December 25, 2000 December 21, 2000
The Neighbors Foundation was helped greatly by a large number of members from the high school DECA Club (Distributive Education Clubs of America), who are under the guidance of their advisor Tim Oldenburg. The students did all of the sorting of tons of food at the 50+ stations in Fire Company Truck House #2 on Stony Point to prepare for the Neighbors Foundation's Share Your Happiness Project.~~~~The new Chamber of Commerce phone directories have been distributed. If you didn't receive yours, call the Chamber office, 773-3651.
Some readers may remember my mention in the November 30th "Between The Bridges" of Betty O'Dea Carr teaching my Brownie Troop to make sea shell wreaths in December 1950. That same week I saw Donna Walker at River Lea wearing a green shell wreath pin and matching earrings. She said she made made her jewelry just about 50 years ago!
Looking back 50 years - The very beautiful street scene, for the Sidway School Christmas play, "The Maji's Gift," was planned and designed by art teacher Mrs. Beatrice Nies and Industrial Arts teacher Hank Fessard. Ed Pfohl, Bob DeGlopper Harrison Carter and Ernest Hoefner did the excellent job of painting it.~~~~Harry Baker's Cleaner on Staley Road advertised a grand opening of his new plant on January 2, 1951.
Looking back 30 years - New members of Isle Chapter, Order of DeMolay 30 years ago were Stephen R. Fleming, David M. Livingston, Wayne L. Houck, Paul F. Glassman, Dennis R. Black, Robert S. Fraser, Christopher P. Koch, Mark P. Laubisch, Ronald Dahlberg and George C. Overs.~~~~Top winners of Kelly's Country Store coloring contest were Lisa Aswad, 6 and Kyle Kinney, 7.
Special greetings to Donna (Horner) Anderson who has a birthday coming up next Sunday.~~~~ Happy birthday to Colleen (Argy) Robinson who is celebrating her 40th birthday today. Colleen, her husband, Greg and their 23-month-old son Garrett are currently living in Chicago and are in the process of moving back to the Buffalo area.~~~~Happy birthday to Sean McMahon and Christen (Franklin) Rosser on their 30th birthdays today (Christmas day), and to Carol Burridge and Liz Barker tomorrow (December 26th).~~~~Also celebrating birthdays this week are Marissa Catanzaro (4 today), Grant Hennigar and Chris Eberhard (today), Bradley Robert Stone (3 tomorrow), Laura Vivier (her 20th tomorrow), Margie Walker , (Wednesday), Abigail Dallasandro (4 on Wednesday), Chelsea Schmidt (3 on Thursday), Rob Meyer, Val Swain, Maggie Gushue and Art Ellsworth (all celebrating Thursday), Jennifer Raham (18 on Friday), Alex Bowerman (3 on Saturday), Christopher Podlucky (10 years old on Saturday), Elsie Fleischmann (her 85th birthday on Sunday), and Nick Pelosi, Kathy Lazenby, Karen Loder and Jim O'Connor (Sunday).
Our sincere sympathy to the families of the following who died this past week: Abram A. Milner (December 21st), Allan R. Jones (December 23rd), Lawrence R. Miller, (December 23rd), and Ruth B. (Thompson) Johnson (December 23rd). Complete obituaries may be found on the Isledegrande "Deaths" page.
Congratulations to William Kemp on his 300 game in a 730 series while bowling at Island Lanes in the Friday Night Businessmen's League. Deno McGinn also had a good night last Friday in the same league when he bowled a 278 in a 700 series.
Here is a cute Christmas memory of my e-mail friend Paula "Bell" Nakayama who lived on Grand Island from 1952-66. The Bells, including several younger children lived on Ransom Road way back in the woods for many years. Paula wrote me the following and it is so appropriate for today's column. "What I used to do at Christmas, that the kids still do today for their children, was to make a cutout of elf prints on cardboard, using dusting powder I would simulate their little footprints coming and going, around the fireplace and windowboxes and in and out of the windows. On Christmas morning they would get so excited that Santa's elves had been there and there was proof!! I remember as an adult I would get up about 4:00 A.M. and drive from my apartment on the lakefront in downtown Buffalo to the Island. I can still remember seeing the few lights on in the windows as the families were getting ready for their Christmas morning. I would get to the house before anyone woke up and make hot chocolate and coffee and put out cookies and stuff for the kids. It was great. I had the entire world to myself on those Christmas mornings. Driving on roads where no one else had driven in the snow, seeing the smoke from the chimneys/furnaces and the occasional lights on in a home. Man, this is bringing back good memories." Thanks, Paula and Merry Christmas.
Cliff Smith has long been known as a guy who really decorates his house and yard for most holidays but this year he went above and beyond for neighbors Jim and Mary Agnes Farrell who live on Stony Point near Bedell Road. Mary Agnes reports that Cliff outdid himself in decorating their place for Christmas, and just out of the goodness of his heart. The Farrells, Isle residents since '58, just can't wait till four of their children arrive "home" for Christmas this week and see the results of their neighbor Cliff's kindness.
For a last minute opportunity to support UNICEF, the United Nations Children's Fund, why not buy note cards, holiday cards, books, puzzles, calendar and original items at the M&T Bank from 10:30 a.m. to 5 :30 p.m. tomorrow (Friday, December 17th). Chairperson, Lee Tetkowski, may be reached at 773-3266 to arrange to purchase these from her home. A major global immunization campaign of UNICEF is nearing its goal of eradicating POLIO by the yeaer 2000, but the disease still cripples thousands of children each year.
Our sincere sympathy to the families of the following. Patricia M. McTigue, 84, died Wednesday, December 13, 2000 in St. Francis Home in Williamsville.~~~~Richard T. Johnson passed away on December 14, 2000. Memorials in his name may be made to the Gymnasium Fund at Trinity United Methodist Church, 2100 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island.~~~~Keith R. Hopkins, 81, died on December 5, 2000 in Beaufort, S.C. Though not a Grand Island resident, he was well known here for his work as Beaver Island State Park supervisor in the late 40s and 50s and participation as an amateur actor in the Grand Island Playhouse productions.~~~~Dominic S. Marino died on December 15, 2000. The family has requested that anyone wishing to make a memorial gift near and dear to "grandpa" should send it to Summit Educational Resources, 300 Fries Rd., Tonawanda, NY 14150 or Rosie's Love at AMC-Children's Cancer, c/o Zitto, 114 Mallory Rd., Ghent, NY 12075.~~~~Don R. Colan died December 18, 2000. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday at 10 AM at St. Stephen's Church.~~~~Jennie H. Malecki, 84, a 48-year Isle resident, passed away December 17th in Riverwood Healrh Care Center after a brief illness.
Congratulations to Val Gasbarro and her teammates on the Varsity Vikings Girls Basketball team on their 61-35 win over Lew-Port last Friday when Val scored 19 points. The team went on to a 52-39 win over Lockport, defending Section VI Class A champs on Monday, with the help of Val's 15 points and Sally Head's eight rebounds. The girls are now 6-0.
The Grand Island High School Class of 1970's 30th Reunion committee on December 13, 2000 proudly presented a check to Althea Prosser, representative for the Neighbors Foundation of Grand Island. The donation consisted of the proceeds that were left over from the Class of '70 reunion celebration held last summer. Earl DeGlopper made the presentation for the reunion committee consisting of: Barb (Aquilino) Wienkie, Norm Brady, Diane (Bykowicz) Hassan, Judy (Duane) Noon and Barb (Linde) Noon.
Looking back 40 years - Ann Burns (Dlugokinski) was chosen queen of the Riverside High School Snowflake Whirl in December 1960.~~~~Eileen and George Minton and their three daughters were new Isle residents on Wallace Dr. and Ann and Richard Crawford and their four children had just settled on Woodlee Lane.~~~~The Catholic Diocese of Buffalo purchased 15 acres on the north side of Ransom Road, about one mile east of Stony Point.~~~~Joanne Rayhill was named an outstanding exhibitor for the first Alumni Art Exhibition at Rosary Hill College.
Looking back 30 years - Golden Age Club members used 700 pine cones to construct an eight foot wreath, a gift to members of the Knights of Columbus who allowed the Golden Age Club to meet in their hall thirty years ago. Among Golden Agers at the presentation were Director Gladys Smith, Millie Doyle, Larry Doyle, Sophie Zuchowski, Mae Anderson, Emil Anderson, Max Kortum and Lucy French.~~~~Snowmobile trails were on the town board agenda 30 years ago.~~~~With Gerald K. Youngs heading up the Chamber of Commerce, membership exceeded 100.~~~~Reg Long, 80, died on December 7, 1970. He held two terms as town supervisor, was also elected town clerk and ran his Long's Store from 1920 to the time of his death.~~~~Two serious auto accidents occurred within two weeks at the intersection of Baseline and Whitehaven. County highway officials who previously investigated the problem reported they did not feel a traffic light was warranted.~~~~WUTV began broadcasting at 3:30 p.m. Monday, December 21, 1970 from towers on Whitehaven and Harvey roads.
Looking back 20 years - Boy Scout Troop 630 member Patrick O'Hara earned the rank of Eagle Scout. The troop was sponsored by the St. Stephen Home School Association.~~~~Among the winners at Cub Pack 423's Pinewood Derby were Matt Anderson who received a champion award and Pinewood Derby pin. David Capelli was runner-up. Dan Linenfelser was awarded First Best Paint Job and Sean McMahon, First Coolest. Cubs Leader Quinn Wright was chairman and made all of the awards for the Cub Scouts.
Robert and Ruth Stahl and Lura and Dr. Alfred Lenzner are wished happy anniversaries this week. The Stahls celebrate 49 years tomorrow and the Lenzners will be married 57 years on Christmas Day.
Best wishes and happy birthday to Shirley Gilmore on her birthday today and to Millie Vanthoff on her 85th birthday tomorrow. Also wished a happy birthday are Danielle Meyer (7 today) Arliss Lantz (tomorrow) and Nancy Hogue Capsuto and Nancy Samrany (Saturday). A belated happy birthday to Bill O'Connor who celebrated on Tuesday, the 19th and to Hollis Busch who had a birthday yesterday.
Mark you calendar for the American Red Cross blood drive scheduled from 1-6 p.m. Tuesday, Dec. 26 at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 1841 Whitehaven Rd. Walk-ins are always welcome.~~~~Happy holidays to everyone.
A speedy recovery to Greg Butcher who had emergency surgery Monday. We're hoping he will soon be back home with his bride of two and one half weeks.
Ted and Phyllis Kumlander spent a week in Disney World where Ted "rode in a Richard Petty Winston Cup car" and had the thrill of a lifetime. Riding three laps in a Walt Dsney World Speedway car at 150 mph, and trading places with a twin car, Ted was surprized the driver did not slow down on the turns at 150 mph. Ted, who has written his life story, "My Life," will be at HSBC Bank from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m., Saturday for a book signing.~~~~Our schools were closed Tuesday due to extremely high winds. Power was out in a few neighborhoods here and several traffic signals were inoperable. However, the Island suffered little damage unlight towns south of us.
Congratulations to sixteen-year-old Carmella Martinez. A Grand Island High School student, Carmella was recently crowned Teen Miss Buffalo at the 2000 Little Miss Buffalo Pageant at the ECC City Campus.
