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Free Rabies Clinics Planned - August 2022

    ERIE COUNTY, NY — The Erie County Department of Health (ECDOH) has opened registration for three free rabies vaccine clinic sites clinics this fall. The first two dates at Orchard Park and Cheektowaga will follow the drive-through model used by ECDOH for the past two years. For the Broadway Market location on Saturday, October 8, pet owners will walk or carry their animals through.
Saturday, September 10, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Erie Community College, South Campus
4041 Southwestern Boulevard – Bldg.#7, Orchard Park – drive-through site.

Saturday, September 24, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Erie County Emergency and Training Operations Center
3359 Broadway Street (Near Union Rd.), Cheektowaga – drive-through site.

Saturday, October 8, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m.
Broadway Market
999 Broadway (Parking Ramp-Ground Floor), Buffalo – walk-through site.
Registration links to all dates are posted at www.erie.gov/health/rabies
    Appointments are required, and up to three pets will be accepted per appointment. Individuals who are unable to access online registration may call (716) 961-6800 during business hours to schedule an appointment. Dogs, cats and ferrets three months of age and older are eligible for a vaccination. Pet owners are asked to bring proof of their pet’s vaccination with them to the event in order to receive a three-year vaccination certificate; otherwise, a one-year certificate will be given. Pets must be secured with a collar & leash or restrained in a carrier; please do not use retractable or extended leashes. Pet owners should limit the number of people in the vehicle for drive-through sites. Please, wear a mask. ECDOH expresses sincere thanks to the Niagara Frontier Veterinary Society, the Medaille College Veterinary Technology Program, the SPCA Serving Erie County and Erie County SMART for providing volunteers and support in coordinating these free rabies vaccination clinics. Erie County Department of Health (ECDOH), Rabies: http://www.erie.gov/health/rabies. ECDOH, Division of Environmental Health: (716) 961-6800

Morinello Mobile Office Hours - August 2022

    The staff of Assemblyman Angelo J. Morinello (R,C,I-Niagara Falls) will hold mobile office hours at Grand Island Town Hall on Tuesday, August 2 and Tuesday, August 16 from 10:00 a.m. - noon. Residents and elected officials are welcome and encouraged to stop by to address any ideas or concerns.


American Red Cross Blood Drive - August 2022

   American Red Cross Blood Drive is at the Knights of Columbus, 1841 Whitehaven Road on Tuesday, August 16th from 1:00 p.m. - 6:00 p.m. See FLYER.

National Night Out 2022 Photos - August 2022


Mary Stewart photos.

   Honoring Our First Responders. A night to build police-community relationships and neighborhood camaraderie. Held at the Town Commons, the event was well attended. Live music was provided by GI's own "Kiss" band, Lew'sers. T-shirts were given to the best "Kiss" fans.

Paddles Up Photos - July 2022


Mary Stewart photos.

Morinello Mobile Office Hours - August 2022

    The staff of Assemblyman Angelo J. Morinello (R,C,I-Niagara Falls) will hold mobile office hours at Grand Island Town Hall on Tuesday, August 2 and Tuesday, August 16 from 10:00 a.m. - noon. Residents and elected officials are welcome and encouraged to stop by to address any ideas or concerns.

Bank Robber Sentenced - August 2022

    Timothy Mulvey, 35, recently sentenced to 77 months for two bank robberies in 2018. See Buffalo News story.

Highway Department Thank You - July 2022

From left: Mike Carlson, Matt Braun, Steve Dickenson, June Crawford & Dick Crawford.

Finished cupola at Highway Department garage.

   Grand Island Historic Preservation Advisory Board Chair June Crawford stopped by the GI Highway Department recently to personally thank the employees who restored the 1918 Cupola. She presented a copy of her Grand Island history book, Images of America - Grand Island, to Steve Dickenson, Matt Braun, Mike Carlson and Highway Superintendent Dick Crawford. Over the winter the group worked on the preservation of the historic cupola and it is pretty awesome.
   The cupola is now located in the Town Hall parking lot, waiting for permanent placement in the Marion Klingel Town Commons. Kelly's Country Store donated the cupola to the Town last fall.

Thunder on the Niagara - August 2022

   Thunder on the Niagara will take place at Gratwick Park, North Tonawanda on Saturday & Sunday, August 6 & 7. FLYER. Schedule is as follows:
Saturday, August 06, 2022
6:00 am – Main entrance (Witmer Rd.) open for VIP, Officials, Vendors only. Ward Rd entrance open for spectators only. North entrance open for Car Show Contestants only.
7:00 am – Pits open
9:00 am – 5:00 pm – Car Show – Northern entrance of park
9:00 am Safety meeting in pits – Coast Guard, petrol boats, buoy crew, pit workers, dive team.
10:00 am – First heat
5:00 pm – End of racing – River open
Northern entrance restricted for fireworks and NT Emergency equipment only
6:00-8:00 pm – Pit party pavilion for contestants, sponsors, officials and workers
8:00 pm – Pit security / pits closed

Sunday, August 07, 2022
6:30 am – Security at main gate – entrance closed VIP, Officials, and vendors
9:45 pm – Playing of the US, Canadian, and New Zealand National Anthems
Flag laps with vintage Skiffs – Words of welcome by Mayor of NT
10:15 am – First heat
12:00 pm – 1:00 pm – Intermission — Vintage GP and Vintage Skiffs
5:00 pm River open
6:00 pm Awards

Ferry Village History Tour - July 2022

    Ferry Village History Tour – Wednesday, July 20th at 6:30 p.m. Tickets $10. A one hour walking tour of Ferry Village will point out historic homes and buildings dating back to early 1900’s. Limited spaces available, call Sharon at 716-773-2421. Tour sponsored by Grand Island Historic Preservation Advisory Board. For a sneak peak, a display is currently at the Grand Island Memorial Library.

KidBiz 2022 Photos - June 2022


Mary Stewart photos.

   KidBiz took place on Saturday, June 25th and was quite successful with numerous vendors and shoppers.

Memorial Day Photos - June 2022

Mary Stewart photos.

    There was a good turnout on Monday, May 30th for the Memorial Day program held at the Charles N. DeGlopper Memorial Park. Grand Island Supervisor John Whitney gave the introduction, followed by the recognition of Gold Star mothers Shirley Luther and family and Mary Ann Crow and family. The roll call was read in memory of those who gave their lives for our country during Wold War I, World War II, Korean War, Vietnam War and Operation Iraqi Freedom. As each name was called a family member or close friend laid a flower at the foot of the DeClopper Memorial in honor of these fallen soldiers.
    Musical selections were presented by the GIHS wind ensemble. Guest speaker for this years program was Lt. Col. William Snyder from the New York National Guard. Also on the program was the presentation of the wreath by Brian Tippett and Ray DeGlopper from VFW and America Legion, a rifle salute by VFW and American Legion Color Guard and and the playing of Taps by high school students.

Town Receives Plants from EC Correctional Facility Program - June 2022

Pictured in one of the greenhouses at the EC Correctional Facility from left is John Fisher and Jim Linenfelser, caretaker at Grand Island Town Hall.

