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State Senator Elect Antoine Thompson
Inauguration & Party
State Senator Elect Antoine Thompson will be sworn into office at 11 am. January 3, 2007 in the Senate Chambers in Albany. Elected in February 2006 to fill a vacant seat in the state legislature, he will host an inauguration party, free and open to the public, at 6 p.m. January 5, 2007 in Niagara Falls City Hall, 745 Main Street, Niagara Falls, NY.
Ransom Rd. Accident Sends Two To Hospital - December 2006
The Grand Island Fire Company responded to a request for its EMS squad at 1394 Ransom Road for a two-car motor vehicle accident at 1:49 p.m. Friday, December 22, 2006. Two patients were evaluated with one extricated from the vehicle by the GIFC. The patients, Jeff Riederer 17, and Bridget George, 17 were transported by ambulance to ECMC and Kenmore Mercy Hospital respectively. The Grand Island Fire Company was back in service at 3:09, however the Company's volunteer fire police remained at the scene for a short time to assist with traffic.
Former Resident Arrested - December 2006
James D. Vaccaro, a former Grand Island resident, has been arrested and ordered to spend 120 days in jail and pay $37,500 to his ex-wife and children. He was arrested Monday afternoon, December 18, 2006 as he attempted to board a plane to Sarasota, Florida. Click for the December 20, 2006 "Buffalo News story".
Christmas Church Services - December 2006
Bible Presbyterian Church - 1650 Love Road just off Beaver Island Pkwy.
Sunday, December 24 - Morning Worship Service - 10:45 a.m.
Sunday, December 24 - Traditional Christmas Eve Candlelight and Carol Service - 6:00 p.m. at the Church.
Bible Presbyterian Church Web Site
St. Martin-in-the-Fields Episcopal Church -
2587 Baseline Road
Sunday, December 24 - 6:30 and 8:30 - Christmas Eve - Child care available
Monday, December 25 - 10 a.m. - Christmas Day
Sunday, December 31 - 10 a.m. - Christmas reprise
St. Stephen's Catholic Church - 2100 Baseline Road
Sunday, December 24th masses - 7:30 a.m., 9 a.m., 11 a.m.
4:30 p.m. Family and Children's Mass
4:30 p.m. Mass in Old Church
6:30 p.m. Mass
12 Midnight Mass - Choir Concert 11:30 p.m.
Monday, December 25th masses - 7:30 a.m., 9 a.m.
For information on other Island churches, click Church Directory.
Black Ice Causes Multiple Morning MVAs - December 2006
The Grand Island Fire Company responded to a request for its EMS squad at 5:58 a.m. Wednesday, December 20, 2006 for a motor vehicle accident on the south bound, South Grand Island Bridge. The accident involved four vehicles, and five patients were evaluated with one transported to Kenmore Mercy Hospital. The GIFC was back in service at 6:28 a.m. More information may be added to this story as it becomes available.
One-Car Roll-over On Boulevard Sends Driver To ECMC - December 2006
The Grand Island Fire Company responded to a request for its EMS squad at 3:50 p.m. Sunday, December 17, 2006 for a one-car motor vehicle accident at 1988 Grand Island Boulevard. The occupant, who was partially ejected when the vehicle rolled over, was evaluated and transported to the Erie County Medical Center. The Fire Company was back in service at 4:20 p.m. More information may be added to this story as it becomes available.
Patient Transported To Hospital Following One-Car MVA - December 2006
The Grand Island Fire Company responded to a request for its EMS squad at 5:09 p.m. Friday, December 15, 2006 for a one-car motor vehicle accident in the vicinity of Tops Market. The occupant of the vehicle that went into a ditch was evaluated and transported to Kenmore Mercy Hospital. The Fire Company was back in service at 5:29 p.m. More information may be added to this story as it becomes available.
Industrial Use Of Polonium Questioned - December 2006
The following is a recent Buffalo News article pertain to the industrial use of Polonium and it relationship to Grand Island, NY. Polonium is the radioactive element which is suspected as the cause of death in a recent incident involving a Russian dissident. Click for the December 10, 2006 "Buffalo News story" by Stephen T. Watson and Fred O. Williams.
Click for the original "New York Times article"
Click for the original "Statement Regarding NRD Alpha Ionizers"
Patient Transported To Hospital Following One-Car Rollover - December 2006
The Grand Island Fire Company responded to a request for its EMS squad at 4:57 p.m. Sunday, December 10, 2006 for a one-car rollover on East River Road at Kirkwood Drive. The two occupants in the vehicle were evaluated with one sign off and one patient transported to a local hospital. The Fire Company was back in service at 5:27 p.m. More information may be added to this story as it becomes available.
15 Seconds of Major Movie Filmed At Island Lanes - December 2006
Jay O. Sanders, who starred in the movie, "The Day After Tomorrow" was on the Island at Island Lanes recently for the filming of the movie,
"The Dissection of Thanksgiving." Click for the December 3, 2006 "Buffalo News Story" by Andrew Z. Galarneau.
Weather-Related Motor Vehicle Accidents -
Grand Island Fire Company EMS Units
responded to a two-car accident at the corner of Love and Baseline roads at
5:45 p.m. Monday, December 4, 2006, followed by another two-car motor vehicle
accident on the southbound section of the New York State Thruway at the Bedell Road overpass at 6:23
p.m. Monday. The Fire Company EMS also responded to the I-190 near Whitehaven for a property damage only accident, to the I-190 at the Baseline Road overpass for a vehicle off the road, and to the I-190 at the South State Parkway, also a property damage only accident.
According to Fire Chief Greg Butcher, "A layer of ice formed on the road surface that was quickly covered with snow making driving treacherous." The weather-related incidents were minor, however, the GIFC had some difficulty locating one accident as
traffic in several areas of the Thruway was at a standstill.
No Fire At Tim Horton’s - 2006
Grand Island firefighters responded to a report of smoke in the building at Tim Horton's on
Grand Island Blvd. at 3:53 p.m. Saturday, December 2, 2006. Grand Island Fire Chief Greg Butcher took charge of incident command. Several Grand Island Fire Company engines responded, however, no fire was found. Firefighters did an extensive search for the source of the smoke. The point or origin was not located and the source was deemed mechanical. All Grand Island units were back in service at 4:19 p.m.
Concerts Scheduled By Huth Road, Kaegebein, Connor Middle and High School - 2006
Winter concerts are scheduled by the following schools:
Kaegebein Elementary School - 7 p.m. Wednesday, December 6th
Huth Road Elementary School - 7:30 p.m. Thursday, December 7th
Veronica E. Connor Middle School - 7 p.m. Wednesday, December 13th
Grand Island High School - 7:30 p.m. Thursday, December 14th
Veronica E. Connor Middle School - 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, December 19th
Huth Road Elementary School - 9:45 a.m. Friday, December 22
Members of the Kaegebein Choirs under the direction of Renee Michki will be performing their holiday concert at 7 p.m. Wednesday, December 6, 2006 in the High School Auditorium. The music groups will also travel to Sidway to sing for the kindergarden and first grade students on December 21, 2006 at 1:15 p.m.
The Huth Road Choral Concert at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, December 7th in the High School Auditorium will be under the direction of music teacher Carol Horrigan. Featured will be the Huth Road 4th and 5th grade Boys' Chorus, 4th and 5th grade Girls Chorus and 5th grade Select Chorus.
The Huth Road Elementary 3rd grade chorus and 5th grade band concert, under the direction of Carol Horrigan, will be presented at 9:45 a.m. Friday, Dec. 22nd in the Huth Road auditorium for parents, friends and families. These groups will also perform for the school on Dec. 22nd at 1:15 p.m. in the gym.
The Grand Island High School winter concert on Thursday, December 14th will feature the String Orchestra, Concert Band, Wind Ensemble, Choir and Concert Choir. The Concert Choir (directed by Mrs. Carolyn Lokken) and Orchestra (Ms. Deborah Remson) are combining on "The Glory of the Lord" from the
Messiah, to be conducted by Mrs. Carolyn Lokken's student teacher, Adam Potter, a student at Houghton College. The Choir, under the direction of Carolyn Lokken, will perform the traditional Here We Come A-Caroling and In The Bleak MidWinter. Concert Choir, also conducted by Mrs. Lokken, will sing The Funky Dreidel. This concert is scheduled for 7:30 p.m., however, if there are sports conflicts, it could be changed to 8 p.m. A time change will be reported at Isledegrande.com.
The Connor Middle School Concert on December 19th will include the String Orchestra, 7/8th Grade Band, 6th Grade Chorus,
7th Grade Chorus, and Singcopations.
The Grand Island High School Madrigal Singers, under the direction of Carolyn Lokken, will perform as part of the M&T Bank Holiday Series downtown at M&T on Wednesday, December 6 at noon. They will also sing for the Rotary Club Christmas Party on December 6, and for the Lions Club Christmas Party on December 13 at the Buffalo Launch Club.
Information on other school concerts will be added here as it becomes available.
Garden Parkway Residents Bring Back Holiday Decorating Tradition - 2006
(left) Garden Parkway residents Ruth and Dave Slepian; (right) Young and old participate in decorating.
Thursday, November 30, 2006 . . .The residents of Garden Parkway got together to decorate the neighborhood for the holidays this past weekend. Young and old worked together to add greenery and bows to the streetlamps and entry to the street. This is a rebirth of a Garden Parkway tradition according to long time residents. "We brought back a neighborhood tradition that died about 20 years ago," a resident explained. Ruth and Dave Slepian organized the event and provided the décor as well as punch and cookies for a get together afterwards.
Victory Staffing Continues To Recruit For Positions - 2006
Victory Staffing, as announced by the Grand Island Town Clerk's Office, will be recruiting at Grand Island Town Hall at 10 a.m. Tuesday, December 5, 2006 for positions on and around Grand Island, N.Y. Click Victory Staffing for complete information and positions available.
One Patient Hospitalized After Foggy Friday Morning MVA - November 2006
The Grand Island Fire Company received a request for its EMS squad at 8:37 a.m. Friday, November 24, 2006 where a two-car MVA occurred at 1898 Whitehaven at the NOCO Express Station. The GIFC reported no serious injuries to the three people involved.
A second EMS call for a three-car crash came in shortly after at 1837 Love Road, just west of Tim's Sunoco Station. Firefighters extricated Ricki Sounderson, 21, of Carl Road, who received first aid at the scene and was transported to ECMC. Two other patients were evaluated and signed off.
Grand Island Fire Company was back in service from the Whitehaven MVA at 8:59 a.m. and from the Love Road call at 9:08 a.m.
Grand Island and all of WNY had dense fog beginning Thursday evening, and continuing into the morning of Friday, November 24th which may have contributed to the cause of the accidents.
More information may be added to this story as it becomes available.
"Communities That Care" Blood Drive - December 2006
A "Communities That Care" Blood Drive, sponsored by the American Red Cross, will be held from 1-7 p.m. Tuesday, December 12 at the Grand Island Fire Headquarters, 2275 Baseline Road. "December is a difficult month for us and we are attempting to hold a large drive to stave off a dangerous blood shortage," an American Red Cross Blood Drive official said this week.
All donors will receive a limited edition Red Cross ornament and be entered into drawings throughout the day. Refreshments from local vendors will be served at canteen. To make an appointment, call 1-800-GIVE-LIFE. Donations of food or something to raffle would be greatly appreciated. Those with donations are asked to call Beth at 481-0699 in advance.
Island's UNICEF Collection Totals $2,664 - 2006
By Lee Tetkowski
All the TRICK-OR-TREAT for UNICEF coins have been
counted. UNICEF to Chairman Lee Tetkowski thanks all school and community folks who helped!
Here are this year's results for Grand Island: $2,664 has been mailed to UNICEF from Grand Island Central Schools. How does this compare with last year, the year that UNICEF shared with Katrina victims? 2005 total was $2,990, so this year was $326 less - so far. You are encouraged to send checks made out to U.S. Committee for UNICEF, to Chairman Lee Tetkowski, 1530 Whitehaven Rd. Remember how rainy Halloween night was? And how many tree branches were still strewn about? Did you have as many kids in costume come collecting as other years? Your help is still needed.
Fire Company Recovers Body From Water At River Oaks Marina - 2006
The Grand Island Fire Company received a report at 4:27 p.m. Saturday, November 18, 2006 of a fisherman falling into the river at the River Oaks Marina and not resurfacing. Assistant Chief Christopher Soluri who served as Incident Command, was told there were several witnesses. A crew of three GIFC volunteers wearing dry suits searched for the body while waiting for a dual dive team from Getzville/Ellicott Creek. The body was brought out of the water by Grand Island firefighters who initiated ALS (advance life support) at 4:53 p.m. and the dive team was cancelled. The victim, William H. Carmichael, 63, of Goemble Avenue, Buffalo, was then transported to Niagara Falls Memorial and pronounced dead at hospital. The original report came from Coast Guard Buffalo who received a call from a witness.
According to the Sunday morning edition of the Buffalo News, the victim had been fishing off a dock at River Oaks, and was in cardiac arrest when pulled from the water.
October Storm Hits Hard At Morgan Homestead - Nov. 2006
Click photos for larger view
Last month's surprise storm (October 12, 2006) did considerable damage to numerous trees, some well over 100 years old, on the Morgan property on East River Road. The property, in the family since the 1830s, has always been kept in perfect condition with the trees well cared for and the seasonal flowers that surround it, among the most beautiful on the Island. Hank Morgan who resides in the old farmhouse with his mother, Lois Morgan, said that three Mulberry trees in the front yard will have to be taken down in the spring. "A lot of our trees have been damaged and more may have to come down," Hank said. "We just have to wait and see," he said. The photos were submitted by Peggy McNulty Hooper.
Thompson Continues Bridge Toll Campaign - 2006
Island resident Rus Thompson has set up a No GI Tolls website in his campaign to have the Grand Island bridge tolls removed for everyone. Click "Say No To Bridge Tolls" for information on a petition to remove the tolls.
For previous story, click "Letter To Editor - Rus Thompson"
More Halloween 2006 Photos
Thank you readers for sharing your pictures with us. The following Halloween photos were submitted this week (November 9, 2006). Scroll down for those submitted right after Halloween.
Ryan Havens, son of former residents Brian and Susan (Pikas) Havens (right) Dominic John Pullano, 9 months and Anna Sophia Pullano, 2 1/2
Eden Mae Johnson, daughter of Keira Johnson Justin Figler and Tyler Ludwig
Brandon Loder and Anthony Weis DeVonte' Johnson and mom Destiny Chambers
(left front) Abby, Daniel and Lucas;
(back) David, Mitchel and Hailee Clayton of Elsie Lane
Ashley Giambra Katelyn Giambra
Emma, 8 and Evan Smith, 3 Alex and Kaylee Montana
Joshua McMahon, 2 Joshua and cousins, Collin, Shannon, Michaela and Chelsea.
Click for More Photos
Election Day 2006
Election Inspectors Eileen Minton (left) and Liz AuClair-Smith are shown at the town hall just before 11 a.m. Tuesday, when voter turnout was at a low point. Political signs, though less across the Island in recent weeks, were posted in abundance at all of the polling places. Weather was overcast and rainy for the most part. Click http://www.erieboe.com/ for Election results .
Jodi Robinson Photos - Click for larger view
Trimming of Century Old Oak Tree Upsets Homeowner - Nov. 2006
Jodi Robinson Photo - Click for larger view
Who is responsible is the question in regard to the trimming job this old oak tree sustained on Sunday, November 5th around noon. Red Jacket/Stony Point Road neighbors of Ellie Wiant, who was not home at the time, watched an agency hired by Erie County, slaughter this landmark tree. Ellie drove into her driveway after being out of town, and could not believe the sight of the many huge limbs cut and laying on the ground. Mrs. Wiant said that none of the large branches were hanging over the road. She has been told that a tree specialist would come out and look at the tree and determine if it can it be saved.
