"Between the Bridges"
by Teddy Linenfelser

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

Thursday, June 25, 2009
Good morning William in Clifton, VA, and good morning Debbie in Colden, NY.

A big welcome home to the out-of-towners returning to the Island for this weekend's 20th reunion of the Class of 1989 especially Jon Weis, Dean Laible and Gregg Roesch.

Go Amy! Reports on Amy Stewart, so seriously injured in a hit-and-run accident four months ago, are that she continues to work hard and improve every day. So very happy to hear this and pass the news along.

Glad to report our sister-in-law, JoAnn Linenfelser, is recuperating nicely from recent knee surgery.

Happy birthday to Jackie Kane, Don Brobeil and Brian O'Connor (all celebrating today), Cole Glessner (a teenager today), Morgan Kate Blum (two years old today), Diane Krause (tomorrow), Barbara Heinrichs (Saturday), Mary Martin (90 on Sunday), Ray DeGlopper (Monday), Justine Vanthoff (18 on Monday), Max Costello (10 on Monday), Joey Cali (7 on Wednesday), Eddie Redinger (cheers on Wednesday), and Margaret Giles (Wednesday). ••••Sue Colcord Mallon celebrates her 61st birthday on Monday. Cards of cheer may be sent to Sue at 2941 Sunset Drive.

A very happy anniversary goes out to Marcia and Dave Hammond, celebrating their 45th on Saturday and to Brad and Jodi Robinson, marking their six anniversary on Sunday. Happy 30th anniversary to Pat and Gary Scott who will celebrate on Tuesday; to Joseph and Patricia Gelz, married 30 years on Tuesday; and to Heather and Bill Stewart, celebrating their second anniversary on Tuesday.••••Also celebrating their second anniversary on June 30 are Michael and Shannon Scott, who recently moved back to the Island.

Hats off to Baseline Road resident Todd Marlin, a rescue diver, who took part in a water rescue over the weekend. See
Islanders In The News.•••• Be sure to see the feature on former Islander, Lydia Susan (Todd) Long, on our Islanders in the News page.

Looking Back 70 years - The Beaver Island Casino, the boardwalk, and Beaver Island Beach opened for the first time on July 1, 1939. For news reports of this major event, see Beaver Island Beach, Casino Opened 1939

Looking Back 60 years - Members of the Grandyle Village Property Owners Association authorized $400 to set up the “Grand Stand” in Walter Mullin's Sears & Roebuck Homes real estate office. Proceeds were earmarked for a playground fund and rent was $1 and 10% of the profit on soda pop, milk shakes, candy, hot dogs, hamburgers and potato chips among other things sold at the Stand. Minding the store most of the time were the late Helen Ball, Ida Stanley and Bernie Geary. Lucky preteens Penny Ball and Sissy (Dorothy) Noth (Miller) occasionally took a turn at working behind the counter. According to the Island Dispatch dated July 4, 1949, "Bob Riggs of East Park is the best customer of the Grand Stand to date." The very popular spot was located at the north west corner of Stony Point and Love roads.

Looking Back 50 years - Island members of the Niagara Squadronettes, Edwina Creighton, Eleanor Jones, Alice Soch, Melba Lexo and Ginny Holcombe, had begun practicing with their crews and competing in navigational contests each Monday in preparation for the International Rendezvous at Belleville, Ontario August 8, 1959. •••• Among the many students taking part in Clara Mueller Pankow's piano recital in Kaegebein School auditorium were Reg Schopp, Jean Janke (Geller), Melissa Clement (Hill), Pam Ball (Fries), Karen Heimlich (Clark) and Mike Sceusa.•••• Over 30% of the scholarships awarded to Riverside High School seniors were won by students from Grand Island: Charles Pinkow (total $12,150); Judith Campbell ($1000); Judith A. Kuehling (Semler) ($2200); John Pedlow II ($300); Richard Reitz (regents scholarship). •••• Though it opened previously, a grand opening of the $100,000 Grand Island Gables dance hall took place Saturday evening June 27, 1959. Roy Dehlinger organized a 12-piece band for the opening of the new pavilion at the corner of Whitehaven Road and GI Blvd. •••• The U. S. Army paid a water bill of $4,372.25 which at first had been questioned by military officials. A leak in water lines on Nike Base property earlier in the year resulted in a metered consumption figure of over 14,000,000 gallons whereas the Army claimed its quarterly use of water was very much less.

Looking Back 40 years - William Dahlberg was installed commander of the Grand Island VFW Memorial Post 9249 in June 1969. Among the other officers installed were Sr. Vice Commander Thomas Collins, Jr. Vice Commander John Scott, Quartermaster Gordon Cannon and Adjutant Parker Eldridge.•••• PFC William Engel of Marilyn Drive received a Purple Heart on May 27, 1969 for action in Vietnam during which he received fragmentation wounds to his chin, right arm pit, right flank and both legs. PFC Engel was a member of the United States Marine Corps.•••• The Orioles moved to the top of the Mustang Division in the Grand Island Baseball League with a win over the Senators and a tie with the Braves. Pitcher Gerry Pelletier, struck out 12, Rick Kennedy, Tom Farley and Tim Rowswell each had a pair of hits for the winners. Craig Hawkes and Mike McDonough had two hits a piece for the Senators. •••• The local weekly paper reported that Army Pfc. Joseph E. Muench, 22, of Warner Drive was assigned as a rifleman with the 4th Infantry Division in Vietnam. He gave the supreme sacrifice when he was later killed in action.••••Kathleen Marie Schoenle and Jim Lott were chosen queen and king of the “Senior Ball.”

Looking Back 30 years - New town tennis courts were opened at the Nike Base.••••Frank Calabro took over Alt Chevrolet on Whitehaven Road. The longtime car dealership owned by Carlton Alt was located west of Alvin Road.

This week's spotlighted Isledegrande.com advertisers are Chateau Motor Lodge,  Sandi's Family Restaurant,  and  The M.O.G."   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.

Speaking of advertisers, Jim and I have joined the Silver Sneakers classes at the The M.O.G." and are thoroughly enjoying them. This is a wonderful facility so if you're looking for a workout, check it out. The M.O.G. is located on Grand Island Blvd. north of Staley Road.

Our sympathy to the families of Harold O. Lansberry, Helen M. Ciechoski, Stephania Chapados and former residents Margaret M. Fahning, Stephens E. Miller and Muriel H. Abell who recently passed away. Click Deaths for complete information.

The Chamber's 13th annual KidBiz Sidewalk Sale and Isle Happenings will be held Saturday. ••••The Grand Island High School Class of 2009 commencement ceremonies take place Sunday.•••• Complete July 4th parade information will be listed at Isledegrande.com next week.•••• All GIHS class reunions are listed in our Calendar of Events.

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

Thursday, June 18, 2009
Good morning Jeff in Santa Monica, CA, and good morning Christina in Cape Coral, FL.

A very happy 80th birthday to Mary Parisi who celebrated on June 14th.•••• Happy birthday to Rick U'Ren (celebrating his big 5-0 today!), to Tim Lyden (cheers tomorrow), Nancy Dahlquist (12 tomorrow), Justin Hoover (25 tomorrow), Jennifer Goodman (Saturday), Joseph Verdi (a teenager on Saturday), Skipper Fred (the big 3-0 on Saturday), John Frentzel (16 on Saturday), Frank Alliger (Sunday), Stephen Ruotsi (21 on Sunday), James McDonnell (18 on Sunday), Dan Goris (drum roll! Monday's the big day), and Conor Bryan (18 on Wednesday).

That's our son, Jim Linenfelser, born 40 years ago, June 20th, 1969, the day after my own birthday, and the best birthday gift I ever received. Happy 40th, Jimmy!

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This was how Ron Warner's wife surprised him on Monday, June 15 - his 50th birthday. Hope it was one of your best, Ron!

Happy 15th anniversary to Joe and Jody Chadima, celebrating today, and best wishes to Kandace and Harry Carter on their 30th wedding anniversary Tuesday, June 23rd. Belated good wishes to Mandy and Phil Tomczak who celebrated their first anniversary on June 10th.

Please take a look at our coupon page and if you are visiting and of these businesses, be sure to take advantage of the discounts.

Looking Back 60 years - Roddy Beck opened the Grand Island Marina Boat Club, Inc. on East River at what is now Broadway on June 20, 1949. Behind the bar was the infamous Harry Simpson who later became synonymous with the Buffalo Launch Club. The legal notice listed the property as "lands now or formerly owned by John W. Bell and lands of Socony-Vacuum Oil Co. Inc."••••“3000 Attend Community Fair” was the headline in the June 1949 Island Dispatch. The event, held at Sidway School, was sponsored by the PTA.••••According to the Across the Mahogany with “Willie” column in the Dispatch, “The Island could have used a couple more bridges and a few more roads last Sunday. Trying to get across the bridge last Sunday afternoon was a trying business – the cars were bumper to bumper.”••••The town board moved that Supervisor Daniel J. McNamee be directed to communicate with Mr. Thomas Ryan, Director of New York State Safety Commission, requesting a traffic sign at the Baseline and Grand Island Boulevard intersection. Civic organizations were also urged to send requests for this traffic “Stop and Go” sign.••••Kiddie rides were featured at Bedell House Park, opened for the summer season as Grandyle Beach Rides, in 1949.

Looking Back 50 years - Sidway's Jr. High School Class of 1959 received diplomas at commencement on June 22, 1959. Class officers were President John Paasch, Vice President Susan Hogue (Canty), Secretary Pamela Collins (Harmon), Treasurers Mary Ann Braddell (Stawitzky), Charles DeGlopper and Robert Harper.•••• The Island Dispatch reported 50 years ago that, "Some Grand Island customers have been able to reach Bridge numbers by dialing only the numerals. This will not be possible after July 1 because of the installation of new equipment to speed and improve service," the New York Telephone Company announced. •••• Sis McKinnon, Arlene Walsh, Bernie Huff, Virginia Baker and Captain Dorothy Theiss were members of the Businessmen's League's winning Foodmasters bowling team at Grand Island Lanes in 1959. Their sponsor was Ernie Jones, owner of Foodmasters grocery store in the Love Road plaza.••••Wheelers and Dealers Auto Club members Bill Craver, Ed Dunshie, Mark Long, John Gast, Kenny Shobert, Al Colley, Mort O'Connor, Roger Boggess and Skip Snyder were among those helping to get the Little League field ready for opening day, June 27, 1959. •••• Coin cards were distributed to Isle residents and being filled with quarters for the benefit of the Fire Company's annual fund drive.

Looking Back 40 years - Island organizations were getting floats ready for the very first Independence Day parade here, the Newcomers Club being among them. Committee members for the Newcomers Club float included Marilyn Johnson, Jean Williams, Barbara Taefi, Adaline Livingston, Joanne Gesl and Alice Weppner.

Looking Back 30 years - Grand Island Middle School students who took part in the musical, “Oliver,” received awards after the June 1, 1979 curtain call. Award recipients were Jena Chamberlain – Best Actress; Scott Thompson – best actor; Marla DelSignore – best chorus member; and Kelly Clements – Director’s Choice.

Students of Miss Cathy's Dance Academy really put on a great show last weekend. Boy, those kids can dance. Their favorite? Hip Hop. I miss the big production tap numbers but it was a joy to watch these dancers. Taylor Duscher, 2 and Elizabeth Carpenter and Sabrina Butcher, both 3 were among the youngest and most adorable performers.

Congratulations to our grandson, Evan Linenfelser, a member of the Phillies T-Ball Team, who was awarded the certificate for Player of the Game after the Little League T-Ball game on Saturday. See T-Ball photos 6/13/09 taken by my sister, Mary Stewart.

Nice ride! Frank Vacanti stopped by our dock on Sunday morning while riding his brand new wave runner – candy apple red and from Anchor Marine, of course.

This week's spotlighted Isledegrande.com advertisers are Kelly's Country Store,   Riverview Chiropractic,  Kaiser Funeral Home,  and  Town Cafe. Be sure to check out these business websites and for information on advertising at Isledegrande.com, email Dan McMahon at Dan@giecom.net.

Our sympathy to the families of Margie E. Jerge, Thomas J. Dzielski , James J. Hallett, and former resident Philip H. Killian who recently passed away. Click Deaths for complete information.

Members of the GIHS Class of 2009 will attend their senior prom at Salvatore’s Italian Gardens tomorrow night, followed by an "after prom" event at the school. Be safe, kids.

The Relay for Life team Racing Toward A Cure - Lawnmower Race will be held on Father's Day, Sunday.••••The Skyline Boys Southern Gospel Quartet will sing at St. Timothy Church on Sunday morning.•••• "Joyful Noise," a 60 member choir will perform at Trinity UM Church on Monday.•••• The school district's re-vote takes place Monday in the Grand Island High School senior cafeteria.•••• See our Calendar of Events for complete details on these and other Island happenings.

Happy Father's Day to all the dads and step dads who do so much for their children.

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

Thursday, June 11, 2009
Good morning Heidi in Virginia Beach, VA, and good morning Victor in Sunderland, MA.

Attention GIHS Class of 1994! A 15-Year Class Reunion for the GIHS Class of 1994 has been announced by Class President John Mezhir. See
Class of '94 Reunion for more information.

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'Dock Day' for Jim Tompkins' dock in on the West River took place last month. Shown from left are Tom Burke, Jim Tompkins, JT Tompkins, Jacob Beach and Ben Tompkins. Photograher is Rob Beach who was also in on the project.

Happy birthday to Paul Malecki (today), Lynn Schutt (tomorrow), Vickie Wilkinson (cream of the crop, top of the heap and celebrating on Saturday), Evan Harnden (a milestone on Saturday), Kim Nestark and Danielle Martin (Saturday), Raven Khreis (3 on Sunday), Kyle Bullock (25 on Monday), Tommy Dzielski (16 on Monday), Chris Russell (Monday), Evan Busch (20 on Tuesday), Shane Yensan and Vinny Covatto (Tuesday), Music Man “Skip” Board (cheers on Tuesday), Marge Tetreault (best wishes on Tuesday), Morgan Santorio (5 on Wednesday), and Ardys Hamm (85 on Wednesday).

A very happy anniversary to Jim and Marianne Tranter celebrating their 45th anniversary on Saturday, to Lisa and Peter Podlucky marking their 30th anniversary on Tuesday, and to Rachel and Mark Marinucci, married three years on Wednesday.

Good golfing! Winners of the recent Two-Man Best Ball at Beaver Island Golf Course are John Ferguson and Skip Mrkall (58) and Eric Boron and Jim Bahleda (63)

Looking Back 60 years - Lightening struck a house on Ransom Road during a severe storm on June 13, 1949. Local newspaper editor Ollie Howard praised the Fire Company for holding the blaze to the upper story and keeping damage to a minimum. The house was owned by Fred Grehlinger and occupied by the Ernest Consier family. ••••Members of the Sidway School's eighth grade graduating Class of '49, Sally D. Smith (Detally) and Roger Dohn, were recipients of the American Legion School Awards and class valedictorian Stephanie Woods (Mauri) had the highest average, 96%. Salutatorians Roger Dohn and John Ekiss tied with 93% averages.

Looking Back 50 years - The Grand Island Arts Club sponsored an outdoor art fair & sale June 24-26, 1959 at the Playhouse, Bedell and Baseline roads. Those in charge were Mrs. Ralph Person, Mrs. Norbert Kraus, Mrs. Arthur Gehrman, and Blaise Rindone. All Grand Island artists were invited to exhibit.•••• Business obligations were the reasons given for the resignations by former Supervisor Daniel J. McNamee as chairman of the Democratic Committee and Committee Treasurer Gertrude Gay.•••• The Reese building housed the IGA Supermarket, a liquor store, a real estate office and a TV and radio repair shop. Under construction in 1959 were additions to provide space for other stores and apartments. The building is still there, across from Burger King Restaurant.•••• June 7, 1959 was the last day for mail to be delivered on Grand Island without the house number. •••• Zonta Club charter member Veronica Connor served as toastmistress for the Club's first anniversary June 6, 1959 in Creighton's Edgewater Park Hotel. ••••The $100,000 combination dance pavilion/roller rink, now occupied by True Value Hardware on Whitehaven Road, opened on June 15, 1959.

Looking Back 40 years - Island residents Jerry Gibbs, Greg Yensan, Jerry Hawley, Michael McNulty, Franklin McKee, John McCarthy, Benjamin Graf, Peter Roberts, Robert K. Kaiser Jr., Harry Roberts, Torgeir B. Fadum and Paul Roeder were deactivated in Demobilization Day ceremonies of the 107th Tactical Fighter Group June 11, 1969 at the NY Air National Guard Base, Niagara Falls International Airport. The unit was activated in January 1968 during the “Pueblo Crisis.”

Looking Back 30 years - The Grand Island High School team of Mike Howland, Lloyd Garten, and Catherine Crea and alternates Monica Bihler, David Conboy, Dalinda Condino, Mark Courey, Paul Dannels and Meredith Hartrick with faculty advisor Dorea Holmes, won the "It's Academic," clinching the 1979 Championship by defeating teams from Iroquois and Jamestown. ••••Robert C. Courtemanche was appointed Grand Island's new schools superintendent June 11, 1979 at an annual salary of $34,000.

