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Buffalo Tracks -- May 19

In a world where things are a mere Google search away, people and places with local ties pop up on many corners of the web.

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 former Buffalo-area resident has written a children's book about a wheelchair-bound crime fighter. Dave Carl recently had a signing for his new book in Richland, Wash., according to The News Tribune.

 

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A Buffalo man traveled to Florida to help his parents rebuild after a tornado struck. Frank Coheley went to Ohatchee, Fla., where copper thieves were active in areas of damaged homes, The Anniston Star reports.

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A 92-year-old woman who went to high school in Buffalo has earned her GED in North Carolina. Loretta Patton quit school at 17, but recently got her degree from Cleveland Community College, according to The Star newspaper.

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A Buffalo man won a half-marathon in Cleveland on Sunday. It was David Keenan's first entry into such a race, according to the Cleveland Plain Dealer.

 

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A former Buffalo resident was recently named to the hall of fame in Canton, Mich., where he moved 26 years ago. Karl Zarbo was honored for his community service, according to the Canton Observer.

You can check out previous editions of Buffalo Tracks here.

If you know of former Western New Yorkers making news elsewhere, send me an e-mail at [email protected].

--Aaron Besecker (Follow me on Twitter.)

Buffalo Tracks -- March 28

In a world where things are a mere Google search away, people and places with local ties pop up on 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 South Buffalo native touts the value of mentoring, according to a story in a newspaper outside CharlotteTom McMahon credits a now-deceased teacher at Burgard for getting his life on the right track.

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A former Buffalo-area resident helped lead her high school basketball team to a championship in Maryland. Mary Kate Conway just finished her senior season for Notre Dame Prep in Townson, Md.

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A former professional wrestler and Orchard Park native is touring the country speaking out against drugs. Larry Pfohl, known to many as Lex Luger, is now a born-again Christian, according to the Rome (Ga.) News-Tribune.

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A Buffalo native's on-ice highlights have earned him the respect of his teammates, according to the Fort Wayne Journal Gazette. Michael Ratchuk was with the Fort Wayne Komets of the Central Hockey League as it made its push for the playoffs.

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A woman who spends half the year living in Buffalo recently celebrated her 106th birthday, according to mycentraljersey.com. Hattie Bannister attends St. Luke AME Zion Church when she's here, according to the article.

You can check out previous editions of Buffalo Tracks here.

If you know of former Western New Yorkers making news elsewhere, send me an e-mail at [email protected].

--Aaron Besecker (Follow me on Twitter.)

Buffalo Tracks -- March 11

In a world where things are a mere Google search away, people and places with local ties pop up on 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 3-year-old in Florida who is battling leukemia got a new bedroom decorated with a Bills and Sabres motif thanks to some volunteers, reports the Ocala Star-Banner. Ethan Jasaitis' mother, Jennifer, is a Buffalo native.

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A Buffalo native has been elected mayor of West Palm Beach, Fla. Jeri Muoio won a four-way race with 51 percent of the vote, according to the South Florida Sun Sentinel. The Palm Beach Post wrote about Muoio last month.

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A man who grew up in Buffalo has opened his own Italian restaurant in Tuscon, according to the Arizona Daily Star. Mark Fontana's eatery is a partial homage to his Buffalo roots, according to the article.

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A former Buffalonian recently made an unsuccessful run for City Council in Montgomery, Ala. Duncan Kirkwood was one of several candidates who faced off Tuesday, according to the Montgomery Advertiser. Here's a previous profile of Kirkwood by the newspaper.

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An 18-year-old Buffalo native is playing goalie for the Muskegon Lumberjacks in the USHL. Paul Berrafato was part of a line brawl in his debut, according to The Muskegon Chronicle.

You can check out previous editions of Buffalo Tracks here.

If you know of former Western New Yorkers making news elsewhere, send me an e-mail at [email protected].

--Aaron Besecker (Follow me on Twitter.)

Buffalo Tracks -- Feb. 14

In a world where things are a Google search away, people and places with local ties pop up on 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 is one of the business owners helping to create a core of downtown business in a Texas city. Julie Ressell operates a book store with her husband and as well as her own unique toy store in Wichita Falls, Texas, according to the Times Record News.

