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This Week...Around Town - 2021         By Jodi Robinson

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Previous Around Town Pages



April 22, 2021

   Happy birthday today to Genna Baldassarre, Laurie Steckelberg, Yvonne Turri & Joseph Synakowski. On Friday, say happy birthday to Sam Aceti, Sydney Neuhaus, Kathy Lechner, Linda Kutzbach, Erica Forbes & Nathan Miles and on Saturday, April 24th, happy day to Brad Robinson, Mary O'Brien & Randolph Johnson. Happy birthday Sunday, April 25th to Florence Lindelow. Happy birthday on Monday to Mark Miles, and on Tuesday, April 27th to Dr. Bob Miller, Bethany Leiner, Brandon Kinney, Henry Mayer & Tom Natale. On Wednesday, April 28th, happy birthday to April Wright, Elijah Linenfelser, Jaimen Wright, Pat Ehringer, Janet Austin, Kim Glessner & Jim Teator .

    The 2021 bowling honor roll was named and Joshua McMahon made first team in the Niagara Frontier League.

   The Purple Ribbon Warrior 5k is scheduled for Sunday, May 23, 2021 at 10:00 a.m. at Beaver Island State Park. Race limited to 200 and registration ends May 20th. Registration Page.

   Celebrate Arbor DayEarth Day on Saturday, April 24th by picking up free tree seedlings at Veterans Park from 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Trees will be given away in bundles of three (12 – 16” high) including one White Oak and two Blue Spruces. Handouts are available with planting instructions, some information on the tree species, and activities that can be done at home for Arbor Day/Earth Day. Proceed to parking lot 7 at north end of park where there is a picnic shelter. Volunteers, wearing masks, will bring a bundle directly to your car. This is first come, first served until trees are gone.

   Trinity Church at 2100 Whitehaven Rd, Grand Island, will is hosting a drive-thru food give-a-way. Next event on Sunday April 25th, from 11am-12pm. At the white building. First come, quantities limited. Social distancing protocols in place. Walking up permitted. Questions? 773-3322 or gitrinitymissions@gmail.com.

   Upcoming Fundraisers: Grand Island Lions Club Annual Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser will take place on Monday, April 26th as a drive-through, take-out at Knights of Columbus, Whitehaven Road. See flyer for details. VFW Post 9249 is hosting Chiavetta's Chicken BBQ on Wednesday, April 28th. It will be from 4:00 p.m. until sold out and is take-out only. See flyer. Infinity Twirlers are hosting a Chiavetta's Drive-Thru Chicken BBQ on Friday, April 30th from 3:00 - 7:00 p.m. It well be located at Step-In-Time Dance Studio, Historic Trinity Church, 2100 Whitehaven Road. $12.00, cash only.

    Recovery International is a support group for anyone 18 years of age and older who need help with anxiety, panic attacks, depression, bipolar disorder, anger management, PTSD, and fears of all kinds. Recovery meets every Tuesday from 7 PM- 9 PM at Trinity United Methodist Church.

   If you have any good news, stories, photos, etc and would like to share with your neighbors....do not hesitate. I would love to post positive moments, it just might make the difference in someone's day! Email jodi@giecom.net.

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

Send your news to jodi@giecom.net.


April 15, 2021

   Happy birthday today to Jim Panepinto, Curt Nestark & Trish Birtz. On Friday, say happy birthday to Peter Stein, Marie Casey & Helen Harrison and on Saturday, April 17th, happy day to Jon Albertson & Rob Kopf. Happy birthday Sunday, April 18th to Mark Hassan, Norma Horton & Nunzio Spacone. Happy birthday on Monday to Lela Mancuso & Paul Brush and on Tuesday, April 20th to JoAnn Podlucky, Tina Marie Miller & Bernadette Brown. On Wednesday, April 21st, happy birthday to Kim Domagala, Cindy Bleich, Rich Ray & Heidi Travagline .

   The old Clown House, Helf's, McMahon's and Viking Diner will now be serving Mexican fare.

   Tomorrow is the last day to order your flowers.... Grand Island High School PTSA Flower Sale is only accepting presale orders. All orders and payments are due by Friday, April 16. Order forms are available HERE Customers can return the form, along with a check payable to GIHS PTSA, to Jennifer Walowitz at 70 Island Park Circle. Orders can also be placed online using a credit card at www.gihs.memberhub.store.

   The Grand Island Historical Society's museum River Lea, in Beaver Island State Park, will be hosting an open house on Sunday, April 18th, from 1:00 p.m. - 4:00 p.m. The downstairs rooms have been painted and new displays have been created in the living & dining rooms and the kitchen.

   Celebrate Arbor DayEarth Day on Saturday, April 24th by picking up free tree seedlings at Veterans Park from 11:00 a.m. - 12:30 p.m. Trees will be given away in bundles of three (12 – 16” high) including one White Oak and two Blue Spruces. Handouts are available with planting instructions, some information on the tree species, and activities that can be done at home for Arbor Day/Earth Day. Proceed to parking lot 7 at north end of park where there is a picnic shelter. Volunteers, wearing masks, will bring a bundle directly to your car. This is first come, first served until trees are gone.

