"Between the Bridges"
by Teddy Linenfelser
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Photo courtesy of Diane "Bykowicz" Hassan 
Class of '70

Thursday, December 31, 2003
Jim and Nancy Robinson of Parkview Drive are the proud grandparents of a baby girl, Cayleigh Rose Fitzsimmons born on Christmas Day weighing six pounds, 13 ounces and 20 inches long. The baby's parents are the former Renee' Robinson and her husband Chris Fitzsimmons of North Tonawanda. Cayleigh Rose is also the granddaughter of Debby and Mike Phelps of North Tonawanda and the late Richard Fitzsimmons.

Our sincere sympathy to the families of Cecilia Horrigan and former residents George Trader, Loraine Caraotta, Arthur Witnauer and Annette (Boehm) Fuhr who passed away this week. Click for complete
Death Notices.

In the December 18, 2003 "Between The Bridges" column, I asked this trivia question. "How did the Brandon Brothers, Fantasy Island's cowboy desperados, get their name?" Click Old Photo Album for the answer and first year photos of Fantasy Island. Thanks to Jack Suchocki for the pictures and story.

The Sexton/Cunningham gang has just reminded me to wish Peter Cherenzia a happy big 4-0. Pete celebrated Monday, December 29th.~~~~Happy birthday also to Elsie Fleischmann and Nick Pelosi (today), Steven Lew and Sebastian Chevez (tomorrow), Chie Doring (Friday), Aimee Tredo (her 13th on Saturday), Patrick Kalisz (Saturday), Ellen "Blakelock" Martin and Hollis Busch (Sunday), Hanna Panzica (6 on Sunday), Joseph Kuszczak (4 on Sunday), Sue Novits (Monday), Craig Davis (the big one Wednesday) and Justin Bridenbaker (his 30th on Wednesday).

Congratulations to Grand Island High School Athletic Director Jon Roth who was presented with the 2003 Gordon J. Bukaty Award during the Western New York High School Football Awards Banquet. The award was in recognition of Jon's dedication and service to youth and athletics.

Looking Back 50 years - Dana Robertson (Cadille) and her parakeet, and David Dusenbury playing his trombone appeared on Lee Tetkowski's Uncle Buff TV show.

Looking Back 40 years - Bob Burkhardt was elected president and Andy Beyer, the new secretary of the Gear Jammers car club, sponsored by the Town's Recreation Commission.~~~~Raymond P. Griffin was installed the new supervisor of Grand Island in Town Hall on January 1, 1964.~~~~Donald B. Fraser was elected president of the Grand Island Taxpayers Association, succeeding John E. Lautz.~~~~Nicholas Paige was serving as the Island's Disaster Chairman for 1963-64.~~~~Richard G. Buzby was appointed to a permanent position of Business Manager for the Island School District.~~~~A grand opening was held at Open House Coffee Shop, formerly Beachcombers Restaurant, in the Grand Island Plaza.~~~~The Order of the Amaranth installation ceremony took place Saturday, January 4, 1964 in the Masonic Temple on Ferry Road. Senior Royal Matron Velma Harding and Senior Royal Patron LaVerne Harding were among those installed.

Looking Back 20 years - Ken Brodie, Russ Capizzi and Billy Janowsky, part of the Buffalo Swords Midget AA hockey team, were playing in an international tournament in Norway December 29, 1983 through January 2, 1984.

Looking Back "1" year - The final event of Grand Island's sesquicentennial celebration was the time capsule burial ceremony on December 31, 2002 on the wet and cloudy day.

The Wylkie brothers of Brick Oven Pizzeria have completely remodeled the dining room and lounge. Click Brick Oven Pizzeria for their complete and appetizing menu.

Happy New Year to former resident Jeff Long of Nunda, NY who was a little under the weather last week but is doing fine now.

Congratulations to very conscientious blood donor Gloria Diringer who has been given special recognition on reaching the 10-gallon donor level. According to the Red Cross, this means that she has donated a pint of blood at least 80 times.~~~~Congratulations to Greg Gesl who recently bowled a 277-257-268 for a 802 series at Manor Lanes.

Swearing In ceremonies for the newly elected town board members will be held at noon on New Year's Day in the Charlotte Sidway School dining room. Punch and cookies will follow the event.

To all of my readers - have a happy, healthy New Year, and thanks for your news and notes. Keep them coming in 2004. ~Teddy~

Wednesday, December 24, 2003
Two little Islanders to announce this week are Lynn and Kenneth Carter's baby girl, Natalie Grace, born Wednesday, December 3rd, and Aidan James MacNeil, son of Sarah and Roderick MacNeil and born on December 4th. Congratulations everyone.

Speaking of new babies, there is no charge to post a photo of your Island newborn with the complete announcement nor do we charge for death notices with or without a photo of the deceased if it is submitted. There is no charge for engagement and wedding announcements which may include a photo. The Grand Island E-News is a totally independent internet news source, having no connection with any other.

Friends of Betty Clement will want to send her a card of cheer. Betty, who is home now, became ill while visiting her daughter, Melissa Hill and her family in California.~~~~Hazel DeGlopper, who has been convalescing, would also appreciate cards and notes.

Happy birthday to Christmas baby Bob Hoag celebrating his 75th tomorrow, to Bud Yensan (tomorrow), Liz Barker and John Wheeler (Friday), Margie Walker (Saturday), Abigail Dallassandro (her 7th birthday on Saturday), Tyler James Nogle (3 on Saturday), Chelsea Schmidt (6 on Sunday), Maggie Gushue (Sunday), Art Ellsworth (his 75th on Sunday), Molly Hyland (entering her teens on Sunday), Jennifer Raham (her 21st on Monday), Stephanie McMahon (18 on Monday), Alex Bowerman (6 on Tuesday) and Christopher Podlucky (a teenager on Tuesday).

Best wishes to Larry and
Dawn (Merrill) Hillock who will celebrate their 37th anniversary on Saturday, December 27th in Warner Robins, GA, and to Joanne and Rich Lozo, married 35 years on Sunday, December 28th.

Grand Island High School students and the high school music department will present the musical, Guys and Dolls on February 5-7, 2004. Businesses are invited to advertise in the program (over 2000 of them!) by contacting Sarah Russo at 634-6042 or emailing her at srusso@k12.ginet.org. Be sure to mention Isledegrande.com when you write or call.

Looking Back 50 years - Grand Island's newest physician, Dr. Peter K.Wittkugel, 33, of Cox Road, was killed instantly when his 1953 Pontiac sedan hit a tree on the west side of Beaver Island Parkway between Fix and Bush roads December 27, 1953. He opened his Island practice on November 1, 1953.~~~~Father Edward S. Schwegler was elevated to the rank of Monsignor.~~~~St. Martin-in-the-Fields 1954 Women's Guild officers were announced as Chairman Mrs. Robert Adelman, Vice Chairman Mrs. Donald Kaiser, Recording Chairman Mrs. Donald Flessing, Corresponding Chairman Mrs. Roy Johnson and Treasurer Mrs. Frank Siliphant. (Please email me at teddy@giecom.net if you remember the women's first names)~~~~"The King's Christmas Carol" was presented at the Kaegebein School on December 21, 1953. Paul Denler was King Claudius and Janet Fries (Mobius) took the part of Queen Bess. Other in the cast included Galen Young (Silly Willy the court jester), Patricia Williams (Glad), Terry Kortum (Mad) and George Breck (Sad).

Looking Back 30 years - Sidway School students, under the direction of music teacher Marge Egan, took part in the Christmas play, "Fenwick" on December 20, 1973. Mr. and Mrs. Santa Claus were played by Candice Bell and Franklin Guidone, Stanley Panetski had the title role of Fenwick and Kelly Clements played the part of Rumpelstiltskin.~~~~"Christmas Around the World" at the Huth Road Elementary School featured a 90-voice choir.~~~~Anita Wasson rolled the high single 203 (512) on December 10, 1973 with the Lunch Bunch league at Island Lanes.~~~~Six-year-old Michael Heldwin, a Kaegebein School first grader, was the winner of the Jaycee's Christmas Film Festival door prize - a Panda Bear Radio.

Our prayers go out to Nick Pelosi who is very ill.

Cheryl Chamberlain has written to tell me that the River Lea raffle was won by her sister-in-law, Andria Zysk of Niagara Falls. When Andria's name was drawn for the painting by Dorothy Bascomb, she gave it to Cheryl, knowing how she much she loved it. Cheryl said she just wanted to let all of the members of the Grand Island Historical Society know that the painting is lovely and still a part of Grand Island. Click Historical Society Webpage to view Mrs. Bascomb's artwork. Andria, by the way, was touring the historic River Lea to see Cheryl's daughter, Brooke Chamberlain, dressed in Victorian period attire. Brooke was volunteering with her Girl Scout Troop #46 during the holiday open house to earn a volunteer badge and from what I've heard these girls were a real asset to the event.

Our sincere sympathy to the family of Bernard F. Williams who passed away this week. Click for complete Death Notices.

The Sidway kitchen was voted "best decorated" in the holiday competition between the kitchen ladies and the dining room gals. Click Sidway School Page for photos.

Thank you to all of our advertisers who have supported the Grand Island E-News at Isledegrande.com. Click for our complete list of Advertisers.~~~~Grand Island Auto Tech at 2509 Grand Island Blvd. is one of our most recent businesses to come on board and we truly appreciate owners Ron and Mike Cook's support.

Pray for peace and for our troops "over there," and pray for the less fortunate, that they, too, may enjoy the holiday season.

December 18, 2003
A speedy recovery to Skip Uonites who was hospitalized last week. Cards and notes of cheer for Skip should be sent to him at 200 Lark Dr. SW, Largo, FL 33778.

Here's a trivia question for those of you who were here when Fantasy Island opened in 1961. It's a tough one, if you ask me! "How did the Brandon Brothers, Fantasy Island's cowboy desperados, get their name?" Email me at
teddy@giecom.net if you think you have an answer.

The Grand Island Snowmobile Club meets at 7:30 p.m. on the first and third Wednesday of the month at the Holiday Inn Room West 2. If you are a snowmobiler on the Island, this Club is for you. Check out the Club Website and consider joining. The next meeting is on Wednesday, January 7th.

We are happy to announce that Beverly Davey and Larry Braddell of Pepper Mill Restaurant are among our newest advertisers. Click Pepper Mill Restaurant for their complete menu.~~~~Isledegrande.com advertiser River Oaks is offering a New Year's Eve party package which includes a filet mignon & lobster tail dinner, champagne toast at midnight and much more. Click "River Oaks" for details.

deSignet Jewelry on Whitehaven Road just off the Boulevard is running a 20% off Holiday Jewelry Sale. Don't go off the Island for that last minute gift. Check out the deSignet Jewelry website or better yet, stop in to the store and see for yourself.

Looking Back 50 years - Tommy Duncan and Craig Gushue sang solos during the 1953 evening Christmas Eve service at St. Martin-in-the-Fields Church. ~~~~Those receiving awards during Cub Pack 75's Christmas meeting were Robert Tranter, Donald Tranter, Donald Saunders, Richard Sawdey, John Harper and Ronnie Salt.~~~~The Junior High faculty sponsored a Christmas party in the gym for their students December 22, 1953. Santa (Phil Anderson) gave out gifts including a baby chick to Lyle Dinsmore, pep pills to Jim Tranter, a picture of Jerry Lewis to Joan Wietan (Albert) and a light bulb to Bill Josey!~~~~Members of the Grand Island Community Chorus made their 1953 Carol Caravan, visiting as many ill and shut ins as possible in December 1953. The chorus sang at the dedication service of the Nativity Scene at Baseline and Express Highway on December 19, 1953. Taking part in the dedication were Rev. Franklin Beck of Trinity EUB, Rev. Richard Baker of St. Martin-in-the-Fields, Rev. William Rowan of St. Timothy Lutheran, Rev. Edward S. Schwegler of St. Stephen's Church, and Rev. William Wagner of Emmanuel Chapel. (Click Old Photo Album for photos and history.)

Looking Back 40 years - The Sidway School choir, made up of grades 4-6, presented "Why the Chimes Ring" on December 18, 1963. Among the choir members were Kevin Kinney, Kenny Coulter, Linda Deeter (Tufillaro), Jim Havens, Mike Endres, Bob Guenther and Steven Manson.

Looking Back 10 years - St. Stephen's parishioners presented a re-enactment of the birth of Jesus Christ on the first day of winter, December 21, 1993. Taking part were Sandra and Chris Beyer and their children, Matthew, Micahlena and Nathaniel Beyer.~~~~Santa arrived via helicopter on December 18, 1993 for Grand Island's "First Annual Old Fashioned Christmas at the Gazebo" in the Town Center Park (formerly Bells Market).

Happy birthday to Shelby Bidell (18 today), Sue Braun (tomorrow), Buddy Smith (Saturday), Jonathan Cook (10 on Monday), Lynn Wuertzer (cheers on Monday), Barb Gatti (Monday), Nancy Samrany and Millie Vanthoff (Tuesday) and Ryan Vertino (a teenager on December 24th).~~~~Birthdays, anniversaries, successes and other bits of news for the Between The Bridges column may be emailed to me at teddy@giecom.net

There's our Evan who had a great time at the Fire Company children's party last Saturday. Featured dancers from McCarthy School of Irish Dance were all Island residents including the tiniest, MaryElisabeth Rustowicz, 4. The fun afternoon brought back many holiday memories of parties I attended with my sister in the original fire hall and later with our children, Evan's dad, Jim and our daughter, Julie in the 1970s.

Our sincere sympathy to the families of Doris Rees, Lefty Kendzierski, Stanley Hill Sr., Caroline Leitner, Nick Radius and former resident Anna T. Goodman who recently died. Our condolences to former resident Judy McTigue Cedro, whose son, Kenneth Cedro, passed away on Saturday. Click for complete Death Notices.

A retirement party January 16, 2004 at Classics on Niagara Falls Boulevard is being planned for retiring Town Clerk Nancy Samrany. Save the date and call Betty at 773-6278 for further information. We will post all the details as they are finalized.

The Town Recreation Department will hold a “Welcome Santa” event at the town hall from 3-6 p.m. Saturday. Children are welcome to visit with “Santa” and take part in fun, games and refreshments.~~~~A Christmas celebration will be held from 4-6 p.m. Sunday at the Environmental Cottage, 3449 West River Road.~~~~An American Red Cross blood drive is scheduled at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 1841 Whitehaven Road from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. December 24th.

Look for next week's column on Christmas Eve, Wednesday, December 24th. Happy Hanukkah to those Islanders who will be observing the holiday from sundown tomorrow evening through sundown on December 27th.

December 11, 2003

Historic Trinity's Holiday House Tour & Craft Show takes place this Saturday. For availability of tickets, call 773-4357 or 773-7276. Click Historic Trinity
for complete details.

Jon Monti is featured on our Islanders In The Service page this week. This will be the first Christmas away from the Island for Jon and for many other Islanders 'over there.' Be sure to read about Jon and consider sending a note to all of those listed on the page. Parents and spouses are asked to check the email addresses that were originally posted and let me know if those have changed. Troops and their information for receiving mail will be posted as they are submitted. Email teddy@giecom.net.

Losing loved ones at any time is difficult, and especially so at this time of year. Our sincere sympathy to the families of Mildred Dingey, Charles Benzing, Joyce Schlifke, Florence Spiller and former resident Michael B. Cole who died this past week. Our condolences to former resident Jim Klocke, whose wife, Lonie, died suddenly on Tuesday. Click for complete Death Notices.

Kimberlie Deanne Fergen, daughter of John and Carol Fergen was married to Michael Robert Ball on Saturday in Holy Trinity Catholic Church, Niagara Falls. The couple will be at home in Hamburg. Best wishes newlyweds.

Congratulations to Grand Island High School 10th grader Bobby Fiels. Bobby created "Snowman Collage Card," which is part of an assortment of holiday cards and unique gifts for the Roswell Park Alliance Foundation.~~~~Congratulations to 4th grader Chad Kelly on his first place win in the NFL Pepsi Punt, Pass and Kick competition. Click for Complete Story.~~~~Congratulations to J.J. Tutwiler, star quarterback who holds five records after his final season at Cortland State. J.J. set career marks for passing yards (6,007), touchdown passes (45) and total yards (6,598). He also has single-season records in touchdown passes (21 in 2001) and total yards (2,378 in 2002).~~~~Congratulations to Vikings Offensive Lineman Doug Ingraham, winner of the Class A Outstanding Lineman award presented by Lancaster Elks Lodge 1778.

Mike Hachee has added special hours for the holidays at his Rose Liquor Store. Click Rose Liquor for days and times.

Happy birthday to Vickie Kowzan (a teen today), Tammy Sexton (today), Steve Stouter (special cake and candles today!), Lauren Whitney (Saturday), Katie Rustowicz (11 on Sunday), Jeff Bykowicz and Reginia Guenther (Sunday), Katie Nordvik (entering her teens on Sunday), Savannah Stolzenburg (18 on Monday), Dolly Dilliot and Ted Filosofos (Monday), Matthew Foote (10 on Monday), Elizabeth Beach (Best wishes on Monday), Jim Pioli, Betty Lantz and Nancy Hayes (Tuesday), Joey Guenther (double digits - 10 on Tuesday), Ron Rutkowski (30 on Tuesday), Heather Goris (a teenager on Wednesday), and Arvilla Kendzierski and Art DiMartile (Wednesday).

Thanks to Grand Island Fire Company's Public Information Officer and past chief, Ray Pauley for keeping us so well informed of the Company's newsworthy events and safety issues. Ray makes sure the news, often accompanied by photos, is in my hands in a timely fashion. Thanks, Ray!

Just a note on the Looking Back section of "Between the Bridges." Often times I do not have the first names of women mentioned (Mrs. Robert Jones) nor do I always have the married names of those remembered in this part of the column. Feel free to email me at teddy@giecom.net if you can supply a name now and then. For those who would like to have a birthday or anniversary noted in the column, just send the names and dates and I will be glad to include them. Any other submissions may also be emailed to teddy@giecom.net

Looking Back 50 years - A signed contract received from the Niagara Frontier State Parks Commission in December 1953 assured the Town of Grand Island a revenue of $4800 a year for furnishing water to Beaver Island State Park.~~~~Faculty members Carol Thompson and Marion Young directed Sidway School's Christmas play, "The Christmas Bell" on Thursday, December 17, 1953. Roger Webster played the part of Santa Claus. Santa's assistants, Wimble and Nimble were played by Barbara Beck (Muratore) and Bonnie Taylor (Ford). Though not stars of the show, I was a Swiss dancer and my sister-in-law, Mary Linenfelser (Cooke) was a chocolate pudding.~~~~One of the largest Christmas dinner parties in the history of the Home Bureau was held Tuesday, December 15, 1953 in the Buffalo Launch Club when 139 women attended.~~~~This was part of a news article in December 1953: "Color TV is still a long way from your living room despite expected early approval of a universal color system by the FCC. First home sets are expected to cost between $500 and $1000 and use twice as much electricity as black and white sets."

Looking Back 40 years - Grand Island lost its very first swim meet to Cleveland Hill's JV team 61-34. Ed Sargent had two firsts for Grand Island in the 200 Individual Medley and the 100 Free. Jeff Kirsch had two firsts in the 200 free and the 400 free. Pete Hackett took first in the 50-free style. Richard Adams was the swim team's coach.~~~~Santa arrived at the Grand Island Rod & Gun Club via a Bombodier Ski-Doo driven by club member Rodney Alt in 1963. The machine was referred to in the weekly paper as a sled-like, motor driven vehicle.

Looking Back 30 years - Margie McMahon (Robillard) played "Swanee River" during a Christmas party for Marjorie Murdock's piano students. Among the other students who played the piano were Jude Casey (Kuehne), Beth Buchanan (Allen), David Ryan and Brian Russell.

Looking Back 20 years - The list of Niagara Frontier League All-Stars for the 1983 girls' swim season included Maureen Morrissey, Karen Learman, Kelly Valone (Maurer), Tracy Roesch and Kate McDonough. Kelly, Tracy and Katie were credited the previous year as Best in GIHS History.

Looking Back 10 years - Bill Rohring Jr., a member of the Grand Island High School Class of 1974, bowled a perfect 300 in a 783 series while bowling with the Schoolmasters League at Beverly Lanes in December 1993.~~~~Grand Island High School's first Distributive Education Clubs of America (DECA) was organized in November 1993. First officers installed at Salvatore's Italian Gardens were President Amber Killian, Vice President Michelle Segarra, Secretary Laina Cascio, Treasurer Nate Pannullo, Reporter Janice Khreis and Parliamentarian Darcy Caldwell. Also attending the dinner were Principal Augustus Young, Assistant Principal Carolyn Fabiano, Business Program Coordinator Timothy Oldenburg and DECA advisors Matthew Smith and Michael Neu.~~~~Viking Football players selected by the Section VI Football Federation coaches as 1993 Division 3 All-Stars were offensive lineman Mark Nowicki, receiver Mike Gardner, quarterback Joel Moran, linebacker Mark Pearce, lineman Sean McDonnell and defensive end Kyle Bridenbacker.

Have you seen this picture on our front page? Did you check to see if your name was listed on the Watch For Your Name! Play The Game
page? There were four names listed in the past two weeks with no one claiming a prize. Winners so far are Ryan Case, Richard Lozo Sr. and Jeff Stone.

Check out new advertiser Kerry Lanthier's Kerry's Residential & Commercial Remodeling and Restoration webpage. Kerry says, "Let me finish your 'do it yourself' project!"

Auditions for the St. Stephen's Parish Players' adult theatrical production of Oklahoma! are being held Monday and Wednesday evenings in the St. Stephen School cafeteria. Check the Parish Players Webpage for full details.

December 4, 2003

Happy birthday to longtime Islander Lefty Kendzierski (seated) who will celebrate his 87th birthday on Saturday. Lefty, who has certainly helped to make Grand Island a "grand" place to live, is shown with his son, Frank Kendzierski; granddaughter, Michelle Reed; and great grandson Matthew Reed.~~~~A very happy 60th birthday to Marylou Cannata who celebrated Monday. These pink flamingos, all 60 of them, heard about the event and showed up for the weekend! Click for the full picture.

~~~~Happy birthday also to Marie Long (today), Robert Augugliaro (8 today), Kristen Atkinson (5 today), Emma Lee Schultz (5 tomorrow), Mary Jane (Barker) Lockwood (cheers tomorrow), Darcey Golde (tomorrow), Ruth Stahl (Saturday), Miranda Lea Proctor (3 on Saturday), Jean Davern (Sunday), Mike Litzel (a big one on Sunday), Sydney Khreis (5 on Tuesday), Ken Lewis (Wednesday), and Jennifer Loder (her 30th on Wednesday).

Our grandson Evan James Linenfelser celebrated his first birthday yesterday. One of the highlights of his Thanksgiving weekend was attending a family party and having fun with two of his baby cousins, 16-month-old Katrina Elizabeth Linenfelser, daughter of Matt and Teresa, and 7-month-old Mark Daniel Ramsperger, son of Christina and Vince.

Looking Back 50 years - Robert Altshaft and Tom Benton III were elected president and vice president of the Grand Island Fire Company.~~~~Dorothy Waltman was in charge of the local 1953 Christmas Seal Art Project (Tuberculous Association). Island winners were Kathy Kinsey, James Sawdey, Douglas Bauer and Tom Pierson. The winning posters were on display in Strauss Shoe Store in the Grandyle Plaza on Love Road.~~~~Anthony Calvano and his three sons opened their new Sandy Beach Supermarket on Wallace Drive December 10, 1953.

Looking Back 40 years - Ilona's Gift Shop opened in the Ilona Lang Building, 1770 Grand Island Blvd.~~~~Grand Island Plaza merchants in December 1963 were Highland Boot Shop, Lane Drugs, Open House Restaurant, Acme Supermarket, The Beauty Isle, Marty's Mobile Service, Neisner's, Wayside Furniture (showroom), Cataract Cleaners, M&T Bank and the Plaza Barber Shop.~~~~Nancy Quinlan rolled 148, 148 and 148 at Island Lanes.~~~~Santa asked the help of the Chamber of Commerce members including Marty Wolverton, Marion Klingel or Johnny Johnston in delivering toys to Island children who might otherwise be overlooked.~~~~A new shooting club was formed on December 6, 1963 and first officers were President Charles Lalloz, Executive Vice President Hon. Charles J. Gaughan, Vice President Elmer Fancher, Treasurer Harold Parrish, Secretary Paula Rauch and instructors Donald Rauch and Richard Cannon. Other officers included James D. Robinson, George Janetakos, George R. Blair, Thomas W. Ryan and James A. Moynihan.

Looking Back 30 years - Anita Wasson had the high single 203 (512) on December 10, 1973 with the Lunch Bunch league at Island Lanes.

Looking Back 20 years - Junior Football participants who were honored with an Al Schoenle award in 1983 were Gary Lhotsky (115-pound team), Bill Pendrys (75-pound), and Frank Potenza (95-pound).~~~~Girls chosen as Grand Island Junior Football's Most Outstanding Cheerleaders in December 1983 were Kristi Young, Lisa Roeder and Lisa Foley.~~~~Senior Todd Adams, who earned a spot on the All-Tourney team, was the only Viking in double figures netting 20 points in a losing hockey game with Hamburg High School in December 1983.

Congratulations to the new Grand Island Fire Company President Reed Wright. Elections took place yesterday when Fire Chief Greg Butcher ran unopposed.

Our sincere sympathy to the families of Geraldine McCormick, Matthew S. Makowski, Anthony W. Kustich and former resident Betty J. Hasert who died recently. Click for complete Death Notices.

Isledegrande.com advertiser Lyle Dinsmore of L.D.C. Construction Co. Inc. is currently doing the work for the State Parks project at the site of the former East River Marina in Ferry Village. For very interesting photos of the work, click Marina Project and then be sure to click the photos for a larger view.

Elizabeth R. Richards and Thomas J. Sheehan were married Saturday, November 29th in St. Joseph Cathedral. The groom is the son of Janet and Dr. Tom Sheehan of Grand Island.

A Christmas Musical with Dinner and Drama will be offered at the Whitehaven Road Baptist Church tomorrow and Sunday.~~~~The Grand Island Historical Society is hosting its final and not to be missed Holiday Open House at River Lea in Beaver Island State Park Sunday afternoon.~~~~Auditions are being held tonight for the St. Stephen's Parish Players children's production.~~~~The VFW Post 9249 will hold a Pearl Harbor Remembrance at noon on Sunday.~~~~Connor Middle School students will present a Holiday Concert Wednesday evening.

Have you sent in your donation to the Neighbors Foundation of Grand Island yet? The address is P. O. Box 155, Grand Island, New York 14072. For Foundation news click Neighbors Foundation Page.

Send me your news, notes, birthdays and anniversaries to teddy@giecom.net

Wednesday, November 26, 2003

Happy birthday to Island native Donna Krehl. The former Donna Yakam, shown above in her Brownie cap when she was in Marge Ehde Anderson's 3rd grade at Kaegebein School, is celebrating tomorrow - Thanksgiving Day. For a photo of Donna with her class and teacher, click "Third Grade."~~~~Happy birthday also to Gladys Benzing (Friday), JoAnn Vanderheite and Tracy Roesch Calhoon (Saturday), Mike Burns (a milestone on Sunday), John Podlucky (his 21st on Sunday), Michael Hillock (a teenager on Sunday), Pat McNulty (her 80th birthday on Tuesday), Marcy Malecki (cheers on Tuesday), and Lois Kaiser Schoenfeld (Wednesday).~~~~A belated happy birthday to Patrick Conn who celebrated a big one on Sunday.~~~~Today's birthdays were listed in the November 20th Between The Bridges column. If you would like to see your birthday or birthdays of your loved ones list here, email the names and dates to teddy@giecom.net

Congratulations to Michael and Alphia C. Gangemi on the birth of a son, Angelo Fredrick Gangemi on October 22, 2003. Proud Island grandparents are Richard and Alphia L. Criss and the baby's great grandmother is Island resident Alphia F. Prosser.

Best wishes, newlyweds. Grand Island High School Art Teacher Megan S. Hoy was married to Andrew J. Gaiek on Saturday, November 22nd.~~~~Casey Lee O'Connell became the bride of Dr. William Preston Magee in St. Stephen Catholic Church on November 8th. Casey is the daughter of Timothy and Kathleen O'Connell of Grand Island.

Michael Anthony Rossi, Attorney At Law has become an advertiser with us here at Isledegrande.com and we thank him and wish him well. Mike is located at 1979 Grand Island Blvd. and his firm has over 23 years experience handling legal matters of all kinds.

Do any of my readers have photos of the 1970 high school production of Bye, Bye, Birdie? Stars of the show were John Study, Randy White and Della Stachelczyk (Stacey), and Roberta Gassbarre was student choreographer. The cast also included Mary Stewart, Belinda Board (Gould) and Tom Colley. Email me at teddy@giecom.net

Looking Back 50 years - Lee Tetkowski's "Uncle Buff's Story Time" on television featured Bobby Bell with his live turkey from his daddy, William Bell's farm.~~~~A crowd of nearly 2000 attended the Welcome Santa event at the Grand Island Garden Center on "Express Highway" on Sunday, November 29, 1953. For the complete story and three Wendell Stratton photos, click Old Photo Album.
~~~~Betty Wheeler and Bea Daggett were in charge of the Kaegebein School PTA Book Fair and Pancake Supper in November 1953.~~~~Mariner Scouts Myrna Dworak (Boerschig) and Nancy Seifert (Dinan) taught the 5th and 6th grade scouts of Girl Scout Troop 337 how to give artificial respiration in November 1953.~~~~The town board agreed that the Army Anti-Aircraft Installations on Staley and Ransom roads be allowed to purchase water from Water District 2 at standard rates subject to prior needs of the district.

Looking Back 40 years - Senior Girl Scouts of Troop #815 recognized as being a part of Girl Scouting for 10 years were Louise Johnson (Toth), Sharon Davis (Szmadua), Judy Lexo (Schmidt), Kathy Perkins (Keast), Peggy Cotter (Will), Diane Gaiser (Gurbacki) and Sue Kohlhagen (Long).

Looking Back 30 years - The New York State DeMolay awarded Isle Chapter Order of DeMolay the "Chapter of the Year" (Coty) award 1972-73. The recognition is given to the most outstanding of the 90 DeMolay chapters in the State. Young Island men leading the group which was instituted four years earlier, were Terry Posluszny, Jim Hobby and Tim Spivey.

If you wake up on Thanksgiving Day and realize you forgot to pick up a bottle of Mogan David, you aren't out of luck! Mike Hachee's Rose Liquor Store will be open from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Thanksgiving Day.

Our sincere sympathy to the families of Barbara Ann Mailloux, Andy Piacente and Olga E. Steffan who died recently. Click for complete Death Notices.

Don't forget the Grand Island Alumni Association's mixer at River Oaks Clubhouse 7 p.m. Friday evening. The event will be on a cash basis, with no cover charge. It is hoped that residents and out-of-towners will show up to visit. Everyone is invited.

Auditions for the St. Stephen's Parish Players children's production, "Hound of the Clackervilles," are being held at St. Stephen school from 3-5 p.m. Wednesday, December 3rd and from 6-8 p.m. on Thursday, December 4th. Children in grades 3 through 12 from all Island and off-Island schools are welcome and encouraged to audition. For more information, call Linda Burkhart at 774-0447.

Just a reminder (as if they'd forget) that the middle school and high school kids have Monday, December 1st off!

Thanksgiving, a day set aside to count our blessings, is a perfect time for me to thank my readers for keeping in touch and even becoming my friends though we've never met. Have a great weekend.

November 20, 2003

Ronnie                          David
Happy birthday to Ron McNamee - a big one today and to David Pinkow, celebrating the same one on Monday. The 1953 Sidway School yearbook photos show the boys as they looked in Mrs. Violet Harding's third grade.~~~~Happy birthday also to Victoria McCraith (Sweet 16 today), Rebecca Rae (her 20th today), Lydia Endres (tomorrow), Jim Hartman (Saturday), Tim McMahon (Sunday), Lois Morgan and Lynn Kalman (Tuesday) and Ryan McDonough (a milestone on Tuesday).

The Girls Soccer Team lost at the Class A State Semifinals Friday and the Varsity Vikings also lost on Saturday in the Class A Far West Regionals but the teams went further than most and can certainly be considered championship teams. Thanks to everyone for great season play.

Welcome, Morgan Lea Proctor, born October 31st to Tamara and Paul Proctor. Morgan Lea has a big sister, Miranda Lea, who is nearly three years old. Proud grandparents are Bonnie Proctor and Bob and Pat Haag.

Celebrating anniversaries this week are Mark and Diane Hassan (27 years today), Don and Fran Burrows (38 years today), Denise and Michael McMahon (30 years on Monday), and Chris and Vincent Ramsperger (10 years on Wednesday).

A reader emailed me a message yesterday morning (Wed.) that a beautiful cat was at her door wanting to come in. It was definitely a house cat, hungry and cold. She also said it was a dark tiger looking cat and very well mannered. "After I got my daughter out to the bus, I went to get some milk for the cat but it had walked away." If anyone is looking for their lost cat in the Sandy Beach area, this one was spotted at Warner and Wallace Drive.

Carol and Chuck Dunworth are our newest advertiser. Be sure to click COUPONS for the 10% off coupon for their One Hour Dry Cleaners. It's good until 12/31/03!

Looking Back 50 years - On Monday, November 23, 1953 former Supervisor John Mesmer and his sons, John R., Franklin, Raymond, Edward and David started operation of their new dairy and milk bottling plant on Love Road. Their plant on Argus St. in Buffalo was being dismantled and moved to Grand Island.~~~~The inter-church Thanksgiving service with special music by a joint choir was held at Trinity Church on Thanksgiving morning in 1953. Ministers from Trinity, St. Martin-in-the-Fields, St. Timothy and Emmanuel Chapel participated.

Looking Back 40 years - 19th Accident At Ferry Landing was the headline in a November 1963 weekly paper. The dangerous curve at East River and the old Tonawanda Ferry Landing just south of Whitehaven was the scene of another serious accident when the victim's car went off the road and hit a tree.~~~~A grand opening of Joe and Pauline Drago's Drago's Restaurant in the J&D Plaza took place on November 26-27, 1963. Running the operation were Evelyn Mann, Sandra Fritz, Meriel Grimm and Jeanine Quagliana.~~~~Beer at popular prices was made available seven days a week at Lane Drugs in the Grand Island Plaza.

Looking Back 30 years - A testimonial dinner was held in the Holiday Inn in honor of Abe Milner who was retiring from the Grand Island Library Board after more than 25 years service.~~~~Cub Scout Den 3, Pack 423 leader Gladys Costanzo and Cub Scouts Brent Patmos, Paul Mutolo, Jack McCaffery, Chicky Vacanti and Steve Costanzo visited River Lea in November 1973.

This week's featured Isledegrande.com advertiser is Rod Reisdorf of Mr. Bestwrench. who does excellent repair work on all makes of cars and trucks and at reasonable prices.

Best wishes to Randy White, Class of 1970, and his wife, Janice who celebrated their 25th wedding anniversary with a cruise. They sailed from San Juan to St. Thomas, St. Martin, Antigua, St. Lucia and Barbados. "Now we hunker down for the winter," says Randy! The Whites, who live in Indianapolis, Indiana, were married on October 28, 1978.

Our sincere sympathy to the families of Ann Senn, Carol P. Brant and former resident Cheryl (Phelps) Cassel who died recently. Click for complete Death Notices.

Congratulations to Grand Island High School senior, Mike Blocho, who has been named one of 10 finalists for the 32nd Connolly Cup awarded annually to the most outstanding football player in Western New York. The Riverside Athletic Committee will announce the winner on December 6th.

The "little old church ladies" of Island United Presbyterian Church are again taking orders through Sunday for their "famous" homemade pies that include fresh apple ($8), cranberry walnut ($8) and mincemeat pies ($8.50). Call 773-4424 for details.

The following appeared in last week's paper and are worth noting for anyone who may have overlooked them:
A Word From Our Troops which are notes from Islanders "over there."
Pray For Our U.S. Troops - two prayers for those serving their country and submitted by readers.

If you have a loved one, friend, or relative serving his/her country and would like to have our readers write to them, send the necessary information for our In The Service page to me at teddy@giecom.net. We presently have 17 troops on the page and some of the email addresses are obsolete. Please let us know if you have a current email address for any of those already on the page.

Have you looked for your name at Watch For Your Name! Play The Game?

Please check our Events Calendar for details on tonight's High School National Honor Society Spaghetti Dinner, a used book sale at the library on Friday and Saturday, celebration party for Councilman Elect Gary Roesch on Saturday, the Grand Island Ministerium's Annual Ecumenical Thanksgiving Service on Sunday evening, plus other events throughout the week.

November 13, 2003
Go Vikings - and good luck! The Varsity Vikings took the Class B championship title by beating Lew-Port, 45-12 last Saturday at Ralph Wilson Stadium. Grand Island (9-1) plays a 7 p.m. game against Victor (10-0) for the CLASS A Title on Saturday at St. John Fisher College in Pittsford.

The Girls Varsity Soccer Team won the Far-West Regionals by defeating Pittsford-Mendon and are off to the "States" to play Burnt Hills from Section 2 at 2 p.m. tomorrow (Nov. 14th) at Brighton High School in Rochester. Good luck, girls!

Former resident Ralph Brown's complete obituary appears on our death page. Click
Death Notice.

We have a new contest going on with valuable prizes from our advertisers. To be eligible to win, you must be signed in on our Guestbook. Click Find Your Name
for all the information and good luck! First winners are former resident Ryan Case of Rochester and Rich Lozo of Greenway Road.

Congratulations and best wishes to Peggy McNulty on her recent marriage to Bob Hooper. The Hoopers are living on the Island and Peggy's new phone number is 773-7323 and her new email address is Gabbypeg1@aol.com.

Very unfortunately, Isle resident Eugene Pigott Jr. was not chosen for the vacancy on the State Court of Appeals. Click Pigott Story
for a Buffalo News Opinion article.

My husband, Jim and 14-year-old grandson, John Bidell attended the "Trains on the Island Train Show" held over the weekend at the Holiday Inn Grand Island. The event was sponsored by the Toy Train Collectors Society and is going to be an annual event here.

Thinking of getting a Jack Russell Terrier? They are being raised right here on Staley Road, Grand Island. Click Medlesome Russell's
for the website. And, yes, they are just one of our newest advertisers.

Congratulations to Fredonia midfielder Katie Remus who was named first-team All-SUNYAC for women's soccer. Katie, who was selected for the first All Academic All Western New York Soccer Team while attending Grand Island High School, is a member of its Class of 2001.~~~~Congratulations also to Island resident Genevieve Capizzi, "the state court system's fiscal watchdog for all Western New York courts," who was recently awarded its Quality Service Award. A 25-year veteran of the court system, she was honored for her "outstanding" work and accomplishments overseeing the district's fiscal concerns.

Happy birthday to Robert David Arch who celebrated his first birthday on November 6th, and to Helen Ashleigh McMahon who turned two years old on Tuesday. Happy birthday also to Michael Madigan (a big one today), Samantha Kuszczak (10 tomorrow), Dwight Gray and Jacob Kreutz (cheers on Saturday), Brian Kopf (Sunday), Sierra Marie Maras (three on Sunday), Molly "Pedlow" Thomson (Monday's the big day), Gayle Quint (Tuesday), Audene Affuso (cake and candles on Tuesday).

