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The Association for a Buffalo Presidential Center re-elected Maryann Saccomando Freedman, an attorney with Cohen & Lombardo, president for 2013-14. Other officers: vice president, Mark Evans, American Political Items Collectors and Collectors Archive; secretary, Michelle Schwach Miecznikowski, Cohen & Lombardo; and treasurer/chairman of the finance committee, Scott W. Gehl, Housing Opportunities Made Equal. Trustees: Schwach Miecznikowski, Bren T. Price Sr., WNY Educational Services Council; chairwoman, community relations committee, Joan Bozer, former county legislator and community activist; chairman, education committee, Bren T. Price Sr.; co-chairmen, collections committee, Bren T. Price Sr., and Mark Evans; and chairman, nominating committee, David Gerber, Center for Disability Studies at the University at Buffalo.

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Tom Schrata of Cook Moving Systems was named United Van Lines National Account Salesperson of the Month for April. Schrata was selected from more than 800 agents and 2,500 sales consultants from across the country. He has been with Cook Moving Systems for more than 35 years.

Company Connections

Multisorb Technologies was recently awarded the Above and Beyond Award by the Department of Defense, through the Employer Support of the Guard and Reserve. Multisorb was lauded for its exemplary efforts and record for hiring military personnel.

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D’Youville College signed a five-year contract with ABM Industries for janitorial services for the West Side campus facilities. ABM will be responsible for providing comprehensive housekeeping services in all college facilities, including staffing, equipment and supplies. The company, based in New York City, with a branch office in the Town of Tonawanda, has more than 300 offices in the U.S. as well as international locations, and currently services more than 30 college and university campuses.

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Colecraft Commercial Furnishings, of Jamestown, recently completed the design, manufacture and installation of furniture and millwork for Chautauqua Institution’s new Visitors Center.

Patents

Title: Bulk low-cost interface-defined laminated metallic and ceramic energy barrier materials and their method of fabrication

No.: 8,475,705

Inventors: Pechenik, Alexander (Getzville); Hoffman, Wesley P. (Palmdale, Calif.)

Assignee: The United States of America as represented by the secretary of the Air Force (Washington, D.C.)

Date issued: July 2, 2013

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Title: Method and apparatus for producing high purity oxygen

No.: 8,479,535

Inventors: Parsnick, David Ross (Amherst); Karp, Richard David (Goodyear, Ariz.)

Assignee: Praxair Technology (Danbury, Conn.)

Date issued: July 9, 2013