The Buffalo Board of Education will honor six people and a civic-minded corporation during the board meeting at 5:30 p.m. Wednesday in City Hall.
The honorees are:
Gregg Borland, liaison between First Presbyterian Church of Buffalo and the schools. The church has been instrumental in organizing Thanksgiving luncheons, Christmas parties, nature field trips and visits with grandparent volunteers. Church volunteers also donated $1,000 and food and clothing for needy pupils.
Russell Link, a member of the Days Park School/Community Playground Committee. He has enlisted contributions from the Elmwood Kiwanis Club and Theater of Youth.
Patrick J. Fagan, president of Shea's Performing Arts Center, and Jeff Bagel, senior development manager. They have enabled 1,700 students from Lower West Side schools to attend children's performances for the last two falls.
Bill Gallivan, a retired art teacher. He has volunteered to give weekly art lessons to first-graders for the past four years, providing all materials.
Albert J.X. deBlok, president of Sovereign Motors. He has contributed money and in-kind services for the Days Park School/Community Playground.
The William S. Hein & Co. It has donated materials and supplies to the schools, and its employees have adopted seven families during the Christmas holidays.
Stephen H. Balch, president of the National Association of Scholars based in Princeton, N.J., and Nicholas D. Trbovich of Orchard Park, chairman of the board and president of Servotronics, have been elected to the Medaille College board of trustees.
Balch also is a director of the National Alumni Forum. He received his bachelor of arts degree from Brooklyn College and his master of arts degree and doctorate from the University of California. He was an assistant professor of government at the John Jay College of Criminal Justice at City University of New York from 1979 to 1992.
Trbovich, who founded Servotronics in 1959, has been chairman of both the Trocaire College and D'Youville College boards. His wife and three of his children received degrees from Medaille and another child now is enrolled.
He has served on Medaille's advisory board for business programs and has received the college's Entrepreneur of the Year Award. He received three graduate degrees from the University of Rochester and has received that institution's Distinguished Alumni Award.
The Am-Pol Eagle, a weekly Polish-American newspaper published in Cheektowaga, has named 22 people and organizations from Western New York to receive its annual Citizen of the Year awards. Categories and award-winners are:
Art, Fred Szatkowski; business, Raymond Bialkowski; community leader (non-Polish), Harry Stainrook; culture, the Straszny Dwor Committee; education, Cheektowaga-Sloan School Superintendent James Mazgajewski; fraternal, Dolores Slazak; health, Dr. Wanda Wieckowski; heritage, Andrew Golebiowski; humanitarian, Sister Johnice Rzadkiewicz; government, Leonard Wudyka; and labor, Thomas Wisniewski.
Also law, State Supreme Court Justice John Michalek; media, Janet Stanek; music, Donald Jenczka; organization, Quo Vadis; individual in organizations, Mary Jane Wajmer; military-veterans, Henry Gorko; politics, Depew Mayor Robert Kucewicz; religion, Franciscan Sisters of St. Joseph; science, Wanda Bolanowska Higdon; sports, skier Scott Pleban; and youth, Agatha Glowacki.
Honored as National Citizen of the Year is Michael Priesler of Richmond Hill, an Auschwitz survivor who helped launch the Forgotten Holocaust Project for the Polish American Congress.
The group will be honored at a luncheon at 1:30 p.m. today in the Polish Falcons Hall, 445 Columbia Ave., Depew.
April Zaidel, administrative support assistant at Veterans Hospital, received the Overall Contribution Award at the national VA Medical Care Cost Recovery Program conference held recently in Denver.
She was honored for improvements at the local veterans' hospital that subsequently were adopted nationwide. The cost recovery program submits claims to veterans' third-party health insurance carriers for treatment of nonservice-connected conditions.
Mrs. Zaidel received the commendation from W. Todd Grams, chief financial officer of the Veterans Health Administration of the Department of Veterans Affairs. Her accomplishments include software enhancements for integrated billing and accounts receivable packages and templates to facilitate report generation, according to her commendation.
She has traveled to other VA medical centers to offer technical assistance.
Byron Lockwood of the Buffalo Police Department will be installed as president of the Afro-American Police Association Executive Board in ceremonies beginning at 6 p.m. March 31 in the Sweetwater Restaurant-Nightclub, 141 Elm St.
Other officers are vice president, Annette King; recording secretary, Kimberly Beaty; correspondence secretary, Cedric Holloway; treasurer, Darryl Williams; and sergeant at arms, Akiel Kaudeyr.
John R. Ferguson, former administrator of the McGuire Group's Autumn View Manor Nursing Home in Hamburg, has been appointed administrator of the 156-bed skilled nursing facility at Erie County Medical Center.
He received a bachelor of arts degree in institution and hospital management from Michigan State University and a master's degree in business administration from George Washington University in Washington, D.C.
Ferguson is a member of the American College of Healthcare Executives and is past chairman of the Hospital Council of Eastern Pennsylvania, the Western New York Hospital Association and the Northeast Regional Cancer Institute.
David W. Matson, a native of Albion and a former Medina police officer and Orleans County sheriff's deputy, has been inducted into the Virginia Beach, Va., Employee Hall of Fame for his work on city youth programs with the the Virginia Beach Police Department.
He joined the 700-member Virginia Beach Police Department in 1977 after several years with the Medina Police Department and Orleans County Sheriff's Department.
Matson, 43, the son of Jessica and the late Robert Matson of Albion, is now a master police officer on the department's community policing team. His assistance to U.S. Navy investigators was cited for helping solve two cases involving the Navy's Norfolk base.
The 1972 Albion High School graduate is in demand as a speaker at numerous police and civic seminars, and has been involved in numerous community activities.
David Donnelly, employee assistance professional for the Buffalo Fire Department, has been named to the membership committee of the International Employee Assistance Professional Association, based in Arlington, Va.
Jean Riedel of the Town of Tonawanda has been named a Melvin Jones Fellow by Lions Clubs International Foundation in recognition of his commitment "to serving communities worldwide." Named for the founder of Lions Clubs International, the fellowship in the Foundation's highest honor.
Riedel, a member of the Sheridan Drive Lions Club for 32 years, received a plaque and lapel pin acknowledging his dedication to the Foundation's humanitarian goals. He is a past president of the Sheridan Drive club and serves on the Lions Journey for Sight, the Lions Blind and Charity Fund and other programs.