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This Week...Around Town - 2019         By Jodi Robinson

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Previous Around Town Pages



March 21, 2019

    Happy birthday today to Paul Roeder, Ruth Ryan, Daniel Parker, Dolores Laska & Dorothy Martinelli and on Friday, March 22nd to Wendy Stratton-Gross, Peter Baker & Bev Kinney. On Saturday, March 23rd to Pattie Beauchamp, Jim Olmstead, Pat Harding & Ryan Kernin. Happy birthday Sunday, March 24th to Jillian Sheehan, and on Monday, March 25th to Jim Ehde, Jack Mahnk, Amy Blundell & Sue Ann Mackenna. Happy birthday Tuesday to Kendall Duscher, Betty Marinell & Angelo LaDuca and happy birthday on Wednesday to Brooklyn Landroche & Clive Roughsedge.

    GIHS senior Cam Sionko will be playing in the 22nd Silver Hoops Classic at City Honors, Saturday, March 23rd. His NFL team will take on the ECIC 1 Stars at 2:30 p.m.

    Grand Island graduate Carlin Hartman is going back to the March Madness tournament for a third straight year as an assistant coach at Oklahoma, the No. 9 seed in the South Region. Hartman played in consecutive NCAA tournaments for Tulane in 1992-93 and was an assistant coach at Louisiana-Lafayette when the Ragin’ Cajuns qualified in 2005. Oklahoma (19-13) will take on No. 8 seed Mississippi (20-12) at 12:40 p.m. Friday (truTV) in Columbia, S.C.

   Minutes from the January 8, 2019, Traffic Safety Advisory Board meeting states that two traffic lights will be installed at the Whitehaven Rd. and I-190 exits due to limited site. Date for installation is not yet available.

   The Cinderella Isle Garden Club will hold its March meeting tonight, Thursday, March 21, 2019 at 7 PM at Trinity United Methodist Church at 2100 Whitehaven Rd.,

    A Bowl-a-Thon, Silent Auction and Basket Raffle will be held on Friday, March 22, 2019 at Mallwitz's Island Lanes at 6:00 p.m. Students are $15/adults $20. Tickets inculde 2 games cosmic bowling, shoe rental, pizza & pop. Raise donations and get free basket raffle tickets. See flyer for details.

    The VFW Post 9249 is hosting a family breakfast on Saturday, March 23rd. This fundraiser is open to members, guests and the community. The buffet breakfast includes scrambled eggs, potatoes, bacon, sausage, pancakes, fruit, juice and coffee. Service is from 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. and the cost is $7.00 per person.

    The Grand Island High School Class of 2021 is having a fundraiser at Chipotle, 1785 Military Road, Niagara Falls on Tuesday, March 26th from 4:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Tell the cashier you're supporting the class and 33% of the proceeds will be donated. See flyer     Nominate your local firehall contest on radio station WYRK. Could win $3000 in Gorilla Garage Gear. Entries eligible through Sunday, March 24th. Vote here.

    Town of GI Recreation and Golden Age Center are looking for recreation attendents. See Rec. flyer and GAC flyer.

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

Upcoming Events - See Events Calendar For Details
  • 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, March 27th at 7:00 p.m. at the Loyal Order of The Moose Lodge.
  • Save The Michaels Support Group meets 2nd & 4th Wednesday, from 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at the Grand Island High School Oasis Room. Webpage.
  • From Garbage to Garden, Intro to Composting will be held at the WNY Welcome Center on Thursday, March 28, 2019 at 6:30 p.m. Hosted by the Grand Island Farmers Market.

    Send your news to jodi@giecom.net.


    March 14, 2019

        Happy birthday today March 14th to Jon Grenda, Kathy Shaklee, Rebecca Popiel & Jim Walf. Happy birthday Friday, March 15th to Gail Monti, Elizabeth Figler, John Corrao, Mindi Kratz & Henry Lobl and on Saturday, March 16th to Megan Malaney, Dan Lee, Cameron Willer, Pat Phillips, Aree Saenger & Debbie Jenkins. Happy birthday Sunday, March 17th to Bill Brobeil, Nancy Anderson, Nonnie Carroll & Paul Gurzinski, and on Monday, March 18th to Adam Missert, Nicholas Tim, Audrey Mason & Eddie Krecisz. Happy birthday Tuesday to Carol Sharpe, Lester Lee, Ruth Landel, Joseph Roberts & Richard McDonald and happy birthday on Wednesday to Marty Bidell, Mary O'Dea Beyer & David Ames.