   Upcoming Fundraisers: Grand Island Lions Club Annual Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser will take place on Monday, April 26th as a drive-through, take-out at Knights of Columbus, Whitehaven Road. See flyer for details. Infinity Twirlers are hosting a Chiavetta's Drive-Thru Chicken BBQ on Friday, April 30th from 3:00 - 7:00 p.m. It well be located at Step-In-Time Dance Studio, Historic Trinity Church, 2100 Whitehaven Road. $12.00, cash only.

    Recovery International is a support group for anyone 18 years of age and older who need help with anxiety, panic attacks, depression, bipolar disorder, anger management, PTSD, and fears of all kinds. Recovery meets every Tuesday from 7 PM- 9 PM at Trinity United Methodist Church.

   If you have any good news, stories, photos, etc and would like to share with your neighbors....do not hesitate. I would love to post positive moments, it just might make the difference in someone's day! Email jodi@giecom.net.

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

Send your news to jodi@giecom.net.


April 8, 2021

   Happy birthday today to Tom Crooks, Lucy Delavalle, James Caprio & Daniel Lynch. On Friday, say happy birthday to Wayne Kinney, Rhett Robinson, Becca Zimmerman, Carolyn Marble, Gerald Kutis & Bob Ernst and on Saturday, April 10th, happy day to Sue Kaiser & Bonnie Ingalls. Happy birthday Sunday, April 11th to Roman Jurga, Arlene Edhe, Serena Anzalaco Troyan & Dave Henderson. Happy birthday on Monday to Kathy Elias, Mary McDonnell & Ted Pawlowski and on Tuesday, April 13th to . Peter Santa Lucia, Jude Casey Kuehne & Nicole Butcher. On Wednesday, April 14th, happy birthday to Dan Robinson Nicholas Aronica, & John Leszczak .

   A story on WGRZ Daybreak featured 12 year old Karina "Nina" Conta on April 5th. It tells how the young girl turned a hobby for baking, during the pandemic, into a job;. See story HERE.

   Grand Island Varsity Football will be playing on Saturday, April 10th at 6:00 p.m. vs. Jamestown at home.

    Grand Island High School PTSA Flower Sale is only accepting presale orders. All orders and payments are due by Friday, April 16. Order forms are available HERE Customers can return the form, along with a check payable to GIHS PTSA, to Jennifer Walowitz at 70 Island Park Circle. Orders can also be placed online using a credit card at www.gihs.memberhub.store.

   Bogey's at Beaver Island opens on Saturday, April 10th at 9am - 4pm. The golf course opens at 8am, go to montanainternational.us to make tee times. The V'Randa re-opens Thursday, April 15th at 4pm. They have curtains on three sides for your comfort.

    Recovery International is a support group for anyone 18 years of age and older who need help with anxiety, panic attacks, depression, bipolar disorder, anger management, PTSD, and fears of all kinds. Recovery meets every Tuesday from 7 PM- 9 PM at Trinity United Methodist Church.

   If you have any good news, stories, photos, etc and would like to share with your neighbors....do not hesitate. I would love to post positive moments, it just might make the difference in someone's day! Email jodi@giecom.net.

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

Send your news to jodi@giecom.net.


April 1, 2021

   Happy birthday today to Jeremy Figler. On Friday, say happy birthday to Joel Moyer, Sharon Stevens-Downing & Susan Ventry and on Saturday, April 3rd, happy day to Joel Moyer, Sharon Stevens-Downing & Susan Ventry. Happy birthday Sunday, April 4th to Natalie Baldassare, Zoe Dodd, Mike Geblein & Adele Cole. Happy birthday on Monday to Daniel Tagiareni and on Tuesday, April 6th to Sherri Garner. On Wednesday, April 7th, happy birthday to Barb Wilson .

   Town Hall will close at noon on Friday, April 2nd in observance of Good Friday.

   GIHS Varsity Hockey Coach Don Pray announced his retirement this week. He has been head coach since 2010 and led his team to the first sectional championship in 2019. He will continue as a teacher at GIHS and as boys and girls tennis coach.

    GIHS Choir Concert was live streamed Wednesday, March 31st. You can see it HERE.

    Upcoming Dining Fundraiser:
   The Auxiliary of VFW Post 9249, 2121 Grand Island Blvd., is having a Lenten Fish Dinner on Friday, April 2nd from 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m., eat in or take-out. Includes fish, french fries, cole slaw, bread & butter for $12.00 per person. Chicken finger basket also available. 50/50 and raffles.
    St. Stephen Friday Fish Fry Dinners will be served from the school cafeteria at St. Stephen School, 2080 Baseline Road, Grand Island, NY, 14072. Take-Out Dinners ONLY, will be served from 4 – 7pm. Take-Out orders will be taken by phone at 773-4347 from 3:30 to 7pm on Fridays.

