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Hires/Promotions/Honors

Tronconi Segarra & Associates, a certified public accounting and business consulting firm with offices in Williamsville, Clarence and Niagara Falls, promoted Adam P. Ohar and Daniel A. Spada to senior accountants. Ohar is a graduate of the University at Buffalo and joined the firm in 2009. Spada, a Geneseo State College graduate, obtained his MBA from Canisius College and joined the firm in 2010. Also, the firm named Nicholas C. Tirone a staff accountant in its accounting and auditing department. Tirone is a UB graduate.

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Phillips Lytle partner David P. Flynn participated in panel discussion on hydrofracturing at the Prendergast Library in Jamestown recently. Also participating in the discussion was Doug Champ, chairman of the Chautauqua County Energy Expo; Gregory Edwards, Chautauqua County executive; Bill Boria, a water resource specialist with the Chautauqua County Health Department; and Mike Hogan, of Hogan Energy Consulting.

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Hurwitz & Fine attorney Audrey A. Seeley was appointed vice chairwoman of the Defense Research Institute’s Insurance Law Committee at the group’s annual meeting. She formerly was the committee’s marketing chairwoman and served on the Steering Committee.

Company Connections

Yankee Spirits Fine Wine and Choice Liquors recently moved to the former Blockbuster location in Mid-City Plaza at 1009 Payne Ave., North Tonawanda, more than doubling its size. The store Thursday celebrated its 10-year anniversary. Expansion added four part-time jobs.

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The Bouvier Partnership was selected by MerchantCircle for its Circle of Excellence for 2012, honoring law firms for top quality performance in the local business community. MerchantCircle is a business directory and a social business network.

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Marriott Fallsview Hotel and Spa in Niagara Falls, Ont., received the Travelocity 2012 Excellence Award, recognizing the services and performance of the hotel and its staff.

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Lakeside Memorial Funeral Home in Hamburg received the National Funeral Directors Association’s Pursuit of Excellence Award.

Patents

Title: Knife sharpener with anti-rocking blade-conforming clamping members

No.: 8,303,381

Inventor: Schwartz, Edward A. (Amherst)

Assignee: Arthur Lansky Levine & Associates (Henderson, Nev.)

Date issued: Nov. 6, 2012

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Title: Composite grid with tack film for asphaltic paving, method of paving, and process for making a composite grid with tack film for asphaltic paving

No.: 8,304,053

Inventors: Hook, Kerry (East Amherst); Lee, Sugjoon (Westborough, Mass.); Woolstencroft, Jon (St. Catharines, Ont.)

Assignee: Saint-Gobain Adfors Canada (Grand Island)

Date issued: Nov. 6, 2012