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Blue Seal Feeds Inc. in Londonderry, N.H., named Todd Ward of Delavan dairy manager at its Arcade plant. He will continue to serve his sales territory.

Oden Corp. in Buffalo, a manufacturer of advanced technology liquid filling systems, promoted Robert Comfort of West Seneca to director of engineering. He will be responsible for product research and development, applications engineering, systems programming and the direction of the mechanical and electrical engineering design groups.

Financial Planners of Western New York elected Lawrence C. Franco president. He is a senior partner with the Buffalo law firm of Hurwitz & Fine. Other officers: vice president, Henry Z. Urban Jr; secretary, Wayne S. Landesman; treasurer, James P. Julian; and directors David R. Barrett and Thomas H. Waring Jr.

MDS Matrx, an Orchard Park firm that manufactures analgesia machines, vacuum pumps and air compressors for the dental industry, as well as anesthesia machines for the veterinary industry, named William Hogan vice president of North American dental and veterinary sales and marketing.

Rosewood Village, an ElderWood-affiliated assisted living community in Hamburg Village, named Charlotte Torres administrator. She has worked for ElderWood for more than 20 years, must recently as director of resident services.

Blue Cross and Blue Shield of Western New York Inc. appointed Dr. John Gillespie its medical director. A cardiologist, he is responsible for implementing medical policy and serves as spokesman for local medical issues. The Eliazbeth Pierce Olmsted M.D. Center for Visually Impaired promoted Heather Telford to manager of rehabilitation services, appointed Sallyann Ieraci director of planned giving, promoted Michael Cleveland Hill to communication specialist, and Sean Doyle to technical specialist at the National Statler Center for Careers in Hospitality, a program of the Olmsted Center.

The Grand Island Chamber of Commerce elected Jack Hugill president, and Edgar S. (Ted) Bates executive director. Other officers: first vice president, Jim Sharpe; second vice president, Gary Astridge; treasurer, Diane Dinsmore; secretary, Beverly Kinney; and directors Andrew J. Beyer, Andrew Chambers, Granson Geis, Betty Harris, Sue Hillock, Joanne Kud, John Lexo, Skip Mazenauer, Rod Reisdorf, Christine Ryshkus, Mike Sendlbeck, Rus Thompson and Linda Toohill.

Buffalo Hearing & Speech Center named Francine Apy to the newly-created position of director of human resources. Also, Keri Vogel was promoted to director of the center's early childhood program, and Gretchen Schulz Burden was promoted to the newly-created position of manager of the speech-language pathology department. Vogel and Burden are licensed and certified speech-language pathologists.

CM in Amherst, a Columbus McKinnon Corp. company that provides integrated material handling systems, named Robert Wolfe and Michael Osborn territory managers in the Industrial Products Group. Wolfe will market products in Idaho, northern Nevada, Oregon, Washington and northern California, while Osborn will be responsible for eastern Michigan and Ohio.

PremCom Corp., an Amherst multiservice integrator, promoted Joseph Griffo of Tonawanda to LAN/WAN specialist, and hired Rose Davidoff as network services/sales consultant.

Curbell Plastics in Orchard Park, a distributor of plastic sheet, rod, tub, adhesives and sealants, promoted Gordon Grieble to network technician.

Lumsden & McCormick, a local certified public accounting firm, promoted Cynthia A. Brickell to manager. The firm also promoted Brian A. Cavanaugh and Sara Magill to senior accountants. All are members of the firm's business services group.

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