   The Town of Grand Island Recreation Department is hosting their annual Easter Egg Hunt on Friday, April 2nd from 10:00 a.m. and 12:00 p.m.; it will take approximately 30 minutes to walk the entire trail. Children ages 3-10 are invited to attend. See flyer for complete details. Trail Map

    A Drive Thru Easter Celebration will take place at the DeGlopper Memorial Park on Saturday, April 3rd from 11:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. See flyer..

    Recovery International is a support group for anyone 18 years of age and older who need help with anxiety, panic attacks, depression, bipolar disorder, anger management, PTSD, and fears of all kinds. Recovery meets every Tuesday from 7 PM- 9 PM at Trinity United Methodist Church.

   If you have any good news, stories, photos, etc and would like to share with your neighbors....do not hesitate. I would love to post positive moments, it just might make the difference in someone's day! Email jodi@giecom.net.

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

Send your news to jodi@giecom.net.


March 25, 2021

   Happy birthday today to Jim Ehde, Jack Mahnk, Amy Blundell, Sue Ann Mackenna & Rick Ryder . On Friday, say happy birthday to Kendall Duscher, Betty Marinell & Angelo LaDuca. and on Saturday, March 27th, happy day to Brooklyn Landroche, Clive Roughsedge & Frances Tracey. Happy birthday Sunday, March 28thtoSherry Miller, Annalea Masiello, Liza Bowman,Olivia Williams, Barb Wienke, Kenna MacNeil, Jacob Stewart, Valerie Robinson & Jonathan Leiner. Happy birthday on Monday to Margie Southwood Tracey Shickluna, Chloe Fitzsimmons & Michele LaBarre and on Tuesday, March 30th to Sharon Wright & Jonathan Leiner. On Wednesday, March 31st, happy birthday to Barry Smith (60!), Tom Shanor & Anna Kapus.

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

    Thank you from the Hayes family for all the support from the Grand Island community after the recent passing of our mom Nancy. We really appreciate your kindness and generosity.

Upcoming Dining Fundraiser:
   The Auxiliary of VFW Post 9249, 2121 Grand Island Blvd., is having a Lenten Fish Dinner on Friday, March 26th from 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m., eat in or take-out. Includes fish, french fries, cole slaw, bread & butter for $12.00 per person. Chicken finger basket also available. 50/50 and raffles.
    St. Stephen Friday Fish Fry Dinners will be served from the school cafeteria at St. Stephen School, 2080 Baseline Road, Grand Island, NY, 14072. Take-Out Dinners ONLY, will be served from 4 – 7pm. Take-Out orders will be taken by phone at 773-4347 from 3:30 to 7pm on Fridays.

    On the LAST Sunday of the month, Trinity Church at 2100 Whitehaven Rd, Grand Island, will continue hosting a drive-thru food give-a-way. Next event on Sunday, March 28th, from 11am-12pm. Feel free to come to church service at 10am in our parking lot! First come, quantities limited. Social distancing protocols in place. Walking up permitted. Questions? 773-3322 or gitrinitymissions@gmail.com.

    The Grand Island Central School District held their General Session Board of Education Meeting and Work Session in the Professional Development Room of Grand Island High School, and at various remote sites on Monday March 22, 2021. See video.

    Recovery International is a support group for anyone 18 years of age and older who need help with anxiety, panic attacks, depression, bipolar disorder, anger management, PTSD, and fears of all kinds. Recovery meets every Tuesday from 7 PM- 9 PM at Trinity United Methodist Church.

   If you have any good news, stories, photos, etc and would like to share with your neighbors....do not hesitate. I would love to post positive moments, it just might make the difference in someone's day! Email jodi@giecom.net.

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

Send your news to jodi@giecom.net.


March 18, 2021

   Happy birthday today to Adam Missert, Nicholas Tim, Audrey Mason & Eddie Krecisz. On Friday, say happy birthday to Carol Sharpe, Lester Lee, Joseph Roberts & Richard McDonald. and on Saturday, March 20th, happy day to Marty Bidell, Mary O'Dea Beyer & David Ames. Happy birthday Sunday, March 21st toPaul Roeder, Ruth Ryan, Daniel Parker, Dolores Laska & Dorothy Martinelli. Happy birthday on Monday to Wendy Stratton-Gross, Peter Baker & Bev Kinney and on Tuesday, March 23rd to Pattie Beauchamp, Jim Olmstead, Pat Harding & Ryan Kernin. On Wednesday, March 24th, happy birthday to Jillian Sheehan & Robin Swedish.

    Assemblyman Angelo Morinello (R,C,I,Ref-Niagara Falls) and the Red Cross will be hosting a Community Blood Drive Tuesday, March 23, 2021 from 1:00 p.m.-6:00 p.m. at the Knights of Columbus, Grand Island. The community event will honor the lives lost and the one-year anniversary of the pandemic. LINK TO REGISTRATION: https://www.redcrossblood.org/give.html/donation-time

    No. 1 seed Grand Island Boys Hockey will vie for Section VI Federation small school (in their bracket) against West Seneca East at 2:30 p.m. on Saturday. GIHS Girls Hockey No. 7 seed Kenmore/Grand Island will face Clarence/Amherst/Sweet Home today.

