"Between the Bridges"
by Teddy Linenfelser

Grand Island, N.Y.
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Photo courtesy of Rich Call
Class of '85

Thursday, December 27, 2007
Good morning Patrick in Arlington, Texas and good morning Marci in Lexington, KY.

Paul Facklam Jr. and his little son, Paul Facklam III are celebrating mutual birthdays on Monday, December 30th. Little Paul III, who turns two, and his family and his Uncle Kevin Facklam are all visiting Grandma Linda Facklam for the holidays.

Happy birthday to James Soto (3 years old tomorrow), Laurel Waltman-Moher (Saturday), Elsie Fleischmann (92 on Monday), Linda Butcher (Monday), Jeff Nordvik (21 on Monday), Donna Turner Williams (Tuesday), Anita Cole, Bill Schaab Sr. and Sebastian Chevez (cheers on January 1st), Dominique Capizzi (10 on Tuesday), Sandy Krecisz (Tuesday) and Chie Doring (best wishes on Wednesday).

Joanne and Rich Lozo are celebrating their 40th wedding anniversary tomorrow. Happy days, folks.

Congratulations to GIHS seniors Jackie Coe and Catie Hilliard who have been named members of the girls All-WNY Soccer Team by the Buffalo News. Congratulations also to seniors Jordan Dudish and Allie Weiser along with Jackie and Catie, all named to the Niagara Frontier First Team.••••High School seniors Maria Lorence and Ashley Mazurkiewicz and junior Jamie Raepple have been named to the Niagara Frontier Second Team (soccer) and Jessica Mysliwiec and Amber Duda, both juniors, are on the third team.

Jon Jon Cinelli has been undergoing chemo and radiation therapy at Roswell everyday and will continue to do so until February 5th. Let's keep Jon Jon along with his parents, Jon and Anne and little sister, Claire, in our prayers during this difficult time.

Looking Back 60 years - “Petit Noel,” a cantata under the direction of Mrs. Doris Schopp and Mrs. Ruth Dunnigan, was presented at the annual Christmas program in the Sidway School gym/auditorium in December 1947. The cast included Marilyn Dinsmore (Serfass) as Mary; Tim Sheehan as Joseph; and Shirley Roberts (Ervin) as the Hostess of the Inn. Others included in the large cast were Lynn Winter (Duggan), Mary Ann Kruse (Arsenault), Stephanie Woods (Mauri), Joanne Rank (Urtel), Bill Dekdebrun, Buddy Link, and John Ekiss. •••• Judy Nailor (Meer), Sandra Fleming (Bowers), Mary Ann Benns (Miller), Carol Schwagler (Brown), Lynne Cullen (Euse), Myrna Dworak (Boerschig) and Dorothy Noth (Miller) took part in a sacred drama, “In Bethlehem Town” during the Grandyle Village Property Owners children’s party. The program also featured movies, the singing of Christmas Carols, magic tricks by Jim Fleming, a saxophone selection by Bob Riggs, solos by Michael Costin and Sue Nailor (Bauer), a chocolate pudding eating contest with “Skip” (Richard) and Dorothy Noth (Miller) proclaimed the winners.•••• A neighborhood group of the Homewood Beach section of West River Road held its second annual Christmas party at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Marshall Sawdey on Friday, December 26, 1947. Dinner and dancing were enjoyed by Eleanor and Clinton Alt, Mary and John Fontana, Mary and Bill Gross, Mr. and Mrs. Jack Post, Mr. and Mrs. Carl Rader and Evelyn and Earl Rankins.

Looking Back 50 years - The local weekly paper announced that Ray E. Cooney of the new Richard Ray Restaurant in the Grand Island Blvd. plaza was offering free coffee to the volunteer firefighters and constables when called out to duty.•••• Helen Ciechoski was appointed the town's first woman constable and first school crossing guard. She worked two hours daily at East Park and Love roads while children were on their way to Kaegebein School.

Looking Back 40 years - Winners of the first annual “Home Lighting Contest,” sponsored by the Boulevard Businessmen’s Association, were Virginia and Charlie A. Bogess of 828 East River (first) and Barbara and William Rein of 944 Enola (second). Over 80 homeowners entered for a chance to win a first prize of a $100 bond, and 2nd prize of a $50 bond. ••••The Grand Island High School Spotlighters produced a Christmas skit, authored by the school’s creative writing class. Mathematics teacher Robert Wakefield played the lead as “digger,” in the production of “A Night in the Village,” based on "Christmas with hippies."••••Grand Island American Legion Post 1346 Commander Mike Meyer headed a committee to purchase and present a portable television set to the recreation department at Veterans Hospital in Buffalo.

Looking Back 20 years - When Martin T. Prast was installed on January 1, 1988 as town supervisor, it was the beginning of a Democratic majority town board rule for the first time in Island history. The installation took place in the Beaver Island Casino.

Our sympathy to the family of former resident Leota Louise Jacobs who recently passed away. Click Deaths for complete information.

Spotlighted advertisers in this last edition of Isledegrande.com for 2007 are Hizair Hair Salon,   Linda Kutzbach, Realty USA ,  Niagara's Choice FCU and Marston Power Equipment. Be sure to check out these business websites and for information on advertising at Isledegrande.com, email Dan McMahon at Dan@giecom.net.

Inauguration ceremonies for our newly elected town officials are being held at noon, Tuesday, January 1st in the Grand Island Golden Age Center. A reception will follow.

"Say a prayer for our guys over there." God bless America.

To all of my readers - have a happy, healthy New Year, and thanks for your news and friendly notes. Keep them coming in 2008.

Thursday, December 20, 2007
Good morning Brian in Ft Myers, FL and good morning Barbara in Cincinnati, OH.

Merry Christmas to all of our troops serving our country both near and far. Thanks everyone!

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These are only few of the large brood of turkeys who immediately took possession of Greg Goss' freshly shoveled sidewalk in his yard on West River Road over the weekend.

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Carol and Dave Hamlin of Love Road have been having some major reconstruction work done on their house in Grandyle Village. When Isle contractor Peter Podlucky needed to take some necessary time off, Carol decided to add some Christmas lights and a wreath to Pete's tractor. "Looks great, Carol!"

Happy birthday to Pat Gill (today), to Janie Hiam, Billy Click and Sue Berger (cheers today), twins Alexis Elizabeth and Grace Marie Fredricks (10 years old today), Vinnie Spada (16 today), babies Allyson MaryLou Wolgast and Christopher Austin Priest (first birthdays today), Richard Hogue (tomorrow), Vera Jo (Mote) Mann (Saturday), Karen Lloyd (Sunday), Paul Harper Sr. (his 95th on Monday), Ryan Vertino (turning 17 on Christmas Eve), Jennifer Kingston (Monday), Christmas baby Gregg Grenda (special delivery by Santa 50 years ago!), Grant Hennigar (cake and candles on the 25th), Chris Eberhard, Bud Yensan and Ann Dlugokinski (Christmas day), Noel Wilhelm and Carol Burridge (Wednesday), Brad Stone (double digits, 10 on Wednesday), and Allison Hill and Jack Buzby (both turning 5 on Wednesday).

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Happy holidays to the Beach Boys! (or did they say Beach Bunch?) Just couldn't resist sharing this photo I received with Christmas greetings from (left) Victor, Bob and Rob Beach.

Looking Back 60 years - Vern and Bea Mooney's Mooney’s Delicatessen (where Contract Interiors is located today), and Al Weisheim’s Service Station (now Family Express on the Boulevard) were among many holiday greeting advertisers in the Christmas edition of the Island Dispatch in December 1947.

Looking Back 50 years - For the second year the men of Battery C, 44th AAA Missile Battalion on the Island entertained 14 orphans from the Welland County Orphan's Home in Welland, Ontario. The children received a turkey dinner, gifts and a tour of the Nike Base.

Looking Back 40 years - Town employees pulled “double duty” as they got together under the direction of the Town’s plumbing inspector and party chairman Ed Kruse, to decorate the Buffalo Launch Club for the annual Town Christmas party. Among those helping out were Marion Grosenbaugh, an office staffer in the sewer department, and Dorothy Waltman, secretary to Supervisor Ray Griffin.

Looking Back 30 years - The Viking Hockey Team’s 6-3 victory over Williamsville North on Saturday, December 17, 1977 was highlighted by Center John Gallagher’s three-goal performance Right Winger Russ Certo added a goal and two assists, but his role in penalty killing made him even more of an asset. Goalie in that game was Dave Soares. Other standouts were Defenseman Bob Nusstein and Forwards Bob Luchak and Jason Shipman. •••• Sidway School first graders presented a play, “The Prince’s Golden Crown” under the direction of Music Teacher Marge Egan. Taking the parts of the main characters were Melissa Hutt, Steven Goodsell, Richard Puglisi, Dawn Gworek, Melissa Bell and Doug Gruber.••••Grand Island volunteer firemen, two days before Christmas 1977, fought 500-foot flames, operated pumps and directed traffic at the Allied Chemical Corporation’s Sement-Solvay coke manufacturing plant on River Road, Tonawanda for at least six hours. The Grand Island Fire Company's $90 coats and $35 boots, covered with tar, were a total loss.••••St. Lawrence University football captain Pete Hayes was named a center on the 1977 All Independent College Athletic Conference football team after having completed an outstanding season.

Looking Back 20 years - Marge Lippens greeted friends at her Christmas party held at Lippens’ Grill, now the Village Inn. Her son and daughter-in-law, Ray and Shirley Lippens made everyone feel at home. Ray’s Camcorder was the hit of the party as the dancing and singing couples could see and hear themselves on the television.

Our sympathy to the families of former residents Virginia Long Gates, Patricia Stouter and Rose Rupp who recently passed away. Click Deaths for complete information.

Congratulations to Brian Brink who rolled his first 300 game in a 778 series with the Labatts league at Island Lanes.

Shorty Vanthoff is home from another stay in the VA Hospital - six days this time. "Merry Christmas, Shorty. We will continue to pray for your complete recovery."

We welcome our newest Isledegrande.com advertisers Fantastic Sam's   and    Curves. Check out their websites and those of this week's spotlighted Isledegrande.com advertisers Miss Cathy's Dance Academy,  and  John's Pizza & Subs.     For information on advertising at Isledegrande.com, email Dan McMahon at Dan@giecom.net.

Island resident Barry Conway of Bear-Man Specialty Foods will demonstrate and cook with his Bear-Man products at Premier Gourmet on Delaware Avenue, in Kenmore this Saturday. This is an excellent chance to sample his fabulous products. Tell him you read about this at Isledegrande.com. And, hey, "please get sauced responsibly."

A cheery welcome home and Merry Christmas to Bill Tokash, Tracy (Roesch) Williams, Sarah McMahon, Paul Facklam, Kevin Facklam and our sweet niece, Annie Stuardi and everyone home on the Island for the holidays.

"Say a prayer for our guys over there." God bless America.

Thursday, December 13, 2007
Good morning Wayne in New Albany, OH and good morning Jacquie in Snowflake, AZ.

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Charlie McDonough, pictured as he looked in his freshman year at Grand Island High School, Dolly Dilliot, on her little tricycle, and Arvilla Kendzierski shown in her Sidway School 8th grade photo, are all celebrating milestone birthdays this week. Charlie was born on December 13th, Dolly's big day is Saturday, the 15th and Arvilla celebrates on Monday. Here's hoping their birthdays are among their very best.

A belated happy 80th birthday to Liane Dahlberg who celebrated on December 12th. If you see Liane, wish her the best.

Happy birthday to Denise (Stack) Dewey (55 today), Lauren Whitney (her 17th birthday today), Kori Loder (celebrating her Sweet 16th today), Kim Duscher (today), Daniel Donovan (3 today), Emma Santorio (2 today), Gary Sankes (a big day tomorrow), Katie Nordvik (her 17th tomorrow), Katie Rustowicz (15 tomorrow), Jim Brown, Parker Glessner and Jennifer Pullano (tomorrow), Ted Filosofos (80 on Saturday), Nancy Hayes and Betty Lantz (Sunday), Brad Bowman (the big 4-0 on Monday), baby Jaylee Theresa Maddalena (her first birthday on Tuesday), Shelby Bidell (Tuesday), Wende Wood and Sue Braun (Wednesday), George Daniel Wenner (two years old on Wednesday), and Dan McBride and Patty Turner (milestones on Wednesday).••••Belated best wishes to Agnes Morgan who celebrated a special birthday on December 10th.

Please pray for Jon and Anne Cinelli and their little son, Jon, 6. ••••A speedy and complete recovery to Peggy Bastian.

Thanks to Isledegrande.com readers Tracy Senn and Mike Dudley for identifying Ruby Allaire and Brian Herbst in last week's Old Photo Album photo.

Looking Back 60 years - The following was included in the “With Dottie on the Party Line” column in the Island Dispatch just 60 years ago: Kenny Webb and Jerry Mahnk sure did a good job on that Skunk. They not only got Skunked” but got sent home from school. In other Towns this makes the newspapers, but over here it’s a common occurrence.” •••• An Island-wide organization known as the Grand Island Improvement Association was formed with Arch B. Kirkwood Jr. serving as its chairman. Other officers were Charles J. Soch, Edward G. Pierson, and William F. Jacobs. The object of the new organization was to seek accurate information concerning community affairs and to exert its influence in the best interest for all of Grand Island.

Looking Back 50 years - June Cannard announced that the Community Chorus would go Christmas caroling Thursday, December 19, 1957 and urged residents to call her to have the group stop at their homes.••••Construction of a bridge between Grand Island and Canada, advocated in November 1957 by the Niagara Falls, Ontario Chamber of Commerce, received the approval of the Grand Island Chamber of Commerce. The Chamber's executive secretary, Fred Miller, pointed out that a bridge over the Niagara River between Canada and Grand Island was proposed in the town's master plan. Chamber President at the time was Daniel J. McNamee.

Looking Back 40 years - Staff members of the high school’s new literary publication, “Kaleidoscope,” were Editor Joe Viola and his staff, Richard Hill, Chris Martin, Jim Littlefield and Alan Hawks.

Looking Back 30 years - “What Are You Giving For Christmas?” with story line, music and lyrics by Middle School teachers Thomas Charlton and Clarke Elliott, was produced on the high school stage by the middle school students 30 years ago.

Looking Back 20 years - Named to the Niagara Gazette All Star Football Team for 1987 were Grand Island Varsity Vikings, Jason Dombrowski and John Braddell. ••••It was announced in December 1987 that New York State Thruway tolls might be increased as much as 30% in the spring of '88 to finance a projected shortfall in the Authority’s road maintenance account, according to Deputy Director John Shafer.

Our sympathy to the families of Dr. Samuel D. Long, Wilfred “Bill” Lawton and former resident Julia P. Ziomek who recently passed away. Click Deaths for complete information.

Spotlighted advertisers this week are Grand Island Chiropractic,  Rose Liquor Store,   AJ Beyer Mechanical,   and Blue Water Marina." Be sure to check out these business websites and for information on advertising at Isledegrande.com, email Dan McMahon at Dan@giecom.net.

The tonight's winter concert by the high school music department has been postponed to Monday evening at 7:30 p.m.••••Irish dancers from the Island will be among those performing in the annual "A Celtic Christmas" by the McCarthy School of Irish Dance tomorrow night.••••The New Apostolic Church hosts a "Kids Day - Christmas" on Sunday afternoon.••••Trinity UM Church presents "Sing We Now of Christmas," a holiday pops concert, on Sunday evening.••••Connor Middle School students will take part in a winter concert Tuesday night.••••See our Calendar of Events for complete details on these and other Island events.

"Say a prayer for our guys over there." God bless America.

Thursday, December 6, 2007
Good morning, Dave in Panama City, FL and good morning to Colleen in Niagara Falls, NY.

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Grace Wenner, 4 1/2, is pictured here with the beautiful snowman she and her dad, Buck Wenner, built on Sunday afternoon in their yard on Marlin Road. Her mom, Jennifer, said Grace was extremely excited to be playing out in the snow!

Off-Islander Richard McCarthy, who has been kayaking with the "Paddles Up" event off the shore of Grand Island, has written the following that might just jar some memories out there. It certainly jarred ours. "A bunch of we ice bound paddlers were lamenting things that aren't here anymore and someone mentioned there used to be a floating hot dog stand just above Strawberry Island in the Niagara River. Anyone from your group (Isledegrande) have any info or photos on it?" Husband, Jim and I remember it being off Strawberry Island around 1980-1981 when we camped over there with our young children. We wonder if it was named the "Sea Weenie." By the way, Jim thinks it was a party barge and I thought it was more like a houseboat. Readers, what do you remember?

A cheery hello and Merry Christmas to Janie, Dan, Jaidan and Jameson Hiam in Snellville, Georgia. Grandma Martin sends her love!

A very happy birthday to Ted Kessler who was totally surprised by his 40th birthday party given by his wife, Lisa. Ted turns 40 today.••••Happy birthday to Ruth Stahl and Lis Renczkowski (today), Miranda Proctor (7 today), Julia Capage (3 tomorrow), Korey Bennett (14 tomorrow), Jim Conboy (Saturday), Donna Webber (Sunday), Sydney Khreis (9 on Sunday), Kenny Lewis and Marianne Tranter (Monday), Barry Ballester (cheers on Monday), Dave Hammond and Kathy Loncher (Wednesday), and special greetings to my former kindergarten teacher, Ethel Yuhas, who will celebrate her 85th birthday on Wednesday.

Best wishes to Jennifer Weaver and Christopher Overkamp who were married Saturday, December 1st.

Looking Back 60 years - Anne Buzby was in charge of a pot luck supper for the Cub Pack 75’s Christmas party on Friday evening, December 12, 1947 in the Sidway School. Santa Claus led the singing of Christmas carols and had a gift for each child present. Cub Master was Leo Costin••••The Grand Island Post No. 1346, American Legion dedicated a bronze plaque in memory of the boys from Grand Island who gave their lives for their country in World War II. The ceremony took place in the town hall at 2 p.m. Sunday, December 7, 1947. •••• Ronnie Livingston celebrated his 10th birthday December 12th by shopping, seeing Santa and having dinner in Buffalo.••••One of the 29 vessels acquired by the Army Transportation Corps, the Elgin Victory, was renamed in honor of Grand Island Congressional Medal of Honor recipient, Pvt. Charles N. DeGlopper, killed in WWII. The ship was christened at Brooklyn Navy Yard on December 3, 1947.

Looking Back 50 years - Karen Carr (Keefe), Susan Vampotic (Doane), Linda Muck, Carol Griffith, Jane Lecki (Golonka), Diane Martin (Lapp), Joanne Haller (Miano), Sharon Dinsmore (Herrold), Kay Martin (Smith) and Elaine Macoomb (Williams), members of Girl Scout Troop 39, painted wreathes and bells on the windows at the Post Office. Troop leader was Joanne Carr••••The Christmas Crib, an annual Island project, was erected at Grand Island Blvd. and Baseline Road. Those doing the decorating in 1957 were Thomas Madigan, Don Zoeckler, Ted Dunbar, Levant Becker and Lou Ondrasek.

Looking Back 40 years - Ground breaking ceremonies for Grand Island’s long awaited $95,000+ post office took place on Sunday, December 7, 1967. This first official Post Office building still stands on Whitehaven Road just east of Grand Island Blvd. (now NFP).••••Katherine and Walter Keller of West Oakfield Road presented two of the original registers used by the membership of the Oakfield Club to the Grand Island Historical Society. The Oakfield Club was founded in May 1873 and located on the west shore, up river from the Falconwood Club and Beaver Island.

Looking Back 30 years - Clergy from St. Timothy Lutheran, St. Martin-in-the-Fields Episcopal, Emmanuel United Methodist, Trinity United Methodist, Island United Presbyterian, and St. Stephen’s Roman Catholic churches were part of the newly formed Grand Island Ministerium.

