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-- Brian D. Rusk of East Amherst, national vice president of the Polish American Congress, has been re-elected to his 12th term as president of the General Pulaski Association of the Niagara Frontier. He succeeded the late Matthew Pelczynski as association president.

Rusk also is a member of Amherst South Rotary Club and International Institute of Buffalo and a director of the Kenmorw Mercy Hospital Foundation. He is a member of the Executive Committees of the Erie County and Amherst Republican organizations.

Other officers elected to the Pulaski Association for one-year terms include the first vice president, Donna Kaminisk; second vice president, Frank "Franko" Orlikowski; treasurer, Edward Reska Jr.; secretary, Julita Kotlarz; and chaplain, Monsignor Matthew Kopacz.

-- Dr. Thomas C. Rosenthal of Orchard Park, professor and chairman of the Department of Family Medicine in the University at Buffalo School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences, has been named editor of the Journal of Rural Health, the peer-reviewed publication of the National Rural Health Association. His appointment is effective April 1.

He has been a longtime contributor to the journal and has served on its editorial board since 1997.

His interest in rural health began in the late 1970s when he opened a solo practice in the rural Wyoming County community of Perry, according to Mary Beth Spina of UB News Services. For the next eight years, he recruited and built the practice into a stable group model.

Rosenthal returned to UB, his alma mater, in 1986 to establish the Office of Rural Health and to lead the New York Rural Health Research Center. He also led efforts to create the New York State Area Health Education Center, which he directs.

He said he plans to broaden the journal's audience and impact by expanding its traditional focus on health-services research to include more articles on clinical and social issues of rural health.

A special section of the journal will publish the proceedings of a national conference co-sponsored by UB to be held in February on rural-based, graduate medical education, an area of special interest to Rosenthal.

-- Bert W. Rappole, a Jamestown surgeon, has been elected president of the Eighth District Branch of the Medical Society of the State of New York. He is a past president of the Chautauqua County Medical Society.

A graduate of the University at Buffalo School of Medicine, he did his internship and residency training in Bellevue Hospital and New York University Medical Center in New York City. He served in the Air Force from 1971 to 1973.

He is a diplomate of the American Board of Surgery and is a Fellow of the American College of Surgeons. He moved to Jamestown in 1973 and has served on the boards of many organizations. He is the president of the Jamestown Medical Society and an active member of the WCA Hospital medical staff.

Other officers of the Eighth District, which includes Allegany, Cattaraugus, Chautauqua, Erie, Genesee, Niagara, Orleans and Wyoming counties, are the president-elect, Dr. H. John Rubinstein, Town of Tonawanda; secretary, Dr. Insu Kong of Wellsville; treasurer, Dr. Cezina Y. Rocha of Batavia; and district delegate, Dr. Edward E. Griffin Jr. of Olean. Dr. Richard M. Peer, of Buffalo is councilor from the Eighth District to the State Medical Society.

-- The Snyder Fire Department has elected --Thomas P. Kenney, former fire chief, to his second consecutive term as president.

Other administrative officers of the department, which has 76 active members and protects a nine square-mile area with 35,000 residents, include the vice president, Raymond Henderson; treasurer, Randy Banasiak; secretary, Brian Tripp; line secretary, Christopher Sciolino; examining board, Thomas Oliver and Richard Schrader; and directors, Thomas Neuman, Richard Rebadow, Jeffrey Schake, James Sullivan and Christopher Utz.

Firematic officers of the volunteer company, which responded to 961 emergency calls in 1988 to make it the busiest department in Amherst, include five captains, Burton Bugbee, Dominic Creamer, Paul Griebner, Michael Gughuzza and F. Bent Hudson, and five lieutenants, Timothy Oliver, P. Anthony Pulera, Anders Sorensen, James Stites and Patrick Talmon.

-- Michael Hurysz of Kenmore, recently named Buffalo's information technology executive of the year by the National Corporation of Information Technology Exposition and Conference, has been named director of information systems at Child & Family Services, 330 Delaware Ave., a private, not-for-profit family service agency.

He has a bachelor's degree in business administration from the University of South Carolina and served for 10 years in the Marine Corps, specializing in information systems. He worked for the past six years as director of information systems for BryLin Hospitals.

-- Jerold C. Bastedo has been elected president of the Hamburg Natural History Society, which owns and operates the Penn Dixie Paleontological and Outdoor Education Center in Hamburg.

The society conducts outdoor education programs to study and collect fossils, discuss the local geology, and provide evening-astronomy and other programs in the natural sciences.

Other officers elected for a one-year term include the vice president, Esther Kowal; secretary, Dorothy Seville; and treasurer, Margaret Hermann. Directors elected for two years include Cindy Brockman, Eileen Eich, Thomas Johnston and Steven McCabe. Other directors are Sheila Kelly, Dr. Thomas Kinsey, Robert Martin and Mark Yetter.

-- Aaron Pomerantz has been elected president of the board of directors of Community Services for the Developmentally Disabled.

Other officers elected to serve in the year 2000 include the vice president, B.J. Stasio; treasurer, Michael Helman; and secretary, Linda K. Gleckel. Re-elected board members include David Evans, Kenneth Hennig III, Anthony Illos, James H. Rusert and Judith Subjeck-Stadler. Scott Vahue is newly elected to the board.

-- Mark Heim has been elected chief and Gary McNally has been re-elected to a third term as president of the Clarence Fire Company.

Other firematic officers include the first assistant chief, A.J. Shisler; second assistant chief, Tim Blakely; third assistant chief, Joe David; fourth assistant chief, Chad Hawes; fire captain, Jim Kwiakowski; emergency medical service captain, Bill Majors; and fire police captain, Mike Burkhardt.

Administrative officers include the vice president, Gary Cian; corresponding secretary, Rob McNally; recording secretary, Liz Eyrick; treasurer, Vic Miller; and directors, Ed Heim, John Yousey and Jamie Dussing. Anthony DePaolo was elected to serve on the Clarence Fire District Board of Fire Commissioners.

-- The Cheektowaga Fire District Officers Association, an organization of fire commissioners from the town's 10 fire districts and the Village of Sloan, has elected James Havernick Sr. to serve as association president for the year 2000.

Other officers include the vice president, Anthony Kronbeck; secretary, Lawrence Rokitka; treasurer, Michael Philipps; cq,and sergeant-at-arms, Robert Schmitt.

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