Happy Birthday, Judy! Last but certainly not least, Judy DiTullio Penque is celebrating her birthday on Monday.

Looking Back 50 years - The Grand Island Rod & Gun Club party on November 14, 1953 in the newly remodeled and redecorated clubhouse was chaired by Norman Meyer and his wife, Dodie. Featured was the club's famous buffet supper and card games. Also on the committee were Vernon H. Hanna, William House, Walter Knowalon and Charles C. Pate.~~~~The old fire hall, originally the first town hall, was sold to the highest bidder, Art Kingston for $100. Art tore it down and salvaged the lumber.~~~~The town board voted to change the Del & Herb's property classification from "B" to "D" for the erection of a sub-station by the Niagara Mohawk Power Company 50 years ago.~~~~A brand new school bus arrived to replace a borrowed bus.~~~~Mrs. Herbert Beardsley's Brownie Troop #221 invested the following girls at the first meeting on November 17, 1953: Pam Ball (Fries), Sandra Beardsley (Eckfeldt), Sharon Benzing (Minet), Kathy Butler (Treadwell), Caryl Denler (Kershner), Ellen Glor, Patricia Geary (Kostenbauder), Catherine McGregor (Guinn), Barbara Running, Nadene Lewis and Tonya Drake (Robins). Virginia Drake served as assistant leader.

Looking Back 40 years - A "Name Our Team Contest" was held for the naming of the sports teams at the new Grand Island Jr. Sr. High School.~~~~The Gearjammers car club, headed by President Bob Benton, held a model car contest and awarded trophies to the winners including John Diringer, Bruce Meyers, Tom LaBrake and Mike McNulty.~~~~Rebecca Ruth Buehrig was installed Beloved Queen of Aries Triangle 131 on November 14, 1963.~~~~Betty Jane Harding and Irene Kaiser were co-hostesses for a Cinderella Garden Club meeting in the Harding home when guest speaker Eve Collins instructed members in a "Have Your Arrangement and Eat It Too" demonstration.

Looking Back 30 years - Democratic Supervisor Raymond P. Griffin was re-elected to an unprecedented sixth term by more than 1000 votes.~~~~The cast of the high school Spotlighters production of "Barefoot In The Park" in November 1973 included Debbie Foster, Walter Hughes, Barbara LiVecchi, Paul Zoltoski, Jamie Pultz and Judd Cady.~~~~Russell Beyer, a Grand Island High School senior, was named Outstanding Teenage Young Man of the Year for 1973 by the Grand Island Jaycees.~~~~Reg Schopp was in charge of arrangements for a joint dinner meeting of Island services clubs, held in the Buffalo Launch Club and hosted by the Grand Island Rotary Club.

A reader has informed the Grand Island E-News that there has been a change with the Grand Island collection boxes at the post office. Residents cannot drop off mail "on your way home" without going inside the post office. Collection times elsewhere are Town Hall, 3 p.m.; Wilson Farms, 2 p.m.; and outside the dollar store, 10 p.m.

Just heard that Islander Fran Wilczek will be singing with her group, Smooth as Silk from 9 p.m. to 1 a.m. Saturday, November 22nd at Johns' Flaming Hearth on Military Road in the Falls. The word is that a good showing of Islanders will be crossing the bridge to hear this great band and Fran's awesome voice.~~~~ Those of you who know John and Carol Jean (DeMike) Linenfelser will enjoy seeing what their daughter, SaraBeth is up too. Click SaraBeth for her photo. Sara has been modeling in New York City for several years and lives there with her husband and two young sons.

The Celebration/Fundraiser for Alexi Salamone will be held from 6-9 p.m. tomorrow evening (Friday). Click Alexi Fundraiser
for complete information.~~~~Members of the Grand Island Hockey Club will hold a Chinese Auction and Basket Raffle from 7-11 p.m., Friday, November 21st at the Hyde Park Ice Pavilion. Details are on our Sports Page.

This is the livingroom of the Grand Island Historical Society's headquarters, River Lea. Click the Fred Claus photo for a full view of the room. River Lea is located in Beaver Island Park and will be open from 2-4 p.m. this Sunday. Mark your calendar and stop by for Island history and refreshments.~~~~Have a nice weekend and stay warm!

November 6, 2003

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Yep! Here he is again - our dear grandson Evan Linenfelser on Halloween. Just couldn't resist sharing this photo with you.

Welcome, Lucas Michael Hooper, born October 15, 2003 weighing eight pounds, seven ounces. Proud parents are Mike and Teresa Hooper. Equally proud grandparents are Gale and Dick Sander of Grand Island and Ruth and Charlie Hooper of Clarence.

Isledegrande.com reporter Joelle Logue has asked that I mention the annual Beaujolais Nouveau Wine Tasting, Dinner & Auction to benefit the outreach programs of the YWCA of the Tonawandas and scheduled for Friday, November 21st at Banchetti's by Rizzo. We've attended the event for many years and can honestly say it is a grand evening. Click above for details.

Our sincere sympathy to the families of Betty (Davern) Harris, Richard F. Bergstrom and former residents Ralph Brown and Irene (Turpin) Kitching who died this past week. Click for complete Death Notices.

Happy birthday to Ryan Proctor (10 today), Ashley Braddell (a teenager today), "Sweet" Mary McMahon (tomorrow), Jackie Mordaunt (tomorrow), Floyd Doring (cheers on Monday), Lee Becker and Ivey Spier (entering their teens on Monday and Tuesday respectively) and Allan Webb (Cheers Wednesday).

Harriet and John McKinney recently celebrated their 60th wedding anniversary with a renewal of their vows on a cruise of the Panama Canal. The McKinneys were married Oct. 14, 1943 in Kenmore Methodist Church.

Congratulations to Carol Hamm who was named Cub Scouter of the Year by Boy Scouts of America Greater Niagara Frontier Council. Polaris District Awards of Merit went to Mrs. Hamm and to Steven Heeb.

The Holiday Inn Grand Island is one of our newest advertisers. We appreciate their sponsorship of Isledegrande.com and also the fact that, when given the opportunity, they always go above and beyond in providing such wonderful arrangements for the Island's special events.

Looking Back 50 years - The Sidway School 9th grade Class of '54 was selling "Grand Island - A Grand Place To Live" license plates to raise funds for graduation expenses.~~~~Lee Tetkowski of Whitehaven Road inaugurated her first children's television show, "Uncle Buff's Story Time," on Monday, November 9, 1953. She was the writer and producer and her show was on television Monday through Friday on WBUF-TV.~~~~Fred Mesmer of Mesmer's Supper Club and part owner of the Nice estate on Grand Island was in the process of grading a sports car track at Whitehaven and East River roads. Fred's grandfather, in 1890, had a race track on the same site and the banking of the old track was used in the new one. Said to be the best in the area, the two tracks, one inside the other, would provide plenty of room for top notch racing.~~~~Grand Island American Legion Post #1346 members Ken Maurer and Mike Meyer were awarded "Door-Knocker" certificates at the 35th Armistice Day luncheon of the American Legion at the Statler Hotel in Buffalo. Ken and Mike were recognized for outstanding achievement in the American Legion membership campaign of 1953.

Looking Back 40 years - Newly elected Kiwanis Club officers in 1963 were President Gerald Dinsmore, First Vice President Everett Kellogg, Second Vice President Robert E. Study, Treasurer Nelson F. Striebich, and directors Clifford King, Fred Haefner and Harold L. Long~~~~Honored during worship service at Island United Presbyterian Church in October 1963 were the Sunday School teachers who incuded Barbara Bagdy, Betty Lovelee, Jeanette Ray and Shirley Gilmore.~~~~American Legion Post #1346 Commander Henry Gardner directed a formal dedication of the DeGlopper Memorial Park at Grand Island Blvd. and Baseline Road on Sunday, November 10, 1963.~~~~The Island's American Legion recognized two outstanding sophomores of the new Jr. Sr. High School. The presentation of awards was made on Friday, November 8, 1963 by American Legion member Roger Kaiser and awardees were Jayne Pless (Miller) and John Killian.

Looking Back 30 years - Election night counts in November 1973 listed Highway Superintendent candidates Norman J. Mrkall (R) and Carl John (D), a Republican endorsed by the Democratic party, in a tie vote of 2470 each. On Thursday, November 8, 1973 both parties met at the Erie County Board of Elections for a re-count. At the end of the meeting each had garnered one more vote. On Friday, after many hours, it was determined that Mr. Mrkall had received an additional vote at the polls in District 4 making the official count 2472/Mrkall and 2471/John. Norm appointed Carl as his deputy, a post Mr. John was serving at the time under Highway Superintendent Joe Roe who was retiring.~~~~Nike Site Awarded To Grand Island was the headline in the local weekly paper 30 years ago. "Since the summer of 1970, the town of Grand Island and the local school district have been in pursuit of the title to land between Whitehaven and Staley roads, long occupied by the US government's installation, the Nike Site." The site had been held on Federal Land rolls and had been idle for several years.

Sounds like a very interesting program tonight at the Grand Island Historical Society meeting. Douglas Kohler will speak on "Buffalo's Millionaires" from yesteryears during the 7:30 p.m. get-together in Society headquarters, River Lea in Beaver Island State Park. The meeting is open to the public and refreshments will be served.

Congratulations and good luck to the Varsity Vikings (8-1) who will return to Ralph Wilson Stadium for the Class B championship at 3 p.m. against Lew-Port (8-1) this Saturday. Tickets are available for $5 pre-sale at the High School office, or Saturday at the stadium for $7.

The Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary will hold a "Day of Home Parties" on Saturday and the Knights of Columbus has scheduled a spaghetti dinner on Wednesday. Check our Events Calendar and be sure to email me at teddy@giecom.net with your organization, church and Island events so that they may be included.

October 30, 2003
Our sincerest sympathy to the families of Kenny Maurer, Pat Kaiser and Tony Guenther who passed away this week. Former resident Sylvia Burgstahler died on October 24th. Our condolences to Sylvia's daughters, Joan Bridge and Gail Rothenberg and their families. Click for complete
Death Notices.

Happy birthday to our daughter Julie Dee and to Dave Wilkinson and Allen Glessner (today), to Emily Mary Fred (three on Saturday), Sarah Grace Kustich (5 on Saturday), Triston Wilkinson (Saturday), twins Sue McMahon and JoAnn Lozo (Sunday), Jared Billica (a teenager on Tuesday), Richard Williams and Doug Bullock (milestone birthdays on Wednesday), Casey Carminati (entering her teens on Wednesday), and Shirley McNulty (Wednesday).

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This is Evan Linenfelser, our grandson, if you're new to this column! That's his dad, Jim, shoveling supper into Evan before mommy, Laury arrived at our house on Saturday for a birthday dinner for Laury and Aunt Julie Dee.

Prayers are in order for Jack Hugill who has suffered some serious health problems and is at home now. How about sending Jack some cheery cards, folks!

One of our readers wrote this week to tell me she ordered flowers on line from one of our advertisers, Sue Berger of Flower A Day Florist. "It was so easy!" she said. Click Sue's website and keep her in mind when the need arises.

Looking Back 50 years - Margaret Anetsberger planned refreshments around a Halloween theme for the St. Stephen's Altar Society card party where one of the prizes was a pretty doll all dressed up in ten one-dollar bills.~~~~Walton Tanner of Ferry Road was elected president of the Kiwanis Club for 1954 succeeding John Fritz. Others elected were Vice Presidents William Wallace and LaVerne Harding, Treasurer Cecil Manchester, and Directors Harry Bradley, Robert Campbell and Ernest Godfrey.~~~~Johnny Fontana celebrated his 12th birthday with his friends who came in costume, first at the movies, then at home for dinner and games and ending with "tricks or treating."~~~~Lois Martene's Girl Scout Troop 337 spent the Halloween weekend at Sky Hi Girl Scout Camp in Orchard Park.

Looking Back 40 years - Elsie E. Stamler, Town Clerk for 32 years, at last had her own private space in the former peace justice office right behind the switchboard. This was in the second town hall, formerly School #9.~~~~Raymond P. Griffin was elected supervisor in November 1963, the first democrat to win the post since 1949. The vote was Griffin, 1880 over incumbent George L. Thorne, 1571. Thorne had been appointed supervisor in November 1960 to fill the vacancy of George J. Burgstahler who resigned.~~~~Grand Island Biological Company's laboratory on Staley Road was put into operation under the direction of Isle residents Robert B. Ferguson and William S. Sharon.~~~~The retirement of Clarence Schutt, a school district bus driver and custodian from September 1934 to June 1963 was announced.~~~~ Costume winners at the Halloween parade and party at Tops Market on Love Road 40 years ago were Vickie Popular, Kathy Orchard, Bill Dyet, Mary Mason, Cynthia Mason, Lawrence Rohring, Wilford Rohring, Douglas Brown and James Mondoux.~~~~The Republican Women's Club was founded on October 15, 1963.

Looking Back 30 years - The Grand Island Art Society's 3rd annual Holiday Corner was held Saturday, November 3, 1973 in the Island Lanes. Chairman Rose Blank was assisted by Margaret Villano, Bob Willer, Betty O'Dea, Dan Marciano, Beth Minklei and Ellie Gracie.~~~~The Jaycees Halloween Party at Tops produced the following costume winners who received $5 prizes: John Canaan, a pumpkin; Christine Peterson, as Ronald MacDonald; Wendi Fredenberg, a bee; Joanne Gorenflo, upsidedown man; and Jeffrey Lewis, a Robot. Miss Debbi Owens assisted with the judging.

Looking Back 10 years - George Clement closed his Grandyle Pharmacy in the Love Road plaza in October 1993. The "drug store" originally opened in the "new" plaza in 1952.

This is our town board reporter, Joelle Logue and her granddaughter Gracie Elizabeth Logue. Baby Gracie was born August 19th and lives with her parents, Chris and Andrea in New Bern, North Carolina where Joelle has been spending some quality time with her new granddaughter.

Lee Tetkowski still needs a few more volunteers for Election Day to help with the Kids Voting. Call her at 773-3266 if you can volunteer a few hours.

Be sure to exercize your right to vote on Election Day, Tuesday, November 4th. The Republicans will congregate at River Oaks and the Democrats will be at 1713 Grand Island Boulevard watching the vote returns.

The annual Craft Show and Sale sponsored by the Kaegebein PTA will take place from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturday, and the Golden Age Club's annual holiday bazaar is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 3:30 p.m. Sunday at the center, 3278 Whitehaven Road. Click Golden Age Club Page or Kaegebein PTA for more information.

Christine and Gene Ryshkus' Haunted Greenhouse on Alvin Road will be open to kids of all ages from 9 a.m. to 6 p.m. through tomorrow evening, October 31st. Check out Gene and Christine's Grand Island Garden Center website and stop by and say hello.

The Grand Island High School Varsity Vikings will take on Lake Shore at Grand Island 1:30 p.m. Saturday for the Section VI Semifinals. Go Vikings!

October 23, 2003

Mark and Michelle Pinzel are the proud parents of their first child, a son born Monday, October 20th. For all the details, click Ryan Derek Pinzel.

Alexi Salamone, the son of Joseph and Susan Salamone, has been chosen for the U.S. National Men’s Sled Hockey Team. A fundraiser is being planned for November 14th. If you want to know how you can help him achieve his Paralympic Dream, click Alexi - and then check out his website at www.alsalamone.com. Alexi is pictured above after winning a wrestling match at Grand Island High in February 2003.

Be sure to turn your clocks back on Saturday evening. Daylight savings time ends Sunday morning, October 26th when we gain one hour of sleep! Don't forget to replace the batteries in your smoke detectors!

The Grand Island Varsity Vikings Football team increased their record to 6-0 by beating Williamsville South 48-7 on October 10th followed by another big win over Starpoint (35-0) on October 18th. The Vikings are 7-0 and #3 on the Buffalo News poll for large schools. This Saturday is the Homecoming game against Niagara Wheatfield at Masters Field at 2 p.m. The Grand Island Alumni Association is inviting everyone to come out and cheer the Vikings on. Click GI Alumni for information on the high school building tour before the game and a Grand Island mixer after the game.

Great bowling! Gary Scott bowled a 279 (735) in the A Best Roofing League at Island Lanes this week.~~~~Attention Island Lanes Bowlers: If your league secretary will email your weekly bowling scores to me at teddy@giecom.net, I will be happy to post them almost immediately.

Congratulations to Grand Island's J.J. Tutwiler, Cortland State's quarterback who completed 15 of 32 passes for 213 yards this past weekend. J. J. became the school's career leader in passing yardage with 5,503. Unfortunately, the Cortland State Red Dragons dropped a 34-31 overtime decision to Rowan University. J.J. was featured in our October 9th Grand Island E-News. Click Tutwiler Feature Story for the complete article.

Happy Sweet 16th birthday to Toni Marie Quagliana, celebrating today. Happy birthday also to Kevin Koch (today), Jim Pax, Diane Lawrence and Diane Pelosi (tomorrow), Agnes Becker (Saturday), our grandson John Bidell Jr. (14 on Saturday), Mallory DelSignore (4 on Saturday), Rich Milkas (Saturday), Clarke Elliot (cheers on Monday!), Jill Endres (Sweet 16 on Monday), Paul Soto (Monday) and Nikki Zimmerman (double digit - 10 on Tuesday).

Isledegrande.com's newest advertisers are Tim and Paula Callahan of Tim's Sunoco Station on Love Road. Tim offers general auto service including tire replacement and brake work. Newer residents not familiar with Tim's station, should check it out and save themselves a trip off the Island when the work can be done right here on Love Road.~~~~Speaking of our advertisers, how about Fuccillo Chevrolet's latest mailing - a nearly full sized New York license plate - with our name, LINENFELSER, spelled across it! Go, Fuccillo!!!

Looking Back 50 years - The Farm Bureau Committeemen of Grand Island met at the home of George Alt to plan their annual campaign for Farm Bureau members. George H. Alt Jr. and Raymond Schutt were elected chairman and co-chairman for Grand Island and the goal for 1954 was 40 Island Farm Bureau members. Serving on committees were Ray Schutt, (Dairy) Ira F. Varney and Fred Miller (poultry) and John L. DeGlopper (livestock).

Looking Back 40 years - In a Grand Island Junior/Senior High School Jr. Varsity, non-league footall game in October 1963, Grand Island shutout Starpoint 12-0 and did the same the following week against Williamsville with a score of 18-0. Coach Gene Mastes was assisted on the field by his former Tonawanda High classmates and Isle residents Joe Killian, Roger Kaiser and LaVerne Luther. The first squad included John Killian, Mike Podlucky, Dan Rowe, Bill Calvert, Bob Luther, Bob Hillock, Paul Harper, Tim Ehde, Terry Funk, Bob White, Dan Walgate, Jack Rapilje, James Avenell, Carl Pinzel and John Dennis.~~~~Cub Pack 425 Cubmaster Bobby Dannels welcomed Richard Sepanski and Paul Olivieri into the Pack at the October Pack meeting. Mark McCullough was awarded his silver arrow under his wolf badge. Tom DeCillis received his Bear Badge with gold arrow. Jeff Beich received his two-year pin. Christopher Chiapone, Stephen Bissot, Robert Bascomb, Arthur Evans and Daniel Wilson received one-year pins.~~~~William Millian of Bronson Road rescued three men from the Niagara River after their sailboat capsized between North Tonawanda and the Island.

Looking Back 30 years - The Grand Island Figure Skating Club's annual dinner on Friday, October 26, 1973 at the Holiday Inn Grand Island was arranged by Rosemarie and Chester Ziehm.~~~~Two hundred and sixty boys attended the Tonawanda District of Boy Scouts of America "Camporee" at the Bush Road campsite owned by the Kiwanis Club of Grand Island. The late October 1973 event was themed "Wilderness Camping" and Scout Master Del Krause of Troop 575, and his boys arranged the sites and aided in programming. Forty adult leaders attended and were headquartered under the shelter deep in the woods.~~~~Former Kaegebein School 4th grade teacher, Nicholas Zinni, was honored by the school faculty at a dinner in the Cavalier Restaurant October 27, 1973. Mr. Zinnie resigned from the Grand Island Island school system due to his appointment as principal of Gratwick School in North Tonawanda.

Looking Back 10 years - Few residents, if any, were looking forward to the E-Z Pass electronic payment system which began operating October 26, 1993 on the Grand Island Bridges. Senior citizens at the Golden Age Center joined the move to have ticket books continue to be sold by signing petitions available at the Center.~~~~Mandy Malaney bowled the high single, 193, in the Thursday Morning Early Birds League at Island Lanes.

Making their home on Grand Island are Jennifer M. Wronski and Jason A. Birtz who were married Saturday, October 18th.

Received a note from Grand Island High School Choral Director Carolyn Lokken this week. She is organizing an intergenerational sing - an evening of song and fellowship for all ages. The event is scheduled for Monday, October 27 at the high school. Click Intergenerational Sing for details.

A memorial service for Scott Malecki who passed away on October 12th will be held on Saturday at 10 a.m. in St. Stephen's R.C. Church.~~~~Former Island school teacher Joseph A. Becht passed away on Tuesday at the age of 74. Click for complete Death Notices.

"Professor" Don Burns was the honored guest at the Grand International Ragtime-Jasstime Foundation event at Alexandria Bay last weekend. Click for this week's Feature Article on Don. The photo on the left is Bev Mikulski, one of Don's biggest fans. Click her photo to see her and her friends in costume! Her husband, Jack Mikulski, Bev and Don are shown on the right. Thanks to Bev for bringing the photos and information into our office.

For a list of what's going on this weekend, click our Events Calendar. The Fire Company's Ladies Auxiliary will be serving Grand Island Chowder on Saturday beginning around 11 a.m. and will also have the soup available in bulk for those bringing containers.

October 16, 2003
A speedy recovery to Shorty Vanthoff who is home and still recuperating after being hospitalized for several days, to Erie County Sheriff's Deputy Mike Hilliker who suffered a heart attack last week and also to Jon Sandino whom we've heard has been away from his desk for quite awhile due to illness. Notes and cards for Deputy Hilliker may be sent or dropped off at the Erie County Sheriff's substation on Whitehaven Road.

Ken and Tina Schmidt are grandparents of a baby girl, Paige Yvette Sozio, born September 10, 2003 weighing seven pounds, five ounces. Paige is the daughter of Anthony and Tracy Schmidt Sozio.

Bill Costello and Mark Frentzel of
Costello & Frentzel Attorneys have just come on board as a new Isledegrande.com advertiser. Both are Island residents and their law office is located in the Harbor Towne Centre where they handle most all types of legal cases.

The Buffalo Launch Club's Centennial Ball held last Saturday night and chaired by Gale and Past Commodore Richard Sander was a stunning affair. Rene Gerber, who has retired after 35 years of overseeing the BLC kitchen, deserves credit for the serving of over 250 gourmet dinners. The Club was formed on October 9, 1903 and the clubhouse was built on the Island in 1906. Click for a BLC History Feature.

A big happy birthday to Isle native Roger Kaiser who turns the big 5-0 today. Happy birthday to Buck Wenner, Sue Bauer, Carol Pownall and Karen Figler (tomorrow), Heidi Sue Mumm and her cousin Paul Linenfelser Jr. (Sunday), Michael Madigan (7 on Monday), Nicole Rose Switzer (Sweet 16 on Tuesday), Danielle Soluri, Marge Costello and our daughter-in-law Laury Linenfelser (Tuesday), Brianna Lee Hadden (7 on Wednesday), Rick Marlin (16 on Wednesday) and Anthony Daubney (a teenager on Wednesday).

Looking Back 50 years - A Grand Opening of Jim Dunn's Gulf Station at the corner of Whitehaven and Express Highway took place on Friday and Saturday, October 16-17, 1953. The station, now "Getty," is still there today.~~~~Sidway School's ninth grade graduating Class elected President Ronald Webb, Vice President Timothy Brand, Secretary Donald Webb and Treasurer Millicent Ball.~~~~Participating in the St. Timothy Lutheran Church 'Youth Sunday' service were students Douglas Bauer, Trudy Reimann (O'Connor), Eric Reimann, Richard Reitz and Kathy Dusenbury (Kitchen).

Looking Back 40 years - A Home Extension Service storage hassock project was demonstrated by Millie Vanthoff and Mrs. Earl Webb. The ladies requested that members bring a hammer, screw driver and a lunch to their meeting in the fire hall 10 a.m. on Tuesday, October 22, 1963.~~~~Mark Kingston, 8, was the winner of a giant toy kit of fire engines and paraphernalia, a prize presented during a fire prevention demonstration at Bells-IGA, located at the corner of Whitehaven Road and Grand Island Blvd. - now the Town Commons.

Looking Back 30 years - The Viking Boys Soccer Team in the fall of 1973 was led by Dane Dearlove, Dick Crawford, Mickie MacClelland, Howard Robinson and Jim Brown. Top Defensive Unit teammates were Captain Jay Boyle, Steve Fleming, Ray Carter and Tim Knox.

Looking Back 10 years - The Chamber of Commerce and Quality Quest provided a Candidates' Night at the Town Hall Court Room featuring Isle candidates running in the November 4, 1993 election.~~~~Supervisor James H. Pax unveiled a $3.6 Million budget for 1994, subject to a public hearing November 4, 1993.~~~~The Grand Island High School Class of '74 reunion committee announced plans for a 20-year reunion to be held July 3, 1994.

Looking Back 1 years - Fuccillo Chevrolet began its month-long grand opening festivities at its new state-of-the art facility at 2000 Alvin Road one year ago - and it's HUGE! ~~~~The Town Cafe opened on the Boulevard one year ago.

Sixteen-year-old Paul Kramer was featured in a weekend edition of the Buffalo News. Paul moved from the 10th grade at Canisius High School this year to Simon's Rock College of Bard in Great Barrington, Massachusetts.

Denise R. Drew and Justin M. Sheehan were married Friday and will be at home in Cheektowaga.~~~~Joseph P. Dunlop was married to the former Kimberlee D. McGrath on Saturday. They will live in Columbia, Maryland. ~~~~Kevin McKee and Tracy Nolder of Seattle were married Saturday and will be at home in Rochester.~~~~Patricia A. Tornabene became the bride of David A. Guenther on Saturday. The Guenthers will reside in Amherst. Best wishes, newlyweds.

Our sincere sympathy to the families of Ruth L. Blickley, James D. Farrell and former residents Virginia K. Shannon, Scott C. Malecki and Charles B. Tripi, who passed away this week. Click for complete Death Notices.

Look what's going on this weekend on Grand Island!

  • October Festival - Trinity UM Church - Saturday
  • Safe Boating Course - Connor Middle School - Saturday
  • Murdery Mystery Dinner - Connor Middle School - Saturday
  • Fire Company Open House - Saturday
  • Historical Society Open House - River Lea, Beaver Isl. Pk. - Sunday
    For more details click Events Calendar

    October 9, 2003

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    This is Bill Harding after a great day of fishing on the Niagara River with son, Doug. Bill passed away on Sunday. According to Doug, "We still had a lot more fishing to do."

    Our sincere sympathy to the families of Donald Weber Sr., Robert Irizarry, Bill Harding, Jennifer LeBlanc, Philip Sahlem, Richard Horwood, James P. Kennedy and former resident Marie Shimmel, who passed away this week. Former Grand Island school teacher Ruth Irving Miles died at the age of 97. Click for complete Death Notices.

    Best wishes to Jason and Maureen Weis who are celebrating their second anniversary on Monday and to Bobby and Ilene Dee, marking their 14th wedding anniversary on Tuesday, October 14th.

    Congratulations to Dean Santorio, Grand Island Vikings football coach who has been named Coach of the Year by the Buffalo Bills. Click Coach of the Year for the story.~~~~Congratulations to J. J. Tutwiler who has had a fabulous season playing football for SUNY Cortland. Click "Tutwiler" for the full story with pictures.

    If you see Chris Ciechoski this week, be sure to wish him a very happy 40th birthday. Chris is turning the big 4-0 today.~~~~The Henry family was receiving congratulations on the birth of their son, Louis Henry, 50 years ago. Best wishes to the baby boy who weighed in at eight pounds, nine ounces on October 11, 1953!~~~~Also wished the best on their birthdays are Rosemary Ryan (yesterday), Lauren Brindisi and A. J. Guenther (entering their teens today), Diane Hassan (today), Gary Bartlett, Dick McCowan and Tom Lajos (tomorrow), Jacob Mongold (7 on Saturday), Mary Domagala (Monday), John Turner (9 on Tuesday), Jordan Funk (Tuesday), Troy Thomas and Mike Aloian (milestones on Tuesday) and Vickie Wright and Tom Nowak (Wednesday).

    John Hageny and Adria Ryan
    Adria Ryan of West Oakfield Road and John Hageny of Woodstock Drive are both starring in the comedy production of "Run for Your Wife," which runs through Saturday, October 11th in the Smallwood Drive Elementary School, 300 Smallwood Drive, Snyder. The play is being produced by the Amherst Players.

    Here's a very interesting and informative article on Bob and Elizabeth Beach who have been operating Beach's Motorcycle Adventures, a world motorcyling tour company for over 30 years. For the story, click "Final Bow".

    Bob and Elizabeth Beach

    Looking Back 50 years - Trinity EUB Choir was in rehearsal in Fellowship Hall for the musical, "The Governor's Daughter" in October 1953. Marion Pinkow was directing, Deane Long was in charge of scenery design, and Mrs. Donald Kendell assisted with the dance numbers. The cast included Merton McElroy, Helen Yensan, Shirley Luther, Heber Ashley, Carl Kaegebein, Janet McCain, Lee Jones and Island newcomer Walter Hughes. Mrs. Robert Slacer Jr. and Mrs. Franklin Beck were the duo-piano accompanists.

    Looking Back 40 years - The "King and I" was presented in the new Jr. Sr. High School October 11-12, 1963. Carol Jamieson, Mark Stephenson, Martha Sutton, and Fred Stambaugh had the junior leads. The orchestra was directed by William Pinkow and among the musicians were Ruth Padlog, Christine Pinkow (Sipson), Peggy Cotter (Will), Linda Beach (Richardson), Gregg Yensan, Tim Gross, Ken Michaels and Paul Lorimer.~~~~Hazel DeGlopper bowled a 181 individual high score in the BLC women’s league and Eva Wohlfehrt bowled a 201 in the Koffee Klotch League in September 1963.~~~~First prize winners of the Punt, Pass & Kick contest at the Grand Island Ford Company were Barry Turnbull, 8; Robin Lang, 10; Johnny Kowzan, 11; and Chuck Bagdy, 9.~~~~Buffalo Launch Club members, under the leadership of Commodore Kearn E. McGroder, celebrated the club's 60th anniversary with a dinner in the clubhouse on Oct. 12, 1963.

    Looking Back 30 years - Timothy Geering, Irwin Zeplowitz and James Deiner competed on WBEN's It’s Academic program on Saturday, October 13, 1973. Grand Island alternates were Pat Czora, Wayne Daniels and Karen McGahan.~~~~High school senior Donnette Hennigar (Rayhill) was elected queen of the Grand Island High School Homecoming in October 1973.~~~~School district bus driver Fred Miller, who began transporting Island students in 1952, announced his retirement.

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    We're still in awe of our new 10-month-old grandson, Evan James Linenfelser. Evan received this fire truck as a gift from the Rustowicz family during a party hosted by his aunt and uncle, Vickie and Dave Wilkinson last Saturday evening to welcome Evan into the family.

    A "Fall Clean Sweep" is being held from 9-11:30 a.m. this Saturday at Town Common. Click "Fall Clean Sweep" for further information.~~~~Members of the VFW Ladies Auxiliary will host their annual Chili Cookoff this Sunday. The contest is open to everyone and everyone is invited to the fun afternoon at the Post. Click VFW Post 9249 Web Page for further information.

    A tip of the hat to Chris Weaver and Anchor Marine, a Grand Island E-News advertiser. Anchor Marine has been our choice for years - for everything from good used boats and waverunners to docking facilities and winter boat storage. Stop in at 1501 Ferry Road. The driveway is directly across from the Village Inn.

    October 2, 2003
    Welcome, Samuel David Carpenter! The eight pound, eight ounce baby boy was born to Jim and Jackie Mangus Carpenter on Thursday, September 25, 2003. Proud Island grandparents are Donna and Paul Linenfelser of Ferry Road. Check out Sammy's picture and that of his grandparents holding him for the first time by clicking
    Carpenter Baby.

    Beth Hamilton, now living in the state of Alabama, sent this photo, a mate to the one featured last week in the Old Photo Album. The pictures were taken during Jim Hamilton's graduation party (Class of 1976) and Beth is partly shown behind him. Click Old Photo Album for all of the names.

    Floydette Gannon      Sue Hogue Canty     Tom Duncan
    This threesome attended Charlotte Sidway School together and are all turning the big 6-0. From left is Floydette P. (Uonites) Gannon (her 60th is Monday), Sue (Hogue) Canty (the big 6-0 on Tuesday) and Tom Duncan who celebrated on September 19th. Happy birthday everyone!.

    A very happy birthday to Paul Klock and Patrick Buell (cheers today), Jaidan Kheara Hiam (3 today), Lorraine Criddle (a big one tomorrow), Joe Padlog and Jennifer Wenner (Saturday), Tom Thompson (special greetings on Saturday), Dylan Michael Russo (2 on Sunday), Betty Magnuson (Sunday), Paul Prior (the big 3-0 on Monday), John Black, Mary Jo Soto and Carol Ann Weingartner (Tuesday) and Roy Campbell (this week).

    Happy anniversary to my husband, Jim Linenfelser whom I married 35 years ago on October 5, 1968 and best wishes to Karen and Scott Wallace who are celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary on October 7th and to Reed and Karen Wright who will celebrate their third anniversary on October 7th.

    Get well wishes to Sterling Haslam and Dick Allen. Cards would surely be appreciated.~~~~So very sorry to hear that Paul Malecki broke his arm yesterday. We wish Paul, who is dealing with his son's serious illness, a speedy recovery.

    Our sincere sympathy to the families of Donald P. Weber Sr., Cora Lillian and John Asbach who recently died. Click for complete Death Notices.~~~~Our deepest sympathy to Connor Middle School sixth grade teacher Jim LaBarbera whose daughter, Jamie, lost her life in a tragic accident last Friday.

    Shaunna M. Cope, daughter of Island residents Patricia and Michael Cope, was married Saturday to Robert S. Grimm. The newlyweds will be at home in North Tonawanda following a trip to Jamaica.~~~~Allyn Edward Manzo and his bride, the former Kimberly Lyn Haag, were married Saturday and are living on the Island. Kimberly is the daughter of Bob and Pat Haag, and the groom is the son of Michael and Carolyn Manzo, all of Grand Island.

    Looking Back 50 years - Rev. William Rowen, new pastor of St. Timothy Lutheran Church, officiated at his first service on Sunday, October 4, 1953 in the American Legion Hall on Ferry Road.~~~~Diane Marie Senn (Pembleton) was baptised in Emmanuel Chapel on Ferry Road Sunday, October 4, 1953. Click for Chapel Photo.

    Looking Back 40 years - A grand opening for the Flower Lane, a florist & gift shop opened by Rose Gavin in the Bells Plaza on Grand Island Blvd. near Staley Road was held on Friday, October 4, 1963.~~~~Betty Schopp was serving as president and Shirley Kaiser the 1st vice president of the newly organized Sidway Elementary School PTA.~~~~Members of the new Grand Island High School PTA elected Shirley Schultz as the first president of the organization.~~~~Dorothy Dillemuth was head of the newly opened Grand Island High School's Guidance Department and assisted by Ronald Franke.~~~~Mary Guenther and Louise Ackerman instructed the Home Extension's "Holiday Linens" project on October 7, 1963.

    Looking Back 30 years - Earl Harrison, chairman of the planning board, reported to the town that the Planning Board voted to recommend the adoption of the proposed legislation to create a Board of Architectural Review for the town.~~~~The GIHS Vikings, on Saturday, October 6, 1973, pounded Iroquois 40-0. The team, led by Jim Tompkins, Mike Rodriguez, Terry McDonnell, Pete Hayes, Mike Rayhill, Bill Mancuso and Glyn Lipp, made five touchdowns in the first half.

    Looking Back 20 years - County Executive Edward Rutkowski was an honored guest at a campaign rally for Supervisor LaVerne "Bunny" Luther. The event was held at the Bedell House where nearly 300 people came to hear Don Burns at the piano and show support for Supervisor Luther's re-election bid.~~~~Winners of the Knights of Columbus Golf League were Sam Russo (B Flight champion), Ron Rutkowski (club champion) and Lou Macro (A Flight champion). The Rookie Of The Year trophy went to Earl DeGlopper.~~~~Coach Dick Bessel's Viking Cross Country Team won the Varsity A and Varsity B races at the annual Discovery Day Run in Sheridan Park Saturday, October 8, 1983. Steve Lunney was first in Class A and second overall.

    This is our grandson Evan Linenfelser and he's turning 10 months old tomorrow. He loves breakfast, lunch and dinner, all of his toys and his mommy and daddy, Laury and Jim. We couldn't be happier with our baby Evan!

    Be sure to check out the article on the Wine Dinner scheduled for Thursday, October 9th in the Buffalo Launch Club. Isledegrande.com advertiser Mike Hachee of the Rose Liquor Store is hosting the dinner.

    Attention, Class of 1994! If you are a GIHS graduate - Class of 1994 and would like information on a reunion to be held in the summer of 2004, email your name (include maiden name), address, telephone number and email address to GIHS1994@hotmail.com. Be sure to mention finding this information at Isledegrande.com!

    Please check our Events Calendar for details on the following:

  • Historical Society October Meeting
  • Quality Quest Presents Spin-a-Story Storytellers
  • Rotary Club Autumn Water Walk
  • St. Stephen's Golf Challenge

    Congratulations to the Grand Island High School Varsity Vikings on their win over Hamburg - 24-6. The Vikings will play Sweet Home at 2 p.m. at Sweet Home. Go Vikings!!

    September 25, 2003
    Our Grand Island Varsity Vikings Football Team beat the Williamsville East Flames last Saturday with a score of 25-7. The Vikes play Hamburg on the Ramsom Road field Saturday at 2 p.m. Click
    GIHS Fall Sports Schedule 2003 for the complete Vikings Sports Schedule.

    Happy birthday, John! Kaegebein Elementary School Principal John Wiertel turned the big 5-0 on Tuesday, September 23rd. Be sure to click Kaegebein School Webpage for "celebration" photos!

    Islanders Norline Rose Diebold and Jason Henry Wild were married Saturday in St. Stephen Church. The bride is the daughter of Joseph and Angela Diebold and the groom is the son of Joseph and Anne Wild, all of Grand Island.~~~~Lisa D. Tlustos and David M. Terian were married Sunday, September 21st and will be living on the Island following a trip to Aruba. The bride is the daughter of Lance J. and Jacqueline E. Tlustos of Grand Island.

    Bryan and Stacey Ann Slepian
    Be sure to click Islanders In the News for the wedding announcement of Bryan Alexander Slepian and Stacey Ann Morris. Best wishes to Bryan and Stacey, married on Independence Day.

