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50 Volunteers Donate To Christmas Eve Blood Drive - 2002

Barbi Lare Photo

The Christmas Eve blood drive at the Knights of Columbus Hall drew fifty generous donors. The Golden Age Chorus provided music and the Red Cross gave each donor a Hero T-shirt for their contribution at this very needy time.

Baby Jadon Day Huge Success


Brian Garman photos - Click photos for larger view
Shown from left are Maryalice Demler with Bob, Scarlet and Jadon Garman; Susan Matlock of Hizair who donated a day of $5.00 haircuts; Mary Kate Sidoti shown with Jadon's grandmother, Sue Garman, collected $500 with the slogan "Kids for Kids" and donated it to the Garman fundraiser. We will print her name and the name of her friend as they become available.

   The entire Garman family is pleased and grateful for all of the help and support of friends and the community during the December 14, 2002 fundraising events held at the Holiday Inn Grand Island. "We were overwhelmed," Jadon's grandmother, Sue Garman said this week. The family was especially appreciative of Master of Ceremonies Mary Alice Demler and the Holiday Inn staff and Director of Catering Dale Van Alstine for a perfect event.
   Jadon Russell Garman, now 10 months, awaits a whole liver transplant. The baby was diagnosed at three months with Alpha -1 Antitrypsin Deficiency. Funds raised Saturday will help to alleviate costs of travel, unpaid leaves from work, and other expenses not paid by insurance. Following Jadon's surgery, the family will have to remain in Pittsburgh for two or more months.
   Donations may still be sent to the Jadon Russell Garman Foundation through the HSBC bank on Grand Island. For more information, call Sue Garman, 775-5301

Christmas Eve Blood Drive 2002

   The American Red Cross has scheduled a blood drive from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Tuesday, December 24, 2002 at the Knights of Columbus Hall on Whitehaven Road. As an added attraction, the Grand Island Golden Age Club's Seniors Choral Group will be serenading the donors starting at 1:00 p.m. All donors will receive a Holiday Hero shirt for their gift of life-saving blood to help the Red Cross in this time of need. Walk-in donors are most welcomed.

Christmas Trees, Computers To Be Recycled
By Joelle Logue

   Erie County will mulch Christmas trees and accept computers and cell phones for recycling at three locations on Saturday, January 11, 2002. Delaware Park, Chestnut Ridge Park and Como Lake Park are the places to be from 9 a.m.-2 p.m. for those who want to keep Western New York beautiful and save the environment from unwanted computers and cell phones. Mulch from Christmas trees may be taken home in burlap bags. For more information on this recycling day, call Erie County at 858-6370.

A Beautiful Winter Day


Jodi Hayes Dodd took these photos Monday morning (Dec. 16, 2002). From left are East River Road through Buckhorn Park, Spicer Creek near the Whitehaven Cemetery and the River Oaks Marina. More snow fell by the Tuesday morning (December 17, 2002) which was a bright, sunny day for the most part. Snowmobilers described conditions Tuesday night as very wet in places under the snow. Today is Wednesday, December 18th and the sun is shining brightly with temperatures in the 50s predicted for the rest of the week!

Hunters Arrested For Shooting Deer in State Parks
Hunters have recently been arrested for shooting deer in state parks. Three hunters have been charged with shooting whitetails in Buckhorn State Park on Grand Island and in Wilson-Tuscarora State Park in Wilson. Click for Complete Story.

Ringleader Of Botched Holdup Convicted of Misdemeanor
The ringleader of the masked attempted holdup on February 9, 2002 at Cathy and Jim's Del and Herb's Restaurant was convicted in Supreme Court Friday, December 6, 2002 of misdemeanor conspiracy and menacing charges. Click Complete Story.

Free Christmas Trees Available
   Erie County Legislator Chuck Swanick (D-Kenmore/Grand Island), in conjunction with Town of Tonawanda Highway Superintendent John Hedges and Arida Tree Farms, will give away free Christmas trees to anyone in need on Tuesday, Dec. 24, 2002 from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the Philip Sheridan School back parking lot, 3200 Elmwood Ave., Kenmore.
   Volunteers will assist with loading trees into vehicles. After 1 p.m., the remaining trees will be left in the parking lot for anyone to take.
   The tree give away has been a cooperative effort between the town, county, and local businesses for 14 years. Arida Tree Farms, along with other area nurseries, donate the Christmas trees and the Town of Tonawanda Highway Department mulch any remaining trees after the give away.
   For additional information, call Legislator Swanick’s office at 877-3986.

Santa Visits New Child Care Center
   Santa invites the kids of Grand Island to join him for pony rides, petting zoo, gifts, prizes, hot cocoa, face painting and fun when he visits Woods Creek Child Care Center, 1353 Ransom Road from noon to 4 p.m. Saturday, December 14.

Baby Jadon Russell Garman Foundation Fundraiser
This Saturday - December 14, 2002

Baby Jadon with sisters Hannah (left) and Mara. Photographer Brian Garman is the children's uncle.
   This is 10-month-old Jadon Russell Garman with his sisters, Mara, 4 and Hannah, 7. Jadon, the son of Isle residents Scarlet and Bob Garman, was diagnosed at three months with Alpha -1 Antitrypsin Deficiency, a life-threatening disease that attacks the liver. The family is waiting for a call to take Jadon for a whole liver transplant. Friends of the family have planned a fundraiser to help cover travel expenses, unpaid leaves from work, and other costs not paid by insurance.
   The Jadon Russell Garman Foundation Fundraiser is set for Saturday, December 14, 2002 at the Holiday Inn Grand Island. The day will feature door prizes, basket raffles and a silent auction. A Party for Kids from 1-4 p.m. will be followed by an Adult Party from 7-10 p.m.
   The Party for Kids in the Settlement Room, will feature light refreshments, games, crafts, face painting, basket raffle, door prizes and a clown.
   The Adult Party, also in the Settlement Room, offers light refreshments and beverages, a cash bar, C.J. Sound music, basket raffle, gift certificates from a variety of sources, silent auction and door prizes. Signed prize items include NHL, NFL, NASCAR, Olympic champion snowboarder Jim Davis, Olympic Snowboard winner Chris Klug (also a liver recipient) and Garfield creator and cartoonist. Other prizes include a guitar, golf clubs, and hand made quilt and afghans. Children are welcome to the evening event however, children's events and baskets will be held in the afternoon. Among the guests will be representatives from the American Liver Organization, the Organ Donor Organization and a former liver recipient.
   TICKETS - A family ticket (entire immediate family) for the afternoon event only is $25 (not good in the evening). Single tickets for the adult evening evening event are $30 or $50/couple. A $5.00 off coupon, included in the "Clearly Coupon" booklet and mailed to residents this week, may be redeemed at the door. Tickets may be purchased at the door or in advance at the office, 1871 Whitehaven Road; Century 21 (Shari), 2273 Grand Island Blvd.; and HIZAIR (Susan), 1721 Grand Island Blvd.
   Check the The Jadon Foundation for details. Donations may be mailed to The Jadon Russell Garman Foundation, c/o HSBC Bank, 2300 Grand Island Blvd., Grand Island, NY 14072. For more information, contact Sue Garman, 775-5301 or Lisa Blood, 694-6875.

Rochester Driver Arrested for DWI on Island

    Randall F. Smallridge, 40, of Rochester, previously convicted three times for driving while intoxicated, was arrested on the same charge late Tuesday night, December 3, 2002 by Erie County Sheriff's Deputies Robert Kolmetz and Amy Klimowicz. Smallridge was seen driving his car at Monica Road and Broadway without headlights. Sheriff's Deputies said he failed several field sobriety tests and refused to submit to a Breathalyzer test. Following arraignment Wednesday, December 4, 2002 before Grand Island Town Justice Sybil Kennedy, Smallridge was sent to the county holding center in lieu of $500 and remained in custody Wednesday night.

Isle Teen Arraigned For False Robbery Report

   Town Justice Sybil E. Kennedy arraigned a Grand Island youth in town court December 4, 2002 on a misdemeanor count of making a false report. Ryan J. Griffiths, 17, of Havenwood Lane, was released into his father's custody. Griffiths was charged with making a phony robbery report by cellular telephone from a friend's house on Saturday, November 30, 2002 according to Erie County Sheriff's Deputies who investigated the supposed larceny at the Noco station on Grand Island Boulevard. According to Sheriff's Deputies, Griffiths told deputies he was an employee of Noco and was calling from the back room of the station.

UNICEF Holiday Cards & Gift Items

   Isle residents will be able to see this year's new UNICEF holiday cards and gift items from 10:30 a.m. to 5:30 p.m. on Fridays, December 6, 13 and 20, 2002 at the M&T Bank. For additional orders, phone Lee Tetkowski, 773-3266. When you buy UNICEF things, your $20 can buy 200 ruled exercise books!

Wednesday's Island A White One

Grand Islanders awoke to a winter day today (Wednesday, November 27, 2002). Jodi Hayes Dodd shot these photos of Gun Creek at Long and Baseline roads this morning. Click photos for larger view.

“How Much Does This Small Community Need To Endure”

By Legislator Charles M. Swanick, 10th District

   I was recently made aware of the proposal suggesting that Grand Island be considered one of the possible sites for the new Peace Bridge Plaza location. I am strongly against this proposal. After having recent meetings and private conversations with many residents it is quiet apparent that they are greatly opposed to this action as well.
   The Town of Grand Island in the past has had to deal with many situations forced upon them; the New York State Thruway cutting the island in half, a pipeline that invaded the community and the most recently the Indian land claim. How much does is this small community need to endure?
   My inquiry into the proposal by the Peace Bridge Expansion Project uncovered many unanswered questions in regard to how this project, if approved, would impact the community.
   The infusion of a huge volume of truck traffic creates its own series of problems. Slow access on and off of the island, inconveniences to the residents, trucks idling for long period of time generating air quality and noise problems, just to name a few.
   What provisions will be made for emergency vehicles? If the traffic were at a peak hour what requirements for emergency access will be made?
   Pollution and environmental concerns, air, water and soil are not at all addressed, in addition to the impact on wildlife, as well as the affect on the integrity and quality of life in our quiet community.
   Finally our area is just beginning to rally from the Indian land claim. Property values have slowly begun to rise after being stagnated for almost ten years. This proposal will sustain another blow to the fragile Grand Island economy creating yet another adverse effect on the community.
   I know that all of us have the best interest of the community in mind. This proposal is not in what Grand Island needs or wants. I urge everyone to vote NO on this proposal. Voting will be held at WNED Studios, 140 Lower Terrace, Buffalo on Saturday December 7th, 2002 from 8:30 am to 1:30 pm.

Kids Voting Update - 2002

By Lee Tetkowski
   The results are in at last. Grand Island's "Kids Voting" came in first in Erie County for percentage of kids who voted! Our score was 42% voted. Lewiston-Porter came in first for Niagara and Erie counties this year with a very wholesome 56% of their kids who voted.
   The kids had three of their own propositions to vote on. Here are those results for Kids in Western New York.
1) Should the words "under God" be eliminated from the Pledge of Allegiance?
Yes - 13%
NO - 87%
2) Should the New York State Education Department revise its high school graduation criteria?
Yes - 47.55%
No - 52.45%
3) Does the current method of funding offer all students the opportunity to meet New York State standards?
Yes - 50.90%
No - 49.10%
For Grand Island High School kids who voted, their results were slightly different:
1) Yes - 16.50% -- No - 83.5%
2) Yes - 52.43% -- No - 47.57%
3) Yes - 50.26% -- No - 49.74%
Overall results for Governor were:
Pataki - 41.46%
Golisano - 29.51%
McCall - 20.67%
   Complete results are on the internet at Thanks to all parents and grandparents and teachers who promoted this project! Thanks to all the volunteers who staffed the Kids Voting polling sites.

UNICEF Total Is Here

By Lee Tetkowski
   It was Grand Island's second best year! When all the late pennies were rolled, and when the HSBC Bank downtown sent us their total of the bagged coins, and when all the generous checks were added up, our total for this year's Halloween Trick or Treat For UNICEF is $2,837.88. Once again our community and our schools and our children did a wonderful job in supporting this good cause.
   UNICEF reported last week the start of a campaign to vaccinate against polio 60 million children under age 5 in 16 West African nations.
   It is never too late to send a check to U.S. Fund for UNICEF to Lee Tetkowski, 1530 Whitehaven Road to be added to our collection.

The Sorting and Counting For UNICEF

By Lee Tetkowski
   It was a dark and stormy night this year on Halloween, and maybe you did not have as many gremlins with UNICEF boxes as last year! Your contributon is still needed to reach our goal.
   Boy Scout Council Explorer Advisor Hal Pierce, and Lee Tetkowski, UNICEF chair for Grand Island, realized that they have been going through this annual ritual with Boy Scouts for some 25 years! On Sunday evening, November 10, 2002, assisted as usual by Jerrie Page at the meeting at the Nike Base, hundreds of orange UNICEF boxes were opened and dumped into massive piles of coins. Mixed in with the pennies, nickels, dimes and quarters were 451 crumpled or folded dollar bills, 12 dollar coins and nine wonderful five dollar bills! Those were easy to count on the spot. All the rest were sorted and poured into canvas bank bags and labelled for future counting by the HSBC. It is the downtown Buffalo branch that has the automatic counter. As soon as those results are known, the total will be published. The cooperation of the HSBC Bank is deeply appreciated. Last year was Grand Island' most generous year with a grand total of $4,079!
   This year's Boy Scout money sorters from Troop 254 are: Josh Carmizzi, Rob Goris, David McMichael, Scott Quider, Patrick Sexton, Andrew Stange and Jeff Stange. The adult leaders are Scoutmaster David Goris, and Assistant Scoutmasters Tim Carnizzi and Ron Quider.
   During these many continuous years that Grand Island has supported UNICEF, together we have helped save many children's lives in developing counties. Such childen frequently drink unclean water and contract severe diarrhea that leads to dehydration. UNICEF distributes oral rehydration salts that cost only 5 cents per packet, and can revive children suffering from dehydration, even when they are on the brink of death.
   You can send a check to U. S. Fund for UNICEF to Lee Tetkowski, 1530 Whitehaven Road to be added to our collection. $15 can provide enough seeds to grow over 1,600 pounds of nutritious foods!
   Many thanks to all the teachers who promoted this project with educational discussions. They also held a "dress-down day for UNICEF" at both Kaegebein and Huth Road schools.

