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December 25, 2000

Happy holidays, everyone! Just a reminder - "Between The Bridges," including today's column, will have a Monday date from now.

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.

December 21, 2000

Thursday 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.

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.

December 14,2000

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.

Dec. 7th

A belated congratulations to Tom and Vickie Broad of Hendersonville, N.C. whose wedding anniversary was on November 18th. The Broads celebrated their 50th anniversary with a dinner party at the Niagara Sailing Club.

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
A very happy birthday goes out to Arty "Haller" VanHeerde and to Charlie Satterlee, pictured above as they looked in their Class of '69 Grand Island High School Yearbook. Arthura and Charlie turn 50 on December 5th and 6th. Cards for Charlie may be sent to the Erie County Home address, Unit E, 11580 Walden Ave., Alden, NY 14004. Also celebrating that same milestone today and wished the very best is Islander Carlton Moher.~~~~Happy birthday to Eric Harnden (8 today), Christopher Carter (11 today), Alexa Slotiuk (Sweet 16 today), John Podlucky (18 today), Brittany Davey (12 tomorrow), Alice Olrogge (tomorrow), Pat McNulty ( Saturday), Tim Shaw (30 on Saturday), Robert Hopkins (16 on Saturday), Tom Benton (Sunday), Keri Marble (Sweet 16 on Monday), Regina Gicewicz (special greetings Monday), Gloria Watkins and Carolyn Kreutz (Tuesday), Emily Englert (10 on Tuesday), Emma Lee Schultz (2 on Tuesday), Ruth Stahl (cheers on Wednesday), Mike Cole (20 on Wednesday) and Don Astridge (16 on Wednesday).

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

A GI-E-News reader has suggested that the coach in the Little League picture (1963) in our Old Photo Album, "The Way We Were," is possibly Frank Vacanti. Take a look and let us know what you think. It is our intent to make additions and changes to our new GI-E-News on a daily basis. In fact, besides new front page articles, there should be a couple photographs posted to "The Way We Were" as of today!

Mike Schopp, making a name for himself in the sports world, made the sports page in the Buffalo News last week. Mike may be heard on his new sports talk show from 2 to 6 p.m. weekdays on WNSA-FM 107.7, The Sports Authority where you may call in at 1-866-626-1077.

Congratulations to Michele and Brent Fred who are the proud parents of a baby girl, Emily Mary, born yesterday - November 1st. Emily Mary, who weighed in at seven pounds, 15 ounces is the granddaughter of Mary and John Krurnowski, Skip and Joan Fred and the late Marsha Fred. The new baby is being welcomed home by her brothers, Brent "L.B." Jr., 6 and Andrew, 3.

Looking back 50 years - Ground breaking ceremonies for the first St. Martin-in-the-Fields Church took place Sunday, November 5, 1950. The new building would be Grand Island's first post war church.~~~~Members of the Sandy Beach Property Owners Association layed the pipe for a skating rink on the first Saturday in November 1950.~~~~Mrs. Adamine Kennelly and Mrs. Beatrice Cady and their 5th grade students traveled by bus to Tonawanda and on to Lockport along the banks of the Erie Barge Canal where they witnessed the passage of a number of tugs and barges through the locks. Just to get you on track, some of the students in the 5th grade classes in the fall of 1950 were Doreen (Gerg) Ingram, Francis Lapine, Phyllis Lafferty (Tanner), Frank Zahm, Clair Ann Rupp (Bishop), Barbara (Glor) Martin and Mike Williams.

Congratulations to Pat Coughlin and Judy Corgan who won spit club drawings at St. Stephen's Holy Name Society's October 22nd spaghetti dinner.

Our sincere sympathy to the families of the following. Jack Fassbaugh died on October 29th. Friends may call today (Thurs.) only from 7-9 p.m. at Kaiser Funeral Home.~~~~Diane Morton-Baetzhold passed away on the morning of October 30, 2000. Family will be present to receive friends Sunday 10-11 AM at the (Delaware Chapel) AMIGONE FUNERAL HOME INC., 1132 Delaware Ave., (near West Ferry St.), where a Memorial Service will follow at 11 AM.~~~~George J. Bower died on October 27, 2000. ~~~~Ernest J. Spinley, 75, died on Friday, October 27, 2000. Memorial donations in Mr. Spinley's name may be made to Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center, 621 10th St., Niagara Falls 14301, the Hart Program, 505 Cayuga St., Lewiston 14092 or to the Grand Island Fire Company., 2275 Baseline Rd., Grand Island 14072.

Married Saturday in St. Louis Catholic Church were Kimberly A. Gian and Scott A. McDonnell. The McDonnells will make their home on Grand Island.

Readers who know Lauretta Vanthoff, Isle native now living in Ormond Beach, Florida may want to send her a card. She celebrated her 85th birthday on Halloween.~~~~Happy birthday to Esther Whitford (today), Don Livingston (a big one tomorrow), Mary Carminati (tomorrow), Jared Billica (10 on Saturday), Anthony Scott (25 on Saturday), Susan Quagliana (cheers on Sunday), Doug Bullock and Richard Williams (Sunday), Alexander Frye (8 on Sunday), Ashley Braddell and Casey Carminati (celebrating 10th birthdays on Sunday), Robin Csendom and Pete Burrows (Monday), Lucille Jones (special greetings on Monday), Joshua Less (4 on Monday), Mary McMahon, Marge Egan, Jim Breier, Jackie Mordaunt and Joe Cushner (all celebrating Tuesday), Karen Perkovich (Sweet 16 on Tuesday), Lois Affuso (a birthday bash on Wednesday), Sophie Zelonis and Scott Hammond (Wednesday) and a big happy birthday to Ann Senn who turns 96 on Wednesday.

Though their anniversaries have passed, I would like to wish Marian and John Burns and Richard and Alice Rebmann very happy 50th anniversaries. John and Marian were married on September 18, 1950 and Dick and Alice tied the knot on October 6, 1950.~~~~A belated happy anniversary to Barb and Jeff Kirsch who celebrated their 16th anniversary October 27th.~~~~Cathy and Noel Wilhelm are wished the best on their 30th anniversary November 8th.~~~~Best wishes to Don and Mary Mesler who are celebrating their 45th anniversary. The Meslers are the owners of the popular Islander Restaurant (formerly the Clown House for those of you who haven't lived here in awhile!) on Grand Island Blvd.

Fans of Professor Don Burns will want to know that he is now playing his ragtime piano every Friday from 7-10 p.m. at the Village Saloon on Center Street in Lewiston.

Pranksters are at it again. For as long as I can remember, political signs have been ripped down, stolen or spray painted. Maybe we should be thankful that the culprits haven't thought up anything worse!

The community is invited to the next meeting of the Grand Island Historical Society, scheduled for 7:30 p.m. tonight (Nov. 2) in River Lea in Beaver Island Park. John W. Percy, Associate Professor of History, Canisius College will speak on "Grover Cleveland: Buffalo's Honest Politician."~~~~The Ladies Auxiliary of the VFW Post #9249 will hold an apple pie bake-off on Sunday, Nov. 5 starting at 2 p.m. Judging will take place after the Bills game.

Congratulations to the Varsity Vikings on their 20-13 win against Williamsville East last Saturday. The boys and their coach Gene Masters are heading to Ralph Wilson Stadium Saturday where they will meet Pioneer in the playoffs. Tickets at $5 are available at Tops Markets and at the High School until Friday afternoon.

October 26, 2000

Welcome 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."

Welcome to Dylan Russell DeGlopper, born September 8th weighing 10 pounds, 5 ounces. He is the son of Alison and Brian DeGlopper of Fix Road and the grandson of Robert and Margaret Smith of West River Road and Bill and Nancy DeGlopper of Riverwoods Drive.

Virginia M. (Gossett) Drake passed away on October 20, 2000. Memorials may be made to Alzheimer's Research.~~~~Nicholas Yakowenko, 72, died October 12th in his home in Las Vegas, Nevada.~~~~Former resident Janice A. Heldwein, 54, died unexpectedly in her City of Tonawanda home on October 22, 2000. Memorials may be made to St. Francis C.C.D. Our condolences to their families.

Does anyone recognize the two "Unknowns" in the Little League, 1963 photo in our "The Way We Were" feature? Surely someone out there must recognize the coach in the back row. Let us know by writing to "Between The Bridges."

Kelly Anne Hugill became the bride of John Charles McKinney on Saturday, October 21st. Best wishes newlyweds.

The engagement of Corinne Elizabeth Wilhelm and Aaron Ryan Whited has been announced by the future bride's parents, Cathy and Noel Wilhelm. A June 2001 wedding is being planned.~~~~Sandy Sifuentes and Rich Bessel are engaged to be married in March 2001. Rich is the son of Pat and Dick Bessel of Grand Island.~~~~Tony and Rose Buscaglia recently announced the engagement of their daughter Annmarie to Kevin L. Vanini. The wedding will take place in December.

A special happy 1st birthday to the little survivor, Mallory Katherine DelSignore with love from her mom and dad, and brother and sister Darren and Jenna.

Happy birthday to Norma Weast and Bernie Bailey (today), Richard Lozo (the big 3-0 today), JoAnn Hugill and Paul Soto (tomorrow), Jill Endres (a teenager tomorrow), Linda "Greenwood" Cantwell and Eric Raepple (Saturday), Cindy "Martin" Prine (special greetings Sunday), John Trianda and Nina Goss (Sunday), Julie Dee and Allen Glessner (both turning 30 on Monday), Penny Panepinto (Tuesday), Tommy Krause (10 on Tuesday), Sarah Grace Kustich (2 years old on Wednesday), Frank Echelberger (a big one on Wednesday), Triston Wilkinson and Rhonda Arsenault (Wednesday) and Mandy Liesenfeld (5 on Wednesday).

Looking back 50 years - Al Raepple was one of the Fire Company's best bowlers in the Firemen's league at Flash Alleys across the river 50 years ago and he's still a member of the league today. Also on his team in 1950 were Jack Nutall, Dick Meyer, Earl Eastman, Ralph Moran and Torgier Fadum.~~~~Neighborhood children in the West River Road/Sunset Drive area who were treated to a Halloween party in October 1950 were Annette Smith, Marianne Shear (Tranter), Melanie and Norene Miller, Bobby Tranter and Terry Swain. The hostess for the younger children was Miss Gail Burgstahler (Rothenberg).~~~~Prize winners at the Sandy Beach Halloween Party for the older children in 1950 were Margaret Linton (Ciccarellli), Doreen Gerg (Ingram), Evelyn Sarokon (Maryanski), Lois Etta Taylor, Ronny Livingston and Arthur Taylor.~~~~Carl Anderson, Marion Schnitter and Kenny Maurer tied for first place costumes at the Bedell House.~~~~Sidway School costume winners were Ann Wallace (Arlessi), Carlton Schutt and Larry Bell.

Looking back 40 years - Ground breaking ceremonies for the Bible Presbyterian Church took place on October 30, 1960.

Looking back 30 years - "The Case of the Giggling Goblin", was produced by the 4th grade classes of Mrs. Louise Baldin, Miss Betty Long and assisted by student teacher Miss Susan Fleming (Brusino). Sheila Boss took the part of Giggling Gladys and Drew Chapman was Judge Jack-o-lantern. Among other cast members were Charles Allaire, Charles Carter, Mary Moynihan, Janice Muoio, Billy Joe Gorrell, Mike Dillemuth and Laura Davern.~~~~Jim Chambers won the Section Six Class A cross country run at Elma Meadows Golf Course on October 31, 1970.

Looking back 20 years - Grand Island High School sophomore Kathy Wozniak (Chadwick) won her 15th straight match over the last two seasons in Niagara League tennis action.~~~~Mike Sendlbeck Jr., leased the former Niagara Acres horse farm at 5344 East River Road and renamed it Sundown Ranch. The 47 acre ranch was composed of three buildings, one barn with 24 stalls, five corrals and reputedly the fastest 1/2 mile pacer track in WNY.

Local WBEN radio announcer John Zach will include the Ghost of Holiday Inn in his Halloween feature of different phenomena tomorrow (October 27) at 5:30 a.m., 7 a.m., 8:30 a.m. and 6 p.m. Tune in to 930 AM on your radio dial. I apologize for the misinformation in last week's Between The Bridges column.

Our Varsity Vikings were finally beaten after seven wins when they played Pioneer last Friday night. The Vikes play Williamsville East on Saturday at the high school on Ransom Road with a 1:30 p.m. start. Good luck, team!

October 19, 2000

Jaidan 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.

A preliminary meeting was held Sunday afternoon to talk over the possibility of having an informal Sidway School reunion (classes 1937-63) in conjunction with the celebration of the town's Sesquicentennial in 2002. Please e-mail me your thoughts on having such a get-together in the summer of '02.

Diane "Beck" Baetzhold, who has had transplant surgery, remains in Strong Memorial Hospital ICU, 601 Elmwood Avenue, Rochester, NY 14642. Let's let her know we are all thinking of her.

Earl and Rita DeGlopper were married October 21, 1950. Happy golden wedding anniversary to the DeGloppers and may you celebrate many, many more anniversaries.~~~~Celebrating their 64th anniversary on the 24th and wished the best are high school sweethearts Harvey and Mary Enser.~~~~Happy 25th anniversary to Rich and Sally "Oberkircher" Foks who will celebrate on October 25th.~~~~Congratulations to Grace and William Yockey who celebrated their 50th anniversary on September 16th.~~~~Clearwater, Florida residents Evelyn and Stephen Wadon, formerly of the Island and owners of the Wadon Motel on Grand Island Boulevard, celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary in August.

Trivia question of the week: Who are the two "unknowns" in the Little League, 1963 photo in our newest feature, "The Way We Were"? E-mail your answer to
"Between The Bridges." The correct answer to last week's question on the Beach House Restaurant was submitted by Kerry "Sciandra" Earling. "I remember the Sandy Beach Restaurant changing its name to 'The Beach House' after the "sweetest little old lady in the world," Anna, passed away," Kerry said this week. The Beach House was opened in October 1975 by Rob Davis.

Elizabeth MacDonald died on October 12th. Memorial services will be held 1 p.m. Saturday, October 21st at Trinity United Methodist Church.~~~~Neva L. (Dahl) Franklin, 84, died on October 12th. According to her wishes there will be no services. Donations in her memory may be made to the Arthritis Foundation of WNY, 462 Evans St., Williamsville, NY 14221.~~~~Former resident Laura (Minnig) Cassoni passed away on October 14th. A Memorial Mass was celebrated Wednesday morning in St. Stephen's Church.~~~~ Roy S. Gehring, a resident of Tonawanda and member of the DeGlopper Memorial VFW Post #9249, died on October 17, 2000. Our sympathy to their families.

Best wishes to Denise Nicole Ambrusko and Anthony Botticelli, married Saturday, October 14th in Resurrection Catholic Church in Cheektowaga.

Happy birthday to our nephew Paul Linenfelser Jr. celebrating his 25th birthday today, to Larry Hillock and Jim Milne (today), Michael Matthew Madigan (4 tomorrow), Joe Macaluso (tomorrow), Nicole Switzer (a teenager on Saturday), Danielle Soluri, Marge Costello and my dear daughter-in-law Laury Linenfelser (Saturday), Brianna Lee Hadden (4 on Sunday), Rick Marlin (entering his teens on Sunday), Debbie "Huff" Curry, James "Butch" "Puppet" DiTullio and Roman Figler III (Sunday), Anthony Daubney (10 on Sunday), Toni Marie Quagliana (a teenager on Monday), Patrick Gallagher (8 on Monday), Kevin Koch (a milestone on Monday), Alice Gardner, Kevin "Skee" Zoldowski, Diane Pelosi and Jim Pax (all celebrating on Tuesday), Agnes Becker, Ed Foglia, Karen Clark and Mike Mullany (Wednesday) and our grandson John Charles Bidell Jr. (11 on Wednesday).

Looking back 50 years - Crosley and G.E. television sets were available at Service Center Appliances on Express Highway in the same building that now houses Nick Pelosi's Contract Interiors on the Boulevard.~~~~From the "Dottie on the Party Line" column in the Island Dispatch 50 years ago - "Shirley Tucker (Runckel) is the proud owner of a new Chevy and a honey it is."

Looking back 20 years - Island resident Elsie Berger's Niatross, referred to as a wonder horse, won the $175,522 Messinger Stakes at Roosevelt Raceway Saturday, October 11, 1980.~~~~Tonawanda had its first win ever over the Grand Island Varsity Vikings football team at the 1980 homecoming game with a score of 24-14.

Looking back 10 years - John Amschler and Alison Smith (DeGlopper) were voted King and Queen of the Homecoming in 1990.~~~~Among winners of the School Transportation Department's School Bus Safety contest in October 1990 and receiving prizes of portable radios were Jeff Ryan and Kristen Koch.

Keep an eye on this website for you are about to see some major additions in the form of Grand Island news stories and pictures. Island business owners should take a look at GIECOM where all local businesses should be listed with phone numbers and addresses. It is a free service and if you find yours is not there, just let us know.

