"Between the Bridges"
by Teddy Linenfelser

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

Thursday, June 26, 2008
Good morning Robert in Colden, NY and good morning Kathy in Charlotte, NC.

Supervisor Pete McMahon is extremely appreciative of the community's outpouring of good wishes. See
"Town Supervisor" for Peter's message.

Courtney Dempsey and Gary Courtney Jr. (Grand Island High School Class of '89) are engaged to be married and hoping to win their dream wedding. Gary is the son of former Stony Point Road residents Carlene and Gary Courtney. If you would like to help them in a "most votes" contest for a dream wedding, see http://www.usmagazine.com/wedding-2008-couple-7. Good luck Courtney and Gary.

Best wishes to Jeffrey and Karen Johnson who will celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary on Monday, June 30th and also to Michael and Renee Johnson who will be married 13 years on Saturday.

Happy birthday to Margie Robillard, Triston Wilkinson and Josh Billica (today), to Mark Simpson (cheers today), Kevin Jones (his 40th tomorrow), Eric Billica (tomorrow), Lily Panepinto (3 tomorrow), Mary Martin (89 on Saturday), Justine Vanthoff, Marjorie Ehde Anderson and Diane Swick (Sunday), Sue Mallon (special greetings on Sunday), Max Costello (9 on Sunday), Joey Cali (6 on Tuesday), Gary Roesch and Margaret Giles (Tuesday), Chelsea Robillard (10 on Wednesday), and Megan Pinzel (3 on Wednesday).

Dr. Sabrina? Remember where you heard it. Sabrina Butcher, who accompanied her grandmother, Cathy Thomas, to our office this week, told us she was going to be a baby doctor when she grows up and went on to explain that a baby doctor is really a pediatrician. Miss Butcher is two and one half years old.

Good friends Michael Marino and Sean Christian Rustowitz are shown enjoying the kindergarten field day at Beaver Island Park this week. They are members of Mrs. Maureen Ruossi's class at Sidway School.

A speedy and complete recovery goes out to Fred Mumm.

Looking Back 60 years - The United State Post Office on Grand Island advanced from third class to second class on July 1, 1948. •••• Town Board meetings were suspended during the months of July/August 1948.

Looking Back 50 years - ”Night Patrol” with Jack Sharpe and Dan McBride debuted on July 1, 1958 on WEBR/AM. ••••Island gardeners formed the Cinderella Isle Garden Club in July 1958.•••• Larry Harding of Whitehaven Road won the Teenage Safe Driving Road-e-o sponsored by the Jr. Chamber of Commerce. Larry scored 420 points of a possible 500. Bob Hajski of Wallace Drive finished second (414 points) and Gerald Mayer of Baseline Road was third (406). The Jr. Chamber committee included George B. Wildridge Jr. and Wallace Reid.••••Work on a permanent site for the Little League games was under way with the assistance of equipment loaned by Mel Rupp, of the Rupp Rental Corp. The Staley Road site was/is owned by the school district. Jim Ritter and Neil Goodspeed were co-chairmen of the Little League grounds committee. ••••Park officials reported an estimated 10,000 persons visited Beaver Island State Park over the June 28-29, 1958 weekend.

Looking Back 40 years - The town board addressed the Buffalo Motor Boat Club’s request for a variance to build a clubhouse, docks, parking area and picnic area along a “paper street” called Park Avenue in the Edgewater area of East River Road.•••• Among the long list of recipients of the Huth Road School’s “H” pin award were Judy Lovelee (Kenyon), Peggy Lichtenthal, Brian Lamb, Sandra Alt, Sally Gollwitzer (Goris), Beth Walker (Boron), Emily Kunkel (Dahlstrom) and Cheryl Samrany.••••"One thing is absolutely clear. Thursday night at the Edgewater Hotel is a major problem.” This was a statement in one of four separate articles in the same Island Dispatch regarding the Edgewater Hotel in the 4000 block of East River Road.

Looking Back 30 years - A sprinkling ban from noon until 9 p.m. was in effect and continued through September 15. ••••Students and staff of Kaegebein School celebrated its 25th birthday with a party on June 14, 1978. Assisting Chairman Lee Cohen were Barbara Birt, Barbara Klock, Bev Thomas, Judy Englert, Betty Liddle, Sandy Heidel and Evelyn Lewis.••••Members of Veterans of Foreign Wars Post 9249 held their first meeting at the new site of their memorial post on Grand Island Blvd. The post, under Commander Mel Hill, was located where Giles Beverage once conducted business, and was to officially open sometime after July 4th.

Our sympathy to the families of Angeline M.Amorosi, Angeline Scalia, Irene E. Witkowski, Dominic A. Bianca and former resident John J. Woodfine who recently passed away. Click Deaths for complete information.••••A memorial service will be held Saturday for Alice “Becky” Goodwin. See Deaths.

We thank the following longtime advertisers and ask you to take a look at their websites and patronize them when possible: Wavelengths Hair Salon,  and  Century 21/Gerrie Andolina,  and   Bob Piatek State Farm Insurance,  and   Flower A Day Florist. For information on advertising at Isledegrande.com, email Dan McMahon at Dan@giecom.net.

Ted Filosofos is in the Schoelkopf Health Center in Niagara Falls for rehab and according to daughter, Denise, is doing well so far, and hopefully will be back on his feet sometime soon.

Drummer and Isle resident Gary Astridge has written his Niagara Falls Ringo Memories. See "Gary's Story for the story and photos.

Diplomas will be given to the 264 members of the Grand Island High School Class of 2008 at ceremonies in Kleinhans Music Hall tonight.••••A "Kids Helping Kids" program takes place Saturday at the New Apostolic Church.••••A Wrestling Club fundraiser is being held at the Brick Oven on Saturday.••••The Chamber of Commerce Expo begins at 10 a.m. Saturday at Klingel Town Commons.•••• See our Calendar of Events for complete details on these and other Island happenings.

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

Thursday, June 19, 2008
Good morning Trudy in Coatesville PA and good morning Casey in Pittsford, NY.

Prayers for a successful heart surgery are in order for our town supervisor, Pete McMahon. Let's fill his mailbox with cards of good wishes and cheer. Count us on the top of your cheering section, Peter!

Happy birthday to Omar Sortino and Carleen Gerber (today), our son, Jim Linenfelser (39 tomorrow), Savannah Kustra (Sweet 16 tomorrow), Bob Beach (happy 85th tomorrow), John Frentzel (a teenager tomorrow), James McDonnell (17 on Saturday), Larry Playfair (Monday), Sara Fletcher (3 on Monday), Tim Gibney (50 on Tuesday), Pat Vandermey (Tuesday), Fred Killian (cheers on Tuesday), Jackie Kane (Wednesday), Meaghan Grotz (her 21st on Wednesday), and baby Morgan Kate Blum (first birthday on Wednesday).•••• A belated but sincere happy 84th birthday to Ardys Hamm who celebrated on Tuesday, June 17

Staff Sergeant Michael Zaremski Jr., GIHS Class of 1994, serving in Afghanistan with the Army National Guard, is featured on our front page. Mike has sent several pictures and a mailing address. Why not drop him a line or email him. I'm sure he would enjoy hearing from Grand Island, NY.

U.S. Navy Ensign Joel E. Stoorza recently graduated from the United States Naval Academy in Annapolis, MD and has been commissioned as an Officer in the U.S. Navy. Congratulations, Joel. See
Islanders In The News for the story and photo.

Looking Back 60 years - Dr. Sherman Crayton, professor of Education at State Teachers College, Buffalo was the speaker at the graduation exercises held at Sidway School Thursday evening, June 24, 1948. The 8th grade Class of 1948 numbered 22 members.••••“Suds in Your Eyes” was the benefit production sponsored by the Grand Island Volunteer Fire Company when the Grand Island Playhouse officially opened for first time. The theater, in the renovated Long barn on Baseline at Bedell, had seating for 300. Fire Company volunteers Fred Redinger, Dr. Ben Perkins, Leon Peck and Ken Winters were in charge refreshments for the opening of the "Playhouse."••••Kreher’s Restaurant (now Turner’s) installed a television, the second set on the Island. Roy Trautman’s tavern at Staley/Baseline was first.

Looking Back 50 years - Construction crews began pumping 2000 yards of concrete into the Niagara River in the final stage of building an island one mile above the falls. The work was in progress 24 hours a day for five days. The island, 85 feet in diameter, eventually supported a 264-foot steel tower, one of 72 towers being built by Niagara Mohawk Power Corporation between Niagara Falls and Tonawanda as part of its new 230,000 volt transmission system. The 12-mile line, which crosses Grand Island, was built at a cost of $4,000,000.••••Among Mrs. Clara Mueller Pankow's piano students who participated in a recital Saturday, June 21, 1958 were Pam Ball (Fries), Melissa Clement (Hill), Karen Heimlich (Clarke), Sonja Miller, Jo Ann Radius (Vanderheite), Reg Schopp and Dawn Waltman (Bukowski).

Looking Back 40 years - Among those honored during the high school varsity letter assembly was the Tennis Team, undefeated in ECIC Div. III (Scott Whiting and Fernando Cabral, winners of doubles championship); Scott Hennigar, “Most Valuable Player” and Robert Rycroft, winner of “Captain’s Trophy” in track; and Larry Rogers (pitching) and Bill Costello, awarded a baseball batting trophy. ••••Do any of my readers have a photo taken at the St. Stephen’s Altar Boys picnic, when 35 of 45 altar boys attended the event in Beaver Island Park? Adult leaders were listed in the local weekly paper as Rev. J. Endres, James Conboy, Vince Stouter and Edward Kennedy.••••An underwater power cable in the Niagara River was severed Saturday, June 22, 1968, causing a power failure that affected just about everybody and every business on the Island. The oil tanker, Mercury, damaged lines by dragging anchor on the bottom of the river to help navigate river currents.

David Hughes, whose father, Roy Hughes was very much a part of the Grand Island Boating Association in the 1950s, sent newspaper clippings that feature the club's races and activities of that era. See "Boating Association for the stories and lots of familiar names. Thanks, Dave.

Emelie-Jo Scheffler has just had 29 inches of hair cut and donated to Locks Of Love. Congratulations, Emelie-Jo

Our sympathy to the families of Irene W. Piekarski and David J. Meyer who recently passed away. Click Deaths for complete information.

This week's spotlighted Isledegrande.com advertisers are Timothy Mordaunt - Mediation Center,   Gross Plumbing & Heating,  The Beach House,  and  Wilco Mortgage Corp, Inc. Be sure to check out these business websites and for information on advertising at Isledegrande.com, email Dan McMahon at Dan@giecom.net.

Are you doing business over the internet? Your friends here and across the country would love to check out your website. Advertising through Isledegrande.com could definitely increase your sales and is the biggest bargain in advertising.

Our dear friend Mandy Malaney is now happily married to Phil Tomczak. The couple recently tied the knot in Las Vegas. See their photo on the front page of today's Isledegrande.com

BluesRoot will be in concert to benefit Dollars for Scholars Friday night at the Holiday Inn.••••Miss Cathy's Dance Recital will be presented tomorrow and Saturday evening in the high school auditorium.••••A Community Leaders, Stakeholders Breakfast takes place Saturday at the Knights of Columbus Hall.••••Grand Island High School Class of 2008 Commencement will be held "next" Thursday in Kleinhans Music Hall. •••• 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, June 12, 2008
Good morning Beverly in Taftville, CT and good morning Karen in Gilbert, AZ.

Saturday, June 14th is Flag Day. If you don't have an American flag to fly, it's time to go out and purchase one. See
Remember Flag Day.

For all Grand Island High School class reunion information, see Class Reunions. And if you are looking for a golf tournament, be sure to sign up for the Second Annual "BA" Open Golf Tournament, dinner and auction in memory of Billy BA Aydelotte. The event is set for Thursday, July 3rd at Beaver Island. See "BA" Open for more information.

A very happy birthday to Linda Pinzel on her special day, today. Happy birthday to Lynn Schutt (today), to Andrew Robinson (16 today), Justin Brzyski (a teenager tomorrow), Danielle Martin (tomorrow), Ryan Harnden (18 tomorrow), Kayla Staub (8 tomorrow), Nancy Kendall (cheers on Saturday), Michael DelZappo (Sunday), Raven Khreis (2 on Saturday), Betty Ashley (Sunday), Morgan Santorio (4 on Tuesday), Nathaniel Cohen (3 on Wednesday) Jeanette Witherspoon (Sweet 16 on Wednesday), Christopher Stessing (16 on Wednesday) and Jacob Olszewski (21 on Wednesday).

Celebrating wedding anniversaries and wished the best this week are Kenny and Marilyn Lewis (45 years on Sunday), Christine and Richard Stange (35 years on Sunday), Don and Karen Scalise (their 8th anniversary on Tuesday), and Rachel and Mark Marinucci (their 2nd anniversary on Tuesday).

Sandie Rall Smith will be on the Island for the 4th of July and looks forward to meeting old friends at the parade and at the VFW picnic. See you then, Sandie!

Denise Filosofos wrote today that her dad, Ted, who has been extremely ill, has had a miraculous change for the better and the family sincerely thanks their many friends for all of the prayers throughout Ted's ordeal. Keep them coming!

Looking Back 100 years - Gertrude Huling was among the Island's one-room school teachers in 1908. She taught at School #6 at the corner of Ransom and East River roads and records show that she was paid the sum of $64 from April 20 to June 12, 1908.

Looking Back 60 years - The town planning board brought to the attention of the town board a recently published news item regarding the widening of the Express Highway by three feet on each side of the existing highway, by the NYS Highway Dept. The planners recommended immediate action be taken for installing traffic lights at Baseline and "Express Highway," and also at Express Highway and Whitehaven Road. According to the February 4, 1954 issue of the Island Dispatch the first traffic signal was erected at that time at Baseline and Express Highway (GI Blvd.). ••••Eleanor and Johnny Sugier were the new owners of the East River Grill at Elmwood and Ferry roads, now San-Dee's Pub.

Looking Back 50 years - A 21-foot boat that rammed a lighted buoy one half mile upstream from the south bridge around 4 a.m. Monday, June 16, 1958, presumably carried two North Tonawanda men to their deaths. Surviving the incident were boat owner Frank W. Kensey of Grand Island and his nephew, Bernard E. Nussen.••••Jim Hawley won first place racing honors at Rochester on Sunday, June 15, 1958 in the BU racing runabout class and also captured second at races in Utica the week before. Jim built his own boat with the assistance of his father, Peace Justice F. Donald Hawley of Wallace Drive. ••••Cub Pack 254 and Scouts of Troop 510 held a parade and circus at the corner of Love and Stony Point roads on June 14, 1958.••••The 8th annual Sidway School field day was held behind the school on June 5, 1958. Booster tags were sold for 10 cents as they had been for the previous field days. Unfortunately, Susie Mailloux (Sica) had her turquoise and beige Motorola transistor radio stolen during the day of athletic events.

Looking Back 40 years - Senior Class advisor Neil Hoffman congratulated Janet Duane (Ticconi) and William Costello during the 1968 Senior Class Day program. Janet and Bill were voted outstanding seniors for the year.

Looking Back 20 years - The Grand Island Historical Society installation dinner was held at the West River Restaurant on June 9, 1988 when Sharon Nichols and Marion Klingel were installed co-presidents. Other officers were Vice Presidents Maryan Traun and Nancy Schiffhauer, Secretary Betty Barrett and Treasurer Jane Duffy. Mrs. Nichols and Mrs. Duffy are still active Society members today.

Looking Back 10 years - Sue Hillock reported the following in the Grand Island Record 10 years ago this week. "After six years of presentations, meetings, public hearings, petitions, mailers, reports and studies, the long awaited vote on the Southpointe Adult Lifestyle Community by Canadian Developers Co-Operators Development Corp. was given a unanimous nod by the Town Board Monday, June 15, 1998 with little or no fanfare. The Adult Lifestyle Community was to be built on property located north of the pipeline and bounded by Baseline Road, Staley Road and the South Parkway." The land is still vacant.

Our sympathy to the family of Norman A. Lichtenthal who recently passed away. Click Deaths for complete information.••••Visitation for the family of the late John T. O'Mara will be held at Kaiser Funeral Home tomorrow and a Memorial Mass will be celebrated on Saturday.

This week's spotlighted Isledegrande.com advertisers are "Tops Market,"  "Ken Carter/Remax Agent,"  "Contour Financial Planning, L.L.C."  and  "Care-A-Lot Childcare Centres." Be sure to check out these business websites and for information on advertising at Isledegrande.com, email Dan McMahon at Dan@giecom.net.

For Island events see our Calendar of Events.

The Buffalo News carried a really nice feature story on Dick & Jennie's Bake and Brew this week. The popular new restaurant is located on Baseline at Love Road. If you missed it, just click Bake and Brew.

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

Thursday, June 5, 2008
Good morning Paul in Pickerington, OH and good morning Crystal in Sanborn, NY.

A very happy birthday to Ehde Beth Parrish, Sue Tranter and Kelcie Hanaka (today), Jim Lange (tomorrow), Frank Kustra Jr (his 20th tomorrow), Peter Coppola (60 candles on his cake tomorrow), Victoria Aronica (turning 9 years old tomorrow), Gilman Clarke (Saturday), Brandon Loder (5 on Saturday), Ryan Osvath (his 16th birthday on Sunday), Marilyn Lewis (Sunday), Carol Barnhart (Sunday’s the big day), Nathan Cook and Dorothy Bascomb (Monday), Maura Rustowitz and Christopher Golde (Tuesday), Ora Glor Newton (96 on Tuesday), Jeff Stone (Drum roll! Be sure to wish Jeff the best on Tuesday), and Paul Malecki (Wednesday).

Son and daughter-in-law Jim and Laury Linenfelser are celebrating their 11th wedding anniversary on Saturday. Dave and Nancy Amato celebrate their 30th anniversary this week and Trish and Mike Cope and Sheila and Don Wietan are also celebrating 30th anniversaries on June 10th. Best wishes everyone.

Looking Back 60 years - The weekend crowds visiting the Island broke the records for this time of year. All the taverns reported a land-office business.•••• The Town Board moved to permit the conducting of a restaurant by Thomas Batsford on "East River Parkway."