"A picture is worth a thousand words - it's a mess," said Highway Superintendent Ray Dlugokinski. The Superintendent said he finds it hard to believe that the tree could have been that damaged deliberately. He said that all of the storm work is accompanied by a picture before and after, and documentation of each residence. The Highway Superintendent reported the damage to Erie County Legislator Michele Iannello, who was waiting to hear back from the County on Wednesday. She will then try to provide Mrs. Wiant with some answers.
Dlugokinski, who looked at tree and advised Mrs. Wiant as to what route to follow, said, "I would have to say that this old oak tree is probably 100 years old, and I don't think the tree will live."
Bridge Tolls Back In The "News" - 2006
Click "Bridge Tolls" for 11/7/06 Buffalo News Story by Bruce Andriatch.
FEMA Available For Disaster Assistance - 2006
The following links give information from FEMA (Federal Emergency Management Agency) for inspections of homes and businesses, damaged as a result of the severe storms of October 12 and 13 and for the hiring of contractors.
Click for "After the Storm - The FEMA Inspection"
Click for "Take Care When Hiring Contractors, Nov 1"
Homeowners, renters and business owners affected by severe storm and flooding in Erie, Genesee, Niagara and Orleans counties are asked to apply for disaster assistance by phone - 1-800-621-FEMA (3362) (TTY 1-800-462-7585 for the speech or hearing-impaired) from 8 a.m. to 8 p.m. seven days a week until further notice.
Applications are also available on line at "www.fema.gov". Please have the following information available when you contact FEMA:
Address and phone number where we can reach you
Social Security Number
Current mailing address
Date the damage occurred
Address of the affected property
Brief description of the damages
Family's gross income
If you are eligible for disaster assistance, you may choose to have the check deposited directly into your bank account. Your personal banking information should only be provided when YOU are making a call to FEMA.
Disaster recovery assistance is available without regard to race, color, sex, religion, national origin, age, disability, or economic status. If you or someone you know has been discriminated against, you should call FEMA at 800-621-3362 (TTY 800-462-7585) or contact your local Office of Equal Rights.
Hoyt, Thompson Running For Assembly - 2006
Click for "11/2/06 Buffalo News Story" by Deidre Williams.
Halloween - 2006 - Submit Your Photos
Temperatures in the 40s Tuesday evening, Halloween 2006, and no rain lent a nice apmosphere to the tricks-or-treaters. Reports were of a somewhat less than average turnout than other years with more teenagers than usual, very polite and in phenomenal costumes. The following photos have been submitted. Others will be accepted through Wednesday, November 8, 2006.
Katie Prell Ryan Pinzel
Chuck Berlinger's Halloween Hayride aka, Uncle Redneck's Halloween Hayride, as the neighborhood kids refer to it. Names were not supplied.
Kevin & Andrew Sander & Joey Martin Evan Linenfelser
Jester & Monster Group of Teens
Jesse (rear 2nd from left) and friends Andrew, Rebekkah & Anna Thompson, formerly of Sandy Beach
Little Red Riding Hood & her Mom Jonathan Prell, 6, as Dash from The Incredibles
Megan Elizabeth Pinzel Morgan Santorio
Emma Grace Santorio Aidan MacNeil, 2 1/2 & Madison MacNeil, 4
Legislator Iannello To Host Town Meeting Regarding Waterford Park Development - 2006
Due to the many questions surrounding the Waterford Park Housing Development, Erie County Legislator Michele Iannello is hosting a Town Meeting on November 13, 2006 7:30 p.m. in the Golden Age Center, 3278 Whitehaven Road. Of particular concern is the egress onto East River Road. Leg. Iannello has ordered an updated traffic study of the area and representatives of the Erie County Highway Department will be present. Supervisor McMahon and Town Board members have also been invited to attend.
Legislator Iannello stated that she has received many calls to her office regarding this issue and that is what prompted her to call for another traffic study and to hold the informational meeting on November 13th.
The Grand Island Town Board must vote on the development but has held off on voting on the issue until after the updated traffic study was completed by the County.
For further information, call Leg. Iannello’s office at 858-6757.
Victory Staffing Continues To Recruit For Positions - 2006
Victory Staffing, as announced by the Grand Island Town Clerk's Office, will be recruiting at Grand Island Town Hall at 10 a.m. Tuesday, October 31, 2006 for positions on and around Grand Island, N.Y. Click Victory Staffing for complete information and positions available.
Halloween - 2006 - Submit Your Photos - October 2006
Above is just a sample of the photos we posted after "Halloween 2005". We will do the same if you would like to email your children's Halloween photos to firstname.lastname@example.org.
Turn Your Clocks "Back" Saturday Night - October 2006
Daylight Savings Time ends at 2 a.m. on Sunday morning, October 29 - the last Sunday in October. To learn more on the subject, click http://webexhibits.org/daylightsaving/.
Bruce M. Whitford Reported Missing - 2006
Bruce M. Whitford, GIHS Class of 1975, has been reported missing as of Friday evening, October 20, 2006. His car was found Saturday morning at the Niagara Gorge where it is assumed he had gone fishing. Search parties made up of the Sheriff's Department, Coast Guard, State Police, and family and friends have failed to locate him over the weekend. Click for "More Information." Click for "10/26/06 Buffalo News Story."
Kids Voting - 2006
(Local Volunteer Coordinator for KIDS VOTING) has announced that this year on Election Day, November 7, KIDS VOTING will take place within the schools. All former captains and volunteers will not be needed to help this year. It is expected that next year we will return to having the children vote at their families’ polling sites, and you will be contacted to help.
YWCA After School Child Care Is Hiring - 2006
The YWCA After School Child Care is interested in increasing its child care staff with Grand Island residents. Positions are available at Sidway, Kaegebein and Huth Road elementary schools for the after school care program. Child care staff members assist children with homework, distribute snacks, work with children with arts and crafts and participate in indoor and outdoor games and activities. Program meets Monday through Friday on the normal school calendar from approximately 2:30 to 6:00 p.m., times vary slightly at each site. Please call JoAnn Mierzwa at the YWCA of the Tonawandas at 692-5580 for more information or go on line at www.ywca.org/tonawandas for more information and to access the application.
Duck Blinds Lottery Announced - 2006
The Niagara Frontier State Park Region will hold a lottery for using duck blinds in Beaver Island State Park on Grand Island for hunting waterfowl.
Drawings will be held at 6:30 p.m. Monday, Wednesday and Friday from October 20, 2006 to December 4 in the Grand Island Community Center, 3278 Whitehaven Road, Grand Island.
For more information, call the park office at 773-3271 between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m.
Firemen Rescue 6-Year-Old Tree Climber - 2006
Ray Pauly Photos
Grand Island Fire Company personnel came to the rescue of a 6-year-old tree climber who climbed more than 30 feet when he became stuck in the tree.
For the story in the
October 10, 2006 edition of the Buffalo News by Emma D. Sapong, click "Little Tree Climber Rescued".
Slaughter Announces Public Meeting with Coast Guard - 2006
Rep. Louise M. Slaughter announces that a public meeting will be held in Rochester on Monday, October 30, 2006 to discuss a plan to create a permanent safety zone in Lake Ontario to serve as a live shooting range for Coast Guard training purposes. For complete information, click Public Meeting Information
County Legislator Michele Iannello To Host Town Meeting - 2006
Due to the many questions surrounding the Waterford Park Housing Development, Erie County Legislator Michele Iannello is hosting a Town Meeting at 8 p.m. Wednesday, October 18, 2006 in the Golden Age Center, 3278 Whitehaven Road. Of particular concern is the egress onto East River Road. Legislator Iannello has ordered an updated traffic study of the area and representatives of the Erie County Highway Department will be present. Supervisor Peter McMahon and Town Board members have also been invited to attend.
Legislator Iannello stated that she has received many calls to her office regarding this issue and that is what prompted her to call for another traffic study and to hold the informational meeting on October 18th.
The Grand Island Town Board must vote on the development but has held off on voting on the issue until after the updated traffic study was completed by the County.
For further information, call Legislator Iannello’s office at 858-6757.
Blood Drive - October 2006
An American Red Cross blood drive will be held from 1-7 p.m. Tuesday, October 10 at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 1841 Whitehaven Road.
Power Your Memory - 2006
As part of the 2006 Power Your Memory Education Series, the Alzheimer's Association, Western New York Chapter presents the following:
Wednesday, October 18, 2006 - from 6:30 - 7:30 p.m.
Tuesday, October 24, 2006 from 12:30 - 1:30 p.m.
POWER YOUR MEMORY
This program will teach you the latest information on memory wellness, how to reduce your risk factor for memory loss and specific things you can do to keep your memory sharp. This program will provide you with the tools to "power your brain" through diet, mental exercise and other preventative measures.
Both classes will be held at the M.O.G. - (The Medically Oriented Gym) at Freedom Place, 1801 Grand Island Blvd., Grand Island, NY 14072. Space is limited, so please reserve your space now by calling 773-1600. There is no charge for this class. A donation to the Alzheimers Association would be appreciated.
Island Resident Arrested On Federal Child Pornography Charges - 2006
Island resident Hans Sterzelbach, 64, is among the 12 men arrested by FBI agents credited with busting a child pornography ring today (September 29, 2006).
Federal charges ranged from production, possession, receipt or distribution of child porn. According to the FBI and U. S. Department of Justice, the arrests were made under a national initiative targeting those who sexually exploit children. Those arrested are all from the Western New York area and face between 10- and 30-year prison terms, depending on their crimes. According to a WGRZ report, "Sterzelbach is accused of talking at length with undercover FBI agents over the internet about his favorite child porn videos." To contact the FBI with any information regarding child pornography, call 856-7800.
For the story in the
September 29, 2006 editon of the Buffalo News by T. J. Pignataro, click "Child Pornography Arrest".
Assembly Candidates Schimminger & Thompson Attend Candidates’ Night - 2006
Assemblyman Robin Schimminger and Assembly candidate Rus Thompson were the only candidates to attend the September 25, 2006 Candidates Forum Night held at the Bible Presbyterian Church Family Life Center, 1780 Love Road. The Forum was conducted by the New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms (NYCF).
According to candidate Rus Thompson, "Missing was my opponent, Sam Hoyt, Robin's opponent, Tom Reynolds (he is still in DC), George Maziarz, Jack Davis, Delmonte, Parenti, Slaughter."
"Although serious issues were brought up and questions were answered, . . there was very little we disagreed on. He is a Democrat I could vote for," Thompson said.
Town officials in attendance were Supervisor Peter McMahon, Councilmen Dick Crawford and Gary Roesch and Councilwoman Mary Cooke.
Click for "Albanys Insanity Website.
Victory Staffing Continues To Recruit For Positions - 2006
Victory Staffing, as announced by the Grand Island Town Clerk's Office, will be recruiting at Grand Island Town Hall at 10 a.m. Tuesday, October 3, 2006 for positions on and around Grand Island, N.Y. Click Victory Staffing for complete information and positions available.
Boat Accident Brings 60-Day Jail Sentence - 2006
A Grand Island resident involved in a boating accident on July 23, 2005 has been sentenced to 60 days in jail. For the story in the
September 27, 2006 editon of the Buffalo News by Matt Gryta, click "Boat Accident".
GIFC Responds To Wires Down On Staley Road - 2006
The Grand Island Fire Company responded to numerous 911 calls for wires down and burning at 2687 Staley Road at 10:13 a.m. Monday, September 25, 2006. Additional calls to the GIFC dispatcher were to report that the fire was spreading. Firefighters, reporting that the wires were down in the trees and across a driveway, notified National Grid, closed Staley Road and stood by until the utility company arrived.
Island Crop Walk - 2005
The annual CROP Walk, sponsored by Church World Service, will take place on Grand Island on Sunday, October 15, 2006 at 1 p.m. The six-mile walk will begin and end at Beaver Island State Park, and raises money to fight hunger worldwide and locally. To walk, or for more information, contact Fr. Earle King at 773-3335.
GIFC Responds To Staley Road Kitchen Fire - 2006
The Grand Island Fire Company responded to a report of a kitchen fire at 1855 Staley Road at 11:50 a.m. Friday, September 22, 2006. A small grease fire was reported to be out on the GIFC's arrival. Occupants had vacated the home and firefighters under the direction of Chief Greg Butcher ventilated the two-story, wood frame structure . No damage was reported. The Fire Company was back in service at 12:05 p.m.
Niagara Power Project and Grand Island - 2006
The Public Power Coalition, including the Town of Grand Island, continues to work for "the inclusion in the relicensing agreement for the Niagara Power Project." For the story in the
September 21, 2006 editon of the Buffalo News by Janice L. Habuda, click "Niagara Power Project".
Entertainment Book Sale To Benefit "Hope for Jason" - 2006
2007 Entertainment Coupon Books are being sold at $25 to benefit the "Hope For Jason" Fund. After November 27th the company requires books to be sold for $30.
Jason Vandusen, who was seriously injured in an automobile accident on August 12, 2006 and remains in ECMC, has no health insurance. A benefit for the Vandusen family is planned for the spring of 2007 however in the meantime funds are being raised to alleviate their expenses.
Nancy J. Anderson is in charge of the sale and may be reached at 909-5865 or 773-1619. Call her for free delivery to Island residents.
Bowling Fundraiser - Sunday, October 29, 2006.
Candidates’ Night At Bible Pres. Family Life Center - 2006
Bible Presbyterian Church will host a Meet the Candidates Night Forum from 7-9 p.m. Monday, September 25, 2006. The Forum will be conducted by the New Yorkers for Constitutional Freedoms (NYCF).
After a brief introduction of each candidate, attendees will have the opportunity to ask the candidates questions. They will submit their written questions to the moderator, who will field the questions to the candidates. Each Candidate will be given the opportunity to answer the questions.
All candidates listed by the Board of Elections for the following offices have been invited:
US House of Representatives Districts 26 & 28
New York State Senate Districts 60 & 61
New York State Assembly Districts 138, 140 & 144
The forum will be followed by an informal fellowship and refreshments. The event is being promoted by Duanne Motley and Tom Stiles (http://www.nycf.info/ -
MVA At Broadway & Parkway - 2006
Grand Island Fire Company rescue units responded to a report of a motor vehicle accident at Broadway and the South State Parkway at
2:47 p.m. Monday, September 18, 2006. Two vehicles were involved, however four occupants signed off. The Fire Company was back in service at 3:15 p.m. More details may be added to this story as they become available.
Bedell Road Man Arrested - 2006
A Grand Island man has been arrested on robbery and burglary charges. Click "News Story" for the September 14, 2006 story published in the Buffalo News.
Primary Election Tues., Sept. 12, 2006
Standing from left are Vala O'Boyle, Jane Wynne and Yolanda Ortenzi and seated are Ralph Hoover and Roger Fabin, serving as election inspectors at the Nike Base during the Tuesday, September 12, 2006 primary election.
Jodi Robinson Photo - Click for larger view
For the results of the primaries for governor, attorney general, NYS Senate - 60th District, and 144 State Comm-Male, click "9/12/06 Primary Results."
Victory Staffing To Recruit For Positions - 2006
Victory Staffing, as announced by the Grand Island Town Clerk's Office, will be recruiting at Grand Island Town Hall at 10 a.m. Tuesday, September 19, 2006 for positions on and around Grand Island, N.Y. Click Victory Staffing for complete information and positions available.
Primary Day - 2006
ONLY Democrats and Republicans are eligible to vote in the primary election on Tuesday, September 12, 2006. All polling locations are open 6 a.m. to 9 p.m.
There are two machines for Democrats to vote on, meaning they will go to machine #1 and then machine #2. There are eight races in all.
The only Republican primary is for the US Senator race between K.T. McFarland and John Spencer.
Click for "News Story".