Former longtime Islander Abe Milner would probably enjoy hearing from old friends during the holiday season. His address is 146 Battleship Road, Room 116, Camden, SC 29020.
Celebrating special birthdays on Tuesday and wished a wonderful day are Ed Weiser, Nanette "Jacobs" Haller and Roseanne Panzica.~~~~Happy birthday to Lauren Whitney (yesterday), Jeffrey Bykowicz (39 today), Annette Kelley (today), Katie Rustowicz (8 today), Katie Nordvik (10 today), Rene Dodge (Sweet 16 tomorrow), Matthew Foote (7 tomorrow), Ted Filosofos (celebrating his 73rd birthday in Florida tomorrow), Betty Lantz and Alma Senn (Saturday), Joey Guenther (7 on Saturday), Rob Soluri (Sunday), Katie Kendall (18 on Sunday), Heather Goris (10 on Sunday), George Shaw, Wende Wood, Neil Tetkowski and Sonia Steckelber (all on Tuesday), Patty (Bykowicz) Turner (turning 33 on Tuesday), twins Alexis Elizabeth and Grace Marie Fredricks (3-years-old Wednesday), Deanne Giambra, David Duysters, Michael Stefik and Janie Martin (Wednesday), and Tanya Sue Violanti (Sweet 16 on Wednesday).
The winner of the Historical Society's antique quilt raffle is Jean Caprio. The ticket was drawn by Society member Shirley Luther.
The Grand Island Foundation, the island's newest helping hand whose dispersements will be for educational purposes not covered by the school district is up and running with a mailing to every household this week. The Foundation is most appreciative of a very generous donation from Councilman Dick Crawford at a recent press conference.
Looking back 50 years - Nancy and Carl Vella and Carl and Richard moved to the duplexes in Grandyle Village~~~~Sidway School students put on "The Maji's Gift" under the direction of Music Teacher Carol Thompson with assistance by teachers Catherine DiVizio and Marjorie Ehde (Anderson) on Tuesday, December 19-20, 1950. Libby Smith (Borgese), Bob Robinson, Ronnie Livingston and Jim Brady had the leads.~~~~Jack Boehm, Stewart Ellis, Michael Costin, Ernest Haefner, Allen Howland, Peter McMahon, Thomas Sheehan and Edwin and Francis Pfohl were members of the newly formed boys' choir. Under the direction of Marion Pinkow, they entertained at a Christmas party in the Buffalo Launch Club for 78 members of the Home Bureau.
Looking back 40 years - David Pinkow, 16, a french horn player and member of the All State High School Orchestra was notified he will play first chair in the band at the National Music Conference in Washington D. C. in January 1961.
Looking back 10 years - Yellow recycling boxes were first distributed December 15, 1990 from the Highway Garage and through the efforts of Councilwoman Marion Fabiano. Collection of recyclable items was to begin January 2, 2001.
Holy Angels Academy student Molly Brennan had a solo part in the school's Christmas Cantata last Sunday.
Miranda Lea Proctor was born on December 6th weighing eight pounds 7 ounces. She is the daughter of Tamara and Paul Proctor and granddaughter of Bob and Pat Haag and Bonnie Proctor, all of Grand Island.
Congratulations to John Russell Certo, 11, who came in third in the 14 and under division of the Jingle Bell Run with a time of 22:24.~~~~Buffalo News reporter Michael Beebe suggested in Sunday's running column that the Buffalo News Runner of the Year series be called the Dunlop Award. Jim Dunlop Jr. has again been named overall Runner of the Year.
Best wishes to Chris and Jim O'Dea who will celebrate their 38th anniversary tomorrow and to Harvey and Katherine Killian Long marking their 56th wedding anniversary on Sunday.~~~~Annmarie Buscaglia became the bride of Kevin Lawrence Vanini on Saturday, December 9th in St. Stephen's Church. Best wishes to the newlyweds who will make their home in Rochester.
A class reunion for the Grand Island High School Class of 1976 is scheduled for 9 p.m. Friday, July 6, 2001 at River Oaks. Contact Jodi "Hayes" Dodd with your address or any of the addresses (email addresses) of other classmates. Other plans are in the works including a Friday golf outing at Beaver Island.
The Chamber of Commerce gave out raffle tickets at its Expo 2000 for a basket of prizes including Grand Island sport and sweatshirts, Grand Island coffee mugs, a grand Island tie and a copy of Cinderella Island. The winning ticket is number 0786206 and the holder has not yet come forward. I guess it's time I looked for my ticket!~~~~Congratulations to Andy Chambers, John Simon, Ed Pfohl, Kathy Graves (Fujisawa) and Dan Robillard who were elected to the Board of Directors of the Chamber of Commerce.
Our sympathy to the families of the following whose complete death notices appear on our "Deaths" page. Island native Marian A. Yensan, 74, of North Tonawanda died on November 30th. Former resident Grover T. Bennett, 85, died on December 3rd. William F. Zaepfel passed away on December 5th. Charlotte E. 'Lottie' Shear died on December 5th.
Looking back 50 years - Mrs. Alice Steck's dancing and baton twirling classes in attractive costumes were the high point of entertainment at the 4th annual Altar Society Christmas party for children of the St. Stephen's parish Saturday afternoon, December 9, 1950. Over 150 children talked to Santa, received a gift from Father Schwegler and were served ice cream and candy from the ladies.~~~~Boy Scouts Dick Hogue, Earl Long and Stuart Ellis passed requirements for 2nd class. Ed Zuchowski made the 1st class rank. During the meeting Boy Scout Melvin Butcher told of his thrilling experience in saving his baby brother's life by administering artificial respiration which he was trained in through the Boy Scout program.~~~~ The Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary elected Evelyn Alt then proceeded to Ceil and Andy's for their Christmas party on December 13, 1950. Thirty-three members attended.
Looking back 40 years - Ricky Elias and Dan Stambaugh led the flag ceremony to open the Friday night Cub Pack 254 meeting in Kaegebein School. Cub Master was Bill Kantenwein was assisted by Jim Brady~~~~Newcomers to the Island were Dr. and Mrs. Norman Courey and three children, Marge and Bill Costello and children and Mr. and Mrs. Floyd Doring and their new baby. ~~~~Alfred University freshman Barbara Beck (Muratore) was on Alfred's JV cheerleading squad.~~~~The new G & S Laundry Speed Wash opened at 2121 Grand Island Blvd.~~~~Betty Schopp was elected president of the newly organized PTA Council.
A belated happy birthday to Sara Barbur who celebrated her 18th birthday on November 30th and to Barb "Bykowicz" Barbur who turned 51 on December 6th. Best wishes to Polly Smith (65 tomorrow), Dan Linenfelser (30 tomorrow), Marlene Donohue (a big one Saturday), Amanda Heftka (8 on Saturday), Sydney Khreis (2 on Saturday), Dave Henderson (Saturday), Marianne Tranter, Ken Lewis, Jennifer Weis Loder and Barry Ballester (Sunday), Nan "Jacobs" Haller (cheers for Nan on Monday), Joelle Logue, Duffy Macguire and Linda Wright (Monday),Vickie Kowzan (10 on Monday), Maurice Walsh, Kathy Loncher, Dave Hammond and Steve Stouter (Tuesday), Nicholas Peters (his 16th birthday Tuesday), Jackie Mangus (20 on Tuesday), Tom Ryan, Emory Webb and Charlie McDonough (Wednesday), and Kori Loder (9 on Wednesday). Best wishes for a happy anniversary to Bill and Barbara (Bykowicz) Barbur (Tuesday), Tina and Kenny Schmidt (Wednesday).
Congratulations to Rich Freer on his 289 in a 764 series and to Mike George who bowled at 279 at Island Lanes.~~~~Snowmobilers should check out our Grand Island Snowmobile Club News page (see "Groups") as well as the link to the the club's own website which gives a lot of club information, trail details and more.~~~~Sunday will be your last chance to check out the Historical Society's headquarters, River Lea in Beaver Island Park - and all decked out for the holidays. Members will host open house from 1-4 p.m.
November 30, 2000
Best wishes to newlyweds Roy C. Carlisi and the former Jenne F. Havens who were married in St. Stephen's Church on Friday, November 24th and to Marilyn and Tom Johnson who are celebrating their 26th anniversary today.
At least 250 well-wishers attended the wedding reception in the Buffalo Launch Club Saturday evening for Nicole Duscher and Greg Butcher. The Butchers were married in Lutheran Church of the Messiah, Lewiston. We wish them the very best and truly enjoyed reacquainting with so many Islanders whom we hadn't seen in a long time.
Cheers and a wish for many more years together go out to Norm and Mary Parisi who were honored at a 50th wedding anniversary party at their daughter, Cathy Thomas' home on Sunday.
Our sympathy to the family and friends of Arlene Becker who died on November 23, 2000 and Gladys E. Harnett, 84, who passed away in Sebring, Florida on November 24th. Memorials for Mrs. Becker may be made to the SPCA, 205 Ensminger Rd., Tonawanda, 14150.
Looking back 50 years - Betty O'Dea (Carr) helped the Brownies of Troop 46 make wreath pins of green shells as Christmas presents .~~~The Island's Civil Defense Director Frank Klocke reported in the weekly paper that Grand Island was being looked upon as an evacuation center as was the Hamburg Fair grounds. "In other words, should a bomb be dropped, either in Buffalo or Niagara Falls, we (Grand Islanders) will be called upon to care for the stricken populace."~~~~From the Across The Mahogany With Willie column in the Island Dispatch 50 years ago: "Speaking of TV, have you seen Dan Linenfelser on the Shoppers Guide? He does a nice job." ~~~~The PTA Recreational Committee of Charlotte Sidway School sponsored a "Junior-Senior Teenager" dance from 8 p.m. to midnight on December 2, 1950 in the Sidway gym. "Dud" McMullen, king of the accordian and his boys provided the music and Mrs. Steck's Grand Island Baton Twirlers strutted their stuff during intermission.
Looking back 40 years - Seventh graderer Ralph Gabarro, of Mrs. Johnson's homeroom, headed the Sidway School honor roll with a 97.7% average.
Looking back 30 years - Split end Mike Podlucky was named Ithaca College football team's most versatile performer for 1970.~~~~Grand Island High School students Kyle Atkinson, John Russell, Vincent Stouter, Sally Sutter and Brooke Wood (Raham) were selected by audition to sing with an Erie County high school choir with the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra December 4, 1970 in Kleinhans Music Hall.
Don't forget the Historical Society's two holiday open houses at River Lea on Sundays, December 3rd and 10th from 1-4 p.m. The members of the Society and also those of several Isle garden clubs have decorated the Lewis F. Allen house in Beaver Island from top to bottom for Christmas.~~~~A concert will take place at 7:30 p.m. on Sunday, December 3rd in Trinity United Methodist Church, 2100 Whitehaven Rd. A 48 voice choir comprised of singers from Trinity and North Tonawanda United Methodist Church will present Benjamin Harlen's "Canticles Of Christmas" accompanied by an ecumenical orchestra. Also performing will be the Trinity Belles, Beaux, and Tollers (a handbell choir). A free-will offering will be taken to benefit Niagara Frontier Ministries and the Grand Island Neighbors Foundation. Refreshments will follow in the family room. The community is cordially invited to attend!!