It's chowder time at the fire hall. The Fire Company's Ladies Auxiliary chowder and baked goods sale this Saturday begins about 11 a.m. or when the chowder is ready. It will be sold by the bowl or in bulk to those bringing containers. Fresh home baked goods and a nice selection of cutlery will also be available.~~~~~Members of the St. Stephen's Holy Name Society will hold their annual spaghetti dinner noon to 6 pm., Sunday, October 22 in St. Stephen School cafetorium.~~~~The Varsity Vikings won their 7th game in a row with a score of 30-12 over Sweet Home last Saturday. Good luck to Vikes tomorrow night when they play Pioneer at Pioneer Central High School under the lights. The game starts at 7 p.m.

October 12, 2000

Welcome 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.

Have you seen the newest addition to our www.Isledegrande.com
Website? It is titled "The Way We Were - Grand Island Pictures of the Past," and we will keep adding to it.~~~~Halloween festivities at Martin's Fantasy Island will be ongoing through October 28th as follows: Fridays from 6-10 p.m., Saturdays from 3-10 p.m. and Sundays from 3-9 p.m.~~~~Lucky Lady! Tootie "Mesmer" Maurer recently hit the jackpot on a slot machine for $1000 in Fort Erie!

Best wishes to Danna and Mark Podgorny celebrating their 4th anniversary today with their two little boys, Mikey and Kyle, and to Ilene and Bobby Dee who will mark their 11th wedding anniversary on Saturday.~~~~Friends of Sue and Bob Dommell may want to remember them on their 30th anniversary on Tuesday, October 17th. Happy anniversary to the Dommells.

Trivia question of the week. When did the Beach House open under that name? E-mail your answer to "Between The Bridges."

Best wishes to Kristin J. Restey and Christopher J. Stephen who were married Friday in St. Stephen's Church, to Karen Schutt and Reed Wright who were married Saturday in Whitehaven Baptist Church, and to Lisa Diane Powell and John Evan Fletcher married Saturday in St. Martin-in-the-Fields Church.

Don Turner of Turner's Port of Call would like to let everyone know that Turner's will remain open for several weeks with a Halloween party planned and a closing party featuring "7 Austin Street" on November 11th.

A very happy birthday to Terry Endres who turned 40 last week and also to Dan Mohring (his 80th birthday today), Laura Piccolo (Sweet 16 today), Jim Kaiser and Beth Dommer (today), Kathy Bowerman and Mary Witherspoon (tomorrow), Jane Lee "Sunderland" Bangs (special greetings tomorrow), Christopher Conway (4 tomorrow), Stephanie Voyzey (4 on Saturday), John Turner (6 on Saturday), Shirley Luther, Vickie Wright and Tom Nowak (all on Sunday), Kalli Pedlow (8 on Sunday), Margie Cinelli (cheers on Monday), Marissa Booker (9 on Tuesday), Sue Bauer (very best wishes on Tuesday), Adam Heftka (5 on Wednesday), Alexandra Mason (his 9th on Wednesday), and Paul Kavanaugh (a milestone on Wednesday).~~~~Belated greetings to Janet Duane Ticconi who celebrated a big birthday on the 6th.

Looking back 50 years - Found in the "Across the Mahogany With Willie" column in an October 1950 edition of the Island Dispatch was the following: "Supervisor Dan McNamee sure enlightened the Chamber boys last Tuesday night on some of the reasons why people aren't breaking their necks to build on Grand Island."~~~~State Troopers raided the club rooms of the Grand Island Fire Company on Thursday, October 5, 1950, when five slot machines were seized and a fine of $50 for possession of the machines levied against the corporation. Justice Harold Long suspended the sentence and ordered machines destroyed.

Looking back 40 years - Former Supervisor George J. Burgstahler turned the first shovel of dirt in ground breaking ceremonies for Fantasy Island Saturday October 15, 1960.~~~~Commander Kenny Maurer and members of the American Legion requested permission from the town board to move the WWII Placque with names of those who died in that war, to the triangular park at Baseline and Grand Island Blvd.~~~~Beginning October 16, 1960, we no longer needed to dial "9" for our phone calls to Buffalo and Tonawanda.

Former Whitehaven Road resident Janet Haen lost her battle with cancer on October 5th in Clearwater, Florida. She is predeceased by her husband Bill who died earlier this year. Condolences may be sent to her daughter, Suzie Willard at 1761 Martha Lane, Clearwater, FL 33756. ~~~~Elizabeth A. (Smudski) Jordan, 44, passed away October 5th. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.~~~~Arthur Mueller, husband of Lorraine Mueller of Stony Point died on October 9th. Funeral services are being held 10 a.m. this morning (Thurs.) in the Kaiser Funeral Home.~~~~Robert F. Nardini Sr. died on October 10, 2000. Friends may call today (Thurs.) only 7-9 PM at the Kaiser Funeral Home. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Friday at 10 AM at St. Stephen's Church. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimer's Assoc. of WNY. Our sympathy to their families.

A speedy recovery to our favorite grandson, John Bidell, 10, who will have knee surgery next week.

Grand Island's volunteer firemen invite the community to their Fire Prevention Open House Saturday from noon to 3 p.m. at the main headquarters next to the town hall.~~~~Grand Island Historical Society members will be on hand at an open house in the Society's headquarters, River Lea in Beaver Island State Park from 2-4 p.m. Sunday. The public is cordially invited.

Six in a row! The Varsity Vikings, now ranked 4th locally and 4th in the State, beat West Seneca East at West Seneca last Friday night by a score of 34-6. Good luck Vikings at this Saturday's homecoming game against Sweet Home with a 2 p.m. start. Coach Gene Masters will honor members of the 1990s championship teams who are cordially invited to the game.

October 5, 2000

So sorry to report that East Park Road resident Diane "Beck" Baetzhold is very ill. Cards may be sent to her home address.

Our sincere sympathy to Robert M. and Christine (Ciechoski) Ratajczak on the loss of their baby boy, Jonathan David Ratajczak on September 27th. Memorials may be made to Childrens Hospital ICU, 219 Bryant St., Buffalo 14222.~~~~Marie Bennion, 62, a former middle school/high school teacher, died September 5th.~~~~Charles E. Gorcheck passed away on October 2nd.~~~~Marta Vogel passed away on October 2nd. Memorial services will be held at the New Apostolic Church, 314 Pine Ridge Rd, Cheektowaga at a date to be announced. Memorials may be made to Hospice Buffalo.

Married September 21st in Ireland where they are now living were Amy Elisabeth Kogut and Ryan Patrick O'Neill.~~~~Ann E. Pascoe and David G. Nuzzo were married Saturday in St. Stephen's Church. They are living in Fairfax, Virginia.~~~~Richard Robert Ryder and his bride, the former Patricia Helen Group were married Saturday in Alumni Chapel at Niagara University and are making their home on Grand Island.~~~~Lisa Lynn Crelot and Geoffrey Holmes Zander are residing on the Island after a trip to Hawaii following their wedding Saturday in Salem United Church of Christ in Tonawanda.~~~~Stephanie M. Scrivano and James C. Weigel were marred in St. Stephen's Church on Saturday and are traveling to Aruba. The Weigels are also living on Grand Island.

A belated happy 50th birthday (Sept. 29th) to former Islander Joanne "Grycel" Casey now living in Camarillo, California. Happy birthday to Marilyn Gratto and Betty Maguson (today), Mallory Zilliox (11 today), Jane Consier, Gert Wilson, Doug Fearon, Roy Campbell and Margaret Webb (tomorrow), Matthew Pietrzak (11 tomorrow), Kelly Wietan (Sweet 16 tomorrow), Craig Blowers (8 tomorrow), Lorraine Wilcox, Bobbie Hopkins, Bev Mikulski and Mary Jo Linenfelser (all on Saturday), Ryan Ayers (11 on Saturday), Jerry Page (special greetings on Sunday), Diane Hassan, Marion Assenza and Carl Lamancuso (Monday), A. J. Guenther (the big 1-0 on Monday), Lillian Mesmer (Tuesday), Stephanie Hopkins (12 on Wednesday),

Priya Renee Allen was born on September 20, 2000 to David and Sudha "Bommaraju" Allen of the Town of Niagara. Her proud grandparents are Islanders Savithri and Dr. Tilak V. Bommaraju. Sudha is a member of the 1986 Grand Island High School graduating class.

Looking back 50 years - The single span north and south Grand Island Bridges were operated by the NYS Thruway Authority as of Tuesday, October 10, 1950 and, according to the weekly paper, would "continue as a toll bridge for possibly two years or until the Authority issues special licenses for those using the new road system."~~~~Pat Hoctor's latest catch in the Niagara River was a 120 pound, 6 foot sturgeon.~~~~Gary Bartlett celebrated his 10th birthday on October 10, 1950 by taking 14 friends to see the movie "Broken Arrow" and then treating them to pop, cake and ice cream at Larson's across from St. Stephen's Church. Happy birthday, Gary!~~~~Aggie and Allen Denler and their little daughter, Caryl moved to their new home in Grandyle Village. Karl Buehrig and his family also moved to the Island when Karl was known as the new Sunoco man here.

Looking back 30 years - Andy Chambers, racing his all-terrain for the first time, brought home three 1st place trophies from the Jaycee's Rally in Akron, Ohio on October 11, 1970. Driving a 6-wheel Sperry Rand "Wedge" he took first in his class, 2nd in 4-wheel division and 3rd in 3-wheeler class. He also took a 2nd in drag racing.~~~~Wearing brand new uniforms purchased through the efforts of Dr. Sam Long and the Chamber of Commerce, the Grand Island High School Marching Band presented a half time program on October 10, 1970 featuring music from the "Sound of Music." For their finale, band members went into two huge "C" formations in thanks to the Chamber of Commerce for their new uniforms.

Looking back 20 years - Danny Reese driving his boat, "Dan's Delight" won the 280 championship in the September 1980 Frostbite Regatta, probably due to the fact that Mike Endres and Howie Benns "jumped the gun." Mike Stamler came in first in the 5-liter race driving Marty Prast's "Blind, Crippled and Crazy".

Best wishes to Donna and Paul Linenfelser who are celebrating their 15th wedding anniversary today. Happy anniversary to Carol and Chuck Dunworth (5 years tomorrow) and to Bob and Lois Kaiser (55 years on Tuesday).~~~~A belated happy 50th anniversary to Evelyn and Stephen Wadon who celebrated their golden wedding anniversary on August 28th.

For those who have asked how the still very handsome Dr. Bob Miller is doing, I saw him yesterday and he's alive and kickin' and still very active in his Rotary Club!~~~~Welcome Home! Jim and Marianne Tranter have been in town this past month visiting family and friends and expect to be here a few more weeks.~~~~Glad to report seeing Bridget Anderson out and about having lunch in the Village Inn with her daughter Tracey Shickluna and her two little grandchildren.

Reservations for the Grand Island Historical Society's Christmas luncheons at River Lea on Tuesday, December 5th and Wednesday, December 6th are still available. Call me at 773-2436 if you are interested.

Coach Gene Masters, who will retire from coaching after this school year, was featured in a wonderful article in the Buffalo News recently. Gene's Varsity Vikings beat Kenmore East last Saturday and will take on West Seneca East 7 p.m. Friday at West Seneca. Go Vikings!

September 28, 2000

Congratulations 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.

Our very best wishes to former town clerk and East Park Road resident Ruth Horner who will celebrate her 90th birthday on Tuesday.~~~~Happy birthday to Ashley Bleistein (a teenager yesterday), Bridget "McMahon" Anderson (the big 5-0 today), Jason Walker (a teenager today), Adam Kaiser and Jim Dinsmore (today), Nicholas Dodge (20 today), Caitlin McMahon (11 today), Cappy Cooke (8 today), Stacey "Hamlin" Zahradnik (tomorrow), Joshua Kahn (9 tomorrow), Matthew Hamm (18 tomorrow), Scott David Steimle Jr. (2 tomorrow), David Breier, Lee Cohen and Mary Minton (Saturday), Jackie Kowzan (18 on Saturday), Allison Walker and Ariel Brucato (9th birthdays on Sunday), David Panzarella (a teenager on Sunday), Kevin Dyer (8 on Sunday), Betty Jane "Gardner" Penque (special greetings on Monday),
Shorty Vanthoff (Monday), Rick Krystof (now living in Nebraska and turning 50 on Tuesday), Betty Cook (Tuesday), Jim Goulah, Jennifer Wenner and Margie Walker (Wednesday) and Lauren Kalisz (12 on Wednesday).~~~~Do any of my readers have an address for Mike Costin or his sister, Jane Rocks who lived on East Park Road? If Mike should see this on www.Isledegrande.com, "Happy birthday, Mike!" And speaking of www.Isledegrande.com - let your out-of-town friends and relatives know that this column is included in the All-Grand Island web site where Islanders from here and across the nation and the world, are signing on to reconnect with other Islanders. If you haven't yet discovered Isledegrande.com, you are in for a treat. Old Island pictures will be included almost immediately on this fantastic web site sponsored by GIECOM.net. Stop by the Isledegrande.com booth at the Chamber of Commerce Business Expo on October 28th.

Happy anniversary to Steve and Dr. Barb Stouter, married five years on Saturday and to Janet and Jack Sentz celebrating their 35th wedding anniversary on Monday.

Get well wishes to Bridget Anderson who should be home by now and hopefully well on her way to recovery.

Best wishes to Alphia Cecillia Criss and Michael Angelo Gangemi who were married in SS. Peter and Paul Catholic Church in Hamburg on Saturday. September 23rd.

Looking back 50 years - About 125 members of the Buffalo Launch Club Ladies Auxiliary attended the final luncheon of the season September 27, 1950, including 60 Islanders. Agnes Endres of Colony Rd. was co-chair and Marion Steffen served as mistress of ceremonies.~~~~Cy and Gert Gay were granted a zoning ordinance change from Residence "C" to Business "D" to permit the use of their Ferry Village property for the erection of a drive-in restaurant.

Looking back 40 years - Supervisor George Burgstahler, in office since March 1952, resigned as of September 30, 1960.

Former Island resident Carl Waterstruss passed away on September 20th.~~~~Adrianna Kherara Ballantyne died on September 21st. A memorial Service for the infant daughter of Amber E. Ballantyne and Kheshawn Cowart will be held Saturday, September 30th at 10 AM at St. Martin-In-The-Fields Church.~~~~Edna A. Wolanske died on September 22nd.~~~~Allan A. 'Wish' Wischman died September 22nd. Memorials in his name may be made to Hospice Buffalo.~~~~Longtime resident Evelyn R. Liesenfeld passed away on September 22nd. Memorials may be made to Grace Manor Nursing Home, 10 Symphony Circle, Buffalo 14201.~~~~Richard C. Kaska died September 3rd in Florida after a lengthy illness. A memorial service at Richard's request was held at 1437 Ferry Road on Saturday.~~~~Our sincere sympathy to their families.

Attention Class of 1976! An ice breaker on Friday, July 6, 2001 at River Oaks is in the planning stages for the Grand Island High School Class of '76. The 25 year reunion may include a golf outing if there is enough interest. We'll keep you posted as plans progress.

Athletes will compete in a duathlon (2.5 mile run, 16 mile bike race) beginning at 10 a.m. Saturday in Beaver Island Park.~~~~Congratulations again to the Varsity Vikings who beat Niagara Wheatfield 26 to 22 last Saturday. The Vikings play Kenmore East in Kenmore Saturday at 2 p.m.

Lose a set of keys, possibly in the Sandy Beach area? If so, call 773-5804 to identify.

The current publisher of the Grand Island Record will stop publication of the paper with the September 28th edition, however, there is every chance that it will continue to be the Island newspaper of preference under new ownership. I'll keep you posted!

September 21, 2000

Happy 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.

Our sympathy to the families of the following. Former longtime resident and retired assistant Grand Island Postmaster Eleanor Webb Dinsmore, 85, died on August 25th in Lebanon Valley Nursing Home, Annville, PA. A memorial service for Eleanor and her husband, Gerald L. Dinsmore will be held at Trinity United Methodist Church 7 p.m. Friday, September 29th.~~~~Former resident Charles M. Austin passed away August 30th. Memorials in his name may be made to the Shriner's Children's Hospital in Erie, PA.

Supervisor Peter McMahon reported to the Record Tuesday that the first case of West Nile virus in a bird on Grand Island has been verified. It was a bluejay found in Buckhorn State Park. However, the good news is that while birds with the disease might be found here, mosquito carriers are unlikely to be found due to our natural boundary of water.

Sorry to report that Kenny Wagner is in Room 911 at the VA Hospital. I'm sure he'd appreciate cards of cheer.

Happy birthday to Katie Grafinger (today), Rachel Hamlin (20 tomorrow), Nicole Walker (15 tomorrow), Ann Mitchell (tomorrow), Kenny Martina (8 on Saturday), Bud Link Jr. (the big 4-0 on Saturday), Sandy Larsen, Jean Cooper and Walter Hughes (Saturday), Julie Anna Amato (a teenager on Sunday), David Rodriguez (3 on Sunday), Betsy Cali, Sue Hillock, Lucy Floss and Eric Stefik (Sunday), Rick Pelham (Monday), George Zelonis (95 on Monday), Mildred Facklam (93 on Monday), Daniel Phetteplace (13 on Monday), Liz "Glor" Allen and Bill Costello Sr. (Tuesday), Kristen Burns (14 on Tuesday), Sara Dzielski (7 on Tuesday), Greg Butcher, Kathleen "Greenwood" Stein, Sandy Dee, Corky Carter, Dave Grant, Aline Volk and Geraldine Schutt (all on Wednesday).