Resident Charged In Robbery - 2006
A Grand Island, NY man has been arrested in connection with a robbery that took place on Tuesday, September 5, 2006 in Niagara Falls, NY. Click "News Story" for the September 7, 2006 story published in the Buffalo News.
Two-Car MVA With Injuries On East River - 2006
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The Grand Island Fire Company responded to a report of a motor vehicle accident on East River at Fix Road where two cars ending up in a ditch at 3:40 p.m. Saturday, September 9, 2006. Fire Company personnel performed a full extrication, evaluated two patients with minor injuries and administered emergency first aid services. The patients, James Fitzery, 63, of Somerville Avenue, Tonawanda; and Helen Stuart, 79, of Towerwood, Grand Island; were transported to Kenmore Mercy Hospital by ambulance. Fire Chief Greg Butcher was in charge of the call. All Grand Island Fire Company units were back in service at 4:21 p.m.
First Day Of School - September 2006
Mary Stewart Photos - Kaegebein Elementary School crossing guard shown is Marie Casey
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Genna and Natalie Baldassarre are shown waiting for the bus to take them to Kaegebein School Wednesday morning. Click photo for larger view.
Jodi Robinson photos - Back to classes at Veronica E. Connor Middle School
Grand Island Schools opened on Wednesday, September 6, 2006. A temperature around 60 degrees and mostly sunshine prevailed as students from all over the Island boarded their school buses, biked or walked to one of the five public school buildings and St. Stephen School.
Blood Drive - September 2006
An American Red Cross blood drive will be held from 1-7 p.m. Tuesday, September 12 at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 1841 Whitehaven Road.
Bus Fire On Thruway - 2006
The Grand Island Fire Company responded to a report of a bus on fire on the New York State Thruway, 190 south bound in the area of the Long Road exit at 6:51 p.m. Tuesday, September 5, 2006. There were no injuries to the 25 passengers who were all off the bus when the Fire Company arrived on location. Firefighters reported that they extinguished the engine compartment fire on the NFTA Metro Bus at 7:06 p.m. at which time the GIFC was overhauling. Fire Company Day Captain Paul D. Gorman
was in charge of the call.
Fly Flag At Half-Staff On Patriot Day, September 11th - 2006
In accordance with U.S. Code, Title 36, Chapter 1, Section 144, the President of the United States is requested to issue a proclamation (per the requirements of Flag Code section 7(m)) for the flag to be displayed at half-staff for the entire day (sunrise to sunset) on Patriot Day (September 11). It is anticipated that the President will issue the proclamation, which when issued can be found on the White House Webpages at www.whitehouse.gov.
Fly The Flag - Sept. 11 - 2006
A national Fly The Flag campaign is in progress through internet emails. There is little less than one week and counting to get the word out all across this great land and into every community in the United States of America.
On Monday, September 11, 2006, an American flag should be displayed outside every home, apartment, office, and store in the
United States. Every individual should make it their duty to display an American
this fifth anniversary of our country's worst tragedy. We do this in
of those who lost their lives on 9/11, their families, friends and
loved ones who continue to endure the pain, and those who today are
fighting at home and abroad to preserve our cherished freedoms.
In the days, weeks and months following 9/11, our country was
bathed in American flags as citizens mourned the incredible losses and stood shoulder-to-shoulder against terrorism. Sadly, the flags have all but disappeared. Our patriotism pulled us through some tough times and it shouldn't take another attack to galvanize us in solidarity. Our American flag is the fabric of our country and together we can prevail over terrorism of all kinds.
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Driver Hits Tree On Colonial Dr., Transported to ECMC - 2006
The Grand Island Fire Company responded to 409 Colonial Drive at 1:11 a.m. Sunday, September 3, 2006 for a report of a car striking a tree in front of that residence. Stony Point Road resident Paul Swan, 19, the driver, was transported to the Erie County Medical Center for evaluation. Captain David DiSanto was in charge of the call.
Fire Co. Responds To Child Care Center - 2006
The Grand Island Fire Company responded to a report of the smell of gas at the Care-A-Lot Child Care Center, 2880 Grand Island Blvd. at 11:02 a.m. Friday, September 1, 2006. The caller stated that all of the students were evacuated from the building, awaiting the arrival of the GIFC. The Fire Company shut off the gas in the building at 11:11 a.m. and National Fuel responded to the call. One patient was evaluated for lightheadedness by the GIFC and signed off. Lt. Chuck Berlinger was in charge of the call and Grand Island Fire Company was back in service at 11:28 a.m.
"Hope for Jason" Bracelets Available - 2006
Island resident Aimee Anderson is heading up a campaign to raise money for Jason Vandusen, critically injured in a car accident on Saturday, August 12, 2006. All funds raised through the sale of "Hope for Jason" Bracelets will be deposited into the "Hope For Jason" account. The item is a blue, rubber bracelets to be sold for $5.00. The community is invited to buy one bracelet or several for those who would like to also sell them to their family, friends and co-workers. Aimee will be at her Century 21 office on Grand Island Blvd. from 12-2 p.m. Sunday, September 17, 2006, where the bracelets will be available.
Contact Aimee Anderson at email@example.com for further information.
Island Resident Embezzles $97,472.22 - 2006
A Grand Island resident must make monthly restitution for money embezzled or face a jail term.
Click for August 29, 2006 "Buffalo News story" by By Matt Gryta
Tall Ship Seen on Sunday - August 2006
Liz Endres photo - Click photo for larger view
Liz Endres of North Colony Road spotted this ship coming down the river from Buffalo Sunday afternoon, August 27, 2006. Where was it going and is it a "tall ship" she asks. Email to "firstname.lastname@example.org" if you got an answer.
Motor Vehicle Accident On Bedell - 2006
Grand Island Fire Company rescue units responded to a report of a motor vehicle accident in front of 2101 Bedell Road at 9:25 p.m. Monday, August 28, 2006. Maureen Janak, 56, of Fareway Lane, complaining of neck and back injuries, was treated at the scene and transported to Kenmore Mercy Hospital by ambulance. Lisa Grybel, 38, of Laurie Lane signed off. A juvenile male was signed off by a parent. Grand Island Fire Company was back in service at 9:50 p.m. Captain Scott Duscher was in charge of call.
Burger King Robber Sentenced To 5-Year Jail Term - 2006
Staley Road resident Adam Ruiz, 30, has been sentenced to five years in jail for the January 6, 2006 robbery of the Burger King Restaurant on Grand Island Blvd. For previous story, click
January Arrest and for Buffalo News story, click "Buffalo News."
Island Resident Pleads Guilty To Heroin Charge - 2006
A Fix Road resident has pleaded guilty to a drug charge.
Click for "Buffalo News story"
Free BluesRoot Performance - 2006
BluesRoot, international Americana recording artists with Grand Island roots, will give a free admission “fan appreciation” Friday night, September 1 show at the Holiday Inn Grand Island Resort and Conference Center Concert Tent. The BluesRoot show begins at 6:30 and runs until 10:30 p.m.
"Hope for Jason" Fund Set Up For Jason VanDusen - 2006
Jason Vandusen, 20, son of Sandy Syracuse and Mike Vandusen, was involved in a tragic accident on Saturday August 12, 2006 and is in very serious condition in the ICU at ECMC. Jason has no health insurance and the family's medical bills will continue to be astronomical. Please consider helping join a wonderful community in helping out this tragic situation. Those interested in making a donation to the "Hope for Jason" fund may simply go to any Citizens Bank and ask that your donation be deposited into the "Hope for Jason" account, or make checks or money orders payable to "Hope for Jason" and mail it to the following address:
1607 Love Road
Grand Island, NY 14072
Messages to the family and updates on Jason may be obtained at "caringbridge.org/visit/jasonvandusen"
Former Island Resident Killed During Evening Walk - 2006
Former Island resident and a member of the Grand Island High
School Class of 1989, Dawn Gworek Becker, lost her life on the evening of Wednesday, August 16, 2006 while walking in the Town of Eden where she resided.
Click for "Buffalo News story"
Victory Staffing To Recruit For Positions - 2006
Victory Staffing, as announced by the Grand Island Town Clerk's Office, will be recruiting at Grand Island Town Hall at 10 a.m. Tuesday, August 29, 2006 and again on Tuesday, September 5th for positions on and around Grand Island, N.Y. Click Victory Staffing for complete information and positions available.
Islanders To Receive State Rebates Between $189.18 and $315.93 - 2006
According to the August 17, 2006 edition of the Buffalo News, Island residents can expect a State rebate of between $189.18 and $315.93. Click "State Rebates."
Phone Lines Down On Baseline - 2006
The Grand Island Fire Company responded to a report of a tractor trailer that accidently took down telephone lines which were then wrapped around the cab in front of Grand Island Optical, 2077 Baseline Road at 4:11 p.m. Wednesday, August 16, 2006. The driver was reported out of the cab. Updates may be added to this story as they become available.
United Way's Day Of Caring - 2006
Pictured (not in order) are volunteers from the Grand Island High School District office complex: Jennifer Apperheimer, Jude Kuhne, Sue Pfleger, Kathie Mogavers, Sue Nardozzi, Rob Biebman, Dr. Lawrence Zaeher, Loraine, Mark, Sue Gizzo, Janet Schuster and Toni Brown. Shown in the third photo is Golden Age Center Director Barbara Gannon. Supervisor Peter McMahon is shown at the microphone thanking the volunteers. Golden Age Club President Gloria Diringer is shown on the far right in the last photo.
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United Way of Buffalo & Erie County's "Day of Caring" took place Wednesday, August 16, 2006. This year's project was conducted at the Town's Nike Base Park in conjunction with the Recreation Department and Golden Age Center. Volunteers painted buildings and assisted with the senior members of the Center.
The Community Center had final touch ups of trim painting and Bingo Championships went on inside the Golden Age Center.
The United Way Day of Buffalo & Erie County "Day of Caring" event has partnered not-for-profit organizations with volunteers from local businesses to complete hands on service projects.
Wednesday Afternoon Power Outage - 2006
A power outage on the north end of the Island occurred about 2 p.m. Wednesday, August 16, 2006. Residents on Ransom Road lost power at that time and power in the town hall was said to have flickered. A contractor working at River Oaks inadvertently damaged a power cable while digging in the area. The area without power was said to be the block of Ransom Road, East River north to Stony Point and back to Ransom Road. Power was restored just after 5 p.m.
Firefighters Respond To Grass Fire - 2006
Grand Island Fire Company volunteers responded to a report of a small grass fire on the Beaver Island Parkway near Bush Road on the WBEN radio towers property. Firefighters on location reported a 30' X 30' area burning. The GIFC extinguished the blaze at 2:50 p.m. using an inch and a half hose and 500 gallons of water.
Island Resident Killed In Early Morning Crash - 2006
Island resident Andrew M. Dlugosz was killed in a two-car rollover accident on the 290 just after 4 a.m. Saturday, August 12, 2006. He was a passenger in a vehicle driven by Jason VanDusen, also of Grand Island, who was transported to the Erie County Medical Center in critical condition. The accident happened in the area of the Delaware exit as they were heading off to the South Grand Island Bridge. Both men, graduates of the Grand Island High School class of 2004, were not wearing seatbelts, however a third passenger seated in the back seat and sustaining minor injuries, was wearing a seatbelt.
The following is reported in a story on the WGRZ.com website and related to the accident: Town of Tonawanda Police say just after 4am a Chevy Blazer rear-ended another car on the 290 west between the Delaware Avenue and 190 exits. The SUV then veered off, hitting the guardrail and flipped over. Two passengers were ejected, a third was not. . . .A third male who was in the backseat was wearing a seatbelt and suffered minor injuries. . . The passengers of the car they hit suffered minor injuries.
Click for "Buffalo News story"
Terrorist Plot Thwarted In London - 2006
WGRZ.com reports the following headline:
Breaking News: Alleged Terrorist Plot Thwarted In London;
US Raises Threat Level To Orange.
For story, click
"Terrorist Plot Thwarted In London".
For another WGRZ.com story, click
"Ten Flights Part of Plot to Blow Up U.S. Bound Planes."
Motorcycle Accident Minor - 2006
The Grand Island Fire Company received a report of a motorcyclist struck by a car at 3047 Stony Point at the S curve at 8:53 p.m. Wednesday, August 9, 2006. The motorcyclist signed off and an ambulance was cancelled. Deputy Chief Kevin M. Koch was on the scene moments after the call was received. All units were back in service at 9:10 p.m.
Church Collections Stolen From St. Stephen's - 2006
During the weekend of July 29-30, 2006 collection money from masses held at St. Stephen's Church were stolen. According to a letter by the Rev. Paul Nogaro, pastor of St. Stephen's Church, to the congregation, the theft occurred in the rectory on Sunday, July 30th, apparently at the 11 a.m. Mass. Father Nogaro stated in the following week's church bulletin that, "three collections were stolen despite our security precautions."
"It is difficult to determine how the thief entered the locked rectory and another locked area where the collection was kept," Father Nogaro said. The priest reported that some of the stolen funds had been recovered.
New York State Police are handling the case.
Rus Thompson Announces He Will Run Against Sam Hoyt - 2006
Grand Island resident Rus Thompson announced on Tuesday, August 8, 2006 his intentions to run against State Assemblyman Sam Hoyt in the November 2006 election. Thompson has supplied Isledegrande.com with the following information links:
For his January 2006 press release, click
"Request To Run".
"9-11" Memorial Service and Community Flag Presentation - 2006
A "9-11" Memorial Service and Community Flag Presentation, open to the community, will take place 8:30 a.m. Sunday, September 10, 2006 in Grand Island Fire Headquarters, 2275 Baseline Road. Reservations are suggested by calling 773-0967.
New "Boating While Intoxicated" Law In Effect Sunday - 2006
The new "Boating While Intoxicated" state law will be in effect starting Sunday, August 13, 2006. A first conviction for boating while intoxicated will be a misdemeanor with a sentence of up to a year in jail. Previously it was a sentence of 90 days. A fine of a maximum $1,000 is up from the previous $500 fine.
A second conviction in 10 years would be a Class E felony with a sentence of up to a four-year prison term and a fine of up to $5,000. A third conviction in 10 years will be a Class D felony with a sentence of up to seven years in prison and a fine of up to $10,000. The maximum fine for "boating while ability is impaired" (formerly $350) is $500. A second conviction of "boating while ability is impaired" in five years carries a fine of up to $750 and a 30-day jail term.
Scouts Attend Six-Day Conference - 2006
Pictured are Grand Islanders Nate Hamm, Sean McDermott, Casey Dahlstrom, and Joe Fusco preparing for a ceremonial competition in Great Plains Indians regalia.
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Fifty-six Western New York Order of the Arrow members, (including a dozen scouts from the three Grand Island troops) of the Boy Scouts of America boarded a bus on July 29, 2006 and joined 8000 others from across the USA to attend a six-day conference at Michigan State University in East Lansing, Michigan. Activities included classes, games, outdoor skill events, shows, competitions and exhibits from each group attending. Western New York's contingents chose to treat the conference members to 3000 Buffalo Wings. "To help promote the wings, and to simply have a good time, we wore chicken hats, chicken wing hats, had a chicken mascot and had rubber chicken key chain give-aways," a spokesman for the group said. The Order of the Arrow is the National Honor Society of the Boy Scouts.
YWCA After School Child Care - 2006
The first day of school is rapidly approaching and it is time to plan for before and after school care for your child. The YWCA of the Tonawandas will be offering a School Age Care Program at Huth, Kaegebein and Sidway School to bring high quality, affordable and dependable school based care and enrichment activities for elementary school children. The childcare staff prepares weekly plans, which include a wide range of supervised activities. These activities include indoor and outdoor sports and games, an afternoon snack, arts and crafts, special holiday projects and a quiet time for reading and homework. Staff members are screened and attend continuous training programs to help provide a quality program. The YWCA School Age Care Program is registered with New York State and complies with all regulations set forth by the New York State Office at Children and Family Services. If you have any questions or would like an application, call 692-5580.
