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Phillips Lytle partner Michael B. Powers was re-elected a trustee of the Historical Society of the Courts of the State of New York. Powers has served on the society’s board of trustees since January 2005 and was selected as chairman of its Programs Committee in 2013. In addition, he is Clarence town justice.

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The Kaz Companies, a West Seneca-based home improvement company, named Andrew Witryk and Chris Wagner project developers and Robert Szarpa a production assistant. Witryk has 20 years of experience in the construction and remodeling industry. Wagner has 15 years of experience in the remodeling industry. Szarpa has 25 years of experience in the construction/remodeling industry.

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Lawley Benefits Group appointed John Cureo associate partner. Cureo joined Lawley in 2003.

Company Connections

Dr. Graci Marra Bax celebrated the grand opening of his dental practice with an open house and ribbon-cutting recently. The practice is located at 5320 Military Road, Suite 101, in Lewiston.

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DP Brakes will be the official Mountain Bike brake sponsor for the 2014 Eastern States Cup, which offers professional and amateur racing with downhill, super D and enduro mountain bike racing. The North American headquarters of DP Breaks is Tony Mills International, 4401 Walden Ave., Lancaster.

Contributing

Employees at BlueCross BlueShield of Western New York went “blue4ben” recently and raised more than $3,000 dollars for Roswell Park Cancer Institute’s Pediatric Cancer Care Center in honor of Ben Sauer and his family. The fundraising efforts were complemented by a blue cupcake bake sale, which saw hundreds of cupcakes sold in just a few hours.

Patents

Title: Multi-layer thermal insulation composite

No.: 8,663,774

Inventors: Fernando, Joseph A. (Amherst); Miller, Kenneth B. (Lockport)

Assignee: Unifrax I LLC (Tonawanda)

Date issued: March 4, 2013