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Janice Tomaka of Hamburg has been named assistant director of the Theodore Roosevelt Inaugural National Historic Site, 641 Delaware Ave.

She began her association with the site as a volunteer in 1989 and joined the staff as an interpreter and assistant to the education director in 1992. She has been the special events coordinator since 1993.

Molly Quackenbush, executive director, said Mrs. Tomaka will continue to coordinate special events and publicity in addition to taking on new responsibilities in fund raising and administration.

Sharon Bidwell-Cerone of Brighton, clinical associate professor at the University at Buffalo's School of Nursing, has been elected to the American Nurses Association Congress of Nursing Practice.

A certified pediatric nurse practitioner, she was an assistant professor of nursing and pediatrics at the University of Rochester before joining the UB faculty in 1996.

She is a graduate of the University of Connecticut and has a master's degree in pediatric nursing from Yale University and a doctorate in clinical nursing research from the University of Rochester.

Her research interests include biological and ecological correlates of infanticide and reducing risky behaviors in urban minority adolescents.

Louis P. Ciminelli, chairman and chief executive officer of Louis P. Ciminelli Interests, will be honored as Scouter Citizen of the Year Monday by the Greater Niagara Frontier Council of Boy Scouts of America at Wanakah Country Club in Hamburg.

He is a longtime sponsor of Scouting -- helping prepare young men and women involved in the Explorer programs to become community leaders.

Dan L. King has been appointed dean of the Faculty of Applied Science and Education at Buffalo State College.

The former dean of the College of Education at the University of Wyoming in Laramie will direct Buffalo State's 11-department academic unit, which includes the state's largest elementary education program.

He has a doctorate in educational administration from Wayne State University and a master of arts degree in education from the University of Detroit Mercy. He also has been a dean at Arkansas State University and was coordinator of the educational administration program at North Dakota State University in Fargo.

Mary Deet, a stenographer in the Cattaraugus County Sheriff's Department's Criminal Bureau in Little Valley, has been presented a 30-year pin for her many years of working for Cattaraugus County. Capt. Dennis John made the presentation.

She started working as a typist for the Welfare Department, became a clerk in the sheriff's office in 1987, and served as the sheriff's secretary for 10 years.

Michael and Tammy Godyn of North Tonawanda and Martin and Tracy Quebral of Buffalo have been selected as co-leaders of Western New York Teaching Parents for the 1998 to 2000 school years.

The organization is affiliated with Loving Education at Home. It meets at 6:30 p.m. on the third Saturday of each month until June. The meetings are open to anyone interested in learning about home schooling.

Michael David Olsen, 18, a graduate of Lancaster High School who will be attending Buffalo State College this fall, became an Eagle Scout Aug. 3 in a ceremony at Twin District Volunteer Fire Company.

His Eagle project was the painting of several rooms in Our Lady of Pompeii Parish Convent. Several of his fellow members of Boy Scout Troop 545 helped.

The son of David and Beverly Olsen was the Lancaster High School rifle team's "most valuable shooter" for 1995-1998 and received the Honor Camper Award for 1997 after administering emergency first aid to a fellow Scout.

He is employed at a pizzeria and plans to major in technology education at Buffalo State. His Scoutmaster is Timothy McCann, and Twin District Volunteer Fire Company is his troop's sponsor.

Eight people received awards at the third annual Hispanic Conference of Upstate New York Aug. 22 in Adam's Mark Hotel.

The awards and awardees included:

Health -- Dr. Daniel Pieroni, cardiologist at Children's Hospital.

Education -- David Caban, principal, Herman Badillo Community School, Buffalo.

Arts -- Olga Mendell, D'Youville College.

Collegiate -- Angela Burgos, Regents scholar, Lackawanna High School and Canisius College.

Community Service -- Elsie Pacheco, community volunteer, Lackawanna (Pucho Olivencia Award).

Human Service -- Zory Martinez, United Way of Greater Rochester.

Business -- Lou Verruto, WIVB-TV, Buffalo.

Youth Leadership -- Dania Vega, youth organizations leader, Syracuse.

Richard W. Petersen of Lockport, senior vice president of the Central Region of CGF Health System and executive vice president of Buffalo General Hospital, has been elected to the Advisory Board of the Salvation Army-Buffalo Area Services.

He graduated from Ithaca College in 1978 and has a master's in business administration from Canisius College. He has been president and chief executive officer of Medina Memorial Hospital and held the same posts at WestLink Corp. He is a member of the board of directors of the United Way of Eastern Niagara County and the Lockport YMCA.

CGF Health Systems operates Buffalo General and Millard Fillmore-Gates Circle hospitals and Children's Hospital of Buffalo, CGF ambulatory care sites and the CGF Behavioral Health programs.