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In recognition of National Volunteer Week, April 21-27, Niagara Hospice honored 105 active volunteers for dedication and commitment at a Volunteer Appreciation Luncheon held April 26 in its facility.

Niagara Hospice volunteers offer support, companionship and a sense of community to patients and their families who are facing a serious, life-limiting illness. Volunteers’ acts of compassion, both large and small, bring patients comfort, company and hope.

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Four business leaders and organizations were honored at Niagara University’s 23rd annual Business Appreciation and Accounting Banquet held April 25 at the Buffalo Niagara Marriott.

Honored were:

Joseph McDonald, president and CEO of Catholic Health, Corporate Leadership Award; St. Michael’s Hospital, Canadian Business Leader of the Year; Maid of the Mist and the Glynn Family, Niagara University Family Business of the Year; Freed Maxick CPAs P.C., Distinguished Accounting Firm.

“We are thrilled to take this opportunity to recognize four people and organizations that have been so supportive of Niagara University,” stated Dr. Shawn Daly, dean of the College of Business Administration. “The relationship between Niagara and the Glynn family is well chronicled, while our connection to Joe McDonald and Catholic Health is one that continues to grow and directly benefits our students. Of course, we are also very proud of our relationships with our friends at Freed Maxick and St. Michael’s.”

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Senior Airman Joshua Larwood, an aeromedical evacuation technician in the 914th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron (AES) at the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station and a Daemen College student, has been named Outstanding Air Force Reservist of the Year for Western New York. Larwood is pursuing a Bachelor of Science in natural science/Doctor of Physical Therapy (DPT). He will be recognized at the Western New York Armed Forces Ball, in the Connecticut Street Armory on May 11.

Larwood is currently deployed to Southwest Asia with the 379th Air Expeditionary Wing. He enlisted in the Air Force Reserve after completing one year at Niagara County Community College. After completing Basic Military Training as an honor graduate, he was selected student leader at his Technical Training School at Sheppard Air Force Base, Wichita Falls, Texas.

While assigned to the 914th Aeromedical Evacuation Squadron, Larwood deployed in support of Operations New Dawn and Iraqi Freedom, where he provided critical medical support and care. He also was chosen for European Command medical evacuation missions.

In addition to being a full-time student at Daemen College, he is a member of the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station Honor Guard. Some of Larwood’s decorations include the Combat Readiness Medal, Air Force Meritorious Service Medal, Armed Forces Reserve Medal with “M” device, and BMT Honor Graduate ribbon.

“Daemen College congratulates Josh on this significant honor,” said Daemen President Gary A. Olson. “We are proud of our student veterans, and all of those who have served in direct support of operations in Iraq and Afghanistan. Student veterans are an important and welcome part of the Daemen College community.”

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Two Niagara County Community College students were recently honored in the radiologic technology program.

Lindsay Pass of Sanborn was presented the Dr. Glen Jones Radiology Award for 2013. She currently has a 97.6 percent average in the radiologic technology program at NCCC.

The James Mussell/Kevin Tagg Memorial Radiology Award for 2013 was awarded to LeAnne Brayley of Lockport, who accomplished 51 competencies in the program.

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Collin Kemeny, a senior alto saxophone student at Lewiston-Porter High School, was honored with a seat in the 2013 All-Eastern Band. He was one of three students from Niagara County invited to participate, and the first from Lewiston-Porter.

The All-Eastern Honors Ensembles are sponsored by the National Association for Music Education and bring together 780 musically talented high school students in the eastern U.S. The ensembles consist of a concert band, symphony orchestra, mixed chorus, treble chorus and jazz ensemble. The ensembles performed April 7 at the Bushnell Center for the Performing Arts in Hartford, Conn.

Kemeny, who also plays oboe at Lewiston-Porter, has performed with the Niagara All-County Band, Zone 1 Area All-State Band, and the Conference All-State Band.

Besides performance, Kemeny has been actively composing new music since middle school. He has written pieces for string orchestra, chamber ensembles, concert band, and full orchestra. Over the summer, he studied composition at the Interlochen Summer Music Institute in Michigan. Last year, the LPHS concert band performed one of his pieces. This year the LPHS symphony orchestra will premier one of his recent compositions, and on April 29 the Erie County Wind Ensemble played his music at its spring concert.

Kemeny plans to attend Case Western Reserve University and the Cleveland Institute of Music to major in mechanical engineering and music composition.

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The board of trustees of the North Tonawanda History Museum recognized North Tonawanda Library Director Margaret A. Waite at its 9th anniversary celebration and open house on April 20. The board designated Waite as an honorary life member.

Waite has been a History Museum Advisory Committee member since she became the library director. She is retiring later this year and the museum’s members, supporters and volunteers wanted to recognize her support and advice as she has watched and helped the museum develop into an active history center and tourist attraction.

She served as an honorary co-chairwoman of the museum’s Lumber City History Center Committee, focusing on acquiring the 54 Webster Street building for the museum’s permanent home. She is also on the Lumber City History Center Legacy Committee, whose focus is to eliminate the mortgage indebtedness to insure the permanence of 54 Webster St. as the museum’s home.

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Three Niagara County Community College students participated in the 2013 Northeast Regional Honors Conference in Philadelphia April 4-7. The annual conference provides honor students with an opportunity to network and share their research and creative activities with their peers from other honors programs across the Northeast.

Dakota Reynolds of Niagara Falls, Emily Thiele and Hosanna Gifford, of North Tonawanda traveled to the conference with Rebekah Keaton, coordinator of the honors program at NCCC, where close to 270 papers, interactive sessions, posters, and round-table discussions were presented.

The Philadelphia location inspired the conference theme, “Life, Liberty, and the Pursuit of Happiness: Foundations, Tensions, Mediations.” The students who attended the conference presented research on the state of the American Dream at NCCC.

The topic of Reynolds and Thiele’s presentation was “The Dream Project: Niagara County Community College.” Gifford presented “Landmarks: Representation and Critique of the American Dream in Western New York.”

NCCC will serve as the host college for Northeast Regional Honors Conference in Niagara Falls in 2014.

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Two area residents have graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas.

Airman Patrick W. Horanburg is the son of Ann and Martin Horanburg Jr. of Lockport. He is a 2012 graduate of Lockport Senior High School.

Airman 1st Class Dale A. Boos is the son of Karen Heinrich of Lockport. He is a 2011 graduate of Lewiston Porter High School, Youngstown.

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