   Grand Island Ties to March Madness: Alabama Crimson Tide coach Nate Oats was a resident of Grand Island during part of his time at UB 2013 - 2019. Samantha Bailey played for Grand Island and now plays for Marist as a forward. Her team won the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference women's tournament championship, and is a 15 seed in the women’s tournament. Marist faces No. 2 Louisville at 8 p.m. Monday in San Antonio. Oklahoma: Sooners assistant Carlin Hartman is a 1990 Grand Island graduate, who played in the NCAA Tournament in 1992 and 1993 for Tulane. Hartman has helped the Sooners qualify for their third men’s tournament since 2018; No. 8 Oklahoma opens against No. 9 Missouri at 7:25 p.m. Saturday at Lucas Oil Stadium in Indianapolis.

   The Covid-19 relief package will benefit Grand Island Central School District to the tune of $2.55 million.

Upcoming Dining Fundraiser:
   The Auxiliary of VFW Post 9249, 2121 Grand Island Blvd., is having a Lenten Fish Dinner on Friday, March 26th from 5:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m., eat in or take-out. Includes fish, french fries, cole slaw, bread & butter for $12.00 per person. Chicken finger basket also available. 50/50 and raffles.

    Adrian's Custard & Beef, 2352 Grand Island Blvd., Grand Island. Opened March 16.

    American Legion is doing their hanging basket sale on Friday/Saturday, May 7 and 8, currently scheduled for DeGlopper Park where they held it last year, due to more room, access to water, and easier to get in and out.

    The DeGlopper Memorial Expansion Committee is seeking help from the community to obtain contact information leading to family or friends of the following Grand Island Veterans Killed in Action since World War I: Edward P. Pierce, WWI; Francis K. Goodchild, WWII; Howard W. Salton, WWII; Charles A. Smith, WWII; George E. Smith, WWII; Albert J. Keppler, Korea; George H. Kinney, Korea; Joseph A. L'Huillier, Vietnam. Information.

    Recovery International is a support group for anyone 18 years of age and older who need help with anxiety, panic attacks, depression, bipolar disorder, anger management, PTSD, and fears of all kinds. Recovery meets every Tuesday from 7 PM- 9 PM at Trinity United Methodist Church.

   If you have any good news, stories, photos, etc and would like to share with your neighbors....do not hesitate. I would love to post positive moments, it just might make the difference in someone's day! Email jodi@giecom.net.

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

Send your news to jodi@giecom.net.


March 11, 2021 - Vacation

March 4, 2021

   Happy birthday today to Jeff Denler, John Simon, Anne Rollins & Joyce Cowan. On Friday, say happy birthday to Kevin Smith, Mary Trinci & Sally Hoffman. and on Saturday, March 6th, happy day to Hayden Backlund, Eilene Gebrian, Charles Tobe & Pat Bassler. Happy birthday Sunday, March 7th toLinda Leuchner, Glen Shepherd, Leda Barton, Lola Brindisi, Carol O’Connor & Bill Ortiz. Happy birthday on Monday to Rosemary Loth Fischer & Diane Grant and on Tuesday, March 9th to Grace Wenner & Elaine Hardman. On Wednesday, March 10th, happy birthday to Nancy Seifert Dinan, Christie Lewis Hy & Dorothy Hahn.

    Last weekend for Rotary Club Undie Sunday clothing drive. See story for details.

    The Veronica Connor Middle School DECA Chapter will hold a pet food drive on Saturday, March 13th at Island Pets and Feed, 2099 Grand Island Blvd., from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Please contact cherylchamberlain@gicsd.org to arrange drop off of pet food/toy products. See flyer.

Upcoming Dining Fundraisers:
    St. Stephen Friday Fish Fry Dinners are back for the Lenten season, take-out only. See details here.
   Mary Star of the Sea Council 4752 is selling St. Patrick's Day Dinners on Wednesday, March 17th from 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. at 1841 Whitehaven Road. Dinners are $17.00, see flyer.
   Grand Island Lions Club Annual Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser will take place on Monday, April 26th as a drive-through, take-out at The Viking Diner, 1849 Grand Island Blvd. See flyer for details.


   Please consider sending in good news, photos and organization news to Isledegrande!

    GIHS Class of 1966 Reunion News: UPDATE: Due to Covid the reunion scheduled for June 26, 2021 has been postponed indefinitely.

    The DeGlopper Memorial Expansion Committee is seeking help from the community to obtain contact information leading to family or friends of the following Grand Island Veterans Killed in Action since World War I: Edward P. Pierce, WWI; Francis K. Goodchild, WWII; Howard W. Salton, WWII; Charles A. Smith, WWII; George E. Smith, WWII; Albert J. Keppler, Korea; George H. Kinney, Korea; Joseph A. L'Huillier, Vietnam. Information.

    Recovery International is a support group for anyone 18 years of age and older who need help with anxiety, panic attacks, depression, bipolar disorder, anger management, PTSD, and fears of all kinds. Recovery meets every Tuesday from 7 PM- 9 PM at Trinity United Methodist Church.