This week's spotlighted Isledegrande.com advertisers are Gerrie Andolina/Century21/Winklhofer,   Bob Piatek State Farm Insurance  Flower A Day Florist  and  Wavelengths. Be sure to check out these business websites and for information on advertising at Isledegrande.com, email Dan McMahon at Dan@giecom.net.

Our sympathy to the families of Caroline L. Tegler, Jean Von Wryeza, Thomas G. Holmes, and former residents Carole J. Askew and Theodore S. Xanthos, who recently passed away. Click Deaths for complete information.

Congratulations to Grand Island resident Amy Padowski who earned a master of science degree from SUNY Cortland.••••Congratulations also to the following Islanders who were inducted into the Holy Angels Academy national honor society: Sarah LeFevre, Catherine Matthews, Amanda Stessing and Jessica Wright.

McCarthy School of Irish Dance teams and soloists are running a car wash on Saturday at Island Prescription Center in an effort to raise funds for their trip to Nashville, Tennessee to participate in the 2009 North American Championships over the Fourth of July weekend. Good luck, dancers.

Miss Cathy's Dance Academy recital takes place tomorrow and Saturday evening in the high school auditorium.••••Relay For Life Team MOOSE-kateers presents a fun event at Mallwitz's Island Lanes on Friday.•••• The VFW will hold a Chicken BBQ at the post on Saturday.••••A garage sale is being held Saturday to benefit Trinity Youth Mission Trips.•••• The Little League will hold a food drive on Saturday.••••Flag Day is Sunday, June 14th.•••• See our Calendar of Events for complete list of Island happenings.

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

Thursday, June 4, 2009
Good morning Maureen in North Yarmouth, ME, and good morning Tammy in State College, PA.

Recognize him? I thought you would! Friendly and congenial Dave Dulak is the guy behind the counter at Mike Hachee's Rose Liquor Store in the Love Road Plaza

Happy birthday to Karen Vanthoff, Catherine DiVizio and Todd Brzyski (today), Dick Sander (cheers today), Alexandra DeMita (Sweet 16 today), Michael Stewart, SSgt David DiTullio, Lester Herrmann and George B. Pollock (tomorrow), Ehde Beth Parrish (special greetings tomorrow), Daniel Olszewski (16 on Saturday), Frank Kustra Jr. (21 on Saturday), Victoria Aronica (10 on Saturday), Lorraine Dale (best wishes on Sunday), Gilman Clark (Sunday), Brandon Loder (6 on Sunday), Marilyn Lewis and Dan Rees (Monday), Cheryl Ayers (hats and horns on Tuesday), Nathan Cook and JT Tomkins (Tuesday), Maura Rustowitz (Wednesday) and Ora Glor Newton (celebrating her 97th birthday at her home in Ohio).

A very happy anniversary to Bob and Melissa Mesmer, married on June 3, 2006, and also to Sharon and Jim Watz who will celebrate their 45th anniversary on Saturday.

Frank and Karen (Kinney) Codella of Trails End watched their daughter, Caitlin Codella, 26, of Alexandria VA run in the Rock –n- Roll Marathon in San Diego this past weekend. Caitlin, who has been training since January with the Leukemia Lymphoma Society team in training, raised over $4,000.00. She is currently working for the Business Civic Leadership Counsel affiliated with the US Chamber of Commerce in Washington, DC. Proud Grandma Beryl Kinney of East River Road was thrilled to hear she had completed the race. Thanks to Karen's brother, Kirk Kinney for their good news.

Looking Back 60 years - The town's community fair took place June 4, 1949 at the Sidway School grounds as well as in the building. Bernice Dekdebrun was in charge of the food committee, the late Dan Linenfelser and Dan McNamee were booth chairmen. I do remember that first graders, of which I was one, competed for a prize in a printing contest and Billy Jacobs was the winner, and that our Brownie Troop #46 bagged up peanuts in the shell to sell at the Fair.

Looking Back 50 years - Grand Island's newest taxpayers group, the Falconwood Property Owners Association, celebrated its first anniversary by electing Roy Herrmann president for 1959-1960. James H. Thurber was elected vice president, Morton M. Siegel was elected secretary and Jackson Cavagnaro was elected treasurer.•••• "H" pins were presented at the very first Awards Day Assembly at Huth Road Elementary School Friday, June 5, 1959. Fifth grade recipients were Beverly Harmaty, Virginia Stricker, Sandra Johnstone, Jerry Goodwin, Richard Skotnicki and Nina Braddell. Sixth grade recipients were Jonathan Beck, Susan Johnstone, Thasia Goodwin, Cynthia Theiss, Janet Huff, Karen Donovan, Michael O'Dea, Nancy Luther and Lynnette Click.••••Dairylea Milk advertised a new Alcoa Aluminum turn and lift cap. "As easy as turning a door knob. Just turn to loosen the cap, then lift it off gently. Leaves no sticky rings. Slips back on to keep milk fresh to the last ounce." These were used to close glass bottles of milk.

Looking Back 40 years - Open House Restaurant in the Grand Island Plaza advertised a ham salad sandwich, soup and coffee at 99 cents.

Looking back 20 years - Redway residents faced flood conditions Friday, June 9, 1989 and the neighborhood kids had fun trying to ride bikes in knee-deep water on the road. A three-inch downpour was the culprit.~~~~Lawn Mower Race chair Floyd Doring announced winners of the West River event as Joe Mailloux, 1st; Jim Tranter, 2nd; Carl Antholzner, 3rd; and Marcy Malecki, first woman finisher.~~~~Jeri Schopp, in her first bid for a seat on the school board, was top vote getter with 1196 votes in a three-way race where a total of 1922 voters turned out. Incumbent Frank Cannata was also elected.

This week's spotlighted Isledegrande.com advertisers are Gross Plumbing & Heating,   Tops Market,   Contour Financial Planning, L.L.C.,  and   Beach House Restaurant. Be sure to check out these business websites and for information on advertising at Isledegrande.com, email Dan McMahon at Dan@giecom.net.

Our sympathy to the families of Margaret V. Kreuzer and former resident Ronald R. Duchman who recently passed away. A death notice for Joseph S. Chimento, a well known Island educator is also listed. Click Deaths for complete information.

Congratulations to Annalea Masiello who out ran the women in the 15th Annual Nancy Price Memorial 5K in Youngstown on May 16th.

Isledegrande.com advertising really works. After posting the Relay For Life baskets on our site, traffic into Reg Schopp's deSignet Jewelry Store was non stop and a record number of basket raffle tickets have been sold previous to tomorrow night's major event at the GIHS track. This has to be one of the largest basket raffles I've ever seen.

Probably Grand Island's largest event, Relay For Life 2009, takes place on Masters Field behind Grand Island High School tomorrow evening.••••The Town's Historic Preservation Advisory Board and the Historical Society have combined efforts on a remarkable display, "Niagara River's Playground," which takes place Sunday in River Lea in Beaver Island State Park.••••A concert, "It is Good to Praise the Lord!" will be presented at Trinity UM Church on Sunday.••••A blood drive is scheduled at the K of C Hall on Tuesday.••••GIHS students will present the first ever High School Technology Fair Wednesday night in the High School Viking Mall. ••••A One Island, One Team, One Dream, To Be Drug Free meeting will be held on Tuesday.••••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 28, 2009
Good morning Jeff in Fairbanks, AK, and good morning Heidi in Virginia Beach, VA.

Good news! Sue is home! Welcome back to your Island Sue Colcord Mallon. Sue's health continues to improve each day.••••A speedy recovery to Mark Hassan who is home and healing from surgery.

Happy birthday to Carlton Schutt and Diane Darmofalski (today), Ian Cameron (turning 5 today), Mitchell Samplinski (4 years old today), Liam Dodd (16 tomorrow and very anxious to drive!), Pam Fries (tomorrow), James Rayhill (20 tomorrow), Jim Watz (Saturday), Dr. Don Fontana and Nikki Roesch (Sunday), Eileen Stone (cheers on Monday), Patty Johnson, Greg Barker and Tammy Gorman (Monday), Adam Schopp (his 20th on Monday), Clay Clark and Curt Hettinger (cake and candles on Tuesday), Pat Pullano (Wednesday), George Rowe (his 80th on Wednesday), and Chris Bidell (20 on Wednesday).

Best wishes and happy anniversary to Chuck and Linda Berlinger who are celebrating their 10th anniversary tomorrow. Also celebrating anniversaries and wished the very best are Pat and Doug Harding (35 years on Sunday), Chris and Paul Sipson (40 years on Sunday), and Arlene and Gilman Clark (their 30th on Monday).

Sue Braun will be participating in the Ride For Roswell (June 27) to help raise funds to support cancer research and patient care programs at Roswell Park Cancer Institute. She has reached the 2/3 mark on her way to a goal of $1,500 goal with $1,000 received from over 30 donors. Please see her website at
giving.roswellpark.org/ and consider helping Sue with this worthy cause.

The Grand Island Chapter #168, Disabled American Veterans made a donation this week to Isledegrande.com in appreciation for the services provided to the Veterans of Grand Island and Western NY. The members of the DAV are challenging other organizations, groups, teams and churches to do the same. Groups that have come forward with donations are Team Moose-Kateers, GI Jr. Vikings Football and the American Legion Post #1346. Thank you, everyone! See Letter To The Editor.

Looking Back 50 years - Gov. Rockefeller was the keynote speaker at formal ceremonies Tuesday morning, June 2, 1959 when Hooker Chemical Corporation dedicated the new $3,800,000 research center on Long Road.••••Students from Grand Island taking part in Riverside High School's senior day event were Class President John Fontana, Valedictorian and Class Day Chairman Charles Pinkow, and Prom Co-Chairmen Judith Kuehling (Semler) and Kenneth (Kip) Staub. The Senior Chorus included Wendy Holden (Gaydica), Carol Roberts (Fischer), Judith Campbell and Judy Kuehling (Semler).

Looking Back 40 years - New residents to the Island in the spring of 1969 were Richard and Kathy Garlapow, and Arthur and Helen Ciechoski, among others. ••••Liz Leitner, Lisa Zediker, Mary Klajbor, Claudia McGinty and Nancy Savory were pictured preparing "charcoal-broiled" pancakes, part of their May 1969 middle school home economics studies. ••••PFC Richard A. Lozo of Love Road was serving with the Army in South Vietnam and assigned to a 155-mm, self-propelled artillery battery with the 2nd Battalion, 35th Artillery Brigade, 54th Field Artillery Group.

Looking Back 30 years - Grand Island Middle School students presented the musical, “Oliver,” directed by Thomas A. Charlton.••••Among winners in the Girl Scouts Neighborhood Olympics held Saturday, June 2, 1979 were Brownies Jean Willer, Beckey Wynne and Jennifer Burkley. Beckie Gushue was a junior winner. Laurie Bauman won first for the Cadettes. Adults on the Olympic Committee were Margaret Gushue, Sondra Maglisceau, Sharon Bottini and Marianne Killian.

Congratulations to Lindsey Boyle. Lindsey made the Dean's list again for the second semester at Niagara University.

This week's spotlighted Isledegrande.com advertisers are Dr. Kevin Augustine Chiropractic,   Grand Island Auto Tech   Metro Town Center Real Estate,  and  M&T Bank." Be sure to check out these business websites and for information on advertising at Isledegrande.com, email Dan McMahon at Dan@giecom.net.

Our sympathy to the families of former residents Ronald R. Duchman and Beverly Holcomb who recently passed away. Click Deaths for complete information.••••Norm Jeffords, well known around the Island during his employment as co-editor of the Island Dispatch passed away on May 20th.

The Grand Island High School PTSA's Academic Awards Night is tonight in the high school auditorium.••••The Historical Society's Garage Sale will be held Saturday at 1570 Cox Road. ••••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 21, 2009
Good morning Jim in Livermore, CA, and good morning Richard in Fort Worth, TX.

Grand Island's annual Memorial Day ceremonies will begin at 10 a.m. on Monday in DeGlopper Park, Grand Island Blvd. and Baseline Road. SSG David DiTullio, US Army, will be the guest speaker.

I am so happy to report that Amy Stewart, so seriously injured in a hit-and-run accident, has been discharged from acute rehab and is home now. She will continue her recovery at ECMC as an outpatient. Amy and her family are most grateful for your continued prayers as she continues on the road to recovery.••••Dick Rebmann is in Millard Fillmore Gates Circle Hospital. Cards and prayers are in order as Dick is experiencing serious health issues.

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Wedding Bells! Former Island resident David Brick and his bride, Arabella Revelar, were married May 9th in Birmingham, England. In attendance were cousins and former Islanders Randy White and Beth Taylor Spencer as well as David's dad, Bob Brick, formerly of Bruce Lane.

Best wishes to Crystal and Dan Harding, marking their fifth wedding anniversary tomorrow and also to Kim and Scott Kalman, celebrating their first anniversary on Saturday.

Lee Becker and Peter McMahon were honored Saturday night during the Fire Company's 71st anniversary dinner. The men were recognized for their 50 years of volunteering to the fire service.

Happy birthday to Lillian Wosilait and Terry Turnbull (milestones today), Steve Parisi (10 today), Tom Fleming (Saturday), Catherine Long (Sunday), Cathy Driscoll (cheers on Sunday), and Joshua Stoddard and Liz Wilbert (Tuesday).

Grand Island's cast of the GIHS musical, “Fiddler on the Roof” won a Technical Elements award for their performance during the KENNY AWARDS held last Saturday at Shea’s Performing Arts Center.

Looking Back 60 years - A home freezer demonstration was held in the Fire Hall on Base Line Road and sponsored by Coolerator Company of Duluth, Minnesota and Grand Island Service Center Appliance. The appliance store was run by Harold Long in the plaza just north of Fantasy Island.••••Mike Meyer does a good job of dispensing giggle fluid at the Bedell House Bar. "Some damsel told us that he was the best looking bartender on the Island," the Island Dispatch reported in its "Across the Mahogany With Willie" column - 60 years ago.••••Fred Hoefner’s Riverview Food Shoppe at East River and Kirkwood Drive advertised Henel’s Dairy Maid Ice Cream. Phone number? 225-F-13!••••The town board in May 1949 voted to change the zoning of property on Love Road and the Beaver Island Parkway from residence B to residence C for the erection of two-family dwellings on roads named Ward Park, West Park, Blackmon and Carl.

Looking Back 50 years - The newly formed Rotary Club elected President Jack Hanlon, Secretary Harold Roberts and Treasurer Harry Baker.•••• The Niagara Frontier State Park Commission would not make any special concessions to Grand Islanders for the use of Beaver Island Park. The decision was made after the Grand Island Community Council wrote a letter requesting a reduced parking fee or a season ticket for parking at Beaver Island Park. A fee of $3 was suggested in the Council's letter.

Looking Back 40 years - Members of the Senior Class Day Committee in May 1969 were Diane Loder, Danna Kirsch, Geri Kilmer, Charlie Satterlee, Dale Kutzbach, Karen Sciandra, John Phelps and Kathy Geisenhoff.• • • •The Marine Midland Trust Co., now HSBC, opened with a ribbon cutting on Saturday, May 24, 1969.••••Among a group of Grand Island High School students chosen to take a ride on the Lake Diver IV for a field trip to the Finger Lakes Institute, Seneca Lake were Judy Young, John Davis, Vincent Stouter, Liz Sciuk, Margie Werth, Valerie Sander, Paul Fritschi, and Laura Ellsworth. Teachers Jim Patmos and Hubert Sharpe accompanied the students.••••SGT David J. Tuite of Red Jacket Road was presented the Gallantry Cross with Bronze Star by the government of Vietnam. SGT Tuite was stationed in Vietnam since July 4, 1968, and was scheduled for a 30-day leave in July of 1969.

Looking Back 30 years - River Oaks was advertising a $3.25 fish fry and music by Norm Mondry & the Sun Brothers from 7 p.m. to 1:30 a.m. over Memorial Day weekend 1979.••••It was an exciting time for the members of the Charles N. DeGlopper VFW Post 9249 when they held their grand opening of the new VFW Post on Grand Island Blvd. in conjunction with Memorial Day services in 1979.

If you're looking for quick and delicious, don't miss Jodi Robinson's recipe column, Let's Talk Chow. Last week's "Easy As Pie" Recipes sure sounded good to me.

This week's spotlighted Isledegrande.com advertisers are Realty USA-Joan Dlugokinski, Mark J. Frentzel, Attorney,   Rolling Meadows Studio,  Grand Island Chiropractic  and  Michael Anthony Rossi Attorney At Law. Be sure to check out these business websites and for information on advertising at Isledegrande.com, email Dan McMahon at Dan@giecom.net.

Our sympathy to the families of Catherine M. Calvano, Teddy Filosofos, Virginia A. Cadro Nilsson, Marion P. Geering and Jayden E. Flitt who recently passed away. Click Deaths for complete information.

For those who have asked about registering for the July 4th Dick Bessel road race here on the Island, this may be done by going to www.score-this.com. You can register and pay the entry fee on line. Applications for this race and also for the Amy Stewart “Strides for Stewart” race (Aug. 8th) are available in the Town Recreation Office and at Town Hall.