Applications are also available at www.ywca.org/tonawandas.
Jet Skier Injured In Fall From Craft - 2006
Grand Island Fire Company EMS Units responded at 3:50 p.m. Sunday, August 6, 2006 to a report of a jet skier being struck by a boat in the area of the Sandy Beach Yacht Club. The jet ski driver, James Knab, 48, of Lancaster suffered a possible fractured left leg but was not struck by a boat as previously reported.
An unknown boater towed him and his jet ski into the Sandy Beach Park Club beach. Knab stated that he fell off his jet ski and some how during the fall he apparently broke his leg. Fire Company medics treated him at the scene. He was transported to a local hospital for further medical attention. The GIFC requested the Erie County Sheriff's Department to respond to the scene. Captain Paul Gorman (9-9) was the GIFC officer in charge of the call.
First Ever Paddles Up Niagara - 2006
Lyn Laman Photos - Click for larger view
Grand Island's West River was a mass of Kayaks of every color on Saturday, July 29, 2006 as the first Paddles Up Niagara took place with at least 140 boats in the Niagara. Click "Paddles Up" for the Buffalo News story by By Bill Michelmore.
Community Chorus Announcement - 2006
In its second month of rehearsals, the newly organized Grand Island Community Chorus meets 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, August 2, 2006 in Historic Trinity Church, 2100 Whitehaven Road. Singers should arrive around 7:15 p.m. Rehearsals are in preparation for the inaugural
concert, which will be presented at 7 p.m. Sunday, September 10 at Historic
"Our membership has exceeded our expectations," choral director Tom Pollard said. "We have over
fifty enthusiastic, and talented singers.
This week's rehearsal will be the last week for new people to join the group
for the September concert. Membership will be open again after the concert," he said.
Rehearsals for the winter concert in January '07 will be held from 7-9 p.m. on Sunday evenings.
"We look forward to singing for you in September," Pollard said.
For more information, call Jim Watz at 773-5075.
Former Schools Superintendent Back To Work - July 2006
Grand Island's former superintendent of schools, Dr. Thomas Ramming is out of retirement for the time being. Click "Dr. Ramming" for Buffalo News story.
National Night Out - 2006
National Night Out is being held from 6:30 p.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday, August 1, 2006 at the Town Hall Gazebo. Activities include the concert performance by the Ramblin’ Lou Family Band, a
Beef on Weck sale sponsored by Zonta Club of Grand Island, representatives from the Community Emergency Response Team, the Coast Guard, Traffic Safety, and more. All activities and events are free and open to the public!
Firefighters Respond To Severed Gas Line On East River Road - 2006
National Fuel Gas workers are shown locating the shutoff valve on Harvey Road.
Dan McMahon Photos - click for larger view
The Grand Island Fire Company responded to a
report of a construction company severing a gas line in front of
2284 East River Road at 11:48 a.m. Wednesday, July 26, 2006.
A National Fuel crew responded to the scene and
with in minutes had shut off the valve leading to the residence and the scene was declared safe. The Erie County Sheriff's Department is investigating for possible violation of the "Call before you dig law."
Grand Island Fire Chief Greg Butcher reported the construction crew of Drone Landscaping of Pendleton was planting trees in the area and struck the underground gas line with a backhoe. The was no fire and apparently the residents were not at home at the time. No other homes in the area were affected by the damaged residential line. Grand Island Fire Company was back in service at 12:27 p.m.
Grand Island Gateway Center Grant - July 2006
Grand Island Gateway Center has received a grant of $97,500 through the state's Build Now-NY initiative. Click "Grand Island Gateway" for Buffalo News story.
Firefighters Respond To Numerous Calls - 2006
Grand Island Fire Company volunteers responded to a commercial fire alarm activation at 3175 Staley Road, shortly before 3 p.m. Sunday, July 23, 2006. Just 15 minutes later, GIFC also responded to an automatic fire alarm at the Holiday Inn, 100 Whitehaven Road. GIFC responded two minutes later to a call on Warner Drive for a patient experiencing chest pain. All units at the Staley Road scene were reported as working to discover the cause of the alarm.
GIFC received a fourth call of a fire alarm activation at 3:35 p.m. at 2801 Long Road. Grand Island's dispatcher advised the volunteers that there had been numerous reports of lighting strikes in the north area of the Island. All Grand Island units were back in service at 3:59 p.m.
Grand Island Fire Company volunteers had a busy afternoon as these calls were preceded by calls around 3 p.m. for an EMS unit at a West Colonial Drive address for a person having difficulty breathing and at an East River Road address where a patient was experiencing chest pain.
32' Boat Crashed Into East River Shore - 2006
The Grand Island Fire Company received a report from the City of Tonawanda Police Dept. of a boat crashing into the old ferry landing just south of the Holiday Inn Grand Island on East River Road at 11:56 a.m. Friday, July 21, 2006. The Coast Guard and Sheriff's Department responded with the Sheriffs reporting no injuries but a request that Grand Island Fire's EMS unit proceed to the scene. Fire Chief Greg Butcher was the officer in charge of the call.
The 32' craft that hit the shore was reported to be "all broken up." The two occupants of the boat were treated by Fire Company paramedics and released at the scene. The call was turned over to the Coast Guard and Erie County Sheriff's Department and is being investigated by the Sheriff's Marine Division. No other information available at this time. Updates may be added.
Bike/Truck Collision At Baseline and Staley - July 2006
A Grand Island Fire Company rescue unit responded to a request for first aid at the intersection of Baseline and Staley where a
truck collided with a bicyclist at 5:31 p.m. Wednesday, July 19, 2006. One patient was evaluated by the GIFC and signed off. The Fire Company was back in service at 5:45 p.m. Fire Chief Greg Butcher was in charge of the call.
Updates to this story will be added as they become available.
Blood Drive - July 2006
An American Red Cross blood drive will be held from 1-7 p.m. Tuesday, August 8 at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 1841 Whitehaven Road.
House Fire On Stony Point - July 2006
Andy Beyer Photos
The Grand Island Fire Company responded to a possible fire at 2382 Stony Point Road at 1:58 p.m. Friday, July 14, 2006. First responders reported smoke showing, and Fire Chief Greg Butcher advised all Grand Island firefighters of a working fire. The fire started in a microwave oven and kitchen cupboards were involved. Fire engines were on location almost immediately, the electric was shut off, and National Fuel and National Grid were requested at the scene. The fire was declared under control at 2:17 p.m. Fire Chief Butcher reported that firefighters were ventilating, overhauling the structure, with "all hands at work" as of 2:41 p.m.
Elda Frattaroli, 70, was treated for smoke inhalation and declined to be transported to the hospital. Sheridan Park Fire Company filled in at Grand Island Fire Headquarters during the incident.
Chief Butcher said heavy smoke and outside temperatures near 90 degrees hampered efforts. He reported $30,000 damage to the structure and $30,000 to the contents of the home. Grand Island Fire Company was back in service at 2:13 p.m. at which time Erie County Sheriff's Department investigators were on location.
Invitrogen Global Volunteer Day - July 2006
Jodi Robinson Photos
The Invitrogen Corporation held its third annual global volunteer day on Thursday, July 13, 2006. Over 1,300 employees worldwide take part in various community and non-profit activities. Over thirty Grand Island volunteers, along with the Grand Island Recreation Department held a mini-olympics at Veteran's Park. The events included the softball throw, football punt and pass, basketball free throw, 25-yard dash, hockey shoot, soccer relay, Frisbee target, long jump, obstacle course and balloon toss. Lunch and awards were provided after the events were completed.
Other Invitrogen volunteers did weeding and clean-up at the Grand Island Town Commons and also at the Albright Knox Art Gallery.
Buffalo State Students "Dig" At Martin Site on Grand Island, N.Y. - June 2006
By Teddy Linenfelser - Jodi Robinson Photos
July 13, 2006 . . .Students from Buffalo State College have recently completed a six-week archeological "dig" on the Martin Site along the East River on Grand Island, N.Y. The photos were taken on Wednesday afternoon, June 28, 2006 when visitors were able to walk to the site, and view the students' findings that included a projectile point students described as dating between 800 and
400 BC, a bullet and several remnants of pottery. Buffalo State students plan to open the site every two years.
The dig was part of a course at Buffalo State College titled "Archeological Methods," and taught by Professor Lisa Marie Anselmi.
Dr. Marian E. White, a UB professor with a primary interest in the archaeology of the Iroquois, led a similar "dig" at the Martin site in 1963. Click Marian E. White for an interesting paragraph on her Island research.
Ezra B. W. Zubrow of the University at Buffalo led a dig at the same site in 1978. Information contained in the link http://wings.buffalo.edu/research/anthrogis/JWA/V1N1/zubrow.art, regarding Ezra Zubrow, is not dated but is interesting and related to the Buffalo State project conducted at the south end of the Island.
Blood Drive - July 2006
An American Red Cross blood drive will be held from 1-7 p.m. Tuesday, July 18 at the Fire Hall, 2275 Baseline Road.
Felix Medina Sentenced To 6 1/2 Years In Jail - July 2006
According to the July 8, 2006 edition of the Buffalo News, Felix Angel Medina was sentenced to 6 1/2 years in jail for a March 2005 incident where he ran over his lover, Alan Court resident Susan Moore, who has been paralyzed ever since. For the Buffalo News story, click "Medina/7/8/06".
For a previous stories, click "Medina/3/30/06".
For the 2005 story, click "Medina/3/31/05"
US Coast Guard Auxiliary Flotilla 3-5 Participates in Grand Island’s 4th of July Parade - July 2006
This Auxiliary Vessel is ready for a Safety Patrol to help to keep area waterways safe. Shown are Perry Figliotti, Captain Division 3; Chris Gress, Commander Flotilla 3-5; Ken Johnson; and Steve Birtz preparing for Grand Island’s 4th of July Parade.
The Coast Guard Auxiliary, now part of the Department of Homeland Security, plays a vital role in the Team Coast Guard family and is dedicated to promoting boating safety.
This Auxiliary Vessel on the evening of the 4th, assisted the Coast Guard and other law enforcement agencies in maintaining the security zone for the fireworks display between Niawanda Park and the Grand Island Holiday Inn in the Niagara River. The fireworks were spectacular and the evening ended without incident.
The Coast Guard Auxiliary is a volunteer organization that works with the Coast Guard to promote boating safety through Public Education, Surface and Air Operations, and Vessel Safety Checks. The web-site http://www.wnyboatsafe.org/ has a variety of information regarding Coast Guard Auxiliary activities in Western New York including boating class schedules and vessel examination dates.
America’s Waterway Watch program, which was initiated after September 11, encourages boaters to report suspicious activity on and near our waterways. The toll-free phone number is 1-877-24-WATCH (1-877-249-2824) and is available 24 hours per day.
Auxiliary members come from all walks of life and age groups. Flotilla 3-5 is based on Grand Island and meets at the Buffalo Launch Club. Contact Dave Celani at 694-2856 for membership information.
The US Coast Guard Auxiliary – America’s Volunteer Life Savers.
GIFC Responds To Report of MVA Under South Bridge - July 2006
The late model sedan plowed through a chainlink fence coming to a standstill in a ditch
Dan McMahon Photos - Click for larger view
Grand Island Fire Company EMS units responded to an MVA on the
Stony Point extension at East River Road. A car that left the 190 was reported under the South Grand Island Bridge and down an embankment at 7:36 a.m. Thursday, July 6, 2006.
Fire Chief Greg Butcher, on location, reported one vehicle with considerable, heavy damage in the ditch, a considerable distance from the bridge and that the driver was out of the car. The patient was evaluated by the GIFC and signed off. The Fire Company was back in service shortly before 8 a.m. Updates to this story will be added as they become available.
Calling All Golfers
Keith's Classic Needs Volunteers, Golfers, Sponsors - July 2006
The Keith's Classic Golf Tournament taking place Thursday, July 13th is
"short on golfers, volunteers and sponsors." For more information, contact
Reg Schopp at "email@example.com"
Scroll down for Keith's Classic feature story.
Fire Company Responds To Electrical Problem On South Lane - July 2006
The Grand Island Fire Company received a report of heavy smoke in the basement at 175 South Lane at
11:13 a.m. Monday, July 3, 2006. First responders, who reported light smoke, shut off power to the residence and began an investigation. Firefighters found a possible short in the electric panel and requested National Grid to respond to the scene. The incident was turned over to National Grid. GIFC was back in service at 11:54 a.m. Fire Chief Greg Butcher was in charge of the call.
MVA At Red Jacket & LaSalle - 2006
A Grand Island Fire Company EMS Unit responded to a Monday morning motor vehicle accident at Red Jacket and LaSalle Avenue at 9:21 a.m. July 3, 2006. The Erie County Sheriff's Department also responded to the scene. Injuries were reported to be minor and one patient was transported to Kenmore Mercy Hospital by Rural Metro Ambulance. Fire Chief Greg Butcher was in charge of the call. The GIFC was back in service at 9:45 a.m. Updates may be added to this story as they become available.
MVA At Whitehaven & Stony Point - 2006
Grand Island Fire Company EMS Units responded to a Sunday morning two-car motor vehicle accident at 5:25 a.m. July 2, 2006 at the corner of Stony Point and Whitehaven roads. Three patients involved in the crash that left one automobile on its side, were evaluated at the scene. Two people were transported to ECMC by ambulance. Fire Company Captain Jon Wenner was the officer in charge of the call.
The DEC responded to the scene, and the call was turned over to the Erie County Sheriff’s Department. The GIFC was back in service at 6:01 a.m.
Updates may be added to this story as they become available.
Brush Fire Extinguished By Fire Company - July 2006
The Grand Island Fire Company responded to brush fire at 1141 Ransom Road at 1:28 p.m. Saturday, July 1, 2006. The fire, the result of a former controlled burn, was reported by a neighbor on Brandywine Drive. GIFC volunteers extinguished the fire with 3/4 inch hose and 200 gallons of water. GIFC was back in service at 1:51 p.m. Fire Chief Greg Butcher was in charge of the call.
"The Masters" Memorial Golf Tournament - 2006
The Legend Lives . . .
"The Masters" Memorial Golf Tournament is being held August 7, 2006 at River Oaks Golf Course. Click for "Masters" Memorial Golf Tournament" Information. Click for "More Information - Masters Memorial".
Looking Back On Keith's Classic Golf Tournament - June 2006
(left) Keith Brewer - David Haller
Over 19 years ago two Grand Island High Schoolmates were brought together because of tragic losses - the death of their sons.
Jackie Mordaunt lost her 6-year-old son, Keith, to cancer in 1987, and Margaret Ann Haller lost her 12-year-old son, David, three years earlier, due to a fall in Yellowstone Park.
Margaret Ann reached out to Jackie and her husband, Tim, when she learned of Keith's death. Within a very short time of leaning on one another for support, they decided they had to do something proactive with their grief. Thus Keith's Classic Golf Tournament was created. Launching a major Pro/Am golf tournament soon became a full time job for Jackie and Margaret Ann. "It was just a fluke that we planned a golf tournament", says Jackie. "When visiting the cemetery, I use to gaze across the street at the golfers at River Oaks".
When we first began the tournament, we were able to attract some professional touring golfers - gratis - golfers like Hal Sutton, Judy Dickenson, Ken Green and Jim Thorpe. As the tournament grew, we no longer needed professional golfers to fill to capacity. We even have a waiting list.
The Keith's Classic Tournament established its strong roots as a major annual event at River Oaks Golf Course. Due to its success, desire to grow and widespread community support from on and off the Island community, the tournament moved to the larger Legends on the Niagara venue last year. If you stood at the corner of West River Road at Bedell and looked across the river to Canada you would be looking at the Legends golf course. Legends is just a five minute drive from the Rainbow Bridge.
