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The Association for a Buffalo Presidential Center recently designated the following chairmen for 2014-15: Finance, Leigh Balcom, branch manager, M&T Bank; community relations, Joan K. Bozer, retired Erie County legislator; personnel and house and grounds, Maryann Saccomando Freedman of Cohen & Lombardo; finance co-chairman, Scott Gehl, executive director of Housing Opportunities Made Equal; education co-chairman, nominating, David Gerber, professor of history and the director of the Center for Disability Studies, University at Buffalo; collections, Bren T. Price of American Political Items Collectors; and education co-chairman, Walter G. Sharrow, professor of history at Canisius College. The Association for a Buffalo Presidential Center encourages the study, exploration, interpretation and public awareness of Buffalo and Western New York’s contribution to the presidency and national affairs.

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The Western New York State Association of Health Underwriters received the highest membership growth rate and retention rate awards in the small local chapter category from the National Association of Health Underwriters as part of NAHU’s Chapter Certification Program, an ongoing program that recognizes excelling chapters throughout the calendar year.

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Feed Maxick CPAs, a Buffalo accounting firm, was ranked at 77 on the IPA 100 in its annual ranking and analysis of the financial and operational performance of the nation’s largest 100 public accounting firms by Inside Public Accounting. The firm was ranked at 80 in 2013. The IPA 100 report is ranked by net revenues.

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The Mental Health Association of Erie County received a $323,181 grant from the Peter and Elizabeth C. Tower Foundation to expand its Family Support and Youth Peer support programs at Erie County Medical Center, BryLin Hospital and Buffalo Psychiatric Center. The three-year grant runs from October 1, 2014, through September 30, 2017.

Patents

Title: Multi-directional reinforcing drywall tape

No.: 8,795,808

Inventors: Spanton, David L. (Albion); Griffin, James (Amherst); Moreland, Kristyn (Niagara Falls); Dibley, Francis P. (Albion)

Assignee: Saint-Gobain ADFORS Canada Ltd. (Grand Island)

Date issued: Aug. 5, 2014

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Title: Methods to separate halogentated olefins from 2-chloro-1,1,1,2-tetrafluoropropane using a solid adsorbent

No.: 8,796,493

Inventors: Merkel, Daniel C. (West Seneca); Pokrovski, Konstantin A. (Orchard Park); Tung, Hsueh Sung (Getzville)

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

Date issued: Aug. 5, 2014