Looking back 50 years - Eileen Burngasser and Emory Webb were married on September 23, 1950. Happy 50th anniversary, folks.~~~~The Sample Fair in Trinity Fellowship Hall September 22, 1950, sponsored by the Women's Society of Trinity EUB Church and chaired by Mrs. Roy Tenbrook, drew an attendance of 400 people.~~~~The September 25, 1950 edition of the local weekly paper reported that members of the East Park Garden Club celebrated their first anniversary.

Looking back 30 years - Valerie Smith (Funk) won Reserve Championship awards in "horse jumping" at Sprucelands Camp where she competed against 12 experienced jumpers.

Looking back 20 years - The position of zoning officer was abolished in September 1980 in a 4-1 vote by the town board.~~~~Emmanuel United Methodist Church celebrated the 70th year of its founding at the September 28th service in 1980.

Looking back 10 years - Though it never happened, the School Board, at its September 18, 1990 meeting, approved the building of a new elementary school.

Veronica Connor's 90th birthday party in the Brookfield Country Club on Sunday was a joyous occasion for all who attended. Among her closest friends who taught school under her superintendentship here on the Island and in attendance were Marjorie Ehde Anderson, Catherine DiVizio, Henry Fessard, Dave Meyers, Becky Goodwin, Marie Dwyer Hannan, Betty Long, Lyn Laman and Gene Masters. Miss Connor is most appreciative of the bags and bags of birthday greetings delivered to her post office in Ransomville and especially the heartwarming letters from the Veronica E. Connor Middle School students.

Best wishes to Jennifer Sipson and Christian G. Stenerson and to Kathe A. Kubiszyn and Michael W. Rickert. Their weddings took place Saturday, September 16th.

Happy birthday to baby Madison Grace Martin, celebrating her first birthday Tuesday with her mommy and daddy, Karen and Kent Martin in Northampton, PA.

Go Vikings! The Varsity Vikings continue their winning streak with a 31-19 victory over Lockport this past Saturday. Members of the championship football teams of the '80s (1980, 1984, 1986 and 1989) will be recognized by Gene Masters during the Vikings "home" game against Niagara Wheatfield this Saturday.~~~~Tonight (Thursday) is the Connections Leadership Council Meeting in the middle school little theater beginning at 7 p.m. and open to everyone.

September 14, 2000

Happy 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).

Get well wishes go out to Brian Bobak of West River Road who was hit by a car in Niagara Falls the day before school started. Still hospitalized, the St. Stephen School 2nd grader would surely enjoy receiving some get well cards from friends and neighbors.~~~~Cards of cheer would be most appreciated by former Whitehaven Road resident Janet Haen who still thinks of the Island as "home." Janet, who is fighting a battle with cancer, is living with her son-in-law and daughter, Suzie Willard at 1761 Martha Lane, Clearwater, FL 33756.~~~~Best wishes for a speedy recovery to Roslyn Butler who is recovering at home from recent eye surgery.

Shirley and Dick Gerspach are thoroughly enjoying their three grandchildren, Noah, Ryan and newest edition, Isaac Richard Swenson born April 7th. The boys, who are visiting here with their mother, Darcey Swenson, hail from Homer, Alaska.

Our sympathy to the families of Carole A. Brundage, 54, who died unexpectedly Tuesday, Sept. 5, 2000 in her Grand Island home, and Mary "Lee" Leach who passed away September 7th. Memorials for Mrs. Leach may be made to St. Stephen's Church Building Fund or Hospice of Buffalo.~~~~Edwina H. Meredith, 75, died September 5th in Cherrydale Health and Rehabilitation Center, Virginia from complications of a stroke. Mrs. Meredith was a former American history teacher in the Island school system from the 1960s until her retirement in 1986. Memorial contributions may be made in Mrs. Meredith's memory to the Grand Island Teachers Assn. Scholarship Fund.

Best wishes to Brooke and Rodney Raham celebrating their 20th wedding anniversary on Wednesday, September 20th and to Andy and Joan Chambers (32 years today) and Mary and Marion Narad (66 years tomorrow).

Looking back 50 years - Seventeen-year-old boat racer Ron Ehde, owner and driver of the Miss G.I,. won the NYS Class C Utility runabout championship trophy at Alexandria Bay. He was also leading in high points for the regent 2 trophy, and to date (Sept. 7, 1950) had won a total of 12 trophies on display at Grand Island Marine on Whitehaven Rd.~~~~The first meeting of the Grand Island Kiwanis Club was held on September 19, 1950 at Mesmer's Supper Club and led by the following: President Bill Goodwin, Vice President John Wheeler, Treasurer Lester Moyer, and Secretary Laverne Harding.~~~~Members of the American Legion, under the direction of Commander Ken Maurer, were putting on a new addition to their hall on Ferry Road.~~~~Joe Shugrue, Ed Kruse, Cy Diebold and Fred Redinger were the organizers of the Grand Island Drum Corps, which first met on Tuesday evening, September 19, 1950 in the firehall under the direction of Bill Pinkow.

Saturday started off as a dark and rainy day here, but turned out to be sunny and warm for the weddings of the following: James C. Ervin III and Ashley Elizabeth Gates in Trinity UM Church; William C. Muehbauer and Robyn S. Sciuk in St. Stephen's Serbian Orthodox Church; Jacqueline Marie Bogdan and Jeffrey Alan Chamberlain in Corpus Christi Catholic Church;and Nicole Lesly Dee and Jeffrey Thomas Hoffman in St. Stephen's RC Church.

Congratulations to the Varsity Vikings Football Team on their 37-34 victory over Amherst Saturday. The boys play Lockport at home 2 p.m. this Saturday when Coach Gene Masters will honor players of the outstanding teams of the 1970s.

Ornithologists at the Buffalo Museum of Science called Betty Clement of Ferry Road to thank her for the frozen specimens she brought in, including the cheese log she had included by mistake! She was as surprised as they were!

The Grand Island Historical Society will hold Open House at River Lea in Beaver Island State Park Sunday from 2-4 p.m. Drop by for a look back in time.

September 7, 2000

Congratulations 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).

So sorry to report the death of Dean Condino, 30, who died August 30th. Memorials may be made to the American Heart Association, Heart Gifts Processing Center, P.O. Box 3049, Syracuse, NY 13220-3049.~~~~Our condolences to the family of Josita M. Battaglia who died on August 28th. Memorials may be made to Roswell Park Cancer Institute or Lupus Foundation of WNY.

Happy birthday to Brianna Catanzaro (7 today), Alphia Prosser (today), Kaitlin Certo (Sweet 16 tomorrow), Ryan Enser (20 tomorrow), Mary Lou Kohlhagen and Lee Becker (tomorrow), Mikayla Ann Claus (her first birthday Saturday), John Yensan, Ardith Westrope and Gail Lazenby (Saturday), Craig Heftka (his 21st on Saturday), Justine Kirsch (a teenager Saturday), Jason Steiner (11 on Sunday), Danielle Podlucky (14 on Sunday), June Ann Chadima (4 on Monday), Mary Dienst (Monday), Ron Viavada Jr. (30 on Wednesday), Dan McMahon and Hazel Nailor (Wednesday) and Rachel Olszewski (her 10th on Wednesday).

Thanks to Nancy Duysters in Naples, Florida for letting us know about Jerry Thirion who grew up here in the 40s and 50s. Jerry, director of the LaPlaya Beach Resort in Naples, has been named executive director of Collier County's United Way Campaign and was featured in a recent edition of the Naples Daily News.

Best wishes newlyweds. Norman "Skip" Mrkall and his bride, the former Lisa Ann Koch were married September 1st in St. Stephen's Church. A reception for the Mrkalls was held in the fire hall where Skip is the current fire chief.~~~~Michele Lynn Greico and Damon Mark Piccione were married Saturday, September 2nd in Christ the King Chapel at Canisius College.

Looking back 50 years - Leonard Staub of Grandyle Village assumed the duties of town building inspector replacing Ransom Road resident Frank Norris.~~~~Students were returning to the Island's only grade school where a new addition opened in September 1950, doubling the size of Sidway School and providing a cafeteria for the first time. Bus drivers that year were Charlie "Huck" Trautman, Carl Schutt, Tom Benton Sr. and John Wagner.~~~~Evelyn Alt, Marion Hawley and Ann Kruse chaired the Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary's 11th anniversary celebration - a corn and wiener roast.

Looking back 30 years - It was announced that Mike McDonnell and John Stickl would serve as co-captains of the Varsity Vikings Football Team.

Looking back 20 years - Dottie Anderson opened her Ye Olde Book Shoppe at 2285 Grand Island Blvd.

Jennifer and Greg Dinsmore's son, Danny, who was home from the hospital for a short time, has had a serious setback. Prayers for the Dinsmores would be most appreciated.

Congratulations to the Grand Island Varsity Vikings Football Team on their 20-6 victory over Lew-Port last Saturday. The Vikings will play Amherst 2 p.m. this Saturday at the Ransom Road school. Coach Gene Masters,whose career goes back to Grand Island High's very first football team of 1965-66, will recognize the championship players with many of them expected to be in attendance. For good seats, get there early, for a good hometown crowd is expected.

Don't miss BLC Past Commodore Richard J. Dobmeier's feature article on the Antique and Classic Boat Show in today's Grand Island Record. The annual event at the Buffalo Launch Club this Saturday will be hosted by the Club whose members will have a variety of food and refreshments available.

Congratulations to Heidi Sue Mumm, director of The Islettes' Elite Majorettes. Heidi was recently inducted into the New York State Twirling Hall of Fame.

Shhhh! Veronica Connor's 90th birthday is September 17th and her address is Box 209, 2583 N. Lake Rd., Ransomville, NY 14131. Wouldn't it be nice to surprise her with a mailbox full of cards from her many friends and former students?

Isle registered Republican voters are reminded that there are no primary decisions for their party in Tuesday's election.~~~~Schools are open here as of this past Tuesday. Please follow the rules of the road where school buses are concerned.

August 31, 2000

Wedding 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.

Our sympathy to Gladys Benzing whose mother, Theodora M. Edington died on August 26th and also to the families of Barbara Taylor Brick, 68, of Largo, Fla., a former Isle resident of who died Monday August 21st while under Hospice care; Helen Juanita Miller who died on August 23rd; Patricia M. Wolfe, 74, who passed away August 25th in Kenmore Mercy Hospital; and East River Road resident John Lawrence Boyd Jr., 71, who died Friday, August 25th in Schoellkopf Health Care Center after a lengthy illness.

George Panepinto turns the big 6-0 on Saturday. Happy birthday, George and happy birthday also to Justin Figler (4 tomorrow), John Polizzi and Roy Hawkes (tomorrow), Jason Pax (25 tomorrow), Ashley Bowerman, Teresa Panepinto, Brenda Fike and Debbi Robinson (all celebrating Saturday), Sean Dinsmore (3 on Saturday and becoming a little sign language pro), Anthony Weber (18 on Saturday), Ilona Lang, Bob Dee and Edwin Kij (Monday), Zachary Scheuing (10 on Monday), Chris Ramsperger, Peggy McNulty and Mel Hill (Tuesday), Kyle Gorton (25 on Wednesday), Margaret Ann Haller and Judy Schmidt (Wednesday), Angela Amato (her 20th on Wednesday) and Katie Moriarty (Sweet 16 on Wednesday).

A belated happy 46th anniversary to Jean and Kester Bleich who celebrated on the 28th. Best wishes to Karl and Virginia Buehrig celebrating their 10th today; to Nancy and Joe Samrany, their 44th tomorrow; to Pat and Joan Bridge, married 45 years tomorrow; and to Bob and Kathy Kaiser on their 35th on Monday.

Looking back 50 years - The August 31, 1950 weekly paper reported that "Due to the seriousness of the news abroad... there will be four firemen on duty all night every night at the fire hall. The firemen are asking for four beds, either donation or loan.~~~~The same issue also reported the following: "That strange vehicle driving up and down Oakfield Road lately isn't an invasion from Mars. It is the one and only BudMel-Mobile manufactured by Buddy Link and Mel Rupp Jr.~~~~Roger Kaiser and Doris Dekdebrun (Meyer) starred in "Dream Boy," a musical comedy presented August 31 and September 1, 1950 in the Sidway auditorium to benefit the Sandy Beach Community Center. A "Dream Girl" contest to promote the show was won by Miss Dekdebrun. Other contestants were Wilma McDonald (Greenwood), Jean Webb (Bleich), Barbara McVittie, Edna Sarokan, Winnie Matison, Luella Landel (Wike), Joan Livingston (Fred) and Harriet Kirsch.

Looking back 30 years - Underground utility wires were first required in all new subdivisions built on Grand Island.

As mentioned here last week, Jim and Chris O'Dea have moved into 2142 East River Road. Friends who are out and about on Sunday, September 3rd after 3 p.m., are invited to bring a chair, stop by to chat and enjoy a bowl of Firemen's Chowder with them. On hand to help them celebrate will be Jim's brothers, Michael and Patrick, and his sister Kathy, and their families and also his mother, Betty, and her husband, Doc Carr.

Caitlyn McMahon, daughter of Nadine and Tom McMahon of Springfield, Virginia and granddaughter of Peter and Mary McMahon of Carter Drive, qualified to compete in national swim competition held at UB earlier this month. Caitlin, 10, placed in the top half of the 50 swimmers in her age group.

The 2nd Annual Beaver Island Sprint Triathlon begins at 9 a.m. Sunday in Beaver Island State Park.~~~~Labor Day weekend is bringing a lot of former residents back to the Island including Mary Linenfelser Cooke from Indiana, Dan Linenfelser Jr. and family from Pennsylvania and John and Carol Linenfelser and family from Brockport. Have a safe and happy holiday.

August 24, 2000

Welcome 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!

Looking back 50 years - Ollie Howard wrote the following in his editorial in the August 28th edition of his paper: "It is with complete confidence that we hand over the reins of editorial control of the pages of the Island Dispatch to George M. Pagan..."~~~~Proceeds of the International Regatta, to the tune of $3000, were taken during an early morning robbery in the Buffalo Launch Club August 21, 1950.~~~~Lois and Dr. Norm Stessing were receiving congratulations on their first child, a baby girl, Mary Elizabeth.

Looking back 40 years - Grand Island Golden Age Club members enjoyed a boat ride provided by Joseph D. Creighton, owner of Creighton's Edgewater Hotel. Agnes Stack, an enthusiastic charter member of the Club, assisted in piloting the boat.~~~~Jim Donlon had recently taken over the Idle Hour Inn and was advertising daily specials in the newly decorated restaurant with a view of the south Grand Island Bridge.

Happy birthday to Gregg Roesch and Ann Marie Stewart (today), Arlene Wunsch (9 tomorrow), Katie McCraith (Sweet 16 on tomorrow), Laura Schmidt and Karen Heimlich Clarke (tomorrow), Sascha Chevez (Saturday), Dr. Paul Meosky (his 70th on Saturday), Virginia "Narad" Parsons (special greetings on Saturday), Marisa Atkinson and Brielle Backland (both turning 4 on Saturday), Tim Rurkowski (10 on Saturday), Lindsey Edwards (Sweet 16 on Saturday), Dan Dinsmore (a big happy birthday on Sunday), Jessica Harris (13 on Sunday) Desire' Link (10 years old on Sunday), Jennifer Badame (Monday), Kathryn Elizabeth DeRose (13 on Monday), Katie Swain (her 20th on Tuesday), Michael Mulvena, Marie Saskowski and Terry Arent (Wednesday), Taylor Cool and Joseph Kobza (10th birthdays Wednesday), and Eric Sander (6 on Wednesday).

Our sincere sympathy to the families of the following residents. Arline B. Doherty died on August 3rd. Memorials may be made to Bible Presbyterian Church.~~~~Norman C. Kenny, 63, died August 15th in the Cleveland Clinic after a lengthy illness.~~~~Peter M. Olrogge died on August 17th. Memorials may be made to Roswell Park Cancer Institute.~~~~Robert W. Currie passed away on August 17th. Memorials may be made to American Heart or St. Stephen's Church.~~~~Elizabeth "Betty" Ryan died on August 19th. Memorials may be made to Niagara Lutheran Home, 64 Hager Street, Buffalo 14208.~~~~Walter John Dutka passed away on August 19th. Memorials may be made to the American Diabetes Association, 315 Alberta Dr., Amherst, NY 14226.

Best wishes to Joseph Anthony Burruano and his bride, the former Jill-Marie Johnson who were married August 19th in St. Stephen's Church.~~~~Happy anniversary to Fred and Kelly Claus celebrating on Saturday and to Jim and Sybil Kennedy whose wedding anniversary is on Sunday.

