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To recognize significant contributions of service, monetary donations and/or in-kind donations in the start-up phase of the North Tonawanda History Museum, the board of trustees has named three local businesses Honorary Charter Business Life Members: The Tonawanda News, which was established in North Tonawanda in 1880 and has published a daily newspaper continually since; Wizard Communications, an Internet service provider in the City of Tonawanda; and Advice Creative, a North Tonawanda advertising agency.

Honorary Life Members will be officially recognized at the museum's inaugural annual meeting in 2005 and will be given preview invitations to future museum activities. All members in the museum's first year of operation will be listed as charter members of the museum.

The Niagara County Historical Society last month honored the following volunteers who have more than 50 hours of service: Clarence "Dutch" Adams, Joan Barry, Debbie Battistella, Lois Begley, Ken Boyd, Stuart Brown, Kay Burgess, Donna Campbell, Roger Covell, Ray DeNeau, Betsy Diachun, Jayne Forster, Shirley Frombgen, John K. Hall, Eunice Hernberger, Donelle Koukal, Mary McMillan, Carol Milazzo, Becky and Gloria Pittler, Don Stopp, Pat Tracy, Margaret Truax and Candy Wilson.

Matthew G. Brown, Niagara University Class of 1974, former director of public property in Niagara Falls and past director of the city's convention center, returned to Niagara University recently to accept a dean's award during the annual alumni reunion.

Brown was one of 11 alumni to receive awards. Approximately 550 alumni attended to celebrate commencement anniversaries.

Also honored were Kathleen Mylod, Class of 1969, a graduate of Niagara College of Nursing, and Brian Mylod, Class of 1968. Both received the university's Dunleavy Award for succeeding in their profession, performing outstanding charitable service and demonstrating loyalty to Niagara University.

Seven nurse leaders from across the United States were inducted into the Gamma Theta Chapter of Sigma Tau International Honor Society last month at Niagara University's Alumni Weekend.

Members of the university's College of Nursing Alumni Chapter presented awards to local honorees: Michael and Elaine Roman of North Tonawanda, Loretta Colaiacovo of Clarence Center and Colleen Murphy of Buffalo.

Also JoAnn McClune of Ithaca, Anita Cronk of Montague, N.J. and Christine Wick of Euclid, Ohio.

Five of the seven honorees were graduates of the Niagara University College of Nursing, which was in existence from 1946 to 2002. NU nursing alumni were: Murphy, Michael Roman, Clune, Wick and Cronk.

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