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A Niagara Falls native who grew up in Las Vegas has become the first player from that area to play for that city's ECHL team. Eddie DelGrosso joined the Las Vegas Wranglers in December, according to the Las Vegas Review-Journal.

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A high-school senior who was born in Buffalo has joined a campaign aimed at corporations who use overseas factory labor in clothing manufacturing. Seventeen-year-old Mike Kelley is part of the Youth Labor Committee at his school in suburban Chicago, the Daily Herald.

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A Buffalo native and former City of Tonawanda councilman is running for an elected post in Florida. Thomas J. Christy is running for city councilor in Seminole, Fla, according to the Seminole Beacon.

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A former Buffalo resident was one of several Las Cruces, N.M., residents interviewed by a local newspaper about a recent blast of frigid weather. Kevin Johnson told the Las Cruces Sun-News he lost hot water because his pipes froze, but he was used to surviving difficult weather emergencies.

You can check out previous editions of Buffalo Tracks here.

If you know of former Western New Yorkers making news elsewhere, send me an e-mail at [email protected].

--Aaron Besecker

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Buffalo Tracks -- Jan. 14

In a world where things are a Google search away, people and places with local ties pop up on 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 has become one of Silicon Valley's most influential figures, according to the San Jose Mercury News. Dan'l Lewin is a former Apple executive who works for Microsoft.

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A soldier from Buffalo heading home for the holidays was interviewed for a story in the News & Observer. Pfc. Alex Coles was in Raleigh-Durham International Airport, which is slated to get a new USO center.

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A former Buffalo TV man is losing his job as a weatherman in Connecticut, and that's riled up some viewers, according to The Middletown Press. There's even a Facebook page seeking to keep Geoff Fox on WTNH.

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A Buffalo woman was pictured on a Boulder, Colo., website as she headed out to snowshoe in Rocky Mountain National Park. A photo of Anu Godishala accompanied a piece listing outdoor activities in the snow on ColoradoDaily.com.

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A man who grew up in Niagara Falls is retiring from a federal post in a Montana. Dick Kodeski has been monument manager at Pompeys Pillar National Monument, according to the Laurel Outlook.

You can check out previous editions of Buffalo Tracks here.

If you know of former Western New Yorkers making news elsewhere, send me an e-mail at [email protected].

--Aaron Besecker

Follow me on Twitter.

Buffalo Tracks -- Dec. 30

In a world where things are a Google search away, people and places with local ties pop up on 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 former Buffalo resident has two of her own culinary businesses in Vero Beach, Fla. Adrienne Drew owns The Gourmet Sandwich Shop and a catering outfit, according to TCPalm.com.

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A Buffalo native recently became the curator of photography at the Portland Art Museum. Julia Dolan told The Oregonian she fell in love with photographs at age 8 after receiving a book from her father.

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A former Buffalo resident working as a police officer in California is working to help children who suffer from a rare birth condition. Officer Shane Nelson with the San Leandro Police Department ran the New York City marathon and has held charity hockey games to support the effort, according to The Oakland Tribune.

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Eleanor "Paris" Papp left Buffalo in 1996 with a dream to become a singer in Las Vegas. A reporter from the Las Vegas Review-Journal recently caught up with her.

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A Buffalo native in charge of a Texas museum is looking creating a botanical gardens. Howard Taylor has been director of the San Angelo Museum of Fine Arts since 1985.

You can check out previous editions of Buffalo Tracks here.

If you know of former Western New Yorkers making news elsewhere, send me an e-mail at [email protected].

--Aaron Besecker

Buffalo Tracks -- Dec. 9

In a world where things are a Google search away, people and places with local ties pop up on 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 Niagara Falls native runs a consulting and IT firm in Florida which is part of a trend of private military contractors whose companies are growing quickly in that state, according to Florida Trend Magazine. Gregory Celestan founded Celestar in 2001.

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(This one came by way of a reader tip.) A Town of Tonawanda native has taken over as executive director of the Philadelphia City Planning Commission, where he has been working since 1980. Gary Jastrzab recently did a Q&A with PlanPhilly.com, a news organization that's part of the University of Pennsylvania.

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A Buffalo native has been elected to the City Council in Cathedral City, Calif. Sam Toles told the The Desert Sun (Palm Springs) the economy will be his main focus in office.