Don Burns, who suffered a broken arm earlier this year, is back to playing his ragtime piano music at 7 p.m. Saturday nights in Pete's Market House in Niagara Falls.

August 17, 2000

Pat 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.

So sorry to hear of 12-year-old Dan Dinsmore's emergency surgery. Cards and notes to Dan may be sent to Room 602, Mount St. Mary's Hospital in Lewiston.~~~~Get well wishes to Vito Lavango Sr. who was hospitalized last week.~~~~Get well cards are in order for former resident and ballet teacher Norma Ferrara Gelose. Her address is 65 Greentree, Tonawanda, NY 14150.

Doc and Betty Carr are looking forward to having Betty's daughter, Kathy and her three children of LaFayette, NY visit them this weekend.~~~~Congratulations to Jim Greer and Rose McDonald, winners in this week's Super Jingo contest in the Buffalo News.

Best wishes to Marlene Cheryl Caplan on her marriage August 11th to Matthew John Beck and to Andrea M. Tsikalas, married Saturday, August 12th to Craig M. Reynolds. Both weddings took place in St. Stephen's Church.~~~~I'm happy to announce the engagement of Isle resident and volunteer fireman Eric Corson to Amanda Abbate of Buffalo. The couple is planning a 2001 wedding.

John L. Suchocki Sr. passed away on August 12th. Memorials for the former school bus driver and school district building and grounds superintendent may be sent to the American Lung Association.~~~~Thomas L. Frampton Sr. also died on August 12th.~~~~John J. Quackenbush Sr. died on August 13th. Memorials may be made to the Hospice Foundation 225 Como Park Blvd., Cheektowaga, NY 14227.~~~~Our sincere sympathy to their families and also to Nancy Weis whose mother, Eleanor Rutkowski passed away on August 13th.

A Memorial remembrance for Louis Villano will be held 7 p.m. Tuesday, August 22nd in Trinity UM Church.The former journalist died on July 17, 2000.

Happy birthday to Marcella Ford (15 today), Terri Henderson and Michael Dyer (today), Abe Milner (94 on Saturday), Thomas Wilson Cauley (2 on Saturday), John Martin, Shirley Gerspach and Hank Morgan (all on Sunday), Marion Narad (his 92nd on Sunday), Bob Shackleton (the big 5-0 on Sunday), Christie DeMaria (10 on Monday), Dottie Roehrig and Dave Carminati (Tuesday), Sarah Ali (9 on Tuesday), Cassie Lynn Shickluna (her 2nd birthday Tuesday), Randy Hillock and Kurt Raepple (Wednesday), Sara Orsolits (10 on Wednesday) and to twins Brad and Melissa Gibson who turn 5 years old this week.~~~~Happy birthday Al Senf who celebrates his 86th birthday all week!~~~~Long time former resident George Booth celebrates his 78th birthday on August 20th. George and Melva are in the process of moving into their new home in Sarasota, FL.

A belated happy anniversary to Pat and Dale Kratz who celebrated their 19th wedding anniversary on August 7th.~~~~Anniversaries being celebrated today are those of Andy and Kim Tranter (their 4th), John and Deanne Giambra (4 years), Andy and Debbie Beyer (their 9th), and Tom and Peggy Butler (their 32nd anniversary). John and Marlene McCarthy will mark another anniversary tomorrow. Happy days to everyone.

Looking back 50 years - The Buffalo Launch Club's International Regatta took place on August 19th and 20th, 1950 when the 48 cu. in. runabouts were the newest class of racing. Joseph Van Blerck Jr. in his reliable Aljo won the national championship in the seven-liter class when a reported 50,000 people witnessed Sunday's races. Al Endres of Grand Island drove his "Sour Puss" to a fifth place but it was Guy Lombardo's Tempo VI that won the feature event for unlimiteds by nearly a mile. A late afternoon feature was a race for old-timers' speed boats.~~~~Eight-year-old Danny McNamee Jr. swam from the Island to Motor Island 50 years ago.

Looking back 40 years - Boat races off the Island shore continued to be most popular in 1960 with the third annual A.P.B.A. sanctioned International Inboard Regatta held July 31st off of Edgewater.~~~~Work on the new South Grand Island Bridge was underway.~~~~Members of the Knights of Columbus Mary Star of the Sea Council finalized a lease agreement and began holding their meetings in the Offermann estate home in Ferry Village.~~~~Marty Wolverton held a Grand Opening at his new Mobil Gas Station.

A tip of the hat to Mike and Christine Carr and all those who turned out for the Bluescasters concert at the Village Inn August 5th. Proceeds of over $1,000 were collected for the Make-A-Wish Foundation.

Grand Island Record readers from the Grand Island High School Classes of '66 and '67 are asked to put the word out to the Varsity Viking Football Team of Fall 1965. The players are invited to attend the first home game against Amherst at Masters Field on September 9th when Coach Gene Masters will honor teammates during half time festivities. Some may want to mark their calendar and come out to not only cheer on the Vikings 2000 but the school's first varsity football team who won a division championship.

Scheduled for tonight (Aug. 17) from 7-9 p.m. is a Grand Island Community Cruise Night sponsored by the Recreation Department and featuring music and classic vehicles - all taking place at the Town Hall Commons.

August 10, 2000

Want 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.

Congratulations toMaureen O'Donnell on winning five 1st place Gold medals while competing in Masters Swimming in the Empire State Games last month.

Victor Freeman Jr., son of Laura Becker and Victor Freeman of Redway Road, will be baptised Sunday, August 13th in Trinity UM Church. Coming from out of town for the service are godparents, former Islanders Leslie Morgan and Vincent Freeman.

A belated happy 50th birthday to
Leslie Smith. Les turned the big 5-0 yesterday (August 8th). Happy birthday to Clark Nesbitt (today), Mitchell Wendling (7 today), John Ryan (a teenager tomorrow), Sally Kaiser (tomorrow), Mike Madia and Betty Jane Harding (Saturday), Tom Carter (a milestone on Saturday), Bill Gratto (Sunday), Barbara "Klocke" Vogelin (special greetings Monday), Michael Podgorny (3 on Monday), Carson James Suffoletta (2 on Tuesday), Dick McNamee and Sally Sutter (Tuesday), Robert Arsenault (7 on Tuesday), Danna Podgorny (Wednesday) and Melissa Sipos (15 on Wednesday).

Doug and Polly Smith celebrated their wedding anniversary Tuesday, August 8th and their neighbors, Pete and Bev Kuszczyk, celebrated their anniversary August 6th.

Thirty year resident Auleen E. Brown, 81, died on July 20th. Howard Ross Mabey, husband of Carol French Mabey of DeSoto, TX passed away on July 27th. Isle native Corinne (Kaiser) Koester, 85, of Kenmore, died July 28th. Former resident Martin Livingston, 70, lost his fight with cancer on August 4th. Pauline B. Weber also died of cancer on August 4th. Mark E. Rafe, 40, died suddenly after suffering a brain aneurysm on Monday, August 7th. Our sympathy to all of their families.

Looking back 40 years - The Firemen's Field Day and parade on Saturday August 6, 1960 was chaired by Art Wade, with the help of the following committeemen: Cy Diebold (games & rides), Joe Measer (parking), Carlton Alt ("Smash-the-Car" game), Edwin Davison, (beer), Fred Redinger (canes), George Pollack (raffle), Paul McTigue (band), Ed Kruse Sr. (grounds), Nick Hy (chowder), Bob Pedlow, (publicity), Roy MacKinnon (French fries), Larry Runions (posters) and George Downs (sound). Some of these men are pictured in Yesterday's Isle feature on page 4.

Looking Back 30 years - Askew Real Estate clinched a 2nd consecutive Grand Island Softball League championship when Dave Fisher pitched a five-hitter and Jerry Livingston, Joe Giambra and Ron Weise all had 2 hits each. Team sponsor was Bill Askew.

Looking Back 20 years - Dan Grobe won the Class C title for the 27-mile run around the Island in the B&T Marathon July 27, 1980.~~~~Howie Benns driving Marty Prast's "Fantasy" won the 5-liter National Championship in Dayton, OH August 9, 1980 making him the holder of 4 national crowns.

Cheryl and Pat Hyman have relocated to Indianapolis, Indiana. Their state of residence was incorrect in a recent picture caption.

Cards of cheer are in order for Kenny Maurer who is undergoing back surgery this week. Take it easy, Kenny.

Just for the record(!), we've had lots of inquiries as to where the Treasures column by our feature writer Ruth Stahl has gone. Ruth is taking a little time off this summer. Her weekly articles should begin re-apearing next month.~~~~This weekend is the Rotary Club's annual hot dog sale at Tops Market. Let's support this most friendly group of Rotarians.

August 3, 2000

Congratulations 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.

Our sympathy to the family of Eleanor Jones, 77, who died Tuesday, July 25, 2000 in Riverwood Health Care Center after a brief illness. Services will be held at 10 a.m. Saturday in St. Timothy Lutheran Church.~~~~Brian J. Barbera, 36, a chef at the River Oaks Golf Club for 11 years, died Wednesday, July 26th from injuries sustained in an auto accident.~~~~Former resident Andrew F. Proto died on July 30th. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer or Rotary Club of the Tonawandas.

If you see Betty Clement, ask her about her fabulous vacation in Hawaii with daughter, Melissa Hill and her family.

Helen Hassan who had knee surgery July 27th is home and recuperating nicely. We hear she's doing great and her family is hopeful that she will be able to walk down to her waterfront and enjoy watching the boaters again.~~~~Please keep Ruth Boettcher in your prayers. She suffered a massive stroke on July 17th.

Islanders Michelle L. Kopf and Mark D. Pinzel were married in St. Stephen's Church on Saturday, July 29th.~~~~Melissa L. Kinney and Todd M. Kreutzer 's wedding also took place in St. Stephen Church Saturday. Our best wishes to the newlyweds.

Islanders Dave Grant, economic development coordinator with Praxair, and Gary Roesch, terminal services manager with NOCO Energy were among honorees at the Partnership's sixth annual Buffalo Night held in Albany earlier in the summer. The Partnership is one of the region's leading business organizations.

Former resident, and a favorite co-worker of ours, Eileen Drumm is celebrating her 60th birthday today. Happy birthday Eileen! Happy birthday to Jason Planavsky, Marie Klocke and Maureen Glor (today),Brandon McDonough and Natalie Fischer (teenagers today), Mathew Riley (10 tomorrow), Debbie Copeland (Saturday), Nick Radius (87 on Sunday), Paul Swan (his 13th on Sunday), Carol Moore (Sunday), Alex Gentry Turner (his first birthday on Sunday), Rich Dommer (21 on Monday), Danny Dinsmore Jr. (2 on Tuesday), Shannon McDonough (6 on Tuesday), Holly "Whitford" Best (48 on Tuesday), Mary Pietrzak and Shannon Becker (both turning 7 on Wednesday), Sybil Kennedy (Wednesday) and to Marcy Buell and Millie Weiser (special greetings on Wednesday).

Warmest wishes and a very happy 40th anniversary to Beverly and Frank Echelberger who were married on August 6, 1960.~~~~Maria and Frank DelSignore are wished the best today on their 37th anniversary.

Do any of our readers recall a lengthy article on the planting of pecan trees by an Island resident that was featured in the Buffalo News between 10 and 15 years ago? A News reader who ordered the pecans and planted them has asked if anyone can put him in touch with the Islander who sent the nuts out to him.

Looking back 50 years - The Across the Mahogany With Willie column in an August 1950 issue of the local paper included the following: "Good-Night Irene" sure gets a work-out at Sugier's Grill where the belle of the family is named Irene!"

Looking back 30 years - Leaders Bill Burch, Joe Weber and Roger Kaiser accompanied 27 Scouts from Troop 510 to summer camp where Ross Kaiser earned top advancement with 5 merit badges, the Star rank and the mile swim.~~~~Baseball league managers chose Jim Rodriguez as the best 12-year-old and winner of the Henderson Award at the All Star Game in August 1970.~~~~Reid, Joel and Nina Gibson, Tanya Anticoli, Ken Hoover, Shaun O'Hara and Dan Harris held a neighborhood carnival in the summer of 1970 when at least 50 Sandy Beach area children came to the event at Wallace Drive and East River Road.

Local fishing tip? "When the purple is on the weed, the bass are on the feed." We've been told that the bass are biting big time.

Best wishes to Eric Cobello, back home after his second surgery since June. He is doing well and his family is thankful for all of the prayers and good wishes from neighbors and friends.

Blues fans, take note! Playing their fantastic brand of blues music outside in the tent at the Village Inn Saturday night at 9 p.m. will be the well known Bluescasters Band. Sounds like a good time! See you there.

July 27, 2000

A 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.

Belated good wishes to Ted and Elaine Hildebrandt who recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary. The Hildebrandts were married on July 14, 1950.~~~~Best wishes also to Bonnie and Bill Call who celebrated their 25th anniversary yesterday.

Our sympathy to the families of longtime resident Louis Villano, 88, who died Monday, July 17, 2000, and former resident Fannie C. Jeffery, 90, who died Wednesday, July 19, 2000 in Wynwood Commons, Kenmore, after a short illness.

Sandie "Rall" Smith should be arriving in town today and will be staying at her brother, Tom's house. "It would be great if anyone wants to stop by," she told me.

Happy birthday to John Roberts, Bob Schmidt , Dan Buckley, Helen Newkirk and Cheryl Kloesz all celebrating today and to Jackie Kew (her 60th today), Nicholas Sendlbeck (30 today), Bob Dommer (25 tomorrow), Casey Dahlstrom (12 tomorrow),Louise Raby (tomorrow), Kristen Perkovich, John Clunie and Joe Allsop (Saturday), Myrtle Killian (94 on Sunday), Sarah Victor (7 on Sunday), Thomas Cope (a teenager on Sunday), Nicholas Panepinto (4 on Sunday), Christy Callahan (18 on Sunday), David Hughes and John A. McCarthy (Sunday), Jenna Hutzler (9 on Monday), Janet Wenner and Lou Macro (Monday), Raymond Fisher II (13 on Monday), Diane Victor and Elaine Gorman (Tuesday), Marissa Lange (10 on Tuesday), Thomas Kalman (7 on Tuesday), George McCraith (11 on Tuesday), Sarah Williams (6 on Wednesday) and Tyler Wunsch (7 on Wednesday).

Looking back 40 years - The Fire Company installed louder five horse power fire sirens in Isle neighborhoods.~~~~Russell Hill was elected president of the new Gear Jammers teen car club on the Island.

Looking back 20 years - A group of registered Conservatives formed a Grand Island district Conservative Committee and elected Donald C. Smith chairman in July 1980.~~~~Paul Gast of Fast by Gast, won first place at the N.M.R.A. Summer Nationals in Indianapolis, Indiana where his 1974 Kawasaki 750cc set a national record of 9.71 seconds at 138 mph in the standing start quarter mile.~~~~Scout Troop 510's 26 Scouts and three adults were led by Senior Patrol Leader Skip Ullrich at a week's campout at Camp Stonehaven. Troop 510 won the Cleanest Campsite award and the Waterfront Carnival.~~~~Rob Beach and Jeff Waterson took 1st and 2nd place in the Amateur Speedway Class in the Canadian National Motorcycle Championship in Welland, Ontario.

Donna Marie Dzielski and Bryan Allen Kaiser were married Friday, July 21st in Trinity United Methodist Church and Ileana Marie Taglis and Scott Alexander Correa's wedding took place Saturday, July 22nd in St. Stephen's Church.~~~~Happy 20th anniversary to Ron and Pat McNamee who celebrated yesterday.

Congratulations to Sal Andolina who had a hole-in-one on the 165-yard 3rd hole at Fox Alley Country Club with a 5-wood.~~~~Hydroplanes will be racing in the International Regatta in the east Niagara River Saturday and Sunday and there should be good viewing along East River on the Island side as well as from Isleview Park across the river which is the site of the yearly races.

July 20, 2000

Best 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.

Kayla Kate Tranter, born July 3rd weighing six pounds, 11 ounces, is the first child of Andrew and Kim Tranter of Orlando, Florida. Proud grandparents are Shelagh and Donald Korman of Fieldstone Dr. and Marianne and Jim Tranter of Placida, Florida.

Married Saturday, July 15th were Anne Marie Wozniak and Brad Alan Stricklin in Trinity United Methodist Church, and Jennifer June Rohan and R. Scott Tuttle, married in St. Stephen's Church.

Former resident Francis J. Falejczyk,73, of Lakewood, NY died July 11, 2000 of a massive heart attack.~~~~So sorry to report the death of Carol B. Farley on July 10th. Memorials may be made to St. Martin-in-the-Fields Church, 2587 Baseline Road. Our sympathy to their families.

Nice to see Art Ellsworth who was back in town last week after having major surgery in Texas. We wish Art, who will return to Texas for treatment, a complete recovery and hope to see him back on the Island soon.~~~~Farewell and good luck to Pat and Cheryl Hyman who have sold their home on Woodcreek Lane here and have moved to Indianapolis, Indiana where they have purchased a pet store business.~~~~Sharon Bauer stopped on the Island while traveling cross country from Orange, California. She's enjoying retirement and lives near her brother Lin and parents Eleanor and Fred Bauer, all formerly of East Park Road.~~~~Among former residents who celebrated the 4th of July back "home" here were
Nancy "Buckley" Valone (CA), Jim and Chris O'Dea (CT), Mary Ann and Ed Arsenault (AZ) and Butch Glasgow (FL).

