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Buffalo Tracks -- June 18

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 second edition of Buffalo Tracks (in case you missed it, read the first edition here):


A woman who grew up in the area has become one of a few people in Oregon to provide "bunny comfort care," according to The Oregonian. Sarah Baran is a middle school counselor who brings her rabbits to an assisted-living center.


A recent Riverside High School graduate took part in a Flag Day ceremony at White Sands Missile Range in New Mexico, reports the Las Cruces Sun-News. Pvt. David Shields, 18, helped cut a birthday cake for the Army.


An executive at Rich Products helped coordinate donations for victims of flooding near a plant in Gallatin, Tenn., reports the Tennessean. Dave Konst, a senior vice president based here, was responding to offers of aid from employees across the company, according to the story.

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A former Buffalo resident and University at Buffalo graduate is on track to become the deputy city manager in Kissimmee, Fla., according to the Orlando Sentinel. Mike Steigerwald is a Long Island native who worked for a neighborhood planning and housing group here.

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In some sad news, James N. Wood, a former associate director at the Albright-Knox Art Gallery and former University at Buffalo adjunct professor, passed away earlier this month, according to the Chicago Tribune.

If you know of former Western New Yorkers making news elsewhere, send me an e-mail at

--Aaron Besecker

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