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2018-07-11 / Editorials

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Clarence Editor

AMHERST ASSOCIATE EDITOR — After more than eight years as the Amherst Bee’s associate editor and nearly 13 years of overall employment with the Bee Newspapers, Keaton DePriest has taken a new career opportunity with the Village of Williamsville as its director of community development.

A few words in a Spindle column will do little to apprise readers of his legacy at this company and his influence on its employees, and to say his anchoring presence within the Bee’s Northtowns office was appreciated is an understatement of significant proportion.

More than three years ago when I first stepped into the Bee office as a reporter, I found myself consistently looking toward big stories about local government, wanting desperately to contribute to the tall journalistic task of community watchdog. While such stories are a vital component of what makes small newspapers invaluable to the towns they cover, I was also looking past what these newspapers refer to as “sidewalk journalism.” It’s the guy on the street selling hot dogs, the student who landed an internship at NASA, the mother who ran a marathon after enduring cancer treatments.

These stories are the connective thread that binds communities and makes them more than just places to own property and pay taxes. Like any journalist worth the moniker, Keaton made it his mission each and every day to tell these stories with the compassion and the attention they rightfully deserve.

I have no doubt that former Ken-Ton Bee Editor Anna DeRosa, now the Amherst associate editor, will admirably continue the journalistic integrity that Keaton instilled here. Thirteen years is a long time telling the stories of others, though not nearly enough for those who choose this profession, ready and willing to endure late nights, industry instability and rare acclaim. Thanks, Keaton, for the years we endured it together.

CANVAS SALON AND GALLERY — Canvas Salon and Gallery, located at 9520 Main St., will present the artwork of Casey Okonczak from 6 to 8 p.m. Saturday, July 14.

Okonczak, a 21-year-old realism artist, evokes nostalgia, taste, touch and temperature. With graphite and acrylic, she excels in mimicking memory while she renders everyday objects.

The event is free, and complimentary appetizers, wine and beer will be served by The Hollow Bistro and Brew.

Okonczak’s artwork will be on exhibit and available for purchase at Canvas Salon & Gallery through the end of September.

Managing Editor

• SIGN THE PETITION — Efforts are underway to fight an economic move that could threaten the viability of community newspapers. A single paper supplier, Norpac, is trying to manipulate the trade laws and convince the government to assess tariffs on Canadian imports of uncoated groundwood paper, which includes newsprint. Publishers and printers will not be able to absorb these tariffs and will be forced to cut costs that will ultimately result in fewer American jobs. To register your vote in favor of reversing these tariffs, visit www.stopnewsprinttariffs.org. See the ad on page 9.

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