Happy birthday to Mae Eastman and Hank Morgan (today), Amanda Williams (11 today), Paul Michael "Buck" Long (5 tomorrow), Jean Anstett, Molly Zogarra and Mary Narad (tomorrow), Joe Menter (20 tomorrow), Betty Raepple (Saturday), Bill Buckley (the big 5-0 on Sunday), Bill Loth (a big one on Sunday), Sarah Ali, Marion Fabiano and Mariam Macguire (all on Sunday), Marlene "Vinovrski" Golden (happy 50th on Monday), Kathy "Bradley" Smith and Mike Goris (Monday), Kady Liesenfeld (two on Monday), Lorraine Mueller (Tuesday), Lisa Podlucky (the big 4-0 on Tuesday), Lindsey Spiker (4 on Wednesday) and Sara Bailey, Vito Lavango Sr., Liz Reimann and Bill Harding (all on Wednesday).~~~~A belated happy birthday to Lisa Anne DeValentino who celebrated last Friday and to Patrick Morrison who turned 16 on Sunday.

Longtime residents who graduated with the LaSalle High School Class of '50 may be interested to know that a class reunion is planned for Sept. 8-9 at the Best Western Inn on the River. Contact Julie Horne, 754-9093 for information.

Howie Benns Jr. is overjoyed with his new puppy, Echo, who joined the family last Saturday.

Looking back 50 years - Bob Robinson and Don Bartlett brought their horses to the Western themed Girl Scout/Brownie day camp behind Sidway School for the closing day roundup when Scouts and Brownies were able to take a ride.~~~~The George Senn house on Elmwood Road in Ferry Village was purchased by Tony and Charlotte Guenther (Roesch).~~~~Editor/Publisher Ollie Howard wrote in his "Round the Island" column in the by-weekly Island Dispatch that "American boys are dying on foreign soil and once again they are getting the wholesale support of the folks at home."~~~~Ann Mitchell, Eva Smith, Jean E. Stamler, Elsie E. Stamler, Louise Killian and Millie Vanthoff, all members of the neighborhood "Kozy Korner Stichery Klub," had dinner together on July 26, 1950 in the Louis Restaurant in Niagara Falls.

Looking back 40 years - The Grand Island Volunteer Fire Company announced it no longer needed the water hole at the corner of Whitehaven and Baseline roads and until such time as the town highway department could fill it up, it was to be fenced to eliminate danger to neighborhood children.

A pair of ladies' glasses (bifocals with silver rim at top) were left at the Town Gazebo two weeks ago. They may be picked up in the town clerk's office.

Peter Stallmacher was supposed to be meeting friends at the Moose Lodge on the Boulevard at 4 p.m. this Friday, however he was injured in an accident while traveling to the Island from Florida. A speedy recovery to Pete whose address is 1970 Northeast 158th Street, N. Miami, FL 33162.~~~~The Canal Fest runs through Sunday on either side of the Erie Canal in Tonawanda and North Tonawanda and local hydroplane races take place off Isleview Park the following weekend, July 29-30th.

July 13, 2000

New 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.

Best wishes to the following couples who were married on Saturday, July 8th: Michelle Claire Keddie and Bradley James Harper in St. Benedict Catholic Church, Eggertsville; Dina Marie Muzzillo and Peter L. Padilla in St. Joseph Cathedral, Buffalo; Richard Keith Bergstrom and Jane Irene Anderson, Hillcrest Baptist Church in Jamestown; Renee Marie Robinson and Christopher A. Fitzsimmons in St. Peter United Church of Christ in North Tonawanda; and Sheila C. McCowan and Daniel J. Donovan Jr. in St. Stephen's Church.

Our sincere sympathy to Dr. Paul Fields and his family on the death of his mother Mildred M. Fields on July 8th. Memorials in Mrs. Fields' name may be made to St. Margaret Mary's Church, 401 Rogers Pkwy., Rochester, NY 14617 or St. Joseph's Church, Albion, NY.~~~~Former resident Dorcas Dial-Nelson, 78, died July 7th in her Conroe, Texas, home, following a lengthy battle with cancer.

Monsignor Richard Cahill really got into the beat of the music accompanying the baton twirlers who were just ahead of the Grand Island ministerium in our July 4th parade. Using some very clever dance moves on the street, Father Cahill was quickly joined by fellow members of the clergy Rev. Paul Robinson and Father Dan Fiebelkorn who drew quite a round of applause.~~~~A speedy recovery to Sam Pauley of Fix Road who is having foot surgery tomorrow.

A belated happy anniversary to Zdenka and John Gast, married 30 years on July 7th and to Mary and Peter McMahon, married 38 years on Tuesday. Happy anniversary to Dick and Marla Crawford who are celebrating their 4th today and to Sherrie and Bob Wendling marking their 40th on Sunday, the 16th.~~~~A belated happy 7th anniversary to Italo and Kim Baldassarre who celebrated on Monday.

If you see Kenny Maurer this week wish him a happy 80th birthday. Kenny was born on July 15, 1920.~~~~Happy birthday to Fayne Certo (today), Pat Kaiser (tomorrow), Samuel Ali (8 tomorrow), Joseph Edel (10 on Sunday), Carolyn Doebert (Sunday), Marie O'Hara and Sherry Walsh (Monday), John Fontana (his 97th on Tuesday), Kevin Kloesz (17 on Wednesday), Andrew Sander (5 on Wednesday), and Jean Bartholomew (Wednesday).

Class of 1980 reunion directories, produced for the recent class reunion by Vicki Harnden and Cyndi Booker are available at $7 (includes mailing) by contacting Vicki at 773-3138 or harnden@acsmetro.com.

Looking back 65 years - Town residents attended a major celebration of the opening of the new north and south Grand Island bridges 65 years ago today.

Looking back 40 years - Wild Bill Cantrell driving the Gale V, won the unlimited hydroplane championship in the International Regatta held at the Buffalo Launch Club July 9-10th. Islander Frank Reichlin's Miss Peggy took 4th. Lil' Miss Ruffett driven by Bill Loth of Love Road failed to start. Earl Long driving "I-Goofed," was third in the a 280 cu in, two-heat race.~~~~Young Islander Denny Yakam came in 3rd in 9th annual Marathon Race around Grand Island on July 17, 1960. Other familiar names that year were Noel Blair, Ed Zagonce, Don Less, Johnny Gast Jr., Ray Lippens and Jack Allen.

Keys with automatic door lock were found Saturday on Whitehaven Road between Stony Point and Grand Island Blvd. If you think they are yours, call 773-6195.~~~~~Ticket will be available for the Historic Trinity garden tour (six gardens) Saturday from 11 a.m. to 3 p.m. at Historic Trinity Chapel.

July 7, 2000

Congratulations 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.

Welcome to Philip John Gentz who weighed in at nine pounds at 10 a.m. on the 4th of July. The little firecracker is the son of David and Mary Gentz of Love Road.~~~~Welcome home to several of Ora Glor-Newton's six children including Elizabeth Glor Allen who met with childhood friends Wednesday evening in Cathy and Jim's Restaurant.

So sorry to report the death of Marilyn Sterner Welsh, a member of the Grand Island Class of '70, who passed away on April 12, 2000.~~~~Barbara Ann Aquilino, 78, died on July 4th. Memorials may be made to the Grand Island Neighbors Foundation, PO Box 155, Grand Island 14072. (see obituary in today's Record.)~~~~Former resident Anna K. Franke died on July 4th. Funeral services will be held 10 a.m. today at the Lester H. Wedekindt Funeral Home, 3290 Delaware Ave. Our sympathy to their families.

Newlyweds are Dr. Lisa M. Semple and William J. DeGlopper who were married Saturday, July 1st by Rev. Paul Robinson in Delaware Park, and Alyssa Miller and John Kolat Jr. whose wedding took place in St. Stephen's Church also on July 1st.

Looking back 50 years - Two contracts were signed by Supervisor Dan McNamee for the Sandy Beach sewer and sewage treatment plant involving an expenditure of $168,000. The improvement would serve approximately 150 homes and open the area to further development.~~~~The New York Telephone Co. advertised "A little old-fashioned courtesy is a big help on a party line" and "Space your calls - others may want to use the line."~~~~The Town Board moved to allow the janitor to spend $25 for flowers for the town hall yard.

Looking back 30 years - Relics of an Indian campsite were unearthed by bulldozers clearing the East River/Whitehaven area for the River Oaks Golf Course.

Boaters are reminded when making non-emergency calls, that the U. S. Coast Guard is asking that you used Channel 9. "The primary purpose of the frequency (Channel 16) is to send and receive emergency distress calls from boaters."

A very happy birthday goes out to Jenna Podlucky and Fred Mumm (yesterday), Autumn Kaiser, Ted Kessler Sr.,
Earl DeGlopper Sr. and Doug Kutzbach (today), Cathy Thomas (tomorrow), Christopher and Alexandria Avery and Jordan Tripi (all turning 9 tomorrow), Brianna Mysliwiec (5 tomorrow), Shannon Robillard (4 on Sunday), Barbi Lare, Bernice Dinsmore, and Vivian Smudski (Sunday), Kenneth Sommers (special greetings on Sunday), Alfred Bykowicz (Monday), Abby Englert (8 on Monday), Justin Frentzel (6 on Monday), Michael Bunnell (his 10th on Tuesday), Eileen Wylegala (warm wishes on Tuesday), Melissa Goris (her 18th on Wednesday), Norm Machelor (Wednesday), and Ashley Dragonette (4 on Wednesday).

"All That Jazz" will be playing in the Town Hall Gazebo Tuesday night beginning at 6:30 p.m. Band concerts sponsored by the Town Recreation Department continue on Tuesday evenings throughout the summer.~~~~Those hardworking VFW folks provided another wonderful Island get-together Tuesday afternoon following our Independence Day Parade. The fast growing organization is community spirit at its best. Thanks, everyone.

June 29, 2000

Best 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.

Pat Sciandra, who will turn 75 on July 19th, will celebrate her birthday with her 10 children including some from California, Texas, Oklahoma and Georgia, her 17 grandchildren and one great grandchild when the families gets together Wednesday, July 5th. Happy birthday, Pat.

Glad to report that Ruth Landel is recuperating nicely from her recent by-pass surgery.~~~~Congratulations to Jim Dunlop who has again won the Corporate Challenge race in Buffalo.~~~~Our own Lyn Laman, a former art teacher and a member of the Buffalo Octogon Club, won first place in the pre-war category with her 1948 MG at a recent MG sponsored car show in Cleveland.

Special birthdays being celebrated this week are those of Samuel D. Hunt (30 today), Ray DeGlopper (today), Krist Haag (30 on Sunday), Kevin Lipp and Michael Dillemuth (both hitting the big 4-0 on Monday), Joan Hoag (Monday), and former resident Mark Randolph Stevenson (hitting the half century mark on July 5th).

Happy birthday to Tina Rose, Sue Mallon and Norma Cowan (today), Justine Vanthoff (9 today), Maxwell Calabro Costello (his first birthday today), Jackie Kehoe and Elaina Bolles (turning 3 tomorrow), Gary Roesch (Saturday), Joey Khreis (9 on Sunday), Georgio Panepinto (18 on Sunday), Chelsea Robillard (two-years-old on Sunday), Mary Fleischmann (Sunday), Christina Guzik (her 13th on Monday), Kyle Staub (3 on Monday), Helene Kerr (her 92nd birthday on Tuesday), Tom Rusert (20 on Wednesday), Kelly Anne Edwards (13 on Wednesday), Anthony Verdi (7 on Wednesday) and Marty Remmes (Wednesday).

Our sympathy to the families of Roland L. Reid who died June 20th, Eleanor Trautman (June 22nd) and Mabel Leibinger (complete obituary in today's Record) (June 24th). Memorials for Mr. Reid may be made to the Grand Island Historical Society, PO Box 63, Grand Island, 14072 or St. Timothy Lutheran Church, 1453 Staley Rd.~~~~A memorial service will be held in St. Stephen's Church on July 3rd for former resident Bill Hennigar Sr. who died on June 26th. (complete obituary in today's Record). William F. Burns Jr., 76, died suddenly in his home June 24th. Eileen J. Zaepfel died on June 27th. Our condolences to their families.

Looking back 65 years - It was on June 30, 1935 that the Bedell House Hotel was destroyed by fire. The late Cy Diebold often reminisced about that morning when he was attending Mass at Mary Star of the Sea Church in Ferry Village and the "clang" sounded, notifying area residents of a fire. With no organized fire company, companies from mainland drove over the new South Grand Island Bridge, not yet open to traffic, to offer assistance with the by then completely out of control fire.

Looking back 50 years - The first of the newly built duplex apartments became occupied on July 1, 1950.

Looking back 40 years - The Red Sox beat the Giants in a Mustang Little League thriller when John Sarokon struck out 10 men and Dave Dyer struck out 16. Don Kutzbach homered for the Giants in the 7th.~~~~Johnny Gast suffered a broken leg in the July 3, 1960 Swiftwater Regatta off Isle View Park. "Papa's Bundle," the boat he was driving, flipped in the 2nd heat of the E Racing Runabout event. Noel Blair gave up his chance of winning when he stopped to rescue John after his boat overturned.

Heard the Class of '90 had a marvelous time at their get-together at River Oaks last Friday evening. Unfortunately, Jamie Akers Smith, who made the trip from Texas, was unable to attend due to her husband, Dan's sudden illness.~~~~Alabama resident Greg DeMike, Class of '76, will be in town over the 4th as will numerous out-of-towners attending reunions for the classes of '70, '75 and '80.~~~~ Former Assistant Principal Joe Chimento and his wife, Connie, will be guests at the Class of '70 reunion dinner at River Oaks.~~~~Welcome home everyone, especially Tracy Stamler Bryan, Patti Davern King, Mark Lewis, Randy White, Patty Costello Rink and Mary Jo Gill.~~~~The Grand Island Record will make its fourth appearances in the Independence Day parade on the Boulevard. Hope to see you there and over at the VFW picnic.

June 22, 2000

So 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.

Little Shaun Dinsmore is recuperating from surgery and would probably enjoy getting some cards in his mailbox.~~~~And a speedy recovery to John McCarthy who was taken ill Monday while on the job at Town Hall.

Members of the Class of '70 have until tomorrow, June 23rd to RSVP to the reunion committee, Diane (Bykowicz) Hassan , 773-9067 or Barb (Aquilino) Wienke, 775-3305.~~~~As a last minute reminder from the Class of '80 reunion committee, a prepayment of $20 for the VFW BBQ should be sent in by June 26th (yes, there is still time) to Mary Lyn Nutting, P. O. Box 68, Delevan, NY 14042.

A very happy birthday to Isle native Warren Stamler who will celebrate his big 8-0 birthday tomorrow and also to Laurie Williams, Charlie Smilinich, Alison Peters and Marilyn Johnson also celebrating tomorrow. Happy birthday to Pat Arcouet (Saturday), Linda Greenwood (special greetings on Saturday), Carolyn Morrisey (her 13th on Saturday), Tom Dahlquist (18 on Saturday), Meaghan A. Grotz (13 on Sunday), Cole Glessner (4 on Sunday), Nancy "Buckley" Valone and Sally Goris (Sunday), Chris Weaver (Cheers on Monday), and Doug Smith, Judy Schneider and Tom Rall (Tuesday).

Congratulations to Dick and Elaine Johnson of Blue Jay Lane, who celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary last weekend. Elaine's father W.E. Rexroat, 102, who walked her down the aisle 50 years ago, attended the Trinity UM Church service on Sunday and addressed the congregation to say what a blessing it was for him to be able to share this very special time with his daughter and son-in-law.~~~~BLC Commodore Dick Sander and his wife, Gale are celebrating their 35th wedding anniversary on Monday. Happy days to the Sanders.~~~~Happy anniversary to Karen and Rick Lascelle celebrating 30 years on Tuesday.~~~~A belated happy anniversary to Iris and Tom Edwards who were married 50 years ago on June 3, 1950.

Former resident Rose M. Rinaldo, 91, died June 11th. Memorials may be made to Buffalo Hospice, Inc.~~~~John R. Hutt Sr. died on June 15th. Memorials may be made to the John R. Hutt Scholarship Fund, 2645 Sheridan Dr, Tonawanda NY, 14150.~~~~Grace Baldi died on June 18th. Memorials may be made to the American Cancer Society.~~~~Roland L. Reid died June 20th. Memorials may be made to the Grand Island Historical Society, PO Box 63, Grand Island, 14072 or St. Timothy Lutheran Church, 1453 Staley Rd., Grand Island, 14072, where funeral services will be held Friday at 2 PM. Our sincere sympathy to their families.

Wedding Bells! Married on Saturday, June 17th were Nicole Tortorice and Jeffrey Sullivan, Renae Getty and Donald Whalen, and Kristin Tilley and James H. Miller.

