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Theodore Roosevelt once said, “The first requisite of a good citizen in this Republic of ours is that he shall be able and willing to pull his weight.” A common thread among 2018’s Outstanding Citizens is their ability to pull far more than their share. Some made news headlines during the year, while others toiled in anonymity, their good works visible only to those standi…

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Jonathan A. Dandes' jammed schedule has provided some good fodder for teasing from his bosses, Bob and Mindy Rich. "They are fond of telling me, 'You do have a day job,'" said Dandes, who is president of Rich Baseball Operations. That puts him in charge of the Riches' three minor-league baseball teams, including the Buffalo Bisons, as well as Be Our Guest Ltd., a Rich Pro…

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When Jody L. Lomeo assumed the posts of president and chief executive at Kaleida Health in early 2014, the giant hospital system faced major challenges. Among other things, it had lost $15 million the previous year and earnings seemed in free fall. It was seeing smaller, outlying hospitals link up with competing hospital networks. There was also a monumental project to …

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Kelly Galloway is on a mission. In Guatemala, she opened a safe house for victims of sex trafficking. In Nepal, she ran medical camps after a 7.8-magnitude earthquake killed almost 9,000 people in 2015. https://buffalonews.com/2018/04/07/the-2017-outstanding-citizens-9-people-who-embody-what-makes-wny-special/ In remote villages in South India – where many peop…

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Tim Tielman has been called an obstructionist, and he'll no doubt be called one again. But it can be argued that no one has done more than him in Western New York to save Buffalo's history from the wrecking ball. Tielman has played critical roles in preserving the Richardson Olmsted Campus, the Webb Building, Squire Mansion, the Metzger Building and the Great Norther…

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To consider the list of 2017’s Outstanding Citizens is to realize how fortunate the Buffalo area is. Without people such as these, communities can languish; with them, they can outlast hard times and eventually thrive. They make a difference. This year’s group of honorees certainly has. Its members represent an array of pursuits, from preservation to health care and fro…

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The Buffalo Evening News named its first Outstanding Citizens in 1949. First-year honorees included Walter J. Mahoney, who went on to be State Senate majority leader for 10 years; Joseph Mruk, just elected Buffalo’s mayor; and the novelist Taylor Caldwell. That’s 68 years of honoring the people who help make Western New York great. We like to spotlight a wide range o…

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Joseph D. McDonald stepped down as chief executive officer of Catholic Health in 2018 after more than 15 years during which he played an influential role in shaping the region’s health care landscape. He came here in 2002 when the hospital system's facilities – including Mercy, Sisters and Kenmore Mercy hospitals – were still struggling to come together. Since then, Cat…

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Sandra L. Green is a woman of uncommon grace and deep compassion. Every Mothers Day, the retired corrections officer holds a party for the mothers whose children were slain, keenly aware that it is also an annual day of grieving for them. Green not only understands, but is intimately acquainted with the pain of those women. In 2007, she lost two sons – her only children…

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Christopher Kaufmann was standing at the register of Darryl's Car Audio on Union Road on the afternoon of Nov. 14 when he heard the sound that he thought was a tire popping. Then he heard it again. And again. He looked out the window and saw in the Dollar General parking lot across the street a man in camouflage firing a high-powered rifle toward the bargain store. …