Looking Back 20 years - St. Stephen School swimmer Sean Dornbrock won three events and Jonathan White was a double event winner in a St. Stephen/St. Johns swim meet. Single event winners included Kristen Pastore and Jane Vaganek. Among other St. Stephen School swimmers of note were Emily Smith, Michele Gaudy and Jeff Lodick.••••In an effort to enhance the economic growth of Grand Island, a coalition comprised of developers, builders, realtors and peripheral companies associated with the home building industry formed the Grand Island Builders Association, Inc. Elected president of the growing 20-member association was Richard Lent, owner of Lent Construction.••••Ann Marie Wozniak, GIHS swimming star, was pictured in the December 7, 1987 issue of Sports Illustrated.••••Lisa Koch (Mrkall), a 9th grade middle school student, was named a winner in the 1987 Invent America! Contest. Her invention was judged the best for her grade level in all of New York State, winning a $200 US savings bond. Lisa’s “body frequency door lock” won at the 8th grade level.

Looking Back 10 years - GIFTS (Grand Island Families, Town, and Students) was formed for the purpose of providing easy access to Erie County and private agency services for those in need of help.

Our sympathy to the families of John A. Sarokon and Lucille G. Jones who recently passed away. Click Deaths for complete information.

Heather Meyers has just one pure bred Jack Russel puppy left, a little male at a reduced price. See our classified ads for a photo and more details and be sure to take advantage of this free feature at Isledegrande.com.

Trying to stay on the Island to save gas, and avoid the heavy traffic elsewhere this holiday season? Check our "Home For The Holidays" page on this week's front page of Isledegrande.com for lots of gift ideas available right here on the Island.••••Relay For Life's "2008 Team Fundraisers" will have some interesting jewelry items for sale on December 12th before the band concert beginning at 6 p.m. at the high school.

Spotlighted advertisers this week are Fuccillo Auto Group   Aceti's Wine & Spirits,    Liz Wilbert - Century 21,   and    Elderwood At Riverwood Be sure to check out these business websites and for information on advertising at Isledegrande.com, email Dan McMahon at Dan@giecom.net.

Wonderful gesture! Parishioners of Island Presbyterian Church, who put out a blanket invitation to Island residents, served approximately 70 Thanksgiving dinners including roast turkey and baked ham. Donations were received from the folks at St. Stephen's and St. Martin-in-the-Fields churches, and volunteer help came from Trinity and St Stephen's, making it a true community event. Hats off to Barbara and Bill Wilson and their fabulous committee, including the hard working Island Presbyterian Church youth group.

The Neighbors Foundation is accepting donations through Wednesday, December 12th.

A tip of the hat and good luck today to Brett Kern, Grand Island High School Class of 2004. According to the Buffalo News this week: "University of Toledo senior punter Brett Kern will be in Orlando, Florida on Thursday as one of the 27 college football players vying for nine national awards on The Home Depot ESPNU College Football Awards Show. Kern, who averaged 46.1 yards per punt to rank second in the nation, is one of three finalists for the 2007 Ray Guy Award."••••Congratulations to Christina Englert on being named to the Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference Women's Soccer All-Academic Team for 2007. Christina is a sophomore at Niagara University.

A "State of Grand Island Forum will take place tonight at the Golden Age Center.••••A memorial service in observance of the attack on Pearl Harbor is planned for noon tomorrow at the VFW Post.•••• "Welcome Santa" and the lighting of the Town Hall Gazebo will provide fun for all tomorrow evening.•••• Historic Trinity's Holiday House Tour & Craft Show is set for Saturday along with open house at River Lea in Beaver Island Park.••••The Historical Society will be open to the public again on Sunday.••••One Island, One Team, One Dream, To Be Drug Free will meet on Tuesday afternoon.••••See our Calendar of Events for complete details on these and other Island events.

For holiday musical offerings at our schools, see School Concerts

"Say a prayer for our guys over there." God bless America.

Wednesday, November 29, 2007
Good morning, to Sue in Amherst, NY and good morning to Andrew in Herndon, VA.

Welcome, Peter James Marston III, born yesterday (Nov. 28) to Sue and Pete Marston. The baby weighed in at nine pound, eight ounces and is the grandson of Jean and Wayne Anstett and Carol and Peter J. Marston, all of Grand Island.

Happy birthday to our grandson, Evan Linenfelser. Evan turns 5 on Wednesday and will celebrate with family and friends this weekend.

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It is with extreme sadness that I mention the passing of my classmate Barbara (Beck) Muratore, on Monday. Barbara is shown in this Spring 2006 photo with Don "Bones" Fancher who also grew up on the Island with Barbara. Don and Barbara were participating in the Rochester Lilac Festival, Don with his wood craft and Barb with her water color paintings. My deepest sympathy to Barb's husband, Paul and his family.

Our beautiful niece, Jamie Mangus, was married to Jonathan Dalbo on Saturday in the Whitehaven Road Baptist Church. The Dalbos are living on the Island.

A very happy anniversary to William and Patricia Kraft who are celebrating their 50th on December 5th.••••Best wishes to Sandy and Bob Reed, celebrating their fifth wedding anniversary tomorrow and to Mike and Judy Schneider who marked their anniversary last week.

Have you sent in your donation to the Neighbors Foundation of Grand Island yet? The address is P. O. Box 155, Grand Island, New York 14072. See Neighbors Foundation Holiday Drive
for further information on how you can help the needy of Grand Island.

Looking Back 60 years - A terrific crash on the icy pavement of the "Express Highway" (now GI Blvd.) near Baseline Road Saturday afternoon, November 29, 1947 took the lives of four persons and resulted in grave injury to five others. The following appeared in Ollie Howard’s "Around The Island with Ollie Howard" column: The fatal accident which raised the box score of Express Highway traffic fatalities brought to light, with tragic impact, the fact that the highway is inadequate for the amount of traffic load.

Looking Back 50 years - A fire on Monday, December 2, 1957 at the Wayside Furniture Company on Grand Island Blvd. was blamed on a defective oil heater. Damage was estimated at $55,000. Starting in a storeroom at the northern end of the building, the fire spread through a blower system to other sections of the store. The local volunteer fire company sent 25 men under the direction of Chief Arthur Mitchell in response to an alarm at 10:30 a.m. The store was owned by Daniel Linenfelser Sr. ••••On the morning of Thursday, December 5, 1957 two Island teenager brothers left for Rochester where they performed as members of All State Band in a concert Saturday at the NYS School Music Association Conference. It was a first for David Pinkow. Charles “Pinky” Pinkow earned the honor for four consecutive years.

Looking Back 30 years - The Island's Knights of Columbus was leading a statewide effort to retain the words “In God We Trust” on United States Currency and the phrase “under God” in the Pledge of Allegiance.••••A Mass of Rededication of St. Stephen’s Old Church, closed since 1969, was celebrated Sunday afternoon December 4, 1977. The Most Reverend Edward D. Head, Bishop of Buffalo, was the principal celebrant.••••Lori Macon and JoAnn Martell, young teenagers, were tobogganing on the slope by Six Mile Creek at the Big Six Marina Tuesday night, November 29, 1977 when they accidentally glided onto the thin ice on the creek and broke through. Another sledder, Kathy McClellan, ran to the home of close neighbors Millie and Arnold Facklam of Whitehaven Road who called the rescue squad. The girls were scared but unharmed.

Looking Back 25 years - The Siberian Husky Club of the Niagara Frontier was formed 25 years ago with meetings continuing to be held on Grand Island.••••A new law that provides parking for the handicapped went into effect December 1, 1982.

Looking Back 20 years - “Laffing Room Only,” a play by the Grand Island High School Spotlighters, starred Tracie Moreau (Groves), Dave Valenzuela, Elizabeth Beacher and Mike Peters. Sally Rockwell served as student director and student stage manager was Melanie Sims.••••Tracie Moreau (Groves) was installed Beloved Queen of the Aries Triangle #131. In her court were Rene Ehde, Sue-Lynn Passarelli, Darilynn Passarelli, Stacy Ehde and Maria Capolupo.

A very happy day is wished for Craig Gushue as he celebrates his 65th birthday on Monday. Please say a little prayer for Craig who has been fighting cancer for quite sometime.•••• Happy birthday to JoAnn Vanderheite and Thomas Volk (today), Jordyn Giambra (10 today), Eric Harnden (15 tomorrow), Christopher Carter (18 tomorrow), Alan Sommer, Lee Pelczynski and Brandon Antonelli (tomorrow), Andrew Chambers (hats & horns on Saturday!), Emily Fred (7 on Saturday), Rhonda Arsenault (a big one on Saturday), Vicki Sadkowski and Pat McNulty (Sunday), Ashley Brzyski (Sweet 16 on Sunday), Lois Schoenfeld (best wishes on Monday), Tim Phillips (Monday), Claire Card and Bill Wilson (cheers on Tuesday), Cameron Cherenzia (11 on Tuesday), and Marie Basile, Darcey Golde and Carolyn Kreutz (Wednesday).

Our sympathy to the families of former residents Ellen (Stefik) Chesterfield, George C. Werth and Barbara Beck Muratore who recently passed away. Click Deaths for complete information.

Spotlighted advertisers this week are Inside & Out Home Improvements    Island Pediatrics,   Grand Island Home Construction,   and Sherry McDonald / RealtyUSA   Be sure to check out these business websites and for information on advertising at Isledegrande.com, email Dan McMahon at Dan@giecom.net.

Good news! Eric Somers, son of former Long Road resident Marcia Witte Robison, is home now recuperating from heart surgery.

The Connor Middle School's annual International Night runs from 6-9 p.m. tomorrow evening at the school.••••"Breakfast With Santa" at St. Timothy Lutheran Child Care Center is set for Saturday morning.••••A planning meeting for the GIHS Class of 1978's thirtieth reunion will be held Saturday at the Grand Island Memorial Library/Community Room.••••A concert by the Grand Island Community Chorus is scheduled for Sunday evening at no charge.••••See our Calendar of Events for a complete list of Island happenings.

"Say a prayer for our guys over there." God bless America.

Wednesday, November 21, 2007
Good morning, to Joe in Fort Lauderdale, FL and good morning to Ron in Apache Junction, AZ.

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SSgt Christopher D. Wright was recently awarded his current rank, Staff Sergeant, while serving his country in Southwest Asia with the United States Air Force. Christopher is a Grand Island High School graduate, Class of 2003. See In The Service for a story about SSgt. Wright.

Happy birthday to Kevin Rosman and Betty Kaeffer (tomorrow), Arlene Rosman, Nick Tomkins and Laura Mason (Friday), Toireasa Bryan (13 on Friday), Shannon Gallagher (a teenager on Saturday), Lois Morgan (happy 85th on Sunday), Jim O'Dea (Tuesday) and Linda Millar (Wednesday).

Annabelle Rose Linenfelser was born Friday, November 16th weighing seven pounds, 14 ounces. She is the daughter of Teresa and Matthew Linenfelser and the baby sister of Katrina, 5; Noelle, 3 1/2; and Alijah, 18 months.

Best wishes to former residents Bill and Gladys Hall of Tampa, Florida who are celebrating their 60th wedding anniversary tomorrow - Thanksgiving Day, and to Willa and Norman Dusenbury who will be married 70 years on November 25th. Happy anniversary also to Sue and Pete Marston, celebrating a first anniversary on Sunday.

Good news! Shorty Vanthoff, who was hospitalized three times in the past month, is now on the mend. "Happy Thanksgiving, Shorty!"

Looking Back 60 years - The "Across the Mahogany with Willie” column in a November 1947 edition of the Island Dispatch reported the following: "Wish they would take that Too Fat Polka off the juke boxes – it’s making a lot of girls self-conscious."

Looking Back 50 years - Among those taking part in a Thanksgiving program by Mrs. Regina Majdanski’s first grade at Kaegebein School on November 20, 1957 were Craig Clement, Mark Dearlove, Edward Falsetti, Kathy Geisenhoff and Debra Swalm.•••• Mesmer’s Supper Club on East River at Whitehaven was advertised a 40-cent hamburger on a soft roll or Kummelweck. ••••A new Mariner group under the direction of Mrs. Paul Markstrom was meeting in the new cafeteria at Kaegebein School. Members included Carolyn Martene, Maury McFee, Gale Klocke, Cathy Hatch, Dianne Harding, Mary Sue Martin, Teddy Klingel, Patricia Ryan, Janice Olson and Dawn Waltman.••••For a direct look at how the town “is completely at the mercy of the New York State Thruway,” Town Councilman Robert E. Study suggested to Gov. Averill Harriman that he visit Grand Island on his next trip to the Niagara Frontier. . . The latest outburst of civic indignation was inspired by a new regulation of the authority imposing a fee of $10 and about $1.70 for insurance each time oversize construction equipment crosses one of the bridges to the Island.

Looking Back 40 years - St. Martin-in-the-Fields Episcopal Church, Trinity EUB Church, St. Timothy Lutheran, Emmanuel EUB and Island United Presbyterian Church united for a special Thanksgiving Day service on Thursday morning, November 16, 1967 in St. Martin’s Church. •••• Among the Grand Island Jr./Sr. High School athletes recognized for their fall sports successes were Bill Costello, Rodney Passerelli,Ken Bagley, Wayne Benton, Ed Falsetti, Bob Kellogg and Mike Burl.

Looking Back 30 years - St. Timothy Lutheran, St. Martin’s Episcopal, Emmanuel United Methodist, Trinity United Methodist, Island United Presbyterian and St. Stephen’s Roman Catholic churches took part in the Grand Island Ministerium’s Thanksgiving Service in November 1977.•••• Barbara Lare was appointed to the Parks and Recreational Advisory Board.

Sorry to report that former resident Patricia Stouter is gravely ill and in need of prayers.

If you would like to have your relatives or friends who are serving in the military overseas receive holiday notes and cards from Island residents, send me their names and addresses and I will include them here. As quoted in Dear Abby's advice column, "Writing holiday messages to our servicemen and women is one of the best gifts that anyone, any age, can give this year."

Our sympathy to the families of Joseph E. Robinson and former residents Sheila Marie Boss-Hoorwitz and George C. Werth who passed away in October. Click Deaths for complete information.

Wegman's,   Keller Insurance,  Wilco Mortgage Corp, Inc.   and Justin Tyme Cafe On The River are our spotlighted advertisers this week. Be sure to check out these business websites and for information on advertising at Isledegrande.com, email Dan McMahon at Dan@giecom.net.

Congratulations to Ross Aydelotte on his 300 game in a 707 series bowling with the Friday Night Businessmen at Island Lanes.

A Community Thanksgiving Dinner is being offered by the parishioners of Island Presbyterian Church, 1822 Huth Road, Grand Island, NY at 1 p.m. Thanksgiving Day, November 22. See Community Thanksgiving Dinner for more information.

Tomorrow is Thanksgiving Day, a day to reflect on all that is good in our lives. I ask that we say a pray that tomorrow will be a better day for those who are suffering from illness, bad decisions and loss.

"Say a prayer for our guys over there." God bless America.

Thursday, November 15, 2007
Good morning, Tanya in Auburn, NY and good morning, Greg in Hartselle, AL.

Autumn is in the air and our our grandson, Evan Linenfelser, is enjoying the fall leaves in his backyard.

A very happy birthday to Carole Lochte (today), Sierra Maras (7 tomorrow), Scott Kalman (tomorrow), Jon McGinn (21 on Saturday), Sara McMoil (Sweet 16 on Saturday), Judy Penque and Jesse Serio (Saturday), John Robillard (cheers on Monday), Victoria McCraith (her 20th on Tuesday), Kathy Mentor and Ron McNamee (Tuesday), Patrick Sexton (his 17th birthday on Tuesday), Jennifer Weaver and Joan Butcher (Wednesday), Benjamin Kose (16 on Wednesday), and Tyler Allan Lorence (two on Wednesday).

Patrick O'Dea continues to have good days showing signs of improvement along with setbacks. Keep Patrick in your prayers. "We're rooting for you, Pat!" ••••A speedy recovery to Carol Moore who has recently been under the weather.

Jolie Dahlstrom, Grand Island High School Class of 2002, is working on her Master's Degree at Bucknell University. Click Islanders In The News to see how you can help her with her thesis.

Our sympathy to the families of Michael Lynott and former residents James F. Buckley and Myrtle Killian who recently passed away. Click Deaths for complete information.

Good news! Dick and June Byron have relocated to their home in Florida where they are near their son, Richard, and very happy there. Email me at teddy@giecom.net if you would like their address. I'm sure the Byrons would love to hear from their many friends.

Looking Back 60 years - The Boy Scouts of Troop 75 enjoyed some delicious bacon and eggs they cooked over an open fire on Saturday morning, November 15, 1947 in Beaver Island State Park, followed up with a good old game of touch football. •••• The Island’s 2nd Brownie Troop thanked Peg and Ed Sheehan for their donation of a piano, James Ehde for his trailer, and the following “movers,” Hank Boehm, Eldon Glor, Norman Meyer, Andre Tardif, John Wheeler and Chester Daggett. The little girls were learning new songs for their ceremony of induction, scheduled for later in the month of November 1947. ••••An Intra-Island class between the boys from the foot of Grand Island and the boys from the head of the Island played in Beaver Island Park on November 16, 1947. Ed Zuchowski was the referee and the victors were the team from the foot (south end).

Looking Back 30 years - Grand Island High School Spotlighters presented “Arsenic and Old Lace” just 30 years ago this weekend. Leads were played by Sheila Rumrich, Kathy Sullivan, Terri Seibert, Peggy Zoltoski, Steve D’Addieco and Dale Sandish. •••• High School Band Parents elected for the ’77-’78 school year were President Patricia Sandish, Vice President Norman Witkowski, Treasurer James Rogers, Secretary Arliss Lantz and Publicity Chairman Ray Burger. Band director was Sherman Lyke. ••••Dave Petitt and Marjorie Bessel were named most valuable members of the GIHS Cross Country Team during the annual awards banquet held Thursday, Nov. 17, 1977 at Youngstown’s Harding’s Restaurant. Among those also recognized were Mark Powers, Greg Kammerer, Don Aschenbrenner, Captain Jeff Certo, Nathan Coleman, Glen Gerspach, Ed McCaffery and George Rogers.

Looking Back 20 years - Jim Dunlop was named 1987 High School Cross Country Runner of the Year by the Checkers A.C. and was also named to the Checkers/Big E All-WNY Team.••••Anne Marie Wozniak was the first swimmer in Island history to become a state champion during a meet at U.B. She won the title by capturing the 50 yd. Freestyle in 24.22, placed 3rd in the 100 free (53:23) and anchored the 400 free relay.

Joanne Hartman was thrilled to hear from Peggy McNulty Hooper who called her while visiting the area. Joanne, who lives in Haines City, Florida with her husband, Rich, says "hello" to all her friends here on the Island.

Congratulations to Carolyn Schopp who has just earned the top WNY ranking For Women's Tennis. See Carolyn Schopp for the story.••••Congratulations to Mike Johnson on his 300-751 game bowling with the A Best Roofing League at Island Lanes on Monday night. Mike, who won the New York State Masters Championship in 2004, has rolled "many" 300 games!

Islanders involved in the Western Door Playhouse production of "Final Notice," opening tomorrow night, are Director Bob Priest, Kristin Gelia, Dave Karb, Michael Lombardo and Sharon Priest. See "Islanders In The News" for details.

JennaBeth Stockman, Grand Island High School Class of 2005, is among the cast members in the Niagara University production of “Company,” a Stephen Sondheim musical about the ups and downs of married and single life in New York City. The musical takes place this weekend in Leary Theater in Clet Hall on the NU campus. See www.niagara.edu/news/events.htm for more information.

This week's spotlighted Isledegrande.com advertisers are the historic Riviera Theater,   Bones Woodworking - Magic Towel Holder  "GIECOM.NET"  and  "Park Place Subdivision." Be sure to check out these business websites and for information on advertising at Isledegrande.com, email Dan McMahon at Dan@giecom.net.

Another Village Open golf tournament is scheduled for today at Beaver Island Park.••••The National Honor Society's annual spaghetti dinner takes place tomorrow at the high school.••••The Friends of the Library present a used book sale tomorrow and Saturday.••••The high school "Spotlighters" productions of "The Hobbit" is set for tomorrow and Saturday evening.••••The Town Preservation Board invites the community to a photo display of the Pierce Farm, "The Elms," from 2-4 p.m. Sunday at River Lea when the Historical Society's headquarters will be open and refreshments will be served. See our Events Calendar for details.

