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> REMEMBRANCE

Senecas stage walk? to mark loss of territory

Members of the Seneca Nation of Indians mourned past losses of homeland and commemorated their resilience as a people during a walk on Saturday along old Route 280 in Steamburg.

The event came as a remembrance of an episode nearly 50 years ago, when Senecas were forced to leave their lands in the Allegany Territory.

"Those Seneca who lived through the removal, those who watched their houses burn to the ground – they experienced trauma and heartbreak that no doubt nearly broke their spirit," said Seneca President Robert Odawi Porter, in an address at the Steamburg Community Center, according to a release from the Seneca Nation.

The Senecas mourn the 1960s as a time of loss of territory in the Allegany area, due to the construction of the Kinzua Dam.
The nation's release stated that 600 people were forced to move from their homes and properties.

The commemorative walk is an annual event.

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> NIAGARA UNIVERSITY

Army veteran returns ?to discuss Troops to Teachers

LEWISTON – Retired Col. Vanessa D. Barron, a 1978 graduate of Niagara University and a 31-year Army veteran, will return to the NU campus to discuss the federally funded Troops to Teachers program at 3 p.m. Thursday in the multipurpose room of the Gallagher Center.

Troops to Teachers is a national program designed to help eligible military personnel to begin new careers as teachers in public schools serving a high percentage of students from low income families. Barron is manager of the Troops to Teachers program for New York and Pennsylvania.

Michael J. Freedman, associate director of public relations for the university, said all current and prospective students, especially those considering education as a major, are encouraged to attend.

The presentation is free and open to the public.

Troops to Teachers may provide stipends of up to $5,000 to help pay for teacher qualification costs or bonuses of $10,000 to teach in targeted schools.

Participants who accept the stipends or bonuses must agree to teach for at least three years in targeted schools.

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> BILLS FAN

Amherst man will miss ?first game since 1979

Anyone who knows Tom Jasinski can tell you it takes a lot to keep him away from a Buffalo Bills home game.

Jasinski, 51, of Amherst, will miss today's big game against the New England Patriots because he had a kidney transplant six days ago in the Erie County Medical Center.

"He hasn't missed a game since the 1979 season. He's been to at least 260 straight games," said his wife, Ginny Wallace. "And Tom has only missed four games since he started going to games with his grandparents 44 years ago."

Jasinski is doing "exceptionally well" with his new kidney, and if it was up to him, he might very well show up at Ralph Wilson Stadium today, his wife said.

The last time Jasinski missed a game, he was in the hospital, getting diagnosed with the diabetes that eventually required the kidney transplant.