Beaver Island Casino Progress - Nov. 21. 2002 - Slow But Sure!

Jodi Hayes Dodd Photos - Click for larger view.

   November 21, 2002 . . .These photos of the Beaver Island Casino under construction were taken today - Thursday, November 21, 2002.

Time Capsule Burial Postponed

The Sesquicentennial Time Capsule Burial scheduled for Saturday, November 23, 2002 has been postponed. For more complete information, click Sesquicentennial Page.

IRS Lists Island Residents Who Have Refunds Due

   The Internal Revenue Service is looking for about 1,000 upstate New Yorkers who are among 96,792 people nationwide whose 2001 tax refund checks were undeliverable. Listed in the Nov. 19, 2002 edition of the Buffalo News as having a refund check undeliverable from Grand Island were the following: Patricia E. Bennett, Rebecca J. Carr, Regina M. Marchetti, Eric K. Dahlstrom, and Kathryn E. Krupa. The IRS can re-issue the checks after taxpayers update their addresses. To check on the status of refunds online go to and click "Where's My Refund."

Time Capsule Burial

The Sesquicentennial Time Capsule Burial will take place at the town hall 11 a.m., Saturday, November 23, 2002.

Jadon’s Story

   My name is Jadon. I am the youngest in a family of five. I have two older sisters who could not wait for me to arrive. That day came on Feb 8, 2002 and my Mom and Dad were so proud to have a son.

   My Mom brought me in for my first check up and all of the sudden my life changed! From being normal to being full of doctor’s visits with people poking me and big machines all around me that made lots of noise. My parents were so scared because they did not know what was wrong with me.
   Finally, after a month of not knowing, they were told I have a genetic defect called alpha-1 antitrypsin deficiency. The doctors said I would just need to take some medicine and that I would probably do okay.
   But that is not what happened. My stomach got so big it was hard to button my diaper. I could not sleep at night because I felt so uncomfortable. I cried a lot, and so did my Mom and Dad.
   Then one day I got a fever and had to go to the hospital. The doctors there were afraid that I was not getting better on the medicine and would have to go a city called Pittsburgh.

   So off we went to another hospital to get more tests and more poking. The doctors there said that I would need more than medicine to make me better. I would need a new liver and the sooner the better.
   Now we are waiting for the phone to ring. Every time it does, it could bring me closer to a normal life I thought I had the day I was born. Mom still gives me medicine every day and now I even get a shot from her. This medicine costs a lot of money and so does a liver transplant.
   I hope we get that phone call soon, so I can feel better and Mom and Dad will, too.
   Editor's Note: A fundraiser for Jadon Russell Garman's family is being planned for Saturday, December 14, 2002 at the Holiday Inn here on Grand Island. Complete details will appear here at as they become available. The Garman family extends their appreciation to all those who made donations during the November 3 Kaegebein PTA Craft Show and to the Girl Scouts of Laura Broady's Girl Scout Troop for the 50 donation cans they have created. The attractive cans will be placed in various locations around the Island. Donations may be mailed to The Jadon Russell Garman Foundation, c/o HSBC Bank, 2300 Grand Island Blvd. , Grand Island, NY 14072. Those seeking further information to help with the December 14th fundraiser, or to purchase Krispy Kreme Fund Raising cards, are asked to contact Sue Garman, 775-5301 or Lisa Blood, 694-6875. Click Jadon for's first story on Jadon Russell Garman.

Election Results - 2002

   Democrat Louise Slaughter (D, WF), who has served as the Rochester area's Congressional representative for 16 years was elected to the newly drawn 28th district, beating out challenger Henry Wojtaszek (R., I., C.), with 93,820 votes to Wojtaszek's 56,447. The 28th district now stretches from Monroe County to Erie County including Grand Island. The majority of Isle voters cast their ballots for Wojtaszek. Grand Island election inspectors listed the turnout at various polling places as "good."
   State Senator Byron W. Brown (D., L.) was re-elected to serve the 60th Congressional District which includes Grand Island. Opposing Brown was Alfred T. Coppola (R., C.). Island voters favored Coppola. Voters here also favored Governor George E. Pataki (R.) who was re-elected.
   Grand Island voter totals:
Louise M. Slaughter - 2304
Henry F. Wojtaszek - 3179
Alfred T. Coppola - 3411
Byron W. Brown - 2496
Figures are unofficial.
George E. Pataki - 3315
H. Carl McCall - 1289
Thomas Golisano - 2047
Andrew M. Cuomo - 17
Figures are unofficial.

Kids Voting Results - 2002

   A total of 1,557 children voted in the special 'Kids Voting' held at each of the Island's polling places. Highest number of children's votes were cast at the Bible Presbyterian Family Life Center (Districts 6, 7, 9 and 10). Kids in those districts cast a total of 385. Lee Tetkowski, who has been chairman of the Election Day project since its inception about five years ago, will be announcing who the children elected in the various races as soon as the "official" figures are tallied. According to Lee, "With assistant Joan Droit and the dedicated eight captains: Sharon Osgood, Liz Wilbert, Sheila Lazeration, Judy Schorb, Barbara LaDuca, Elizabeth Wakefield, Janet Goodsell and Barbara Nutting, Grand Island staffed all of its voting precincts." Mrs. Tetkowski, who further explained that all official election inspectors were very friendly and cooperative, also said, "Thanks to School Coordinator Lynn Makowski Melle, many, many of the kids came well-prepared to vote."
   As announced, all suburban schools were told to staff from 2 p.m. to 9 p.m. "We, your volunteers, apologize for not being there earlier to assist those children who arrived with their parents in the morning," Mrs. Tetkowski said. "Next year our tables will be fully staffed as usual, no matter what the rest of the county decides."

Gasts Host Congressional Candidate Henry F. Wojtaszek

Shown left are Grand Island Councilman Dan Robillard, Congressional candidate Henry F. Wojtaszek, Congressman Jack Quinn and Zdenka Gast who hosted the get-together preceding the Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2002 election.

Fred Claus Photo

Henry F. Wojtaszek, a 28th Congressional district candidate, who lost his bid for election on Tuesday, Nov. 5, 2002, paid a visit to Island residents at a gathering Friday evening, November 1, 2002 at the East River Road home of John and Zdanka Gast. Among those attending were Grand Island Councilmembers Mary Cooke, Dan Robillard and Dick Crawford, Congressman Jack Quinn, Erie County Republican Party Chair Bob Davis, and Congressman Thomas M. Reynolds. Wojtaszek, 39, ran against incumbent Louise Slaughter (D, WF) who garnered 93,820 votes to his 56,447.

US Postal Collection Boxes Removed

The US Postal Service, following a recent survey, has removed postal collection boxes at East Park and Red Jacket roads, Broadway at Crescent Road, 2165 Bedell Road and 2255 Town Hall Terrace. The survey found that these boxes had experienced low traffic, were in close proximity to other existing box locations, and were in neighborhoods where residents utilize their own private roadside mail boxes. For further information, contact the Grand Island Post Office, 773-5355.

Early Sunday Morning Accident Update

   For an update on the Sunday, October 27, 2002 accident that killed Julie Oursler, 28, click
10/27/02 Accident for News story.

Isle Resident Struck By Car, Killed Sunday Morning
Earlier Related Incident Investigation Continues

   Julie Oursler, 28, of Baseline Road was killed in an early morning accident Sunday, October 27, 2002 when she was struck by a pickup truck and struck again by a police car responding to a call for a woman walking on Whitehaven Road, authorities said.
   The Erie County Sheriff's Department report described the woman as being "dressed in a black Halloween costume." According to Sheriff's Department reports, Mrs. Oursler was walking west on the pavement of Whitehaven Road at 3:30 a.m. when she was hit by an eastbound pick-up truck driven by a nearby Whitehaven Road resident who went to his home, called 911 and reported that he had struck a pedestrian. Patrol cars from the Grand Island substation were dispatched to the scene and according to the Sheriff's report, the driver of the first patrol vehicle to reach the scene did not see the victim lying in the roadway and stuck her again because of "sketchy information as to the exact location of the accident" and no one being at the scene of the accident.
   Grand Island Fire Company paramedics also responded, and the Erie County medical examiner's office pronounced the victim dead at the scene. Police said no charges have been filed. An autopsy was performed however there is no word on which vehicle killed Mrs. Oursler.
   An incident that happened before the accident and involving Mrs. Oursler and her husband, Chris, continues to be investigated by the Erie County Sheriffs Department. Sheriff's Deputies were called around midnight, to the scene of a fight outside of Mallwitz Island Lanes. Dispatched to break up the fight, they escorted Mrs. Oursler to her mother's nearby home, and then drove her badly beaten husband to the hospital.
   Julie Oursler was the mother of an infant boy who is being cared for by grandparents while her husband recovers from his injuries. Charges may be pending against his attackers. Funeral services for Mrs. Oursler will be held 10 a.m. Wednesday, October 30, 2002 at the James E. Grace Funeral Home Inc., 335 Ontario St., Buffalo.

No Wilson Farms on Stony Point

Plans to build a Wilson Farms store and gas station at Stony Point and Ransom roads have been dropped. The announcement by Tops Markets, LLC was made last week. "After careful consideration, we have determined that it is not economically feasible for us to pursue building a Wilson Farms on Stony Point," stated Tom Fitzgerald, Vice President of Real Estate. The proposed Wilson Farms location drew much criticism from nearby neighbors who petitioned to have the project stopped.

Witnesses Of Assault Requested By Erie Co. Sheriff's Department

The Erie Co. Sheriff's Department is looking for witnesses of an assault that took place Sunday morning, October 27, 2002 outside Mallwitz's Island Lanes, 1887 Whitehaven Road. The victim was reportedly knocked down and repeatedly kicked and eventually treated by Grand Island Fire Company paramedics and transported to DeGraff Memorial Hospital.

Missing Kitty

"Sugar Pie Honey Bunch" AKA "Sugar" lives at 3407 Wallace Drive and was last seen on October 22, 2002. She is a 10-year-old, gray and tan tortoise shell female cat and has a distinctive tan stripe down her face and nose. She is spayed, very petite (the size of a kitten), and extremely friendly. (When she is very content, she enjoys suckling on your hand like a kitten.) Sugar's family and their neighbors miss her very much. Call the at 773-9067 or 435-4923 with any information.

Island Baby Needs Liver Transplant - Update

   When Robert Garman, GIHS Class of '89 and his wife, Scarlet, of Tracey Lane became the parents of their third child, a baby boy, born on February 8th of this year, they had no idea of their little son's future. Jadon Russell Garman, at three months old, was diagnosed with Alpha -1 Antitrypsin Deficiency, a life-threatening disease that attacks the liver. It has just been confirmed that he will need a whole liver transplant.
   Efforts to seek monetary help with travel expenses, unpaid leaves from work, and other costs not paid by insurance have been in the planning stages until this week. An account, the JADON RUSSELL GARMAN FOUNDATION, has been set up at HSBC. A table will be set up at the Kaegebein Craft Show on Saturday, November 2, 2002 for donation purposes and locations on the Island are being looked into for a place for a fund raiser to be held in early December. Krispy Kreme Fund Raising cards, for a $10.00 donation will be good for a "buy one dozen get a dozen free" deal! Each card is good for 10 free dozen glazed doughnuts.
    It is hoped that generous Island residents will help out the Garman family in any way they can, be that financially or with assistance in fundraising. More information on how you may help will be listed here as it becomes available.

Peace Bridge Meeting - Island Location Suggested

   A meeting, the latest of a series of workshops, was held Saturday, October 26, 2002 in Crystal Beach where public opinion on replacing or augmenting the Peace Bridge was expressed and noted. A consultant's river crossing concepts, which include twin and single span bridges, were presented to attendees. A recent Buffalo News article listed the following proposed locations for the construction of a new bridge: over the southern tip of Grand Island, just south of Grand Island, Niagara Falls, the International Railroad Bridge, the site of the current Peace Bridge, or across Lake Erie (the ice boom location). The last of the Peace Bridge workshop meetings is scheduled for December 7, 2002 at the WNED studios in downtown Buffalo.

Change In Voting District Location

Voters are asked to note the change for those in voting districts 6, 7, 9 and 10 who have previously voted at Kaegebein School. Polling for those districts has been changed to a different location this year: Bible Presbyterian Church Family Life Center, 1650 Love Road. Election Day is Tuesday, November 5, 2002.

Missing Kitty

"Forrest," a long haired, orange, male cat with yellow eyes, front declawed and neutered has not come home to his family since October 15, 2002 and is sadly missed. "Forrest," who lives at 2790 Bedell Road, has recently been shaved like a 'lion,' and his fur is growing back in. A resident spotted him on Second Street on October 19th. A generous reward is being offered. Please call 773-5028 or 864-5031 if you can assist with his return to home.

Looking Back On Beaver Island Casino Fire 1992

Click for larger view - James E. Linenfelser Photos.

By Teddy Linenfelser, editor Grand Island e-News

   Early morning smoke in the Ferry Village neighborhood on Thursday, October 29, 1992 alerted residents there to contact the Grand Island Fire Company. No location could be given at the time of the alarm, except that there was a considerable amount of heavy smoke in that area. Firefighters who immediately checked the nearby State Park area, alerted the Fire Dispatcher Barbara Anderson around 7 a.m. to the Beaver Island Casino fire which was fully involved.
   GIFC called in assistance from six other off-Island Fire Companies, but the building, opened in 1939, was beyond saving. Estimated damage was set at $3 million.