November 23, 2000
Monday's snow storm had many of us more than a little concerned about our loved ones who were stranded on the thruway for seven or more hours. Grand Island was a blanket of snow with the trees heavy and beautiful when I left work at 4 p.m., but it was long before that that a snow storm the likes of '77 was pelting Buffalo and south. My husband, Jim and son, Jim Jr., traveling from different areas, were both stranded for many hours on the New York State Thruway as were so many others. Daughter-in-law Laury, "Aunt" Penny and Uncle Dan Linenfelser never made it home until Tuesday. Niece Annie Linenfelser told me she left college about 1:30 p.m. and drove 15 mph for most of the distance back to the Island. A family friend who got caught up in a gridlock situation on the Rt. 33 (Kensington Expressway) at 3 p.m. Monday, made it back to the Island early Wednesday morning after spending 36 hours going no where! Island roads remained clear and wet.
Ruth Stahl's recent "Treasures" feature on Dunshie's Hardware Store, a former feed store, was accompanied by a current photo of the old building on Webb Road. Just days after the article appeared in our Grand Island E-News, the building was demolished. Glad Ruth captured it on film for one last look. This week's "Treasures" features the late George Williams of Fix Road.
Happy anniversary and best wishes to Bob and Pat Haag, celebrating 31 years today, Carl and Jackie LaMancuso (49 years tomorrow), Ted and Jackie Filosofos (49 years on Saturday), Bob and Joanne Carr (56 years on Saturday), Joelle and Jerry Logue (36 years on Sunday), and Carol and Dave Hamlin (29 years on Sunday).
Happy birthday to Laura Imperi and Rob Schooping (today), Timothy McMahon (21 today), Alexander Tollner (5 tomorrow), Jean Caprio and Ben Graff (tomorrow), Lois Morgan (Saturday), Donna Rodriguez and Joe Samrany (Sunday), Stephanie Goris (Sweet 16 on Saturday), Donna Krehl and Jim O'Dea (Monday), Don Loder, Linda Millar and Joan McCraith (Tuesday), Gladys Benzing (special greetings on Tuesday), Neil Costin (a milestone on Tuesday), Thom Volk (a big one on Wednesday), JoAnn Vanderheite (Wednesday), and Pat "Staffen" Yell (this week!).
Charles A. Heltz died on November 19, 2000. Our sympathy to his family.
Just received an email note from Marianne Tranter . Her husband, Jim Tranter is in the hospital in Florida after undergoing triple by pass open heart surgery last Thursday. Their mailing address is 2001 Gasparilla Rd., D22, Placida, FL 33946.~~~~A speedy recovery to Lyn Laman who is recovering from recent surgery.~~~~Former Islander Gloria Webb is recuperating nicely after surgery. Old pals may wish her well at 6849 Plaza Dr., Apt. 701, Niagara Falls, NY 14301.
Erie County Sheriff's Deputy Richard Stoll, who patrolled Grand Island for many years, has just retired from a 37-year career with the Sheriff's Department.
I just heard from Susan "Hogue" Canty who recently moved from Tucson to Washington, D.C. with her husband, Mike. So sorry to report Sue's news that Mike Costin passed away this past spring. The Costins and the Hogues were neighbors on East Park Road in the 1940s and 50s.
Looking back 50 years - Over 50 Masons met at the Buffalo Launch Club November 28, 1950 to discuss the formation of a lodge on Grand Island.~~~~Carleen Alt (Taylor), in an elimination contest in the 8-10 age group, won a bike rodeo sponsored by the Safety Council of WNY and held in the 65th Armory Saturday, Nov. 18, 1950. Carleen was considered one of the county's six best riders.~~~~Trinity Church Choir members recorded two hymns under the technical supervision of Tom Zarbo, a member of the Young Adult Fellowship. The 10", 78 rpm record was available at $1.25.
Looking back 30 years - Don Webb bowled a 235 with the Friday Night Businessmen's League at Island Lanes.~~~~Mike McNulty shot a nine point deer while hunting in the area of Bedell Rd. with Terry Swain who helped him drag the big 213 pounder out.~~~~Builder Jack Lindelow's new apartments at Baseline near Bedell Road were completed.
The Historical Society is offering note cards for sale. The attractive cards feature Joan Revill Tomasulo's drawing of River Lea and are printed on cream stock in packs of ten at $5. They are available at historical society functions which include two holiday open houses at River Lea on Sundays, December 3rd and 10th from 1-4 p.m.
November 16, 2000
The following Grand Island High School seniors, who were named 2001 Commended National Merit Scholars, were recognized and congratulated by the school board at a recent meeting. They are Jennifer Falvo, Jordan Funk, Melissa Rayhill and Nicole Tourot. We certainly offer our congratulations also.
Lawrence J. Brennan died November 9th.~~~~Dennis E. Ahern passed away on November 11th. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated Saturday, November 18 at 10 AM at St. Stephen's Church. Memorials for Mr. Ahern may be made to Alhambra Cordova Caravan #26, PO Box 353, Buffalo 14226, the Grand Island Fire Co. or Hospice Buffalo. Our sympathy to their families.
Congratulations to Kevin and Heather Maras on their new baby girl, Heather Marie Maras, born today (November 16) weighing 7 pounds, seven ounces and measuring 19 3/4 inches tall!
Sid and Lee Cohen have returned from a southern jaunt which included a visit to Bob and Carol Pownall in their beautiful new ranch home in Williamsburg, VA. Outside their screened patio is their pride and joy, a lovely pond complete with waterfall and contented fish. The trip also included a visit to Bill and Rosemary Sweeney, now living in the Charlotte, N. C. area, near their two sons. Daughter Karen, who lives not too distant in Georgia, will be presenting Ro and Bill with their eighth grandchild next year.
Best wishes to former Baseline Road resident Rob Fiolek who was married on Sat. November 4th to Amber Gaskins in New Bern NC. Rob has been living in New Bern for the past four years.
Happy birthday to Michael Judson (16 today), John Gaydica, Scott Kalman and Kevin Erker (today), Carol "Bykowicz" Rae (the big 5-0 tomorrow), Vala O'Boyle (tomorrow), Fred Prosser (a big one tomorrow), Ashly Cinelli (Sweet 16 tomorrow), Ruth Yensan, Sonja Hill, Bobbie McNulty and Judy Penque (all celebrating tomorrow), Mike Gast (Saturday), Neil Tetkowski, John Robillard and Jean McMahon (Sunday), Victoria McCraith (a teenager Monday), Kathy Mentor and Tom Boehm (Monday), Rebecca Rae (her 17th birthday Monday), Brad Wendling (the big 3-0 Tuesday), Laurie Wagner, Heather Wilhelm and Beverly Benton (Tuesday), Benjamin Kose (9 on Tuesday), Nathan Jayme (15 on Wednesday), Erik Volk and Bill Click (Wednesday) and to Ron McNamee (this week). A belated happy 30th to Paul Prange who celebrated on November 10th.
Best wishes to Michael and Theresa Giambra who are celebrating their 9th anniversary today, to Mark and Diane Hassan celebrating their 24th on Monday and to Vala and Spencer O'Boyle on their 20th wedding anniversary on Wednesday, November 22nd.
Looking back 40 years - Tonawanda High Will Not Accept Island Grads was the headline in the weekly paper on November 17, 1960. The school board immediately began to look to other areas to accept the 135 ninth graders who would graduate from Sidway Jr. High in June.~~~~George L. Thorne was appointed supervisor to fill the vacancy of George J. Burgstahler who resigned.~~~~Linda Holmes, scribe for Brownie Troop #356 reported the troop visited the Statler Hilton and that Beverly VonCraig, Barbara Brant and Sharon Killian served refreshments at a recent meeting.~~~~The PTA Council composed of the three Island schools was organized on Thursday, November 16, 1960.
Looking back 30 years - The Grand Island Art Society was founded 30 years ago and the Grand Island Snowmobile Club had its beginnings when Don Bartlett organized volunteer snowmobile assistance by Island residents in 1970.~~~~A variety show, Night O Memories, was produced on the high school stage November 6-7, 1970 for benefit of restoring St. Stephen's Church on Baseline Rd. Bill Mohan served as master of ceremonies. Co-Chairmen were Pat Rupp and Eleanor Mulcahy and committee heads were: props, Joan Pax; costumes, Rosemary Sweeney; makeup, Irene Bates; publicity, Marion Klingel; posters, Jo Sceusa and Maureen Kehoe; tickets, John Drexelius; and wardrobe mistress, Miriam Macguire. Father Tom Mitchell and Jim Lindelow teamed up for a banjo and guitar duet; Monsignor Paul Eberz and Don Burns accompanied the audience in sing-a-longs and Sybil Kennedy was the accompanist for all acts.~~~~Darlene Runions (Sprague) was installed Beloved Queen of Aries Triangle No. 131 on November 12, 1970 in the Masonic Temple on Ferry Road.
Looking back 20 years - The Grand Island Taxpayers Association elected James R. Sharpe president on November 5, 1980.~~~~ The town board, November 17, 1980, awarded the cable TV franchise to Island Cable TV headed by Mike Gast and Dr. Parvis Taefi.
Congratulations to Michelle L. Elmer of Stony Point Road on her enlistment into the United States Air National Guard, September 16, 2000. She will leave for basic training in July of 2001, and will enter the Security Forces unit. Michelle is currently a member of the 107th Air Refueling Wing, Niagara Falls AFB, Niagara Falls, NY.
The Grand Island High School Spotlighter's will stage "Up the Down Staircase" in the school auditorium 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday evening. Admission is only $3.
River Lea in Beaver Island State Park will be open from 2-4 p.m. on Sunday, November 19th when Grand Island Historical Society docents will be available throughout the society's headquarters to answer questions. There is no charge and refreshments will be served.
November 9, 2000
Our prayers go out to Dorothy and Dennis Ahern who are working their way through Denny's illness.
Diane Gollwitzer Doane will hold a planning meeting for the Class of '71 reunion 7 p.m. tonight (Nov. 9) at her home at 110 Riverwoods Dr. Anyone interesting in helping out is welcome to attend.
If you are looking for the school lunches, they are a click away by going to GI Schools on our menu.
Best wishes newlyweds. Kathleen Clark and Christopher Kwiecinski were married Saturday, November 4th and are residing on Long Island.~~~~Suzanne M. Kennell and Michael E. Attea were married November 4th in St. Stephen's Church. The Atteas are honeymooning in Aruba and will be living on the Island.
Happy birthday to Shirley McNulty (last Sunday), Carl Lamancuso (special greetings today), Bobby Fiels (a teenager today), Becky Mason and Andrew Kuszczak (today), Laura DeLong (Sweet 16 tomorrow), Lee Becker (10 tomorrow), Nancy Franklin, Floyd Doring and Mildred Dingey (tomorrow), Sherry Watkins , Steve Parisi and Richard Benns (Saturday), Ivey Spier (7 on Saturday), Kelly Elizabeth Williams (9 on Sunday), Andrew James Anderson (10 on Monday), Mildred Goldbach (special greetings Monday),Sharyn Krebs, Elaine Fields and Andy Tranter , (Monday), Aimee Anderson (15 on Tuesday), Bill Krebs and Samantha Kuszczak (Tuesday), Cyndi Booker, Jacob Kreutz and Mike Dommer (Wednesday) and Dave Miller (25 on Wednesday).~~~~A belated happy 40th to John Pullano who celebrated on the 5th.