Looking back 50 years - St. Stephen's Church barn was the site of two barn dances in June of '50. Hank Boehm chaired the St. Stephen's Holy Name Society's event on June 23rd, and Charlie Robinson was in charge of the Sandy Beach Property Owners Community Center dance on the following Saturday evening, to benefit their Community Center project. Heading the Sandy Beach organization were President Marion Narad, Vice President Louis Stark, Secretary Irene Wallace, and Treasurer Al Sargent.~~~~Trinity Church choir members including Clayton Ames, Robert Dworak and Mary Gross, put on their annual Strawberry Festival featuring strawberries, ice cream, homemade cake and orangeade all for 50 cents.

Looking back 40 years - Pat Carroll was elected the first Grand Knight of the Knights of Columbus, Mary Star of the Sea Council.

Play it safe. Let the tragic accident in the Niagara River last week remind all of us to be extremely careful when operating our wave runners and boats. Our deepest sympathy to the family of Dennis F. Anderson, 59, of Lancaster who died June 14th from injuries in the waverunner accident.

Local runners are reminded that the cut off date to register for the Dick Bessel Independence Day Run is June 26th.

The Class of 1980 has been named the winner in the Isledegrande.com contest with a total of 98 classmates signed on the web site. Prizes will be announced next week.~~~~Congratulations to all of our Island high school graduates. Let the summer begin!

June 15, 2000

So 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.

Best wishes to Lisa Potenza and Ronald Gramza who were married in St. Stephen's Church Saturday, June 10th and to Lisa Marie Montagna who became the bride of Minfei Michael Leng in Kenmore Alliance Church on Saturday.

Our condolences to the family of James B. Brown who died June 8, 2000. Memorials may be made to Hospice Buffalo.~~~~Sincere sympathy to the family of Karen S. (nee Robinson) Goode who died on June 9, 2000. A funeral service in Trinity United Methodist Church will be announced at a later date. Memorials may be made to Trinity Church, 2100 Whitehaven Rd., Grand Island, NY 14072.~~~~Former West River Road resident James M. Waldron, 73, died June 5th in his Lockport home. Memorials may be made to either the Niagara Hospice, 4675 Sunset Street, Lockport, NY 14094 or the Exley United Methodist Church in Wilson.~~~~Shirley M.Rohring, 73, of Fort Pierce, Florida passed away June 7th in hospice care. Our sympathy to her family.~~~~Other deaths with local connections include Lori B. McDonough, daughter of the late Sharon Rezabek who died on June 10th in Derby, and Veronica "Vera" Modelski (June 12th).

Happy birthday to Stacey Scott (14 today), Tommy Dzielski (7 today), Stephanie Beyer and Charlie Benzing (special greetings today), Shane Yensan (25 tomorrow), Tracy Schultz (tomorrow), Colleen Kowzan (Saturday), Samantha Dinsmore (10 on Sunday), Jacob Olszewski (13 on Sunday), Jillian Wohlfehrt (3 on Sunday), Gene Masters and Kester Bleich (Sunday), Christopher Stessing (8 on Sunday), Nancy Dahlquist (3 on Monday), Carleen Taylor and Judy Loder (Monday), Justin Hoover (his 16th on Tuesday), Roberta Lorence, Paula Callahan, Bob Beach and Jim Linenfelser Jr. (all celebrating on Tuesday), Skipper Fred (his 21st on Tuesday), Justin Frentzel (7 on Tuesday), Laura Fik (Sweet 16 on Tuesday), Kim Marie Swain (her Sweet 16th on Wednesday), Frank Alliger (big 5-0 Wednesday) and Jamie Tranter (his 30th on Wednesday).~~~~A belated happy birthday to Danielle Hassan who celebrated this past Tuesday.

A very happy anniversary to Gail and George Allen who will be married 30 years on Tuesday. The Allens will be back on the Island for a visit beginning June 30th.~~~~Sue and Randy Hillock will celebrate their 20th wedding anniversary on Wednesday and are wished the very best on their special day.

Joan Mayse is the proud grandmother of Taylor James Trautman, born on March 17, 2000 and weighing seven pounds, 13 ounces. The baby's mom and dad are Tammy Marbel and Bill Trautman.

Looking back 30 years - - Paul Bauer, top man out of 60, shot the only perfect 100 to capture the All-gauge crown in the Grand Island Rod & Gun Club's open skeet championship Sunday June 14, 1970.

Looking back 10 years - The school board took on a female majority for the first time in its history when a record turnout of voters passed all three school district propositions and elected two new school trustees including high vote getter Sue Gill with 1186.~~~~Tom and Ellie Zarbo were awarded the Cross and Flame Award by the National Association of United Methodist Scouters for outstanding service to youth. The Zarbos had a combined total of over 40 years in scouting - in June 1990.

Congratulations to Dr. Lee Ruotsi of West Oakfield Road who was recently presented the Niagara Hospice Physician of the Year Award at the Niagara Falls Country Club.~~~~For the second week in a row Island residents won the Buffalo News Super Jingo contest. Congratulations to Jackie and Tony Zukic who won the trip for two to the Tradewinds Sirata Beach resort in Tampa.

Congratulations to the overall male winner in the Evan Glover Tunnell Run, Jim Dunlop - as usual - in a time of 9:43 for the two mile race.

Kids and "kids at heart" will enjoy the glitz of the costumes and the sound of the applause as longtime local dance instructor Cathy Parisi Thomas shows off her dance classes tonight (Thurs.) and tomorrow at 7 p.m. on the high school stage.~~~~This Saturday is the United Methodist Women's annual Chiavetta's chicken barbecue from 4-7 p.m. at Trinity Church. Why not bring Dad for a Father's Day treat.~~~~As a last minute reminder from the committee planning the Class of '80 reunion, a pre-payment of $20 for the VFW BBQ should be sent in by June 26th (yes, there is still time) to Mary Lyn Nutting, P. O. Box 68, Delevan, NY 14042.~~~~Members of the Class of '70 have until Thursday, June 23rd to RSVP to reunion committee members Diane (Bykowicz) Hassan or Barb (Aquilino) Wienke.

June 8, 2000

Plans 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).

Our sympathy to the families Ivan Lester, 102, who passed away on May 28th, Eugenia J. Plewinski (June 2nd), Donald J. Magro (June 3rd) and Anthony Petrosino (June 4th). Memorials for Miss Plewinski may be made to the American Cancer Society or to Catholic Charities, and those for Mr. Petrosino, to the Leukemia Society of America.~~~~Former longtime Kaegebein School Principal Bea Cady, 94, died Friday, June 2nd.

Congratulations to Bob DeGlopper who shot a hole-in-one at River Oaks using a 7-iron at the 145-yard 14th hole.~~~~Congratulations to Mike Martineck. Mike was the recent Buffalo News Super Jingo winner of a trip for two to the Tradewinds Sirata Beach Resort in Tampa, FL.

Melanie Koch is doing her part for the "M.A.S.H. Bash" taking place tomorrow at 8 p.m. to benefit work of the Greater Buffalo Chapter, American Red Cross. Melanie takes the part of "Hot Lips" Houlihan straight out of the television series.

A speedy recovery to Rose Kij who is recuperating from recent bypass surgery.~~~~Get well cards for Mabel Leibinger may be sent to the short term unit of Oakwood Health Care Center.~~~~A cheery hello to Robert Stahl who is recovering from surgery in Kenmore Mercy Rehab Center.

Looking back 50 years - - Marty and Jo Schwagler and Charlie Fick had recently taken over Carpenter's Idle Hour Inn.~~~~The Grand Stand on Love Rd. and Stony Point was a busy place on June 12, 1950) when little Lynn Ehlert (Schutt) treated her pals in celebration of her birthday.

Looking back 30 years - It was just 30 years ago that School No. 5 was moved to its present location next to Kelly's Country Store on Grand Island Blvd.

Looking back 20 years - - Principal James Walline presented for the first time, the Marion E. Klingel Award for Excellence in English to F. Lloyd Garten, 18, at the Senior Class Night ceremonies June 5, 1980.~~~~For the third time, voters rejected the school board's $5.9 million budget in a 616-544 vote.

Congratulations and best wishes to David Brand and Kristen Koch who are engaged to be married on June 9, 2001.~~~~The many friends of Ralph and Jean Hoover may want to send them a card on the happy occasion of their 50th wedding anniversary Saturday. Best wishes to the Hoovers.~~~~Celebrating their 57th anniversary on Monday and wished the best are Dennis and Dorothy Ahern. Happy birthday to Denny, hitting the big 8-0 on Tuesday, the 13th. Dorothy also celebrates another birthday on the same day.

Paul Malecki is looking forward to his 60th birthday so let's make him one happy guy and all send him a card. His day in the sun is Sunday, June 11th.~~~~Happy birthday to Victoria Aronica who just celebrated her first birthday yesterday, to Cathryn Hilliard (10 today), Tony Dragonette (tomorrow), Victoria Kustra (6 tomorrow), Ora Glor-Newton and Jeff Stone (Saturday), Michael Avery (7 on Sunday), Patrick Ryan (10 on Sunday), Andrew Robinson (8 on Monday), Jordan Miiller (18 on Monday), Tim Mordaunt (Monday), and Dr. Francis Carr (Tuesday), Justin Brzyski (5 on Tuesday), Ryan Harnden (10 on Tuesday), David Conboy (6 on Wednesday), Kyle Bullock (16 on Wednesday), David Fleischmann (Wednesday), Jamin Cope (18 on Wednesday), and a belated happy 50th birthday to Jim Maurer who celebrated his birthday June 2nd. Also belated good wishes to Eileen Stone who had a birthday last Saturday.

Today's Grand Island Record, free and Island-wide every week, includes coverage of the emergency town board meeting held late Tuesday night, the Viking Boys Lacrosse Section VI championship,
Ted Kumlander's "Growing Up On Grand Island - Sandy Beach (1941-1948"), and nine more Letters to the Editor. Subscription rates for out-of-town Islanders appear in the June 1st column below.

Welcome "home" to Jackie and Ted Filosofos who are spending time in town this week and next with daughter, Denise.~~~~Everyone enjoyed Ramblin Lou at the Chamber of Commerce Island Treasures event last Saturday. Dorothy Bittner got quite a kick out of Lou's request for her to call a square dance as she used to do so well in days gone by.~~~~Hope to see you all at the Veterans Memorial Wall dedication Sunday.

June 1, 2000

The 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.

Betty and Al Raepple became the very proud parents of a set of twins on June 2, 1950. If you see
Mark Raepple or Jay Raepple this week, wish them a happy 50th.

We are happy to announce the 50th anniversary of Thomas and Iris (Young) Edwards on June 3rd. Watch for their wedding picture in next week's Record.

Happy birthday to Patty Johnson (today), Jenny O'Donnell (her 13th today), Joshua and Ryan Miller (6 tomorrow), Clay Clark (tomorrow), Lisa Sorvelli, Richard Pachter and Sid Cohen (all on Saturday), Brendan Patrick Sheehan (2 on Sunday), Cheryl Klocke (Monday), Michael Stewart (his 18th on Tuesday), Jim Lange and Cheryl Costello (Tuesday) and Daniel Olszewski (7 on Tuesday).~~~~Belated greetings to Amy Norris who turned 18 on Saturday.~~~~A belated happy 30th birthday to Scott Steimle who just celebrated on May 24th. Special greetings to Doug Gruber celebrating the same milestone today.

Looking back 50 years - Land was being cleared just north of Mesmer's Supper Club on East River Road (now the Holiday Inn property). A new picnic area and refreshment stand was announced by Fred Mesmer with the stand to open "within the week" The old lane leading to river was being widened, a large section of beach was being cleared, and parking would be provided for approximately 500 cars.

Looking back 40 years - Highest awards were announced at Sidway Junior High School Class Day ceremonies May 27, 1960 with Kathleen Zavodny chosen Valedictorian and Walter Cobs, salutatorian.

When the announcement appeared for locals to "fill" some of the scenes in the movie, "Manna From Heaven," recently filmed in Buffalo, Nancy Bolles of Stony Point went down to Shea's to check it out. "I was dancing right next to Cloris Leachman and the Mayor," Anthony Massiello, himself, she said. She was also filmed in "dance lesson" scenes with Tom Pollard of Fix Road. Nancy and Tom are students of longtime, local dance teacher Cathy Thomas who will present her annual dance revue Thursday, June 15th and Friday, June 16th in the high school.

Welcome home to my sister and brother-in-law, Mary and Jim Stewart who are in town visiting family and friends.

Congratulations to Tim Morahn on his hole-in-one on the 209-yard sixth hole at Beaver Island with a 3-wood.

Ruth Boettcher is home from a long hospital stay and would surely appreciate cards and phone calls from old friends.~~~~After three separate trips to the hospital awhile back,or Tom Benton is doing real well and has enjoyed hearing from so many Island friends.~~~~If you know Ann Mitchell, send her a card. We are so sorry to report that Ann suffered a fracture in a recent fall.~~~~Our prayers go out to Marty Livingston who has been very ill. Cards and notes may be sent to his home at 2030 Halstead Rd., Nunda, NY 14517.

A rummage and baked good sale will take place from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday (June 3rd) at St. Martin-in-the-Fields Church, and Island Treasurers is on the calendar for this Saturday. The place is Whitehaven Road between the Boulevard and Baseline. Check today's Grand Island Record for the complete schedule which includes music by Ramblin' Lou's Family Band.

My deepest sympathy to the family of Isle native Ed Redinger who passed away May 30th. Friends may call at the Kaiser Funeral Home Wed. from 7-9 p.m. where funeral services will be held 10 a.m. today (Thurs., June 1st). Memorials may be made to the Grand Island Fire Company.

Charlotte Guenther Roesch has opened her famous hot dog stand in Ferry Village and will continue to be open weekends at the riverside. This coming weekend she will be open on Saturday and Sunday only. Newcomers - take the parkway south almost to Beaver Island and turn left at Ferry Road. Be sure and tell Charlotte, Teddy sent you. Might cost you more, but tell her anyway!

Dorothy Rowswell at the Golden Age Center is looking for a van driver with a clean license. If you are interested in the job, contact Dorothy at 773-9682.

For the interest of out-of-town readers, who are not subscribers, this week's Grand Island Record, free and Island-wide every week, includes stories on the Viking Boys Baseball League championship, the Vikings Boys Track & Field NFL championship, Ted Kumlander's column, Ruth Stahl's Treasurers column on Isle native Cyrena Ehlers Dixon, as well as all town and school news and nearly a page of "controversial" Letters to the Editor. Former Islanders interested in all of the town's news, may subscribe (1 month/$3.50; 3 mo./$10; 6 mo./$19 and one yr./$36) by sending a check to the Grand Island Record, 1990 Whitehaven Road, Grand Island, NY 14072.

May 25, 2000

Carlton 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.

Former resident Terry M. Kortum, 57, died on May 16, 2000. Our sympathy to his family.

Congratulations to Paul David Barth and his bride, the former Deadra Ann Berg who were married Saturday. Grand Island High School graduates, the Barths are honeymooning on a Caribbean cruise.~~~~Best wishes Pat and Hal Arcouet celebrating their 43rd anniversary today, to former resident Patti McMoil Trzcinski and her husband, Paul, who will be married 22 years on Saturday, and to Chuck and Linda Berlinger on their first anniversary Monday. A belated happy 3nd anniversary to Kristen and Joseph Kuszczak who celebrated this past Monday.~~~~Sandy and Fred Arch are wished a very happy 25th anniversary on Monday.

Brian Andrew Minton arrived May 16th weighing 7 pounds, 15 ounces. He is the son of Mary and Paul Minton of East Park and was welcomed home by his brother, Kevin, 3. Proud grandparents are Eileen and George Minton.

Among the Buffalo News' Academic All-Stars listed in the paper last week are Grand Island High School seniors Eric Dahlstrom, Cheryl De Lorenzo and William Duff.

Congratulations to Norm Brady on his hole-in-one with an 8-iron on the 150-yard 7th hole at Willowbrook Golf Club. Norm, who has been named service manager of Grand Island's newest auto dealership, "Fuccillo Chevrolet," is urging members of the Class of '70 who are interested in playing golf over the reunion weekend, to contact him at (716) 683-8840.

Looking back 50 years - The local weekly paper in May 1950 mentioned that Don and Carol Bonner, who were running Bonner's Island Inn at Baseline and Staley, were having fun with their "flashlight" camera they kept behind their bar, taking pictures of unsuspecting customers.~~~~East Park Road resident Tom Hogan, father of Tommy and Mary, took charge of the children's Memorial Day parade in Grandyle Village and George Cullin, father of Lynn and Hobie, of Love Road made arrangements for refreshments.

Looking back 30 years - Members of the Grand Island Builders Association held a ribbon cutting on May 29, 1970 for their first ever home show on Garden Parkway. The houses, priced from $35,000 to $42,000, were built by Niro, Fireside Homes, Lindelow, Jerry R. Livingston, Chateau Revueur, George Doermer, Seaside, John Eichel, Szur, John Posch, AT&G, and Capri Homes. Builders President Ronald H. Livingston expected 15,000 to 20,000 viewers at the show.

