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On the Record / October 16, 2008

>Hires/Promotions/Honors

Allstate Insurance agent Wayne LeVan, whose office is located at 8770 Transit Road, East Amherst, was awarded the agency Hands in the Community Award for his commitment to volunteering in the community. With this award comes a $500 grant from The Allstate Foundation for the Make-A-Wish Foundation of Western New York, where LeVan volunteers.

Fidelis Care, the New York State Catholic health plan, appointed Scott W. Averill assistant vice president of marketing, based in the company's Northeast New York Regional office in Albany. Averill was most recently as executive vice president/chief marketing officer at Independent Health Association.

New England Financial/The Compass Group of Upstate New York managing partner Dennis Tender qualified for GAMA International's 2008 Diamond International Management Award. Tender has received several GAMA International Awards and is a five-time qualifier of the Million Dollar Round Table.

Buffalo-based Ginger Kids' founder Patricia Green is currently featured on MarthaStewart.com in the Web site's "Doers of the Week" section. The feature celebrates women who have turned a passion into a career, business or philanthropic program.

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>Company items

360PSG, a Web development and design firm based in Amherst was retained by R. W. Miller Jr. and Associates, an Amherst-based human resource and management consulting firm, to design and produce the a custom Web site design tailored to its brand and company.

The law firm Harris Beach recently opened an office in Saratoga Springs. The firm has offices in Albany, New York City, Buffalo, Ithaca, Niagara Falls, Rochester, Syracuse, and Yonkers, and Newark, N.J.

Wilson Farms introduced a Fresh n' Ready Bakery program to 60 of its 194 locations. The company offers a variety of fresh-baked products delivered daily from a commissary located on Broadway in Cheektowaga.

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>Patents

Title: "Luxury fiber blend for use in fiberfill household textile articles"

No.: 7,435,475

Inventors: Heilman, Robert D. (Buffalo); Kumm, Jeffrey R. (Amherst)

Assignee: L&P Property Management Co. (South Gate, Calif.)

Date issued: Oct. 14, 2008

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