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An anonymous call led to the arrest Tuesday of a convicted sex offender who had been deported but somehow found his way back into the country from Mexico, according to U.S. Border Patrol officials. The name of offender was not released, but agents said he was one of seven men arrested at a fast food restaurant on Grand Island. The arrests began with an anonymous call…

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Grand Island schools Superintendent Brian Graham issued a community safety alert to the district Wednesday after learning that a female middle school student had been approached by an older male who attempted to call her over to his vehicle Tuesday afternoon. The incident happened around 5 p.m. - not on the student's way to or from school - in the Oak Ridge Road neighbo…

After nearly a year of debate, the Town of Grand Island has  adopted a solar power law designed to open up undeveloped property for  solar farms and set rules on smaller roof mounted and ground mounted systems. The law sets minimum acreage and set-back restrictions for solar farms that provide power to the public electric grid and sets less stringent regulations for sol…

SolarPark Energy wants to build a $7.5 million 18-acre solar farm on Grand Island with an option to expand to another 40 acres on undeveloped industrial property on Lang Boulevard, off of Grand Island Boulevard, according to town officials. Deputy Supervisor James R. Sharpe told The Buffalo News that the company's proposal is to build two 9-acre farms - each with two me…

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Grand Island residents are already surrounded by water, but could they someday be surrounded by solar panel farms? Grand Island Supervisor Nathan McMurray admits he is a big fan of the futuristic technology, but he also knows his whole board doesn't share his enthusiasm. He said there are two giant solar projects that are being proposed for Grand Island. While they a…

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As a kid growing up, Grand Island meant one thing to me: Fantasy Island. And while the iconic amusement park continues to thrill youngsters, there is a lot more to the island than a theme park and the quickest route to Niagara Falls. Here’s an interactive map with 8 fun places to explore on Grand Island.

A woman drove her vehicle into a Grand Island bank Wednesday afternoon, injuring a bank employee, the Erie County Sheriff's Office said. The crash happened at the First Niagara Bank branch at 2300 Grand Island Blvd. just before 4 p.m. Authorities needed a tow truck to extract the car from the building before they could get to the driver, who was unhurt, the sheriff's off…

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Ever wish you could enjoy fair food long after the fair? Well, now you can, at least at Pizza Amore in Grand Island, which has added the pizza cone to its offerings. “We did them at the fair this year, but deep fried them," co-owner Diana Perri says. "We bake them at the restaurant. We've made cheese, pepperoni and chicken wing but we can do just about anything. They are…

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The Old Bedell Grille is one of the quirkiest places this Cheap Eater has visited. It’s really a shack on Grand Island located at the 90-degree turn on Ferry Road (the last road on the left off Beaver Island Parkway before Beaver Island State Park).The Old Bedell sits where a ferry once docked to bring folks to the long-gone Bedell House Hotel.With no real parking lot, we …

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My first trip to San-Dee’s Pub on Grand Island was a bit of an adventure. If you aren’t an Islander (is that even a real phrase?), then you might need a GPS to get there, which is part of the charm of the multigenerational, family owned pub. It took me a few wrong turns and the assumption I must be totally lost before I saw the dimly lighted sign in the dista…

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Local Restaurant Week, wherein places offer $20.14 specials and other deals in a group effort to seduce eaters off their couches and out of their familiar dining ruts, is not always dining at its finest. Chefs used to making dishes that go for twice that have to feed the masses, cheap. Because the masses will show up, some gripping computer printouts like a map to Incan t…

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Before summer ends, three festivals in the area are offering days to revel in peaches, boats and music.Three necessities of any good summer.This weekend hosts the Lewiston Kiwanis Peach Festival in Lewiston, Antique and Classic Boat Show and Race Boat Regatta on Grand Island and the Freedom Waters Festival at Canalside.With today’s forecast in the mid-to-high 80s an…

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Dick & Jenny's Bake and Brew (1270 Baseline Road, Grand Island, 775-5047) serves breakfast, lunch and dinner. When I ate dinner there for my review in The Buffalo News last week, I left wondering when I could return for breakfast. That doesn't happen often. The place looks like a run-of-the-mill roadhouse, by a lonely Grand Island crossroads. Inside you find a chee…

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My first impression of Dick & Jenny’s Bake and Brew was a tsunami of sound. A crowd packed into an old house that was converted into a tavern long ago was singing along with a ragtime piano whiz, really belting it out, with a side of banjo. The racket blotted out our server’s exposition on the three kinds of oysters on offer, leaving me exasperated – but only temporari…