Beaver Island Casino News

For an update on the progress of the new Casino being built in Beaver Island State Park, click New Casino for complete story.

Kids Voting Update 2002
   Like other suburban school districts in Erie County, Kids Voting will take place on from 2-9 p.m. Election Day, November 5, 2002. All voters are urged to take their children along to vote. All official polling sites will be staffed from 2-9 p.m. in a special section by Kids Voting Volunteers.
   Note the change for those in voting districts 6, 7, 9 and 10 who have previously voted at Kaegebein School to a different location this year: Bible Presbyterian Church Family Life Center, 1650 Love Road.
   Volunteers: Please plan to be at the Grand Island Memorial Library for a brief meeting and to pick up supplies at 11 a.m. on Saturday, October 26, 2002.

Boating Safely Course 2002
   A Boating Safely Course will commence on Wednesday October 30, 2002 at Grand Island Middle School Little Theater. To register for this class (Course #833), call the Community Education Department, 773-8864. Click Boating Safely Course for complete story.

Trick Or Treat Hours 2002

The Town of Grand Island has established the hours for Halloween Trick or Treating as 3:30-7:30 p.m. on Thursday, October 31, 2002.

Children, Supervisor Promote UNICEF

Barbi Lare photo
UNICEF is recognized again this year on Grand Island, with the support of the Town and School System. Town Supervisor Peter McMahon was on hand at Charlotte Sidway School, with Lee Tetkowski, UNICEF chairman for Grand Island, and Lonnie Black, Chairman for Sidway. The youngsters, Elaina Bolles, Thomas Major, Lucas Fry and Drew Pitts have special permission to dress up early for the picture. They were presented with the first boxes so that they will be able to carry them and hopefully fill them on Thursday, October 31 between the hours of 3:30 and 7:30, the established hours for Halloween on Grand Island.

Schools Closed October 25, 2002

   All Grand Island School District schools will be closed Friday, October 25, 2002. The "day off" is not printed in the Grand Island Schools 2002-2003 calendar, however, notices of the closing were sent home with all students.

On Sunday, October 27, 2002 at 2:00 a.m., we set our clocks back one hour and return to standard time. The practice of changing the time began during World War I, so Americans could use as much natural lighting as possible and conserve energy needed for war production. Despite the Uniform Time Act, which Congress passed in 1966 to standardize the time change, several localities within the United States do not observe Daylight Saving Time. They are Arizona, Hawaii, parts of Indiana, Puerto Rico, the U.S. Virgin Islands, Guam, and American Samoa. But for citizens living outside of those areas, Sunday affords the opportunity for an extra hour of sleep or weekend fun. And remember -- now is a good time to check the batteries in your smoke detector.


   KIDS VOTING works due to many volunteers! "Everyone who has done this, has enjoyed the experience," Lee Tetkowski, Island coordinator said this week.
   "Please join us on Election Day, November 5, 2002 in helping Grand Island students at a polling place. More volunteers are needed to staff our polling places at the KIDS VOTING tables. Can you take a 3 and 1/2 hour shift?," said Mrs. Tetkowski who may be reached at 773-3266. Joan Droit, 773-7105 is also available to accept help with the program.
   KIDS VOTING is a nonpartisan, nonprofit, grassroots-driven voter education program.
   "Our goals are to establish a voter tradition and create lifetime voters, and to remind adults of their civic responsibility. Students from kindergarten through high school will be learning about the election.

Civil Service Exams

   Oct. 15, 2002. . .The office of Erie County Legislator Charles M. Swanick, in cooperation with the Erie County Office of Personnel, announces the following civil service exams:
  • Coordinator of Nursing Informatics (Erie County Medical Center) - #64-512
  • Nursing Informatics Manager - #65-512
       Applications and job descriptions may be picked up at Legislator Swanick's district office, 1856 Whitehaven Road (773-1441) between the hours of 12:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Due to the high cost of postage, applications cannot be mailed out. All applications for the above exams must be postmarked by October 30, 2002.

    Teen Pleads Guilty To Second-degree Manslaughter

    According to an October 12, 2002 Buffalo News article, Jack L. Lewis, the Wheatfield teen who fatally shot Cole W. Aydelotte of Grand Island in the spring, pleaded guilty to second-degree manslaughter Friday, October 11, 2002 during an emotional appearance before Niagara County Judge Peter L. Broderick. Click Guilty Plea for complete story.

    Autumn In Beaver Island State Park - October 2002

    Jodi Hayes Dodd Photo - Click for larger view.

    The turning of the leaves around Grand Island is taking a little longer than usual this fall 2002. This photo was taken today (October 10, 2002) in Beaver Island State Park.

    Rome Wasn't Built In A Day - Beaver Island Casino Progressing

    Barbi Lare Photo (left) - Jodi Hayes Dodd Photo (right) - Click for larger view.

       October 10, 2002 . . .These photos of the Beaver Island Casino under construction were taken this week. Opened in 1939, the original building burned on October 29, 1992. Architectural sketches and budget decisions have come and gone over the 10-year period since the fire, however the project finally got started in April 2002 and could be completed by the spring of 2003. Click for More "Casino" photos.

    Flu Shot Clinic Scheduled

       Sept. 26, 2002. . .Erie County Legislator Charles M. Swanick joins Kaleida Health Visiting Nurses Association to provide a local site for residents to receive a flu vaccination. Shots will be given at the Grand Island Golden Age Center, 3278 Whitehaven Road by appointment only (9 a.m. to 3 p.m.) Tuesday, November 5, 2002. For an appointment, call the Golden Age Center, 773-9682.
       The vaccinations cost $20 and are covered by Medicare Part B or Encompass 6.5 (Independent Health), B.C. & B.S. Senior Blue or Univera Senior Choice. Participating members of these programs must present an active insurance card at the site to allow for the carrier to cover the expense of the shot. Pneumonia shots are also available at these sites for a fee. For further information, call the Golden Age Center.

    Civil Service Exams

       Sept. 26, 2002. . .The office of Erie County Legislator Charles M. Swanick, in cooperation with the Erie County Office of Personnel, announces the following civil service exams:
  • Assistant Civil Engineer - #68-819
  • Managed Care Coordinator - #66-797
  • HOusing Inspector - #66-808
  • Junior Civil Engineer - #69-397
  • Respiratory Care Practitioner - #63-678
  • Senior Planner - #65-940
  • Social Services Program Specialist - #65-368
  • Training Coordinator-Stop DWI - #69-482
       Applications and job descriptions may be picked up at Legislator Swanick's district office, 1856 Whitehaven Road (773-1441) between the hours of 12:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Due to the high cost of postage, applications cannot be mailed out. All applications for the above exams must be postmarked by October 9, 2002.

    Good Turnout For Crop Walk 2002

    Barbi Lare Photo - Click for larger view.

    A good crowd turned out to walk from Beaver Island to Kaegebein School and back on Sunday, September 29, 2002 to raise funds for the Crop Walk to support local hunger-fighting agencies as well as the international relief and development efforts of Church World Service.

    Thank You To The Jerome Funk Family

    Jerry and "Buddy" Funk were honorary parade marshalls in the Sesquicentennial/July 4, 2002 parade. Barbi Lare Photo

    Click for larger view.

       Pictured along with the photo of Jerry and Buddy Funk is the marker in Veterans Park on Bedell Road that officially commemorates the generous donation of property to the Town of Grand Island by the Jerome Funk family. The plaque was dedicated on Sunday, July 7, 2002 at a ceremony in the Park attended by the entire Funk family. It is located past the Grand Island Memorial Library, north of the maintenance building. The Funk family's donation of over 100 acres of land on the Bedell Road site is in constant use with organized sports such as baseball and soccer filling the fields most of the year.
       Recreation Director Linda Tufillaro is most appreciative of the individual walkers, bikers, rollerbladers and others who are making use of the park paths and have unselfishly taken on the responsibility of keeping all of the planters in Veterans Park watered during this hot summer. "This effort of town support will make sure that recreation and the Park will continue to grow," Mrs. Tufillaro said. "Thank you, "Supporters of Veterans Park," she said.

    Halloween/UNICEF Closely Tied

       Lee Tetkowski, UNICEF chairman for Grand Island, is putting the UNICEF 2002 campaign into place this week.
       "If we are to reach real peace in this world, and if we are to carry on a real war against war, we shall have to begin with children." Mahatma Gandhi
       "Almost as soon as you see Halloween costumes and candy and decorations around Grand Island, you also begin to notice UNICEF orange collection boxes at our restaurants and banks," Mrs. Tetkowski notes. "Watch for them and help fill them! Soon our teachers will receive new educational materials to prepare our youngsters for their participation in this annual fundraiser," she said.
       Through UNICEF Island residents can help give every child the chance of a safe, peaceful childhood, and the education each child needs to build a hopeful future. "Please be generous when our Island kids ring your bell carrying the recognizable orange UNICEF carton," Mrs. Tetkowski urges.
       One example of what UNICEF has been doing is providing specially selected seeds to a number of African countries. All of these specially selected plants grow well in sub-Sahara Africa, which suffers from numerous droughts. A package of these special seeds costs only $15 to put an entire family on the road to recovery and help them become self-sufficient again.
       Lee Tetkowski (773-3266) already has UNICEF cards and gift items available for sale.

    Island Mentioned In Peace Bridge Plan

    According to a Buffalo News article, participants in the revitalized public review process for the Peace Bridge expansion project worked Saturday, September 28, 2002 to determine where it (a new bridge) will be and how it will link the highway systems of two nations. Click Peace Bridge Story to read how Grand Island may be involved.

    Whitehaven Cemetery Gravestone Inscriptions

    Gravestone inscriptions from the Whitehaven Cemetery, recorded by Island resident Walter Hastrich in 1997 and updated in January 2001, are available by clicking Whitehaven Cemetery.

    Blood Drive Announced

    The American Red Cross has scheduled a Blood Drive from 1-6 p.m. on Tuesday, October 22, 2002 in the K of C Hall, 1841 Whitehaven Road. Walk-in donors are most welcome and there will be a minimum wait time. The local branch of the American Cross is ready to assist residents with their donation of the life-saving staff of life. Blood is needed, especially in this area.

    Isle Teen Spared Jail, Criminal Record
    A Grand Island teenager has been spared jail and a criminal record for her role in a masked holdup at Cathy & Jim's Del & Herb's Restaurant on Baseline Road. Click for Complete Story

    Boat Smart/Jet Smart Course
       The Niagara Power Squadron will hold a four-week Boat Smart/Jet Smart Course beginning 7 p.m. Monday, September 23, 2002 in Room 186 at Grand Island High School, 1100 Ransom Rd. Successful completion of this course meets the New York State certification requirements for operating a Personal Water Craft. For further information, call Robert Heintz at 434-2235.

    High School Equivalency (GED)
       Get a foot in the door. Make sure you have a high school diploma. It is very important in today's world to have a high school diploma. Be sure to inform your children and friends who may benefit from the GED Course being held in conjunction with Grand Island Community Education Fall 2002 program. The GED (General Education Diploma) program is open to anyone 17 or older who has been out of school for at least a year and has not graduated. Through this program you may test for your High School Equivalency Diploma. Many jobs require a high school diploma or equivalencey diploma as a basic condition of employment.
       The class, which is being held in Room 151 at the high school, begins Monday, September 23, 2002 and runs for 10 weeks from 6-9 p.m.

    Isle Vandal Sentenced
    By Joelle Logue

       Supervisor Peter McMahon announced in a workshop Monday (Sept. 16, 2002) that one of the Grand Island teens, who was arrested for extensive vandalism of Isle property, will have to make full restitution to the town in the amount of $559.30. The teen is also court mandated to perform 150 hours of community service within a 10-month period.
       The vandalism took place July 16, 2002 and included the defacement of Town Hall sidewalks, the HSBC Bank drive-in sign, the Auto Fix Building at 2320 Grand Island Blvd., St. Timothy Church, and an office building at 1601 Stony Point Rd. The graffiti paint spree caused a total of $6000 in damages and included sexually graphic designs, swastikas, anti-religious and anti-Semitic references.
       The name and address of the sentenced could not be revealed as he was a minor when the incident occurred. A second teen arrested in the incidents has not yet had his day in court.

    Island Resident Is 2nd victim of West Nile
    Tests confirmed that a 45-year-old Grand Island man has contracted the West Nile disease. Click for Complete Story

    Manslaughter Case Against Teen Postponed
    The case of a Wheatfield teenager who shot and killed a friend (Cole Aydelotte) while playing "reverse Russian roulette" was adjourned Tuesday (Sept. 10, 2002) until 1:30 p.m. Oct. 11. Click for Complete Story

    Community Education Registration (2002)

       Registration for Grand Island Central School District's Community Education fall 2002 classes will be held from 6-7 p.m. September 23-26, 2002 at Grand Island High School, 1100 Ransom Road. Residents are urged to use the mail-in procedure. No mail-in registrations will be accepted after September 23, 2002.
       The classes are open to anyone 16 years and older. High School students are encouraged to register for any class except High School Equivalency and other courses that are usually a part of the regular high school curriculum. Non-Grand Island residents are invited to participate.
       A brochure of course offerings that includes academics, sports and hobbies, was mailed to each Grand Island household. Jenepher Banker is coordinator and board members are Peter Bellanca, Joan Bodkin, Mary Ann Kruk, Marion Fabiano, Mary Ellen Kippley, Ted Korkuc, Ruth Stahl, and Kathleen Baker Hoppel.
       Inquiries for information will be accepted between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. at 773-8864 or 773-8825.