Keith's Classic fills the 2 - 18 hole courses. Usher's Creek Course is literally carved out of the surrounding woods and meandering creek. The Battlefield Course is named after the legendary battle in the War of 1812 that took place on the land adjacent to the course. The Chippawa Course is the 9-hole course, with the "Nine & Wine" event, back by popular demand, including wine tasting, wine glass painting and more.
The Keith's Classic scramble tournament will take place on Thursday, July 13th beginning with the Sahlen's sponsored Barbecue Lunch at 11 a.m. with a shotgun start at 1 p.m. The golfing day is jam packed with contests, wonderful prizes and fun followed by a spectacular culinary experience for dinner!
Up to 360 golfers of all skill levels will take to the greens this July, continuing a longstanding tradition (19 years) of raising funds for pediatric cancer research at Roswell Park. The Keith Classic brochures are available at deSignet at 1869 Whitehaven Road or call Claire Daigler at 845-4590 at Roswell.
Keith's Classic for Carly's Club at Roswell, (Carly's Club, the pediatric fundraising arm of the Roswell Alliance), has raised almost 2 million dollars to date. For almost a decade, Sahlen's Packing Company has committed significant funds to pediatric cancer research as the presenting, major sponsor of Keith's Classic.
The committee still has its original members of Jackie, Tim, Margaret Ann, and golf pro Ron Venturini, among others. Reg Schopp also joined his fellow GI Classmates many years ago as an intregal part of the committee, coordinating the many vital Island volunteers.
In 1992 Jackie and Tim Mordaunt received the Grand Island Chamber of Commerce Citizen of the Year Award for Community Service. Margaret Ann introduced Tim and Jackie at the event, summarizing their accomplishments.
“I don’t believe we would have had the same level of success in raising funds for pediatric cancer research without Margaret Ann’s commitment, as a tribute to her son, David.”
"This event has only been able to continue and grow thanks to the involvement of so many friends, families and companies that help build this loyal base of committed participants," explained Jackie, a volunteer with the Roswell Park Alliance Community Advisory Board. "As a mother, Keith's life and death from cancer, changed our lives forever. It has become a life's ambition for my husband, Tim, and I to do all that we can in our lifetime to enable Roswell Park's researchers to discover treatments to end cancer once and for all."
In the process they'll help honor the memory of all children whose lives are cut short, while offering hope to other children and families now facing cancer.
Raising critical funds through Keith’s Classic to develop cures for cancer has provided a quiet sense of satisfaction. "We invite you to join us, and make it your mission to save our children."
Boulevard Cleanup Draws Few Volunteers - 2006
Mary Stewart Photos - Click photo for larger view
The town's annual Boulevard Cleanup took place Saturday morning, June 24th in an effort to spruce up the Boulevard for the large crowd who will turn out for the Independence Day parade. Shown is the small group of volunteers: (left) Julie Westerman, James and Jane Cooke, Councilman Gary Roesch, Supervisor Peter McMahon and Councilmembers Dick Crawford and Mary Cooke.
Independence Day On Grand Island - 2006
The The Dick Bessel Kids Race (9 a.m.) and Dick Bessell Road Race (9:15 a.m.) will precede the annual July 4th parade that begins 9:35 a.m. Tuesday, July 4th on Grand Island Blvd. Click for Independence Day Parade Lineup.
The VFW Post #9249 will host its annual community picnic at the Post, 2121 Grand Island Blvd. directly after the parade. The largest aerial fireworks displays in Western New York takes place at dusk at Martin’s Fantasy Island. Click "July 4th Fireworks" for more information.
Reminder to runners: to enter the Kids Race and/or the Dick Bessel race, entries are due
June 30, NOT TO THE RECREATION DEPT., but to "Score-This!!!, Inc., 15 Ranch Trail Ct., Orchard Park, NY 14127 - "Score-This.com"
Artist Donates Work in Memory of Brother, Al Wasse - 2006
Former Islander and artist Valerie Wasse Tan has donated the above painting to the Grand Island Memorial Library in memory of her brother, Al Wasse. Click for "Valerie Tan's Website"
Boulevard Cleanup - 2006
The annual Grand Island Blvd. cleanup project is set for this Saturday, June 24th from 9 a.m. to 11 a.m. Volunteers are asked to wear old clothes and gloves and meet at town hall.
2nd Thruway MVA - 2006
Monday, June 19, 2006 . . .The Grand Island Fire Company responded to a second Monday afternoon call on the Thruway, north bound. The request for GIFC EMS units at 2:27 p.m. was for a reported back injury.
The patient was transported to a local hospital at 2:57 p.m. and Grand Island Fire Company was back in service at that time.
Updates will be added to this story as they become available.
Thruway Rollover - 2006
The Grand Island Fire Company responded to a rollover accident on the 190 south bound near Long Road at 1:31 p.m. Monday, June 19, 2006. The driver, Steven Kasprzycki, 48 of Lewiston, who was disabled, was treated at the scene and transported by ambulance to the Erie County Medical Center with a neck injury. GIFC units were back in service at 1:51 p.m.
Boater Calls For Help When Craft Becomes Disabled In West River - 2006
The Grand Island Fire Company received a report through the Niagara Falls Police Department of a disabled, 24-foot boat in the West River heading toward the water intake at 8:51 p.m. Thursday, June 15, 2006. The boat was reported occupied and 1000 feet from Navy Island. The State Parks Police, whose rescue boat was already in the water, proceeded to the scene and Grand Island Fire Company volunteers launched their boat at Long Road and West River.
Niagara Falls Police confirmed that there were three occupants in the boat, two adults and one 6-year-old child. GIFC received a report at 9:22 p.m. that occupants and the boat were safely brought to shore. The call was turned over the Parks Police.
The firefighters received a second call for a one-car accident on the Thruway near Buckhorn State Park at 9:03 p.m. Thursday, June 15, 2006. Fire Company volunteers extricated one person from the vehicle who was given medical attention and transported to a local hospital by ambulance. Thruway Command was under the direction of 1st Assistant Chief Matthew Osinski.
A Fire Company EMS unit responded to a third EMS call at 9:12 p.m. on River Oaks Drive. All Grand Island Units were back in service at 9:50 p.m. Updates will be added to this story as they become available.
Vandals Target Grand Island Vehicles - 2006
Photos by Jodi Robinson - Click photo for larger view
Vandals damaged numerous cars across Grand Island in the early hours of Thursday, June 15, 2006. Deputy Terry Guenot of the Erie County Sheriff's Department was contacted and confirmed that many residents woke to find that cars parked in the street were damaged. Officer Guenot, who mentioned Laurie Lane, Blackmon, Stony Point and Revere, stated the damage was done with bb guns and baseball bats. The vandals are believed to be the same hoodlums that recently damaged many cars in Kenmore, Tonawanda and Niagara Falls.
Motorcyclist Struck By Car On Bedell - 2006
Grand Island Fire Company EMS units responded to a report of a motorcyclist struck by a car in the area of 2225 Bedell near the service road at 12:16 p.m. Thursday, June 15, 2006. An ambulance arrived on location at 12:26 p.m. GIFC units were in service at 12:38 p.m.
Fire Company EMS units immediately responded to 1721 Grand Island Blvd. after receiving a report of an elderly man was struck by a car while riding his bike at 12:37 p.m. Thursday, June 15. Fire Company volunteers, who reported that the victim had fallen off his bicycle, treated him at the scene and had him transported to a area hospital by ambulance. Updates will be added to this story as they become available.
Music Teachers To Retire - June 2006
Shown from left are Clarke Elliot, Allan Ripley and Sherm Lyke. The photo on the right shows Sherm Lyke, Clarke Elliot, Allan Ripley, Marty Allen and Christopher Tucker
The photos were taken at the final Grand Island High School band concert on Wednesday, June 7th, directed by high school music teacher Marty Allen, with music by Christopher Tucker, and dedicated to retiring teachers Sherm Lyke Jr. (Kaegebein School), Clarke Elliot (Connor Middle) and Allan Ripley (Huth) on the occasion of their retirement.
For more information on Christopher Tucker, click "Band Concert Story.
"Sherm Lyke Story"
"Allan Ripley Story"
7 p.m. Wednesday July 5th
New Grand Island Community Chorus Sets First Rehearsal - 2006
The newly organized Grand Island Community Chorus will hold its first rehearsal at 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 5, 2006 in Historic Trinity Church, 2100 Whitehaven Road. Rehearsals, under the direction of Isle resident Tom Pollard, will be held every Wednesday evening throughout the summer, with a concert of American music scheduled for Sunday, September 10 at Historic Trinity.
The chorus is open to all and is in need of tenors and basses. For more information, call Jim Watz at 773-5075.
Child Struck By Car In Front of Library - 2006
The Grand Island Fire Company responded to a report of a child on a bicycle struck by a motor vehicle at 1804 Bedell Road, in front of the Grand Island Memorial Library at 4:37 p.m. Monday, June 12, 2006. The child was treated at the scene by the GIFC and transported by ambulance to Women & Children’s Hospital at 5:01 p.m. at which time Grand Island Fire Company was back in service. Deputy Chief Kevin M. Koch was in charge of the call.
UPDATE. . .William Mayer, 14, of Regency Court, who was riding his bike west bound on Bedell Road when he attempted to cross the road, pulled out into the path of a westbound vehicle. He was treated at Women and Children's Hosptial and released. No charges were filed against the driver, Lori Burns, 26, of North Tonawanda, who struck him.
Whitney Ln. Resident Reports Sunday Morning Garage Fire On Broadway - 2006
The Grand Island Fire Company responded to a report of a residential fire in a garage at 1868 Broadway at 6:40 a.m. Sunday, June 11, 2006. The fire was reported by a Whitney Lane resident. Everyone was out of the house when firefighters first on the scene asked the GIFC dispatcher to tone the blaze out as a working fire. As standard procedure, an ambulance responded to the scene. Under the direction of Fire Chief Greg Butcher, the fire was knocked down by the volunteers who were checking for extension at 6:48 a.m. Power was shut off in the structure. Chief Butcher reported that overhaul was complete, the fire was out and Grand Island Fire Company was back in service at 7:23 a.m.
GIFC Fire Investigators Chuck Berlinger and Mike DeMartin.
estimated the damage at $10,000 to the structure and $3000 to the contents.
The Fire Company has responded to over 600 fire and first aid calls for the year, "actually closer to 700 now," Chief Butcher said.
Boat Stolen From Isle Marina Located In Canadian Waters - 2006
Jodi Robinson Photo
Island residents Chris and Ray Gress were given the impression from Canadian police that their boat, stolen from a Grand Island marina, was possibly used for illegal activities such as terrorist activity or transporting illegal aliens or possibly area teens taking a joyride. The boat was recovered by the Canadian police at 6 a.m. Wednesday, June 7, 2006.
The couple received a call from the Ontario Parks Police at 7 a.m. Wednesday informing them that a patrol officer had spotted their boat, a 30-foot Thundercraft cabin cruiser, in the Niagara River between Navy Island and Chippewa Creek, moving slowly in a haphazard pattern. "The police officer was driving along the Niagara Parkway in Canada when he spotted it, and phoned the Chippewa Fire Department," Mrs. Gress said today. "They launched their rescue boat and retrieved our boat, and docked it at a local, public launch ramp directly across from the north end of Navy Island," she said. "The Ontario police then ran the registration number and were able to track the boat to us, and contacted us to let us know what they found," Mrs. Gress said.
"By 7:20 a.m., our daughter, Renee, took us in her 18-foot Sea Ray out to our boat. The Ontario Police then turned the boat back over to us, and after assessing for damage, we found we were able to drive it back to Grand Island on one engine (port engine appears to have problems)," Mrs. Gress reported.
The couple had been on their boat on Tuesday evening and were able to determine that the boat had been run for about six hours. They do not know how long the person/people who stole it were actually on it, or how long it had been left running after being abandoned.
"The Ontario Parks Police, the New York State Parks Police, the Marina Staff, US Border Patrol, and the FBI worked together all day long on the case. The communication between the agencies appeared very efficient and productive, and all conducted the process in a very professional manner. We were impressed and grateful," Mrs. Gress said.
Law enforcement agencies have not come to any conclusions at this early point in the investigation.
Ray and Chris Gress have been boating for over 20 years and have been affiliated with the Coast Guard Auxiliary for about 14 years. Ray is the vice commodore of the Ninth Eastern Region in the US Coast Guard Auxiliary (covers most of NY, PA, and OH), and Chris is the commander of the local unit, Flotilla 3-5 Grand Island for the US Coast Guard Auxiliary.
According to Mrs. Gress, "Most important is that people are aware of the National America's Waterway Watch Program and that they should call 1-800-877- WATCH if they see anything that seems out of the ordinary.
Click "Stolen Boat" for a News 4 WIVB.com story.
Grand Island Best Inner Suburb In WNY - 2006
Grand Island, New York has been named #1 best inner suburb in Western New York by Business First - Western New York's Business Newspaper. To read the story in the June 8, 2006 edition, click "Best Inner Suburb."
2-Car MVA at Baseline and Love - 2006
Grand Island Fire Company EMS units responded to a two-car motor vehicle accident at the intersection of Baseline and Love roads at 6:12 p.m. Wednesday, June 7, 2006. Fire Chief Greg Butcher reported three sign-offs and one patient transported to Women's and Children's Hospital. Grand Island Fire Company was back in service at 6:41 p.m.
16-Year-Old Arrested In Connection With Shooting - June 2006
Wednesday, June 7, 2006 . . .Erie County Sheriff Timothy B. Howard announced today, the arrest of a 16-year-old Grand Island youth in connection with an early morning shooting on Carl Road, Grand Island, N.Y.
Jesse B. Carpenter of Carl Road has been charged with assault and criminal possession of a weapon and has been remanded to the Erie County Holding Center pending his arraignment later today.
The victim of the shooting incident, Charles Casterline, 20, of Kenmore, is listed in fair condition at ECMC after being shot in the face with a small caliber rifle.
At approximately midnight, deputies received a 911 call of a man being shot. Upon arrival on Carl Road, deputies determined Casterline and occupants in his car had been in a verbal altercation with Carpenter and his friends on Carl Road.
Words were exchanged between the two groups; and Carpenter opened fire shooting several rounds into the car in which Casterline was a passenger. Casterline was struck in the face. No one else was injured according to the Sheriff's Department. Deputies continue to investigate the incident.
Click "Buffalo News Story" for June 8, 2006 story by Buffalo News staff reporter Joseph Popiolkowski.
Scroll down for earlier report and photos.
Shooting On Carl Road - June 2006
(left) Shots fired into back of car - (right) Bullet hole in front windshield.
Dan McMahon Photos - Click photo for larger view
A shooting that took place on Carl Road sometime after midnight on Wednesday, June 7, 2006 is being investigated by the Erie County Sheriff's Department and the New York State Police. The Department has not released the victim's name. According to the Sheriff's Department, the victim, who was shot in the upper body, was transported to the Erie County Medical Center with injuries that did not appear to be life threatening. Grand Island Fire Company was also requested at the scene.
According to WIBV Channel 4, "There were four people sitting in the car. While it's unclear if anyone inside the car was actually hit, one person suffered a minor injury. A bullet shattered the rear window of the automobile."
This story will continue to be updated as more information is made available.
U.S. Supreme Court Denies Seneca Nation's Request
Land Claim Over - 2006.
The U.S. Supreme Court on Monday, June 5, 2006 denied the Seneca Nation’s request for Certiorari. "This ends the land claim," Supervisor Peter A. McMahon said. "There's no higher court," he said, "so it's over." Click "Seneca Nation Request Denied" for a June 6, 2006 Buffalo News story by News staff reporters Tom Buckham and Anthony Cardinale.
