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On the Record / Oct. 10, 2014


The Hafner Financial Group, an independently owned financial consulting firm based in Williamsville, recently named Nicholas Stilb an investment adviser. Stilb joined the firm as an administrative specialist in September 2013. He passed his Series 6 and Series 63 exams, certifying him as a financial investment adviser


Mount St. Mary Academy appointed Peg O’Brien Simons STEAM coordinator. Simons was with Columbus McKinnon Corp., where she established a global corporate safety program. Simons will additionally teach courses in earth science and chemistry. She received both a bachelor’s and master’s degree from Manhattan College.


The Cheektowaga Chamber of Commerce named Rebecca Monte chairman of the board of directors for 2014-15. Monte is with Chelus Herdzik Speyer & Monte. Other officers: Treasurer, Michael Hilburger, Law Offices of Jaworski & Giacobbe; and immediate past chair, Jay Smith, Rural/Metro Medical Services. Directors: John Huber, Lake Shore Savings Bank; Jackie Leppert, Cheektowaga Residence Inn Galleria Mall; Al Repertorio, Network Task Group; Linda Schulz, Millennium Hotel Buffalo; Ruth Cody, Cheektowaga Bee; Bill Stamp II, M&T Bank; Mark Meyerhofer, Time Warner Cable; Martha Ward, Corporate Rent-A-Car; and Tony Dell, Medialle College, SAGE Program.


Allstate Insurance Financial specialist Linda Heckathorn received the Agency Hands in the Community Award for her commitment to volunteering in the community. With the award came a $1,000 grant from the Allstate Foundation for the East Aurora Rotary Club Foundation, where Heckathorn volunteers.


Hodgson Russ and Kevin Kearney, a partner at the firm, were honored by Washington, D.C.-based Legal Services Corporation for outstanding commitment to providing pro bono legal services in New York state. The firm and Kearney were nominated by Neighborhood Legal Services, in part for dedication to assisting NLS’s clients, including low-income and disabled people, on a pro bono basis. In particular, the organization cited Kearney’s support of its Statewide Assistive Technology Advocacy Project, which helps disabled people obtain devices such as wheelchairs, lifts and speech aids that allow them to remain independent.

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The New York Upstate Chapter of the American Planning Association received a 2014 Planning Excellence Award for Comprehensive Planning to Allegany County for 2020 Vision Allegany County Comprehensive Plan 2013–2023. It was the second award for the Allegany County Comprehensive Plan by a statewide organization.


American Natural Gas, a distributor of alternative motor fuels in the Northeast and the surrounding states, and Cobey Energy, a Buffalo-headquartered packager of gas compression systems, have entered into distributor agreement that provides ANG with rights to represent and distribute Cobey Energy CNG products throughout its operating area, including exclusivity within New York State.


Hilbert College was designated a 2015 Military Friendly School by Victory Media. Now in its sixth year, the designation is awarded to the top 15 percent of colleges, universities and trade schools in the country that are doing the most to embrace military students and to dedicate resources to ensure their success in the classroom and after graduation.


Title: Compositions and use of vinylidene fluoride and blends thereof

No.: 8,845,922

Inventors: Singh, Rajiv Ratna (Getzville); Hulse, Ryan (Getzville)

Assignee: Honeywell International (Morristown, N.J.)

Date issued: Sept. 30, 2014


Title: Anvil-mounted dissecting tip for surgical stapling device

No.: 8,844,790

Inventors: Demmy, Todd (East Amherst); Olson, Lee Ann (Wallingford, Conn.)

Assignee: Covidien LP (Mansfield, Mass.)

Date issued: Sept. 30, 2014

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