       Happy anniversary on March 16th to Vicki & Ian Harnden, 34 years and Bob & Debbie Guenther, 40 years. Also happy anniversary to Amy & Steve Morgan on March 19th.


        A very special happy belated birthday to Ralph Hoover, who turned 91 years young yesterday, March 13th. Ralph moved in with his daughter, Nancy Hoover Anderson about 5 weeks ago, and is not feeling the greatest. Ralph loves to get mail so if there is anyone out there that knows Ralph and the great guy he is, you can send your birthday greetings or get well greetings to him as follows: Ralph Hoover, 87 Monica Road, Grand Island, NY 14072. If you would like to visit him, please contact Nancy at nannerfrog1@yahoo.com.

       Grand Island native Brett Kern, a punter who made the Pro Bowl in the last two years, has signed a four-year extension with the Tennessee Titans. NFL Network reported the extension is worth $12.55 million with a $2.2 million signing bonus. An 11-year veteran, Kern signed with the Titans in 2009 and his most recent extension was in 2015. That deal was set to expire after the 2019 season. Kern, 33, averaged 47.1 yards a punt last season with a 41.7-yard net. He had 39 punts downed inside the 20 and only punted into the end zone three times. He spent his first two seasons with the Denver Broncos. For his career, he has 834 punts for an average of 45.9.

        The VFW Post 9249 is hosting a St. Patrick's Day All Weekend Party. Party starts 6:30 p.m. on Friday, March 15 and ends closing Sunday, March 17th. A corned beef & cabbage dinner will be on Saturday, March 16th from 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. There will be drink specials all weekend.

        Knights of Columbus Good Samaritan Council is hosting a Corned Beef & Cabbage dinner on Saturday, March 16, 2019, at St. Stephen School cafeteria. Cost is $15 per person with senior & child discounts, and includes corned beef dinner & dessert. See flyer.

        Adrian's Custard & Beef is having Open Interviews on Saturday, March 16th, 12pm-4pm at 2352 Grand Island Blvd. Come in the back kitchen door.

       The Grand Island Historical Society is having an Open House at River Lea in Beaver Island State Park on Sunday, March 17th from 2pm - 4pm. Come see Grand Island history.

        The Grand Island Central School District Board of Education held their General Session Meeting in the Professional Development Room of Grand Island High School on Monday March 11, 2019. 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.


    March 7, 2019

        Happy birthday on March 7th to Linda Leuchner, Glen Shepherd, Leda Barton, Lola Brindisi, Carol O’Connor, & Bill Ortiz. Happy birthday on Friday, March 8th to Rosemary Loth Fischer & Diane Grant and on Saturday, March 9th to Grace Wenner, Muriel Walker & Elaine Hardman. Happy birthday Sunday, March 10th to Nancy Seifert Dinan & Christie Lewis Hy, and on Monday, March 11th to Emily Bolles, Roman Cacciatore, David Cook & Shirley Norman. Happy birthday Tuesday to Al Meyer, Madison MacNeil, Ray Hayward, Michele Beauchamp & Jojo Paczynski Sparcino and happy birthday on Wednesday to Karen Hayes Smith, Martha Bojarski, Pat Kendzierski and son Adam Kratz, Susan Anstett Marston & Jody Ghianni.

       Celebrating their 75th wedding anniversary last weekend at the Terrace in Delaware Park’s Marcy Casino were Richard "Bud" Whiting & the former Rosemary Woodworth, who were married March 4, 1944, in the rectory of St. Joseph’s New Cathedral. He is a World War II Army Air Corps veteran and a retired manufacturer’s representative. She is a retired secretary. Grand Island residents for 47 years, they have seven children, nine grandchildren and two great-grandchildren.

       At the behest of Councilman Peter Marston, the Town Board voted on Monday, March 4th to waive the user fees billed to the Grand Island Little League for use of the snack stand at Veterans Park in 2018. In other Veterans Park news; there will be a $25 "no show" fee on weekend days for fields that were prepared and not used. A 24-hour notice is required. Off Island adult soccer teams will now be charged a $300 registration fee to offset the cost of field preparation.

