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Niagara Honor Roll / Achievers and achievements

Three Niagara Falls School District alumni are being honored by the Niagara Falls Education Foundation at its Scholarship & Alumni Recognition Dinner Friday in Antonio's Banquet Center, 7708 Niagara Falls Blvd.

Rose (Mento) Brown, a 1940 Niagara Falls High graduate, and Anthony Quaranto Sr., a 1947 Trott Vocational graduate, will be given Distinguished Alumni Awards.

Christopher Stoianoff, a 1992 LaSalle High School graduate, will receive the first Emerging Leader Alumni Award, announced foundation board President V. James Cancemi.

Brown began her 27-year teaching career in 1944 in the 17th Street School kindergarten after graduating from Brockport State College.

She taught throughout the district at 79th Street School and 39th Street School, among others, while raising a family of seven children who all attended and graduated from the Niagara Falls School District.

Quaranto is most known for his 25-year involvement in the public sector as a Niagara County legislator in the 1970s and a Niagara Falls councilman in the 1980s, as well as his numerous bowling accomplishments throughout his lifetime, including bowling a perfect 300 game. A retiree of Carborundum Co. after 30 years, Quaranto raised four children while spending his time volunteering in the community and helping youth through coaching and refereeing.

Stoianoff is being recognized as an alumnus of the past two decades who continues to enhance his career. He is the owner of Niagara Falls-based StenzTV.com and Niagara Hub. He taught computer classes at Stella Niagara from 1998 to 2003 after learning about HTML and taking computer repair courses. He decided he wanted to further inject creativity into his life and began blogging when he launched StenzTV.com, a personal blog focusing on happenings in Niagara Falls. Since January 2011, Stoianoff has served as city historian and sits on several local boards.

The Niagara Falls Education Foundation was founded in 2002 to support scholarship and educational pursuits within the Niagara Falls school district.

The foundation also will award $6,500 in scholarships at the dinner to six graduating seniors pursuing higher education for the fall 2012 semester within New York State.

Reservations are $50 per person, $25 for students, and can be made by contacting Niagara Falls Education Foundation Executive Director Jill Spira at 341-6247 or emailing niagarafallseducation@gmail.com. A cash bar is at 6 p.m., and the dinner is at 7.

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A group of residents and businesses have been honored as part of the Town of Niagara bicentennial celebration.

The bicentennial committee and the Town Board paid tribute to some of the oldest citizens in the town, along with nearly two dozen businesses that have been in operation here for more than 50 years.

Saluted as the eldest, Sally Benchik, 96, has been a resident for 92 years and worked as a hairdresser for 55 years, according to town historian Dorothy Rolling.

Also receiving proclamations and letters from officials were Lillian Broda, 94, Lillian DuBois, 92, Martin Greaser, 90, and Emily Kcuik, 96. Sadie Clare and Gladys Kurowski, both 96, were honored but unable to attend the ceremony.

Deputy Supervisor Marc Carpenter said he expected the businesses, which have been responsible for much of the town's economic support, would continue for another 50 years and would be honored then for their 100th anniversary.

The town's oldest business, Marsh's General Store, on Packard Road, opened in 1941 and still continues in the same location but under ownership of the Katy family, according to Councilman Danny Sklarski.

Similar now to many convenience stores that also sell gasoline, Marsh's at one time as a traditional general store sold meat, kerosene, shoes, clothing and wedding gowns.

Also acknowledged for their contributions to the town over the years were Niagara Monument Works, Pete and Paul Hardware, Scott Furniture, Alcliff Landscaping, Armand Cerrone Inc., Capitol Cleaners, Colato Manufacturing, Cooper Sign, Cruisers, Electro Mesh Systems Grooup Inc. and Northeast Wire and Cable Inc., Felicetti Concrete, Firth Jewelers, Garlock Auto Parts, Larry's Liquors, Mariposa Sub Shop, Ray's Auto Electric, Ray's Military Barber Shop, Richards Motor Service, Vaughn Door Center Inc., Viola's Submarine Shop and Whistle Pig.