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Buffalo Tracks -- June 28

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 third edition of Buffalo Tracks (in case you missed them, read the first two editions here):

Westport now

A Connecticut family who spent six years sailing around the world plan on moving to Buffalo now that their voyage is complete, according to Douglas and Kyle Hopkins, and their daughters Eliza and Abigail, left on a 32-foot boat in November 2003.


A Buffalo native living out west was one of several homeless individuals written about in the Fort Collins Coloradoan, in a story about a new homeless initiative there. Mark White told the paper he has been homeless since 1979.

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 A music producer who grew up in Buffalo was written about by the Sioux City Journal. Gabriel Farago played in local bands as a teen here before eventually moving to Iowa.

National post

 Buffalo native Rob Murphy, who plays for the Toronto Argonauts, is one of the biggest pranksters in training camp, according to Canada's National Post.


A man who grew up in Buffalo is using a special growing system that lets him tend his garden even though he's in a wheelchair. Richard Benner, who left for Florida more than 50 years ago, was featured in a story in the Ocala Star-Banner.

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

--Aaron Besecker

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