       A former residence located at 2041 Baseline Road has been deemed an "unsafe structure" and will be demolished. The Town sent out numerous notices to the owner and has not received any communication. At this point the Town is seeking bids to complete the demolition.

       St. Stephens School is starting their hugely popular fish fry on Friday, March 8th. See flyer.

        The Democratic candidates invite the public to the Welcome Center for a “Meet the Candidates” afternoon coffee. Sunday, March 10th, 10am - 2pm.

       The Republicans are also hosting a Meet the Candidates night on Tuesday, March 12th at 773 North. See flyer.

        The Grand Island Parks Department is accepting applications for Seasonal Positions, see flyer.



        Thunder on the Niagara will be held on Saturday & Sunday, August 3rd & 4th at Gratwick Park in North Tonawanda. It is sponsored in part by three Island owned companies, Snyder Industries, LDC Construction and GP:50. Activities include the boat races, a car show and vendors. See Poster.

       NERDS GONE WILD are playing at River Oaks Golf Club, 201 Whitehaven Rd., on Saturday, March 9th, starting at 7:00 p.m.

        Space is available in the GI Historical Society Community Ed program starting March 13th. Topics include the history of the many islands that surround Grand Island, now and in the past; Resorts of the Golden Era; and Farming in our community. The last class is held in River Lea at Beaver Island State Park, which is the Grand Island museum. See details.

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

    Upcoming Events - See Events Calendar For Details
  • 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 28, 2019

        Happy birthday today, February 28th to Mary Ann Love, Barry Conway, David Steggs, Patrick McMahon & Ron Bastian. Happy birthday on Friday, March 1st to Jane Cooke, Jean Smith, Linda Hermann, Michael William Rayhill, Karie Stedman, Ashley Gorman, Sarah Dollendorf, Gail Click & Bridget McMahon and on Saturday, March 2nd to Jamie Akers Smith. Happy birthday Sunday, March 3rd to Jeff Denler & John Simon, and on Monday, March 4th to Kevin Smith & Mary Trinci . Happy birthday Tuesday to Tim Moriarty, David McConnell, Rich Amantia, Missy Fargino & Jeanne Powers and happy birthday on Wednesday to Hayden Backlund. Happy birthday to leap year babies Jason Weis, Greg Chamberlain & Donna Linenfelser.

       Sports News:
       UPDATE: 2-Wmsv. South 65, 1-Grand Island 45 at the championship game Sunday, March 3rd.
       Grand Island Vikings girls varsity basketball won the Class A-1 semi-final against Hamburg 44-40 in Clarence last night. From the Buffalo News: The Vikings had a struggle on their hands against the Bulldogs, especially after scoring only four points in the second quarter, leading them with a 21-20 halftime lead. GI outscored Hamburg, 12-5, in the third quarter but had to hold off the Bulldogs' fourth quarter rally. Lydia Sweeney scored 21 points. They will play Will. South in the championship game on Sunday at Buffalo State, 1:00 p.m.
       UPDATE: The Vikings were defeated at Allyn Ice Arena 4-0 by Section III’s Skaneateles on Saturday, March 2nd.
        The Grand Island boys Varsity Hockey Team won the Section VI Small School championship game at Harborcenter on Monday, February 25th, by the score of 3-2 over W. Seneca West. This is the varsity team's first sectional hockey title and allows them to compete in the regional on Saturday, March 2nd against Section III Skaneateles in their arena.

        St. Stephen's Parish Players are presenting "Hello Dolly" on Thursday, February 28th and Friday and Saturday, March 1 & 2. See poster for details.

        Former islander Dave Rowswell announced on Facebook that he will be competing in a Teacher's Tournament on Jeopardy in May.

       The Grand Island Class of 1994 is having their 25th reunion on Saturday, July 6th at Say Cheese Pizza. Find information here.

        The Grand Island Rugby Spaghetti Dinner is at the Grand Island High School cafeteria on Tuesday, March 5th from 5:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. Tickets are available at the door. There is a basket raffle and a bake sale. This is going on during the Kaleidoscope Chorus Concert also at the high school.

       Bogey's will be back at Beaver Island Golf Course and will have a pro shop called "The Hub". Season starts April 25th, so get your clubs cleaned up!

       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.


