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2015-04-02 / Editorial

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Lancaster/ Depew Editor

SCHOLARSHIP AND A SMILE — In September, Lancaster student James Metz, known as “the kid with the smile,” had his life cut short in a plane crash.

Now, the Lancaster School District PTO Council has dedicated the James Metz Memorial Scholarship to honor the enthusiastic, athletic and involved young man and his family, whose motto is simply “show up.”

The scholarship is for $1,000, and students must have a 75 average and plans for post-high school education.

A 250-word essay must be submitted that demonstrates one or more of the characteristics that exemplified James’ character, including community awareness, self-awareness and integrity, as well as how you show up, where you show up and why you show up.

The deadline for the application is Friday, May 1, and the scholarship will be presented during June senior recognition. For more information, a full list of requirements and a copy of the application, visit www.lancasterschools.org/na viance.


HELLO — During the past decade, journalism has seen a massive, historic shift in the way news is both presented and consumed. The rapid and inevitable conversion from a print-centric world to a digital one has reaped disastrous effects on traditional media. At least a dozen historic papers have disappeared entirely in the U.S. since 2007, and many more continue to struggle for the resources required to hold their town’s elected officials accountable or effectively inform their public.

Put simply, newspapers are the lifeblood of a democratic society. They remind us not only what we need to know, but who we are as a community. They show us where we stand against the backdrop of history, and where we’re going if trajectories remain stagnant. The world is increasingly becoming globalized, yet real information remains a scarcity.

I’m thrilled to become part of a 136-year tradition of respected community journalism at The Bee Newspapers and to strive to meet the high journalistic standard set by The Bee’s current and former staff.

My position as a reporter will give me the opportunity to cover the Cheektowaga and East Aurora school boards, as well as breaking news stories and lifestyle pieces. I graduated with a bachelor’s degree in journalism from SUNY Fredonia in 2013. My work has previously appeared in Artvoice, The Buffalo News and The Guardian.

DOCENT TRAINING — Docent training for Frank Lloyd Wright’s Graycliff Estate will be held at 9 a.m. Saturday mornings from April 18 to May 23.

The training sessions will include discussions, readings, guest speakers, presentations, hands-on practice and a field trip.

For those not interested in being a docent but who would still like to volunteer on the Graycliff Estate, there are opportunities to help in the gift shop; on the Green Team, which is responsible for grounds maintenance; and for special events, cleaning and more.

For more information on these opportunities, email Graycliff@verizon.net or call 947-9217.

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