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Mumm - McCormick Wedding - 2010

Wedding Party - (right) Islettes' Elite members
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   The Islettes' Elite Majorettes and Mr. and Mrs. Fred Mumm of Grand Island, are pleased to announce the marriage of their director and daughter, Heidi Sue to Scott David McCormick, son of Mr. and Mrs. Kevin McCormick of Orchard Park. The wedding was held at the LaSalle Sportsmen's Club in Niagara Falls, NY on Saturday, August 14, 2010. A daisy theme family picnic for 300+ guests from as far away as Florida, California and Australia followed and the wedding included a bounce house, games, and water balloons. Reverend Jeffrey B. Childs of Trinity United Methodist Church officiated the nuptials. Brian McCormick, brother of the groom, served as best man. Rebecca Sobol, Islettes' Elite Coach, was the Maid of Honor, while Heather Murray, Islettes' Elite team member, was the Junior Bridesmaid. Breanna Cupido, God-daughter of the groom served as the Flower Girl. Scriptures were shared by family and friends: Shelbi Milkas, Karen Foote and Sue Radder. Greeters were Islettes' Elite members, Molly and Bethany Wynne along with the groom's nephew, Alex McCormick.
   The bride is a teacher, coach and theatre director at St. John Lutheran School in Niagara Wheatfield, and baton instructor at Adell's School of Dance as well as the director of the State, Regional and National Champion Twirling Team, Islettes' Elite Majorettes. The groom is a manager at 84 Lumber and a member of the Grand Island Fire Company.
   Mr. Scott and Miss Heidi Sue plan to honeymoon at Disney World in 2012 when the Islettes' Elite perform in the Disney Showcase. The couple resides on Grand Island with their two dogs, Biscuit and Sadie.

JennaBeth Stockman Dancing at Orange Bowl - Dec. 2010

   Islander JennaBeth Stockman (GIHS 2005) will be dancing in the Orange Bowl half-time show with the Goo Goo Dolls. The Orange Bowl, featuring Virginia Tech vs. Stanford, is scheduled for Monday, January 3, 2011 at 8:00 p.m. on ESPN. JennaBeth along with many other dancers, start rehearsing Friday, Dec. 31st in Miami, FL.

Mark Savoy Takes Over Falls Bed & Breakfast - Dec. 2010

Left: Mark Savoy in living area. Right: Front of B & B.
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   Island resident Mark Savoy graduated from Grand Island High School in 1980 and then went on to graduate from Buffalo State College. Soon after, he left the area for California, where he spent the next 27 years working in industrial sales and telecommunications, getting married and raising two children. In 2008 Mark, wife Beverly, son Jonathan and daughter Kaylynn returned to Grand Island where many of Mark's siblings and Dad live. In October of this year, Mark and Beverly purchased the Park Place Bed & Breakfast in the Park Place Historic District of Niagara Falls. The residence was built in 1913 and was the original home of James G. Marshall, the founder of Union Carbide. It is listed on the New York State and National Registers of Historic Places and has four guest rooms with attached baths. The dining room seats 14 and has the original table and chairs and there is wonderful, craftsman woodwork throughout. Mark came back for family and for what he considers great weather with lots of activities, namely boating/swimming in the summer and skiing/snowboarding in the winter. If you have guests coming in to visit or just need a change of pace, visit www.parkplacebb.com for a step back in time.

Alex Neutz - Dec. 2010

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   Alex Neutz, a red-shirt receiver for the University at Buffalo, was recognized along with 21 student athletes for earning an overall GPA of 3.0 or better at the UB Football Senior Recognition & Awards Banquet held at the Millennium Hotel on December 12. Alex, a management major, has a 3.4 GPA.
   Of the Wide Receivers, Alex received the U Believe Award, and was named Offensive MVP for 2010.

Mt. St. Mary Academy Honor Roll - Dec. 2010

   December 16, 2010 . . Grand Island students attending Mount Saint Mary Academy and named to the honor roll are:
Grade 9
Katherine Armstrong
Marielle Bufamonte
Grade 10
Jasmine Hinaman
Arden Sorge
Grade 11
Kathryn Bierbrauer
Rebecca Meyer
Callan Piazza
Nathalie Samson
Grade 12
Jeanette Grieco
Jessica Hinaman
Julia Manuszewski
Aren Shanor
Laren Source

Katie Oursler Meets Goal For Thanksgiving - Nov. 2010

   Katie Oursler, upon hearing that the Buffalo City Mission was in need 4000 boxes of stuffing mix to go with Thanksgiving dinners they provide for the less fortunate, set out to collect the boxes from friends and family here on the Island. The final count is 2500 boxes and monetary donations totaled $1900 would surely allow her to turn the cash into stuffing mix! Katie deserves a great deal of praise for her efforts, and appreciates the community businesses, churches and residents who supported her good deed.