    February 21, 2019

        Happy birthday today, February 21st to Chere Rupp. Happy birthday on Friday, February 22nd to Marilyn Wilkie Watt, Marilyn Kinney, Jim Zilliox & Ralph Quarantillo and on Saturday, February 23rd to Sherry DeBruyn, Jo Klock, Paula Nakayama, Sophia Black, Linda Gerristad & John Whitney. Happy birthday Sunday, February 24th to Brian Robinson, and on Monday, February 25th to Dennis Donovan, Scott Tetreault & Kevin Brock. Happy birthday Tuesday to David Rogers, Debbie Kennedy-Rogoza, Jay Hollinger, William Madigan & Lynn Dingey and happy birthday on Wednesday to Gabrielle Robinson, Kevin Koch Jr. & Mike Cali.

       Sports News:
    UPDATE: The Lady Vikings beat North Tonawanda 42-25 in the A-1 quarterfinals Thursday night. Next up is the semifinal at Clarence High School on Tuesday, February 27th at 7:00 p.m. The final will be Sunday, March 3rd at Buffalo State.
       Grand Island Vikings girls varsity basketball is playing tonight at GI in the Class A-1 quarterfinals at 6:00 p.m. They are undefeated in their division and take on #8 North Tonawanda.
       Grand Island Viking Boys Hockey won their small school semifinal last night at the Harborcenter, defeating Williamsville East 4-2. Grand Island will play West Seneca West on Sunday, February 24th at KeyBank Center for the small school championship at 4:45 p.m. See WIVB highlight clip.

        Over the next few weeks there are numerous classes taking place at the Grand Island Memorial Library. Everything from free tax preparation to making cider vinegar. Check out the library page for events happening between now and March 9th.



       UPDATE: Ray Sommer stopped in the office and said buckwheat is planted in that field and the turkeys like to eat it. He also said people don't hunt turkeys like they used to, which leads to an increase in numbers. Here's a fun fact....a group of turkeys is called a rafter.
        An unidentified reader snapped this photo recently on Love Road. She was curious regarding the number of turkeys that were hanging together, and if this is normal. I counted over 50! If you have the answer, please let me know at jodi@giecom.net.

       Public Information Meeting for the Agricultural and Farmland Protection Plan on Tuesday, February 26, 2019. This meeting is being held at the Grand Island Senior High School from 6:00 - 8:00 PM. Flyer.

       773 North entered the Buffalo Soup Fest last Sunday, at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center. Over 5,500 people sampled 80 different soups from area restaurants and food trucks. 773 won the "Best in 'Burbs" title with their Mulligatawny (Apple, Curry, Chicken & Rice) soup. They also offered Beef on Weck soup and Cubano soup. Congratulations!

       Memories of restaurants and watering holes from the past was mentioned at our last family gathering. Joncaires on West River Road at Staley, had a wonderful "Hot Fudge Pudding Cake" that I dream about. Anyone like to share their fond memories? Just send an email to jodi@giecom.net and if there is interest, I will start a page. Not so much....will post here. Along that line, my dad, Captain Pete Hayes, owned the Showboat restaurant, located at the foot of Hertel Avenue, in the early 70's. I came across this page online and wondered if anyone has other photos they can share.

       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 February meeting on Thursday, February 21, 2019 at 7:00 p.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church at 2100 Whitehaven Rd.
  • 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.
  • Save The Michaels Support Group, an addiction support group meets 2nd & 4th Wednesday, from 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at the Grand Island High School Oasis Room. Webpage.

    Send your news to jodi@giecom.net.


    February 14, 2019

        Happy Valentine's Day!!!

        Happy birthday today, February 14th to Kassie Bennett, Wayne Anstett & Shirley Martin. Happy birthday on Friday, February 15th to Herman Roberts, Philip Sahlem, Todd Sipson, Kellie Kehoe, Daniel Baney, & Donna Tomkins and on Saturday, February 16th to Deborah Parker, Marianne Ward & Lynne Rimer. Happy birthday Sunday, February 17th to Kathy Garlapow, Anitia DeGlopper, Lillian Brenner, Aaron Delavalle & Chuck Delavalle, and on Monday, February 18th to Michelle Gast, Patrick Stouter, Chris Ciszek & Dave Fields. Happy birthday Tuesday to Joan Santospirito and happy birthday on Wednesday to Bryan Smith, Melanie Stein, Carol Alt, Daniel Tattenbaum, Marilyn Kinney, Jennifer Watkins, Katie Brady, MaryJo Gill & Dick Bessel .