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    Thanks to MaryJo Gill, Karen Raepple and her sister, Kathy McNulty and Diane Hassan for some help with the names of those pictured in our "Old Photo Album." The class is that of Mrs. Jean Cudmore's fifth grade in 1963, and there are still some unidentified faces. These students would most likely have graduated in 1970 from the high school. Take a look by clicking Old Photo Album and let me know if you recognize anyone.

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    This is Corinne Sexton and she's celebrating her 18th birthday on Monday, September 29th. Happy birthday, Corinne.~~~~Happy birthday to everyone celebrating birthdays this week. Best wishes to the following: David Dee and Rick Pelham (today), Forrest Michael Carr (2 today), Daniel Phetteplace (16 today), Charlotte Kaiser (85 tomorrow), Robin Long, Jackie Steckleberg and Lori Boulden (tomorrow), Sean Christian Rustowicz (2 tomorrow), Nicholas Csendom (13 tomorrow), Sara Dzielski (10 tomorrow), Jeff Butcher and Greg Butcher (Saturday), Jason Walker (16 on Sunday), Mary "McNamee" Giordana, Jim Dinsmore and Bridget Anderson (Sunday), Cappy Cooke (11 on Sunday), Adam Kaiser (20 on Sunday), Scott David Steimle Jr. (5 on Monday), Aaron Beauregard (20 on Tuesday), Lee Cohen (cheers on Tuesday), Jackie Kowzan (21 on Tuesday), Kent Webb (Tuesday), and Jim Mysliwiec (a big one on Wednesday). A speedy recovery to Danny Mancuso who has had recent surgery and is celebrating his birthday this week. Happy birthday, Dan.

    Anniversaries to report are those of Sandy and Dave Dee on Saturday, John and Joanne Podlucky, who are celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary on Tuesday and Audene and Chris Affuso, looking forward to their 20th anniversary on October 1st.

    Looking Back 50 years - George and Muriel Pagan and son Jackie moved next door to their print shop on Stony Point where they conducted the business of the Island Dispatch.~~~~The Joseph Conn family moved to the Island on September 30, 1953 when they purchased their home on Love Road in Grandyle Village.~~~~In answer to Irene Wallace’s plea as PTA Safety Chairman for the safety of the Kaegebein School students who walk on Love Road to the school, a Mothers’ Patrol was put into service to supervise the children. Among those who took part under Captains Marion Robertson and Gladys Benzing were Kay Grycel, Betty Wheeler, Martha Tardiff, Eleanor Bauer, Helene Kerr, Alice Yakam, Ruth Stuck, Alice Olrogge, Gert Cotter, Helen Ball, Mary Buckley, Joanne Carr, Flora Benns, Wilma Denler, Mildred Ortolano and MaryEllen Hau. The volunteers were provided with official Safety Patrol Shoulder Bands, Belts and Badges.~~~~Jessie Reese opened a restaurant next door to the Reese’s Highway Super Market which she was also running at the time. This was in the building across from where the Burger King Restaurant is today.

    Looking Back 40 years - Kester Bleich was chairman of a new men’s basketball league for men 18 and over and sponsored by the town recreation commission.

    Looking Back 30 years - Winners of the Punt, Pass & Kick contest in September 1973 were Osborne Giles (10 & 11 years), Eric White (8 & 9 years), Randy White (12 & 13). The competition was sponsored by Ford Motor Company on Grand Island Blvd.~~~~GIHS Freshmen Russ Banas, competing in the Invitational Run on Grand Island’s home course in September 1973, was all alone at the finish of the 2.5 mile Frosh Race and the winner by 30 seconds.~~~~An Architectural Board of Review, introduced to the town board by Dr. Sam Long, was appointed for the first time.~~~~Karen Webb bowled the high single (212-491) with the Wednesday a.m. Koffee Klotch League on Wednesday, September 26, 1973.

    Congratulations to Isle residents Barbara Ann Meyer and Erin J. O'Brien, a Connor Middle School 7th grader who recently earned their Black Belts throught Master Nepokroeff's School of Tae Know-Do.~~~~Grand Island High School 2000 graduate and former star Viking football player J.J. Tutwiler tied the Cortland Red Dragons' school record when he tossed his 40th career touchdown pass in the 23-20 victory over Kean (N.J.) University. J.J. also scored a touchdown in Cortland's first victory of the season.

    Cathy Parisi Thomas, teacher/director of Miss Cathy's Dance Academy is one of our newest advertisers and has been instructing all forms of dance for several decades. As a student of Cathy's for the past 11 years, I can honestly say dancing is great exercise, a lot of fun, and is a great self esteem builder for children of all ages.

    Our sincere sympathy to the families of Norman H. Linde II, infant Angela Marie Capage, Rosemarie A. Ziehm, Marian F. Narad and former Marilyn Drive resident Morton M. Siegel who recently died. Click for complete Death Notices.~~~~Cards of condolence for Janice Siegel, wife of Mort Siegel may be mailed to 8308 D. Sand Wedge Circle, Bayonet Pt., Fl 34667.~~~~Click Viewpoint for a July 2003 article by Norm Linde II.

    The Grand Island Alumni Association has three social events planned for the months of October, November and February. Check out the Alumni Website for details. It sure sounds like fun to me!

    Did you hear about our friend, Nancy, who wondered why the lighted sign at the EZpass lane told her she didn't have one? Once home, Nancy was told that her EZpass was stuck to the back of her "seat."

    September 18, 2003

    Welcome home to our little grandson, Evan James Linenfelser. Our son and daughter-in-law, Jim and Laury Linenfelser, arrived yesterday evening at the Buffalo airport with nine-month-old Evan in their arms after a long trip home from Russia. Also at the airport with us were grandparents Skip and Joan Fred along with the baby's great grandmother, Norma Fred and aunts, uncles, cousins and friends.

    Congratulations Diana (Taefi) and Randy Staub on the birth of their first child, a baby girl named Ava Renee. Ava was born on Monday morning, September 15th. Proud grandparents are Joan and Kip Staub of East River Road, and Parvis and Barbara Taefi, formerly of Grand Island.

    Named for her great grandmother and born on August 15th to Carol Eastman and Ken Kahler of Tonawanda is Charlotte Ann Kahler. Be sure to click Baby Charlotte for her picture and all the details.

    A speedy recovery to former Marilyn Drive resident Roger Butcher who is recovering from back surgery at his home in South Carolina. Cards may be sent to Roger at 7675 Valleyview Circle, North Charleston, South Carolina 29418.

    Diane and Kevin Lipp are wished a very happy 20th wedding anniversary. The Lipps were married on September 17, 1983.~~~~Best wishes to Carrie A. Rance and Terrance P. Butler Jr. who were married Saturday and will be at home on Grand Island after a Caribbean cruise.

    Ruthann Blickley Burl is wondering if any of our readers remember if her late husband Mike Burl would have been in the 1955 photo of Ora Glor's first grade class at Kaegebein School. Click for the picture which appears in our Old Photo Album and email Ruthann if you have memories of Mike.~~~~ One of my readers is searching for a 1966 Grand Island High School Yearbook. To contact her, click LUNARMOOSE@MSN.COM or to contact me, click teddy@giecom.net.

    Our sincere sympathy to the families of Jean C. Setter and Glenn L. Martin II who passed away this week. Click for complete Death Notices.

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    Looking Back 90 years - The Emmanuel Chapel on Ferry Road at East River Road was dedicated during ceremonies held August 29-31, 1913. The Chapel was dismantled some time after Emmanuel United Methodist Church was built on Baseline Road. The Emmanuel Church, which was closed last year, is now the Emmanuel Community Bible Church.

    Looking Back 40 years - Electronic Associates Ltd. of Willowdale, Ontario announced plans to establish an American branch operation here on a three-acre site on Alt Blvd. donated by Island realtor Ilona H. Lang "to stimulate growth."~~~~High scorers in the Tuesday Nite Ladies League at Island Lanes in September 1963 were Fay Wood (174-469), Pearl Sobolewski (459) and Bonnie Sciuk (186-458).~~~~The Grand Island Community Development Corporation elected Salvatore G. Capizzi its vice president and re-elected Robert E. Study president. Others elected were Secretary Harold Doerr and Treasurer Thomas A. McKeen.

    Looking Back 30 years - The Island's first McDonald’s Restaurant, just north of the Grand Island Blvd. plaza, held a grand opening on September 22, 1973.~~~~The Grand Island High School Marching Band presented its first halftime show under the leadership of its new director Sherman Lyke, a 1973 graduate of Potsdam State College. Band music included Sgt. Pepper’s Lonely Hearts Club Band, Grazing In The Grass, Kodacrome and Brandy.

    Looking Back 10 years - September 20, 1993 was the first day of Grand Island's new, all-day, developmental kindergarten program at Charlotte Sidway School. A major renovation project was completed in the fall of 1993 when the school opened after being closed for 10 years.

    Welcome and thank you to Art and Mary Mallwitz, proprietors of Mallwitz Island Lanes, who have just become one of our newest advertisers. Bowlers take note! Openings at the Lanes are available for Thursday and Friday night men's leagues, weekend mixed couples leagues, and ladies spots on Tuesday and Wednesday nights! Check out Mallwitz Island Lanes website and you will be pleasantly surprised.

    Happy 90th birthday to longtime Islander Anne Manuse. Her birthday is on Wednesday, September 24th - lots of time to send off a card to her.~~~~Happy birthday to Danny Stedman (his 30th today), Millie Weiser and Zdenka Gast (today), Supervisor Peter McMahon and Don Burns (tomorrow), Christian Mason (6 tomorrow), Tom Duncan (the big 6-0 tomorrow), John Braddell, Sandy Smith and Jeri Schopp (Saturday), Madison Reese Nowak (2 on Sunday), Mark Abate (his 30th on Monday), Dave Haller (Monday), Jessica Osvath (double digits - 10 on Monday), Kathy Benton (cheers on Tuesday), Eric Stefik, Susan Hillock and Betsy Cali (Wednesday), Julie Anna Amato (Sweet 16 on Wednesday) and David Rodriguez (six on Wednesday).

    The Grand Island Historical Society headquarters at River Lea will be open from 2-4 p.m. Sunday. Crop Walk 2003 will take place at 1 p.m. Sunday. An American Red Cross blood drive is scheduled for Tuesday at the Knights of Columbus Hall. Those interested in helping with Grand Island's portion of the Great Lakes Beach Sweep/International Coastal Cleanup are asked to meet at 9:30 a.m. Saturday, September 20, 2003 at Riverside Salem U.C.C., 3449 West River Road. Make sure your organization takes advantage of our calendar by sending news to me at teddy@giecom.net. Additions to our Events Calendar are made on a daily basis.

    The Varsity Vikings, who have won their first two games, will travel to Williamsville East for a 7:30 p.m. game tomorrow evening. Go Vikings!

    September 11, 2003
    First off today is a reminder that the VFW Post #9249's 911 Candlelight Remembrance tonight begins at 8:30 p.m. at the flag pole (2121 GI Blvd.) and everyone is more than welcome.

    Danny McMahon                    Jim Linenfelser                    Cal Gardner                       Robert Grycel
    A very happy birthday to Danny McMahon celebrating the big 6-0 on Saturday, to my caring and wonderful husband, Jim Linenfelser who was born on September 15, 1943, and to former residents Cal Gardner and Robert Grycel, both celebrating 60th birthdays on September 17th.~~~~Happy birthday to my nephew, Ted Stewart who has relocated back on the Island and is celebrating his birthday today. Happy birthday also to June Ann Chadima (7 today), Don Allen (tomorrow), Jim Ray (cheers on Saturday), Hazel Nailor (her 94th on Saturday), Rachel Olszewski (her 13th on the 13th), Gert Reimann (her 94th on Sunday), Ryan Norton and Michael Ruland (5 on Sunday), Gladys Sarama (Monday), Mary Goris (Tuesday), Gladys Trautman (Wednesday), Kelsey Patterson (a teenager on Wednesday), and Lauren Chadwick (3 on Wednesday).~~~~A belated but sincere happy 50th to Alan Dodge who was born on September 7, 1953.

    Welcome home CW2 Billy Tokash! Bill, a Special Agent with the U.S. Army's Criminal Investigation Command, has just returned to the states after serving overseas in Baghdad, Iraq for the past five months. He has been working with the CPA (Coallition Provisional Authority). Bill, who will be guest of honor at a party given by the Tokash and McMahon families, is the son of Sharon Tokash of Grand Island and Bill Tokash, and is a graduate of Grand Island High School.

    Welcome, Evan Thomas Mackedon, son of Erik and former resident Jennifer (Kane) Mackedon. Evan Thomas was born on August 28, 2003 weighing eight pounds, six ounces, and is the grandson of Paul Kane of Grand Island, Lori Kane of St. Petersburg, Florida and Tom and Rachel Mackedon of Bellair Bluffs, Florida.

    Our sincere sympathy to the families of Charles Deiner, Judy Lee Tollner, Glen Greenwood Sr. and former residents Dennis L. Auten and Robert Thomas Guidone who passed away this week. Our condolences to the family of Gladys F. Smith Comfort who died on July 28th. Click for complete Death Notices.

    Thank you, advertisers! On board with Isledegrande.com this week is Mike Hachee and his Rose Liquor Store. Mike, who has initiated a wine club at the Love Road store, will soon be including the Rose Liquor Store's entire stock on his website.

    Best wishes to Joan and Andy Chambers who are celebrating their 35th wedding anniversary on Sunday.~~~~Married Saturday and living on the Island are Ralph J. Genovese II and his bride, the former Terri M. Giardina.

    Former 27-year resident Fred Schutt has just signed on our GINY.US Forum and is asking former members of the Gear Jammers or Road Rebels to respond. Check out our Forum and let's get some dialogue going with Fred.

    Looking Back 50 years - Georgia Mehl joined the Grand Island School district faculty as a gym teacher at Sidway School. Mary Fontana and Bill Pinkow also became full time 6th grade and music teachers respectively.~~~~Tom and Mary Tierney were winners of the prize waltz during the Fire Company open house in its new building.

    Looking Back 30 years - The Knights of Columbus Ladies Auxiliary members including Betty O'Dea, Jean Anstett, Jackie Sullivan, Eileen Wylegala, Donna Webber, Sally Tsikalas, and Joan Raab ran a rummage sale in St. Stephen's Barn on September 15, 1973.

    Looking Back 20 years - Brian DeGlopper swept through the field undefeated in the New York State Championship Soap Box Derby Rally in Batavia to record his first championship ever.~~~~Steve Lunney and Todd Moses took fourth and fifth overall with respective time of 21:30 and 21:55 in a TAC-sanctioned four-mile road race at the 1983 Lew-Port Peach Festival. Other Grand Island High School Vikings who competed and ran well in their age groups were Jim Dunlop, Jamie Bessel and Brent Fred.~~~~Jimmy Arias completed his best showing ever in a major Grand Slam tournament during his semifinal match with Ivan Lendl of Czechoslovakia by scores of 6-2, 7-6 and 6-1. Jimmy, 19 at the time, came close to winning the second set but lost 7-3 in the tiebreaker.~~~~Pat Bessel won the masters division in the 10th Annual Fulton, N.Y., 10-miler and was sixth overall with a time of 68:28. Daughter Marj Bessel was second overall and second in the 19-29 age group, clocked in 63:58.

    Isle resident Barry C. Conway is one of four winners of Emeril Lagasse’s "Pie Contest" to be featured on a special Prime Time episode of "Emeril Live." Barry will premiere at 9 p.m. Sunday, September 14th on the Food Network. Barry’s winning recipe is a family favorite, easy to make, one dish meal - Southwestern Taco Pot Pie. (Click for Southwestern Taco Pot Pie recipe.)

    Marcy Malecki found an in-line skate on Long Road between Baseline and Grand Island Blvd. Call her at 773-7799 to claim it.~~~~Elizabeth Beach has a paper "Little Wonder" music roll of Jerome Kern's foxtrot, "They Wouldn't Believe Me," which she will very happily give to anyone who wants to come pick it up. Call Elizabeth at 773-4960 if you are interested.~~~~Steve Morgan has written to say that his wife, life long Islander Amy E. Morgan, has an article due to be published in the U.S. and Canada in Cats & Kittens magazine. Check out Amy's website at http://amywrites.com.

    Congratulations to Viking golfer, Chris Rajczak, a freshman at the high school, who had a hole-in-one yesterday at River Oaks Golf Course. Chris, using a 7-iron, was right on target for the 171-yard eighth hole. By the way, the Vikings beat North Tonawanda in the Niagara Frontier League match.

    For unique gift ideas and more, please check out our advertiser Nana's Homemade Creations website for "Soaps, lotions and toiletries made from scratch and filled with the healing properties of nature - Naturally made skincare designed especially for you."

    Bob Dee was completely surprised Friday evening when he showed up at his Northeast Machine shop to check an "open door" complaint. Wife Ilene, who always does things up right, had planned a birthday party, complete with violinist. The other surprise was Bob's daughter, Nicole Hoffman who secretly flew in from Florida.

    The Niagara Chapter Antique & Classic Boat Show Saturday at the Buffalo Launch Club, always a "not-to-be-missed" late summer event, was just that. Launch Club members did another fabulous job of organizing everything for the boat show and the antique car show, along with the food concessions, the parking of cars and so much more. Grand Island Fire Company volunteers were on site from 10 a.m.-4:30 p.m. for firefighting operations if needed and to administer any necessary first aid. Fortunately, they were only called upon for a bee sting and a child's scrapped hand. Click Antique Boat Show for story and pictures.

    Please check our Calendar of Events for the Art Society's membership tea on Sunday and the Grand Island Alumni Association's 6:15 p.m. meeting on Tuesday. Click Events Calendar for all the details.

    Go Vikings! The Vikings, who started off their season beating Lewiston-Porter, 20-13 last Saturday, will play Kenmore East at Kenmore East, 2 p.m. Saturday.

    September 4, 2003
    With no wind, cloudy skies, and a temperature of 61 degrees at 7:45 a.m., Grand Island kids had a fairly nice day to start back to school yesterday.

    A very happy birthday to Bob Dee and Tom Crawford (today), to Ilona Lang (turning 80 today), Zachary Scheuing (13 today), Marla Crawford (tomorrow), Margaret Ann Haller (Saturday), Lisa Mrkall, Peter Sobus (a milestone on Saturday), Brianna Catanzaro (a teenager on Sunday), Collin Michael DeMartin (two years old on Sunday), Mary Lou Kohlhagen (Monday), Dylan DeGlopper (3 on Monday), Rob Luthringer and Gail Lazenby (Tuesday), Justine Kirsch (Sweet 16 on Tuesday), Mikayla Claus (4 on Tuesday), Rich Lozo (Wednesday), Michael Englert Jr. (5 on Wednesday), and Madison Mongold (4 on Wednesday).~~~~A belated happy 40th birthday to Jim Vinovrski who celebrated yesterday.

    Please take the time to send a card or note to Reggie and Tony Guenther and family and Jim and Pat Kaiser. Tony and Pat are both going through extremely rough illness.

    Our very best wishes to our daughter and son-in-law, Julie and Don Dee who will celebrate their 5th wedding anniversary tomorrow and to Erin and Brian Russo who are also celebrating their 5th anniversary tomorrow. It's a 35th anniversary for Dan and JoAnn Linenfelser who were married September 7, 1968. Cheers to the Linenfelsers. And last but not least, happy anniversary to Nicole Dee Hoffman and her husband, Jeff who will mark their 3rd anniversary on Tuesday.

    Congratulations to Isle watercolor artist Margaret Firth who won 1st place and Best of Show ribbons in the "Figure" category at the Erie County Fair Art Competition last month. Other artwork of Margaret's received 2nd place and her photography entry gained a 3rd place ribbon.~~~~Congratulations to Gerald Ellingson on reaching the 20-gallon blood donor level and being recognized in the Buffalo News on Friday.

    Looking Back 50 years - It was a major Island event when the Grand Island Fire Company's brand new building was completed and the members held a three-day grand opening celebration. An opening dinner for firemen, auxiliary members and spouses was held on Thursday, September 10, 1953 with Torgier Fadum as master of ceremonies and Rob Roy MacLeod as guest speaker. The Fire Company's Ladies Auxiliary reported a total profit from the grand opening as $315.96. The new fire hall was built primarily with volunteer labor by the firemen at a cost of $46,349.49.

    Looking Back 40 years - Judy Dower, Ron Gallatly, Dave Serfass, Eileen Zapfel, Merton McElroy, Helen Yensan, Gary Reese, Pauline Wagner, Joan Ballester and Jeff Lesinski were in the cast of the Island Theater Group's East Lynne, directed by Elizabeth Beach and presented on September 5-7, 1963.~~~~The clearing and seeding of the Tyro Football Field was underway at 1869 Whitehaven Road, now the site of
    deSignet Jewelry . According to Tyro Director Ed Lewis, hours of donated time and effort were given by Charlie Stack, Ed Redinger, Don Burns, Claude Webb and Carl Johns.~~~~Teenagers taking part in a sportsmen's program sponsored by the Grand Island Rod & Gun Club were Jack Herlan, George Wirth, Larry Wirth, Casey Colley, Kathy Conn, Richard Lozo and Paul Kaegebein.~~~~The American Legion Post 1346 was meeting in the Rod & Gun Club when Commander Henry Gardner announced a membership drive chaired by Norman "Mike" Myers.~~~~Approximately 300 Grand Island students were attending off-Island senior high schools. The majority of the Island's eleventh and twelfth grade students were enrolled in Kenmore East and Kenmore West High Schools.~~~~Fire Chief William P. Wood took charge of a major fire at Bridgeview Produce Market, at Staley Road and Grand Island Blvd. (now site of Burger King) which was called in at 3:55 a.m. Saturday, September 7, 1963.

    Looking Back 30 years - The Island Dispatch, founded and first published in 1944 by Oliver C. B. Howard, and owned by the Tonawanda Publishing Corporation in 1973, was sold to "Grand Island Publishing Corporation" in September of that year. Officers of the new corporation, located at 1770 Grand Island Blvd., were President Carol F. Lamb, Vice President Reg Schopp, Secretary Pat Bulan and Treasurer Homer L. Livingston. Mrs. Lamb was to continue as editor.

    Looking Back 20 years - The Red Sox won the Colt League division of the Grand Island Recreation baseball league. Teammates included R. J. Genovese, Gregg Genovese, Jim Sharpless, Dan Neary, Bruce Swain, James Robinson, Tom Kane, Chris Bennett, James Wynne, David Haller and Garrett Tomasulo. Coach Tony Quarantillo was assisted by Mark Bennett.

    Looking Back 10 years - St. Stephen's Church rectory was demolished on September 7, 1993.

    The Linenfelser family had a reunion weekend, due to the fact that my husband, Jim's sister, Mary Linenfelser Cooke, was in town with her three sons, Mike McCarty of California, James Knight of NYC and Darryl Cooke of Indianapolis. Jim and his brothers, Dan, John, Mike and Paul and sister Mary of Indianapolis and their families spent the entire weekend at the riverside.

    Just a reminder - that the new Mobile License Bureau (DMV) is open every Wednesday from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. at the town hall and offers, among other services, driver license renewals and official non-driver license photo ID’s.

    Linda M. Haupt and Mark E. Lindrose were married Saturday in Unitarian Universalist Church of Buffalo. Island residents Mary and Clyde V. Haupt Jr. are the bride's parents.~~~~Richard B. Hiam and his bride, the former Amy L. Huss were married Saturday. The groom's parents are Judith A. Hiam of Grand Island and William A. Hiam of West Seneca.~~~~Michael Givens, a graduate of Grand Island High School and Tulane, was married to Esther Christine Mumbach on Saturday. Michael is director of operations for men's basketball in Rice University, Houston, Texas.~~~~Gregory Wahl was married on May 25th to Abigail Leigh Kite. The son of Charles H. and Susanne M. Wahl of Grand Island, Greg is an international research specialist with the Overseas Security Advisory Council of the State Department.~~~~Denise Marie Juron, daughter of Robert and Lois Juron of Grand Island, and Antonino Borgese were married Saturday in St. Stephen's Church. The bride and groom are architects with the firms of Barnes Vanze Architects and Cannon Design respectively and are living in Washington, D.C.~~~~Best wishes newlyweds.

    Our sincere sympathy to the families of Richard A. Gerspach, Charles Deiner and Alice C. Rebmann and former resident Eric G. Hansen who passed away this week. Click for complete Death Notices.

    "This Sunday is Grandparents' Day. Give yours an extra hug." That is a quote from a feature story by our own feature writer, Ruth Stahl, which was just published in the Buffalo News on Monday, September 2nd. For her story, click Sharing Some Memories For Grandparents' Day.

    Good luck to the Grand Island High School Varsity Vikings on their first regular season game against Lew-Port. It's a home game on Masters Field 2 p.m. on Saturday.

    Go Bills! The Buffalo Bills play the New England Patriots at 1 p.m. on Sunday, and we've got Lawyer Milloy!! For the complete Bills schedule, click BuffaloBills.com.

    Buffalo Launch Club members will again host the Niagara Frontier Chapter, Antique and Classic Boat Show & Race Boat Reunion this weekend. The event is open to the public from 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Saturday. And the weather? It should be perfect! For more information, click Antique and Classic Boat Show and scroll down.

    August 28, 2003

    Couldn't resist posting this precious photo of Lisa and Skip Mrkall's new baby girl, Maisie, born August 17th and featured on our "Islanders In The News" page. For another darling picture of "Maisie", click her name!

    This is our grandson, John Bidell who had the ride of his life this summer. Johnny is sitting in the seat of Dr. John Wiechowski's Russian stunt plane.

    Get well wishes to Kenny Maurer. Kenny, a charter member and first commander of the Island's American Legion, was pictured on our August 14th front page.~~~~Sorry to report that Tony Guenther is very ill. Cards may be sent to Tony's home.

    Thanks to Gary Long for this photo taken when the Long cousins invaded Knoxville, Iowa August 13-17th for the Knoxville Nationals sprint car races. Pictured from left are Gary Long, Tom Long, Jim (Sam's grandson), Mark Long, Matt Long (Tom's son), Sam Long, and Tommy Long (front). Knoxville has been declared safe to return to as the Longs are gone. Be sure to click photo for a larger view.

    Our very best wishes to longtime Ransom Road residents Betty and Leo Hopkins who will celebrate their 40th wedding anniversary on Tuesday, September 2nd.~~~~Happy anniversary to Joan and Pat Bridge who are celebrating their 48th wedding anniversary today. Joan and Pat grew up on the Island, attending Sidway School and went on to graduate from Tonawanda High. Joan's dad, the late George J. Burgstahler, served several terms as town supervisor.~~~~Best wishes to Nicole and Kerry Lanthier who will be married one year on Sunday, August 31st.~~~~Others celebrating wedding anniversaries this week are Skip and Lisa Mrkall (their 2nd anniversary on September 1st), Nancy and Joe Samrany (47 years Monday) and Jack and Marty Kennell (43 years on Wednesday).

    Gene and Christine Ryshkus of the Grand Island Garden Center are providing the Island with all kinds of annuals, perennials and shrubs as well as gift items, animal sprinklers, stepping stones, ceramic figures, ceramic pots, bird feeders, tee shirts and much, much more. Save yourself a trip off the Island by checking their Grand Island Garden Center website for some great ideas and then visit them on Alvin Road just north of Fuccillo Chevrolet. And thanks to Gene and Christine, and to Billy Fuccillo for being among our growing list of advertisers.

    Happy birthday to Taylor Cool and Joseph Kobza (teenagers on Saturday), Judy "Dower" Babel (best wishes on Saturday), Mike Golden (10 on Sunday), Charlie and Tommy Dewey (the twins turn 18 on Sunday), Tom Thomas ("Drum Roll" for Tom's big birthday on Sunday!), Sean Dinsmore (6 on Tuesday) and Sammy Linenfelser (5 years old on Wednesday).

    "Jazz On The River" at the Holiday Inn is winding down. Tomorrow evening's feature will be the Mark Winsick Band, and on September 5th, Group Therapy, the band that played during the Grand Island Alumni Association's All Island Reunion, will be back. Both groups start at 6:30 p.m. and play until 10:30 p.m. and there is no charge.

    Looking Back 50 years - William Duncan served as chairman of the St. Martin-in-the-Field's Church picnic on August 29, 1953. Dick Arthur and Walt Hunter were in charge of games and prizes.~~~~The Buffalo Launch Club, on August 22, 1953, began its 50th anniversary celebration with the 2:30 p.m. starting gun for the annual, two-day regatta at the BLC.

    Looking Back 40 years - Rizzo's softball team ended the season as the undefeated champions for the third year in a row. Players were Bill Linton, Ron Livingston, Frank Rodriguez, Jerry Livingston, Bob DeGlopper, Paul Lorimer, Carl Miller, Ron Wiese, Ron Edmands and "Tiny" Moran.~~~~Isle dancers Carol McKeen, Jackie Martineck, Barbara Tompkins, Jane Holcombe, Terry Iacuzzo, Susan Guilfoil, and Cheryl Ciechoski (Klocke) spent a week of their 1963 summer vacation studying dance with Yurek Lazowski who was the head of a famed dance academy in NYC.~~~~Island residents George Williams, Ira Varney and Glen Greenwood won numerous prizes at the Erie County Fair competition.~~~~Ira Varney found a 12-pound puffball (mushroom) near his garden on Bedell Road.

    Looking Back 30 years - The Kiwanis Club of Grand Island sold out their first shipment of Grand Island placemats and ordered another 1000 sets. Orders were being taken by John Wheeler, Milton Dietzer and William Wallace.~~~~Dick Crawford and Janet Jones were crowned king and queen of the Erie County Fair's Recreation Division for the year 1973.~~~~Marjorie Bessel, 9, won the gold medal in the 440 yard run for girls nine and under at the Niagara District AAU Girls Track & Field championships in August 1973.~~~~Sherman Lyke and Jon Roth were among faculty hired by the school board at beginning salaries of $7,800.~~~~Chris Bagdy, a senior at Miami U. and an employee at Beaver Island State Park, was elected "Miss Garbage" for 1973 and chosen by the young men on the park's summer maintenance crew to reign over the "cleanest park" in the entire state system.~~~~Sandy Eldredge, took 1st place in the Intermediate Girls High Jump at the Junior Olympic meet in Hamburg, NY.~~~~The new Holiday Inn on East River Road opened.~~~~Joan Raab of Westwood Dr. entered her embroidery, needlepoint and craft work in the Erie County Fair for the first time and won five ribbons.

    Looking Back 25 years - The VFW Post 9249 Ladies Auxiliary met August 28, 1978 to form a charter and elect officers.~~~~The traffic signal at Staley Road and Grand Island Blvd. was put into operation on August 28, 1978.

    Looking Back 10 years - The Seneca Nation of Indians on Wednesday, August 25, 1993 began legal action aimed at repossessing Grand Island and evicting its property owners.~~~~The Phillies defeated the first place Dodgers 4-2 to capture the 13-15-year-old, Senior Division Little League championship. The team, coached by Doug Harding and assistant Mike Trachimowicz, included Dan Harding, Jeff Lodick, Mike Wier, Matt Head, Bob MacKeller, Dave Frankefield, Brian Jablon, Matt Dziwulski, Tom Winarski, Tom Keenan, Vince Nicoletti, Chris James, Bob Meyer and Jon Monti.

    Congratulations to Amy Morgan on having her written work featured again in the "My View" column in the Buffalo News on August 14th. Amy is also the headliner featured in "Slice of Life" at mommytales.com. Be sure to click and then scroll down!

    Suzanne Thomas has asked us to help locate her precious cat, Harry, who was last seen Wednesday, August 20, 2003. Please click Lost Cat Story and call her at 773-6369 if you have any information.

    Dan Grobe, son of Dan and Carolyn Grobe of Amberwood Drive, was married to Lisa Brown on August 1st in Florida.~~~~Grand Island High School graduate Jeffrey Michael Graves was married Friday to Sara Jane Pudlewski. Best wishes, newlyweds.

    Our sincere sympathy to the family of Joseph P. Ryan who passed away on Friday, August 22nd. Click for complete Death Notices.

    Fran and Joe McMahon are hosting a Family Day at their restaurant on Saturday that promises to be a lot of fun. Click McMahon's Family Restaurant for all the details.

    Have a safe and peaceful Labor Day weekend. And remember schools will open on Wednesday. Families with children in the school district should have received their school calendar earlier this week.

    August 21, 2003
    Good news! Lois Morgan is back home after being in the hospital and then in Elderwood at Riverwood here on the Island for awhile. Lois was seriously injured in a car accident in May.~~~~A speedy recovery to Ben Franklin who is home and recuperating from major surgery.

    Former teacher, school district administrator and Isle resident
    Dorothy Dillemuth is recovering from back surgery. She's the gal who always remembers so many of us with birthday and anniversary cards every year. Bet she'd love to hear from all of her many friends who are reading this column today!

    Phil Killian, along with his wife, Jean and brother-in-law, Don Loder Sr. visited Phil's aunt, Myrtle Killian who was in the hospital last week. She's doing very well to the point of breaking open the new deck of cards that Phil brought her and playing a game of eucher with them while sitting up in her bed. Myrtle, who should be back to her Briarwood Manor home in Lockport by today, had a great time at her recent 97th birthday party and was surprised to get so many cards. How nice that so many old friends remembered her.

    Best wishes, newlyweds! Amanda Marie Reese was married to Shawn Michael Leffler on Sunday, August 17th. Amanda is the daughter of William and Kathleen Reese of Grand Island.~~~~Christina M. Fancher became the bride of Jason G. Cwiklinski on Friday, August 15th in St. Stephen's Church. She is the daughter of Isle residents Dayton and MaryAnn Fancher.

    A belated happy 10th birthday to Christopher Sexton who celebrated on Saturday, August 16th.~~~~Happy birthday to JoAnn Linenfelser (today), Cassie Lynn Shickluna (5 tomorrow), Lydia Senger (6 tomorrow), baby Justin Ronald Podgorny (his first birthday tomorrow), David Goodsole (special greetings tomorrow), Brooke Chamberlain (10 on Saturday), Randy Hillock (Saturday), Sara Orsolits (entering her teens on Saturday), Gregg Roesch and AnnMarie Stewart (Sunday), Sascha Chevez and Gail Allen (Tuesday), Brielle Backland and Marisa Atkinson (both turning 7 on Tuesday), Christina Anderson (a teenager on Tuesday), and Desire' Link and Tim Rurkowski (13th birthdays on Wednesday).

    Best wishes to the following on their anniversaries this week: Gary and Ann Ruland (10 years today), Ray and Debbie Billica (25 years on Monday), Jim and Sybil Kennedy (Wednesday), and Skip and Judy Mazenauer (20 years on Wednesday).~~~~A belated happy anniversary to Beth and Eric Boron who celebrated their 20th wedding anniversary on Wednesday, August 13th and to Stella and Frank Costanzo who recently marked their 25th.

    Looking Back 50 years - Al Endres, 29, suffered a fatal heart attack on Sunday, August 23, 1953 and died in the arms of his father, Ed Endres, after winning two races in the International Regatta on Onondaga Lake, Syracuse. Ed won the National Class E championship at the Buffalo Launch Club the previous weekend. Al drove his famous "Sliver" August 3, 1953 in Cambridge, MD where he set a world record, 80.743 mph and won the national championship. He is survived by a son, Mike, six months old at the time, a daughter, Elizabeth, who was 1 1/2 and his wife, Lydia.~~~~Little Miss Susan Kohlhagan (Long) celebrated her 7th birthday with a "roundup" at her ranch at 38 Love Road on August 27, 1953. Happy birthday, Sue!

    Looking Back 40 years - Bob Luther, 14, was attending the NYS Conservation Camp at Lake Rushford under the sponsorship of the Grand Island Rod & Gun Club.~~~~Zurbricks, now Turner's at 997 East River Rd. changed hands and became Ed Gatke's River View Inn, and Lola DeVaul took over the Idle Hour Inn on East River near the south bridge.~~~~Sandy Beach Park Club picnic chairman was Robert Fortini with co-chair Mrs. Robert Black. Committee people were Mrs. Charles Austin, Tom Gilmore, Mrs. Edward Bell, Mrs. Ray (Ruth) Jones, Mrs. John Watkins, Mrs. Robert Gibson, Mrs. John Baker. Picnic held Saturday, August 17, 1963. ~~~~The Recreation Department sponsored another Funny Fashion Show at the mobile playground in the Sandy Beach neighborhood Thursday, August 15, 1963. Winners were Lisa Rodriguez (Black) as a clown, Steven Bissot as a lady model, Rick Hansen as a tramp, Ted Filosofos as a sewer man, John Watkins as Sad Sack, Jim Rodriguez as a cowboy, and Leo Oryranaka as a men's model.

    Looking Back 30 years - The town filed its third request (revised) for the abandoned Nike Missile Base on Whitehaven Road, according to Town Attorney Richard Couch.~~~~Rita Hagerman was listed among Democratic election inspectors in August 1973, approved at the town board meeting on August 20, 1973. Among the Republican inspectors were Pat Pullano and Gladys Benzing.

    Looking Back 20 years - "Sheriffs Give Ferry Villagers High Praise" was the headline in an August 1983 edition of the local weekly paper. Burglars who broke into the Bedell House about 6 p.m. Monday, August 22, 1983 were spotted by owner Charlotte Guenther as she made a routine check of the closed tavern. The burglars, upon seeing the arriving Sheriff's deputies, ran into the woods. Deputies pursued the thieves over fences and through heavily wooded property toward Beaver Island State Park during the two-hour chase. Village residents assisting in the capture by chasing the bandits on ATVs and cars, eventually cornered them.~~~~Organizers for the West River Homeowners Association held a planning meeting August 22, 1983 and agreed on its name.

    Welcome, Daemon Allen Gatti! The baby boy, born on August 9, 2003 to Danielle Gatti, weighed in at five pounds, 13 ounces and is the grandson of Barbara Gatti of Grand Island and former Island resident Louis Gatti.

    Our star reporter, Joelle Logue and her husband Dr. Jerry Logue are first time grandparents. The blessed event occurred on Tuesday, August 19th when Gracie Elizabeth Logue was born to their son, Dr. Chris Logue and his wife, Dr. Andrea Leyland Logue of New Bern, North Carolina. Gracie weighed in at six pounds, seven ounces and is 19 inches long.

    Our sincere sympathy to the families of Dr. Charles E. Wiles, Eileen Burns, Dr. Charles Cook Eckles and former resident Evelyn Till who recently passed away. Click for complete Death Notices.

    A memorial service for Allison "Ace" Senf will be held at 1 p.m. tomorrow (Aug. 22nd) in Forest Lawn.

    The annual Trautman reunion was held last weekend on Bedell Road where approximately 75 relatives gathered for a picnic. The event for the family that settled on Grand Island in the 1850s, was chaired by Cathy Trautman Kaegebein.

    An American Red Cross blood drive is scheduled from 1-6 p.m. on Tuesday (Aug. 26) at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 1841 Whitehaven Road.

    Cinderella Motel & Campsite, newest advertiser/sponsor at Isledegrande.com, is in a beautiful location at 2797 Grand Island Blvd. just nort of Bedell Road. If you are looking for a great place for out-of-town relatives to stay, be sure to check out the "Cinderella" website.