Adrian McAdory Joins New England Financial - November 2010

   WILLIAMSVILLE, NY November 18, 2010 – New England Financial is pleased to announce that Adrian McAdory has joined the firm as a financial representative.
   McAdory is a graduate of SUNY Buffalo, and is currently pursuing his MBA at Niagara University. Adrian plans to graduate with a concentration in Finance in May 2011. He is also a leader of the Buffalo chapter of the National Stuttering Association.

Benefit For Marie Territo - November 2010

   Maria Territo is the 14-year-old daughter of Niagara Falls Police Officer Lou Territo. On July 31, 2010 Maria was involved in an accident that resulted in a severe injury to her right leg. Maria underwent several surgeries, and has been diagnosed with Complex Regional Pain Syndrome. Maria is currently an inpatient in a facility in Boston, Massachusetts that specializes in treating juveniles with this medical condition. Due to the extensive financial stress that has been placed on the Territo family for medical, travel and other unforeseen expenses, the Niagara Falls Police Club is holding a benefit for Maria and the Territo family to defray some of the incurred costs.
Date: Friday, December 10th 2010, 5-10pm
Location: American Legion Post 1142, 8634 Buffalo Ave, Niagara Falls, NY
Cost: $20 – checks should be made out to Maria Territo.
The ticket donation will include food, beer and raffles (50/50 split and Chinese auction) For tickets, please contact Maura Rustowicz at 773-1335. We are also looking for donations for the basket raffle. If you would like to make a donation, please let us know.

Cole - Raepple Wedding - Sept. 2010

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    Deanna M. Cole and Jason A. Raepple were joyfully united in marriage on September 4, 2010 at The Tonawanda Castle, Tonawanda, NY. Pastor Jeff Hackett performed the ceremony.
  The bride is the daughter of Mr. and Mrs. David M. Cole of Grand Isand. The groom is the son of Mr. and Mrs. Eric Raepple of Grand Island.
  Deanna is the proud granddaughter of the late Charles and Anita F. Cole. She attended Grand Island Senior High School, graduating in 2002.
  Jason is the proud grandson of Betty Raepple and the late Alfons Raepple of Grand Island. He is a 2002 graduate of St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute.
   The couple took a short trip to Los Vegas after the wedding, and will honeymoon in St. Lucia in January. They recently purchased a home on Woodlee Lane on Grand Island.

Fundraiser For Joann Santospirito - November 2010

   Islander Joann Santospirito was recently diagnosed with colon cancer. She has had surgery and is now meeting with doctors at Roswell to determine the appropriate course of action. Joann's friends and family have planned a fundraiser to be held at Mallwitz's Island Lanes on Sunday, November 28th starting at 1:00 p.m. Please read the following letter and flyer for more information regarding making donations and attending this event. Joann can surely use your help.

Wahl - Warnell Engagement - November 2010

    Charles and Susanne Wahl of Fareway Lane are pleased to announce the engagement of their daughter, Courtney Wahl, to Chris Warnell. Courtney is a 1999 graduate of Grand Island High School. After high school, she went on to earn her Bachelor's degree at SUNY Fredonia, majoring in Media Arts, and her Master's degree at Medaille College, majoring in Early Childhood Education. Courtney is an elementary school teacher in Northern Virginia. Her fiance, Chris, is a native Virginian that earned a Bachelor's degree from Strayer University, majoring in Computer Networking. Chris works for the Federal Trade Commission. The family is planning a July 2011 wedding.

Nicole Finn Winning Artist - November 2010

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   Fifth grader Nicole Finn who attends St. Stephen School created the artwork chosen for the December page of the NY Recycles 2010 Calendar. The following is a proclamation to be read at the November 15, 2010 Town Board meeting. Congratulations Nicole.

