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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:

Mooresville News

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.


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.

Rome News-Tribune

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.

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.


A woman who spends half the year living in Buffalo recently celebrated her 106th birthday, according to 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

--Aaron Besecker (Follow me on Twitter.)

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