Looking back 20 years - The Class of 1980 held their Senior Prom, "The Famous Final Scene," on May 23, 1980 in the Ramada Inn.

Steve Morgan, a past chief, was honored as a 20-year life member of the Grand Island Fire Company last Saturday evening. Also honored for years of service were Kenny Maurer for 60 years and Marion Klingel for 55 years.

Memorial Day services at Charles N. DeGlopper Memorial Park begin at 10 a.m.~~~~A Memorial Day Mass will take place at 9 a.m. Monday, May 29th in St. Stephen's Old Church.

Hopefully the American Flags flying over Grand Island will outnumber every other community in the area. Have a safe and happy Memorial Day and remember our veterans.

May 18, 2000

Friends 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).

Some areas of the Island were without power for several hours during the electrical storm in the early hours of Wednesday, May 10th. Property owners on Bedell Road, Jamestown Lane, Regency Drive and Regency Court had an unusual power surge, so strong that one resident reported an electrical wall plate shattered to pieces. Neighbors reported the smell of smoke in their homes and their electrical appliances now in need of repair or replacement. Another report from the north end of the Island was that a child's toy cash register and other electronic toys began to operate. All of this happened around 1 a.m.

For those interested in keeping their calendars clear for the summer boat races, the dates are July 29-30th. The race committee is working with the United Way this year and "of course they are always interested in new workers, etc." Local race information will be updated at www.hydromania.homestead.com\hydro.html.

Michael E. Adams, son of Sandra and Raymond Adams, died on May 14th. Our sympathy to his family.

Looking back 50 years - Nancy and Carl Vella opened their Grand Island Nursery on Express Highway (GI Blvd.) across from the Service Center (now Contract Interiors) with plans to have over nine acres of land under cultivation along with a greenhouse. The Vellas moved to the Island with their young sons Carl Jr. and Richard.

A speedy recovery to
Howie Benns Jr. who is back home and recuperating from a leg amputation. Email him and wish him a speedy recovery. ~~~~Former resident Abe Milner of South Carolina was visited recently by Reta and Lou D'Orazio and is doing very well.

Friends of Polly Spivey will be pleased to know she is happy in her new residence at 145 W. Tahoe, Apopka, Florida 32712 but misses her old Island friends. Nearly 90, she wrote a Lenten meditation for Trinity Church as she has done in the past.

Jennifer Kania, a member of the Class of '88, became the bride of Charles Alfiero on Saturday, May 13th.~~~~A very happy 20th anniversry to Colleen and Mark Kowzan and to Judi and Dan Rees. Both weddings took place on May 24, 1980.

The entire community is invited to the Golden Age Center's open house 1-4 p.m. Sunday when Golden Age Club members will cut their 40th anniversary cake at 3 p.m. Their Gram's Garage Sale takes place tomorrow from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. in the community center in Nike Base Park.

Congratulations to Kim Baldassaare of GIECOM.Net. The local business just won an award for Most Informative Site on the BizNet.~~~~Congratulations to Lana Redell who graduated with honors in Social Sciences Interdisciplanary from the University at Buffalo this past weekend. Lana plans to continue her studies as a UB law school student.~~~~Congratulations also to Fathima Hisham and Anna Quider, winners of a bronze award in the 58th annual WNY Science Congress. Their joint effort was titled "Brain Chemicals and Your Personality."~~~~And last but not least, congratulations to Isle resident Victor Gagliardi, winner of a trip for two to Tampa Bay, Florida through the Buffalo News Super Jingo contest.

May 11, 2000

Our 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).

Penny Panepinto is on the mend and looking forward to getting "back into our community!"~~~~Get well cards are in order for Howie Benns Jr. who is spending time in the hospital. Get well soon, Howie.~~~~A cheery hello to Bill and Esther Whitford of West River Road. Bill has had recent cataract surgery and Esther is still recuperating from a stroke.

Ed Lindsey, 86, died April 30, 2000 in Punta Gorda, Florida. Memorials for Mr. Lindsey may be made to Hospice of South West Florida, 1144 Veronica St., Port Charlotte, FL 33952. Ronald Whitmire passed away April 29th in Prescott, Arizona. A memorial service for Mr. Whitmire will be held at 2 p.m., May 27th in Beach Ridge Free Methodist Church, 4145 Beach Ridge Road, North Tonawanda. Our sympathy to their families.~~~~Ted Filosofos and son have been spending some time on the Island. Our sympathy to Ted Sr. on the death of his sister, Tulla Moshides.

Looking back 50 years - At a town board meeting in the spring of 1950, a bill, then before the Governor, was read, requesting powers to take over, maintain and operate a private water system by the West River Property Owners Association. The water system, formerly owned by Horace J. French, was acquired by the State in 1947 by appropriation proceedings.~~~~Den leaders Charlotte Lewis and Eve Collins guided East Park Road Cub Scouts, including Dennis and David Yakam, Jerry Thirion, "Corky" Lewis and Billy Collins in the art of kite making.~~~~The Fire Company took delivery of its new pumper on Sunday, May 14, 1950 when test readings included 507 gal. per min. at 120 lbs. per square inch with a one inch nozzle.

Looking back 40 years - Alt Appliances on Whitehaven Road next to Alt Chevrolet was advertising "Modern Kitchen Units."~~~~'Retail Merchants Week' sponsored by the Chamber of Commerce, was proclaimed by the town board.

Looking back 30 years - Rev. John Russell, in his sermon on Earth Day 1970, at St. Martin-in-the-Fields Church, proposed the uniting of efforts of youth and adults, service groups and churches to reverse the deterioration of the Island. One example of decay he sited was the Sidway woods littered with abandoned and decaying car bodies.

Milestone anniversaries being celebrated this week are those of Terry and Mike Endres - 15 years today, and Paul and Frieda Harper marking 40 good years on May 13th. A very happy wedding anniversary to the Endres and to the Harpers.

Congratulations to Marla Crawford who has been honored as Teacher of the Month at Prince of Peace School in Niagara Falls where she teaches first grade.~~~~Congratulations to Lisa Podlucky and Jim Ellson who successfully ran the Cleveland Marathon on April 30th.

The Grand Island High School Class of '80 has its own web site. Check it out at http://communities.msn.com/Classof80GrandIslandHigh&naventryid=106

May 4, 2000

Best of luck to Jim and Michele Breier who have opened their "Village Pizza" in the former St. Angelos in the Grand Island Blvd. plaza.

Rick and Darcy Swenson of Homer, Alaska proudly announce their third son, Isaac Richard Swenson, born April 7th, weighing 8 pounds, 9 ounces. Grandparents are Eunice and the late Pat Swenson of Turtle Lake, Wisconsin and Shirley and Richard Gerspach of Grand Island. Darcy is a member of the Grand Island High School Class of '82.~~~~Welcome to little Theresa Velma West, born April 4th weighing 6 pounds, 11 ounces. She is the first child of Mary and Jack West and granddaughter of Theresa Thompson, all of Grand Island.~~~~Congratulations to Christine and Robert Ratajczak of Hennepin Road on the birth of their first child, Jonathan David Ratajczak on March 31st. Proud grandparents are Debbi and Andy Beyer, Art Ciechoski and Irene Ratajczak of Grand Island and Robert Ratajczak of Buffalo. Baby Jonathan has had a very rough start in life and we are waiting to hear that he is finally home with his family.

Congratulations to Eleanore and Ted Kessler of Harvey Road who recently celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with family and friends.

Camera crews from Fox TV in New York City recorded the Holiday Inn area and Whitehaven Cemetery over this past weekend, in conjunction with a pilot program for children. Their focus was on the "Ghost of Holiday Inn."

Happy birthday to Mary Elisabeth Rustowicz (her first birthday today), to Paul Robinson and Sandie "Rall" Smith (today), Emily Harnden (5 tomorrow), Sean Gruszka (tomorrow), Paul Gast (Saturday), Georgia Cole, Barb Gill and Janet Goodsell (Sunday), Dawn Gruszka (2 on Monday), Brian McColpin (Tuesday), David Franckowiak (17 on Tuesday), Don Dee and Paul Fields (Wednesday) and Kaitlynn Cook (13 on Wednesday). A belated happy 30th birthday to Sarah Gruszka who celebrated April 25th.

Our sympathy to the families of former residents Kathryn M. Hall, 85, who died on April 23rd, Bonnie (Piotrowski) Bishop who passed away April 25th at age 36, and Margaret "Peggy" Kavanaugh, a longtime Wallace Drive resident who died April 27th. Memorials for Mrs. Kavanaugh may be made to People Inc., Whitehaven road or Niagara Hospice, 4675 Sunset Drive, Lockport, NY 14094.~~~~Michael J. Raczkowski son of Thad Raczkowski, died on April 29th.~~~~Ida Kemsley of Jenell Drive died suddenly on May 2nd. A complete obituary appears in today's Record

Erie Community College student Jeff Sargent was credited with three home runs and 11 RBIs during ECC's victorious doubleheader over Genesee Community College, 11-0 and 16-2.

Congratulations to George Booth on being named Rotarian of the Month by the Rotary Club of the Tonawandas for his 47-year perfect attendance record. Best wishes to George and his wife, Melva, who we hope are all settled into their new residence in Florida.

Looking back 75 years - The women of St. Stephen's Church formed their Altar Society in the spring of 1925.

Looking back 50 years - Island Brownie Troops #46 and #221 attended the Riverside Theater as guests of theater manager and Isle resident Martha Clark. The movie? Francis, the Talking Mule.~~~~Fire Company volunteers responded to five grass fires, one car fire and two inhalator calls in April 1950.~~~~Essay winners of a contest sponsored by the Shrine Circus Daddies were Claire Ann Rupp (Bishop), Joe Kerr and Ruth Sims. The Island's 4th, 5th and 6th graders attended the Shrine Circus in the Memorial Auditorium in Buffalo during Easter vacation for many years, courtesy of the Shrine Daddies who provided the tickets, transportation and Cracker Jacks!

Looking back 30 years - Bobby Luther was killed in Vietnam on Mother's Day, May 10, 1970. Our thoughts will be with his family on Wednesday.

Tonight's (May 4th) Historical Society meeting at 7:30 p.m. at River Lea in Beaver Island Park is open to the public. The program will focus on 'Native American Clothing.'~~~~The Grand Island High School Class of '75 will hold a 25th reunion over the June 30-July 2nd weekend. For more information, contact Laura Secic Sexton at DLSNSEXTON@AOL.com or Mary Carol Brown at 716-773-5674.~~~~The Chamber of Commerce Citizens of the Year Dinner will be televised again over Adelphia Channel 18 at 3:30 p.m. this Sunday.

April 27, 2000

Happy 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).

Our sincere sympathy to the family and friends of former resident Ron Fries, 57, who died April 23rd in his home in Hartland near Middleport, NY.~~~~Sincerest sympathy to the families of the following. Sam Anzalaco died suddenly on Sunday, April 23rd. Friends are invited to a Mass of Christian Burial 10 a.m. today in St. Stephen's Church.~~~~Isle native Ed Tucker died April 9th in New Jersey.~~~~Christine McMahon,, former 2nd grade teacher at Huth Road School, died February 5, 2000 in Kansas at the age of 90.~~~~Eleanor Burg passed away on April 22nd.~~~~Margaret Rowe, 92, died April 24th.

Best wishes to former Beaver Island Park residents Harry and Roberta Lorence who will celebrate their 45th wedding anniversary tomorrow, April 28th.

Looking back 50 years - Louis and Wilma Denler and son, Paul, moved into their new, ranch type home on Red Jacket Road May 1, 1950.~~~~Fire Company members offered cake and coffee and free admission to their bingo games every Saturday night in the spring of 1950, to benefit the Company's building fund.

Looking back 40 years - Supervisor George Burgstahler proclaimed May 1, 1960 as Loyalty Day and urged citizens to display their American flag.~~~~John LoPresti opened his shoe repair service in the new store next to Reese's IGA-Bells Market on the Boulevard not far from Staley Road.

Looking back 30 years - Golden Age Club members suggested the possibility of using the recently closed down Nike Missile Base on Whitehaven Road for federally funded housing and recreation facilities for senior citizens.~~~~The name "Riverhaven" was changed to River Oaks in the spring of 1970.

Wedding bells! Eileen Sander and Mark Klein were married April 8th in St. Stephen's Church, and Jeffrey Stevens married Monica Zogaib of Hamburg in Our Lady of Victory Basilica on April 15th.

Shirley Luther is out of ECMC and on the road to recovery. Let's keep the cards coming and Shirley's spirits up.~~~~A speedy recovery to Lois Morgan who was attacked by her own Lazyboy chair with damages requiring 20 stitches.

Congratulations to Dan Pilon on his first 300 game. Dan bowled his perfect score in a 718 series in the Labatt's Men's League at Island Lanes.~~~~Tom Cauley was pictured in the Sunday edition of the Buffalo News with his 30-pound trophy fish taken off Key West, Florida.

Saturday is the VFW's annual chili cook off. Good luck to all of the contestants.~~~~The complete schedule of Adelphia Cable's televised presentation of the Citizens of the Year dinner appears on this page of the Grand Island Record. The first of several showings on Channel 18 will be this Saturday at 9 p.m. and this Sunday at 3:30 p.m. and 10:30 p.m.

April 20, 2000

A 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).

Nancy Amato of Stony Point Road was completely surprised recently, by an impromptu birthday party and a new bicycle, complete with all the bells and whistles including a pinwheel, pink basket and trimmed wheel spokes.

Congratulations to Nick Logue, son of Grand Island Record Editor Joelle Logue, who was named a Fulbright Scholar for 2000-2001. Nick graduates summa cum laude from UB May 13th with honors degrees in Theatre and Asian Studies.

We have heard that Tom Benton has been in and out of the hospital since the last report we had on him. Cards of cheer from friends on the Island may be mailed to 606 Sycamore Square, Lady Lake, FL 32159 or email to tbbenton1@prodigy.net.

Our sincere sympathy to the families of the following. Former resident Agnes Brobeil passed away April 9th. Donations in her name may be made to the American Cancer Society.~~~~Former Islander Margaret 'Marg' Bedell, 78, died April 15th. Memorial contributions may be made to Niagara Hospice.~~~~Orchard Road resident Shirley Kaiser passed away April 16th. Memorials may be made to the Alzheimers Research Association.~~~~Memorial contributions may be made to the Grand Island Fire Company for Peggy (Beulah) May, who died on April 15th.

Looking back 40 years - Elmer Kaegebein sold his farm on Whitehaven Road and announced that April 16, 1960 would be the last day he and his sons, Russell and Paul, would deliver eggs. "It has been a pleasure serving you," Elmer said.~~~~The Town N Country, a casual clothing store, opened April 21, 1960 in the Greco Building on the Boulevard between Whitehaven and Baseline.

Looking back 20 years - A Grand Island bridge toll protest campaign was in full swing for several weeks and it was on April 11, 1980 that an unannounced $20-day-at-the-tollbooths protest slowed traffic to a standstill.

George and Veronica Trader, residents of Redway Road in the Falconwoods for about 30 years, will celebrate their 60th wedding anniversary on April 30th. The Traders' current address is 475 5th Avenue, Wilmington, Delaware 19805.

Former resident Randy White sent me the following web site, www.reelradio.com/index.html which may be of interest to Islanders who grew up here in the 60s and 70s. Also of interest, if you have the time to listen, is the "War of the Worlds" from WKBW radio in 1971 which takes place on Grand Island. That site is at www.reelradio,com/gifts/wkbwwotw71.html#wkbwwotw71. A member of the Class of 1970, Randy is operations manager at the NBC studios in Indianapolis, IN.

Buffalo's daily paper has been full of stories on bridges due to the controversy over the proposed new Peace Bridge. For the benefit of newer residents who may have read the historical feature on bridging the Niagara in the Sunday, April 9th edition, it should be clarified that in 1935 only two spans were opened, giving Isle residents their first easy access to the mainland. The story claimed that a total of four bridges opened at that time. The additional south and north bridges opened in the early 1960s.

We hope all our readers have a wonderful holiday weekend.

April 13, 2000

Good 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.

Happy anniversary to Agnes and Stuart Becker celebrating their 34th tomorrow and to Dick and Dorothy Lovelee whose silver anniversary is on Wednesday.

The lucky winner of the Fire Company's Ladies Auxiliary split club drawing Saturday was Robert Belstadt of South Lane. Firefighter Jeremy Pullano drew the winning ticket.

Congratulations to Mackenzie Renee' Hassan who is among those being inducted into the National Honor Society at Grand Island High School today.~~~~Congratulations to Roman "Rom" Figler III who has been promoted to the position of vice president at TVGA Engineering, Surveying of Elma.~~~~The Greater Buffalo Track Club's Grand Island Half Marathon (Buffalo News Runner of the Year race) takes place at 9 a.m. April 22nd on the Island. For more information, call 816-RACE.~~~~Broadcaster Michael Schopp gives the sports reports each morning at 7 minutes after the half hour from 6-9 a.m. over WHAM 1180 AM. Mike also has a sports talk show from 10 a.m. to Noon on WHTK 1280 AM. Let's tune in and give him a listen.~~~~Molly Harper's first grade class at Sidway School would like to congratulate her on the birth of her son, Patric on April 6th.

