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Whether you are a skilled kayaker, a beginner or would like to find out more about kayaking – 12th Annual Paddles Up Niagara, along the southeastern shore of Grand Island will offer a day of paddling, food and vendors from 7 a.m to 2 p.m. July 29, Beaver Island State Park, shelter 2B. Early morning tours are offered at 7 or 7:30 a.m. The courses will cross the river cha…

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The Grand Island Golden Age Center has been located at a former Nike missile base on Whitehaven Road since the 1970s. Now, the Cold War relic is showing signs of aging. Grand Island Supervisor Nathan D. McMurray is leading a charge to move the senior citizens and other services into a new community center and has received support from fellow board members. Costs, locati…

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Before the Town of Grand Island even began a feasibility study on whether it should build a new community center, controversy started brewing. The town is inviting Grand Island residents to a public meeting to help develop plans for a new community center from 6 to 8 p.m. Tuesday, in the Grand Island High School auditorium, 1100 Ransom Road. Meanwhile, some residents…

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A ferry to carry pedestrians and bicyclists between Grand Island and the City of Tonawanda will launch in early August, the first such service in 80 years to offer passengers a leisurely way to cross the upper Niagara River there. "We will be like the Uber on the water," said Niagara River Cruises owner and boat captain Robin Hoch. The $15 round-trip ferry service wi…

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When the Grand Island toll barriers finally come down, especially if it happens in the reasonably near future, there might be two key moments to remember. The first occurred last year, when Brian Michel was on his way home to Niagara County from a new job in Buffalo. Michel, a grant writer, was hurrying to a parent-teacher conference involving his fiancee's 11-year-old …

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Dana Papaj, the Grand Island woman injured by a hit-and-run driver while walking her dog two weeks ago, remains in guarded condition in a coma, unable to speak or focus her eyes. But she has spontaneously opened her eyes on a few occasions, which has given her family "tremendous hope," according to Steven M. Cohen, the family attorney. "They are praying around the cl…

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Pleas from advocates asking to eliminate the Grand Island bridges' tolls or install a high-speed cashless tolling system had gone unanswered by Albany officials. But after Grand Island Supervisor Nathan McMurray posted a video on social media called "Dear Governor Cuomo," Cuomo's staff contacted him almost immediately to talk about the tolls. He feels he got results.…

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The grassroots Citizen Science Community Resources is collecting soil samples in communities around Tonawanda Coke and has invited high school students to take part in a summerlong "Students Become Scientists" program. Students will collaborate with research scientists, gain community service hours and participate in data collection. The program runs through the end of …

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The Grand Island Town Board approved on Monday a developer's plan to build a $7 million community solar generation plant on the island. Community solar, which generates electricity to share with the community, is relatively new with only three operations in New York State, and Grand Island's plant would be the largest, said Mike Francis of Blue Rock Energy, which will m…

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Dads can have fun on a lawnmower on Father's Day at the annual Lawnmower Race and Classic Car Show from 10 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., Sunday at 3957 W. River Road, Grand Island. The event, which raises money in the fight against cancer, begins with a 5K walk/run at 10 a.m. Registration for the race begins at 9 a.m. The cost is $10. Lawnmower race registration begins at 10 a.…

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A Grand Island woman remains in critical condition after she was struck by a pickup in a hit-and-run Tuesday as she was walking on East River Road on Grand Island, according to State Police. Dana Papaj, 53, had been walking on the west shoulder of the road between Whitehaven Road and Riverwoods Drive when she was struck shortly after 8 p.m. https://twitter.com/jmccoy…

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The environmental impact that Tonawanda Coke has had on surrounding communities is being measured in soil sample studies. Community meetings to discuss the collection of soil samples begin at 6 p.m. tonight at Sheridan Parkside Community Center, 169 Sheridan Parkside Drive, Tonawanda. The soil sample studies were funded as part of an $11 million health study ordered …

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The Family Justice Center of Erie County, which provides free domestic violence support to women and their children, is hoping to open a third FJC satellite location that would serve the Grand Island and neighbors to the north. FJC Executive Director Mary Travers Murphy and a Grand Island team will hold a community meeting at 7 p.m. Wednesday at the Buffalo Launch Club,…

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The story of Army hero Charles N. DeGlopper reads like a Hollywood script: A small town boy joins the Army in World War II and gives his life to save his platoon, stepping out into the open to fight the Germans alone and stopping them from taking control of a strategic bridge in the Normandy campaign. But on June 9, 1944, this was the true story of local hero Pfc. D…

The Grand Island Town Board will continue its discussion on plans for a town community center at a special workshop meeting at 5 p.m. May 23 at Town Hall, 2255 Baseline Road. The special meeting will be a continuation of a lengthy discussion by the board on Monday, which at times turned heated. The plans for a community center, under discussion for over a year, are s…