Tickets are not yet available, see flyer.

       The VFW Auxiliary is hosting a Soup Night on Saturday, January 20, 2018 from 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. (or sold out!). The cost is $7.00 for all you can eat soup and bread. Take out soup is available after 6:00 p.m. at $6.00 per quart. There will be raffles and 50/50.

       Grand Island Little League has opened online registration for boys and girls ages 4 to 16 and will be having in-person registration sessions at the GI Library on Bedell Rd from 9:30 a.m. to 12 p.m. on Saturday, January 20, 2018. A $20 early bird discount ends March 5, 2018.

        Isledegrande has been getting great tips for your health from Russ Certo for the past year, see Creating Better Health. Now we have added tips to Love Your Home, thanks to Diane Garey.

        The Father's Day Lawnmower Race committee has a meeting planned and the announced race date is Sunday, June 17th.

       If your looking to buy an old time saloon, Turner's is on the market. They will "entertain offers between $1 million and $1.5 million".

       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.
  • G.I.Farms Inc. is hosting a seminar on "Seed Starting Basics" in the Community Room at the Grand Island Library, Thursday, January 25th, 7:00 p.m. to 7:45 p.m. The event is free and open to the public.

    Send your news to jodi@giecom.net.


    January 11, 2018

        Happy birthday today to Joyce Neil, Susan Head, Art Ciechoski, Mary McClive, Mark Landroche, Jack Roesch & Bob Marcel and on Friday, January 12th to Martha Muller, Lyle Dinsmore, Carol Gioia, Adam Kopf & Patricia Dunn. Happy birthday on Saturday, January 13th to James Winter, Carol Kraemer, Greg Bell, Lynn Henschel & Paula Zucarelli and on Sunday, January 14th to Mary Jung, Carolina Luciani, Mike Rustowicz, Evan Carey & Judy Link. Happy birthday Monday, January 15th to Anthony Masocco, Jennifer Farrell & John Harbison, and on Tuesday, January 16th to Amber Malaney, Don Burrows, Joyce Hornbeck, Sudha Sharma, Earl DeGlopper Jr., Carroll Becker, Sue Fleischauer, Joyce Hornbeck & Joy Mesmer. Happy birthday on Wednesday, January 17th to Ron Sutton, Hank Kammerer, Nick Kingston & Marvin Mack.

       Happy 50th! wedding anniversary to Linda & John Braddell on Saturday, January 13th.
       Happy 29th wedding anniversary to Donna & Bill Williams on Sunday, January 14th.

       GIHS Viking Vision advisor Mark Gorton sent in a link to the 500th Newscast of the high school current events station. He wrote: "Thanks so much for everyone who contributed to this newscast, as well as all the seasons we've been on the air!! It's been an incredible journey, and I've loved every minute!! We appreciate all the support and viewership through the years, and we hope you will keep watching and enjoying our newscasts for many more years to come!!" After three weeks of editing, it is ready! See video, it is two hours long!

       Grand Island native Brett Kern, punter of the Tennessee Titans will be facing New England in the AFC divisional round of playoffs on Saturday, January 13th at 7:15 p.m. Bret has also been named to the Pro Bowl.

    773 North will begin taking reservations Monday, January 22nd! (716) 773-6678. The Grand Opening is Wednesday, January 31st at 10:30 a.m.

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

    Upcoming Events - See Events Calendar For Details
  • The staff of Assemblyman Angelo J. Morinello (R,C,I,Ref-Niagara Falls) will hold mobile office hours on Tuesday, January 16, from 10:00 a.m. to 12:00 p.m. at the Grand Island Town Hall.
  • 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.


    January 4, 2018

        Happy birthday today to Gail Berti, Michael Dowd & Karen Woods and on Friday, January 5th to Jake Dixon, Marissa Aceti & Sue Novits. Happy birthday on Saturday, January 6th to Michael Lockett, Melissa Clement Hill, Ron Webb, Kathy McNulty, Sandy Less, Florence Prawel, John Bidell Sr. & Jacquie Goris Foote and on Sunday, January 7th to Craig Davis, Eric Reimann, & Norm Mrkall. Happy birthday Monday, January 8th to Sharon Koehler, Sharon Minet, Nicholas Heftka and Maggie Rustowicz, Alexandria Anderson, Michael Klipich, Betsy Tranter, Brooks Rime & Jean Siess, and on Tuesday, January 9th to Richard Brzyski, Rita Desemone, Sam Loquasto,. Happy birthday on Wednesday, January 10th to Peter Fabiano, Patricia & Scott Shaw & Darlene Conners.

       Happy anniversary to Gary & Emily Dahlstrom on January 6th.

       The GIHS Class of 1978 has planned a reunion for Saturday, June 30th at the Radisson on GI. Check out their Facebook page or email Margie (Hess) Wood at mmwood19@gmail.com.

       Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center (NFMMC) and GI Family Practice are advertisers with Isledegrande. NFMMC announced today, the opening of a 23-bed, $4.3M Cardiac-Stroke Care unit. See press release.

       GI's own Cassie Oursler is kicking butt on the basketball court playing for UB. She leads the Bulls (10-2) in scoring at 13.6 average per game. The next time the Bulls are at home is Wednesday, January 10th against Miami of Ohio.

        River Oaks Golf Club and Elden's has generously donated the entire cost of a pancake breakfast event on Sunday, January 7th from 9:00 a.m. - 1:00 p.m., to support the Neighbors Foundation. Your donation of $5 (or more) gives each: pancakes, sausage, orange juice and coffee, with all proceeds going to help the Neighbors Foundation.

       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.