"Say a prayer for our guys over there." God bless America.

Thursday, November 8, 2007
Good morning, John in Menands, NY and good morning, Penni in Conesus, NY.

Schools are closed on Monday, November 12 for the Veterans' Day Holiday.

Former Long Road resident Marcia Witte Robison has written to say that her oldest son, Eric, suffered a heart attack and will most likely be facing more surgery. Eric had heart surgery 21 years ago.••••Former East River Road resident Patrick O'Dea has been in the intensive care unit of the Venice Regional Medical Center in Florida for the past two months and remains in a coma like condition.••••Also hospitalized with a serious health concern is former Love Road resident, Tommy Grycel.••••Shorty Vanthoff, who is home after a lengthy stay in the hospital, is wished a speedy recovery and an invitation to stop in our office as soon as he is able.•••• Please keep each one of them in your prayers.

Thank you Councilmember Mary Cooke for giving us a choice in Tuesday's supervisor election and congratulations to winner, Pete McMahon. It was a clean campaign, not a lot of signs and the top candidates remain friends and rededicate themselves to good Grand Island government.

George and Marianne Christensen are celebrating their 55th wedding anniversary today and wished many more good years together. Ed and Carol MacDonald Gangster will mark their 50th wedding anniversary tomorrow. Happy days to the Gangsters. Ted and Lisa Kessler will be married 15 years on Wednesday and are wished a very happy anniversary.

Happy birthday to Dona Cameron and Scott Hammond (today), to Doug Smith (the big one today), Bob Fiels (his 20th tomorrow), Penni Webb Nicolaus (tomorrow), Tom Rayhill (his 21st tomorrow), Jeff Stange, Sandy Santorio and Richard Benns (Sunday), Helen McMahon (6 years old on Sunday), Kelly Williams (Sweet 16 on Monday), Gina Catanzaro (Monday), Pam Whitney (Tuesday), Brooke VeRost (6 on Tuesday), Mary Burngasser, David R. Butcher and Mark Brown (Wednesday), Nicholas Dingey (8 on Wednesday), and Sarah Ann Brand (3 on Wednesday).

Looking Back 60 years - Batsford’s Delicatessen in Sandy Beach, now the Beach House, was advertising Rogers Oneida Silverware in 1947 – giving out special coupons that “will make you the owner of a full set of gleaming silverware.”

Looking Back 50 years - The Island’s post office on Nov. 9, 1957 moved to larger quarters in the 2000 sq. ft. area that had previously been occupied by Godfrey’s Supermarket. The Grand Island Post Office had been located in smaller adjoining quarters in the same Whitehaven Rd. location since January 1957 when it was removed from Love Rd.

Looking Back 40 years - The Rotary Club sponsored a “Boxcar A Go-Go” event in the Knights Of Columbus Hall in November 1967, complete with dancing, Go Go girls, magicians, Monte Carlo games and prizes. Program Chairman Frank Vacanti's helpers included Sue Pitts and Marsha Glover.

Looking Back 30 years - Dr. William Stuart’s power-generating windmill was under construction in front of his home on West River Parkway. The doctor’s talk on windmills drew the biggest crowd ever to a general meeting of the Historical Society.••••The town board should insist that the Niagara Frontier Transportation Commission (NFTC) consider installing two new bridges, Councilman Samuel Long said in presenting a resolution to that effect at a November 1977 town board meeting. “Traffic generators such as Fantasy Island, the KOA and Moore complexes have already caused crowding on the bridges," he said. “We should direct Supervisor Ray Griffin to see if we can’t get something moving,” he added.

Looking Back 20 years - "Democrats Make Island History With Prast Win" was the headline in the Island Dispatch on November 6, 1987. Martin T. Prast won over Supervisor LaVerne C. Luther giving the town board a Democratic majority as of Jan. 1, 1988, a first for the party in the history of the Island.

Our sympathy to the families of Earl W. Webb, Earl Aylor and Theresa Marie Phillip and former residents Robert E. Wright Sr. and Francis Lally who recently passed away. Click
Deaths for complete information.

Andy Moran bowled a 299 with the A Best Roofing League last Monday night at Island Lanes. Close but no cigar, Andy!

Just checked up on Paul Leuchner who has been fighting a very relentless case of pneumonia and glad to report he is finally getting better. Paul has been a wealth of knowledge to me as I've been editing Isledegrande.com over the past seven years and almost always has the answers to my questions.

The band and orchestra students at Grand Island High are in the midst of running the annual Fresh Florida Citrus Fruit Sale in support of a trip to Chattanooga, Tennessee for a national competition. For details, talk to one of the band or orchestra members or call the High School Music office at 773-8868 to place your order.

Order deadline for the Veronica E. Connor Middle School PTA Poinsettia & Holiday Wreath Sale is Friday, November 16th. Please see Poinsettia/Wreath Sale for complete information.

Spotlighted advertisers this week are Holiday Inn,  Chateau Motor Lodge    Island Prescription Center   and   Sandi's Family Restaurant. Be sure to check out these business websites and for information on advertising at Isledegrande.com, email Dan McMahon at Dan@giecom.net.

The Town of Grand Island will plant trees on Saturday. The Western New York Polar Plunge takes place Saturday in Beaver Island Park. Veterans Day services will be held Sunday. A Relay For Life meeting is scheduled for Tuesday. One Island, One Team, One Dream, To Be Drug Free meets Tuesday afternoon. A Sidway School reunion meeting will be held on Tuesday night. See our Events Calendar for details.

"Say a prayer for our guys over there." God bless America.

Thursday, November 1, 2007
Good morning, JoAnn in Allen, TX and good morning, Rick in Medina, OH.

Be sure to click photo for larger view of Helen and great grandchild, Hannah.
"Happy birthday, Helen." Former longtime Islander, Helen Radder celebrates her 90th birthday on Tuesday. Her health has been remarkable outside of a knee replacement surgery and one more ahead of her on the 12th. Helen and daughter, Susan, recently traveled to Kentucky and North Carolina to visit family including some of her eight grandchildren, 12 great grandchildren and one great great grandchild.

Daylight Saving Time begins at 1 a.m. Sunday, November 4th - that's this Sunday, folks! Turn your clocks "back" one hour.

Best wishes to George and Pat Bowman on their 55th wedding anniversary on Saturday, and to George and Hazel Rowe, marking their 35th anniversary on Sunday.

Happy birthday to Emily Fred (7 today), to Rhonda Arsenault and Andy Chambers (big ones today), to Sue McMahon and her sister, JoAnn Lozo and Julie Lockett (tomorrow), Tom Hayes (his 75th tomorrow), Anthony Weis (3 on Saturday), Mark Tiede (Sunday), Shirley McNulty (Monday), Robert David Arch (5 on Tuesday), Ian Estenoz (10 on Tuesday), Mary McMahon (Wednesday), and Jim Wright and Jim Breier (milestones on Wednesday).

Pictured are Morgan Applegate and Ava Ehret, great granddaughters of Jean and Ralph Hoover. The Applegate/Anderson crew recently hiked Letchworth State Park where the little girls hiked along the gorge and in one of the lovely gardens at Letchworth. Be sure to click the photos for a better view.

Looking Back 60 years - Daniel J. McNamee, Democratic candidate, “upset the political apple cart by sliding home free” in the race for supervisor of Grand Island by a slim margin of five votes with a total of 488. The Republican incumbent, Reginald P. Long, garnered 483 votes and Gerald A. Weingartner, an Independent republican, had 173 votes.

Looking Back 50 years - Work began Saturday, November 2, 1957 on an ice rink being built by the Junior Chamber of Commerce next to Grandyle Plaza. Heavy equipment for leveling and grading the 2000 sq. ft. site was donated by United Paving Co., Niagara Falls. Jaycees Project Chairman was Bob Healy and assisting were Don Zoeckler, Bob Hamlen, Jim Brown, Roger Roys and Ray Horvath.•••• Election day 1957 resulted in voters passing the proposal to increase the town clerk's term from two to four years. Supervisor George J. Burgstahler was elected over the democratic candidate, Francis G. Brady.••••The town board on Monday, Nov. 4, 1957 established an hourly rate of $2 for members of the town police unit, up until this time, operating on a non-salaried basis. The constables were to be paid for special duty assignments when the police work was approved by the supervisor.

Looking Back 40 years - Supervisor Ray Griffin won another term with 2354 votes over Ted Goodman (1813). ••••Staffing a new high school newspaper, “The Awakening,” were Editor-in-Chief Jim Littlefield, Art Coordinator Richard Hill, Treasurer Scott Whiting and Production Manager Ed Falsetti.

Looking Back 30 years - The Jubilee, Buffalo’s #1 country music show, was held at Island Lanes, Buffalo’s #1 country music concert hall, on the first Sunday of the month beginning Sunday, November 6, 1977 from 8-12 p.m.

"Technology Camp Of America",    Kelly's Country Store ,    M.O.G. (Medically Oriented Gym),   and McMahon's Family Restaurant. are our spotlighted advertisers this week. Isledegrande.com is brought to you by Reg Schopp's "GIECOM.NET". For advertising information, call Dan McMahon at 773-6789, ex. 220 or email Dan at Dan@giecom.net.

Our sympathy to the family of Julia Mary Rumrich who recently passed away. Click Deaths for complete information.

Please remember that Isledegrande.com invites you to submit your children's Halloween 2007 photos to be posted at Grand Island's #1 news source, Isledegrande.com. Photos "to be consider for posting," will be accepted through Wednesday, November 7th. See "Halloween Photos" for those submitted so far.

Don't forget to vote on Tuesday. The Republicans will watch the election results come in at River Oaks and the Democratics will do the same at the Town Cafe.

The Historical Society's meeting tonight at River Lea will be followed by a Hummel Presentation and Appraisal by Society member Sally Hoffman.••••A high school band concert will be presented tonight.••••The Rotary's annual "Undie Sunday" takes place on Sunday.••••A Holiday Happenings & Open House (crafts, baked goods, lunch) will take place at the Golden Age Center on Sunday.••••Polling places on Election Day, Tuesday, November 6 will be open from 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.••••A blood drive will be held Tuesday at Fire Headquarters.••••Recovery International, a support group meets on Tuesday evenings. ••••Connor Middle School students will present a fall concert on Wednesday night.••••For details on these events and other isle happenings, see our Events Calendar.

"Say a prayer for our guys over there." God bless America.

Thursday, October 25, 2007
Good morning, Cassandra in Bethlehem, GA and good morning, Artie in Cayey, PR.

Click photos for larger view
Wedding Bells! Carol (Turner) Faulkner (Turners Port-O-Call) and David Gross (Gross Plumbing-Niagara Falls) were "secretly" married in Ellicottville on Tuesday, October 16th. Their best man and maid of honor were Carol's children, Duane and Nicole. Congratulations to Mr. and Mrs. Gross who are living on Whitehaven Road. Thanks to Billy and Donna (Turner) Williams of Venice, Florida for the good news.

Nina Braddell Goss - one of the best - is wished a fabulous birthday. If you see her on Monday, wish her a happy day.

When Karen Smith invited a group of her son's friends over for dinner this week, all her son, Bryan, got was a cell phone picture of a plate of lasagna!! Dinner guests were Justin Hoffman, Harry Gibbs, Mark Rotella, Henry Olrogge, Kevin Johnson and Lindsey Smith. Bryan is living Simi Valley, CA.

Our thoughts and prayers are with Roseanne Russell who has had very serious surgery. Let's let her know through cards and notes of cheer that we are all keeping her in our prayers.

The school district has notified the media that a Connor Middle School student has been diagnosed with MRSA, the same serious staff infection recently reported in the papers and on the newscasts on television. See "Student Diagnosed With MRSA" for the District letter that includes preventative measures.

Congratulations to NYS diving champ Ian O'Rourke, GIHS Class of 2007, who broke the Niagara University's 1-meter diving record with a 6-dive score of 292.55 as the Purple Eagles won at New Hampshire.••••Congratulations to Jim Reese Jr. on his 300 game in a 726 series while bowling with the A Best Roofing League on Monday night at Island Lanes.

A very happy birthday to Joshua McMahon celebrating his third birthday today, to our grandson John Bidell (18 today), Norm Bauman (special greetings today), Pete Marston (Saturday), Jill Endres (her 20th on Saturday), Jon Jerge (a milestone on Sunday), Jimmy Stewart III (15 on Sunday), Joanne Gesl (Monday), Ken Hoover (cheers on Monday), Christopher Miller (his 20th on Monday), Dave Wilkinson (hey, hey, hey, Tuesday's the day!!), and Morgan Lea Proctor (turning four years old on Wednesday).

Our warmest wishes to Sue and Dan McMahon on their 35th wedding anniversary on Saturday, to Liz and Eric Reimann celebrating their 40th anniversary on Sunday, and to Kari Lynn and Daniel Klos marking their second anniversary on Monday.

Looking Back 60 years - Ralph Kreger was requesting a change of classification on his property located on the east side of Baseline Road near Bedell, from residential B to D to permit the use of premises for a theater playhouse. Eventually his barn became the Grand Island Playhouse, drawing crowds several nights a week from 1948-1960.••••The Grandyle Property Owners Association sponsored a Halloween party for teenagers on October 31, 1947 that included a parade, building a bonfire and ending with a group “trick or treat.” Hank Boehm’s committee include Bill Noth, William Jacober, Joe Kean, Ted Klingel and Ed Ball.•••• The first community Halloween party for the children of the Sandy Beach area was held Friday night, October 31, 1947 at the Sandy Beach Yacht Club. The evening was a huge success with all credit going to Mrs. Luther (Esther) Livingston of Wallace Drive.

Looking Back 40 years - A change in pastors at St. Stephen’s Church was announced in October 1967 when Rt. Rev. Msgr. Edward S. Schwegler, long time pastor, resigned due to ill health. The Rt. Rev. Msgr. Paul J. Eberz was named the new pastor.••••The newly formed Grand Island Figure Skating Club, whose principles included Mary Kay Schaab, Mrs. Walter Keller, Ron Neal, Ruth Englert and Robert Ryan, made tentative arrangements to secure ice time at Beaver Island State Park during the coming season.•••• Coach Dick Bessel’s Viking harriers emerged from the All-Division 3 ECIC run on October 20, 1967 at Chestnut Ridge Park as the first championship cross country team that Grand Island had ever produced in its short three-year history with an impressive 12-0 record. The team included John Williams, John Jasper, Les Chambers, Dick O’Brien, Bob Tyrell, Jim Chambers, Nick Baker, Mike Oswald, Scott Whiting and Bob Rycroft.

Looking Back 30 years - The $15,000 youth center in Nike Base Park on Whitehaven Road opened Friday night, October 28, 1977 with a ribbon cutting. The new youth center capped off years of efforts to provide good recreation facilities for the Island's young people.••••The Jr. Sr. Girls’ Powder Puff Football Game was won by the seniors, 18-12. Debbie Guidone and Debbie Smith scored touchdowns for the seniors. Junior stars were Anne Cote and Nancy Lipp. Several senior boys in blue team shirts and blue plaid skirts cheered on the girls

Looking Back 20 years - Island Dispatch reporter Lee Cohen wrote that from a high of 1400 in the mid 1970s, Grand Island High School enrollment had reached a low of 1050 in 1987, and was expected to drop even lower in 1988-89.••••Jim Dunlop's first place finish in the Niagara Frontier League Cross Country Championship in a time of 16:57 was the first time a Grand Island runner won the boys varsity race. GIHS runner Jackie Ekiss broke the N.F.L. record, taking first place by well over a minute in 20:16.

Looking Back 15 years - It was on October 29, 1992 that an alarm of fire was called in to the Fire Company when the residents of Ferry Village smelled smoke in the area. The massive fire destroyed the Beaver Island Casino, opened in 1939.

Our sympathy to the families of Marcia Traun, Frank L. Marinell, Doris R. Berger and Jeri Lou Burden who recently passed away. Click Deaths for complete information.••••Ronald A. Grimm Sr., former president of the Grand Island Builders Association, passed away on Oct. 18, 2007

The Sidway School Reunion Committee (classes 1937-1963) is trying to locate a number of students for a reunion being held at the Holiday Inn on July 5, 2008. The list includes Benjamin Clarke, Marcia J. Nowak, Mary Jane Barker Lockwood and many others. See "Missing Classmates-Sidway Reunion" for more names. The next Sidway Reunion planning meeting will be held at 6 p.m., Tuesday, November 13th the in the Holiday Inn lounge.

Spotlighted advertisers this week are Dr. Huggs,  Riverview Chiropractic,  Creative Leather Concepts and Kaiser Funeral Home. Be sure to check out these business websites and for information on advertising at Isledegrande.com, email Dan McMahon at Dan@giecom.net.

Former resident Bernie Glor Pagliaro of Santa Barbara, California has written about the fires in CA, saying her area is getting a lot of ashes in the air but that they are safe. Where her brother, Pete Glor, lives in Santa Clarita, the fires are still on the other side of the freeway with the school, two blocks from his home, a designated evacuation center. If you are now living in California and would like to share similar stories, write to me at teddy@giecom.net.

The Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary's Fall Chowder and Baked Goods Sale takes place this Saturday at Fire Headquarters when fresh home-baked goods and chowder will be sold at "about" 11 a.m. or when the chowder is ready.•••• St. Stephen's Holy Name Society will hold a spaghetti dinner and basket raffle from noon to 6 p.m. on Sunday in St. Stephen School.••••St. Timothy Lutheran Church will offer a Service for Prayer and Healing on Sunday evening at 7 p.m.•••• The Town's Reality Cafe will hold an Open House for 6th and 7th graders on Tuesday from 6-8 p.m.••••Trick or Treat hours on Grand Island are from 5-8 p.m. Wednesday, October 31st.••••See our Events Calendar for a complete list of Island events.

"Say a prayer for our guys over there." God bless America.

Thursday, October 18, 2007
Good morning, Jerry in Bennington, N.Y and good morning, Linda in Mikado, MI.

A very happy birthday to Alexandra Imperi (her Sweet 16th birthday today), Heidi Sue Mumm (best wishes tomorrow), Paul Linenfelser Jr., Larry Hillock, Jason Voltz and Judy Thaler (tomorrow), Luke Hooper (4 tomorrow), Ryan Pinzel (4 on Saturday), Danielle McGuire (Sweet 16 on Saturday), Norm Bauman (cheers on Sunday), "Puppet" DiTullio (Monday), Chase Harding (3 years old on Tuesday), Jim Pax (cheers on Wednesday), and Alice Gardner (Wednesday),

Best wishes to Gary and Carol Roesch who mark 45 years on Saturday, to Mike and Beth Dommer celebrating their 35th anniversary on Saturday, and to Karen and John Wenner married three years on Monday,

Peggy McNulty Hooper, our own Miss Sidway, has been very busy tracking down students who were part of the Sidway School graduating classes of 1937-1963. She had the pleasure of speaking with Janet Lee Sunderland Bangs over the weekend. Janet, whose family moved from the Island in 1953 sure sounds like she and possibly her sister, Karen, will come to the Sidway School reunion next summer.

Two beloved beagles, Glory and Blaise, are safely home after being lost for nearly two days. An Isledegrande.com reader heard the dogs barking behind Meadow Lane and was able to get in touch with the owners who are so grateful to the resident and to Isledegande.com for posting the information that was key to finding the pets.

Looking Back 60 years - With erosion of their beach area their biggest problem, members of the Sandy Beach Park Club built forms and a poured concrete face in front of the large concrete blocks previously placed at the water line.