Looking Back 50 years - Radar was being used on the Island's section of the New York State Thruway. State Trooper George Watts, stationed on the Island section of the thruway and Trooper R. A.Chudoba were pictured in the Island Dispatch with a tuning fork, the eye of the radar system, beamed to follow traffic as it passes the Whitehaven Road overpass. The "gadget" not only showed the speed on an indicator but also recorded every reaction of the radar eye on a graph.••••Among Island artists taking part in an outdoor sketching class, organized by Mrs. Peter Lapey of Oak Harbor Road, were Margaret Pfohl, Betty Clement and Marie Roberts. Instructor Eugene Dyczkowski of East River Road held classes on the grounds of the Hussey Estate. The studio was a converted carriage house on the property that is now the Grand Island Historical Society's headquarters, River Lea.••••Karen McCall (Beecher) provided music for the Trinity Church Women's Society's fashion show in fellowship hall in May 1958. Among the models were Barbara DeGlopper, Madeline Taylor, Laura Winters and Ellie Zarbo.••••A contract for 200,000 gallons of water a day from the Northwestern New York Water Authority was signed by the town board Monday, June 9, 1958. Delivery would depend on when the authority was in position to pump the water to the northern sections (Sandy Beach) of the Island.

Looking Back 40 years - Fourth grade students in Mrs. Julie Hall’s class at Sidway School put on a skit entitled, “The Plots Against Lincoln,” under the direction of Paul Sipson, a student teacher. The young actors and actresses in the play, written in part by the students, included Alicia Barrett, Robert Bennett, Joanne Fisher, Charles Gardner and Kevin Cullen. Do any of my readers have a photo of this play?•••• Members of the Grand Island American Legion Post 1346 and VFW Post 9249 held their first joint Memorial Day service in the history of Grand Island.

Looking Back 20 years - Mike Carr opened the former Lippens Grill as the Village Inn on June 7, 1988 and has run a very successful business ever since.•••• The Grand Island Chamber of Commerce began the sale of the updated Cinderella Island, originally written by Rob Roy Macleod in 1950. The book of history of Grand Island, NY was also reprinted in 1969. A current reprint by the Chamber should make Cinderella Island available soon.

Our sympathy to the families of Margaret J. Osinski, Patrick N. Ryan and former resident John T. O'Mara who recently passed away. Click
Deaths for complete information.

Tim Collins is joining the Army and will be leaving for Ft. Jackson, SC on July 29th. He is the son of Connie and Tim Collins and the grandson of Sigurd and Pat Schafer, Kathy Schafer and Tom Collins. We wish you good luck, Tim!

Evan Linenfelser
Twenty-two little boys and girls graduated from the Grand Island Cooperative Nursery School yesterday morning including our grandson, Evan James Linenfelser. The moving up program was under the direction of the teachers, Mrs. Vicki Wilkinson and Mrs. Nancy Major.

Spotlighted advertisers this week are Metro Town Center,  M & T Bank,   Mediation Center,   and   Grand Island Chiropractic. Be sure to check out these business websites and for information on advertising at Isledegrande.com, email Dan McMahon at Dan@giecom.net.

Relay For Life!! It's tomorrow night beginning at 6:30 p.m. on the track behind Grand Island High School. This is one of the Island's largest event with lots to do for everyone and all for a very good cause.••••The K of C is hosting a Trunk Sale on Saturday.•••• The Kids Create Hope Walk takes place in Beaver Island Park on Saturday.•••• A chicken dinner at the VFW Post is set for Saturday.•••• Check out our Calendar of Events and make sure your group's events are listed.

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

Thursday, May 29, 2008
Good morning Jessica in Oxford, FL and good morning Joseph in NYC.

Linda Darby Facklam                               Terry Swain
Happy birthday to GIHS classmates Linda Facklam celebrating tomorrow and Terry Swain, born on June 1st. Keep on keepin' on and have a wonderful year, folks.

Happy birthday to Donna Mae Carpenter of Fern Park, Florida who celebrates her 65th birthday today. Donna's sister Hazel Rowe made a surprise visit to be able to spend time with her on her big day. ••••Happy birthday to Liam Dodd (his 15th today), Pam Fries (today), Jason Birtz (30 today), Zachary Bowerman (a teenager today), Michael Dinsmore (his 18th tomorrow), Nicole Roesch (Saturday), Greg Barker (Sunday), Michael Playfair (20 on Tuesday), Pat Pullano and Sid Cohen (milestones on Tuesday), Dan Hiam (his 30th on Tuesday), Anne Timmerman and John Bruno (Tuesday), Brendan Sheehan (10 on Wednesday), and Catherine DiVizio (Wednesday).

Fay Avarello is pictured with her grandchildren, Cori, Jason, Patrick, Christopher and Stephanie.
A special happy 80th birthday to the favorite lady of the Sexton family. She is Mike Sexton's mom, Fay Avarello, and she just celebrated her upcoming 80th birthday with friends and family this weekend. Fay's birthday is on Wednesday, the 28th.

A very happy anniversary to Mike and Betsy Cali, celebrating 10 years tomorrow, May 30th.••••Best wishes to Stephen and Amy Samplinski, also celebrating their 10th anniversary tomorrow.

Sunday afternoon brought a good mix of the Linenfelser, Costello, Dee and Harding families together at Mike and Penny Linenfelser's riverfront. Click the photo for a better view of Chase Harding, Noelle and Katrina Linenfelser and Evan Linenfelser. That's Lois Morgan's beautiful Victorian home in the background.

Charlene Russo Pettit submitted a nice review of Dick & Jenny's Bake & Brew last week. Check out the "Thumbs Up"
page if you haven't already.

Are you a member of the GIHS Class of '93 or do you know of someone who is? A casual 15-year reunion for the 1993 class is being held at 7:30 p.m. Saturday, July 5th at the Brick Oven. Email Betsy Schopp Cali if you plan to attend.

Looking Back 60 years - The P.T.A. Study Group, possibly the forerunner of the Grand Island Cooperative Nursery School, closed its season June 1, 1948 with movies depicting the activities of the pre-school child.••••Grade 5 students at Sidway School and their teacher, Mrs. Doris Schopp, visited the Sealtest Ice Cream plant in Buffalo and were treated to ice cream sandwiches. Mrs. Ruth Irving’s first grade visited the Shredded Wheat plant at Niagara Falls as part of their food study. Kindergarten pupils and their teacher, Mrs. Ethel Yuhas, went to the Buffalo Zoo, taking their lunch for a picnic in the park before their return to Grand Island.

Looking Back 40 years - Firefighter Arthur Ellsworth was treated for a cut knee and Richard Prange, also a volunteer fireman, suffered burns while fighting a fire that destroyed an abandoned boathouse in Beaver Island State Park.••••Shirley McNulty, daughter of Patricia and Michael McNulty of Staley Road was selected “Miss Grand Island” in judging for the Miss New York State Beauty Pageant in May 1968. A graduate of Madonna High School, Shirley is five feet, eight inches tall, and weighs 118 pounds.••••The Grand Island Jr. Sr. High School Tennis Team clinched the ECIC championship Monday. On the winning team coached by Herbert Nasgowitz were Scott Whiting, Rick Elias, Tim Fadum, Richard O’Brien, Charles Baker, Louis Varga and Fernando Cabral.••••A proposed Church Center, to be shared by the Island's churches, was the topic of the monthly breakfast meeting of Island clergymen held in St. Martin-in-the-Fields Church Monday, May 27, 1968.

Looking Back 30 years - Arthur J. "Skip" Mazenauer was elected president of the Chamber of Commerce in May 1978. Chamber board members also elected were Michael Giambra, John Baedeker, Ted Bates, Dan Linenfelser Sr. and Marion Klingel.

Our sympathy to the family of James F. "Jim" Atkinson Jr. who recently passed away. Click Deaths for complete information.

Good friend and very talented artist JoAnn Vanderheite is taking part in the 38th Annual 100 American Craftsmen Festival tomorrow and Saturday at the Kenan Center, 433 Locust St., Lockport. This is the fifth time JoAnn's art work has been accepted for this strictly juried show and sale.

Former Island resident Catherine (Pfeil) Nagy, who has Stage IV Metastatic breast cancer, will be in Buffalo at 10 a.m. Saturday, June 14th for the Western New York Komen Race for the Cure, which is being dedicated to her. See Islanders In The News for her story and more information.

The Grand Island High School Class of 1973 will get together at the Niagara Sailing Club on July 5th for a 35th reunion. Promoters shown above are Mike McDonough, Rick Raepple and Ross Kaiser.

Kim Schopp and Scott Kalman became Mr. and Mrs. Scott Kalman on Friday, May 23rd on a beach in Florida. Very best wishes to Kim and Scott. Be sure to see their "wedding photo."

Dale Berger, GIHS Class of '71, is a very proud father and he wants to world to know that. "Just want everyone to know that my favorite daughter just let me know that she got straight "A's" in her second year of law school at Cooley College in Michigan. Go get the world Tori Berger." And we say, "Congratulations, Tori!"

This week's spotlighted Isledegrande.com advertisers are Dr. Kevin Augustine Chiropractic,     Grand Island Auto Tech      Michael Anthony Rossi Attorney At Law  and  X-Press One Hour Dry Cleaners.     Be sure to check out these business websites and for information on advertising at Isledegrande.com, email Dan McMahon at Dan@giecom.net.

The Island Alumni Association is hosting a Happy Hour at Riverstone Grill tonight.••••Thunder On The Niagara boat racing takes place on Saturday and Sunday. ••••Numerous Relay For Life fundraisers are planned throughout the week with the major event being held next Friday at the Grand Island High School Track. See our Calendar of Events for complete details on these and other Island happenings.

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

Thursday, May 22, 2008
Good morning Rich in San Diego, CA and good morning Barbara in Spencerport, NY.

A note to Jon Jon Cinelli's dad has brought a good update. Jon Jon, 6, who was diagnosed with Intrinsic Pontillar Glioma, a tumor located inside his brainstem, is still feeling pretty good. He is currently on another oral chemo and tolerating it very well. "He is still going to school and actually went back to taking the bus! The teacher said even with the missed time from treatments, etc, he is still doing great in school and will do fine in first grade next year!" Jon Sr. also reports: "We go for the next MRI on June 6th so keep the fingers crossed and the prayers coming that this one is as good as, or better than, the last one. Thank you for checking in and remind people to check Jon Jon's website at
"www.jonjonsjourney.com" for updates and any upcoming events that we may be having or attending. Which reminds me, Jon Jon will be throwing out the first pitch at the Buffalo Bisons game on Friday June 6th!!! We are all super excited about it, especially him!!" Jon Jon is the son of Ann and Jon Cinelli and the brother of little sister, Claire. Readers, see also "Things Are Still Good" for the May 2008 update.

Happy birthday to Vickie Lynn Soluri, Tom McDonough and Mike McDonough (today), Clement Rusch and Don Gardner (tomorrow), Catherine Long (special greetings on Saturday), Cathy Driscoll and Gayle Piershalski (Saturday), Cole Smith (a teenager on Sunday), Sarah Lipp (20 on Monday), Lee Tetkowski (best wishes Monday), Nancy Aydelotte, Ray Pauley, Janet Redinger and Jim Rodriguez (cheers on Tuesday), David Linenfelser (Tuesday), Molly Mason (7 on Tuesday), Diane Darmofalski (Wednesday), Ian Cameron (4 on Wednesday), and Mitchell Samplinski (3 on Wednesday).

Shorty Vanthoff is one very happy man now that he is home from the hospital and from Riverwood Health Care Center where he has been working to get back on his feet. That's good news, Shorty!

The Grand Island Alumni Association will host a happy hour at the Riverstone Grill (formerly BA's Saloon) next Thursday from 5-7 p.m. This is a good time to get together with good friends and also meet some of those you don't often see. Let's support the Alumni's event.

Congratulations to Grand Island High School track stars, Adam Helman and Evan Tsembelis. According to the Buffalo News, Adam’s pole vault of 15-1 set the Cicero-North Syracuse Invitational meet record. Evan won the 800 (1:59.68) and the 1,600 (4:21.83) and the Vikings finished second among 22 boys' teams entered in the Invitational.

Looking Back 60 years - Pearl Shugrue and Marion Klingel gave a demonstration on Ironing Short-Cuts at a May 1948 Home Bureau meeting held at Trinity E.U.B. Church. They demonstrated ironing a shirt the old way with frequent turning, taking about 20 minutes; then, the new way with a wide-board, using only three turns, and taking about 18 minutes.••••Lois Martene, Arlene Maurer and Betty Killian served the refreshments at a meeting of the American Legion Auxiliary in May 1948 in the town hall. Poppies were distributed to the members for sale during “Poppy Day,” May 24, 1948.••••Ferry Village was waking up after the long winter/spring. Bill Lintner opened a clam stand at Davern’s Tavern (now the Fishing Club) and the Bedell House was in the midst of a redecorating program with the back room being remodeled for dancing which was to start around Decoration Day.••••The Town Board moved that a license be granted to Louise and Edward Kreher to conduct a restaurant on East River Road at Colony Road (now Turner's Port of Call), and also granted permission to Henry Ensminger to connect his premises at Colony Road with the public water system of Grand Island Water District No. 2.

Looking Back 50 years -

(foreground) Jim Kerr, Jack Boehm and Joe Kerr; (back) Heber Ashley, unknown, Walter and Eleeta Hughes, Chris Cotter and Jim Kerr Sr.
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The Grand Island Community Chorus presented the Gilbert and Sullivan Operetta, "The Pirates of Penzance," in the William Kaegebein School auditorium Friday and Saturday evenings, May 23-24, 1958. The chorus was under direction of Onalee Knapp and cast members included the above names plus Frank Sceusa, Florence Rush, and Monica Prast.

Our sympathy to the families of Elisabeth (Eichel) Maerz, John J. Larry, Jane E. Maloney and former residents Patricia (Burns) Kopra and Barbara (Sharpe) Clarke who recently passed away. A memorial service for former resident, Salvatore G. Capizzi, will be held Wednesday, May 28th. Click Deaths for complete information.

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It's garage sale season so be sure an check out our Garage Sales Galore On Grand Island column. Why not print it out and take it along - and good luck with your shopping!

Two Island dancing schools will be participating in Martin's Fantasy Island's Dance Showcase Weekend. Dancers from Grand Island Dance Center perform at 2 p.m. Monday and students of Miss Cathy's Dance Academy will be center stage at 6 p.m. Monday.••••There are several Relay For Life fundraisers scheduled for this weekend.•••• See our Calendar of Events for this week's happenings.

Have a happy and safe Memorial Day and please remember that this is the day we honor all of our service men and women, both living and dead, who make this great country possible and please "say a prayer for our guys over there." God bless America.

Thursday, May 15, 2008
Good morning Jonathan in Pennsburg, PA and good morning Michelle in Elma.

A very happy anniversary goes out to Mike and Debi Schoenle, celebrating their 20th wedding anniversary on Tuesday.

Happy birthday to Kevin Rustowicz and Donald Carter (today), Shirley Runckel (best wishes today), Dan Sledziewski (his 20th tomorrow), Brian Minton (8 tomorrow), Tina Krzes Arthur (Saturday), Stephanie Senn (14 on Saturday), Nikolas Massaro (2 on Saturday), Chase Luthringer (6 on Sunday), Jill Kephart (Sunday), baby Peyton Gregory Golde (first birthday on Monday), Esther Lozo (94 on Monday), Bill Harrison and Dr. David Johnson (Tuesday), Stephanie Rink (cheers on Tuesday), Sydney Mae Dworak and Christopher O'Connor (both turning 7 on Tuesday), Cathy Kaegebein (a big one on Wednesday), JT Stamler (his 21st on Wednesday) and Don Beyer (Wednesday).

Shelbi Milkas, a member of the Islettes Elite Majorettes, competed in the North Atlantic Regional (NAR) Baton Twirling competition in the 13-15 age group. During one of her solo performances she cracked her hip bone but continued to finish the routine, taking a 5th place out of a field of 15 twirlers. A speedy recovery to Shelbi, who has done so well with her favorite hobby - baton twirling!

The Canisius College Metro Atlantic Athletic Conference champion Golden Griffins made their first appearance in the NCAA Tournament in the Carrier Dome on Sunday night. The Griffs didn't win, however their senior attackman Mike Blocho, Grand Island High School Class of 2003, scored twice in the final 5:39 of the half. The scores were the 26th and 27th of the season for Mike, giving him 90 career goals.

A speedy recovery to Jean Quagliano who is recovering from major eye surgery. Friends, drop her a note or send her a card telling Jean you're thinking of her.••••Also recuperating from surgery is long time friend, Barbara Anderson. A speedy recovery to you, Barb.••••Hello, to Shorty Vanthoff, greatly missed at the American Legion plant sale last weekend. Shorty continues to work on getting back on his feet and out and about.

Looking Back 60 years - Alfred E. Yensan II attended the pre-school child group at Charlotte Sidway School on Wednesday, May 5, 1948. Alfred ("Bud") is the son of the late Ruth and David A. Yensan of Whitehaven Road and the 5th generation of the Yensan family to live on Grand Island. The pre-school sessions were the forerunner of the Grand Island Cooperative Nursery School that first opened in the fall of 1948.••••Irene Wallace was elected to the school board in 1948 and served through 1951.

Looking Back 50 years - Ninety people attended the trophy award dinner at the Rod & Gun Club when Robert Campbell acted as master of ceremonies. Shoot chairman was Leon Peck. The main trophy was awarded to the Island Dispatch team.••••Mrs. Eva Schriver's fifth grade class at Kaegebein School presented a play, "Tom Sawyer," on May 16, 1958. Cast members included Betty Stone, Lowell Anderson, Arthur Ciechoski, Karen Donovan, Susan Johnstone and Bradley Langdon.••••Cornerstone laying ceremonies for the new 21-classroom Huth Road Elementary School in Sandy Beach took place on May 21, 1958. Rev. Eldon D. Snyder, pastor of Emmanuel EUB Church on Baseline Road, was the principal speaker. Sidway school, at that time housing kindergarten through junior high school, would be used primarily as a junior high school with the opening of the Island's third school in the fall of 1958.••••Gerald Mayer received 17 merit badges to add to his 48 badges at Explorer Troop 258 Court of Honor Monday, April 28, 1958. Explorer Silver awards were earned by Dale and David Velie, Robert Hajski, Lawrence Bell, David Salt, and Robert Roberts. Clyde Mayer, Robert Payne and David Velie received the Star Award.

