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Hires/Promotions/Honors

M&T Bank promoted George F. Mackay to administrative vice president. Mackay, with the bank for eight years, is credit policy manager. He received a bachelor’s degree from Amherst College and an MBA from Syracuse University.

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Visit Buffalo Niagara will honor the following 2014 recipients of Travel and Tourism Beacon Awards for excellence in service in the hospitality and tourism industry May 5 in the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center: outstanding lodging employee, Kyle Johnson, concierge, Hyatt Regency Buffalo; outstanding lodging manager, Lauren Solak, Hyatt Regency Buffalo; outstanding lodging general manager, Peter Florczak, Buffalo Niagara Marriott; outstanding tourism employee, Mike Powers, Buffalo Zoo; outstanding tourism executive, Martin Biniasz, Erie County Agricultural Society; outstanding tourism initiative, Western New York Southtowns Scenic Byway; Bi-national Beacon Award, Niagara 1812 Bicentennial Legacy Council; outstanding tourism volunteer, Ed Dore, PLANT WNY; and Buffalo ambassador, Carol Speser.

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The Westinghouse Retirement Club named Janet Grabowski treasurer.

Company Connections

Farmers & Artisans in Snyder is offering its third annual vegetable, fruit and flower share programs. The 22-week vegetable share entitles subscribers to an assortment of fresh local vegetables that feeds three to four people. The fruit share runs for 18 weeks and is adequate for two to three people. Share reservations are required and are now being accepted. For more information and pricing, visit Farmers & Artisans, 4557 Main St., Snyder; call 633-2830; or go to www.farmersandartisans.com.

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U.S. Innovative Construction, Tonawanda, was awarded a $56,725 federal contract for updating the fire alarms on the 10th floor at the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ Western New York Health Care System, Buffalo.

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Dasa Properties, a property management firm, launched a revamped website at www.dasaproperties.com. Dasa, a 13-year-old firm, currently manages more than 200 properties in Erie County.

Patents

Title: Repositionable infant entertainment device No.: 8,684,785

Inventor: Snyder; Carol (East Aurora)

Assignee: Mattel Inc. (El Segundo, Calif.)

Date issued: March 25, 2014

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Title: Infant swing and glider device

No.: 8,684,856

Inventors: Pyrce, Philip (Getzville); Huystee, Maarten Van (Lancaster); Luchterhand, Jeffrey W. (Clarence)

Assignee: Mattel Inc. (El Segundo, Calif.)

Date issued: April 1, 2014