    Spring beautification at Town of Grand Island buildings and properties got an extra boost this week, compliments of the Erie County Correctional Facility’s spring plant program. Inmates at the Correctional Facility, under the direction of Industrial Training Supervisor John Fisher, plant and care for a variety of seeds, beginning in February and March until plants are available in May and June. Plants are distributed to Erie County Municipalities for garden beds at municipal buildings and properties. You’ll see these beautiful plants all around the town including at the entrance to Town Hall, around the flagpole and the plow at the Highway Garage, at the Water and Wastewater Plants, at Fisherman’s Landing, in Veterans Park, at the south bridge entrance to Grand Island and at Miracle League Field. Hanging baskets from this program greet you at both the front and back entrances of the Golden Age Center at the Nike Base. This program, providing training for inmates while producing beautiful plants for municipal properties, would not happen without the support of EC Sheriff John Garcia and the EC Legislature. This year over 20 flats of plants and 6 hanging baskets were donated to the Town of Grand Island.

Eco Gardening & Environmental Education Event - June 2022

   Free native plant giveaway, ecological gardening, and environmental education event. Will take place on Saturday, June 4th from 10:00 a.m. - 3:00 p.m. at the WNY Welcome Center on Alvin Road. See flyer for complete details.

Citizen Coalition for Wildlife and Environment Fundraiser - June 2022

   Native Plant Sale on the Historic Alt Farm on Saturday, June 11th from 10:00 a.m. - 2:00 p.m. A fundraiser to support the educational and outreach activities of the Citizen Coalition for Wildlife and Environment. See flyer for complete details.

Sheriff Urges Safe Boating - May 2022

   Buffalo, NY -Erie County Sheriff John C. Garcia encourages everyone to have a good time on the local waterways but warns boaters to be prepared and safe. The Erie County Sheriff’s Marine Unit has launched its boats and has begun patrolling the nearly 90-miles of coastline around Erie County. The Marine Unit is on the lookout for reckless operation, boating while impaired, and stands ready for all types of emergencies on the water. Sheriff Garcia states, “My office has two specialized boats that patrol from the Cattaraugus Creek to the northern tip of Grand Island, the Erie Barge Canal and the Buffalo River, and along the Niagara River. My Deputies are there to ensure everyone has an opportunity to enjoy our great boating season and will stop anyone who is operating in an unsafe manner – this includes personal watercraft and paddle craft.”
    Starting this year, anyone operating a motorized vessel born after January 1, 1988, is required a boat safety certificate. This requirement, known as Brianna’s Law, was enacted in 2019 after the tragic 2005 boating accident where 11-year-old Brianna was killed. In addition to Brianna’s Law, anyone operating jet skis or personal watercraft must be certified regardless of their age.
    “I want everyone to have a great time with their friends and family on the water, and one of the ways you can do that is to follow the three “C”s,” said Sheriff Garcia: Cautious – be cautious of the waterways and surrounding vessels; Courteous – be courteous to other boaters so everyone can have a good time; Common Sense – use your common sense. If it seems dangerous or wrong – don’t do it.” The Sheriff’s Office also warns boaters to pay close attention to the water and weather conditions. Local weather patterns can change in a moment, turning calm seas into dangerous ones. Operators should be prepared to head to shore or seek safety in a secluded bay until it is safe to return to port.
    To sign up for boater certification classes or personal watercraft courses, you can visit our local boating club, the US Coast Guard Auxiliary, or the NY State Parks website to find a class near you. Operators can also find a list of required equipment for all types of watercraft.

County Clerk Re-Opens GI Mobile Auto Bureau - May 2022

    ERIE COUNTY, NY - Erie County Clerk Michael P. Kearns and Town Supervisor John Whitney will be on hand as the Erie County Mobile Auto Bureau re-opens inside Grand Island Town Hall every Wednesday from 10:00 a.m. to 3:00 p.m. Customers will once again be able to renew or replace their current New York State driver’s license or non-driver ID, apply for a standard non-Driver ID, renew any vehicle registration, surrender or replace peeling license plates, and pay any violation penalties. However, due the complexities of certain transactions, and in an effort to provide quick, efficient service, not all DMV transactions will be conducted. Appointments are not required and customers will be taken on a first-come, first-serve basis. The office will serve motorists in Grand Island as well as the surrounding areas of Niagara Falls, Lewiston, Wheatfield and Youngstown.

Elevated Flu Activity Prompts Advisory - May 2022

ERIE COUNTY, NY - The Erie County Department of Health (ECDOH) is sharing a recent health advisory from the New York State Department of Health (NYSDOH) related to statewide influenza activity. This advisory was sent to public and private schools.
    NYSDOH conducts routine influenza surveillance each October through May. Influenza is unpredictable; and while it is not uncommon for influenza activity to extend into late spring, current activity remains elevated and widespread. Therefore, NYSDOH is extending the surveillance season beyond May until influenza activity has decreased.
    Surveillance data has shown an unusual bimodal [two peaks in activity] distribution of influenza activity during the 2021-22 season. Following consistent declines during January and low rates in February, laboratory-confirmed influenza cases and hospitalizations have been steadily rising since March with significant increases in lab-confirmed cases occurring throughout April. It is unknown if activity will remain at high levels or continue to increase in the upcoming weeks.
    “NYSDOH data on reported flu cases typically show a steady decline throughout the spring season,” said Commissioner of Health Dr. Gale Burstein. “This year, spring reports of influenza are higher than in previous years, and this increase in reports follows a decrease at the tail end of winter.” “Flu is still circulating here in Erie County. Despite being near the end of a typical flu season, a flu vaccine may still reduce the risk of severe illness,” she continued. “Flu symptoms can be similar to COVID-19 symptoms, and the preventive measures are also similar.”
    Influenza A viruses cause disproportionately more illness among young children and older adults. Since the start of the current influenza season, 100,656 laboratory-confirmed influenza cases and more than 5,600 hospitalizations have been reported, with 59% of all laboratory-confirmed cases occurring in persons aged 0–17 years and 42% of hospitalizations in persons aged 65 and older.
    The NYSDOH advisory encouraged these preventive measures to reduce the risk of influenza transmission in schools and other settings:
    Stay home when you are sick.
   Avoid close contact with people who are sick.
   Avoid touching your eyes, nose, or mouth.
   Clean and disinfect surfaces or objects.
   All persons aged 6 months and older are eligible to be vaccinated. Influenza vaccine for the 2021-22 season can be given through June 30, 2022.

May is Motorcycle Safety & Awareness Month - May 2022

By Erie County Clerk Michael P. Kearns.

    Warmer weather has arrived, daylight hours are longer and it is finally spring. Motorcycle riders across Erie County are tuning up their bikes and getting ready for the riding season on the open road. Motorcycles are inexpensive to purchase, fun to ride and easy to park. In addition, with gasoline prices at record highs, consumers are looking for more fuel-efficient ways to get around while saving money. In Erie County alone, there are more than 21,000 registered riders who use their motorcycles for commuting, touring and other recreational activities.
    I ask all motorists, especially new drivers, to be alert to the presence of motorcycles and to share the road safely. Motorcyclists often ride to one side of the lane and at times the rider can hide in your vehicle’s blind spot. Always look twice before turning or changing lanes to be sure your path is clear. Allow more following distance for motorcycles -- two or three car lengths is recommended, more if the roads are wet or visibility is poor.
    Riders should follow motorcycle safety protocols: wear protective gear at all times, including a helmet, ride within your skill limits, avoid riding in poor weather conditions, use turn signals, and never ride impaired or distracted. Riders can also benefit from any of the motorcycle safety programs offered for both new riders looking to learn the critical skills needed to ride safely and seasoned riders who want to reinforce safe driving practices. Course graduates may also qualify for insurance premium discounts with some insurers. Class locations and fees can be found at nysmsp.org.
    Before hitting the road this driving season, I remind motorcyclists to visit the Erie County Auto Bureau to get properly licensed and to ‘Renew Local’ when renewing their motorcycle registration which expires annually on April 30th. For more information on motorcycle licensing and registration visit us at erie.gov/clerk/autobureau or call the Clerk’s Outreach Center at 716-858-8864. I urge everyone to use caution when sharing the road this summer. Together, the more we raise awareness and follow the rules of the road, the more everyone is safe. Let’s ride smart, ride safe, and enjoy the season.

