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On the Record / April 17, 2012


Everywoman Opportunity Center will hold its 28th annual awards dinner May 3 in Salvatore's Italian Gardens, Lancaster. The awards are presented in recognition of the outstanding actions of women who are pathfinders, risk takers and role models for all women in their communities.

The Award of Excellence, which celebrates the achievements of extraordinary women who have gone above and beyond to make a difference in the lives of women in Western New York, will be presented to Barbara Carr, executive director of the SPCA Serving Erie County; Mary Kate

O'Connell, executive/artistic director of O'Connell & Company; and State Supreme Court Justice Shirley Troutman.

Also, the Elizabeth B. Hopkins Alumna Award, which celebrates the achievements of an Everywoman program alumna who exemplifies personal achievement, will honor

Bethann Boser. The Partner in Self-Sufficiency Award, which acknowledges the contributions and commitment of organizations that have worked with Everywoman to help women become self-sufficient, recognizes the Family Justice Center of Erie County and its executive director, Mary Travers Murphy.

Kenneth M. Franasiak, chief executive officer and chairman of Calamar, a real estate organization made up of development, construction, property management, and finance and investment divisions, was appointed to his second term with the Small Business Administration's Buffalo District Region II Advisory Council. The SBA is a federal entity that has been helping U.S. small businesses with financial assistance ranging from small loans to substantial debt and equity investment capital since 1953.


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Harper International, a Lancaster-based provider of thermal processing solutions for advanced materials, was selected to install an ultra high temperature continuous furnace system at FISIPE in Portugal. The system will be used for the development of high modulus carbon fiber, primarily used in applications requiring high rigidity.

No Frills Buffalo, a publishing company founded by Mark Pogodzinski, has released a collection of poetry by Buffalo native Frederick E. Whitehead. "Orbs" is Whitehead's third collection of poetry. Whitehead serves as host and organizer of the 4th Friday Poetry Series at Dog Ears Bookstore, 688 Abbott Road, in South Buffalo. Held on the fourth Friday of every month, the poetry series features guest readers and open reading slots.



Title: "Method of altering a fluid-borne contaminant"

No.: 8,142,716

Inventors: Garvey, James F. (Williamsville); Lordi, John A. (Williamsville); Mollendorf, Joseph (Amherst); Felske, James D. (Amherst)

Assignee: Research Foundation of State University of New York (Albany)

Date issued: March 27, 2012