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Christine Cassert, senior director–patient care services at Mount St. Mary’s Hospital, Lewiston, was named a “Nurse of Distinction” by the Western New York Professional Nurses Association. Cassert has been a nurse at Mount St. Mary’s for 38 years. She graduated from Niagara University and is a certified adult, pediatric and neonatal critical care nurse. She is also the director of the Critical Care Unit/Intensive Care Unit at the hospital.

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Jewish Family Service of Buffalo and Erie County named Blaine S. Schwartz to its board of directors. Schwartz is a partner at Lippes Mathias Wexler Friedman.

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Michael R. Koeppel, managing director of Lakelet Financial Forensics Group, recently spoke to a group of Canisius College forensic accounting graduate students about how the field is growing and changing.

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National Grid was honored by the Tree Line USA program of the Arbor Day Foundation for the 15th consecutive year for its commitment to proper tree pruning, planting and care in its service areas for more than a decade. National Grid received the award by meeting the five program standards for proper tree care: annual worker training sessions, tree planting, public education programs, maintenance of a tree-based energy conservation program and participation in an Arbor Day celebration.

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Picone Construction was honored with the Peter B. and Genevieve R. Flickinger Stewardship Award for historic preservation and restoration on the Old Post Office at Erie Community College. Restoration included replacement of the building’s roof, granite and mortar repair of exterior stonework, repair of the tower, entrance and exit repairs, stairway and marble replacement, restoration of fourth-floor art glass, installation of four copper rooftop finials, and repair and reconstruction of all windows and window frames. In addition, the Oak Street loading dock was repaired and the porte cochere partially dismantled, parts rebuilt, and reassembled.

Patents

Title: Azeotrope-like compositions of tetrafluoropropene and hydrofluorocarbons

No.: 8,741,829

Inventors: Singh, Rajiv R. (Getzville); Pham, Hang T. (Amherst); Knopeck, Gary (Lakeview)

Assignee: Honeywell International (Morristown, N.J.)

Date issued: June 3, 2014