    Islander Rescued From Niagara Gorge Rocks

    A Grand Island man was rescued by Niagara Parks Police from slippery rocks at the Niagara Gorge Sunday afternoon, September 8, 2002. Joseph W. Becher, 24, of Whitehaven Road was climbing the rocks alone just north of the Whirlpool Bridge when he needed help climbing down from a shale outcropping, police reported. He was not injured.

    Crop Walk For Hunger Relief
    Crop Walk For Hunger Relief will again be held on the Island at 1 p.m, Sunday, September 29, 2002. The walk will begin at Beaver Island and proceed to Kaegebein School and back. The greatest source of funds from the walk is derived from generous Islanders who support the walkers with pledges.
       Crop Walks are held throughout the nation on an annual basis. Twenty-five percent of the funds raised by Island participants will remain on Grand Island to be divided equally between the food pantries at St. Stephen's Catholic and Trinity UM churches. The remaining funds will be distributed around the U. S. and in developing countries. Under the auspices of Church World Service, Crop projects provide clean drinking water, food and agricultural implements and training in their use.
       Though most Grand Island churches participate in the Crop Walk every year, no church affiliation is required to support the effort. "If you cannot walk yourself, sponsorship of a Crop Walker will be greatly appreciated," a spokesman said this week.

    West Nile's Arrival Stirs Call For Precaution
    Click "West Nile" for the story.

    Local Boater Charged With Reckless Operation
    A Grand Island boater was charged with reckless operation Tuesday evening (August 27, 2002) after cruising almost to Goat Island in restricted waters, State Parks Police said. Click "BUFFALO NEWS" for the story.

    100 mph Chase Ends In Arrests
    A car chase in access of 100 mph on the West River Parkway Tuesday afternoon, August 27, 2002 ended in a drug arrest. Click "BUFFALO NEWS" for the story.

    West Nile Found On Grand Island
    Mosquitoes infected with the West Nile virus were found in a trap in Buckhorn Island State Park on Grand Island, Erie County public health officials said Friday. Click "BUFFALO NEWS" for the story.

    DWI Arrest
    A Grand Island man faces drunken-driving and other charges following his arrest Saturday night (Aug. 10, 2002) on Grand Island. Click "BUFFALO NEWS" for the story.

    Second Arrest Made In Graffiti Vandalism
    A second Grand Island youth has been arrested in connection with the July 16, 2002 graffiti painting spree that caused an estimated $6,000 damage to six buildings, including St. Timothy Lutheran Church and Grand Island Town Hall. Click "BUFFALO NEWS" for the story.

    Two-Day Flea Market At Grand Island Rod & Gun Club
    Members of the Grand Island Rod & Gun Club will hold a flea market at the Gun Club, 1083 Whitehaven Road, in conjunction with the Sesquicentennial Tractor Pull & Show. The flea market will be held from 9 a.m. to 3 p.m. on Saturday, August 17, 2002 and Sunday, August 18.

    Large Crowd Attends McMahon Steak Roast

    Rita and Earl DeGlopper and Kay Haller are
    shown among the crowd who enjoyed
    a steak dinner, door prizes and a Chinese raffle.

    Barbi Lare Photos
    An excellent crowd was in attendance Friday, August 2, 2002 for Town Supervisor Peter McMahon's steak roast in the VFW Post 9249 pavilion. Candidates for election and office holders were on hand to help celebrate the event. Shown left are Town Councilman Kevin Rustowicz, Supervisor McMahon, Congresswoman Louise M. Slaughter, Erie County Clerk Dave Swarts and Judge Tim Franczyk.

    Steak Roast With Town Supervisor Peter McMahon
    A Steak Roast with Town Supervisor Peter McMahon will take place Friday, August 2, 2002 from 4-8 p.m. at the VFW Post 9249 on Grand Island Blvd. Cost of the four-hour party that includes music, door prizes, basket raffles and a steak dinner is $25 per person. Call for reservations, 773-9352. Free hot dogs for kids under 14. The event is sponsored by Friends of McMahon.

    One Arrest Made In Graffiti Vandalism
    One arrest has been made and another is pending in the case of vandals who spray-painted graffiti on several properties on Grand Island, including Town Hall. Click "BUFFALO NEWS" for the story.

    Teen Spared Jail In Attempted Robbery
    A Grand Island teenager was spared jail Tuesday, July 30, 2002 for her role in what a judge called the "ill-conceived" attempt to rob a Baseline Road restaurant. For complete story, click "Buffalo News."

    Seneca Nation Appeals
    The Seneca Nation of Indians has filed a formal notice that it plans to appeal a federal judge's ruling against it in the Grand Island land claim case. For the complete story click "Seneca Nation."

    Island Teens Pitch In To Rebuild Homes Of Less Fortunate
    About 367 high school students traveled from around the country to attend the Reach Workcamps program based at Niagara Falls Middle School July 21-27, 2002. A large crew of teens and adult supervisors from Trinity United Methodist Church on Grand Island took part. Trinity UM raised $5,000 and served as the local sponsor for the camp. For the complete story click "Workcamp."

    Pledge Decision May Be Reversed
    Your vote could count. For complete story, click "USA Today."

    Niagara Falls Just A Memory??
    This look into the future by Buffalo News correspondent Paul Gromosiak is worth reading. Click "BUFFALO NEWS" for the story.

    Attention Property & Business Owners
    The proposed draft of the new Zoning Map may effect you and your business property. A meeting will be held 7 p.m. Thursday, July 25, 2002 at River Oaks Golf Club, 201 Whitehaven Road. The purpose of this meeting will be to discuss in an open forum the changes and how they comply with the Master Plan. Questions and written comments may be submitted to Councilman Dan Robillard, 773-1566 or Councilman Richard Crawford, 773-4121.

    Spray Paint Vandalism, Vulgarities Anger Town Officials & Community
     Several buildings on Grand Island were the victims of senseless vandalism during the night of Monday, July 15, 2002. As reported in the Buffalo News, "vandals spread poisonous graffiti on several properties, including the Town Hall. In their wake, they left swastikas and anti-Christian rantings, satanic messages and sexually explicit words."    Other buildings damaged by the same vandal or vandals were HSBC Bank, St. Timothy Lutheran Church, Auto Fix and a building on Stony Point Road near Staley Road.
       "We have some kids who have done this kind of thing in the past. We're looking at them," said Erie County Sheriff's Detective Fred Vincent. "I can't say for sure because we don't have any concrete leads. We were hoping (the culprits) would leave some paint cans behind, but they didn't."
       The pedestrian walkway over the South State Parkway (Beaver Island Parkway), was defaced two years ago with Ku Klux Klan and swastika symbols.
       According to Supervisor Peter A. McMahon, the word "poopy," a star, a "bunch" of flames and "666" were painted on the sidewalk at town hall. The Sheriff's Department reported damage to the HSBC bank, 2300 Grand Island Blvd. included paintings of marijuana plants on the sidewalk as well as paint damage to the bank's drive-in sign. Auto Fix, next door to the HSBC bank, where part of the building had recently been painted, was also damaged and designs were spray-painted on three cars. Vandals painted sexually graphic, anti-religious references to Jesus and God at St. Timothy Church, Staley and Stony Point roads, Detective Vincent said.
       A block south of St. Timothy Church, at an office building, vandals scrawled swastikas, KKK and anti-Semitic references on drywall. Property owner Rick Williams said that because the building is under re-construction, the vandals were able to enter through an open window. "It's not that bad, because it's on the inside. (The other locations) got it outside where it shows," said Williams, adding that he believes the graffiti was the work of town youngsters.
       Officials have increased the number of police patrols until further notice. Supervisor McMahon announced that the town's nine police officers will patrol the town starting at midnight until morning. The officers, who are part time, will alternate the shifts and will work no more than 19 hours a week, McMahon said. He also said, "If we can find out who did this, we're going to prosecute to the fullest extent of the law.

    Stolen Travel Trailer Found on Island
    A stolen travel trailer found on Grand Island has triggered a police investigation. The trailer was in the possession of a Stony Point Road man, who allegedly told police he recently purchased it from another man. The Shasta trailer, taken on July 2, 2002 from Timothy Huether of Ashland Avenue in Niagara Falls, is said to be valued at $3,500.

    Pataki Urges No Appeal In Land Claim
    Senator George E. Pataki, Monday, July 1, 2002, urged the federal government to end its involvement with the Seneca Nation of Indians' land claim. For complete story, click George E. Pataki

    Isle Press Conference Announces Seneca Land Claim Dismissal

    Shown left are Island Councilman Dick Crawford, Congressman John J. LaFalce, Councilwoman Mary Cooke, Supervisor Peter McMahon, Assemblyman (144th District) Sam Hoyt, Legislator Charles Swanick, and Michael Johnson, Chief of Staff for Senator Byron W. Brown.
    Story and Photo By Barbi Lare

       A press conference behind the town hall Friday afternoon, June 21, 2002 was well attended by all the local media, when the announcement of the dismissal of the Seneca Nation of Indians land claim against the people of Grand Island was made at Town Hall. Principals who have been working on the case spoke to the predominately media audience. Several of the comments included that "It was not tribal property" and "The case is certainly without merit." It was also announced that this was a fine "birthday present" for Grand Island residents for their Sesquicentennial celebration.

    Seneca Land Claim Dismissal and Gambling
    The June 21,2002 dismissal of the Seneca Land Claim may change the way the Seneca Nation of Indians looks at the possibility of opening gambling casinos in the area. For complete story, click Senecas & Gambling

    Judge Arcara Dismisses Seneca Land Claim
    Supervisor Peter A. McMahon announced this morning that Judge Richard Arcara has dismissed the Class Action Law Suit filed by the Seneca Indian Nation. The Seneca Nation of Indians, Tonawanda Band of Seneca Indians claimed the sale of Grand Island and six other islands to New York State is invalid due to a failure of the United States Congress to ratify the sale. A press conference will take place 5 p.m. today (Friday, June 21,2002) in town hall. WGRZ Report Click Here

    Independence Day Pie Baking Contest 2002
    Attention, pie bakers! The annual Independence Day Pie Baking Contest is scheduled for noon on Wednesday, June 26, 2002 at the Golden Age Center, 3278 Whitehaven Road. Applications are available at the Golden Age Center. Pies must be at the center before noon. First place winner will receive $25 and 2nd and 3rd place prizes are $15 and $10 respectively. Contact Marilyn Gratto, 773-3692 for more information.

    Keith's Classic Memorial Golf Tournament And
    Carly's Club Auction for Kids and Cancer Research
    The Keith's Classic Memorial Golf Tournament and Carly's Club Auction for Kids and Cancer Research takes place Monday, July 8 River Oaks Golf Club. Early bird specials and sponsorship opportunities are available by calling the Development Department at Roswell Park at (716) 845-8788 or click Click for Keith's Classic for complete details.

    Benefit Concert Offered by Quality Quest and Riverside Salem

    Music In the Woods will feature Mike Bell, Joe Tumino,
    Kathy DeLoughry, Nan Hoffman and Tom DeLoughry.
       "Music In The Woods!" - a benefit concert for Quality Quest and Riverside Salem U.C.C. Environmental Cottage will feature Nan Hoffman, Joe Tumino, Kathy and Tom DeLoughry and Mike Bell. The concert is set for 4 pm. Sunday, July 7, 2002 at the cottage of 3449 West River Road - rain or shine! Call 773-5268 for information.

    Derby Day At Town Hall

       Grand Island Town Hall employees were wearing hats yesterday (June 12, 2002) as part of a fundraiser for the Leukemia Society. Employees and elected officials contributed to the Society in order to have the privilege of wearing a brightly colored derby. The donations also covered the cost of a hot dog cookout which was moved inside the town hall due to rain and cool temperatures.

    North Bridge Accident Ties Up Traffic

    Barbi Lare Photo
       An automobile accident Thursday afternoon, June 6, 2002 during rush hour traffic caused a section of guard rail to be torn off on the North Grand Island Bridge, northbound. With the bridge closed down to one lane, traffic was backed up to nearly Staley Road on the Thruway, with many drivers exiting over to Grand Island Blvd. rather than sitting in the heavy Thruway traffic jam. The photo was taken looking south at Long Road.

    Swanick Approves Funding For Firefighter Training
       Erie County Legislator Charles M. Swanick (D-Kenmore/Grand Island) authorized the release of $1200 in county funding toward a training program for volunteer firefighters.
       “Every day volunteer firefighters risk their lives to come to the rescue of others,” said Legislator Swanick. “This training will assist the companies with being best prepared to handle a dangerous emergency situation.”
       The funding will allow members of the Town of Tonawanda Fire Chiefs Association to attend a drill conducted by the Command School Inc. Grand Island, Brighton, Kenmore, Sheridan Park, Ellicott Creek, River Road, Kenilworth and Ellwood Volunteer Fire Companies make up the Association.
       The proactive program includes an opportunity to pre-plan for an emergency at Sun Oil Company on River Road. Topics covered include equipment needs, proper approach for hazardous materials and available backup sources.

    Swanick Secures Funding For Island Youth Organizations
       Erie County Legislator and Minority Leader Charles M. Swanick (D-Kenmore/Grand Island) recently approved the transfer of $14,000 in community funding to several Grand Island youth organizations. These funds will be used to promote both safety and participation in various youth sporting groups.
       “Sports, and the many lessons it teaches in teamwork, discipline, and leadership plays an important role in healthy child development,” said Legislator Swanick.
       Due to the efforts of this measure, the Grand Island Little League will receive $4,000 to purchase various equipment, including catcher’s mitts, bats, and uniforms. Grand Island Junior Football will receive $6,000 for the purchase of new helmets and pads, to insure the safety of the participants. The Grand Island Soccer Club will acquire $4,000 for the reconditioning of deteriorating soccer fields at the Sidway Complex.
       Swanick believes the allocation will help promote youth participation in these worthwhile activities.