Congratulations to the Varsity Vikings on a wonderful football season. Unfortunately, the Vikes lost to Pioneer 14-0 at Ralph Wilson Stadium where a good crowd of Islanders came out to cheer for the Grand Island team.~~~~Congratulations to Christy Gibney who has qualified to be a part of the section VI team for the state championships on March 3, 2001.
Looking back 40 years - Members of Sidway Junior High's ninth grade initiated the 7th graders in October 1960. Those pictured on the front page of the Island Dispatch were Sonja Miller (Hill), Richard Gibbons, Linda Schuecker, Ruth Burkhardt, Jerry Breazeale, Peggy Cotter (Will), Richard Yensan, Sara Staub and Karyl Reinauer.~~~~Bells IGA employees in the fall of 1960, dressed in western garb and pictured in the weekly paper to promote Chuckwagon Beef were Floyd Anderson, Robert Davisson, Charles (Bob) Smith, William Dunshie, Manager James Rogan, Emma Wiesmore, Owner Jessie Reese, Jane Langdon, Edna Sarokon, Mary Ford, Roy McDonald, Marie Menz, Dorothy Wielenbeck, Marcy Mulvena, John Johnston, Margaret Klug and Ken Andrus.~~~~The weekly paper reported that "Bernie Callahan, dressed as a cannibal for Halloween, shot one of the highest sets rolled by a woman at the Grand Island Recreation when she cracked the maples for a 239-206-158 - total 603 in the Wednesday Grand Island Belles League."~~~~Sidway Junion High artists Sheila Kelley, Francis Kelley, Janice Michaels and Linda Miles painted UNICEF pictures on the windows of the Richard Ray Restaurant.~~~~November 1960 election day saw a record voter turnout, 4117, on the Island with 2622 cast for the Nixon-Lodge ticket, 1424 for the Kennedy-Johnson team, and one vote for Socialist Worker Harry Dobbs.~~~~Declared best square dancers at the 7th grade Halloween dance at Sidway Jr. High were Blaise Rindone and Pam Pettitt.
Clayton G. Ames, 84, of Punta Gorda, FL., died Thursday, November 2, 2000. Committal services will be held in New York at a later date, to be announced. Memorial contributions are suggested to the Paradise Park Community Church Memorial Fund, 46900 Bermont Rd., Punta Gorda, FL., 33982.~~~~Harry R. Cunningham passed away Tuesday, November 7. Memorials may be made to Hospice Buffalo.~~~~Ralph C. Amann died on November 9th. Friends may call Friday only 2-4 p.m. at Kaiser Funeral Home. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Saturday at 11 AM, at St. Stephen's Church. Our sympathy to their families. (for complete death notices, see "Deaths" in our menu.)
The Fire Company's Ladies Auxiliary has a small amount of frozen chowder (1 quart containers, $3) for sale. Call Julie Meyer, 773-7146 if you are interested.
Veterans Day events are listed on the front page of our Grand Island E News. Let's remember our veterans of all wars - especially on Saturday.
November 2, 2000
December 25, 2000Happy holidays, everyone! Just a reminder - "Between The Bridges," including today's column, will have a Monday date from now.
December 21, 2000Thursday has been the day the new Between The Bridges column shows up, first in the Grand Island Record, and now on our Grand Island E-News at Isledegrande.com. The column will have a new day as of Monday, December 25th and each Monday following.~~~~I am very excited about the fact that there will most certainly be a Grand Island Sesquicentennial celebration in the year 2002. (Was there any doubt?) Considering the holidays so close at hand, Wednesday night's kick-off meeting in town hall, led by Supervisor Peter McMahon could be considered somewhat well attended. Please come out to the next planning session set for January 24th at a meeting place to be announced.
October 26, 2000Welcome to Grand Island's first and only on-line Internet newspaper, GIe-News at Isledegrande.com. You may drop off your news articles at GIECom.Net's news office at 1871 Whitehaven Road. Your comments would be welcome by e-mailing us at "Between The Bridges." Just a note to so many of our readers across the nation, "Don't keep Isledegrande.com a secret! Let your relatives living right here on Grand Island, NY know about our Island website and newspaper."
October 19, 2000Jaidan Kheara Hiam is receiving rave reviews ever since her birth on October 2nd at 7 lb. 3 ounces. She is the daughter of Janie Martin and Dan Hiam and granddaughter of Ellen Martin, Glen Martin, and Dan and Michelle Hiam, all of Grand Island.
October 12, 2000Welcome to Lauren Patricia Chadwick, born September 17th to Katherine and Michael Chadwick. Baby Lauren, who weighed in at 8 pounds, 5 ounces was welcomed home by her big brother, Jason.
October 5, 2000So sorry to report that East Park Road resident Diane "Beck" Baetzhold is very ill. Cards may be sent to her home address.
September 28, 2000Congratulations to Danielle Podlucky who placed 3rd overall in 21.48 to lead the Grand Island girls to a 2nd place finish in a 15 team field in Saturday's WNY Track & Field Officials Association Invitational in Beaver Island State Park. Christina Breier also ran a great 22.08 for Grand Island.
September 21, 2000Happy 40th birthday to twins Jackie Steckleberg and Lori Boulden, born September 26, 1960 to Lil and the late John Robinson and welcomed home by their three little sisters, Susan, Joanne and Lisa.
September 14, 2000Happy birthday, Miss Connor! It's still not to late too late to remember Veronica Connor on her 90th birthday Sunday. Her address is Box 209, Ransomville, NY 14131.~~~~Belated happy birthdays to Sharon El-Behairy (Sept. 11) and to Derek Haller (his 20th on the 28th). Happy birthday to Barbara "Klocke" Voegelin (special greetings today), Frankie Truesdale, Gert Reimann and Phyllis Kumlander (today), Ryan Dolly (10 today), Michael Ruland and Ryan Norton (both turning two tomorrow), Marcia Traun, Maxine McNamee, Penny Ball and my husband, Jim Linenfelser (all celebrating tomorrow), Walter DeGlopper (85 tomorrow), Sharon Watz (a special birthday tomorrow), Matthew Wasson (18 Saturday), Wendy Truesdale (Saturday), Kelsey Patterson (10 on Sunday), Jean Hoover (70 on Sunday), Marie Shoemaker and Peggy Butler (Monday), Supervisor Peter McMahon (Tuesday), Christian Mason (3 on Tuesday), Gillian Scott (18 on Tuesday), Melissa McCraith (19 on Tuesday), Jennifer Fiels (8 on Wednesday), Melissa Piccolo (the big 4-0 Wednesday) and Jeri Schopp (a big happy birthday on Wednesday).
September 7, 2000Congratulations and best wishes to Marcia and Tom Fritschi on their 50th wedding anniversary August 26th. The West River road residents are parents of six and grandparents of nine.~~~~We are happy to send out a wish for many more happy anniversaries to John and Judy Polizzi who will mark their 40th on Sunday.~~~~Happy anniversary also to George and Sophie Zelonis (72 years on Monday and that's no mistake!), and to Judy and Bob Schmidt (35 years on Monday).
August 31, 2000Wedding bells! Liberty A. Page and Louis A. Genovese were married August 5th and are living on Grand Island. Bill Rohring Jr. and Joy (Strzelewicz) Saleh were married August 11th in Amherst Baptist Church and will be at home in the Town of Tonawanda. Daniel Fields and his bride, the former Jennifer L. Jenkins were married Saturday in St. Christopher Catholic Church. Jared A. Smith and Jennifer R. Dutchess were married in Trinity UM Church on Saturday.
August 24, 2000Welcome back to the Island to Jim and Chris O'Dea who have recently moved into the O'Dea family homestead on East River Road.~~~~A speedy recovery to Greg Golde who broke his collar bone in a freak accident.~~~~Photographer Barbi Lare was seen jumping along with the kids Friday evening in the bounce house at Spervisor Peter McMahon's steak roast. It will be interesting to see how the pictures of those bouncing kids turn out!
August 17, 2000Pat and Jim Gaiser are wished the very best on their 60th anniversary today. A photo of the Gaisers on their wedding day appears elsewhere in today's Grand Island Record.
August 10, 2000Want to be a millionaire? Former Islander Anthony D'Orazio does as he competes August 17th on the show. D'Orazio, who resides in Chili, New York with his wife, Linda, is the son of Dolly and Tony D'Orazio of Tracey Lane. The computer consultant for the Greece school system has tried to be a contestant every night since the show started and has been on standby before.
August 3, 2000Congratulations to Rick and Kim "Harris" Staub on the birth of their daughter, Kayla Lee Staub. Baby Kayla was born on June 13th and was welcomed home by her big brother, Kyle.~~~~Little Brandon Benton has a new baby sister and her name is Taylor Marie Benton. She was born on July 13, 2000 weighing 8 pounds, 13 ounces and is the daughter of Wayne "PeeWee" and Michele Benton. Taylor's grandparents are Wayne and Kathy Benton and Fran Prior and Paul Prior and great grandparents are Don and Eleanor Swain and Tom and Bev Benton. Tom and Bev will be visiting on the Island in mid August.
July 27, 2000A very happy birthday to Honey (Austin) Atkins who will be celebrate her 75th birthday on July 31st. Honey's address is 67 Leisurewood, Akron, NY 14001 and her e-mail address is GHON725@aol.com. Bet she'd get a kick out of hearing from some of her old Island friends.
July 20, 2000Best wishes to Norm and Charlotte Mrkall who will celebrate 40 years of marriage on Sunday, the 23rd and to Pat and Russ Colosi marking their 20th on July 26th.
July 13, 2000New baby Stephen M. Stouter Jr. who arrived on May 3,2000 has already made the front page of the Niagara Gazette where he was mentioned as one of the youngest parade watchers on July 4th. Steve and Dr. Barbara Stouter of Westwood Drive are the baby's proud parents.
July 7, 2000Congratulations to Dan Fiebelkorn, one of the top three fund raisers ($3,116) for the Fifth Annual Ride for Roswell on June 24th. Dan was one of more than 2,000 bicycle riders who took part in the ride.
June 29, 2000Best wishes to Cathie McNamee and Bill Shaw, married June 17th in Historic Trinity Chapel, and to Karen Macumber and Donald Joseph Scalise who were married Saturday, June 24th in St. Paul Catholic Church, Kenmore.~~~~Happy anniversary to Marcia and Ed Pfohl, and to Nancy and BillyJoe Gorrell, celebrating their 40th anniversaries on Sunday, July 2nd, to Bob Pope and his wife, Mary Ann, marking their 5th anniversary on July 1st and to Evelyn and Joe "Luke" Lukasiewicz Sr who are celebrating their 23rd wedding anniversary today.
June 22, 2000So very sadly I report the death of Harold and Chris Barth's daughter, Maria (Barth) O'Connor on June 17th. Maria, a member of the Grand Island High School Class of 1994, died of injuries suffered in an auto accident. She is survived by her husband, Daniel J. O'Connor and young son, Jacob Milton O'Connor. A Memorial Mass will be celebrated 10 a.m. July 1st in St. Stephen's Church.
June 15, 2000So glad to report that Lil Robinson is feeling much better and is giving Charlotte Roesch a hand at the hot dog stand in Ferry Village.