    August 14, 2003

    Happy birthday, Keith! That's Keith Wood all dressed up for his senior picture at Grand Island High over three decades ago. If you see him (he hasn't changed so you'll recognize him instantly), wish him a great big happy big 5-0 birthday on Sunday.~~~~ Happy birthday to Joanna Goulah (18 today), Darleen Sprague (today's the big day), Michael Podgorny (six years old today), Robert Arsenault (this 6th generation Islander turns 10 tomorrow), Dorothy Blakelock (Saturday), Danna Podgorny (cheers on Saturday), Melissa Sipos (18 on Saturday), Marcella Ford (her 18th on Sunday), Ryan Donohue (Sunday), Thomas Cauley (5 on Tuesday), Molly McMahon (Tuesday), and Mary Ann Hayes, Skip Fred and Kristen Linton (Wednesday).

    Eileen Minton and Dorothy Rowswell are hoping there will be enough interest to start a chapter of the "Red Hat Society" right here on Grand Island. Click "Grande Dames" for information on the local group and for complete information, click "Red Hat Society."

    Wedding Bells! Jamie M. Sommer, daughter of Donald and Debra Sommer of Grand Island was married to Lawrence P. Rozborski on Saturday in St. Timothy Lutheran Church.~~~~Jodie Swain, daughter of Isle residents Terry and Valerie Swain, became the bride of Michael Rudney on Saturday, August 2nd at the home of her parents. Jodi is a special education teacher at Grand Island High School.

    Congratulations to Jose Garcia and Dennis Kasprsyk who each had a hole-in-one at River Oaks Golf Course last week. Jose's was on the 178-yard 16th hole with a 6-iron and Dennis shot his on the 165-yard fifth hole with a 5-iron.

    Best wishes to former Island resident Joan Gehrman Hassenfratz and her husband, Edward, of East Aurora, who celebrated their golden wedding anniversary with family and friends aboard the Grand Lady. Joan, who spent much of her childhood living on Grand Island, and Edward were married July 4, 1953 in St. Stephen's Church. They are the parents of five and grandparents of seven.~~~~A happy 35th anniversary to Tom and Peggy Butler who will celebrate on Sunday.

    Congratulations to GIHS 2002 graduate Joseph Pasqualichio, a student at University of Pittsburgh's Honors College where he studies engineering and recently received a perfect 4.0 GPA. Joseph was chosen as a 2003 National Leadership Grant recipient by the National Order of Sons of Italy in America. The award was presented at a black-tie gala in Washington, D.C.

    Congratulations to Ashleigh Frieday who competed in the Callaway PGA Junior Series at Webster Golf Club and shot a 44 on the front nine and 53 on the back for a total of 97 in the girls 13-15 division.

    Our sincere sympathy to the families of Eileen Wylegala, Allison Senf, John S. Papai, Margaret Dickinson and former resident Wilbert U. Janke who recently passed away. Click for complete Death Notices.

    Niagara Falls resident Joseph J. Sansalone Jr., who operated Joe's Service Station on Love Road in the 1970s and early 1980s, passed away on Monday, August 11th.

    Looking Back 50 years - Democratic Committee Chairman Phil Roe announced the following nominations for a primary election: former Supervisor Daniel J. McNamee (1948-51) for Supervisor; Genevieve MacKendrick and Theodore Dunbar for Justice of the Peace, John Ralph Mesmer for Tax Collector; Charles Stack for Highway Superintendent, Carl Offermann and Larue Smith for tax assessors and Katherine Sheehan for School Director. The Democratic Club was formed at the same time in 1953 and Helen DuQuette was elected its first president.~~~~Joseph Creighton, new owner of the Edgewater Park Hotel, redecorated the dining room, installed new equipment in the kitchen and provided a live orchestra for dancing on Friday, Saturday and Sunday evenings. The hotel was located on East River Road near Kirkwood Dr.~~~~The two-day international race boat regatta off the Buffalo Launch Club on August 15-16, 1953 took place over the extended 2 1/2 mile Niagara River course and attracted 150+ entrants. Island resident Al Endres won the National E crown, regaining the title he won at the BLC in 1951.

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    Looking Back 30 years - "Tribute to the Early Island Settlers" was the winning float in the Island's July 4th parade and also went on to win first place in the Erie County Fair Parade, Saturday, August 18, 1973. Among those on the float, built under the direction of float chairman John Trianda, were Jamie Card, Bob Kozak, Larry Valentine, Virginia Valentine, Bob Edwards, Mike DeMarco and Danny Sexton.~~~~Elaine Murphy starred in the Island Theater Group's August 1973 production of the caberet style show, "Gigi," in the air conditioned Island Lanes on Whitehaven Road. ~~~~Martha Hanny, a member of Aries Triangle and a senior at Grand Island High School, placed 2nd in the "Sweetheart" competition at the New York State DeMolay Convention August 16-18, 1973. DeMolay members attending from Grand Island included officers Tim Spivey, Jim Hobby, Cam Overs and Jeff Stone.

    Barbi Lare of Images-Words-Pictures.com has been the Grand Island photographer of record for three decades. One of the first to advertise here at Isledegrande.com, Barbi's name is synonymous with Island newspaper photos and a lot more. Click her website above and remember her the next time you need a good photographer.

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    This photo was posted in the "Old Photo Album" at Isledegrande.com quite awhile ago. One of my readers supplied me with a few more names but they still seem to be missing. Can you identify any of the boys besides Sidway School students Jim Molnar, Jim Wynn and Seth Buzby? If so, please email me at teddy@giecom.net.

    Did you or your mother or your grandmother go to Girls Vocational High School located on Carlton St. in Buffalo? A multiyear reunion is being held from noon to 4 p.m. September 19th in the Sheraton Four Points Hotel, 2040 Walden Ave., Cheektowaga. The girls who are looking for all former students of the school are Carolyn Doster Schlifke at 632-2424 or Theresa Buttino Recckio at 823-0190. Call them if you haven't heard about "your reunion!"

    The Riverside High School Class of 1953 will hold a reunion on October 11th at Daffodils Restaurant, Williamsville. For more information, contact Carol Harris Rust at crust5360@adelphia.net.

    Grand Island High School class reunion pictures have been posted on the following web pages: Class of 1973, Class of 1983, Class of 1988 and Class of 1993.

    Engagements recently announced are those of Jill Sertick to Robin VanGinhoven, Jocelyn Sertick to Michael Paolozzi, and Sara Elizabeth Kovach to Brian Clifford Wilson.

    The town board has proclaimed this Saturday, August 16th as National Airborne Day on Grand Island. Click National Airborne Day for further information.

    Great weather is in store for St. Stephen's Summerfest (food, games, raffles and live bands) which opens tomorrow at 5 p.m. and Saturday at noon. The carnival type picnic will run until midnight each day. For details, click Summerfest.

    August 7, 2003
    The All Island Reunion held at the Holiday Inn's "Jazz on the River" last Friday night was a most enjoyable evening. The Grand Island Alumni Association deserves a great big round of applause for getting the Association off the ground and making it possible for all of us to get together in such a lovely setting. We've posted quite a few photos of the event on the
    Alumni Webpage. Take a look, and please consider joining!

    Barbara Brown has sent a suggestion to our Grand Island E-News for a way of making the Grand Island Plaza come alive again! She suggests going to the Wal-Mart.com website, under "Company Information" and clicking on "I want a Wal-Mart in my neighborhood." How about it, Grand Island? It really seems like a great idea.

    Our sincere sympathy to the families of Paul H. Taylor and former residents Frank J. Incorvia and Allison "Ace" Senf who passed away this week. Click for complete Death Notices.

    Reunion photos of the classes of 1983 and 1988 were just added to those GIHS reunion pages this week. I'd be glad to post reunion photos for the classes of 1973, 1978 and 1993. Simply email them to me at teddy@giecom.net.

    Looking Back 50 years - Gregg Yensan was the ring bearer for the wedding of Sallyann Staley and Bob Dworak who were married August 8, 1953 in Trinity EUB Church.~~~~The Erie District Lightning Regatta at the Sandy Beach Yacht Club drew 42 boats. Winners were 1st, Tommy Allen of the Buffalo Canoe Club, 2nd Karl Smithers of the Buffalo Canoe Club, 3rd Bob Graf defending champ of the Buffalo Canoe Club, 4th Joe Holler of Grand Island's Niagara Sailing Club and 5th Johnny Robertson. Islander Bob Robinson of the Sandy Beach Yacht Club came in 13th.~~~~An editorial in the weekly paper 50 years ago titled "Tourists" follows: "Ah me! The town officials have a hot one on their hands now. When an Island tourist business rents its rooms to locally licensed cars several tmes a day, it isn't long before nearby residents begin to complain. We can't see the need for this type of business on Grand Island. Nor can we see why the proper officials can't seem to stop what obviously is not the type of business we want on Grand Island."

    Looking Back 40 years - Tully J. English opened his nine-hole pitch and putt golf course at 1821 Whitehaven Rd.~~~~Bea Hillock of Cox Road won a trip to NYC by guessing the number of cookies two disc jockies ate during their program on a local radio station. She guessed 73 and the dj's ate 75.~~~~A heavy rain storm on Wednesday, August 7, 1963 disrupted phone services, caused flooding, and some neighborhoods were without power.~~~~Danny McMahon was sporting a snazzy 1930 Studebaker sedan, complete with wire wheels, spares on running board, and a good sized trunk in the back.

    Looking Back 30 years - An auto accident on Sunday, August 12, 1973 at the corner of Whitehaven Road and Grand Island Blvd. claimed the life of a father and his 5-year-old daughter. The family, including the mother and daughter who survived, were traveling to Fantasy Island from the Buffalo area. "Would a traffic signal have prevented this catastrophe?" was the question asked in the local weekly paper's report.~~~~A grand opening of MacDonald's first building on Grand Island Blvd., now the site of Jackson Music, was held on Wednesday, August 8, 1973.~~~~Members of Isle Chapter DeMolay on August 1, 1973 picked up over seven barrels of litter on Strawberry Island. Bill Good was the adult advisor and Master Councilor Tim Spivey led the "garbage brigade." Carl Laubisch lent the group his boat, Mark Laubisch drove it over to Strawberry, and Joe Gordon of Blue Water Marina gave the boys the use of a barge to bring the trash back to Grand Island.

    Looking Back 20 years - Councilman Samuel D. Long led a meeting of West River residents to discuss the formation of the West River Homeowners Association on August 10, 1983. Attending were 81 residents whose purpose was to unite to get action on a lengthy list of complaints about the state's neglect of the West River Parkway.

    A "huge" happy birthday to Clark Nesbitt who turns the big 6-0 on Wednesday, August 10th. Happy birthday also to Darlene DiChristina (today), Joel Stoorza and Leann Vanthoff (tomorrow), Shannon McDonough (9 on Friday), Shannon Becker (10 years old on Saturday), Mary Pietrzak (9 on Saturday), Mitchell Wendling (his 10th on Sunday), Lindsey Smith (18 on Sunday), Mike Heftka (Monday), John Ryan (16 on Monday), baby Matthew Aronica (his first birthday on Tuesday), and Steve Morgan (Wednesday).

    Best wishes to Maura and Kevin Rustowitz who will celebrate their 14th wedding anniversary on Tuesday, August 12th.
    Our sympathy to Grand Island Memorial Library Director Lynn Konovitz whose father, Irving N. Konovitz passed away on July 31st.

    One of my all time favorite comedians passed away on Sunday, July 27th at the age of 100. But you knew that, right? Do any of my readers know if Bob Hope ever visited Grand Island? I never heard that he did, but no doubt there were Island residents in the audience when he did a show in 1948 for a crowd of 175,000 in Delaware Park to benefit Children's Hospital. And it's as likely that Islanders were in the audience in August 1978 when Bob did a benefit performance for the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. I'm hoping I live long enough to see the popularity of those "G rated" standup comics of his era make a comeback! "Thanks for the Memories" that can be relived through over 50 movies that Bob Hope appeared in. For an enjoyable website of his life story and photos, click Bob Hope Website

    Jeffrey R. Leach, son of Robert and Mary Lou Leach of Grand Island, was married Saturday to Amy M. Yavicoli.~~~~Renee M. Bailey, daughter of Douglas and Kim Bailey of Grand Island, became the bride of Michael W. Burd Saturday in St. Stephen's Church. The Burds will be at home on Grand Island.~~~~Jill Sugg of Grand Island and Michael C. Redfern were married Saturday. The bride is the daughter of Isle residents David and Sandra Sugg. Best wishes, newlyweds.

    Our Isledegrande.com advertiser Fuccillo Chevrolet on Alvin Road is simply "HUGE!" And they are only minutes away from anywhere on the Island so please stop by when you are in the market for a new or used car.

    July 31, 2003
    Happy birthday, Nick! Longtime West Oakfield resident Nick Radius will celebrate his 90th birthday on Wednesday, August 6th. Let's all send him a card and let him know we "remembered."~~~~Happy birthday also to Jenna Hutzler (12 today), Helen Radder and Lou Macro (today), Raymond Fisher (16 today), Marissa Lange (a teenager tomorrow), Thomas Kalman (10 years old tomorrow), Sarah Lynn William (9 on Saturday), Barbara Bagdy (Saturday), Barb "Wilson" Kennedy (cheers on Saturday), Tyler Wunsch (turning 10 on Saturday), Ian Harnden (the big 4-0 on Saturday), Marie Klocke (Sunday), Brandon McDonough (16 on Sunday), Natalie Fischer (Sweet 16 on Sunday), Mathew Riley (a teenager on Monday), John Stickl (Tuesday), John Evan Fletcher II (first birthday Wednesday), and our sweet, little grand niece Katrina Elizabeth Linenfelser (her first birthday on Wednesday).

    We have had a record month for hits to our "Isledegrande.com" site. The old record of 8085 for May 2003 was broken with the total count for July 2003 reaching 8467.

    Just a note of correction for those of you who read the column last Thursday or early last Friday morning, Chuck Berlinger won the $52,000 playing a slot machine at Seneca Niagara, not Casino Niagara across the border.

    Thanks to Mike McDonough of
    McHomes.com/Hunt ERA for advertising in the Grand Island E-News at Isledegrande.com. Mike, who has been involved in Grand Island real estate for many years, has added a link from "McHomes.com" to the E-News. Thanks, Mike!

    Our sincere sympathy to the families of former resident and Island native Lauretta E. Vanthoff, and Island dancing teacher Betty Rogers Beck, who passed away this week. Click for complete Death Notices.

    Kristen and Dave Brand are celebrating their first wedding anniversary on Saturday, Bob and Elizabeth Beach will be married 47 years on Saturday, Maria and Frank DelSignore will mark their 40th on Sunday, and Nancy and Mike Heftka are celebrating their 25th anniversary on August 5th. Happy days, folks.

    Welcome, Owen Richard Haynes, born May 9, 2003 to Heather and Rodney Haynes. The baby boy is the grandson of Viola Liddell, and Nina and Martin Goss of Grand Island and Rodney Haynes Sr. of Niagara Falls, NY.

    Looking Back 50 years - The crowd at the Firemen's Field Day on Saturday, August 1, 1953 was estimated at 4,000 by Fire Chief Hank Ehde. Chairman Jack Nuttall was assisted by Mel Kohlhagen. In the absence of Island chowder maker Bill Kaegebein, Don Hawley took charge of that detail with assistance from Mae and Bill Fleming. According to Fire Company Treasurer Gene Bucher, the day of food, games and rides grossed between $9,000 and $10,000 with an estimated 50% profit to the Company. Nineteen area fire companies entered the parade.

    Looking Back 40 years - Extreme traffic delays at the north Grand Island Bridge, due to construction of a new second span, were protested by town health officer Dr. Norman G. Stessing who had to call the Erie Co. Sheriff's Dept. for assistance in reaching a critically ill patient in a Niagara Falls hospital. ~~~~Tom Fritschi, 11, of Bedell Road broke the midget boys standing broad jump on Monday, August 5, 1963 at the Jr. Olympic Track & Field meet held to decide surburban championships of all towns in the county outside of Buffalo. Tom jumped 7' 11 1/2", 2" further than the old record.~~~~A Funny Fashion Show for kids took place at Kaegebein School playground on Friday, August 2, 1963. Winners were Mark McNight, 1st as "Freddie the Freeloader"; Jim Robillard, 2nd as "Baby Huey"; Lynn Gladieux, 3rd as an Old Fashioned Lady; Peter McNight, 4th as Little Louie Litter; Ron Whitmire, 5th as Tom Sawyer; and Christian Flierl, 6th dressed as a "lady."

    Looking Back 30 years - Due to dangerously low water pressure in the town, a sprinkling ban from noon to 9 p.m daily began August 1, 1973.~~~~A group of ambitious kids from the Hennepin, Red Jacket and East Park neighborhood held a street carnival in the summer of 1973. Taking part in the day of fun, headed by Chairman Barry Barker, were Jackie Barker, Sally Anne and Chuck Bayse, Ross and Morey Cohen, Lori Ann and Carrie Falk, Glen, Darcy and Paul Gerspach, Jim Miller, Shellie, Angie and Phillip Rehard and Natalie and Gary Young.~~~~Randy Kramer, who became a talented pianist at an early age, was the Gold Cup winner in the Buffalo Music Festival sponsored by the National Federation of Music Clubs in the summer of '73. Criteria for winning the Gold Cup was to earn a superior award for three consecutive years.~~~~The Jaycees announced a summer series of young adult dances beginning Thursday, July 26, 1973 when the rock group "Havens" would play in the town hall parking lot. Cost was a $1 donation.

    Looking Back 20 years - Randy Howe and Katie McDonough (Lenhard) were the winners of the Eighth Annual down river swim on August 6, 1983.

    Susanne Ruth Astridge became the bride of Daniel Wayne Bundy on Friday, July 25th in St. Amelia's Church, Town of Tonawanda. Kristen Beth Helenbrook was married Saturday to William Peter Harding in St. Stephen's Church. Best wishes, newlyweds.

    If you love the good old days of hydroplane racing, check out www.vintagehydroplanes.com. Brings back memories of the international regattas off the Buffalo Launch Club right here on the Niagara River.

    Be sure to mark your calendars for the "Summerfest" taking place at St. Stephen's Church on Friday and Saturday, August 15-16th. Click "Summerfest for more details.

    From all we're hearing, a good sized group of "Islanders" are planning to attend the Island Alumni Association's first event at the outdoor "Blues On The River" concert at the Holiday Inn tomorrow evening. Look for the Alumni banner and show your support. For further information, click Grand Island Alumni Association.

    July 24, 2003
    'Grand Old Island Days' Tractor Pulls for all the fun taking place at the Rod & Gun Club this weekend.

    Our son Jim and daughter-in-law Laury Linenfelser, arrived back on the Island Saturday after a week-long trip to Russia. I will announce our wonderful news as soon as I can but wanted everyone who knows Jim and Laury to know the trip was most successful.

    Our granddaughter, Amy Bidell and her cousin, Marissa Lange hosted a 1st birthday party for Amy's family pup, Vixen Dee. Cake, games and party hats were the order of the day and Vixen was thrilled with all her birthday presents including a rubber steak.

    Congratulations to Chuck Berlinger on winning $52,000 at Seneca Niagara last Friday. Chuck, who started out with only one $20 bill in his pocket and new to the games, was playing a nickle slot machine and wasn't immediately aware of what all the bells and whistles were telling him. ~~~~Congratulations to Sam Long who entered his very first tractor pull in Ellicottville and placed second and third place in two different classes.~~~Congratulations to champ boat racer Greg Barker whose 2.5 litre "The Rewinder" won the title North American Champion in Cambridge this past weekend.

    Best wishes to Donnette and Mike Rayhill who are celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary on Sunday.~~~~Best wishes also to Teresa Fahrer and Dan Gormady who were married Saturday, July 12th. The ceremony and a reception took place in the back yard of their Bedell Road home. Mr. and Mrs. Gormady spent their weekend honeymoon in Canada.

    Dr. Kelly Sue Rose and Dr. Scott Andrew Burke were married Saturday. The groom, a graduate of Grand Island High School, is the son of James P. and Barbara Burke of Grand Island.~~~~~Mary Curcione and Justin Winstel were married Saturday in St. Martin-in-the-Fields Church. The groom is the son of Island residents Bradford and Carol Winstel.~~~~~Married Saturday and living on the Island are Joshua P. Heim and his bride, the former Sarah M. Fitzpatrick. Best wishes to the newlyweds.

    The BBC, a group of fanatic Beatles musicians, will play continuous Beatles music at the Town Commons on Tuesday, July 29 at 7 p.m. Be sure to click chicken bbq for information on the chicken BBQ taking place at that concert for the benefit of a sports scoreboard.

    Thank you Betty Harris, a community minded Island businesswoman and a licensed real estate broker with Metro Town Center Realty who has been an Isledegrande.com advertiser for quite sometime.~~~~~We welcome aboard our newest sponsors, Allan Glessner of Cozy Landscaping Service and Lyle Dinsmore of L.D.C. Construction Co. Inc.

    Please spread the word about the All Island Reunion being held next Friday (Aug. 1) outside at the Holiday Inn and sponsored by the Grand Island Alumni Association.

    Happy birthday to Kathy Smith and Mimi Banas (today), Kady Liesenfeld (5 today), Jim Dahlquist (18 today), John Vandermey (cheers today), Lindsey Spiker (7 on Saturday), Peter Pitts (a big one on Saturday), Dan Buckley, Helen Newkirk and Cheryl Kloesz (Sunday), Ellie Zarbo (special greetings on Tuesday), Janet Badame and Tom Long (Tuesday), Tom Cope (16 on Wednesday), and Sarah Victor (her 10th birthday on Wednesday). A belated happy 20th birthday to Lisa Bagley who celebrated Saturday.

    A very happy 97th birthday to Myrtle Killian who turns a year dearer next Wednesday, July 30th. According to my email buddy, Phil Killian, his Aunt Myrtle is doing fine. She still likes to play cards regularly and participates in activites at the nursing home, he said. Birthday greetings may be sent to her at Briarwood Manor, 1001 Lincoln Ave.- Room 104, Lockport, NY 14094.

    Looking Back 50 years - John Fontana, a 10-year school board member, was nominated by William M. Kaegebein and elected president of the board on July 22, 1953.~~~~Dave Dusenbury, Jimmy O'Dea and Douglas Kutzbach swam the east Niagara River starting in front of their homes just south of Harvey Road on July 24, 1953 and landing in front of Tonawanda Park. They drifted about 1/4 mile downstream and were accompanied by Douglas Kutzbach Sr.

    Looking Back 40 years - Assessors Harold Long, Edward Ball and Joseph Czora and former Assessor Frank Winters spent several hours on Saturday July 6, 1963 assessing the property, including a thirty-room mansion on Motor Island, for the tax rolls. The 12-acre Island was rezoned for business in 1960 and for sale at the time.

    Looking Back 30 years - Sandy Beach Park Club President Tom O'Hara was chairman of a flea market at the Park over the July 28-29, 1973 weekend.~~~~Earl and Olive Johnson were in charge of lining up the first group of volunteers to deliver "Meals on Wheels" on the Island.~~~~Among the additions to the Grand Island school district teaching staff in July 1973 were Roberta Frisoni, a business teacher and Allan Ripley, an elementary instrumental music teacher at salaries of $7,800.

    Our sympathy to the families of Evelyn Davis, Joan Kilmer, Richard F. LaBelle, Rosemary Sweeney, Leslie L. Alcorn, Margaret Barker and Roy R. Pennario who passed away this week. Click for complete Death Notices.

    The yellow icon in the shape of Grand Island on the front page of the E-News is a "click-to" to our "Yellow Pages" which lists all Island businesses, at absolutely no charge. Websites for Isledegrande.com's business sponsors are linked from our Yellow Pages to the business websites. This is just one of several places our advertisers are listed at Isledegrande.com in the Grand Island E-News.

    Sandy Beach Park Club members held their annual kids parade and picnic last Saturday. Photos will be posted at Isledegrande.com as they become available. If you have one or more to be considered, please email it to teddy@giecom.net. Be sure to see the photo of a SBPC parade taken many years ago and featured in our Old Photo Album. According to my records, the Park Club is 60 years old this year.

    The Grand Island High School Class of 1988 will get together at B.A.'s Saloon for a 15-year reunion tomorrow evening beginning at 7 p.m. Email twoartsandagirl@aol.com for further information.~~~~A benefit "Music In The Woods" concert is being held for Quality Quest Coalition and Riverside-Salem UCC at 2 p.m. Saturday at Riverside-Salem Church, 3449 West River Road, Grand Island. Click Concert for more information.

    Attention class reunion planners! We'll be glad to help promote your reunions on your own webpage at Isledegrande.com during the coming year. Send me reunion information for your class website via email at teddy@giecom.net. Plans are already underway for the Grand Island High School Class of 1979's 25-year reunion next summer. Click 1979 for preliminary information.

    July 17, 2003

    Click the Fred Claus Photo for a larger view
    That's Lyle Dinsmore driving his tractor in the July 4th parade to promote the really big weekend at the Grand Island Rod & Gun Club, just a week away. There is so much to tell you about the 'Grand Old Days' Tractor Pulls, Antique Tractor Display, Flea Market, chicken bbq, live music and Car and Motorcycle Show, all being hosted by members of the Rod & Gun Club, Kathy Barton in particular. Click 'Grand Old Days' Tractor Pulls to get a better idea of the magnitude of this community event. Be sure to scroll down and read it all!!

    Congratulations and best wishes to former Island residents Mary Jo Kane and Peter Beyer who were married July 5, 2003 and are making their home in Englewood, Florida. Mary Jo is the daughter of Betty O'Dea-Carr and the late Edward O'Dea and Peter is the son of Andrew Beyer and the late Phyllis Beyer.

    You may find this website on our troops overseas very interesting. Click www.militarywivesandmoms.

    Jon G. Albertsson Jr. and his bride, the former Laurie J. Deegan, were married Saturday and will be living on Grand Island.~~~~Donna Lee Michelle Forster was married to John Arthur Sheehan Saturday in the Holiday Inn.~~~~Amy Marie Redding and Chadwick D. Pyc were married Saturday in St. Stephen's Church and will make their home on the Island.~~~~Melissa Ann Young and Adam John Knoebel were married Friday and will live in Clarence.~~~~Mark A. Gedeon and Angela E. Hajt were married Friday, July 11th by Rev. Earle C. King Jr.~~~~Kimberly Suzanne Rampino, a Grand Island School District special education teacher, was married to Jason Edward MacDonell on Saturday.~~~~Best wishes, newlyweds.

    Welcome, new babies! Dominic Ronald Gramza, son of Ron and Lisa Gramza was born on May 23rd weighing seven pounds, four ounces, and Marrisa Danielle Prusak, daughter of Stacey and Alan Prusak was born on May 22nd weighing seven pounds, ten ounces.

    Looking Back 50 years - The Edward J. Lang family moved from Whitehaven Road to their new home on West River.~~~~Duke Sell raced his 48' hydroplane, "Little Agitator" in competition for the first time at Valley Field, Quebec, Canada in July 1953, winning 2nd in the first event and 1st in the second event.~~~~St. Martin's Young People's Fellowship, under the adult supervision of organizers, Ruth Horner and Virginia Byam, held a beach party and picnic at Beaver Island Park on the afternoon of Friday, July 17, 1953.

    Looking Back 40 years - Shadow boxes were just one of the crafts made by children attending the Vacation Church School at Trinity EUB Church in July of 1963. MaryLou Kohlhagen and Shirley Runions were among instructors for the kids who included Darcey Wood (Golde), Amy Hasselbeck, Mark Kingston and Douglas Sowden.

    Looking Back 30 years - The Island's Independence Day Parade Committee designed a special category for the many mounted horse units entered in the parade in 1973. The 4H Saddle Syndicate took top honors, Wagon Wheel Stables took 2nd and East Wind Stables were awarded 3rd place.~~~~Independence Day Parade Marshall Bob Bennett expressed appreciation to Joe Pearson, Jim Ray, George Crowe and Nelson Parker for assistance with parade detail and to Sam Mancuso for communications.~~~~Most Valuable Player award, the Henderson Trophy, was presented to Major League player Steve Smith at the Staley Road diamond on Saturday, July 21, 1973 following the all-star games sponsored by the Recreation Department. Most Improved Player was Dave Pacioni of the Mustang League who received the Ralph "Tiny" Moran trophy from Town Recreation Director Bob Zuchowski.

    Looking Back 20 years - A group of Islanders met in Thousand Oaks, California for their 9th annual softball game. The group included pitcher Billy Aydelotte, Dave Hennigar, Denny Hoffer, Coach Bill Buckley, Scott Whiting and Scott Whiting Jr., John Jasper, Dave Paasch, Mark Dearlove, Kim Sciandra, Kathy Sciandra, Ted Filosofos, Mike McNulty, Bobbi McNulty, Pat Gill, Mike Lawson, Rick Lawson, Fitz and Ellie Lawson, Bill and Ellen Mason, Tom Colley and Tom Jr., Toni Colley, Dave Schick and Ray Valone.

    Thanks to the Raepple brothers at John's Pizza & Subs for advertising with us here at Isledegrande.com. "John's," located across from Tops Market on Grand Island Blvd., has an extensive menu of very good food but when it comes to their sub sandwiches, it's hard to say what's the best - the quantity and quality of the filling or the delicious roll that its on.~~~~Our newest advertiser is Andy Beyer's AJ's Heating and Air Conditioning. Check out Andy's website and see all that he has to offer in the way of heating and air conditioning services.

    Happy birthday to Mary Kay Patmos and Marie O'Hara (today), Andy Chambers Jr. (his 30th today), Kevin Kloesz, Leah Gollwitzer and Pat Sciandra (Saturday), Andrew Sander (8 on Saturday), Mike Stamler (Sunday), Buck Long (8 on Monday), Dan Linenfelser and Jean Anstett (Monday), Betty Raepple and Danielle "Lascelle" Sticka (Tuesday), and Don Webb and Dee DiTullio (Wednesday).~~~~A very happy 50th birthday to Michael McCaffery who celebrated this past week.

    Our sympathy to the families of Theresa "Terry" Thompson and Mel Rupp Jr. who passed away this week. Click for complete Death Notices.

    A very happy anniversary to Matthew and Sharon Warne who are celebrating their 10th anniversary today. Best wishes also to Nancy and Bill Linton who are marking their 38th anniversary today.

    Check our GINY.US Forum "All Island" events calendar for Island happenings.

    July 10, 2003
    Summer's here and this one sure reminds me of the summers of my childhood when there were church picnics, the Firemen's Field Day, Property Owners Association picnics, the American Legion picnic and more. Right on the heels of our fabulous two-day Craft Show and the Island's July 4th events will be the
    Rod & Gun Club Tractor Pulls and Flea Market on July 26-27, and newly announced is the fact that St. Stephen's Church will hold a two-day Summerfest of food, games, live bands and much more on Friday, August 15th and Saturday, August 16th. For details, click Summerfest

    As mentioned here last week, friends of Lynn Kalman are doing their best to help her with medical expenses. A bank account is being set up and those wishing to make donations are asked to make their checks payable to: "Benefit for Lynn K." Checks may be dropped off at the G.I. Moose Lodge, 2524 Grand Island Blvd., in a clearly marked envelope, "Benefit for Lynn K."~~~~Our prayers go out to Pat Kaiser, Dick Gerspach and Mel Rupp who are very ill.

    Former residents Mac and Marj McGarvey, of Punta Gorda, Florida, are celebrating their 60th anniversary tomorrow, July 11th. Mac retired from Carborundum-Wheatfield in 1982 and Marj retired from Bells on Grand Island in 1984. The McGarveys have two children, three grandchldren and two great grandchildren.

    A belated but sincere wish for many more years together goes out to Pat and Dan Gruber who just celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on June 27th. The Grubers, parents of 10 children, renewed their vows in St. Stephen's Church and were guests of honor at a reception at Rescue 5 Fire Hall, North Tonawanda.~~~~Also celebrating anniversaries this week are John and Rachel Braddell (their 5th tomorrow) and Sean and MaryAnn McMahon (their 10th on Wednesday). Happy anniversary, everyone.

    Jim and Sharon Chamberlain are wished lots of luck (and energy) on their 400 mile bike trip to Albany this coming week. They expect to finish up this Sunday, July 13th.

    Looking Back 50 years - The long fought over revision to the Town Zoning Ordinance was finally passed into law on Monday night June 29, 1953 at a special meeting of the town board. The motion creating the new sections came after nearly five years of planning, debate and argument.~~~~Brownie and Girl Scout Day Camp, held in the woods behind the Sidway School, was moved into the old firehall for a few days due to rain. First class scouts of Troop 39, Bernie Glor (Pagliaro), Margaret Webster, Margaret Close and Nancy Mote, earned their Pioneer Badge under the leadership of Kay Valyear. Assisting at the camp were Senior Scouts and Mariners Carol Kingston (Ullrich), Patty Gardner (Hardman), Karen McCall (Beecher) and Vera Jo Mote (Mann).~~~~Winners of the St. Stephen's parish annual family picnic games held on Sunday, July 12, 1953 were Jerry Thirion, Tommy Boehm, Jackie Ahern, Mary Rose Haller (Estrodt) and Mary Sue Martin (Kohn).~~~~Janie Costin and Susan Hogue (Canty) spent two weeks at Camp 40 Acres and Dick Hogue Jr. and Bill Tanner boarded the train for California for the 3rd annual Boy Scout Jamboree.

    Looking Back 40 years - Dr. Marion E. White, associate professor of anthropology at State University at Buffalo was directing the $2000 research project by eight graduate students, digging in the Beaver Island Golf Course development area. Students were digging for Indian relics in the summer of '63 and camping at East River and Cox roads in Ferry Village.~~~~The Buffalo Launch Club was the site of the Buffalo and Tonawanda Power Boat Association's marathon race around Grand Island which was open to nine classes in July 1963.~~~~The Island Theater Group hired William Pinkow as musical director, Marion Pinkow as vocal director and Norma Ferrara as choreographer. They will assist in the direction of "The King and I." The town board also consented to bond the Group's treasurer, Heber Ashley.

    That's Sue Sondel, captured on film by Nancy Hayes as Sue rode her horse down Grand Island Blvd. Friday in Grand Island's Independence Day parade. (Click photo for a larger view.)

    Marge Costello of Stony Point Road is very proud of her granddaughter Maria Costello who was prom queen for the Lewiston-Porter High School Senior Prom. Maria is the daughter of Mike Costello, Class of 1973 and his wife, Barb.~~~~Peter Montana, GIHS Class of 1995 and a recent Buffalo State College graduate, is the producer of those gorgeous beer hats seen at the VFW on the 4th. We hear sales were brisk.

    Our sympathy to the families of Alma R. Ziehm, Helen Widdicombe and Carol Berlinger who passed away this week. Click for complete Death Notices.

    The Sandy Beach Yacht Club, founded in 1939, is holding its 32nd annual River Regatta this Saturday and Sunday with main, jib and spinnaker divisions. Call Sue Robinson, 773-2178, for more information.

    Thanks to Elderwood At Riverwood, for advertising with us here at Isledegrande.com. Riverwood, at 2850 Grand Island Blvd., is home to many present and former Islanders and is also a great employer to our Island residents.

    Happy birthday to Cheryl Caleri (today), Alfred Bykowicz (74 today), Lisa Lozo (cheers today), Sarah Webb (her 10th tomorrow), Taylor Marie Benton (three on Sunday), Sarah Chamberlain (eight on Sunday), Dick Gerspach (72 on Monday) and Kenny Maurer (Tuesday). A belated happy 82nd birthday to Honor McCrone who celebrated on July 4th.

    Music by the Barroom Buzzards and a BBQ Chicken Dinner will be featured from 4-7 p.m. Saturday at St. Martin's Church on Baseline Road. There is also a Chevelle Gathering tomorrow, Saturday and Sunday at the Holiday Inn. Details are in our GINY.US Forum events calendar.

    July 3, 2003
    "A speedy recovery to you, Lynn!" A benefit for Lynn Kalman who was hospitalized Friday, will be held next Friday (July 11th) from 4 p.m. to ? at the Grand Island Moose #180 Family Center, 2524 Grand Island Blvd. Tickets are $10 and will include food, beverages, raffles and prizes. Any and all donations to help with Lynn's medical expenses will be sincerely appreciated.

    I'm so happy to report that Matthew Shilling's father, Tim Shilling has let me know that Matthew has returned from Iraq safe and sound. He is resuming his normal duties at Camp Lejeune, NC. Please let me know how our other Island troops are doing, if they are still in overseas or if they are back in the states.

    Good news! Chester was found yesterday morning. Click for complete Chester - Safe and Sound story!

    More and more advertisers are coming on board to promote their business through Isledegrande.com, while helping to bring the Grand Island e-News to you free and on a daily basis. Newest sponsors are Mark Kowzan of Marty's Towing and Rich Milkas' Copycat Print Center. Thank you, advertisers!

    Best wishes to Jodi Hayes Dodd and Brad Robinson who became Mr. and Mrs. Robinson on Saturday, June 28th.

    Attention Island realtors! We have five individual real estate agents as advertisers, including Liz Wilbert of Century 21 (click www.LizWilbert.com). The benefits are endless! Don't be left out. Contact Jodi Robinson at jodi@giecom.net about our inexpensive Internet advertising at Isledegrande.com.

    Our sincere sympathy to the families of John F. Blickley and Paul F. Kavanaugh who passed away this week. Click for complete Death Notices.

    A very happy birthday to Jen Dobmeier (today), Katerina Fees (special greetings tomorrow), Anthony Verdi (10 on Saturday), Rev. Bob Vandermey (Saturday is the big day), Jacob Zimmerman (8 on Sunday), Autumn Kaiser (entering her teens on Monday), Brianna Mysliwiec (8 on Tuesday), and Shannon Robillard (7 on Wednesday).~~~~Barbi Lare celebrates a milestone on July 9th and that's a Kodak Moment! Happy days, Barbi.~~~~ Vivian Smudski will celebrate her 90th birthday on Wednesday but you'd never know it. Among her many interests is the Internet. Happy birthday, Vivian.

    Our best wishes to Joseph and Patricia Gelz of Elsie Lane who celebrated their 24th anniversary on June 30th, and also to Tom and Kathy DeLoughry who will celebrate their 28th anniversary on July 5th.

    Congratulations to Joe Schottmiller who won a silver medal in the archery competition at the Empire State Senior Games held June 10-15th in Cortland, NY.

    Looking Back 50 years - Marion Pinkow was the general superintendent of the Protestant Vacation Bible School in July 1953 at Trinity EUB Church. Assisting her with the 150 children who participated were Mrs. Henry Metzler, Lucille Ames and Ann Mitchell.~~~~The American Legion's field day on July 4, 1953 featured a fireworks display after dark. Josephine Maurer was in charge of her famous clam chowder. She and Bill Kaegebein were known as the chowder experts on the Island.~~~~American Legion members elected Commander Regis Shannon, Vice Commander Norm Meyer Jr., 2nd Vice Commander Ed Tucker, 3rd Vice Commander John Lyden, Treasurer Harvey Long, Adjutant Robert Weatherbee, Chaplain Ken Maurer and Sgt.-at-arms Bob Kaiser and Howard Kaiser.

