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This Week...Around Town - 2020         By Jodi Robinson

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Previous Around Town Pages



January 23, 2020

Happy birthday today to Jonathan Minton, Allison Boron, Mark Leffler & Mary Jan Clark. Happy birthday on Friday, January 24th to Louie Freitas Joyce Warning, Hunter Schmidt, Sarah Ramsperger, Benjamin DeFranks, Tyler Meyer & Warren Becher and on Saturday, January 25th to Patricia Webb Scott, Al Ackerman, Jason MacClelland, Colton Wilkinson. Sam Giglia, Judy Polizzi & Carolyn Spacone. On Sunday, January 26th to John Dudley, Tommy Geblein, Wayne Baumler & Mary Caldwell. Happy birthday on Monday, January 27th to Sabrina Butcher, Brent Minet, Mary Stewart, Judi Wakefield & Pat Shickluna Happy birthday on Tuesday, January 28th to Kelly Cunningham, Jason Vallina, Tom Burkman & Barbara Grabiec and on January 29th to Arlene Larry, Kevin Kelley, Eric Sharpe, Nicholas Penque & Bonnie Alabiso .

    Happy 38th wedding anniversary to Karen & Rom Figler today, January 23rd!

    Thanks to Nancy Gorrell & Alice Demmin for being the second & third readers to donate in 2020, we really appreciate your thoughtfullness.

   Grand Island High School presents the Broadway musical, Disney "Beauty and the Beast", at the GIHS Viking Theater on Thursday, January 30th at 7;00 p.m., Friday, January 31st at 7:00 p.m. and Saturday, February 1st at 6:00 p.m. Tickets are $10 online presale and $12 at the door. Flyer.




   The Viking Diner, 1849 Grand Island Blvd. is scheduled to open Saturday, February 1st. The menu can be seen on the Viking Diner Facebook page.

   The Golden Age Center is hosting "Dinner & a Craft" on Wednesday, January 29th. Dinner will be catered by a local restaurant; menu to be posted. Craft to be announced. Participation is LIMITED in this program, so be sure to sign up and pay early, as payment holds your spot in the program.Cost: $20, payable by cash or check made payable to the Golden Age Cente

   The American Legion, Grand Island Post #1346 general meeting is Wednesday, January 29th at 7:00 p.m. at the Loyal Order of The Moose Lodge, 2524 Grand Island Blvd. All members are requested and urged to attend, you are an important part of the American Legion.

   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 is a self help support group for adults 18 and over who are dealing with anger issues, anxiety, panic attacks, depression, bipolar disorder, PTSD and fears of all kinds. The group meets on Tuesdays from 7-9 PM at Trinity United Methodist Church, 2100 Whitehaven Road in the newer church at the rear of the parking lot. Enter the front door, go to the right through the double doors and go to the room with the Recovery sign. Come to learn about various coping skills that can be used in everyday situations to deal with these problems. For more information call Connie at 773-7419 or Judy at 773-1367.

    Send your news to jodi@giecom.net.


    January 16, 2020

    Happy birthday today to Darlene Hewitt, Amber Malaney, Don Burrows, Joyce Hornbeck, Sudha Sharma, Earl DeGlopper Jr., Carroll Becker, Sue Fleischauer & Joy Mesmer. Happy birthday on Friday, January 17th to Justin Sondel, Ron Sutton, Hank Kammerer, Nick Kingston, Marvin Mack & Barbara Creighton and on Saturday, January 18th to Caitlin Schwinge, Gail Becher, Patricia Smith, Peter and Paul Minton, Robert Davis & Linda Piro and on Sunday, January 19th to Susan Razmus, Mackenzie Hassan & Kristyn Brown. Happy birthday on Monday, January 20th to Fran Burrows, Kaylee Connell, Andrew Masiello, Josh Lange, Dustin Gushue, Brenda Hollfelder & Diane Haney Happy birthday on Tuesday, January 21st to Pat Caffery Roncone, Mary Cooke, Ron Pavis, John Gast & Dennis Lachk and on January 22nd to Kurt Lorence, Jean Bousquet, Joanne Browne, Nina Leskiw, Margie Rall Hunter, Karen Geng, Vinny Pascucci & Christian Bermel.