June 8, 2000Plans have been changed for the Class of 1990 reunion. The Saturday, June 24th event at the Pearl Street Brewery has been cancelled. The casual get-together at River Oaks will still take place beginning at 9 p.m. Friday evening (June 23rd).
June 1, 2000The Idle Hour Inn, the scene of good times for many years, is gone. Last known as D. J. Waterworks, the tavern just north of the south bridge burned last week and has been torn down. The complete story appears in today's Grand Island Record, as well as a feature story on the history of the Idle Hour Inn.
May 25, 2000Carlton Schutt is wished a very happy milestone birthday on Sunday. Happy birthday also to Cole Smith (his 5th today), Father Richard Cahill (a big one tomorrow), Lee Tetkowski (tomorrow), Larry Rall and Ray Pauley (Saturday), Kay Haller and Paul Sipson (Sunday), Pam Fries (Monday), Rachael Lynne Fraser (Sweet 16 on Monday), Zachary Bowerman (5 on Monday), Michael Dinsmore (10 on Tuesday) and Linda Butcher (Wednesday).~~~~A belated happy 30th to Mike Braddell who celebrated last Friday, the 19th.
May 18, 2000Friends of Gert Cotter will surely want to remember her on her 90th birthday Monday. Gert has resided on the Island for nearly 60 years.~~~~A belated happy 50th to Gail "Marble" Morgan who celebrated May 12th.~~~~Richard Daubney hits the big 4-0 on Sunday and we wish him the best of birthdays.~~~~Happy birthday to Gary Scott who celebrated last Sunday, Amanda Goris (today), Dick Lovelee, Sandy Caffery and Elvira Lyden (tomorrow), Stephanie Fike (14 tomorrow), Trudy O'Connor and Ellie Pritchard (Sunday), JT Stamler (a teenager on Sunday), Steven Michael Parisi (a year old Sunday), our boss Dan Bowerman (Monday), Jayne Playfair (a fabulous 40 on Monday), Marissa Cooney (18 on Wednesday) and Catherine Long (Wednesday).
May 11, 2000Our very best wishes to 40 year resident Evelyn Rankin who will celebrate her 90th birthday on Monday. Evelyn, who used to ice skate with us "kids" back in the 50s, is the daughter of the late Henry W. Alt who was born on Whitehaven Road.~~~~Happy birthday to Scott Whiting, Class of '68, now living in Thousand Oaks, California. Scott just celebrated his 50th birthday with Islanders Bill Buckley, Mike Lawson, Rick Lawson, Pat Gill and Rich Whiting.~~~~Happy birthday to Kevin Thomas Minton (3 years old "last" Saturday), to Mary Haller, Gladys Staffen, Jen Bleistein and Mark Dahlquist (today), Nikki Fadel (9 today), Lindsey Miller (10 tomorrow), Christopher Hamm (13 tomorrow), Winnie Zarbo and Kathy Pollard (Saturday), Shannon Murray (18 on Saturday), Lynn Laman and Tom Butler (Sunday), Barb Brzyski and Shirley Runckel (Monday), Eric Corson (25 on Tuesday) and Russ Kaegebein (Wednesday).
May 4, 2000Best of luck to Jim and Michele Breier who have opened their "Village Pizza" in the former St. Angelos in the Grand Island Blvd. plaza.
April 27, 2000Happy birthday to Jim Kerr of Marrietta, Georgia and his twin brother, Joe Kerr of Washington, DC and to Margie "McMahon" Prange of Panama City, Florida who are celebrating special birthdays this week. Having grown up in Grandyle Village, the twins were born on April 29th and Margie's birthday is on April 30th.~~~~If you see Dale Kratz on Monday, wish him a happy 40th birthday.~~~~Many happy returns to Kim Glessner celebrating a milestone tomorrow and to Frank Potenza, doing the same on May 1st.~~~~A belated happy birthday to Trisha Allsop who turned 8 on April 22nd. Trisha and her family read "Between The Bridges" on Isledegrande.com from their home in Victoria, Texas!~~~~Belated wishes also to twins Jessica and Cole Remmes, who turned 12 on April 20th.~~~~Happy birthday to Michael Heftka (his 10th today), to Bethany Leiner (8 today), PJ Ruocco (a teen tomorrow), Rita Hagerman and Annette "Boehm" Fuhr (tomorrow), Mike Schneider, Diane Goupil and Frank Cannata (Saturday), Anthony Piccolo (10 on Sunday), John Podlucky (Sunday), Krystin Hoppel (8 on Monday), Jill Conover and Fay Wood (Tuesday), Katie Hillock (9 on Wednesday) and Kenvin Moreau (Wednesday).
April 20, 2000A basket of wishes for continued good health and happiness goes out to Isle native Jim Williams of Fix Road who celebrates his 80th birthday Saturday and the same to long-time resident Bill Moreland who will celebrate his 80th birthday on Sunday. Happy birthday to Joan Howe, Margaret Villano, Barb Macaluso, Jessica Martina and Bruce Burridge (all celebrating today), Jacob McMahon (4 today), Conner Trieskey (2 on Saturday), Laurie Steckelberg and Erin Fred (both turning 18 on Saturday), Nancy Heftka (Saturday), Genna Baldassare (her first birthday Saturday), Erica Kinney (18 on Sunday), Alexandra Dzielski (celebrating her 4th birthday on Easter Sunday), Marion Young (93 on Sunday), Kimberley Banas (her 10th on Monday), Jolie Dahlstrom (Sweet 16 on Tuesday) and Rose Kij (Wednesday).
April 13, 2000Good news! Shirley Luther is doing much better and is well on her way to recovery.~~~~A speedy recovery to Bernice Dinsmore who is recuperating from foot surgery.~~~~Word has it that Sally Sutter is recovering nicely and looking forward to rejoining her many Island friends.~~~~Isle volunteer firefighter Reed Wright, sporting a cast on his broken ankle, continues to stay active at the Fire Company.
April 6, 2000Please keep Shirley Luther in your prayers and hopefully by the time this goes to print, she will be well on her way to recovery.
March 30, 2000A speedy recovery to Ellen Martin of Stony Point Road who had surgery last week and to Shirley Luther who suffered a mild heart attack this week. Both gals would probably appreciate some get-well cards from their many friends.
March 23, 2000A belated happy birthday to a true Irish gal, Patricia Gaiser, born on St. Patrick's Day. Pat's dad was born on St. Paddy's Day - in Ireland.~~~~Happy birthday to Jim Olmstead, Pauline Sipos, Pat Harding and Leo Ricci who are all celebrating today and toJillian Marie Sheehan (4 years old tomorrow), Linda Koch (tomorrow), Nicholas Kristopher Daniels (his first birthday tomorrow, Nancy Sandford (Saturday), John McDonough, Jim Driscoll and Jennie Malecki (Sunday), Jimmy Mysliwiec and Nicholas X. Masiello (both turning 7 on Sunday), Ed Burns (a big one on Monday), Diane Bell and Louie Quagliana (Monday), Bailey Catherine DeGlopper (10 years old on Monday), Morgan Green (6 on Tuesday), Sarah Gurbacki (her 18th birthday on Tuesday), Diane Doane and Marianne Christensen (Tuesday), Angeline Scalia and Monica "Prast" Sikora (Wednesday), Matthew Violanti (10 on Wednesday) and Rachel Wilkinson (17 on Wednesday).~~~~Welcome to the 40s Robin Boutet. Happy birthday to Robin who celebrated the big one last Sunday.
March 16, 2000Former resident Michael Olrogge, died on March 8th.~~~~Florence Kloes passed away March 10th. Memorials in her name may be made to the American Cancer Society.~~~~Former resident Olive Snyder, 77, died on February 27th. Memorials for Mrs. Snyder may be made to the Canadian Diabetes Association.~~~~Services for Louis Kalman who died Monday, March 13th were held at 8:30 p.m. Wednesday evening at Kaiser FuneralHome. Memorials may be made to the Grand Island Fire Company.~~~~Our sympathy to their families.
March 9, 2000
Welcome Kevin Daniel Sander, born February 28th to Danielle Hassan and Jared Sander. The baby, who weighed 9 lbs. 10 ozs. and measured 21 inches long, was welcomed home by his big brother, Andrew Sander, 4. Proud grandparents are Islanders Mark and Diane Hassan and Daniel and Donna Sander. Great grandparents are Alfred Bykowicz and Helen Hassan of Grand Island and Donald & Dorothy Bartels of Clarence.
Happy anniversary to Dick and Wendy Planavsky who are celebrating their 32nd anniversary today and to Wally and Hazel DeGlopper married 64 years on Tuesday.
A big happy birthday to Joanne Hartmann (70 today), to Vi Fenlon (her 90th on Saturday), to Joan Kilmer (her 70th birthday Sunday) and to Carol Dusenbury (Sunday).~~~~Happy birthday to Ruth Boettcher today, to Chandler Porter Cole turning 2 today, to Diane Nesbitt celebrating tomorrow, to Hazel DeGlopper and Barb Anderson having birthdays on Saturday, to Annie Linenfelser who will be 19 on Saturday, to Katie Doane who will be 15 on Saturday, to Tiffany Turner who will be nine on Saturday, to Emily Bolles turning 8 on Saturday, to Jessica Pauley who will be 10 on Sunday, to Pat Kratz celebrating with her son Adam Kratz who will be 16 on Monday, to Ralph Hoover who will have cake on Monday, to Mindi Kratz turning 14 Tuesday, to Katie Krause deserving 18 candles on her cake on Wednesday and happy birthday to Martha Martin and Doris Kaiser celebrating on Wednesday.~~~~A belated happy birthday to Jane Goris (March 4th) and to Judy Henderson (March 6th).
Looking back 40 years - A "Gossip" column in the local weekly paper back in 1960 mentions the fact that, "pretty Marjorie Murdock brings both charm and talent to her role as Madame Pompom in Victor Herbert's The Fortune Teller presented by the Adult Education Chorus on the Kaegebein School stage. Tenor Jim Farrell, with a remarkable sense of showmanship will play the part of Count Perezowski. Jess Tromanhauser took the part of Ladislaus, a romantic captain of Royal Hussars and Carol Cromwell was the ballet dancer.
Looking back 30 years - Eddie Burrows, 3, was chosen as the March of Dimes Poster Boy.~~~~Grand Island High produced "Bye Bye Birdie" March 6-7 with John Study in the lead as celebrity agent Albert Peterson opposite his secretary-fiancee, Rosie played by Dela Stachelczyk (Stacey). Randy White took the part of Conrad Birdie. Roberta Gassbarre was student choreographer and others in the cast included Belinda Board (Gould) and Tom Colley.
Our sincere sympathy to the family of Stella Ashley who died on February 29th. Memorials may be made to Emmanuel United Methodist Church, 1136 Baseline Road where a memorial Service will be held Sunday, March 12 at 3:30 p.m. ~~~~We were all shocked to hear of the sudden death of Paul Kaegebein. Funeral services will be held Friday at 11 a.m. at Trinity United Methodist Church. Our condolences to Paul's family.
Congratulations to Don Dee whose Northeast Machine midget racer, driven by Mike Stahl Saturday night in the Northern Motorsports Indoor Midget Racing Series placed third in the Castrol Cup final standings for the season.
Best wishes to Brian P. Frank and his bride, the former Cortny C. Johnson who were married Saturday, March 4th in St. Mathew Lutheran Church in North Tonawanda.