    Looking Back 40 years - The Grand Island High School Cornerstone Laying took place on Saturday, June 29, 1963.~~~~Peter Beyer and Linda Allen (Rayborn) were chosen king and queen of the Gearjammers Royalty Dance on Saturday, June 28, 1963 in the Beaver Island Casino. The car club's membership list included Diane Zimmerman (Uonites), Barbara Kaiser (Spaulding), Pat VanDyke (Smith), Carol Wolanske (Sharpe), Sue Meyer, Russell Hill, Bob Burkhardt, Rickie Fuller, James Kaiser, Gary Larsen and Skip Mazenauer. Advisors were Jim Lapey and Randall Kaiser.~~~~The Dem Day Dance chairs were former supervisor Daniel J. McNamee and Charlie Gollwitzer who provided entertainment through a fashion show with several widely known Grand Island men modeling "the latest in Paris and New York fashions."~~~~Dottie and Oliver C. B. Howard and Pat and Donald Bachert launched their unique new business, the "Floating Island," on the upper Niagara River. The refreshment stand was a 24' houseboat launched for business July 4, 1963.~~~~A Young Republican Club was organized on July 2, 1963 in Zurbrick's Restaurant (now Turner's). Nicholas Paige was chosen temporary chair and Jack Costanzo would serve as temporary secretary. Ron Livingston was among the organizers.

    Looking Back 30 years - The MarcEquity-River Oaks LPGA Tournament was in progress on Grand Island and said to be making sports history. The Ladies Professional Golf Association tourney featured the nation's outstanding women golfers.~~~~The Island's Historical Society held open house at River Lea every Sunday from July 15 through August 26, 1973.

    Looking Back 20 years - Pictures in the local weekly paper after the July 4, 1983 parade included one of a tired Tammy Dielman (Louderback), a member of Teddy's Islettes, carrying her majorette boots after finishing the march. Other photos were of Teddy's Islettes members Jamie Rogge carrying the American Flag and banner carriers Tracy Walczak and Karen Samrany. Also pictured were my parents, Ted and Marion Klingel, the parade marshalls in '83 and a "boy" named Dick Crawford!

    Do you enjoy reading about life on Grand Island 30, 40, 50 years ago? Features in this week's Grand Island e-News include Mike O'Dea's memories of working with Joe Scirto at Bridgeview Produce and Fred Schutt's recollection of a severe storm that hit the Island 50 years ago. Besides lots of old photos posted at the e-News on a weekly basis, we really try to fill this newspaper with current Grand Island news - no filler - and no subscription rate. Do us a favor and support our sponsors/advertisers whenever you can.

    Celebrating their first anniversary of the opening of their successful business are Fran and Joe McMahon and family of McMahon's Family Restaurant. It was on July 8, 2002, after weeks of long hours of renovation that the McMahons opened the former Islander Restaurant on Grand Island Blvd.

    The "Grand Crafts On the Island" Craft Show was a true community event, something like a constant reunion with old friends. Ted Filosofos, on the Island from Florida with daughter, Denise, is looking good and seems to have overcome the stroke he suffered last November following double bypass surgery. It was also good to see Florida residents Marianne and Jim Tranter who are also visiting on the Island. Our Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary's hot roast beef sandwich booth, where I spent much of my time, was a fun place to be and the ladies and I thank everyone for their support. A tip of the cap to co-chairs Robin Swedish and Kathy Smith for providing Grand Island with a beautiful weekend happening.~~~~ Though I did not get over to Saturday's "KidBiz," my granddaughter, Amy Bidell and her friend, Jennifer Shaber had a great time working Jennifer's booth. According to KidBiz Chairman Sue Hillock, nearly 70 kids set up shop at Tops Market this year.

    Wedding Bells! Married Saturday, June 28, 2003 and sharing wedding dates are Jaime A. Heftka and Miguel E. Santiago Jr., Laura M. Petri and Brian J. Stewart, Brian P. Cardamone and Kelly M. Lommer, Israel Martinez and Amanda M. Chambers, Karen S. Hiam and Nelson W. Sticka and Danielle Renee Lascelle and Nicholas James Dunn. The Stewarts, the Dunns and Mr. and Mrs. Martinez will be living on Grand Island.

    The Rev. Daniel Fiebelkorn of St. Stephen's Parish on the Island raised $6,069 through Saturday's "Ride for Roswell." He rode his bike on behalf of family members - his mother is battling bladder cancer - and parishioners who are living with or have died from cancer. For the complete story as it appeared in the Sunday edition of the Buffalo News, click Ride for Roswell.

    Members of the Grand Island High School Soccer and Lacrosse teams will hold a Chiavetta's BBQ Chicken Dinner from 5:30-8 p.m. on Tuesday, July 29th at the Town Commons to benefit the purchase of an electronic scoreboard. Ticket reservations at $7 per dinner must be made by July 10th. Click BBQ For Scoreboard for more information.

    Thanks to Steve Morgan, a member of the Grand Island Fire Company who sent this link to a nice group of photos of the Island's trucks and vehicles over the years. Click Fire Trucks and note the original town hall that became the firehall in the background of the first photo and also Ev and Carl Alt's house on Whitehaven behind the second picture. That first engine, “Engine 1,” a 1938 Buffalo/Chevrolet 500 GPM, will be driving in tomorrow's July 4th parade.

    If you're new to the Island and wondering what will be going on here tomorrow, July 4th, be sure to read the "Grand Island's Independence Day" story featured on the front page of this week's Grand Island e-News. According to Town Recreation Director Linda Tufillaro, our senior citizens from the Golden Age Center will present a salute to the American flag, Rotary Club members will be parading in lobster costumes as a tribute to their upcoming lobster fest, and a wedding party will be running in the Dick Bessel Road Race. For the story, click Grand Island's Independence Day. You can also click "Parade Lineup" for all the units taking part in the parade.

    The holiday weekend and the class reunions for the Grand Island High School classes of "1973", "1978", "1983" and "1993" are bringing a lot of people "home" to the Island. Have fun, play safe, fly your flag and remember what we are celebrating!

    June 26, 2003

    "The Sidway Girls," a group of nine friends who date back to first grade at Sidway School, took a trip to Williamsburg, VA in May. Shown front left are Kathy MacDonald McKenzie, Donna Horner Anderson, "Martha Washington" and Trudy Reimann O'Connor. In the back from left are Susan Nailor Bauer, Marianne Lehane Ward and Carol Senn Dusenbury. Unable to travel with the "Girls" this year were Ginni Narad Parsons, Sherrie Mitchell Wendling and Janet Mistretta Goodsell. Click the photo for a larger view.

    What a nice tribute to Beatrice Hillock who celebrated her 80th birthday on June 8th with a surprise breakfast at the Holiday Inn with all of her eight children attending. Happy birthday, Bea!

    Best wishes newlyweds. Kyle L. Goss and Thomas J. Rusert were married Friday in Whitehaven Road Baptist Church. Patricia A. Goss of Grand Island and Kevin K. Goss of Niagara Falls are the bride's parents. Mr. and Mrs. Thomas E. Rusert of Grand Island are parents of the groom.~~~~Danielle R. Kinney and Karl W. Neuhaus were married Saturday, June 26th. The bride's parents are Ingrid and Keith Kinney. Ann Wren and Dr. Walter Neuhaus are parents of the groom. All are of Grand Island.

    A memorial service for Shirley Ann Krzes will be held from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturday, June 28th at the Town Hall Terrace Clubhouse.~~~~Our sincere sympathy to the families of Patricia Tranter McTaggart, Maryan C. Traun and Kenneth W. Staub who passed away this week. Click for complete Death Notices.

    Happy birthday to Margie Robillard, Diane Pembleton and Joshua Billica (today), Judy Schneider, Eric Billica and Kevin Jones (tomorrow), Mary Martin, Richard Crawford and Bryan Kaiser (Saturday), Diane Swick and Bill Gugino (cheers on Sunday), Sue Mallon, Brian Lipp, Norma Cowan, Dorothy Solberg and Katie Smith (all on Sunday), Maxwell Costello (4 on Sunday), Jacqueline Kehoe (6 on Monday), Gary Roesch and Bob Kopf (Tuesday), Margaret Giles (Tuesday), Joseph Michael Cali (his first birthday on Tuesday), Wilma Greenwood (Wednesday), Georgio Panepinto (21 on Wednesday), Chelsea Robillard (5 on Wednesday) and Mary Fleischmann and Michele Fred (Wednesday).~~~~A belated happy birthday to Jennifer "Wood" Roberts who celebrated with two cakes and a party on the 21st and a very happy 45th birthday to Larry Playfair who celebrated on the 23rd.

    Wouldn't you just love to have this cake? One of our newest advertisers, Sue Berger at Flower A Day Florist, is the creator of this cake and given 24 hours, she will make something similar just for you! Click for the Flower A Day website.

    To those of you who attended and took pictures at Miss Cathy's dance recital over the weekend - I would be glad to post them here at the Grand Island e-News at Isledegrande.com. You may stop by with them or attach to an email to me at teddy@giecom.net~~~~And speaking of the dance recital, those of us in the "We're In the Money" number, including Tracy Goc, Kathleen Ford, Nicole Butcher, Tom Pollard, Darlene DiCristina, Jill Knickerbocker, Sonja Miller, Christina Crowley and myself, encourage all wannabe adult tappers to join a class at Cathy Thomas' Dance Academy in the fall.~~~~My biggest laughs after our Saturday evening performance came from meeting up with Tom and Mike McDonough, their sister, Kate and mother Pat and several spouses! The conversation revolved around Pat's boys when they were kids in our neighborhood several decades ago! Now Tom has moved back into the neighborhood with his wife, Linda and two young daughters.

    Best wishes to longtime Isle residents Tom and Shirley Gilmore who are celebrating their 50th wedding this Saturday, June 28th, and also to Evelyn and Joe "Luke" Lukasiewicz Sr. who will be married 26 years on Sunday, June 29th.

    Dave and Nancy Amato were completely surprised last Saturday when they walked into a party in honor of their 25th wedding anniversary. That's Dave and his bride who was easily able to slip into her 25-year-old wedding dress! Click the photo for a larger view.

    Looking Back 50 years - A storm that hit Grand Island at 7:30 p.m. July 1, 1953 was said to be the worst in 50 years. One of the hardest hit was the Henry Schutt farm at Stony Point and Bedell roads. The barn was severly damaged, the house roof pierced, and several magnificent trees on the front lawn were blown down. Lighting at the Grand Island Playhouse Wednesday night was supplied by volunteer firemen who set up their auxiliary power unit at the theater. Ernest Consier of Ransom Road had 50% of his 112 acres of wheat damaged by the storm with a net loss expected to amount to between $2000 and $3000.

    Looking Back 40 years - A tour of the new Grand Island High School, attended by over 300, followed the Cornerstone Laying ceremony Saturday, June 29, 1963.~~~~A total of 89 artists exhibited over 1000 paintings at River Lea, the Historical Society's headquarters, on June 28-29, 1963.~~~~Dem Day Dance chairs were Daniel J. McNamee and Charles R. Gollwitzer who provided entertainment through a fashion show with several widely known Grand Island men modeling "the latest in Paris and New York fashions." Democratic Club president was Helen Duquette.

    Looking Back 30 years - The new Holiday Inn on East River Road at Whitehaven opened in the summer of 1973.~~~~Dr. Oscar J. Pultz assumed duties as school district superintendent on July 1, 1973.~~~~Winners of the Kaegebein School Bike Rodeo in June 1973 were Ellen Russell, 10 of East Park and Kevin Sommer, 7 of LaSalle Avenue. Co-chairs were Parker Eldridge and Eugene Dinsmore.~~~~The newly organized Women's Softball League got underway at the Sidway School diamond on Thursday, June 28, 1973 when Bobbi McNulty and Marsha Fred each had a home run.

    Attention: Buffalo Air Defense members stationed on the Island from the 1950s until the site closed. A reunion is planned for July 19-20th at the Holiday Inn on East River Road. For more information, click Island's Air Defense Base Reunion

    Congratulations to Myrna Blair who has been elected an At-large member of the Erie County Association of School Boards.~~~~Congratulations to Grand Island's Kevin Maras, who competed in street class and won the recent O'Reilly 200 NASCAR truck series race at Memphis.

    Good news! Lois Morgan who was critically injured in a car accident last month, is back on the Island and doing better everyday.

    Kaegebein School PTA Board Member Cheryl Lotempio is asking the community for the loan of any old photos in connection with the celebration of Kaegebein School's 50th anniversary. Cheryl's email address is cheryl.m.lotempio@usdoj.gov and her phone number is 774-8832.

    This is a major weekend for things to do on the Island. The Grand Crafts On The Island" Craft Show featuring over 60 quality crafters, will open at 10 a.m. on Saturday and continue through Sunday and will feature food and music. The Chamber of Commerce Island Happening in front of Tops will include KidBiz and a hot dog sale by the Youth Ambassadors on Saturday. Details are in our GINY.US Forum events calendar.

    June 19, 2003
    A speedy recovery to good friend Barbara Anderson who arrived from Florida last weekend for her annual summer visit and unfortunately fell and broke her shoulder. Notes and cards of cheer may be sent to her daughter, Carol Riley's home where Barb will be staying as soon as she recuperates from surgery.~~~~Glad to hear that Chuck Cole is on the road to recovery after a very serious operation.~~~~Friends of accident victim, Robert "Harry" Milkas are reminded that the benefit for Harry is being held Saturday at Jell-ee's Bar. Click
    Harry for complete information.

    It gives me great pleasure to wish Joanne and Dr. Ted Rayhill a very happy 50th anniversary today and many more years together.

    A complete cleanup of Grand Island Blvd. this Saturday from 9 a.m. to noon is open to everyone. Cleaner-uppers will meet at the town hall and as an incentive, lunch and "Community Sweep" T-shirts will be provided through the courtesy of local businesses and politicians. Click for Community Sweep Sponsors.

    Erin Alyssa Slotiuk and Russell Franklin Mesmer were married Saturday in Trinity United Methodist Church. Nathaniel and Janel Slotiuk are parents of the bride and Robert and Joy Mesmer are parents of the groom. Erin and Russell will live on the Island after returning from a trip to Hawaii. Best wishes, newlyweds.

    Among those winning a free dinner at the Buffalo Launch Club on Father's Day was Bob Dee. The contest was to throw a football through a hoop while standing a good distance from the goal.~~~~And speaking of the Buffalo Launch Club, click our Business Page for details on Rose Liquor Store owner Mike Hachee's next wine dinner being held in the Club by reservation only on Thursday, June 26th.

    Kearney Erhard, a 5th grader at Huth Road Elementary, is the Spelling Bee Champion for his school. His aunt, Tiffany Luescher, and grandparents Nancy and Tom Luescher are very proud of him. Congratulations, Kearney!~~~~Congratulations are also in order for Grand Island's Girls Lacross Coach Nicole Marabella who was just named the WNY Coach of the Year.

    Ora Glor, who turned 91 on June 10th, celebrated her birthday with most of her children and a few close friends of theirs on Friday evening. In town for the occasion were Bernie Glor Pagliaro, Barbara Glor Martin, Elizabeth Glor Allen, and Eugene Glor. Son and daughter, Peter and Ellen were not able to attend. The party was held at River Oaks where Ora was thrilled to have Don Burns play piano, just as he did for her 80th and 90th birthday.

    The Kum On In store, which has featured used children's clothing since 1981 in the Trinity UM Church will be closed for good on June 30th. Longtime Island resident Ruth Muck spearheaded the opening of the store in 1981 and has stayed with it over the years. For the complete story, click Ruth Muck.

    Happy birthday to Omar Sortino (today), Nancy Dahlquist (turning six today), Bob Beach (cheers to Bob on turning 80 tomorrow), our son Jim Linenfelser (his 34th tomorrow), Justin Frentzel (double digits - 10 years old tomorrow), Mary Loder (Saturday), Keelan Erhard (8 on Monday), Pat Vandermey and Pat Arcouet (special greetings on Tuesday), Jim Brice and Diane Mahfoud (Tuesday).

    Looking Back 50 years - The Sidway School 9th grade Class of 1953 graduated in the new William Kaegebein School auditorium. The 35-member class was the largest ever. Doris Harding (Watson) played an accordian solo. Class salutatorian Barbara DeGlopper (Butterworth) and Class President Joan Lafferty (Kivet) played a duet, "Tales From the Vienna Woods." School Board Chairman William Kaegebein who presented his own daughter, Hazel Kaegebein DeGlopper, with her diploma 29 years earlier, presented his granddaughter Barbara DeGlopper with her 9th grade diploma.~~~~Edwin J. Wetter, 59, drowned in the West River near his Oak Harbor Road home on the evening of Friday, June 19, 1953. He was helping move a plank left by electricians in the boathouse owned by Walter C. Weed when he lost his balance, and fell into 8 foot of water. Joining Weed in the successful search for the body were Mel Rupp, 17 of Oakfield Road, Steven Lapey, 14 of Oak Harbor and John Carl, 22 of Buffalo. Dr. Victor Nowalk, O. D., of Oakfield Road began artificial respiration until the Fire Company arrived with a resuscitator.

    Looking Back 40 years - The Grand Island Theater Group's "Mr. Roberts" cast in June of 1963 included Martin Prast, Richard Trotter, Tom Boehm, Nick Paige, Jack Costanzo, Ted Sobolewski, Merton McElroy, Ted Goodman and Harold Carlson.~~~~Margaret Villano of East River Road won the graduate award in an intercollegiate scenics design competition sponsored by the Southern Illinois University. Margaret won a first prize of $100 for her design of seven sets for Elmer Rice's play, "The Adding Machine."~~~~Supervisor George L. Thorne, speaking at the dinner meeting of all service clubs in the Buffalo Launch Club in June 1963 came up with the suggestion of a community swimming pool sponsored by the service clubs.~~~~Mesmer's Dairy Bar on Love Road closed in June of 1963. Flora Benns, one of the well known cooks during the 10 years the place was in operation, has some fond memories of the many people who came in on a daily basis. And if you were a teen living on the Island in those days, you probably looked forward to enjoying hot fudge sundaes, Mexican and black and white sundaes, great shakes and sodas or drinking Coke and playing the jukebox. Remember?

    Looking Back 30 years - Norm Mondry, proprietor of Island Lanes, had an artificial ice rink installed by the "Slick" Company and held an open house at the Lanes in June 1973.~~~~Paul Kavanaugh, 22, discharged from the Marine Corps from Hawaii after a four-year hitch, rode a ten-speed bike from Los Angeles to Grand Island, nearly 3000 miles, to meet his family.~~~~David Tompkins, 11 and John Hobby, 8, were winners of the JC Bike Rodeo held at the Huth Road Elementary School and sponsored by the VFW and the JCs.~~~~Douglas Messing opened his "Oz Shop" on Grand Island Blvd. which emphasized men's gifts among other things.~~~~Neisner's held a ribbon cutting for its expanded and newly opened giant sized store on June 21, 1973.

    Looking Back 20 years - At least 350 Sidway School students watched as helium balloons carrying messages of "Hello, Huth" and "Hello, Kaegebein" were released at the school as a way for the students, faculty and staff to say good bye to their Sidway School building, which closed as a school for a ten-year period.~~~~Retiring principal Catherine DiVizio, with the Island school district 38 years, was honored by the Sidway PTA with a NYS PTA Service Award.

    Looking Back 10 years - Del & Herb's Grand Island Grill was sold to Ilona Lang in June 1993.~~~~Arlene Lewis, a reading specialist with the Amherst schools, was appointed principal of Sidway Elementary School which would reopen in September of 1993 after being closed as a school for ten years.

    Our sincere sympathy to the family of Hazel Quint, Henry Rattman and former resident Donald R. Wietan who passed away on June 13th and 14th respectively. Click for complete Death Notices.

    Connor Middle School 8th grader Ian O'Rourke, an Olympic hopeful, holds 2nd place in New York State High School Diving and 1st place in Sectionals diving. A fundraiser to help with Ian's Olympic expenses is being held 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. Saturday at Tim's Sunoco Station on Love Road where car washes, hot dogs, and Pepsi will be offered.

    A first for Grand Island, the Relay For Life will take place at Grand Island High School, 1100 Ransom Road, tomorrow beginning at 4 p.m. and continuing on until 8:00 a.m. Saturday morning.~~~~Island members of the Disabled American Veterans (DAV) will be passing out "Forget Me Not" Flower this weekend and accepting donations at Tops Market, Wilson Farms, HSBC Bank and M&T Bank.~~~~Cathy Thomas of Miss Cathy's Dance Academy will present her annual dance review 7:30 p.m. Friday and Saturday in the High School auditorium where students from tots to grandparents will perform.~~~~A long list of upcoming events is listed on our GINY.US Forum calendar, including the "Grand Crafts On The Island" craft show and the Chamber of Commerce "Isle Happenings" next weekend.

    June 12, 2003
    "Lucky," this clever little Westie dog, was photographed by his owner, Diane Hassan, Tuesday morning. In his zest to chase down squirrels, he's learned to climb fences. Apparently he figures that if the squirrels can run on power lines, he can run on fences. Click the pictures for a better look at "Lucky!"

    Welcome, Brandon William Loder, born June 7, 2003 to Jeff and Jennifer Loder weighing in at seven pounds, 15 1/2 ounces and measuring 22 1/2 inches tall. Brandon is the grandson of Nancy and Bill Weis, Judy Loder and Don and Karen Loder, and the great grandson of Don Loder Sr.

    Adrian's Custard and Beef, our newest sponsor, with be the site of the visiting Kiss 98.5 radio crew who will broadcast live this Tuesday evening from 7-11 p.m.

    A very happy birthday to Dr. Francis Carr who will celebrate his 90th birthday tomorrow.

    A speedy recovery to "Treasurers" writer Ruth Stahl who is recuperating from surgery and to former resident Lance Kohn Sr. who is having some serious health problems.

    Kentucky residents Ehde Beth (Stamler) Parrish and her husband, Ernest, have been visiting on the Island for the past few weeks. I had the pleasure of spending some time with EhdeBeth, an Island native and 1938 graduate of Charlotte Sidway School and will be sharing some her old Island photos with my readers.

    Former Isle residents Mike and Dodie Meyer of Kenmore are extremely proud of their granddaughter, Heather Meyer who will graduate from Kenmore East High School with a 101.13% grade point average. Click Heather Meyer to see just how well she has done. Heather is also the great granddaughter of the late William and Bernice Dekdebrun of Grand Island.

    Our sincere sympathy to the families of Mary Morrisey, Betty (Stratton) Johnson, Bettyjean Hubbard, Pam Coyle and former resident Francis J. Lapine who passed away this week. Click for complete Death Notices.

    Happy birthday to Lynn Schutt and Pat Mikulsky (today), Randy Whitbeck (his 48th today!), Dorothy Ahern (her 80th tomorrow), Ryan Harnden (a teenager tomorrow), Evan Harnden (tomorrow), Kayla Lee Staub (3 tomorrow), David Conboy (9 on Saturday), Tommy Dzielski (entering his teens on Sunday), Betty Ashley (Sunday), Jacob Olszewski (16 on Wednesday) and Samantha Dinsmore (her 13th birthday on Wednesday).

    Congratulations to Joe Gadawski Sr. who had a hole-in-one on the 185-yard eighth hole at River Oaks, with a 5-wood.~~~~Sue and Ray Whitbeck are very proud of their granddaughter, Tanya Violanti and want to congratulate her on her graduation from Grand Island High School next week. Congratulations to Tanya and to all of our 2003 graduates from Grand Island High. Commencement takes place in Kleinhan's Music Hall on Thursday, June 26th.

    Marking their 40th wedding anniversary on Sunday are Ken and Marilyn Lewis. Bob and Ann Marie Stewart are celebrating their 25th anniversary on June 16th. Tamie and Jeff Matthews are celebrating their fourth anniversary today. Best wishes to everyone.

    Looking Back 50 years - The Cub Pack 254 Circus was held at the Grandyle Village playground on June 13, 1953. The parade was led by two of the Gardner children on horseback and the ringmaster was Felix J. Grycel, father of John and Robert. The circus theme was "Peter Pan" and Rickie Sturm played the part. Among others involved were Jim Killian, Wayne Hallett, Ronnie Anderson, Barbara Smith, David Sturm, Clifford Smith and Paul Markstrom.~~~~The Grand Island Playhouse opened in June 1953 for its sixth consecutive season. Grand Island artist Charlotte Bruce had a display of her water colors, mostly Island studies, inside the barn that housed the theater.~~~~Chamber of Commerce members elected Jerome I. Thirion president.~~~~Twenty-six family members attended a breakfast party at Don and Bernice Dinsmore's home on Whitehaven Road in honor of son Jimmy Dinsmore's first communion in St. Stephen's Church.~~~~Among Clara Mueller Pankow's students performing in her piano recital June 14, 1953 in Trinity Fellowship Hall were Lynn Cullin (Euse), Joan Hanna (Johnston), Charles Hall, Jack Boehm, Annette Boehm (Fuhr), Diane Harding (Swick), JoAnn Radius (Vanderheite) and Rosemary Loth (Fischer).~~~~Newly ordained Rev. Richard Baker conducted his first service at St. Martin-in-the-Fields Church on June 14, 1953.~~~~Betsy Kinsey (Sims), Janie Costin (Rocks), Dick Titterington and Mary Ann Gross (Bishara) had speaking parts in the Children's Day worship service in Trinity Church in June of 1953 when over 400 adults and children attended. A brass ensemble composed of David and Charles Pinkow, Roy Campbell, David Ames, Sharon Bauer, John Hall, Michael Senf and Carlton Schutt played a meditation. Barbara Glor (Martin) gave a cello solo.

    Looking Back 40 years - Street cars, serving as tourist cabins since 1938 on Express Highway at Staley Road, site of today's Burger King Restaurant, were burned out and the metal frames hauled away in the spring of 1963. Left standing was the building housing Bridgeview Produce and Ernie's Meat Market.
    Click the "early" Arner's Tourist Camp photo for larger view.~~~~The Island's Democratic Committee endorsed its chairman, Raymond P. Griffin, as its candidate for supervisor in the November 1963 election.~~~~Students of Norma Ferrara's Dance Studio presented the ballet, "Coppelia" in the Huth Road School auditorium on June 14-15, 1963.~~~~Ray Carline's new market at 2069 Baseline Road, across from St. Stephen's, opened with a ribbon cutting on June 13, 1963. The store carried an extensive line of meat, fish, and cooked foods for wholesale and retail.

    Looking Back 30 years - Eric Davis, a 5th grader at Huth Road Elementary School, was the pie eating winner at the June 6, 1973 Huth Road field day. Eric represented Mrs. Pat Bulan's class. Huth Road School teacher Jean Cudmore was pictured in the local, weekly paper wearing accumulated ribbons won by her class.~~~~Bernard Wojtkowski presented a full-length motion picture dealing with a portion of President Steven Grover Cleveland's first term in the White House to Historical Society President Pat Bulan on June 14, 1973 in Riverlea.

    "Chester," Betty Harnden's cat, is missing. Click Missing Kitty for a complete discription.

    Rotary Club members are holding their annual Hot Dog Days in front of Tops on Friday and Saturday so be sure to stop by for hot dogs and soft drinks.~~~~RiverLea, the Historical Society's headquarters in Beaver Island Park will be open from 2-4 p.m. on Sunday. RiverLea was not open last Sunday as stated here. Sorry for any inconvenience this may have caused.~~~~Parishioners of Island United Presbyterian Church will hold their Annual Lawn Sale from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday.~~~~Boy Scout Joe Fusco III, as part of his Eagle Scout project, will hold a flag retirement ceremony 9 a.m. Saturday at the Town Commons.~~~~Click our Events Calendar for further information on Island events.

    June 5, 2003
    What's new on the Island?
    McMahon's Family Restaurant on the Boulevard has just opened its "Island Twist" where soft ice cream, hard ice cream in several of flavors, fat free yogurt and rainbow sherbet will be available. Emmmmmm good!!

    All Grand Island High School Class Reunion information is posted on our Class Reunion Pages. Reunion plans for the classes of 1973, 1978, 1983, 1988 and 1993 are listed on their individual pages and even the Class of 1979 has announced a reunion for summer 2004. Check it out.

    Don Burns continues to play his ragtime piano tunes he is so famous for from 6-9 p.m. every Friday evening at River Oaks. Thanks to Don, and to River Oaks for sponsoring the Grand Island e-News at Isledegrande.com. Check out their websites by clicking Don Burns and River Oaks Club House.

    Don Allen, a descendent of the Williams family of Fix Road, stopped by my office yesterday. Though most of the Williams family land has been sold, Don is making sure that one small piece, still owned by descendents, stays forever in the family. His great grandparents, John and Mary Williams, came to Grand Island in the 1840s and bought land in the area of Baseline and Webb roads.

    Jim Richards, first full-time pastor of Island Presbyterian Church on Huth Road, signed our Guestbook this week and would love to hear from church members who remember him.

    Our sincere sympathy to the families of Barbara Nutting, John D. "Don" Walsh and Leona C. Plewinski who recently passed away. Click for complete Death Notices.

    Be sure to check out our In The Service page for letters that are beginning to come in to us from our troops serving overseas and here in the states. This week we received letters from Brent Helman who looks forward to being home for the 4th of July, and Greg Gelz who is most appreciative of the package he received through the love of the VFW Post 9249 Ladies Auxiliary.

    A big happy birthday to good old friend Gilman Clarke who turns the big 5-0 on Saturday. Happy birthday and best wishes to Marilyn Lewis who celebrates another milestone on Sunday. Happy birthday to Karen Vanthoff and Rebecca Paesonesse (yesterday), Brendan Sheehan (5 yesterday), Michael Stewart (21 today), Cheryl Klocke and Ehde Beth (Stamler) Parrish (today), Jim Lange (tomorrow), Daniel Olszewski (10 tomorrow), JoAnn Burrows (tomorrow), Victoria Aronica (4 on Saturday), Cathryn Hilliard (a teenager on Sunday), Dan Rees (his 50th on Sunday), Melva Alt (celebrating her 92nd birthday Saturday), Maura Rustowitz (cheers on Tuesday), Jeff Stone and Jim Hallett (Tuesday), Ora Glor Newton (celebrating her 91st birthday on Tuesday), Chris Beyer, Carol Farley and Paul Malecki (Wednesday), Michael Avery (10 on Wednesday), Patrick Ryan (entering his teens on Wednesday), and John Glose (a big one Wednesday).

    Happy anniversary to our son and daughter-in-law Jim and Laury Fred, married six years on Saturday, and to Sharon and Jim Thompson who will celebrate their 40th anniversary on Sunday. Trish and Mike Cope, Dave and Nancy Amato and Sheila and Don Wietan are all wished the very best on their silver wedding anniversaries. The Copes, the Amatos and the Wietans all tied the knot on June 10, 1978.

    Joshua Gary Sankes and his bride, the former Amy Michelle Nelson were married Saturday, May 31st in the Chautauqua Institution's Hall of Philosophy. The groom, who stands seven feet, one inch, is a basketball player, and spent this past season leading a Turkish league in rebounding and finished second in the Most Valuable Player voting. He played center on a team, "Tekel." Mr. Sankes is the son of Island residents Gary S. and Heidi Sankes. Best wishes, newlyweds.

    Mary Malecki Zerilli   Norine Zuchowski - 1953 Ninth Grade Sidway School Graduates
    Looking Back 50 years - The Sidway School Field Day was held on the afternoon of Friday, June 5, 1953. Among the winners were Mary Malecki (Zerilli) and Noreen Zuchowski who won the three-legged race. Mary also won the standing broad jump. Proceeds of the day of outdoor competition and skits went into the gym fund for new equipment.~~~~Rob Roy MacLeod, Island resident and author of Cinderella Island at the time, was the principal speaker at the dedication of the new William Kaegebein School on June 7, 1953.

    Looking Back 40 years - Little League opening day was held on Saturday, June 6, 1963. The parade of players into the Staley Road field was led by the Sidway Jr. High School band directed by Bill Pinkow, and Grand Island's baton twirling corps, the Islettes, under the direction of yours truly, Teddy Klingel (Linenfelser).~~~~Shirley Schultz became the first Grand Island Junior/Senior High School PTA president for the school which was to open in September 1963.~~~~The town's newest activity for boys, the Grand Island Tyro Football League, was being spearheaded by Ed Lewis.

    Looking Back 30 years - Veronica Connor was the guest speaker of the eighth annual town prayer breakfast sponsored by the Citizens Committee on Saturday, June 9, 1973 and held at the Knights of Columbus Hall. Miss Connor based her remarks on the necessity for a re-dedication and reflective pause in our split second world. "Most people today are on a schedule that would make the "Indy 500" seem slow," she said. Commander Tom Collins of the VFW Post 9249 also spoke.~~~~Norm Mrkall won a primary election June 4, 1973 with a vote of 713-449 when he ran against a Republican endorsed candidate for highway superintendent.

    Looking Back 15 years - Mike Carr opened the Village Inn for the first time on June 7, 1988.

    A Chiavetta's Chicken BBQ takes place at Trinity UM Church on Saturday from 4-7 p.m. Check our Events Calendar for all Island happenings!~~~~Looking for garage sales? Be sure to click and check our Garage Sales Galore On Grand Island for a list of 21 sales and block sales taking place Friday, Saturday and Sunday. Enjoy the weekend.

    May 29, 2003
    Weren't we blessed with good weather over the Memorial Day weekend? We started ours off by attending the Niagara Falls Little Theater's "Over The Tavern," in the Riviera Theater featuring good friend Elizabeth Beach and directed by John Quakenbush, both Island residents and both deserving several dozen bouquets for a job well done.

    My sister, Mary Stewart and her husband, Jim have just completed their cross country trip from California to visit family and friends in the area. Friends wanting to get in touch with the Stewarts should email me.

    Received a nice note from Brent M. Helman A1C USAF, who keeps up with the Island news through our Isledegrande site. Referring to our "Islanders In The Service" page, Brent wrote, "It is a great feeling to look through and see all my former peers in arms with me. It reminds me what I am fighting for." Brent is a member of the Grand Island High School Class of 2001.~~~~Also received a note in reference to last week's mention of the Howdy Doody Show website. My Love Road childhood neighbor
    Eric Stefik writes that "Michael, Mark and Ricky Stefik were in the Peanut Gallery of the Howdy Doody Show in December 1956, making their debut on early color television, and wearing bright colored shirts hoping that Grandma Stefik would recognize them back home in Niagara Falls."

    Please pray for the recovery of Lois Morgan who was injured in a car accident last week. She is in Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center's Intensive Care Unit, S705, 621 10th Street, Niagara Falls, NY 14301. Send her a card and let her know you're thinking about her.~~~~A speedy recovery to Al Bykowicz who is home after a nine-day stay in the Cardiac Care Unit at Millard Fillmore Gates Circle Hospital. Cards for Al, who has had emergency bypass surgery, may be sent to his home at 2559 Stony Point Road, Grand Island, NY 14072.~~~~The address for Robert "Harry" Milkas, listed here last week, was incorrect. Get well cards for Harry should be mailed to 328 County Rte. 101, Selkirk, NY 12158.

    I was so sorry to hear of the death of Kitty Zilliox this week. Our sympathy her family. Click for complete Death Notice.

    Former Redway Road resident, Thom Hatch, is now a prominent writer and is featured on our "Islanders In the News" page this week. Thom, whose family moved into their brand new house on Redway in 1953, remembers playing Little League baseball from the first year it came to Grand Island in 1957. His other childhood memories were of Boy Scout Troop 254 and "roaming the woods and the riverbanks and fishing with my friends, Buz Czerwinski, Doug Godfrey, and Larry Nacke, among others." Thom is hoping someone out there may have email addresses for his friends. If you do, click Thom Hatch and let him know.

    Pat Michel Geiger is on the committee for the Kensington High School Class of 1953 reunion which is planned for Friday, Sept. 26th at Salvatore's Italian Gardens. If you are a member of Kensington's Class of '53 and haven't been notified yet, give Pat a call at 773-4777.

    Happy 10th birthday to Liam Dodd who celebrates the double digits today.~~~~Also wished the best on their birthdays are Victor Beach, Pam Fries and Sharon Bauer (today), Zachary Bowerman (8 today), Hollis "Chip" Boss (a milestone today), Linda Facklam (tomorrow), Michael Dinsmore (a teenager tomorrow), Tammy Gorman and Terry Swain (Sunday), Jenny O'Donnell (Sweet 16 on Sunday) and Pat Pullano and Sid Cohen (Tuesday's their big day!).

    Good luck to Mike Feathers and Jenny Rogan who advance to state competition in the Section VI Track and Field Meet being held tomorrow and Saturday at JFK. Mike, a junior, is competing in the pentathlon. Jenny, a member of the Class of 2003, will be running the 100 relay and 400 relays despite hamstring injuries sustained in a recent meet.~~~~Looking for a softball team? The Grand Island Vipers girls 16-under fast pitch traveling team is accepting players. For complete information, Doug Carlson (773-2287) is the man to call.

    Happy anniversary to the Slotiuks. Nat and Janel Hopper Slotiuk are celebrating their 30th wedding anniversary on June 2nd.

    Looking Back 40 years - Rotary Club members in 1963 elected new president Larry Runions. Other very involved members were Ted Goodman, Vincent Daigler, Jack Prentice, immediate past president Francis Dunn, Bob Orchard, Lou Titsworth and Ray Griffin.~~~~Ilona Lang held an open house for her real estate business which recently located in a new building at 1770 Grand Island Blvd.~~~~Marble Hall, built before the turn of the century along the East River just south of Cox Road, was demolished by the State of New York on Sunday, June 2, 1963 to make room for the Beaver Island Golf Course. For photos, see our "Old Photo Album."

    Looking Back 30 years - Members of the Grand Island Water Buffaloes, a swim team coached by Jim Boettcher, included Linda and Cindy Kline, Scott Russell and Linda and Lee Allen.~~~~Class Day Co-chairs Mike Costello, Sylvia Fibich and Winanne Whiting organized the class breakfast, skits, awards, and the class picnic at Beaver Island. The class song, "Memories of Our Lives," was written by Tim Montgomery, a member of the Class of '73.

    Attention Classes of 1978 and 1988. Click Class of 1978 or Class of 1988 for the latest news on your class reunions.

    The Grand Island Alumni Association will hold an organizational meeting 7 p.m. Wednesday, June 4th in the Grand Island Memorial Library community room. The meeting is open to everyone who has the spirit of our schools at heart. Click for the Alumni Association Page.

    Please remember that the School District Budget Vote and School Board Election is being held from 10 a.m. to 9 p.m. Tuesday, June 3rd in the Grand Island High School gymnasium. Voters are asked to park in the back of the high school and reminded that only the rear entrance will be open.

    May 22, 2003
    Extra special good wishes go out to Island native Catherine Long who will celebrate her 80th birthday on Saturday, May 24th. A speedy recovery to Cathy who suffered a broken bone in a fall a few weeks ago.

    Former residents Larry and
    Dawn (Merrill) Hillock have written to announce their new grandchild, Erika Lynn Mines. Erika Lynn was born May 2nd to Rodney and Deanna (Hillock) Mines of Warner Robins, GA. Weighing in at six pounds, and measuring 19 inches, the baby girl is the great grandaughter of Dorothy and Dick Lovelee and Beatrice Hillock of Grand Island.

