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March 22, 2017

Getting the skills to run for political office in WNY

“If you’re not at the table, you’re on the menu.”

That’s food for thought, but it’s also no small affair running for local political office.

There’s fundraising, canvassing, budgeting, speeches, planning, targeting voters, recruiting volunteers, field activities, message development, persuasion and, of course, what to do on election day.

All of that was discussed March 25 at the DoubleTree Niagara Falls, 401 Buffalo Ave, Niagara Falls, N.Y.

RISE Niagara teamed up with The Working Families party to offer its new-candidate training class.

“We are seeking progressive champions willing to [...]

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February 24, 2017

Lockportian’s “RISE” shines on TV 7 a.m. tomorrow, 1:30 a.m. Sunday with Joe Mesi, Henderson, Burke

It’s been a long, highly eventful journey for Joseph DiPasquale growing up in the Lock City, moving to L.A. after attending Syracuse University, and now back again.

With tomorrow’s premiere of “RISE,” a TV newsmagazine co-hosted by Joe Mesi on WGRZ, he’s bringing another part of his L.A. story to Western New York in the form of acclaimed stage and TV actor Stephen McKinley Henderson, above left, as well as iconic Rolling Stone illustrator Philip Burke.

The pilot episode, airing tomorrow at 7 a.m. on Saturday, and at 1:30 a.m. Sunday, following “Saturday Night Live,” is intended to be the first of a series of programs about the [...]

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October 8, 2016

Colors of pride shine at Lockport high school homecoming parade

Good weather proved a pleasant surprise Saturday, capping off LHS’ Spirit Week with a colorful homecoming parade and the big game against Niagara-Wheatfield. The parade route saw hundreds of residents, parents and alumni cheer on Lockport’s next generation as well as the Lions in their home game against the Falcons, who won the game 56-32 for NW.

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July 3, 2016

National sports writer Wendell shares pre-Kenan hockey memories

“As many of us know, the Kenan Center opened in 1968,” said Tim Wendell, who was last Saturday’s Lockport Hockey Hall of Fame master of ceremonies and a 1974 Roy-Hart graduate.

“Until that point many of us who were interested in playing hockey had to wait until the local ponds froze. We had to use boots and coats and rocks to mark the goals. And we had to be careful not to lose the puck because maybe that was the only puck we had. But with the Kenan Center — arguably the finest community ice arena in Western New York opening — we entered the realm of fresh Zamboni ice, bonafide uniforms and friendships that would last a lifetime. A few years after the Kenan Arena, of course, [...]

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