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Catching up on Jon Summers' exit and other food for thought

Catching up on some headlines:

"AM Buffalo" announcer and co-host Jon Summers quietly left the WKBW-TV program and the station last week after 27 years.

The voice of Channel 7 over that time, Summers came to Buffalo from Washington, D.C. to work at WKBW radio in 1974 during its heyday and also worked for multiple radio stations in Buffalo and also in Canada.

He also can be heard as the voice of thousands of local, regional and national commercials.

Channel 7 General Manager Michael Nurse said that Summers left after the station changed his part-time position into a full-time job as a multi-media journalist.

"Jon opted to not apply for the position and chose to retire," wrote Nurse in a text. "Our goal was to improve the efficiency of production when possible. We are finalizing our search for the new position."

You can certainly understand why Summers declined to apply for a position that is better suited for recent college graduates who can shoot their own reported stories. It is a young person's job.

Speaking of recent graduates, Buffalo State College graduate Lazuras Lynch of the Class of 2016 got a rave review on the March 4 edition of "Today" from co-host Sheinelle Jones after he made his butter chicken recipe on the set.

"In my 38 years, that's the best chicken I've ever tasted," said Jones.

Since graduating, Lynch has made the Food Network rounds with appearances on "Beat Bobby Flay," "Chopped," "Chopped Junior," the "Kitchen" and "Unique Sweets."

Lynch, who created a web series "My College Kitchen" as a Buffalo State student that gave tips to students about eating healthy on a budget, recently taped a pilot for his own Food Network program.

He has a pleasant and upbeat personality that can help him become a TV star.

I am told that three Western New York students last week taped an episode of Harry Connick's talk show to show off their inventions. "Harry" airs at 3 p.m. on Channel 7. The episode is expected to air next month.

Cameron Tillou, a fourth grader at Smallwood in Amherst last year, invented a piano bench that enables young musicians to reach the entire keyboard. It is called a Slider Bench.

Aryona Nablo and Gianna Cicco, who were in fifth grade last year at Niagara Wheatfield's Colonial Village Elementary School, invented Toasty Clothes, which combines a dresser with a heater to keep people warm before they go outside and deal with Buffalo winters. We could all use that invention today through this weekend.


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