Check out the hours for the Zonta Club's antique show and sale at the Holiday Inn this weekend.~~~~Why not treat the family (or yourself) to a breakfast in support of Emmanuel U. M. Church. The parishioners at the church at 1136 Baseline Rd. will serve pancakes & sausage, cheese or Western omelets, and French toast from 10:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. this Sunday.
March 9, 2000Thursday's abduction that started out in Buffalo and the subsequent day-long manhunt on Grand Island, ending with the armed and dangerous suspect turning himself in to authorities reminded many of us of another incident on Thursday, March 21, 1968 when convicted killer Winston Moseley, holding a .32 caliber revolver stepped into an Island resident's apartment and held two women and a baby hostage for four hours. Moseley, who fled a state correction department guard who was about to transfer him back to maximum security prison following minor surgery in a Buffalo hospital, also surrendered to "try another day."
March 2, 2000
Congratulations to Whitey Dlugosz who bowled his fifth 300 game in the Friday Night Businessmen's league at Island Lanes.
The American Legion Stephen Sikora Post 1322 Band will hold an open rehearsal 8 p.m. Tuesday, March 7th at 950 Payne Avenue in North Tonawanda. Isle resident Paul Minton, president of the band's Board of Directors urges Island residents who may be interested in playing with the band in the summer to show up for the practice.
Jeffrey E. Kneer Sr. died on February 21st. He was a 1968 graduate of GI High School. If desired memorials may be made to Hospice of Buffalo. ~~~~Former Wallace Drive resident Patricia H. Utts, 72, died February 17th at her home in Pleasantville, New Jersey.
Get well cards are in order for Elizabeth Prast, Sue Gill and Vi Remde. A speedy recovery to them and also to the following. Dawn "Waltman" Bukowski is recovering from knee replacement surgery and will be for several weeks in Birchwood Health Care Center, 4800 Bear Road, Liverpool, NY 13088.~~~~Former Island teacher Edwina Meredith suffered a stroke in December and would enjoy hearing from former students. Her address is 3807 Hummer Road, Annadale, VA 22003.~~~~Former residents Bob Drumm and Tom Benton are both recovering from successful cancer surgeries. Cards for Bob may be sent to his home at 678 San Pedro Drive, The Villages, FL 32159 or email BOBDRUMM@scia.net and those for Tom may be mailed to 606 Sycamore Square, Lady Lake, FL 32159 or email email@example.com .
Looking back 100 years - A petition was sent to the Board of Education on March 4, 1900 requesting a special meeting of Island voters to decide if a Union Free School District should be established on Grand Island.
Looking back 50 years - Radio station WHLD's Carnival of Stars program visited Sidway School and the Friday broadcast featured tap dancers Gloria Anderson (Pagels), Roberta Miller and Vera Jo Mote (Mann). Isle resident Martha Clark devoted her program over WHLD to Grand Island listeners.
Looking back 40 years - Jim Tranter Sr. had the lead in Studio Theater's Man In A Dog Suit.~~~~John Hillock won a 4-year scholarship to a Catholic high school of his choice from the Knights of Columbus Mary Star of the Sea Council.
Former Isle residents Christopher and Jennifer "Nesbitt" Cherenzia, now living in Destin, Florida and their son, Cameron, 3, have a new baby in the house. Bethany Rose Cherenzia was born January 3rd weighing 6 pounds, 14 ounces. Grandparents are Clark and Diane Nesbitt of Grand Island and former residents Peter and Barbara Cherenzia of New Port Richey, Florida. Email for Bethany Rose may be sent to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Members of the Historical Society are reminded that the general meeting takes place 7:30 p.m. tonight (Thurs.) in the meeting room of the Grand Island Memorial Library. Not only will an interesting slide program on Grover Cleveland be presented by Carolyn Doebert, but ideas and opinions will be gathered from the membership to help with the success of the organization in the new millennium.~~~~Don't miss the Parish Players production of Cheaper by the Dozen on tap this weekend at St. Stephen's.
Welcome back - Bill and Fay Wood! Family and friends of the Woods are happy to have them living back on Grand Island.
March 2, 2000Happy 50th birthday to Billy Costello who celebrates tomorrow. Happy birthday to Donald Ralf, Mike O'Dea and Dennis Yakam (tomorrow), Don Less and Amy Consier (Saturday), Jackie Mysliwiec (her 13th birthday on Saturday), Kathleen Ford (Sunday), Tim Moriarty (a teenager on Sunday), Kelly Gast (Monday), Jennifer Bullock (17 on Tuesday) and Morey Cohen (Tuesday).
February 24, 2000
A pair of wedding anniversaries we wouldn't want to forget are those of Danny and Donna (Yakam) Krehl, 27 years today and Donna's sister and brother-in-law Diane and Clark Nesbitt marking 34 years on Saturday.
Looking back 50 years- Martha Uonites was chairman of the Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary's February card party at the fire hall where Evelyn Alt won a bridge table and four chairs.~~~~Brownie Troop 221 at the Love Road home of Brownie MaryEllen Hau whose mother, MaryEllen, demonstrated her automatic washer and clothes dryer, garbage disposal, (Dispos-all) and dish washer to the little girls. The Brownies also watched Kitchen On The Air on television.
Looking back 40 years - Voters, in February 1960, approved the $40,000 purchase of 100 acres on Ransom Road for a new high school which would open in September 1963.
Looking back 30 years - Dr. Samuel D. Long received the "Outstanding Citizen Award" at the Chamber of Commerce Awards Banquet Feb. 24, 1970. Other recipients included Dr. George Ubel, Richard O. Robinson, Nike Hercules Missile Base, Ilona Lang, Gladys Smith, Richard K. Lovelee and Carlton Brett.~~~~Ken Robinson served as master of ceremonies for Cub Pack 254's annual Blue and Gold Dinner. Special awards were presented to Betty Morrisson and Joann Golden for their outstanding contributions to the success of Pack.
Cards and prayers would be appreciated by Charlotte Roesch who has come through minor surgery in DeGraff Hospital with flying colors.~~~~Former resident Damon Gregory, 44, died Sunday in Oklahoma.
Congratulations to Lou and Debbie Schriver on the impending birth of their first child. Proud grandparents are country singers Rambling Lou and Joannie Schriver.
Our own Dick Bessel 2.3 mile road race July 4th has been added to the Buffalo News Runner of the Year Race Series this year, replacing the annual Depew-Lancaster Firecracker 10K on Independence Day. It is a special year for our race, the 25th anniversary of what may be the oldest event of its kind in Western New York.~~~~Fishermen take note. The Buffalo and Erie County Hot Spot Fishing Map compiled by the Erie County Department of Environment and Planning is available free for the asking by calling 312-0418 or 858-8390.
Be sure to support the Lions/Rotary Las Vegas night Saturday at the Buffalo Launch Club. You'll have a great time and all proceeds will benefit the Veterans Memorial Wall.~~~~A couple of other fund-raisers to make note of are the Fire Company Ladies' Auxiliary's spring chowder and baked goods sale scheduled for Saturday, April 8th - the first spring sale in about 18 years, and also on the same day is the Riverlea Quilters Guild Quilt Show.~~~~Contacts for the Grand Island High School Class of 1980 20th reunion being held June 30th, July 1st and July 2nd are Cindy (Bennett) Raepple, email@example.com and Mark Lewis, firstname.lastname@example.org.
February 24, 2000If you see Gail Click on Wednesday, March 1st, be sure to wish her a happy 50th birthday. H.B. Gail!~~~~Special birthday greetings to Deborah Hutzler who turns 40 on Sunday, to Dorothy Mesmer, hitting the same milestone on Monday, and to our youngest sister-in-law Donna Linenfelser turning the big 4-0 on February 29th.~~~~Happy birthday Lauren Braun (10-years-old today), Christine Hall ( Sweet 16 today), Tom Turner (today), former resident Jack Boehm (a milestone today), Bob Gesl (a big one tomorrow), Mike McMahon (tomorrow), Joyce Ott, Dan Drumm and Susan Daubney (Saturday), William Madigan (5 on Saturday), former resident John V. Ekiss (Saturday), Kristyn Dowd (Sweet 16 on Sunday), Mary Ann Love, Don Loder and Patrick McMahon (Monday), Jim Benns and Jason Weis (February 29th), Michael Rayhill (8 on Wednesday), Jane Cooke (5 on Wednesday), Kayla Schmidt (7 on Wednesday), Ashley Gorman (6 on Wednesday) and Eleanor Kessler and Bridget McMahon (Wednesday).~~~~A belated happy birthday to Alyssa Bowerman, a teenager as of February 19th, to Dan Bumbernick who celebrated last Sunday and to David Sipos who turned 12 yesterday.
February 17, 2000
Jagger Robert Click was born February 11th to Kellie and Bob Click. Proud grandparents of the seven pound, seven ounce baby boy are Gail and Bill Click of Grand Island and Linda and Michael DeLong of Niagara County and equally proud great grandparents are Shirley Luther and Bill and Dorothy Click, all of Grand Island and Ann and Cliff VanEpps of Niagara County.
So sorry to hear dear friend Kay Haller fell and broke her wrist. Heal quickly, Kay.~~~~Bernice Dinsmore is home from the hospital and recuperating after her recent surgery.~~~~Alma McTigue has been on the sick list and we hope she's feeling much better.~~~~A speedy recovery to Mel Rupp III who suffered several broken bones when a ladder went out from under him.
After spending many years in their West Oakfield Road home overlooking the river, Melva and George Booth are leaving the Island and moving to to Sarasota, Florida. Good luck to the Booths.
Ransom Road resident Barbara Alice (Redline) Meister, 61, died on February 7th. Memorials in her name may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 315 Alberta Dr., Amherst, NY 14226.~~~~Former resident MaryLou (Foster) Claus passed away on February 8th. Memorials may be made to Hospice Buffalo, 225 Como Park Blvd., Cheektowaga, NY 14227.~~~~Emily A. (Malczyk) Kuszczak died on February 10th. Memories may be made to Catholic Charities, c/o St. Stephen's Church.~~~~SGM. Robert T. Gibbons died on February 10th. Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association.
Kathy Lommer's friends have asked that everyone wish her a very happy 50th birthday on the 19th. Hope it's a dandy, Kathy!~~~~Happy birthday to Alyssa Ryan (7 today), Sean Ford (16 and old enough to drive today), Christopher Heftka (15 tomorrow), Bob Dworak and Michelle Gast (tomorrow), Dorothy Rowswell (Saturday), Diane Ruether and John Fibich (Sunday), Madeline Porter (6 on Sunday), Tommy Smith (4 on Sunday), Kathleen Brady (7 on Sunday), Jack Kennell (Monday), Jim Zilliox (a teenager on Tuesday), John Grycel (Tuesday), Allison Rae (18 on Tuesday) and Bev Thomas, Jo Klock and Lil Carpenter (Wednesday).~~~~Marilyn (Sterner) Welsh has been quite sick and we're sure would appreciate hearing from old friends. Her birthday is on Sunday and her address is RR#4 Mill Street, Brantford, Ontario N3T5L7.~~~~A belated happy birthday to Rus Thompson who celebrated February 11th and to Shirley Martin born on Valentine's Day.