Looking Back 40 years - Earl Eastman, Henry Gardner, Michael Ford, Donald Meitz and Bruce Trautman were elected officers at a May 1, 1968 meeting when the Town of Grand Island blue collar workers voted unanimously to join Local 1026 State, County and Municipal Employees Union 17.••••Steve VanHattum, a senior, and Carol Barnes, a junior, were elected King and Queen of the Jr. Class Prom.••••Al Hawkes and Pat Gill “won their automotive spurs” Saturday as the top drivers in the annual Jaycee Auto Roadeo in May 1968.••••Robert S. (Bob) Smith, former partner in Grand Island Lumber and Builders Supplies, opened a general hardware business in the Beyer Building on Whitehaven Road, now the location of the Erie County Sheriff's Department.•••• Peter McMahon was featured in many articles in the local papers including the May 15, 1968 issue of the Island Dispatch, for his continuous fund raising efforts for his dream of a Burn Treatment Center. Peter was the Island coordinator and secretary of a committee boosting the center and helped spearhead a bi-county unit, formed to raise funds for the Treatment Center at Emergency Hospital, Buffalo.

Looking Back 30 years - Loueen Hill Vincent opened her Loueen’s Boutique, specializing in a fine line of women’s wear, baby clothes, jewelry and other gifty items in the little plaza across the road from St. Stephen’s Church.••••Interest of County and State Legislators in the possibility of additional bridges to Grand Island was shared by William C. Hennessy, Commissioner of the Dept. of Transportation. Hennessy wrote to Councilman Dr. Samuel D. Long, “I share with you your desire to improve traffic flow on the Grand Island Bridge.”••••The long sought traffic signal at Staley Road and Grand Island Blvd. is slated to be installed “immediately” according to a notice received Wednesday, May 3, 1978 by the Highway Department.

We finally got over to the brand new and beautiful Riverstone Grill on Saturday. Our waitress, Meagan Boss, did an excellent job of waiting on us despite full tables throughout the restaurant. Our choice was the fillet mignon and Caesar salad. The Early Bird Special price of $13.95 for the complete dinner (potato and vegetable) was just too inviting to pass up. Our steaks were done to perfection and as tender as they come. We know everyone on the Island is getting over there however the only familiar faces were old friends Greg and Liz Barker, who live in walking distance, a nice plus. Owner Don Carter met us as we came in, good looking and easy to recognize if you know the Carter family. We'll be back!

Congratulations, Emelie-Jo Scheffler! Due to an error in submission, some of Emilie-jo Scheffler's wins at the recent regional baton twirling championships were left out of the Islettes Elite report. Emilie-jo earned a first place in open solo beginner, 2nd in NAR regional X-Strut, 3rd in NAR regional solo, 2nd in Open Beginner X-Strut and 3rd in NAR Beginner Pageant. Emelie-jo placed first in every event she entered in the previous New York State competition.

This week's spotlighted Isledegrande.com advertisers are William J. Costello II Attorney/Counselor at Law ,   Anchor Marine.  McCarthy School of Irish Dance  and  Hizair Hair Salon. Be sure to check out these business websites and for information on advertising at Isledegrande.com, email Dan McMahon at Dan@giecom.net.

Sam               Shana      Amber
The Buffalo News announced its 2008 Academic Al-Stars this week. Grand Island High School students chosen for the honor are Samuel Kilb, Shana Wierchowski and Amber Hultgren. Congratulations, everyone.

The GIHS Class of 1988 will hold a happy hour tomorrow night at The Riverstone Grill (formerly BA's Saloon).••••The Rotary Club's annual hot dog sale takes place tomorrow and Saturday in front of Tops.••••The Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year Awards Dinner will be shown on TV on Saturday evening. ••••Relay For Life Team Violet is holding a parking lot bowling tournament on Saturday at the Riverstone Grill.••••The Historical Society will hold open house at River Lea on Sunday from 2-4 p.m.••••Members of the Trinity UMC Music Department will perform their Spring Concert Sunday at the church.••••The School District Budget Vote and election of trustees takes place at the high school on Tuesday. ••••The Grand Island High School Class of 2008 will host a Krolick's Chicken BBQ in the High School's senior cafeteria on Tuesday.••••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, May 8, 2008
Good morning Todd in Tonawanda and good morning Denise in North Tonawanda.

Welcome home, "Reese"
   A "Lost Dog" ad was posted at Isledegrande.com on March 19th by Dave and Joanne Breier after their dog had taken off days before while being taken into the Grand Island Small Animal Hospital on Whitehaven Road. The Breiers posted signs everywhere and received many, many phone calls of sightings, at first around the new Fuccillo dealership on Alvin Road. They had just about given up hope of finding "Reese" when they began receiving more calls last week with residents reporting seeing their dog around the Holiday Inn
   Although they had tried before, they took the advice of a recent caller and left a piece of familiar clothing across from the Holiday Inn on Friday. Dave went back on Saturday, May 3rd to find Reese laying on his shirt. The dog, who had been gone for 53 days, lost 25 pounds but is happy to be home, and making friends with a newly acquired yellow lab puppy named Murphy. The Breiers had numerous stories to tell about the residents of Grand Island. Little kids called to say they went out looking for the dog with their mother. Adults who had never met the Breier family were going out looking for the dog and reporting back to the family with sincere encouragement when they spotted him but were unable to catch him. "The people of our community are amazing," Joanne said this week. Aren't happy endings nice? You bet!

There is no doubt about it, my readers sometimes send in the nicest stories and also seem to love my column and I love my readers. When Terry Collins read the story in last week's "Between the Bridges" column about the teenagers returning a purse and all its contents to one of my readers, she and her husband, Tim, stopped doubting son, Joe's "crazy story about a flying purse and the journey to reunite the owner and the contents." Returning later than expected from a bike ride to Tim Horton’s, Joe and Brittany Wall were the honest and ambitious teens who saw the purse fly off the owner's car and dump all over the road. "Grand Island does have an amazing group of caring, intelligent, mature teens," Terry wrote. "Thank you for sharing the story – and your kind words for the kids – we continue to be proud of our Joe – Joe Collins – his choice of friends, and their choices in general," she said.

Happy birthday to Kara Dudley (Sweet 16 today), Hazel Ann Murphy, Kari Lynn Klos and Lisarenee Guagliano (today), Dawn Gruska (10 years old today), Jim Geblein (his 20th tomorrow), Greg DeMike (the big 5-0 on Saturday), Dana Hayes Foote (Saturday), Greg Golde (25 on Saturday), Jean Buckhout Gould (cheers on Saturday), Ava Grace Ackerman (7 on Sunday), David Wilson (30 on Monday), Lindsey Miller (18 on Monday), Harriet Zurek (Monday), Jack Pagan (60 on Tuesday), Judy Buzby and Winnie Zarbo (Tuesday), Carol Volk and Tom Butler (Wednesday) and "Young" Jake Wohlfehrt (75 on Wednesday).

Just found a note on my desk that says Ed McCaffery stopped by to say hello. Glad to hear you're back for the summer and sorry I missed you, Ed!

Looking Back 50 years - Town Recreation Commission members, including Mrs. Paul R. Markstrom, John Dohn and Ann Goodman, put together a survey for community input regarding town tennis courts, playgrounds, swimming pool, ice skating rink, a track for hot-rod clubs and a community center.••••A film of the fashion show conducted by the Cooperative Nursery School parents was featured at the school's 10th anniversary dinner at the BLC on May 13, 1958.••••Brick work was underway at the $3 1/2 million Hooker Electrochemical Company research center on Long Road. Work was also started on the laying of a 16-inch diameter, outflow sewage line under Burnt Ship Creek. A causeway was built across the creek to facilitate construction on the line. Two 36-inch pipes were laid to permit water to pass through the creek.

Looking Back 40 years - The Junior Prom was held Friday night, May 10, 1968 in the Jr./Sr. High School. Prom committee included Lonnie Boss, Carol Barnes, Cheryl Ferro, Lynn Mankiewicz and Donna Kester.

A reader sent these car club cards from the 1950s-60s. See "Road Knights Card"  and    "Gearjammers Card." Remember them? I thought so.

Our sympathy to the families of Robert J. Elmes, Larry E. Harpster, Betty J. Fritz and Marija Volaric and former resident Scott S. Stuart who recently passed away. Click Deaths for complete information.

Congratulations to local tennis champ Carolyn Schopp who won the USTA National Indoor Over 30 championship in women's doubles, partnered with Gee Gee Garvin.

This week's spotlighted Isledegrande.com advertisers are Linda Kutzbach, Realty USA,   Niagara's Choice FCU,  Marston Power Equipment,  and  John's Pizza & Subs. Be sure to check out these business websites and for information on advertising at Isledegrande.com, email Dan McMahon at Dan@giecom.net.

The Village Inn Open Golf Tournament takes place in Beaver Island Park today.••••"Busses Are Us" Relay For Life team is hosting a bake sale at the bus garage behind Sidway School tomorrow.••••The American Legion hanging plant sale will be held tomorrow and Saturday at the VFW Post on the Boulevard.••••Little League opening day ceremonies will take place in Vets Park Saturday morning.••••The Relay For Life Team Moose-Kateers will hold a chicken BBQ and Basket Auction at the Rod & Gun Club on Saturday.••••Grand Islanders will do their part for Re-TreeWNY on Saturday.••••BBQ Chicken and Ribs dinners will be offered at St. Timothy Lutheran Church on Saturday.••••Kaegebein Elementary Relay For Life Team sponsors a Yard Sale on Marjorie Drive on Saturday and Sunday. ••••Mother's Day Brunch will be served at the Knights of Columbus and at the VFW Post on Sunday.••••One Island, One Team, One Dream, To Be Drug Free meets on Tuesday.•••• 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, May 1, 2008
Good morning Iris in Kissimmee, FL, good morning, Jim in Lexington, MD, and good morning Richard in Lakeland, FL.

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Jim Mulcahy's five-month-old Bernese Mountain dog, "Gus," was photographed by the Buffalo News at All Dawgs Academy in North Tonawanda. Gus was the only puppy to make it into the Buffalo.com "YouSpotted." His owner says, "He is a joy."

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Mark Hassan took his 12-year-old grandson, Andrew Sander, on his first turkey hunt during New York's Special Early Youth Hunt on April 26th at the Hassan family hunting camp in Canisteo, NY. "Andrew shot this beautiful gobbler," his grandmother, Diane Hassan explains. "I thought you might like to show it on Isledegrande.com to help promote young hunters," she said.

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The Grand Island High School team of (left) Luke Burkhart, Amanda Yaeger and Dick McMichael handily won the preliminary round of It’s Academic on WGRZ, Channel 2 last Saturday (April 19th). The Grand Island trio bested Lockport and Cleve Hill with 500 points to the other teams’ 410 and 310, respectively. The Grand Island team moves on to the semi finals beginning May 31st. It’s Academic can be seen on Channel 2 on Saturday mornings at 11 a.m. or via streaming video at http://www.wgrz.com/life/programming/shows/Itsacademic/WatchShows.aspx

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The Sidway Reunion committee, namely Peggy McNulty Hooper, has been in touch with former Island residents Renee Thirion Wulf (left) of Madison, WI and her sister, Denise Thirion Schmidt of Ft. Lauderdale. The girls grew up on Grand Island, however, they will be attending high school reunions and will miss the Sidway event. The good news is that their brother, Jerry, just might be coming to the Island for the July 5th grade school reunion. We sure hope so!

Congratulations to Lisa Boulden who won 2nd place in a photo contest featuring an image she shot after an ice storm last year on West River Road. "I feel that this image helps showcase just a bit of the beauty that surrounds us here on our Island," Lisa said this week. WE are most grateful to Lisa for sharing many of her beautiful photographs with our Isledegrande.com readers. See "Lisa's Story.

Shorty Vanthoff is now in Riverwood at Elderwood Health Care Center on the Island for Re-hab and we're all hoping he is back home real soon.••••A speedy recovery to Ruth Stahl and to Leah Gollwitzer who have been dealing with health problems lately.••••Mary Lou Kohlhagen is now residing at Sheridan Manor (room 214) and would appreciate cards and news from her friends on Grand Island.••••Old friends of Kenny Shobert are reminded to send him a note of cheer. Kenny should be home recuperating from recent surgery.

Happy birthday to Krystin Hoppel and Amber Spiesz (both celebrating Sweet 16th birthdays today), Dale Kratz (today), Joan Fred and Tony Peters (milestone birthdays tomorrow), Brent Fred Jr. (14 tomorrow), Joe Zilbauer Sr. (tomorrow), Stephen M. Stouter (8 on Saturday), Jean Bleich (cheers on Saturday), MaryElisabeth Rustowicz (9 on Sunday), Sandie Rall Smith and Mark Cunningham (Sunday), Emily Harnden (a teenager on Sunday), Kevin Minton (11 on Tuesday), twins Randall and Robert Shoemaker (50th birthdays on Tuesday), Rosemary Wojick (special greetings on Tuesday), and Jodi Robinson (a huge happy birthday on Wednesday).

Looking Back 60 years - The town board moved to purchase 12 fire brooms for the Grand Island Vol. Fire Company.

Looking Back 50 years - Cub Scout Dennis A. Decker won a four-day trip to Washington, D.C. for his entry in a Crusade for Safety contest. Runners up in the Cub Pack 254 competition were Dale Loucks, George Walker and Jeff Lesinski.••••The Chamber of Commerce was sponsoring a "Make Grand Island Move" campaign in an effort to sell confidence in the community in 1958. The campaign was run in conjunction with the "You Auto Buy Now" programs being conducted in the Niagara Frontier.••••Nathaniel Barrell, attorney, actor, and playhouse co-owner, was the guest speaker when approximately 30 business and professional women were installed as members of the Zonta International at a charter night dinner at Creighton's Edgewater Hotel on Saturday, May 3, 1958.••••The new school still under construction in the Sandy Beach neighborhood 50 years ago, was named for a farmer by the name of Huth. Huth Road, the location of the elementary school, bordered on the farmland of Frederick Huth, born in Grabso, Prussia in 1812. He came to Grand Island with his wife and children in 1856 and farmed the land here for 52 years until his death in 1908 at age 97.

Looking Back 40 years - The Spotlighters of the Grand Island Jr. - Sr. High School presented The Man Who Came To Dinner in the auditorium on April 26-27, 1968. Taking the leads were Sheila Sepanski, Terry Turner, Norman Stessing, Linda Holmes, Amanda Johnson, Claire Biafora, Mary Eileen Gill and many more. For the full cast, program cover, etc. see Spotlighters 1968 Production.

Looking Back 30 years - Dorothy Rowswell took over as Golden Age Center director on May 1, 1978 when Gladys Smith retired from the position.

Looking Back 20 years - Burger King Restaurant opened on the south end of Grand Island Blvd.••••Hazel (Kaegebein) DeGlopper spoke on "Growing Up On Grand Island" at the May 5, 1988 Historical Society meeting.

Looking Back 10 years - The late Barbi Lare's photo appeared on the front page of the Grand Island Record 10 years ago when she was being honored with a Quality Quest community stewardship Award. A true photojournalist, Barbi chronicled life in the community since 1967 and her community activities were limitless. See "Barbi Lare" for the story.

Our sympathy to the families of Constance D. Morris, Barbi Lare, Donna Mae Coyle, Margaret Hippert and Robert J. Elmes who recently passed away. The death of former resident Robert Roberts is also posted this week. Click Deaths for complete information.

This week's spotlighted Isledegrande.com advertisers are Fantastic Sam's,    Curves,   Miss Cathy's Dance Academy,  and   Bear-Man Specialty Products & Sauces. Be sure to check out these business websites and for information on advertising at Isledegrande.com, email Dan McMahon at Dan@giecom.net.

The high school talent show will be on stage tonight.••••Our Grand Island Community Chorus will perform a concert, "Swing Into Spring," 7 p.m. Sunday at St. Stephen's Church.••••The Golden Age Club's annual Gram's Garage Sale takes place on Saturday at the Golden Age Center.••••Little League season games begin at Vets Park on Saturday (Opening Day Ceremonies next Sat.).••••Members of the Knights of Columbus will hold a Pancake Breakfast on Sunday.••••Members of the PTA Council will host a "Candidates' Night" from 7-9 p.m. Monday at Veronica E. Connor Middle School Little Theatre. See our Calendar of Events for all that's happening on Grand Island, New York.

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

Thursday, April 24, 2008
Good morning Clark in Severna Park, MD and good morning Tom in Millsboro, DE.

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Sue and Jay Spencer's pet, "Teddy," was just as happy as the rest of us on Saturday, as he enjoyed the beautiful, warm day outdoors. The nine-year-old dog weighs 130 pounds and is the pride of his family.

The Island is full of really great kids and I have heard about a couple of them this week. The writer, who would like to thank them, wants to remain anonymous. She writes: "Saturday was a glorious day and I had procrastinated about driving to the drug store for my neighbor. About 3:15 p.m. I ran out to the mailbox, set my purse "somewhere," picked up the mail...shouted to the neighbor that I was on my way to Rite Aid. When I got to Rite Aid, I had no purse. Back I drove the whole route again, but could not see my purse. I was doing a fair amount of praying about the whole affair, when I noticed a young girl and a young fellow riding bikes. I had noticed them on my initial trip, because they rounded the first corner away from my house, just when I did, and I had given them plenty of room. The young lady was wrestling with a shoulder bag....and I recognized it immediately...I stopped and rolled down the window and said, "Wow...Did you just find my purse?" "Yes, we are just on our way back to return it ." They said "everything" just flew out of the purse when it hit the ground, and they had spent quite a bit of time finding all the loose stuff, and tucking everything back inside the purse. Honestly, it was all there....credit cards, money, bank cards, etc. How do you thank anyone enough for taking care of your lost items so diligently? The young lady was "Brittany" and the young guy was "Joe". When I got home, I realized I didn't get their full names. I would like to have the opportunity to commend them and to tell their parents what great young people they have nurtured... I have always known Grand Island is a Grand Place to live, and now I feel convinced it will always be so because of the Brittanys and Joes. I am so proud to have met them, and am so thankful they are who they are."