Island residents over 50 who would be interested in day outings and extended trips, including a fall foliage trip to the Indian Head Lodge in New Hampshire, September 4-8, are asked to call the Golden Age Center, 773-9682 for further information.

Looking back 40 years - Frank Suda offered a Sunday smorgasbord for the season opening of his Grandyle Marina with the help of Emilie Raepple. The restaurant was located on East River at Broadway.~~~~Bob Wright opened his Clown House for the season and announced first plans for an asphalt go cart track on the same property.

Looking back 30 years - David Funk, 13, his nine-year-old brother Howard Funk, 9 and their friend Tom Cochrane, found ten little foxes with out their mothers behind the Funk home on Marjorie Dr. in the spring of 1970.

Sources across the country have asked me to wish a very happy 50th birthday to Dave Henderson and Serena (Anzalaco) Troyan. Both are members of the Class of '68 and celebrated the big one on Tuesday.~~~~Happy birthday to Taylor Bedford and Stephanie Cleveland (7 today), to Val Gasbarro (Sweet 16 today), Aaron Wood (10 today), Jeff Grant and Betty Killian (today), David Backlund (25 tomorrow), Roger O'Connor and Lisa Foley (tomorrow), Marilyn Couch and Sandy Lare (Saturday), Mel Rupp and Jerry Hawley (Sunday), Jeff Miller, Jeremy Pullano, Neva Franklin and Jackie Lamancuso (all celebrating on Monday), Jane Duffy and Mark Hassan (Tuesday), Andrew Stange (9 on Tuesday), David Khreis, Lela Mancuso and Peter Carline (Wednesday), Cassidy Smith (6 on Wednesday) and Lisa Linenfelser (her 21st birthday on Wednesday).

Our sincere sympathy to the family of Irene J. (Barrett) Nesbitt 76, who passed away on Monday following a long illness. Memorials may be made in her name to Hospice Buffalo Inc., 225 Como Park Blvd., Cheektowaga, NY 14227.

A town sponsored Easter Egg Hunt takes place 10 a.m. Saturday in Veterans Park for toddlers through kids age 12.~~~~The VFW Ladies Auxiliary has a ham raffle planned for tomorrow night (Apr. 14). The fun begins at 7 p.m. at the Vets' Post on the Boulevard.

April 6, 2000

Please keep Shirley Luther in your prayers and hopefully by the time this goes to print, she will be well on her way to recovery.

A tip of the hat to the members of the Huth Road School select chorus who sang the National Anthem at the start of the Sabres vs. Carolina Hurricane game Friday night.~~~~ Close but no cigar! Keith Kinney bowled a 299 last week with the Men's A-Best Roofing League.~~~~ Kris Raepple of Grand Island scored the winning goal when the Bud Bakewell Bruins Squirt Tier II Team won its first state title over Clifton Park March 26 in Auburn.

Good news! Mary Panepinto is home from the hospital, recovering nicely and thanks everyone for their cards and prayers.

A belated happy birthday to David Kaiser who celebrated on April Fools Day, to Sam Long who turned 65 Monday and to Kay Milne who had her cake yesterday.~~~~Happy birthday to Rachel Spiker (7 today), Joanne Spiker (today), Eric Dahlstrom (18 tomorrow), Justin Inscore (his 25th tomorrow), Kelly Stessing, Howie Benns Sr. and Martin Camardella (Saturday), Kaitlyn Affuso (8 on Saturday), Trevor Matte (9 on Saturday), Danielle Wasson (Sweet 16 on Saturday), Scott Green and Barbara Brennan (Sunday), Dorothy Dillemuth, Stuart Becker, Jim Worley and Susan Hackett (all on Monday), Amanda Albertsson (a teenager on Tuesday) and Amy Bidell (her 9th birthday Wednesday) .~~~~Second graders in Mrs. Sue Kupiec's classroom at Kaegebein School will surely want to wish her a happy birthday on Wednesday. Happy birthday, Sue!

Best wishes to the Glessners and to the Rowswells. Kim and Al Glessner will celebrate their fifth anniversary on Saturday and Dorothy and Al Rowswell mark their 45th anniversary on Sunday.

Looking back 50 years - The Grand Island Water Ski Club held a meeting on April 5, 1950 at Mesmer's Supper Club, now the site of the Holiday Inn.

Looking back 40 years - Wayne Kinney celebrated his 13th birthday at the Friday night wrestling matches in Buffalo with pals Jerry Cahill and Roy McKinnon, forty years ago this week. Happy birthday, Wayne.

Looking back 30 years - Representing GI High at the WNY Science congress at the Museum of Science April 11, 1970 were local blue ribbon winners Harold Roberts, Chris Koch, James Hoffer, Mark Stessing, Kathy Meosky, Larry Geary, Linda Sharon, Larry Burch and Alan Cochrane.~~~~The Grand Island Golden Age Club was meeting every Thursday at K of C Hall from 9-4 p.m. for arts and crafts where Maude Bunker, Martha Neilans, Ann Jones, Mae Anderson and Luella Landel were among those making Fantasy Film Flowers.~~~~Island girls were taking advantage of Delorous Sepanski's good grooming course sponsored by the Town Recreation Department.~~~~High school band uniforms were ordered and fundraiser set in motion.

Former resident Richard Prange died March 23rd in Florida.

Bernie Franklin of Carter Drive will have her art work on display at the Partners In Art Gallery & Studio, 83 Webster St. in North Tonawanda from April 8 through May 5th. A reception for Bernie, an accomplished artist who works in oils, pastels and watercolors, will take place from 4-7 p.m. Saturday at Partners in Art.

New baby Isabella Rose Panepinto, daughter of Jim and Lynn Panepinto, was welcomed home by her brothers Nicholas, 3 and Charles, 2. Isabella was born April 1st weighing 7 pounds, 10 ounces. Her Isle grandparents are Penny and George Panepinto and her great grandparents are Winnie Zarbo and Mary Panepinto also of Grand Island.

Members of the Class of 1980, please take note of Cindy "Bennett" Raepple's email address. It is REAPPLE@AOL.COM.

Jimmy and Mary Judkins are pleased to announce the marriage of their son, Bill Gormady to Aimee Miller on March 19th in Denver, Colorado.

The Historical Society will hold a meeting, open to the public, this evening at 7:30 p.m. in River Lea in Beaver Island Park when former Sidway School teacher and principal Catherine DiVizio will present a slide program on Buffalo's Architecture and History.~~~~Chowder and baked goods will be offered at the fire hall by the Fire Company's Ladies Auxiliary on Saturday. Check the front page of today's "Record" for all weekend activities on Grand Island.

March 30, 2000

A 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.

The Erie Community College baseball team beat Augsburg, Minnesota 26-7 last week with five hits from Islander Jeff Sargent including a home run, a double, and four RBIs.~~~~St. Lawrence beat Boston U in the NCAA quarterfinal hockey tournament Sunday with Islander Jim Lorentz, a freshman center, scoring the winning goal.

The Grand Island High School Class of '90 will get together on June 24th at the Pearl Street Grill and Brewery for a reunion. Contact Dave Valenzuela, 691-0757 for more information.

Happy birthday to Judy Gibbs, Sharon Wright and Kathy Piatek (today), Linda Brice Krok (special greetings today), Travis Kelley (3 today), Tommy Shanor, Dr. Sam Long and Janet Osborne (tomorrow), Allison Dinsmore (Sweet 16 tomorrow), Leonard Riordan (celebrating tomorrow in Lake Placid, FL), Jeremy Figler (8 on Saturday), Fay Rech and Gene Hasselbeck (cheers on Saturday), Jennifer McLeod (15 on Saturday), Madison Green (2 on Sunday), Natalie Baldassare (4 on Tuesday), Ben Greenwood (a teenager on Tuesday) and Dr. Alfred Lenzner (Wednesday).

Looking back 50 years - Island Girl Scouts Wanda Sugier (Fortini), Lynn Cullen (Euse), Melinda Link, Noreen Zuchowski and Doris Harding (Watson) formed the Color Guard at the 10th anniversary of scouting March 30, 1950 in the Sidway School gym. Beatrice Ashley, who started the Girl Scout program on Grand Island, was awarded her 10-year pin. Scouts of Troop 337, under the leadership of Maryan Traun and Sally Smith gave a play.

Looking back 40 years - Jessie and Bill Reese held a grand opening in their new Bells IGA grocery store, replacing the smaller store at same site on Grand Island Blvd. near Staley Road.

Looking back 30 years - The Grand Island Rod & Gun Club held a fox hunt in March 1970, killing 19 fox.~~~~ Pete Fadum led the scoring for the Vikings basketball team with 227 points.~~~~Spec. 5 John Gast Jr. was chosen pathfinder soldier-of-the-month while stationed in Germany.

Looking back 25 years - As part of the Erie Co. Sanitary Code a No Smoking ordinance went into effect April 1, 1975.

Our sympathy to the families of the following. Former resident Helen Gravener passed away on February 23, 2000. Gifts in her name may be made to Amherst Community Church Memorial Fund.~~~~Colonial Drive West resident Kathleen S. Payne, 43, died March 23rd.~~~~A memorial service will be held 11 a.m. Saturday in Trinity United Methodist Church for former resident Marion J. Tranter Kirby who died on March 25th. An active member of the community, Marion was the driving force for the creation of a very successful town youth center, Isle Teen Town, that opened here in 1956. Memorials in her name may be made to Trinity United Methodist Church, 2100 Whitehaven Road, Grand Island, NY 14072.~~~~I was informed this morning that former Whitehaven Road resident Bill Haen, 85, died suddenly in Clearwater, Florida on March 12th. His wife, Janet, is living in Florida with their daughter, Susan. According to the note, "We believe Bill and his dear friend departed, George Coulter are enjoying a cold one at the 19th hole in Heaven."

The Annual Friends of the Library Used Book Sale is set for tomorrow evening and Saturday at the library on Bedell Road, and the high school Spotlighters' production of M*A*S*H takes place Friday and Saturday at 7:30 p.m.~~~~Don't forget to turn your clock ahead one hour Saturday night!

March 23, 2000

A 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.

A very happy anniversary to Dave and Betty Clayton who are celebrating their 33rd today.

For the information of old friends of Sylvia Burgstahler who may want to brighten her day with a note or card, her new address is The Blocher Homes, 135 Evans St. #220, Williamsville NY 14221.

Looking back 50 years - Don and Marion Hawley were receiving congratulations on the arrival of their fifth child, Linda Lee. Siblings Donna (Rodriguez), Jack, Jim and Jerry were very excited about their new baby sister.

Looking back 30 years - In reference to the news of the River Oaks PUD (Planned Unit Development) LaVerne "Bunny" Luther assured concerned Islanders that historic sites in the area such as the Whitehaven Cemetery and the old stone smoke house would be preserved.

Devin Bettina Watson became the bride of Dr. Keith Charles Player Saturday, March 18th in Florence, South Carolina where the couple is living. Devin is a nurse anesthetist at McLeod Regional Medical Center in Florence.

Isle native Neil Tetkowski is creating a ceramic sculpture, "The Wheel of Life: The Common Ground World Mandala," in the visitors lobby of the United Nations building in New York City from April 10 to May 1. He has acquired and blended clay from all of the countries of the world which he will use in the sculpture. Those with access to the Internet will find all the details at http://www.Tetkowski.com.

Kristen and Joseph Kuszczak of Stony Point Road are happily enjoying their new baby, Joseph Peter Jr. who was born January 4th weighing 8 pounds, 1/2 ounce. Grandparents are Beverly and Peter Kuszczak and Maureen Montana and Steve Toth of Grand Island and Peter and Camille Montana of Youngstown.

Congratulations to sharp shooter Marty Remmes. Details on his win in LasVegas appear elsewhere in today's Grand Island Record.

Stephen Parisi, a musician, teacher, chef and composer, has written a new work entitled "I Sugo" which will premier when it is played by the Amherst Saxophone Quartet in a concert in Slee Hall on the UB North Campus 8 p.m. tonight.

March 16, 2000

Former 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.

Lucky raffle winner of the antique quilt at the Zonta Antique Show and Sale was Zontian Sybil Kennedy.~~~~Congratulations again to Whitey Dlugosz who had another perfect score bowling at Island Lanes last week.~~~~Good luck to Lauren Campbell, a 6th grader at Connor Middle School who has made it to the finals of the Buffalo News Spelling Bee to be held March 26th.

Cards and notes would be appreciated by Sally Sutter who is recuperating from back surgery and is in Room 252 at the DeGraff Skilled Nursing facility on Tremont Street in North Tonawanda.

Looking back 50 years - It was good news for Islanders back in 1950 when Kay's Drug Store in Kenmore announced their daily deliver of prescriptions to Larson's Delicatessen across the road from St. Stephen's Church.~~~~Residents were able to put telephone calls through to other local residents by dialing only the last four digits on their new dial phones in March 1950.

Looking back 40 years - Rev. John M. Larsen was appointed minister of Trinity Church.~~~~The Town Board appointed Katherine Sheehan Town Historian upon the resignation of Rob Roy MacLeod.~~~~Nora Butcher earned a three-year den mother service star.~~~~Highland Boot Shop opened between the NuWay supermarket and Neisner's in the Grand Island Blvd. Plaza.

A very happy birthday to Ruth Landel who will celebrate a milestone on Sunday and also to Scott Kaniecki (14 tomorrow), Steven Cane (his 13th tomorrow), Bob Tranter, Sandy Hingston and Nonnie Carroll (tomorrow), Blanch Fibich and Art Pelletier (Saturday), Karen Koller (18 on Saturday), Adam Missert (4 on Saturday), Katie Hanel (18 on Sunday), Carol Sharpe, Freda Harper and Dee DiTullio (Sunday), Maria Christina Fusco (her 13th birthday Sunday), Ian Cap (16 on Monday), Ashley Green (10 on Monday), Evelina Schopp (91 on Monday), Pat Dunlop and Paul Roeder (Tuesday), Meredith Ruland (3 on Tuesday) and Charlotte Mrkall, Lil Robinson, Ann Tyrrell and Ed Fibich (Wednesday).~~~~A belated happy birthday to Stephanie Ali who celebrated her 13th birthday this past week.

Congratulations to Sue and Chris Gizzo on the birth of their first child. Joseph Andrew was born on March 8th weighing seven pounds, five ounces and measuring 20 inches. Happy grandparents are Islanders Andy and Pat Piacente and Mike and Kathy Gizzo of Depew. Sue works at the Grand Island School District office.

So sorry to report the death of former Island resident Lawrence J. Bell, 59, of Buffalo who died on March 12th. Memorials for Larry, twin of Jerry, also of Buffalo may be made to Niagara Falls High School Fine Arts Department, c/o Niagara Falls High School, 1201 Pine Avenue, Niagara Falls, NY 14301.

Best wishes to Paul and Marcy Malecki who will celebrate their 16th wedding anniversary on St. Patrick's Day.~~~~A corned beef and cabbage dinner is being offered Saturday at the VFW on the Boulevard and also at the Knights of Columbus on Whitehaven Road. More information is elsewhere in today's Grand Island Record.

March 9, 2000

Thursday'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."

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 2, 2000

Happy 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).

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 tbbenton1@prodigy.net .

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 camandco@qnt.net.

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.

February 24, 2000

If 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.

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, reapple@aol.com and Mark Lewis, jessntori@aol.com.

February 17, 2000

Our 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.

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 10, 2000

So 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.

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 3, 2000

Congratulations 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.

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.

January 27, 2000

Sunday 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.

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 20, 2000

Can you believe this little sweetheart is turning the big 4-0? She's former resident Margie "Rall" Werner and she'll celebrate Saturday in her hometown of San Jose, California. "Happy birthday, Margie!" For those who would like to wish her a happy birthday, Margie's email address is magpiew22@aol.com and her fax number is 408-875-3819.~~~~Happy birthday to Andrew Masiello (4 today), to Betty Brinda, Bill Marshall and Fran Burrows (today), Abe Morgan (11 today), Jack Gorman (4 tomorrow), Jason Moore, Mary Cooke and John Thomas (tomorrow), Kurt Lorence and Carol Hamlin (Saturday), Joan Raab and Bev Thomas (Sunday), Sarah Ramsperger (6 on Monday), Ray Dlugokinski (Tuesday), Amy Millar (Sweet 16 on Tuesday), Kyle Greene (25 on the 25th), Sam Clarke (5 on Wednesday), Thomas Geblein (his 13th birthday on Wednesday), and Rosemarie Ziehm (Wednesday).~~~~A very happy birthday to former Islanders Sister Marian Judy Baumler and her brother Wayne Baumler who will celebrate their mutual January 26th birthday at Wayne's home in Omaha, Nebraska. This will be the first time they are together on their birthday since 1958. Email address for both may be found at www.isledegrande.com.~~~~A belated happy birthday to Charles Panepinto who turned two years old yesterday.

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 13, 2000

Congratulations 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.

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 6, 2000

Grand 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.

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.

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