   If you have any good news, stories, photos, etc and would like to share with your neighbors....do not hesitate. I would love to post positive moments, it just might make the difference in someone's day! Email jodi@giecom.net.

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

Send your news to jodi@giecom.net.


February 25, 2021

   Happy birthday today to Dennis Donovan, Scott Tetreault, Kevin Brock & Mary Williams. On Friday, say happy birthday to David Rogers, Debbie Kennedy-Rogoza, Jay Hollinger, William Madigan & Lynn Dingey. and on Saturday, February 27th, happy day to Gabrielle Robinson, Kevin Koch Jr. & Mike Cali. Happy birthday Sunday, February 28th toMary Ann Love, Barry Conway, David Steggs, Patrick McMahon & Ron Bastian. Happy birthday on Monday to Jane Cooke, Jean Smith, Linda Hermann, Michael William Rayhill, Karie Stedman, Ashley Gorman, Sarah Dollendorf, Gail Click & Bridget McMahon and on Tuesday, March 2nd to Jamie Akers Smith. On Wednesday, March 3rd, happy birthday to Jeff Denler, John Simon & Anne Rollins.

    Cornerstone Church, 1290 Whitehaven Road is hosting a High School Senior Ice Skating Night on Friday, February 26 from 7:00 p.m. - 10:00 p.m. See flyer.

   On the LAST Sunday of the month, Trinity Church at 2100 Whitehaven Rd, Grand Island, will continue hosting a drive-thru food give-a-way. Next event on Sunday, Feb. 28, from 11am-12pm. Feel free to come to church service at 10am in our parking lot! First come, quantities limited. Social distancing protocols in place. Walking up permitted. Questions? 773-3322 or gitrinitymissions@gmail.com.     The Veronica Connor Middle School DECA Chapter will hold a pet food drive on Saturday, March 13th at Island Pets and Feed, 2099 Grand Island Blvd., from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. Please contact cherylchamberlain@gicsd.org to arrange drop off of pet food/toy products. See flyer.

Upcoming Dining Fundraisers:
    St. Stephen Friday Fish Fry Dinners are back for the Lenten season, take-out only. See details here.
   Mary Star of the Sea Council 4752 is selling St. Patrick's Day Dinners on Wednesday, March 17th from 4:00 p.m. - 7:00 p.m. at 1841 Whitehaven Road. Dinners are $17.00, see flyer.
   Grand Island Lions Club Annual Spaghetti Dinner Fundraiser will take place on Monday, April 26th as a drive-through, take-out at The Viking Diner, 1849 Grand Island Blvd. See flyer for details.


    The DeGlopper Memorial Expansion Committee is seeking help from the community to obtain contact information leading to family or friends of the following Grand Island Veterans Killed in Action since World War I: Edward P. Pierce, WWI; Francis K. Goodchild, WWII; Howard W. Salton, WWII; Charles A. Smith, WWII; George E. Smith, WWII; Albert J. Keppler, Korea; George H. Kinney, Korea; Joseph A. L'Huillier, Vietnam. Information.

    Encourage your young family & friends to enter the VFW Auxiliary National Anthem Singing Contest. It is open to ages six - sixteen. Information.

   Rotary Club Undie Sunday returns for the 21st Year! Bring New Underwear, Socks packages to Hampers that will be all over Grand Island! Help Community Mission of Niagara Falls and St. Luke's Mission of Mercy Buffalo help the homeless and those abused of Western NY! Take the items to one of the host locations listed here. Undie Sunday runs from February 22 - March 7.

    The Grand Island Central School District held their General Session Board of Education Meeting and Work Session in the Professional Development Room of Grand Island High School, and at various remote sites on Monday February 22, 2021. See video.

    Recovery International is a support group for anyone 18 years of age and older who need help with anxiety, panic attacks, depression, bipolar disorder, anger management, PTSD, and fears of all kinds. Recovery meets every Tuesday from 7 PM- 9 PM at Trinity United Methodist Church.

   If you have any good news, stories, photos, etc and would like to share with your neighbors....do not hesitate. I would love to post positive moments, it just might make the difference in someone's day! Email jodi@giecom.net.

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

Send your news to jodi@giecom.net.


February 18, 2021

   Happy birthday today to Michelle Gast, Patrick Stouter, Chris Ciszek, Dave Fields & Barbara Wudyka. On Saturday, February 20h, happy day to Bryan Smith, Melanie Stein, Carol Alt, Daniel Tattenbaum, Marilyn Kinney, Jennifer Watkins, Katie Brady, MaryJo Gill & Dick Bessel. Happy birthday Sunday, February 21st toEugene Corey & Sal Gullo. Happy birthday on Monday to Marilyn Wilkie Watt, Marilyn Kinney, Jim Zilliox & Ralph Quarantillo and on Tuesday, February 23rd to Sherry DeBruyn, Jo Klock, Paula Nakayama, Sophia Black, Linda Gerristad & Supervisor John Whitney. On Wednesday, February 24th, happy birthday to Brian Robinson & Jan Yardley.

    St. Stephen Friday Fish Fry Dinners are back for the Lenten season, take-out only. See details here.

