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The Amherst Senior Citizens Foundation elected Bud Kopp president of its board through June 2014. Kopp is the past managing director of Community Bank’s wealth management services. Other officers: development vice president, Jeff Buckley; administrative vice president, Dominic Vivolo; treasurer, Randy Spivack; and secretary, Ruth Barone. The foundation raises and distributes funds to support services and activities that promote the welfare and vitality of senior citizens in Amherst.

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The Madison Square Garden Company in New York City named Brad J. Kogut director of the Human Resources/Sports Division. Kogut is a graduate of Bowling Green University and the Culver Military Academy. He is the son of Colleen and Gary Kogut of Hamburg.

Company Connections

Sassy Design Group President Sherry Sutton is taking the agency in a new direction and will now focus on marketing consulting. The agency’s former art director, Ivan Ereiz, along with Deb Engel, will take the agency’s clients’ design and Web development services to his newly formed company, E8 Creative. The company will provide the same design services as Sassy Design Group. The two agencies will share space at the same address, 300 Delaware Ave., Suite 203, Buffalo.

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ABC-Amega Inc. has completed the process to become an IACC Certified Commercial Collection Agency. The IACC (International Association of Commercial Collectors) is a trade association for commercial debt collection companies.

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Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center recently completed construction of a $366,000 operating room in the center’s Hodge Building. The new facility, in Memorial’s women’s health pavilion, will increase surgical capacity.

Contributing

The Forest Lawn Heritage Foundation received a $25,000 grant from the Community Foundation for Greater Buffalo to purchase 250 bare root trees for its Landscape Renewal Plan, designed to restore the cemetery’s historic tree canopy.

Patents

Title: Baby valet assembly

No.: 8,511,240

Inventors: Strock, David (Amherst)

Date issued: Aug. 20, 2013

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Title: Diffuser having detachable vanes with positive lock

No.: 8,511,981

Inventors: Small, Robert C. (Williamsville); Herr, Charles F. (Amherst); O’Neill, David N. (Tonawanda)

Assignee: Cameron International Corp. (Houston, Texas)

Date issued: Aug. 20, 2013