    Open House At Sheriff's New Headquarters

    Eric Sharpe and Morgan Kacznarowski are with Bosco and officers Brandon Wright and Greg Butcher, both Grand Island Police and Butch Hudson, Deputy Sheriff and handler of Bosco.
    Barbi Lare Photos
       The new site of the Grand Island office of the Erie County Sheriff Dept. on Whitehaven Road opened its doors to the public on Saturday, June 1, 2002. The command vehicle was there as was the Mounted Division.
       The Grand Island Police were also in attendance as they share office space with the Sheriffs. Finger printing was available and Bosco, the police dog was there to demonstrate his special talents as a policeman's best friend and helper. Erie Co. Legislator Chuck Swanick, whose office is in the building, was also on hand.

       Erie County Legislator Charles M. Swainick, and representatives of the Erie County Sheriff's Department and the Grand Island Town Police Department will hold an open house from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, June 1, 2002 at their new headquarters, 1856 Whitehven Road.
       The Erie County Sheriff's ATV Squad, the Department's helicopter, and juvenile finger printing will be offered by members of the Sheriff's Explorer Program as well as other police programs.
       Refreshments will be served.

    Memorial Day 2002

    Click photos for a larger view.
    Barbi Lare Photos

       Monday's Memorial Day services at Charles N. DeGlopper Park were well attended by an estimated 300+ residents, including Gold Star Mother Shirley Luther, whose only son Robert B. Luther, was killed in Viet Nam.
       A shining example of heroism during all wars, and remembered Monday was WWII Pfc. Charles N. DeGlopper who was a member of Company C, 325th Glider Infantry on June 9, 1944 when his platoon was cut off from the rest of the company. To support his comrades, he fired from his automatic rifle while they attempted a withdrawal through a break in the hedgerow 40 yards to the rear. Scorning a concentration of enemy automatic weapons and rifle fire, he walked from a ditch onto the road in full view of the Germans, and sprayed the hostile positions with assault fire. He was wounded, but he continued firing. Struck again, he started to fall; and yet his grim determination and valiant fighting spirit could not be broken. Kneeling in the roadway, weakened by his grievous wounds, he leveled his heavy weapon against the enemy and fired burst after burst until he was killed outright. He was successful in drawing the enemy action away from his fellow soldiers.
       Guest speaker R. Charles DeGlopper, nephew of Charles N. DeGlopper, informed the audience of how he also became Charlie DeGlopper. At the time of Charlie's heroic death, Robert DeGlopper was an infant. Feeling the loss of his son and the need to have a family member carry on his name, Robert's grandfather made the request to his parents that their infant son be renamed Robert Charles DeGlopper. The younger DeGlopper has proudly been known as Charlie ever since.
       Musical selection were provided by the Grand Island High School Wind Ensemble under the direction of Marty Allen. The Honor Guard of the Charles N. DeGlopper Memorial Post 9249 Veterans of Foreign Wars conducted early morning graveside services at the Island's six cemeteries, in remembrance of the Island's war dead.

    Swanick Funds Sesquicentennial Concert
       Erie County Legislator Charles M. Swanick (D-Grand Island/Tonawanda) has sponsored the allocation of $2,000 in County funding toward the American Legion Band’s performance at Grand Island’s Sesquicentennial Celebration.
       The American Legion Band of the Tonawandas – Post 264 is an award-winning ensemble established in 1929. The Band’s performance will take place at 7 p.m. Monday, July 1, 2002. Lawn seating will be available at the Town Commons, 2255 Baseline Road.
       Parades, car shows, festivals, concerts, craft shows and other events will be held throughout the summer to commemorate the 150th Anniversary of the Town of Grand Island. Scheduled activities are available online at

    Sandy Beach Neighbors Lose E-ZPass Tags To Thieves
    E-ZPass tags were stolen from four vehicles in the Sandy Beach area over the weekend of May 17-19, 2002. State Trooper Jill Pezzino is investigating, according to Sgt. Ronald Warner. E-ZPass tags, which allow motorists to use drive-through tollbooths on the Thruway and the Grand Island bridges, were taken from unlocked cars on East River Road and Sandy Beach Road.

    "Gun Safety & Awareness" Seminar
       A "Gun Safety & Awareness" Seminar will be held 6:30 p.m., Tuesday, June 4, 2002 in the Grand Island High School cafeteria, free of charge. The one-evening seminar is being offered by the Grand Island Recreation Department, Reality Cafe Teen Center and the Grand Island School District in a joint effort with the town, school, New York State Police, Erie County Sheriffs and Grand Island Police. Open to all students and parents, the focus is on SAFETY!

    Grand Island School District "Faces In Art"

    Click photo for a larger view
    Charlotte Sidway Elementary School kindergarten students of Art Teacher Theresa Barnack are (left) Natalie Argy whose art work is to her left, and Natalie Baldassarre, standing in front of her self portrait.
       Selected student art work from all school district grades is on display in the "Faces In Art" show in the Grand Island High School Viking Mall, 1100 Ransom Road. An opening reception for parents and students took place Monday, May 20, 2002 when Sidway School kindergartners Natalie Argy and Natalie Baldassarre posed with their chosen work.

    Historic Island School House Opens At Kelly's Store

    For a larger view, click the picture above.

    Jodi Hayes Dodd Photos
    Formerly located on Bush Road at Baseline Road, the original School House #5 has been renovated back to its one-room school mode, courtesy of Mike Kelly of Kelly's Country Store. The school, located just north of Kelly's Country Store on Grand Island Blvd. for the past 30 years, will be open to visitors on a daily basis from 10 a.m. to 5 p.m. History of the one-room school includes the fact that it was moved down a block to the Bell Farm on Fix Road when a new building was erected in 1918 at the Bush Road site. The Kelly family acquired it and moved it to the Country Store property around 1970 where it has been ever since. In 1977 members of the Grand Island Historical Society refurbished it made it a visitors' spot for a short time. Mike Kelly decided that this Sesquicentennial year was as good as any to bring it back to life.

    Grinders Skatepark Opening Put On Hold
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    Jodi Hayes Dodd Photos

       Paul Irving has announced that Grinders Skatepark will not be opening this weekend as previously announced. The cancellation of the Grand Opening is due to set-backs in construction as a result of inclement weather. "We are looking to be open within the next two weeks as the forecast seems to be cooperating," he said. "Construction has moved forward quite a bit this week alone, as crews from Vertical Skateparks and John Mukulski Contracting, play catch-up now that dryer weather has returned." he said.
       Ticket Office operations could begin as early as this weekend, which would allow skateboarders, in-line skaters, and BMX bikers the opportunity to get their liability waivers on file in advance, as well as purchase discount books for daily passes. "We are planning on opening the ticket office asap in order to prevent long lines and delays when the skatepark opens," Irving said.
       Rates are set at $5.00 per hour, or $10.00 per day, with the discount book priced at $100.00 for 12 passes. Summer hours are noon to 10:00 p.m. daily. Skateboarders and In-Line Skaters will have open use of the park during these hours, while BMX Biking will be limited to two sessions daily from 2-4 p.m. and 6-8 p.m.
       For more information on ticket office hours etc., stop by or call Grinders Skatepark at 404-8888.

    Island's Building Boom 2002
    New Beaver Island Casino
    Julie Dee Photos
    Fuccillo Chevrolet                                                                        Marigold Housing On The Boulevard

    Ransom Road Daycare Center
    Jodi Hayes Dodd Photos

       May 23, 2002 . . .The above photos show much construction around the Island with the long awaited Beaver Island Casino (top photos) no longer a dream. Click for More "Casino" Information.
       The new Fuccillo Chevrolet dealership on Alvin Road is nearing completion and the Woods Creek Child Care Center on the north side of Ransom Road near Stony Point should be ready for enrollment in September. Applications for the Marigold Housing For the Elderly on Grand Island Blvd. near Long Road are being taken at 634-8132 and residents of that new building are expected to move in on July 1, 2002. Click for More "Marigold Housing" Information.

    Deacon James Hartwell To Be Ordained
    Deacon James Hartwell, 29, who grew up on Grand Island and in Niagara Falls, will be ordained into the priesthood by Bishop Henry J. Mansell of the Diocese of Buffalo during a Mass at 10 a.m. Saturday, May 25, 2002 in St. Joseph's Cathedral, 50 Franklin St., Buffalo. For a complete story, click "Buffalo News."

    American Pharmaceutical Considers $11,000,000 Expansion
    The Erie County Industrial Development Agency hopes an incentive package it approved Wednesday will be the prescription needed to convince a Los Angeles-based pharmaceutical company to go ahead with an $11 million expansion of a factory on Grand Island. For a complete story, click "Buffalo News."

    Swanick Announces First-Time Homebuyer Program
       MAY 15, 2002 . . . Erie County Legislator Charles M. Swanick (D-Grand Island) would like to announce the opportunity for eligible first-time homebuyers to receive financial assistance toward the purchase of a home on Grand Island.
       “While owning a home is a dream for many, some people have a difficult time securing the funds necessary for down payments and closing costs,” said Legislator Swanick. “This program gives first-time house hunters that helping hand to make their dream a reality.”
       The financial assistance available through this program includes a $5,000 deferred loan from Erie County to aid in meeting closing costs, down payment requirements and mortgage reduction. The loan is then forgiven after ten years if all program requirements are satisfied. A second deferred loan having a value of approximately $10,000 from HSBC Mortgage Corp. may also be available to buy down the interest rate of the principal mortgage. This loan is forgiven five years after closing, provided all program requirements are fulfilled.
       Income restrictions apply. Household income must not exceed $23,150 for a one-person household, $26,390 for two, $29,705 for three and $33,020 for four-person households. The homebuyer must also be able to provide approximately $500 of the required 2% down payment and any additional down payment and closing costs as determined by the bank. The program is targeted to those buying a home in the Towns of Grand Island, Lancaster, Alden, West Seneca, Orchard Park and Aurora,
       For more information residents may call the Erie County Department of Environment and Planning at 858-8589 or Legislator Swanick’s office at 773-1441.

    World Day of Prayer on Grand Island

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    Barbi Lare Photo
       The weather was not conducive to outdoor activities last Thursday (May 2, 2002) when members of the Grand Island Ministerium sponsored the National Day of Prayer here on Grand Island. Twelve representatives of the local churches, schools and community organizations presented prayers and Bible readings to cover various parts of our community. Town Supervisor Peter McMahon greeted the gathering. Pastor Abram Dueck, Whitehaven Road Baptist Church, called to prayer with a Psalm. Pastor Doug Stewart, St. Timothy Lutheran Church, led prayers for our President and National leaders. Beryl Kinney, Women of the Word, prayed for Community Leaders of Grand Island. Cal Kern, Family Life Radio Network, led prayers for Families, Parents and Homes. Pastor Frank Newsome, Trinity United Methodist Church, prayed for firemen, police, EMT and military personnel. Fr. Earle King, Jr., St. Martin-in-the-Fields Episcopal Church, prayed for business, the workplace, employer and employees. Pastor Steve Lamarco, Whitehaven Road Baptist Church, led prayers for youth, children and coaches. Dr. Paul Fields, Supt. of School, assisted by students, Jennifer Breier and Joe Pasqualichio, covered teachers, educators and counselors. Pastor Diane Phinney, Island Presbyterian Church, prayed for refugees, immigrants, orphans and travelers. Charles Cowart, Prison Fellowship Ministries, prayed for the sick, invalid disabled, imprisoned and bereaved. The Benediction was given by Fr. Paul Nagaro, St. Stephen's R.C. Church.
       The Proclamation by the President of the US, recognizing The National Day of Prayer, 2002, was printed on the last page of the program. Inside, a Prayer for America, written by Lloyd Ogilvie, Chaplain, U.S. Senate completed the 2nd page. "America United Under God" introduced the 51st Annual National Day of Prayer.

    Memorial Day Services
       Memorial Day Services will be conducted 10 a.m. Monday, May 27, 2002 in DeGlopper Memorial Park. Charles DeGlopper, nephew of World War II hero Charles N. DeGlopper, will be guest speaker. The public is encouraged to attend.

    South Bridges Being Painted
    Painting of the southbound Grand Island bridges began this week. For the story, click "Buffalo News"

    Robbery Suspect Pleads Guilty
    Click "Buffalo News" for lastest report on the 'Scream' robbery which took place at Cathy & Jim's Del & Herb's Restaurant on February 9, 2002. For original story, click Click "Buffalo News 2/9/02."

    Civil Service Exams

        May 5, 2002. . .The office of Erie County Legislator Charles M. Swanick, in cooperation with the Erie County Office of Personnel, announces the following civil service exams:
  • Social Service Examiner (Spanish speaking) - #60-703
  • Social Welfare Examiner - #60-704
  • Building Inspector - #60-027
  • Director of Continuing and Community Education - #68-555
       Applications and job descriptions may be picked up at Legislator Swanick's district office, 1856 Whitehaven Road (773-1441) between the hours of 12:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Due to the high cost of postage, applications cannot be mailed out. All applications for the above exams must be postmarked by May 15, 2002.

    Skateboarding Feature
    Click "Buffalo News" for a feature story on how "skateboarding" grew here and elsewhere in the WNY area.

    Grand Island Company Sells Pools, Supplies Over The Internet
    Grand Island's Island Pools has been selling pool supplies and even complete pools via the Internet. For a complete story, click "Buffalo News."

    New Beaver Island Casino Underway
       April 26, 2002 . . .A new, long-awaited Beaver Island Casino is underway, with the area being readied for pouring foundations and concrete slabs. The building, originally opened in 1939 in the then four-year-old Beaver Island State Park, burned in October of 1992 and promises of a new casino have come and gone. Rehabilitation of the old casino, plus the construction of what will look similar to the original building will soon be in the works and could be finished as early as this fall. The cost has been set at about $4 million, with matching funds from state parks and the National Park Service.
       According to a release published in the Buffalo News, "The long-awaited project involves reconfiguring the existing below-grade rear section of the building for multiple uses. Functions that had been located in the "wings" on the beach/marina side of the structure will be relocated inside the reworked 19,000-square-foot lower floor. That lower level will house a walk-up concession stand, seating area, lifeguard office, changing rooms and other park operations facilities. Plans call for the rear wings to be demolished when the redesigned lower floor is complete."

