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Buffalo Tracks -- Aug. 9

In a world where things are a Google search away, people and places with local ties inhabit many corners of the Internet. People who used to live in the Buffalo area, as well as others who still call this place home, have a habit of making news elsewhere.

On an occasional basis, Buffalo News Live will highlight these Buffalonians, whether they're gone or they're still here.

Here's the latest edition of Buffalo Tracks:

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A Buffalo native was slated to attempt a swimming feat in the Portland area late last month. Marisa Frieder had been training to swim under all 11 bridges in the Willamette River, according to The Oregonian.

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A former Buffalo restaurant owner has purchased a North Carolina restaurant, according to The Herald, in Johnston County. Victor Gano now owns The Flip Side, a restaurant and coffee shop in downtown Clayton.

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The widow of a former Western New York congressman who also ran for vice president was profiled in the South Charlotte News. Stephanie Miller, whose husband, Bill, ran with Barry Goldwater, talked with the newspaper about her political memories.

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A Buffalo native has been named the new principal percussionist of the Cincinnati Symphony. David Fishlock has been with the symphony since 1991, according to the Cincinnati Enquirer's website.

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A Buffalo resident practicing traditional Chinese art was featured in a story about the Virginia Highlands Festival. Ping Guo started doing silk embroidery two years ago and was a first-time vendor at the arts event in Abingdon, Va., according to TriCities.com.

If you know of former Western New Yorkers making news elsewhere, send me an e-mail at abesecker@buffnews.com. Check out previous editions of Buffalo Tracks here.

--Aaron Besecker

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