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The furniture and rugs are in and the walls are painted, but the Holiday Inn Express in the long-vacant former Dunlop headquarters has one more major hurdle to jump before it can open: sewers. The Grand Island Town Board agreed Monday to approve easements that will allow sewage system work to go forward. The work will be paid for by the hotel owner, Grand Island Hotels …

High Schools

Hamburg is going back to Buffalo State. It was another challenging game in a season full of them for the Bulldogs, but they came away with a 45-43 win over Grand Island on Wednesday night in the Class A-1 semifinals at Clarence due to some key plays late. Hamburg will play Williamsville South for the championship Sunday. In the second game Wednesday, the Billies got …

Erie County

The public is invited to a presentation of the Town of Grand Island master plan at 6:30 p.m. Wednesday in the auditorium of Grand Island High School, 1100 Ransom Road. "It's time for the public to comment on our findings," said Grand Island Deputy Superintendent James Sharpe, who is chairman of the Long Range Planning Committee. "Tell us what you want to see in a master…

Erie County

Despite a state plan to break ground on the $2.5 million West River Parkway Trail on Grand Island in April, permanently closing the road to traffic, those who oppose it say they will continue their battle with state parks officials to stop it right up until the end. One weekend ago, members of the West River Homeowners Association were still papering windshields with op…

Erie County

The beginning of the end of stopping – or even slowing – to pay tolls on the Grand Island Bridges has begun. Workers have installed a pair of metal structures that stretch over the I-190, one over the southbound lanes near the North Grand Island Bridge, the one that connects the island with Niagara Falls, and one over the northbound lanes near the South Grand Island Bri…

Art

Gabriel Dunn made no promises. The plaster sculpture by Selma Burke had been shattered inward, like a hollow piece of candy someone crushed with a fist. The damage was so revealing that Dunn could see how Burke, a celebrated 20th century sculptor, brought the work into being, how each layer of plaster had a slightly different color, how at one point she used hidden burlap …

Food and Drink

Riverstone Grill, an upscale Grand Island restaurant, is refocusing its menu on barbecue and more blue-collar American fare. Chef-owner Chaz Bulera said it was time for a course correction at his restaurant, which he and his wife Kristina bought in 2012. Located at 971 East River Road, it won television recognition in 2010 for its massive Bone in the Stone steak, with B…

Food and Drink

On a mission to bring a new dining experience to Grand Island, Christy and Jason Zippier opened their new restaurant 773 North, serving trendy but humble dishes with an atmosphere to match. Packed to the gills on a snowy Thursday night just a few days into their opening, it’s clear the Zippiers are breathing some life into Grand Island’s antiquated culinary scene. Cl…

Erie County

Grand Island has a simple message for a company that wants to build a truck stop here: Don't. Different factions on the Town Board this week agreed they did not support plans for a Love's Travel Stop, a national chain truck stop and country store which has proposed plans to build a new location on the north side of Whitehaven Road, west of the I-190. Love's Travel…

Business

Two local real estate investors traded a 40-unit apartment complex on Grand Island last month, in a legal transaction that effectively hid the purchase price of nearly $3 million from public view. Timothy J. Waterman of Getzville acquired the Islebrook Apartments at 1301 Ransom Road from Donald G. Hoke. The purchase price was recorded as just $1 in the deal between I…

Local News

A Grand Island student is the local winner of a poster contest sponsored by the state Department of Environmental Conservation. Jaden Campbell, a fifth-grader at St. Stephen School, also won a tree planting for the school. Jaden's winning submission will be sent to Albany to be judged with other student winners from each of the DEC's nine regions. The winning artwork…

High Schools

Defending state Division I champion Williamsville North obviously knows what it feels like to be truly No. 1. That's why being ranked first in the state in January means little to the Spartans and longtime coach Bob Rosen, who has guided the program to five state championships since its inception in 1990. There are still plenty of games on the docket, including those ev…

High Schools

Without further ado, here's the first Power 10 for the scholastic winter season. (Through Friday night's games) 1. Williamsville North hockey. Defending state champions have spent much of the winter ranked first in the state Division I poll. Spartans (13-0-2) remained unbeaten by defeating reigning state Catholic champion St. Joe's on Friday night. The teams also bat…

High Schools

Six of the 15 sectional champions from last year were underclassmen, with most competing at the lighter weight classes. Last year’s champions from 145 pounds and up all graduated. While there are quite a few opportunities for newcomers, many of last year’s winners have changed weight classes. That includes Lancaster sophomore Ryan Stencel, the top-ranked D-I wrestler…