    Did you guess who these Sidway grade schoolers are? There were no correct answers last week, so here are their names:
    Norm Mrkall Sr.     Noel Dilliot        Sandra Stamler     Tom Duncan
    By the way, when Tom saw his picture here this week, he emailed me and has promised to loan me some old Island photos.~~~~The girls in the first two photos shown in the May 8th column are Jean Webb Bleich (left) and Joan Livingston Fred. Though Earl DeGlopper Sr. knew the girls, it was Sandie Rall Smith who won the Sesquicentennial Program Book for "emailing" the correct answer. Evidently Sandie took the book to work and enjoyed reading it so much that she never noticed the burning smell when the fan to her computer went off and burned up the power supply!

    Lisa Otto, an honor roll student at Grand Island High School, received an honorable mention for her play, "The Art of Forgiving," in the annual "Write to Be Heard" contest of KidShowCo, the youth program directed by Alleyway Theatre in downtown Buffalo. The competition drew thirty entries.

    If you're nearing or over 50 and looking for a little nostalgia, click Howdy Doody Time to hear the original clips of Buffalo Bob Smith asking "Say Kids, what time it?" and Howdy's song, "It's Howdy Doody Time."

    Do you want a lush, green, weed-free lawn? Bob Funk's Funk Lawn Care is the place to go. Thanks, Bob, for being a Isledegrande.com sponsor.

    Michael James Prosser and Maureen Lynn Hoolihan were married Saturday, May 17th. Michael, a Grand Island High School graduate, and his bride were honored at a reception in the Sandy Beach Yacht Club. The groom's parents are Lawrence and Joanne Prosser of Grand Island.~~~~Dr. Brian Robert Schnell, a 1987 graduate of Grand Island High School, was married to Chizuru Homma on Friday, May 16th in Hawaii. Dr. Schnell, the son of Robert W. and Sandy Schnell, is a pathologist and lieutenant commander with the U.S. Navy. His bride is a second year student at Tokyo's Chuo University. They will live in Japan.~~~~Best wishes newlyweds.

    Marie and Anthony Amato celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary on May 16th when their children treated them to dinner, a complete surprise, at Schimschack's Restaurant.~~~~It was on May 23, 1953, just 50 years ago, that Sue and Ray Whitbeck tied the knot in Niagara Falls - and are still so happy they did! Congratulations and happy anniversary to the Amatos and the Whitbecks.~~~~Best wishes to Spike and Patty Vampotic who are celebrating their 30th wedding anniversary on Sunday, May 25th.~~~~Happy anniversary also to Kristen and Joseph Kuszczak who are marking their fifth anniversary today.

    Nancy Anderson is requesting that friends of former resident Robert "Harry" Milkas send "get well" cards to him at the following address: 328 County Rte. 101, Selkirk, NY 12158. Nancy, whose mission is to bombard him with his friends' get well wishes and cards of encouragement, is also asking for your thoughts and prayers for Harry.

    Have you visited our new Island forum, GINY.US, "Grand Island's Meeting Place?" For Island memories and lots more, just click GINY.US. Some of the names of those who have written of favorite places and fun things they did way back when are Fred Claus, Pat Kratz , Pat Elmes, Randy White, Gary Larsen, Ted Stewart, Jodi Hayes Dodd, "Puppet" DiTullio and Pat Gill.

    Larry Geary was born 50 years ago today and we wish him well on his 50th birthday.~~~~Happy birthday to former resident Clement Rusch who is now residing in Hendersonville, TN and celebrating his milestone birthday tomorrow.~~~~A very happy birthday to Paula Sciuk and Molly Powers (Sunday), Marissa Cooney (her 21st birthday Sunday), Liz Wilbert (Monday), Ray Pauley (cheers on Tuesday), Janet Redinger (Tuesday), Molly Constance Mason (2 years old on Tuesday), Pat Shaw and Carlton Schutt (Wednesday) and Kay Haller (her 87th birthday on Wednesday).

    Looking Back 50 years - Grandyle Village children in their decorated bikes, wagons and taylor tots joined the Grand Island Drum Corps and the American Legion Color Guard in their annual parade around the East Park/Love Road block on Memorial Day.~~~~Vern and Bea Mooney closed the doors of the Mooney Snack Bar, a delicatessan they opened in October 1947 where they operated a thriving luncheon business for several years. Miss Cathy's Dance Academy is in the same location in what is now the Contract Interiors plaza on the Boulevard.~~~~Though it never materialized, a rezoning request was granted to Joseph Siegel to build a theater on Grand Island Blvd. across from the Esso Station.~~~~Sports night at the fire hall May 28, 1953 featured local boys Art Staley and "Mangler" Dave Mesmer. Dave won over Mel Rugg of Buffalo in 23 minutes, 46 seconds of a 30-minute bout.~~~~Ramblin' Lou Schriver performed at Boy Scout Troop 75's registration roundup May 28, 1953 at Sidway School. Color Guard members were James Hawley, Charles Ford, James Brand and Richard Killian.

    Looking Back 30 years - The Middle School 6th grade Science Fair's blue ribbon winners, including Cindy Bleich, Holly Sharon, Amy Kammerer, Gina Mayo and David Doebert, were treated to a field trip to Canada where they toured the Sir Adam Beck Power Plant and Hydro Museum.

    Looking Back 20 years - The Grand Island Fire Company held an open house for the Company's newly renovated Fire Headquarters in May 1983. Additions included the new alarm room, paramedic/first aid office, conference room, training room, kitchen, recreation room and banquet hall.

    Looking Back 10 years - The long battle to prevent Empire Pipeline Company from constructing a gas pipeline across the Island ended in defeat for the town Wednesday, May 25, 1993 when the US Army Corps of Engineers granted permission for the route.~~~~Peter Podlucky, owner of Podlucky Construction and George Backlund volunteered their time and skills to pour concrete in 10 of the Little League dugouts at the new Veterans Park which was ready and well accepted on opening day.

    Sergeant First Class Eugene F. Dinsmore will be the featured speaker at Memorial Day Services 10 a.m. Monday at the PFC. Charles N. DeGlopper Memorial Park, Grand Island Blvd. and Baseline Road. Gene, an Island native, wrote to say he's looking forward to seeing everyone again and will arrive back on the Island Sunday.

    Our sincere sympathy to the family of Mark Lewis who passed away over the weekend. ~~~~A memorial service for Larry Hagerman will be held at St. Martin-in-the-Fields Church at 11 a.m. Saturday. Click for complete Death Notices.

    Please check our Events Calendar for details on the following:

  • Buddy Poppy Drive
  • Memorial Day Run
  • Memorial Day Services

    May 15, 2003

    Boy #1       Boy #2         Girl #3        Boy #4
    Can you identify these Charlotte Sidway School students? You could win a Sesquicentennial Program book of Island history and photos if you email me at
    teddy@giecom.net with the four correct names. The girls pictured here last week and the week before really fooled my readers. We will make the announcement next week so as to give a few more people a chance to show just how far back they go in being able to name the two little girls of the early 1940s, who, by the way, still live here on the Island!

    Be sure to see the larger photo of Gladys Fix Staffen on her 90th birthday by clicking Islanders In The News.

    James M. Winter, C. P. A. is just one of our many Isledegrande.com sponsors of the Grand Island e-News. Click on Jim's business name and check out his website where he offers tax advice and preparation, estate planning, bookkeeping and accounting, financial planning and more.

    Special greetings to Gene Glor and Bruce Kaiser who are celebrating the same birthday today and tomorrow respectively and to Bill Harrison who celebrates a milestone on May 20th.~~~~A very happy birthday is wished to Councilman Kevin Rustowicz today, Shirley "Tucker" Runckel (cheers on her special birthday today), Brian Minton (3 tomorrow), Angela Gramza (tomorrow), Tina Krzes Arthur (Saturday), Stephanie Senn (9 on Saturday), Marion Pinkow, Nutsy Yensan, Frank Pinzel Sr. and Amanda Goris (Sunday), Chase Ruth-Sue Luthringer (first birthday Sunday), Sandy Caffery, Dick Lovelee and Pattie Frentzel (Monday), Stephanie Rink (Tuesday), Sydney Mae Dworak and Christopher James O'Connor (both turning two on Tuesday), JT Stamler (16 on Wednesday), Steven Parisi (4 on Wednesday) and Lillian Wosilait, Don Beyer and John Loncher (Wednesday).

    Forty-year member and past Audubon president Lincoln Nutting was the recent recipient of the Sheldon E. Merritt Award. Linc was chosen for his decades of accomplishment in strengthening the local Audubon organization to further the cause of conservation.~~~~The Buffalo Audubon's Leadership in Government Award went to Isle resident Paul Leuchner. The award was made in recognition of his commitment to preservation and remediation of water resources, and for his efforts to increase public access to natural attractions.

    Looking Back 65 years - The Grand Island Fire Company held its first regular meeting on May 18, 1938.

    Looking Back 50 years - Miss Barbara Beck (Muratore), 10, was chosen to represent Mrs. Edward Steck's dancing classes at the WNY Council of Dance Masters of America at the Stafford Hotel in Rochester, NY.~~~~The Fire Company's Ladies Auxiliary voted to spend $500 on dishes, purchased a new "Frigidaire" refrigerator at $301.99 and accepted the proposed bid of $2100 for kitchen equipment for the brand new firehall, still very much under construction in May 1953. The Ladies paid off the bill in monthly installments.~~~~Stars of Mrs. Margaret Webster's first grade play, "The Ginger Bread Boy," were Diane DiTullio (Muscoreil), John Staats, David Yensan, George Marin, Patty Dower Hamilton, Kathy Perkins (Keast), Bobby Kaiser and Richard Lozo.~~~~The Edgewater Hotel was sold to Joseph Creighton.~~~~Property winners of the Chamber of Commerce Clean Up, Paint Up, Fix Up Campaign were Evelyn Rankin, 91 Stony Point (grand prize of $15) and Rev. Edward S. Schwegler, St. Stephen's RC Church (2nd place). Other winners were John R. Hall of Greenway Road, Viola Dysinger of Whitehaven Road and Melvina Williams of Fix Road.

    Looking Back 40 years - Ground was broken for the first two of a group of 22 apartment buildings to be constructed across from the town hall on Baseline Road. ~~~~The Chamber of Commerce elected Dr. Joseph P. LaDuca president in May of 1963. Directors elected were Dr. Robert H. Miller, Dr. Bernard P. Giordano, Richard Couch, Ilona Lang, Paul McCarthy, Ronald Sepanski and Robert M. Smith.~~~~The Board of Education announced the appointment of Catherine V. DiVizio principal of Sidway School which would open to kindergarten through 6th grade in the fall of 1963.

    Looking Back 30 years - The School Board accepted with regret the request for retirement from Charles Trautman, a school bus driver for many years.~~~~Amy Valone, 14, who was babysitting for Mr. and Mrs. Gary Salt, averted tradgedy when a fire started in the couple's home. Amy, who had taken a baby-sitting course, wrapped April, 2 and Bradley, 8 months, in blankets and took them outside as firefighters sped to the scene.

    Looking Back 20 years - Mike Wagner, in the May 12, 1983 meet against Niagara Wheatfield, broke the 17-year-old pole vault record of 12 feet, 3 inches set by Joe Woodburn. Mike vaulted 12 feet, 6 inches at the meet, winning the event and breaking the school record.~~~~The Viking Tennis team was the first Grand Island tennis team in 13 years to win the Niagara Division. Coached by Howard Danzer, team members were Tom Whetham, Joe Papalia, Scott Kim, Andy Harbison, Jon Pyc, John Hartrick and Bob Silver.

    Pete Ragnar, a senior at Alfred State and member of its Lacrosse team, has been named to the NJCAA All-America Team. Pete led the defense that allowed only 5.5 goals per game.

    Our sincere sympathy to the families of Larry Hagerman who passed away Friday, May 9th and Deacon John Polizzi who died Tuesday. Complete obituaries appear on our Death Notice Page.

    The Rev. Douglas L. Stewart, co-pastor at St. Timothy Lutheran Church with his wife, Joanne, was featured in the Sunday, May 11, 2003 edition of the Buffalo News. Click Story for Rev. Stewart's sermon titled "One Sheep Is As Good As The Other."

    Paul and MaryJo Soto are celebrating their 2nd wedding anniversary on Sunday. Happy days to the Sotos!

    A speedy recovery to George Rowe who is recuperating from knee surgery.

    Katherine M. Lee and David J. Hesch were married Saturday, May 10th in St. Stephen's Catholic Church. The bride is the daughter of Lester and Diane Lee.~~~~Lisa Abate and Alan Draper were married in St. Stephen's Church on Saturday. Lisa is the daughter of Mario and Ella Abate of Grand Island and Linda Abate of Petaluma, California.~~~~Mark J. Williams and his bride, the former Kathleen M. Pomichter were married in Our Lady of Mount Carmel Catholic Church, Silver Creek on Saturday. The groom is the son of Fred and Donna Williams of Grand Island.

    Applications for the Zonta Club's scholarships for women are due tomorrow (May 16th).~~~~The VFW Ladies and Men's Auxiliaries are serving a chicken BBQ Sunday from 4-7 p.m. at the post.~~~~The Annual Gram's Garage Sale sponsored by the Golden Age Club takes place from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday in the Nike Base Community Center.~~~~Quality Quest and the Riverside-Salem UCC will hold a Perennial Sale and exchange from 4-6 p.m. Sunday at the Environmental Cottage on West River Road.~~~~Please be reminded that the previously scheduled school vote on May 20th has been changed to Tuesday, June 3rd.~~~~Check our Current Events Calendar for details of the events mentioned.

    May 8, 2003

    Girl #1                     Girl #2
    There were no correct guesses last week as to who these two school girls are. Earl DeGlopper Sr. had a good guess but has not emailed me with it! A hint would be that the photos were taken when the school was in its original one-story "ranch style" form, two grades to a classroom. The girls are still living on the Island and their combined number of children is 10, all graduates of Grand Island High School. Email your guess to
    teddy@giecom.net. There are plenty more photos of this era and the more recent 1950s to be added here, so keep watching. You might even see yourself here!

    The Niagara Falls Little Theater's production of "Over The Tavern" opens tomorrow night, May 9 and will feature Grand Island's own Elizabeth Beach. The play is being directed by Island resident John Quakenbush, Vice Chair of the NFLT's Board of Directors. Other Islanders serving on the NFLT's Board are Fran Newton (chairman), Dawn Marcolini Newton and Nancy Watts. For ticket information, click http://www.rivieratheatre.org/new-schedule.html and scroll down.

    Congratulations to Bill Schultz on being named Most Valuable Player on the D'Youville College volleyball team.

    Former Island resident David C. Valenzuela and his bride, Brianna J. Buckley, were married Saturday, May 3, 2003 in Trinity United Methodist Church by Rev. Paul E. Robinson. The groom is the son of Dr. Luis and June Valenzuela of Williamsburg, Virginia.

    Happy birthday to Kari Harding and Hazel Murphy (celebrating today), Jeff Dinsmore (a big one tomorrow), Greg DeMike, Dr. Paul Fields, Greg Golde and our son-in-law Donald Dee (Saturday), Kaitlynn Cook (Sweet 16 on Saturday), Gladys Staffen (her 90th on Sunday), Ava Grace Ackerman (2-years-old on Sunday), David Wilson (25 on Monday), Deno the DJ McGinn, Judy Buzby and Kathy Pollard (Tuesday) and Tom Butler and Jake Wohlfehrt (cheers on Wednesday).

    Looking Back 50 years - Members of the Grand Island Kiwanis Club held a testimonial dinner in honor of Merton H. McElroy of East River Road. Co-chairing the event on May 12, 1953 in the Buffalo Launch Club were John Wheeler and William Goodwin.~~~~Earl and Rita DeGlopper and their 15-month-old son, Earl moved into their new home on Fix Road just 50 years ago. Earl Sr. was happy to move back to the Island where he was born and raised, and Rita became an Islander and was eventually elected to several terms as town clerk.~~~~Elementary grade winners of the Chamber of Commerce Clean Up, Paint Up, Fix Up Poster Contest were Dana Robertson (Cadille), Maury McFee (Davidson), Carolyn Martene (Leggio), Maureen Rindone and Barbara Beck (Muratore). Sidway School sixth grader Peter McMahon won first prize in the Clean Up, Paint Up, Fix Up Essay Contest. Click for complete Winning Essay.

    Looking Back 40 years - Gearjammers President Robert "Mouse" Benton and Vice President Russell Hill were pictured in the weekly paper presenting a check to Peg Thorne, Cancer Crusade chairman. The Town Recreation sponsored auto mechanics group held a record hop which netted $100 for the local Crusade.~~~~Guitar players Lowell Anderson, Jerry Cahill and Cliff Greathouse and drummer Greg Yensan entertained the patients at the Buffalo State Hospital. Do any of my readers remember what the group of Isle teens called themselves?~~~~The new officers installed by the Lions Club in 1963 were President Floyd Robillard, 1st Vice President Job Hollywood, 2nd Vice President Carlton Alt, 3rd Vice President Robert Bates and Treasurer Nick Roeder.

    Looking Back 30 years - Patti Kaiser of Orchard Road, riding Mack Seven in the English Schooling Show at the Horse Palace in Holland, NY May 12, 1973 captured the Reserve Championship in the Hunter Division. In the final in a series of seven shows throughout the year, the horse was also declared Over-All Champion for the year.~~~~Mrs. Jean Cudmore's 5th grade class at Huth Road Elementary School produced the play, "Puss'n Boots" on May 10, 1973 with Marcia Krueger, Marcia Bihler, Robert Beauregard, Debbie Kennedy (Rogozo) and Joseph Lindelow taking the leads.

    Our sincere sympathy to the families of Gerald "Jerry" Patterson and former resident Isabel (Maxsween) Innes. Click for complete Death Notices.

    Please support sponsors of Isledegrande.com's Grand Island e-News, one of which is Ingrid Kinney's Wavelengths. Whether you're just looking for a trim, or a brand new, modern look, Ingrid and her team of hairdressers are sure to please you.

    The location of the Grand Island Citizens Corps Council meeting scheduled for 7 p.m. Thursday, June 5th has been changed to the Grand Island Memorial Library on Bedell Road.

    We've listed the spring concerts being held this coming week in the schools. The list includes Monday night's String Kaleidoscope Concert, a favorite of mine, featuring very young string students, the professional high school orchestra and everyone in between. For the complete list, click Spring Concerts.

    The American Legion, growing by leaps and bounds, is offering Hanging Flower Baskets for sale at $10 tomorrow and Saturday at the VFW. Click American Legion Webpage for hours etc.~~~~An Eight-hour Boating Safely Course ($25) is being held Saturday at the Holiday Inn. Call 743-5816 or 772-7218 for information.~~~~For complete information on the VFW Ladies' Mother's Day Brunch, click VFW Webpage.~~~~The GOP's Annual Golf Tournament is scheduled for Monday.~~~~Check our Current Events Calendar for more, and be sure to let us know what your organization is doing. We would be glad to add your event to the calendar.

    May 1, 2003

    Girl #1                     Girl #2
    Recognize these Island girls? I do! Email me your guess and for the first right answer (both photos), I'll post the identification of these two young ladies and reward you with a Sesquicentennial Program Book which includes Island history and photos.

    Welcome, Vincent Alfred George Ricotta, born April 8, 2003 weighing seven pounds, two ounces to proud parents Al and Denise Ricotta. The baby's Isle grandparents are Everest and Felicia DeMartin.

    Welcome, Evan Daniel Ackerman, the third child of Eric and Geanna Ackerman. Evan Daniel was born April 10, 2003 weighing six pounds, two ounces and has a brother Eric Ackerman Jr., turning 6 this week, and a sister, Ava, nearly 2. Proud grandparents are Joe and Linda Grasso of Grand Island, Dan and Casey Powell of Tonawanda and former residents Jim and Joan Ackerman of Florida.

    If you haven't heard about our new Grand Island Alumni Association, click
    GI Alumni Association Webpage for all the information you need to join. The first social event sponsored by the Alumni Association will be an All Island Reunion on Friday, August 1, 2003 at the Holiday Inn Resort and Conference Center.

    Happy birthday to Mary Becker and Dolly Kudla (today), Joan Fred (cheers tomorrow!), Stephen Stouter (3 tomorrow), Debbie Fike (tomorrow), Jean Bleich, Brett Verost and Barbara Taefi (Saturday), Mark Cunningham (his 31st on Sunday), Sandie "Rall" Smith (Sunday), MaryElisabeth Rustowicz (4 on Sunday), Emily Harnden (8 on Sunday), Kevin Minton and Eric Ackerman Jr. (both turning 6 on Tuesday), Paul Gast (Tuesday) and Jodi Dodd and Kim Haag (Wednesday).~~~~A belated but sincere happy birthday to Frank Cannata who celebrated Tuesday.

    Our sincere sympathy to the families of Louis B. Batta and Dianne L. 'Dixie' (Bradley) Reuther. Click for complete Death Notices.

    Please support our sponsors. Spotlighted here this week is Ziehm Real Estate. When we were looking for a larger house for our family, it was Rosemarie Ziehm of Ziehm Real Estate who actually found us our dream home at a price we could afford. Joining her in the business of long standing is her son David Ziehm. Click Ziehm Real Estate to visit their website.

    Looking Back 50 years - Stars of the Sidway operetta, "Hither and Thither of Danny Dither" were Timmy Brand as Danny, Joan Lafferty (Kivet) as Christy, Diane Meyers (Krause) as Faith, Gail Burgstahler (Rothenberg) as Hope, Joe Kerr as Mr. J. J. Judkins, Jack Hawley as Lucifer L. Lucas, Bill Linton as Droopy and Dick Hogue as The Duke. Others from the junior high taking parts were Phil Anderson, Sally Swalm (Hansen), Jerry Livingston, Paul Geschwender, Gerald Mayer, Charlie Swalm, Jack Boehm, Larry Bell and many more.~~~~Richard B. Hogue was elected to the school board, and the proposition to increase the Board from five to nine members was defeated. The purchase of another school bus was okayed by voters, making a total of nine buses.~~~~Glen Smith, along with his wife, Gert and son, Buddy, installed a new stainless steel soda bar and sandwich bar as they celebrated the first anniversary of their Grand Island Quick Lunch on the Express Highway.~~~~Troop Scribe Mary Ann Gross (Bishara) of Girl Scout Troop 337 reported that members earned their first badge and showed what they had learned at their meeting in Trinity Fellowship Hall.

    Looking Back 40 years - The Grand Island Music Makers, under the sponsorship of the Grand Island Recreation Commission, made their first appearance after the Grand Island Theater Group's performance of "See How They Run" in Huth Road School. Music Makers included John Gardner, Leigh Harper, Bob Watkins, Jane Holcombe, Merritt Kinsey, Lonnie Boss, Robert Study, Bryan Bauer, Phil Goodman and Dave Bissett.~~~~ Highest academic honors were presented to Linda Darby (Facklam) at the May 1963 Sidway Jr. High School Awards Assembly. Also recognized for high honors were Rita Satterlee Rosensteele and Jayne Pless (Miller).

    Looking Back 30 years - Dr. Oscar J. Pultz was named the school district's first superintendent by the school board in April 1973.~~~~Winners of the Town Recreation's kite flying contest were Lori Webb (smallest kite entered), Debbie DeGlopper Robinson (largest), Billy DeGlopper (most colorful), Buddy Link (scariest) Chip Crawford (first kite broken), Alan Webb (highest flying), Vicki Link Harnden (first "run-away" kite) and Karen DeGlopper (prettiest kite).~~~~Grand Island High School teachers and students ended a trip to Maine over Easter break with a closing ceremony at which time Steve Parisi was voted the "Spark Plug" award winner for creating a pleasurable atmosphere throughout the week.~~~~Does anyone have a photo of the 1973 St. Stephen School Basketball Team including Mark Anderson, Bill Schaab, Jim Mullany and the Pacioni boys?

    Looking Back 25 years - Happy anniversary to Maria DelSignore who opened her Maria's Hallmark Expressions card shop on May 1, 1978.

    Looking Back 1 years - The Thruway Authority announced one year ago that the painting and repair of the south Grand Island bridge was underway.Hmmmmmm!

    Annmarie Bykowicz, the daughter of Jeff Bykowicz, GIHS Class of '80, has had surgery to repair two aneurysms in her shoulders and the cause of the blood clots was resolved. A speedy recovery to Annmarie.

    The Ladies Auxiliary chowder offered last Saturday by the Ladies of the Fire Company, was better than ever. Fortunately, for those who couldn't be there, there is some chowder available. Call Auxiliary President Nicole Butcher at 773-1685 or Chowder Co-chair Julie Meyer, 773-7146 for information.

    Our Island schools will begin a series of spring instrumental and choral concerts beginning with the Connor Middle School's spring concert Wednesday, May 7th. Click for the complete Concert Schedule.

    The Historical Society meets tonight in River Lea in Beaver Island State Park when Ruth Stahl will appraise antiques brought to the meeting by members. Everyone is welcome.~~~~Members of the American Legion Post 1346 will be offering 10" flowering/hanging baskets at the VFW Post from 10 a.m. to 8 p.m. next Friday (May 9) and also next Saturday (May 10) from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m. Click American Legion Webpage for complete information.

    April 24, 2003
    Welcome, Mark Daniel Ramsperger, weighing in at ten pounds, two ounces and measuring 22" long on Tuesday, April 22, 2003. Mark Daniel is the son of Christina and Vincent Ramsperger of Regency Court. Anxiously awaiting the baby's arrival home are his sisters, Sarah, 9 and Maria, 5. Proud Island grandparents are Dan and JoAnn Linenfelser and great grandmother is Fran Clarke, also of Grand Island.

    Our deepest sympathy to the families of Genelle and Richard Shanor who lost their lives in a tragic accident while on a family vacation in Florida. A Mass of Christian Burial will be celebrated Monday at 10 a.m. in St. Stephen's Church. Click for complete
    Death Notices~~~~As mentioned in last week's column, Betty Campbell passed away peacefully on April 15th. Click for her Memorial Service information.

    Let's not forgot our troops still overseas and those who are about to leave to go "over there." A1C Brent M. Helman, Class of 2001, is the newest serviceman to be added to our "Islanders In The Service" column. Thanks, Brent and thank you to everyone who is serving our country to insure our safety and freedom.

    Steve Morgan will be among Islanders who are volunteering to help with WNED Great TV Auction (May 2-10). For the website explaining how you can be on television and help to support Public Television in WNY, click WNED Great TV Auction. Steve will be on for Wine, Dine and Entertainment Night from 2-4 p.m. May 2nd.

    The United Methodist Women of Trinity chose Rev. James Lange as their UMW Mission Recognition recipient. Anyone who knows Jim, knows just how deserving he is of this tribute that honors and expresses gratitude to a person for outstanding service to Trinity Church, the community and/or the United Methodist Women. The announcement was made last month.

    Congratulations to Grand Island Girls Track star Jenny Rogan, a senior at the high school who holds the WNY record for the 100 meters (11.8).~~~~Maybe spring is here. The Beaver Island Golf Course opens today, weather permitting. Hours are 8 a.m. to 7 p.m.~~~~To register for summer state park lifeguard testing which will take place at the high school on Saturday mornings, call 278-1742.

    Randy Kramer, MusicalFare Theatre's artistic director and a graduate of Grand Island High School Class of '77, was featured in Sunday's Buffalo News. Randy has collected the comments of area senior citizens, a project that has gained him the 2002 Program of the Year Award from the New York Association for Homes and Services for the Aging. "Stories of Life," a MusicalFare Theatre Company production by Kramer is a compilation of those comments. It runs through May 25th at Daemen College in Snyder.

    Happy birthday to Cathy "Hatch" Stull (special greetings today), Kimberley Banas (a teenager today), Brad Robinson (today), Jade Greenwood (tomorrow), Christopher Walker (21 tomorrow), Peggy "Minton" Whitmire (cheers on her birthday tomorrow), Dan Harding (25 on Saturday), Lisa Braun (11 on Saturday), Michael Heftka (a teenager on Sunday), Rita Hagerman (Sunday), V.J. Freeman Jr. (three years old on Monday), Frank Cannata (Tuesday), Samantha Warden (9 on Tuesday), Tony Piccolo (entering his teens on Wednesday), Andrew McLeod and Lee Tetkowski (Wednesday) and J.P. Kennedy (a big one on Wednesday!).~~~~ A belated happy birthday to Isle native Jon Albertsson Jr. who celebrated a milestone on April 17th.

    The Grand Island Zonta Club is offering four very worthwhile scholarships for women. Applications must be returned by Friday, May 16th. For complete scholarship information, click Zonta Club Web Page

    Thank you to Geri Andolina, an Isledegrande.com sponsor, helping to bring the Grand Island e-News to Islanders around the world. I can speak from experience in recommending Geri for all of your real estates needs. Check out her website which is extremely interesting as it includes photos of all rooms and even the yards in some cases, of Geri's listings, on and off the Island. Click Geri Andolina - Century 21.

    Grinders Skate Park is offering a coupon for savings at the park which is good through this Sunday. Click Coupon - and thank you Grinders Skate Park for being an Isledegrande.com sponsor.

    Looking Back 50 years - A great time was had by all who attended the hard times dance sponsored by the Grand Island Drum Corps in the old fire hall on the last Saturday in April 1953.~~~~A public hearing was held for George Senn to change the classification from residence "C" to Business "D" zoning to permit the use of property on East River Road in Ferry Village for a sporting goods store.~~~~Five bus loads of Sidway School children in the 4th, 5th and 6th grades, including me and most of my fifth grade classmates, were taken to the Shrine Circus in the Memorial Auditorium in Buffalo during our Easter break in 1953, courtesy of the Shrine Daddies Club.~~~~Stony Point Road residents in the subdivision known as Coldbrook or Grand Island Manor banded together to seek legal council to have their road completed. The developer, who was said to have encounter considerable financial difficulty, wanted to complete roads where he was still trying to sell houses, and then take that money and finish the first residents' road.~~~~Cub Pack 254 awarded prizes for its stamp collecting contest in April 1953. First place winner with 508 stamps collected was Richard Buzby. Tommy Stedman came in second with 317 and Peter Glor was 3rd with 307.

    Looking Back 40 years - The Zonta Club held a Friday night record hop in the Sidway School gym on April 26, 1963. The "hop" featured live music by the Isletones and Chuck Moore as MC.~~~~Dick Hogue opened his Grandyle Atlantic Gas Station on Love Road on Friday, April 26, 1963.~~~~Rotary Anns, Mrs. Carl Verbanic, Elizabeth Beach, Mrs. Francis Dunn, Mrs. Jeanette Courey and Mae Capizzi, were planning the Rotary Club's Food, Fun and Fashion Show for May 25, 1963 in the Buffalo Launch Club.

    Looking Back 20 years - Though the Grand Island Planning Board voted 5-1 to grant the request for a special use permit to allow a 2,000-foot long airstrip to be built at 3000 Staley Road, the town board voted 4-1 to turn it down.~~~~If you were a member of the Son Light Singers of Trinity UM Church in April 1983, you will remember being invited to Florida by Bill and Marion Pinkow. The Son Light Singers, a 65-member choral of 13-18-year-old singers, was under music director Paul Sipson and accompanied by Lani Knapp, performed a concert for an Easter Sunrise service.

    The Beach House Restaurant here on Grand Island is one of the supporters of Lewiston's Third Annual Smelt Festival being held this weekend. More than 240 pounds of battered smelt will be cooked from 6 to 10 p.m. Friday in Waterfront Park at the Lewiston Landing, located at the foot of Center Street. Live music by "Barb Wire" will be featured.

    Celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary this week and wished the very best are Ed and Chris McCaffery. Former longtime Isle residents, the McCafferys were married on April 25, 1953. Their mailing address is P.O. Box 397, Silver Springs, NY 14550.

    The only Grand Island high school seniors in the Tonawanda High School Class of 1963 who are missing at this point are Robert Janke and Mary Muench. Email 40th Reunion Committee Chair Karen Baldwin Marshall at KMarshall5@aol.com if you know how to contact Robert and Mary. Click Tonawanda High 40th Reunion for more information.

    The Historical Society's Afternoon Tea At River Lea (May 18) is a sell out. Watch for this event next year!~~~~Attention Crafters! Applications for the Grand Crafts on the Island craft show (June 28-29) will be accepted until April 30, 2003. For more information, click Grand Crafts.~~~~In case you missed this information in last week's column, the Chamber of Commerce "Citizen of the Year" event of April 3rd will be aired on Adelphia Cable TV. Click Chamber Page for days and times.

    The Fire Company's Ladies Auxiliary will offer chowder, baked goods and "Krispi Kreme Doughnuts" this Saturday at Fire Headquarters starting at 11 a.m. or when the chowder is ready. Bring your containers for take-out or sit down and enjoy a bowl. Check our Events Calendar to read about what's going on on Grand Island this month and next.

    April 17, 2003

    Ride em' cowboy! This little cowboy is Mark Hassan and he turns the big 5-0 tomorrow. Click the photo for a larger view. Have a great birthday, Mark. Life only gets better!

    Members of the Niagara Frontier Boat Racing Association are announcing their Inboard Hydroplane Regatta Race date as September 20-21, 2003 at Gratwick Park in North Tonawanda. For more information, click Inboard Hydroplane Regatta
    . Thanks to Liz Barker for this information.

    Happy birthday to Terry VonCraigh (today), Kathy Kitchen (special greetings tomorrow), David Khreis (Saturday), Peter Carline (cheers on Saturday), Barb Macaluso, Margaret Villano, Dan Carr(!) and Sally Khreis (Sunday), Jacob McMahon (7 years old on Sunday), Ingrid Dahlberg (18 on Sunday), Kim Domagala (Monday's the big day), Barbara Luippold Baker (good wishes to Barb on Monday), Mark Call (Monday), Conner Trieskey (5 on Tuesday), Mae Klocke (celebrates in Venice, Florida on Tuesday), Erin Fred (21 on Tuesday), Genna Baldassare (4 on Tuesday), Alexandra Dzielski (her 7th birthday Wednesday), and Kathy Lechner (best wishes on the 23rd!).

    Nick Pelosi and his son, Dave Pelosi of Contract Interiors, opened the business 30 years ago. Even if you think that you are not in the market for floor coverings at the moment, just stop in to see what the Pelosi family has to offer. You might just change your mind with what you find. Click Contract Interiors above to check out the web site. Thanks to Nick and Dave and all of our Isledegrande.com sponsors for supporting the Grand Island e-News.

    Mark your calendars and make a reservation for the Historical Society "Afternoon Tea At River Lea." The tea, which includes a historical hat show, is scheduled for Sunday, May 18th. For details, click Historical Society.

    Congratulations to Kevin Kloesz who bowled a 300 game in a 740 series in the Labatts league at Island Lanes last week.~~~~Congratulations also to Julie Meyer who bowled a 236 at Island Lanes with the A Best Women's League this week.

    Best wishes to newlyweds Leanne L. Ricci and Kevin J. Brandon who were married on Saturday, April 12th on the beach at Westin Resort, Hilton Head Island, South Carolina. The bride is the daughter of Kathleen and Leo Ricci, and Linda and Robert Brandon are parents of the groom, all of Grand Island.

    The Class of '93 reunion committee is trying to locate Bob Currie. If you know his whereabouts or any of the other missing classmates from the Class of 1993, please email Betsy Schopp at betsy@raru.com.

    About one half of Grand Island's high school seniors were part of the Tonawanda High School Class of 1963. The class will get together in July for a 40th reunion and the committee is looking for some of its missing classmates. If you know the whereabouts of these Islanders, Judy Alt, Paula Clements, Robert Janke, Jim Kovacsev, Mary Muench and Helen Olson, email Committee Chair Karen Baldwin Marshall at KMarshall5@aol.com. Click Tonawanda High 40th Reunion for more information.

    Celebrating anniversaries on Saturday are Larry and Rita Hagerman (34 years) and Dick and Dorothy Lovelee (28 years). Best wishes to the Hagermans and the Lovelees.

    Looking Back 50 years - Elsie Fleischmann and Anita Staley were chairman and co-chairman of the Friday, April 17, 1953 card party in the old fire hall. The Auxiliary's goal was to completely pay for all of the kitchen equipment they wanted in the new kitchen of the building under construction.~~~~The American Legion, which had reached its 100% membership quota, was holding a spring dance in the Legion Post on Ferry Road.~~~~Parishioners of the 90-year-old Emmanuel Chapel on Ferry Road, in need of money for repairs to the foundation decoration, held a fish supper April 17, 1953.~~~~Grand Island Fire Company volunteers and their wives, 104 to be exact, were served a roast beef dinner by the Trinity Church WSWS ladies in celebration of the company's 15th anniversary.~~~~Wendell and Marge Stratton were in charge of a planned potluck supper for 45 members of the Trinity Couples Club. Elected presidents were Barbara and Bob Study and voted in as vice presidents were Mel and MaryLou Kohlhagen.~~~~For the first time in the Grand Island Fire Company's history, the volunteers were called to fight a fire off the Island on Thursday, April 23, 1953. The alarm was for a fire at the Buffalo Pipe Company on Sawyer Avenue in Tonawanda.

    Looking Back 40 years - According to the Around the Town Hall column in the weekly paper by Marion E. Klingel: "Old record books dating back to 1843 were to be sent to Williamsburg, VA for restoration work. The article stated that the first birth registered on Grand Island was that of Maxmillian Yensan in September 1883 to Henry Yensan (Germany) and Mary Tucker Yensan (born on Grand Island).~~~~Daniel Carroll, 14, was rescued on April 16, 1963 when he was taken off an ice flow in the east Niagara River by fireman Andrew Job who used a duck boat.~~~~Dr. Clyde O. Eidens was appointed by the school board to serve as principal of the new Jr. Sr. High School on Ransom Road, expected to be ready for the opening of school in September 1963.~~~~The Fire Company purchased a new emergency truck and Fire Chief William P. Wood was pictured in the local weekly paper accepting the keys from Fire Company Board Chairman Cyril Diebold on April 22, 1963.

    Looking Back 30 years - First place winners of an Easter Egg Hunt 30 years ago were Michael Wylke (4 and under), Karen Lunsford (Conboy) (5-8 year-olds) and Tom McMahon (9-12-year-olds).~~~~Kim Cridge was the "Mistress of Spring" in a second grade play directed by teachers Susan Benns, Linda Dobmeir, Ora Glor and Kathy Ryan at Kaegebein School.~~~~The Grand Island Fire Company graduated 19 volunteer firemen from a Medical Technician's Training Course which went beyond the advanced first aid training required of every member of the Company.

    Our sympathy to the families of Betty Campbell, Frank J. Schroeder, former resident Margaret G. Goodsole and former Grand Island teacher Albert J. Wukovits who recently passed away. Click for complete Death Notice.

    Sixteen-year-old Annmarie Bykowicz is in the hospital with a blood clot in her arm and may possibly undergo an angioplasty. Annmarie, who has just become involved in modeling, is the granddaughter of Al Bykowicz of Stony Point Road and her dad is Jeff Bykowicz, GIHS Class of 1980. Won't you send her a get well card? Her address is 90 Dolphann, Tonawanda, NY 14150.

    Former Islanders Fred Aswad (GIHS 1969) and Randy White (1970) celebrated Fred's 52nd birthday in the great American West. The two former Sandy Beach neighbors have been meeting in Las Vegas every spring for the last 18 years when Randy attends the National Association of Broadcasters convention there. This year the trip included a run to Camarillo, CA to visit Ellen (Hopkins) Faber (1971) and her family. Then it was back to Vegas for the convention followed by a trip to Zion National Park in Utah. Fred and Randy would like to send greetings to all current and former Islanders. "Utah's great, but when we get together, the conversation always returns to all things "Island-y," says Randy.

