St. Joseph's Collegiate Institute Alumni Association will honor coach and math teacher Al Simmons today at the school's Father-Son Mass and breakfast at 10:30 a.m. in the school gymnasium, 845 Kenmore Ave., Town of Tonawanda.
Simmons has been named "Man of the Year" in recognition of "his outstanding service."
He began his career at the school in September 1969 as a mathematics teacher. Soon after, he began a coaching career in bowling that has spanned 35 years. He coached his 1,000th bowling team victory on Dec. 2 when St. Joe's defeated the Bishop Timon team.
He also spent time as a freshman baseball coach, moderator of the hockey team and football moderator, a position he still holds.
In addition, Simmons has coached Little League baseball for 30 years and is a math teacher at Erie Community College.
The Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce will honor two groups and 10 individuals during its 14th annual Good News Awards Dinner and Ceremony May 18 at the Premier Banquet Center, 2000 Constitution Ave., Olean.
Recipients have been selected in nine categories and include Olean High School students Alex Palmquist and Michael Stetz, Youth; Kathy Price, Education; Bud Little, Government; Terry Burrows and the Rev. John Lounsbury, Wellness; Ulanda Cacciotti, Senior; Msgr. William O. Wangler, Religious; Southern Tier Symphony, Culture; Mike and Judy Patton, Environment; Southern Tier Military Support Group and James Kelly, Community.
Tickets for the dinner, a reception and the awards ceremony are still available. To make a reservation, call 372-4433.
Six Allegany County residents received awards in the Daughters of the American Revolution Good Citizen Essay Competition from Assemblywoman Cathy Young, R-Olean.
Richard Embser, of Wellsville, wrote the winning essay for the Catherine Schuyler Chapter of the organization. Other finalists were Kimberly Sheffield of Fillmore, Clair Hiller of Friendship, Kathryn Ronan of Cuba, Brittany Shelly of Scio and Alissa Brubaker of Whitesville.
Christopher G. Barrick, of Amherst, has been elected president of the alumni association of the University at Buffalo Graduate School of Education.
Other officers elected for 2005-07 include the vice president, Warren S. Marcus, of Williamsville; secretary, Celia Spacone, of Amherst, and treasurer, Patrick J. Zengierski, of North Tonawanda.
Barrick, who received a doctorate in counseling psychology in 1999, works as project staff associate for the UB Research Institute on Addiction.
Marcus, who earned a doctorate in social foundations, is a community outreach educator for the NASA Jet Propulsion Laboratory managed by the California Institute of Technology.
Spacone, who has a doctorate in counseling psychology, is director of operations for the Buffalo Psychiatric Center.
Zengierski, who has a doctorate in higher education, is director of campus ministry for the Diocese of Buffalo.
Other members of the association's board of directors are Mary Ann Campo, Dave Crissey, Leon Henderson Sr., Karen Karmazin, Bunny Neenos, JoAnnSmith, Letitia Thomas, and Simpson Turley Jr.
Lake Shore Savings in Fredonia and retired Jamestown Community College Professor Joan Patrie are the recipients of the 2005 Fredonia College Foundation Distinguished Service Award. The late state Sen. Patricia K. McGee will be honored posthumously during the event.
The awards are given annually to area citizens and organizations that make significant contributions in business, government, education and the arts.
The awards will be presented during a dinner/dance at Fredonia State College that begins at 6 p.m. May 7 in the Williams Center.
Proceeds from the event benefit the Keeper of the Dream Scholarship and Leadership Program at the college. Reserved tickets are available at 673-3321.