Whereas, Nicole Finn is a 5th grader at St. Stephen School on Grand Island; and
Whereas, In 3rd grade Nicole was part of the St. Stephen Poster Club and entered the NY Recycles Calendar contest; and
Whereas, Nicole’s artwork was chosen for December of the 2010 Calendar;
Now Therefore Be It Resolved that the Town Board of the Town of Grand Island does hereby congratulate Nicole Finn on her prize winning artwork and the recognition it brings Grand Island from all over New York State.
Proclaimed at the 21st meeting of the Town Board of 2010 on November 15.

Benefit For James Fox - Nov. 2010

   James Fox, five months old son of Joe and Chelsey Fox, has been diagnosed with Retinoblastoma, a cancer that causes tumors in the retinas. James has cancer in both eyes and is getting treatments at Sloan-Kettering Hospital in NYC. A bowling fundraiser and basket raffle is planned to help his family with mounting expenses.
   The event information follows:
Sunday, November 21 from 1-4 p.m.
Mallwitz's Island Lanes, 1887 Whitehaven, 773-0062
Tickets - $20 pp for 3 games bowling, pizza, pop, chance to win door prize
   Tickets available at the bowling alley or call Maria Fox, 868-1538 for tickets or to donate a basket.
   Basket raffle winners will be drawn at 3:45 p.m. You need not be present to win.

Katie Oursler - Nov. 2010

Photo/Story by Mary Stewart
   Katie Oursler and her mother, Denise, wanted to volunteer at Buffalo City Mission in any way they could this Thanksgiving season, but found out the Meals on Wheels program does not deliver meals on Thanksgiving. There is a need at the City Mission not only for volunteers to hand deliver the dinners but also a great need for 4000 boxes of stuffing. Katie has set her goal to collect all 4000 boxes of stuffing needed. Because of her concern and desire to help others in need of food and comfort this Thanksgiving, several businesses and groups have also set up drives to help Katie reach her goal. Among those helping with drive are APP Pharmaceutical, St. Timothy Church, Trinity Church, Island Presbyterian Church, St. Martin-in-the-Fields Church, St. Stephen's Church, McMahon's Family Restaurant, Beach House Restaurant, Brick Oven, Town Cafe, Riverstone Grill, Mallwitz's Island Lanes, and Village Inn. Donations may be dropped off at any of these locations. A cash donation was also received from Life Technology. Katie and 16 of her classmates who are helping Katie, were at all the voting places on Election Day talking to people as they left the polls and collected $1300 in donations. Katie has a way to go but with the response she has received, she is off to a good start in achieving her goal. Her classmates who are helping her in this project are Miranda Oursler, Amanda Sutter, Miranda Santa Lucia, Jessica Yarnes, Julie Schopp, Nick Wallinder, Nick Bruno, D.J. Gerfin, Brian DeNormand, Angelina Howe, Derek Stacey, Monique Wright and Molly Higgins. Help make someone's Thanksgiving a happy one by helping Katie and donating to this worthy cause. Katie can be reached by emailing her at katieoursler1@gmail.com. To contact Katie's mom, Denise, email her at doursler2225@gmail.com or call 716-681-0428 or 716-225- 7430.

Chelsea Hall, Athlete of the Week - Nov. 2010

   Congratulations to Chelsea Hall (GIHS 2010 graduate), daughter of Brian and Susan Hall, who has been selected the Female Athlete of the Week at Alfred University (week of Oct. 25th). The freshman from Grand Island, had 32 kills and 44 digs in the volleyball team’s five matches last week. She had a combined 21 kills and 27 digs in the Saxons’ wins over Utica and Hartwick at the Empire 8 tournament. While a senior at GIHS, Chelsea was co-captain of the volleyball team, selected to the NFL all-star team and was the 2009 Niagara Gazette Female Volleyball Player of the Year.