Looking back 50 years - The Sitting Hens, a co-op babysitting club in Grandyle Village gave a baby shower for Ann Boehm in the home of Betty Wheeler. Other members were Mrs. Sunderland, Gert Cotter, Velma Harding and MaryEllen Hau.~~~~The Chamber of Commerce published its first directory of Island businesses.~~~~A coal shortage in Buffalo closed Riverside High School where some of the Island teens were attending.
Looking back 40 years - Barbara and Don Anderson were receiving congratulations on their first baby, a son, Mark born February 18, 1960.~~~~A group of six Buffalo doctors purchased a 38-acre tract of land from Elmer Kaiser on the east side of Baseline between Bedell and Huth roads. Plans were to build a hospital.~~~~Eugene H. Bucher was elected the first president of the Golden Age Club at a meeting in the fire hall. Eileen Coulter served as its first director.~~~~The Chamber of Commerce Toll Committee began to investigate having toll free bridges for Islanders only.
Plan to attend the VFW's annual Spaghetti Dinner fundraiser this Saturday, February 19th from 5-7 p.m.
February 17, 2000Our very best wishes to Mary and Lee Becker of Stony Point road on their 50th anniversary tomorrow, February 18th.~~~~Happy anniversary to Ted and Wendy Truesdale, celebrating tomorrow.
February 10, 2000
Herman and Nell Roberts will mark their 55th anniversary tomorrow. Happy anniversary, folks!
Would any of my readers be willing to loan their Grand Island High School reunion booklets for a worthwhile project soon to be announced? Memory books from the graduation classes of the 60s through 1990, with current addresses would be greatly appreciated. Call me or Sally Goris, 773-1449 if you can help.
Happy birthday to Heather Kaiser (her 20th today), Dom Affuso (a big one tomorrow), Bill Schultz Jr. (his 20th tomorrow), James Hassan (the big 5-0 tomorrow), Anthony Martello (20 on Tuesday) and Marianne "Lehane" Ward (special greetings on Wednesday). Happy birthday also to Marie Moreland, Al Raepple, and former residents Charlotte Swalm and Don Hughes (all celebrating today), Austin Graber (4 today), Victoria Ovitt (18 today), Richard Dobmeier and Harold Arcouet (tomorrow), Delene Collins (Saturday), Jamie Lee Holka (13 on Saturday), Cody Clarke (15 on Sunday), Andrew John Fred (3 on Sunday), Adam Dahlberg (his 18th on Sunday), Eleanore Campbell, Jackie Filosofos, Wayne Anstett and Betty "O'Dea" Carr (Valentine's Day), Kellie Kehoe (9 on Valentine's Day), Emily Ann Cole (6 on Valentine's Day), Marion Klingel (93 on Wednesday), Maisie Dommell (Wednesday), Deanna Cole (Sweet 16 on Wednesday) and Grace Olszewski (5 on Wednesday).~~~~A belated happy 3rd birthday to Hailee Clayton who celebrated January 31st. Also a belated happy birthday to Marion Coates whose natal day is February 4th and to Darlene Collins (Feb. 7th).~~~~A couple of out-of-towners we'd like to wish a happy 50th birthday to are former West River Road resident David Hennigar who celebrated on February 2nd and to Chris "Johnson" Gallagher, formerly of Baseline Road who hit the big 5-0 January 25th.
A speedy recovery to Frank Slish who has a birthday tomorrow.~~~~Get well cards are in order for Jacquelyn Tillett of Bronson Road. Jackie was involved in a serious auto accident last Wednesday morning.
Looking back 50 years - The following is from the "Across the Mahogany With Willie" column, running in the town's weekly paper 50 years ago: "Now that Ed Tucker has a TV, he can watch "Lights Out' without a lot of interference!"
Looking back 40 years - The recommended site for the proposed high school was announced as approximately 100 acres of the Fred Grehlinger estate on the south side of Ransom Road which was the site of the former Army Anti Aircraft Base.~~~~Grand Island's business enterprises numbered 98 in 1960 according to the Dun & Bradstreet reference book.~~~~Miss Carol Wolanske (Sharpe), president of Natoka Camp Fire group accepted an American flag for her group at "Indian Lore Night" at Kaegebein School.~~~~President Bill Dunshie announced the very first event of the new Coachmen Auto Club of Grand Island - a dance Feb. 6, 1960 in Legion Hall. Other officers were Vice President Bob Bauer, Treasurer Joe Cushner and Secretary John Meyers.~~~~Dr. Robert E. May opened his new Grand Island Small Animal Hospital February 16, 1960 on Whitehaven Road.
A Great Backyard Count - birds, that is - will take place February 18-21 and Isle birders interested in helping out with the project may obtain more information by going to the World Wide Web site WWW.birdsource.org.
A "Safe Boating Course" sponsored by the U. S. Coast Guard Auxiliary will be given at the high school from 7-9 p.m. beginning Tuesday, February 15th. For further information and to register, you may call 773-8864.
February 10, 2000So sorry for the family of longtime Love Road resident Joseph P. Conn who died February 3rd after a sudden illness. Memorials may be made to the Grand Island Veterans Memorial Wall, PO Box 324, Grand Island, NY 14072.
February 3, 2000
A speedy recovery to Jeri Schopp who was involved in an auto accident Monday night.
Happy birthday to Ilene Dee and Dick Byron (today), Andrew Carlson (2 today), Mike Sandford (tomorrow), Bill Bagdy (special greetings tomorrow), Sally Head (Sweet 16 tomorrow), Alisa Pioli and Christopher Drew (13th birthdays tomorrow), Charlotte Roesch and Erin Russo (Saturday), Michael Charles Podlucky (3 on Sunday), Susan Turnbull (a big one Monday), Glenn Skelly (6 on Monday), Kimberly Williams (12 on Wednesday) and Irma Dworak (Wednesday). A belated happy birthday to Stephanie Williams who celebrated her 14th birthday on January 27th.
Happy birthday to David Fisher Santa Lucia who will be a teenager on February 8th and congratulations to David for making the High Honor Roll at his new school in Kansas.
Our sympathy to the families of Viola E. Lydle who died on January 22nd, Michael J. Armenia (January 23rd) and Mary E. Joyce (January 24th.
The Grand Island Snowmobile Club is alive and well, meeting at 7:30 p.m. on the first and third Wednesday of the month at B.A.'s Saloon. Check out their website at www.GI-Snowmobiler.com for updates on trail conditions, club events and more.
Looking back 50 years - According to the Island Dispatch in 1950 little Donnie Fontana was in fair condition with fractured skull after falling out of his father's car.~~~~Mesmer and Sons Dairy advertised a cow drawing contest for kids in the new Grand Island PennySaver 50 years ago. Wayne Baumler of East River Road won the first prize of $5 and Linda Wheeler of Love Road came in second.
Looking back 20 years - Fire caused an estimated $60,000 damage to the Knights of Columbus Hall on Whitehaven Road about 3:45 p.m. Tuesday, February 5, 1980.
The Northeast Machine/Grand Island Sales and Service midget racer owned by Don Dee of Ransom Road was the third place winner at Saturday night's NAPA Niagara Indoor Midget Racing Series held in the Niagara Falls Convention Center. Don has custom built the Midget car for his driver, six foot, four inch Mike Stahl who is now indoor points leader..
Loverde's West River Bar & Grill at the corner of Staley Road and West River is now open from 3 p.m.~~~~High school students are putting on the musical, Babes In Arms this weekend and it promises to be a winner. The show starts at 7:30 p.m. tonight, tomorrow and Saturday.
February 3, 2000Congratulations to Jeff Ehde on his first 300 game bowling with the Labatts Tuesday Men's League at Island Lanes. Former resident Bill Lang bowled a 300 with the Schroeder's Seniors at Tonawanda Lanes. Doug Barney, bowling with the Friday Night Businessmen's League at Island Lanes had a 300 game in a 766 series on January 28th.
January 27, 2000
Good wishes and a very happy birthday to Mabel Leibinger as she turns 96 years young on Monday, the 31st.~~~~Happy birthday to Amy Forbes (Sweet 16 today), Danielle Quider (18 today), Joanne Rayhill, Amy Dzierba and Brent Minet (today), Joanne Hughes and Martha Criddle (tomorrow), Nell Roberts and Jo Ann Thompson (Saturday), Julie Schopp (7 on Saturday), Jeremy Fraser (his 18th birthday Saturday), Eric Sharpe (9 on Saturday), David Clayton III (4 on Sunday), Debby Smith, Diane Lipp, Art Haller and Paul Harper (all celebrating on Sunday), Maribeth Rose Head (18 on Monday), Mary Sommer, Barbara "Barnes" Bucknam and Bill Dunshie (Monday), Conner Bolles (6 on Monday), Barb Eastman (cheers on Monday), Helen Hassan (78 on Tuesday), Lena and Marion Mancuso (Tuesday), Norm Courey, Harvey Long, Julie Swain and Janet Rose (all on Wednesday), Maria Ramsperger (two-years-old Wednesday) and Samantha Ruotsi (5 on Wednesday).
Our sympathy to the families of the following. Staley Road resident Minnie Page, 60, died on January 19th.~~~~Mary Margaret Kolkmann died January 20th. Memorials in Mrs. Kolkmann's name may be made to St. Stephen's Church.~~~~Robert J. Banko died January 21st. Memorials in his name may be made to Hospice Buffalo.~~~~ Walter Lare passed away on January 21st. Memorials in Walter's name may be made St. Martin-in-the-Fields Church Organ Fund.~~~~Betty Linenfelser died on January 22nd at the age of 79.~~~~Our sympathy to Deputy Sheriff Dick Stoll on the death of his brother, Robert on January 23rd.
Gladys Costanzo, now residing in Palm City, Florida, has sent word that former resident Delores Sepanski has been in an auto accident and would appreciate hearing from Island friends. Mrs. Sepanski's address is 104 Tina Drive, Ospry, Florida, 33559.
Italo and Kim (Schopp) Baldassare have recently moved back to Grand Island and are living on Baseline Road near Bush with their two little girls, Natalie, 3 1/2 and Genna, 9 months.
Looking back 50 years - The card game, Canasta has hit this town with a bang 50 years ago.~~~~Chuck Hayes was not only taking his famous flash bulb pictures in the Bedell House on Saturday nights, but was also taking along his wire recorder.
Looking back 40 years - Pastor Hal Tyson, on January 24, 1960 organized the Island United Presbyterian Church.
Looking back 30 years - News of Green Beret 2nd Lieutenant Martin Prast's critical injuries in South Vietnam reached the Island 30 years ago.
We hear that Greenville, North Carolina where former resident Eddie Burrows lives was under 20 inches of snow as of Tuesday and everything was closed down.
I have been asked to raise awareness of Time Magazine's on-line poll, "Who do you think was The Person Of The Century" at Visit Time Magazine's Website, for the results. The suggestion was for us to vote for the 'American serviceman.
Snowmobile regulations, as mentioned here two weeks ago, are being strictly enforced here on the Island and many of those enjoying the sport this past weekend were stopped for a check of proper registration numbers, insurance, working lights etc. Remember that a special permit available in the State Park office in Beaver Island Park is required in order to use the West River Parkway and any other the trails maintained by the Parks Department.