    Grand Island Teen Cleared
    A Grand Island teen has been cleared of former charges. For a complete story, click "Buffalo News."

    Island Drunk Drivers' Blitz
    Grand Island is high on the list of this weekend's drunken driver blitz. For a complete story, click "Buffalo News."

    The Pride of the Island

       The following students from the Grand Island school district have been chosen by their teachers to receive the Pride Of The Island Awards for 2002. The prestigious awards are presented once a year by the Grand Island Teachers' Association.
       Gabrielle K. Ailinger, Mohammed N. Ali, Ryan W. Ayers, Brieanna N. Bailey, Miranda N. Baker, John M. Bakula, Benjamin D. Bakula, Tyler J. Baldes, Chelsea L. Baran, Michael C. Battaglia, Lee M. Becker, Ronald B. Bell, Jeffrey A. Bellanca, Kyle R. Belles, Daniel A. Belue, Peter Beras, Betsy A. Bergman, Lydia M. Bernatovicz, Alicia M. Bianco, Emily J. Bolles, Courtnnie A. Booker, Megan E. Boss, Zachary Bowerman, Sonia Brar, MaryElizabeth Britten, Bryan E. Brown, Jessica Brownschidle, Krista L. Burzynski, Thomas M. Butcher, Alexis N. Byron.
       Stephanie P. Cartwright, Courtney J. Catalano, Genesis D. Cespedes, Amandip S. Cheema, Lauren M. Chopra, Peter Chopra, Kiel J. Clarke, Lyndsey J. Clingersmith, Nadine M. Coffey, Caitlin E. Cook, Annaliese R. Corrao, Robert W. Coughlin, Theresa Covatto, Vincent J. Covatto, Angela E. Cribbs, Jonathan P. Crossley, Samuel S. Cummings.
       Ingrid M. Dahlberg, Andrew J. Dale, Monica B. Dalfonso, Jeremy M. Davis, Michelle C. DelZoppo, Erin A. Dent, Michaeline J. Dera, Charles S. Dewey, Thomas C. Dewey II, Monique Dhand, Katie M. Dlugosz, Thomas E. Doctor, Jr., Kevin Dyer.
       Shane A. Eddy, Joseph D. Edel, Jill A. Endres, Alan E. Endres, Nicholas P. Ernst, Talia K. Fabiilli, Jenna Fanara, Timothy Fargino, Gregory A. Feathers, Brandon R. Fetzer, Julia Figliotti, Laura A. Fik, Jessica L. Fike, Alicia M. Fisher, Christopher L. Franklin, Kelly L. Frantz, Jason R. Fritschi, Nicole M. Fuhman, Mallory I. Fulle.
       Michael T. Gallagher, Leah J. Gangloff, Patrick W. Gannon, Matthew R. Gannon, Katharine Gaudy, Edward L. Gauthier, Jr., Rachel L. Gaydosh, Marc E. Gerfin, Samantha L. Gieselman, Benjamin M. Goc, Krista A. Goff, Jason M. Gonda, Stephanie L. Goris, Maria C. Grant, Mazwell R. Grenda, Justin A. Hale, Chris J. Harper, Meghan A. Hartman, Ryan J. Harvey, Terry L. Hashley, Jake D. Hawley, Kelsey D. Hayden, Alexandra R. Heaney, Danielle M. Henry, Lea M. Hinaman, Lamar S. Hogan, Megan N. Hoople, Thomas D. Hooven, Shannon B. Howley, Jennifer L. Huber, Lynne M. Huffnagle, Alexander M. Hultgren.
       Taylor M. Jackson, Kari L. Johnson, Kari C. Joyce, Jamie Justen, Autumn M. Kaiser, Alexa R. Kalinowski, Robyn L. Kania, Nicholas F. Kellner, Joshua J. Kelly, Bridget Kennedy, Maxwell S. Kilb, Justine M. Kirsch, Matthew R. Klock, Kelly L. Knab, Banjamin T. Kose, Andrea M. Kurpiewski.
       Gary M. Leckey Jr., Catherine A. Lewis, John A. Loncher II, Scott Ludwig, Allison L. Makowski, Adam D. Masse', Elizabeth A. Masse', Adam J. Mazenauer, Ashley Mazurkiewicz, Patrick K. McCarthy, Jennie E. McCoy, James P. McDonnell, Scott T. McMichael, Calvin J. Meaney, Christopher J. Mehltretter, Jarrad C. Mendel, Lauren M. Mergel, Jeremy R. Meyer, Diane E. Meyer, Amanda R. Meyer, Robert W. Michaels, Elliott W. Michki, Kristin L. Millar, Angela Miller, Joshua J Miller, Kathleen E. Mitchell, D'anna J. Mock, Stacey A. Monaco, Michael S. Montaldi II, Taylor A. Moran, Natalie A. Mucci, Kayla M. Nash, Alexander E. Neutz, Edward Nowak, Genna C. Nuchereno.
       Patrick C. O'Connell, Brian J. O'Keefe, Joseph C. Orsolits Jr., Ashley Perez, Destiny M. Perez, Emily S. Pici, James R. Pioli, Susan E. Pioli, Mallory M. Prygon, Anna M. Quider.
       Anna M. Quider, Ashley P. Ray, Christine A. Ray, Neil E. Reddien, Danyelle E. Redmond, Abigail Richards, Samantha L. Riley, Rachel L. Ritzenthaler, Shannon Robillard, Tara C. Rogers, Rachael M. Rotella, Tina M. Rott, Daniel W. Rott, Stephanie A. Russo.
       Tatiana Salamone, Diana L. Salt, Kera M. Sauer, Nicole M. Saxbury, Marina Scerra, Amy L. Schooping, Marc A. Scibillia, Patrick M. Sexton, Christopher G. Sexton, Richard J. Shanor, Evan W. Shaw, Jillian Sheehan, Nicholas J. Shemik, Margaret L.Shonitsky, Angadbir Singh, Eric L. Siwicki, Sara R. Slovick, Zachary J. Smith, Amy L. Snyder, Chelsea M. Sommer, Shawn M. Speidel, Kelly N. Stark, Julie K. Sturtz, Jameela M. Syed
       Sena A. Tamaklo, Eugenia E. Taylor, Eric R. Ther, Nicholas J. Thompson, Donald Turner III, Joshua Ungaro, Nicholas S. Vitello, Melissa M. Vrba, Nicholas A. Walworth, Keith Wegrzyn, Danielle C. Wegrzyn, Sarah L. Williams, Elizabeth L. Wilson, Andrea M. Wilson, Nathan M. Winkelstein, Nathan L. Wolinski, Christopher D. Wright, Jodi C. Wroblewski, Tyler D. Wunsch, Jessica Yames, Brandon York, James R. Zilliox, Emily L. Zimdahl, Rebecca Zimmerman, Travis J. Zukic.

    Body of Travis W. Hennigar Found
    For complete story, click for Buffalo News

    Civil Service Seminar April 27, 2002

       Erie County Legislator Charles M. Swanick will sponsor a civil service seminar from 9 a.m to 1 p.m., Saturday, April 27, 2002 at the Philip Sheridan School, 3200 Elmwood Avenue, Kenmore.
       A representative from Erie Community College will lead the seminar and offer suggestions on how to take civil service exams, as well as information on new Federal jobs that have been developed and will be available as a result of the 9-11 attack on the United States.
       The Erie County Civil Service Department posts new exam listings about every three weeks. Erie County government departments, towns, villages, school districts and special districts such as the Erie County Water Authority use the Erie County Civil Service list to fill positions.
       Interested individuals should sign up for the seminar by calling Legislator Swanick's district office at 877-3986. There is a $20.00 fee for the seminar.

    Civil Service Exams

        April 11, 2002. . .The office of Erie County Legislator Charles M. Swanick, in cooperation with the Erie County Office of Personnel, announces the following civil service exams:
  • Claims Representative/Risk Manager - #69-641
  • Grant Procurement Specialist - #67-028
  • Junior Equal Employment Opportunity Specialist - #65-523
  • Principal Engineer-Energy Utility and Grant Management - #66-807
  • Unit Manager- Operating Room - #67-768
  • Unit Manager (Post Anesthesia Care) - #60-163
    Applications and job descriptions may be picked up at Legislator Swanick's district office, 1856 Whitehaven Road (773-1441) between the hours of 12:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Due to the high cost of postage, applications cannot be mailed out. All applications for the above exams must be postmarked by May 1, 2002.

    Teen Pleads Guilty to Speeding - Arrested 12 Days After Fatal Accident of Friend
       Jeffrey M. Critelli, the 18-year-old Grand Island resident who escaped death Feb. 10 when the car he was riding in crashed into the Niagara River, pleaded guilty to a speeding charge Monday in Niagara Falls City Court in an unrelated incident. Judge Angelo J. Morinello fined Critelli $230 and told him he would get six points on his driver's license after he pleaded guilty to a reduced charge of driving 85 mph in a 55-mph zone.
       Critelli, of Sunset Drive, was originally charged with reckless driving and driving 100 mph in a 55-mph zone on Feb. 22 by State Park Police on the Robert Moses Parkway. Morinello dropped the reckless driving charge and accepted the reduced speeding charge as part of a plea bargain agreement.
       Critelli's arrest came just 12 days after his friend, Travis Hennigar, 19, also of Grand Island, crashed into the Niagara River after speeding along the West River Parkway near Bedell Road. Critelli escaped Hennigar's car and managed to get to land, but Hennigar's body was never found.

    State Lifeguard Tests Announced
       Applications are being accepted for summer lifeguard positions in New York State parks, and testing will start April 27 in Grand Island High School. Candidates must be 15 or older and pass the state parks test. They also must provide proof of completion of a CPR course and the American Red Cross revised lifeguard training before taking the job. Lifeguards also must present a physician's certificate showing they are physically fit and have at least 20/40 vision without glasses.
       Testing will be held at 9 a.m. April 27, May 18, June 1 and June 8 at the high school. To register, call the Niagara Regional Administrative Headquarters, 278-1764.

    Isle Residents Volunteer For SABAH
       The Skating Assocition for the Blind and Handicapped, Inc. (SABAH) held its annual ice show, "Holiday Skate," and celebrated its 25th anniversary on Saturday, March 23, 2002. Grand Island residents who volunteer weekly include Bethany Black, Emily Brockett, Brittany Bush, Mary Beth Bush, Jon Calabro, Josal Diebold, Colleen Faix, Terrie Hallock, Ashley Hollinger, Jason Hollinger, Teresa Hooper, Allison Leszczak, Brian Lipp, Diane Lipp, Becky Norman, Jena Playfair, Tammy Ruocco, Gale Sander, Jennifer Szumla, James Toellner, Judi Walker and Danielle Wasson.
       Mary Beth Bush was the recipient of the Adult Volunteer of the Year Award. Mrs. Bush and daughter Brittany have been skating volunteers for the past three years. Ashley Hollinger, a three-year skating veteran, was awarded Youth Volunteer of the Year. Bethany Black and Jason Hollinger were recognized with Honorable Mentions. All are Grand Island residents.
       SABAH provides individuals who are physically, mentally or emotionally challenged the opportuity to reach their fullest potential through the development if ice skating skills and performing in an annual ice skating show. Elizabeth M. O'Donnell is the SABAH president and founder and through her loving direction SABAH has provided a quarter century of service to people with disabilities, creating "Miracles on Ice" every day.
       For futher information on how to become involved, contact SABAH at 1200 East & West Rd., West Seneca, NY 14224, 675-7223 or click
    "Miracles on Ice."

    Kaegebein School Playground Vandalized
       For the second time this year vandalizing has taken place at the playground behind Kagebein Elementary School. The vandals did an estimated $2,000 damage to playground equipment last weekend (March 30-31, 2002) and Grand Island officials are prepared to go after them, Town Supervisor Peter A. McMahon said. The tube slide, a suspended walkway and other play apparatus were disassembled and broken, he said. "The same slide was damaged earlier this year and cost $1,000 to repair and town officials are sick of it," the Supervisor said.
       "We completed our police report today (Thursday, April 4, 2002) and assessed the damage. We're turning it over to the (Erie County) Sheriff's Department," McMahon said.
       "If anyone saw someone there last weekend or knows anything about it, I hope they call. (The vandals) had to have tools and some time to do it. They had to disassemble, unbolt and bend that (plastic and metal) equipment. Someone may have noticed," McMahon said.

    Turn Your Clocks Ahead
    Don't forget to turn your clocks ahead one hour Saturday night. Daylight Savings Time kicks in early Sunday morning, April 7, 2002. Daylight Saving Time begins for most of the United States at 2 a.m. on the first Sunday of April. Time reverts to standard time at 2 a.m. on the last Sunday of October. In the U.S., each time zone switches at a different time. During DST, clocks are turned forward an hour, effectively moving an hour of daylight from the morning to the evening.

