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Chiampou Travis Besaw & Kershner, an Amherst accounting firm, named Andrea Lynn Milazzo a staff accountant. Milazzo is a recent graduate of the University of South Florida.

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The New Directions Youth and Family Services board of trustees elected Christine Weeks president. Weeks is the director of marketing for Grand Tours and Ridge Road Express, a motor coach and school bus service provider. She has served on the New Directions Youth and Family Services board of trustees for four years. The board of trustees also elected Nancy Kasprzak-Whitmore, vice president of Niagara’s Choice Federal Credit Union, as board secretary. Board members: Edward L. Arcara, principal of Edward L. Arcara, CPA, and Kevin Clark, a teacher in the Lockport School District.

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Jaeckle Fleischmann & Mugel partner Robert W. Patterson served as a presenter at a Health Care Reform Continuing Professional Education seminar sponsored by Robert Half International. Patterson presented, “What Employers Need to Know About the Affordable Care Act,” an overview of important provisions for employer health plan sponsors.

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Deanne L. Pericak of Foit-Albert Associates, Architecture, Engineering, and Surveying, has become a licensed professional engineer in New York State. Pericak has more than 10 years of experience in civil engineering and landscape architecture.

Company Connections

Gaines Kriner Elliott, a certified public accounting and business advisory firm, has merged with Forsyth Group CPA at 4077 W. Main Road in Batavia. With the merging of offices, GKE will add Patrick C. Forsyth, CPA, and Joseph P. Forsyth, CPA, as principals to the firm. For more than 60 years, the Forsyth Group has offered services in the areas of tax preparation, audits, corporate tax services, financial planning, individual tax preparation and planning, along with accounting and business consulting services.

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E.B. Galaxy Construction, West Seneca, was awarded $1.24 million federal contract for infusion ward remodeling from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ Western New York Health Care System, Batavia.

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Dresser-Rand Co., Painted Post, was awarded a $50,000 federal contract for the repair of centrifugal compressor units from the U.S. Naval Supply Systems Command, Mechanicsburg, Pa.

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A.V. Perfection Ltd., Depew, was awarded a $16,644.80 federal contract for projector and accessories from the U.S. Naval Supply Systems Command, Gulfport, Miss.

Contributing

Western New York Tim Hortons Cafe & Bake Shop restaurant owners are running their annual Smile Cookie fundraiser. Proceeds from the sale of $1 (plus tax) chocolate chip cookies will go to the John R. Oishei Children’s Hospital capital campaign. Over the past four years, Tim Hortons restaurant owners in Western New York have raised $522,301 for Women & Children’s Hospital and have pledged to raise an additional $500,000 by 2018.