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A few years ago I went on a quest with my sister, who eats dairy-free, to find the best nondairy custard. We landed at a tiny, unassuming place on Grand Island called Adrian’s Custard & Beef. To our surprise, not only did it serve the best nondairy custard we had ever tasted — totally devoid of that weird chemical aftertaste common to dairy-free custard — but also s…

Courts

The owner of a restaurant that operated out of the clubhouse at Beaver Island State Park collected nearly $57,000 in sales tax from customers for two years. However, he didn't pass those thousands on to New York State. Patrick Wirth, 28, of Grand Island, pleaded guilty to a felony count of criminal tax fraud in Erie County Court on June 14, 2019, the New York State D…

Business

Nate Oats, former head coach of the University at Buffalo men's basketball team, is putting his classic Tudor-style home on Grand Island up for sale as he departs for the Crimson Tide of Alabama. The three-story house on West Oakfield Road, which has waterfront views, a 60-foot pool and a vintage bowling alley, drew plenty of interest when Oats bought the home in August…

Buffalo

CannonDesign, one of the region's leading architectural firms, is moving to downtown Buffalo after nearly half a century on Grand Island. The nationally known design firm plans to occupy just under 35,000 square feet of space at 40-50 Fountain Plaza, taking up the entire mezzanine level of the two-building complex, according to an industry source familiar with the move.…

Bills

Grand Island native Brett Kern, a punter who made the Pro Bowl in the last two years, has signed a four-year extension with the Tennessee Titans. NFL Network reported the extension is worth $12.55 million with a $2.2 million signing bonus. An 11-year veteran, Kern signed with the Titans in 2009 and his most recent extension was in 2015. That deal was set to expire af…

High Schools

We interrupt what potentially was the most anticipated must-see Section VI girls basketball game of the season in order to bring folks another must-see matchup that hasn’t happened in a while. And Lake Shore couldn’t be happier. The Eagles finally know what it feels like to be a Section VI champion, again. Lake Shore rallied from a double-digit third quarter deficit …

Crime

Reports of a suspicious car in a Grand Island apartment complex parking lot resulted in a Youngstown man being arrested on driving while intoxicated and drug charges early Friday morning, according to the Erie County Sheriff's Office. Vincent Ligammari, 27, was arrested on felony counts of DWI-previous conviction and criminal possession of a controlled substance after d…

High Schools

It had been nearly 30 years since all of the bleachers were pulled out for a basketball game at Grand Island High School. On Friday night, it was standing-room only by the end of the girls junior varsity scrimmage. An estimated crowd of more than 800 gathered to honor the legacy of the late Julie Roth Neville, a three-sport standout for Grand Island and longtime teacher …

Local News

Fans of the chocolate-vanilla twist custard and roast beef on weck at Adrian's Custard & Beef won't need Google Maps to find the seasonal restaurant's new home on Grand Island. After 30 years on Grand Island Boulevard, the popular summertime destination is moving into expanded digs – directly across the street from the old location. The owner of Adrian's on Frida…

Local News

The driver of an SUV who died in a single-vehicle crash Tuesday night on East River Road was identified as Joseph Berard, 48, of Grand Island, the Erie County Sheriff's Office announced in a statement. When volunteer firefighters and paramedics arrived at the scene of the crash near the south Grand Island Bridge at about 8:14 p.m., they found the male driver unconscious…

High Schools

Kenmore/Grand Island junior forward Abby Blair has committed to play Division I hockey at St. Anselm College in New Hampshire. Blair, who attends Grand Island, had 10 goals and five assists in 19 games last season and has seven goals and four assists this season. "I had several other opportunities but chose St. Anselm because it was the best fit for me regarding hock…

High Schools

Grand Island welcomed another player into its 1,000 point club. Senior Cam Sionko broke the mark by putting up 17 points in a 51-50 win over Hutch-Tech. Sionko only needed one point to reach 1,000. He’s projected to reach 1,200 in his career as a Viking, which would put him at second all-time behind Carlin Hartman (1,513). “He’s our captain, our leader,” said Grand I…

Crime

A Tonawanda man has been charged with multiple incidents of thefts from cars on Grand Island, according to the Erie County Sheriff's Office. Michael Rodriguez, 20, was arrested on several counts on Nov. 22 following a call for a car larceny on East River Road on Grand Island. He was also charged in connection with a Nov. 2 car larceny on Grand Island. Deputies said t…

Local News

A Niagara Falls man driving what authorities said was a stolen vehicle and his passenger were arrested after the vehicle struck an Erie County Sheriff deputy's vehicle and then crashed into a ditch on Grand Island. The incident happened about 12:20 a.m. Tuesday, when a sheriff's deputy saw the vehicle driving recklessly on the I-190 near the Grand Island Boulevard exit,…

Erie County

Only one Grand Island Bridge is open to I-190 traffic traveling between the Town of Tonawanda and Grand Island this weekend. The southbound south Grand Island Bridge was closed to traffic as of 5 a.m. Saturday and will remain closed through 5 a.m. Monday, the Thruway Authority announced. Both northbound and southbound I-190 traffic are reduced to a single lane over t…