    The DeGlopper Memorial Expansion Committee is seeking help from the community to obtain contact information leading to family or friends of the following Grand Island Veterans Killed in Action since World War I: Edward P. Pierce, WWI; Francis K. Goodchild, WWII; Howard W. Salton, WWII; Charles A. Smith, WWII; George E. Smith, WWII; Albert J. Keppler, Korea; George H. Kinney, Korea; Joseph A. L'Huillier, Vietnam. Information.

    Encourage your young family & friends to enter the VFW Auxiliary National Anthem Singing Contest. It is open to ages six - sixteen. Information.

   Rotary Club Undie Sunday returns for the 21st Year! Bring New Underwear, Socks packages to Hampers that will be all over Grand Island! Help Community Mission of Niagara Falls and St. Luke's Mission of Mercy Buffalo help the homeless and those abused of Western NY! Take the items to one of the host locations listed here. Undie Sunday runs from February 22 - March 7.


    Recovery International is a support group for anyone 18 years of age and older who need help with anxiety, panic attacks, depression, bipolar disorder, anger management, PTSD, and fears of all kinds. Recovery meets every Tuesday from 7 PM- 9 PM at Trinity United Methodist Church.

   If you have any good news, stories, photos, etc and would like to share with your neighbors....do not hesitate. I would love to post positive moments, it just might make the difference in someone's day! Email jodi@giecom.net.

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

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February 11, 2021

   Happy birthday today to Jackie Walt, Joanne Metzger, Joan Barone, Dominic Mazzola & Amanda Kaiser Wayne. On Friday, happy birthday to Kim Kalman, Carol Roesch, Patty Rink and twin Penny Linenfelse, Jayce Claus & Charles Ackerman and on Saturday, February 13th, happy day to Laura Sexton, Adam Dahlberg, Mitchell Matthews, Nancy Hamm-Johnson, Hans Sterzelbach, & Emma Wheeler. Happy birthday on Monday to Herman Roberts, Philip Sahlem, Todd Sipson, Kellie Kehoe, Daniel Baney & Donna Tomkins and on Tuesday, February 16th to Deborah Parker, Marianne Ward & Lynne Rimer. On Wednesday, February 17th, happy birthday to Kathy Garlapow, Anita DeGlopper, Lillian Brenner, Aaron Delavalle, Chuck Delavalle & Swaran Dhaliwal.

   Congratulations to GI Senior Kevin Rogoza, selected as a semifinalist for the National Merit Scholarship program. He is one of 16,000 across the nation who will compete for more than $30 million in scholarships.

    The Sidway Playground is almost finished. The last stage is the construction of a brick pathway. Bricks continue to be sold through the playground committee and can be individualized for businesses, families, or individuals. Contact lindasamland@gicsd.org or visit the Sidway Playground Facebook page. Bricks will be sold into the Spring.

   The Grand Island Central School District held their General Session Board of Education Meeting and First Budget Presentation for the 2021-22 School Year, in the Professional Development Room of Grand Island High School, and at various remote sites on Monday February 8, 2021. See video.



    Recovery International is a support group for anyone 18 years of age and older who need help with anxiety, panic attacks, depression, bipolar disorder, anger management, PTSD, and fears of all kinds. Recovery meets every Tuesday from 7 PM- 9 PM at Trinity United Methodist Church.

   If you have any good news, stories, photos, etc and would like to share with your neighbors....do not hesitate. I would love to post positive moments, it just might make the difference in someone's day! Email jodi@giecom.net.

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

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February 4, 2021

   Happy birthday today to Emma Hall, Christopher Drew, Juliette Caprio, Mark VonWryeza, Mary Lou Jerge and Dan Ryan, Sophie Cane, Pete Marston & Maureen Lewis. On Friday, happy birthday to Geraldine ( Jeri) Benzing & Kip Staub and on Saturday, February 6th, happy day to Linda Tufillaro, Olivia Wenner, Noelle Linenfelser & Cody Okelberry. On Sunday, February 7th wish happy birthday to Glenn Skelly. Happy birthday on Monday to Mary Sitarski, Diane Garey, Diane Gurbacki, Sarah Klock, David Santa Lucia, Jadon Garman, Carleigh Rodriguez, Sheila Strott and Jackson Tower and on Tuesday, February 9th to Elinor Wiant, Linda Tomkiel, Chris Ford & Dory Smith Matwijkow. On Wednesday, February 10th, happy birthday to Kaylee Montana.

   Congratulations to GI Seniors signing letters of intent: Carissa Hoover, lacrosse, Lewis University; Camille Burruano, soccer, LeMoyne College; Billy Wieberg, volleyball, Daemen.

   The Town of Grand Island; Recreation Depatment is seeking a full-time Recreation Attendant. Deadline for application is 3:00 p.m. on Thursday, February 11th. See full details HERE.

   BlackBerry’s Bar & Grill is reopening today! New hours: Thursday: 4-9, Friday: 4-9, Saturday: 4-9.

   Take a ride down to Beaver Island Park. The Tundra Swans are hanging out and look hysterical when "butt up"!

