The Horatio Alger Association of Distinguished Americans selected Patrick P. Lee as one of 11 people to receive the Horatio Alger Award in 2013. The award is presented each year to individuals who have overcome obstacles to become successful entrepreneurs or community leaders. Lee will be honored during the 66th annual Horatio Alger Awards Induction Ceremonies held April 4-6 in Washington, D.C.

Lee is the chairman of the Patrick P. Lee Foundation with offices in Buffalo and Southern Florida. He was most recently chairman and CEO of International Motion Control Inc.

His Patrick P. Lee Foundation promotes awareness through education and research. Beneficiaries include Habitat for Humanity, Camp Good Days and the Health Association of Niagara County.


Carole Emberton, assistant professor of history at the University at Buffalo, has received the Richards Prize for the best article published in the 2012 edition of the Journal of the Civil War Era, the official journal of the Society of Civil War Historians. The prize is presented by the George and Ann Richards Civil War Era Center, an initiative of the Penn State Department of History.

The winning essay, “Only Murder Makes Men: Reconsidering the Black Military Experience,” is a detailed exploration of how and why Civil War military service reconfigured black masculinity from slave to free man. The essay’s title is taken from an observation by W.E.B. Du Bois in his study of emancipation.

Emberton argues that while the experiences of nearly 200,000 black Union soldiers paved the way for important civil rights reform, such as the passage of the 15th Amendment, which gave them the right to vote, the process helped create a hyper-masculine martial political culture that would have deadly consequences for freed slaves in the South during Reconstruction.


Donald Gullickson, an internal medicine specialist practicing at Northtowns Medical Group in the Town of Tonawanda, was inducted as a fellow of the American College of Physicians.

He is board certified by the American Osteopathic Board of Internal Medicine. He is a member of the Erie County Medical Society, the Medical Society of the State of New York, and the West Virginia Osteopathic Medical Society. He holds active staff privileges at Kenmore Mercy Hospital and DeGraff Memorial Hospital.


Air Force 1st Lt. Jonathan A. Lewczyk flew electrical trucks and relief supplies from California to New York for Hurricane Sandy relief. Lewczyk is a mobility pilot assigned to the 437th Airlift Wing at Charleston, S.C., Air Force Base, and has served in the military for two years.

Lewczyk graduated in 2006 from North Tonawanda Senior High School, and received a bachelor of science degree in 2010 from the United States Air Force Academy. He is the son of Raymond and Dianne Lewczyk of North Tonawanda, and grandson of Christine and Robert Jasinski of Buffalo.


Dusty R.S. Bockrath, 22, of East Aurora, has been accepted into the Peace Corps and departed for Ghana in February to begin training as a health educator volunteer. During her two-year stay, Bockrath will live and work in a community to create programs and seminars designed to educate her village about health and disease prevention. Bockrath, the daughter of Martha Bockrath, is a graduate of East Aurora High School and Hilbert College.


Cheektowaga native David M. Karl, a professor of oceanography at the University of Hawaii, Manoa, is the recipient of the Alexander Agassiz Medal presented by the National Academy of Sciences.

The medal, established by a gift from Sir John Murray, is presented every three years for original contributions in the science of oceanography and carries a prize of $15,000.


Air Force Reserve Airman 1st Class Emmanuel J. Okolo graduated from the Utilities Systems Apprentice Course at Sheppard Air Force Base, Wichita Falls, Texas. He is the son of Voncille Vanover of Buffalo. He is a 2006 graduate of McKinley High School and earned an associate degree in 2011 from Erie Community College.


Teams comprising 32 local high school junior and senior automotive students gathered at Erie Community College’s Vehicle Technology Training Center to compete in the 2013 Niagara Frontier Automobile Dealers Association/Ron Smith Memorial AutoTech Competition.

In the senior competition, Dan Ruble and Kyle Jung, from the Orleans-Niagara BOCES Niagara Center, posted the best score. The students along with their instructor, Jasper Adams, will represent their school and the Niagara Frontier Automobile Dealers Association at the national competition in April.

The Burgard High School team of David Thie and River Saxbury came in second place. They will also compete in nationals, representing the New York State Auto Dealers Association from Albany.

Both Western New York teams will compete against 28 other dealers’ association teams from across the United States and Canada.

Ashley Warren and Eric Mayle from the Harkness Career Center finished third in the local competition.

The junior level event was won by Nolan Sinclair and Talel Elwaseem from the Erie 1 BOCES Ken-Ton Potter Career Center in Tonawanda. This separate event was added to introduce first-year auto students to the competition.


Patrick Gillick, a member of the Colgate University Class of 2013, traveled to Israel in December as part of the extended study class. Gillick is a graduate of Williamsville East High School in East Amherst.

Participants in the Land of Israel extended study visited historical and religious locations in Jerusalem, took part in an archaeological dig at Beit Guvrin, and stopped by the Dead Sea. Students also attended lectures and participated in class discussions while on their journey.


Dennis Walczyk, chief executive officer of Catholic Charities of Buffalo, was recently elected as president of the board of the Care Management Coalition of Western New York.

Other board officers are: vice president, James Sampson, president and chief executive officer of Gateway-Longview; treasurer, James Casion, chief executive officer of Baker Victory Services; secretary, Mark Robinson, executive director and chief executive officer of the coalition.

Directors are: Vito Borrello, president, EPIC (Every Person Influences Children); James Coder, chief executive officer of New Directions Youth and Family Services; Douglas Fabian, executive director of Crisis Services; Brenda McDuffie, president and chief executive officer of the Buffalo Urban League; Eugene Meeks, director emeritus; Deborah Merrifield, executive director of the Family Help Center; Tanya Pitts, executive director of the Sarah Minnie Badger Foster Care Agency; Francisco Vasquez, president and chief executive officer of Child & Family Services; and Karl Wiggins, executive director, Gustavus Adolphus Family Services.


Two area residents have graduated from basic infantry training at Fort Benning, Columbus, Ga.

Army National Guard Pfc. Brian Borden Jr. is the son of Jennifer Salter of Buffalo.

Army Pvt. Timothy J. Holland is the son of Kathleen Holland of Allegany. He is a 2011 graduate of Allegany-Limestone High School.


Two area residents have graduated from basic combat training at Fort Sill, Lawton, Okla.

Army National Guard Pfc. Michael G. Bykowicz is the son of Rick Bykowicz of West Seneca. He is a 1995 graduate of West Seneca Senior High School and earned an associate degree in 2003 from ITT Technical Institute, Getzville.

Army National Guard Pvt. Starlett S. Collins is the daughter of Starlett Fisher of Buffalo. She is a 2009 graduate of Burgard High School.