Memorial Day Ceremony - May 2022

    The Town of Grand Island, Charles N. DeGlopper VFW Post #9249, American Legion Post #1346 and Grand Island High School Wind Ensemble will honor the men and women who made the supreme sacrifice for our country while in military service. They are remembered each and every day and will be honored on Memorial Day.
    Veterans, family members and the community are cordially invited to attend the program on Monday, May 30, 2022 at 10:00 AM at Charles N. DeGlopper Memorial Park. For questions on the ceremony please email recreation@grand-island.ny.us or call at 716-773- 9680.

School District Voting Results - May 2022

    Grand Island: Proposed budget: Yes 943, No 777; Proposition 2: Yes 986, No 718 Candidates (Elect 2): Jay Grover (i), 842 - Sherry Steffans, 831 - Nicole Novak (i), 818 - James Mulcahy, 807.

ConnectLife Blood Drive - June 2022

    A ConnectLife Blood Drive is on Wednesday, June 1st at the Town of Grand Islnd Highway Department, 1820 Whitehaven Road, from 1:00 p.,m. - 4:30 p.m. FLYER.

HEAP Outreach Program - May 2022

    A HEAP Outreach program will take place at the Grand Island Memorial Library, 1715 Bedell Road on Tuesday, May 31st from 9:30 a.m. - 4:30 p.m. It is to help residents with the application process for cooling their homes. See FLYER for additional information.

DMV to Return to Town Hall - May 2022

Erie County Clerk Mickey Kearns, Town Supervisor John Whitney and Town Clerk Pattie Frentzel.

    Erie County, NY - Erie County Clerk Michael P. Kearns announced the Erie County Auto Bureau’s Mobile Unit will resume services inside Grand Island Town Hall starting Wednesday, May 25th. Kearns has been working with Town Clerk Pattie Frentzel and Supervisor John Whitney to ensure a healthy environment to offer expedited services to residents of Grand Island looking to conduct their DMV transactions locally.
    “I made a pledge that I would resume Mobile Auto Bureau operations once I was confident that they would operate efficiently and in a safe and healthy environment for our customers and staff,” said County Clerk Kearns. “I am pleased to work with our partners in government in order to do just that, re-open DMV operations for all motorists on Grand Island with no additional costs to the residents of Erie County.” The Mobile Auto Bureau will serve Grand Island motorists every Wednesday from 10:00 a.m.-3:00 p.m. inside Town Hall located at 2255 Baseline Road. Those who enter through the front entrance on the second floor may utilize the elevator to get to the lower level. Residents will be served on a first-come basis; no reservations are required.
    “We are pleased to welcome the Erie County Auto Bureau Mobile Unit back to Grand Island Town Hall and work with County Clerk Kearns to offer DMV services to our residents and promote the ‘Renew Local’ effort,” stated Town Clerk Pattie Frentzel. Kearns added, “My goal has always been to provide our customers with the finest service possible at a convenient location, and this mobile site will continue to do that. In addition, the more transactions performed in our local auto bureaus the more revenue we retain in Erie County, not Albany.”
    Customers can renew or replace their current New York State driver’s license or non-driver ID, apply for a standard non-Driver ID, renew any vehicle registration, surrender or replace peeling license plates, and pay any violation penalties. However, due the complexities of certain transactions, and in an effort to provide quick, efficient service, the following transaction are not able to be conducted: applying for a REAL ID/Enhanced Driver License or non-Driver ID, any class permit or endorsement testing, driver improvement or enforcement related transaction. As always, motorists are encouraged to “Renew Local” and patronize any of our other Erie County Auto Bureau offices in order to complete the full spectrum of DMV transactions and to help keep a portion of the transaction fees in Erie County.

Grand Island Garden Walk Cancelled - May 2022

    Due to unforeseen circumstances, the Grand Island Garden Walk has been canceled for this year. We are looking forward to welcoming Grand Island gardeners to participate in the 2023 Walk. For more information, go to our website: grandislandgardenwalk.com or contact Jan 716-465-7396 or Nancy 716-435-9738.

National Fuel Announces Community Grants - May 2022

    (May 10, 2022) WILLIAMSVILLE, N.Y. - The board of directors of the National Fuel Gas Company Foundation (Foundation), the charitable giving arm of National Fuel Gas Company (National Fuel), recently held its quarterly meeting and approved Foundation grants totaling $190,000. According to David P. Bauer, Foundation President and President and CEO of National Fuel, our Foundation is committed to initiatives that uphold health and vitality across our service territory, evidenced by our recent grant recipients.
   "The Foundation proudly supports the food banks in the communities where we live and work,” Bauer said. “Today, we are happy to announce a 5-year commitment to FeedMore WNY to help further its mission to alleviate hunger in Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie and Niagara counties.”
In addition, the board approved grant requests to the following nonprofits in Pennsylvania that advance community education and development: • expERIEnce Children’s Museum • Pennsylvania Parks & Forest Foundation for the benefit of Sinnemahoning State Park.
    The National Fuel Gas Company Foundation is a 501(c)(3) private foundation funded entirely by National Fuel through shareholder funds to better establish National Fuel’s commitment to the community. Foundation focus areas include the underserved/economically disadvantaged, education, community vitality/economic impact and veteran services

Garden Updates - May 2022

   The Celtic theme proved too difficult, now easy access to seven rows. Peas and lettuce are in. If you would like to share photos of your garden, send to jodi@giecom.net.

2022-23 UPK lottery - May 2022

    The deadline to apply for the 2022-23 Grand Island Central School District UPK lottery is approaching quickly. Applications will be accepted until 2 p.m. on May 13. All are invited to attend the live lottery, which will be held at 1 p.m. on Wednesday, May 18, in the Professional Development Room (room 137) of Grand Island High School. For questions, call Jill Morrish at 716-773-8818.

Food Drive to Benefit Neighbors Foundation - May 2022

    The National Association of Letter Carriers will conduct its 30th annual national food drive on Saturday, May 14th. The Stamp Out Hunger Food Drive is the country's largest one-day food drive, collecting about 1.82 billion pounds of food since its inception in 1983. All Grand Island donations will go to the Grand Island Neighbors Foundation. To donate leave a sturdy bag with unexpired non-perishable foods next to your mailbox. See FLYER.

Clean Up Grand Island - April 2022


Mary Stewart Photos.

   "Clean up Grand Island" was a big success on Saturday, April 23rd, as individuals, families and organizations spent the morning cleaning up trash around Grand Island. There were over 250 volunteers who signed up to help in making this a huge success.

Welcome Gardners! - April 2022

   Above is the first stage of a Celtic garden. Do you have any interesting garden idea's to share? Send to jodi@giecom.net and we can post your progress over the spring and summer. Happy gardening!