Dr. Sherry Bradford - November 2010

   Advanced Cancer Theranostics (ACT), 1576 Sweet Home Rd., Amherst, has introduced the cancer test Chemo-Fit Assay in Mississauga, Canada, according to Dr. Sherry Bradford, of Grand Island, founder and chief scientific officer of ACT.
   “There is a way to determine if the cancer treatment the doctor has prescribed will actually kill the tumor PRIOR to starting treatment,” Dr. Bradford said. She has an approved tradesecret for Chemo-Fit Assay and has been using it at the Sweet Home location since 2007.
   “ACT provides cancer patients and their physicians with a faster diagnosis and an optimal chemotherapy treatment, with minimum side effects,” Dr. Bradford said.
   “Not everyone responds the same to cancer therapy,” Dr. Bradford added. “The doctor sends a biopsy to my lab with the treatment plan the doctor feels has the best chance to kill the tumor. Then, the lab runs the Chemo-Fit Assay. It can not only determine if the cancer treatment would be effective, but it helps the treating physician have the most information possible about the drug sensitivity of the tumor.”
   Advanced Cancer Theranostics has joined with Care Imaging Cancer Diagnostics Centre (Care) to open the first Canadian Cancer Diagnostics Lab in Mississauga, Ontario.
    Dr. Sherry Bradford has a Ph.D. in Medical Biochemistry-Oncology from Roswell Park Cancer Institute, Division of SUNY at Buffalo School of Medical and Biomedical Sciences.
   She is the founder of ACT and the inventor of the various patents that ACT holds. As chief scientific officer, she guides the day-to-day research directives as well as ACT’s clinical laboratory operations.
   She received the Business First “Women of Influence” award in Innovation in September.

Bailey at UB Homecoming - October 2010

   Alissa Bailey, 18, of Grand Island is currently one of three featured twirlers with the Thunder of the East marching band at the University at Buffalo. Ms. Bailey and her colleagues, Tara Nobles (section leader) and Samantha Wagner, preformed Saturday, October 23 at the homecoming football game in front of a crowd of over 13,000 spectators. While the Bulls were shut out by Temple, the crowds were able to enjoy the area’s premier marching band.
   The Thunder of the East is UB's most visible performing ensemble. The Band performs at all home football games as well as local appearances in exhibition for NYSFBC Band Competitions, parades, and select away games. They have also been seen on ESPN, ESPN2, and ESPNU in support of the UB teams.
   The great success and notoriety of the Visual Ensemble is dependent on the dedication and energy of the members and the coordination of the Majorettes, Color Guard and Dance Team. Membership affords students a unique means for developing showmanship, precision, coordination, and team work. Numerous opportunities are available to showcase their talents as a team member throughout the season. The Visual Ensemble is often featured in local and national media. A wonderful and rewarding experience for all.
   Alissa is a freshman at the University at Buffalo majoring in Visual Studies. She is a past member of the Islettes Elite and holds several titles in baton. She has traveled to Florida, Ohio, Pennsylvania, and Canada to participate in twirling completions. She is a 2010 graduate of Grand Island High School and an avid artist who attended NYSSSA for Fine Arts in 2009.
   Come out and see the UB Bulls and the Thunder of the East on Saturday, October 31st for kid’s day and additional home games on November 12th and 20th.

Firefighter Mike Anderson Fundraiser - Oct. 2010

   One of our finest, Mike Anderson, Grand Island Firefighter and Army National Guardsmen, has come to the aid of dozens in his community as well as being deployed to Afghanistan in 2009 as part of the 2/101 Calvary. In June 2010, he was diagnosed with acute lymphocytic cancer and needs the community's help.
   Friends and family are holding a fundraiser on Saturday, October 23, 2010 at the Ellicott Square Building in downtown Buffalo. The event takes place from 4 p.m. to 10 p.m. There will be food, music, basket raffles and free parking! Tickets may be obtained at the door or online at www.mikesbiggestbattle.com for only $25.
   All proceeds will go to help pay for medical bills. All are encouraged to come support this outstanding citizen!

Lyn Laman, Forty Years of Inspiration - Oct. 2010

From left: Mark Tollner, Peter Sloan, Drew Dulak, Lyn Laman, Nancy Wanacott, Nora Klein and Joanne Radius Vanderheite.
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   Lyn Laman was an art teacher in the Grand Island school district for forty years, 1952-1992. A group of former students, headed by Dori Hardman Klaaren (class of '69), recently honored Mrs. Laman for her years of inspiration and mentorship. A plaque was dedicated on Monday, October 18th, at the entrance to the high school. On hand were many of her students, many became art teachers, including, Mark Tollner, Peter Sloan, Drew Dulak, Nancy Wanacott, Nora Klein and Joanne Radius Vanderheite.

Dahlstrom - Bourgeois Wedding - August 2010

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    Jolie Dahlstrom, daughter of Gary and Emily Dahlstrom, married Andrew Bourgeois, son of William and Darlene, on October 2nd in Rockville, Maryland. Jolie grew up on Grand Island while Andrew is from Louisiana.