Sunday Morning Thruway MVA - 2006
Grand Island Fire Company EMS units responded to a report of an MVA north bound on the 190 (NYS Thruway) between Grand Island Blvd. and Long Road at 7:43 a.m. Sunday, June 4, 2006. The Fire Company began extrication of one patient from the one-car roll-over accident. Patient extrication completed at 8:06 a.m. Grand Island Fire Company was back in service at 8:17 a.m.
Fire Co. Responds To Gas Leak On Grand Island Blvd. - 2006
The Grand Island Fire Company responded to a report of a natural gas leak on Grand Island Blvd. in the area of Webb Road at 7:23 a.m. Saturday, June 3, 2006. National Fuel responded to the scene at 7:39 a.m. to repair the leak and Grand Island firefighters were back in service shortly after.
4-Car MVA On Boulevard - 2006
Grand Island Fire Company EMS units responded to what sounded like a serious auto accident at 4:55 p.m. Wednesday, May 31, 2006 in front of 2109 Grand Island Blvd. The caller stated there were multiple cars involved and multiple airbags released with multiple injuries. Grand Island Fire Chief Greg Butcher reported four cars, four patients and four sign-offs at 5:02 p.m.
Isle Students Play In Spring String Festival At Houghton College - 2006
Shown from left are Brooke Chamberlain (violin) and Alyssa Yaeger (cello), both 7th grade students at Connor Middle School.
Cheryl Chamberlain Photo - Click photo for larger view
String Students from Veronica Connor Middle School and Grand Island High School participated in the Spring String Festival sponsored by the Olean Theatre Workshop on Friday and Saturday, May 26-27, 2006. Students from many school districts across the WNY participated in this two-day music trip at Houghton College. Their hard work was capped off on Saturday with a concert that featured middle school, junior high, and high school levels of strings. A special thank you goes out to Ms. Deborah Remson, strings teacher at Connor Middle and Grand Island High School for her countless hours preparing these talented students to perform at this great event.
Sidway School Students Evacuated - GIFC Responds To Alarm - 2006
Grand Island Fire Company volunteers responded to a report of a
commercial fire alarm activation at the Charlotte Sidway Elementary School, 2451 Baseline Road at 11:33 a.m. Wednesday, May 31, 2006. The students, immediately evacuated to the parking lot, enjoyed about 20 minutes of sunshine and an 80-degree temperature. The alarm, set off by a heat detector at the south end of the second floor, was reset, and the building was secured. An investigation revealed no hazard. Children were returning to their classrooms at 11:55 a.m. GIFC officer in charge was Lt. Joe Torregrossa.
Fire Co. Responds To Numerous Calls for EMS, Fires On Saturday, May 27, 2006
Grand Island Fire Company volunteers responded to a report of a dumpster fire at the rear of 2139 Grand Island Blvd., Realty USA at 1:57 p.m. Saturday, May 27, 2006 and grass fires in the area of First Street around the same time. In the hours preceding the fire calls, the GIFC responded to numerous EMS calls throughout the Island. Grand Island Fire Company was in service from the dumpster fire at 2:13 p.m. Four fires were extinguished at 1st Street and 2nd Avenue and volunteers were back in service from that incident at 2:21 p.m. The company also responded to a tractor fire at the corner of Staley and Baseline road at 4:36 p.m. First responder to the scene said the fire, extinguished with dry chemical, was out on arrival. The Fire Company was back in service at 4:50 p.m. Updates will be added to this story as they become available.
Blood Drive - June 2006
An American Red Cross blood drive will be held from 1-7 p.m. Tuesday, June 13 at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 1841 Whitehaven Road.
Fire Co. Responds To Gas Leak On Bedell Road - 2006
The Grand Island Fire Company responded to a report of a large amount of natural gas leaking at 2131 Bedell Road at 5:32 p.m. Monday, May 22, 2006. The Fire Company received multiple reports of the incident and proceeded to remove the occupants of the apartment complex. The Fire Company determined that the leak was caused by a defective pressure regulator. Gas was shut off and National Fuel responded to the scene to repair the leak.
GIPAC - Grand Island Parents Advocating for Children - 2006
The Grand Island Parents Advocating for Children will hold a meeting at 7 p.m.Wednesday, May 24th in the Huth Road School cafeteria. The speaker will be Kathryn S. Walker, M.A. from State University of New York at Buffalo Center for Children and Families. Ms. Walker is the clinical services coordinator and is co-directing this summer's Summer Treatment Program at U.B. She will be presenting U.B.'s ongoing and upcoming studies and services, including summer programs offered at U.B.
Fire Co. Responds To Child Struck By Vehicle - 2006
Grand Island Fire Company EMS personnel under the direction of Fire Chief Greg Butcher, responded to a report of a young boy on a bicycle struck by a car on Stony Point Road between Ransom and Bedell roads at 4:45 p.m. Thursday, May 18, 2006. The child was treated by GIFC Paramedics for minor head and leg injuries and transported to Women and Children's Hospital for evaluation. GIFC was back in service at approximately 5:05 p.m.
No Problem Making 911 Calls On Island - 2006
By Teddy Linenfelser
Local TV news casts on Wednesday, May 16, 2006 alerted their Erie County audience of complaints received from residents in regard to making 911 calls. Evidently, due to budget cuts causing reduced staff at the 911 County dispatch office, a considerable amount of time passes before the call is answered. Residents also said that they had been put on hold after an emergency call to 911 was answered.
Grand Island Fire Chief Greg Butcher explained that all 911 calls made on Grand Island "land line" phones are received and answered on Grand Island, by the staff of the Grand Island Fire Company 911 center. There is no holdup in seeking emergency personnel through the 911 system on the Island.
"It should be remembered that cellular calls everywhere in Erie County are answered by the Erie County Dept. of Public Safety communications center and then redirected to the appropriate municipality," Chief Butcher said. When using a cell phone to reach the Grand Island Fire Company for an emergency on Grand Island, the number to call is 773-7508.
Blood Drive - May 2006
An American Red Cross blood drive will be held from 1-7 p.m. Tuesday, May 23 at the Grand Island Fire Hall, 2275 Baseline Road.
School Bus Accident Minor - 2006
Grand Island Fire Company EMS units responded at 3:07 p.m. Thursday, May 11, 2006 to a report of a school bus that struck a pole in the parking lot of the Grand Island High School, 1100 Ransom Road. First GIFC volunteers on the scene reported a fully loaded bus with grade school children. A total of 28 patients were evaluated by paramedics. The SMART team from the Erie County Medical Center came to the scene to sign off the uninjured students. Emelie-jo Scheffler, 8, was treated and released to a parent who transported her to Children's Hospital. Another student was transported to a hospital by ambulance. Officer in charge was Deputy Chief Kevin Koch. Grand Island Fire Company was back in service at 4:13 p.m. Updates on the story will be added as they become available.
Fire Co. Responds To Arson Fire In Nike Base Park - 2006
The Grand Island Fire Company responded to a report of a bench on fire, possibly near a structure at 3278 Whitehaven Road, Nike Base Park at 7:08 p.m. Sunday, May 7, 2006. First firefighters on the scene found that a bench was smoldering and a pile of rubbish was completely burned. It was reported that numerous youths had been in the area and the Erie County Sheriff's Department was investigating malicious mischief. Fire Company officials determined the cause of the fires as arson. All Fire Company units were back in service at 7:44 p.m.
Sunday Morning MVA at Alt Blvd. and Fix Road - 2006
The Grand Island Fire Company responded to a request for its EMS squad for a 2-car MVA at Alt Blvd. and Fix Road at 9:22 a.m. Sunday, May 7th. The Fire Company received numerous calls on the auto accident where three patients were evaluated, and two were transported by ambulance to a local hospital. Grand Island Fire Company returned to quarters at 9:47 a.m. Further information will be added to the story as it becomes available.
Community Education Summer 2006 Session To Begin - 2006
The Grand Island School District's Community Education Summer 2006 Session will begin on July 5. The brochures will be sent home the week of May 15th for students in Grades K-5. The brochure and registration form is also currently available online at "k12.ginet.org ". Registration deadline is June 17th. Call 773 8864 for additional information.
New Community Chorus Off To Good Start - 2006
At least 30 people attended a meeting April 28th at Historic Trinity Church with a goal of forming a Grand Island Community Chorus. Others unable to attend the meeting, called to show their interest. It was decided that the first official rehearsal will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday, July 5, 2006 at Historic Trinity with rehearsals every Wednesday evening throughout the summer. A concert of American music will be presented on Sunday, September 10 at Historic Trinity.
Following the informational part of the meeting, those in attendance rehearsed several pieces that will probably use in the concert. "The chorus has a very nice sound, and a lot of potential," a spokesman for the new group said this week. "We need more tenors and basses so I'm calling on the men of the Island, or off the Island, who enjoy singing to come and join us at our July 5th rehearsal," he said. "We are all very excited about this new addition to the community life of Grand Island."
Those interested in more information, they are asked to call Jim Watz at 773-5075.
Spring Concerts - 2006
The following Grand Island School District concerts are scheduled to take place in the high school auditorium, 1100 Ransom Road.
Huth Road Elementary spring choral concert - 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 4th - directed by Carol Horrigan
Kaegebein Elementary choral concert - 7 p.m. Wednesday, May 10th - directed by Renee Michki
Veronica Connor Middle School spring instrumental concert - 7:30 p.m. Thursday, May 11th
Veronica Connor Middle School vocal concert- 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 16th
Parent night for beginning instrumentalists - 7:30 p.m. Monday, May 22nd
High School choral concert- 7:30 p.m. Tuesday, May 23
Grand Island High School Band concert - 7:30 p.m. Wednesday, June 7th
Astellas Pharma, Staley Road, Leaving Island - 2006.
Astellas Pharma, formerly part of Fujisawa at 3125 Staley Road, will be leaving the Island. Click "Astellas Pharma" for a May 2, 2006 Buffalo News story by News reporter Matt Glynn.
Wednesday Morning MVA At Baseline And Marjorie - 2006.
Grand Island Fire Company EMS units responded to a report of a motor vehicle accident at 7:10 a.m. Wednesday, May 3, 2006 at the intersection of Baseline Road and Marjorie Drive. First responders reported a roll over accident, involving two cars. Two patients were evaluated by GIFC medics and signed off. Grand Island Fire Company was back in service at approximately 7:25 p.m. Click for "Complete Story""Complete Story"
Fire Company Responds To Deerwood Lane Fire - 2006.
The Grand Island Fire Company responded to a report of an unknown, large fire behind 227 Deerwood Lane at 5 p.m. Monday, May 1, 2006. Fire Company volunteers were on the scene for nearly an hour extinguishing the fire caused by the careless burning of weeds. The homeowner was advised. All Grand Island Fire Company units were back in service at 5:57 p.m.
Andrew Dinsmore Released From Hospital - 2006.
Former East River Road resident and Grand Island High School graduate Andrew Dinsmore, critically injured on April 19, 2006 in a beating in Buffalo, has been released from Erie County Medical Center. For the April 27, 2006 Buffalo News story, click Andrew Dinsmore. For previous story, click Islander Beaten.
Island Baby Has Rare Form Of Cancer - 2006.
Twenty-two-month-old Ian Cameron, son of Robert and Dona Cameron of Grand Island, NY is featured in an April 25, 2006 Buffalo News story by Mark Sommer. Ian has a rare form of cancer. His parents give credit to Ian's care at Women and Children's Hospital for giving them hope. Click
"Baby Ian" for story and photo.
Recycling Information - 2006
Town Council Member Mary Cooke has provided information on recycling and disposal of electronics, latex paint and household hazardous waste. Click "Recycling & Disposal Opportunities" for complete information.
District String Kaleidoscope Concert May 1st - 2006
The Grand Island School District String Kaleidoscope Concert will take place at 7 p.m. Monday, May 1 in the high school auditorium, 1100 Ransom Road.
The elementary orchestra will be under the direction of Kelly Robertson. Debra Remson will direct the Connor Middle School and Grand Island High School orchestras. Violist, Stephanie Cartwright, will perform her NYSSMA solo
with the high school orchestra, and Stephanie, Lauren Aughey (violin), and Jacob Ferrante (cello) will be featured on the
Corelli Concerto Grosso Op. 6 no. 1. The combined Connor Middle School and the GIHS orchestras will perform "Selections from Phantom of the Opera."
The concert is open to the public.
Ticket Sales Brisk For BluesRoot Concert In Support
Tim Horton Children’s Foundation - 2006
Ticket sales have been strong for the BluesRoot concert scheduled for Saturday, June 3, 2006 in support of the Tim Horton Children’s Foundation according to Island resident John D. Moore, singer/songwriter for the international recording act. BluesRoot will perform between 7:30-10:30 p.m. in the Grand Ballroom at the Holiday Inn Grand Island Resort and Conference Center. Doors open at 7 p.m.
“Community support, both from the business community and individuals, has been fabulous, and now we are hoping for a strong ticket selling finish to make this an evening to remember,” stated Moore, who helped get the event started last year.” “BluesRoot is happy to contribute something back to the community we live in, and the Tim Horton’s Children’s Foundation is a terrific way to help. We promise everyone a great show!” Moore said.
According to Moore, a second act has been added to the entertainment for the evening. Tom Burns, a Buffalo area solo singer will open with songs from recent popular music and classic rock selections.
For more information, click "BluesRoot Concert"
Assemblyman Hoyt, Legislator Iannello Hold Community Breakfast - 2006
Island residents Frank Greco (left) and Lee Tetkowski are shown with Sam Hoyt.
Mary Stewart Photo - Click for larger view.
A group of about 40 Island residents, town officials and others attended the community breakfast co-hosted by Assemblyman Sam Hoyt and Legislator Michele Iannello Saturday morning, April 22, 2006 at the Grand Island Golden Age Center. Special guest was John Giardino, commissioner of the Niagara Greenway Commission. Mr. Giardino presented an explanation of what the commission does as well as information about the Niagara Greenway. It was Assembly member Sam Hoyt who originally introduced the legislation to create the Niagara Greenway Commission.
The breakfast concluded with questions from members of the community and an invitation by the Grand Island Historical Society to tour the River Lea Mansion in Beaver Island State Park.
For information on the Niagara Greenway click www.niagaragreenway.org.
Senator Coppola To Hold Town Meeting - April 2006
Senator Marc Coppola will hold a Town Hall Meeting themed All Things Grand Island from 2-4 p.m. Saturday, April 29, 2006 in the town hall court room, 2255 Baseline Road. This is the first in a series of events where the 60th District residents can express community concerns directly to the senator. This meeting will focus on issues specifically relating to the Grand Island community. Senator Coppola will give a brief overview of the work he has done in the last two months and then open the floor to the audience to ask questions.
Breakfast With Sam Hoyt - A Conversation With The Community - April 2006
Friday, April 21, 2006 . . . Assemblymember Sam Hoyt (D-Buffalo, Grand Island) will hold a Community Breakfast on Saturday, April 22, 2006 from 9:30 a.m. to 11 a.m. at the Grand Island Golden Age Center, 3278 Whitehaven Road, Grand Island.
Breakfast with Sam Hoyt focuses on bringing together constituents and community leaders within Buffalo and Grand Island. It is an opportunity to assemble in an informal and non-political setting in order to share both challenges and successes within the community.
This month’s guest speaker is Niagara Greenway Commissioner John Giardino. The Greenway Commission was created to aid in the planning and development of an interconnected greenway of parks, river access points and waterfront trails along the entire 35 miles of the Niagara River between Erie and Niagara counties.
Following the breakfast will be a complimentary open house at the River Lea Farmhouse at the south end of Beaver Island State Park from 11:30 a.m. to 1 p.m.
Teen Struck By Car - 2006.