Looking Back 50 years - - Among those taking part in the Trinity Church choir’s musical comedy, “Medics and Merriment” at the church on October 18-19, 1957 were Shirley Beck, Carl Kaegebein, Merton McElroy, Marion Pinkow, Chris Cotter, Ramona Blackmore, Francis Swalm and Heber Ashley Jr.••••The Island Dispatch reported that James “Butch” DiTullio of East River Road, a freshman tackle with the Bishop Duffy football team, had played in all three games thus far in the football season.••••The local weekly paper announced the names of eight more youths who completed the National Rifle Association of America safety course at the Grand Island Rod & Gun Club. They were Eric Fletcher, Peter Dinsmore, Bud Yensan, John Bartholomew, Frank Miller, George DeGlopper, Bob Smith and Wayne Hallett.••••Paul Edward Delaet Jr. of Piqua, Ohio fell 130 feet from a brand new water tower he was painting in Beaver Island State Park on Saturday, October 19, 1957. The $10,000 water tower, built to assure an ample supply of water during the summer months, had been completed that week. The tank held 150,000 gallons of water.••••Sixth graders in Mrs. Mary Fontana’s class at Kaegebein School, including Pat Cowden, Pamela Morgan, Gordon Buckman, Stephen Crain, David Mark, Diane Beck and John Hillock, collected the largest amount of clothing for Goodwill Industries.

Looking Back 40 years - Geraldine Kilmer, a member of the Grand Island 4-H Saddle Syndicate, spoke at an October 1967 Town Board meeting praising Supervisor Ray Griffin, and the state parks superintendent for their efforts in helping the group secure a bridle path to Buckhorn State Park.••••The Boulevard Businessmen’s Association was formed at a pilot meeting in the Grand Island Fire Hall. “It all started over a cup of coffee,” Paul Houck, operator of the Island’s Esso service station and a principal organizer, said at the time. The group included first members Joseph Rizzo (Rizzo’s Barber Shop), Ben Titterington (GI Heating and Appliance), Frank Reidy (Clown House), and Earl Long.••••The following students of Grand Island Jr./Sr. High School were awarded Letters of Commendation for their performance on the 1967 National Merit Scholarship Qualifying Test: Bruce Cahill, Melanie A. Ciszek, Michael C. Eidens, Edward M. Falsetti, Christina Johnson and James Littlefield.

Looking Back 20 years - The First Crop Walk for Hunger was held Sunday, October 18, 1987 at Beaver Island State Park. Approximately 50 walkers representing six churches on the Island obtained a total $1000 in pledges to help the needy.

Miss Cathy's Dance Academy - Cathy Thomas - is starting an adult tap class on Tuesday nights. Call her for information.

Our sympathy to the families of Horst H. Boerdner, Marilyn A. Cobb, Debra A. Gabri and Daniel K. Schmidt and former resident A. Norah Liszewski who recently passed away. Click Deaths for complete information.

The Varsity Vikings Football Team beat Starpoint, 20-14 at the Homecoming game Saturday and are on their way to the playoffs! Go Vikings!

A speedy recovery to Shorty Vanthoff who was hospitalized and is recuperating at home, and to Tom Volk who has been dealing with health issues but certainly hasn't lost his good sense of humor. And please keep Marcia Traun in your prayers.

Isledegrande.com advertisers spotlighted this week are Town Cafe,
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Please check our Events Calendar for details on the Jack & Jill Community Preschool's huge "Home Party," tonight's candidates forum, the Roses for Rosanna fundraiser, Dollars For Scholars "Walk for Education," the Zonta Club's fashion show, and a special exhibit at the Historical Society.

"Say a prayer for our guys over there." God bless America.

Thursday, October 11, 2007
Good morning, Christopher in Lake Worth, Florida and good morning, Chuck in Barker, NY.

That's Chris Carter, a high school senior and successful runner with the GIHS Cross Country Team. Chris, who was the 5K winner in a meet on Tuesday at Bond Lake (17 min. 44 sec.), was recently featured in "Spotlight for Section6runs.com" and pictured during the McQuaid Invite in Rochester last week.

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Flo and Bob Gannon will celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary on Monday, October 15th with a trip to James Island, South Carolina. The couple was married at the town hall by Town Justice Francis "Bud" Pritchard and had their informal reception for family and friends at Charlie Ahr's Tavern on Ferry Road where Bob and Flo worked at the time. Happy days, folks.

A very happy birthday to Larry Zelonis who celebrated his 80th birthday at the home of Lynn and Dave Mikulski on Saturday, September 29th. Family and friends sat down to a prime rib dinner prepared by his daughters and son-in-law, and a good time was had by all.

Happy birthday to Jacob Mongold (11 today), Rich Sander (tomorrow), Dan Drexelius (the big 5-0 tomorrow), baby Marissa Mrkall (her first birthday tomorrow), Tom Trader (Saturday), Kyle Oursler (18 on Sunday), Patti Trzcinski (cheers on Sunday), John Turner (a teenager on Sunday), Michael Chateauneuf (Sunday), Ashley Joelle Battaglia (her 3rd birthday on Sunday), Shirley Luther (Monday), Margie Cinelli (Tuesday), Marissa Booker (Sweet 16 on Wednesday), Sue Bauer (Wednesday) and Jenna Giambra (5 on Wednesday).

A speedy recovery to Hazel Rowe who is recuperating from illness.

John Elwell sent this link to "YouTube.com" - home movies from 1965 in the Schwegler Drive, Grand Island, NY neighborhood. See http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=V0cC0dZALdo for a look back at the Elwell, Davis and McGraw children. The women are Louise Elwell (sunglasses) and "Boots" McGraw and the children are Brad Davis, Laurie Davis, Craig Davis, John Elwell Jr. and Jennifer Elwell. The "jumping girl" is a McGraw. By the way, John Elwell was very involved in Island politics in the 1960s and 70s, serving among other things as chairman of the Republican Committee.

Looking Back 60 years - From the “Across the Mahogany with Willie” column: Many a moist eye last Saturday night as Larry Martin went out of the tavern business. Twenty-three years at his present spot on West River. “The West River wouldn’t seem the same without Larry’s.” ••••Sandy Beach Property owners sponsored a meeting October 13, 1947 with 150 people attending. Three supervisor candidates spoke, with the present supervisor, Reg Long, saying it was the first time in 16 years he was asked to speak before a group of taxpayers.••••The Town Board on October 13, 1947 moved that "Mr. J. Dale Janes be permitted to maintain a temporary sales office on East River Parkway, east of Wallace Drive until such time that all property in the subdivision has been disposed of." This motion was carried and the building is now the Beach House.

Looking Back 50 years - Duane Decker of Hennepin Road celebrated his 6th birthday with an afternoon party attended by Nancy Boettcher, Beverly Von Craigh, Jimmie Carter, Billy Rees and Gregory Quinlan.••••Roy Graham Motors, 1902 Baseline at the Thruway was advertising his collision shop and garage where he offered body work and painting and used cars bought and sold among other things.••••Annual state aid for Grand Island was boosted by $16,057 as a result of a recent special census. The town had the largest population increase for any upstate town – 146.38%.••••Island college students Richard Hogue Jr., Eddie Pfohl and Ernie Hoefner organized a new football team, "The Islanders," for boys ages 9 to 12. About 45 boys were at the first practice at Kaegebein School ball diamond and included Don Kutzbach, Dave Pinkow, Johnny Barrus and Bob Tranter. Ed Lewis, former semi pro football player with the Buffalo Bulls, volunteered to serve as the coach.••••Mrs. Pierson’s 4th grade class at Kaegebein School presented a Columbus Day program entitled “The Egg and Christopher Columbus.” Among the cast members were Nina Braddell (Goss), Mike Podlucky, Sandra Johnstone (Munzert), Rita Satterlee (Rosensteele), John Linenfelser, Suzanne Beam, Billy Young and Gregory Goss.

Looking Back 40 years - Javier Alvarez was the Grand Island Jr./Sr. High School's first foreign exchange student in 1967 and is pictured in our "Old Photo Album" this week. Javier arrived in town last night to attend this weekend's 40th reunion of the Class of '67.

Looking Back 30 years - The school board commended Ann Galbreath and Barbara Birt for their work in establishing the RIF (Reading Is Fundamental) program on the Island. The program gave all second graders the opportunity to pick out and take home a paperback book of his or her choice, three times a year.

Looking Back 20 years - Mary Becker and Rita Hagerman were co-chairmen of the Fire Company's Ladies Auxiliary chowder sale held Saturday, October 17, 1987.

Our sympathy to the families of Alphons "Al" Raepple, James R. Johnstone, Debra A. Gabri, Rose Mancuso Kij and Marilyn A. Cobb, who recently passed away. Click Deaths for complete information.

The Varsity Vikings Football Team beat Williamsville South, 35-7 on Saturday. Homecoming at Masters Field will see the team meet Starpoint at 2 p.m. Go Vikings!

Isledegrande.com advertisers spotlighted this week are The Beach House,
   Mediation Center,   Flower A Day Florist,   and Bob Piatek State Farm Insurance.   Isledegrande.com is brought to you by Reg Schopp's "GIECOM.NET". For advertising information, call Dan McMahon at 773-6789, ex. 220 or email Dan at Dan@giecom.net.

Welcome home, out-of-town members of the Grand Island High School Class of 1967! Jim Beishline will be playing piano at B.A.'s Saloon on East River at North Colony tomorrow night as the class gathers for their icebreaker event kicking off their 40th class reunion. Everyone's invited!••••The Fire Company's Fire Prevention Open House takes place at Fire Headquarters and the Ladies Auxiliary members will have a hot dog/hamburg concession and basket raffle, all starting at 5 p.m. tomorrow.••••Saturday's the day of the VFW's Texas Chili Cookoff.••••A Haunted House Fundraiser is being held at St. Stephen School on Saturday and Sunday.••••The Golden Age Center invites all seniors, 50 and over, to attend an open house on Wednesday.••••The Grand Island Business & Professional Women's Club presents its annual Health Seminar on Wednesday at the Holiday Inn.••••Check our Events Calendar for details on these events and more.

"Say a prayer for our guys over there." God bless America.

Thursday, October 4, 2007
Good morning, Donna in West Seneca, NY and good morning, Greg in Peekskill, NY

Peggy Hooper's Grand Island cookie cutter, mentioned here last week, drew a response from Suzanne (Burk) Ryan, GIHS Class of '66, of Largo, Florida who is hoping to be able to acquire one. Suzanne, who still loves and misses Grand Island, reports that she also loves our web site and reads this column every week.

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The Boettcher family, residents here since the early 1940s, got together Friday evening when brother, Jim, came into town for the first time in five years. Shown in front (left) are Kathy (Boettcher) Stisser and her twin, Peggy (Boettcher) Fuller; (back) Nancy Boettcher, Jim Boettcher and Lois Boettcher. About 30 relatives met at Nancy's home in Tonawanda including their Aunt Winnie, 87. The occasion was also a chance to celebrate the late Butch and Ruth Boettcher's children's birthdays - Peg and Kathy (65), Jim (60), Nancy (55) and Lois (50). Happy birthday everyone.

Don Dunifon's visit to River Lea last Thursday evening was enjoyed by all. His colored slides of River Lea in Beaver Island State Park where he spent time in the 1950s were most interesting, especially the ones of the huge boathouse. Don said Zora Hussey knew about River Lea before her husband bought it in 1909 because the boathouse, torn down by the state in the 1960s, was so prominent on the river and could be seen from Niagara Street in Buffalo. A picture of this boathouse is included in the "Before Beaver Island State Park" display, now in the Grand Island Memorial Library lobby. See "Don Dunifon" for the complete story.

Happy birthday and best wishes to Kathy Meyer (today), to Robert Schwagler, Nancy Long and Betty Magnuson (tomorrow), Dylan Russo (6 tomorrow), Rebekah Mae Thompson (3 tomorrow), Genevieve Weber, Jane Consier, Flo Gannon and Roy Campbell (all celebrating on Saturday), Greg Yensan (cheers on Sunday), Bev Mikulski (her 69th on Sunday), Carol Ann Weingartner and Lorraine Willcox (Sunday), our niece, Mary Jo Soto (happy 30th on Sunday), Michael Christensen (a big third birthday on Sunday!), Robert Merritt (the big 5-0 on Sunday), baby Taylor Felicia Duscher (her first birthday on Tuesday), and Diane Hassan, Barb Jarzsab, Marion Assenza and Sandi Cunningham (Tuesday).

Best wishes to Robert and Tami Gormady who just marked their 25th wedding anniversary on Tuesday, October 2nd. Be sure to see their photo on the Islanders In The News Page. ••••Happy anniversary to Dave and Lynn Mikulski who mark 18 years of marriage on Sunday and to my sister and brother-in-law, Mary and Jim Stewart, married 43 years on Wednesday, October 10th.

Our Isledegrande.com office is looking very professional now with a fresh coat of paint and a full set of framed, Albion Ende prints on our walls. The pen and ink drawings of historic Island scenes are available through our office. See Historic Island Prints for information.

Isledegrande.com welcomes its newest advertiser, Wilco Mortgage Corp, Inc.  Also spotlighted this week are the following advertisers: Tops Market,  Ken Carter/Remax Agent  and    Gross Plumbing & Heating,
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Looking Back 60 years - Independent Republican Candidate for Supervisor Gerald A. Weingartner wrote an editorial, published in the Island Dispatch, regarding land slides along East River, Buffalo Gravel Corp and Strawberry Island, promoting a playground for Grandyle Village, and the need for a sewer system in the Sandy Beach neighborhood. ••••The school board, on October 8, 1947, accepted the new addition to the Charlotte Sidway School at an open house, when ceremonies took place in the auditorium (gym) at 8 p.m.

Looking Back 50 years - The following young men completed a hunting safety course under the auspices of the Grand Island Rod & Gun Club: Ronald E. McTigue, John Fontana, Charles Pinkow, Robert MacLean, Pat Carroll, Jack Mahnk, Franklin Zahm, Richard Sawdey and Ronald Rezabek.••••Island Boy Scouts visited the camping facilities at the Kiwanis Youth Center grounds on Bush Road Saturday morning, September 28, 1957. Kiwanis members who served hot dogs to the scouts were Nicholas Hy, Peace Justice Harold Long, Joseph Creighton, John Dohn and Postmaster Heber Ashley Jr.••••The Hooker Electrochemical Company had finally started construction of a multi-million dollar research laboratory on Grand Island and much of the credit for the Hooker move was being given to the Grand Island Chamber of Commerce, various taxpayers groups, Supervisor George J. Burgstahler, and members of the town board in office at the time.

Looking Back 40 years - Members of the Island’s American Field Service (AFS) chapter, President Rev. Horace Schoenberger, School Board President Ruth Baker, Sponsor Lee Kreuger and Grand Island High School principal Howard Fuller, welcomed Fernando Cabral, a student from Brazil attending Grand Island High School. ••••Boy Scout Troop 254, under Scout Master Peter McMahon, held an Island wide donut sale Saturday, October 7, 1967.••••GIHS boys soccer team coach, Ron Cohen, was mighty proud of his team, especially key players Rick Elias, Charles Baker and Jack Morrison. As of October 6, 1967 the team was in first place in the ECIC standings.••••The GIHS Varsity Vikings Football Team started off the season with two wins, thanks in part to outstanding players Bill Costello, Dave Hennigar, Art Bascomb, Rick Martini and Larry Rogers.

Looking Back 30 years - It was announced that the Grand Island Research and Development Center of Hooker Chemicals and Plastics Corporation would soon start a $16 million expansion project at its Long Road facilities.••••The Vikings beat Lew Port in the homecoming game in 1977 when the Homecoming theme was “The Movies.” The seniors' float, “King Kong,” placed first. Second and third went to “A Bridge Too Far” (juniors) and Frankenstein (sophomores). Music for the Homecoming dance on Saturday night, October 1, 1977 was provided by “The Road.” King and queen, Chris Golonka and Nancy Boyle, were selected by the students.••••Mary McDonough set a school swim record in the 50 free when the Varsity girls swim team beat Eden. She went on to set records in the 50 and 100 when the swimmers topped Iroquois in October 1977.

Looking Back 20 years - Rev. Earle C. King Jr. accepted the vacant rector position at St. Martin-in-the-Fields Church.••••The “victim” of a fire drill by the Grand Island Fire Company, a landmark house that the state wanted demolished, was burned on Sunday, September 27, 1987. The house was part of the Sidway Estate before the state took over the land for Beaver Island State Park. Most recent occupants at the time were Roberta and Harry Lorence and their children who lived there for 21 years. Ed and Sophie Zuchowski lived in the house for about 25 years when Ed was employed by the State Parks Commission. They were responsible for renovating it from a cottage to a year round home.••••Janet Redinger was the new owner of Flower A Day florist on Baseline Road.••••The Varsity Vikings Football Team rolled up an impressive 49-0 win over the Ken East Bulldogs on Saturday, October 10, 1987. Rich Dworak, Jason Dombrowski, Greg Nowakowski, John Samplinski and Devon Stoke led the Vikings.

Our own Varsity Vikings Football Team played a fabulous game against Albion last Friday night at Albion. See Isledegrande.com sports reporter "Kris Christensen's Varsity Vikings Report" for the full story and eight photos by Kim Ludwig. When Football Coach Dean Santorio and his wife Sandy and little daughters finished breakfast and were getting ready to leave McMahon's Family Restaurant the next morning, they were told, "Great win last night coach. Breakfast is on us!"

Our sympathy to the families of Sally A. (Hardman) Kubik, C. Donald O’Connor and June Cavanagh Reichert and former residents Dennis Yakam and Laurie Dudley who recently passed away. Click Deaths for complete information.

This will be the last weekend for the Regional Theatre Guild's production of "Fiddler On The Roof." Jim and I saw the play Sunday afternoon and thoroughly enjoyed the production and seeing all of the Islanders in it. Good friend, Karen Conboy, never the "grouch," did a fabulous job of being just that. See "Islanders In The News" and maybe you'll decide to see it, too.

Congratulations to Tom Divita who bowled a 300 game in a 727 series at Island Lanes. Tom was bowling with the Yuengling Men's League.

The Historical Society invites residents to attend tonight's meeting at River Lea when a program titled the "Great Gorge Railway" will be presented.••••A blood drive takes place Tuesday at the Knights of Columbus Hall. ••••Check our Events Calendar for details on these events and more.

"Say a prayer for our guys over there." God bless America.

Thursday, September 27, 2007
Good morning, "Corky in Trenton, FL and good morning, Dawne in Akron, OH

Congratulations to Gary Roesch who hosted the Fire Company’s annual fishing derby last Saturday and ended up the big winner. Gary's four pound, 3/4 ounce small mouth black bass beat out last year's winner Bob Aronica's championship catch by 1/4 of a pound.

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If you click this old tow truck that belonged to longtime Island businessman, Marty Wolverton, you will see the post card created by his daughter, Barbara Wolverton, GIHS Class of 1975. These were handed out to friends and relatives of the Wolverton family who gathered recently for a memorial get-together to remember Marty who died August 1st. Thanks, Barbie, for this fabulous compliment to Isledegrande.com.

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Peggy Hooper's love of Grand Island shows on the hood of her car! She is the creator of the Grand Island cookie cutter, first produced in 2002 for the Sesquicentennial celebration. Who knows? Maybe the profit will be in the form of hood ornament sales!

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Fay Wood is shown with her husband, Bill, former chief and longtime member of the Grand Island Fire Company, and her daughters (top left) Darcey Golde, Amy Morgan and Brooke Raham, during the Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary's 68th anniversary party on September 15th. Fay was recognized for her 50 years as a past president and very active member of the Auxiliary.

Former resident Patrick O’Dea is in a Venice, FL hospital after having two non-cancerous tumors removed from his brain. He has another operation ahead of him but will first recuperate from the current surgery. Keep Pat in your prayers as he struggles with this very serious health concern. Email may be sent to him (use his full name) by visiting http://www.veniceregional.com/ecard/. Pat's brother, Mike reports it may be awhile before Patrick can respond to his mail. Pat is a member of the GIHS Class of 1974.••••Sorry to report that Myrtle Killian is in hospital. Myrtle celebrated her 101st birthday in July.••••Prayers and cards of encouragement may be sent to Al Raepple at his home. All is seriously ill.

Can anyone supply me with a current email address for Nancy "Crash"Collins, Vice President - Class of 1962?

Don "Bones" Fancher will be participating with his Woodworking in the Appleumpkin Festival in Wyoming, NY this weekend and also in the Letchworth Arts & Craft Show & Sale the following weekend. To view Don's work, see www.magictowelholder.com.