    Recovery International is a support group for anyone 18 years of age and older who need help with anxiety, panic attacks, depression, bipolar disorder, anger management, PTSD, and fears of all kinds. Recovery meets every Tuesday from 7 PM- 9 PM at Trinity United Methodist Church.

   If you have any good news, stories, photos, etc and would like to share with your neighbors....do not hesitate. I would love to post positive moments, it just might make the difference in someone's day! Email jodi@giecom.net.

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

Send your news to jodi@giecom.net.


January 28, 2021

   Happy birthday today to Kelly Cunningham, Jason Vallina, Tom Burkman, Barbara Grabiec & Elaine Gibney. On Friday, happy birthday to Arlene Larry, Kevin Kelley, Eric Sharpe , Nicholas Penque & Bonnie Alabiso and on Saturday, January 30th, happy day to David Clayton III. On Sunday, January 31st wish happy birthday to Ronald Duguay, Hailee Clayton, Conner Bolles, Anthony Mondi & Regina Truitt. Happy birthday on Monday to Judith Pack, Mandy Malaney, Ryan Pecoraro, Clyde Hickok & Sydney Mazur and on Tuesday, February 2nd to Lee Richard, Don Kaiser, Cheryl Wasson, Natalie Kopf, Dominic Pullano, Eileen Crane, Robert S. Fraser, Carol Maul & Surjit Kaur. On Wednesday, February 3rd, happy birthday to Joan Savoy Dlugokinski, Ilene Dee & Ryan Timmerman.

   On the LAST Sunday of the month, Trinity Church at 2100 Whitehaven Rd, Grand Island, will continue hosting a drive-thru food give-a-way. Next event on Sunday Jan 31st, from 11am-12pm. Feel free to come to church service at 10am in our parking lot! First come, quantities limited. Social distancing protocols in place. Walking up permitted. Questions? 773-3322 or gitrinitymissions@gmail.com.

    Marshall Dan wrote a Facebook posting about Fantasy Island news. In it he says the park was left in very poor shape. Only remaining features are the Water Park, The Comet and a few Kiddy Land rides, and the Train. He said odds are "pretty good"they will be getting the keys to the park. Type in "Fantasy Island Memories" to get the full post.

   Scout Fundraiser - Do you have pop cans or bottles laying around...do you need to make room for next weeks game or from lasts weeks (we aren't picky) Let Cub Scout Pack 630 help take them off your hands as a donation! Your donations stay with the pack and help with programs all year long. We will be have pick ups available from 9am-12:30pm every Saturday. Message Cari Herrmann or Kristen Piurek on Facebook to schedule your pickup today.

    The Grand Island Central School District held their General Session Board of Education Meeting and special Work Session in the Professional Development Room of Grand Island High School, and at various remote sites on Monday January 25, 2021. See video.


The Town of Grand Island Parks Department set up a "Go Bills" display last week, before the championship game. Special thanks to Dave Cole & Steve Mrzygut for their efforts!

    Recovery International is a support group for anyone 18 years of age and older who need help with anxiety, panic attacks, depression, bipolar disorder, anger management, PTSD, and fears of all kinds. Recovery meets every Tuesday from 7 PM- 9 PM at Trinity United Methodist Church.

   If you have any good news, stories, photos, etc and would like to share with your neighbors....do not hesitate. I would love to post positive moments, it just might make the difference in someone's day! Email jodi@giecom.net.

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

Send your news to jodi@giecom.net.


January 21, 2021

   Happy birthday today to Pat Caffery Roncone, Mary Cooke, John Gast, Dennis Lach & Ron Pavis. On Friday, happy birthday to Kurt Lorence, Jean Bousquet & Joanne Browne and on Saturday, January 23rd, happy day to Jonathan Minton, Allison Boron, Mark Leffler & Mary Jane Clark. On Sunday, January 24th wish happy birthday to Louie Freitas, Joyce Warning, Hunter Schmidt, Sarah Ramsperger, Benjamin DeFranks, Tyler Meyer & Warren Becher. Happy birthday on Monday to Patricia Webb Scott, Al Ackerman, Jason MacClelland, Colton Wilkinson. Sam Giglia, Judy Polizzi & Carolyn Spacone and on Tuesday, January 26th to John Dudley, Tommy Geblein, Wayne Baumler & Mary Caldwell. On Wednesday, January 27th, happy birthday to Sabrina Butcher, Brent Minet, Mary Stewart, Judi Wakefield & Pat Shickluna.

   Happy 38th wedding anniversary to Karen and Rom Figler, who were married on January 23, 1982.

   A second Buffalo Bills Parade is scheduled for Sunday, January 24th. Line-up: St. Stephen’s back parking lot no earlier than noon to be respectful of mass.

   The Erie County Department of Health (ECDOH) is announcing the cancellation of scheduled ECDOH COVID-19 vaccination Points of Distribution (PODs) for Saturday, January 23, Monday, January 25, Tuesday, January 26 and Wednesday, January 27. This includes locations at Erie Community College South and Erie Community College North. Appointments on Thursday, January 21 and Friday, January 22 are not affected by this announcement.