Welcome Alyssa Joleen Higgins - Oct. 2010

   Alyssa Joleen Higgins was born on October 9, 2010 weighing seven pounds, five ounces and was 20 1/2 inches. She is the daughter of Kristen and Patrick Higgins of Buffalo, NY and sister of brother, Sean, 2 years old. Proud grandparents are Joanne and Ken Homa of Grand Island, NY , Arleen and Rich Fill of Tonawanda, NY and Joseph Higgins of Grand Island, NY.

JennaBeth Stockman In Subversive Twilight Zone - Oct. 2010

   Islander JennaBeth Stockman will be performing in "Subversive Twilight Zone" with the Subversive Theatre group weekends, from Oct. 21 - Nov. 14th. Seven of the most politically scorching episodes of television's classic sci-fi series will be live on stage. The theater is located in the Great Arrow Building, 225 Great Arrow Avenue. For more info: www.subversivetheatre.org.

Karyus - Richard Wedding - August 2010

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   Nicole C. Karyus and Lee M. Richard were married on Saturday, August 14, 2010 at St. Stephen's Church. Rev. Jerome Stelmach performed the ceremony. The ceremony was followed by a reception at River Oaks Golf Club with family and friends.
   The bride wore a silver gown and carried a bouquet of white roses mixed with the bells of Ireland. She is the daughter of Dale and Donna Karyus of Amherst, NY.
   The groom grew up on Grand Island. He is the son of Patricia and Mark Frentzel and Gregg and Pattie Richard, both of Grand Island.
   The couple honeymooned in Punta Cana, Dominican Republic. They will reside in their new home in Tonawanda, NY.

Josephine Hegarty in New Orleans Swamps - Sept. 2010

   Josephine Hegarty, an eighth grade science teacher at the Veronica Connor Middle School, Grand Island, NY started her class on September 24, 2010 from an unusual location, New Orleans, Louisiana. As part of her educator fellowship, sponsored by HSBC in the Community, Ms. Hegarty is using satellite and internet technology to connect “Live from the Field” to her classroom and community.
   See http://hegarty.earthwatchblogs.org/ for her blog that keeps her Connor Middle students informed of her interesting activities. See also http://www.k12.ginet.org/news.cfm?story=673 for the Grand Island School District story. An Island resident, Josephine graduated from Grand Island High school in 1990.

Strides 4 Stewart Race October 30th - Sep. 2010

   The “Strides for Stewart 2 Benefit ECMC” 5k race is scheduled for Saturday, October 30th at Veteran's Park, 1717 Bedell Rd., Grand Island. Registration/check-in begins at 7:30 a.m. and the race will begin at 9:00 a.m. sharp, rain or shine. The race is sanctioned by USATF, certification #NY08014JG. Awards will be given out by age group. See donation letter and entry form for complete details. There will be a raffle for a Wii gaming system donated by Best Buy and valued at over $200.00. The tickets are $1.00 each or 10 for $5.00. The proceeds of the race will benefit the ECMC rehabilitation department. Amy Stewart was in a hit and run accident in March of 2009 and spent 75 days in ECMC hospital and 9 months in outpatient rehabilitation. Amy is making great "strides" in her recovery and wants to help the hospital that helped her.

Lenore (Lee) Tetkowski - Sept. 2010

   This silk scarf with design inlay by Lenore (Lee) Tetkowski won two prizes at the Syracuse State Fair. It won first prize in the accessory division and also the Syracuse Weavers' Guild Award. In addition Lee won second prize in the garment division and third prize in the wall-hanging division for two other entries.

Strides 4 Stewart 2 Benefit ECMC - Aug. 2010

   As you may recall, Amy Stewart was the victim of a hit and run crime on March 7, 2009. She was in a coma in the trauma unit of ECMC and hospitalized for 75 days. Amy’s rigorous rehabilitation continued for 9 months at ECMC as an outpatient. Amy’s determination and indelible spirit, as well as the remarkable staff at ECMC, played a key role in her recovery. Last year, there was a benefit race held for Amy called “Strides for Stewart.” This year Amy, in the spirit of giving back, is holding a benefit race called “Strides for Stewart 2 Benefit ECMC.” It is her wish to help the hospital that helped her so greatly. Amy is asking for your donation to assist her in her goal of raising money for the rehabilitation department at ECMC. Amy continues to make great “strides” in her recovery and is hopeful that your assistance will make this race successful. The race is scheduled for Saturday, October 30th, see donation letter and entry form for complete details.