There are all kinds of Relay For Life fundraisers planned for this week including garage sales, a Bowl-A-Thon, and a car wash. See our Calendar of Events for complete details on these and other Island happenings.••••Our Garage Sales Galore On Grand Island list announces 13+ sales this week. There is no charge for this service. Let us hear about your garage sale.

According to weather reports, we should have a beautiful Memorial Day weekend. Enjoy!
"Say a prayer for our guys over there." God bless America.

Thursday, May 14, 2009
Good morning Jackie in Austin, TX, and good morning Tim in Stockton, CA.

Happy anniversary to Paul and MaryJo Soto who will celebrate their 8th wedding anniversary on Monday.

A belated happy birthday to Harriet Zurek who celebrated on the 12th. Happy birthday to Carol Volk (today), Don Carter and Gary Bell (special greetings tomorrow), Gabriel Wansart (5 tomorrow), Daniel Sledziewski (21 on Saturday), Ted Kumlander (cheers on Saturday), Stephanie Senn (15 on Sunday), Don Dally and Louise Adamczyk (Sunday), Nikolas Massaro (3 on Sunday), Roger Underwood (20 on Monday), Jill Kephart, Frank Pinzel Sr. and Nutsy Yensan (Monday), Nancy Landroche and Pattie Frentzel (Tuesday), Esther Lozo (95 on Tuesday), Peyton Gregory Golde (two on Tuesday), Dr. Dave Johnson (cheers on Wednesday), Kate Endres (her 20th on Wednesday), Sydney Dworak (8 on Wednesday), and Christopher O'Connor (Wednesday).

The Riverstone Grill is now under new management and will be open at 4 p.m., Tuesday through Saturday. For more information, see the Riverstone Grill's ad on the front page of Isledegrande.com.

When Freddie Schutt of Billings, MT read the column last week regarding the Road Rebels record hop, he sent the following memories. "I remember very well that dance. I, too, was a member of the Road Rebels. I still have the car plaque from that group. I remember panicking over the cancellation, but it turned out fair for what we could come up with. I know I was on stage with Bobby (Bell) helping power it up and sorting through records to play." Thanks for writing, Fred.

Friends of Joe (Little Joe) Stefaniak are urged to send him a card of cheer or stop by Riverwood Health Care Center where he is residing. We know he would appreciate this. ••••Glad to hear Pat McNulty is doing fine since her recent surgery.••••Latest progress reports for Amy Stewart are very good.

Looking Back 60 years - Sidway PTA officers for 1949-50 were announced as follows: President Ginny Costin, Vice President Mrs. Jack Post; Secretary Mary Narad and Treasurer Marjorie Ehde (Anderson).••••Tuesday and Friday night TV shows were packing them in at Johnny Mayer's (now Village Inn) in Ferry Village. My guess would be that the draw was Milton Berle on Tuesday nights and "I Remember Mama" that got the weekend off to a good start on Fridays.••••Nell Benner Elsaesser was the new owner of Kreher's Restaurant located over the East River bank near North Colony Road. The spot is now known as Turner's.

Looking Back 50 years - The Rev. Harold E. Tyson Jr. conducted the first church school and worship services for the newly established Presbyterian Mission on Grand Island on Sunday, May 17, 1959 in the Ashley Chapel, on Whitehaven Road (now Creative Leather Concepts) ••••Mrs. Beatrice Cady, first president of the Grand Island Teachers Association, was appointed principal of the Kaegebein School.

Looking Back 40 years - Grand Island was the host school for the 1969 Marine Corps Youth Physical Fitness area competition and Grand Island placed 2nd. Team members coached by Richard Deckowitz were Bill Ward, Les Chambers, Scott Hennigar, Jim DeCillis, Scott Donlon, Bruce Kaiser and Kevin Donlon. Marine Corp Recruiter was Sgt. James Hassan.

Looking Back 30 years - Lee Harris and Gary Roesch were awarded honorary life memberships in the NYS Congress of Parents and Teachers on May 17, 1979.

We welcome our newest advertiser,
Mark S. Nemeth/Attorney At Law to Isledegrande.com. Other advertisers spotlighted this week are Designet International,   Grand Island Family Medicine, 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 annual string Kaleidoscope Concert Monday evening in the high school auditorium was one of the very best. String students in grades 4-12 were under the direction of Miss Debra Remson and Mrs. Cheryl Delventhal. Music by the elementary district orchestra, the Connor Middle School Orchestra and finally the senior high strings was followed by the delightful "Singing In The Rain" by the combined string players. Highlights included recognition of Sgt. David DiTullio, back on the Island after serving his country in Afghanistan, and Kaegebein Elementary Principal John Wiertel who looks forward to his retirement that follows a 20-career at Kaegebein School. Both men received standing ovations.

Our sympathy to the families of Evelina Schopp, Dan Hoffman, Richard F. Atkinson and former resident Jean Davern, who recently passed away. Click Deaths for complete information.

Gram's Garage Sale/Open House at the Golden Age Center takes place on Saturday.•••• A Historical Society Open House is scheduled for Sunday at River Lea.••••A Scout "Round-Up" takes place Monday at Sidway School.•••• The School Board election and budget vote will be held Tuesday in Grand Island High School. •••• 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 7, 2009
Good morning Jim in Lexington, Maryland, and good morning Gary in Estero, FL.

A speedy recovery to Bob Soluri who is working hard to overcome health problems.••••Get well wishes may be sent to former resident Sue Mallon at Stanley Regional Medical Center Rm 370, 301 Yadkin St/ P O B 1489, Albemarle NC 28001. "Hope your recovery is quick and complete, Sue"

If you see Greg and Liz Barker this week, wish them a happy anniversary. The Barkers were married 35 years ago on May 11, 1974.

I have had a request for the location of the McCauley family who moved from the Island in the 1980s. Have any of my readers stayed in touch with this family. Email
teddy@giecom.net if you can help.

The Grand Island Chamber of Commerce 2008 Citizen of the Year Awards presentation, held on April 23rd will be aired on Time Warner Cable Channel 22 every Monday in May and June from 7-8 p.m. This will begin on Monday, May 11th.

Happy birthday to George Minton (his 80th birthday today), Jodi Robinson (today), Dawn Gruska (11 tomorrow), Jim Geblein (21 on Saturday), Nikki Fadel (18 on Monday), Cheryl Laible (Monday), Ava Ackerman (8 on Monday), Brian Barton and Carl Saph (both celebrating the big 4-0 on Tuesday and Wednesday respectively), and Kathy Pollard (Tuesday). A belated happy birthday to Bea Neales who celebrates this week and also to Mark Cunningham who celebrated on May 4th.

Looking Back 60 years - The Chamber of Commerce and other civic organizations on the Island conducted a Clean-Up – Paint-Up – Fix-Up campaign in May 1949. ••••Mae and Frank Klocke were looking for another home on the Island. Notice from the State of New York to leave their premises by June 30, 1949 had been received. This was due to the Niagara Frontier State Park Commission's decision to take all land along the West River for a parkway.••••Town Board members heard a complaint by Harvey S. Long of a very offensive odor caused by the spreading of chicken droppings (fertilizer) by Elmer R. Webb.

Looking 50 years - A fashion show and dinner, presented in the Buffalo Launch Club by the Women's Activities Committee in May 1959, was for the benefit of the 1959 International Regatta Fund. Among the planners for the event were Harry G. Winter, Richard B. and Helen Hogue, John and Jan Gast, E. Ward Soanes and Gladys and Glenn F. Staffen.••••All school voting records were shattered Tuesday, May 12, 1959 when 516 persons turned out to reballot for the election of a school board trustee. Eugene R. Schutt, the winner, received 278 votes. His opponent, Thomas H. Quinlan, received 229 votes. There were nine blank ballots. The run-off vote was due to no one receiving a majority vote in the 3-way race the previous week. Carmen Gligora, the third candidate withdrew from the competition. ••••When the disc jockey, Great Scott, cancelled out of a record hop sponsored by the Road Rebels of Grand Island, Bobbie Bell came through with his own hi-fi set and Richard "Shorty" Vanthoff brought over his collection of 45 RPM records. Jerry Thirion made phone calls while Pete Fahrer and Allan Jones started preparing refreshments. Proceeds from the dance totaled $112.50 and were donated to the Cancer Crusade.••••Florence Miller, Marion Robertson, Mabel Flemming, Ruth Elgar and Betty Raepple, students in Joe Becht's Adult Education oil painting class, had their paintings on display at the M&T Bank.••••Kids and adults alike in the Grandyle Village area were very happy with the new $100,000 bike path, running parallel to Beaver Island Parkway from Grandyle Village to the park.

Looking Back 40 years - Cindy Funk and Kevin Zoldowski, GIHS juniors, reigned over the Junior Prom Friday evening, May 9, 1969 in the school gym. “Enchanted Garden” was the theme and 75 couples attended.

This week's spotlighted Isledegrande.com advertisers are Anchor Marine,   McCarthy School of Irish Dance,   Hizair Hair Salon,  and  Mallwitz' Island Lanes. Be sure to check out these business websites and for information on advertising at Isledegrande.com, email Dan McMahon at Dan@giecom.net.

Our sympathy to the families of former residents Shirley Jean Rickert Measures, Donald F. Harris Sr., Elinor (Hefferon) Collins, and Laszlo Magyar who recently passed away. Click Deaths for complete information.••••Shirley Jean Measures played "Shirley Jean" in the Our Gang/Little Rascals films and had a long career as a movie star.

As of Monday, May 11, it will cost you another 2 cents to send a first class letter. It will now take a 44-cent stamp or a combination of what you have and what you need!

Wine will be the subject of the Historical Society's program meeting tonight at River Lea.•••• The American Legion Plant Sale starts tomorrow at 9 a.m. and continues on Saturday.••••A Relay For Life Chicken BBQ and more will be held Saturday at the Rod & Gun Club.••••Parishioners of St. Timothy Church invite the community to their chicken & rib dinner on Saturday.••••A Boulevard tree planting takes place Saturday.••••The VFW Post offers a Mother's Day Breakfast on Sunday.••••The Chamber's Citizens of the Year Event will be televised Monday.••••The Friends of the Library's annual meeting will be held Tuesday and will feature a program titled "Historic Treasures of Buffalo."••••See our Calendar of Events for complete details.

Remember your mother on Mother's Day, Sunday, May 10th.

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

Thursday, April 30, 2009
Good morning Jerry in Lyndhurst, NJ, and good morning Craig in Appleton, NY.

That's Lance Kohn as he looked in fourth grade at Charlotte Sidway School. "Lanny turns the big 7-0 on Tuesday and I'm wishing him a wonderful birthday.

Happy birthday to Ava DeFranks (6 today), Anna Pullano (5 today), Taylor Firth (her 18th birthday today), Vickie Cheff and Mary Becker (tomorrow), Catherine Navagh (a teenager on Saturday), Norm Parisi (cheers on Saturday), Stephen M. Stouter (9 years old on Sunday), Reta D'Orazio (Sunday), Art Bascomb (cake and candles on Sunday), MaryElisabeth Rustowicz (her 10th birthday on Monday), Donny Turner (20 on Monday), Sandie Rall Smith (Monday), Elise Loiselle (20 on Tuesday) and Paul Gast and Daryl Schaefer (best wishes on Wednesday).

Happy anniversary to Frank and Helen Williams on their 60th anniversary on Sunday, to David and Mary Fleischmann celebrating their 40th on Sunday, and to Penny and Mike Linenfelser marking their 35th on Sunday. Best wishes also to Patrick and Cheryl Buell and Heather and Jim Figler. Both couples will be married 20 years on Wednesday.

Attention fishermen! According to Niagara Gazette reporter Bill Hilts Jr., upper river fishing action continues to be perch at Blue Water, Beaver Island and Big Six marinas around Grand Island. He also reported the following local spots this week: crappie at the Sand Piles and in the Buffalo Boat Harbor, along with a few perch; trout at the foot of Ferry Street and in the locks. Heidi at Big Catch in Buffalo reports Cubby jigs and minnows have been working on the pan fish.

Please remember that Isledegrande.com needs your help to continue to provide Islanders near and far with updated hometown news.

Looking Back 60 years - More than 200 people enjoyed the Charlotte Sidway PTA Hobby and Talent Show at the school Friday evening, April 29, 1949. Chairmen of the show were Ruth Dollhausen and Ginny Costin and Dan Linenfelser Sr. served as Master of Ceremonies. Talent included Jim Fleming's magic, and the singing of Grace DeGlopper and Irish tenor Chris Cotter and among hobbies exhibited were Zora Hussey's Grand Island relics and Mary Fontana's foreign dolls.

Looking 50 years - Onnolee Knapp was the Adult Education Chorus director when the local singers and the Twin City Choristers presented "The New Moon" in Kaegebein School auditorium in May 1959. June Cannard, Ralph Hartwig and Frank Sceusa were among those who took parts in the production.• • • •Ground was broken for a dance pavilion to be built next to the Grand Island Bowling Lanes by Russ Dehlinger. This building is now True Value Hardware.

Looking Back 40 years - A new 20 by 30 foot addition to the Knights of Columbus Hall was completed about the same time the Knights were celebrating their tenth anniversary on Saturday, May 3, 1969.•••• SGT John Skotnicki returned home in early May 1969 after being stationed in Vietnam with his US Marine Corps unit.• • • •The Chamber of Commerce honored Island industries for the contributions they have made toward the progress and growth of Grand Island. The event was held April 29, 1969 in the Buffalo Launch Club. Those honored were Niagara Mohawk, Hooker Chemical Corp., Electronic Automation Systems, Inc., Grand Island Biological, Edwards High Vacuum, Reuther Engraving, Mesmer Dairy, Iroquois Gas, New York Telephone Co. and WER Industrial Corp.••••The Island's new town hall/library was dedicated Saturday morning, April 26 1969.

Looking Back 25 years - The south end of the Island was without power for up to 12 hours when a wind storm on April 30, 1984 hit Grand Island, knocking down trees and power lines.

This week's spotlighted Isledegrande.com advertisers are Linda Kutzbach, ReMax,   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.

Our sympathy to the families of June H. Krueger and former residents Anita St. Angelo, Mark Larsen, Sr. and James David Moore, who recently passed away. Click Deaths for complete information.

The annual High School Talent Show takes place tonight in the auditorium.••••Paint the Town Purple at Club Hope at the Moose Lodge takes place tomorrow night.••••A Paint the Town Purple Celebration is being held at the K of C Hall on Saturday.••••An Older Americans' Month Service will be held at Trinity Church on Sunday.•••• "All In For Amy" - a fundraiser in honor of Amy Stewart, is being held Sunday afternoon in the Moose Lodge.••••The Community Chorus will present its Spring Concert of show tunes, standards, spirituals, and surprises on Sunday evening.••••A School Board "Candidates' Night" will be held Tuesday evening.•••• Be sure to 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, April 23, 2009
Good morning Alice in Temecula, CA, and good morning Maureen in Brooksville, FL.

Amy Stewart continues to improve, and is working hard on the process. A fundraiser is being planned for May 3rd at the Moose Lodge. See
"All In For Amy" - and please keep her in your prayers.

We received a few more donations from our readers this week toward our effort to keep Isledegrande.com the Island's #1 news source. Please see We Still Need Your Help. Thanks again to all of you who have responded.

Jim Figler's family and friends are very proud of that fact that he recently completed the Boston Marathon. Congratulations, Jim, and congratulations to Jonathan Lacki and Ricco Slaiman who also completed the marathon.

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That's Flo (Uonites) Gannon and her husband, Bob in front with Flo's daughters Donna (left) and Karen. When Donna made plans to visit Flo and Bob in Florida, she kept the secret that her sister, Karen, would be joining her and her children, Jessica, Matt and Sarah. The picture was taken at St. Pete Pier. It was a 10-day reunion, and "we had a wonderful time," Floydette writes.

    Click photos for names and larger view. Pictured in the center photo are Jack Dollhausen, and Lynn Hoerig and Jerry Thirion.
These photos were sent in by Pullman, WA resident Jack Dollhausen who lived here as a tot from 1943 to 1946. Between us and through email, we shared some of the "wonders" of childhood living on the Island at that time. Jack and his parents, Ruth and John and his brother, Jim moved into a brand new home at 103 East Park Road in 1943. "My memories are of kids and dogs and a vast wilderness filled with garter snakes, toads, pollywogs, and everything a little boy needs to be busy and happy," Jack wrote. I believe the house was just west of where Red Jacket Road eventually went through.

Happy birthday to Linda Kutzbach and Carol Nogle (today), Alexandra Dzielski (a teenager today), baby Sydney Lynn Neuhaus (her first birthday today), Bonnie Janowsky and Brad Robinson (tomorrow), Lori Burrows and Mary O'Brien (cheers tomorrow), Jolie Dahlstrom (Saturday), Karen DeMartin (celebrating big on Sunday), twins Travis and Craig Perno (18th birthdays on Sunday), Brooke Elizabeth Christensen (two-years-old on Sunday), Kay (Ames) Brooks (Monday), Rita Hagerman and Harry Lorence (Tuesday), Jaimen Wright and Elijah Linenfelser (both turning 3 on Tuesday), and Mike Schneider (Wednesday).

