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BRo Guest Authors

It’s not unusual for authors to come and go. Guest authors range from collegiate interns to writers who will be contributing for a short stint of time. Guest authors might also have a series in mind. Authors are encouraged to submit their ideas to BRO (Buffalo Rising Online), upon which time we will work with the writer towards a productive end.

Author: Andrew Zebrun III, with the help of one of Captain Webb’s descendants, Cynthia Webb People think they know history, until they go and actually look. Or as Paul Harvey would say, get “The rest of the story.” Swimming the English Channel at the time Captain Webb accomplished the feat, was considered suicide. But then on the other hand, one climbs the mountain because the mountain is there. When challenging nature in the extreme, an inner knowing of oneself can be found. How else does someone endure nearly 22 hours in freezing cold water, covered with grease? There were boats…

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Author: Jonathan White for the Allentown Association Newsletter Some things are worth the wait. Even if it takes seven years. Big Big Table, a not-for-profit community café officially opens its doors for business. Overseen by a volunteer board and driven by the effusive founder/chef Mandy Bailey, Big Big Table is Buffalo’s first pay-as-you-can restaurant. An open house featuring free samples of Blue Table Chocolates and other treats was held last Friday evening to preview the restaurant. The Buffalo community café is part of the One World Everybody Eats Network. Board President Stephanie Smith said that while it was a long journey to…

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Author: Dianne Bennett If you’ve never looked closely at cell towers or the backs of highway signs, you have a great opportunity to re-imagine them at the current show of Nicholas H. Ruth prints, “New and Improved,” at Mirabo Press in Buffalo. Ruth, who considers himself in a painterly tradition, has a forceful philosophy behind his art. “The underlying premise that I think I’m trying to get at,” he said while talking at the recent opening of his exhibition, “that I apologetically get at through picture-making, is that our human capacity for technological advancement far outpaces our capacity for ethical…

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Author: Rocco Termini This article is not to suggest where the new Buffalo Bills stadium should go, but rather give facts that I think may have been overlooked and should be considered before a decision is made. First, remodeling the existing stadium has been taken off the table. Some of the reasons are the expense and logistics of a remodeled stadium. But a remodeled stadium may be the least expensive in actual dollars. I am assuming that the existing stadium would qualify to be on the National Register of Historic Places. The stadium was determined in 2017 to be ineligible,…

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Author: Ryan Miller There has been a lot of exciting news in the past several weeks on the Bills stadium front. In this article we will briefly recap those developments, and then take a deep dive into the proposed “South Park Site” that New York State Governor Kathy Hochul’s office is currently exploring as a potential location of the new Bills Stadium. To recap, the first exciting development was thanks to Paul Wolf and his organization, New York Coalition for Open Government, who helped bring a resolution in front of the Erie County Legislature a few weeks ago that demanded…

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Author: Andrew Zebrun III It was 1783; the Revolutionary War was winding down. King George ordered his Royal Surveyors to go north into Canada to survey and open up the vast north for his Loyalists. On his way north to answer the King’s order, Captain James Peachey stopped at Fort George where he authored a work of this fort at the time. Peachey was the British Army version of our George Washington. He also worked for the Holland Land Company as a surveyor. It was Peachey who authored a watercolor painting of Niagara Falls, which I now call Natural Niagara Falls.…

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Author: William Graebner, with Dianne Bennett Abandoned. Devastated. Impoverished. Depressed. Wasteland. Dangerous. Black. Invaded. Hopeless.  Having lived in Buffalo for more than 40 years, I’ve heard the city’s East Side described in all those terms. Each of them contains an element of truth, but none of them—and certainly not all of them together—describe the East Side we—my wife, Dianne Bennett and I—saw while walking its streets, virtually every street and alley (no exaggeration), and many several times, while trying to get through, or around, Covid-19.  We walked the once magnificent arterials—Genesee, Sycamore, Broadway, William, Best/Walden, Clinton, South Park–and the substantial…

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Author: Ryan Miller A few weeks ago, the kind folks at Buffalo Rising posted my op-ed on why I believe a new Bills stadium needs to be built downtown. Thank you to all the readers that had the stamina to make it through my long-winded passion piece. I really enjoyed reading through the comments and hearing all the different perspectives on the issue. Two of the biggest issues raised were: (1) Do we even need a new stadium? Can’t we just keep the old one and renovate? (2) How much taxpayer money is going to this?” / “I’m not paying…

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Author: Tiffany D. Gaines There is an intricate poetry to Blackness, to say the least. Blackness is not a monolith, but rather a dynamic flow of intertwined stories that connect us back to our past through shared values. These values transcend moments of survival and struggle, resilience, and righteousness to live at the core of our understanding and purpose. I have been reflecting on the legacy of these stories – particularly as our society is confronted with the ramifications of our violent past and the structures that continue to fail the oppressed and marginalized. I find comfort in the fact…

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Author: Phil More The picture of the 4 ladies sitting on a porch with their tennis racquets was taken the year after I was born. All these ladies are mothers of guys and girls I grew up while attending the Nichols School. This photo might have been taken at the original Park Country Club’s clubhouse which became the school building of Nottingham Academy, the private girls’ school that later merged with the Nichols School. I have two silver tennis trophies won by my great grandmother Emily Gray Hamlin at The Park Country Club in 1908. The Park Club’s original golf…

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