        From Buffalo News: GI perfect in league - Grand Island girls basketball secured its first Niagara Frontier league championship since 2011-12. The Vikings defeated Lockport, Thursday, February 14th, 45-33, with Samantha Bailey’s 11 points, 12 rebounds and five assists.

        The VFW Post 9249 is hosting a family breakfast on Saturday, February 16th. This fundraiser is open to members, guests and the community. The buffet breakfast includes scrambled eggs, potatoes, bacon, sausage, pancakes, fruit, juice and coffee. Service is from 9:00 a.m. - 10:30 a.m. and the cost is $7.00 per person.

        A suicide prevention program will take place on Sunday, February 17, 2019 from 4:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. (+potluck) at Riverside-Salem UCC Cottage, 3449 West River Rd., Grand Island. Dr. Celia Spacone, "Talk Saves Lives," presentation on suicide prevention, covering risk factors, warning signs, protective factors and how to help someone. See flyer for more details.

       Thank you and welcome to Isledegrande's newest advertiser. Sara Allen, LMSW has been an Island resident for over 20 years and is a therapist and counselor, with a practice in Kenmore. See story.

        The Grand Island CSD Board of Education, along with District Leadership, conducted a safety and security workshop with the community in the Professional Development Room of Grand Island High School on Monday February 11, 2019. 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.


    February 7, 2019

        Happy birthday today, February 7th to Glenn Skelly. Happy birthday on Friday, February 8th to Diane Garey, Diane Gurbacki, Sarah Klock, David Santa Lucia, Jadon Garman, Carleigh Rodriguez, Sheila Strott and Jackson Tower. and on Saturday, February 9th to Elinor Wiant, Linda Tomkiel, Chris Ford & Dory Smith Matwijkow. Happy birthday Sunday, February 10th to Kaylee Montana, and on Monday, February 11th to Jackie Walt, Joanne Metzger, Joan Barone, Dominic Mazzola & Amanda Kaiser Wayne. Happy birthday Tuesday to Kim Kalman, Carol Roesch, Patty Rink and her twin sister Penny Linenfelser, Jayce Claus, Jack Muscarella & Charles Ackerman and happy birthday on Wednesday to Laura Sexton, Adam Dahlberg, Mitchell Matthews , Nancy Hamm-Johnson, Hans Sterzelbach, Phyllis Wesolek & Emma Wheeler .

       The Grand Island Senior High School Music Boosters are hosting their Annual Mattress Fundraiser on Saturday, Feb. 9th inside the H.S Band Room from 10am-5pm. There will be 25 different styles available.

        GIHS Class of 1969 has added a website for their 50th Reunion. Check www.giclassof69.com for schedule of events.

       On Wednesday, Grand Island's Town Hall lost internet services due to the storm and its mobile auto bureau was unable to process any Department of Motor Vehicles transactions, Erie County Clerk Mickey Kearns said in a tweet.

       Mallwitz's Island Lanes - COUPON
       GI Auto Tech - COUPON

       The Grand Island Central School District Board of Education along with the Town of Grand Island Town Board held their annual Joint Session Meeting in the Professional Development Room of Grand Island High School on Monday January 28, 2019. 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.
  • Autism Support Group meets first Tuesday of each month at the Howard Hannah real estate office basement, 2139 Grand Island Blvd. from 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Contact person: Vienna Haak, 430-5118.

    Send your news to jodi@giecom.net.


    January 31, 2019

        Happy birthday today, January 31st to Ronald Duguay, Hailee Clayton, Conner Bolles, Anthony Mondi & Regina Truitt. Happy birthday on Friday, February 1st to Judith Pack, Mandy Malaney, Ryan Pecoraro, Clyde Hickok, & Sydney Mazur. and on Saturday, February 2nd to Lee Richard, Bob Hillock, Don Kaiser, Cheryl Wasson, Natalie Kopf, Dominic Pullano, Eileen Crane, Robert S. Fraser & Carol Maul. Happy birthday Sunday, February 3rd to Joan Savoy Dlugokinski, Ilene Dee & Ryan Timmerman, and on Monday, February 4th to Emma Hall, Christopher Drew, Juliette Caprio, Mark VonWryeza, Mary Lou Jerge, Dan Ryan Sophie Cane, Pete Marston, Maureen Lewis & Brenda Smith Urgo. Happy birthday Tuesday to Dolly D'Orazio, Jeri Benzing & Kip Staub and happy birthday on Wednesday to Linda Tufillaro, Olivia Wenner, Noelle Linenfelser & Cody Okelberry.