Don Carter has opened his Riverstone Grill at East River and Colony roads to rave reviews, and SerenTea Cottage and Tea Room recently opened on Grand Island Blvd.

Two bands from Grand Island High School competed in a major Battle of the Bands on Thursday April 10th with one of our groups taking first place. We have covered the story two weeks in a row, however the following photos have been submitted that I'm sure a great deal of readers will enjoy. For complete information on the contest and for the names of the musicians, see "Band Story." For the photos click "Inlite"   The Sleepless City"  and   "Both Bands."

Happy birthday to Brad Robinson (today), Kenny Webb and Dale Loder (cheers tomorrow), Jessie and Cole Remmes (20th birthdays on Saturday), Dan Harding (happy 30th on Saturday), Lisa Braun (Sweet 16 on Saturday), baby Brooke Elizabeth Christensen (her first birthday on Saturday), Michael Heftka (18 on Sunday), Bethany Leiner (her sweet 16th on Sunday), Rita Hagerman and Allen Gracie (Monday), "V.J." Freeman, Jr. (turning 8 on Monday), Elijah Linenfelser and Jaimen Wright (both turning 2 on Monday), Andrew Jack McLeod and J.P. Kennedy (Wednesday), Ava DeFranks (5 on Wednesday), Anna Pullano (4 on Wednesday), and Taylor Firth (her 17th birthday on Wednesday).

Looking Back 60 years - The opening of the newly remodeled Buffalo Launch Club was the scene of a surprise birthday party for Dorothy Howard, wife of Ollie Howard, founder and editor of the Island Dispatch of which Dorothy was an avid contributor.

Looking Back 40 years - The GIHS team of George Sanders, Bill Costello and Penny O’Connor outdistanced competing teams from Lackawanna and Grover Cleveland High Schools with a score 355 on “It’s Academic” Saturday, April 27, 1968.

Looking Back 30 years - The Island Theatre Group's production of Carnival on April 28-29, 1978 starred Patti Rebmann, Steve Jakiel, Colleen Carroll, David Maciejewski, Tom Vacanti, Kevin Brady and Tom Gormady.••••An open house program in April 1978 at the thoroughly renovated Sidway School gave the public an opportunity to see the wonders wrought by the $400,000 bond issue it approved in September 1976.••••Karen Lunsford (Conboy) played the part of Captain Hook and her sister, Janice Lunsford (Ayers) played the proud Princess Tiger Lily when students of St. Stephen School put on the production of “Peter Pan” on April 29, 1978. Amy Meyers took the part of “Wendy” and Chris Raab, a 4th grade teacher, directed.

Good news! Navy Seabee Frank Truesdale, son of Island resident Wendy Truesdale, has returned to the states after nine months in Iraq. Frank is a mechanic stationed in Gulf Port, Mississippi. His mom is very proud and thrilled to have Frank back in the states.

Dave Burke writes of his son, SPC Corey Burke, today: "Back safe to Ft. Benning last night at 23:30 after 15 months in Iraq, and we'll see him soon. Thanks for your ongoing support of all the Island connected families with GIs to love and miss." Thanks for writing, Dave. We share your elation! This was also in my email from Dave: "Might also give a shout out to the good people of the city of Bangor, Maine, who greet each incoming aircraft full of returning troops with cookies, hugs, cell phone use, and whatever they might require - a service deserving of recognition."

Our sympathy to the families of Raymond A. Ehlert and Benjamin J. Cutonilli who recently passed away. Click Deaths for complete information.

Attention, members of the GIHS Class of 1988! A happy hour for members of this class is being held on Friday, May 16th beginning at 7 p.m. at the new Riverstone Grill, 971 East River Road, Grand Island (formerly BA's Saloon). Mark your calendars.

This week's spotlighted Isledegrande.com advertisers are Grand Island Chiropractic,    Rose Liquor Store  AJ Beyer Mechanical  and  our newest advertiser, Robert M. Ratajczak, Jr., Attorney. Be sure to check out these business websites and for information on advertising at Isledegrande.com, email Dan McMahon at Dan@giecom.net.

Historical Society program chair, Ruth Englert, has announced that guest speaker, Craig Woodworth, will present a program on "The Companies That Electrified Buffalo," during the Society's 7:30 p.m. May 1st meeting at River Lea in Beaver Island Park. Everyone is invited, and refreshments will follow.

Congratulations to those being honored this evening at the Chamber of Commerce 42nd Annual Citizen of the Year Awards Banquet.

The Quality Quest coalition will host a program tonight at the Nike Base recreation hall.••••The Relay for Life Team, "The Record Breakers featuring The Polka Dot Chix," are sponsoring a Roast Beef For Relay event on Saturday.••••The school district's Health and Wellness Fair will be held Saturday.••••Relay For Life committee members and teams will decorate around the town hall on Saturday morning in anticipation of Paint the Town Purple Day. ••••The Island Cooperative Nursery School celebrates its 60th Anniversary with a Basket Raffle Saturday.••••Parishioners of St. Timothy Church host a spaghetti dinner on Sunday.••••David Temple, classical guitarist, will be featured in concert Sunday afternoon at Trinity UM Church.•••• 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, April 17, 2008
Good morning Kevin in Thousand Oaks, CA and good morning Heather in Portland, OR.

Former resident and Island educator Dorothy Dillemuth, who just celebrated her 80th birthday, received a HUGE birthday card in the mail last week. It was literally covered with notes from many of her former students who were able to get to the Isledegrande.com office and sign the card. The person responsible for this gesture, as a way of letting Dorothy know just how much so many of us have appreciated the birthday and anniversary cards she has sent us over the years, remains anonymous. If you are wondering how Dorothy is these days, she has been doing the taxes for the entire senior center in Washington, Pennsylvania - and she was tickled pink to receive the gigantic birthday card!

Best wishes to Erica and Michael Forbes, celebrating their first wedding anniversary on Wednesday.

Happy birthday to Amy Hillock (her 21 birthday today), Jack Mikulski and Jane Duffy (tomorrow), Mark Hassan (55 tomorrow), David Domagala and Andrew Stange (17 tomorrow), David Khreis, Lela Mancuso, Jim Stewart Sr. and Lisa Linenfelser (Saturday), Margaret Villano (her 91st birthday on Sunday), Gregory Voyzey (20 on Sunday), Tim Miller, Barb Macaluso, Sally Khreis and Diane Coulter (Sunday), Conner Trieskey (10 on Tuesday), Genna Baldassarre (9 on Tuesday), Mark Ramsperger (5 on Tuesday) and Linda Kutzbach and Robin Coffey (Wednesday).••••A belated happy birthday to Abigail Chambers who just celebrated her 11th birthday.

A speedy recovery to Lisarenee Guagliano, now recuperating after her recent surgery.••••Others contending with health concerns and wished the best this week are Barbi Lare, Shorty Vanthoff, Alice Gardner, Craig Gushue and my dear friend Joelle Logue's husband, Jerry Logue.

Helping end world hunger can be as easy as expanding your vocabulary. See
"http://www.freerice.com/" and have fun while helping others across the world.

Looking Back 60 years - A card party sponsored by the Island's American Legion Auxiliary Unit No. 1346 and held in St. Stephen’s Church hall, drew 17 tables of pinochle, 12 tables of pedro, and 2 tables of bridge. Prize winners included Matilda Kress, Ann Hall and Mike Meyer. General chairman was Josephine Maurer.

Looking Back 50 years - "I'm In Kindergarten!" produced by Lee Tetkowski, was a movie that began with the arrival of children at school and included the salute to the flag, singing, dancing, free play, reading readiness and number concept activities. Mrs. Tetkowski was assisted by Helen Miller and Onalee Knapp. Miss Veronica Connor, school principal, was the narrator for the sound portion. Do any of my readers know where this movie is today?

Looking Back 40 years - Members of the Pa Si O We Wa Mo Ko Campfire group made their fourth annual visit to the Wheel Chair Home on Delaware Ave., Kenmore in April 1968. The girls presented a short program including a precise baton routine by Laurie Griffin, Marlene Grob, Terrie Gardner (Sledziewski), Susan Thompson (Judson), Karen Klajbor, Ruth Dettman and Sally Gollwitzer (Goris). And believe it or not, two of these twirlers will be twirling in the July 4th parade down Grand Island Blvd. this summer. Does anyone have a current email address for Marlene Grob?

Looking Back 30 years - Pat Bessel and daughter, Marjorie, 14, took the mother-daughter racing title on Sunday, April 23, 1978 in the Bonnie Bell Road Race for Women held in Chicago. The contest drew 3000 entries.

Looking Back 20 years - It was on Sunday, April 17, 1988 that Grand Island Bridge tolls rose from $.35 to $.50.

Our sympathy to the families of Anna O. Ehlert, Alfred "Bud" Fritz and former residents Ellen Mae Stewart and Alice “Becky” Goodwin who recently passed away. Click Deaths for complete information.

This week's spotlighted Isledegrande.com advertisers are Blue Water Marina,   Aceti's Wine & Spirits  Liz Wilbert - Century 21   and  Grinder's Skate Park. Be sure to check out these business websites and for information on advertising at Isledegrande.com, email Dan McMahon at Dan@giecom.net.

The 2nd annual George Backlund Weiner Roast will be held tomorrow at the Rod & Gun Club.••••Teddy's Islettes Reunion Group practices both Friday and Saturday.••••The River Lea Quilters Guild Quilt Show takes place this weekend.••••A shoreline clean-up is being hosted by the Quality Quest Coalition on Saturday.••••The high school Corporate Bowl will be televised on Saturday at 7 p.m.••••A Relay For Life Pancake Breakfast takes place at the K of C Hall on Sunday.•••• 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, April 10, 2008
Good morning Melissa in New Bern, NC and good morning Nancy in Naples, FL.

Two Grand Island bands have been chosen from more than 150 from WNY schools to compete against four other groups, in final competition in the Music Is Art Foundation's "High School Battle of the Bands" on Thursday, April 10 at HSBC Arena. The Island bands and members are "Inlite" (Jordon Dixon, Griffin Smith, Nick Kelly and Josh Little) and "The Sleepless City" (Craig Perno, Travis Perno, Cody Hogrewe and Drew Lazelle). Congratulations and good luck everyone.

Former resident, Fred Schutt has written to friends and family to update them on his wife, Linda's condition. She is in the final stage of cancer. Take the time to email or drop a note to Fred at this difficult time.

That's Emma Smith, 10, in her PJs and recuperating from having her tonsils out yesterday. Emma, the daughter of Marijane and Cubby Smith, is holding her new puppy, Cody, and is featured on our front page of Isledegrande.com.

Shorty Vanthoff is dealing with more health problems. Send him a card or note and let him know you are thinking of him.

Prayers are in order for longtime resident and photographer/reporter Barbi Lare. Barbi spent several weeks in the hospital and is now living with her daughter, Sandy, here on the Island. Email for her new address or phone number.

Dawn Marcolini Newton is directing and choreographing the Niagara Regional Theatre Guild's production of "My Fair Lady" on April 25-26, May 2-4 and May 9-10. For times and ticket information, call 284-6358.

A very happy 80th birthday to Dorothy Dillemuth who is celebrating today.••••If you see Carol Anderson Swan this week wish her a happy 40th. She was born on April 9, 1968!••••Happy birthday to Bob Clement (his 89th today), Stew Becker, Dodie Meyer, Dustin Coryn, Billy Rupp and Mike Linenfelser (all celebrating today), Evan Ackerman (5 today), Melissa Affuso (20 tomorrow), Harry Roberts, Arlene Ehde and Roman Jurga (tomorrow), Gwendolyn Slachciak (turning 7 tomorrow), Rita Madia, Marsha Hammond and Charlie Markarian (Saturday), our granddaughter, Amy Bidell (turning 17 on Saturday), Jeff Carr (a big one on Sunday), Carrie Vieceli, Betty Killian and Nicole Butcher (Sunday), Aaron Wood (18 on Sunday), James "Biff" Martin (his 31 on Monday), Jim Stewart Jr. and Lisa Foley (Monday), Nicholas Aronica (4 on Monday), Curtis Nestark (Tuesday), Jameson Hiam (his 3rd birthday on Wednesday), and Ed Burrows (Wednesday).

Best wishes to Anne and Ryan Timmerman celebrating their first wedding anniversary on Monday and to Paul and Jean Leiner who will mark their 42nd anniversary on Tuesday.••••A very happy 20th anniversary goes out to Sue and Mike Braun, Mr. Fire Company himself, celebrating on Wednesday.

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It was 50 years ago that the Peace Sign was born. The above photo is the art work of Puppet DiTullio. For more information on the Peace Sign and Peace March, see "Peace 1958."

It has been suggested that I share the link, "www.BlueRibbonMovie.com" with my readers. It certainly is food for thought.

Looking Back 60 years - Ollie Howard's column in the April 12, 1948 edition of Island Dispatch included the following: According to a report in the daily paper, the Grand Island bridges have become self supporting. During the month of February (1948), over 100,000 crossings were registered, the greatest number in any month in the bridges’ history. Self Sustaining! – The people of GI are in the minority as to numbers in using the bridges, but the use of them is a serious economic factor in the lives of all of us. We have advocated a season ticket for the residents of GI for several years. In the face of increased population and Cross-Island traffic it would seem that the time for such a reduced rate is in the near future. This is one subject that is timely for the Town Board and something on which they would have complete support from the people of the Island. - Remember: this was before the New York State Thruway crossed the Island.

Looking Back 50 years - The former Richard Ray Restaurant was taken over by Staley Road residents Ceil Morrison and her husband, Ed, on Easter Sunday 1958. Among those working at "Ceil and Ed's" were Charlotte Smith, Lillian Robinson, June Byron, Billie Mahnk, Edith Gibbons, Pearl Long and Joan and June Brockwell.

Looking Back 40 years - A beautiful baby girl, Elizabeth Wozniak, was pictured in the Island Dispatch with her huge Easter Basket that she won in the Jaycee’s Easter egg hunt in the 1-6-year-old age group. Winner in the 7-12 year-old group was Nancy Savoy who was also pictured in the paper with Jaycee’s project co-chairmen Robert Crippen and Frederick Hartrick. Approximately 800 children participated in the event held at Sidway School. •••• The 7-member town board held its first meeting in the new, 112-seat combination courtroom-auditorium on April 15, 1968. Board members at the time were Supervisor Raymond P. Griffin, Town Clerk Elsie E. Stamler, Peace Justice F. Donald Hawley, and Peace Justice Richard O. Robinson, Councilmen Francis B. Pritchard and Paul D. McCarthy and Town Attorney Richard Couch.

Looking Back 30 years - The High School students' major production in April 1978 was South Pacific and those in the leads were Lynn Tetreault, Gail Grimes, Wayne Weis, Tim MacKenzie, Jane Hand, Mary Radecki, Cathy Sullivan, Steve D’Addieco, Stephen Fritschi and Dale Sandish.

Congratulations to all of the girls on the Connor Middle School Girls’ Modified Basketball team who ended with an undefeated NFL season record of 11 wins and zero losses. See Connor Girls Basketball Team for story/photo.

More great bowling from Ray Breeden - Ray had a 300 game in a 785 series at Mallwitz's Island Lanes this week while bowling with the Fred's Collision league.

We welcome our newest advertiser, DeGeorge Ceilings & Doors and strongly suggest you take a look at their exciting website, designed here by GIECOM.net. Also spotlighted this week are Elderwood At Riverwood  Fuccillo Auto Group  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.

An open house beginning at 4 p.m. today at town hall deals with the Scenic Woods Master Plan.••••The Friends of the Grand Island Memorial Library used book sale is set for Friday and Saturday.••••St. Stephen's Boy Scout Troop #630 will hold its annual spaghetti dinner on Sunday.••••The Lions Club's annual Spaghetti Dinner takes place on Monday.••••A blood drive is scheduled for Tuesday at the Knights of Columbus Hall.••••The Town Recreation Dept. will hold a Kite Flying Contest in Veterans Park Wednesday morning (spring break) and everyone is invited.••••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, April 3, 2008
Good morning, Daniel in St. Louis, MO and good morning, Kay and Jim in The Villages, FL.

Happy birthday to Cathy Wilhelm celebrating tomorrow and to Jeff Kirsch, born on April 9th. Hope this is just the start to a wonderful year.

Nathan Cook, who has provided Isledegrande.com readers with numerous nature photos and descriptions over the past few years, continuously hears from people across the nation and across the world who have an interest in plants and trees and insects etc. and discover Nathan's pages through the search engines. This week's mail included that of Reinhard Schomberg-Klee, a head gardener at the Experimental Botanical Garden in Goettingen, Germany, who had several questions for Nathan. Mr. Schomberg-Klee included the Botanical Garden Website.

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This photo was taken by Josh Gibson last Friday (March 28th) and is hopefully the last of the season's snowfall.

Michelle and Scott Driess and daughter, Shannon, had an interesting "find" while hiking along the shore of Beaver Island over the weekend. See "Ice Boom" for story and photos.

Happy birthday to Theresa West (8 tomorrow), Zoe Dodd (a teenager tomorrow), Natalie Baldassare (12 tomorrow), Peter Figliotti (Saturday), Dr. Alfred Lenzner (happy 90th on Saturday), Nicholas Ratajczak (6 on Sunday), Barb Wilson (cheers on Monday), Nathan Busch (16 on Monday), James Rustowicz (entering his teens on Tuesday), Julie Greco (Tuesday), Vincent Ricotta (5 years old on Tuesday), Kelly Stessing (cake and candles on Tuesday), Mary Ann Arsenault (Wednesday) and Rhett Robinson (7 on Wednesday).

Happy anniversary to Mike and Christine Carr, celebrating their 10th on Saturday and to Dorothy and Al Rowswell marking their 53rd anniversary on Wednesday.