        Thanks to Sandy Nelson for being the first reader to donate in 2020, we really appreciate your thoughtfullness.

       GIHS Senior Lydia Sweeney broke the 1,000 career point mark in a win over North Tonawanda on Friday, January 10th. She had 34 points in the 63-29 win. The next home game will be against Lockport on Tuesday, January 28th at 6:30 p.m. Lydia is planning on attending Cedarville University in the fall.

       The New York State Sportswriters Association has named their all-state selections for football. GIHS defensive back Ben Moskala was named to the fourth-team and kicker Sean Rustowicz was given honorable mention.


        A gentleman from Southtowns Trophy & Engraving came up with these hilarious magnets. They are made of wood, 4"x3.5", are $13 each, and available at deSignet Jewelry, 1869 Whitehaven Road. You can call Kim at 773-6256 to reserve yours or stop in 9-5, Monday - Friday. Saturday - 9-2.

        The VFW Auxiliary Annual Soup Night is on Saturday, January 18th from 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. There will be more than 20 soups to choose from. Tickets are $8.00 and include all you can eat soup, salad and bread. Dessert will be available to purchase. Take-out soup will be available after 6:00 p.m. for $7.00 per quart. Flyer.

        Knights of Columbus Free Throw Championship is on Saturday, January 18, 2020. Registration, as well as free throw practice, begins at 12:30 p.m. and closes at 1:30 p.m. Competition begins promptly at 1:30 p.m. It wil be held in the St. Stephen Gym.

       Save the Michaels is offering a monthly support group for any individuals with a loved one in active addiction or early recovery. The meetings will be the 4th Wednesday evening of every month at 6:30pm at the Golden Age Center, January 22nd.

       The Golden Age Center is hosting a potluck and games night on Wednesday, January 22nd from 5:00 p.m. - 7:30 p.m. They would like participants to register with the GAC office and note what dish you would like to share.

       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 13, 2020. 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 is a self help support group for adults 18 and over who are dealing with anger issues, anxiety, panic attacks, depression, bipolar disorder, PTSD and fears of all kinds. The group meets on Tuesdays from 7-9 PM at Trinity United Methodist Church, 2100 Whitehaven Road in the newer church at the rear of the parking lot. Enter the front door, go to the right through the double doors and go to the room with the Recovery sign. Come to learn about various coping skills that can be used in everyday situations to deal with these problems. For more information call Connie at 773-7419 or Judy at 773-1367.

    Send your news to jodi@giecom.net.


    January 9, 2020

    Happy birthday January 9th Dale Morgan, Richard Brzyski, Rita Desemone, Sam Loquasto & Martha Marrinan. Happy birthday on Friday, January 10th to Patricia & Scott Shaw & Darlene Conners and on Saturday, January 11th to Debbie Stack, Joyce Neil, Susan Head, Art Ciechoski, Mary McClive, Mark Landroche & Jack Roesch and on Sunday, January 12th to Martha Muller, Barbara Fritchey, Lyle Dinsmore, Carol Gioia & Adam Kopf. Happy birthday on Monday, January 13th to James Winter, Carol Kraemer, Greg Bell, Lynn Henschel & Paula Zucarelli Happy birthday on Tuesday, January 14th to Mary Jung, Carolina Luciani, Mike Rustowicz, Evan Carey & Judy Link and on January 15th to Anthony Masocco, Jennifer Farrell & John Harbison.

       Happy wedding anniversary to Linda & John Braddell on January 13th!

        The Family Justice Center of Erie County (FJC) will host a Community Meeting on Thursday, January 9th to discuss plans for a new, permanent location on Grand Island. This meeting will include an introduction to the FJC, information about the new Grand Island Location, and opportunities to get involved. Doors open at 6:30 p.m, with a presentation at 7:00 pm, at Trinity Church, 2100 Whitehaven Road in the newer church at the rear of the parking lot. All are welcome!