        From the Buffalo News - Grand Island will retire the No. 24 jersey worn by the late Julie Roth Neville in a special ceremony at about 6:15 p.m. Friday, February 1st, between the junior varsity and varsity basketball games against Charter School for Applied Technology (CASt) at the school. "Hoopin' for Julie" is being planned to honor Neville, a teacher, coach and athlete at Grand Island who died of breast cancer last October. She was the first female player in Grand Island history to score 1,000 career points. She was also a tennis standout and shortstop on the Vikings' softball team. Besides the dedication ceremony retiring No. 24, there will be a sale of t-shirts, rally towns, beads and cookies and raffles will be held. All proceed will go to the Neville Boys Education Fund to benefit Julie's four surviving sons. Event planners are expecting a standing-room-only crowd for the tribute.

       The 2019 Purple Ribbon Warrior 5K is scheduled for Sunday, April 14th. A planning meeting that was scheduled for tonight will now be held on Tuesday, February 5th at Mallwitz's Island Lanes, at 5:15 p.m. (New date, time and place)

       Congratulations to winners of the Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship. Winners were Blake DeLoreto (9-year-old boys) Will Meyers (10-year-old boys), Nate Meyers (12-year-old boys), Julia Eddy (13-year-old girls), Marissa Mrkall (12-year-old girls). Winners move on to the next round on February 9th at the Kenmore Knights of Columbus.

       The Grand Island Rotary Club will hold Undie Sunday, a collection drive for new undergarments for homeless men, women & children on February 3rd. Look for collection boxes at area churches.

        Colvin Cleaners has a unique promotion around this Sunday's Super Bowl game. Because no one wants the Patriots to win, they are offering free cleaning of Rams gear and charging double for cleaning Patriot's gear, with proceeds to benefit the Kelly for Kids Foundation. Take a look at their Facebook page ad here. The business provides pick-up and delivery to Grand Island.

       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.
  • Autism Support Group meets first Tuesday of each month at the Howard Hannah real estate office basement, 2139 Grand Island Blvd. from 6:30 p.m. - 8:30 p.m. Contact person: Vienna Haak, 430-5118.

    Send your news to jodi@giecom.net.


    January 24, 2019

        Happy birthday today, January 24th to Joyce Warning, Hunter Schmidt, Sarah Ramsperger, Benjamin DeFranks, Tyler Meyer & Warren Becher. Happy birthday on Friday, January 25th to Patricia Webb Scott, Anita Wasson, Al Ackerman, Jason MacClelland, Colton Wilkinson. Sam Giglia, Judy Polizzi & Carolyn Spacone and on Saturday, January 26th to John Dudley, Tommy Geblein, Wayne Baumler & Mary Caldwell. Happy birthday Sunday, January 27th to Sabrina Butcher, Brent Minet, Mary Stewart & Judi Wakefield, and on Monday, January 28th to Kelly Cunningham, Jason Vallina, Tom Burkman & Barbara Grabiec. Happy birthday Tuesday to Arlene Larry, Kevin Kelley, Eric Sharpe, Nicholas Penque & Bonnie Alabiso and happy birthday on Wednesday to David Clayton III & Rich Foks .

       There are two columns featured this week in Isledegrande. Check out Diane Garey's "Love Your Home" article about sprucing up your space in the new year. Also you can learn about the "Mechanics of Blood Pressure" in the Creating Better Health column, this week written by Sue Attea, from the MOG.

       Karli Burford has been named to the Edinboro University of PA Fall 2018 Dean's List

       The Niagara Footprint Festival takes place at Beaver Island State Park on Saturday, January 26th. You can begin by birdwatching at 9am and end your day having chilli at River Lea Historical Site. In between there are many activities for the whole family. Footprint Festival Flyer

       The proposed Grass Island restoration project is not popular with a large number of boaters who enjoy gathering there on summer weekends. There are efforts being made to stop the project. You can see the scope of work here. There is a Facebook page and also a petition you can sign, against the project.