    The Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year event of April 3rd will be aired on Adelphia Cable TV. Click Chamber Page for days and times.

    Thanks to everyone who responded to my request for Easter memories. The story is on our Features Page.~~~~ Have a blessed Easter Day.

    April 10, 2003
    How nice it would be if some of us sent David Backlund a birthday greeting. He will celebrate his 28th birthday overseas on Monday while doing his part with the Air Force Office of Special Investigations in Iraq. Click
    backlund_81@yahoo.com for David's Email and "Islanders In The Service" where Dave's picture is posted.

    George Fries of Grand Island Home Construction, has been in business here since 1958 and is responsible for much of the small and major home construction work on Grand Island. Click Grand Island Home Construction above to check out his web site. Thanks to George and all of our Isledegrande.com sponsors for supporting the Grand Island e-News.

    Rachel Fraser, daughter of Bob and Valerie Fraser, has been chosen to dance the lead in the Greater Niagara Ballet Company's ballet, Swan Lake, produced tonight at 7 p.m. in the Performing Arts Center of Niagara Falls High School. Rachel is a student at Buffalo State College.

    Congratulations to Michael J. Lockett who was recently honored by the American Institute of Chemical Engineers for his contributions to distillation, the dominant separation process used in oil refining and chemical production. Michael received the Separation Division Honors Award 2002.

    Happy birthday to one of the most thoughtful teachers I ever had. Dorothy "Waltman" Dillemuth celebrates today, and remembers the birthdays and anniversaries of so many of us. Thanks, Dorothy. Have a great day.~~~~Stew Becker can certainly handle all those candles on today's cake. Happy 60th, Stew!~~~~Happy birthday to Dodie Meyer (today), Amanda Albertsson (Sweet 16 tomorrow), Randy Martell Sr. (cheers tomorrow), our granddaughter, Amy Margaret Bidell (12 on Saturday), Carrie Badame (Sunday), Taylor Bedford (10 on Sunday), Aaron Wood (his 13th birthday on the 13th), Betty Killian (wished a fabulous birthday Sunday), John Papai (Tuesday), and Bill Call (a big one on Wednesday).

    Happy birthday to Pat Haag who celebrates today. Pat and Bob Haag just returned from a fabulous trip to London, England where they visited their son, Krist Haag.

    Congratulations to Sandy and Morey Cohen on the birth of Emily Rose Cohen on February 27, 2003. Emily Rose is featured on our Islanders In The News page.

    Our spring weather has been put off by first an ice storm that lasted from Thursday to Saturday and then a 3.5 inch snow fall on Monday. I've put my winter jacket away twice but will never take my snow scraper out of my car, no matter what the month! Many of those returning to their ice-covered cars after the Chamber's Citizen of the Year Dinner Thursday evening wished they had left their scrapers in their cars, and elected to sit with heaters running for up to 40 minutes while the ice melted from the windshield.

    Looking Back 50 years - The speed limit on East River Road was set at 35 mph. and signs were erected, climaxing a move started in 1951 when Nora Butcher of East River near Edgewater Drive presented petitions signed by her neighbors concerning the traffic hazard, to the East River Taxpayers Association.~~~~Members of the Grand Island Citizens Committee, whose officers were President Philip Wisner, Vice President Christine Simpson, and Secretary/Treasurer Ruth Gardner, were campaigning for a 9-man school board to replace the existing 5-man board.

    Looking Back 40 years - Tomorrow's Future Goes To School Today was the theme of the 6th annual Teaching Career Month observed in April 1963 on Grand Island and throughout the U.S. Among the nearly 20 students chosen to visit classes at Kaegebein and Huth Road Elementary schools were Nina Braddell (Goss), Linda Hillock (Clark), John Madia, Sylvia McCullough (Dixon), Kathy McFee, Frances Muench (Sillifant), Kathy Pedlow (Ziemer), Joan Reid (Tommasulo), Susan Stricker (Benns) and Kathy Ubel (Rickard).~~~~Brownie Troop 337's Scout leader Joan Bidell (Fred) and 28 little girls were meeting at the Island Presbyterian Church on Huth Road. A bike hike to Beaver Island in April 1963 was enjoyed by many of the Brownies who met at Sidway School and were also accompanied by assistant leaders Mrs. Dwight Hoefner and Mrs. Robert Woodman.

    Looking Back 30 years - A 1934 Ford Roadster, owned by Bud Link of Prospect Avenue, Grand Island was named Class Champion for Street Roadsters at the Grand Finale banquet in Philadelphia. Bud commissioned Colton of Tonawanda to do the Roadster's interior.

    Pictured is the Trim-Tex racing team including Crew Chief Earl DeGlopper (center). The photo was taken during the recent 2003 NHRA Gatornationals held in Florida. Click Dragbike.com for more - and click the photo for a larger view!

    Our sympathy to the families of former residents Rita M. Witnauer and Joann Doerr Epworth who passed away last week. Click for complete Death Notice.

    The first ever American Cancer Society Relay for Life on Grand Island starts with a special Relay Kick Off at River Oaks Clubhouse at 5:30 p.m. tonight. Refreshments will be served and everyone is invited.~~~~A children's Easter Egg Hunt will take place at 10 a.m. Saturday at Tops Market and the Easter Bunny will make an appearance..~~~~The last of the scheduled Lenten Luncheons, sponsored by the Grand Island Ministerium, is being held at noon Wednesday, April 16th at the Whitehaven Road Baptist Church.~~~~A homemade Pierogi Sale starting at 5 p.m. Saturday at the VFW Post #9249 is being sponsored by the Post's Ladies Auxiliary.

    As for turning our clocks ahead one hour on Sunday, I was not aware of this until my computer told me on Sunday morning! I "will" do better at reminding everyone else when the time comes to turn them back again.

    April 3, 2003
    Let's talk turkey!! Barb Gatti of Stony Point Road snapped these pictures last week in her backyard where at least 19 turkeys were mingling with her cats. Be sure to click the photos for a larger view.

    Congratulations to Connor Middle School student Jasmine Nicole Rivers, daughter of Rev. Charles and DeLois Rivers, who has been chosen to represent Erie County at the 2003 World Leadership Forum in Washington, D. C.~~~~Be sure to check our sports page. Recent names in the news for excelling in various sports are Jamie Raepple, Rachael Kaplan, Tara Rogers, Quinn Corrao, Korey Bennett, Jack Gorman, Connor Cady and Joshua Kaplan.

    A very happy birthday to Ben Greenwood (16 tomorrow), to Zoe Dodd (8 tomorrow), Natalie Baldassare (7 tomorrow), Barbara Burns, Kristin Koch, Heather Aronica and Kay Milne (Saturday), Dr. Alfred Lenzner (his 85th on Saturday), Rachel Spiker (10 on Sunday), Joanne Spiker (Sunday), Ben Goss (cheers on Sunday), Nicholas Andrew Ratajczak (first birthday Sunday), Nathan Busch (11 on Monday), Janet Sentz (Monday), James Rustowicz (8 on Tuesday), Barbara Brennan and Mary Ann Arsenault (Wednesday), Rhett Bradley Robinson (2 on Wednesday),

    Enjoying their retirement to the fullest are Dorothy and Al Rowswell who will celebrate their 48th wedding anniversary on Wednesday, April 9th. Happy anniversary Al and Dorothy!~~~~Joanne Gesl is retiring after working for HSBC Bank, formerly Marine Midland, since 1960. Happy days to Joanne, whose last work day is tomorrow and to her husband, Bob.

    Looking Back 50 years - Fred Redinger of Bedell Road discovered the Charles Stack home on fire on Easter morning. Charlie was in the hospital at the time and his wife and three children were at a family dinner in Tonawanda.~~~~Do any of my readers have a photo of Kay Valyear's Girl Scout Mariner Troop of 1953? It was published in the weekly paper 50 years ago.~~~~The newest Island business in April 1953 was George Pollock's Pollock Plumbing & Heating Company.~~~~Campfire Girls on Grand Island was being organized by Mrs. John Downing Jr.

    Looking Back 40 years - The Junior Island Theater Group was formed on April 8, 1963 at the Sidway School and offered dramatics classes to teens, 14-19 years of age.~~~~The Grand Island Women's Volleyball Team came in 4th in the Erie County Championships in March 1963. Members were June Kahl, Athena Xanthos, Ruth Jones, Diane Pelosi, Bonnie Downey, Irene Franklin, Klayre Kelly, Midge Schmidt, Marilyn Graham and Dorothy Rose.

    Looking Back 30 years - The Lions Club's 3rd annual Magic Square Spaghetti Dinner was held April 9, 1973 in the Beaver Island Casino.

    Our sincere sympathy to the family of Josephine Skotnicki who passed away last week. Click for complete
    Death Notice.~~~~Just a reminder for friends of Anna Kruse, a memorial mass is being celebrated for Ann in St. Stephen's Church at 11 a.m. Saturday.

    Attention kids! There will be a children's Easter Egg Hunt at Tops Market next Saturday, April 12th beginning at 10 a.m. We will post all of the information as it becomes available.

    The Grand Island Historical Society meets 7:30 p.m. tonight at River Lea and will feature a "Trivia-Show and Tell."~~~~Whitehaven Road Baptist Church has planned a kids' race car event. Click Whitehaven Baptist for further information.~~~~The Historical Society at River Lea in Beaver Island State Park will be open to the public this Sunday from 2-4 p.m.~~~~Be sure to check our Events Calendar to read about what's going on on Grand Island.

    March 27, 2003

    Carolyn Martene Leggio   Pat 'Williams' Meyer                  Paul Denler                  Sharon Lafferty Thompson
    These ninth graders were at the top of the heap at Sidway Junior High School in 1958. Paul served as class treasurer and Sharon was elected class secretary. All four were involved in sports and many other activities including cheerleading, Glee Club and "Islander" Yearbook staff. Happy birthday to Carolyn, Pat and Paul who celebrated this month and to Sharon Thompson who has yet to celebrate her birthday on Sunday.

    Historic Trinity on Whitehaven Road will be open seven days each week for people to come and pray for the world in this time of crisis and need. Click Trinity Page for complete information.

    A Memorial Mass will be celebrated on Saturday, April 5th for the late Anna Kruse, an Island native who died on January 31st at the age of 95.~~~~ Our sincere sympathy to the families of Frank Bihler, William E. Rexford, Dr. Donald Stabell and Robert T. Hibbard who recently passed away. Click for complete Death Notice.

    Chester W. 'Chet' Hubert, a life member of the Grand Island Rod & Gun Club, died on March 23, 2003.~~~~Ronald E. Smith, who owned and operated Arbor Nursery on Grand Island from 1961 to 1973, died March 22, 2003 following a long illness.

    Among our Isledegrande.com sponsors is Bob Piatek's State Farm Insurance. Bob is conveniently located at 1837 Whitehaven Road. Just click State Farm Insurance to check out his web site.

    Islanders Kathy Deloughry, Becky Peters and Kathy and Tom Pollard are taking part in a variety show at 7:00 p.m. tomorrow and Saturday, March 28- 29 at Kenmore West High School. Cathy Thomas of Miss Cathy's Dance Academy has choreographed their tap dance routine to the music of 42 Street. Islander Dennis Upton is one of the directors of the show and also will perform in some comedy routines, and singing groups. Del Upton, and Islander Ruth Starr will be performing with the chorus. The show, to benefit scholarships for Kenmore East and West seniors, is being produced by Ken-Ton Staff Productions. Tickets at $8 ($5/students) are available at the door.

    It happened 155 years ago! The flow of water was stopped completely over the Niagara and Horshoe falls on March 29th 1848 due to an ice jam for several hours in the upper Niagara River. This is the only known time that this is to have occurred. The Falls did not actually freeze over, but the flow was stopped to the point where people actually walked out and recovered artifacts from the riverbed!

    A NASCAR/FASCAR event for all children in grades 1-5 will be held from 6-9 p.m. Friday, April 4th at the Whitehaven Road Baptist Church. Click Whitehaven Road Baptist Church
    for complete information.

    Happy birthday to Cory Clare Rathman who is somewhere in the Eastern Mediterranean serving his country. Cory, who celebrates his birthday tomorrow, is featured in our "Islanders In The Service" column.~~~~Happy birthday to Diane Bell (special greetings today!), to Bailey DeGlopper (a teenager today), Liza Bowman (8 tomorrow), Marilyn Randolph (tomorrow), Matthew Violanti (a teenager on Saturday), Rachel Wilkinson and Sarah McMahon (Saturday), Travis Kelley (6 on Sunday), Dr. Sam Long (Monday), Gary Dahlstrom (cheers on Tuesday), Debbie Bleich (Wednesday) and Madison Green (5 on Wednesday).

    A special happy birthday to Diane "Gollwitzer" Doane who is celebrating tomorrow, the 28th. Diane's high school classmates - Fred Bidell, Bob Guenther and Susan Schaefer are also wished a happy birthday this week. Fred turns a year older on the 31st, and Bob and Susan do the same on April 1st and 2nd respectively.

    Looking Back 50 years - Millicent "Penny" Ball was the winner of the 1953 Buffalo Evening News spelling contest at Sidway School. Runner-up was Sally Swalm (Hansen). Alternates were Margaret Thomas and Barbara Duncan (Ochs).~~~~Mrs. Fred Strauss was elected President of PTA at a meeting Tuesday March 31, 1953 at Sidway School. Other new officers were Vice President Mrs. Fred Strother, 2nd Vice President Mrs. Earl Saunders, Recording Secretary Gladys Sloan, Treasurer Jane O'Dell, Corresponding Secretary Gertrude Reimann.

    Looking Back 40 years - Norma Ferrara and Buffalo resident Paul Suchman were teaching a ballroom dance class for 7th through 9th grade students in the Sidway gym. The class was sponsored by the Town Recreation Commission.

    Looking Back 15 years - Tomorrow will be the 15th anniversary of the Bedell House fire. The building burned on March 28, 1988.

    Looking Back 10 years - The Grand Island Wrestling Club was formed in March 1993. The wrestlers, 60-65 boys between the ages of 8-18 under the direction of Coach John Hilbrecht, met three times a week and particpated in local youth tournaments.

    A speedy and complete recovery to Brad Robinson who was seriously burned in a industrial accident last Thursday. He has been released from the Burn Treatment Center at ECMC, but will undergo skin grafting this week.

    Emmanuel Community Bible Church has opened in the former Emmanuel United Methodist Church at 1136 Baseline Road. Services have been held each Sunday at 10 a.m. for several weeks. The Sunday morning service begins with music at 9:40 a.m. and all are invited to attend.

    We welcome our newest sponsor, Serenade Music Services which is owned and operated by Barb Gatti and John Dudley. Check out their website for your music/entertainment needs.

    The Used Book Sale is being held at the Grand Island Memorial Library tomorrow night and Saturday. Click for Complete Details.~~~~Be sure to click Special Benefit Concert
    which is being held at Trinity UM Church at 7:30 p.m. this Sunday.~~~~Complete information on the Lions Club's Spaghetti Dinner to be held Monday is a click away - Click Spaghetti Dinner!
    ~~~~Let me know what your organization is doing and I will be glad to post it here and on the front page of the Grand Island e-News at Isledegrande.com. Just click Send Us Your News

    March 20, 2003
    Welcome Grace Dorothy Wenner. Baby Grace weighed in at seven pounds, ten ounces on Sunday, March 9, 2003 and is the first child of George "Buck" and Jennifer Wenner. She is the granddaughter of George and Janet Wenner of East Aurora, Daniel and Annie Sheridan of Naples, Florida and Elaine Dudley-Rores of Syracuse, NY. Grace Dorothy's great grandmother is Anne Dudley of Syracuse, NY.

    Our entire family attended the beautiful wedding of our niece, Jackie Mangus last Saturday in Rochester where the bride and her husband, James Carpenter, are making their home. Jackie is the daughter of Paul and Donna Linenfelser, and graduated from Grand Island High School in 1998 and Houghton College in May 2002.

    Happy 60th to my old neighbor, Paul Denler who celebrates his birthday tomorrow. Paul attended the Sidway Reunion in July and was truly a favorite of "our era." Look for photos of him and three of his old classmates (Patty, Carolyn and Sharon!) in next week's Between The Bridges.

    Hurray for Diamond Lil Robinson who received a wonderful gift of a vacation in celebration of her upcoming 80th birthday on Saturday. Hope it's your best birthday yet, Lil!~~~~Have a great birthday, Dale! Yes, Dale Berger celebrates his 50th birthday on Tuesday.~~~~Happy birthday to Evelyn Till, Jim Stockman and Jesse Cooke (today), Sarah Elizabeth Berlinger (2-years-old today), Evelina Schopp (her 94th today), Peggy Bauman (tomorrow), Meredith Ruland (6 tomorrow), Peter Baker and Wendy 'Stratton' Gross (Sunday), Christie "Lascelle" Boos (her 30th on Sunday), Larry Hagerman (Monday), Michael Christopher Brown (6 on Tuesday), John McDonough (Wednesday), Nicholas Masiello and Jimmy Mysliwiec (both turning 10 on Wednesday)

    Our best wishes for health and happiness for a long time to come to Chuck and Anita "Ricketts" Cole who are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary tomorrow, March 21st.

    Looking Back 40 years - Brownie Troop 733, which met for many years under the leadership of Mary Lou Kohlhagen in her Love Road home, celebrated its 10th anniversary at a potluck supper on March 22, 1963.~~~~About 28 community-minded Islanders attended a Youth Advisory Committee meeting in the town hall Monday, March 25, 1963 to discuss guidance and recreation programs for the town's high school students.~~~~Explorer Scouts and leaders, sponsored by the Kiwanis Club of Grand Island, met at Katrein's Edgewater Hotel where they received their charter on Tuesday, March 26, 1963. Scouts attending were Kenneth Mock, George Werth, Jim Boettcher, Jeff Long, Dick Fancher and Philip Carlin. Also in attendance were Scoutmaster Hans Boettcher and James Lunsford, a member of the Kiwanis, and chairman of scouting activities on the Island.

    Looking Back 30 years - Eli Konikoff was playing Sunday nights at the Silver Dollar Saloon in the Edgewater Hotel which offered live entertainment seven nights a week.~~~~Norm Mrkall, a Republican, announced his intent to seek the office of Highway Superintendent. According to the Island's weekly paper, he would run as an independent candidate for the office being sought by endorsed republican candidate Ted Kumlander. Others reported to be running for the position of Highway Superintendent were Carl John, endorsed by the Democratic Committee and Earl Eastman, also running as an independent contender.

    Looking Back 20 years - The School Board, on Monday, March 21, 1983, in a 6-1 vote, decided to discontinue use of the Charlotte Sidway School due to continued decrease in the Island's school population and the spiraling cost of educational programs. The board voted in favor of opening only Kaegebein and Huth Road schools beginning September 1983. Board Vice President Terri Eberl voted to keep Sidway in operation.

    Our sympathy to the families of Mae T. Adams, John F. Gibney, Helen L. Hassan and June B. Soto. Click for complete
    Death Notices.

    Thad Raczkowski was a well liked, retired Grand Island High School English teacher and active in theater here on the Island as well as with the Niagara Falls Little Theatre. Thad, at 78 years old, was doing one of the things he liked best when he died last week. He was skiing at Holiday Valley Ski Resort and apparently lost control and hit a tree. He will be sadly missed.

    Please support our Isledegrande.com sponsors. The list on the front page is long and varied. Click Timothy J. Mordaunt's Mediation Center for an interesting message in resolving legal conflict. Tim's office is at 1990 Whitehaven Road.

    Trinity's college tuition seminar takes place from 6:30-9:00 p.m. tomorrow evening at Trinity UM Church.~~~~Parishioners of the Whitehaven Road Baptist Church will host the Wednesday, March 26th Ecumenical Lenten Luncheon at their church beginning at noon.~~~~Tickets for the 37th annual Citizen of the Year Award Banquet, hosted by the Chamber on April 3rd at the Holiday Inn, are available through the Chamber office, 773-3651.~~~~Don Burns and Brent Minet Jr. continue to play piano at River Oaks Restaurant. Don is playing from 6-9 p.m. on Friday nights and Brent will be there on Saturdays from 6:30-9:30 p.m.

    E5 Nuclear Engineer Kristopher W. Bennett, Class of 2000, is the newest serviceman to be added to our "Islanders In The Service" column. Why not drop him a line or two?~~~~ As mentioned here last week, members of the Ladies Auxiliary of the VFW Post 9249 are asking for names and addresses of your loved ones serving "Over There." For details about the Auxiliary project, click VFW Ladies Auxiliary and be sure to respond if you can help.

    Tomorrow is the first day of Spring 2003. Praise the Lord and say a prayer for our troops "over there."

    March 13, 2003

    Sgt. Grant Farmer, featured in our "Islanders In The Service" column last week, has written to thank me for posting this new page at Isledegrande.com and said he has already received mail from many old friends he had not heard from in a long time. Please write to our troops and make sure your loved one is included in our list so they, too, can receive mail overseas.~~~~According to VFW Auxiliary member, Mary Becker, the Ladies Auxiliary of the VFW Post 9249 have just started a very special project for our troops "Over There." Please take a moment to click VFW Ladies Auxiliary and respond if you can help.

    Amy and Steven Morgan are celebrating a milestone anniversary on Wednesday. Married on March 19, 1983, they are wished the best on their 20th wedding anniversary.

    Ragtime piano player Don Burns drew a great crowd to River Oaks last Friday night and those who were there said it was truly "old times." Don will continue to entertain in the lounge on Friday nights. The word is that River Oaks fish fry is the best!

    Thad Raczkowski, October 2002
    Our sympathy to the families of Thaddeues A. Raczkowski, James W. McDonald and longtime Island resident Asiata von Wilpert Bielicki. Click for complete Death Notice.

    Happy birthday to Ralph Hoover celebrating his 75th birthday today, to Bob Wendling and Karen 'Hayes' Smith (today), Sharon 'Dingey' Ullrich (cheers today), CJ Matthew (turning 10 tomorrow), Elsie Stamler (best wishes tomorrow), Pat 'Williams' Meyer (Saturday!), Sally Black (Sunday's her big day), Pat "McMahon" Phillips (Sunday), Ruth 'Owens' Lougen (Monday), Steven Cane (16 on Monday), Sandy Hingston (ask her which one she's celebrating on Monday!), Ryan Matthew O'Neil (5-years-old on Monday), Art Pelletier (If you see him Tuesday, wish him the best), Maria Christina Fusco (her Sweet 16th on Wednesday) and Carol Sharpe (Wednesday).~~~~Happy birthday to Pat Kratz and her son Adam Kratz who both celebrate today and to Pat's daughter Mindi Kratz who has a birthday on Saturday.~~~~A belated happy 10th birthday to Shelbi Milkas who celebrated on March 6th.

    Looking Back 50 years - "What Are We Doing About Zoning," a talk on the proposed revision of the 1930 zoning ordinance was given by Roswell Pfohl at the March 1953 Grand Island Taxpayers Association meeting in the Legion Hall on Ferry Road.~~~~A wrestling match in the fire hall to benefit the building fund featured local boy Art Staley against Captain John Silver of Hamilton on Monday evening, March 16, 1953. Teddy Thomas was guest referee and Art was victorious, winning two of three bouts at the event that drew a crowd of 150.

    Looking Back 40 years - The Grand Island Men's Softball League elected Kester Bleich president; Mike Niland, secretary; and Joseph Rizzo, treasurer in March 1963.

    Looking Back 30 years - The Republican committee announced its endorsement of candidates for the November 1973 election as John Beishline for supervisor, incumbents George Sullivan and Jim Pax for councilmen, and Eric Reimann for town justice. Theodore Kumlander was endorsed for highway superintendent to run for the position most recently held by Joe Roe who retired.~~~~Ray Griffin was endorsed by the Democratic party to run for his 6th term as supervisor. Other Democratic endorsements included Joanne Carr for councilman, and Carl John for highway superintendent.

    Looking Back 20 years - Grand Island residents competing in the 18th Biennial Niagara Invitational Skating Competition March 17-20, 1983 were Cheryl and Laura Lajos, Sara Staub, Beverly Bates and Jean Cudmore.~~~~School trustees voted 6-1 at their Monday, March 21, 1983 board meeting, to discontinue use of the Charlotte Sidway School, the town's first centralized educational building constructed in 1937. Board Vice President Terri Eberl voted to keep Sidway in operation.~~~~Jim Ehde Jr. became the new owner of Isle Cove Restaurant when he purchased the place from Mildred Goldbach in March 1983.~~~~St. Stephen's Cheerleaders for 1982-83 were Maria Mongielo, Carmina Cunanan, Colleen Wirth, Cathy Taylor, Lesil Bahleda, Trisha Folts, Patty DiLaura, Mary Ann Argy, Celin Cunanan, Karen Stedman, Kathy Koller and Lori Dunn. Their coach was Maria Santa Lucia.

    Looking Back 10 years - The Highway Department began full scale operations at 1 p.m. Saturday, March 13, 1993 as high winds accompanied the blizzard of '93 as it hit the Island. The Highway crew remained in full operation for the next 31 hours. Highway Superintendent Norm Mrkall praised retired mechanic Randy Kaiser for responding at 3 a.m. Saturday to help repair damaged plows and get them back on the road.

    Congratulations to Kristen Aley who was one of only 12 undergraduate students recently inducted into Niagara University's President's Society.

    Click for full photo
    Is that Earl DeGlopper Sr. having so much fun? Sure is! Earl was in Gainsville, Florida to help his son Earl DeGlopper Jr. during the Gator Nationals this past weekend. The photo was taken by another former Islander, Gary Larson who owns Stripbike.com. Earl Jr., who has been racing all his life, is a member of Pro Stock Bike driver Geno Scali's racing team.

    The Huth Road School PTA's bazaar takes place this Saturday.~~~~A St. Patrick's Day Dinner of corned beef and cabbage will be served by the VFW Ladies Auxiliary from 4-7 p.m. Saturday at the Post, and we've heard that the Knights of Columbus is also offering a corned beef dinner Saturday. Happy St. Patrick's Day! Corned beef will also be featured at Isledegrande.com sponsors - The Beach House Restaurant
    , McMahon's Family Restaurant
    , River Oaks
    and The Village Inn

    Jackson Music on the Boulevard will feature the live music of Jim Jowsey and SuperPimp or is it "AcoustiPimp" starting at 2 p.m. this Saturday. There is no charge.

    Everyone is welcome to attend a Service of Prayer For Peace being held 7 p.m. this Sunday at St. Martin-in-the-Fields Church.~~~~Lenten Luncheons are being held every Wednesday at noon at Whitehaven Road Baptist Church.

    March 6, 2003
    The first day of Spring is now two weeks from tomorrow, so smile!

         Liz     Ruth         Mike
    We had a great time Saturday night while attending the dinner theater of "Arsenic & Old Lace." Click for over a dozen photos of those who took parts in the play.

    Attention senior citizens, 50 and over! Did you know we are offering computer assistance classes at 11 a.m. Tuesdays at the Golden Age Center?~~~~Isledegrande.com sponsors Joe and Fran McMahon are offering Lenten fish fries at lunch time on Wednesdays at McMahon's Family Restaurant on the Boulevard.~~~~Welcome to Mike Mongan and his Beach House Restaurant
    , our newest business sponsor.

    Happy 50th birthday Linda "Deeter" Tufillaro who is celebrating tomorrow, March 7th!

    Happy birthday to Donna Webb who celebrated on Sunday, to Carolyn 'Martene' Leggio (special greetings today), Karen Hutzler, Keira Johnson and Kelly Gast (today), Jennifer Bullock, Deborah 'Luippold' Alinson and Morey Cohen (tomorrow), Amanda Jordon Post (10-years-old tomorrow), Bill Gworek Sr. and Bud Link (Saturday), Chandler Cole (5-years-old on Sunday), Gail "Burgstahler" Rothenburg (Sunday), Bob Andujar and Lynn "Williams" Connell (special greetings Monday), Jessica Pauley (entering her teens on Wednesday), and Councilman Dan Robillard (a fabulous 40 on Wednesday).

    Best wishes to Doug and Gail Burgstahler Rothenberg who will celebrate their 45th wedding anniversary tomorrow, March 7th. If you'd like to drop them a line, their address is 69 Houde Street, Marlborough, MA 01752.~~~~Wendy and Dick Planavsky will be married 35 years on Sunday. Happy days, folks!

    Our sympathy to the family of former resident and well known photographer Wendell D. Stratton who died last week. Click for complete Death Notice.

    Looking Back 50 years - Henry Ehde resigned his elective post as chief of the Grand Island Volunteer Fire Company, effective March 9, 1953.~~~~Grandyle Village resident Sally Smith, leader of Girl Scout Troop 39, was in charge of the Girl Scout Birthday Party held March 6, 1953 in the Sidway gym. The Curved Bar award was presented on Grand Island for the first time to Karen McCall (Beecher), Barbara Gross, Donna Staley (Mesmer), Doris Harding (Watson) and Daralene Meyers (Jones).~~~~Members of Olive Robinson's ceramics class included Nora Butcher, Doris Kinsey, Mae Thomas and Laura Winters. (I am the proud owner of a 1952 Centennial ceramic ashtray in the shape of Grand Island and made by Olive Robinson and also have a set of three ceramic all occasion dishes - a gift from Nora Butcher.)~~~~Carol Senn (Dusenbury) celebrated her 13th birthday (March 12th) with 18 other Grand Island young folks on a Saturday night hayride, with games and refreshments back at her house afterwards.

    Looking Back 40 years - The Jaycees held a 25-mile walk-a-thon around the Island on Saturday morning, March 9, 1963. The starting point was the Beaver Island Casino and 26 of those 100+ who participated, completed the walk. First to return to the starting point in about five hours was Pvt. George Bliss, a serviceman stationed at the Nike Base on Whitehaven Road. Spec. 4C Rudolph Lewis and Arthur Ciechoski, 15, of East Park Road came in second and third respectively. Bringing along ten peanut butter and jelly sandwiches to sustain him was Nate Slotiuk, 12, of East River Road. Nate was not one of those 26 participants to finish the walk-a-thon.

    Looking Back 30 years - "Hello Dolly" was the high school's musical production presented on March 9-10, 1973. Michelle McGraw was cast as Dolly, and Kevin Brady played the part of Horace Vandergelden. The cast of 70 also included Barb LiVecchi, Walter Hughes, Rosemarie Eichel, Irwin Zeplowitz, Becky Popiel, and Tom Farley. Magdalene A. Miller directed and Linda Johnson was the choreographer.~~~~The Grand Island Swim Club's formation meeting was held March 6, 1973.~~~~A Telethon Satellite was located on the Island for the first time when members of the Knights of Columbus opened their hall to the event in March 1973. Jerry Dubiel and Mike Kelly served as co-chairmen and eight-month-old Eric Beyer, son of Don and Gretchen Beyer, won a huge chocolate bunny.

    Looking Back 20 years - Greg Nowakowski was voted most valuable player in March 1983 during the Town Recreation Department's floor hockey championships in Kaegebein School gym.~~~~The Roessler family held a ribbon cutting to open their new Convenient Food Mart in the Grand Island Plaza 20 years ago this month.

    Former residents Bob and Jean Bennett could use some words of encouragement. Bob, who had surgery February 4th, has just had a "port" put in so he can begin chemo treatments. The Bennetts, whose email address is bobnjean@cusave.com, are most appreciative to those of you who have expressed your concern. Let's keep the mail coming. (Robert G. Bennett, 12401 Paddock Lane, Hudson, FL 34667)

    The late John Gast Sr. is featured in our Pictures From the Past this week. I would welcome submissions of your old photos for the Old Photo Album. Email to teddy@giecom.net.~~~~Check our newest column, Islanders In The Service and feel free to email information about your loved one in service by clicking teddy@giecom.net.

    Congratulations, and good luck to Colton Wright who is one of 11 local skiers who has qualified for the J-IV (11-12) state championships being held this weekend at Windham. Colton skis with the Holiday Valley team.

    The Historical Society will meet 7 p.m. this evening in the Grand Island Memorial Library Community Room at which time the sesquicentennial events video will be shown.~~~~The Buffalo Power Squadron will hold a four-lesson safe boating course in the Buffalo Launch Club beginning tonight. Click BLC Page for complete information.~~~~Grand Island's World Day of Prayer 2003 service will take place at 10 a.m. tomorrow at Trinity UM Church. Everyone is welcome. Click GI Ministerium Page for further information.~~~~This year's Zonta Club Antique Show is being held tomorrow night and Saturday at the River Oaks Golf Club Restaurant. Click Zonta Web Page for details.

    Did you lose an earring recently? A gold earring was found in the parking lot in front of deSignet Jewelry and Isledegrande.com several weeks ago. If you think it is yours, please stop in and describe it.

    We know most of you are reading the Grand Island e-News from "cover to cover" just by tracking our "hit counts." Won't you check out our list of sponsors on the front page? They are the folks who make this all possible!

    Just a reminder - Don Burns, an Isledegrande.com sponsor, will be playing piano at River Oaks tomorrow night, 6-9 p.m.

    February 27, 2003
    Those of you who live in the warmer parts of the nation are probably aware of our very cold winter. The temperature recorded at the town hall yesterday (Wednesday) was 11 degrees below 0. Fortunately, the low temperatures and snow have been accompanied for the most part with a lot of sunshine and today is no exception. The First Day of Spring is three weeks from tomorrow and we are all more than ready for it!!

    The Town of Grand Island's first election took place in John Nice's home 150 years ago. The exact date is March 1, 1853 and the location is the site of the Holiday Inn Grand Island on East River Road.

    Don Burns is scheduled to play his fabulous ragtime piano music at River Oaks Clubhouse Restaurant from 6-9 p.m. next Friday, March 7th for an open-ended engagement. In the January 30th column, Don's Post Office Box number was listed incorrectly. It is P.O. Box 572. By the way, Don's knee surgery is healing right on schedule!

    Our sympathy to the families of former residents Elizabeth Henry and Rev. Donald R. Hughes who died this week. Click for complete
    Death Notice.

    Looking Back 50 years - Stony Point Road residents Donald and Vivian Alt and their five children lost everything in a fast moving house fire on Monday, March 2, 1953. The Fire Company's two fire trucks were used to fight the fire and water was drawn from front yard cisterns and from a creek that ran along side the house. Four enlisted men from the nearby army base assisted firemen in trying to save the structure.

    Looking Back 30 years - The Grand Island Democrat Women's Club held its "Spring Fashion Festival" and card party on March 1, 1973 in the Buffalo Launch Club. Co-chairing the event that featured fashions from the Patti Mae Shop on Grand Island Blvd. were Peggy Butler and Kathleen Sciortino.~~~~Blue ribbon winners in the Junior Division Exhibit category of the Middle School Science Fair Thursday March 1, 1973 were Andy McGahan, Leland Pierce, Rene Walczak, Jim Ellson and Aram Karagoz. Lecture Demonstration blue ribbon winners were Linda Reiter, Bonnie Westrope, Rosanne Price, Donna Price, Edith Trianda, Dave Wilson, Mike Gawoski, Greg McCabe, Leonard Rossiter, Doug Bondar, and Peter Gilmore.~~~~ Construction was completed and the new Grand Island Manor Nursing Home, now Elderwood Healthcare Center at Riverwood, was opened in March 1973 on Grand Island Blvd.

    Looking Back 20 years - David and Beth Salt, owners of the Colonial Liquor Store in the Grand Island Blvd. plaza bought the business on March 1, 1983. The store was opened for the first time in 1966.

    Attention graduates of Tonawanda High School, Class of 1958 - Members of the Tonawanda High School Class of 1958, 43 of which were Grand Island residents, are planning a class reunion to be held July 19, 2003. If you have not been contacted, call Janet Mistretta Goodsell at 773-7149 or click Class of 1958.

    Happy birthday to Michael Becker (celebrating a big one today), Kevin Koch Jr. (his first birthday today), Matthew Clark (20 today), Deb Hutzler and Jim Porter (today), Kevin Sander (3 tomorrow), Bill Koch (tomorrow), Karie Michaelene Stedman (her first birthday on Saturday), Jane Cooke (8 on Saturday), Kayla Schmidt (10-years-old on Saturday), Gail Click (Saturday), Dana "Kirsch" Moles (Sunday), Eric Stone and Mike O'Dea (Monday), Jacki Mysliwiec (Sweet 16 on Tuesday), Cindy Zurek (Tuesday), Tim Moriarty (16 on Wednesday) and last but not least is Bob Haag who's looking forward to a huge cake and many, many candles on Wednesday. Happy birthday, Bob!

    Tom McMahon, son of Mary and Supervisor Peter McMahon, is quoted in USA Today. Just click USA Today. Tom, a Grand Island High School graduate, Class of 1981, is Vice President of RGS Associates, a professional services consulting firm located about a mile from the Pentagon.

    Please, readers, help us all do our part in keeping the spirits up for our friends and relatives serving our country in the armed forces. Submission for Islanders In The Service should come from immediate family and photos are more than welcome. Email me at teddy@giecom.net.

    DeSignet Jewelry and our small crew here at Isledegrande.com ordered lunch from our newest sponsor, the Beach House. We already knew how good the food has been over the years, however, the delivery was on time and the 20 different lunches were raved about. If you've never been to the Beach House, you've got a treat in store. Click Beach House to visit our newest sponsor's web page.

    St. Stephen's Parish Players production of Arsenic & Old Lace takes place this weekend. Check with Elizabeth Beach for availablility of tickets and click Parish Players Website for ticket information.~~~~Attention crafters! Robin Swedish and Kathy Smith and friends have announced that the "Grand Crafts On the Island" Craft Show is being held Saturday and Sunday, June 28-29 on the Grand Island Town Hall grounds. Click Grand Crafts Web Page for complete details and application form.

    February 20, 2003

    "Miss Cath," Cathy Thomas that is, celebrated perhaps her best Valentine's Day yet. Attending the 5th Dimension concert at the Seneca Niagara Casino Friday night with her husband, Tom Thomas and friends, Cathy took on the request for a volunteer to dance on stage with the musicians. Miss Cath danced with Lamonte McLemore, one of the two original band members in the group. Cathy, who received an autographed picture of the 5th Dimension, said she had, "the time of my life." (Just ask her!!!) Click the photo for a larger view.

    Fifteen-year-old Grand Island High School freshman Alexi Salamone is a wrestler, a sled-hockey competitor, a skier and has also been involved in gymnastics. That may not seem unusual for an Island teenager, however, Al has no legs. Click Alexi Salamone Story for the complete article that appeared in the News last Friday.

    Danny and Donna Krehl will celebrate their 30th wedding anniversary on February 24th. Best wishes to the Krehls. Donna's sister, Diane Nesbitt and her husband Clark are also wished the best as they celebrate 37 years on the 26th.

    Happy birthday to Tommy Smith who is turning seven today, to Kathleen Ann Brady (her 10th today), Jack Kennell and Tom Collins (Cheers to Jack and Tom tomorrow!), Jim Zilliox (16 on Saturday), John Grycel (Saturday), Christina Elizabeth Kolkman (5 on Sunday), Lauren Braun (a teenager on Monday) and Barry Case Barker and Tim Reimann (Wednesday).

