The Martin Group, a Buffalo-based strategic branding and creative marketing firm, appointed Karlie Beil operations coordinator. Beil is a graduate of the University at Buffalo.


Niagara National Insurance agent Marcia C. Brogan received the Excellence in Leadership award from the New York State Early Care and Learning Council. The council is made up of child care resource and referral agencies in 62 counties in New York State. Brogan was honored for her years of service working with child care centers on their insurance programs.


The Amherst Chamber of Commerce presented Dr. Anne Orsene and Hearing Evaluation Services the Chamber’s 2013 first-quarter member success showcase award. The award was given to Hearing Evaluation Services for its recognition in the community and throughout the state, its status as the only nonprofit hearing center in the state and the establishment of a foundation that provides hearing aids and hearing services to low-income individuals or those who are unable to afford them.

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The Lancaster Center of EduKids and the Corporate On-Site Center at Rich Products in Buffalo have achieved reaccreditation from the National Association for the Education of Young Children.


The Harbour House Hotel in Niagara-on-the-Lake, Ont., was rated the No. 1 hotel in Ontario and the most romantic hotel in Canada by TripAdvisor Hotel Rankings. The rankings are based exclusively on user reviews.


Tops Markets recently received state and national honors for its efforts in the merchandising and marketing of its beef category in Tops stores. The honors included the New York State Retail Beef Backer Award from the New York Beef Industry Council and the 2012 National Retail Innovator of the Year Award from the National Cattlemen’s Beef Association.


Statler Foundation presented a $33,000 grant to SUNY Buffalo State’s Hospitality and Tourism Department to finance the majority of the travel costs for 18 students to tour seven cities in Northern Italy March 23 through April 1.


Title: Method for producing fluorinated organic compounds

No.: 8,383,867

Inventors: Mukhopadhyay, Sudip (Williamsville); Nair, Haridasan K. (Williamsville); Dubey, Rajesh K. (Williamsville); Singh, Rajiv R. (Getzville); Shia, George A. (Amherst)

Assignee: Honeywell International (Morristown, N.J.)

Date issued: Feb. 26, 2013


Title: Enclosed slide

No.: 8,382,602

Inventor: Rieber, Frederick (Hamburg)

Date issued: Feb. 26, 2013