Looking Back 50 years - Interest, both locally and on the mainland, prompted the builders of the community's first bowling alley to double the number of lanes. Originally planned as a 12-lane establishment, the Grand Island Bowling Center would be built with 24 lanes. Construction on the north east corner of Grand Island Blvd. and Whitehaven Road began 50 years ago this week. ••••The town board created a recreation commission, taking the place of the ten-man recreation committee which went out of existence when the permanent recreation commission was created on March 3, 1958.••••"The Effects of an International Bridge on Grand Island" was the topic of a panel discussion at the Chamber of Commerce meeting at Creighton's Edgewater Hotel Tuesday, April 8, 1958.••••A "Miracle Pump" was installed at Buehrig's Sunoco Service on Grand Island Blvd. The new innovation "blends and dispenses six grades of motor fuel. The new system - called Custom Blending - gives motorists a choice of fuels designed to match the octane requirements of their car engines, with possible savings.

Looking Back 30 years - “It’s Academic Team Brings Home Trophy” was the headline in the local weekly paper when Peter Gilmore, the Grand Island High School team’s only senior served as captain of the Channel 4 quiz show team. Mike Howland and Lloyd Garten aided Peter on the T.V. screen. The alternates were Dave Conboy, Catherine Crea and Dalinda Condino. Mrs. Dorea Holmes was team advisor.

Our sympathy to the families of Mary J. Nelson, David G. Petit, Kevin Coffta and former resident Robert C. Hoag who recently passed away. Click Deaths for complete information.

If you are reading for the first time about the Teddy's Islettes Reunion appearance planned for the July 4th parade this summer, please know that if you were a member of this group between 1961 and 1987, it is not too late to join. See Teddy's Islettes Web Page for complete information. Over 30 former twirlers have signed up to twirl for this event, including Cathy Haller Contino, Caryl Denler Kershner and Sonja Miller, who were part of my very first class in 1961.

This week's spotlighted Isledegrande.com advertisers are Island Pediatrics,   Grand Island Home Construction,   Keller Insurance,   and Justin Tyme Cafe On The River. Be sure to check out these business websites and for information on advertising at Isledegrande.com, email Dan McMahon at Dan@giecom.net.

We would love to have your views on good places to eat in our "Thumbs Up" Your Restaurant Reviews column. Thanks to those who have contributed.

Great bowling, guys! Ross Aydelotte bowled a 299-666 on the A-Best Roofing league this week at Island Lanes and Rich Freer had a 290 in a 766 series on the same night. Young Tom Kalman bowling with the Mixed Juniors at Island Lanes rolled a 277-669 this past week. Congratulations, everyone.

Airman First Class Brian Judkins was recently in town, much to his proud parents' delight. Photos of the Airman's Kaegebein Elementary School visit are on our In The Service page.

Tonight's Historical Society meeting will feature a slide presentation of the Pan American Era.••••The St. Stephen's Parish Youth Players production of "Willy Wonka Junior" takes place this weekend with 43 Island kids in the cast. ••••"Sabrina’s Garden of Hope" Fundraiser for Sabrina Reagle is scheduled for Sunday.•••• See our Calendar of Events for complete details on these and many other Island happenings.

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

Thursday, March 27, 2008
Good morning, Nancy in Green Bay, WI and good morning, Lee in Victor, NY

Friends of Angeline Scalia will surely want to send her a card as she turns 100 years old on Saturday. Happy birthday, Angeline.

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A very happy birthday to Deb Bleich, shown left with Marcia Witte Robison (center) and Judy Lovelee Kenyon. The girls were among my top twirlers in Teddy's Islettes when the photo was taken and all three will be back on the street for the Teddy's Islettes reunion appearance in the July 4th parade this summer. Deb will celebrate her birthday on Wednesday, April 2nd

Wonderful news! Six-year-old Jon Jon Cinelli's health is improving. See "Islanders In The News for story and photo.

A belated happy birthday to Ryan Kernin who turned 8 years old on Easter Sunday.••••Happy birthday to Jodi Lewis (today), Marilyn Randolph (tomorrow), Olivia Williams (6 on Saturday), Rachel Marinucci (her 25 on Saturday), Mary Parker and Sarah McMahon (Saturday), Chloe Elizabeth Fitzsimmons (first birthday Saturday), Sharon Thompson (Sunday), Scott Duscher (his 30th on Monday), Gary Dahlstrom (Tuesday) and Madison Green (her 10th on Wednesday).

So very sorry to report that Barbi Lare is extremely ill. Please keep her and her family in your prayers.

For another country's interesting view of the United States of America, published as an editorial in a Romanian newspaper, see "Why Are Americans So United?" Thanks to the reader who emailed this to me.

Looking Back 60 years - Mary Ann Kruse (Arsenault) was the Sidway School spelling champion and Arvilla Webb (Kendzierski) was an alternate.•••• Sidway cheerleaders in the spring of 1948 were Mary Ann Kruse (Arsenault), Joan Burgstahler (Bridge), Donna Hawley (Rodriguez), Pat Howard (Bachert), Shirley Roberts (Ervin), Charlotte Smith (Nichols), Jean Webb (Bleich), Lynn Winter (Duggan) and Laurel Waltman (Moher).••••Johnny Tunnell held his springtime re-opening of his Red & White Superette across from St. Stephen's Church on the Baseline Road. The little store featured a complete line of meats, groceries, frozen foods, produce etc.

Looking Back 50 years - Michael O'Dea was first in the line of 155 boys who signed up for Little League baseball in 1958.••••Volunteer firemen put out a total of 18 grass fires that scorched several hundred acres and put severe strains on the manpower of the Fire Company 50 years ago.

Looking Back 40 years - The new town hall opened on April 1, 1968.••••Grand Island "gold" winners in the Western New York Science Congress competition held in the Buffalo Museum of Science were Carlton Brett (grand winner), Jerome Viola and Bruce Dannels.

Looking Back 30 years - Twelve-year-old Julie Charrette of Ransom Road, placed 1st in Intermediate Ladies Compulsory moves and 2nd in free skating at the Genesee Invitational Figure Skating Competition in Rochester where 42 clubs from U.S. and Canada took part.••••Russ Certo, John Gallagher and Scott Scheuing were named to the North Division, Section VI Ice Hockey Federation’s all-star team for the 1977-78 season.••••The Knights of Columbus formed a Columbian Squire Circle for high school boys with its first meeting held March 30, 1978 under the guidance of Past Grand Knight George Minton.

Looking Back 20 years -

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Grand Island Jaycees held an Easter Egg hunt at the Nike Base on Saturday, April 2,1988 that drew 200 youngsters. Shown front are winners in the youngest age group: Kevin Rader, Julie Shurtz, and Jennifer Frey; (2nd row) 4-7 winners Lindsey Hahn, and Jennifer Raham; (top) 8-12 year old winners Jonathan Moran, Kevin Lesika and Kim Haag. Jaycee Egg Hunt chairman was Jeff Tomer.••••See Bedell House Fire 20 Years Ago

Our sympathy to the families of Steven J. Bindics, Robert J. Walf and Grace D. Sutter who recently passed away. It is with sadness that I also report the death in 2005 of Beverly VonCraigh Striebich. Click Deaths for complete information.

We welcome our newest Isledegrande.com advertiser, DeGeorge Ceilings & Doors. Please check out this website and those that follow. Spotlighted this week are Wegman's,  Wilco Mortgage Corp, Inc.   and   Bones Woodworking - Magic Towel Holder. For information on advertising at Isledegrande.com, email Dan McMahon at Dan@giecom.net.

With the nation's economy what it is, I believe many area residents may be concerned about finances. For a free seminar, see "Financial Literacy - Understanding Personal Finances."

Was that the long-eared Kester Bleich looking particularly fuzzy last Friday at town town hall?

It looks like Lukas Johnson, GIHS Class of 2000, is on his way to winning a big prize in the John Lennon/Maxwell “Song of the Year” competition. Luke, who is one half of the acoustic electronic duo, "Acoustic Chatter" with his partner, Andrea Stankevitch, self-produced their debut album, "Fall Down" last year. See "Luke Johnson/Islanders In The News" and please consider voting for their song, "Sky Turns Red."

Congratulations to Mike Mallwitz on his perfect game at Island Lanes (300-258-799). Mike was bowling with the Yuengling Men Tuesday League. Congratulations also to Mark Doel, who bowled a 300-686 with the Friday Night Businessmen at Island Lanes and to Bob Vitagliano, rolling a 300-743 with Fred's Collision at Island Lanes.

Kindergarten registration continues today and tomorrow at Sidway Elementary.••••The Knights of Columbus Chili & Chowder Sale starts at 3 p.m. today. ••••"Teen Challenge" For Parents And Teens will be presented tonight in the Grand Island High School auditorium.••••The Relay For Life Team Moose-Kateers will host a fundraiser from 6:30-8:30 p.m tonight.••••Schools are closed tomorrow.••••The Parish Players present "The Mousetrap" this weekend.••••The fundraiser for little Jon Jon Cinelli is being held Saturday and a huge Island turnout is expected!••••Connor Middle School students will present the musical, "Mulan Jr." Tuesday evening in the high school auditorium.••••A workshop for young adults with disabilities will take place Tuesday evening at the high school.•••• 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, March 20, 2008
Good morning, Melissa in Rochester, NY and good morning Joseph in Lancaster, NY.

Very best wishes to Evelina Schopp who is celebrating her 99th birthday today. If you see Leo Ricci on Sunday, wish him an extra special birthday! Happy birthday to Jim Stockman (25 today), Sarah Berlinger (her 7th birthday today), to Pat Dunlop, Peggy Bauman and Paul Denler (tomorrow), Mike McNulty (Sunday), Bernie Brice (a milestone on Sunday), Michael Brown (11 on Tuesday), Martin O'Dea and Jack Mahnk (Tuesday), Elsie Killian (Wednesday), and - drum roll - John McDonough, Paul Truesdale and Cheryl Chamberlain (all celebrating on Wednesday).

Today is the first day of spring! Enjoy!!??

The Dave Breier family is missing their dog, Reese, a 65-pound yellow lab mix. Reese was spotted a week ago running down the middle of Whitehaven Road near Alvin but would not allow the driver of a black SUV or Blazer to pick him up. This was on Wednesday, March 12th at 10:30 a.m. Call 773-2893 if you can help bring the Breier family's dog home.

Eleanor and Ted Kessler will be married 58 years on the 22nd and Ed and Chris McCaffery mark their 45th wedding anniversary on March 25th. May their days be filled with happy reminders of their years together.

Congratulations to David Henry Niemann on winning the Class C New York State Racquetball Tournament over the weekend. The match was held in Albany where David beat Kelly Shaun of New York City, 15-13, 15-7. Dave won the Class D title last year.••••Congratulations to Bill Gerfin on his 300 game in a 748 series bowling on the A-Best Roofing League this week at Island Lanes.

Looking Back 60 years - Members of the Courier Express team in the Buffalo Industrial Skeet League were all Island residents and tied for first place in March 1948. The shooters were C. W. Olsker, Fran Brobeil, Leon Peck, George Kirby, Ollie Howard, Lyle Finch, Carl John, Burrows Matthews, Bill Hoffman and Joe Maute.••••A very impressive "wedding" ceremony was performed at Sidway School by the kindergarten and pre-primer students on Tuesday afternoon, March 23, 1948 when "Jennie June" was united in marriage with "Tom Thumb." The part of Jennie June was taken by Sharleen Killian and the groom was played by Tommy Welch. I remember the rehearsals very well as I was picked to be the bride and my 4th grade neighbor, Lance Kohn, was the priest, but I was home with a sore throat on the day of the performance!••••The town board moved that the insurance on the town hall and contents be increased to $20,000.••••Ceil and Andy Alt opened their brand new restaurant, "Ceil and Andy's," on Easter Sunday 1948, the same restaurant that their grandson, Donald Carter, will soon open at East River and Colony roads as the Riverstone Grill. For the history of the former Ceil & Chucks/B.A.'s Saloon, see
Isle Taverns Of The Good Old Days.

Looking Back 50 years - Veronica Connor, local supervisory principal, was elected temporary president of the newly organized Grand Island Zonta Club.The group's first meeting was held at the home of Town Clerk Elsie Stamler. See Zonta Club History for a feature story on the Club.••••Marion Tranter was chairman of a record hop held in the Kaegebein School gym on Tuesday, March 25, 1958 and broadcast over WEBR from 8:30 p.m. to 10:45 p.m. The dance was sponsored by the Island Teen Town group and Ed Little and Danny McBride of radio station WEBR were on hand to emcee the affair.

Looking Back 40 years - For a photo of Supervisor Ray Griffin and Town Clerk Elsie Stamler in the midst of moving into the new town hall in March 1968, see Old Photo Album.

Looking Back 30 years - As the youngest and smallest contestant, nine-year-old Stacey Burridge (Ford) had to stand on a chair to reach the podium when she competed and took first place in the Optimist Club's Oratory Contest in 1978. According to Luke Owens, a Grand Island attorney and long-time Optimist contest supporter, "She just looked out at the audience and really blew 'em right out of their chairs. It was stunning," he said. Other Island students taking part were David Macaluso, Chris Macaluso, Alyssa Miller (Kolat), Sarah Morrisey (Gooch) and Mike Morrisey.••••Among the acts in the high school talent show on Friday, March 17, 1978 were Lynn Tetreault and Mary Ellen McCauley who joined “together” to sing and dance in a horse costume, and Beth Foster and Tim MacKenzie who sang and danced to selections from “Chorus Line.”••••The kids in Ferry Village got together in March 1978 and built a large snow fort in the Nichols yard on Cox Road, complete with 4-foot walls and crawl-through tunnels. Helping with the wintertime project were Susan Nichols (Horan), Robert Nichols, Ann Nichols (Ruland), Jonathan Nichols, Sean Fetzer, Kevin Birt, Pat Birt, Jeff Birt, Robert Group, Kathi Group and Rancy Jowsey.

Looking Back 20 years - The Son Light Singers of Trinity UM Church traveled to San Francisco and Los Angeles for their fourth major Easter Tour, and our daughter-in-law, Laury Fred Linenfelser, was part of the group.

Prayers are in order for former resident Betty Benton, who has been quite sick.

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

The members of the Men's Auxiliary of the Charles N. DeGlopper Memorial VFW Post 9249 will host their the 3rd Annual Good Friday Fish Fry from 4-7 p.m. tomorrow.••••Schools are closed Friday through Monday.•••• An Easter Egg Hunt & Games will be part of Kids' Day on Saturday at the New Apostolic Church. •••• Kindergarten Registration takes place at Charlotte Sidway Elementary School next week.••••A blood drive takes place Tuesday at Grand Island Fire Headquarters. •••• See our Calendar of Events for complete details on these and other Island happenings.

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

Thursday, March 13, 2008
Good morning, Judy and Brian in Port Charlotte and good morning Kelly in Cambridge, MA.

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Our best wishes go out to Fred and Gwen Gleave on the occasion of their 50th wedding anniversary. Close friends and family threw a very successful surprise party last Saturday in the Moose Lodge, much to the delight of Fred and Gwen. The Gleaves were married on March 8, 1958.

Top of the morning to Daniel Patrick O'Brien celebrating his 50th birthday on St. Patrick's Day. •••• Happy birthday to Karen Smith and Bob Wendling (cheers today), Ralph Hoover (celebrating his 80th birthday today), Sam Aswad, Sharon Ullrich and Sue Marston (today), Adam Taylor (his 25th birthday tomorrow), pretty Elsie Stamler (a milestone tomorrow), Mindi Kratz, Pat Meyer and Doris Kaiser (Saturday), Dennis Badame (wished a fabulous birthday on Saturday), Ed Sargent (best wishes on Saturday), Megan Malaney (her 25th on Sunday), Sally Black, Jim Figler and Jena Playfair (Sunday), Sandy Hingston and Nonnie Carroll (Monday), Ryan O'Neil (10 on Monday) and Dee DiTullio (Wednesday).

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Best wishes to Amy and Steven Morgan who will celebrate their 25th wedding anniversary Wednesday. The Morgans were married in Trinity Church on March 19, 1983.

Are you missing a dog? A stray, adult, yellow lab has been seen along Windham Lane just past Grand Island High School on numerous occasions. If the dog is yours, call John at 417-0763.

Though the honor was given to Islander Jim Pedlow back in November 2007, it is noteworthy that he has participated in the YMCA Turkey Trot for 25 years and is one of 25 new members inducted into the Turkey Trot Quarter Century Club. Congratulations, Jim.

Be sure to see our "Thumbs Up" restaurant review page where Dorothy Rowswell has made a contribution regarding DeFlippo's Restaurant, then give some thought to writing up a review on a restaurant you especially liked.

Looking Back 50 years - Marion Tranter was chairman of a record hop held in the Kaegebein School gym in March 1958. The dance, which was broadcast over WEBR from 8:30-10:45 p.m., was sponsored by the Island Teen Town group. Ed Little and Danny McBride of radio station WEBR were on hand to emcee the affair.

Looking Back 40 years - The town's telephone switchboard was moved from the old town hall to the new town hall on March 16, 1968.•••• The play, “Night of January 16th” was staged in the new town hall courtroom Friday and Saturday, March 15-16, 1968 by the Island Theater Group. The cast included Jackie Pauley, Roy Hawkes, Ron Gellatly, Thad Raczkowski, Marge Jankowski, Marilyn Coppolini, Chris Arent (Stange), Duane Hastrich and Mike Fischetti.••••Pictured in the Island Dispatch 40 years ago were some of the Huth Road Elementary students who put on “Under the Big Top,” a circus. They are Ivy Dodge, Lorraine Allen, Lynn Tetreault, David Wilson, Debby Smith, Carol Ann Smith and Lenny Giacovelli.••••Grand Island volunteer fireman, Peter McMahon, received burns on his eyelids in a fire that destroyed the Isle Inn, a tavern on Baseline at Staley Road, but was able to continue fighting the blaze with fellow firemen. According to Fire Chief Richard Lovelee, who estimated damage at $25,000, the fire was discovered about 5:30 a.m. March 19, 1968. The blaze started in a furnace room, off the bar in the first floor of the two-story aluminum-sided, frame building, owned at the time by Rose and Bill Wietan. The place was built around 1907 by a member of the Mesmer family who ran it for many years previous.

Barry Conway of Bear-Man Specialty Foods will be on the Time Warner Cable show, "All That Matters," at 3 p.m. Monday, March 17th. That's on channel 13, Live and will repeat again at 3 p.m. Tuesday March 18th.

