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The $20 million Western New York Welcome Center on Grand Island is under construction and expected to begin welcoming visitors in August, 2018. "The fact that they have put in some major structures shows that its going to happen and its going to happen quicker than people thought," said Grand Island Supervisor Nathan McMurray. For the past few weeks, residents have b…

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Enbridge Inc., a Canadian fossil fuel delivery company, has given the Grand Island Volunteer Fire Department an $8,000 grant to purchase an extractor drying cabinet that will be used to remove carcinogens from firefighters' gear. "At one time, wearing a sooty, dirty helmet might have been considered the cool thing to do, almost like a battle scar," said Grand Island Dep…

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Here's a roundup of available video highlights from Week Seven of the high school football season, the last week of the regular season for Section VI Have a game recap posted somewhere other than Hudl? Send a message on Twitter or email cdesiderio@buffnews.com. http://buffalonews.com/2017/10/15/news-football-polls-week-seven/ http://buffalonews.com/2017/10/16/sect…

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North Tonawanda's Jason Lindhurst calls it humbling being in position to play for a championship. Surreal and surprising also would be pretty good adjectives in this case. Collectively, all those words work to describe the feeling flowing through the North Tonawanda boys soccer team heading into Thursday night's Niagara Frontier League championship game at 7:30 again…

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Here's a roundup of available video highlights from Week Six of the high school football season. Have a game recap posted somewhere other than Hudl? Send a message on Twitter or email cdesiderio@buffnews.com. http://buffalonews.com/2017/10/08/news-football-polls-week-six/ Monsignor Martin St Francis 29, St. Joe's 26 From St. Francis: Class AA Clare…

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Here's a roundup of available video highlights from Week Five of the high school football season. Have a game recap posted somewhere other than Hudl? Send a message on Twitter or email cdesiderio@buffnews.com. http://buffalonews.com/2017/10/01/news-football-polls-week-five/ Monsignor Martin Canisius 35, Cardinal O’Hara 14 Class AA Bennett 14, Clarence…

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West Seneca West versus Lackwanna has no impact on division standings or playoff seeding. Each team will have bigger games to prepare for down the road. But Friday night's nonleague meeting between the Indians and Steelers is a big deal for a couple of reasons. -- It's the next game on their schedules. -- It also is a meeting between unbeaten teams with champio…

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Week Three of the high school football season pretty much had it all. There were upsets, a school-record scoring output and game-winning drives, including one capped off by a Hail Mary. But what's the use of telling you when we can show you? Below is a roundup of available video highlights from Week Three. Have a game recap posted somewhere other than Hudl? Send a me…

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The Prep Talk Football Player of the Week is D'Jae Perry of St. Mary's of Lancaster. The running back/linebacker had a big day during the Lancers' 27-7 triumph over reigning Section V Class C champion Bishop Kearney. He rushed 10 times for 243 yards and four touchdowns and on defense made eight tackles. In order to be considered for the honor, candidates must be amon…

Erie County

The Western New York Land Conservancy has obtained $768,000 in grants to purchase a 140-acre forest surrounding Assumption Cemetery on Grand Island and it is seeking to raise an additional $600,000 from the public for walking trails, habitat restoration and maintenance of the preserve. The Niagara River Greenway provided a $568,000 grant and an additional $200,000 was g…

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Grand Island has been the top boys soccer team in Western New York the past two seasons. The Vikings are the two-time defending Section VI Class A champs. They opened last season with 22 straight wins, only to lose, 2-1, in double overtime of the state championship game. Yet the Vikings didn't receive a spot in the first coaches large schools poll of the 2017 season, wh…

Erie County

The Grand Island Town Board must decide whether to override the 2 percent state tax cap or dig into its fund balance to pay for sewer upgrades in its 2018 budget. The town's supervising accountant, Pam Barton, said the town must repay debt on $13 million in sewer upgrades, of which $10 million were state-mandated. That would increase the town's sewer costs by 20 percent…

The Town of Grand Island will hold a public hearing at 8 p.m. Tuesday to allow the town to make $1.3 million in mandated water/sewer improvements. The capital improvement project will install 9,350 linear feet of 12-inch transmission water lines along Staley Road and transfer service to the new line. Wendel Engineering already has prepared a map and planned the report. …

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It took degrees, two student teaching gigs and two years of substitute teaching for Paige Rockwood to land her first teaching job. Rockwood, 23, grew up on Grand Island and attended schools in the district where she will co-teach with Casey Steck-Comeau, an 18-year-teaching veteran, at William Kaegebein Elementary School. She rose to the top during a hiring process t…

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Medina's Jalin Cooper, who will take his size, speed and athleticism to Toledo of the Mid-American Conference after graduation, is just one of the many must-see talents in Western New York this coming season. Not all of them are seniors. Here are some of the other prime-time players looking to lead their respective teams to success while giving fans a reason to cheer, a…