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Tops Markets has received the 1997 Leadership Award for serving as the national model for the "Shop to Stop Drugs" campaign, part of Western New York's drug-prevention program.

Rep. Jack Quinn, R-Hamburg, presented the award from the Community Anti-Drug Coalition of America of Washington, D.C., to Douglas Hartmayer, Tops director of community relations, in a ceremony at Tops headquarters in Amherst.

The coalition, which has more than 4,300 drug-prevention group members, recognized Tops as the "Retailer of the Year" for its success in implementing the "Shop to Stop Drugs" campaign during October.

The program is designed to encourage shoppers and manufacturers to make donations for drug prevention programs in their communities.

Barry McCaffrey, director of the White House Office of National Drug Control Policy, praised Tops for creating the national model for the program.

Classes to help attorneys develop Internet skills

Local attorneys will be taught to "surf the net" for legal research in a series of computer training classes that will start next month.

The sessions will be held at the Center for Competitiveness at 275 Oak St. and at UB Micro on the University at Buffalo North Campus in Amherst.

The two-hour courses include an introduction to Windows 95 and a program aimed at helping attorneys to use the Internet for legal research.

Susan Fenster Marketing will provide the instruction with the assistance of Susan Bojar Swinarski, a computer training consultant. Attorneys interested in obtaining a schedule of training dates or other information should call 626-7036.

East Niagara Chamber to honor Dale firm

The Dale Association will be recognized as the Eastern Niagara Chamber of Commerce "Business of the Year" at the chamber's annual dinner dance on Jan. 24.

The Dale Association is one of the largest providers of human services in Niagara County. The award recognizes the association's recent building expansion and programming diversification.

Reservations for the dinner dance, to be held at the Pendleton House Banquet Facility, can be made by calling the chamber at 433-3828.

EPA issues warning on underground tanks

Barely half of all underground storage tanks in New York have complied with new environmental regulations, and the deadline is less than a year away, according to the federal Environmental Protection Agency.

Owners of underground tanks have until Dec. 22, 1998 to replace, upgrade or close their tanks under a regulation designed to protect groundwater, the EPA said. Most underground tanks hold gasoline or diesel fuel at service stations or company fleet refueling sites.

Workshop to enhance communication skills

Engineers, managers and other professionals striving to enhance their technical communication skills are invited to enroll in a three-day workshop.

The seminars, sponsored by the University at Buffalo School Engineering's Center for Technical Communication, will be held at 8:30 a.m. Jan. 5, 12 and 20 on the North Campus in Amherst. The interactive sessions will focus on written and oral communication skills.

For registration details, call the center at 645-3470, extension 2156.

Gelia Wells & Mohr relocates to Clarence

Gelia Wells & Mohr, a marketing and communications firm, is relocating its headquarters to 11342 Main St. in Clarence from 80 Holtz Road in Cheektowaga.

The move to expanded quarters, effective next week, reflects the agency's continued growth. Based on 1996 gross income data, Gelia Wells & Mohr is the Buffalo area's fourth-largest advertising agency, recording nearly $3 million in gross revenues.

Khoukaz insurance firm opens N. Buffalo office

The John Khoukaz Co. has opened a second office at 1742 Hertel Ave.

Khoukaz, a 15-year veteran of the insurance industry, has become an exclusive agent for Allstate. The company also operates out of offices at 2186 Niagara Falls Blvd. in Tonawanda.

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