Our sympathy to the families of Joseph Calvano, Roberto D. Zannin and former resident Patricia Zoltoski who recently passed away. Click Deaths for complete information.

A speedy recovery goes out to Rich Taylor who has been fighting recent illness.

Spotlighted advertisers this week are Chateau Motor Lodge    Island Prescription Center   Sandi's Family Restaurant   and McMahon'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 last St. Stephen Lenten fish fry dinner will be held tomorrow evening at St. Stephen School.••••Connor Middle School PTA meets Monday evening.••••The BPW presents a free seminar on “Women and Finance” next Wednesday in The M.O.G. on Grand Island Blvd. ••••An All Island Jazz Concert will be presented at the high school Wednesday night and will feature a basket raffle.••••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, March 6, 2008
Good morning, Ryan in Sarasota, FL and good morning, David in Wentzville, MO.

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Friends of Doug and Gail Rothenberg may want to send the couple an anniversary card this week. Doug and Gail were married 50 years ago - March 7, 1958 - by Rev. Franklin Beck in Trinity EUB Church. The Rothenbergs, now residing in Marlboro, MA, will celebrate their anniversary and Gail's birthday (March 9th) this weekend and again in the summer when their family can join them.

Interesting lawn ornament? This plane was recently placed in Bob Mesmer's front yard on Love Road near Alt Blvd. It's worth a drive by!

Former Island resident and well known writer Thom Hatch has rave reviews for Peggy McNulty Hooper this week. Seems Peggy, who has been working extremely hard to locate Sidway School classmates for the July reunion, has put Thom in touch with a couple of childhood friends from his neighborhood here. "Thanks for all your efforts in locating them," Thom wrote Peggy. "Perhaps the government should put you onto finding Osama Bin Laden," he said.

A belated happy 19th birthday to Travis Rockwood who celebrated Sunday, March 2nd.••••Happy birthday to Carolyn Leggio and Karen Wright (today), Kelly Petrie (cheers today), Hayden Backlund (7 today), Karen Bullock and Linda Tufillaro (tomorrow), Bill Gworek Sr. (cake and candles on Saturday), Emelie-jo Scheffler (double digits - 10 on Saturday), Grace Wenner (5 on Sunday), Chandler Cole (10 years old on Sunday), Gregory Wahl (Sunday), Emily Bolles (Sweet 16 on Tuesday), Emilie Dahlstrom (Tuesday), Bob Carr and Al Meyer (special greetings on Wednesday), and Madison MacNeil (6 on Wednesday).

Congratulations to Dave Griffin who bowled a 300 (773) with the A-Best Roofing league this week.

Looking Back 60 years - It’s no surprise that Dan Linenfelser Sr. led the grand march during a party for East River Road residents held February 28, 1948 at the Edgewater Hotel. Edward Winkleman was the party host and a lunch was served by Edgewater owner Pauline Klaus.

Looking Back 50 years - Philip E. Kuester, 31, of Selden, Long Island, was charged with first degree murder in the slaying of his companion, David Halbren, in Buckhorn State Park. The body was found there in July 1957.••••The following officers of the newly formed Little League auxiliary were elected at the initial meeting March 12, 1958: President Betty Wunsch, Vice President Jan Gast, Secretary Nancy Quinlan, Corresponding Secretary Betty Raepple and Treasurer Peg Sheehan.

Looking Back 40 years - Scoutmaster Peter McMahon announced in the Island Dispatch that Boy Scout Troop 254 would conduct a donut sale to raise funds for troop equipment.

Looking Back 30 years - "River Oaks in all its once proposed $250 million glory may fade into the landscape" if recommendations agreed upon by the planning board Monday, March 13, 1978 are approved by the town’s supervisor and councilmen. The planning board voted to recommend planned unit development zoning of River Oaks be terminated in accordance with section 49-24 of the town zoning ordinance.

Our sympathy to the families of Catherine Cipolla, Jared Caffarella, Helen Burznyski, Diane Pelosi and former residents Salvatore Capizzi and Peter Helbock who recently passed away. Click Deaths for complete information.

By now most people know that Isle residents Dick and Jenny Benz, have successfully opened the old Del & Herb's Grand Island Grill as "Dick & Jenny's Bake and Brew."••••Don Carter's grandfather, Andy Alt and his father, Chuck Carter, would be mighty proud of what he has done with the old Ceil & Chuck's restaurant at Colony and East River roads. Don has completely renovated this building and expects to open a really nice place to eat very soon. The name? Riverstone Grill.•••• Also looking good and about to open on Grand Island Blvd. is a tea shop/gift shop. Serenity Tea Cottage is this quaint little eatery's name.

Spotlighted advertisers this week are "Technology Camp Of America",    Kelly's Country Store ,    Dr. Huggs,  and  Riverview Chiropractic. Be sure to check out these business websites and for information on advertising at Isledegrande.com, email Dan McMahon at Dan@giecom.net.

Best wishes to Kim Schopp and Scott Kalman who became engaged over the weekend and are planning to marry this summer.

Tonight's Historical Society meeting in Historic Trinity Church will feature history of the "City of Ararat." ••••The Ecumenical World Day Of Prayer service will be held tomorrow morning (Friday) in Trinity UM Church.••••A Relay For Life fundraising event is scheduled for Sunday.••••Everyone's invited to Ashley Gorman's Student Ambassador spaghetti dinner fundraiser on Sunday.••••Home Energy Assistance Program (HEAP) applications will be accepted at the Golden Age Center on Monday.••••An American Legion Pizza Fundraiser is set for Monday.••••The final High School Corporate Bowl competition will be held Tuesday evening at the school.••••A Relay For Life meeting is set for Wednesday.••••A public hearing in regard to opening extracurricular activities to home schooled students is schedule for Wednesday.••••The last Lenten Luncheon of the season will be held Wednesday at Trinity UM Church. See our Calendar of Events for complete details on these and other Island events.

Daylight Savings Time begins Sunday morning, March 9th at 2 a.m. Be sure to turn your clocks ahead on Saturday evening and don't forget to replace the batteries in your smoke detectors!

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

Thursday, February 28, 2008
Good morning to Julie in Ithaca, NY and good morning, Stephen in West Seneca, NY.

This beautiful snowman was built Tuesday in the Sandy Beach neighborhood. Glad someone is enjoying our weather!

Emelie-Jo Scheffler will appear on television with her performance/comp dance team, The Rising Stars, at 7:30 a.m. and 8:30 a.m. Sunday during the Variety Club Telethon. Emelie-Jo dances at the Step In Time Studio Of Dance on the Island.

Happy birthday to Kevin Sander (8 today), Barry Conway (today), Jim Benns and Donna Linenfelser (tomorrow, the 29th), Jason Weis (his 9th birthday tomorrow!!!!), Jean Smith (Saturday), Michael Rayhill (16 on Saturday), Jane Cooke (a teenager on Saturday), Karie Stedman (6 on Saturday), Kayla Schmidt (15 on Saturday), Donna Webb (Sunday), Nathan Lange (his 30th on Sunday), Keith Coffey and Jack Ferguson (milestones on Sunday), Mike O'Dea (Monday), Cindy Zurek (Tuesday), Jane Goris (best wishes on Tuesday), Fran Jensen and Sherry Kwiatkowski (cheers on Wednesday), Charlie Burngasser, Jennifer Peresie and Bob Haag (Wednesday), and Tim Moriarty (21 on Wednesday).

Bud and Rosemary Whiting will mark their 64th wedding anniversary on Tuesday. Happy days, folks!

Congratulations to Mike Sander who bowled a 300 game in a 717 series with the Yuengling Men's League last week at Mallwitz's Island Lanes. ••••Another good game was rolled by Len Pimm (Labatts Men). Len scored a 299 (740) last week.••••More recent high scores at Island Lanes are those of Bob Vitagliano (300-837), Bill Kemp (298-662), Andy Moran (300-740), Ray Breeden (299-725), Mike Klis (300-729), and Jon McGinn (300-709).

Looking Back 60 years - The East River Road Taxpayers Association was formed on March 5, 1948 when the following officers were elected: Chairman Edward R. Winkleman, Secretary John Young and Treasurer Willard Kress.

Looking Back 50 years - The town's first postal substation opened Saturday, February 29, 1958 in Henry Alt's hobby shop, "Grandyle Mart" in the Love Road plaza.••••Four Grand Island garden clubs pooled their efforts to promote extensive planting of ornamental flowering crab trees throughout the Island, a project that went on for many years here. ••••"Senator Leads Showdown Fight On Toll Reduction, Thruway Will Be Asked To Issue $5 Annual Fee" was the headline in a March 1958 edition of the Island Dispatch. A $5 annual permit for unlimited use of the bridges by both Islanders and mainland residents was proposed by State Senate Walter J. Mahoney of Buffalo. •••• The Huth Road Elementary School was the name chosen by the school board for the $1,250,000 structure being completed in the Sandy Beach section. No explanation was given for the choice. Controversy had existed with some in favor (and even a positive vote for) of naming the school after WWII hero Charles N. DeGlopper.••••Official notification of his permanent appointment as postmaster here was received by Heber Ashley Jr. in March 1958. The Orchard Road resident had been acting postmaster for over a year.

Looking Back 40 years - Grand Island Jr. Sr. High School Sophomore Class officers for 1967-68 were announced as President Scott Lamb, Vice President John Study, Secretary Sharon Kelley (Casey) and Treasurer Jim DeCillis.

Looking Back 30 years - The Vikings wrapped up first place in the Section VI Hockey Federation’s North Division by tying West Seneca East 5-5 on Tuesday, February 28, 1978. Standouts on the GIHS team were Scott Scheuing, Barry Williams, Jason Shipman and Bill Seifert. The team was coached by Jim Szafran.••••Wrestler Alan Grimes became the 1978 New York State Junior College Regional III Champion. A 1976 GIHS graduate, attending Niagara County Community College, Alan began his wrestling career when he entered the sixth grade at Grand Island Middle School, ending each season as Junior Olympic Champion for four straight years. ••••The formation of the Grand Island Soccer Club in 1978 is credited to Clive Roughsedge. The new soccer venture drew a whopping 140 pre-registered youngsters.

Looking Back 20 years - The band, "Myriad" made its first public appearance during the St. Stephen Church annual dinner/talent show. Band members were Dave Rogala (guitar), Mike Mroziak (drums) and Michelle Gaydica Wolgast (keyboard).

Isledegrande.com advertisers spotlighted this week are Creative Leather Concepts,
   Kaiser Funeral Home,   Town Cafe,
  and    Aronica and Company, Inc. Be sure to check out these business websites and for information on advertising at Isledegrande.com, email Dan McMahon at Dan@giecom.net.

Good luck to our GIHS Girls Basketball team, facing Williamsville East tonight at 6 p.m. in the Section VI Tournament at the Flickinger Center.••••Good luck also to our GIHS Boys Junior Varsity Hockey Team, playing North Tonawanda for the JV large school championship. The Super Saturday game at noon this Saturday will be played at Buffalo State.

The annual GIHS Corporate Bowl begins Tuesday evening in the High School Auditorium. •••• The Charlotte Sidway School reunion committee meets Tuesday evening.••••The deadline for nominations for the Chamber of Commerce Citizens of the Year is Monday, March 3rd.••••See our Calendar of Events for complete details on these and other Island events.

One of our readers lost a white ice chest today on Baseline Road. See our Free Classified Ads for more information.

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

Thursday, February 21, 2008
Good morning to Brian in Nashville, TN and good morning, Jackie in Hamburg, NY

Happy 100th birthday, Lillian!

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Longtime Island resident Lillian Carpenter was born on February 23, 1908 and celebrated her 100th birthday yesterday at the Golden Age Center where she has been a very active member for at least 36 years. Always recognized by the Golden Age Club as knitting and donating the largest number of mittens and hats on “Mitten Recognition Day" at the Center, Lil has most often produced over 200 pairs of mittens and over 100 hats each year, all to be donated to the local missions and the Grand Island Neighbors Foundation. Few folks today would remember when Lil and her husband, the late Peter Carpenter joined Lil's father, John B. Heusinger in 1945 in a restaurant venture here on Grand Island. The threesome took over the tavern that was located just north of the south Grand Island Bridge, and enlarged the building, adding a kitchen and a room on the back. First known as Carpenters & Heusingers and later, Carpenters, it continued to be a very popular place to eat and socialize for several years. See Town Board Proclamation.

Happy birthday to Jack Kennell (today), to Hailey Lorence (5 today), Jim Zilliox (21 tomorrow), Marilyn Ekiss Fries (very best wishes on Saturday), Christina Kolkmann (10 on Saturday), David Sipos (20 on Saturday), Sophia Black (4 on Saturday), Lauren Braun (18 on Sunday), Irene Wagner (cheers on Sunday), Allison Englert (21 on Sunday), Jay Hollinger (it's the big one on Tuesday), William Madigan (a teenager on Tuesday), Kevin Koch Jr. (his 6th birthday on Wednesday) and David Padowski and Rebecca Sobol (Wednesday)

Celebrating their 35th wedding anniversary on Sunday and wished the best are Danny and Donna Krehl.

New babies to report are Dominick David Hanel, son of Pete and Angela Hanel, and Kristopher Montgomery Bennett, son of Kristopher and Jennifer Bennett. For stories and photos on Dominick and Kristopher, see Islanders in the News

Grand Island's Mike Mallwitz won his first Tri-City Masters bowling title last Sunday. Congratulations, Mike.

Looking Back 50 years - The State budget announced by Governor Averell Harriman included $24,994.50 for water supply improvements at Beaver Island State Park. ••••A request for a traffic signal at Beaver Island Parkway and Love Road was turned down for the second time by the Niagara Frontier State Parks Commission. The state deemed "a traffic light at this intersection is unnecessary." ••••Artist Elizabeth Anne Mesmer, had her first oil painting accepted for the 24th annual exhibition of work by Western New York artists at the Albright Art Gallery in Buffalo. A Buffalo native, she resided on the East River for about four years where she assisted her brother, Fred Mesmer, in the operation of Mesmer's Supper Club.

Looking Back 45 years -

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The above photo was featured on the front page of the February 14, 1963 edition of the Island Dispatch. The caption follows: "Made and presented by Peter DeGlopper, Supervisor 1893-1897 - to Henry Long, Supervisor 1918-1925, Town of Grand Island, N. Y."    These are words inscribed on a gavel which was presented to the Grand Island Historical Society at its February 1963 meeting. Shown above are Society President Marion Klingel receiving the gavel from Vice President Harold L. Long who is a son of the late supervisor. Mr. Long explained that the gavel was made from white oak for which Grand Island was once famous.

Looking Back 40 years - The GIHS wrestlers won the ECIC Division III Wrestling championship. The team included Paul Kavanaugh, Mike Burl, Mike Wohlfehrt, Les Chambers, Pat Leach, Rod Passarelli, Ed Safee, Robert Nardini and Art Bascomb.•••• The GIHS boys swim team won the ECIC Division III swimming championship. Among team members were Steve Manson, Terry Lawson, Dieter Fust, David Kipping and Robert Dommell.•••• Varsity basketball captain Bill Costello scored 28 points leading the Vikings to their fourth basketball victory in a row. Bill broke the single game scoring record of 26 points held jointly by Jerry Goodwin (1965-66) and Scott Allen (1966-67).

Looking Back 30 years -

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Blue Birds taking part in a Camp Fire Girls variety show in the Kaegebein School auditorium in February 1978 were (left) Karen Cummings, Debbie Gesl Dzielski, Julie Linenfelser Dee, Julie Elstrodt and far right in larger view, Tracie Moreau Groves and Bradie Kaiser Schall.•••• Findings and recommendations of a Drug Alcohol research committee were presented at the Monday, February 13, 1978 school board meeting.

Looking Back 10 years - Paul E. McCarthy, chairman of the board of Cinderella Island Inc., confirmed that Pirates Island (formerly Motor Island) was sold to the State Nature Conservancy.

Our sympathy to the families of Elizabeth (Haese) Werth, Edward M. Miller, Deane (Arner) Long, Nannette "Nancy" Schmauss and Leon Carr and former residents Thomas L. Woods, Hans F. Kipping M.D. and Bonnie Vincent Thomas who recently passed away. Click Deaths for complete information.

Spotlighted advertisers this week are Wavelengths Hair Salon ,  Century 21/Gerrie Andolina, Bob Piatek State Farm Insurance,  and   Flower A Day Florist. Be sure to check out these business websites and for information on advertising at Isledegrande.com, email Dan McMahon at Dan@giecom.net.

A fundraiser for Jerry Groff takes place Saturday.••••The Lions Club is sponsoring a blood drive on Sunday at St. Timothy Church.••••A Sabres Alumni Hockey Game to benefit Jon Jon Cinelli will be held Sunday.••••The VFW Pizza Fundraiser is set for Monday.••••A meeting for parents of children entering kindergarten at Sidway School will be held Tuesday in the school••••The Class of '88 reunion committee meets Tuesday at the Brick Oven.••••A drug awareness program for parents and teens will be held in the high school auditorium on Tuesday evening.•••• Boy Scout Troop 510 will hold an Open House at 7 p.m. on Wednesday in Historic Trinity Church.•••• Lenten Luncheons continue at Trinity Church on Wednesdays at noon.••••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, February 14, 2008
Good morning to Tracy on Grand Island and good morning, Amy in Snyder, NY.

Happy birthday to Jackie Filosofos (special greetings today), to Steve Mrzygut (today), Kassie Bennett (a teenager today), Mark Stefik (tomorrow's the big day!), Grace Olszewski (entering her teens on Saturday), Michelle Gast and Anita DeGlopper (Monday), Patrick Stouter (6 on Monday), Karen Scalise and Darren Gress (cheers on Tuesday) and Dorothy Rowswell (Tuesday).

Good to hear good news from Ed McCaffrey who is now cancer free. Way to go, Ed!

Congratulations to new grandparents, Dayton and Maryann Fancher on the birth of Emma Jane, daughter of Christina and Jason Cwiklinski just a week ago. See
Islanders In The News

Have you spotted a gray and white male tiger striped cat, possibly in the area of St. Stephen's Church? The cat's owners are offering a reward for information leading to finding their pet. See our Free Classified Ads for more information.