A very happy birthday to Sandy (Smittie!) Cunningham who celebrated yesterday.•••• Happy birthday to the Butcher twins, Greg and Jeff (today), to Dave Grant and Dave Burke (today), Ashley Bleistein (20 today), Jacob Cali (3 today), Jason Walker (20 tomorrow), Dan Mancuso and Bridget Anderson (tomorrow), Stacey Zahradnik, Jeanne Ensminger and Nancy Blundell (Saturday), Joshua Kahn (16 on Saturday), Joann Hasselbeck (best wishes on Saturday), Ken Carter (a big one on Sunday), Faith Caldwell (3 on Sunday), Allison Mae Walker and Ariel Brucato (Sweet 16th birthdays on Monday), Jaidan Hiam (7 on Tuesday), Shorty Vanthoff and Linda Davis (Tuesday), Paul H. Leiner (Wednesday), and Mark Eberhard (his 18th birthday on Wednesday).

This week's spotlighted Isledegrande.com advertisers are "Contour Financial Planning, L.L.C."  "Care-A-Lot Childcare Centres"  "The Laundry Chute"  and  "JP'S Sunoco". Isledegrande.com is brought to you by Reg Schopp's "GIECOM.NET". For advertising information, call Dan McMahon at 773-6789, ex. 220 or email Dan at Dan@giecom.net.

Looking Back 60 years - The Frank Butcher family of East River Road became homeless due to a fire from a defective furnace that caused $6000 damage Saturday morning, September 27, 1947.

Looking Back 50 years - The Grand Island Rod & Gun Club celebrated the opening of its new 32’ by 35’ clubhouse addition on Whitehaven Road Friday evening, September 27, 1957 when the club held its annual “Tag Night” Party. The addition included a spacious and fully equipped kitchen, new washrooms and a large 16’ by 35’ family room with picture windows overlooking the skeet and trap fields. ••••An estimated 200 people attended the Community Band Concert on Saturday, September 28, 1957. A picnic for band members in Bill and Marion Pinkow’s yard was held after the concert.

Looking Back 40 years - New coaches at the Grand Island Jr. Sr. High School were Peter Tamutus, a history teacher coaching junior varsity football; James Ratel, assistant varsity football coach and coach of the wrestling team; and Richard Dechowitz, head junior varsity football coach and assistant to Mr. Ratel in wrestling. ••••Among Sidway PTA officers installed in September 1967 were Presidents Ruth and Charles J. Englert, First Vice Presidents Janice and Morton Siegel; Second Vice Presidents Jean and Robert Bennett; and Recording Secretary Rita DeGlopper. •••• Les Chambers became the first Grand Island High School runner to win a cross-country race on Friday, September 29, 1967 as he led the Island harriers to their third victory of the year over Cheektowaga 24-35 on the home 2.5 mile course. Also leading the team was Scott Whiting.

Looking Back 30 years - Hiromi Shinya of Hamatsu, Japan arrived at the home of Kathy and John Loncher of Carter Drive and began attending Grand Island High School and life on Grand Island.

Looking Back 20 years - Gail Kavanaugh received the Navy Achievement Medal and was selected as the 1987 Command Sailor of the Year••••The theme of the Grand Island High School Homecoming Dance held Saturday, September 24, 1987 was “We Are The Vikings” - the 25th anniversary of the high school. Kellie Fergen (Williamson) was chosen Homecoming queen and Josh Fischer served as king. Others in the court were John Braddell, Carrie Mazza-Meaney, Kevin Thompson, Michelle Atkins, Steve Samplinski, Jill Mason, Tim Huttenlocker, Lisa Wrench, Tom DeBole and Tina DiMartile. Senior Jeff Birt took charge of huge packages of helium balloons that made a spectacular presentation at the evening event.

Word around Grand Island High School is that the sunken ship pictured on the front page of Isledegrande.com and in this column last week drew plenty of interest from the students and that some of them are going to look into the boat's history. Keep us posted, kids!

Our sympathy to the families of Sigmund J.Golembeski, Marion "Patty" Stuart and William Ralph Stuart and former resident Irene Beck, who recently passed away. Click Deaths for complete information.

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This is Megan Rae Zahradnik, born June 25th to Chad and Stacey Zahradnik of Lewiston. Megan is shown in a keepsake cradle, first owned by Donna and David Mesmer whose babies all slept in it. My mother and dad, Ted and Marion Klingel bought it from Donna and all five Klingel grandchildren slept in the cradle as did some of their cousins and a number of Rayhill grandbabies. Carol Kohlhagen Hamlin was our neighbor on Love Road and remembered that her own daughters, Stacey and Rachel, were also rocked in the little cradle when they were born. And it was Carol who borrowed it again for her first grandchild, Megan Rae!

How about those GIHS Varsity Vikings. Great game Saturday with a win over Lew-Port, 13-7. The Buffalo News commended players Christian Nestark and Eddie Weiser. Be sure to read Isledegrande.com sports reporter Kris Christensen’s Varsity Viking wrap-up on these two players as well as others. See "Christensen's Varsity Vikings Report." Good luck to the Vikes who play Albion at Albion, 7:30 p.m. tomorrow night.••••Good luck also to our Girls Soccer Team (3- 2- 1) who will play defending New York State Class AA champion Aquinas on Saturday at 7 p. m.

The Historical Society hosts speaker Don Dunifon tonight. Don will show slides of River Lea taken when he spent his summers there in the 1950s.••••The Island's annual CROP Walk begins at the Beaver Island pavilion on Sunday.••••St. Stephen's Golf Challenge is set for Monday.••••Members of the GIHS Class of 1988 will meet on Tuesday at the Brick Oven Restaurant to continue planning their 20th reunion.••••A fundraiser for town supervisor candidate Mary Cooke will be held on Wednesday at the Niagara Sailing Club.••••Check our Events Calendar for details on these events and more.

Promoting correspondence to our own precious Islanders serving their country overseas has always been a goal of mine. However, a website, http://www.letssaythanks.com/Home1280.html, has been brought to my attention. If you are the spouse or parent of someone serving our country who would enjoy hearing from our Isledegrande.com readers, forward an address - either U.S. mail or email - to me at teddy@giecom.net.

"Say a prayer for our guys over there." God bless America.

Thursday, September 20, 2007
Good morning, Heidi in North Port, FL and good morning, Paul in Las Vegas, NV

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Paul Leuchner
sent this air photo of the wreck that lies in shallow water just upstream of the northbound north Grand Island Bridge. "As you can see from the photo, the hull appears to be of timber construction. The bow and stern come to a point so it's not likely that this is a barge," Paul said. "I can't see any signs of an old boiler. Maybe this vessel was run up on the shoreline and subsequently salvaged," he said. Do any of my readers have any information on this wreck?

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Mike Cali is shown on the left with his sons, Jacob and Joey, on their first day of school. Jacob is attending the Grand Island Cooperative Nursery School and Joey (right) just started kindergarten at Sidway School. Mom, Betsy, took the pictures!

Good news! My brother-in-law, Jim Stewart Sr., is doing well and will be recuperating for awhile following his bypass surgery this week.

A belated happy 45th anniversary to Mike and Sandy Beauchamp who celebrated on Saturday, September 15th, and also to Mike and Maureen Beauchamp, who were married 18 years on Sunday.

Happy birthday to Bruce Senn and Darryl Dodge (cheers today), Christopher Soluri (his 30th today), Becky Peters and Jeri Schopp (today), Madison Nowak (six tomorrow), David Kingston (a milestone tomorrow), Bill DeGlopper (Saturday), Rachel Hamlin (27 on Saturday), Annemarie Bykowicz (her 21st on Saturday), Susan Hillock and Eric Stefik (Monday), David Rodriguez (10 on Monday), Forrest Carr (6 on Tuesday), Dan Phetteplace (20 on Tuesday), Sammy Carpenter (4 on Tuesday), Kristen Marie Burns (21 on Wednesday), Sean Christian Rustowicz (6 on Wednesday), Elizabeth Allen (Wednesday), and Cameron Kolat (5 on Wednesday).

Though not officially announced, Quality Quest Coalition will sponsor a Candidates Night on Thursday, October 18 at the Golden Age Center. Save the date.

Isledegrande.com welcomes its newest advertiser, Wilco Mortgage Corp, Inc.  Also spotlighted this week are the following advertisers: Mediation Center,   Maria Jereva, M.D.,
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Looking Back 60 years - A new, automatic bowling machine, "Strikes and Spares," was installed at the Bedell House.••••Charlotte Sidway School's first PTA meeting of the year drew 125 people. An “Early Date” quiz program was conducted by Don Hawley, providing much fun for audience and contestants. And a play, written by Paul Stefik, “A Teacher’s Dream and Nightmare,” was presented Alice Kirkwood, Elsie Blaydon, Rodney Harper, Virginia Costen, Ann Buzby and Paul Stefik.

Looking Back 50 years - Mike “Pops” Popeluk, proprietor of Island Radio TV Service opened in the new Grand Island Plaza. Former located on Whitehaven Road, Mike carried a remote controlled stereophonic tape recorder, TVs, phonographs and changers and a wide range of records.••••Larry Holcombe provided transportation to the LaSalle Yacht Club via his 42-foot Chris-Craft for the Lions Club’s first meeting of the 1957-58 season.•••• NuWay Markets Division of American Stores Co., Philadelphia, PA, opened its newest supermarket on the morning of September 26, 1957 in the new Grand Island Plaza. The 14,000 square ft. market brought the latest features such as automatic doors, automatic change computing registers, high speed checkouts, a chicken barbeque, a lobster tank, and an ultra modern frozen food department.••••The school board granted permission for the town police to construct a pistol range in the basement corridor of Kaegebein School. Constable Theodore W. Klingel explained the range would be used for weekly target practice by town police. The board stipulated that needed protective materials be financed by the town and precautions set up to avoid accidents.

Looking Back 40 years - Sgt. Robert D. Stanley of the Erie County Sheriff’s Dept. spoke on narcotics at the September 20, 1967 meeting of the Women’s Society of World Services in the Family Room of Trinity UM Church.••••Nearly 300 students from the 7th and 8th grades enjoyed a variety of activities including swimming, basketball, ping pong, and dancing and much more, all sponsored by the GI Jr. Sr. High School Junior Class on Friday, September 22, 1967. Chairman Kathy Young's committee included Jan Gburek, Lynn Mankiewicz, Charlotte Wolverton, Larry Rogers and Debby Geitz.

Looking Back 30 years - Ray Billica won the Recreation Department's beer keg throwing contest Saturday, September 10, 1977 by throwing his keg 37’ 7”. Paul (Moose) Kaegebein was 2nd place winner and Ray Pauley came in 3rd. In the women’s division Julie Stark won first with a total of 50’9” in three throws. Kathy Wilson was 2nd and Nancy Lexo, 3rd.••••Among the scouts and leaders of Troop 254 who spent a week at Camp Ti-Wa-Ya-Ee were Frank Cannata, Warren Card, Stephen DeMarco, Leon Dulniak, Scott Hoffman, Robert Nichols and David Pierce, and scout masters Hal Pierce, David Birt, Bruce Nichols, Roland Card and Leon Dulniak.••••The Island Theatre group held its annual awards dinner September 17, 1977 at River Oaks Clubhouse. Recipents were Best Actor Alfred Wells, Best Actress Sandra Brase, Best Supporting Actor Louis Vacanti, Best Supporting Actress Michelle McGraw, and Best Director Pat Zoltoski.

Looking Back 20 years - The Grand Island Art Society held its annual outdoor art show on Sunday, September 27, 1987 at River Lea in Beaver Island State Park. River Lea, the Grand Island Historical Society headquarters, was open to the public during the art show, held from 2-5 p.m.

Our sympathy to the families of Kenneth J. Gilbert, Michael P. Pfohl, Margaret Mary Quinn Sutton, Joseph "Pete" Guzik and former resident Gerald K. Youngs, who recently passed away. Click Deaths for complete information.

A celebration of the September 1907 dedication of Historic Trinity will be held at Trinity Church on Sunday. Please see Historic Trinity Celebration
for details.

Grand Island High School's annual Open House takes place tonight at the school.••••The WNY Track and Cross Country Officials Meet will be held Saturday at Beaver Island starting at 10:30 a.m. ••••Members of the Class of '78 will hold the next planning meeting for their 30th reunion on Saturday in the Grand Island Memorial Library Community Room.••••Supervisor Peter McMahon's Steak Roast, by reservation, will be held Saturday at the VFW Pavilion.••••All Relay For Life 2007 paticipants are invited to an awards and achievement assembly Tuesday evening in the Grand Island High School auditorium. Check our Events Calendar for details.

"Say a prayer for our guys over there." God bless America.

Thursday, September 13, 2007
Good morning, Peter in Monroe, NC, and good morning, Jeff in Lansing, MI.

Though the Weather Channel on television continued to forecast scattered showers for the Antique & Classic Boat Show at the Buffalo Launch Club on Saturday, it was anything but that. Sunshine and comfortable temperatures prevailed and a record breaking crowd turned out to enjoy everything the show had to offer.

The Islettes Elite Majorettes, under the direction of Heidi Sue Mumm, marched in the Lewiston Peach Festival Parade last Saturday and won in the senior majorettes division and juvenile majorettes division. Congratulations, twirlers!

Congratulations to David Nardozzi who had a Hole In One at River Oaks on the 185-yard eighth hole with a 5-wood.

Dick Kaiser
Happy birthday to Dick Kaiser pictured here as he looked in Miss Daniels afternoon kindergarten class at Sidway School. Dickie celebrates a big one on Wednesday, September 19th.

Happy birthday to Dan McMahon (today), Rachel Olszewski (17 today), Matthew Wellence (10 today), Bethany Kulikowski (3 today), Makenna Scalise (her 5th birthday today), Barb Voegelin (tomorrow), Gert Reimann (98 tomorrow), Ryan Norton and Michael Ruland (both turning 9 on Saturday), my husband Jim Linenfelser and Jeff Long (Saturday), Marcia Traun (cheers on Saturday), Adam Stoddard (a teenager on Sunday), Tom Breier (Sunday), Elizabeth (Browning) Andrews and Ray Griffin Sr. (Monday), Carmela Bartolomeo (5 on Monday), baby DeVonte' Mali'q Johnson (first birthday on Tuesday), Vickie Harnden, Lisa Stoddard, Don A. Burns, Mike Carr and Peter McMahon (all on Wednesday), Ryan Kwiatowski (a milestone on Wednesday), Christian Mason (10 on Wednesday), and Bonnie Sciuk (a great looking 80 on Wednesday).••••A belated happy first birthday to Christopher Joseph Sadkowski who turned one year old yesterday.

We welcome our newest Isledegrande.com advertiser
M & T Bank and also spotlight the following advertisers this week: Grinders Skate Park,   Martin's Fantasy Island,  and   Metro Town Center.   Isledegrande.com is brought to you by Reg Schopp's "GIECOM.NET". For advertising information, call Dan McMahon at 773-6789, ex. 220 or email Dan@giecom.net.

Looking Back 60 years - Dances were popular in the 40's and the Grandyle Village Property Owners Association held their Harvest Dance with music by Johnny Gast’s orchestra on September 13, 1947 and the Grand Island Memorial Library’s first dinner dance was held at the Buffalo Launch Club on September 20, 1947 with dancing to the "Launch Club Orchestra."••••Betty Wheeler was appointed chairman of the pre-school study branch and Ellen Stefik, as vice chairman in charge of publicity. The purpose of the group was to give mothers of young children a chance to meet, study and discuss their mutual problems in order to better understand and guide their children through the early, formative years.

Looking Back 50 years - The Chamber of Commerce held a Harvest Picnic on Sunday, September 8, 1957 at Creighton’s Edgewater Park where the town's harvest picnic had been held several decades before.••••Ray Griffin was the pharmacist in charge of the newly opened Lane Drug Store in the Grand Island Plaza, one of the largest stores in the new plaza.••••Bo Otto’s Fall Picnic was held on Saturday, September 14,1957 at 1600 East River Road near the south Grand Island Bridge.••••A “last-of-the-summer” corn roast on Sunday evening, September 15, 1957 at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Paul Collins of Fix Road was sponsored by the St. Martin-in-the-Fields Couples Club.••••The Grandyle Pharmacy on Love Road was advertising a 45 rpm Tommy Dorsey record, “As Time Goes By,” and “Everything I Have Is Yours,” for 89 cents and the starred end flap from a Rich’s Ice Cream package to be mailed to a Buffalo address. The Debbie Shop in the Grand Island Plaza was advertising ski pajamas at $2.99 a pair.

Looking Back 40 years - Miss Joan Droit, president of the Grand Island Historical Society, Town Historian Marion Klingel and former Justice of the Peace Harold Long addressed a request to the school board regarding the possibility of leasing school district-owned property to the Society. The property was located on Baseline Road at the corner of the Sidway School site bordering St. Martin-in-the-Fields Church property. The Historical Society's plan was to move the old town hall to this site for use as a museum. The construction of the present town hall brought about the requests.

Looking Back 30 years - Fantasy Island’s Tarzan Zerbini retired in September 1977 and received a plaque from the Grand Island Lion’s Club for his frequent help to the club over the years.••••The Bedell House team defended its slow-pitch championship of Grand Island by a 7-4 margin over JC’s Lounge. Lead players in the big game on Thursday, September 1, 1977 were Terry McDonnell, Dave Spiesz, Dave Carminati, Artie Pelletier, Mike Podlucky, Rob Stewart, Bob McDonnell and Mike Dowd.••••A computer glitch caused a mess with Grand Island High School student schedules in September 1977.••••John (Jack) Robinson defeated the endorsed Republican candidate John J. Trianda in a vote of 432 to 484 in the Thursday, September 8, 1977 primary election to win the right to oppose Supervisor Raymond P. Griffin (D) in November. Robinson also won the Conservative endorsement in the primary.

Looking Back 20 years - Lorraine Willcox was selected as the first recipient of the New York State Thruway's "Toll Collector of the Year" award in September 1987.••••Ponytail Softball, anyone? See Old Photo Album.••••Republican Supervisor Laverne "Bunny" Luther, in that office for eight years, was in the midst of a re-election campaign in the fall of 1987. See Old Photo Album.

Our sympathy to the families of Linda (Miller) Case, John Connell and former residents Herbert G. Carter and Marsha A. ( Flack) Kryszak who recently passed away. Click Deaths for complete information.

Congratulations to Jim and Jackie Carpenter on the arrival of baby #3, Grace Anne, born September 4th. See Islanders In The News for a family picture.

Grand Island High School sports teams had some wins and some loses.
Girls JV Soccer Team - Cheektowaga Volleyball Tournament winner
Girls JV Soccer Team beat East Aurora 1-0
Boys JV Soccer Team beat Sweet Home 6-1
JV football team lost to Sweet Home 35-6
Girls JV Soccer Team beat Niagara Falls 9-0
Boys JV Soccer Team beat Niagara Falls 8-0
Thanks to the faithful fans who sent scores in to Isledegrande.com this week. Keep them coming. (See also GIHS Sports Briefs)

An Isledegrande.com reader wrote to ask for the holiday garbage pickup schedule. This information may be found on the Town of Grand Island website. The reader also suggested that we post a list of what is recyclable and what's not and where extra recycling bins are available and also the earliest times residents may put their garbage out. Please check Town Of Grand Island for this type of information. The link will stay on the front page of Isledegrande.com. It might be a good idea to put it in your "favorite places" for future use.

Wow! LeeRon Zydeco and the Hot Tamales Band are scheduled to provide the music at the VFW's Texas Chili Cook-off on Saturday October 13th. Save the date for this "not to be missed" event with proceeds to benefit our troops at holiday time.

Town Clerk Pattie Frentzel will be the guest of honor at an evening reception tomorrow evening under the tent at River Oaks Golf Club. The Grand Island portion of the Great Lakes Beach Sweep begins at 9 a.m. on Saturday at Riverside Salem Church, 3449 West River Road. The Historical Society in Beaver Island State Park will be open on Sunday afternoon. Check our Events Calendar for details.

"Say a prayer for our guys over there." God bless America.

Thursday, September 6, 2007
. . . and the beautiful weather continues . . .