Happy anniversary to Erica and Michael Forbes who are celebrating their second wedding anniversary today, to Pat and Don Bachert who will celebrate their 55th wedding anniversary tomorrow, and to Jack and Linda Krok who will mark their 25th anniversary on Tuesday.

Individual photos or a CD of the July 5, 2008 Sidway School Reunion may be ordered from photographer Fred Claus. See www.FredJClaus.com

Looking Back 60 years - Members of the American Legion Post, GI Unit No 1346 were working to furnish their recently acquired "Legion Hall" on Ferry Road (formerly Mary Star of the Sea Catholic Church). Meanwhile the Legion Auxiliary held its regular meeting in the town hall in April 1949. • • • •Carline’s advertised drug items and two-day photo service at the store on Baseline across from St. Stephen’s Church. • • • •Alfred E. Yensan, who farmed his property on Whitehaven near Stony Point Road, was advertising milk and cream "in your own container."

Looking Back 40 years - According to Girl Scout Troop 204 scribe, Mary Beth Englert (Bush), new officers and patrol leaders were Molly McCowan, Natalie Parisi, Cathy Walker and Kathy Drexelius. The troop was meeting in the St. Stephen’s activity room. • • • • The new Grand Island Town Hall/Library building was dedicated Saturday morning, April 26, 1969. • • • • Pre-schoolers from the GI Cooperative Nursery School modeled children’s fashions from Jenss Department Store during a parents’ dinner in April 1969. The models included Doug Ford, Jackie Pax, Andy Bates, Babette Blair, Heather Hartrick, Keith Jackson, Kristen Jackson and Buddy Sedler. Show committee included Peg McDonough, Jean Lange and Mary Kay Patmos.

Looking Back 30 years - Shelby’s, a popular Isle restaurant, changed hands in April 1979. Island resident Daniel McCandless became the new owner of the Grand Island Blvd. eatery formerly owned by Gerald Stay.• • • •The GIHS Varsity Vikings Baseball Team got the season off to a fast start, downing Amherst 5-2 and Depew 6-1. Stars of the games were Derrick Dunlop, Brad Shoemaker and Bob Beauregard.

This week's spotlighted Isledegrande.com advertisers are Grand Island Chiropractic,   Rose Liquor Store,  AJ Beyer Mechanical,  and  Miss Cathy's Dance Academy. Be sure to check out these business websites and for information on advertising at Isledegrande.com, email Dan McMahon at Dan@giecom.net.

A memorial service for Harvey Long will be held Saturday. Click Deaths for complete information.

A Boater Safety Course is being held Saturday at Buffalo Launch Club. ••••Grand Island Coop Nursery School's Family Fun Celebration and Basket Raffle takes place Saturday.••••Momma's Munchkins/kids and teens consignment sales event will be held Saturday and Sunday at Historic Trinity.••••The Rising Stars volunteer dance team have scheduled a fundraising breakfast on Sunday at the Town Cafe.••••Highway Superintendent Candidate James "JT" Tomkins' Meet & Greet takes place on Tuesday at the Niagara Sailing Club.•••• An Island-wide Joint PTA meeting will be held Tuesday at Sidway 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, April 16, 2009
Good morning Sharon in Iuka, IL, and good morning Daniel in Franklinville, NY.

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Former resident Nancy Duysters snapped this picture of a recent gathering of Island friends in New Smyrna Beach, FL. "What a great time we all had, and now we are looking forward to next year's visit," Nancy said. Pictured are Kara Duysters, Liz Reimann, Adrian Figliotti, Lyn Laman, Jayne Molnar, and Sybil Kennedy.

Very best wishes to Bob and Val Fraser who are marking their 30th wedding anniversary on Monday, the 20th.••••Best wishes also to Russell and Lynn (Gaydica) Wuertzer who will be married 20 years on Wednesday.

Happy birthday to Jameson Hiam (5 today), Ed Burrows (today), Terry VonCraigh (hats, horns, and hoopla tomorrow), Jeremy Pullano (tomorrow), David Domagala and Andrew Stange (both celebrating 18th birthdays on Saturday), Mark Hassan and Jane Duffy (Saturday), Lela Mancuso and Jim Stewart Sr. (Sunday), Lisa Linenfelser (cake and candles on Sunday), Cassidy Ann Smith (15 on Sunday), Margaret Villano (Monday), Andrew Fix (18 on Monday), Gregory Voyzey (his 21st on Monday), Jacob McMahon (a teenager on Monday), Michael DelSignore (cheers on Tuesday), Erin (Fred) Tower (Wednesday), Genna Baldassarre (10 on Wednesday) and Mark Ramsperger (6 on Wednesday).

Looking Back 60 years - Square dancing at the Edgewater Hotel was attracting big crowds every other Friday night. "Even the youngsters are beginning to get the hang of it," the local paper reported.••••Bert Stevens, resplendent in tails and top hat, was elected Little Mayor of Grand Island at Bonner’s (Baseline and Staley roads) by a large majority. Bert Senn and Frank Bartram were runners-up.

Looking Back 50 years - Sidway Jr. High winners for the Buffalo Evening News Spelling Bee were chosen in a spelldown in April 1959. Roger Jones won the championship. Linda Beach was second and Walter Dlugosz and Loretta Emerson were runners-up.••••Michael Malaney, 4; James Malaney, 9; Rickie Lindsey, 8; and Horst Vogel, 7; were credited with checking a fire in April 1959 when they saw smoke pouring from an empty house under repair at Legion Drive and Fix Road. Horst and Michael ran home to have Mike's mother, Mrs. James A. Malaney, report the fire. James and Rickie proceeded to scoop up sand and water in an old can to smother smoldering rags that caused the smoke.

Looking Back 40 years - A 77 mm pack-type howitzer, used in World War II, was delivered to DeGlopper Park through arrangements made by VFW Commander George Bower.

Looking Back 30 years - It was announced that Blue Water Marina was sold to Tommy Stedman, owner of T.C.’s Lounge. The Marina was formerly owned by Joseph Gordon and Jack Senn.

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

Thank you so very much to our readers who have recently joined the ranks of those helping to keep Isledegrande.com alive. See "Patrons List" for the list of all those who have donated so far.

Our sympathy to the families of James A. Lange, Doris Forbes and former resident Arthur R. Glover who recently passed away. There will be a memorial service for Chris McCaffery on Saturday. Click Deaths for complete information.

Did you see Kester Bleich hippity-hopping down the bunny trail last Friday morning?

Golfers take note. The Beaver Island Golf Course is now open. See Beaver Island Golf Course. Some costs listed have gone up so be sure to call for exact fees.

Congratulations, bowlers! Top bowling scores this week were rolled by Jon McGinn (300 764), Chris Bahleda (299 710), and Andy Moran (300 693). The men bowl on the A-Best Roofing league at Mallwitz's Island Lanes. Jon McGinn also had a 298-735 with the Friday Night Businessmen's league.

See our Calendar of Events for a complete listing of Island happenings.

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

Thursday, April 9, 2009
Good morning Floydette in Tampa Bay, FL, and good morning Steve in Norfolk, VA.

Your prayers and mine have helped to bring Amy Stewart this far on her path to a complete recovery. Your continued prayers and financial support are still needed. Several fundraisers including the May 3 event at the Moose Lodge are planned. See
"All In For Amy" for details.

A belated happy birthday to Ron Corp who celebrated his 50th last Friday evening.• • • •Happy birthday to Rhett Robinson (8 years old today), Bob Clement (his 90th birthday tomorrow), Dustin Coryn (18 tomorrow), Dorothy Dillemuth , Susan Hackett and Pat Haag (tomorrow), Evan Ackerman (6 tomorrow), Jim Boettcher (Saturday), Melissa Affuso (21 on Saturday), Gwendolyn Slachciak (8 on Saturday), Dan Pedlow (cheers on Saturday), our granddaughter Amy Bidell (18 on Sunday), Marsha Hammond and Charlie Markarian (Easter Sunday), Taylor Bedford (16 on Monday), Nicole Butcher (Monday), Nicholas Aronica (5 on Tuesday), Lisa Foley (Tuesday), and James Panepinto, Scottie Allen and Marilyn Couch (all celebrating on Wednesday).

A very happy anniversary to Mary Linenfelser Cook and her husband, Fred, who celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary on April 7th.

I have been asked by the GIHS Class of 1970 reunion committee to remind their classmates to please update their email addresses on the Isledegrande.com guestbook.

Congratulations to the band, "Inlite." Inlite has been chosen as a finalist for the Music is Art Battle of the Bands being held at HSBC Arena today. Talented band members are Jordan Dixon, Josh Little, Griffin Smith, Nick Kelly and Lee Becker.

Looking Back 60 years - From a home town column in the local paper: “Someone mentioned the other day that we must be an Island of Beer Drinkers. So just for the record, we have 15 licensed drinking emporiums – and for a population of over 2700, that must establish some sort of a record.” • • • •Governor Thomas E. Dewey, on Thursday, April 7, 1949, signed the Grand Island bill making it possible to tax State Park lands on Grand Island. “This will be a great help to Grand Island taxpayers,” however, it never happened.

Looking Back 50 years - A water bill for $4,372.00 was protested by the United States Army. The amount represented 14,324,500 gallons of water used by the Nike Base on the Island for a three-month period. It all happened due to a major water line leak within the confines of that government installation – 50 years ago. • • • •Wendy Holden Gaydica was installed Beloved Queen of Aries Triangle on April 9, 1959. Other officers installed in St. Martin-in-the-Fields Church were Bonnie Taylor (Ford), Kathy Dusenberry (Kitchen), Betty Smith and Penny Pedlow (Fischer). • • • •The Buffalo Launch Club opened its new dining hall Sunday, April 5, 1959. The dining room featured redwood paneling, three picture windows and could be divided into three rooms. The club was under the leadership of Commodore Clarence Hackett along with other Island residents Edward Chandler, Herman Miller and Robert Schutt.

Looking Back 40 years - The new Grand Island Middle School opened April 14, 1969, after Easter vacation when double sessions were discontinued. The school was named for Veronica Connor in 1991.

Looking Back 30 years - Students in Mrs. Joanne Beringer’s class at Kaegebein, under the guidance of art teacher Miss Kunzelman, completed “Dino the Dragon,” a five-week art project. Among the student artists were Evan Harnden, Scott Hammond, Jeff Reszetucha, Duncan Smith, Richard Yensan and Tim Clawson.• • • •Twenty-two students were practicing and learning the basics of lacrosse under coach William J. Riffel for Grand Island High School’s very first lacrosse team. • • • •Winds of 70 mph Friday, April 6, 1979 raised Lake Erie’s water level nearly seven feet and the East branch of the Niagara River to a height that caused considerable damage to homes on North and South Colony, Towerwood, Bronson and East River roads at the south end of the Island as well as other riverfront properties.

Looking Back 25 years - Jack West held his formal opening of Jackson Music on April 14, 1984.

Looking Back 10 years - It was on April 15, 1999 that through the efforts of Reg Schopp, I posted my Between The Bridges column on Isledegrande.com for the first time.

Please keep Barb Burwell in your prayers as she recovers from surgery.

This week's spotlighted Isledegrande.com advertisers are ElderWood Health Care at Riverwood    Beach House Restaurant,  Miss Cathy's Dance Academy   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.

Grand Island High School graduate Belinda Board Gould will visit her parents, Skip and Pat Board, in Port Orange, FL during her spring break. A 6th grade teacher in Voorheesville, NY, she will be retiring in June and would love to hear from former friends and teachers at bbbgould@gmail.com.

Our sympathy to the families of Harvey Long, Ernest P. Oliverio Jr. and former resident Harold F. Ansell who recently passed away. Click Deaths for complete information.

The Town Recreation Department sponsors the Easter Bunny and an Easter Egg Hunt tomorrow morning (Apr. 10).••••The annual Good Friday Fish Dinner at the VFW Post starts at 4 p.m.••••A Kite Flying contest will be held Wednesday morning in Vets Park. ••••See our Calendar of Events for complete details on these and other Island events.

Happy Easter.

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

Thursday, April 2, 2009
Good morning Judy in Gainesville, FL, and good morning Brian in New York, NY.

A very special thanks to the Jr. Vikings Football for their very generous donation to help keep Isledegrande.com going. We truly appreciate this gesture as well as all donations and notes of thanks we received this far. Is your name on our
"Patrons List"?

Good news! Joan Droit is out and about and seen enjoying herself at McMahon's Family Restaurant this week.

Happy birthday to Madison Green (11 today), to Dave Pelosi, Brian Robinson and Linda Coppola (tomorrow), Deb Nowak (Saturday), Zoe Dodd (14 on Saturday), Natalie Baldassarre (a teenager on Saturday), George Smith, Barbara Burns and Beth Czerwonka (Sunday), Rachel Spiker (Sweet 16 on Monday), Nicholas Ratajczak (7 on Monday), Eden Krebs (2 on Monday), Howie Benns and George Minton (cheers on Tuesday), James Rustowicz (14 on Wednesday), Kaitlyn Affuso (17 on Wednesday), Vincent Ricotta (6 on Wednesday), and Carrie Vieceli (Wednesday).

Caitlin Cook and Jonathan Hendricks received merit awards for their photography entries in the Kenan Center’s Storrs All High Photo Show, on display through April 19th at the Kenan House, 433 Locust Street in Lockport. Over 300 students from Western and Central New York entered the show.

Local pianist Jim Beishline and jazz vocalist Janice Mitchell will be taking part in the Porthcawl Jazz Festival in England April 17th-19th. Click www.porthcawl-jazz-festival.com/ and scroll down for their photos and biographies.

Looking Back 60 years - The Island Dispatch was five years old and published on Mondays, every other week.• • • •According to the local newspaper 60 years ago, "the strike of the brewery workers has local tavern owners over the barrel. They are just getting into the beer drinking weather after a tough winter and now, No Beer!"

Looking Back 50 years - A Rotary Club was in the process of being organized on the Island when an application for a charter was prepared for submission to Rotary International at an April 1959 dinner meeting at Del and Herb's Grand Island Grill, now The Bake & Brew on Baseline at Love Road.

Looking Back 40 years - Over 900 students plus faculty members helped move books and supplies to the new Grand Island Middle School on "moving day," Wednesday, April 2, 1969. Later that same day, some of the students pushed brooms and mops in the new building and cleaned glass cupboard doors in the new science rooms. • • • • Winners of the Jaycees Easter Egg Hunt held Saturday, April 5, 1969 at Sidway School were Denny Auten Jr., Bobby Mondoux and his sister, Karen Mondoux (Dallessandro). Ron Rezabek also won in the 4 and under group. Michael Englert, Debbie Kennedy (Rogoza) and Terry Burns won the 5-7 age group.

Looking Back 30 years - Paul Bauer, a member of the Grand Island Rod & Gun Club’s Winter Trap and Skeet League, broke 25 consecutive clay birds to run his record to 175 without a miss. Vince Murany and Bob Atkins also of the “Nia Flo Mo Skeeters,” each broke 25 straight to help the team outscore Black Rock 296-279.

Looking Back 20 years - Bells Market, located in what is now known as Marion Klingel Town Commons, closed on April 8, 1989 and reopened two days later for a 20% off sale. The building was eventually torn down.

We welcome our newest Isledegrande.com advertiser Anello Wine Place. Also spotlighted this week are the following Isledegrande.com advertisers: Grand Island Home Construction,     Sherry McDonald/RealtyUSA   and  Keller Insurance. Be sure to check out these business websites and for information on advertising at Isledegrande.com, email Dan McMahon at Dan@giecom.net.

Our sympathy to the families of Wilma L. Bookhagen, Charles W. Truitt Jr., Rev. Jim Lange and former resident Donald P. Martin who recently passed away. Click Deaths for complete information.

Jacqueline and Jim Stewart Jr. are the proud parents of a son, Jacob Alexander born Saturday, March 28th. Jim's parents, Jim and Mary Stewart, of LaSalle Ave., have excitedly shortened their stay in Florida to return home for the baby's arrival. So happy for everyone.

Please keep the prayers coming for Amy Stewart and her family. See An “Hour for Amy” 5K Race and also "All In For Amy" fundraisers.

Bowlers of the week are John Leszczak who bowled a 299-761 with the A-Best Roofing League at Island Lanes, and Chris Patterson who had a 290 game in a 725 series bowling with the Belle's & Beau's, also at Island Lanes.

The Historical Society meets tonight at River Lea. See our Calendar of Events for more information and for complete details on other Island events.

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

Thursday, March 26, 2009
Good morning Jennifer in Lakewood Ranch, FL, and good morning Bernie in Niceville, FL.

Please prayer for Rev. Jim Lange and for his family. Jim is experiencing serious health problems.

The Huth Road Elementary School 5th grade class photo of 1962 has received rave reviews from those classmates of Susan Haen Willard who shared the picture with our readers in the
Old Photo Album. Thanks Sue.

Congratulations to Ashley Bleistein who has been specially chosen to attend school in Australia for five months later this year. Ashley is a Grand Island High School graduate, Class of 2006, and currently attends Buffalo State College where she is a cheerleader for Buff State.