Looking Back 50 years - As mentioned here in last week's column, the worst snow storm since 1936 had virtually stopped Grand Island in its tracks. With drifts up to eight feet deep and snow piled at the roadside well over the tops of cars, the storm continued. All roads with the exception of Ransom were opened by Tuesday night. By early Wednesday most roads had drifted shut again and road crews were battling to open them once more. In the aftermath of the big storm, $3000 was transferred from the general town fund to the highway fund in order to meet the heavy expense incurred in plowing roads.••••The first meeting of the newly formed Falconwood Property Owners Association was held Thursday, February 20, 1958 with more than 100 residents from the Island's largest subdivision attending.••••Charlie Robinson of Wallace Drive decided that everybody in Sandy Beach had cabin fever and something should be done about it. He arranged a spur of the moment party for Saturday night at the Sandy Beach Yacht Club. About a hundred and fifty people turned out and everyone had a wonderful time.

Looking Back 40 years - With an 11-0 overall and 7-0 league win record, the Grand Island Viking swim team took the ECIC Division III championship after defeating Royalton-Hartland and Springville. Among the top swimmers were John Kipping, Bob Kellogg, Matt Biafora, John Jasper, Dave Hoxie, Bob Dommell, Mike Endres, John Phelps and Steve VanHattum.••••Among the winners of the Youth Center Foundation’s 2nd annual Winter Carnival were Gloria and Karen Webb (Pink Bunny snow sculpture), and Mike Rayhill, Dave Gamuccio, Jim Zoldowski and Robert Kuwik for their junior entry snow sculpture, “Michael and his Angelos.” Net profit was $548.43 with all money raised by the YCF going toward a building fund for an Island teen center. Among the youth volunteers were Penny Costello (Linenfelser), Mike Linenfelser, Bruce Kaiser, Patti Griffin (Smith), Roberta McNulty, Barb Aquilino, Diane Bykowitz and Gary Conshafter.••••Grand Island Girl Scout leaders and committee members Joan Compo, Ruth Blickley, Joan Campbell, Betty Hollinger, Pat Flicek, Kitty Zediker and Joan Wohlfeil were honored at a luncheon in February 1968 in Island United Presbyterian Church for their outstanding work, help and guidance given to over 500 Girl Scouts on Grand Island.

Looking Back 30 years - Skate Country opened in the Grand Island Plaza 30 years ago this week much to the delight of all of our children. The venture was under the management of Mike Horning and Jeff Mueller.

Our sympathy to the families of Mary Zender Dumas, Helen Staley and former residents Edith Godfrey, Ernest Godfrey, Dana Robertson Cadille and Thomas Grycel who recently passed away. Click Deaths for complete information.

Be sure to see the three baby boys born to Kristina Watts Krzos (GIHS Class of '94) and her husband, Jon. The boys were born December 12th and they are Owen Marshall, Colben James and Logan Jon. See Islanders In The News

Isledegrande.com advertisers spotlighted this week are The Beach House,
   Mediation Center,   Gross Plumbing & Heating,
  and   Wilco Mortgage Corp, Inc. Be sure to check out these business websites and for information on advertising at Isledegrande.com, email Dan McMahon at Dan@giecom.net.

Does anyone have a copy of Western N.Y. Heritage Magazine - Winter 2004 they would be willing to part with?

Congratulations to Liz Barker who received a very well deserved award for her endless volunteer work for the good of area boat racing. She was awarded the Inboard Scorers Award, "presented to one Inboard scorer every year, based on number of races worked, years of being a scorer, working national events, etc." The presentation was made at the American Power Boat Racing Association Convention held in Detroit earlier this month. A full story, titled Boat Racing News, headlines on today's front page of Isledegrande.com.

What fun it was to see so many of my former baton twirling students ('61-'87) last Friday night. Enthusiasm was high at the first practice in preparation for our Teddy's Islettes reunion appearance in the town's Independence Day parade. Please contact me if you were a member of Teddy's Islettes in those years and would like to join us. See Teddy's Islettes 2008 Page for more information.

Bowlers were bowling up a storm at Island Lanes this week. Rolling 300 games were Nick Delgrolice, Tom Divita and Mike Mallwitz. Way to go, guys!

The VFW Post 9249 offers a spaghetti on Saturday.••••A blood drive takes place Tuesday at the Knights of Columbus Hall.••••Schools are closed next week. ••••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, February 7, 2008
Good morning Michelle in Phoenix, AZ and good morning Tim in Lake Havasu City, AZ.

Congratulations to Bruce Cramer who was the winner of the 2008 Buffalo News Short Story contest. His story appeared in the February 5th edition of the News in the Life & Arts section.

Lynn Cullen Euse celebrates her birthday tomorrow and is wished a great day. That's Lynn's Sidway School 9th grade graduating class photo. "Hey, Lynn, we're really hoping you make it to the Sidway School Reunion on July 5th!"

If you see Paul Bauer today, wish him a happy birthday! Happy birthday to Glenn Skelly (14 today), Diane Lee (tomorrow), Jadon Garman (six years old tomorrow), Carleigh Rodriguez and Sheila Strott (both turning 4 tomorrow), Mike Endres (Sunday), Kaylee Montana (3 on Sunday), Rus Thompson (Monday), Kim Schopp ("you're how old on Tuesday?"), Dorothy Lovelee and Carol Roesch (Tuesday) and Jayce Claus (7 on Tuesday).

Special greetings to Cindy and Ed Zurek as they celebrate their 32nd wedding anniversary today. May the happy days go on and on!••••Beautiful wedding photo on today's front page of Isledegrande.com! Best wishes to Gregg Roesch, and his bride, the former Nicole Dee, both former Island residents and GIHS graduates.

Looking Back 60 years - The "Across the Mahogany with Willie" offered the following in the Island Dispatch 60 years ago: The terrific line up on the bridge last Saturday that had everyone wondering, was due to the crowds from the Falls, returning from the Niagara-Canisius basketball game in Buffalo.••••This was also in the same issue of the Island Dispatch and could have very well have been my own kindergarten class in 1948. Following a song during which all of the children were to have had their eyes closed, Bobby announced:
“Mrs. Dunnigan, Dick had his eyes open.”
Music Teacher Mrs. Dunnigan: “And how did you know about it?” After a long and very thoughtful pause, Bobby cautiously replied: “I heard them open.” Was that you, Bobby Smith?••••The town board on Jan. 26, 1948, moved to have a communication sent to the New York Telephone Company requesting information as to when to expect improved service and the dial system and also information regarding a private line to the Town Hall.

Looking Back 50 years - It was announced at a town board meeting that a brighter type of lighting was to be installed at various intersections in the town. The town board authorized replacement of the sodium vapor lamps with mercury lights, "which are very much brighter," Supervisor George J. Burgstahler said.••••With approximately 12,000 automobiles using the Thruway daily since its opening in 1956, this town of more than 7000 residents was proud of its fatality free record in traffic during 1957.••••A 100 x 22 foot ice skating rink on Love Road near the Grandyle Plaza opened 50 years ago and was sponsored and constructed by the Junior Chamber of Commerce whose members also provided lighting and insurance coverage for the site.••••It was just about 50 years ago this week that secondary roads on the Island continued to drift over as fast as they were plowed. Town Highway Superintendent Harold A. Yensan's crews "worked throughout the night but were unable to keep up with havoc created by snow and strong winds." A group of volunteer firemen continued to remain on all-night duty in the fire company's headquarters until the weather subsided.

Looking Back 40 years - A highlight of Cub Pack #452's Blue and Gold Banquet held in the Buffalo Launch Club Thursday, February 8, 1968 was Dan Linenfelser Sr.'s magic show. Cub Scout Lorne Neal received a gold medal for having the most awards in Weblos. Marty Davis received a silver medal for having the most awards in the regular Cubs. Rev. Harold Tyson served as cub master of Pack 452.••••Among those taking part in the Webelo Cub Scout Pack 425 outdoor weekend camp-out in the Town of Elma were Lou Morgan, Howard Oakey, Ken Oakey, Joe Trautman and Richard Ray. Den leader and chairman of the event was Al Posluszny.••••Rev. Jim Lange was appointed senior minister of Trinity EUB Church 40 years ago, succeeding the Rev. John M. Larsen.

Congratulations to Michelle Sterner who earned a third place in the 10th Annual WNY Queens Tournament at Bowl-O-Drome Lanes on Saturday. Kelly Mallwitz took 5th place in the Low to Cash 800, Division II (180-189 avg.) Championship.

Our sympathy to the family of Dorothy M. Howard who recently passed away. Click
Deaths for complete information.

Spotlighted advertisers this week are "Tops Market,"  "Ken Carter/Remax Agent"  "Contour Financial Planning, L.L.C."  and  "Care-A-Lot Childcare Centres." Be sure to check out these business websites and for information on advertising at Isledegrande.com, email Dan McMahon at Dan@giecom.net.

St. Stephen's Fish Fry begins tomorrow night.••••Teddy's Islettes first practice takes place tomorrow night.••••A 97Rock Comedy Night sponsored by the Alumni Association will be held in the Holiday Inn Saturday night.••••The high school's annual winter ball is set for Saturday night.••••A salad buffet luncheon will be offered at 11:30 a.m. Sunday following worship at Trinity UM Church.••••The first of the Lenten Luncheons will be held Wednesday at Trinity UM Church.••••A Relay For Life Kick-Off meeting is set for Tuesday night.•••• A basket raffle will take place before the Wednesday evening All-Island Band Concert.•••• 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, January 31, 2008
Good morning Eric in Las Vegas and good morning Jeff in Waxhaw, NC.

Myrna                  Donna
Myrna Dworak Boerschig and Donna Staley Mesmer were students at Sidway School when these photos were taken in 1951. Happy birthday to Myrna and Donna, celebrating birthdays on Saturday and Monday respectively.

Celebrating the big 5-0 tomorrow is Dave Williams whose large family wishes him an especially happy 50th birthday. Welcome to the club, Dave, and be careful of all those candles. The senior center is right out Whitehaven Road!

Happy birthday to Hailee Clayton (her 11th birthday today), Krystal Martell (20 today), Carol (Rees) Kobza (cheers today!), Sydney Mazur (7 tomorrow), Mandy Malaney (tomorrow), Ryan Pecoraro (6 tomorrow), Richie Vanthoff (18 tomorrow), Jim Chamberlain and Lee Richard (Saturday), Maria Ramsperger (10 on Saturday), Samantha Ruotsi (entering her teens on Saturday), Dominic Pullano (two on Saturday), Natalie Rachel Kopf (her first birthday on Saturday), Madison Brown and Andrew Carlson (10th birthdays on Sunday), Rita DeGlopper and Dick Byron (Sunday), Alissa Pioli (21 on Monday), Fred Arch, Dolly D’Orazio and Lauren Priest (Tuesday), Noelle Linenfelser (4 on Wednesday), Cody Okelberry (3 on Wednesday) and Olivia Rose Wenner (her first birthday on Wednesday).

According to all of her friends at the Golden Age Center, Barb Gannon, Center director, is now home recovering from surgery and would welcome cards and notes. Heal quickly, Barbara.

Best wishes to our niece, Anne Linenfelser Stuardi and her husband, Oliver, celebrating their first wedding anniversary on Saturday.

Looking Back 60 years - Grand Island's high school students, who, of course had to attend high school off the Island, participated in the January 31, 1948 basketball game and dance sponsored by the Grand Island Youth Council and held in the Sidway School. Senior Teddy Kumlander, who attended Tonawanda High, paced the Frosh/Seniors team to a 26-18 victory over the Soph/Juniors, with a total of 12 points. The game started at 7:30 p.m. followed by music for dancing by Jack Williams’ Orchestra of Kenmore. Hot dogs and soft drinks were sold during the evening that ended at midnight.••••Bowling enthusiasts on the Island, and there were hundreds of them, were looking forward to the time when Reg Long would open his new Alley that was under construction in his store on West River Road. ••••Josephine and Martin Schwagler of East Park won the prize for having the largest family present at the recent spaghetti supper served at St. Stephen’s Church.

Looking Back 40 years - The Grand Island Swim Club was formed 40 years ago this month.

Looking Back 30 years - Roger Wright, competing in the men’s 31-40 division finished first in the American Lung Association of Western New York’s third annual Cross Country Ski Race Saturday, February 4, 1978 and Liz Reimann, competing in the Women’s 31-40 division, finished in third place.

Looking Back 20 years - Among Island residents installed as officers of the Buffalo Launch Club were 56th Commodore Richard J. Dobmeier, Vice Commodore Dr. Norman G. Courey, and Rear Commodore Richard J. Couch.

Our sympathy to the families of Alice "Jan" Hill, Zygmunt A. Bieniulis, Raymond Zoldowski and Nancy ( Berger) Saxbury who recently passed away. A Memorial Mass to celebrate the life of June Byron will take place at 10 a.m. Saturday in St. Stephen's Church. Click
Deaths for complete information.

Thanks to our dedicated volunteer firefighters who spent the better part of Wednesday responding to numerous calls during the wind storm. Winds were reported as high as 68 mph at the Buffalo Airport and the east end of Lake Erie rose 11' higher than normal.

I had lunch last week with the "boy next door." Eric "Ricky" Stefik grew up next to us on Love Road in Grandyle Village and though we have corresponded through email in recent years, we had not seen each other in 50 years. Eric, who now resides in Las Vegas, will be back in the area in June for a memorial service for his mother, Ellen Stefik Chesterfield.

Congratulations to former resident, Jeff Loder, who was recently named Firefighter of the Year. See Islanders In The News

Congratulations to Bob MacKellar who bowled a 299-747 with the Friday Night Businessmen at Island Lanes.

If you visit any of our advertisers, tell them you saw their name at Isledegrande.com. Advertisers like these are what help to keep us going here at Isledegrande.com: Mediation Center,  The Laundry Chute  and JP'S Sunoco.
Be sure to check out these business websites and for information on advertising at Isledegrande.com, email Dan McMahon at Dan@giecom.net.

This is the weekend of the high school's production of Joseph And The Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat.•••• A town meeting is being held tonight in regard to the DOT plans for the south end of Grand Island Blvd.•••• The Rotary Club's Chili sale is set for Saturday.•••• Boy Scout Sunday will be celebrated at Saint Stephen's Church.••••Little League registration begins on Saturday.••••Youth activities sponsored by the Recreation Dept. begin on Saturday.•••• See our Calendar of Events for complete details on these and other Island happenings.

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

Thursday, January 24, 2008
Good morning John in Metuchen, NJ and good morning Jane in Round Lake, IL.

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The Godfrey twins, Connie Godfrey Millikan (left) and her sister, Carol Godfrey Wiesinger, will celebrate their birthdays on January 27th. They are shown as they looked in the Charlotte Sidway yearbook in 1948 when there were seven sets of twins attending. Click for the group photo, minus the Bell twins, Larry and Jerry. The Sidway School Reunion Committee is hoping the Godfrey twins will be attending the July reunion at the Holiday Inn.

That's Hunter Schmidt and he couldn't be happier about turning one today! Happy birthday, Hunter.

Happy birthday to Kelsey Nordvik (her 19th birthday today), Sarah Ramsperger (14 today), Benny DeFranks (6 today), Jessica Melgar (a teenager today), Jason MacClelland (6 tomorrow), Sam Carson Clarke and Michael Giambra (entering their teens on Saturday), Wayne Baumler and Judy Baumler (Saturday), Daneen Gallagher (cheers on Saturday), Tom Geblein (his 21st on Saturday), Rose Reid (happy 90th on Sunday), Paul Scalia and Sue Benns (celebrating milestones on Sunday), Sabrina Marie Butcher (two years old on Sunday), Joanne Hughes and Kelly Greene (Monday), Andy Savoy and John Killian (cake and candles on Tuesday), and Dave Lantz (Wednesday).•••• My dear sister, Mary Stewart, celebrates her 67th birthday on the 27th and is wished the very best.

Keep those cards coming! Alice Gardner is most appreciative of the cards and notes she has received from friends far and near.••••A very speedy recovery goes out to Dayton Fancher who was injured in a fall over the weekend.

Best bowlers at Island Lanes this week are John Leszczak who rolled a 290-790 with the Friday Night Businessmen's League, and Jim Reese Jr. with a 289-800, bowling with the A-Best Roofing League.

Congratulations to Tom Hodick who was recently named director of career development at Niagara University.

Received an interesting note from Dorothy Rowswell this week. Dorothy, who served as director of the Grand Island Golden Age Center for many years, wrote to offer more information on the Lions Club photo of members standing in front of a Golden Age Club bus that they purchased and painted. I've added the details, so check it out again in the Old Photo Album. Dorothy also reports she reads my column first every week, no matter where she is! And after that she continues to read the rest of Isledegrande.com. "Thanks for writing, Dorothy!"

Don't miss next week's high school production of Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dreamcoat. The students have worked hard and are ready to present a topnotch musical. Check out the link for more information.

Looking Back 60 years - Poultrymen from the Island and the Falls area met at the Carl Kaegebein farm on Long Road in January 1948 when a demonstration of the New Egg-Washing machine was given. The machine, developed by Prof. Wright of Cornell, had a capacity of 1800 eggs per hour. He also showed an automatic Egg Grader of the same capacity operating in conjunction with the washer and poultrymen saw a man and a boy washing, candling, grading and packing five cases of eggs per hour.••••The newly-formed Sidway School parent education study group held a meeting of special interest in the school in January 1948. “Sex Education in the Home” was the subject of the meeting, and “we believe this has never before been discussed in any Island study group.”••••Dottie Howard's With Dottie on the Party Line in the Island Dispatch was chock full of little tidbits about Island folks 60 years ago such as this one, “June Franks took her small cousin, Carol Senn (Dusenbury), tobogganing last Sunday and we don’t know who had more fun, June or Carol.

Looking Back 50 years - A Junior Rod & Gun Club for young riflemen was formed and supervised by Grand Island Rod & Gun Club director Phil Guilfoil.

Looking Back 40 years - Coached by Thaddeus Raczkowski and Fred Utech, Kevin Coulter won an award in the WNY American Legion Oratorical Contest. “Discourse on War Protestors” was his topic. Other Island winners were Malcolm Kearney, Diane Webb, Dianne Schnitzer and Frances Kearney.••••Familiar names? Lyn Laman, Dendra Butcher, Leila Ambrosie and Lorraine Neubauer were serving on the annual scholarship ball committee forty years ago.