    Recovery International is a support group for anyone 18 years of age and older who need help with anxiety, panic attacks, depression, bipolar disorder, anger management, PTSD, and fears of all kinds. Recovery meets every Tuesday from 7 PM- 9 PM at Trinity United Methodist Church.

   If you have any good news, stories, photos, etc and would like to share with your neighbors....do not hesitate. I would love to post positive moments, it just might make the difference in someone's day! Email jodi@giecom.net.

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

Send your news to jodi@giecom.net.


January 14, 2021

   Happy birthday today to Carolina Luciani, Mike Rustowicz, Evan Carey, Dolores Hoefner & Sylvia McGinn. On Friday, happy birthday to Anthony Masocco, & Jennifer Farrell and on Saturday, January 16th, happy day to Amber Malaney, Don Burrows, Joyce Hornbeck, Sudha Sharma, Earl DeGlopper Jr., Carroll Becker, Sue Fleischauer, Joy Mesmer & Darlene Hewitt. On Sunday, January 17th wish happy birthday to Justin Sondel, Ron Sutton, Hank Kammerer, Nick Kingston, Marvin Mack & Barbara Creighton. Happy birthday on Monday to Caitlin Schwinge,, Gail Becher, Peter and Paul Minton, Robert Davis & Linda Piro and on Tuesday, January 19th to Mackenzie Hassan, Kristyn Brown & Susan Razmus. On Wednesday, January 20h, happy birthday to Fran Burrows, Kaylee Connell, Andrew Masiello, Josh Lange, Dustin Gushue, Brenda Hollfelder & Diane Haney.

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

   Restaurant News! As of today, ECDOH public health sanitarians will apply “yellow zone” criteria to all permitted food service facilities that are currently located in “orange zones.” Practically, this means all restaurants in Erie County will be able to offer indoor dining at 50% capacity, as long as yellow zone measures including a maximum of four people per table and six feet of distance between tables are maintained.

   A Buffalo Bills Parade will take place on Saturday, January 16th at noon at The Viking Diner, 1849 Grand Island Blvd. A 17 mile route is planned around the Island. Decorations encouraged!

    The Island Deli & Meat Market Breads and Cheeses and More located at 2092 Grand Island Blvd. will be re-opening on Saturday, January 16th. Hours are: Monday-Friday 11:30 am-5:30 pm, Saturday & Sunday 10:00 am-3:00 pm.

    Recovery International is a support group for anyone 18 years of age and older who need help with anxiety, panic attacks, depression, bipolar disorder, anger management, PTSD, and fears of all kinds. Recovery meets every Tuesday from 7 PM- 9 PM at Trinity United Methodist Church.

   The Grand Island Central School District held their virtual Board of Education Meeting from various sites on Monday, January 11, 2021. See video.

   If you have any good news, stories, photos, etc and would like to share with your neighbors....do not hesitate. I would love to post positive moments, it just might make the difference in someone's day! Email jodi@giecom.net.

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

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January 7, 2021

   Happy birthday today to Craig Davis & Eric Reimann. On Friday, happy birthday to Sharon Koehler, Sharon Minet, Nicholas Heftka, Alexandria Anderson, Michael Klipich, Jean Siess, Sherilyn Gillard & Brooks Rimes and on Saturday, January 9th, happy day to Dale Morgan, Richard Brzyski, Sam Loquasto & Martha Merrinan. On Sunday, January 10th wish happy birthday to Patricia & Scott Shaw, Sheila Colan & Darlene Conners. Happy birthday on Monday to Debbie Stack, Joyce Neil, Susan Head, Art Ciechoski, Mark Landroche, Jack Roesch, Bob Marcel & Stephan R. Kovacs, Jr. and on Tuesday, January 12th to Martha Muller, Barbara Fritchey, Lyle Dinsmore & Adam Kopf . On Wednesday, January 13th, happy birthday to James Winter, Greg Bell, Lynn Henschel & Paula Zucarelli.

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

   
Jennifer Baneyannounced at the January 4th Town Board meeting, she will not be running for re-election. The Grand Island Republican Committee is actively seeking candidates interested in running for the following elected offices this year: 2 Town Council candidates, a Highway Superintendent candidate and a Town Judge candidate.     If you are looking for a treat during the Bills game on Saturday, the Viking Diner is doing a "Bills Box" with all kinds of deliciousness. Check out their Facebook page and order early!

   At this time, you can't get past the bridge across Woods Creek in Buckhorn. Word is many dead trees are being taken down due to Emerald Ash disease.

    Recovery International is a support group for anyone 18 years of age and older who need help with anxiety, panic attacks, depression, bipolar disorder, anger management, PTSD, and fears of all kinds. Recovery meets every Tuesday from 7 PM- 9 PM at Trinity United Methodist Church.

   If you have any good news, stories, photos, etc and would like to share with your neighbors....do not hesitate. I would love to post positive moments, it just might make the difference in someone's day! Email jodi@giecom.net.

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

Send your news to jodi@giecom.net.