    Looking Back 60 years - In a February 1943 entry in a diary written for me by my mother, the late Marion Klingel, she noted the very cold weather and that because of the ban on pleasure driving (gas rationing), we probably wouldn't get off the Island until spring. A week later she entered, "We walked to Mrs. Fitzpatrick's on East River for our eggs, you in the buggy and your sister and I walked." That was quite a hike from our house on Love Road nearly to Broadway!

    Looking Back 50 years - Marion Pinkow arranged a music program for the February 1953 Sidway PTA meeting. Eric Reimann, a 6th grader, played a clarinet solo, and a string trio was presented by 8th graders Peggy Webster and Wilma Pankow (Volberg) and 7th grader Susan Turnbull.~~~~Scout Master Wilfred Vanthoff and three Boy Scouts, Joe Kerr, Jim Kerr and Jim Hawley, accepted three Cub Scouts into Boy Scouting. Receiving Webelos Badges were John Grycel, D. Corson "Corkey" Lewis and Dick Killian.~~~~The Masonic Lodge potluck supper drew 318 persons to the Buffalo Launch Club in February 1953.

    Looking Back 40 years - Some of the winners in the Science and Math Fair at Sidway Jr. High in February 1963 were Melissa Clement (Hill), first place for The Egg; Jean Janke, 2nd place for "blood types"; and Lynn Sowden, 3rd place for "vital organs."~~~~Bob Wilcox, Jack Burke, Dave Yakam, Jim Bernd, Ken Siebert, Ron Rezabek, Don Tranter and Ed Nicke made up the Mesmer Dairy Basketball Team that finished the season undefeated and won 12 straight games to win the pennant. Bob was also the team coach.

    Looking Back 30 years - Addie Ubel's 5th grade at Kaegebein School produced "Tom Sawyer" with Mark Courey taking the lead as Tom. Cast members also included Paula Drainville, Tim Elie, Wanda Wells, Kurt Raepple and Kevin Bowling.~~~~Lovers and Others Strangers was the current show offered by the Island Theater Group in the Huth Road School Auditorium 30 years ago this week. Among actors were Angela Robinson (Hastrich), Trey Elgar, Al England, Jackie Nowakowski, Chet Musialewski, Joy Mesmer, Pat Zoltoski, Thom Volk, Carol Patterson and Norm Graesser.

    Looking Back 25 years - Clive Roughsedge deserves the credit for the formation of the Grand Island Soccer Club in 1978. The new soccer venture drew a whopping 140 pre-registered youngsters.

    Check out our "Islanders In The News" page to learn what former resident Joanne Hartman has been up to! Congratulations, Joanne.

    Our sympathy to the families of Edward Harvanka and former residents Margaret K. Seitz, Theodore A. Schendel and John Miklos who died this week. Click for complete Death Notice.

    Did you know that the new Beaver Island Casino shall be known as the Beaver Island Club House? Check our front page for the newest photo.

    An American Red Cross Blood Drive will take place at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 1841 Whitehaven Road from 1-6 p.m. Tuesday, February 25th.~~~~Kids from all Island schools are putting on the play, Jungle Book
    this weekend at St. Stephen's.~~~~Little League Registration
    is scheduled from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. this Saturday in the Grand Island Memorial Library.~~~~A 10-year reunion planning meeting for the Grand Island High School Class of 1993 will be held Sunday. Email Betsy Schopp Cali if interested in helping.~~~~Let us know of your club, school, church and organization events. We will be glad to add them to the Current Events Page as well as your own group web page.

    February 13, 2003
    Just in is the wonderful news that baby Jadon Russell Garman, just a year old on February 8th, has had successful lifesaving surgery.
    Click Fantastic News

    Al and Faye Popiel, who were featured in Sunday's Buffalo News, celebrated their 50th wedding anniversary with a dinner in Chef's Restaurant in Buffalo. Al is a retired executive assistant for special projects for Ed Rutkowski and a former Buffalo News reporter and Faye is a cashier for Eckerd's here on the Island.

    Former residents Edwin M. Webb and Diane M. Emke were married Sunday, February 9, 2003 at the Hamlet Methodist Church in Hamlet, New York. Ed is the son of Edwin and Virginia Staley Webb and grandson of Marvin Edwin Webb and Louise Rasch Webb and great grandson of John W. and Mary A. Pettit Webb, who are/were all previous Islanders. Nancy Langdon Webb passed this along to me, saying, "We are so delighted that Ed and Diane have found happiness together. Both have lost spouses, so this marriage will merge 11 children, 24 grandchildren and 3 great grandchildren, if I remember correctly."

    I have just set up a new page, Islanders In the Service, at Isledegrande.com. It is my hope that we can keep our servicemen and women overseas connected with the folks on Grand Island. If you are the parent or spouse of one, why not click and forward the necessary information and a photo of your loved one in uniform to be posted on the page. As the new names are added to the "In The Service" column, they will also appear on the front page of the Grand Island e-News.

    Congratulations to Sarah Webb who came up with the idea of having a Chinese auction during the Rotary Club's Chili Supper. She and two friends made their own greeting cards which they put into one of the baskets in the raffle. The Grand Island Neighbors Foundation will be given the $70 earned by the girls. Sarah, 9, is the daughter of Kent and Donna Webb and a fourth grader at Huth Road School.

    Are you a senior citizen who would like to correspond with family and friends through email? If so, click GIECOM.net Offers On-Line Class To Senior Citizens

    A couple notes came in my e-mail after I had posted the feature story and photos last week on the Kaegebein School's opening in February 1953. Kathy "Grycel" Farmer, a second grader in the new school wrote, "My most vivid memories of Kaegebein are sitting in the hallway on a hard linoleum floor in puddles of melting snow pulling off each other's boots and leggings; fainting from the 'Polio Pioneer' shot; and being thrilled by the rides on the May pole and the merry-go-round push 'thing'." Don Tranter remembers the new school well and wrote that his name was chosen to be in the cornerstone. If you missed the story, just click "Kaegebein School Birthday." Thanks to the following "students" for their help with the article.

    From left are Ellen Blakelock Martin, Pam Ball Fries, Dan McMahon, Susan Hogue Canty, Nancy Buckley Valone, Ruth Owens Lougen, Kathy "Grycel" Farmer and Don Tranter.

    The engagement of Grand Island High School Class of '87 graduate, Dr. Brian Schnell to Chizuru Homma has been announced by the bride's parents, Mr. Chiaki Homma and Mrs. Yaehiyo Homma of Yokosuka, Japan. Click Islanders In the News for a photo of Brian and Chizuru.

    Adria Ryan, daughter of Rosemary and Dan Ryan of West Oakfield Road, is taking the role of Laura Wingfield in Starry Night Theatre's production of The Glass Menagerie. For times and ticket information, click Starry Night Theatre.

    Congratulations to star cross country runner Ruby Kam of Grand Island who has been named to the dean's list at Xavier University.~~~~Grand Island High School will host this weekend's Niagara Frontier League Championships for Section VI swimmers and divers.~~~~Congratulations to Gary McDannell. Gary recently entered his german shepard in the Westminster dog show and earned the coveted Award of Merit. (Story to follow!).~~~~Congratulations to Mark Foote who bowled a 275 with the Men's A-Best Roofing League this week.

    The Erie County Sheriff's Report for Grand Island has been appearing on our front page at Isledegrande.com on a weekly basis, thanks to Deputy Sheriff Fred Vincent. Click Erie County Sheriff's Report to find out what's been going on in your neck of the woods!

    Looking Back 50 years - Girl Scout Troop 437's Seven Dwarfs patrol, led by Carleen Alt directed the Valentine's party and Kathleen McCarthy (Northrup) was elected the new president of the troop. Registered nurse Mrs. Mary Gross assisted the scouts with their nursing badge.~~~~Grand Island's Centennial committee mailed checks in February 1953 to all organizations that had advanced capital funds for the 1952 centennial. The checks reimbursed in full the groups' investments. A total of $37,127 was spent by the Centennial Committee during its existence.~~~~A Valentine's dance at the old fire hall, festively decorated with Valentine trimmings, drew over 300 people. Comments overheard and published in the weekly paper were, "The new building can't come soon enough," "Feel that floor sway," "Gee! We need that new hall," and "This party is a repetition of some of the dances held here years ago." That old hall was built as the first town hall in 1875 and given to the Fire Company when it formed in 1938.~~~~Supervisor George J. Burgstahler, at a February 1953 town board meeting, stated that Health Officer Dr. Norman G. Stessing reported that the matter of garbage disposal in the fields by Army installations on the Island had been satisfactorily taken care of.

    Looking Back 40 years - "Made and presented by Peter DeGlopper, Supervisor 1893-1897 to Henry Long, Supervisor 1918-1925, Town of Grand Island, NY" are the words inscribed on a gavel which was presented to the Grand Island Historical Society at its February 7, 1963 meeting. Society President Marion E. Klingel received the gavel from Vice President Harold L. Long, son of the late Supervisor Long. Mr. Long explained that the gavel was made from the Island's once famous white oak.

    Looking Back 30 years - Radio Station WBNY manager Daniel E. McBride was honored by the Goodwill Industries. The station and Dan were recognized for their efforts on behalf of handicapped Goodwill employees.~~~~Russell Beyer broke a school, pool and ECIC Division II record in diving with 246.8 points when the Vikings beat Lackawanna in a February 9, 1973 swim meet.~~~~The annual Campers & Hikers charter night dinner and dance was hosted by the Grand Island Bridgehoppers at the Silver Dollar Saloon on Saturday evening, February 17, 1973 when 104 steak dinners were served to those in attendance.

    Our sincere sympathy to the family of former resident Daniel F. Krasinski Jr. who passed away on Saturday. Click for complete Death Notice.

    The Ladies Auxiliary of VFW Post #9249 will host a Spaghetti Dinner from 4-7 p.m. this Saturday at the Post with live music from 6-9 p.m.~~~~The Knights of Columbus Mary Star of the Sea Council will hold a Chicken & Biscuit Dinner from 4:30-7 p.m. Wednesday, February 19th in the K of C Hall. Call 773-9682 for further information.

    It's not too early to purchase tickets for St. Stephen's Parish Players youth production of Jungle Book. The show opens Friday, February 21st. Click "Jungle Book" for further times and ticket information.

    Turning 18 today and wished a very happy birthday is Cody Clarke. Happy birthday also to Andrew Fred (6 today), Adam Dahlberg (21 today), Mary Ann Gross Bishara (tomorrow's the big day), Kellie Lynn Kehoe (12 tomorrow), Shirley Martin, Betty O'Dea Carr and Ross Cohen (all Valentine babies), Emily Ann Cole (nine tomorrow), Eric Linton (Saturday), Mike Cinelli (the big 4-0 on Sunday), Sarah McLeod (Sweet 16 on Sunday), Alyssa Bailey Ryan (her 10th on Monday), Kevin Kinney (Cheers on Tuesday), Christopher Heftka (18 on Tuesday), Michele Gast (Tuesday), Alyssa Bowerman (Sweet 16 on Wednesday), and Dorothy Rowswell celebrates a birthday on Wednesday.~~~~Wouldn't want to forget Jayce Claus who just turned two-years-old yesterday. Happy birthday, Jayce!

    Judy Polizzi is trying to track down former Evelyn Court resident Lisa Evert. Judy has a painting that belongs to her and would like to return it. Click pondrosa@localnet.com to email Judy with information on where Lisa is living.

    Though I would like to ignore what is going on in the world around us just as much as the next person, we can't. Click Department of Homeland Security's web site for information we need to know.

    February 6, 2003
    Michael Endres was born on February 10, 1953 to Al and Lydia Endres weighing six pounds, eight ounces. Mike has continuously put Grand Island, NY on the map by winning national and world championships in hydroplane racing. Happy 50th birthday, Mike. (Click the middle photo for a larger view)

    Chris Goelz, Grand Island High School Class of 2002, was part of the victorious 200-meter freestyle relay but the Fredonia men's swim team (1-8) dropped a 101-81 decision to Brockport this week.~~~~Just read that the boat show in the Summit Park Mall, Niagara Falls, has been extended through this Sunday. Click Buffalo Boating for more information.

    Our sincere sympathy to the families of Anna M. (Geschwender) Kruse, Melinda Sue Link and Thomas E. Kay and former residents Sally (Budwey) Vanthoff, Lawrence 'Larry' Burns and Robert C. Bates who passed away this week. Click for complete Death Notices.

    "Happy birthday Kaegebein School." The school opened on February 9, 1953. Click "Kaegebein School Birthday" for a feature story on the 50-year-old school.

    Looking Back 50 years - Brownie Troop 209 was presented a new American Flag by Edna Milner. Members of the troop were Ann Wallace (Arlessi), Lorraine Wilkinson, Suzanne Neimeier (Adams), Beverly Holcombe, Barbara Harrison (Ressman), Sherry Exley, Judy Brockwell (MacAllister), Donna Pollack (Johnson), Roberta Roy and Mia Fontana (Sample).~~~~A Junior Chamber of Commerce (Jaycees) was formed in February 1953 and first members included James Buckley, Edward Kinney, Donald Alt, William Berger, Harry Simpson, Torgier Fadum, Kenneth Young and Thomas Tierney. Click for Jaycees Photo 1953.~~~~William Woodman was the newly appointed Cub Master when Cub Scout Pack 75 held its Blue and Gold Father & Son banquet at Charlotte Sidway School cafeteria in February 1953. Gary Corbett received his Lion award, Wolf badges went to Barry Hamiton, Wayne Baumler and Richard Sawdey, and Webelos were presented to Russell Running and Eric Reimann.~~~~Robert Bartlett, Theodore W. Klingel, Arthur G. Haller, Robert Weatherbee, Charles Robinson, Melvin Rupp Sr., Richard Hogue, Franklin Klocke, Fred Voetch and Jerome Hughes were to serve as town constables for the year 1953 under Chief Constable Clarence R. Dixon.

    Looking Back 40 years - "Made and presented by Peter DeGlopper, Supervisor 1893-1897 to Henry Long, Supervisor 1918-1925, Town of Grand Island, NY." are the words inscribed on a gavel which was presented to the Grand Island Historical Society at its February 7, 1963 meeting. Vice President Harold L. Long, son of the late Supervisor Long, explained that the gavel was made from Grand Island's once famous white oak.

    Happy birthday to Michael Podlucky turning 6-years-old today, to Brent Minet (22 today), John McCaffery (tomorrow), Lynn Cullin Euse (Saturday), Diane Lee (cheers on Saturday), David Santa Lucia (16 on Saturday), Grace Giambra (six on Saturday), Helen "Kunkel" Dwyer (a milestone on Saturday), Ellie Wiant (Sunday), Irma Dworak (97 on Sunday), Jagger Robert Click (3 on Tuesday), Jaime Lee Holka (16 on Wednesday), and Kim Schopp Baldassare (Wednesday).

    Pat Gentner Daley is working with the 40-year reunion committee for the Riverside High School Class of 1963. The committee is looking for contact with former members of the class. Islanders who graduated from Riverside in '63 are encouraged to call 839-4540 or 692-3769 for further information.

    Brent Minet will be playing piano tomorrow night at River Oaks Restaurant from 6-9 p.m. For dinner reservations, call 773-3337, Ex. 17.~~~~South Pacific opens tonight. Click for details.

    Connor Middle Schoolers will take part in a "Bowling for Jadon" fundraiser at Island Lanes Monday. The decision to dedicate the school's annual bowl-a-thon to Jadon Russell Garman came about after a student brought in an article about the extremely sick baby. A call from Pittsburgh with word of a new kidney cannot come soon enough as Jadon's condition is deteriorating. Please keep baby Jadon in your prayers.

    January 30, 2003

    Happy birthday to Maria Ramsperger, turning five-years-old on February 2nd. Maria, the daughter of Vince and Christina Ramsperger, is pictured on the right with her cousin, Hannah Linenfelser. The little girls are the grandchildren of Dan and JoAnn Linenfelser and great grandchildren of Fran Clarke.

    A June wedding on the shore of the east Niagara River is being planned by Jodi Hayes Dodd and Brad Robinson. Jodi and Brad, who became engaged over the holidays, are wished a lifetime of happiness together.

    Happy birthday to Dave Lantz (today), Sue Radder (tomorrow), Hailee Clayton (6 tomorrow), Maribeth Head (her 21st tomorrow), Bill Dunshie (must be the big one tomorrow), Helen Hassan and Mandy Malaney (Saturday), baby Ryan Eric Pecoraro (his first birthday Saturday), Ilene Dee and Rita DeGlopper (Monday), Joe Diebold (21 on Monday), Andrew Carlson (5 on Monday), Tom Colley (Tuesday's the big day) and Fred Arch (70 years young on Wednesday).

    Congratulations to Aaron Masters who was one of four Buffalo State first place winners at the St. Lawrence Invitational indoor track meet. Aaron Masters won the pole vault event.~~~~Congratulations to Stephen Studley, a certified public accountant with Dopkins & Co., who has been elected vice president of the Erie Community College Foundation.~~~~Congratulations to Gary Scott on his 267 game (690) while bowling with the Labatts Men's League at Island Lanes this week.

    A speedy recovery to Don Burns who is recovering from knee surgery he had on Monday. Don's address is P.O. Box 572, Grand Island, NY 14072. Check out his website for information on the book he wrote, "Piano People."

    Looking Back 50 years - Appointed town constables for 1953 were Robert Bartlett, Theodore W. Klingel, Arthur G. Haller, Robert Weatherbee, Charles Robinson, Melvin Rupp, Richard Hogue, Franklin Klocke, Fred Voetch, Jerome Hughes and Chief Constable Clarence R. Dixon.~~~~A new asphalt tile floor, a cross, candlesticks and several other items were dedicated at the Emmanuel Chapel on Ferry Road near East River Road on Sunday, February 1, 1953.

    Looking Back 40 years - John Madia, 14 and Mike Rush, 10 were making hockey news. John was an outstanding performer with the Shamrocks of Buffalo Muny Hockey, and selected a member of Muny All Star Team. He was also goal tender for Buffalo Bison Bantams. Mike was playing goalie for the Buffalo Bison Pee Wee Team in January 1963. Both teams barnstorm throughout Southern Ontario and Western New York.

    Looking Back 30 years - For the first time in Western New York, a Nordic race series was underway at the Nor-Ski Cross Country Course located at Grand Island's River Oaks. First races, postponed from January 28, 1973 due to no snow, were held 2 p.m. February 4, 1973.~~~~The senior Class of 1973 sponsored a 3-hour dance/concert in the high school gym on January 31, 1973 featuring Big Wheelie and the Hubcaps. Also playing were the Friendship Train.~~~~A Nine Hole Golf Club was established at River Oaks. Elected to server were President Bobby Dannels, Vice President and membership chair Alphia Prosser, Secretary Mrs. John Lechner, Treasurer Eileen Gesegnet. Others on committees were Mrs. Leonard Johnson, Mrs. Walter Sutor, Mrs. Donavan Klaaren, Mrs. Louis Morgan, Mrs. Ben Williams and Rita DeGlopper.~~~~The Grand Island Teacher's Association sponsored the annual Sports Night and Basketball game between the combined Sidway, Huth Road and Kaegebein School teachers and the Middle School faculty. The elementary faculty beat the middle school 59-53 in the annual sports night confrontation February 3, 1973.~~~~Addie Ubel's 5th grade at Kaegebein School produced "Tom Sawyer" with Mark Courey taking the lead as Tom. Cast members included Paula Drainville, Tim Elie, Wanda Wells, Kurt Raepple and Kevin Bowling.

    Our sincere sympathy to the families of Kathryn M. Sheehan and Melinda S. Flaim, and former residents Donald Lloyd Ridge and Barbara "Roeder" Howard who passed away this week. Click for complete Death Notices.

    Huth Road Elementary students, Ashley Rutland, Nick Ernst and Brian Kulak performed and received A+ ratings at the All-County Elementary Evaluation Festival at Depew High School on January 11th. As a result, Brian was selected for the All-County Orchestra as the only tuba player and Nick Ernst was placed in the All-County Band as the first-chair trumpet. Congratulations, music students!

    Grand Island High School students will present their spring musical, South Pacific, at the high school at 7:30 p.m. on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, February 6-8th. Click South Pacific for cast, characters and more!

    This year's 30th Niagara Falls Boat Show, presented annually by the Marine Trades Association, is being held through Sunday at the Summit Park Mall. There is no admission charge and Buffalo Launch Club members will be manning a booth as well as Grand Island's Anchor Marine, River Oaks Marina Sales, and Nauti Girl Canvas. The Como Restaurant personnel will open the old Doyle's Restaurant in the mall just for the event.~~~~Have a great weekend!

    January 23, 2003
    Happy birthday Wayne and Judy!
    This is
    Wayne Baumler in 1953 and 2003. Wayne will celebrate his 60th birthday on Sunday, January 26th, the same day his sister, Sister Marian Judy Baumler celebrates hers. Wayne, now residing in Omaha, Nebraska and Judy of Niagara Falls, grew up in the Sandy Beach neighborhood on the Island.

    Happy birthday to Joan Raab (today), to our niece, Sarah Ramsperger (9 tomorrow), baby Benjamin Paul DeFranks (first birthday tomorrow), Peter Glor (Saturday), Sam Clarke and Michael Giambra (8th birthdays on Sunday), Paul Long (of Long's Construction, a very happy 63rd birthday on Sunday from all of his friends), Tom Geblein (16 on Sunday), Rosemarie Ziehm (special greetings on Sunday), John Dudley (Sunday), Rose Reid (cheers on Monday), Susan Benns, Amy Dzierba, Carol "Godfrey" Wiesinger, Connie "Godfrey" Millkan and my sister, Mary Stewart (all celebrating on Monday), Bill Rodgers (Monday's the big day!), Jeremy Fraser (Wednesday), Julie Schopp (10 on Wednesday), Eric Sharpe (12 on Wednesday), and Bill Schultz (a milestone on Wednesday).

    Local boy makes good!

    Thanks to Puppet DiTullio for sending me this web page featuring Earl DeGlopper. Click Team Trim-Tex for the complete story on Earl who has been named crew chief for the racing team of Pro Stock Bike driver Geno Scali.

    Bill Burg rolled a 718 series with a high game of 263 last Friday in the Friday Businessmen's League at Island Lanes. Other top bowlers on Friday night were Jeff Ehde who bowled a 277 (699), Ron Moran (650), and Roy Redlein Jr. (650). Congratulations, everyone.

    Our sincere sympathy to the family of Ronald M. 'Jarzy' Jarzyniecki who died suddenly last week.~~~~Former residents Helen E. Sitzman (Sukdolak) Theel and Lynn (nee Headley) Gorman passed away last week. Click for complete Death Notices.

    Amy Morgan, a very clever Island writer, has been published in the recent issue of Rosebud Magazine. Her's was one of the top entries in a poetry contest. Click Rosebud Magazine to read her poem and the interesting guidelines of this particular contest.

    Looking Back 50 years - "A Day at Sidway School," a movie produced by music teacher, Carol Thompson, was shown at the January 27, 1953 PTA meeting in Sidway School.~~~~Due to the fox population killing pheasant and rabbit and molesting the stock of poultry farmers on the Island, the Grand Island Rod & Gun Club organized a fox hunt for January 25, 1953 which was postponed due to the weather.

    Looking Back 30 years - Judy Lantz was chosen Grand Island High School's 1973 Betty Crocker Homemaker of Tomorrow.

    Looking Back 25 years - Skip Mazenauer purchased the Island Dispatch from Melody Cooke 25 years ago this month.

    Looking Back 20 years - Jay Joslyn won first place in Cub Pack 510's Pinewood Derby held in January 1983 in Trinity UM Church. Other winners were Kevin Labin (second), Scott Labin (third) and Robbie Kopf, Greg Hans and Daniel Stedman (tied for fourth).

    Looking Back 10 years - Placing first, second and third for the fastest cars in Cub Pack 425's Pinewood Derby January 23, 1993, were those of Michael Pfetsch, Adam Kaiser and Jason Gorda .

    Grand Island high school students are in rehearsal for their spring musical, South Pacific, which will be produced at the high school on Thursday, Friday and Saturday, February 6-8th.

    More and more residents and former residents are signing on our guestbook. Margery Stratton is just one of the 36+ Islanders who were added since January 1st. Check it out by clicking "Sign Our Guestbook". By the way, Marge, who is still running her real estate business, Dan & Lucy Wilson Realty in Youngstown, turned 80 this month. If you remember her, why not send her an email

    A long list of Island happenings are scheduled for this Saturday, January 25th and listed in our Calendar of Events.

    Did your mother turn 50? Did your brother win a dance contest? Did your parents finally get married or are they celebrating their 25th wedding anniversary? Why didn't you let us know? Email items for the Between the Bridges column to me at teddy@giecom.net.

    January 16, 2003
    If you see this little girl this week, be sure to wish her a happy birthday. She's Gale "Klocke" Sander and she's celebrating her birthday on Tuesday, January 21st.~~~~ Happy birthday also to Joe Lukasiewicz, Jane Elias and Amber Malaney (three special birthdays today), Pat Smith and Bill Stewart (Saturday), Travis John Mikulski and Charles Panepinto (both turning 5 on Sunday), Mackenzie Hassan and Terry Benton (milestones on Sunday and Monday), Fran Burrows and Joshua Lange (Monday), Abram Morgan (14 on Monday), Debbie "Vanthoff" Salimi (Monday's her special day!), Jack Gorman (7 on Tuesday), Amy "Wood" Morgan (40 candles on Wednesday), and Jamie Mangus (Wednesday).

    Lefty and Arvilla Kendzierski are celebrating their 50th wedding anniversary tomorrow, January 17th, and are wished the very best.

    Bruce F. Benson, principal at Veronica Connor Middle School, is recuperating from injuries he suffered in a car accident and wished a speedy recovery.

    Chie Doring, who recently celebrated her 75th birthday, was surprised by friends and family at a party in her honor. Hosting the party were Chie's husband, Floyd and their son and daughter-in-law, Kevin and Dawn.

    The Fire Company's installation of officers last Saturday evening had many humorous moments, due mostly to installing officer State Assemblyman Robin Schimminger. Laughter was the name of the game right to the end when Rev. Paul Robinson preceded his benediction with a joke or two. In today's GIFC story by longtime fireman and board member Ray Pauley, he includes the fact that Board Chairman Dave Tolejko recognized ten firefighters Saturday night, who led the GIFC in total incident responses during the year 2002. What Ray doesn't tell you is that he was #1. Invited guests John Butcher and his wife, Karen couldn't have been prouder of son, Greg Butcher, Grand Island's new fire chief.

    Welcome Allison Marie Hill! Joseph and Heather (Lonberger) Hill of Enola Road announce the birth of their daughter Allison Marie, born December 26, 2002 weighing seven pounds, 15 ounces and measuring 19 inches. Proud grandparents Peter and Barbara Conrad of Long Road welcome this Christmas blessing.

    Congratulations to J. J. Tutwiler, a member of the Grand Island High School Class of 2000 and junior quarterback with the Cortland State Red Dragon Football Team. J.J. has been named an honorable mention choice for the the Don Hansen Football Gazette Division III All-East Region Team for the 2002 season. J.J. also received recognition for his role as the team's punter. If you would like to read how well he has done on the Cortland State football team, just do a search on "J. J. Tutwiler." He has had a couple of fabulous years!

    Attention, Class of 1993! Plans for a 10-year reunion are announced on our Reunion Page. Click
    Class of '93 for information.

    Looking Back 50 years - The Grand Island Chamber of Commerce held its first sports night dinner on January 20, 1953 in the Buffalo Launch Club with a great roster of sports figures on hand. Co-chairs were Jerry Thirion and Ollie Howard. Grand Island's own father/son team of Al and Ed Endres, who brought home the world's record for Class E runabouts, represented Grand Island.~~~~Through the courtesy of Harold Long's Service Center Appliances, members of the 6th through 9th grades at Charlotte Sidway School were able to watch the inaugural ceremonies of the country's 34th president, Dwight D. Eisenhower. "Ike" served from 1953-1961.

    Looking Back 30 years - Happy 30th birthday to the Neighbors Foundation of Grand Island. The Foundation was a little over two months old, according to the January 24, 1973 issue of the weekly paper. Chairman was Bill Petrilla. Other officers were Co-Chair Larry Runions, Secretary Richard O. Robinson, and Treasurer Jack Houck.

    Looking Back 20 years - It was on Saturday, January 22, 1983 that Gail and Kathy Lazenby chaired a Fire Company party they titled, "Gee, We Thought You Were Done Before But Now It's Really Nice to Have You Back Because We Missed You, Grand Island Fire Hall." The long process of the building renovation was complete at that time.

    Looking Back 10 years - The Young Republican Club elected Chairman James Beauregard, Vice Chair Kent Webb and Treasurer Scott Bastian when they met January 20, 1993 in the home of Kent and Donna Webb.~~~~The Grand Island Storm beat the District 5 Blizzard (Orchard Park) in January 1993 giving the Island team first place over all in the under 10 premier division of the Sportsplex Indoor Soccer League. Players were Jenny Raham, Robbie Henschel, Chris Smith, Dave Robina, Neil Walsh, Pat Hoyt, Katie Kendall, Mark Hajnos, Steve Morton, Matt Wasson, John Podlucky, John Black and Eric Vivier. Coaches were Bob Henschel and Don Vivier.

    Complete obituaries for Joan Killian and Wally DeGlopper have been added to our Deaths page.~~~~Anne (Sayles) Smith, a Buffalo resident who spent much time in the summer on Grand Island and at the Bedell House Hot Dog Stand, passed away on December 30th. She was the sister of the late Charlotte Guenther Roesch.

    The community is invited to a reception to welcome Grand Island's new superintendent of schools Dr. Thomas Ramming. The event will be held from 4-7:30 p.m. Wednesday, January 22nd at the Sandy Beach Yacht Club, 1851 Winter Road (across from the Beach House).~~~~Sidway, Kaegebein and Huth Road elementary schools will have an early dismissal tomorrow (Jan. 17th). The high school will be in session all day tomorrow.

    January 9, 2003

    Birthday greetings to Hazel "Fancher" Rowe, Andy Liesenfeld, Bonnie "Taylor" Ford,
    Don Tranter and Chuck Soch. These are their fourth grade school photos from the Sidway Log, 1953. Hazel celebrated on Sunday, Andy's was on Monday, Bonnie and Don will blow out their candles today and Chuck's birthday is on January 16th.

    Congratulations to Jon McGinn who rolled a perfect 300 game. Jon, a junior, was bowling with the GIHS Vikings Bowling Team.

    Rob Buzby, son of Judy and Bob Buzby of Baseline Rd., has been called back into the Marine Corps as a Major after being in the inactive reserves for several years. He and his wife, Jennifer Clark Buzby have two little girls, Maddy and Kate and have lived in Denver for several years where Rob was a project manager for a telecommunications company. Rob's wife and children have moved back to Coronado Island, CA to live with his in-laws during Rob's absence. Stationed in Germany for one year, Major Robert Buzby's address is CMR 445, Box 534, APO AE, 09046 0534 USA.

    Seth Buzby and his wife, the former Cheryl Cantwell of Nyack, NY announce the birth of their first child, Jack Fraser Buzby, born December 26, 2002 weighing nine pounds, four ounces and measuring 21 inches. Grandparents Judy and Bob Buzby of Baseline Rd. welcome this joyful Christmas present.

    Our sympathy to the families of Harry P. Waechter and former residents Joan L. Killian, Barbara Lynn (Rosene) Safee and Doris (Staley) Weatherbee who passed away this week. A memorial service will be held Saturday in Trinity Church for Walter "Wally" DeGlopper. Click for complete Death Notices.~~~~Stephen A. Krolick, a special-ed teacher's aide for the Grand Island School District, died unexpectedly Friday (Jan. 3, 2003) in Mount St. Mary's Hospital, Lewiston.

    Happy birthday to Jeff Senn (big one today), Adria Ryan (today), Jean Pecoraro (tomorrow), Zachary McMoil (13 on Saturday), Skip Uonites and Glenda O'Connor (Saturday), Amber Meyers (a teenager on Monday), Lynne Uonites and Tracey Bryan (Tuesday), Michael Rustowicz (his 13th on Tuesday), and Bob Black (cheers on Wednesday).

    Looking Back 50 years - Island residents elected to the Buffalo Launch Club's Board of Directors in January 1953 were Alfred E. Endres, Robert C. Schutt and Harold B. Richardson. Paul Schieve was elected commodore.~~~~Helen Peck was put in charge of a new Fire Company Ladies Auxiliary marching unit at the January 10, 1953 meeting. The Auxiliary was working on kitchen plans for the new fire hall under construction.~~~~Rog Dohn and Bill Linton led the Islanders to a 53-40 basketball victory in the Sidway gym on Thursday, January 15, 1953. Their opponents were members of the "B" Battery team from the 336th battalion, stationed here on the Island. Linton had 20 points and Dohn had 18. Mel Rupp turned in a fine game.

    Looking Back 30 years - Defenseman Gerry Zelasco scored four goals to lead the Grand Island North Stars to a 16-3 victory over the Buffalo YMCA Flyers on January 15, 1973 in an Erie County Floor Hockey League game. Other outstanding players for GI were Dave Juhre, Paul Perkovich, Peter Perkovich, Rick Collier, Joe Conn, Bill Davis and Doug Harding.

    Looking Back 20 years - Lois I. Kaiser, newly elected Receiver of Taxes and Assessments, was sworn into office by Town Clerk Rita DeGlopper on January 3, 1983. Taking part in the ceremony was her father, Fred J. Killian, 93, who had also served as Grand Island tax collector (1930-33). Lois was the first women elected to the post.

    Newlyweds forever! John and Linda Braddell will celebrate their 35th wedding anniversary on Monday, January 13th.

    According to Sunday's Buffalo News, "Across Erie County, Grand Island was the town with the highest number of patent applications per capita in 2001 and 2002 - boasting almost 21 applications per 10,000 residents - followed by the suburban towns of Clarence and Orchard Park."

    And last but not least, this was submitted this week. "For all those who said it wouldn't last a year, Bill and Donna (Turner) Williams will be celebrating their 14th wedding anniversary Jan. 14th." Best wishes to the Bill and Donna.

    Feel free to email your news, successes, birthdays, anniversaries, new babies etc. to me at teddy@giecom.net. Have a nice weekend.

    January 2, 2003
    The following site was sent to me this week by
    Ed McCaffery and includes pictures of 3,031 large flags in the state of Utah that represent those who died on Sept. 11th. Click Flags For Remembrance. I do not know who originally sent them. Do you?

    A benefit dinner and auction will be held Sunday, January 5, 2002 for 9-month-old Olivia Williams, a Grand Island infant who has undergone several surgeries and recently received a liver and small bowel transplant. Click Baby Olivia for the complete story. Isledegrande.com associates are hoping the residents of Grand Island will come through once again to help an Island family.

    Something was missing around the town hall triangle and on Whitehaven east and west of the hall during this holiday season. What happened to the pretty, lighted, holiday candles that have been attached to the poles for the past three or four years? Several others missed them, too and we're wondering if we (the town) can bring them back next year. Click teddy@giecom.net and let me know your opinion.

    Our sincere sympathy to the families of Geraldine (Sercu) Feign and Mark J. Darata who died recently. Click for complete Death Notices.

    The American Red Cross Blood Drive held Christmas Eve at the Knights of Columbus Hall was very successful. How wonderful of so many people to take time out of their day before Christmas to donate the gift of life, and how especially nice it was of the volunteers who ran the drive.

    Best wishes to Kristin M. Francis and her husband, Patrick S. Sullivan, who were married Saturday in St. Joseph Cathedral. The bride is the daughter of Mark and Diane Francis of Grand Island.~~~~Islander Paul M. Parwulski Jr., son of Judy and Paul M. Parwulski, was married to Kolleen M. Kolbert on Tuesday, December 31st in the Holiday Inn Grand Island. The newlyweds traveled to Jamaica for a wedding trip.

    Airman Scott E. Okelberry recently graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base in San Antonio, Texas. Scott is a 2001 graduate of Grand Island High School and son of Isle residents Eldon and Penny Okelberry.

    I just heard through an article in the Buffalo News this past weekend that Grand Island resident Capt. Thomas Flaherty took part in the clean-up operation just two days after the two hijacked airliners slammed into the World Trade Center. Click for "complete story."

    Friends of Sherry and Dan Bierbrauer might want to note their new e-mail address, sherdan@ec.rr.com.

    Looking Back 50 years - The first meeting of the Luther League, a Young People's Fellowship at St. Timothy Church, was held in the parish house at Stony Point and Staley roads on Sunday, January 3, 1953.~~~~Richard Keller and his sister Mary Kay Keller (Schaab) won first place for the Buffalo Skating Club in the mixed pair event at Niagara International Skating Competition January 4, 1953 at Nichols Rink. An Island summer resident along with her family in the Oakfield section of the Island at the time, their mother, the former Babe Smith, claimed Grand Island as her summer home since childhood.~~~~Island farmer Ira F. Varney was installed director of the Buffalo & Western New York Poultry Association on January 5, 1953.

    Looking Back 40 years - The Island Theater Group elected President Dave Renwick, Vice President William Askew, Secretary Rose Gavin, Treasurer Heber Ashley, Senior Director Roy Hawkes, Secondary Director Alice Doerr and Jr. Director H. Wunderlich.~~~~The Riverside Review published a letter by Norene Willard, a store keeper, commending the well mannered Grand Island students attending Riverside High School who came into her store on Ontario Street across from the school every morning. She said they were a credit to Grand Island and that she was overwhelmed by the card with $11.40 in it she received with the following note: "Dearest Norene and family: This is just a token of our thanks. You've been very patient and truly wonderful to let us Island kids fill your store to the brim every morning. We all appreciate it very much. We all love you. Signed: The Island Kids."

    Looking Back 30 years - "Late-Model" champion Jim McGraw Sr. was the honored guest at the Lancaster National Speedway's 10th annual awards banquet. Jim was named "Rookie of the Year" just three years earlier.

    It's not too late to donate to the Neighbors Foundation of Grand Island. Send checks to P.O. Box 155, Grand Island NY 14072.~~~~Donations to the The Jadon Russell Garman Foundation may still be sent c/o HSBC Bank, 2300 Grand Island Blvd., Grand Island, NY 14072.

    Happy birthday to Anthony Amato (30 today), twins Scott and Matthew Wallace (21st birthdays today), Daniel Victor (his 16th today), Eric White (a milestone today), Hanna Panzica (her 5th birthday on Saturday), Joseph Peter Kuszczak (3 on Saturday), Ellen Martin (Saturday), Justin Long (21st birthday on Saturday), Marie Lorence (13 on Sunday), Mike Lockett and Andy Liesenfeld (a big one on Monday), Daniel Geblein and his sister, Susan (mini milestone on the 7th), Kyle Podgorny (3 on Wednesday), Maggie Rustowicz (6 on Wednesday), Nicholas Heftka (his 16th on Wednesday), and baby Alexandria Francesca Anderson (her first birthday on Wednesday).

    A very happy 50th anniversary to Al and Faye Popiel who will celebrate their golden anniversary on Saturday, January 4th.

    "Baby Joe" Mesi will be at the Knights of Columbus Hall this Saturday to judge the VFW 9249 Ladies Auxiliary's "Knock-Out" Chili Cook-Off. Check out the VFW page
    for details on how to enter.

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