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A Lewiston native is a performer with Winnipeg's Contemporary Dancers, according to the Winnipeg Free Press. Kristin Haight, who moved from Niagara County as a 6-year-old, says some of her success comes from her athleticism.

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A Buffalo native and former Congressman remains the head of the Lee County (Fla.) Republican Committee. Gary Lee has earned a fourth term in that role, according to the Fort Meyers News-Press.

You can check out previous editions of Buffalo Tracks here.

If you know of former Western New Yorkers making news elsewhere, send me an e-mail at [email protected].

--Aaron Besecker

Buffalo Tracks -- Nov. 28 edition

In a world where things are a Google search away, people and places with local ties pop up on 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 is working with a group that's keeping a local theater alive in Coos Bay, Ore. Rick Shearer, of the Egyptian Theatre Preservation Organization, was interviewed for a story in The World newspaper.

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Another Buffalo native provides a caring ear for neglected and abused children in Santa Rosa, Calif. Hank Mattimore is known as "Grandpa Hank," according to a piece in the Santa Rosa Press Democrat.

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A pair of brothers who lived in the Southern Tier and who became pilots in World War II were recently profiled in the Jackson (Tenn.) Sun. Ray and Ralph Warren told the newspaper the war allowed them to realize their dreams.

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A former Wilson resident has written a children's book that came from a long-held story in her family. Suanne Polasky has authored "Trapped!" according to the Shelbyville Times-Gazette.

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A Buffalo native who spent time in prison has turned his life around, according to The (Wilmington) News Journal. Louis Price told the newspaper he owes the turnaround to his family.

You can check out previous editions of Buffalo Tracks here.

If you know of former Western New Yorkers making news elsewhere, send me an e-mail at [email protected].

--Aaron Besecker

Buffalo Tracks -- Nov. 12

In a world where things are a Google search away, people and places with local ties pop up on 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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Buffalo billionaire Robert Rich Jr. is investing in an amateur soccer club in England, according to an Associated Press item picked up in Businessweek. Rich shipped over a scoreboard to the Bedlington Terriers, who play in a town where he has ancestral roots.

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A photographer from Burma who lives in Buffalo was honored as a "peace hero" in Lansdale, Pa. Law Eh Soe is a Burmese refugee and was one of several recognized at The Peace Project/Kids for Peace International Dinner, according to the Lansdale Reporter.

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A Buffalo woman is touring with Sesame Street Live, playing Bert, the Murray (Ky.) Ledger and Times reports. Denise Pajak is in her fourth year on tour with the show.

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The owner of a California sewing-machine shop has a "wall of honor" tribute to veterans in his place of business. Jim Wyllie, who grew up in Buffalo, was featured in the Santa Rosa Press Democrat.

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A Buffalo native was featured in a North Carolina community newspaper for his work as a scoutmaster. Ron Shaw's son may have aged out of scouting, but he hasn't, according to the South Charlotte News.

You can check out previous editions of Buffalo Tracks here.

If you know of former Western New Yorkers making news elsewhere, send me an e-mail at [email protected].

--Aaron Besecker

Buffalo Tracks -- Oct. 28

In a world where things are a Google search away, people and places with local ties pop up on 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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Former area sports broadcaster Brian Blessing is hosting a radio show on sports betting in Las Vegas, according to this piece in the Las Vegas Review-Journal. Blessing is in his second year hosting "Sports Book Radio" on KWWN.

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A Buffalo native is running for lieutenant governor in Michigan on the Libertarian Party line. Dr. Erwin Haas has also made numerous runs at public office in the past, according to an article in The Grand Rapids Press.

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A Buffalo couple who moved to North Carolina got some attention for their Halloween decorations. Geraldine Vincent and Ted Boser used to run a produce market here, they told The Star in Cleveland County, N.C.

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A Niagara Falls native is the lead prosecutor in the case against Maj. Nidal Hasan, who is accused in the Fort Hood shootings last November. Col. Michael Mulligan is a University of Tulsa graduate with experience in death penalty cases, according to this piece in The Austin American-Statesman. 

You can check out previous editions of Buffalo Tracks here.

If you know of former Western New Yorkers making news elsewhere, send me an e-mail at [email protected].

--Aaron Besecker

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