Good morning, Eric in Freeland, MD, and good morning, Jean in Brookfield, CT.

A speedy recovery to Joanne Lozo whom we hear is recuperating from knee surgery.

Happy birthday to Judy Schmidt, Margaret Ann Haller and Jean Leiner (today), Collin DeMartin (6 tomorrow), Alan Dodge and Rita Class (tomorrow), Anna Hammond (3 years old tomorrow), Mary Lou Kohlhagen and Lee Becker (Saturday), Dylan DeGlopper (7 on Saturday), Morgan Goris (9 on Saturday), Michael Edwards (Sunday), Justine Kirsch (her 20th on Sunday), Mikayla Claus (8 on Sunday), Elizabeth Carpenter (2 on Sunday), Danielle Conlon, Dean Gallagher and Rich Lozo (Monday), Jason Steiner (18 on Monday), Michael Englert Jr. (his 9th on Monday), Madison Mongold (turning 8 on Monday), Ted Stewart (Tuesday) and June Ann Chadima (11 on Tuesday).

Looking Back 60 years - Faculty members for the Sidway School in September 1947 were Ethel Yuhas (kindergarten), Ruth Irving (grade one), Joyce Yuhas (grade 2), Marcella Tatu (grade 2), Marjorie Ehde (Anderson) (grade 3), Catherine DiVizio (grade 4), Doris Schopp (grade 5), Lorraine Williams (grade 6), Betty Jane DeWeese (grade 7) and Mary Wellen (grade 8).••••The Grand Island Post No. 1346 American Legion held its first field day on the Firemen's grounds at Baseline and Express Highway on Saturday, September 6, 1947. The celebration was being held for the purpose of raising funds to build a Legion clubhouse. Highlight was the famous Grand Island chowder. General chairman was Andy Kirkwood and committee members were Charles Klein, Melvin Dinsmore, Alan Kaiser, Art Kingston, Abe Milner, Edna Milner, Ruth Maurer, Howard Louchs, Harold I. Smith, John Long, Carlton, Edward and Henry Killian, Betty Killian, Charles Stack, Ken Maurer, Don Loder and Mike Meyers.••••Native son of Grand Island and veteran of World War II, Daniel J. McNamee was selected by the Democratic party to enter the race for the office of supervisor on their ticket. Dan attended grammar school on the Island and St. Joseph's High School in Buffalo.••••Bea Daggett was the president of the Grand Island Home Bureau in September 1947 when Membership Chairman Nel Weingartner reported ninety-eight members enrolled.

Looking Back 50 years - Among the Little League championship teams in 1957 were the Baltimore Orioles, Mike Madia, Skip Paasch, John Madia, Ralph Gabarro, Dennis Mark, Danny Dlugosz, David Mark, Bob McNamee, Dave Fleischmann, Russell Kortum, Larry Hughes, Tim Shannon, Tommy Frampton and James Dinsmore. Coaching were Jake Voogd and Ralph Gabarro and manager was Regis Shannon. Do any of my readers have the Bill Askew photo? ••••The Rev. Eldon D. Snyder announced that the work on the new Emmanuel EUB Church on Baseline Road south of Love was nearing completion. First services were held Sunday, Sept. 8, 1957.

Looking Back 40 years - Among the new teachers in the Grand Island school system in September 1967 were Kay Tyson, Howard Fuller, Bonnie Bizzozera, Stanley Shepura, John Phillips, E. James Patmos, Fred Eager, Dennis Sundholm and Nicholas DeAngelo.

Our sympathy to the families of Margaret (Hunter) Kane, Shirley Jean Killian and former residents Tom Walker and Walter Gerald Flor who recently passed away. Click
Deaths for complete information.

A very happy 55th anniversary to former Island residents Dave and Arliss Lantz celebrating today. Happy anniversary also to Dan and JoAnn Linenfelser, marking 39 years tomorrow; to Dave and Carol Dusenbury, married 45 years on Saturday; and to Butch and Julie Meyer who will be married 30 years on Sunday.

M.J. Peterson - Joe Suppa,   Allstate Mastantuono Agency - Tony and Phil Mastantuono,   Dr. Kevin Augustine Chiropractic, and    Grand Island Auto Tech,
are our spotlighted advertisers this week. Isledegrande.com is brought to you by Reg Schopp's "GIECOM.NET". For advertising information, call Dan McMahon at 773-6789, ex. 220 or email Dan@giecom.net.

The Varsity Vikings lost to Clarence last weekend. This Saturday's game starts at 2 p.m. at Sweet Home. Go Vikings!

The Historical Society's annual potluck dinner and installation of officers is set for tonight. Rotary Club members will be selling hot dogs in front of Tops Market on Friday and Saturday. The American Legion Poppy Drive takes place tomorrow and Saturday. The Antique & Classic Boat Show at the BLC will be held on Saturday. A blood drive is scheduled for Tuesday. A 911 vigil is being held by the the VFW at the post on Tuesday evening. Check our Events Calendar for details.

"Say a prayer for our guys over there." God bless America.

Thursday, August 30, 2007
Good morning, Joan in Folly Beach, SC., and good morning, Alan in Fairfax, CA.

Our nephew, Jim Stewart Jr., and his bride, the former Jackie Wisniewski, were married Saturday in a ceremony in the Marion Klingel Town Commons, so named in memory of the groom’s grandmother.

A cheery hello to Al Raepple and a wish for some good days ahead.••••Glad to report that Keith Sciandra is home and doing well after his liver transplant surgery.

Marking their 50th anniversary this week and wished the very best are George and Mary Ann Crowe. The Crowes were married on August 31, 1957.••••A happy anniversary to Judy and Gary Long who just celebrated their 40th wedding anniversary yesterday.

Happy birthday to old friend Marie Saskowski (a milestone today), to Chuck Hall and Denise Filosofos (today), Eric Sander (a teenager today), Rodney Haynes (his 40th tomorrow), JoAnn Miano and Sally Dinino (tomorrow), Chance Luthringer and Daniel Senn (both turning 3 on Saturday), Mike Sexton and Dave Hamlin (Saturday), Sean Dinsmore (10 on Sunday), Debbi Robinson (Sunday), Carol Gress and Cindy Kaiser (cheers on Monday), Sammy Linenfelser (9 on Monday), Bob Monaco (Tuesday), Justin Schmadel (5 on Tuesday), Kiersten Winstel (3 on Tuesday), Peggy Hooper and Deb Remson (Wednesday), and Bryce Dakota McDonnell (3 on Wednesday).

Grand Island Garden Center,
   Michael Anthony Rossi Attorney At Law,  and   X-Press One Hour Dry Cleaners are our spotlighted advertisers this week. Isledegrande.com is brought to you by Reg Schopp's "GIECOM.NET". For advertising information, call Dan McMahon at 773-6789, ex. 220 or email Dan@giecom.net.

Looking Back 60 years - With the opening of the new second floor addition and first floor kindergarten with the big windows, enrollment at Charlotte Sidway School hit an all-time high on September 3, 1947 with 398 children present. Hallways and classrooms had been painted in pastel shades of green, peach, yellow and blue. I was in that first kindergarten class when Ethel Yuhas was our teacher.

Looking Back 50 years - A craft-shop program got underway at the 170-man Grand Island Battery site on August 30, 1957, the first of a dozen fully equipped hobby centers opened at twelve isolated AAA bases on the Niagara Frontier. The shop was open to all military personnel and their dependents free of charge.••••William (Red) Oldfield, 48, of Buffalo, a veteran speedboat driver, was killed and a woman passenger injured Monday, September 2, 1957 in a spectacular boat collision during a race in the Niagara River off Grand Island. He was at the controls of his sleek, 19-foot inboard when another boat in the race crashed against it from behind. His passenger, Jean Balas, 53, proprietor of the Bedell House, suffered a fractured collarbone. Driver of the second boat was Cy DeGrood, 42, of Cheektowaga who was accompanied by Clarence E. Hebert, 47, of 39 Cobb St., Tonawanda.••••A new wing on the Kaegebein School was in use for the first time when schools opened in September 1957. The Island’s enrollment for the two schools (Sidway) was 1650.

Looking Back 40 years - St. Stephen School opened Wednesday, September 6, 1967 at 2106 Baseline Road. Construction costs for the eight-classroom school totaled $407,000. Felician Sisters serving as the teaching staff were Principal sister Superior Mary Casimir, Assistant Principal Sister Mary Glorianne, Sister Mary Amelia and Sister Mary Cynthia. ••••Trudy Wendt was named full-time teacher by the executive board of the Grand Island Cooperative Nursery School, replacing Martha Martin.

Looking Back 20 years - Teddy's Islettes Baton and Drum Corps paraded for the last time. See Old Photo Album for a group photo.

Our sympathy to the family of Joseph Wagner who recently passed away. Click Deaths for complete information.••••A memorial service for Lucille Mock Helbig is being held at 11 a.m. Saturday morning at Grand Island Fire Company Headquarters. Lucy was the organist for the Golden Age Club choir for many years.

Kids Day - Good Bye Summer! is being hosted by the New Apostolic Church on Stony Point at Bedell Road from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday.••••The Historical Society's Ferry Village walking tour takes place at 7 p.m. this coming Tuesday with a rain date set for September 5th. The cost for the tour is $5.00 for members of the Grand Island Historical Society and $7.00 for non-members. For reservations or information call Sharon at 773-2421.

Go Viking. Members of the Varsity Viking Football Team open the season at Clarence at 2 p.m. Saturday.

Be sure to read the feature story on Island native Floyd Anderson, the article and photos on Bill Schultz' successful volleyball career, and Kris Christensen's Varsity Vikings Football Preview, all featured on the front page of Isledegrande.com this week.

This will be the last weekend that Sharon Nichols and Barbara Zafuto will open the Village Hot Dog Stand. It is the end of an era and we're hoping that Barb and Sharon will reconsider!! Thanks, girls.

Schools open here on Wednesday, September 5th. Drive carefully and have a wonderful Labor Day Weekend! (Labor Day History)

"Say a prayer for our guys over there." God bless America.

Thursday, August 23, 2007
Good morning, Jackie in Florence, KY, and good morning, Beth in Eva, AL.

Happy birthday to former resident Randy Hillock (today), to Gene Dinsmore (the big 6-0 today), Fred Schutt and Betty Ellis (today), Brooke Chamberlain (14 today), Gregg Roesch and Carol Mabey (tomorrow), Andrew Boron (21 tomorrow), Ava Lyn Brandon and Melaina Laurelle Ranger (both turning 2 years old tomorrow), Laura Anderson (the big 4-0 on Saturday), Gail Allen and Judy Webb (Sunday), Brielle Backland (11 on Sunday), Bob DeMita (cheers on Monday), Luke Darius Staub (2 on Monday), Gus Palmisano and Sandra Thompson (Tuesday), and Sharon Nichols and Bill Jacobs (Wednesday).

I'm happy to announce the 50th wedding anniversary of longtime residents Rev. Bob and Pat Vandermey, married August 24, 1957.••••A very happy anniversary to Nancy and Dave Duysters celebrating their 30th wedding anniversary on Monday.••••Kathy and Wayne Benton will mark their 35th anniversary on Saturday and are wished the very best.

Best wishes to to Kristen Linton and Brick White, who were married June 23rd, and to Kelly Mancuso and Patrick Yanes, married Saturday, August 4th . See
Islanders In The News for their photos.

Designet International  Bear-Man Specialty Products & Sauces,  River Oaks Clubhouse Restaurant  and  Costello & Frentzel Attorneys are our spotlighted advertisers this week. Isledegrande.com is brought to you by Reg Schopp's "GIECOM.NET". For advertising information, call Dan McMahon at 773-6789, ex. 220 or email Dan@giecom.net.

Looking Back 60 years - A total of 235 people, 15 years of age and over were X-rayed when the Tuberculosis Association’s Christmas Seal Mobile Unit visited near the bathhouse at Beaver Island State Park on Saturday, August 2, 1947.••••According to the "Across the Mahogany with Willie” column in the Island Dispatch 60 years ago, "Clem Scheuerman bought the cabin off the retired ferry boat, Toledo, and it’s our bet it will turn out to be the cutest little cottage you ever saw." The "cottage" still stands at the corner of Orchard and Ferry roads.

Looking Back 50 years - A Recordak charging machine installed at the Grand Island Memorial Library in 1957 saved time for librarian Ethel Kaiser and her assistant, Gertrude Cannon.••••The Colony Men's & Boys Store, specializing in clothing for men and boys, was opened at the Grand Island Plaza by Jim Sears and Lew Koch.••••John Watkins won first prize for best decorated tricycle and Philip Sack won first for best decorated bicycle at the Sandy Beach Property Owners Association parade on Saturday, August 24, 1957. Costume winners were David and Mark Paasch, Peggy Goodman, Ellen Nassoiy, Joe Michael D’Ingillo and Daniel B. Gietz.••••Donna Rodriguez and her mother, Marion Hawley, cooked 65 pounds of roast beef for the Sandy Beach community party Saturday, August 24, 1957. Bob Wright won the pie eating contest, Gladys Sloan was the winner of a door prize and Mr. and Mrs. Marsden O’Leary won an elimination dance.••••Celebrating mutual 13th birthdays together on August 16, 1957 were Marcia Nowak, Kathy Long (Gillespie) and Linda Wheeler. Following dinner at Creighton’s Edgewater Hotel, the girls and their guests attended the Grand Island Playhouse performance of “Witness for the Prosecution.”

Looking Back 30 years - Dissatisfied that they had no contract for the 1977-78 school year, the Grand Island Teachers Association formed a picket line and carried signs prior to the Monday, August 22, 1977 school board meeting. •••• First place winners of the Down River Swim were James Breier (40 and over), and Marcia Miller (30 and over). Other age group first place winners were Michael Breier, Dan Graesse, Patti Stevens, Marge Stevens, Randy Gilmore and Alan Rogers. The event started at the Buffalo Launch Club and ended at the Holiday Inn.

Looking Back 20 years - Editorial: The Grand Island Fire Company is the “best in the state,” Supervisor LaVerne C. Luther said when questioned about the possibility of the town switching to a paid fire department. Indicating that the town board has no intention of severing the excellent relationship between the volunteer firemen and the Island, he said, “Its response time (to fires and emergencies) is excellent.” Fire Chief Peter A. McMahon said that the company is well manned and, unlike other area volunteer outfits, is having no difficulty in obtaining new active members. Seven rookies are on a waiting list, he said. . . . the local company owns all of its buildings and equipment. It contracts with the town to provide fire protection and emergency aid. ••••Groundbreaking ceremonies were conducted Wednesday, August 25, 1987 to launch the “Woods and Lakes” subdivision of River Oaks on Grand Island. The subdivision, 81 half acre wooded home sites with many abutting the fairways and lakes of the championship River Oaks golf course, was the first of what would eventually become a 1500-family, four season community.

Miss Cathy's Dance Academy, under the direction of Cathy Thomas, is taking registration for all aspects of dance as well as musical theatre and a Mommy & Me class. A registration and open house at her studio at 1917 Staley Road begins at 6:30 p.m. tonight (Aug. 23rd).

Our sympathy to the families of Christopher Wozniak and James "Mike" Niland and former resident Paul Stefik Jr. who recently passed away. Click Deaths for complete information.

A reader asked me to give the Grand Island Fire Company a big pat on the back this week. As she was walking into an off-Island restaurant with a friend, the manager was asking in an extremely loud voice if 911 had been called and the response was "yes." An elderly gentleman passed out in the restaurant. As she and her friend stood in line, they continued to hear the question, "did anyone call 911?" The women finally got their order, stepped outside and could not believe the time lapse. Finally the paramedic van arrived followed by an ambulance at least 10 minutes later. "I just wanted to give our guys credit for their fast response time," she said.

Fire of Worship, the best in contemporary Christian music, takes place tomorrow at Whitehaven Road Baptist Church tomorrow evening.••••The Republican picnic is being held Saturday at the VFW Post. Check our Events Calendar for details.

A message to our servicemen and women: The silent majority of Americans appreciate what you are doing over there. Let us know your current rank and email/U.S. address so people across the nation can keep in touch.

"Say a prayer for our guys over there." God bless America.

Thursday, August 16, 2007
Good morning, Peter in Odessa, FL, and good morning, Pete in Zavalla, TX.

Joan                               John                               Mary
Joan Benton Templeton, John Martin and Mary Linenfelser Cooke, all attending Sidway School in 1953 when these photos appeared in the school yearbook, are celebrating birthdays on Saturday, Monday and Wednesday respectively. Have a great day, everyone!•••• Happy birthday to Danna Podgorny (today), Christopher Sexton (14 today), Maisie Mrkall (4 tomorrow), Jean Schlegel (tomorrow), Doug Saltzman (cheers on Saturday), Mary Ann Hayes (Monday), Shirley Gerspach (special greetings Monday), Joseph Edward Martin (2 on Monday), Joelle Scheffler (7 on Tuesday), Sarah Ali (Sweet 16 on Wednesday), Cassie Shickluna (9 on Wednesday), Lydia Senger (10 on Wednesday), Lauren Blakelock (20 on Wednesday), and Justin Podgorny (his 5th birthday on Wednesday).

With so many of us leaving the Island for high school before ours was built, the following may be of interest. A multi-year reunion for all Riverside High School alumni is being held Sunday, September 2nd at the Buffalo Launch Club. Dress is casual and cost is $25 per person with a cash bar. The cost includes hors d'oeuvres, hot dogs, hamburgers, sausage and salads. Reservation are necessary and due by August 18th. Checks should be made payable to: Riverside High School Reunion 2007. Mail to PO Box 1211, Amherst, NY 14226-1074. Several Islanders have already made reservations.

The Grand Island Alumni Association is offering some nice prizes for the winners of their "duck race" taking place early Sunday morning. Still time to get in on the competition. Ducks at $5 each may be purchased by contacting Dick Crawford (773-4121), Jodi Robinson (773-6789 ext. 117), Kim Schopp (773-5505), Pattie Frentzel (773-8788) or Chris Aronica (404-0088). Good luck!

A speedy and full recovery is wished for Baseline Road resident Bob Click who is recovering at home from a work related accident last week when he suffered a serious eye injury.••••We've heard that Harold Kaiser is making a quick recovery from a health concern earlier this week. Sure hope so.

A belated happy anniversary to Stella and Leo Orynawka who celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in June and to Ralph and Estelle Barbalato who were married 50 years in June.

Anchor Marine    McCarthy School of Irish Dance    Hizair Hair Salon  and  Wegman's    are our spotlighted advertisers this week. Isledegrande.com is brought to you by Reg Schopp's "GIECOM.NET". For advertising information, call Dan McMahon at 773-6789, ex. 220 or email Dan at Dan@giecom.net.

Looking Back 50 years - The question mark painted on “Wha Hoppen Too” seemed appropriate during the August 1957 International Regatta off the Buffalo Launch Club when the crowds wondered what happened to the $25,000 craft as it burst into flames. Bob Schroeder, driver of the BLC entry, “Wildroot Charlie,” was the hero of the day when he dropped out of the lead position to make five runs at the burning Gold Cupper in an attempt to conquer the blaze with the giant spray of his boat. The ill fated craft’s pilot, Marvin Henrich, suffered minor hand burns. The William J. Connors Jr. Memorial Trophy was won by Miss Supertest, driven by Art Asbury of London, Ontario. Miss Ricochet, driven by Bob Somerville, Grosse Point, Michigan, won the Island Dispatch Trophy. Well known local resident Ed Endres, tied for second place honors in “Dawn II” in the E racing runabouts class, and Roy Hughes of Colony Road, driving his “Baby Doll,” placed fifth. ••••A show staged in a tent at Love and Stony Point Road Wednesday, August 21, 1957 benefited the Muscular Dystrophy Fund. David Hatch, 15, wrote most of the material based on current TV shows. Others who contributed talent to the show were Myron T. Ortolano, 15; C. Robert Smith, 15; and J. Michael Canty, 14.

