Canisius College presented Robert D. Gioia its Distinguished Citizen Achievement Award. He serves as president of the John R. Oishei Foundation and chairman of the Erie Canal Harbor Development Corp. board of directors.


CHA, an engineering and construction management firm, named Daniel J. Higgins director of government affairs for the Eastern region based in Buffalo. He was a principal at Clark Patterson Lee.


Tompkins Financial Advisors appointed Pamela Rudolph a financial consultant in its Attica office. Rudolph was a financial adviser for Five Star Investment Services. She earned an associate’s degree at Genesee Community College.


The Buffalo Niagara Human Resource Association named Ashley Grant the Human Resource Student of the Year. Grant is a business administration student at Daemen College.

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The Boys & Girls Clubs of Buffalo received Boys & Girls Clubs of America’s Marketing and Communications Award. The organization was selected from hundreds of local clubs across the country for implementing the best marketing strategy for the 2012 AKIDemy Awards, a fundraiser and opportunity to tell the Boys & Girls Clubs of Buffalo’s story.


Hanes Supply, Buffalo, was awarded a $2,625 federal contract for slings from the U.S. Naval Supply Systems Command, Philadelphia.


The Hamburg Farmers’ Market recently opened its 2013 season. The market is open from 7:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. Saturdays through Nov. 2 in the Hamburg Village Municipal Parking Lot. Also, the Blasdell Farmers’ Market recently started its second season. The Blasdell Farmers’ Market is open from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. Wednesdays through Nov. 6. The Blasdell Market is located in the Ilio DiPaolo’s Restaurant parking lot, at 3785 South Park Ave.


Title: Integrated process to co-produce 1,1,1,3,3-pentafluoropropane, trans-1-chloro-3,3,3-trifluoropropene and trans-1,3,3,3-tetrafluoropropene

No.: 8,436,217

Inventors: Wang, Haiyou (Amherst); Merkel, Daniel C. (Orchard Park); Pokrovski, Konstantin A. (Orchard Park); Tung, Hsueh Sung (Getzville); Shankland, Ian (Randolph, N.J.)

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

Date issued: May 7, 2013