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Anne Neville

Anne Neville is a native of Albany, N.Y. She has a master's degree in journalism from Ohio State University, where she was a Kiplinger Fellow.


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May 5, 1941 — May 29, 2018 Carol Blanche Hawkins Smith was comfortable in large families. Not only was she one of 15 children, but when she married the Rev. Tom Ned Smith in 1984, she became stepmother to his 12 children, four of whom became ministers themselves. Mrs. Smith, who devoted herself to her family, church work and Catholic Charities of Buffalo, where she w…

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Sept. 3, 1947 — May 28, 2018 Bobby Uvon McRae Sr., a longtime General Motors worker and church deacon who guided young men through his personal example and his work with MAD DADS, died Monday. He was 70. Mr. McRae was born in Scotland, Georgia, the second oldest of six children of Earnest and Arrie Wright. He moved to Buffalo with his family in 1956 and enrolled in B…

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June 24, 1955 — May 30, 2018 Paul J. Smith, the engineer at WBNY, the Buffalo State student radio station, loved his work. "Never once, no matter what the time or the circumstance, did I hear him say, 'Ugh, I have to go to work today,' " said his wife of 18 years, Kathy (Burock) Smith. "He loved every job he had, and he loved the people, especially working with the s…

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The days of calling 911 and waiting for first responders are over. Civilians, including some without medical experience, are being trained to save lives when seconds count. Some learn to reverse opiate overdoses with Narcan. Others learn CPR, or how to use a public defibrillator when someone falls in cardiac arrest. The latest front in the bystanders' battle to save …

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July 4, 1928 — May 23, 2018 It's just one snapshot of a long, successful life, but it could be among the most significant. In 1972, court-ordered busing to desegregate Buffalo schools raised racial tensions, leading to student clashes. University District Common Council member Charles Adam Volkert, a Republican, opposed busing. But when violence hit Kensington Hig…

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July 19, 1923 — May 18, 2018 As a girl, Georgia Marie Beck was a tireless and graceful swimmer. In her later years, she recalled the day she and some friends were sunning on a raft just off the shore at Crystal Beach. The boys in the group challenged each other to swim in open water to Bay Beach, about a mile away. When Georgia decided to join the challenge uninvited…

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Nov. 11, 1941 — April 12, 2018 Carol Lee MacKay was a success in the insurance business for decades. But as she rose through the ranks of the profession, excelling at sales and management, she had a nagging feeling that there was something more to life. Her transformation started slowly, said her daughter, Debbie Ritz, who worked with her in the insurance business. M…

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From the long list of Niagara Falls jumpers, barrelriders, tightrope walkers and rapids-swimmers who took dares – sometimes fatal ones – Carol Rogers has a couple of favorites. First there is Sam Patch, the pioneer Niagara Falls daredevil. He leaped from a platform below Goat Island into the water below the falls on Oct. 7, 1829, and from a higher platform 10 days later…

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Nov. 6, 1927 — May 6, 2018 In her final hours, as her breath grew labored, Genevieve S. Stenhouse did what she had done all her life: She praised God, said her daughter, Thomasina Rochelle Stenhouse. "First in her life was God and her personal relationship with Him," said Thomasina Stenhouse. "Up until her last day, she was talking to Him and praising Him. We had a c…

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Feb. 17, 1926 — May 5, 2018 Edwin T. Bean Jr., a retired partner and founder of the intellectual property practice at Hodgson Russ, was an experienced and informed attorney. But people he met were impressed by his kind, gentle nature, his devotion to his family and his lifelong work for the emotional, social and educational betterment of children. Mr. Bean's voluntee…

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Amid the thrilling stories of freedom-seekers and those who helped them flee slavery told in the new Underground Railroad Heritage Center in Niagara Falls, there is a moment that leaves many visitors teary-eyed. As they cross the replica of the Suspension Bridge, their guides ask them to stop before a line projected on the bridge desk. At their feet are the words "Unite…

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When they hear "Underground Railroad," people picture freedom-seekers fleeing plantations in Virginia, sheltering in Maryland barns, hiding in Kentucky cellars. They often don't realize all those roads toward freedom led to very few places. One of them – a major destination on the Underground Railroad – was Niagara Falls. The rich and seldom-told history of Niagara F…

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Nov. 11, 1976 — April 18, 2018 Randy C. Rider spent just a short time at Erie Community College after graduating from Kenmore West High School. "He got into the working world right away," said his brother, Brett Rider. But Randy Rider went on to spend thousands of hours in classrooms and training grounds across the country, honing his skills so he could share them…

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The new Niagara Falls Underground Railroad Heritage Center, next to the city's new Amtrak Station just off Main Street, will be launched in May with a weekend of events ranging from a gala black tie dinner to a free community day. All events will be held in the new Heritage Center, which is at 825 Depot Ave. West, in the restored 1863 Customs House. Tickets for all even…

A chili cookoff, basket raffle and 50/50 drawing to benefit Open Arms Animal Rescue of Western New York will be held from 3 to 7 p.m. Thursday, April 26, in KP Kitchen, 5407 Walmore Road, on the Tuscarora Nation. The event will benefit the rescue, which provides vaccination and spaying and neutering of pets owned by Tuscarora people. The cost to enter a pot of chili …