Hate Crime Charges Following Assault - April 2022

Buffalo, NY - Erie County Sheriff John C. Garcia reports the arrest of Charles Vacanti of Grand Island following an investigation of an assault complaint on March 19.
    Deputies responded to San-Dees Pub on Ferry Road in Grand Island at approximately 4 a.m. for reports of a female struck with a pool cue. After speaking with the victim and witnesses, Deputies arrested and charged 46-year-old Vacanti with one count of felony assault with intent to cause injury with a weapon as a hate crime and a misdemeanor count of criminal possession of a weapon with intent to use. The defendant is held at the Erie County Holding Center pending his arraignment.

Grand Island Garden Walk Cancelled - April 2022

   Due to unforeseen circumstances, the Grand Island Garden Walk has been canceled for this year. We are looking forward to welcoming Grand Island gardeners to participate in the 2023 Walk. For more information, go to our website: grandislandgardenwalk.com or contact Jan 716-465-7396 or Nancy 716-435-9738.

Spring is here, which means it is time to start thinking about gardening and planting flowers and trees. If you enjoy gardening, whether you have been doing so for years or may have just begun learning and creating new gardens, you are invited to join the 2022 Grand Island Garden Walk and share your gardens with the community. Grand Island’s annual garden walk will be held on Sunday, July 10, from 10:00am-4:00pm and it is a free event for participating gardens and the public. Since the start of the Island’s walk, over a thousand visitors have toured and enjoyed Island gardens as garden walks across the region have also experienced increased interest and support. The public enthusiasm for garden events just keeps growing!
    The Grand Island Garden Walk committee is looking for gardeners interested in adding their gardens to this year’s event. All types of gardens, from large to small and from shady to sunny, are invited to participate. Previous Grand Island walks have featured colorful flower gardens, native plant gardens, themed gardens, and even vegetable and pollinator gardens. If you have unique garden themes or landscaping designs and even if you are developing new gardens, consider sharing them as all gardens are wonderful experiments that evolve and each and every garden has a story to tell.
    If you are interested in placing your gardens in the 2022 Garden Walk, applications are being accepted now until June 1 and can be found online at www.grandislandgardenwalk.com or by calling Jan at 465-7396 or Nancy at 435-9738. Email inquiries can be sent to grandislandgardenwalk@gmail.com.
    This free event would not be possible without community participation and support! The garden walk committee is very grateful to all who open their gardens to the public and for the continued generous support of local businesses and individuals. If you may be interested in supporting this year’s event, donations are gratefully accepted. Checks can be made payable to Bridgeview Garden Club and mailed to 3280 Stony Point Road, Grand Island, NY 14072. The committee is appreciative of all the generous support that makes this event a continued annual success! Mark your calendars and get ready to explore the Island, its beautiful gardens, and the natural scenery during the Grand Island Garden Walk. The date is Sunday, July 10 and the event runs from 10:00am-4:00pm. Information on the walk can be found at www.grandislandgardenwalk.com. Garden Walk maps will be available on the day of the walk at the Town Commons Gazebo, 2255 Baseline Road.

Parent/Community Event - April 2022

    The GI Central School District is presenting a free screening of the documentary "Like" on Wednesday, May 4th at 6:30 p.m. in the high school auditorium. "Like" helps us understand the impact of Social Media on the lives of students. After the film, teachers and student panelists will discuss tips and tricks to promote self-regulating skills. See FLYER

Battery Recycling Event - April 2022

    Each year, approximately 97% of vehicle batteries are recycled. However, the remaining 3% add up to millions of pounds of lead and gallons of sulfuric acid. These can be discharged into the environment, creating health and safety hazards for humans and animals, as well as a potential fire hazard.
    Motorists can take part in AAA Western and Central New York’s free lead-based battery recycling – any brand or type of lead-acid or AGM batteries will be accepted, including car, boat and RV batteries, however, lithium batteries are not eligible. Drop off hours are Wednesday, April 20, through Saturday, April 23. Weekday hours, Wednesday through Friday, are 8 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Saturday hours are 8 a.m. to 1 p.m. Buffalo-area locations include: AAA Western New York Fleet Operations, 505 Duke Road, Suite 500, Cheektowaga; Bellreng’s Towing and Automotive, 2131 Eggert Road, Amherst; Transit Auto & Detail, 2021 Transit Road, Elma & Friday only: AAA Amherst Branch, 100 International Drive, Amherst.

Easter Recreation Activities - April 2022


Mary Stewart Photos.

    There was a great turn out for this year's Easter Egg Trail and activities at Veterans Park on Friday, April 15th. It was presented by the Grand Island Recreation Department, Grand Island Memorial Library and Miracle League of WNY. Refreshments were hosted by the Grand Island Golden Age Center. Photos with the Easter bunny, and coloring/craft stations were available in the library. Kelly''s Country Store provided prizes to those who found the golden eggs.

A Walk in the Woods - April 2022

    A Walk in the Woods, sponsored by the Town of Grand Island Conservation Advisory Board and the GI Parks Department will take place on Arbor Day, Saturday, April 30th at the Nike Base on Whitehaven Road. There will be guided trail hikes at 10:00 a.m. and 1:00 p.m. and a presentation on the recent Tree Survey at 12 noon. Dress for the weather, trails may be muddy. FLYER

Call Before You Dig - April 2022

   (April 11, 2022) WILLIAMSVILLE, N.Y. – April is Safe Digging Month. In recognition, National Fuel is reminding homeowners and professional contractors to Call Before You Dig. Digging without knowing the approximate location of underground utilities can result in serious injuries, service disruptions and costly repairs. Before starting any landscaping, gardening or outdoor improvement projects this year, call 811, a toll-free national phone number, or visit www.call811.com. New York homeowners and contractors should call 811 at least 2 but not more than 10 full working days, not including the date of the call, in advance of the start of their projects.
    The national 811 phone number connects callers with local One Call Centers. Operators record the excavation locations and notify National Fuel and other underground utilities. National Fuel then dispatches professional locators to mark the approximate positioning of lines for free for all callers. It’s a fast, easy way to be safe and protect those within the vicinity of the project. “All excavation projects– even small or shallow digging home improvement projects like planting trees and shrubs, or installing a fence or mailbox require a call,” said Karen Merkel, spokesperson for National Fuel. “Many of the pipeline leaks and emergencies we respond to each year occur when homeowners and businesses dig on their properties without knowing the location of underground utility lines. These types of accidents can be easily avoided by calling 811 before you dig – anywhere on your property.”

Maple Grove Cemetery Meeting - April 2022

    Maple Grove Cemetery Meeting will take place on Thursday, May 5th at 6:00 p.m. at the Grand Island Memorial Library, 1715 Bedell Road, Grand Island.

Spring DisAbility Awareness Event - April 2022

Erie County, NY- Erie County Clerk Michael P. Kearns and the Erie County Office for People with Disabilities will be holding a special DisAbility Awareness Day on Saturday, April 23rd from 9:00 am - 1:00 pm at the Erie County Auto Bureau located in the Urbandale Plaza at 2122 George Urban Blvd. in Cheektowaga. No appointment is required for this community outreach event.
   Individuals with disabilities and their families will be able to obtain state issued picture identification through the Erie County Auto Bureau and be assisted with other matters pertaining to the Department of Motor Vehicles. “People with disabilities continue to face ongoing barriers when it comes to employment,” said Erie County Clerk Mickey Kearns. “My office will continue to focus on inclusion and equity when it comes to assisting individuals with a disability in obtaining government issued identification so when an employment opportunity presents itself they are prepared with the required ID to accept the job.”
    The Erie County Office for People with Disabilities will also be on hand to share information and provide a thorough understanding of how the county can assist with identifying opportunities and services available to all residents who are disabled and their family members. If you need to coordinate a reasonable accommodation, please contact the Erie County Office for People with Disabilities at 716-858-6215.
    Individuals interested in obtaining a Driver’s License, an Enhanced License, REAL ID or a non-Driver Identification are required to bring the following documents as proof of identification: original or certified copy of birth certificate, and original social security card. A complete checklist of documents required by the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles can be found at erie.gov/clerk/autobureau or call the Erie County Clerk’s Outreach Center at 716-858-8864.

