True stories from the 716
words by Jeff Schober | photos by Steve Desmond
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Steve Desmond, a graduate of the Rochester Institute of Technology, is an award-winning photographer who has earned an Associated Press Award and five New York State Press Association honors. He has worked for a variety of newspapers around Western New York. Nationally, his photos have appeared in memoirs by Hillary Clinton and Maynard Ferguson. With his son, Francis, he is the author of A Life With A Purpose, which raises money for Duchenne Muscular Dystrophy research. As president of Heintz & Weber Company, the makers of Weber's Mustard, he can be found on Facebook under “Steve Desmond.”
Jeff Schober has a journalism degree from Bowling Green State University and a master’s degree in English and history from the University at Buffalo. In addition to writing hundreds of news articles for diverse publications, he is the best-selling author of ten books, including the true crime book Bike Path Rapist with Det. Dennis Delano, Growing Up Gronk with the Gronkowski family, and the Buffalo Crime Fiction Quartet. His latest book, Justin Time: A Memoir of Faith and the Fight for Life, was released in 2019. Learn more about his books below. By day, he teaches English at Frontier High School in Hamburg.
Director of Promotions Taylor Fillenwarth is a up-and-coming artist whose work has been recognized by a wide range of celebrities and public figures, including actor John Stamos and musician Dallon Weekes. She created Taylor Fillenwarth Artistry,
where she sells original artwork and prints. Find her work on Instagram @taylor.fillenwarth.
Contributing writer Samantha Wulff graduated from SUNY Buffalo State with an undergraduate degree in journalism and a masters degree in public relations. She has written various pieces on local people and places for Visit Buffalo Niagara, The
Copy editor Joyce Maguda is the author of Mr. Turkey's Song. Maguda is a graduate of Erie Community College, SUNY Fredonia State and the University at Buffalo. She is a retired librarian from the Buffalo
& Erie County Public Library System and currently proofreads for four local authors.
Contributing writer Jenna Manney is a graduate of SUNY Geneseo with a degree in communications. A Hamburg native, she works for Independent Health. Her hobbies include sailing and digital marketing.
Public, Artvoice and Buffalo Spree. Her first book, Django the Greyhound: Gets Adopted!, published in 2021. Visit her website at www.samanthawulff.com.
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