Fancher Family Reunion - Aug. 2010

   The Fancher family reunion was held on Sunday, August 22 at the home of Donald Fancher. Four generations and 50 family members attended from the island and Washington D.C., Ohio, Iowa and Rochester.

Stacy Clark Releases New Album - August 2010

   Stacy Clark has just recently released her new album, "Connect the Dots." Her new single, "White Lies," is currently the iTunes Free Download of the week and is currently ranked #7 on the most download charts! Click the link http://itunes.apple.com/us/album/white-lies-single/id3 86333648 to the free download to promote her new album and single.

Welcome Sophia Elizabeth Myers - Aug. 2010

   Former Islander Mandy Myers and her husband, Jason, welcomed their first child, Sophia Elizabeth into the world on May 28, 2010. She weighed in at eight pounds, eight ounces. Proud grandparents are Don and Kathy Becker of Grand Island and Gary and Kate Myers of Youngstown.

Islanders Publish Children's Book - Aug. 2010

      Island residents Todd Riniolo and his children, Thomas and Kate Riniolo, recently published a children's book for preschoolers titled The Adventures of Walter: The Shy Hedgehog. The book is available from lulu.com. The stories are about a shy, but ultimately brave, hedgehog named Walter. The young authors attend Island schools and are also the children of Angela Riniolo.
See http://www.lulu.com.

Islanders In Sound Of Music - July 2010

   Veronica Connor Middle School students Kelsey Percival and Jill Anderson are starring in the Ghostlight Theatre's production of The Sound of Music. The girls, both high honor students, are the daughters of Jeanne and Mike Percival and James and Janice Anderson. The production opens Thursday, July 29 and runs through August 14. For ticket information, see www.starrynighttheatre.com.

Islander Has Fourth Novel Published - 2010

      Email Lydia Long at authortimesone@msn.com
   Sarasota, Florida resident Lydia Susan Long is the author of a new book, "Worship The Beast," a sequel to her "Going To Hell In A Hand Basket." Lydia is also the author of "Acacia Grove" (September 2003) and "The Shadow of His Wings" (November 2001).
   The following will give you an idea of the story line for her newest novel.
    The year is 2014 and Dameon, the Antichrist looms large on the world stage. His edict is for all to receive the mark of the beast. In the second book of the Going To Hell In A Hand Basket trilogy, tall, handsome and ruthless Legend Quiseyya is appointed Dameon's Religion Czar. In a reign of terror Legend hunts down and beheads Christians who refuse to have the 666 micro-chip imbedded in their right hand or forehead thus fulfilling Bible prophesy. New characters are introduced, blending with familiar ones from the first book and the reader experiences the fear and agony of the last days before Armageddon.
   Her books may be ordered at most major book sellers and are available in soft and hard cover. For the best price, go directly to the publisher at http://www.publishamerica.net/product91066.html.
   Lydia is willing to sell the book from her home for $14.00 which includes shipping. Her address is 2101 Alvarado Lane, Sarasota, Florida 34231-4207.
    A former 35-year Greenway Road resident, she enjoys her ties to Grand Island. Her son, David Liesenfeld, and his daughters, Mandy and Kady, are Island residents. Her daughter, Jacqueline, and her husband, Robert Barton, who are both former Islanders, now live in Maryland.
   Editor's note: Lydia graciously sent me a copy of “Worship The Beast" and it was almost impossible to put it down. It is a story that addresses the 2012 Apocalypse, the Book of Revelations, and how it relates to all of us, a story that will cause readers to pay attention. I enjoyed reading “Worship The Beast" and really didn’t want it to end. However, unlike so many novels, this one had a very "feel good" ending.

Welcome Tyler Liam Dawson - July 2010

   Dave and Stacey Dawson welcomed a baby boy, Tyler Liam Dawson, on July 9, 2010. Tyler weighed in at five pounds, three ounces. Tyler is the grandson of Island residents Cheryl and Paul Roeder, Mo and Paul Upton of Ontario Canada and Dave and Brenda Dawson of Ontario Canada.

Family Fun At Hull House - July 2010

   Want to see wool from sheep spun, plied and woven into a shawl before your eyes? This is one of many family oriented activities that your whole family can enjoy on Sunday, July 18, at HULL HOUSE at 5976 Genessee St., in Lancaster.
   What is Hull House? It is a family home and farmstead built in 1810, being restored as an important local historical site. Marge Egan has organized a group of spinners, and Lenore Tetkowski will do the weaving from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. on Sunday.
    Early American games, food, and natural dyeing will all be part of the day¹s event. For further details call 681-6451.