Free Rabies Vaccination Clinics - April 2022

ERIE COUNTY, NY – What better time than National Pet Day (April 11) to announce the schedule of free rabies vaccination clinics in May? The Erie County Department of Health (ECDOH) has opened registration for two rabies vaccine clinic sites clinics in May.
Saturday, May 7, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Town of Tonawanda Highway Garage, 450 Woodward Ave., Kenmore 14127
Between Sheridan Dr. and Kenmore Ave. Register: www.erie.gov/health/rabies

Saturday, May 21, 9 a.m. – 1 p.m. Buffalo Public School #84 (Parking Lot), 462 Grider St., Buffalo 14214
Behind ECMC Hospital Register: www.erie.gov/health/rabies

    Appointments are required and a limited number of appointments are available. Individuals who are unable to access online registration may call (716) 961-6800 or (716) 858-2929 during business hours to schedule an appointment. Pet owners must make an appointment in order to attend these clinics. Up to three pets will be accepted per appointment. No walk-ins will be accepted.
    Dogs, cats and ferrets three months of age and older are eligible for a vaccination. Pet owners are asked to bring proof of vaccination with them to the event in order to receive a three-year vaccination certificate; otherwise, a one-year certificate will be given.
    Pets must be secured with a collar & leash or restrained in a carrier. Pet owners should limit the number of people in the vehicle. Masks are encouraged but not required. ECDOH thanks the Niagara Frontier Veterinary Society, the Medaille College Veterinary Technology Program, the SPCA Serving Erie County and Erie County SMART for providing volunteers and support in coordinating these free rabies vaccination clinics.

Clean UP Grand Island 2022 - April 2022

    Earth Day is Friday, April 22nd. The following day “Clean UP Grand Island 2022” takes place. Individuals, civic groups, local agencies, businesses and environmentally-minded residents are invited to participate in the 3rd Annual Clean UP Grand Island. The event is Saturday, April 23rd, from 8am until 12pm. Clean UP Grand Island 2022 is organized by The Town of Grand Island, The Grand Island Chamber of Commerce, Grand Island Rotary Club and Niagara River Greenway. We are also announcing a new logo selected from submissions from Grand Island High School. The final logo was created by Anna Hammond. Anna is a senior in Sports and Entertainment Management class.
    To get involved: Register yourself as an individual or as a site captain and include all participants from your group via our event page on Eventbrite. Registration Link
    A few days prior to the Clean Up day, you will receive an email with your site location, if you have a site request, please email CleanUP@gichamber.org. If you have questions, email CleanUP@gichamber.org In all there are 29 locations targeted that encompass over 50 miles of roadside, tree lined, open space and other areas for debris removal.
    Start Info: Meet in the parking lot at Town Hall (2255 Baseline Road) between 8:AM - 9:00AM to get garbage bags & get additional clean up location assignments info if needed, unless your site captain has provided other instructions.
    Wrap up Info: When finished cleaning your assigned area, bring your bags and debris back to the Casella Waste System’s dumpster located in the Town Hall parking lot. We want to get a total weight for measuring our impact to the Clean UP.
    Event Day Contact Info: Eric Fiebelkorn 716-319-7292 (mobile) or Dick Crawford 716-818-6992 (mobile) This year, the whole Island Clean UP is registered for recognition by “The Great Lakes Watershed Cleanup initiative”. This initiative has grown to all five of the Great Lakes and streams and waterways feeding them in both US and Canada. The initiative grew out of our own Rotary District 7090. The goal is to make this the single largest cleanup event ever planned and coinciding with Earth Day 2022.
    Underage volunteers must be accompanied by an adult. Participants are encouraged to stay hydrated and to wear proper attire (gloves, work/rain boots) and insect repellent. Additionally, groups wishing to work along heavily trafficked roads should speak with Dick Crawford to be aware of regulations and safety practices required. Share your clean up photos on social media and to cleanup@gichamber.org if you are ok with your photos being shared to showcase this wonderful community event.

Old Town Hall Cupola Saved - April 2022

Steve Dickinson with original cupola.

After stripping.

End results!

    Thanks to GI Highway Department employees Steve Dickenson, Matt Braun and Mike Carlson, the Town Hall Cupola is better than ever. The cupola built in 1918 was originally at the top of #9 School, located in front of the current Town Hall on Baseline Road. It became the Town Hall in December of 1938 when Charlotte Sidway School opened. In 1968 the building was torn down after the current Town Hall was completed. Walt Kelly saved the cupola and it resided behind his store on GI Blvd. until the fall of 2021, when Kelly's Country Store donated it to the Town.
    There are many talented individuals at the GI Highway Department and Superintendent Richard Crawford, Supervisor John Whitney and the Town Board agreed to allow them to work on the project over the winter. Less than four months later it is in prime condition. At a recent meeting it was decided to place it back in its original home, on the front lawn of Town Hall. It shouldn't be too long before a pad is laid to place the cupola for your viewing pleasure.

Senior Wishes Fundraiser - March 2022

    Buffalo, NY - Senior Wishes, a local non-profit, will be offering a take-out version of its wine, beer, and dessert sampling fundraiser on April 28, 2022. Tickets will be on sale from March 25-April 21. In addition, a virtual basket raffle will run from March 25-May 2.
    Presented by Geico, with additional support by many caring corporate sponsors, this year’s event will be a boxed sampling of beer, wine and sweets for participants to enjoy at home. A $45 donation will allow guests to pick-up their event box at one of three locations: Fox Run at Orchard Park, GEICO in Getzville and the United Church Manor in West Seneca on Thursday, April 28 between 3-6pm. Delivery within 30 miles can be arranged for an additional fee. Deadline to register is April 21. Specific details, including link for the basket raffle which is open to the public, can be found at www.seniorwishes.org or on their Facebook page.
    Senior Wishes’ grants wishes to lower income seniors living independently and to those living in care facilities in Erie, Niagara, Orleans, Genesee and Wyoming counties. Wishes have included attending sporting and cultural events, visiting a loved one not seen in years, and re-engaging a senior in a hobby. Simple needs are also considered.
    In 2021 HERO Boxes were delivered to local Veterans, including nine WWII Veterans, holiday gifts were delivered to 277 seniors as part of the organizations “Sips, Suds & Sweets” event for seniors with little or no family and Valentine’s Day was celebrated this year by distributing stuffed animals and goody bags to residents of Absolut Care in Gasport. Community support of this year’s event, will assist the program’s ability to continue these important programs throughout 2022. For more information visit www.seniorwishes.org or call Wendy Backman at (716)-508-2121.

