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A state dormitory grant of $210,000 may not be enough to repair the Grand Island Recreation/Community Center building, a 7,000 square-foot building on the former Nike Base. The Grand Island Town board got the report Monday from Bill Schaab, vice-president of American Demolition Nuclear Decommissioning, who discussed the status of the building at the town's work session.…

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After a year of study and discussion on Grand Island, a final master plan will be presented to the public at 7 p.m. Tuesday in the Grand Island High School auditorium, 1100 Ransom Road. "A lot of work has gone into it and lots of people have participated," said Grand Island Supervisor Nathan McMurray. He stressed that the plan is not binding, but a guide for future d…

Erie County

After training six to seven days a week, 11 months a year since they were in preschool, three local teens came home from Lillehammer, Norway, with gold medals. The girls represented the United States at the championships for the World Federation of National Baton Twirling Associations, which was held March 28 to April 1. The world event takes place every three years. …

Education

The Grand Island School District will hold an active shooter lockdown drill on May 22 on the campus of the Grand Island High School and Middle School, 1100 Ransom Road. The drill will take place during the morning hours and involve a scenario where an intruder has entered the campus with the intent to do harm. Student actors and simulated gunfire in the high school will…

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Solar by CIR will be available to meet with Grand Island residents interested in pursuing solar power through the Solarize Grand Island program from 10 a.m. to noon Saturday in the Town Hall Courtroom, 2255 Baseline Road. The New York State Energy Research and Development Authority Clean Energy program offers incentives to pursue renewable energy. Residents and business…

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For years, veterans on Grand Island have been planning to expand a park dedicated to a World War II hero who received the Medal of Honor for stepping into the line of fire to provide an escape for his platoon in Normandy. But a plan to erect a statue in the park depicting the soldier, Charles DeGlopper, in battle has landed in the center of debate after a committee that…

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U.S. Navy Commander Thomas Flaherty III, a Grand Island native, took over command of the USS Minnesota submarine on April 20 during a ceremony in New London, Conn. Flaherty takes over the Virginia class, nuclear-powered, fast-attack submarine from Commander Brian Tanaka, who completed a 50-month command tour that saw the Minnesota undergo maintenance and complete its fi…

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About 10 homes in Grand Island were evacuated early Thursday evening in response to a report of a chlorine leak at the Grand Island Water Treatment Plant, according to a spokesman for the Grand Island Fire Company. Ray Pauley, public information officer for the fire company, said firefighters received a call at 4:19 p.m. from employees at the Baseline Road facility that…

Business

With CannonDesign looking into the possibility of leaving Grand Island, the Grand Island Town Board is starting to make a wish list for the site. Grand Island Supervisor Nathan McMurray stressed that Cannon isn’t moving at this point, but he said he did reach out to the company after a recent news report suggested the company is looking at real estate in Buffalo. The bo…

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When construction on the controversial $2.5 million West River Parkway trail on Grand Island began this week, reactions from people who have been watching it closely tended to fall into two categories: despair and joy. The despair was on display Monday evening in Town Hall, when detractors, many of them residents of West River Road, attended the Town Board meeting. They…

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A screening of the documentary "Farmers for America" is scheduled for at 7 p.m. Friday in Grand Island High School, 1100 Ransom Road. The event is being sponsored by the Board of Directors of Grand Island Farms, a non-profit group of family-owned farms and community members. The documentary, narrated by Mike Rowe, outlines the changes coming to America as more consum…

Environment

After several years of discussion and protests, New York State Parks began Tuesday its first step to transform West River Parkway into a multi-use trail along the Niagara River on Grand Island. Residents began seeing construction vehicles setting up and blocking off roads Tuesday, and a notice that work is expected to commence next week. A large neon sign informed dr…

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In life, sooner or later, the gleam wears off anything new. Paul McCarthy Jr. knows the almost mystical feeling he is routinely experiencing whenever he drives onto Grand Island will not last forever. Each trip involves this strange and beautiful gut-level moment when many decades worth of now-it's-time-to-brake-for-the-state instincts go out the window. However fleetin…

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Monday night's unanimous vote by the Grand Island Town Board to amend the town zoning code to effectively ban the construction of  travel plazas or truck stops on the island was not unexpected. The issue had been a subject of debate for more than a month. From the beginning, Supervisor Nathan McMurray and the board were resolute in their opposition. "We can't predict…

Food and Drink

When I first fell in love with real barbecue – meat transformed by wood smoke, transmitting come-hither signals to my caveman DNA – I lived in Concord, N.H. The nearest source of top-quality spare ribs, pulled pork and brisket was 75 minutes away. My friends and I would pile into a car and head down I-93 to Redbone's, in Somerville, Mass. I could do that drive in my sle…