Month: January 2016

Using a random word generator to create a poem

It’s time for another fun creative writing exercise! When I was at Huth Road school a week ago, I took pictures of the third-grade writers club to share with the families belonging to the PTA. The students were writing narrative poems. I thought that was pretty cool, especially later, when I read the poems, which …

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Celebrating healthy choices in a fun way

Glenn Colton came to offer a positive, encouraging, and entertaining message to the students and teachers at Huth Road Elementary School. He is revisiting a performing career from which he retired in 2012.  Glenn Colton said that he “started with an idea in 1985 and became full-time in 1993.” He performed in libraries, elementary schools, …

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Winter in the nature sanctuary, part one

On Sunday, Jay Burney, who writes a column called “Greenwatch” for The Public in Buffalo, came to the Riverside-Salem Environmental Chapel in Grand Island. He said, “We are one of the most biodiverse regions in the world.”  He described the biodiversity of the Niagara Region as being “truly first class.” For example, nineteen species of …

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Grand Island’s eggman and other farm tales

One of the issues that I’ve been focusing on as a small-town journalist is agriculture. Grand Island, in the past, was a farming community. In the nineteenth century, Lewis F. Allen, for whom Allentown in Buffalo is named, started an experimental farm on the southern tip of Grand Island, called Allenton Farms. He raised cattle …

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