Narcan Training - March 2022

    ERIE COUNTY, NY - The Erie County Department of Health (ECDOH) and the Erie County Opiate Epidemic Task Force are announcing the next three months of free trainings, where participants will learn to recognize the signs of an opioid overdose and use Narcan (naloxone) to reverse an opioid overdose. All participants will receive a free Narcan kit after the training is complete. Virtual training participants will need a computer with Internet access or a smart phone with the ability to access WebEx. Additional in-person trainings will be announced. For information on a group training for your business or organization, call (716) 858-7695. Register for virtual or in-person trainings at http://www.erie.gov/opioidtrainings.
   Virtual Trainings: MARCH 2022: Wed., March 9, 2022 12:00 PM; Sat., March 19, 2022 9:00 AM. APRIL 2022: Fri., April 1, 2022 12:00 PM; Sat., April 16, 2022 9:00 AM. MAY 2022: Wed., May 4, 2022 12:00 PM; Sat., May 21, 2022 9:00 AM.
    In-Person Trainings – Erie County Emergency Training and Operation Center, 3359 Broadway # 2, Buffalo, NY 14227: MARCH 2022: Sat., March 12, 2022 9:00 AM; Tues., March 15, 2022 6:00 PM. APRIL 2022: Wed., April 6, 2022 6:00 PM; Sat., April 30, 2022 9:00 AM. MAY 2022: Sat., May 14, 2022 9:00 AM; Thurs., May 19, 2022 6:00 PM.

Radisson Hotel Hosting Blood Drive - February 2022

    Grand Island NY - Radisson Hotel will host a community blood drive with the American Red Cross on Saturday, March 5, 2022 from 9am to 2pm at 100 Whitehaven Road, Grand Island NY 14072. For more information or to make an appointment to donate, sign up online at redcrossblood.org with sponsor code RADISSONGRANDISLAND.
    Radisson Grand Island is committed to strengthening our community and helping meet hospital and patient needs through blood donations,” said Laura Zoldowski, Executive Housekeeper. “This blood drive is our way of giving staff, colleagues and neighbors an opportunity to help save lives.” Blood is a perishable product that can only come from volunteer blood donors. With someone in the U.S. needing blood every two seconds, blood products must be constantly replenished, according to the Red Cross. “We urge community members to donate blood and help ensure that patients in local hospitals have a supply of blood ready and waiting before an emergency occurs. There’s no better feeling than knowing that your blood donation may give someone a second chance at life.” According to the Red Cross, donors with all blood types are needed, especially those with types O negative, A negative and B negative.

25th Annual Great Backyard Bird Count - February 2022

    25th Annual Great Backyard Bird Count takes place February 18-22, 2022. Participating is easy, fun to do alone, or with others, and can be done anywhere you find birds. Step 1 – Decide where you will watch birds. Step 2 – Watch birds for 15 minutes or more, at least once over the four days, February 18-21, 2022. Step 3 – Count all the birds you see or hear within your planned time/location and use the best tool for sharing your bird sightings: If you are a beginning bird admirer and new to the count, try using the Merlin Bird ID app. If you have participated in the count before, try eBird Mobile app or enter your bird list on the eBird website (desktop/laptop). If you are participating as a group, see instructions for Group Counting. Birdcount Website. FLYER.

National Fuel Announces Grants to Community Nonprofits - February 2022

    (Feb. 7, 2022) WILLIAMSVILLE, N.Y. - The board of directors of the National Fuel Gas Company Foundation (Foundation), the charitable giving arm of National Fuel Gas Company (National Fuel), recently held its quarterly meeting and approved Foundation grants totaling $220,000. According to David P. Bauer, Foundation President and President and CEO of National Fuel, our Foundation is committed to initiatives that uphold safe and healthy communities across our service territory, evidenced by our recent grant recipients. “We are extremely proud of our ongoing support of the American Red Cross. Their numerous public safety efforts coupled with expert and compassionate disaster response makes them a vital and worthy organization,” Bauer said.
    Grants were awarded to the Western New York, Northwestern Pennsylvania and Mid Central Pennsylvania American Red Cross chapters. In addition, the board approved grant requests for the following nonprofits that help underserved populations as well as advance healthcare and veteran services. In New York: Buffalo City Mission; Roswell Park Comprehensive Cancer Center; Veterans One-stop Center of WNY.

Fuccillo/National Grid Provide Charging Stations - February 2022

    GRAND ISLAND, N.Y., January 31, 2022 As more electric vehicles are hitting Western New York roads, Fuccillo Hyundai of Grand Island partnered with National Grid’s Electric Vehicle (EV) Make-Ready Program to install five EV charging stations at its Grand Island dealership located at 1910 Alvin Road. Through the program, National Grid covered more than 80% of the infrastructure costs to install the stations, which include two fast-charging stations with a combined output of 125 kilowatts, the most powerful EV charging station output on Grand Island. This means quicker charging times for EV drivers. All five stations are currently available to the public free of charge.
    “Thanks to National Grid’s EV Make-Ready Program, the EV charging stations were able to come online just in time for us to receive inventory of the 2022 Hyundai IONIQ 5 Plugin,” said Russell Tabone, general manager, Fuccillo Hyundai. “We’ve been receiving calls both locally and from across the country for a chance to purchase the IONIQ 5, which charges in only 20 minutes." “We are excited for the opportunity to invest in the community. In addition to making our EV charging stations available for Fuccillo customers, our goal is also to serve as a destination for motorists who want to charge their vehicles,” added Tabone. “In just the past several weeks, both residents and Canadian motorists have taken advantage of the free charging opportunity.”
    National Grid’s EV charging program is available for businesses, multi-unit residential buildings and retail stores, as well as parks and vacation destinations. The company also offers a program for businesses looking to electrify their fleets, which can reduce greenhouse gas emissions, improve air quality, and help to meet National Grid’s decarbonization goals.
    Whitney Skeans, senior program manager of National Grid’s EV Make-Ready Program said that collaborations with customers like Fuccillo Hyundai are central to National Grid’s Project C commitment, which was created to inspire change and create a more equitable future. With new EVs hitting the marketplace, she also sees a timely opportunity for all Western New York auto dealerships to take advantage of the EV incentives as they prepare to receive and sell new inventory.
    “No matter what your business, installing EV charging stations can create more customer traffic for your sales, convenience for your workplace, and sustainability leadership within the communities where you live and play,” said Skeans. “National Grid’s programs include incentives for business customers who are future-focused, not only supporting a new segment of EV drivers but also maximizing value from the clean energy initiatives that will get us there. Partnerships with customers like Fuccillo help reduce our greenhouse gas emissions and support New York State’s goal of having all new passenger cars and light-duty trucks sales be zero-emission models by 2035.”
    In 2021, National Grid invested $4.1 million to install 756 charging ports in upstate New York. This work is part of the company’s $143 million commitment to install 16,000 charging ports across New York by 2025, which supports the state’s goal of having 850,000 electric vehicles on the road by that year. Pure Performance Renewable (PPR) Energy Solutions, Western New York-based licensed electrical contractor that specializes in the design, development, and construction of EV charging station projects, conducted the installation of the five EV charging stations at Fuccillo Hyundai. “Investing in EV charging stations is a way for businesses to future proof their parking lots,” said Mike Prinzi, president, PPR Energy Solutions. “With the demand for electric vehicles increasing, motorists are going to more places throughout our community where they can charge up. By partnering with National Grid’s EV Make-Ready Program, Fuccillo Hyundai was responsible for only 20% of the installation costs for their new charging stations.”
    National Grid representatives will be available at the Buffalo Auto Show, Feb. 3 to Feb. 6 at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center to share more details about the EV Make-Ready Program.