Jenna & Danielle Podlucky Graduate - July 2010

(left) Jenna and Danielle Podlucky
    Jenna Nicole Podlucky, the daughter of John and Joanne Podlucky of Grand Island, has been named to the spring 2010 dean's list at St. John Fisher College. To be eligible for the dean's list at St. John Fisher College, a student must have attained at least a 3.5 grade-point average for the semester. Jenna received her Bachelor of Science in nursing on May 8. She has accepted a position at Golisano Children's Hospital at Strong Memorial in Rochester. She will begin working on a pediatric oncology/surgical floor this summer. She is pictured here with her sister Danielle Podlucky, who graduated in May 2009 summa cum laude from Albany Law School with her masters degree. Danielle currently works for the Department of Justice in Buffalo.

Mary Irving, 4th in Nat. Rodeo - July 2010

(left) NHSR State Finals - (right) NHSRA finals in New Mexico
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    Mary Irving, a 10th grade Grand Island High School student, won 4th place in the National High School Rodeo in New York State for Pole Bending. Mary and her family will be traveling to Gillette, WY for the National Finals Rodeo. Chosen are the top four in each category who then go to compete in the Nationals. Mary won the states last year to compete and went to New Mexico for the finals. Last year she and her family flew into New Mexico and Mary had to use someone else's horse to compete. This year she is trailering her horse, Maverick, to WY so she can compete with her own horse. Along with this being a great opportunity to compete against very strong riders, she will also have the opportunity to see some of the country on her travels to Gillette, WY.
    Mary is the daughter of Paul and Tammy Irving.

Bailey - Patti Wedding - July 2010

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   Brieanna N. Bailey and William (Bill) D. Patti III were joyfully united in marriage on June 19, 2010 at Shea’s Performing Arts Center, Buffalo, NY and witnessed by family and friends. DeLois Wooten officiated. Musicians included Theresa Quinn on piano, with Philip Farugia, Kelly Strand, Carissa Bailey and Tim Stuff all lending their voices to the musical theatre themed wedding. The procession of bagpipes featured pipers Peter Henderson and Ross Zastrow.
   The bride is the daughter of Mr and Mrs. David W. Bailey of Grand Island. The groom is the son of Mr and Mrs. William Patti Jr. of Lewiston.
   The bride was given in marriage by her father. The bride wore an alluring soft sweetheart gown in platinum featuring exquisite beading on cap sleeves and illusion netting on the back of the bodice. Swarovski crystals delicately line the back with dazzling beaded design through the trumpet shaped skirt and cathedral train. Maids of honors included her sisters, Carissa and Alissa Bailey with bridesmaid Nicole Lane and flower girl Penny Lane. The best men were the groom’s brothers; Frank, Anthony and Thomas Patti along with ring bearer Jason Roesch and bell ringer Rigby Lane.
   Brieanna is the proud granddaughter of Ms. Rosemarie Netter of North Tonawanda and Mr. Carl Roesch of Amherst. She attended Grand Island Senior High School graduating in 2003. She graduated from Niagara University in 2007 with duel degrees in Theatre and English.
    Bill is the proud grandson of Sarah Patti of Niagara Falls. He is a 2001 graduate from Niagara Catholic and graduated from Niagara University in 2005 with degrees in Theatre and English. The couple met while attending Niagara University in the theatre department. He is a May 2009 graduate from Kent State in Ohio earning a Masters in Fine Arts.
   The couple honeymooned on a cruise ship touring the Caribbean. They will reside in Clayton, GA were they are employed by Ruben Gap Nacoochee School. Bill teaches drama and Brieanna, dance, at the middle school and high school levels of the boarding school.

Figler Accepted to Train in Ireland - July 2010

(left) Rom Figler, Jeremy Figler, and Karen Figler
    Tuesday, July 6, 2010 . . Recent Grand Island High School graduate and Blackwatch Premier (NY West) U19 Goalkeeper Jeremy Figler departed for Dublin (Cabra), Ireland to train with Irish National Academy teams. Blackwatch Premier Goalkeeper coach, Gavin McInereny, a Dublin native and former Bray Wanderers Eircom League Premier Division goalkeeper is Jeremy’s sponsor on the trip, and said this will be a great experience for Jeremy as he prepares for the fall soccer season on the University of Buffalo men’s soccer team.
   Jeremy returns home later this month in time for the 2010 Empire State Games being hosted in Buffalo this year where he will be playing on the Western Region Open Division mens soccer team. The Western Region mens open soccer team is coached by UB Associate Head Coach and Grand Island resident, Dave Hesch.

