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Niagara University professor Kalen Churcher received a Promising Professor Award, second place, from the Association for Education in Journalism and Mass Communication and was selected for the Scripps Howard Academic Leadership Academy by Louisiana State University's Manship School of Mass Communication. The award is a national honor given to young faculty and graduate students who demonstrate excellence and innovation in teaching.

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The Niagara Wine Trail received multiple honors at the 2012 New York Wine and Food Classic at Watkins Glen recently. Award winners included: Freedom Run Winery, double gold for its 2010 Meritage, silver for its Freedom Red and bronze for its 2010 Pinot Noir Estate Reserve, Cabernet Franc, Meritage and Freedom White; Leonard Oaks Estate Winery, gold for its 2009 Vidal Blanc Ice Wine, silver for its 2010 Chardonnay, 2011 Riesling Reserve, 2011 Riesling, 2011 Traminette and Steampunk Cider, and bronze for its 2010 Chardonnay Reserve, 2010 Cabernet Franc Reserve, 2011 Vignoles and Vihno Tesouro; Schulze Vineyards & Winery, silver for its Crackling Catawba and Ruby, and bronze for its 2011 Vidal Blanc, 2011 Siegfried and 2010 Late Harvest Vidal Blanc; Chateau Niagara Winery, bronze for its 2010 Pinot Noir; and Vizcarra Vineyards at Becker Farms, bronze for Spiced Apple.
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Lee Lulek, president of Century Printing of Williamsville, is expanding his photography business, LML Photography. The company specializes in weddings, engagement portraits, corporate functions, portraits, family photos, sporting events, dance studio photos, special events and more.
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MiMi's Central Perk Café, a coffee shop and café, was recently opened at 24 Central Ave. in the Village of Lancaster by MiMi and Frank Sikora.

Patents

Title: Anti-PDEF antibodies and uses thereof
No.: 8,257,716
Inventor: Sood, Ashwani (Williamsville)
Date issued: Sept. 4, 2012
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Title: Core shell hydrophobic intermediate transfer components
No.: 8,257,810
Inventors: Wu, Jin (Webster); Zhang, Lanhui (Webster); Ma, Lin (Webster); Gilmartin, Brian (Williamsville)
Date issued: Sept. 4, 2012