    Second-degree Manslaughter Charged
    Jack L. Lewis, 17, of Wheatfield, charged with second-degree manslaughter in the death of Cole W. Aydelotte and remanded to Niagara County Jail in lieu of $5,000 bail, was arraigned yesterday (April 1, 2002). Click for Complete Story

    Island Woman Arrested on Felony Drug Charge
       Cynthia R. Carter, 40, of Staley Road was arrested early Tuesday, April 2, 2002 by Niagara Falls Narcotics officers on a felony drug charge after they found 32.7 grams of suspected cocaine in her possession when she was stopped in the area of 628 Cayuga Drive, Niagara County, Detective Capt. Morris Shamrock said.
       Carter, described as a midlevel drug dealer, was charged by Detective Thomas Fournier and State Police Investigator Brenda Roberts, with third-degree criminal possession of a controlled substance with intent to sell, Detective Shamrock said.
       Carter pleaded not guilty to the charge before City Court Judge Robert M. Restaino, who granted her an adjournment until April 8, 2002 to hire a lawyer. Judge Restaino remanded her to the Niagara County Jail in lieu of $10,000 bail.
       According to Shamrock, the arrest capped a six-week joint city-state police investigation triggered by police informants who said Carter was pushing cocaine here in $90 and $180 quantities. Informed that Carter usually carried drugs with her, Shamrock, Fournier and Roberts pulled her over in her car at 2:25 a.m. Tuesday morning, and found six packets of suspected powdered cocaine with a street value of about $2,000 in her jacket and pants pockets. She was stopped and searched on the authority of a search warrant signed by Restaino. Her Grand Island home was also searched, but no drugs were found there, Shamrock said.

    Teen Charged With False Report
       Raymond J. Krause, 18, of Sandy Beach Road, was accused Monday, April 1 2002 of fabricating part of a report about a knifepoint confrontation he had on the bicycle path near Long Road, according to Erie County Sheriff's Deputies.
       The teenager first reported that while he was walking on the path, a man emerged from the woods and tried to rob him at knifepoint, deputies said. That report prompted a search of the area using a police dog and the department's all-terrain vehicles. Deputies further stated that Krause eventually admitted to detectives that he had lied about the incident. He said that he had agreed to meet someone on the path to settle a long-standing debt, it turned into a confrontation, and both pulled knives and made threats before leaving. Krause was charged with falsely reporting an incident, and released to his parents' custody, pending an appearance in Grand Island Town Court. An investigation continues to identify the other person involved, deputies said.

    Tragic Accident Takes Teen's Life

    Cole Aydelotte

    By Teddy Linenfelser
       Nancy and Bill "B.A." Aydelotte are doing their best to cope with and understand the tragic shooting death of their eldest son, Cole W. Aydelotte last Saturday (March 23, 2002). Nancy, who spoke with reporters, explained what she and her husband had been told by New York State Troopers when they received the call about 10:15 p.m. Saturday night. Their 16-year-old son had been visiting at the home of a friend, Jack L. Lewis, of Wheatfield who police said was playing with a gun at about 8:25 p.m., pointed it at Cole and fired one shot, striking Cole in the head.
       Cole was pronounced dead at the scene by Niagara County Coroner Joseph Mantione. State troopers, who along with Niagara County Sheriff's deputies were called to the Lewis home through a 911 dispatcher, charged Lewis, 17, with second-degree manslaughter. Lewis was arraigned Saturday night in front of Wheatfield Town Justice John Mattio, with bail set at $5,000. He remained in the Niagara County Jail Sunday afternoon.
       Among Island friends gathered to console the family at the Aydelotte's West River home Sunday were Margaret Ann Haller whose 12-year-old son, David died of injuries on a camping trip, and Dr. Jenny Hennigar and Dr. Grant Hennigar whose son, Travis lost his life in an automobile accident last month.
       "He was a wonderful kid," Nancy said of her son, a sophomore at Grand Island High School. "He was having a great year in school," having raised his grades to nearly high-honors level. "It (the fatal shooting) was just a stupid mistake."
       Cole Aydelotte's friends, working to manage their own grief, have put together a
    Memorial Web Site of photos and a place where numerous friends have posted their thoughts of and messages for Cole.
       Cole, whose complete obituary appears on the Deaths Page, is also survived by a younger brother, Ross E., and his grandmothers, Paula Aydelotte of Grand Island and Carolyn Sasala of Port St. Lucie, Florida.

    UNICEF Update For Grand Island

    By Lee Tetkowski
    Grand Island UNICEF Chairman

       Grand Island Central Schools received a special thank you from Susan Power, National Director of "Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF." Her letter says: . . ."As special recognition for your outstanding efforts, I am honored to appoint Grand Island Central School as a 2001-02 "Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF Emissary - a title reserved for our top supporters. We are also happy to include your name with the growing list of Emissaries on our "website" at behalf of the children whose lives Grand Island Central School has touched, thank you for your generosity. Together we can make a world fit for children."
       Because of all the combined efforts of our kids, teachers, administrators, businesses, and generous residents, last Hallowe'en we raised $4,079.121.
       Everyone who trick-or-treated for UNICEF this fall, helped UNICEF carry on its work in Afghanistan. You helped provide blankets, mattresses, and winterized tents to protect children and their families from freezing weather. You helped deliver warm sweater, jackets, and boots to kids during the critical winter months.
       Stopping the spread of polio is a major focus of UNICEF's work in Afghanistan, UNICEF, last September, immunized 5.4 million Afghan children against polio, and another 4.5 million received the vaccine in November.
       UNICEF is also providing "School-in-a-Box" kits. Each kit contains school supplies for up to 80 students, including pencils, paper, colorful charts and learning tools, and a chalkboard. Our goal is to get as many as 1.5 million children back to school by March 23, 2002, the official start of Afghanistan's school year. Getting back to school will help these children cope with the events that have been taking place around them.
       "Trick-or-Treat for UNICEF: doesn't stop at Halloween. Your check payable to U. S. Fund for UNICEF, Dept. MU13, P. O. Box 98006, Washington, DC 20090-8006 is always appreciated.

    Life Jackets Required For Those Under 13 Years

       The Department of Transportation (US Coast Guard) informed the US Coast Guard Auxiliary that effective Friday, March 29, 2002, all children under the age of 13 years will be required to wear personal flotation devices (PFD's/life jackets) while aboard recreational vessels. Children below deck or in enclosed cabins will be exempt. In states that have current laws pertaining to age requirements for life jackets, the state laws will apply within those borders.
       For more information, contact Island resident Ray Gress, Captain Division 3 USCG Auxiliary.

    Adrian's Opens - Spring Is Here

    Adrian's new owner, Kevin Lipp and his son are shown in front of the custard machine that has brought much enjoyment to many Island residents over the years.
    Fred Claus Photo
       A sure sign that Spring is here is the opening of Grand Island's favorite custard and roast beef stand. Adrian's Custard has once again opened for the season. For the past 13 years Island residents have enjoyed the fine food that Adrian's has offered each summer day and this year will be no different. New owner Kevin Lipp says he will be open for business every day from 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. until the school year is over and hours will be extended to 11 a.m. to 11 p.m. According to Lipp, prices have been lowered from those of other years, and he has gone back to Peter and Adrian Figliotti's original menu when they opened in 1989.

    Kelly's Store Decked Out For Easter

    Kelly's Country Store visitor Sara Schieder with the Easter Bunny.
    Fred Claus Photo
       The Easter Bunny was on hand at Kelly's Country Store this past weekend to take last minute orders from good little girls and boys. Those wishing to talk to Mr. Bunny were treated to some jelly beans. Some were even lucky enough to take a picture with the big bunny himself.

    No Open Gym April 5

       The Town Recreation Department's Friday Night Open Gym program in the Kaegebein School will not be held on Friday, April 5, 2002. The next Open Gym, as noted in an article below, will be held April 11.

    Friday Night Open Gym At Kaegebein Continues

       The Town Recreation Department's Friday Night Open Gym program, held from 6:15-9:30 p.m. in the Kaegebein School gym on Love Road, is being extended through June 14, 2002 through the courtesy of the Connections Program. Supervised free play activities are open to youth ages 6-15 years (see times below) on the following Friday nights: April 12, 19 and 26, May 10, 17, 24 and 31 and June 7 and 14. There will be no activities on May 3.
  • 6-12 year olds - in gym 6:15 - 7:30 p.m.; cafeteria for crafts/games/computer instruction - 7:30 - 9:00 p.m.
  • 13-18 years - in cafeteria - 6:30 -7:30 p.m. table games/computer graphics instruction; 7:30- 9:30 p.m. open gym
       The Connections Program, in cooperation with the Recreation Department, is utilizing some of the $24,000 grant money to impliment service learning projects between youth and senior citizens.

    Trinidad Gets 22 1/2 Years To Life

       Tyrone Trinidad, 35, received a prison term of 22 1/2 years to life in the beating death of his 19-day-old infant daughter, Christine Rosemary on May 7, 2002. Trinidad, in a fit of rage provoked by his daughter's intense crying, beat her and threw her to the floor of the bedroom he shared with the child's mother, Jamie Mosley, on West Park Road. The sentence was ordered Wednesday, March 20, 2002 by State Supreme Court Justice Russell P. Buscaglia. According to a Buffalo News report, Trinidad also beat Ms. Mosley on the day of the crime, and stole her car when she returned to their duplex. Prosecutor Michael J. McHale said Trinidad told Erie County Sheriff's investigators last spring that he had punched the baby in the head twice before throwing her to the floor. An autopsy confirmed the child died of massive head injuries.

    Niagara Frontier Boat Racing Association News

       The Niagara Frontier Boat Racing Association will hold capsule training for race drivers from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday, April 6, 2002 at Sweet Home School.
       A kick-off party for the boat racing season will be held from 6 p.m. to 10 p.m. the same evening (Apr. 6) at the Eldredge Club, 17 Broad Street, Tonawanda. Tickets ($10 donation) will include a spaghetti dinner, beer, DJ music, and a Chinese auction.
       The Niagara Frontier Boat Racing Association's annual awards banquet will be held on Saturday, April 27 at Shores Restaurant. The $25 per person ticket will include a buffet and bar package.
       For information on any of the above, call Darryl and Luanne Monette at 693-7117 or Liz Barker at 773-1191. Plans are for the NFBRA to sponsor hydroplane races on the Niagara River in September 2002. The Association is always looking for new members and anyone interested in working on the race.

    Beautiful Saturday Ends with Low Temperatures, Severe Wind Storm

    The Kissel family, Walter holding Samantha in
    his arms and Lauren, stop to pose for a picture
    while they walk through Veteran's Park Saturday.

    Islander, Nick Tobol attempts a rollerblading move
    on equipment at the town's skate park, where he and
    his brother Eric were spending their Saturday morning.

    Fred Claus Story Photos
       Mother Nature was teasing Western New Yorkers with the weather this past weekend. Temperatures reach into the mid 60s on Friday, March 8, 2002 and Saturday and even higher in some areas and Grand Islanders were not about to let it go to waste. Residents were out in full force on Saturday, with kids playing pick up games of basketball, rollerblading, and riding their bikes or skateboards. Others were out walking their dogs or jogging. Veterans Park saw a lot of action as some youngsters made use of the skate park, while others took a walk down the bike path or used the parking lot to drive their radio controlled cars. One family even used the nice warm weather to try their hand at flying an airplane. Beaver Island State Park was just as busy with families of all sizes taking walks in the park. At least one couple took up a game of Frisbee golf at the park.
       They say, all good things must come to an end however, and it did on Sunday as the temperatures dropped, and we were once again hit with high winds. That didn't bother the residents though. Their Saturday was filled with fun for the whole family, and they were able to get a taste of what is to come this spring.
       According to the Buffalo News, "the warmest March 9 on record turned into one of the windiest Saturday as a cold front roared through the area at 7 p.m. with a peak gust of 61 mph. The record high was 69 degrees at 3:04 p.m., which took a steep plunge between 7 and 8 p.m. Saturday evening in which the thermometer went from 64 to 39."
        Saturday night's severe wind storm was accompanied by thunder, lightning, horizontal rain, snow, downed trees, tree limbs and powerlines and continued through the night and into the next day.

    Bedell Road Resident Charged With Writing Bad Checks

       Kimberly Marie Campbell of Bedell Road, was arrested last week by State Police and accused of writing bad checks in her own name and under three aliases, according to authorities. Investigator Richard J. Landahl said Campbell, 30, used phony identification to open checking accounts, and then wrote numerous checks at various business establishments. Arraigned Thursday, March 7, 2002 and charged with criminal possession of a forged instrument, offering a false instrument for filing, writing bad checks and petit larceny, she was remanded to the Erie County Holding Center, where she was being held in lieu of $2,500 bail. Trooper James Dorigo of the Clarence Station assisted in the investigation and arrest.

    Hoyt Hosts Town Meeting

       Assemblymember Sam Hoyt will host his annual town meeting from 10 a.m. to noon on Saturday, March 16, 2002 in the town hall, 2255 Baseline Road. The focus of the meeting will be the governor's 2002-2003 budget proposal and how it will affect WNY and local community programs and services. For more information, call Jennier Lange, 852-2795 or email Sam Hoyt's office at

    Civil Service Exams

        March 7, 2002. . .The office of Erie County Legislator Charles M. Swanick, in cooperation with the Erie County Office of Personnel, announces the following civil service exams:
  • Construction Inspector - #69-396
  • Dietitian Consultant - #66-794
  • Laboratory Technician - #41-200
  • Laboratory Technician (Hematology & Blood Bank) - #41-201
  • Nurse Case Manager - #66-802

    Kids Day News Delivery 2002

    Don Portik of the Grand Island Fire Company
    Barbi Lare Photo
        Tuesday was the Buffalo News Kids Day, when volunteers from all walks of life sold the special editions of the "News" to motorists on their way to work, for the benefit of Children's Hospital of Buffalo. Sellers were from several groups on the Island, including the Knights of Columbus and the Grand Island Fire Company.

    Cannon Design Honored

        Feb. 18, 2002. . .Cannon Design, a national architectural engineering and planning firm headquartered on Grand Island, recently was honored for its work on the Carol & Carl Montante Cultural Center at Canisius College with an Award of Merit from the A/A, New York Chapter. The most recent honor represents the fifth design award given to Cannon Design in recognition of the firm's work on the cultural center.