The Grand Island Fire Company responded to a report of a young girl in a minivan on the side of Baseline Road who had been struck by a car in front of the Sidway Elementary School. Grand Island Fire Dispatch received the call at 3:46 p.m. Thursday, April 20, 2006. The patient, Amanda Kennedy, 16, of Jen Court, reported to be conscious and alert, was evaluated at the scene by GIFC EMS personnel and was transported to Women and Children's Hospital by ambulance at 4:14 p.m. Grand Island Fire Company was back in service at that time. Fire Chief Greg Butcher was the officer in charge of the call.
Homeless Islander Severely Beaten - 2006.
Andrew Dinsmore, who grew up on East River Road and graduated with the Grand Island High School Class of 1980, was viciously attacked and critically injured Wednesday morning, April 19, 2006. Stripped of his clothing except for a t-shirt and left on a street on the east side of Buffalo, he is being treated in the Erie County Medical Center. For an April 20, 2006 Buffalo News story by Vanessa Thomas, click
Early Morning Truck Fire On Laurie Ln. - 2006.
The Grand Island Fire Company responded at 2:20 a.m. Wednesday, April 19, 2006 to a report of a pickup truck fully involved in flames at 216 Laurie Lane. Firefighters knocked down the blaze with a garden hose and extinguished the fire with a 1 3/4 hand line with foam. Second Assistant Fire Chief Christopher Soluri, GIFC officer in charge, stated that the fire appeared to have started in the engine compartment after the owner parked the vehicle a short time before the fire started. The fire was out at approximately 3:02 a.m. and Grand Island Fire Company volunteers were back in service at which time the call was transferred to the Erie County Sheriff's Department.
Safe Boating Course - 2006
Niagara Power Squadron Public Safe Boating Course will be held at Anchor Marine, 1501 Ferry Road, Grand Island, on Tuesdays and Thursdays beginning April 25, 2006. For information, call 754-4159, 773-2140 or 434-2235.
Friday Morning MVA On East River - 2006
The Grand Island Fire Company was requested to the scene of a one-car MVA at 6 a.m. Friday, April 14, 2006. EMS personnel responded to the early morning call for a rollover at 2300 East River Road where one victim with minor injuries was given medical attention. The patient was transported to ECMC by ambulance at 6:28 a.m. when Grand Island Fire Company returned in service. An update may be added to this story.
Speeders Issued Summons - March 2006
Dan McMahon Photos
Thursday, April 13, 2006 . . . Work on the sewer extension project along Grand Island Blvd. from Tops Market to Staley Road is moving right along. However, earlier in the project, workers were in danger from vehicles exceeding the posted speed limit on the Boulevard. "In the interest of safety, we were faced with closing a lane, reducing the speed limit in the construction zone (which may have required enforcement efforts), or enforcing the existing speed limit," Supervisor Peter McMahon said today. "The choice was to enforce the existing limits. Either of the two other options would have resulted in inconvenience to all motorists using the Boulevard. This option only impacts those who are exceeding the speed limit," he said. Grand Island Police Officer Terry Guenot issued about 17 summons on Wednesday, April 12th and by 10 a.m. this morning another four had been issued.
Susan Moore Back In The News - April 2006
Former Allen Court resident Susan Moore, 39, is back in the news. For a Buffalo News story, click "Susan Moore 4/7/06 Story".
For other stories regarding this case, click "Medina/3/30/06" and "Medina/3/31/05"
Hoyt, Coppola Call For Elimination Of Bridge Tolls - 2006
April 11, 2006 . . .Assemblymember Sam Hoyt (D-Buffalo, Grand Island) and Senator Marc Coppola renewed their call for the elimination of the tolls onto Grand Island. Hoyt and Coppola sponsor matching legislation to eliminate these tolls.
Hoyt said, “With all the attention being paid to the Black Rock and Ogden Street tolls I wanted my constituents on Grand Island to know that I continue to fight to remove the toll barriers to Grand Island as well as those into the City of Buffalo.”
Since 1999 Hoyt has introduced legislation every session which would eliminate the Grand Island toll barrier as well as legislation to remove the Black Rock and Ogden Street toll barriers. Recently Hoyt held a meeting with top Thruway officials and Town Supervisor Peter McMahon to discuss this issue as well as other solutions to improve the bridge crossings, including various issues related to EZ Pass.
"The Grand Island tolls are unfair to Western New York commuters, and especially burdensome to people of Grand Island who have to pay a toll every single time they return to the island," said Senator Coppola. "I will continue fighting to remove these tolls to allow the people of Grand Island the freedom to traverse Western New York without costly economic barriers."
Hoyt concluded, “The Grand Island bridge toll is a tax on residents of Grand Island for traveling to their homes. Eliminating the toll would also greatly alleviate traffic congestion and improve air quality by reducing the idle time of running automobiles. I will continue to fight for this important legislation to be passed.”
Fire Company Responds To Alarm At Marigold Housing - 2006
Grand Island Fire Company engines and personnel responded to an alarm of fire at the Marigold Housing , 3026 GI Blvd. at 5:30 p.m. Sunday, April 9, 2005. Upon arrival, the cause of the alarm was determined to be meat on the stove. The Fire Company ventilated the area and was back in service at 5:50 p.m.
Friday Afternoon MVA At Staley And Baseline - 2006
Grand Island Fire Company responded to a request for EMS personnel at a motor vehicle accident at Baseline and Staley Road at 5:43 p.m. Friday, April 7, 2006. According to Grand Island Fire Chief Greg Butcher, the GIFC evaluated two patients who signed off and the matter was turned over the the New York State Police. Grand Island Fire Company returned in service at 5:58 p.m.
Thursday Morning MVAs Tie Up Bridge Traffic - 2006
EMS Captain Jeremy Pullano
is shown behind the damaged vehicle.
Christopher Soluri photo - Click photo for larger view.
Grand Island Fire Company personnel responded to a report of multiple accidents on the top of the south bound Grand Island Bridge at 7:43 a.m. Thursday, April 6, 2006. The north bound south bridge was closed to traffic to give access to the Grand Island Fire Company and ambulances. The incident involved several accidents with patients being transported by ambulance to area hospitals. Grand Island Fire Company was back in service at 8:31 a.m.
Accident #1 - south bound just over crest of bridge, 2 vehicles, 3 total occupants: all signed off
Accident #2 - south bound Tonawanda side 1/4 way down, 2 vehicles, 2 total occupants: 1 signed off, 1 transported to Mount St. Mary's Hospital with lower back and abdominal pain
Accident #3 - south bound Tonawanda side at base of bridge, 1 car MVA - transported to Sister's Hospital
Blood Drive - April 2006
An American Red Cross blood drive will be held from 7:30 a.m.-1:30 p.m. Tuesday, April 10 at the high school, 1100 Ransom Road.
An American Red Cross blood drive will be held from 1-7 p.m. Tuesday, April 18 at the Knights of Columbus Hall, 1841 Whitehaven Road.
Easter Church Services Announced - 2006
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The following churches have announced Easter week services:
Bible Fellowship Center
Palm Sunday (April 9)
10 a.m. - guest speaker Dr. Bob Vandermey
Good Friday (April 14)
7 p.m. - guest speaker Dr. Bob Vandermey
Saturday, April 15th
1 p.m. - Egg and Treasure hunt for children age 11 and under
Continental Breakfast before 10 a.m. service
Bible Presbyterian Church
Easter Week Services with Guest Speaker Rev. Al Cook
April 12 - 14 - 7:00 p.m. - Wednesday, Thursday, and Friday Evening
Saturday, April 15 - 9 a.m. Men's Breakfast - Family Life Center, 1780 Love Road - call 773-7303 if attending
Easter Sunday (April 16)
7:30 a.m. Sunrise service - Beaver Island Park Overlook (In case
of inclement weather, at the Family Life Center)
9:30 a.m. - Sunday School for all ages at Bible Presbyterian Church, 1650 Love Road
10:45 a.m. Morning Worship
6:00 p.m. - Evening Worship
Island Presbyterian Church
Palm / Passion Sunday (April 9)
We will begin the service with a festive procession of palms, remembering Jesus’ triumphal entry into Jerusalem. At the end of the service, the mood will change as we follow Jesus through the events of Holy Week in a dramatic reading of the Passion Narrative from Mark’s gospel.
Maundy Thursday (April 13)
Our traditional Candlelight Communion and Tenebrae service will begin at 7:00 p.m. We will follow the events of Jesus’ last evening with his disciples, celebrating the sacrament of the Lord’s Supper, and ending the evening with the candlelight Tenebrae Liturgy, telling the story of Jesus’ arrest and crucifixion.
Good Friday (April 14)
The Grand Island ecumenical Good Friday service will be held at 12:15 p.m. at St. Stephen’s Roman Catholic Church on Baseline Rd. This service is led jointly by the members of the Grand Island Ministerium.
Easter (April 16)
The Easter “Sunrise” Service will be at 7:30 a.m. We will meet at the church and travel together to the Sandy Beach Gazebo for a brief service of worship. Dress for outdoors! In case of inclement weather, we will worship in the church sanctuary.
Easter breakfast will be in the fellowship hall beginning at 9:00 a.m. Breakfast will be served until 10:00 a.m. Everyone is invited.
The traditional Easter Service will be at 10:30 a.m. in the sanctuary.
Both Easter services will include the sacrament of the Lord’s Supper.
Riverside Salem Church
3449 West River Road (between Whitehaven & Bedell)
Easter Sunday (April 16)
4 p.m. Outdoor Service - Celebration of new life. Reflection upon our common journey from death to life as we walk the labyrinth, sing songs, and share the ways our individual stories are woven into THE story of the earth and all
creation. Everyone is welcome to join us.
Palm Sunday (April 9)
8:00 a.m. Holy Communion
10:00 a.m. Holy Communion
Maundy Thursday (April 13)
7:30 p.m. Holy Communion
Good Friday (April 14)
10:00 a.m. Liturgy for Good Friday
7:30 p.m. Stations of the Cross
The Ecumenical Good Friday service will take place again this year at 12:15 p.m. at St. Stephen's Church. The service lasts about an hour.
Easter Day (April 16)
8:00 a.m. Holy Communion
10:00 a.m. Holy Communion
St. Stephen's Church
Palm Sunday (April 9)
Monday, April 10 ~ Holy Day
Tuesday, April 11 ~ Holy Day
Wednesday, April 12 ~ Holy Day
Thursday, April 13 ~ Mass of the Lord’s Supper
No Morning Mass
9:00 a.m. ~ Morning Prayer
7:00 p.m. ~ Mass of the Lord’s Supper
After Mass ~ Eucharistic Adoration until Midnight
Friday, April 14 ~ Good Friday of the Lord’s Passion
No Morning Mass
9:00 a.m. ~ Morning Prayer
12:15 p.m. ~ Ecumenical Good Friday Service
3:00 p.m. ~ Celebration of the Lord’s Passion
8:30 p.m. ~ Mission Group Living Stations
Saturday, April 15 ~ Easter Vigil
No Morning Mass
9:00 a.m. ~ Morning Prayer
1:00 p.m. ~ Blessing of Food
8:00 p.m. ~ Easter Vigil
10:00 p.m. ~ Easter Mass
Sunday, April 16 ~ Easter Sunday: Resurrection of the Lord
St. Timothy Lutheran Church
Palm Sunday (April 9) Welcome new Pastor Mary Anne Nelson-Loefke
Maundy Thursday (April 13)
Good Friday (April 14)
Easter Sunday services
Trinity UM Church
Easter Sunday (April 16)
7 a.m. Sunrise service
8 a.m. Breakfast
9 a.m. Sunday School
10:30 a.m. Traditional Service
Grand Island Community Chorus Forming - 2006
The first steps for the formation of the Grand Island Community Chorus have been announced with an informational meeting scheduled for 7 p.m. Friday, April 28th at Historic Trinity Church, 2100 Whitehaven Road, Grand Island, NY. There is no obligation; only requirement is a love of making beautiful vocal music. For more information, call Jim at 773-5075 or Maury at 773-4105. "Please accept this invitation to a truly exciting event," a spokesman for the group said this week. "Hope to see you there!"
Click the following attachments. Both are very informative.
"Community Chorus/What's It All About"
Isle Resident Rus Thompson Announces Grass-roots New York Coalition - 2006
Grand Island, New York, April 3, 2006 . . . A new grass-roots political action committee, New York Coalition, will announce its formation in simultaneous press conferences in Albany, Buffalo and Manhattan at noon Thursday, April 6, 2006. The local location will be outside the office of Assembly Majority Leader Paul Tokasz, 125 Main Street, Buffalo. Rus Thompson, a Grand Island contractor, and key figure in the Upstate Tax Revolt, is interim chair and treasurer of the group, which registered with the State Board of Elections last week.
Thompson announced that the Coalition will recruit and support candidates to oppose ten, key state legislative leaders, many of whom have served for decades. Click "New York Coalition" for complete story.
Early Morning MVA On Whitehaven - 2006
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Grand Island Fire Company EMS personnel responded at 6 a.m. Tuesday, April 4, 2006 to a report of a vehicle overturned in the ditch at 2805 Whitehaven Road. A utility pole was sheared off on the north side of the 2500 block of Whitehaven, and Niagara Grid was contacted. The driver, Jessica Samland, 18 of Westwood Drive, complaining of back and leg pain, was transported to the Erie County Medical Center by ambulance at 6:32 a.m. Grand Island was back in service at that time. Fire Chief Greg Butcher was the officer in charge of the call.
Grand Island Parent Support/Networking Group - 2006
Meeting For Parents With Special Needs Children
The first meeting of the Grand Island Parent Support/Networking Group will be held 7 p.m. Wednesday, April 12, 2006 at the Huth Road School Cafeteria. The confidential nature of the information being shared at this meeting may be inappropriate for children to hear.
The networking group is being started by a group of parents with special needs children of all ages who have many questions and information to share. Also involved are some very dedicated teachers and administrators who are committed to this group and what it can do to better our children's education.
Ensure that all families on Grand Island that have a child with special needs or learning disabilities will have the resources and support they need to guarantee that their children become fully participating and contributing members of our communities and society
To put the rights, issues, and choices of the child first
Helping families make informed choices
Providing support and helpful education
Much more information will be provided at the April 12th meeting.
For more information, contact Carol Zimmerman,
Turn Your Clocks Ahead - April 2006
Daylight Savings Time begins Sunday morning, April 2nd at 2 a.m. Be sure to turn your clocks ahead on Saturday evening and don't forget to replace the batteries in your smoke detectors!
Felix Medina To Be Sentenced In June - March 2006
Felix Angel Medina, in jail for the past year, will be sentenced June 30, 2006. Medina took a guilty plea for an assault charge following a March 31, 2005 incident in the driveway of Alan Court resident Susan Moore. Ms. Moore was run over by an automobile and is now paralyzed from the waist down. He has also pleaded guilty to drug trafficking charges. For a Buffalo News story, click "Medina/3/30/06".
For the 2005 story, click "Medina/3/31/05"
Niagara River Greenway Logo Design Competition Announced - 2006
The Niagara River Greenway Commission announced last week (March 24, 2006) that a Logo Design Competition is open to all U.S. citizens. The winner will receive a $500 award and formal recognition. All entries must be received by May 15, 2006. Click Niagara River Greenway Commission Logo Contest
for complete contest information.
The Niagara River Greenway Commission will be seeking a simplistic design that is both dynamic and distinguished and can be used in a variety of print and digital media. Jurors and sponsors of the competition include: the Castellani Art Museum’s Director Laurene Buckley, the Burchfield-Penney Art Center’s Director Ted Pietrzak and Wendel-Duchscherer, Architects & Engineers.
The selected logo will become a “TRADEMARK” used on letterheads, signs, documents, monuments, emblems or other Niagara River Greenway Commission products. All entries including the winning entry will become the property of the Niagara River Greenway Commission.