       GIHS Class of 1979 is planning their 40th reunion for Friday evening, July 5th, at the Buffalo Launch Club. Facebook Page.

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

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  • 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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    January 17, 2019

        Happy birthday today, January 17th to Justin Sondel, Ron Sutton, Hank Kammerer, Nick Kingston, Marvin Mack & Barbara Creighton. Happy birthday on Friday, January 18th to Caitlin Schwinge, Gail Becher, Patricia Smith, Peter and Paul Minton, Robert Davis & Linda Piro and on Saturday, January 19th to Phyllis Lange, Mackenzie Hassan & Kristyn Brown. Happy birthday Sunday, January 20th to Fran Burrows, Kaylee Connell, Andrew Masiello, Josh Lange, Dustin Gushue, Brenda Hollfelder & Diane Haney, and on Monday, January 21st to Pat Caffery Roncone, Mary Cooke, John Gast & Dennis Lach. Happy birthday Tuesday to Kurt Lorence, Jean Bousquet, Joanne Browne, Nina Leskiw, Margie Rall Hunter, Karen Geng, Vinny Pascucci & Christian Bermel and happy birthday on Wednesday to Jonathan Minton, Allison Boron, Mark Leffler & Mary Jan Clark.

        Happy anniversary to Karen & Rom Figler celebrating 37 years of marriage on January 23rd.

       Congratulations to the Grand Island Vikings wrestling team on their upset of Niagara Falls, the #2 ranked team in Western New York, 35-34, at home on Wednesday, January 16th. Winning matches for GI were: Jack Randle (113), Brian Bielic (132), Caleb Messing (160), Adam Daghestani (170), Connor Kenney (182), Blake Bielic (220) and Jeremy Friedman (285).

        Lots of talk on social media regarding EZ-Pass issues. My husband was charged almost $400 for not having enough funds in his account and proceeded to get a $5 per trip fine. He didn't check the statement. Numerous others being charged a higher rate due to mistaken vehicle identity. Take the time to check your bill each month. Customer service took care of his issues, it just takes plenty of time on hold.

       Also on social media is West River coyote sightings. One of the deterrents mentioned was sprinkling wolf urine around the perimeter of your property. Someone else said, human urine would also work. Definitely keep your yard clean of your own animal's droppings.

        VFW Auxiliary Annual Soup Night is Saturday, January 19th from 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. All you can eat soup, salad and bread for $8.00. Take out soup is available after 6:00 p.m. for $7 per quart. Lots of soups to choose from. There will also be a lottery tree and 50/50. Everyone is welcome to attend.

        Grand Island Recreation Department Snow Sculpture contest takes place from the first snow fall through March 31st. Call or email the Rec. Department and tell them the location of the sculpture and contact information. Pictures will be posted online and at Town Hall with winners announced April 4th. Call 773-9680 or email recreation@grand-island.ny.us.

        The NYS Division of Budget on Tuesday released detailed calculations of what each school district would receive under Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo's budget proposal. Grand Island will receive $17,297,962, up 3.62%. School aid to districts is based on a number of factors, including enrollment and wealth, as well as reimbursement for certain programs.

        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 14, 2019. 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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  • Family Movie Night at Trinity UMC, 2100 Whitehaven Road. Won't You Be My Neighbor? is a documentary about the life and guiding philosophy of Fred Rogers, the host and creator of Mister Rogers Neighborhood. Saturday, January 19th from 6:00 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.
  • Save The Michaels Support Group - Addiction support group meets 2nd & 4th Wednesday, from 7:00 p.m. - 8:00 p.m. at the Grand Island High School Oasis Room. Webpage.

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    January 10, 2019

        Happy birthday today, January 10th to Patricia & Scott Shaw, Darlene Conners & Peter Fabiano. Happy birthday on Friday, January 11th to Debbie Stack, Joyce Neil, Susan Head, Art Ciechoski, Mary McClive, Mark Landroche & Jack Roesch and on Saturday, January 12th to Martha Muller, Barbara Fritchey, Lyle Dinsmore, Carol Gioia, Adam Kopf & Patricia Dunn. Happy birthday Sunday, January 13th to James Winter, Carol Kraemer, Greg Bell, Lynn Henschel & Paula Zucarelli, and on Monday, January 14th to Mary Jung, Carolina Luciani, Mike Rustowicz, Evan Carey & Judy Link. Happy birthday Tuesday to Anthony Masocco, Jennifer Farrell & John Harbison and happy birthday on Wednesday to Amber Malaney, Don Burrows, Sudha Sharma, Earl DeGlopper Jr., Carroll Becker, Sue Fleischauer, Joyce Hornbeck & Joy Mesmer.

