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2015-12-09 / Editorial

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MARY BEST MARY BEST SEASON OF GIVING — The holidays always seem to ignite a spark in the air, motivating people to give a little more than they necessarily would any other time of year.

Especially with the new year just around the corner, being able to donate food or even your used clothing or belongings. Fortunately, there are many ways to help out the community.

For one, volunteering your time can really help someone out. Ken-Ton Meals on Wheels is always looking for volunteers to deliver meals, work in the kitchen or serve in the dining room. Visit www.kentonmealsonwheels.org to get a volunteer application.

CAPTURE THE MOMENT — Do you have an interesting, vibrant or spirited light display to celebrate the holiday season? If you do, send a photo to us. It could be published in the paper or even shared on our social media. If you have a photo you’d like to submit, please email it to mbest@beewnews.com.

by EMILY FARACCA Reporter

AN INTRODUCTION — Three months ago, I walked into the Bee Newspaper offices, resume and writing samples in hand, with no presuppositions and high hopes.

A week before, I had left my position as a digital production specialist to chase my career goals full time.

I have always loved to write. The stacks of full journals on my bookshelves attest to writing as my outlet to process thoughts clearly, share the high and low points of my life both publicly and privately, and communicate as the best version of myself.

My love for the editorial world was sparked in high school journalism class, when I was appointed layout editor my senior year and felt myself come alive. The practice of copy edits, deadlines and interviews kept me in the yearbook room as often as I could be there — and sometimes all night.

Following high school, I received my bachelor’s degree in written communication from the University at Buffalo.

Though I kept up personal writing projects, I was not given the opportunity to merge my passion for writing into my profession until about a month ago, when I received an email from The Bee requesting an interview.

Now, here I sit as a reporter in a bustling office, given the opportunity every day to practice what I love in harmony with the generous and happening Western New York community.

Though I love to travel, I will always be proud to call Buffalo home. I am honored and grateful to represent a newspaper reporting on community events and other topics that matter to people like me.

After months of searching for a niche where I could exercise my passion for writing and love for community, I can now say with confidence, “This must be the place.” I can be reached at the Bee offices by calling 204-4925 or by email at efaracca@beenews.com.

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