The family of Aimee Anderson asks that we keep her in our prayers as she leaves on her mission trip to the Dominican Republic with Sonrays Ministries this Saturday, March 28th. Aimee is a 2003 GIHS graduate, works at Par-Med Pharmaceuticals and is a part-time real estate agent with Century 21 Winklhofer.

Many of us remember when it was a great prank to take an abandoned outhouse and put it on a friend's lawn, or toilet paper a friend's house when he wasn't home, or put the proper amount of pink flamingos in your yard on your birthday. The newest prank is to have your lawn "forked!" Friends of mine recently found at least 400 plastic forks stuck in the lawn in front of their house.

Happy birthday to Nicholas Masiello and Jimmy Mysliwiec (16 today), Paul Truesdale, Cheryl Chamberlain and Wendy Syracuse (today), Khris Christensen and Jodi Lewis (cheers tomorrow), Eleanor Robinson (tomorrow), Marianne Christensen, Cindy Bull and Annalea Masiello (Saturday), Olivia Williams (her 7th birthday on Saturday), Chloe Elizabeth Fitzsimmons (two on Sunday), Judy Gibbs (Monday), Jay Martin (special greetings on Tuesday), and Dave Kaiser (a big one on April Fools Day!).

Marge and Dan Robillard were married 20 years ago and will celebrate on April 1st. A very happy anniversary to the Robillards.

Looking Back 60 years - Ray Carline’s store on Baseline across from St. Stephen’s Church advertised all local beer at $2.49 a case plus deposit and Cigarettes at $1.69 a carton. • • • •The local weekly paper reported that “Elmwood Road looks like a pond since the floods set in. The best way to get across the road is in a rowboat.”

Looking Back 50 years - New owners of the Grandyle Marina restaurant, Frank Suda and Sam Ross, celebrated the grand opening of their restaurant with a smorgasbord. The "Marina" was located on East River at Broadway

Looking Back 40 years - The following were first place winners in the 27th annual WNY Congress lecture demonstration competition held in March 1969: Carlton Brett, senior division; Bruce Dannels, intermediate; Tim Geering, junior division; and John Simpson, junior division.

Looking Back 30 years - The Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary’s “Easter Parade of Fashions” was held at the Buffalo Launch Club on March 29, 1979. Mary O’Mara was chairman and Donna Goss was in charge of models. Sue McMahon and Elaine Clark took charge of refreshments and publicity respectively. Models included Norman Mrkall, Jack O’Mara, Peter McMahon, Jack Hugill and Jim Linenfelser. Also Fay Wood, Brenda Mrkall, Julie Linenfelser, Kathy Clark and Bridget McMahon. • • • •The town board referred to the planning board a site plan proposed for a Pizza Hut to be operated on Grand Island Blvd. north of Baseline Road. • • • • Dale Sandish played the part of “Billy” and Debbie Smilinich portrayed “Julie” in the high school’s musical production of “Carousel.” Others in the cast included Beth Foster, Kathy Sullivan, Chris Gibson, David Lane, Audene Bowman, Mark Courey, Patti Fleming and many more. • • • • A "dance marathon" was held at the Youth Center Saturday evening, March 24, 1979 with Karen Wilkinson and Shelly Kearney proclaimed the winners after dancing for four hours. Lisa Haley and Dawn Hernandez placed second (2 ½ hours) and Mike Dinan and Paul Heckman took third (1 hr. 40 min.)

Looking Back 10 years - The Huth Road School Odyssey of the Mind team of Abram Morgan, Ian Clark, Anthony Borelli, Forest Smith, Christine Ray and Nicole Fisher took 2nd place in the regional tournament March 6, 1999.

Mary Dunbar-Daluisio is recovering from Monday's surgery and doing fine. Cards and prayers would no doubt be appreciated. Praying for you, Mary!• • • •Friends of Shorty Vanthoff and Tom Cavanaugh, will want to send off get well cards to these American Legion members who are in Veteran's Hospital, 3495 Bailey Ave., Buffalo, NY 14215. Shorty's room number is 910-D.

Michele Beauchamp, GIHS Class of '82, now living in Lubbock, Texas, was home on the Island for her grandmother, Alice Beauchamp's 90th birthday on March 6th. "The whole family was there and we had a blast!" Michelle writes. During that visit, Michele attended her nephew, Max Hyland's state championship hockey game at Buffalo State Ice Arena. The Canisius Crusaders won the NYS Catholic High School Championship Game against Monsignor Farrell High School out of Staten Island, NY. Islanders on the team include Max, a Canisius High School junior, who scored a goal, and Richard Spiker. Michele is back on the Island this week to help her niece with her fundraiser for The Ride for Roswell in honor of Ernie Oliverio and reminds us all that the event is set for Saturday afternoon, 3-7 p.m. at the Sandy Beach Yacht Club. A belated but sincere happy 90th birthday to Alice Beauchamp.

This week's spotlighted Isledegrande.com advertisers are Wegman's,   Bones Woodworking - Magic Towel Holder,  DeGeorge Ceilings & Doors   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.

Our sympathy to the family of Carl D. Edwards who recently passed away. Click Deaths for complete information.

Good to see Shirley Luther back in the swing of things. Shirley, who has kept the Historical Society library in order for many years, uncovered some very interesting photos while working on a project with the Town's Historic Preservation Board and Historical Society last Friday.

Congratulations to Mike Mallwitz on his 300 (718) game, and also to Stephanie McGinn who bowled a 758 series with A-Best Roofing league at Island Lanes. Congratulations to Steve Gratton who rolled a 299-749 with the Sunday Night Mixed Couples league, and congratulations also to Tommy Kalman who rolled a 277 in a 700 series in the Adult/Youth league at Island Lanes.

The Friends of the Library's used book sale takes place tomorrow and Saturday.••••The Knights of Columbus St. Patrick's Day Dinner is scheduled for Saturday.••••A Ride For Roswell Fundraiser Event at the Sandy Beach Yacht Club will be held Saturday.••••A Passport Fair will be held at Town Hall on Saturday.••••The March 17th rounds of Corporate Bowl competition will be televised by Time Warner Cable SportsNet at 3 p.m. Sunday.••••The Lions Club's 40th Annual Spaghetti Dinner will be held on Monday at the Holiday Inn.••••Connor Middle School's musical, "Bugsy Malone Jr." takes place at the High School Tuesday evening at 7 p.m. ••••A Library Discussion Meeting is scheduled for Tuesday in the Library on Bedell Road.••••Lenten Luncheons at Trinity UM Church continue on Wednesdays.•••• 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 19, 2009
Good morning Noel on Stony Point, and good morning Allan in Clinton, TN.

A special happy 100th birthday to a very special lady, Evelina Schopp, born on March 20, 1909. See the front page of Isledegrande.com for a feature story on this well-known, well liked Island school teacher.

Happy birthday to Shirley Lippens, Bud Cole, Dee DiTullio and Bill Tanner (today), Sarah Berlinger (8 tomorrow), Ian Cap (25 tomorrow), Corrine Schnick (cheers on Saturday), Greg Bondar (Sunday), Ryan Kernin (his 9th birthday on Monday), Cheryl Stott (Tuesday), Michael Brown (12 on Wednesday), Jill Sheehan (13 on Wednesday), Nancy Sandford (Wednesday) and John DeGlopper (Wednesday's the big day).

Keep the prayers coming for Amy Stewart, very slowly recovering from a hit-run accident on March 7th.• • • •A speedy recovery to Natalie Baldassarre who broke her wrist while snowboarding with her family. Natalie continues to play the flute and piano with the Connor Middle School band and jazz ensemble despite her cast.• • • •Among the many students out of school due to illness is Zoe Dodd, diagnosed with pneumonia. Hope you're feeling better, Zoe!

James Wright, a Music Education major at SUNY Fredonia, will be featured in a solo performance at the Lancaster Opera House on Saturday, March 21,2009 at 7:30 p.m. Jim, who also plays piano, is a Grand Island High School graduate, Class of 2004 and son of April Wright and Jim Wright.

Looking Back 60 years - Building permits issued in the Town of Grand Island from January 1st to March 8, 1949 totaled $39,650.50 in value. Permits issued were for four residential, one tourist cabin, two remodeling and alteration, and one for Broadcasting Towers.

Looking Back 50 years - A bill that passed in Albany March 19, 1959 by the Senate authorized the State of NY to transfer to the Town of Grand Island a portion of Buckhorn Island which was to be used as a town park and bathing beach for Island residents.

Looking Back 40 years - Customers of Tops Market on Love Road would soon be able to charge purchases if they had a Marine Midland Master Charge account. • • • •Airman 1C Robert K. Kaiser Jr. of Ferry Road was a mobilized Air National Guardsman serving in Vietnam with Niagara Falls’ 136th Tactical Fighter Squadron, installing a pylon for carrying bombs beneath the wing of an F-100 “Supersabre,” • • • •A spokesman for Niagara Mohawk Power Corp. said widespread areas of Erie and Niagara counties experienced dimming of lights due to “dips” in the power supply caused by heavy fog. About 1500 homes o Grand Island lost power at 8:29 a.m. March 20, 1969 when a heavy fog short-circuited a main Niagara Mohawk transmission line causing a fire then burning off the top of a utility pole.

Looking Back 30 years -

Among the leads in the Island Theatre Group's "Godspell" production in 1979 were (left) Lani Knapp, Steve Jakiel and Doris Jackson. The show also starred Lou Vacanti, Colleen Carroll, Beth Walker, Eric Boron, Tom Walker, Mike Walker, Barb Lyke and Peggy Zoltoski. The performance took place in the Huth Road Elementary School auditorium.• • • • The New York State Thruway Authority, in March, 1979, announced a new policy for handling expired Grand Island Bridge commutation books. "Henceforth, when any commutation book ($2.50) is presented after the expiration date, the toll collector will invalidate the book by punching three holes through the cover and remaining commutation tickets, collect the cash toll and return the invalidated commutation book to the patron, informing the patron that the book is invalid."• • • •An open house was held from 2-4 p.m. Sunday, March 18, 1979 at River Lea when the Historical Society observed President Cleveland’s birthday. The kitchen in River Lea had just been redecorated through the efforts of Society President Richard Christiansen, Jane and Frank Duffy and Bruce and Sharon Nichols.• • • •A new penny saver (Metro Penny Saver) was being delivered here by a “Cheektowaga outfit” and receiving criticism from Islanders. One resident, in a letter to the editor in the Island's weekly paper, said “Not only don’t we need more delivery tubes on GI, we certainly don’t need another paper encouraging us to support off-Island businesses.”

In celebration of the arrival of Spring, M.O.G., the Medically Oriented Gym, will be rolling out their newest promotional program. See Special Membership Offer.

As announced last week, the Grand Island Chamber of Commerce has named the following 2008 Citizens of the Year: Elderwood Health Care at Riverwood (Business), John’s Pizza & Subs (Small Business); American Legion Post 1346 (Organization); Angela Diebold (Community Service); Calvin VanderMey (Civic); and Kathleen Fik (Educator). The Citizens of the Year Awards Banquet will be held Thursday, April 23rd at the Holiday Inn. Dinner tickets are available at the Chamber office or by calling 773-3651.

Air Force Reserve Airman First Class Jose F. Rivera, a 2008 graduate of Grand Island High School, recently completed basic training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio.

This week's spotlighted Isledegrande.com advertisers are Riviera Theater,   Dr. Thomas C. Lepenven, DMD - Island Dental,  Island Prescription Center,  and  Park Place Subdivision. Be sure to check out these business websites and for information on advertising at Isledegrande.com, email Dan McMahon at Dan@giecom.net.

During these difficult economic times, please help us all by patronizing our advertisers and telling them you saw their ad at Isledegrande.com.

Our sympathy to the families of Shirley Kustich, Patricia Wolverton, Deborah Alexander, Philip R. Mesches, Michael P. Dollard, Robert Stahl and former resident Frederick J. Facklam who recently passed away. Click Deaths for complete information.

Boy Scout Troop 630 hosts a spaghetti dinner on Sunday,••••The 2nd annual Spaghetti Dinner at St. Timothy Church will be held on Sunday.••••Relay For Life teams will meet Tuesday, March 24th at the Grand Island High School.••••Lenten Luncheons at Trinity UM Church continue on Wednesdays. •••• 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 12, 2009
Good morning Linda in Los Alamos, NM, and good morning Katherine in Keller, TX.

Adrian's is opening on Monday. Isn't that a sure sign of Spring?!

A belated happy birthday to Stacy VeRost who celebrated on Tuesday. Happy birthday to Carol Dusenbury and Michele Beauchamp (today), Al Meyer (a big one today), Madison MacNeil (her 7th birthday today), Adam Kratz (25 tomorrow), Sue Marston (cheers tomorrow), Karen Smith and Sharon Ullrich (tomorrow), CJ Matthews (16 on Saturday), Martha Martin (Sunday), Elizabeth Figler (a teenager on Sunday), Patty-jo Phillips and Bob Piatek (very best wishes on Monday), Megan Malaney (Monday), baby Cameron Willer (first birthday Monday), Dave Dusenbury (it's Tuesday - "You're How Old, Dave?), Adam Missert (entering his teens on Wednesday), and Audrey Lee Mason (two on Wednesday).

Congratulations to Bob and Debbie Guenther who are wished the very best on their 30th wedding anniversary on Monday.• • • •Celebrating 25 years of wedded bliss are Marcy and Paul Malecki. Happy days to the Maleckis who were married on March 17, 1984.• • • •And last but certainly not least, happy anniversary to Vicki and Ian Harnden who will celebrate their 24th anniversary on Monday.

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"While on our golf trip to Ocean City, MD. we made a side trip to the Assateague Island National Seashore," Chuck Berlinger writes. "The Island is known for its wild ponies and Australian Deer. The ponies roam the island freely, you are not supposed to approach them or pet them. While taking pictures, this beauty approached me. I had a large thorn scrub bush behind me and had nowhere to go so I just stood there and didn't move. This pony walked up to me and put his face right at my hand so I petted him! He stayed there long enough for Mike to come back towards me and get a few pictures. This made the whole trip!" Great picture, Chuck.

Congratulations to Island residents Ralph and Jean Hoover who just became great grandparents for the third time. Ralph and Jean's eldest granddaughter, Kate Applegate Burke, gave birth to a baby boy in Akron, Ohio on March 6 weighing 7 lbs. 15 ozs. and measuring 20" long. Kate and her husband, Mark, named the baby Corban Francis Burke. Corban has many great aunts, uncles and cousins here on the Island who can't wait to meet him. Congratulations to all!

Lee Tetkowski, who has been in charge of Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF for almost as long as UNICEF has been around (58 years), received a well deserved thank you from The United Nations Children's Fund.

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Mindi (Davis) Schwarz of Vero Beach, Florida writes that the weather has been gorgeous, 73 degrees and blue skies when she wrote on Friday, March 6th. Mindi sent this photo of her son, Max and husband Stephen taken at their ranch in Texas. "This is Max's first turkey," Mindi wrote. Be sure to click the photo for complete view. "I miss the Island horribly. Is somebody planning a "Class of '84" reunion?" she writes.

Looking Back 60 years - An organization of the Junior Division of the Sandy Beach Community Center Committee was held in March 1949 at the home of Mr. and Mrs. Alfred Barnes, East River Road. The junior group was for those over 10 years old and attending were Harry Barrett, Benny Clark, Jack Hawley, Alan Howland, Ken Kunkel, Billy Linton, Ronny Livingston, Richard Narad, Bobby Robinson and Richard Smith.• • • •Opposition to the boat harbor being built on East River Road on the site of the Old Standard Oil Dock (now Broadway at East River Road) was due to the controversy over the fact that there was no building permit issued for the work that was going on at the time.

Looking Back 50 years - A vicious southwest gale howled into WNY and Grand Island, spreading destruction of windows, trees, docks, signs and even concrete block chimneys on Sunday, March 15, 1959. The power company was hard pressed to keep residents in power so lights, pumps "and the multitude of electrical appliances could function." An entry window blew in at Colony House of Fashions in the Grand Island Plaza. A small window at the Clown House (now McMahon's Restaurant) also blew in. James Davenport, 27, of West Park Road, got out of his car at the Bowling Alley about 9 p.m. that Sunday evening, was blown to the ground and broke his ankle.

Looking Back 40 years - Navy Ensign Russ E. Kaegebein of Whitehaven Road was serving aboard the amphibious assault ship USS Guadalcanal in the Atlantic. The Guadalcanal, the Atlantic Fleet’s primary recovery ship, was positioned approximately 500 miles east of Cape Kennedy to recover the astronauts should there be a lunch vehicle malfunction prior to orbit.

Looking Back 30 years - Jim Ackerman won the class A competition in diving with 65 points for the GIHS swim team. Jim’s new school record for 11 dives was also a WNY best this year. Doug Ford set a school record for 500 freestyle and the 200 free. The records were broken during the Section VI Class A Swim Championships last weekend at Buffalo State College.