       Congratulations to Linda & John Braddell celebrating 50 years of marriage on January 13th. Happy anniversary to Donna & Bill Williams celebrating 30 years of bliss on January 14th.

       Grand Island High School junior Abby Blair has committed to play Division I hockey at St. Anselm College in New Hampshire. Abby plays for the Kenmore/Grand Island hockey team and has seven goals and four assists this season. Last year, in 19 games, she had 10 goals and five assists.

       Snowshoe at Beaver Island State Park on Saturday, January 12th from 10:00 a.m. - noon. Cross-Country Skiing will take place at Buckhorn State Park on Sunday, January 13th from 9:00 a.m. - 11:00 a.m. Registration is required...call 549-1050.

       Two Team openings are available. Sign up now.
       The Footprint Festival is coming to Beaver Island State Park on Saturday, January 26th. There will be a co-ed snowpitch softball tournament starting at 12:00 p.m. Registration deadline is January 21, 2019 and the cost is $25 per team. Teams will play at least six innings in a round robin format (each team will field and bat an equal number of times). Points are scored for every run and every out in an inning. For more information call the Recreation office at 773-9680.

       Hate to go all PBS on you, but we can use your help. Make a donation to Isledegrande and we will send you a coupon for a free watch battery to be used at DeSignet Jewelry. Most batteries are $7-$10 and there is no "use by" date. Donation Page. Thank you!

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

    Upcoming Events - See Events Calendar For Details
  • 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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    January 3, 2019

        Happy birthday today, January 3rd to Terry Funk. Happy birthday on Friday, January 4th to Gail Berti, Lynn Vaine, Karen Woods & Michael Dowd and on Saturday, January 5th to Peggy Boettcher Fuller and her twin sister Kathy Boettcher Stisser, Sue Novits, Dennis McCloskey, Bob Zielinski, Jake Dixon, & Marissa Aceti. Happy birthday Sunday, January 6th to Michael Lockett, Melissa Clement Hill, Ron Webb, Kathy McNulty, Jacqueline Goris, & John Bidell Sr., and on Monday, January 7th to Craig Davis & Eric Reimann. Happy birthday Tuesday to Sharon Koehler, Sharon Minet, Nicholas Heftka, Alexandria Anderson, Michael Klipich, Betsy Tranter, Brooks Rime, Jean Siess & Sherilyn Gillard and happy birthday on Wednesday to Richard Brzyski, Rita Desemone, Sam Loquasto & Martha Marrinan.

       Grand Island Boy's Basketball played last night and beat Hutch-Tech in a close one, 51-50. Congratulations to Senior Cam Sionko, hitting the 1000 point mark, after four seasons at GIHS. Next home game is tomorrow, Friday, January 4th against Niagara Falls at 5:00 p.m. Varsity begins at 6:30 p.m.
    UPDATE: From The Buffalo News: Grand Island welcomed another player into its 1,000 point club. Senior Cam Sionko broke the mark by putting up 17 points in a 51-50 win over Hutch-Tech.Sionko only needed one point to reach 1,000. He’s projected to reach 1,200 in his career as a Viking, which would put him at second all-time behind Carlin Hartman (1,513). "He’s our captain, our leader," said Grand Island coach Ron Krysztof. "It’s a very exciting day for our team." Sionko hit two foul throws with 6.7 seconds left to win the game for the Vikings.

       Relay For Life of Grand Island is hosting a "First Lap Grand Island Relay For Life 2019" on Saturday, January 5th at Veterans Park from 9:00 a.m. - 10:00 a.m.

       The Town of Grand Island is hosting a Unyts "Holiday Heroes Blood Drive" on Wednesday, January 9th from 1:00 p.m. - 5:00 p.m. at the Grand Island Highway Department, 1820 Whitehaven Road. See flyer for complete 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
  • 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.