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Hires/Promotions/Honors

The Buffalo Chapter of the New York State Society of Certified Public Accountants installed Thomas M. Burns president for a one-year term. Burns is a principal in the accounting and auditing department at Lumsden & McCormick in Buffalo.

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United Way of Buffalo & Erie County elected the following new board members for 2014-15: Jamie Batt, a partner at Rupp, Baase, Pfalzgraf, Cunningham & Coppola; Pionne Corbin, assistant vice president of underwriting in GEICO’s Buffalo office; Donald Ingalls, vice president of state and federal relations at HealthNow New York, BlueCross Blue Shield of WNY; David Kimelberg, chief executive officer of Seneca Holdings; Jennifer Parker, president/owner of Jackson Parker Communications; Patrick Radtke, president and chairman of the UAW Local 897 at Ford Motor Co.; and Jennfer Stanonis, weekend evening meteorologist at WGRZ-TV, Channel 2. Each of the new board members will serve a three-year term.

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The Heritage Centers elected Peter J. Martin vice chairman of its board of directors for a one-year term. Martin, a senior partner at the Bouvier Partnership, has served on the board for 20 years.

Company Connections

The Tifft Street Pier rehabilitation project in Buffalo was named the 2013 Project of the Year in the structures/facilities category by the Western New York Branch of the American Public Works Association. The pier, which provides enhanced access to formerly underused waterfront properties and recreation areas, was designed by Parsons Brinckerhoff on behalf of the state Department of Transportation.

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A. Vaillancourt in Clarence was awarded a $44,480 federal contract for pond dredging, water trough installation and fencing on the Finger Lakes National Forest from the U.S. Forest Service, Warren, Pa. Place of performance will be Hector.

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Advanced Educational Products in Buffalo was awarded $3,137 federal contract for Medical Reference Books STL Advanced Educational Products from the U.S. Department of Veterans Affairs’ Heartland Network, Leavenworth, Kan.

Contributing

Dunkin’ Donuts will support the efforts to cure muscular dystrophy, ALS and related diseases by collecting donations in its Buffalo-area restaurants to benefit the Muscular Dystrophy Association’s “Make a Muscle, Make a Difference” campaign. Donations will be collected through Sunday at participating Dunkin’ Donuts throughout the area.

Patents

Title: Mechanized or motored retractable enclosure panels and their support brackets

No.: 8,757,697

Inventor: Held, Michael P. (Orchard Park)

Date issued: June 24, 2014