Looking Back 40 years - Tim Wunsch, a 12-year-old slugging pitcher, captured the Little League's Henderson Trophy in 1967. •••• Grand Island educators were on hand in August 1967 when a groundbreaking took place at the site of what would be the new middle school. Among those attending were Huth Road School Principal Tom Tierney, GIHS Principal Howard Fuller, School Board President Ruth Baker and Schools Superintendent Veronica E. Connor.

Looking Back 30 years - The Grand Island Madrigals, a high school singing group, put on the play, “The Fantasticks” on August 19-20, 1977 in the Grand Island High School auditorium. Rehearsals were held in the Baptist Church and directed by Kenvin Moreau. Cast included Eileen Conboy, Tim MacKenzie, Steve Fritschi, Brad Martin and Jamie Pultz.••••About 20 residents of East River and North Colony roads near Von’s Restaurant, a popular bar, presented a petition to the town board on Monday, August 15, 1977 citing constant disturbance in the neighborhood almost every night and during the early morning hours. The major complaint was noise (juke box, people talking and yelling, loud cars). •••• Town Justice Eric Reimann came in first in the 21-mile Around the Island Bike-a-thon Saturday, August 13, 1977 with a time of 53 minutes. The event was sponsored by the Grand Island Jaycees. •••• The Recreation Department sponsored a skateboard contest held at the Town Hall parking lot Saturday morning, August 13, 1977. First place winner was Arnold Jonathon, 13, of Riverdale Drive. Dave Mineo and David Pyc took second and third in the male category. First for the girls was Michelle Couglin, 13, of Tracey Lane followed by Jo Ann Gorenflo and Ellen Russell in 2nd and 3rd. •••• A carnival to benefit muscular dystrophy was held in the front yard of the Burridge home on Colonial Drive on Thursday, August 11, 1977. The girls who baked the cookies, made orange drink, put games together, and found a variety of prizes to give winners were exotic dancer, Alyssa Miller, 10; a seafaring pirate, Stacey Burridge, 8; a Raggedy Ann, Sarah Morrisey, 9; and Lisa Bottini, 7 as Clara Bell the clown. At least 100 kids showed up and the grand total of $49.19 was donated to the worthy cause.

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Looking Back 20 years -
Former Sabre Larry Playfair and town councilman Dan Linenfelser held the 2nd annual benefit softball game to raise funds for the Grand Island Bedell Road Recreation Site on Friday, August 21, 1987 at the Nike Base. Coach Kester Bleich’s Grand Island Stars team beat the Sabres 24-0. The team included Scott Kalman, Jay Raepple, Mark Raepple, John Gibney, Chris Aronica, Dave Cole, John Braddell (shown above), Mike Cap and Andy Spiesz. Coach Bob LaValle’s Buffalo Sabres team included Lindy Ruff, Dave Andrechuck, Jim Schoenfeld and Larry Playfair.••••Heidi Sue Mumm first began advertising for her new Islettes Elite majorette corps in August 1987.

Our sympathy to the families of Ibrahim A. R. Khreis, Lucille Mock Helbig, Charles M. Malican, Michael J. Didion, Rosa Marchioni and Rebecca R. Sherman and former resident Floyd “Sandy” Sanderson who recently passed away. Click Deaths for complete information.

The annual Grand Island Soccer picnic takes place Saturday at Veteran's Park. Members of Island Presbyterian Church will present their 3rd Annual Peach Festival at the church on Saturday. Grand Island Alumni Association Duck Race is scheduled for early Sunday morning. The annual Teachers' Prayer Breakfast is being held at 9 a.m. Tuesday, August 21st in the Trinity UM Church family room. Check our Events Calendar for details.

"Say a prayer for our guys over there." God bless America.

Thursday, August 9, 2007
Good morning, Cindy in Carlsbad, CA and good morning, Ron in San Jose, CA.

Did you or someone you know lose a pair of glasses? A pair of reading glasses were picked up at the Klingel Town Commons sign area today (August 9th). Call 773-6789 ext. 117 to identify and pick up.

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Diane and Mark Hassan and daughter, Mackenzie were among many, many boaters anchored off Grass Island on Sunday, July 29th. Click their photos for an idea of how many folks are enjoying this area of summer fun and sun!

A speedy recovery to Keith Sciandra. Keith is in Strong Memorial Hospital in Rochester recovering from liver transplant surgery. His family reports that he's doing well at this time and would appreciate cards and/or calls from his Grand Island friends. Keith's address is 3433 Wallace Dr. Please keep Keith and his family in your prayers. They have a long road ahead of them. ••••Isle native Dorothy Lovelee fell on July 4th and broke her an ankle and fractured her ribs. Cards of cheer may be sent to her home.••••Best wishes to Bernie Scozzaro, now recuperating from yesterday's surgery brought about by a serious motorcycle accident in June.

Have you seen this kitty? She is a 7-year-old, small black female, with no front claws, and her name is Buca. Owner Mary Battaglia writes that Buca has been missing from their Jamestown Road home. If you have and information, please call Mary at 773-3588 or contact her at tags3588@yahoo.com.

Happy 50th birthday to Mark Laman, GIHS Class of '75, now living in Poughkeepsie, NY who celebrated in style from what we've heard!! Mark received many appropriate gifts from his friends who all - well - meant well!!!•••• A very happy birthday to the following: Peter Wunsch (today), Geoff Webb (9 years old tomorrow), Doug Harding (tomorrow), Joseph Zarbo (his 16th birthday tomorrow), Joseph Fusco III (18 tomorrow), Carolyn Bucknam McFarland, Barbara Birt, Brett Simon and Betty Clayton (Saturday), John Ryan (20 on Saturday), Eileen Krause (2 on Saturday),Mathew Aronica (5 on Sunday), Steve Morgan (Monday), William Click (5 on Monday), Mitchell Clayton (7 on Tuesday), Michael Podgorny (his 10th birthday on Tuesday), Amy Stewart (21 on Wednesday), and Sharon Zimmerman (Wednesday).

Best wishes to Chad and Stacey Zahradnik who are celebrating their 10th wedding anniversary today.

   RE/MAX Linda Kutzbach   Niagara's Choice FCU   Marston Power Equipment  and   John's Pizza & Subs are our spotlighted advertisers this week. Isledegrande.com is brought to you by Reg Schopp's "GIECOM.NET". For advertising information, email Dan McMahon at Dan@giecom.net or call Dan at 773-6789, ex. 220.

Looking Back 50 years - Msgr. Edward S. Schwegler, pastor of St. Stephen’s Church, was seriously injured on August 14, 1957 when his car went out of control and hit a tree on West River Parkway between the Beaver Island Park entrance and Oakfield Road. ••••Plans were presented for the town youth center to be converted into a funeral home by its purchaser, Heber Ashley Jr., mortician and acting postmaster. First used as a chapel by St. Martin-in-the-Fields parish, the building was to be moved to Whitehaven Road, northeast of the Boulevard.•••• A pet cemetery, long unattended and unknown to visitors to Beaver Island State Park, was being restored by Park Supt. Edward J. Zuchowski. Small gravestones were unearthed, each baring the name of some long deceased canine that during its lifetime had been a pet in the home of the late George E. Matthews, Courier-Express publisher. The plot was located near the site of the former Falconwood Club, one of many lavish establishments here around the turn of the century. Zuchowski was erecting a wooden railing around the plot so it would be easily located.

Looking Back 40 years - Mae and Frank Klocke's barn at the north west corner of Baseline and Whitehaven roads was destroyed by fire Monday afternoon, August 14, 1967. The barn was said to be one of the Island's oldest.•••• The following list of shelter spaces available on Grand Island was published in the weekly paper in August 1967. The list included stocked and nonstocked facilities. Based on an approximate population of 12,000, Island shelters would hold about 14%, or 1,582 people.
Charlotte Sidway School, 92 spaces stocked
William Kaegebein School, 313 shelter spaces stocked
WBEN Radio Station, 53 spaces
Grand Island Jr.-Sr. High School, 345 shelter spaces stocked
Sewer Lift Station, 3300 Baseline, 65 spaces
Sewer Lift Station, 693 East River, 64 spaces

Looking Back 20 years - Island based Contractors Welding of WNY, awarded the structural steel contract for Buffalo's new Pilot Field, completed the placement of the final structural steel beam as the family, Con-Weld owners John and Zdenka Gast, their young daughters, Michele and Kelly Gast, and dignitaries including Mayor James Griffin, stood by to watch.

Looking Back 1 years - The new "Boating While Intoxicated" state law went into effect Sunday, August 13, 2006.

Our sympathy to the families of Nell Roberts, Carl F. Zich and Gordon E. Muck and former resident Marty Wolverton who recently passed away. Click Deaths for complete information.

A concert by the Grand Island Community Chorus and Community Band takes place tonight in the Grand Island High School auditorium.••••McMahon's Family Restaurant will celebrate its 5th anniversary with a special event on Saturday.••••The Moose Lodge will host its 2nd Annual Ron Spong Memorial Cool Car Show on Sunday at the Moose Lodge.••••Tuesday's town sponsored concert at the Klingel Town Commons will feature Glenn Wallace, Master of Stringed Instruments.••••For details and more Island events, check our Events Calendar.

"Say a prayer for our guys over there." God bless America.

Thursday, August 2, 2007
Good morning, Tricia in Spring Hill, FL and good morning, Kris in Kennett Square, PA.

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Todd, Greg and Gary Roesch held their annual fishing derby over the July 28th weekend with Jim Rores (shown right in first photo) catching the biggest fish (five pounds, eight ounces). The group took out 12 boats and caught over 140 pounds of fish. Gary caught the second biggest Bass weighing a hefty five pounds, four ounces. "Fish was cleaned, cooked and consumed in rapid fashion," Carol told us!

Thank you readers for spreading the word about our Isledegrande.com news site. We had another record-breaking 25,261 visitors to Isledegrande.com in the month of July.

Cards and prayers are in order for true blue, good friend June Byron.

Former resident Flo Gannon was quick to inform me that according to "SNOPES" the information in regard to Mars coming within 34.65M miles of earth is false. Thank you, Flo. That is an interesting website!!

A big happy birthday to George Allen and Phil Buchanan celebrating their birthdays on Sunday and Monday respectively. Happy birthday to Sarah Williams (her 13th birthday today), to Glenn Greenwood Jr. (a big one today), Brandon McDonough (20 tomorrow), Jack Bridenbaker (3 on Saturday), Ian Diaz (8 on Sunday), Michelle Fix (best wishes on Sunday), Kimmie Platts (Sunday), Carol Moore (Monday), Alex Turner (8 on Monday), Katrina Linenfelser and John Fletcher II (five on Monday), and Shannon McDonough (a teenager on Wednesday).

Best wishes to Adam and Becky Mason celebrating their 10th wedding anniversary today.••••Best wishes also to Michelle Marie Henry and Thomas Francis Wild, married Saturday. The Wilds will reside on Grand Island.

Grand Island Chiropractic,  Rose Liquor Store,   AJ Beyer Mechanical,   and Miss Cathy's Dance Academy are our spotlighted advertisers this week. Isledegrande.com is brought to you by Reg Schopp's "GIECOM.NET". Be sure to check out these business websites and for information on advertising at Isledegrande.com, email Dan McMahon at Dan@giecom.net or call Dan at at 773-6789, ex. 120.

Looking Back 60 years - Andrew Alt of East River Road, who had been waiting for the town board to rezone his property from residence B to Business D for the operation of his new restaurant, was notified that the board approved his application with the restriction that if the property is sold it will immediately revert to the original residential classification.••••Carl Kaegebein was general chairman of the Trinity Church Community Picnic held on East River Road just east of Sandy Beach in July 1947. Committee members included Eric Parish, Betty and Charles Campbell, Clayton Ames, LaVerne Harding, Ralph Westerman and Frank Schutt.••••Fifty-one women and twenty-one children attended the Home Bureau picnic 60 years ago at Rose Blampin’s home on West River Road.

Looking Back 50 years - High School senior, Marilyn Radder, 16, won the Miss Grand Island contest held during the firemen’s field day August 2, 1957. Her prize was a trip to New York City. Second and third place winners were Carleen Alt and Judy Schueckler (Hagan) respectively. Hank Alt and Chuck Thress of the Grandyle Plaza were the sponsors and WBEN-TV producer Bernie Ross, a Whitehaven Road resident, was one of the judges. ••••The new auditorium of St. Stephen’s Church was blessed prior to the offering of the first Mass there Sunday, August 4, 1957 by pastor Very Rev. Msgr. Edward S. Schwegler. The walls of the sanctuary and sacristy were designed so that they could be removed easily and replaced with a stage when the building would be converted into a combination auditorium/gymnasium for the first local Catholic school.••••A number of Ferry Village residents were notified by the Erie County Board of Health to discontinue running their waste sewer lines into a storm sewer and to install septic tanks, according to an announcement by Supervisor George J. Burgstahler at the town board meeting.••••The town board approved the formation of a new water district No. 7 costing $242,000 to serve residents and the Whitehaven Road Nike installations.

Looking Back 40 years - The Grand Island School Board addressed cuts and reductions for the Island's middle school plans including the elimination of closed circuit television, a planetarium and length of some corridors at a meeting with architects Harold Roberts and Ted Biggie on Friday, July 27, 1967.

Looking Back 30 years - Three youthful high school playground recreation leaders presented a Gong Show for their neighborhood group on August 5, 1977 with Sonny and Cher, alias Mary Wunsch and Aileen Phillips, and Phyllis Diller (Beth Walker Boron).••••Von’s Inn advertised luncheon specials that included a clam stand, fish fry, chicken wings and shrimp in the basket.

Looking Back 25 years - Jack Burns was appointed by the school district to serve as Supervisor of Transportation.

Looking Back 20 years - Equipped with space-age state of the art cycling technology, Island resident Glenn Hansen raced to a second place finish in the 2nd annual Indian Falls Lake Biathlon. Linda Lafauve, also of Grand Island, was the second woman overall with a time of 55.59.

Our sympathy to the families of Shirley A. Lord, Roberta L. Higgins, and former residents Thomas A. Dodge and Rita K. Prince who recently passed away. Click Deaths for complete information.

My husband, Jim, for the first time in years, has tomato plants growing in large pots on our front deck. The squirrels have continuously knocked the tomatoes down and taken one bite. Though it is nearly too late, we wonder if anyone has a solution. I did a search for advice and these are a few of the 93,800 pages that came up. If this is your problem, too, you may want to take a look!

Don't miss Jodi Robinson's "Let's Talk Chow" column, featuring one of our favorites, Feta Cheese!

The Island's Alumni Association is holding an "All Island" get-together at the Holiday Inn Grand Island's "Jazz on the River" tomorrow evening from 7-10 p.m. A blood drive will be set up Sunday at St. Stephen's Church and again on Tuesday at the Knights of Columbus Hall. Grand Island's National Night Out, a fun family event, takes place Tuesday evening at the Town Common along with the town sponsored band concert featuring the Niagara Frontier Fiddle Club.••••For more Island events, check our Events Calendar.

"Say a prayer for our guys over there." God bless America.

Thursday, July 26, 2007
Good morning, Jennifer in Baker, FL. and good morning, Sherry and Dan in New Bern, NC.

Katherine Gibas of Grand Island is one of four Western New York college journalists who have been awarded a total of $6,500 in scholarships by the Greater Buffalo Chapter, Society of Professional Journalists. Congratulations, Katherine.

Today is Eleeta Hughes' 85th birthday. Happy birthday, Eleeta.•••• Happy birthday also to Steve Barnhart and John MacNeil (big ones today!), Sam Clark (Saturday), Myrtle Killian (her 101st birthday on Monday), Tom Cope (his 20th on Monday), old friend Jane "Costin" Rocks (65 on Monday), Jenna Hutzler (Sweet 16 on Tuesday), Diane Wasson, Janet Wenner and Dane Dearlove (Tuesday), Raymond Fisher II (20 on Tuesday), Diane Victor (cheers on Wednesday), Hannah Linenfelser (10 years old on Wednesday) and Francesca Kustra (21 on Wednesday).

Members of the town's Preservation Board are in the process of saving the history of the Pierce Farm, "The Elms," by collecting information and photos to be used in a moving display. If you have information or photos of this 500-acre, West River Road farm, contact Sharon Nichols at 773-2421.

Our sympathy to the families of Judith A. Bush, Annie A. Smith, Robert E. Brennan and former resident Robert M. Bull Jr. who recently passed away. Click
Deaths for complete information.•••• Sorry to report the death of Bill Speidel on March 23, 2007 after a long battle with cancer. Bill's wife, Carolyn, wrote this week that they had attended the 1990 and 1996 Sidway School reunions and enjoyed them very much. "Bill told me so much about Sidway," Carolyn said. Bill was a member of the eighth grade graduating class of 1942.

Blue Water Marina,  Aceti's Wine & Spirits,    Liz Wilbert - Century 21,   and    Elderwood At Riverwood are our spotlighted advertisers this week. Isledegrande.com is brought to you by Reg Schopp's "GIECOM.NET". For advertising information, call Dan McMahon at 773-6789, ex. 220 or email Dan@giecom.net.

Looking Back 60 years - A meeting was held at the home of Gerald A. Weingartner of Harvey Road to discuss the formation of a Grand Island Chamber of Commerce. The meeting was presided over by Chairman Pro-Tem, Franklin Klocke.••••Announcing his candidacy for town supervisor in the November 1947 election was Gerald A. Weingartner, a registered Independent Republican. His opponents were Reginald P. Long, a Republican and present office holder; and Daniel McNamee, a Democrat.

Looking Back 50 years - Employees of Chuck Thress’ Grandyle Pharmacy in 1957 were Mildred Miller, Margaret Webster, Bernice Glor (Pagliaro), Paula King, Carol Kingston (Ullrich), Blaise Rindone, Robert Kingston and Stan Pasek.••••In announcing the Republican endorsements for re-election in 1957, Republican Chairman W. Franklin Ness noted that the justice of the peace position would now be titled councilman and the term for highway superintendent would increase from two to four years. George Burgstahler would again run for supervisor and Harold L. Long and Frank Schutt for councilmen.

Looking Back 40 years - The Diefenbach girls, Julie, 11, and her sister, Paula, 9, were treated to a special show by “Tarzan” Zerbini at Fantasy Island and pictured in the weekly paper.•••• Paul Smyton, 16, was chairman of a youth center that the Island teens were setting up in St. Stephen’s barn. Funds of $1,300 were raised through a carnival the previous year and at the time they had a total of $1,400 in the bank towards construction of a new youth center. Playing for one of the group’s dances was the live music of “Orange Luv,” headed by Mike Ahr, 17, on guitar; Rick Michalewski, 14, lead guitar; John Kowzan, 15, rhythm guitar; Denny Hoffer, 15, drums; and Chuck Peterson, 16, soloist. Also playing at another youth group event was the band, “The Henchmen.” ••••The executive committee of the recently organized Citizens for Better Education met Monday, July 31, 1967 in Trinity EUB Church. Newly-elected co-chairmen of the group were William R. Elias and Charles F. Dienst.

Looking Back 30 years - The “Sandy Beach Disco Kids,” Jeff Velie, Kelly Edston, Melissa Edston, Karen Schutt and Charlie Schutt, led off the Sandy Beach Park Club pre-teen parade and party Saturday, July 23, 1977. Does anyone have this photo taken by Helena Kovacs?•••• Residents of Glen Avon, running off Love Road between Mesmer’s Dairy and the Wilson Farms store, protested at a town board meeting in regard to Mesmer Dairy’s request for industrial zoning, and also the garbage, odor, and truck traffic in their neighborhood making it almost impossible to sell their homes. •••• The Whitehaven Tennis Club held its Men’s Singles Tournament with 21 entries over the July 30-31, 1977 weekend and chaired by Chuck Randazzo. Dan Martinez won the semi-final against Andrus Vari, 6-0, 6-2 then defeated Reg Schopp in the final 6-4, 7-5. Reg reached the finals by defeating Dick Wall, 6-4, 6-2.

