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"Blink of an Eye," a short, locally produced film that underlines the dangers of drug addiction, has made headlines in recent months about whether real drugs were used in one of its scenes. Almost lost has been a 12-minute segment that traces the life, and death, of a teenage dancer who takes a prescription opioid to deal with pain in her knee, turns to illegal drugs to fe…

Columns

Lamont Perry couldn't simply let it pass. Last month, a contractor for the city leveled the old Salem Evangelical Reformed Church on Sherman Street, leaving just the bell tower as a kind of neighborhood monument. If you look through the chain link fence that separates the sidewalk from the brick rubble, the lonesome tower is the only sign a church was ever there. To…

Health and Fitness

Wintertime – especially the Thanksgiving and Christmas holidays – tends to be a time when Western New Yorkers are most apt to turn their attention to helping support the Food Bank of Western New York. Those at Congregation Shir Shalom and Calvary Episcopal Church in  Amherst understand, however, that summertime can be a heavier burden for families that include childre…

Comedy

Jay Bakker has seemingly been on a journey of faith his entire life. In his youth, he watched his father, televangelist Jim Bakker, fall from grace after a national scandal. Now as the co-founder of Revolution Church ministries and host of the “This is Radio Cast” podcast,  Bakker is traveling to spread a progressive Christian message of acceptance of the LGBT communi…