January 27, 2000Sunday evening's power failure was a little unusual. Only a very small percentage of the homes west of the South State Parkway and south of Love Road were blacked out completely and many more were "browned out," meaning low electrical power, causing dim lighting in our homes. The situation only lasted less than an hour and one half.
January 20, 2000
Mabel Leibinger was featured on TV Channel 2 on January 10th regarding her 96th birthday on the 31st and the fact that she continues to teach tatting and tutor math students as she has for years. And Mabel looked as vivacious and happy as usual.
Bud Pritchard, honored Friday night in the fire hall, was saluted several times with standing ovations by the full house who came out to honor him on his retirement as Town Justice. Nice party, nice guy!
Congratulations to Tom Turner who bowled a 300 game in a 671 series (162, 209, 300) last Friday night with the Friday Night Businessmen.
Thirty year Isle resident Betty A. Thompson, 77, died January 6th following a long illness.~~~~Charles Mayse died January 8th in Riverside Hospital, Columbus, Ohio after a long illness.~~~~ Joseph D. Goupil, 64, died in a house fire January 13th.
Looking back 50 years - Grand Island Chamber of Commerce Director Rob Roy MacLeod announced that his book "Cinderella Island" had been printed. An updated edition is still available at the Chamber office, 1980 Whitehaven Road.~~~~Johnny Lyden won a new Chevrolet convertible in a benefit drawing, John Wheeler bought a new Dodge and Marty Schwagler was driving a new Plymouth stationwagon in January 1950.
Looking back 40 years - Larry Hagerman was installed Financial Secretary of the Grand Island Fire Company in 1960, a post he has held continuously through the year 2000.~~~~Ilona Lang was named manager of a newly formed real estate firm on Grand Island to be known as West River Realty Co. with temporary offices in her new home on West River Road.
Boat racing enthusiasts may be interested in looking at the Seattle Times Website, where a lengthy obituary appears for Ted Jones, 90, who died on January 10th. Jones drove the Slo-mo-shun IV to victory in the Gold Cup and went on to design five national-champion boats: Miss Thriftway, Hawaii Kai III, Maverick, Shanty I and Miss Bardahl.
Betty Linenfelser is recuperating from surgery in Millard Fillmore Suburban and Walter Lare is out of the hospital and back at Riverwoods Health Care Center.
In announcing the birth of Sarah Margaret Burns in last week's column, inadvertently left out was her grandfather's name, Richard Clarke.
Denny and Ann Dahl will celebrate their 34th wedding anniversary on Saturday while vacationing in Florida. Happy day, folks - wish I was there!.
January 20, 2000
January 13, 2000
Welcome to Kyle Joseph Podgorny who was born January 8, 2000 to Danna and Mark Podgorny. Baby Kyle, who weighed in at eight pounds, eight ounces, was welcomed home by his big brother, Michael, 2. Proud grandparents are Rick and Pam Fries, Kathy and Vic Podgorny and Ron and Nancy Fries.~~~~Ken and Cindy Burns are proud parents of a baby girl, Sarah Margaret, born January 8th weighing six pounds, nine ounces. She has a sister Jennifer and a brother Ken. Grandparents are Ken and Heidi Burns and Cathryn Kaegebein of Grand Island.
A memorial Mass will be held for Edward L. Kennedy 10 a.m. Saturday morning in St. Stephen's Church. The former resident passed away on December 20, 1999.~~~~Ruby M. Reisdorph, who has been residing on the Island, passed away on January 6, 2000 at the age of 96. She was the mother of Martha Lewis.~~~~Catherine B. (nee Adam) Sommer, former member of Grand Island Home Bureau, died January 9, 2000. Our sympathy to their families.
Skipper Fred, a member of the Grand Island High School Class of '97 and now living in London, England, is in town visiting family and friends.
Greg Butcher and Nicole Duscher became engaged last month and Jeremy Pullano and Jennifer Rotella recently announced their engagement and have set a wedding date for May 2001.
A belated happy anniversary to Ralph and Kathy Lommer who were married 31 years on the 4th.~~~~Best wishes to Ken and Debbie Kennedy Rogoza who are celebrating their 10th wedding anniversary today and to Lefty and Arvilla Kendzierski who will be married 47 years on January 17th.
Marianne Tranter has only a few days to track down 60 candles for husband, Jim's birthday on Sunday. The Tranters are enjoying life immensely in their new home in Placida, Florida. Happy birthday, Jim and also to Amber Meyers (10 today), Michael Rustowicz (9 tomorrow), Sherri McMahon (33 tomorrow), Mike Humbert, Mary Ellen Flutur and Linda Uonites (tomorrow), Sheila McCowan, Kimberly DeGlopper and Marlene McCarthy (Saturday), Bud Pritchard and Bill Vaine (special greetings Saturday), Adam Mazenauer (16 on Saturday), Felix Grycel, Jane Elias and Earl W. DeGlopper Jr. (Sunday), Joan Buchanan (best wishes Sunday), Nicholas Kingston (16 on Monday), Jennifer Ciechoski (10 on Monday), Rachael McBride (12 on Tuesday), Flora Benns (Tuesday), Mark Francis (Tuesday's the day!), Travis John Mikulski (2 on Wednesday), Peter DeGlopper and his daughter Chelsea (Wednesday), and Mackenzie Hassan (17 on Wednesday).~~~~A belated happy birthday to Dana-Grace Busch (January 5th) and Kathleen Martz (January 11th).
Looking back 50 years - With the aid of an oil stove, good neighbor Flora Benns brewed gallons of piping hot coffee and distributed it to her Love Road neighbors when the electricity was off for hours on the day of the "big wind," Saturday Jan. 14, 1950.~~~~The town board in January 1950 moved that the deputy town clerk, Laura E. Winters, be compensated at $5 per day not to exceed $150 for the year.
Looking back 40 years - The Town Board reappointed the firm of Pritchard, Kinney and Coleman as legal advisors for the town for the year 1960.~~~~The 1959 Jaycee Christmas lighting contest winner of a $25 savings bond was Francis C. Dunn of 1488 Red Jacket. Other winners were William F. Mertine of Jenell Dr. and Arthur M. Webb of Love Road.
Looking back 30 years - Hooker Chemical Corp. on Grand Island announced the opening of its new Data Processing Center where the company housed a 360-40 IBM and a 1130 IBM computer.~~~~The Fire Co. was advised to provide for an expected population of 45,000 by 1990, many of whom would reside in new high-rise apartment buildings when Planning Board Chairman Earl W. Harrison spoke at the Company's installation of officers in the Buffalo Launch Club January 3, 1970.
When firefighter Gary Roesch invited newly elected Town Justice Sybil Kennedy to play a couple games of shuffle board after she installed officers for the Company Saturday night, he had no idea she would beat the - socks - off him!
A pair of men's glasses (gold-rimmed bifocals) were found at Love Road Plaza Christmas Eve. The owner may pick them up at Rose Liquor Store where they are safely being kept.
January 13, 2000Congratulations to Joanne Hall (A.K.A. Slammer) on her promotion at the Red Cross. Anyone wanting to wish her good luck before she leaves for Indiana, may stop down at B.A.'s Saloon Friday, January 21st after 8 p.m.~~~~Congratulations to Jeff Johnson who recently bowled a 300 game in a 735 series on the A-Best Roofing team at Island Lanes.
January 6, 2000
Former resident Dave Gisman, now living in Florida, was in town last week visiting relatives and friends.~~~~Kris Rosser and her husband, Bob of Tempe, Arizona were in town to celebrate her birthday Christmas Day. Chris is the daughter of Bernie and Ben Franklin of Carter Drive.
We hope that Mike Sendlbeck, hospitalized New Year's Eve, shakes whatever little bug bit him.~~~~Good news! Helene Kerr came through surgery with flying colors.
Former resident Jeffrey Gorenflo, 41, died December 29, 1999 in Charlotte, North Carolina. A memorial service will be held Saturday, January 8, 2000 at 10 a.m. in St. Stephen's Catholic Church, 2100 Baseline Rd. Memorials may be made to Hospice of Charlotte.~~~~Florence M. Glose died on December 31, 1999. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Association of WNY.~~~~Former resident Jane (Buzby) Jordan, 65, died Christmas day in Dayton, Ohio after a short illness.~~~~John Bartholomew died on January 5, 2000. A memorial Services will be held 11 a.m. Saturday at the Kaiser Funeral Home, 1950 Whitehaven Rd. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association or the American Cancer Society. Our sympathy to their families.
Jean and Ken MacDonald are celebrating their 38th wedding anniversary today. Happy day, folks!
A belated happy 22nd birthday to Sebastian Chavez, a New Year's Day baby and to Michael Dowd who celebrated on Tuesday, the 4th.~~~~Melissa "Clement" Hill is celebrating her birthday in California today, Rachel Steckelberg is Sweet 16 today, Brian Rosman turns 20 tomorrow, Maggie Rustowicz' third birthday is on Sunday, Michelle Becker celebrates her Sweet 16th birthday on Sunday, Mildred Grimm is turning 81 on Sunday and Nadine Coffey will be Sweet 16 on Monday. Happy birthday, everyone.~~~~Happy birthday to Jeff Sipos who will be old enough to drive on the 9th. It was just a year ago that he spent his 15th birthday in the hospital, following brain surgery. Fortunately, most of the past year has been one of continued recovery and improvement.~~~~Also celebrating this week and wished the very best are John Bidell and Kathy "Sciandra" McNulty (today), Hank Carroll, Lee Randolph and Frank Butcher (Saturday), Sigmund Gicewicz and Karen Raepple (Sunday), Jean Pecoraro and Elizabeth Prast (Monday), Derrick Schutrum (4 on Monday), Liz AuClaire (Tuesday) and Skip Uonites and Helen Ciechoski (Wednesday).
Looking back 50 years - From the column "Across the Mahogany With Willie" in the local weekly paper came the report that "Warren Kaiser, Buster Ekiss and Bill Dekdebrun did a bang-up job on that radio quiz show contest. They sounded like a group of seasoned radio actors."
Looking back 40 years - The Town Recreation Commission announced the formation of a Golden Age Club with its initial meeting being a Christmas party held at the privately owned Grand Island Recreation Center on Whitehaven Road, now the site of Grand Island True Value Hardware.
Looking back 20 years - Former Town Attorney Richard J. Couch and former Councilman Paul McCarthy took Roy Hawkes and Jon Baedeker along on their annual winter cruise to Navy Island. Transportation was by canoe and rowboat.~~~~Minimum wage was increased to $3.10 per hour.~~~~Pat Bessel was named the Amateur Athletic Union's (AAU) Outstanding Woman Distance Runner of 1979 in a presentation made last week by Niagara District AAU.
The only Y2K glitch I heard about was in the date line of Buffalo's major daily paper. Page one of the employment section was dated January 2, 1999 and the other pages in that part of the paper had January 2, 1900 across the top.~~~~Snowmobilers are reminded that they must carry a permit to ride the trails around state park land. The permits are available at the Beaver Island State Park office daily between 8:30 a.m. and 4 pm. and the trails are open every day from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m.
January 6, 2000Grand Island residents Sheryll and Keith Conrad are proud parents of the Island's first baby of the year 2000 and also the first for Buffalo and Erie County. Baby Jessica Mae Conrad was born at 12:01 a.m. New Year's Day in Sisters Hospital and was welcomed home by siblings Raymond, 12, Keith III, 9 and Kyle, 2.
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