Looking Back 20 years - Tiny little Ashley Carminati won first place in the Jack and Jill Pageant July 19, 1987 in the Ramada Inn. She was also judged most photogenic to the delight of her family.••••The 50-unit apartment complex for the elderly and disabled, Islandview Apartments at 2136 Baseline Road, was officially opened with a ribbon cutting ceremony on Friday, July 17, 1987.•••• Ames Department Store on Grand Island Blvd. announced its 30th birthday celebration in July 1987. The Island’s Ames opened in the fall of 1958.••••The Sandy Beach Park Club kids parade and picnic was held in July 1987 when the costumes of Mike Lazzaro (RAID), Mike Malonek (safari adventurer), Justin Schaber (frog), Laura Herbst (hockey player), Molly Martin (Madonna) and Michelle Bechtel (clown) were judged the best.••••Winners of the Town Recreation Department’s Volleyball competition were team members of “The Klocksters,” Kellie Fergen, Brian Klock, Jeff Leach, Jennifer Kania, Joey Mann, Debbie Gesl and Don Scalise.

Looking Back 10 years - The "town park committee" that included Joanne Carr, Joan Kilmer, Dorothy Westhafer and Recreation Director Linda Tufillaro, met on July 30, 1997 to discuss financing possibilities for funding amenities such as park benches, floral garden areas, and another entertainment area. Also attending the meeting were Councilwoman Mary Cooke and Long Range Planning Chair Tom Nowak.

Heard from Holly "Whitford" Best this week, who writes that she and her son, Michael have been visiting her dad, Bill Whitford Sr., here on the Island. Her comments were directed to Ora Glor-Newton and in regard to the 95th birthday party pictures posted last week at Isledegrande.com. "She was my first grade teacher at Kaegebein, a wonderful, kind person, I loved having her for my teacher." Hopefully, Ora's children will point out Holly's note!

Kenmore West High School is having its annual all-school bash at 7 p.m. August 3rd at River Oaks Golf Club on the Island. There is no charge. For information, call Jim Metzger at 480-1246 or Dianne Szeliga Janus at 743-1129.

A Chiavetta's chicken BBQ is being held at the Century 21 Winklhofer office, 1770 Grand Island Boulevard, today beginning at 4 p.m.••••Paddles Up Niagara activities begin at 8:30 a.m. Saturday in Beaver Island State Park.••••The Dick Pendleton Memorial Super Cruise is being held at the VFW Post Sunday starting at 10 a.m. ••••"The Masters" Memorial Golf Tournament in memory of Gene Masters begins at 1 p.m. Monday at River Oaks.••••Lions Club members will be selling hot dogs and hamburgers during the Tuesday night concert at the Town Common Gazebo. Music starts at 7 p.m.••••For future Island events, check our Events Calendar.

"Say a prayer for our guys over there." God bless America.

Thursday, July 19, 2007
Good Morning, Dave and Marsha on the Island, and good morning, Phil in Santa Maria, CA.

Please pray for longtime Island resident June Byron who is in the rehab unit at Kenmore Mercy Hospital. A close friend has written that "June has always cared and prayed for and done such nice things for everyone else her whole life. Hopefully she can overcome some of the obstacles that are ahead."••••So sorry to report that Tom Rall was injured earlier in the week when hit by a truck. He is expected to be home by today.

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The celebration of Ora Glor-Newton’s 95th birthday was a wonderful occasion. Ora is shown in the family photo with her children, Bernie, Barbara, Elizabeth, Peter, Ellen and Eugene. That's Ora, myself, and Barbara Glor Martin in the center photo. Nancy Mote Sayre, Penny Ball, Sally Swalm Hansen, Don Burns and Bernie Glor Pagliaro posed for the photo on the right. Ora, who moved to Grand Island with her late husband, Eldon, in 1942, was a teacher at the Kaegebein Elementary School for many years.

The New York State Thruway Authority has relocated the Grand Island E-Z Pass Service Center to 2293 Grand Island Boulevard in the Town Hall Plaza just across from the Grand Island Town Hall. The move was completed on Monday.

Old-timers who will remember former resident Eleanor Bauer of East Park Road will want to see her picture as she looks forward to her 90th birthday. Happy birthday, Eleanor. See "Islanders In The News."

Kris and Evelyn Haag are excited to announce the arrival of their baby boy, Matisse Haag, born at 6:30 a.m. on Saturday, July 14th weighing seven pounds, 11 ounces. Isle grandparents are Pat and Bob Haag.

Pat and Skip Board are celebrating their 55th wedding anniversary today. Carmen and Betty Jane Gardner Penque will mark their 50th anniversary tomorrow and Mike and Alma Anderson will be married 25 years on July 24th. Best wishes everyone.

Have you looked at our Isledegrande.com guestbook lately? It grows longer on a daily basis. Take a look. You might just reconnect with an old friend.

Gene Ryshkus of the Grand Island Garden Center on Alvin Road celebrated his 60th birthday Monday. Happy birthday, Gene.••••Happy birthday to Tim Ehde (cheers today), to Andrew Sander (12 today), Tracey Senn and Hank Morgan (tomorrow), Dan Linenfelser (the big 6-5 on Saturday), Jean Anstett, Chuck Berlinger and Joan Portik (Saturday), Andrew Davis (21 on Saturday), Victoria Mordaunt (Sunday), Bill Buckley (Monday), Marion Fabiano (best wishes on Monday), Michelle Botwin (Sweet 16 on Monday), Maya Jean Pecoraro (her 4th birthday on Monday), Dorothy Costanzo and Kathy Smith (Tuesday), Mary Grace Egloff (Sweet 16 on Tuesday), and Jan Hague (Wednesday).

A memorial service and reception will be held Wednesday, July 25th, at 7 PM at Island Presbyterian Church, for Robert C. Rittenhouse, a long-time resident of Grand Island. See Deaths for complete information.

Fuccillo Auto Group   Island Pediatrics,   Grand Island Home Construction,   and Sherry McDonald / RealtyUSA are our spotlighted advertisers this week. Isledegrande.com is brought to you by Reg Schopp's "GIECOM.NET". For advertising information, call Dan McMahon at 773-6789, ex. 220. or email Dan@giecom.net.

Looking Back 60 years - Fifty-one women and twenty-one children attended the Home Bureau picnic Tuesday, July 15, 1947 at Rose Blampin’s home on Oakfield Road.••••Grand Island joined the nation in a protest against the high prices on all cuts of meat during “Don’t Buy Meat” week, July 18-25, 1947. ••••Blanche Lapine was the lucky winner of two prizes at St. Stephen’s church picnic. She went home with a stuffed billy goat and a boudoir doll.••••Donna Hawley (Rodriguez), Mary Ann Kruse (Arsenault), Geraldine Mrkall (Serba), Gloria Peck (Thompson), Sally Smith (Detally), Jean Webb (Bleich), Stephanie Woods (Mauri), Carol Schwagler (Brown) and Barbara Sock (Russell), were among the members of Girl Scout Troop 337 who spent the week of July 20-26, 1947 at Camp Sky High in the Boston Hills. Boondoggle bracelets, belts, pottery and flower blueprints occupied the hours spent outdoors.

Looking Back 50 years - Nancy, Gail and Bobby Luther took parts in the Grand Island Playhouse production of “Teahouse of the August Moon” in July 1957.••••A reduction in bridge tolls for Island residents, long the aim of the local Chamber of Commerce, was again being sought by that organization 50 years ago. Paul Ungaro, chairman of a committee appointed to work on the proposition, said that a report that the financial success of the NYS Thruway has been assured two years ahead of schedule will be one of the points used in asking for the cut in rates.

Looking Back 40 years - Rick Sander, 15, lead man on the six-string guitar; Bob Savoy, 15, bass; Tom Savoy, 14, drums and Derek Briekie, 13, guitar; got together “just for fun” practicing twice a week in the Savoy home on the Island and after only six months were already performing at a Sidway grade school dance.

Looking Back 30 years - A CB radio jamboree was held at Norm Mondry’s Island Lanes over the July 16-17, 1977 weekend. ••••Debbie DeGlopper (Robinson) 11, finished the annual Soap Box Derby Race in 1977 in a tie for 4th place and took top honors in design on Sunday, July 17, 1977. Fourth place was the highest finish for a girl in the junior division.

Looking Back 20 years - The GIHS Class of '67 held an "ice-breaker" at the Bedell House on July 3, 1987 to kick off their 20th reunion weekend.

Sandie Rall Smith has written that while visiting the Village Inn during her vacation on the Island, she lost an earring the size of a quarter holding three emeralds and three diamonds. She writes that it could be anywhere between the middle of the parking lot across the road and the door of the restaurant. Sandie is offering a $50 reward to whoever found it. Email Sandie at sandie@mydax.com if you find her earring.

Raj Chopra pulled in a 26-pound king salmon at Olcott while attending a day of fishing and picnicking at the Buffalo Sabres Alumni Summer Salmon Spectacular, a fundraiser to benefit the Kevin Guest House.

The annual Friends of Lynnette Bike Tour and Chinese Auction takes place Saturday, A re-election fundraiser for Supervisor Peter McMahon is planned for Monday evening at the Town Cafe. For future Island events, check our Events Calendar.

"Say a prayer for our guys over there." God bless America.

Thursday, July 12, 2007
Good morning, Sandy in Concord, NC and good morning, Donnette in Deerfield Beach, FL.

Sherry                               Marcia
Sherry "Wade" Walsh and Marcia "Morgan" Wagner were first graders on the Island when these photos were taken in 1954. Sherry will celebrate her birthday on Tuesday and Marcia will do the same on Wednesday. Happy birthday, girls!••••Happy birthday to Ashley Dragonette (11 today), to Joe Czora (tomorrow), Taylor Benton (7 tomorrow), Sarah Chamberlain (her 12th birthday tomorrow), Phyllis Stack (her 80th birthday on Saturday), Jonathan Voyzey (a teenager on Saturday), David A. Anderson II (19 on Sunday), Tammy Anderson (Sunday) and Luke Austin (5 on Monday).

Happy anniversary to Joan and Kip Staub celebrating their 40th on Saturday.

The Buffalo News carried a great story on diehard baseball fan, Cal Kern. See
"Buffalo News."

Ehde Beth (Stamler) Parrish, an Island native and a 1942 graduate of Tonawanda School, paid a visit to me here in the Isledegrande.com office yesterday. Ehde Beth, whose husband and traveling companion passed away this past year, arrived on the Island July 3rd, and will spend a few more days here before motoring back to her home in Murray, Kentucky.

Congratulations to Jean Peters and Valerie Thomas who were recently honored with ElderWood Senior Care's 2007 Service Excellence Awards.

Ora Glor-Newton
Shhhhhh!! The children of Ora Glor-Newton are in town for her 95th birthday being celebrated after the second service (11:45 a.m.) at Trinity UM Church. It is a surprise so please do not mention it if you see her before Sunday.

Looking Back 50 years - Island census figures totaled 7613 persons - 4111 males and 3502 women.••••Gerald Mayer of Baseline Road was presented the Eagle Scout award by Assistant Scoutmaster Wilfred Vanthoff at a Court of Honor on the Sidway School grounds Friday, July 12, 1957. His father, Carlton S. Mayer, was the scoutmaster of Troop No. 75. Scouts taking part in the ceremony were Dick Collins, John Meyers, Gerald Mayer, Dan Killian, Perron Villano, Marion Roberts and Assistant Scoutmaster Theodore Filosofos.••••The Debbie Shop, a children’s wear store under the management of Shirley Dixon, opened at the new Grand Island Plaza.••••A traffic jam stretching from the south bridge almost all the way to Beaver Island State Park developed Sunday afternoon, July 14, 1957 when rain sent thousands of visitors scurrying homeward. All police forces on the Island were mobilized to handle the traffic jam after state police received a forecast of rain. Troopers notified Chief Constable Clarence Dixon, who called out the Island police to assist. Sheriff’s deputies also were on hand to keep traffic moving and to prevent snarls. Cars developed overheated engines and had to pull off the road until they cooled off.

Looking Back 20 years - A grand opening of the Island View apartments for senior citizens was held on July 17, 1987.

Our sympathy to the families of Brenda J. Cook, Frederick W. Rice, Andrea "Duffy" Switzer and former resident Kenneth Kinsey who recently passed away. Click Deaths for complete information.

Barbara Brown has taken over the "Box Tops for Education" at Huth Road Elementary School and is hoping the entire Island will get involved. Save your Campbell's Soup labels and UPC's for Huth Road or your own favorite Island school. See "labels" for more information.

This week's spotlighted Isledegrande.com advertisers are Inside & Out Home Improvements,  Keller Insurance,   Kershner Studios,   and Justin Tyme Cafe On The River. Isledegrande.com is brought to you by Reg Schopp's "GIECOM.NET". For information on advertising at Isledegrande.com, email Dan McMahon at Dan@giecom.net or call 773-6789, ex. 220

A fundraiser for the re-election of Councilman Gary Roesch is being held at the Buffalo Launch Club tonight featuring the ragtime music of Don Burns.••••St. Stephen's outdoor basketball tournament is scheduled for Saturday.••••St. Martin's Chicken BBQ and silent auction will take place Saturday. The Niagara Power Squadron offers a Safe Boating Course on Saturday.••••A blood drive is scheduled for Tuesday at Fire Headquarters.••••The dedication of the Town Commons to the memory of my mother, Marion Klingel, will be held Tuesday evening at 7 p.m., just before the band concert. The Fire Company Ladies will be cooking hot dogs before the concert.••••See our Events Calendar for details.

"Say a prayer for our guys over there." God bless America.

Thursday, July 5, 2007
Good Morning, Phil in Tonawanda, and good morning, Tina in Colorado.

Though it was a wet Independence Day on Grand Island, just about everyone we know enjoyed this very patriotic holiday. Gretchen Beyer of Fareway Lane told me that American flags were placed at the end of every driveway on her street early yesterday morning, compliments of Reality USA, and Bob and Chris Eberhard. Wouldn't it be nice if this became an Island tradition. Think about it!••••Wednesday's parade was most appreciated from everyone coming out in the rain to watch it, and the wonderful VFW Post 9249 crew deserve a big hand today for keeping everyone happy during their annual community picnic. The crowds continued to come over to the post throughout the day. I will post the raffle winners as soon as I hear the results!••••"It's tradition!!" Our own 4th of July picnic featured Uncle Dan Linenfelser, American Flag in hand, marching around the riverfront, followed by a parade of our grandchildren, and Dan leading the family in singing "Yankee Doodle Dandy," and several other patriotic songs.

"Welcome home, Sandie Rall, and sorry I missed you yesterday." Sandie emailed earlier in the week that she would be on the Island with her daughter for the 4th. “That is what she wanted for her graduation....to go to Grand Island,” Sandy wrote.

Happy birthday to Karen Ackerman (today), Anthony Gugino (his 16th birthday on Saturday), Earl DeGlopper Sr. and Ted Kessler Sr. (80th birthdays on Saturday), Ryan Link (18 on Saturday), Joanne Carr (Saturday), Jim Pullano (the big 4-0 on Saturday), Christopher Avery (his 16th on Sunday) and his twin, Alexandria Avery (her sweet 16th on Sunday), Jordan Tripi (a Sweet 16 on Sunday), Mary Ellen Pfohl and Candy Carter (Sunday), Shannon Robillard (11 on Monday), Julie MacKellar (28 on Monday), Lois Martene, Vivian Smudski and Bernice Dinsmore (Monday), Colin Gallagher (his 18th on Monday), Alfred Bykowicz and Tray Elgar (Tuesday) and Cheryl Caleri and Lisa Capage (cheers on Tuesday).

Best wishes to Pat and Doris DeCillis, married 60 years today, to Martha and Jay Martin, celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary on Sunday, to Renee and Dan Gietz, marking their 30th anniversary on Monday, and to Tom and Cathy Thomas who will be married 15 years on Tuesday.

Looking Back 50 years - Chairman Daniel J. McNamee announced the candidates endorsed by the Democratic Committee in July 1957 as Francis D. Brady for supervisor, Edward L. Kennedy for justice of the peace, Robert T. Dobbins for councilman, Ivy Waltman for town clerk, Charles R. Gollwitzer for highway superintendent, Joseph T. Blaydon for tax collector, and Edward L. Burns for assessor.••••Built in 1907 by the John Schutt family, the barn owned by Ernie and Edith Godfrey opened in 1957 as the Double EC Ranch, a first class refreshment stand. Mrs. Godfrey said they left the small door where the sheep used to come in to assure extra ventilation, and that the window frames were originally from the one-time fashionable social club, the Falconwood Club. The home-made pies being sold in the new venture came from the kitchen of Alvina Schutt.••••Unusual?? The local weekly printed the following 50 years ago: "Understand the patrons of Mager’s Grille were treated to an added attraction on the fourth when the proprietor went coolly about his duties – in Bermuda shorts!!"•••• Alex “Duke” Selle won the two-lap, 3 ½ mile heats free-for-all in the inboard-outboard regatta off Riverside Park. Al Brinkman also raced his $5500 "Sea Biscuit" in these heats. Ken Staub won both heats in the B Quickie class and came in second in the unlimited class. Jim Hartman came in third in both the Class B Stock and the B Quickie.

Looking 40 years - A handsome looking building was pictured in the local weekly paper with the headline, “Hooker Building To Beautify Area.” •••• Michael and Tommy Fischetti, Billy and Mark Burns and Jeffrey and Brian Pettit put on a carnival on Schwegler Road to raise money for Muscular Dystrophy, collecting $20 for their cause. Teresa Slish, Cindy Mason and Patti Cezara did the same on Schutt Court, raising $13.02 for the Lion’s Club. •••• Area state park and parkways were scheduled to come in for a substantial share of the $200 million bond issue approved by voters for state park development. General Manager of the Park Commission Arthur B. Williams, speaking at the Grand Island Historical Society's annual dinner, said, “We also plan to excavate the lagoon separating Beaver Island from the main island and to develop an area for rowboats and canoes.” Scheduled for construction at Beaver Island in 1968-69 was a large swimming pool that had always been part of the park’s master plan, he disclosed. Plans for 1969-70 called for an artificial ice and roller-skating arena in the park at a cost of about $300,000.”

Looking Back 30 years - A scaffold was up and men were busy working on the “Old St. Stephen’s Church” in July 1977. The church, closed for the previous eight years, was to be used again for services. •••• Islanders participating in an ice show production, “A Country Fantasy,” in the summer of 1977 at the Boulevard Twin Rinks in Wheatfield were Larry and Rita Desemone and children, Jim, Jack and Cindy, and Lisa Bottini, Nicole Parvu, Amy Parvu and Virginia Crea.

Looking Back 5 years - Fran and Joe McMahon and family opened their McMahon’s Family Restaurant five years ago – July 8, 2002, and continue to do a land office business on the Boulevard.

Attention GIHS Class of '67. The 40th reunion webpage for the Class of '67 has been updated with the schedule of the October 12-14, 2007 events.

Our sympathy to the families of Laura Whitaker and Mary Smith who recently passed away. Click
Deaths for complete information.••••A memorial service for former resident LeRoy "Lee" Atkins is being held at 11 a.m. Tuesday, July 10th in the Leisurewood Campground Recreation Hall, 5720 Cummings Road, Akron.••••Bruce D. Pagels, husband of the late Gloria Anderson Pagels, passed away on June 29th. At one time, he was a well known police officer, working on the Island.

"Magic Towel Holder,"     Riviera Theater ,    Sound Choice Audio Performance and our newest advertisers,     Island Prescription Center  and   "JP'S Sunoco," are being spotlighted this week. Isledegrande.com is brought to you by Reg Schopp's "GIECOM.NET." For advertising information, call Dan McMahon at 773-6789, ex. 220.

The GIHS Class of 1977 and the Class of 1987 reunions will be held at the Holiday Inn tomorrow evening. The GIHS Class of 1982 will hold a 25-year reunion tomorrow night at the Moose Lodge.•••• BA's Memorial Golf Tournament is being held Friday morning at the Beaver Island Golf Course.•••• The Grand Island Historical Society will sponsor a "Lemonade and Cookies Social" at the Tuesday evening band concert at the Town Commons.

Thank you readers for continuing to come to Isledegrande.com for your news. Our online newspaper broke another record in "unique visitors" to the Isledegrande.com site during the month of June. The total recorded for June 2007 reached 21,739.

"Say a prayer for our guys over there." God bless America.

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