        The GI Alumni Association and Aceti's Wine & Spirits announce the 13th Annual Comedy Night will be on Saturday, February 29th at Ellden's at River Oaks. Tickets will be available shortly. SAVE THE DATE!!!
       In the past 15 years the GI Alumni Association has awarded 38 scholarships to seniors, donated $4000 for cushion wrapping of 100 yards of fence at Gene Master’s Field, donated $4,800 to Gene Masters Scholarship fund, gave $500 to the Sidway School Playground fund, $1,000 to the GIHS Life Skills summer program and donated to the Senior Celebration, held after senior prom each year.

       Another SAVE THE DATE: Grand Island High School presents the Broadway musical, Disney "Beauty and the Beast", at the GIHS Viking Theater on Thursday, January 30th at 7;00 p.m., Friday, January 31st at 7:00 p.m. and Saturday, February 1st at 6:00 p.m. Flyer.

       The Viking Diner, 1849 Grand Island Blvd. and Aceti's Wine & Spirits are both looking for employees.

       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 is a self help support group for adults 18 and over who are dealing with anger issues, anxiety, panic attacks, depression, bipolar disorder, PTSD and fears of all kinds. The group meets on Tuesdays from 7-9 PM at Trinity United Methodist Church, 2100 Whitehaven Road in the newer church at the rear of the parking lot. Enter the front door, go to the right through the double doors and go to the room with the Recovery sign. Come to learn about various coping skills that can be used in everyday situations to deal with these problems. For more information call Connie at 773-7419 or Judy at 773-1367.

    Send your news to jodi@giecom.net.


    January 2, 2020

    Happy birthday today to Carol Gioia & Raymond Whitbeck. Happy birthday on Friday, January 3rd to Terry Funk and on Saturday, January 4th to Gail Berti, Lynn Vaine, Karen Woods & Michael Dowd and on Sunday, 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 on Monday, January 6th to Michael Lockett, Melissa Clement Hill, Ron Webb, Dale Morgan, Kathy McNulty, Sandy Less, Florence Prawel, Jacqueline Goris & John Bidell Sr. Happy birthday on Tuesday, January 7th to Craig Davis & Eric Reimann and on January 8th to Sharon Koehler, Sharon Minet, Nicholas Heftka, Alexandria Anderson, Michael Klipich, Betsy Tranter Jean Siess & Sherilyn Gillard.

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

       Congratulations to Ella Rudney a GIHS freshman, named to the All-WNY girls soccer team. She was the only freshman to make the team and had 15 goals and 14 assists for the Class A co-champions. She scored in overtime in the A-2 championship game. Named third-team all-state in Class A.

       A retirement party for The Honorable Sybil E. Kennedy and Chief Court Clerk Maria C. Burns will be held on Friday, January 17, 2020. You are invited! See flyer for details. RSVP by Saturday, January 4th.

       The Viking Diner, 1849 Grand Island Blvd. will be accepting applications for front of the house serving positions beginning Monday, January 6th, from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. Looking for 6:30 a.m.servers, 11 a.m. servers and 3 p.m. servers. ***Must be available on weekends no later than 8 a.m. start and work through closing at 2 p.m.

       Save the Michaels will be hosting a presentation to educate the Grand Island community about their organization and services on Tuesday, January 7th at 6:30pm in the Viking Theatre. There will also be an opportunity to hear stories from people in recovery.

        The Family Justice Center of Erie County (FJC) will host a Community Meeting to discuss plans for a new, permanent location on Grand Island. This meeting will include an introduction to the FJC, information about the new Grand Island Location, and opportunities to get involved. It will take place on Thursday, January 9th, doors open at 6:30 p.m, with a presentation at 7:00 pm, at Trinity Church, 2100 Whitehaven Road in the newer church at the rear of the parking lot. All are welcome!

       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 is a self help support group for adults 18 and over who are dealing with anger issues, anxiety, panic attacks, depression, bipolar disorder, PTSD and fears of all kinds. The group meets on Tuesdays from 7-9 PM at Trinity United Methodist Church, 2100 Whitehaven Road in the newer church at the rear of the parking lot. Enter the front door, go to the right through the double doors and go to the room with the Recovery sign. Come to learn about various coping skills that can be used in everyday situations to deal with these problems. For more information call Connie at 773-7419 or Judy at 773-1367.
  • Come and meet other families that are affected by Autism and other special needs. Meets the 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.