Cupola Rehab - February 2022

Cupola stripped of rotten wood. Using original tongue-in-groove interior walls.

The roof is made of tin and is in good shape. The tin overhang will be mostly replaced.

Text Messaging Scam - February 2022

    ERIE COUNTY, NY – - Erie County Clerk Michael P. Kearns is alerting residents about a new text message phishing scheme that is circulating across Erie County. The text messages include a link that claims to direct consumers to a page that will provide information of overpayment to the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles (NYS DMV). The link then prompts individuals to confirm their email in an embedded link in order to acquire a refund.
    Phishing is an attempt by scammers to acquire sensitive personal information from unsuspecting users by disguising themselves as trustworthy businesses, organizations or individuals, such as a government agency like the NYS DMV. Scammers use this information to steal people’s identities or trick them into installing malicious software, known as malware, onto internet-connected devices such as their cell phone. “I want residents to know that the Erie County Auto Bureau or the New York State Department of Motor Vehicles will never solicit your private information via email, text or over the phone,” said County Clerk Mickey Kearns. “If you receive such a fraudulent message, please ignore and delete such requests.”
    Phishing attacks are big business and are one of the most common online scams. They often tell a story to trick you into clicking on a link or opening an attachment and can be carried out through emails, text messages, phone solicitations, fraudulent social media accounts or websites. The most common indicators of a phishing attempt usually involve tone, grammar and urgency in a text message or email subject line. Major warning signs are an unfamiliar greeting, grammatical errors and misspelled words. County Clerk Kearns states, “The best way to protect yourself from an attack is to be aware, avoid opening or responding and delete the messages immediately. If possible, you can block the number or email address from your device to prevent further contact.”
    “The safest way to conduct your DMV business is at your local Erie County Auto Bureau. Appointments are required. However, same day or next day appointments are currently being accepted at all area branches,” added Kearns. Appointments can be made 24/7 online at erie.gov/clerk/autobureau. For those without internet access or require a reasonable accommodation can contact the Erie County Clerk’s Outreach Center at 716-858-8864 during normal business hours and a representative will assist you.

Walk-In Covid-19 Tests Available - February 2022

    ERIE COUNTY, NY – Starting January 31, 2022, the Erie County Department of Health (ECDOH) is expanding its COVID-19 testing operations to the Jesse Nash Health Center at 608 William Street in Buffalo. This site will offer free COVID-19 testing on weekdays from 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. Walk-ins/drive-ups are welcome; appointments will be accepted, but not required. Appointments suggested, but not required; call (716) 858-2929.
    The ECDOH COVID-19 testing site at the Erie County Fire Training Academy (3359 Broadway, Cheektowaga) is a free drive-through COVID-19 testing site that will also accept people without an appointment starting January 31. Days and hours of operation at this site may vary; call (716) 858-2929 before you go to confirm the site is open.
    Available tests will include the COVID-19 PCR test, with results available in 1-3 business days, and a rapid COVID-19 ID Now test, with results available on-site. For more information, including guidance on which type of COVID-19 test is recommended and when to test, please call the ECDOH COVID-19 Information Line at (716) 858-2929.

Reminder: Winter Parking Policy - January 2022

    The Town of Grand Island Highway Department “NO PARKING” law is in effect November 1, thru March 31, 2022 Please observe our “No Parking” restrictions on all public highways between the hours of 2:00 a.m. thru 7:00 a.m. from November 1, 2021 thru March 31, 2022. This allows us to give you effective snow plowing in all areas of the town. Our Town of Grand Island Police Department and the Erie County Sheriff’s Department enforce this ordinance.

Birds on the Niagara 2022 - January 2022

    Birds on the Niagara 2022 takes place February 11 - 13, 2022. Events will take place in the US and Canada, online and in-person. There are events on the Island, at Beaver Island and Buckhorn State Parks. See events HERE. Registration is required. www.birdsontheniagara.org

1918 Town Hall Cupola Rehab - January 2022

Highway Department employee Steve Dickinson will be working to bring the cupola back to life.

The inside features tongue and groove walls that will be able to be preserved.

The outside base is covered with tin that will be replaced.

   There was some good news in assessing the rehab possibilites of the Town Hall Cupola. Built in 1918, it had seen better days. Kelly's Country Store donated it to the town in the fall and it was moved in December to the GI Highway Department for assessment. The good news is the interior tongue and groove walls are salvageable and Steve Dickinson is pumped to replace all the wood exterior and tin roofing and base. I will be updating readers on the progress of the cupola rehab over the upcoming months.

Pistol Permit Recertification - January 2022

   Erie County, NY- January 2022 Kearns Reminds Pistol Permit Holders of Recertification Process Deadline. New York State pistol permits due to be recertified with the New York State Police.
    Erie County Kearns wants to remind New York State Pistol Permit Holders that they need to complete their recertification process with the New York State Police (NYSP) in order to be in compliance with the NYSAFE Act.
    Under New York State law, if an individual’s permit was issued prior to January 15, 2013, the deadline to submit your recertification to the State was January 31, 2018 and every five years thereafter. However, if your license was issued on or after January 15, 2013, the deadline recertify with the State is five years after the date the license was issued and every five years thereafter. To clarify, the next five-year due date is here for some, but not all pistol permit holders.
    For example, a pistol permit holder who recertified on January 15, 2017 would be due to recertify with the State by January 15, 2022. A pistol permit holder who recertified on March 8, 2017 would be due to recertify with the State by March 8, 2022. A pistol permit holder who recertified on January 15, 2018 would be due to recertify with the State by January 15, 2023.
    Applications can be submitted to the State online or mailed-in. To submit your recertification online or to see when your current recertification expires please visit the New York State Police website at firearms.troopers.ny.gov/pprecert/welcome.faces. Forms are also available online at safeact.ny.gov/pistol-permit-recertification or at State Police stations throughout the state mailed to the return address listed on the form. Your recertification status can be checked at firearms.troopers.ny.gov/pprecert. According to the NYSP, your status will be "No recertification on file" until your information has been entered into the State system, so please allow sufficient time for mailing and data entry.
    If you are experiencing technical difficulties with the electronic recertification process, please contact the New York State Information Technology Services (ITS) Service Desk at 1-844-891-1786. All other questions should be directed to the New York State Police at 1-855-LAWGUNS (1-855-529-4867) as the Erie County Pistol Permit Department cannot answer explicit questions related to the recertification process.