Looking Back 30 years - The Fire Company, under the direction of Fire Chief Gary Roesch, put into operation its new $90,000 truck house on Baseline near Fix Road.••••Three volunteer firemen, Keith Wood, Roger Burch and Charles Goss, remained at the main fire hall throughout the night during the late January 1978 blizzard to more readily bring firefighting or rescue equipment to the scene of any emergency that may have arisen.

Looking Back 20 years - Waterfront development on Grand Island was shown on a map in the Buffalo News in January 1988, noting four sites along the East River. It was reported that, "starting with River Oaks and going south there are Bicentennial Park, Fisherman’s Park (Love Road) and Anchor Marine expansion (Ferry Village)."••••Winners of the Cub Pack 254 Pinewood Derby held January 15, 1988 in Kaegebein School were Phillip Bonnevie, Jonathan White and Joseph Wild. Leaders were Dr. David Bonnevie and Bill MacKendrick.

Grand Island resident Pat Maddalena had eight assists for his New York Titans Lacrosse Team in a 17-13 loss to the Buffalo Bandits at HSBC Arena.

Our sympathy to the families of Kelly Rae Voltz, William C. Gratto and former residents Marilyn (Muetel) Bull, Mathilde "Hilde" Nachbaur, Vera Marie Schram and Wolcott E. Drake who recently passed away. Click Deaths for complete information.

Spotlighted advertisers this week are Metro Town Center,  M & T Bank,  Martin's Fantasy Island   and   Grand Island Chiropractic Be sure to check out these business websites and for information on advertising at Isledegrande.com, email Dan McMahon at Dan@giecom.net

Check out our "Classified Ads" from time to time. Right now there is an announcement of a Raggedy Ann & Andy Collectibles Sale plus a Golden Retriever and a Chorkie puppy for sale. Other ads include furniture, cars, skates, a drum set and more. There is no charge to post your classified ad on this page, courtesy of Isledegrande.com.

Were you a member of Teddy's Islettes Baton and Drum Corps, 1961-1987? Are you interested in being a part of a "reunion" appearance in this summer's July 4th parade on Grand Island Blvd.? If so, please contact me with your current email address and I will send you all the information. See the Teddy's Islettes 2008 Page and "let's get going!"

Members of the GIHS Class of 1978 will hold a planning meeting for their 30th reunion Saturday morning at the Library. See our Calendar of Events for other Island happenings.

Would you like to write a good review for an Island or off-Island restaurant that especially pleased you? Please don't miss our newest column, "Thumbs Up" - Your Restaurant Reviews - and feel free to submit your own!

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

Thursday, January 17, 2008
Good morning Ken in Largo, FL and good morning Cheryl in Depew, NY

Several residents have reported seeing a pedestrian pushing his possessions in a shopping cart on Friday. I spotted him just off the bike path along the Beaver Island Parkway and others saw him at the center of the Island. Authorities reported that the walker had come from West Seneca and was headed for the Niagara Casino to try to win enough money "to pay for another month's rent." However, wind and rain drove him to a comfort zone along the Parkway where he spent the night.

Special birthday greetings to Roxanne Johnson celebrating a milestone today and to Henry Kloes marking his 80th birthday on Saturday. Happy birthday to Jason Burridge (today), Rachael McBride (20 tomorrow), Billy Williams (tomorrow), Charles Panepinto and Travis Mikulski (both turning 10 on Saturday), Chelsea DeGlopper (her 20th on Saturday), Mackenzie Hassan (her 25th on Saturday), Kristyn Brown (her 7th birthday on Saturday), Terry Benton (25 on Sunday), Abe Morgan, Josh Lange, Fran Burrows and Don Kutzbach (all celebrating on Sunday), Gale Sander and Mary Cooke (Monday), Jamie Dalbo and Carol Hamlin (Tuesday), Jonathan Minton (4 on Wednesday), and Caroline Miller (Wednesday).••••A belated happy 26th birthday to Amber Malaney who celebrated yesterday.

The Sidway Reunion Committee is desperately trying to locate as many students as possible for the July 5th reunion (Classes 1937-63) but the missing classmates list still has quite a few names on it. I will post a few names here each week. Do you have an address or a clue for any of the following: Elizabeth Browning Andrews, John Burke, Marie Christman Young, Joe Conn, Dennis Decker, and Jean Elliot? For more names, see
"Missing Sidway Classmates."

I've had a couple inquiries as to whether the GIHS Class of 1973 is planning a 35-year reunion this summer. If you have any information, email me at teddy@giecom.net.

Congratulations to Chris Benns who bowled a 300 in a 661 series with the Yuengling Men's League at Island Lanes this week.

Islanders John Study and Adria Ryan are in the cast of the Niagara Regional Theatre Guild's "Broadway in Concert V," set for January 25-27 in the Cardinal O'Hara Performing Arts Center. John is also directing the production. See http://www.niagaratheatre.com/ or call 284-6358 for ticket information.

Looking Back 60 years - Editor and Publisher Ollie Howard stated the following in his “Round the Island” column in the January 19, 1948 Island Dispatch: “The Grand Island Fire Company has been doing quite a job in recent months to protect the homes of Grand Island and has purchased new equipment and conducted firemen training to a point where we can be assured of good fire protection. Now a new worry has been introduced to the job of Chief. Some domestic saboteur has tampered with the fire fighting equipment and has drained gasoline from the fire truck tank. Every effort is being made to apprehend the guilty party and some evidence of his identity has been discovered." •••• The members of the Grand Island Home Bureau met in the Evangelical United Brethren Church on January 13, 1948 and voted to send clothing to families in Europe. The group also planned to send a CARE food package.

Looking Back 50 years - A search for a building for a teenage center was underway by Junior Chamber of Commerce members according to James T. Brown, a Jaycee official. He stressed that the teenage center would be a temporary arrangement “until such time as the proposed recreation center is built by the town.” The Jaycees were interested in hearing of any Island buildings that could be leased for this purpose for a year or until the town recreation center was erected.

Looking Back 40 years - The annual Christian Unity Week of Prayer, sponsored by the Vatican and the World Council of Churches, was observed at 7 p.m., Wednesday, January 17, 1968 and again at 3 p.m. Sunday, January 21st in Trinity EUB Church. Six congregations participated and among those taking part were Doris Michaels, the Rev. James Damewood, Msgr. Paul Eberz, John Prast, the Rev. Thomas Mitchell and Eleanor Mulcahy.••••”Frosty Reflection” was the theme of the annual junior class party on January 20, 1968. All junior class members and their guests were invited to the evening event that started with a dinner at 6:30 p.m. followed by dancing to a live orchestra. Class President Charlie Satterlee was dunked in the pool by a group of girls that included Liz Endres (Barker), Johanna Colosi, Diane Fraser, Sue Lare and Julie Nowicki.

Our sympathy to the families of Regina Gicewicz, Thomas E. Kuczynski, Mary E. Ognibene and former residents Jerome J. Funk and Thomas Grycel who recently passed away. Click Deaths for complete information.

Spotlighted advertisers this week are Dr. Kevin Augustine Chiropractic,   Allstate Mastantuono Agency,   M.J. Peterson - Joe Suppa and Grand Island Auto Tech. Be sure to check out these business websites and for information on advertising at Isledegrande.com, email Dan McMahon at Dan@giecom.net

Best deal in town? Sounds like it! The Ladies Auxiliary of the VFW Post 9249 present their Souper Saturday from 4-7 p.m. with nine different soups to choose from. See "Souper Saturday At The Post for details. ••••Schools are closed on Monday, Martin Luther King Day.••••See our Calendar of Events for other Island happenings.

My own personnel good news is that I am in the process of organizing my former baton twirling students, members of Teddy's Islettes 1961-1987, for an appearance in this year's July 4th parade on Grand Island Blvd. Twirlers, please email me at teddyl@isledegrande.com with your current email or US mailing addresses for information on how you can participate. Check out the new Teddy's Islettes 2008 Reunion Page from time to time where all information will be posted.

And last by certainly not least, longtime Grand Island Fire Company member and past chief, Ray Pauley, was #1 in the "Top Ten" responders during 2007. Ray responded to 709 calls.

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

Thursday, January 10, 2008
Good morning Janice in St. Simons Island, GA and good morning Kevin "Skee" in Billings, MT.

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Supervisor Peter McMahon is shown at the January 1st town inauguration being sworn in for his fourth term by Justice Mark Frentzel. Christine Stange took the picture that shows Pete's sisters and brother, Molly Powers (and her granddaughter Morgan), Dan McMahon and Sharon Tokash, his daughter-in-law MaryAnn McMahon and his granddaughter Sarah McMahon holding his great granddaughter, Hailey.

If you’d like to cheer up the day for Mary Downs, send her a card to let her know you are thinking of her. She is on oxygen and has called to say she doubts she will be able to attend the Sidway School reunion in July. We will miss her.

Happy birthday to Jean Pecoraro (today), to Susan Head and Skip Uonites (tomorrow), Gregg Gesl (his 30th on Saturday), Mary Ellen Flutur and Lynne Uonites (Monday), Carolina Luciani and Mike Rustowicz (both turning 17 on Monday), Evan Carey (16 on Monday), Bud Pritchard and Merle Dommell (Tuesday), Jennifer Farrell (her 21st on Tuesday), Bob Black (cheers on Tuesday), Jason Sexton (20 on Wednesday), Joe Lukasiewicz (a milestone on Wednesday) and Phil Grycel (89 on Wednesday).

Celebrating 40 great years of marriage on Sunday are Linda and John Braddell. Warmest wishes for many more happy years together folks.

Looking Back 60 years - A new bus service was being offered by the Grand Island Transit Corp. Monday through Friday on an experimental basis. The starting point was Grandyle at 7:30 a.m. then east on Staley Road to East River then north on East River through Edgewater at 7:45 a.m. and Sandy Beach at 7:50 a.m. then south on Baseline road to the "Express Highway" connecting with the 7:45 a.m. trip from Niagara Falls and the 7:40 trip from Buffalo.••••The "Across the Mahogany with “Willie” column offered this note: “the Island tavern owners didn’t complain too much about the New Year’s Eve business. It looked as though all the Islanders were afraid to venture into the city and did their celebrating at local spots. A few hardy souls, taking advantage of Kreher’s all-night license, kept going until the next day.” (Kreher's Restaurant is now Turners Port Of Call.)••••Island boys elected to a new N.R.A. affiliated junior rifle club on the Island on January 10, 1948 were President Ron Ehde, Vice President John Fleming and Secretary/treasurer Bob Dworak.

Looking Back 50 years - Chairman Dorothy Bascomb's Cooperative Nursery School fashion show committee included Beryl Kinney, Ruth Padlog, Yvonne Martin and Margaret Villano.

Looking Back 40 years - Gov. Rockefeller announced forty years ago today that the State Department of Transportation would open bids the first week of February 1968 for improvements to the 2.68-mile stretch of the Beaver Island/South Parkway. The twin 24-foot wide pavements of the divided parkway were to be resurfaced with asphalt concrete at an estimated to cost $1,962,000.

Looking Back 30 years - The Grand Island High School ski program required seven busses in 1978.

Looking Back 20 years - Sue Kline and Arlene Soluri were co-chairs of a group known as "Residents Against the Manufactured Home Park," a citizens action group made up of Grand Island homeowners organized in September 1987 to protest a plan to develop a manufactured home park on property from 1791 Whitehaven Road to 1740 Bedell Road.

Longtime Island resident Joe Ognibene, who has covered local sports and the great outdoors for the Niagara Gazette since 1957, has written his last article this week and announced that he will be giving up his column for the time being. "Your writing will be greatly missed, Joe."

Though the event is nearly a month away, the Alumni Association is promoting ticket sales for its 97Rock Comedy Night featuring Rob Leiderman. The tickets are available from the committee or stop by deSignet Jewelry, 1869 Whitehaven Road. See Grand Island Alumni Association for complete information. The fundraiser benefits the Alumni Association's scholarships, given to deserving Grand Island High School seniors.

Islander Larry Playfair is featured in this CBC Sports video of the Memorial Auditorium. See "One last tour of Memorial Auditorium."

Our sympathy to the families of Eileen M. Sweeney and former resident June Byron who recently passed away. Click Deaths for complete information.

Please support our advertisers who help make Isledegrande.com possible. This week's business spotlight is on Mallwitz's Island Lanes,
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Congratulations to Jon McGinn on his 300 game in a 780 series bowling on the A-Best Roofing League this week at Island Lanes. ••••Congratulations also to Chris Benns who rolled a perfect game in a 665 series bowling with the Yuenglin Men League, at Island Lanes.

According to a Buffalo News article in today's paper, "I-190 traffic on Grand Island is up 20.3 percent." See "Buffalo News 1/10/08"

Parishioners of Trinity United Methodist Church will present their previously scheduled holiday pops concert Sunday evening in the church. The concert was cancelled before Christmas due to bad weather.••••A public meeting at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the town hall courtroom will offer preliminary sketches of the proposed master plan for the Scenic Woods/Bicentennial Park parcels.••••The high school students are rehearsing on a daily basis for their production of "Joseph and the Amazing Technicolor Dream Coat," scheduled for January 31st, and February 1st and 2nd. Plan on attending!••••See our Calendar of Events for other Island events.

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

Thursday, January 3, 2008
Good morning John in Las Vegas, NV and good morning Barbara in Cincinnati. Ohio.

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Tommy Mitchell is shown with his first snowman of the New Year. When his grandmother, Penny Moher, couldn't lift the middle snowball onto the base of the snowman, Tommy decided that they could do a snowman laying down. Sounds like a plan to me!

Be sure to see our two "newest natives" on our "Islanders In The News Page." Colin Kasey Morgan arrived on November 18th and Matthew Charles Capage was born on December 11th.

GIHS senior Mike Heftka was recently named to the Niagara Frontier Boys Volleyball Honor Roll. Scott Holler, a junior, has been named to the second team, and freshman Tyler Hinaman received an honorable mention. Congratulations Mike, Scott and Tyler.

As noted in the Buffalo News last week, (Boys soccer honor roll/ The All-WNY and coaches league-all-star teams), Grand Island High School senior Sam Kilb received All-WNY Team honorable mention. Island resident Ben Certo, a sophomore attending Nichols School, was named to the First Team Msgr. Martin Association boys soccer honor roll. Sam Wopperer, a junior at St. Joe's and an Island resident, received an honorable mention by the Msgr. Martin Association boys soccer.

Happy birthday to Willie Sundeen (16 today), Sarah MacNeil (today), Hanna Panzica (10 tomorrow), Joey Kuszczak (8 tomorrow), Hazel Rowe (Saturday), Andy Liesenfeld (Sunday), Kyle Podgorny (8 on Tuesday), Maggie Rustowicz (11 on Tuesday), Nicholas McBride (20 on Tuesday), and Bonnie Ford and Don Tranter (Wednesday).

Very best wishes to Emily and Gary Dahlstrom who will celebrate their 30th wedding anniversary on Sunday.

Looking for current facts about the Island or your home town? Click "zipskinny.com/" and enter your zip code. By the way, Grand Island, NY gets an impressive rating! "Thanks, Peggy."

Looking Back 60 years - The following was published in the January 5, 1948 issue of the Island Dispatch: “Sending radar signals to the moon and receiving them back within a matter of seconds is routine these days for the army signal corps. The corps now is developing new radar equipment designed to keep in contact with the moon 235,000 miles always almost constantly during the time between moonrise and moonset.” •••• The skating pond at the head of the Island on the Bedell House property was proving very popular with the younger set in January 1948.

Looking Back 40 years - Sadness struck Grand Island High School when Raymond R. Sukiennik, 39, a science teacher at the Junior-Senior High School, died suddenly of a heart attack. •••• The town board, after deciding at the annual reorganization meeting that the supervisor's position would be full time, approved a $5,000 salary boost for Supervisor Raymond P. Griffin. The raise brought his salary to $11,000. •••• Bruce Pickard and Patricia Frampton were crowned king and queen at Bible Presbyterian Church's 7th annual Teen Semi-Formal Musicale and Fun Night during the Christmas holidays.

Looking Back 30 years - Carol Roesch became the new Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary president. Other officers were Fay Wood, Teddy Linenfelser, Barbara Anderson, Cheryl Klocke, Sarah Watkins, Mary Barth and Rita Hagerman. The firemen served the ladies at their installation dinner.

Looking Back 20 years - Supervisor Martin T. Prast, presiding at his first town board meeting since his election in November, announced that he would collect only half of his salary for 1988 with the balance returned to the general fund for development of the town park on Bedell Road. •••• The high school boys swim team ended the 1987 season undefeated in Niagara Frontier League action. The Vikings were led by Reed Wright, Todd Krajewski, Chris Hejmanowski, Gary Kopacz, Kevin Thompson, Seth Buzby, and several others. ••••Grand Island High School freshman Stacy Simon captured the 1st place title in the uneven parallel bars event at an immediate optional level gymnastic meet December 30, 1987 at Gleasons School of Gymnastics. At the Class III level Huth Road 4th grader, Kelly Gast (Petrie), also qualified for sectional competition.

Our sympathy to the families of Alphia F. Prosser, Donald E. Murphy, Paul R. O'Connor and former resident Patrick O'Dea who recently passed away. Click Deaths for complete information.

Spotlighted advertisers this week are Attorney Mark J. Frentzel,  Attorney William J. Costello II ,  Anchor Marine and McCarthy School of Irish Dance. 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. 220.

Attention, cat lovers! An eight-ring CFA cat show is being held at the Kenan Center, 433 Locust Street in Lockport on Saturday and Sunday. Hours are from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Saturday and from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m Sunday.

Auditions for the St. Stephen's Parish Players productions are set for tonight, Saturday, Monday and Tuesday in St. Stephen School cafeteria. See "Parish Players News Page." ••••For additional dates, see Calendar of Events where Island happenings are added on a daily basis.

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

Email your notes, announcements and corrections for this column to Teddy Linenfelser, Snail Mail to: 2098 Ferry Road, Grand Island, NY, 14072, or drop off information at 1871 Whitehaven Rd. Include your email address and phone number.


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