Please continue to pray for Amy Stewart who was struck down by a hit-run driver on Saturday. The daughter of AnnMarie and Bob Stewart, and a 2004 graduate of Grand Island High School with a degree from Daemen College, she is continuing her education at UB. Special prayer services are being held for Amy at 6 p.m. this evening (March 12) at the Chapel at ECMC and also at 9:30 a.m. Saturday at St. Stephen's Church.

This week's spotlighted Isledegrande.com advertisers are Budwey's Supermarket,   Chateau Motor Lodge,  Sandi's Family Restaurant,  and  The M.O.G." Be sure to check out these business websites and for information on advertising at Isledegrande.com, email Dan McMahon at Dan@giecom.net.

Our sympathy to the families of Catherine Diringer, Tom Johnson and former resident Frank L. Abernethy who recently passed away. Click Deaths for complete information.

Best bowlers this week at Island Lanes are Jim Robinson (258-300-25-814) bowling on the A-Best Roofing league, and Mike Mallwitz and Brian Sander rolling 300 games with the Yuengling Men's league.• • • •Scott Ross, a member of the D'Youville Spartans Men's Volleyball team, contributed six kills last weekend when the team suffered a loss to Ramapo (NJ). He also added nine kills in the team's loss to Quincy (Illinois) and six more against the Milwaukee School of Engineering, another loss for the Spartans. Congratulations, Scott.

For the interest of out-of-towners who may not have read it, a man went over the falls and survived yesterday. See "Man Over The Falls" for the story that appeared in the Niagara Gazette.

Soccer Club house league registration will be taken this evening in the Library.•••• The Girl Scout Carnival will be held Saturday.••••The Distinguished Alumni Award ceremony will be held tomorrow in the high school.•••• The Historical Society will hold an Open House Sunday. ••••The Republican Committee hosts its St. Pat's Celebration on Tuesday. ••••Lenten Luncheons at Trinity UM Church continue on Wednesdays. ••••The Knights of Columbus will host a Chicken and Biscuits dinner on Wednesday. •••• 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 5, 2009
Good morning Cindy in Orchard Park, NY, and good morning Jim in Payson, AZ.

I have a new and temporary address for Harvey Long. He is in Elderwood at Crestwood, 2600 Niagara Falls Blvd., Wheatfield, NY 14304. We are all hoping and praying that Harvey will be back on the Island real soon.

Keep those prayers going out for Mary Dunbar-Daluisio. Mary carries on with a smile as she faces time on the mend.

Happy birthday to Judy Henderson, Charlie Burngasser and John Derigo (tomorrow), Shelbi Milkas (Sweet 16 tomorrow), Hayden Backlund (8 tomorrow), Grace Wenner (6 on Monday), Gail "Burgstahler" Rothenberg (best wishes on Monday) and Barbara Anderson (Wednesday).

Winning diver Ian O'Rourke, a Niagara University sophomore, became just the second Purple Eagle in history to earn an Eastern College Athletic Conference title. Ian won the three-meter diving event on the opening day of the ECAC Swimming and Diving Championships at Harvard University. Congratulations, Ian!

Be sure to see Kim Ludwig's
Rolling Meadow Studios coupon on our Coupon Page.

Daylight Savings Time begins Sunday morning 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!

Looking Back 50 years - The Island’s Knights of Columbus got its start in early March 1959 when 100 men signified their desire to belong to a Grand Island council. Eugene Bucher and James Dysinger's efforts were credited with the organization’s formation. New members received their first degree on March 25, 1959 in the Kenmore K. of C. Hall.

Looking Back 40 years - Navy Seabee Michael D. O’Dea of East River Road was sent to Vietnam with the 58th Battalion. The Seabees conducted construction projects near the South China Sea and were expected to be in Vietnam for eight months. •••• A musical variety revue was presented by Grand Island students for the Faculty Wives Association of Buffalo State College, under the coordination of Cathy Parisi (Thomas). Mrs. Leila Ambrosie was mistress of ceremonies. Miss Parisi was part of a modern jazz tap dance that included Barb Aquilino, Maria Havens, Donnetta Saltzman, Rachel Butler, Lisa Kenyon, Kathy Sciandra, Judy Duane, Carol Lamancuso, Louise Varga, Arthura Haller, Liz Endres and Cathy Geisenhoff. Other acts included Jim Lott who sang folk songs.

Looking Back 30 years - A Town of Tonawanda man was charged with first degree assault and criminal possession of a dangerous weapon following a shooting about 11 p.m. Monday, March 5, 1979 at the River Vista tavern on East River Road just north of the bridge. • • • • A fire that broke out about 9 p.m. Monday, March 5, 1979 destroyed eight boats, damaged two others and practically gutted Starvin’ Marvin’s restaurant on East River at Broadway. Fire Chief Gary Roesch said the blaze apparently started under the building where the boats were stored. The restaurant had been closed for the past year. • • • •The Island Theatre Group’s “Godspell” opened Friday, March 9, 1979 in the Huth Road School auditorium, starring Thomas Gormady, Eric Boron, Beth Walker (Boron) and Michael Walker.

Looking Back 25 years - Grand Island, along with the surrounding area, was hit by a snowstorm on February 27-28, 1984. Remember?

Looking Back 15 years - Larry Braddell and Bev Davey opened their brand new restaurant, The Pepper Mill, on Grand Island Blvd. on Thursday, March 3, 1994.

If you're looking for a printer, I would highly suggest Fahim Mojawalla at Creative Leather Concepts just east of True Value Hardware on Whitehaven. He has gone above and beyond regarding the printing of the Historical Society newsletter. It is a joy to work with him and save money and a trip off the Island.

This week's spotlighted Isledegrande.com advertisers are McMahon's Family Restaurant,   Kelly's Country Store  Riverview Chiropractic  and  Creative Leather Concepts. 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 thinking about a birthday gift or anniversary present? Please remember Reg Schopp's deSignet Jewelry right here on the Island. Whatever your reason for purchasing something special, it will be custom made and geared to its receiver. And if you are looking for a gift today and don't have time to design your own, the in stock jewelry is extremely tasteful and affordable. deSignet is located on Whitehaven Road just past True Value Hardware.

Our sympathy to the families of Carl Verbanic, Arthur E. Wyckoff and James B. Pasko who recently passed away. A memorial service will be held Friday, March 6th for Kay O'Connor. Click Deaths for complete information.

Tonight's Historical Society Meeting will be held at the Library beginning at 7 p.m. ••••World Day of Prayer takes place tomorrow. ••••Grand Island Soccer Club house league registration will be taken on Saturday.••••The Knights of Columbus will host a pancake breakfast on Sunday.••••A One Island, One Team, One Dream, To Be Drug Free meeting will be held on Tuesday.••••Grand Island Relay for Life team, TEAM MOOSE-KATEERS, will hold a Tastefully Simple Party on Tuesday.•••• Lenten luncheons continue on Wednesdays.•••• 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 26, 2009
Good morning Wende on East River Road, and good morning Ed in Greensboro, NC.

Happy birthday to Donna Leary and Pete Mazenauer (today), Kevin Koch Jr. (7 tomorrow), Kevin Sander (9 on Saturday), Karie Stedman (7 on Sunday), Kayla Schmidt (Sweet 16 on Sunday), Bridget McMahon, Bob Goulah and Peter Wapperer (Sunday), Michelle Pinzel (Monday), Travis Rockwood (20 on Monday), Brian Dolan (his 20th on Tuesday),Todd Roesch (Tuesday), and Dennis Gorman and Sally Hoffman (Wednesday).••••A belated happy birthday to MaryJo Gill and a special "bow wow" to Shampoo Volk who celebrates her 5th birthday on Wednesday.

Best wishes to Dick and Jennie Benz on their first anniversary at Dick & Jennie's Bake & Brew. The couple opened the business on Baseline and Love roads on February 26, 2008 and have been going strong ever since.

Get well wishes are in order for Bob Swan and Mark Pinzel. Wishing you the best, guys.

Congratulations to Army Pvt. Kelsey L. Wendling, who recently completed basic training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S. C. Kelsey is a June graduate of Grand Island High School.••••Congratulations also to Army Reservists Pvt. William J. Burnham, Grand Island High School Class of 2007, and Pvt. Keith J. Doyle, a June graduated of GIHS, who have completed basic training at Fort Benning, Columbus, GA.

Looking Back 60 years - According to the “Across the Mahogany With “Willie” column in the Island's local newspaper, “Cruising Down the River” was getting quite a play on local juke boxes. “All the boating fraternity play it and they dream about when they can get their craft into the water.” ••••The Chamber of Commerce appointed Edward Oberkircher, Frank Schutt and Edward Sheehan to a committee to obtain the cooperation of the state in locating a “stop and go” sign at Baseline Road and Connecting Blvd. (GI Blvd.), for the protection of the school children.

Looking Back 50 years - The burning of two homes on Glen Avon was part of a fire drill Saturday afternoon, February 28, 1959. The houses had been condemned as unsafe by building inspector Gordon C. Gould. The Fire Company relayed 1000 feet of fire hose from hydrants on Carl Road due to the fact there were no water mains on Glen Avon Road.

Looking Back 40 years - More than 300 tickets were sold for the February 1969 GI Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year banquet with some seeking tickets having to be refused. • • • •First Lt. Harry W. Roberts of Stony Point Road provided air support for allied ground forces northeast of My Lai, Vietnam. The F-100 Super Sabre pilot and a fellow airman made bombing runs over their peninsula-sited target and then strafed the area with cannon fire. Lt. Roberts was a member of the former NY Air National Guard’s 136th Tactical Fighter Squadron, mobilized at Niagara Falls in 1968.••••Grand Island High School basketball team co-captain Doug Townson’s 39 points scored in an 80-64 victory over East Aurora broke the school’s single game record of 28 points set the previous year by Bill Costello. Doug also broke the most points one season (353), in two seasons (595), and career (641) These records were held by Costello. At the time, standout Ray Billica and Doug were rated as the best “one-two” scoring punch the school had ever had.

Looking Back 30 years - The new VFW Post on Grand Island Blvd. opened in March 1979, however its Grand Opening was held in conjunction with its Memorial Day services

Looking Back 25 years - Grand Island firefighters were manning all three fire stations, under the direction of Fire Chief Pete McMahon beginning at 2 a.m. Tuesday, February 27, 1984 when it became evident that the snow falling since the previous evening had turned into a major snow storm that dumped a total of 30 inches. The Snowmobile Club rescued stranded motorists from their cars and Norm Mrkall's Highway Department continued the job (50 hours non-stop) of clearing the roads that started at 7 p.m. Monday night.

This week's spotlighted Isledegrande.com advertisers are
Kaiser Funeral Home,   Town Cafe,   Century 21/Gerrie Andolina  and  Wavelengths 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.

Our sympathy to the families of Kathleen Jean Marquart, Nida Miller, Susan E. Koller, Karen J. Kelley and former resident Margo (Verga) Mahnk who recently passed away. A memorial service will be held Saturday for Marie Shoemaker. See Deaths for complete information.

The Island's Relay For Life is sponsoring a bone marrow drive today.••••St. Stephen's Fish Fry begins tomorrow. 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, February 19, 2009
Good morning Kristin in Atlanta, GA, good morning Marty in Ocala, FL, and good morning Wende on East River Road.

Penny Linenfelser recently hit the jackpot while celebrating her birthday. And it was pennies that paid off! Ask her what she won?

It was on February 23, 1908 that Lillian Carpenter was born and 101 years later she's still going strong and looking forward to her birthday. Happy birthday, Lil! You are an inspiration to all of us.

Happy birthday to Dorothy Rowswell (today), Kathy Monaco, Bryan Smith and Bob Aronica (tomorrow), Kathleen Brady (Sweet 16 tomorrow), Linda Braddell and Sheila Wietan (cheers on Saturday and Sunday respectively), Hailey Lorence (6 on Saturday), Harvey Long (87 on Sunday), Mike Podlucky (cake and candles on Sunday), David Sipos (21 on Monday), and Sophia Black (5 on Monday).••••A belated happy birthday to Jackie Filosofos who celebrated on Saturday. By the way, Jackie's husband, Ted, is now in Schoellkopf Nursing Home in Niagara Falls and doing well.

Good news! Dave Hammond Sr. is home from the hospital and recovering nicely. "Hi Dave."•••• In case you missed a late entry in the Between The Bridges last week, Harvey Long has been moved to the rehab section at Kenmore Mercy Hospital. Harvey, recovering from a recent fall, is now in Room 2208, 2950 Elmwood Avenue, Kenmore, NY 14217.

Looking Back 60 years - Carline’s, a New Era Food Market, opened on Baseline Road in February 1949, across from St. Stephen’s Church. The store was to serve residents of the Island with a complete assortment of shelf groceries, meats and green goods. Ray Carline ran the store for many years.••••Pat Fix was forging ahead with plans for improving the Bedell House grove in late February 1949. It was to be open to the public for picnics at a nominal fee. The plans also include a sheltered small boat harbor at the back end of the Park.

Looking Back 50 years - According to an advertisement in the Island Dispatch, Dairylea cottage cheese was being sold in "gay, colorful jolly mugs - fiesta red, sunny yellow, mint green, autumn gold, petal pink and gulf turquoise." ••••Freezing temperatures were no longer a threat to windshield washer bottle life with the 1959 Pontiac. The Pontiac's new electric-actuated washer system included a virtually unbreakable plastic bottle.••••Island students attending Riverside High School were among the best swimmers on the team in 1959. They included Eric Reimann, Richard Swan, Bob McLean, Charles Pinkow, Dale Heimlich and Denny Guilfoil.

Looking Back 40 years - An artist’s conception of a proposed pedestrian overpass to be built over the south Parkway at Love Road appeared in the local weekly paper 40 years ago. The bridge, which was to cost $254,000, was being built for the Parks Commission at the request of the Island school board in answer to the concern for the safety of elementary school children attending the Kaegebein School nearby.••••The Grand Island team of George Sanders, Cathy Burns, Andrea Lads and Charles Satterlee won first place on WBEN-TV’s quiz program, “It’s Academic.” Faculty advisor was English Department Chair Richard J. Mitchell.••••The largest crowd ever to attend a game at the Grand Island High School gym watched the 71-38 defeat of the middle school faculty by the high school faculty Thursday, February 19, 1969. The very first basketball game between the teachers drew 1500 spectators. High School teacher Paul Fitzgerald scored 22 points. Keith Church contributed 16 points and Gene Masters and Dick Bessel scored 10 each. Jim Ratel led the middle school faculty with 15 points. Proceeds of the game were for the Class of ’69's senior year events

Looking Back 30 years - Two defective power supply packs at an electronic supply center caused 6000 Island homes to be without phone service for a three-hour period on Thursday, February 22, 1979.••••School Board To Close Kaegebein? was the headline in the March 2, 1979 Island Dispatch. The board reported that "if the present rate of decrease in school population was to continue," there was a good possibility Kaegebein School would be closed by 1985. This never happened. ••••Deborah Ann Geiger, 17, was crowned “Miss Western New York World” on Sunday, February 25, 1979. Deborah passed away on Saturday, January 17, 2009, under Hospice care in Highland Ranch, Colorado.

Best wishes to Katharina Kaiser and Andrew Weinzler who were recently married.

This week's spotlighted Isledegrande.com advertisers are
State Farm - Bob Piatek,   Flower A Day Florist,  Timothy Mordaunt  and  The Beach House Restaurant. Be sure to check out these business websites and for information on advertising at Isledegrande.com, email Dan McMahon at Dan@giecom.net.

Our sympathy to the families of John Fiore, Leon Taylor, Kay O'Connor, Betty Eskew and former residents Wesley Benton, Leona Rohde Kloss and Lynne (Williams) Allen who recently passed away. Click Deaths for complete information.

Don and Denise Carter have reopened the Riverstone Grill with a limited menu. The restaurant at 971 East River, corner of North Colony Road, will be open Thursdays, Fridays and Saturdays until further notice.••••Sue Berger's Flower A Day Florist shop will be in a new location as of April 1st!! Flower A Day's will move to 2119 Grand Island Blvd., between the VFW Post 9249 and Munro Muffler. Watch Isledegrande.com for further details.

The Parish Players all youth musical production of Charlotte's Web is being presented tomorrow, Saturday and Sunday.•••• The VFW Post 9249 Ladies Auxiliary will host a spaghetti dinner at the post on Saturday.•••• The Grand Island Relay For Life team "The Record Breakers featuring The Polka Dot Chix" host the 2nd annual Bootcamp at Bally Total Fitness on Sunday.•••• 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.

Let's all say a prayer for the lost souls of Flight 3407 and for their families and friends, especially Island resident Retired U. S. Air Force Chief Master Sgt. John Fiore. John had an amazing military history that included tours of duty during the Vietnam War, Operation Desert Storm and two separate tours during the Iraq War.

Thursday, February 12, 2009
Good morning Adam in Bennington, NY, and good morning Lisa in Elma, NY.

Our schools are closed for a mid-winter recess from Monday, February 16th through Friday, February 20th. Enjoy your vacation, kids!

