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Christina LaRussa, 15, of West Seneca, was recently crowned Personality Pageants 2014 Miss United States National Teen. Her mother, Margie, captured the title of 2014 Miss United States Grand Supreme. Christina also won the Spirit of Personality Pageants Award and the People’s Choice Queen. She was the third runner-up in the talent portion of the competition for her Mediterranean Baladi dance. Margie LaRussa also was named first overall in interview and beauty.

Also, Christina is Miss New York State Great Lakes Teen and her sister Rachel is Miss New York State Great Lakes Mini Miss. They recently donated items to the Humane Society.


Last Friday, students at St. Mary’s High School in Lancaster held a jeans day fundraiser for 7-year-old Andrew Masse, the son of 1989 St. Mary’s graduate Jennifer Masse and husband, Mark. Andrew is battling brain cancer.

To make the day special, some St. Mary’s seniors also thought it would be nice for the students to wear Andrew’s favorite color, yellow, along with their jeans.


The Young Audiences Second Saturday Series continues with an all-ages music program featuring guitarist Miche Fambro from 1 to 2 p.m. Saturday at the Central Library, Lafayette Square. For more information, call 858-8900 or visit


Theatre of Youth will present “Pinkalicious: The Musical” at 7 p.m. Friday and 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday in the Allendale Theatre, 203 Allen St. Tickets are $24-$26. Performances will continue through June 1. For more information, call 884-4400, Ext. 304, or visit


The ABC Bel Canto Choirs will hold open auditions for students in grades two to 11 from 6 to 7 p.m. today and 4:30 to 5:30 p.m. next Thursday at Christ United Methodist Church, 350 Saratoga Road, Amherst. Call 759-6428 or email to reserve or spot or request more information.


The Black Rock Historical Society has announced the winners of its essay contest, “History in Your Neighborhood.” Prizes were awarded to Ezana Kahsay, first place; Lakayla Allen, second place; Arysha Santiago, third place; and Wahida Dipa, fourth place.

Pictured, from left, are Wahida Dipa, Arysha Santiago, Lakayla Allen and teacher Rich Pyszczek Jr. (First-place winner Ezana Kahsay was not available for photo).

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