J. Donald Griffin, 90, was presented the Department Commander’s Award of Excellence by New York State American Legion Commander Kenneth Governor during a dinner at Niagara Frontier Post 1041 in Buffalo. Griffin, a 70-year member of Kensington Post 708 in Cheektowaga, is a World War II veteran and former prisoner of war.

Governor recognized Griffin for his “dedication to our men and women in uniform, our veterans, their families and your community.”

He praised his leadership roles as past Erie County commander, former Eighth District American Legion baseball chairman, and, for some 50 years, as a delegate to state and national conventions.

Governor said Griffin promotes respect for the flag by giving talks at local schools on both the flag and the veterans who fought in World War II.


Two-time Paralympics Sled Hockey Gold Medalist Adam Page has been named spokesman for 2014 by the InvisionHealth Foundation.

The Lancaster resident, who was born with spina bifida, a congenital spine disorder, began playing sled hockey at age 6. He has competed on the U.S. National Junior Sled Hockey Team, National Sled Hockey team, Buffalo Sabres Sled Hockey club team and won gold medals at both the Vancouver and Sochi Paralympic Games.

Page will be presenting motivational assemblies at local schools, be a special guest on the InvisionHealth Trolley in the Memorial Day parade in Williamsville and throw out the ceremonial first pitch at the InvisionHealth Foundation’s benefit Buffalo Bisons game June 20.

The InvisionHealth Foundation’s mission is to increase community awareness and fund research for the treatment of brain and spine disorders.


Nicholas Sass, a junior at Canisius High School, was recently named a finalist for the Intel International Science and Engineering Fair, to be held in May in Los Angeles. He will join approximately 1,500 top young scientists from around the world at the prestigious competition.

Nick earned this honor as a result of the research he presented at the Ying Tri Region Science and Engineering Fair held in March in Syracuse.

His project involved comparing certain proteins in the ribosome and amino acid residues that make up those proteins across many different species and, based on similarities between the amino acids, identifying which species evolved from which. This method could lead to the discovery of new antibiotic drugs.


Gregory Privitera, an associate professor of psychology at St. Bonaventure University, has received the 2014 Most Promising New Textbook Award for his college textbook “Research Methods for the Behavioral Sciences.” The honor is awarded by the Text and Academic Authors Association, a national, nonprofit membership association dedicated to assisting textbook and academic authors. The award recognizes excellence in first-year edition textbooks and learning material.

Privitera’s book shows how methods and statistics work together and enable the testing of hypotheses through use of the scientific method.

He will receive the award during the association’s 27th Annual Textbook and Academic Authoring Conference June 21 in Baltimore.


A team of two seniors and two juniors in the University at Buffalo School of Management has won the annual On Target Undergraduate Club Case Competition, sponsored by Target Corp. The winners are Jacob Bluestein, Safia Dandia, Dan Maitles and Peter Preziosa, representing the Pi Sigma Epsilon student club.

The team and club will share a $3,000 prize, with each student receiving $250, and Pi Sigma Epsilon receiving $2,000.

Fourteen teams representing 56 UB School of Management students entered the competition this year. Titled “The War for Guests,” the case focused on how technology is changing the marketplace and what traditional retailers must do to compete against online merchants and startups. The competition aims to help undergraduate students hone their analytic, communication, presentation and teamwork skills beyond the classroom by investigating and issuing recommendations for real-world business challenges.

Teams were asked to develop a comprehensive analysis of Target’s competition and current purchasing trends and to identify Target’s strengths and weaknesses in merchandising, branding and other areas.


Several military personnel have graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio.

Air National Guard Airman 1st Class Charles A. Grosofsky is the son of Georgina and Lester Grosofsky of Williamsville. He is a 2012 graduate of Williamsville South High School.

Air Force Reserve Airman Michael J. Shul, the son of Michele Kmitch of Blasdell, is a 2012 graduate of Orchard Park High School.

Air Force Airman Daniel S. Olszewski is the son of Kathleen and Stephen Olszewski of Grand Island. He is a 2011 graduate of Grand Island Senior High School.

Air Force Reserve Airman Bryanna E. Palmercacio, the daughter of Margaret Cacio of Meriden, Conn., and Scott Palmer of Woodbury, Conn., is a 2012 graduate of Dunkirk High School.

Air National Guard Airman 1st Class Kyle C. Druzbik is the son of Chris and Maureen Druzbik of Orchard Park. He is a 2013 graduate of Orchard Park High School.

Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.