Del & Herb Haller, owners of Del & Herb’s Grand Island Grill at Baseline and Love roads from 1947 through the 1960s, may be looking down on earth and happy to see that their phone number for their well known eating and drinking establishment still appears in our Grand Island phone book each year. The Haller twins celebrated their birthdays on February 14th every year with nice parties for their customers in the building now known as Dick & Jennie’s Bake & Brew.

Recovering from surgery and celebrating her 18th birthday on Valentine's Day is Kellie Kehoe, daughter of Jim and Michelle and sister of Jackie. Happy birthday from your family, Kellie!

Happy birthday to Carol Roesch, Steve Meyer, Kim Kalman and Jim Conrad (all celebrating today), Jayce Claus (8 today), Andrew Fred (12 tomorrow), Donna Tomkins and Sandra LaForne (cheers on Saturday), Kassie Bennett (celebrating her 14th birthday on Valentines Day), Jeremiah Crowe (13 on Sunday), Alyssa Ryan (Sweet 16 on Tuesday), Anita DeGlopper and Michelle Gast (Wednesday), Jessica Perry (21 on Wednesday) and Patrick Stouter (7 on Wednesday).

Former resident, Lynne (Williams) Allen, is very, very ill. Readers please say a prayer for her and if you know her, send a card to Lynn who is in Lewis-Gale Medical Center, 1900 Electric Road, Roanoke, VA 24018.

Cards for Joan Droit is in Schofield Residence Nursing Facility, 3333 Elmwood Ave., Kenmore, NY 14217. A room number isn't necessary. Let's keep those cards of cheer coming. "Wishing you a speedy recovery, Joan."•••• Get well wishes go out to Harvey Long. We hear his illness hasn't dampened his appetite! Harvey has been moved to the rehab section at Kenmore Mercy Hospital. He is now in Room 2208, 2950 Elmwood Avenue, Kenmore, NY 14217.

Rita Hagerman is now happily residing at Wynwood Brookdale, Apt. 210, 2971 Delaware Ave., Kenmore 14217. Friends are more than welcome to visit.

Best wishes to Karie and Pete Hayes celebrating their 5th wedding anniversary tomorrow.

Our sympathy to the families of Chris McCaffery, Judy Dzielski, Dick Stanek, Dottie Lorich, Douglas K. Stein, Nancy Lillian, Pauline Aydelotte and former residents John Andersen and Doris (Yensan) Musgrave, who recently passed away. Click Deaths for complete information.

Looking Back 60 years - •••• Edna Mae and Edward Hardison, in kindergarten and second grades respectively, were the newest students to attend Sidway School. Sidway’s 8th grade Class of ’49 and the student body selected green and white as the designated school colors. Member of the 1949 basketball team were outfitted in these colors thanks to Island merchants. ••••The Island Dispatch reported that the WHLD antenna was being built on Staley Road "near Eagle Park, 1.52 miles from the International boundary." The property covered nearly a mile of highway frontage and almost 3/4 mile in depth. The antenna system was to be used for both AM and FM broadcasting, and for proposed television installation if and when the Federal Communication Commission in Washington approved a WHLD application for TV.••••A dinner meeting was held on Monday evening, February 14, 1949 at the Sandy Beach Yacht Club by the Grand Island Episcopalians to organizing a new Mission, "St. Martin-in-the-Fields." The Rt. Rev. Lauriston L. Scaife, Bishop of the Diocese of WNY, presided. Charles J. Soch was elected warden of the new mission. Dr. Arnott A. Moore was elected treasurer and Mrs. Gerald A. (Nelly) Weingartner was elected clerk.

Looking Back 50 years - A charter membership of 69 parents and teachers took part in organizing the new Sidway Junior High PTA in February 1959 at the Sidway School. The program opened with an enjoyable performance by the Junior High girls and boys glee clubs. •••• Fire in a pump house at 92 East River Road caused about $300 damage to electrical equipment Friday, February 20, 1959. The property was owned by Gladys and William M. Martin of the East River address. •••• A luncheon for parents and families of Boy Scout Troop 575 was planned by "Sis" McKinnon on February 12, 1959 at the Sidway School. ••••Managers for Little League Baseball in the summer of 1959 were announced as Bob Wunch, Tom Quinlan, Ed McFaden, Joe Weber, Jaks Voogd and Peter Murto.

Looking Back 40 years - Airman 1C Richard E. Byron, son of June and Richard Byron of Bedell Road, was on duty at Nakhon Phanom Roval Thai AFB, Thailand. Airman Byron, an aircraft mechanic, was in a unit of the Pacific Air Forces.

Looking Back 30 years - Grand Island’s Middle School swim team completed a perfect season with a 55-21 win over Sweethome. The 10-0 GI swimmers set three records while their opponents tied another. Swim stars of the team included Mike Buell, Steve Polizzi, Scott Thompson, Joe Papalia, Eric Ackerman, Joe Buscaglia, Paul Walker and Rob Buzby.

This week's spotlighted Isledegrande.com advertisers are Gross Plumbing & Heating,   Tops Market,   Contour Financial Planning, L.L.C.,  and  Ken Carter/Remax Agent. Be sure to check out these business websites and for information on advertising at Isledegrande.com, email Dan McMahon at Dan@giecom.net.

The St. Stephen's Parish Players' production of Annie Get Your Gun takes place Friday, Saturday and Sunday.••••The Cinderella Isle Garden Club will hold a plant sale tomorrow and Saturday.•••• 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 5, 2009
Good morning Linda in Los Alamos, NM and good morning Michele in Parkside, PA.

Joan Droit is healing nicely though still being treated in the Erie County Medical Center, Room #828B, 468 Grider Street, Buffalo, NY 14215. To Joan's numerous friends who have asked for the address, please accept my apology for the lateness of the information. Either no one answered ECMC's phone or it was busy when I've tried. ••••Your prayers are requested for my friend Mike Schneider who is dealing with a serious health issue.

WBEN reporter Tom Bauerle said we have had 187 days of snow as of “today, January 30th.” By the way, our thermometer this morning read six below zero. It sure has been a cold winter - SO FAR!

Best wishes to Mary Oddo celebrating her 90th birthday on Saturday. ••••A big happy birthday to Tom Dingey, celebrating a milestone today. ••••Happy birthday to Erin O’Brien (18 tomorrow), Noelle Linenfelser (5 tomorrow), Olivia Rose Wenner (2 tomorrow), Jadon Garman (7 on Sunday), Tom Dzielski (the big 4-0 on Tuesday), Austin Graber (a teenager on Tuesday), Renee Gietz (Tuesday), Kaylee Montana (4 on Tuesday), and Jagger Click (9 on Wednesday).

I can't wait to see the end results of Mike Mongan's Beach House Restaurant. Mike is in the midst of a complete "face lift" to his very popular Sandy Beach eatery.

Our sympathy to the families of Mary Houck, Fay Wood, and former residents Franklin D. Guidone and Deborah Ann Geiger who recently passed away. Click
Deaths for complete information.

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Elizabeth Carpenter is shown next to her grandmother, Donna Linenfelser's silver Christmas tree. "It really looks exactly the same as the one I had when I was little," Donna said. "My dad bought a tree just like this one the year I was born…so 1960," she told me. It was a surprise gift on Thanksgiving from Donna's sister, Sandi Russo, and she loves it. Husband, Paul, got used to it - sort of!!

Looking Back 75 years - On February 9, 1934 Buffalo recorded an all-time low temperature of 21 below 0. Does anyone know if the record has been broken?

Looking Back 50 years - Island students taking part in the Riverside High School Hi-Y show Thursday and Friday, February 5-6, 1959 were Barbara Fox (Smith), Judy Kuehling (Semler), Myron Ortolano and myself, Teddy Klingel (Linenfelser). ••••A house fire at the Georger home on Whitney Lane caused $20,000. Mina Berry and Kay Haller served soup and coffee to the firefighters that included George Esack, John Pedlow, Thomas McMahon, Larry Hagerman, Larry Runions, Emil Anderson, Carlton Killian, Ben Titterington, and Don Horner. Junior firemen Peter and Danny McMahon assisted in cleanup operations.

Looking Back 40 years - Navyman Ronald J. Webb of Fix Road, was serving aboard the fleet oiler USS Truckee in the Mediterranean. His ship was operating with the U. S. Sixth Fleet.••••Peggy Kasper, Ingrid Melheim, Sue Lare, Sue Burkhardt and Linda Shore performed a Charleston as the “Fire Flapper Dancers” when the GIHS Modern Dance Club’s show was held at the school. The group was under the direction of Mrs. Maureen Romej.

Looking Back 30 years - Grand Island Jayn-cees sponsored the Easter Seals Disco Dance-A-Thon on February 11, 1979 at the Spectrum on Elmwood Avenue, Buffalo. Participating from the Island were Amy Wood (Morgan), Mimi Long, Michael Heldwein, Valerie Bush, Debbie Buono, Donna Hamman, Holly Smith and Theresa Spriggs.

Congratulations to Lee Schuster who earned a memorable win, as the Grand Island senior wrestler took his 100th career victory during the Vikings’ 42-15 win over Kenmore East yesterday.••••Congratulations to Buddy Boss, who rolled his first 300 (750) at Mallwitz's Island Lanes with the A-Best Roofing League. Buddy is a member of the GIHS Class of 2008.

Congratulations to Army Pvt. Kelsey L. Wendling who recently completed basic training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S. C. Pvt. Wendling is a June graduate of Grand Island High School.

Have you entered deSignet International's monthly contest? Be sure to see the upper right hand corner of deSignet's page for details on a beautiful prize.

SSG Dave DiTullio's family recently threw a fantastic welcome home party for him. SSG DiTullio returned to the Island from Afghanistan last month. See our "In The Service Page" for photos and a story. Thanks so much for all you've done for all of us, Dave.

Among our young people making a name for themselves and featured in Isledegrande.com this week are Michael Rustowicz, Ryan Harnden, Jamie Raepple, Alex Neutz, and Carlee Conway.

This week's spotlighted Isledegrande.com advertisers are Care-A-Lot Childcare Centres,   Timothy Mordaunt - Mediation Center,  Grand Island Auto Tech  and   Dr. Kevin Augustine Chiropractic. Be sure to check out these business websites and for information on advertising at Isledegrande.com, email Dan McMahon at Dan@giecom.net.

"Dollars For Scholars" hosts a wine tasting party Saturday evening.••••Little League registration takes place on Saturday.••••A pancake breakfast/basket raffle to benefit Relay For Life is scheduled for Sunday.••••See also Recreation Dept. Youth Activities.•••• 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 29, 2009
Good morning Billy and Donna in Venice, Florida, and good morning Janet in Allegany, NY.

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Received a nice note from Ann Weingartner who grew up on Harvey Road. Ann writes, "Connie (Rexford) Hooker from South Harpswell, Maine and her husband, Calvin, were visiting relatives in Venice, FL and they stopped by my place in Osprey. Connie and I lived on Whitehaven and Harvey Roads, respectively, and attended 12 years of school together - Sidway and Mt. St. Mary Academy in Kenmore - from 1942 through 1954." Thanks so much for writing, Ann and a cheery hello to Connie, if she's reading this!

Cards of cheer are in order for the following Islanders having recent health problems: Dave Hammond Sr., Mike Schneider and Fay Wood. Keep them in your prayers, folks.••••Though Joan Droit is still in the recovery stages from her injuries, I've heard she is in good spirits and enjoying visitors at ECMC.

Happy birthday to Julie Schopp (Sweet 16 today), Desmond Gallagher (cheers today), David Clayton III (13 tomorrow), Val Gardner (tomorrow), Dennis Criddle (best wishes tomorrow), Stacy Ford (cake and candles on Saturday), Ryan Pecoraro (7 on Sunday), Sydney Mazur (8 on Sunday), Richie Vanthoff (19 on Sunday), Mandy Tomczak and Bruce Tirone (Sunday), Beth Bates, Jim Adamczyk and Jim Chamberlain (all celebrating on Monday), Maria Ramsperger (11 on Monday), Dominic Pullano (3 on Monday), Natalie Kopf (2 on Monday) and Madison Brown (11 on Tuesday).

A very happy 50th anniversary to Dale and Kathy McKenzie, married January 31, 1959 and to Oliver and Anne Linenfelser Stuardi, celebrating their second anniversary on Monday, February 2nd.

Our guestbook continues to grow on a daily basis. Recent readers to sign on include our niece, Annie Stuardi, our nephew, Ted Stewart, our former neighbor Wilma Greenwood and also our beloved Sidway School gym teacher, Dave Myers who writes "Best years of my life!!" See our Isledegrande.com guestbook for these entries and lots more.

Our sympathy to the families of Mary Houck, and Leo A. Hopkins and former resident Michael A. Lawton who recently passed away. The notice for former resident and Purple Heart recipient Floyd Anderson is now posted. Click Deaths for complete information.

Nicole Roesch and daughter, 11-week-old Luci, have had a whirlwind visit to the Island this week, much to the delight of Luci's grandparents, Bob and Ilene Dee and Gary and Carol Roesch.

Looking Back 70 years - Boy Scout Troop #75 was granted its charter in 1939 when Edward Schnitter was serving as Scoutmaster and Fred Redinger, his assistant.

Looking Back 60 years - Lydia Perkins, Helen DuQuette and Norine Macleod, members of Grand Island's committee for the 1949 March of Dimes Campaign, reported a total of $202.43 collected. ••••Trying to keep a plow's length ahead of the winter's snowfall in January 1949 had exhausted the highway department budget and Highway Superintendent Harold Yensan told the town board he would need $5000 to continue department operations.

Looking Back 50 years - The Grand Island Rod & Gun Club advertised a fox hunt for Saturday, January 31, 1959 with free coffee and donuts starting at 9:30 a.m. Shotguns with shot only - No. 2's or No. 4's - were to be used. ••••A new Grand Island Blue Bird group, "Happy Blue Birds,” met for the first time on January 29, 1959. Among the charter members were Christine Arent (Stange), Karen Sciandra (Raepple), Nancy Boettcher (Rishkofski), Linda Downs, Kathie Elgar and Danna Kirsch (Moles). The members received Bluebird pins at a candle lighting ceremony, and were welcomed into membership by Lynda Schnitzer of the Singing Bluebirds. ••••Voters on Tuesday, February 3, 1959 passed the expenditure of a $400,000 classroom wing to be built on the Huth Road School in a vote of 270 to 111. ••••Seventeen-year-old Russ Dehlinger Jr. smashed a 234-636 set for G.I. Recreation in the Tuesday 3-Man League. The team set a league record with a 195 average per man for the nine games bowled. Fred Olson had a 211-583 and Dick Kohlmeier rolled a 220.

Looking Back 30 years - Dolly Casey and Gay Macro opened Isle Crafts in the plaza across from St. Stephen’s Church. ••••Cub Scout Pack #510’s Pinewood Derby took place Friday night, January 26, 1979 at Trinity UM Church. Cubmaster Robert Helenbrook gave out the awards to the winners who included Jeff Rezabek (Pack trophy – Speed), David Kroth (Best Craftsman), Jimmy Lynch (Cool Car), Brian Helenbrook (Most Original) and Tommy Lynch (Best Design). •••• Fifty-two members of the Grand Island Snowmobile Club, along with 34 snowmobiles on trailers and trucks, spent the weekend of Jan. 27-28, 1979 at Knapp Creek on the Pennsylvania border south of Olean. •••• Grand Island’s Basketball Vikings locked up the ECIC Division III championship with wins over Cheektowaga and East Aurora. John Sullivan, Jeff Schutrum, Jim Cook, Rene Ford and Brad Shoemaker were among the Viking standouts.

Did you see this charm on our front page last week? This little 'charmer' was created by deSignet Jewelry whom we are most grateful to for the support the company provides us at Isledegrande.com. See deSignet Jewelry for details on this bridge medallion and lots more.

We welcome our newest Isledegrande.com advertiser, Rolling Meadows Studio. Kim Ludwig is a talented photographer and has shared many of her photos with us here at Isledegrande.com. Other Isledegrande.com advertisers spotlighted this week are Metro Town Center,   Mark J. Frentzel - Attorney  and  M&T Bank. Be sure to check out these business websites and for information on advertising at Isledegrande.com, email Dan McMahon at Dan@giecom.net.

Kaegebein School's family fun night starts at 6 p.m. tonight.••••The Alumni Association's Comedy Night is set for Saturday night.••••The Rotary offers a chili sale on Saturday.••••Boy Scout Sunday will be celebrated at St. Stephen's Church.••••The public meeting addressing the re-decking of the northbound south Grand Island Bridge takes place in Town Hall Monday afternoon. 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 22, 2009
Good morning Ronny in Arizona, and good morning Janet in Colorado Springs, CO.

Benny DeFranks will celebrate his seventh birthday on Saturday. Happy birthday, Benny!

Congratulations to Jon Monti, recently selected for promotion to Major in the US Army Medical Specialist Corps. See our In The Service page for his story.