Passport Fees Increase - January 2022

   Erie County, NY- January 2022 Erie County, NY- As the Erie County Clerk’s Office is an approved official Passport Application Acceptance Agent of the United States Passport Service I want to make the traveling public aware that the U.S. State Department has increased first-time or replacement adult passport fees will increase by $20. The increased fee is necessary to maintain ensure that the Passport Agency continues to produce one of the most secure travel and identity documents in the world.
    So how much will a passport cost you in total? There are a number of factors that go into the cost calculation, including the type of passport you want, whether you're renewing or getting your first one, and how fast you need to obtain your travel document. With the new fee, the cost of a first-time adult passport book comes out to $165, comprising of a $130 application fee and a $35 acceptance fee. The price for renewing an adult passport book now totals $130. The price for a minor passport book for those under age 16 is now $135, consisting of a $100 application fee and a $35 acceptance fee. Passport photos can be taken on-site and are available for $10.
    According to the State Department, the turnaround time for a standard passport renewal currently can take up to 11 weeks. For $60 more, an expedited renewal application can take up to 6 weeks. As processing times can change at any time so it is important that you check the status of your passport application online at travel.state.gov.
    That said, there are numerous reasons for processing delays such as unprecedented mail volume and agency application centers throughout the country are limiting in-person services due to COVID-19 cases. Additionally, U.S. travelers must be REAL ID compliant to board domestic flights and access certain federal facilities. Both a valid U.S. passport book and the passport card meet the new security standard that goes into effect May 3, 2023.
    The Erie County Clerk’s Office is now open to the public and applicants can apply for a passport card, passport book or both at Old County Hall, 92 Franklin Street, Buffalo or the County Clerk’s Outreach Center, 1088 Union Road, West Seneca next to the Auto Bureau in the Southgate Plaza Monday through Friday from 9am to 4:30pm.
    Payment must be in the form of check or money order. No cash or credit cards can be accepted. A certified copy of birth certificate and proof of identity such as a valid New York State driver’s license or non-driver identification card is required in order for any application to be accepted. Current passport holders with less than 6 months validity remaining on their travel document(s) must follow the instructions on how to renew their passport by mail at travel.state.gov/passports. Renewal applications must be done by mail and cannot be completed through the County Clerk’s Office. Passport Renewal Applications are to be submitted by the individual applicant and mailed to the address on the Renewal Application Form. Passport applications, a list of all required documents, and detailed breakdown of the new fee schedule are available by visiting erie.gov/passports or by contacting the Erie County Clerk’s Outreach Center at (716) 858-8864.

Town/County Tax Bills Mailed - January 2022

    Town Clerk Patricia Frentzel announced that the 2022 Town/County Tax Bills have been mailed. If you have changed banks, have paid off your mortgage or do not have an escrow account and did not receive a tax bill, please contact the Town Clerk’s office at 773-9600 ext. 620 or 600. The office will be open extras hours:     Saturday, February 12 – 9:00am – 12:00pm    Monday, February 14 – 8:30am – 6:00pm    Tuesday, February 15 – 8:30am – 6:00pm
    Checks should be made payable to Town Clerk. The last day to pay without penalty is February 15. Envelopes must show a legible postmark of February 15 to be accepted on time. Taxpayers should call the office for correct amounts for payments made February 16 and later. Payments can be made until June 30, 2022. After this date, payments must be sent to the County. ONLINE TAX RECEIPTS AND PAYMENTS - SERVICE FEES APPLY - www.grandislandny.us. DEBIT AND CREDIT CARDS ACCEPTED AT COUNTER SERVICE FEES APPLY. Tax Notice.

NYS Parks Issuing West River Dock Permits - January 2022

    The New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation has announced that they will be issuing temporary seasonal dock permits for up to 35 public docks along the West River Shoreline Trail on a first come first serve basis for the 2022 season. Permit applications will be distributed beginning at 8:00 am on February 5, 2022 until 35 applications have been distributed. Due to Covid-19 protocols, participants will be asked to remain in their cars and follow signage and staff direction. Further information is available online at www.parks.ny.gov/parks/56/details.aspx or call the Beaver Island State Park Office at 716-773-3271.

GICSD Substitute Recuitment Job Fair - January 2022

   The Grand Island Central School District will hold a substitute recruitment job fair from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. on Friday, Jan. 21, at Grand Island HIgh School, 1100 Ransom Road.
    Substitutes are currently needed in all areas at the district office, high school, middle school, and three elementary schools. All applicants for substitute teachers, aides, nurses, custodial, clerical, monitors, buildings and grounds, food service, bus drivers, and attendants will be interviewed on site. If interested, submit an application in advance on the WNYRIC portal available though the Grand Island district website (www.grandislandschools.org), or be prepared to fill one out upon arrival. Interviews will be conducted on site, and interested parties can continue to apply for these positions on a continual basis throughout the school year.
    Applicants should bring their current resume, copy of transcripts, certificate (if applicable), driver’s license, and Social Security card. Parking is available in front of the high school. Substitute teaching applicants must have completed a bachelor’s degree. Email suzannepfleger@gicsd.org for more information.

Town & County Tax Bills Mailed - January 2022

Sitting from L to R: Ann Dlugokinski, Martha Mueller, Suzanne Mueller.
Standing L to R: Lorraine Wilcox, Linda Clark, Kathy Lechner, Town Clerk Pattie Frentzel, Jean Schlegal and Pat Cummings.

    Despite COVID – 19, the Town and County tax bills are in the mail!! Our volunteer seniors, socially distanced and wearing masks, prepared the tax bills and were treated to lunch. Town Clerk Pattie Anderson Frentzel reported that the last day to pay without penalty is February 15, 2022.

Erie County Sheriff Sergeant Local Hero - January 2022

   The Erie County Sheriff's Office announced on Monday, January 3rd the following; On January 2, 2022, while working as part of the SWAT Reaction Force at Highmark Stadium Dr. Kevin McGee and Sgt. Chris Soluri responded to assist with a first aid call for an individual having a seizure and potentially a heart attack. Upon arrival, cibilians were observed to be performing CPR on the victim. Without hesitation, Dr. McGee and Sgt. Soluri sprang into action, took control of the scene, and deployed a Sheriff's Office AED. The doctor and the sergeant continued to work on the patient, who had no pulse and was not breathing, ultimately regaining consciousness. After traveling in the ambulance to a local hospital, Dr. McGee turned over the patient to emergency room staff; the patient was conscious, alert, and talking when Sheriff's personnel left the facility.

National Law Enforcement Day - January 2022

   Thank An Officer Today - January 9th, 2022.
    Policing was a haphazard process in the young nation. Protective forces were privately operated and for profit. Frontier justice was a mix of factors. The military was the primary law enforcement during the time of the Civil War, but during reconstruction, local sheriffs played an important role in enforcing the general order and the right to vote for the slaves who were freed.
    By the 1880s, the major cities of the United States had police forces who served and protected the public from criminals and wrong doing in the growing cities.
    In 1929, President Hoover assigned the Wickersham Commission to examine the effectiveness of law enforcement in the whole nation. The idea of a mobile officer was developed to professionalize the police. The American police were formed having quasi-military aspects of rank structure and accordingly uniforms were assigned. Their main task was to prevent crime and provide a wide array of other public services. The police power in the United States in a specific area gave benefits to the government and local people.

Inauguration of Newly Elected Officials - January 2022

From left: VFW Honor Guard, Master of Ceremonies Eric Fiebelkorn, Town Justice Mark J. Frentzel, Councilmen Peter Marston, Jr. & Christian Bahleda, Highway Superintendent Richard Crawford, Jr. and The Honorable Joseph Cassata.

From left: Mark J. Frentzel, Pete Marston, Jr., Christian Bahleda, Richard Crawford, Jr.

      The Town of Grand Island held the Inauguration of the newly elected officials on Saturday, January 1, 2022, at 12:00 p.m. (noon) at the Sandy Beach Yacht Club. Inaugurated were Mark J. Frentzel – Town Justice, Richard Crawford, Jr. – Highway Superintendent, Peter Marston, Jr. – Councilman and Christian Bahleda – Councilman. Eric Fiebelkorn was the Master of Ceremonies. The Honorable Joseph Cassata was the installing officer.

National Fuel Tips for Winter Safety - January 2022

   (Jan. 4, 2022) WILLIAMSVILLE, N.Y. – National Fuel advises homeowners to be prepared and safe this winter and pay attention to outdoor gas meters, furnaces, and vents. Also, payment assistance information. See press release.