    Civil Service Exams

        Feb. 14, 2002. . .The office of Erie County Legislator Charles M. Swanick, in cooperation with the Erie County Office of Personnel, announces the following civil service exams:
    1) Administrative aide-dental health - #67-363
    2) Conservation District Technical - #65-233
    3) Continuing Education Administrative Aide Schools #68-556
    4) Coordinator, Mental disability services #67-510
    5) Nutrition Site Coordinator #68-973
    6) Principal Clerk Typist #69-752
    7) Principal Stores Clerk #68-198
    8) Pump mechanic crew chief (E.C.Water Authority) #67-782
    9) Practice Manager-Erie Co. Medical Center #67-032
    10) Senior Technical Support Specialist#68-562
    11) Stores Clerk #69-479
       Applications and job descriptions may be picked up at Legislator Swanick's district office, 1856 Whitehaven Road (773-1441) between the hours of 12:30 p.m. and 4:30 p.m. Mondays, Wednesdays and Fridays. Due to the high cost of postage, applications cannot be mailed out. All applications for the above exams must be postmarked by February 27, 2002.

    Eight Years Is Too Long For License Renewals

    Buffalo News - 2/7/2002

       Prior to applying for renewal of my driver's license in December, I wrote to Gov. George Pataki, U.S. Sens. Charles Schumer and Hillary Clinton, State Sen. Byron Brown and the state Department of Motor Vehicles to protest the length and cost of the license renewal. The only response I received was from the DMV, saying that there was no recourse because the computer was programmed to issue only eight-year renewals.
       The author of a recent letter said at the age of 70 individuals need eye exams before obtaining a license. I think perhaps more than that is needed. When my license is to be renewed the next time, I will be 86 years old. I believe that I should have more than my eyes checked. I think many individuals at that age, and even younger, can present a real hazard to other drivers.
       Also, the license will not be an identification aid because the photo currently on my license was taken in 1994. In eight more years, my photo will be 14 years old and I will be 14 years older. I believe that our legislators should review and address this regulation.
    Grand Island

    Blood Drive Announced

    The American Red Cross has scheduled a Blood Drive from 1-6 p.m. on Tuesday, February 26, 2002 in the K of C Hall, 1841 Whitehaven Road. Walk-in donors are most welcome and there will be a minimum wait time. The local branch of the American Cross is ready to assist residents with their donation of the life-saving staff of life. Blood is needed, especially in this area.

    Hoyt Seeks Student Interns

    High school seniors and college students are encouraged to apply for interships in the office of Assemblyman Sam Hoyt, D-Buffalo. Hoyt is looking for "highly motivated" seniors and college and university students to serve as interns in his office during the spring semester. More than 250 students have interned in his office since 1992, and have learned about government by handling correspondence, community outreach, media relations and other office duties. Hoyt, who represents Grand Island, NY asks those who are interested in applying to call 852-2795.

    Grand Island Real Estate Transactions

    Following are real estate transactions over $5,000 as listed in records of the Erie County Clerk's Office for the week ending Jan. 26, 2002

    1943 Webb Rd, Dominic Defeo, Elizabeth Defeo to Colleen Huff, Walter Huff, $120,000.

    28 Beaver Ln, John Krajewski, Susan Krajewski to Denis Hegarty, Josephine Hegarty, $118,900.

    v 144 Independence Ln, Inc. John W. Stickl Construction Co, to John Krawjewski, Susan Krawjewski, $187,800.

    3295 Sandy Beach Rd, Richard Rozicki, to Kim Bowman, George Bowman, $40,000.

    Following are real estate transactions over $5,000 as listed in records of the Erie County Clerk's Office for the week ending January 18, 2002 and published in the Buffalo News.

    75 Lakeview Dr., Limited Prudential Residential Services to Michael Dollendorf, Lisa Dollendorf, $329,900.

    997 Stony Point Rd., Randolph Osvath, Elisa Osvath to Susan Abad, $78,000.

    124 White Tail Run, Cendant Mobility Financial Corp. to James Beauregard, Cheryl Beauregard, $173,500.

    124 White Tail Run, Daniel Bumbernick, Karen Bumbernick to Cendant Mobility Financial Corp., $173,500.

    1501 Staley Rd., Mark Cook to Donald Weber, $70,500.

    891 Baseline Rd., Charlotte Deschermeier, Bernd Deschermeier to Scott Emery, $78,000.

    55 Williams, Marjorie Agen-Schwanbeck, Robert Hilliard to Kevin Ullrich, Carol Ullrich, $83,000.

    31 White Tail Run, Michael Dollendorf, Lisa Dollendorf to Michael Przybyl, Patricia Przybyl, $177,000.

    1206 Whitehaven Rd., Bruce Burns, Chantel Burns to Sean Tobin, Libby Vullo, $124,000.

    Following are real estate transactions over $5,000 as listed in records of the Erie County Clerk's Office for the week ending January 11, 2002 and published in the Buffalo News.

    1096 Baseline Rd., Federal National Mortgage Association, Fannie Mae to Jean Montgomery, $35,000.

    1948 Huth Rd., David Fields to Frank Pecoraro, $22,000.

    57 Fieldstone Dr., Douglas Fiegel, Barbara Fiegel to Thomas Witkowski, Diana Witkowski, $153,500.

    162 Independence Lane, John W. Stickl Construction Co. Inc. to Kenneth Robinson, Deborah Robinson, $159,000.

    3025 Grand Island Blvd., Christine Weaver to Dana Hughes, $200,000.

    75 Lakeview Dr., Thomas Feeney, Paulette Feeney to Services Prudential Residential, $300,000.

    2660 Grand Island Blvd., Robert Weaver, Christine Weaver to Brian Judge, Kevin Judge, $252,345.

    Niagara Frontier Boat Racing Association

       The Niagara Frontier Boat Racing Association holds meetings 8 p.m. on the second Wednesday of each month at the Dome Stadium, 200 Main St., Tonawanda. For more information call Island resident Liz Barker, 773-1191 or call 693-7117.

    Civil Service Exams

        Jan. 24, 2002. . .The office of Erie County Legislator Charles M. Swanick, in cooperation with the Erie County Office of Personnel, announces the following civil service exams:
    1) Senior Environmental Services Supervisor $68-563
    2) School Collaboration Coordinator #67-027
    3) Pregnancy Prevention Specialists #69-488
    4) Program Leader (Youth) #67-030
    5) Chief of Custodial Services - Buildings #68-564
    6) Coordinator of Continuing Community Education #69-480
    7) Detention Home Intake Worker #66-582
    8) Management Liaison-Teen Wellness #69-401
    9) Practice Manager-Erie Co. Medical Center #67-032
    10) Assistant Supervisor of Cleaning Services #66-573
       Applications and job descriptions are available at both Legislator Swanick's district office, 1856 Whitehaven Road (773-1441) or 3200 Elmwood Ave., Room #100 (877-3986). Due to the high cost of postage, applications cannot be mailed out. All applications for the above exams must be postmarked by January 30, 2002.

    Resident Pleads Guilty To Baby's Fatal Beating

       Tyrone Trinidad, 35, arrested in May 2001 on charges of beating his infant daughter to death, plead guilty on Thursday, January 17, 2002 to second-degree murder for the beating death of the 19-day-old girl last May when she wouldn't stop crying.
       Trinidad admitted to State Supreme Court Justice Russell P. Buscaglia that he threw the infant to the floor of the bedroom he shared with her mother in a West Park Road duplex. Judge Buscaglia made it clear that he would give Trinidad a slight break on his prison term in exchange for the guilty plea in order to spare the baby's mother from having to testify at a trial. He said Trinidad faces a 22 1/2-year-to-life term when he is sentenced March 20, 2001.
       Trinidad has been jailed since New York State Park Police captured him in Niagara Falls on May 8, the day after the couple's daughter, Christine Rosemary, was killed. Trinidad was remanded to jail pending sentencing.

    "Over 50's" Planning European Trip
       An Island-organized group of "Over 50's" who enjoyed the European Rivercruise last fall, are hoping to book a similar trip this year. If enough are interested, it will include 3 nights in Paris, a 7-night River Boat Cruise on the Rhone, and 3 more nights in Nice/Monte Carlo. Cost is $2995, but any group-incentive monies will be divided for further cost-reduction. Contacts are Dorothy at 773-3425 or Bev at 773-1782, by February 10, 2002.

    2002 County Tree/Shrub Seedling Program
       Erie County Soil and Water Conservation District is again offering its spring bare root seedling program which includes a wide variety of plant species. Orders for seedlings must be postmarked by March 29, 2002 and picked up on April 27 at the Erie County Fair Grounds in Hamburg. Order forms are available at Erie Co. Legislator Charles M. Swanick's office, 1770 Grand Island Blvd. on Monday, Wednesday or Friday from 12:30-4:30 p.m.

    Community Education Registration - Winter 2002
       Registration for Grand Island Central School District's Community Education Winter 2002 classes will be held January 28, 30 and 31 from 6-7 p.m. at Grand Island High School, 1100 Ransom Road. Residents are urged to use the mail-in procedure. No mail-in registrations will be accepted after January 28, 2002.
       The classes are open to anyone 16 years and older. High School students are encouraged to register for any class except High School Equivalency and other courses that are usually a part of the regular high school curriculum. Non-Grand Island residents are invited to participate.
       A brochure of course offerings that includes academics, sports and hobbies, was mailed to each Grand Island household. Jim Mazza is coordinator and board members are Marion Fabiano, Ruth Stahl, Ted Korkuc, Joan Bodkin, Mary Ellen Kippley, Pete Bellanca, Kathleen Baker Hoppel and Mary Ann Kruk.
       Inquiries for information will be accepted between 9 a.m. and 4 p.m. at 773-8864 or 773-8825.

    Sheriff's Substation Relocates
       The Erie County Sheriff's Substation, formerly on Grand Island Blvd. near Staley Road, has been moved to new quarters at 1858 Whitehaven Road. Joining the Sheriff's Department at the Rockwood Collision Inc. building are the Grand Island Police Dept., Grand Island Animal Control Officer and Erie County Legislator Charles M. Swanick.
       The town board, at its December 17, 2001 meeting, passed a resolution of support for a proposed Grand Island Business Assistance Center Project which is also slated for the 1858 Whitehaven Road location.

    HEAP Site Announced
    By Joelle Logue

       A Home Energy Assistance Program outreach site has been scheduled for the Community Room of the Philip Sheridan Building, 3200 Elmwood Avenue from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. on Friday, February 15, 2002. Applicants will be taken on a first come, first serve basis. For further information regarding guidelines and other criteria, contact Legislator Charles Swanick's office at 877-3986.

    Park Police Run First Snowmobile Safety Patrol
    Arrests Made, Warnings Given
       State Park Police, Friday (Jan. 4, 2002) put into operation their first snowmobile safety patrols of the year and will be running unannounced snowmobile patrols all winter, according to Officer Eric Schlenker.
       Officer Schlenker reported that Harold D. Lawrence III, 42, of Towerwood Drive, and Larry R. Standish, 21, of Centerline Road, South Wales, were charged with operating a snowmobile without a state permit at 6:15 p.m. on the South State Parkway after police received complaints about snowmobilers speeding and driving recklessly in the area.
       Fourteen snowmobilers were issued warnings when Park officers found them operating their vehicles illegally Friday night on the South State and West River parkways on Grand Island, according to State Park Police Officer Patrick Dworak.
       Snowmobile permits may be obtained free of charge at the Park Commission House at Beaver Island State Park, if snowmobiles pass inspection. Permits are issued to make sure vehicles comply with state safety regulations, Dworak said.
       Chris M. Dann, 20, of Fix Road was charged with failure to stop for a police vehicle after he fled when an officer tried to pull him over for operating an unregistered vehicle on the West River Parkway, Officer Schlenker said.

    Local Snowmobiling
       New York State Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation issues free permits for snowmobilers to use 12 miles of designated trails along Grand Island parklands.
       Permits will be issued between 8:30 a.m. and 4 p.m. weekdays at the Beaver Island State Park office. Trail use goes from 10 a.m. to 10 p.m. daily throughout winter/snow-cover months. A decal, maps indicating trails and a list of rules and regulations will be given with each permit. For additional questions, call 773-3271.

    Grand Island Woman Killed By Amtrak Train
    Rose Mendola, 75, of Woodlee Lane, died in DeGraff Memorial Hospital at 8:45 p.m., Monday, December 31, 2001. For complete story, click Buffalo News.

    Snow Storm 2001

    Mike DeMartin works to turn his yard into a play area for his daughter, Allison.
    By Fred Claus
       After having a record-breaking, snowless November, Mother Nature felt we needed a little snow. Granting a lot of wishes for a white Christmas, she made the snow begin to fall on Christmas Eve. There was just one problem. It seems Mother Nature's snow machine was broken, and she was unable to turn it off.
       Some people say they were reminded of the storm of 2000, while others remembered the Blizzard of '77. The news media reported this storm was not similar to them at all. While the Blizzard of '77 was noticeably worse than what is being called "Storm 2001," the snowfall that hit hard last week was much greater than that of 1977.
       Once again the people of Buffalo have been thrust into the national spotlight, as well as the record books. Reporters from the Weather Channel were in town covering this storm, along with live reports on most major evening news shows, and ABC's "Good Morning America." According to news reports, a snowfall record was set as well. On Friday, December 28th, it was reported that a record total of snowfall in one day of 26.2 inches fell in our area. The total snowfall that had accumulated since Christmas Eve set another record at 82.2 inches, however in some areas it seemed like more, due to blowing and drifting snow.
       While some people were stranded in other areas and forced to abandon their cars, others were making the best of the cold, wet, white stuff. Grand Island volunteer firefighter Mike DeMartin decided to turn the deep snow covering his front yard into a play area for his daughter, Allison. He made a path in the deep snow for her to run through like a maze, as well as a little snow fort. He also created a small toboggan hill in his yard for his daughter and other kids to enjoy.
       Grand Island, more fortunate than other towns, had all roads clear due to our well-run highway department and its well-trained personnel.

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