Niagara County Community College student Chad Szymczak was awarded a $1,000 scholarship through the Davey Foundation Arbor Grant Program, which awards 30 scholarships nationally to college students in any of the fields related to the “Green Industry,” such as: arboriculture, horticulture and forestry.

Nick King, sales representative from the Davey Tree Expert Company office in Lancaster, was on hand to present the check. This is the third time in three years an NCCC student has earned one of the Davey Foundation Arbor national scholarships.

Szymczak, of Cheektowaga, is planning a career working with the disabled using horticulture therapy.


Army Pvt. Stephen K. Cooper has graduated from basic infantry training at Fort Benning, Columbus, Ga.

During the nine weeks of training, the soldier received training in drill and ceremonies, weapons, map reading, tactics, military courtesy, military justice, physical fitness, first aid, and Army history, core values and traditions. Additional training included development of basic combat skills and battlefield operations and tactics, and experiencing use of various weapons and weapons defenses.

He is a 2012 graduate of Starpoint High School.


Army National Guard Pfc. Meghan E. White, Army Reserve Pvt. Dominic S. Colangelo and Army National Guard Pvt. David J. Austin have graduated from basic combat training at Fort Jackson, Columbia, S.C.

During the nine weeks of training, the soldiers studied the Army mission, history, tradition and core values, physical fitness, and received instruction and practice in basic combat skills, military weapons, chemical warfare and bayonet training, drill and ceremony, marching, rifle marksmanship, armed and unarmed combat, map reading, field tactics, military courtesy, military justice system, basic first aid, foot marches and field training exercises.

White graduated in 2008 from Starpoint High School, Colangelo graduated in 2010 from Niagara Wheatfield High School, and Austin graduated in 2011 from Niagara Falls High School.


Niagara University’s “What’s On Your Mind?” advertising campaign garnered a silver medal in a national competition of college and university marketing materials.

Niagara’s 2012-13 advertising strategy earned the Collegiate Advertising Award among competing colleges with between 2,001 and 5,000 students.

“What’s On Your Mind?” comprised a seven-part series of 15-second commercials that addressed critical issues students face when selecting a college. The spots were formatted in a manner that began with a student voicing his or her concern before concluding with a university-related statistic that corresponded with the topic. Subjects included job placement, campus involvement, financial aid, and community service and study abroad opportunities.

“There are so many great stories here at Niagara, and it’s great to be able to communicate these through our advertising vehicles,” said Tom Burns, associate vice president for public relations, communications and marketing.

The spots were tied into online advertising campaigns on sites like Facebook, YouTube, SparkNotes and Pandora. In addition, the ads were featured prior to movie showings at Regal Cinemas throughout Western New York.

More than 700 entries from the United States and Canada were submitted in the CAA competition’s multiple categories, designed to highlight communication, marketing and advertising initiatives.


The Niagara County Municipal Clerk’s Association inducted their new officers on Feb. 21.

They are: president, Micky Kramp, Newfane Town Clerk; vice president, Ellen Hibbard, Wilson Village Clerk; treasurer, Cindy Boyle, Hartland Town Clerk; and secretary, Marie Little, Royalton Town Clerk.