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The Niagara Orleans Central Labor Council (AFL-CIO) elected James Briggs president for 2013-14. Other officers: executive vice president, Thomas Vogt; secretary, Richard McIntyre; treasurer, Anna Horton; and sergeant-at-arms, Richard Williams. Trustees: Mark Hewitt, Marcus Latham and Earl Frampton. At-large board members: Christ Sposito, Cindy Troy, Timothy Callaghan, Luke Brown and William Rutland.

Hunt Real Estate ERA named Rachel Godwin a real estate saleswoman in its Lockport office. Godwin, previously with Hunt, has six years of real estate experience and services the market areas of Niagara, Erie, Orleans and Wyoming counties.

The Orchard Park Chamber of Commerce installed Anthony Amigone Jr. president for 2013. Amigone is president of Amigone Funeral Home. Other officers: president elect, Daniel Bray, Five Star Bank; vice president, Bill Even, the Coming Wave; and treasurer, John McCarthy, Buffalo Exterminating. Directors: Paul Bahr, Colleen Baker, Roberta Bemiller, Donald Lorentz, Frank C. Muggia and Dennis Salerno.

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>Company Connections

Beechwood Continuing Care in Getzville recently became the second long-term care facility to provide data feeds to Healthelink. With authorized patient consent, HEALTHeLINK currently delivers patient demographic and clinical information from 19 of Western New York's 22 hospitals, three independent laboratory practices, five independent radiology practices and three home care agencies to participating HEALTHeLINK providers.

Gentle Dentistry, 5007 Transit Road, Depew, now services patients in seven languages: Korean, Spanish, Italian, Vietnamese, Greek, French and English.

Apnea Care, Williamsville, was awarded a $14,792,638 federal contract for home oxygen services from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs' Western New York HealthCare System, Cheektowaga.

Luminescent Systems, East Aurora, was awarded a $243,672 federal contract for aircraft navigational lights from the Defense Logistics Agency, Richmond, Va.

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Contributing

Merchants Insurance Group, including its corporate headquarters located in Buffalo and regional offices in Bedford, N.H.; Mount Laurel, N.J.; and Hauppauge, donated more than $1,000 and collected hundreds of items for communities devastated by Hurricane Sandy.

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Patents

Title: Product package utilizing an information indicator held in a product tray
No.: 8,317,028

Inventor: Doster, Gary A. (Orchard Park)

Assignee: Zippo Manufacturing Company (Bradford, Pa.)

Date issued: Nov. 27, 2012

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Title: Hydrocarbon treatment method and apparatus

No.: 8,318,004

Inventors: Drnevich, Raymond Francis (Clarence Center); Papavassiliou, Vasilis (Williamsville); Raybold, Troy M. (Colden); Pacouloute, Perry Raymond (Amherst)

Assignee: Praxair Technology (Danbury, Conn.)

Date issued: Nov. 27, 2012