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William G. Carter III, a 1963 graduate of Kenmore West High School, has retired as a lieutenant general after 34 years' service in the U.S. Army. Carter's last assignment was with NATO in Europe where he was chief of staff for the implementation forces in Bosnia.

Carter's wife, the former Linda Yener, also is a 1963 graduate of Kenmore West. They plan to live in retirement in Colorado Springs, Colo.

Carter served two tours of duty in Vietnam and he was awarded the Bronze Star with a V for valor, a Presidential citation and two Purple Hearts. He was the youngest battalion commander in Germany during his first tour there.

He saw front line action during Operation Desert Storm and he is a former commander of Fort Irwin, Calif., and of the First Armored Division in Germany. Carter was promoted to the rank of three-star general in 1995.

He has two children and a grandson.

Ernest J. Dishaw Jr., director of environmental technology at Trocaire College where he has been a faculty member for 10 years, has been appointed a member of the state Superfund Management Board by Gov. Pataki.

As a member of the state board, he will be responsible for helping to determine sites in need of cleanup statewide, and for helping to allocate the funds to do so. His term will expire Jan. 31, 1999.

Evans Town Justice Timothy J. Cooper of Angola was installed as president of the New York State Magistrates Association this week in the Buffalo Convention Center at a dinner meeting during the association's annual three-day conference. The association represents all of the state's town and village justices.

Judge Cooper, a town justice in Evans for 11 years, has been a member of the executive board of the Magistrates Association for six years. He also has served as a town and village justice certification instructor for the Office of Court Administration.

James F. Yochum of West Seneca has been elected governor-elect of the New York District of Kiwanis International.

A certified public accountant with his own business, Yochum has been a member of the international service organization for 30 years and has served as president of the West Seneca Kiwanis Club and lieutenant governor of the Niagara Frontier West Division, one of 28 divisions in the New York District.

He also has served as treasurer of the district and of the district Kiwanis Foundation.

Four local corporate sponsors of the Greater Buffalo Metropolitan Crime Stoppers program were honored last week for their participation in the program during the organization's first awards dinner at the Brookfield County Club in Clarence.

Honored were Philip Maxwell, representing Cellular One, Terry Kunick of Troyer Farms, Josephine Bednarz of Key Bank and Sue Dukarm of Pepsi Cola, Buffalo, for their companies' contributions and efforts in supporting the Crime Stopper program, which began in Western New York seven years ago and is credited with solving many crimes and apprehending criminals through the joint efforts of media, law enforcement and the community.

The National Science Foundation has awarded the Industry/University Center for Biosurfaces, headquartered at the University at Buffalo, a grant of $900,000 over five years for its research into aerobiology -- the study of airborne contagions, such as those which cause "sick building" syndrome -- and cardiovascular and respiratory health.

The award provides for adding a new team to the center -- a cardiopulmonary research unit based at the University of Miami. In addition to UB and Miami, the center includes the University of Memphis and the State College of Ceramics at Alfred University. Executive director of the center is Robert Baier, professor of biomaterials at UB.

Sister Mary Annunciata Kelleher, RSM, retired president and chief executive officer of the Mercy Health System of Western New York, has been awarded the Sister Ellen Lawlor Award for Spirituality and Visionary Leadership. The award is presented annually by Eastern Mercy Health System.

Sister Annunciata was superior general of the Sisters of Mercy Buffalo Regional Community from 1976 to 1984, when she became the first president of Mercy Health System of Western New York, which includes Mercy Hospital of Buffalo, Kenmore Mercy Hospital and St. Jerome Hospital in Batavia.

Dr. Martin C. Mahoney of Kenmore has received a $2,000 award from the American Academy of Family Physicians to assist in graduate training in family practice. He is a graduate of the University at Buffalo Medical School and is a family practice resident there.

Nationally, awards were given to 20 young doctors on the basis of scholastic achievement, leadership qualities, community involvement and exemplary patient care.

Buffalo Lutheran Employment Service, a no-fee job counseling and placement service, presented five service awards at its recent 13th anniversary luncheon in Kensington Place Restaurant.

Awards were given to the Amberleigh facility, Everleen Davis of Craig and Craig Twin Bakery, Frank DiMaria and Lana Green of Expert Personnel, Deputy Superintendent Eugene L. Pierce of the Erie County Correctional Facility, and Linda Sabo, formerly of Robert J. Miller and Associates.

Alison Siener of Buffalo, a senior majoring in sacred music at Westminster Choir College of Rider University in Princeton, N.J., has won two honors from the school.

She is the winner of the Donald E. Allured Handbell Prize, awarded to the student who shows promise in handbell ringing, and the Alma Ziegler Thorne Award for organ students. She was named to the dean's list for her academic achievements in the Spring 1997 semester. She is a 1993 graduate of the Buffalo Academy for Visual and Performing Arts.

Shawn Stack, a senior marketing major from Oil City, Pa., and Paul Cramer Jr., a senior management sciences major from Bridgewater, N.J., are the first St. Bonaventure University students to be named William G. McGowan Scholars. They both will receive full tuition scholarships.

The awards are given in honor of William G. McGowan, the founder of MCI Communications Corp. In addition to maintaining good grades and having the recmmendation of a faculty member, business majors also must submit an essay on the contributions of McGowan to the world of business and telecommunications.