Michelle DiMartile - July 2010

   Michelle DiMartile has been elected president of the Insurance Women of Buffalo (New York) for its 2010 term, starting next month. DiMartile, who specializes in Personal Insurance lines with Russell Bond Insurance Wholesalers, has been active in the group for a decade, and has served in several positions prior to being elected president. She is 1984 Graduate of Grand Island High School and currently resides on Ransom Road.

Taylor Kozlowski - July 2010

   Taylor Kozlowski, daughter of Dave and Tracey Kozlowski, has been selected to perform with a national performing organization known as The Sound of America. Taylor, who will be a senior next year at Grand Island High School, is a member of several school choruses and Wind Ensemble. She has represented Grand Island schools at the All-County level for three years and at the Conference All State level this past fall. She has also sung with the Buffalo Philharmonic Chorus. In addition, Taylor has performed in musicals with GIHS, St. Stephen’s Parish Players and Niagara Regional Theatre Guild.
   Taylor will join other select student musicians chosen from applicants representing nearly every state when The Sound of America Honor Band and Chorus begins its 2010 European Concert Tour in July. Selection into the Sound of America membership is a distinguished honor for all participants. All applicants are carefully screened and chosen after a rigid character and musical evaluation.
   All student performers will meet on the campus of Elizabethtown College in Pennsylvania in early July. After four days of intensive rehearsal and orientation the group will depart for Frankfurt, Germany. The group is scheduled to present nine performances in some of Europe’s finest concert halls and cathedrals, including Notre Dame, during its 23 day tour.
   The students will experience the cultures of six countries: Germany, Austria, Switzerland, Italy, France and Luxembourg. Some of the exciting locations that will be visited during the tour are Paris, Venice, Salzburg, Stresa, Verona, Rothenburg, Grindewald and La Chaux-de-Fonds.

Dr. Willard Ruth, D.O. joins Memorial Medical Center staff
Grand Island physician will move practice to Freedom Place office - July 2010

   Dr. Willard Ruth, D.O., has joined the staff of Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center and will begin seeing patients in a new Grand Island office beginning Wednesday, July 7. His appointment was announced by Memorial President & CEO Joseph A. Ruffolo.
    “Dr. Ruth is universally respected for the high quality of care he has provided his patients for many years on Grand Island,” Ruffolo said. “We are proud to welcome him and his team to our Memorial Medical Center family, and we will work closely with them to link his patients with our health and wellness services, especially those at the Summit Healthplex in nearby Wheatfield.”
   Dr. Ruth will be welcoming patients to his new Grand Island Family Practice office at at Freedom Place, 1801 Grand Island Blvd., Grand Island. His office phone will remain unchanged at 773-6181.

Mark Anderson Benefit - July 2010

   Friends of Island resident Mark Anderson, injured in an ATV accident, suffering significant head trauma, are hosting a benefit to help him with medical bills that are overwhelming. The benefit will be held Thursday, July 8th from 6-10 p.m. at Manor Lanes in Amherst (170 Tonawanda Creek Rd. Amherst, NY 14228). ($20 a ticket for adults and $8 for Kids 10 and under - Includes bowling and meal (raffles and 50/50's will be available)) Mark is the nephew of Grand Island Town Supervisor Peter McMahon (and McMahon's Restaurant). For more information, or how you can help, call Martha Martinic at 716-444-5152, or Destiny Chambers at 716-563-4898.
    Donations are greatly appreciated and may be taken to McMahon's Restaurant (1849 Grand Island Blvd., Grand Island NY 14072) or call Martha or Destiny. Arrangements may be made for pick up as well.

Public Boating Class - July 2010

   Island resident Lt/C. Karen Wallace, treasurer, has announced that the Niagara Power Squadron will offer a Public Boating Class on July 10, 2010 at 8:30 a.m. to 5 p.m. The class will be offered at the Elks Lodge behind the Factory Outlet Mall. Registration is on a walk in basis. Call 773-2140 for more information. This class is helpful for all boaters and required for those driving a personal watercraft.