The Commission, first called for by the Governor in his 2004 State of the State Address and signed into law September 2004, will aid in the planning and development of a greenway of interconnected parks, river access points and waterfront trails along the Niagara River from Lake Erie at Buffalo to Lake Ontario at the site of the historic Fort Niagara.
For more information about the logo design competition and the Niagara River Greenway Commission or the enabling legislation, visit www.niagaragreenway.org or call (716) 773-5361.
Tonawanda Residents Injured In Auto Accident On Long Road Near West River - 2006
Grand Island Fire Company EMS personnel responded to a report of an auto accident in front of 2826 Long Road at 3:11 p.m. Sunday, March 26, 2006. A car was reported to be in the ditch at that address. Fire Company officials arriving on the scene reported the accident as a roll-over with two patients in the car and proceeded to close Long Road east of the scene. The patients, both involved in a lengthy extrication process by the GIFC volunteers, were assessed with minor injuries, and transported by ambulance to the Erie County Medical Center. New York State Police also responded to the scene. Grand Island Fire Company was back in service at approximately 4 p.m.
Patients were listed as Damien Tarsa, 27, of Dexter Terrace, Tonawanda, the driver of the vehicle; and passenger Elana Peresie, 28, of Young Street, Tonawanda.
Five Government Leaders Form Coalition To Seek Reparation From NYPA
Grand Island Supervisor Peter McMahon Attends Press Conference - 2006
March 24, 2006 . . .Amherst, NY---Government leaders from five communities bordering the Niagara River and Erie Canal today announced the formation of the Public Power Coalition, which seeks the equable treatment of communities affected by the Niagara Power Project by seeking an appropriate level of mitigation from NYPA (New York Power Authority) for damages caused, present and future, to shorelines due to fluctuating water levels as a result of the New York Power Authority’s operation of the Niagara Power Plant in Lewiston, NY.
Attending a press conference announcing the action were Amherst Supervisor, Satish B. Mohan, Ph.D., Grand Island Supervisor, Peter McMahon, North Tonawanda City Mayor, Lawrence V. Soos, Tonawanda City Mayor, Ronald H. Pilozzi and Town of Tonawanda Supervisor, Ronald H. Moline. In announcing the formation of the coalition, officials cited the fact that their communities have been and continue to be affected by the fluctuating water levels as a result of NYPA’s Niagara Power Project. Further, while the other communities of Lewiston, Niagara Falls, Buffalo and Erie and Niagara Counties have received compensation for such damages from NYPA settlements, none of those benefits have accrued to the Towns of Amherst, Grand Island and Tonawanda and the Cities of Tonawanda and North Tonawanda.
As a result, the Public Power Coalition has been formed and is immediately filing a joint Motion To Intervene with the Federal Energy Regulatory Commission in the New York Power Authority Relicensing application. In addition, each government leader also cited the fact that in its initial licensing agreement, NYPA promised the delivery of low cost power to all residential, commercial and industrial customers with a 30-mile radius of the Niagara Power Plant. To the contrary, residents and businesses of the five coalition communities now are faced with some of the highest electric rates in the country. The Public Power Coalition will also seek to oppose the recently issued water quality certificate issued by the DEC (NY Department of Conservation). In doing so, the Public Power Coalition expressed its support for the position taken by ENPPA (Eastern Niagara Power Project Alliance) with regard to the abdication of independent agencies’ oversight due to the agencies’ premature acceptance of the relicensing record and predetermined outcomes in various permit and comment processes even before the filing of a formal case before the various federal and state agencies, especially the filing of an application for relicensing of the Niagara Project before the FERC (Federal Energy Regulatory Commission).
The combined populations of the Towns of Amherst, Grand Island and Tonawanda and the Cities of Tonawanda and North Tonawanda represent over 275,000 residents and over 100,000 households in Erie and Niagara Counties. In its Motion To Intervene, The Public Power Coalition is requesting due compensation from the New York Power Authority for shoreline damage and failure to deliver low cost power to its constituents over the past 50 years.
Blood Drive - 2006
An American Red Cross blood drive will be held from 1-7 p.m. Tuesday, March 28 at the Grand Island Fire Hall, 2275 Baseline Road.
Auto Accident On Whitehaven - 2006
Grand Island Fire Company EMS personnel responded to a report of an auto accident with injuries in front of the Town Hall Terrace apartments on Whitehaven Road at 5:41 p.m. Monday, March 20, 2006. One patient was transported by ambulance to Mt. St. Mary's Hospital in Lewiston. Grand Island Fire Company was back in service at 5:58 p.m.
Friends Of Lynnette Chinese Auction & 13th Annual Bike Tour Announced - 2006
Friends Of Lynnette announces a Chinese auction to be held July 14-15, 2006 at the Nike Base, 3278 Whitehaven Road, and the annual Bike Tour around Grand Island on July 15, 2006 starting at the Nike Base. It is the mission of Friends Of Lynnette to raise funds to help families on the pediatric unit at Roswell Park Cancer Institute, all in memory of Lynnette Grisanti and her Grandson Billy Gugino Jr. Friends Of Lynnette seeks donations for the ride and basket raffle. For more information, contact Renee Gugino, 773-3321
Excellent School Concerts Please Large Crowds - March 2006
By Teddy Linenfelser
March 16, 2006 . . .The Grand Island School District's Choral Kaleidoscope Concert Monday, March 13 and last night's All-Island Jazz Concert provided exceptional performances.
Choral Kaleidoscope Concert
The Sixth Grade Chorus was directed by Ms. Susan Waters and accompanied by Mrs. Julie Deuble. The group sang Promised Land and the familiar Alexander's Ragtime Band, the latter a true crowd pleaser.
Mrs. Annalea Masiello directed the Seventh Grade Chorus, accompanied by Mrs. Deuble. The 7th graders were accompanied by string teacher Ms. Debra Remson on her fiddle during their toe-tappin' Cripple Creek number.
Erie Canal and Let There Be Peace On Earth were sung by the Eighth Grade Chorus directed by Mrs. Masiello. Obviously, many of these talented students will move up to the high school choir next year.
The more mature voices of the Grand Island Senior High School Choir, directed by Carolyn Lokken and accompanied by Carol Horrigan, were evident, especially in the Lightshine number.
The high school's Concert Choir, under the direction of Carolyn Lokken and accompanied by student pianist, Kelcie Hanaka, was excellent. The comparatively new song, Sleep, by Eric Whitacre sounded very professional and was well received by the audience, but even more so, was the Concert Choir's last song, Vamuvamba, an enjoyably different African religious piece.
All Island Jazz Concert
The program started off with Sherm Lyke directing the Kaegebein Jazz Ensemble's rendition of Tequila. These very young students played well together and much credit must be given to the elementary groups who have had only one to two years of instrument lessons.
Allan Ripley directed the Huth Road Jazz Ensemble. These tiny students did an amazing job of the song, Sunny. Saxophone solos were played to an appreciative audience by Keelan Erhard and Joshua Ungaro
The 6th Grade Jazz Ensemble, directed by Mrs. Sarah Russo, was joined by guest musician Raymond Bennett on the vibes during the Wade in the Water song.
The Grand Island High School Vocal Jazz choir, under the direction of Carolyn Lokken, sang three excellent numbers. Especially enjoyable was the familiar Cheek to Cheek where the chorus came through with a most professional performance.
The 7th/8th Grade Jazz Ensemble, directed by Clarke Elliot, offered some talented soloists including trumpet solos by Nick Ernst and Kearney Erhard and a drum solo by John Morano (The Way You Move), drawing much applause as well as a standing ovation.
The Grand Island High School Jazz Ensemble just can't be beat. This has to be one of the most talented groups in the nation! Joe Orsolits played a flugelhorn solo during the first number, Feels So Good, receiving a standing ovation, so well deserved. Pianist Kelcie Hanaka's piano solo in the Pressure Cooker number was commendable. Marty Allen and Sherman Lyke directed the high school group.
Longtime music teacher Marty Allen said today, "They are great kids and they always make us look good!" Much credit goes not only to the hard working and dedicated students, but to their patient and enthusiastic directors.
Thorough Search Of Huth Road School Neighborhood Turns Up Nothing - March 2006
A thorough search of the Huth Road Elementary School neighborhood, after students reported seeing a suspicious person near the school on Thursday, March 9, 2006 around noon, turned up nothing. Click for "WIVB story".
Power Lines Sparking On Stony Point - March 2006
The Grand Island Fire Company responded to a report of a tree on power lines at 3670 Stony Point Road, causing arching and sparking of a transformer. The call was received at approximately 7:03 a.m. Thursday, March 9, 2006. The Fire Company reported that power was out in that area and that Nation Grid (Niagara Mohawk) was called to the scene. It was determined that there was no fire hazard and the call was turned over to National Grid at 7:10 a.m.
Mt. St. Mary Honor Roll Students - March 2006
Grand Island residents who have been named to the Mount St. Mary Academy honor roll for the second quarter of the 2005-2006 school year are as follows:
Nicole Hemedinger, Mary Kate Sidoti, Morgan Weir
Stephanie Hall, Jennifer Lombardo, Emily Najjar
Olivia Chopra, Rachel Meyer
Alexandra Armusewicz, Courtney Talarico
Kimberley Mulvey, Sara Slovick, Jaime Stewart
A Farewell To Pfc. Benjamin C. Schuster - March 2006
Funeral services were held Monday, March 6, 2006 for Pvt. 1st Class Benjamin Schuster, a member of the Army National Guard, 101st Cavalry Regiment out of Buffalo, Company C 876, Engineering Battalion, killed in Iraq Saturday, February 25, 2006. He was 21. Click "Brave Soldier - Pfc. B. C. Schuster" for Buffalo News story by Maki Becker.
North Bridge Accident - March 2006
The Grand Island Fire Company EMS units responded to a car and garbage truck collision on the top of the north bound North Grand Island Bridge at 10:22 a.m. Monday, March 6, 2006. A Rural Ambulance was on the scene immediately and two patients were transported to a local hospital.
4-Car MVA On Jenell Dr. - March 2006
A four-car motor vehicle accident in front of a Jenell Drive residence at 9:20 p.m. Thursday, March 2, 2006 left one parked vehicle with extensive damage to the rear driver's side and two other parked cars with minimal damage. Witnesses reported a chain reaction, hit and run accident and described the "moving" vehicle as a mini van which they say would have sustained considerable damage to the front passenger side. All three parked vehicles were hit with enough force to push them forward approximately six feet. Anyone with information is asked to call the New York State Police, 434-5588 or the Erie County Sheriff's Department
Local Soldier Dies In Iraq - March 2006
Pvt. 1st Class Benjamin Schuster, a member of the Army National Guard, 101st Cavalry Regiment out of Buffalo, Company C 876, Engineering Battalion, was killed in Iraq Saturday, February 25, 2006. The twenty-one-year-old Private arrived in Iraq only weeks before he was shot and killed. Pvt. Schuster was on duty in the city of Ar-Ramadi. He attended several areas schools and spent his senior year at Grand Island High School, attaining his GED shortly after. A resident of Williamsville, he is the son of Rick (Fran) Davis, of Grand Island, NY. Burial will be in Forest Lawn Cemetery. Click for "Death Notice".
Bad Weather Causes MVAs - March 2006
Grand Island Fire Company EMS units responded to a report of an MVA, a car struck a tree on Staley Road before 3 p.m. Thursday, March 2, 2006 with one patient transported to an area hospital. The Fire Company was then called to the corner of Bedell and Grand Island Blvd. at 3:10 p.m. for an auto accident with injuries. A third call at 3:10 p.m. was also a request for the EMS unit for a motor vehicle accident with injuries at Whitehaven Road and Stony Point. A fourth call was received at 3:35 p.m. for a request for EMS at
278 Colonial Drive West where a car struck a tree in front of the residence. Following the auto accidents, the Grand Island Fire Company received a report of a car fire, fully involved, just west of the entrance to the Buckhorn Parkway near Baseline Road at 4:08 p.m. Tuesday.
Slippery roads were a contributing factor for the accidents. This story may be updated.
Senate Election - Unofficial Results - 2006
Voter turnout in the entire 60th State Senate District was very low for Tuesday's election for a replacement for Buffalo Mayor and former senator Byron Brown's seat. Unofficially, Democrat Marc A. Coppola has won the election over Republican Christopher L. Jacobs. As of late Tuesday, February 28th, Coppola received 55% of the votes and Jacobs garnered 45%. Click "Buffalo News Story" by Robert J. McCarthy.
Voting machines on Grand Island were canvassed Thursday morning, March 2, 2006. Those results follow:
Christopher L. Jacobs:
Republican - 1011
Conservative - 151
Marc A. Coppola:
Democratic - 498
Independent - 60
West Park Burglary Solved - Related Arrests Pending - 2006
Sheriff's Dept. Press Release - February 27, 2006 . . .Erie County Sheriff Timothy B. Howard reports that good police work by one of his deputies resulted in a residential burglary on Grand Island on Monday, February 27th being discovered and solved before the homeowner was aware that it had happened.
Deputy Terrance Guenot, who is assigned to the Grand Island substation, was on patrol on Crescent Road about 11:30 a.m. Monday when his attention was drawn to a group of youths who appeared to be of school age. When Deputy Guenot approached the youths to speak with them, he recognized one of them as being a fourteen-year-old who was wanted on a Family Court PINS warrant. While taking the youth into custody, Deputy Guenot found him to be in possession of a handgun. It was subsequently determined that the handgun, along with two others and a rifle, had been taken from a house on West Park Road earlier that morning, and that the homeowner, who was at work, was not yet aware that the crime had taken place. All of the weapons were recovered.
In addition to the juvenile subject, Cody R. Busch, 19, of Grand Island, was also arrested, and charged with Burglary in the second degree, a Class D Felony; Grand Larceny in the fourth degree and Criminal Possession of Stolen Property, both Class E Felonies; and Criminal Possession of a Weapon, a Class A Misdemeanor. Busch was remanded to the Erie County Holding Center, pending his arraignment in the Town of Grand Island Court. The juvenile subject was taken to Erie County Juvenile Detention, pending the presentation of his case in Family Court.
Assisting Deputy Guenot in the investigation were Deputy Paul Hejna and Detective Dennis Fitzgibbon.
Detective Fitzgibbon reports that additional related arrests are pending.
High School Band Concert - March 2006
A Grand Island High School band concert will take place at 7:30 p.m. Thursday, March 2, 2006 in the high school auditorium.
Choral Kaleidoscope Concert, featuring students in grades 6-12 will be held at 7 p.m. Monday, March 13, 2006 in the Grand Island High School auditorium. Among the groups participating will be the Concert Choir performing the music of Croce, Pitoni, Doug Wagner, Eric Whitacre, Gerald Cohen and Dickau. The Men's Group - The Dominant Force - will sing "Dulaman," a traditional Celtic tune, "Theme from Cinema Paradiso," "I've Grown Accustomed to Her Face" from My Fair Lady, and "The Great Pretender." The High School Choir, and Connor Middle School choral groups will also perform.
An All Island Jazz Concert is scheduled for 7 p.m. Wednesday, March 15 in the GIHS auditorium. The concert will feature the instrumental Jazz Ensembles from Huth Road and Kaegebein Elementary Schools as well as the Middle School and High School. The High School Vocal Jazz will sing as well. They will perform "Isn't It Romantic," "Voice Dance" and "Cheek To Cheek."
Mrs. New York United States Pageant Coming To Island - 2006
The Mrs. New York United States Pageant is being held May 5-6, 2006 at the Holiday Inn on East River Road, Grand Island, New York. The Mrs. New York United States Pageant takes contestants one step closer to the title and 20th Anniversary of the Mrs. United States Pageant.
Deadline to enter is March 9, 2006. To enter or for information, contact:
The Queen Maker
P.O. Box 333 . Model City Rd.
Model City . NY . 14107
Telephone: (716) 628 -1933