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Happy birthday to Carol Hamlin, celebrating today and just as cute today as she was when this photo was taken.••••Happy birthday to Jamie Dalbo (today), to Vinny Pascucci (his first birthday today), John Lexo (a milestone tomorrow), Jonathan Minton (5 tomorrow), Allison Boron (18 tomorrow), Joan Raab and Ted Bates (tomorrow), Kelsey Nordvik (her 20th on Saturday), Sarah Ramsperger (15 on Saturday), April Kaiser (her 20th on Sunday), Peter Garrison (turning 20 on Monday), Bernie Huff and Sally Riggs (Monday), Beryl Kinney (special greetings on Tuesday), Arlene Soluri, Jerry Kania and my dear sister Mary Stewart (Tuesday), Sabrina Butcher (3 on Tuesday), and Kelly Greene (a milestone on Wednesday).

Best wishes to Nicole and Gregg Roesch happily celebrating their first wedding anniversary on Monday.

Congratulations to Grand Island High School track star, Adam Helman, who vaulted 15' on Monday at Fredonia. Not only is this a new school record but it is also the top vault by a high schooler in New York this season!••••Great bowling! Elizabeth McClean of Grand Island made the finals at the Broadway Sports Center, won her division (Senior Girl Handicap) and received a $500 college scholarship.••••Champion diver Ian O'Rourke is back in the news this week - another record falls! See Sports Page

Looking Back 60 years - Art Young, the yodeling cowboy, packed them in at Sugier’s on Tuesday night, January 25, 1949. “He has a fine voice and a 'leasing' personality that makes a hit with the customers,” the local weekly reported. Located at the corner of Ferry and Elmwood roads in Ferry Village, Sugier’s Grill was owned and operated at that time by Eleanor and John Sugier, and is now San-Dee’s Pub. ••••Sandy Beach parents were entertained on January 24, 1949 with a play given by their children. “The Queen’s Dilemma” was written by Barbara Soch (Russell), Gail Jacobs (Howe) and Kathleen Harper (Decherd) who were also in the cast that included Marilyn Harper, Judith and Wayne Baumler, Jimmy DiTullio, Judy DiTullio (Penque), Pat Fellenz, Nan Jacobs (Haller) and Chuckie Sock.•••• Burglars forced open three safes and a basement vault in the town hall early Thursday morning, January 27, 1949 and obtained $400 but caused more than $1000 damage to the strongboxes. Money taken from the first floor office of Town Clerk Elsie Stamler was mostly license fees. The building was apparently entered by forcing a basement window. •••• The town board, on January 24, 1949, appointed Don Hawley and Charles Robinson to serve as constables in the Sandy Beach area for the year 1949 at no remuneration.

Looking Back 50 years - Mariner scouts, Carolyn Martene (Leggio) and Carolyn Haller (Williams) of Mariner Ship DeGlopper, chaired the group's Friday night record hop from 8-11 p.m. in the Sidway gym with Danny McBride as emcee. •••• The first general Huth Road PTA meeting was held at the Huth Road School on Tuesday, January 27, 1959 at 8:15 p.m. ••••Researchers were moving into Hooker Chemical Corporation's new Research Center 50 years ago. ••••Nora Butcher and Mrs. Paul Taylor accompanied ten Cub Scouts from Pack 575 to the WGR television station on Barton Street, Buffalo on January 21, 1959 when the boys toured the station's facilities and also saw the Colonel Bleep program. •••• Volunteer firemen for 12 hours pumped water from basements, mainly in the Sandy Beach area starting at 1 p.m. Wednesday, January 21 due to major flooding in the WNY area. Two crews headed by Assistant chiefs George Darby and Paul McTigue worked tirelessly to relieve the situation. Fire Chief Arthur Haller directed operations during the 12-hour ordeal. Water in Fred Conrad's basement at 3325 Wallace Drive rose to three and a half feet, damaging his furnace and other appliances.

Looking Back 40 years - An empty lot located on Hennepin Road and belonging to the Staub family was used as a hockey rink for several years through the efforts of Chuck Staub and some of his neighborhood buddies. Pat Conn and Robert and Larry Wilson helped put long boards in the ground and sprayed water into the area to form a rink. The players also set up flood lights for night time play and benches on the sides for tired skaters to take a breather. ••••Electronics Technician 3-C Thomas C. Roberts of Cox Road saw action aboard the guided missile destroyer USS Goldsborough when the ship scored a direct hit on an enemy 50-caliber machine gun emplacement. The destroyer’s guns delivered repeated salvos on enemy targets 20 miles south of Da Nang in support of U. S. Marines on operation “Valiant Hunt.”

Looking Back 30 years - Skate Country, a public roller rink in the Grand Island Plaza, closed for good as of Monday, January 29, 1979. Owner Richard Searns said, “It’s very simple, the primary problem is a lack of support by people of Grand Island.” After receiving 75-80 phone calls from parents and children “upset at our closing,” the owners decided to call a meeting. Results of the meeting were never published.••••Skip Mazenauer purchased the Island Dispatch thirty years ago this month and he is without a doubt the longest running publisher of the Island's weekly paper, first published in March 1944.••••Jim Ackerman's record setting diving performance highlighted the Vikings Swim Team's 6th straight win, 43-40 over Iroquois. Jim totaled 261.85 points for a new Grand Island and ECIC Division III record and missed by a 1/2 point of tying WNY's best diving performance for the year, 1979.

Our sympathy to the families of Shirley Ann Lee, Richard W. Witt and former residents Robert L. Roy and Floyd Anderson who recently passed away. Click Deaths for complete information.

Amy (Pelczynski) Samplinski has notified us here at Isledegrande.com that the official website for the Grand Island High School Class of 1989's 20th reunion has changed. Please see our Class Of 1989 page for complete information.

This little 'Kittycat' snowmobile was resurrected Monday, much to the delight of our grandson, six-year-old Evan Linenfelser, who enjoyed running it around Grandpa Skip Fred's property. The child size snowmobile was purchased for Evan's cousins about 15 years go.

Another photo has been added to the GIHS Tech Wars competition article, posted on the high school page last week. Students shown are Joe Oliverio and Sean Benninger as they place the final weights on the 1st place championship bridge! The team members are students of Carl Koppmann. See Tech Wars Photo.

This week's spotlighted Isledegrande.com advertisers are Grand Island Garden Center,   Michael Anthony Rossi, Attorney At Law,  X-Press One Hour Dry Cleaners, 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.

Community Education registration begins Monday at the high school.••••The NYSDOT will hold a meeting in town hall 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, January 15, 2009
Good morning Ray and Pat in Portsmouth, VA, and good morning Melissa in Charlotte, NC.

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What a beautiful day Sunday was. The Beaver Island sledding hill was a mass of color as kids and grownups alike slid down the slick hill and trudged back up. Also out in abundance were Island snowmobilers. Even spotted several cross country skiers in the park. The 15-degree temperature made for perfect conditions under very bright and sunny skies.

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Celebrating birthdays this week are Irene Ehde (center 2nd row) on Saturday, and Debbie Stack-Beyer (center front), on Monday. Irene and Debbie are shown in Mrs. Lucille Ames' kindergarten class at Sidway School. Happy birthday, girls!

A huge happy 90th birthday to Felix Grycel celebrating tomorrow. Happy birthday Adam Mazenauer (25 today), Merle Dommell (his 85th birthday today), Kristin Berver, Amber Malaney, Don Burrows and Nancy Duysters (tomorrow), Jason Sexton (21 tomorrow), Nicholas Kingston (21 on Saturday), Marge Darby (85 on Saturday), Jared Barlow (Saturday), Pat Smith (Sunday), Bill Stewart (35 on Sunday), Billy Williams (his 67th on Sunday), Chelsea DeGlopper (21 on Monday), Kristyn Brown (8 years old on Monday), Mackenzie Hassan (her 26th birthday on Monday), Andrew Masiello (his 13th birthday on Tuesday), Josh Lange and Sue Wolcott (Tuesday), Abe Morgan (20 on Tuesday), Rich Byron (a milestone on Tuesday), Kaylee Ann Connell (4 on Tuesday), Jack Gorman (a teenager on Wednesday), and Mary Cooke, John Gast and Alice Doerr (all celebrating birthdays on Wednesday).

Looking Back 60 years - Mike Meyer and Charlie Stack were working on the new boat harbor at the old Standard Oil Dock on East River Road at what is now Broadway. This was to be a harbor for a hundred small boats and was something that was “sorely needed here for a long time.” •••• The Pre-School Study Group of PTA met January 18, 1949 at the home of Dorothy Mazenauer. Mrs. Paul Southwell resigned as chairman due to illness and Betty Wheeler presided at the brief meeting when Mildred Brobeil was unanimously elected to serve as chairman for the balance of the year.

Looking Back 50 years - Russ Dehlinger, proprietor of Grand Island Bowling Center (Grand Island Recreation, Inc.), congratulated Dick Kohlmeier, who had recently bowled a 699 - the highest set bowled in the alleys since they were opened in the fall of 1958. ••••Carol Gay Kohlhagen (Hamlin) was "sporting a brilliant pink cast" on the leg she fractured while skating Saturday, January 10, 1959 on the Jr. Chamber of Commerce ice-skating rink next to Mesmer's Dairy.

Hooker's Sculpture - Nathan Cook Photo - click for larger view
Looking Back 40 years - The following was printed in Ray Dearlove's “Talk O’ the Town” column in the Island Dispatch 40 years ago: That large (and heavy) sculpture recently installed on the Hooker Corp. campus on Grand Island is attracting lots of attention in the newspapers. It’s the work of John Vasser House, a former Niagara Falls resident, now working in Rome, Italy. The approximate shape is 10x10x10 feet and it weighs three tons. So far as we know, it hasn’t received a name yet – not even a nickname.••••Grand Island’s first “Interfaith Night,” was held in conjunction with the Prayer for Unity Week on January 21, 1969 in St. Stephen School cafeteria. •••• ••••Panelists School Board President Dr. Frank Costanzo, Middle School health teacher Thomas Dixon, Supervisor Raymond P. Griffin and Town Justice Richard O. Robinson took part in a meeting titled “Prevention is Easier Than Cure,” and sponsored by the PTA. “Ten to 15 percent of Grand Island students are probably experimenting with drugs at this time,” Costanzo said. An overflow crowd attended the event in the town hall.

Looking Back 30 years - Javier Len-Alvarez of Lima, Peru arrived on Grand Island January 17, 1979 to experience life in the United States for a few months. The 17-year-old student attended Grand Island High School with his young hosts, Kathy and Dennis Gorman, son and daughter of Elaine and Jack E. Gorman of Baseline Road who opened their home to him through March 10th of that year.

A warm hello to the Urtels! Received a nice note from former residents, Bob and Joanne Urtel, who are now residing in Rochester Hills, Michigan after spending the last six years in Florida. Daughter, Julie, also lives in Rochester Hills, daughter, Carolyn, is in Kenmore and Diane resides in Amherst. "We want to say hello to all the original folks on Grand Island and wish everyone a Happy New Year," Joanne writes. For those who don't know, the Urtels lost their only son, Robert, in 1995 and continue their efforts for the cause of HIV-AIDS through awareness programs offered by various charitable organizations such as GMHC and amfar.com, which Elizabeth Taylor and Elton John are supporters. You may drop Joanne and Bob a line at ruju34hotmail@aol.com

Our sympathy to the family of Arnold Arthur Wosilait and James J. Fleckenstein who recently passed away. Frances Stahlberger, a librarian for the school district for many years, passed away on December 19th. Click Deaths for complete information.

Kelly Mallwitz of Mallwitz's Island Lanes emailed a great bowling story on the Digati brothers - and more. Check out Brothers Roll 300 Games, Isle Resident Wins Trophies. Thanks, Kelly!

This week's spotlighted Isledegrande.com advertisers are Grand Island Family Medicine,   Mallwitz's Island Lanes,  William J. Costello II Attorney  and  Designet International. Be sure to check out these business websites and for information on advertising at Isledegrande.com, email Dan McMahon at Dan@giecom.net.

Schools and most government agencies will be closed Monday in remembrance of Martin Luther King.

The VFW Ladies Auxiliary will host a Watkins tasting party on Saturday.••••GI Relay For Life's kick-off meeting will be held Wednesday evening.•••• 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 8, 2009
Good morning Eric in Las Vegas, NV, and good morning Jamie in Mead, OK.

Cards are in order and will be for awhile for Joan Droit, seriously injured Sunday, December 28th in an accident on the Boulevard that took the life of her dear friend, Marie Shoemaker.••••Hoping Isle resident Charles Campanella is healing quickly. Charles was also involved in the December 28th Boulevard accident.••••Rita Hagerman is still recuperating from a fall. Cards of cheer may be sent to her home.

Congratulations to John Leszczak on his recent 300 game (786) while bowling with the Yuengling Men's League at Mallwitz's Island Lanes.••••Congratulations also to Andy Moran on his 802 series (266, 289, 247) while bowling with the Men's A-Best Roofing league at Island Lanes on December 22nd.••••John Leszczak had another good night bowling with the A-Best Roofing League Tuesday when he rolled a 298-782.

I received a call from an Island resident who had been sledding with her family at the Beaver Island sledding hill on Sunday, January 4th. She asked that I warn others of the close calls sledders witnessed and the fact that several young people were "flying and ramming" sledders along with other dangerous activities. About all we can do is ask parents to try to be aware of what their children are doing. I would also advise the adults witnessing bad behavior to call 911 and report this to the Erie County Sheriff's Department. The Buffalo News ran an article on
Safe Sledding over the past weekend.

Looking Back 60 years - Several customers of Bonner’s Island Inn at Baseline and Staley roads were marooned there because of a New Year’s storm. According to the Island Dispatch, "they spent the night any place they could get a little shuteye." Bonners eventually became the more familiar Isle Inn.

Looking Back 50 years - Do any of you remember being part of the new Huth Road Elementary School's first safety patrol? Among those serving were Mike McNulty, Fredrick Killian, Daniel McKinnon, Peter Perkovich, Jacqueline Pritchard (Mordaunt), Joan Reid (Tommasulo), Gary Schram and Jeffrey Stratton.•••• The National Junior Bowling Christmas tournament was held locally on December 31, 1958. Division winners were Bill Lang, Andy Liesenfeld, JoAnn Radius (Vanderheite), Bonnie Holland (Bizzozero), Karen Anderson (Webb), Gary Reese, John Gast, Bud Yensan and Margaret Kerr.••••Thanks to the Grand Island Jaycees, a temporary ice skating rink was put into operation on Love Road between Mesmer's Dairy and the Grandyle Plaza. The venture was sponsored by the Grand Island Recreation Commission and maintained by the Jaycees.

Looking Back 40 years - Architect Harold Roberts told the Grand Island School Board that a shortage of electricians was holding up progress on construction of the new middle school. ••••Airman 1-C Robert B. McMoil of Jenell Drive was on duty with the Combat Air Forces at Phu Cat Air Base, Vietnam. Airman McMoil, a security policeman, was a member of the Pacific Air Forces. •••• St. Stephen Church CYO officers President Bill Weber, Vice Presidents Sandy Huer and Judy McCrone, Treasurer Tom Crowell and Secretary Pat Kehoe (Harding), led about 55 carolers who sang to shut-ins around the Island. The kids were treated to hot ham and cheese sandwiches afterwards through the efforts of Knights of Columbus member Al Schoenle and daughter, Cathy, and Ron Golonka.

Happy birthday to Sarah Burns and Kyle Podgorny (both turning 9 today), to Ramona Blackmore and Becky DeMike (today), Maggie Rustowicz (12 today), Nicholas McBride (21 today), Richard Brzyski, Karen Raepple and Pat Bachert (tomorrow), Elizabeth Prast (Saturday), Derrick Schutrum (a teenager on Saturday), Christopher Dahlberg and Peter Haines (milestones on Monday), Lyle Dinsmore (cheers on Monday), Judy Link (Wednesday), and Cari Luciani and Michael Rustowicz (18th birthdays on Wednesday).

Speaking of birthdays, children love to see their picture in the paper so why not take advantage of our Isledegrande.com newspaper, read around the world. We offer a child's photo in this column for a $5 fee if the photo may be emailed or $7 if you bring us the picture and we have to scan it. Drop off a check at 1871 Whitehaven Road and either bring in the picture or email it to teddy@giecom.net. Also include the child's name and date of birth.

Best wishes to Floyd and Chie Doring, celebrating their 51st wedding anniversary today. ••••A very happy 20th anniversary to Billy and Donna Williams, celebrating Wednesday, January 14th.

Our sympathy to the families of former residents Gloria Worley and Lillian DeGlopper who recently passed away. Click Deaths for complete information.

This week's spotlighted Isledegrande.com advertisers are Anchor Marine.,   McCarthy School of Irish Dance,   Hizair Hair Salon,  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.

This is what Caitlin Manley, Buffalo News writer, had to say about Grand Island's band, 'Inlite' appearing in last Friday's Xtreme Wheelz Skate Park holiday show for local bands. The next set was Grand Island band Inlite, and there is only one word to describe Inlite: legit. Though the band only started up in 2007, it shows some serious promise as probably one of the best bands in the area. Inlite played an incredible set and singer Jordan Dixon’s somewhat unusual voice complemented the band’s alternative sound . . .

Last but not least, a GIHS Alumni Hockey Game & Fundraiser takes place Saturday evening at the Hyde Park Ice Pavilion in Niagara Falls. This sounds like fun. Check out the link for details.

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

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