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The Niagara Falls High School music department has announced that seven freshmen band members have been selected to perform with the All-County Junior High School Band of the Niagara County Music Educators Association. The selection was based on outstanding scores in solo auditions in December.

Selected were: Mary Parsnick, piccolo; Dana Pascucci, flute; Derrick Pressley, clarinet, Ryan Aderhold, baritone saxophone, Bernadette Johnson, bassoon; and Mark Sanchez and John O'Malley, trombones.

The band will perform as part of the county music educators' All-County Festival I, on Saturday in Lewiston-Porter High School.

In addition, two of the students, Mary and Derrick, also were selected to perform with the association's All-County Junior High Orchestra based on their superior scores at the December festival. The county music educators' Festival II will be held on Feb. 12 in Niagara-Wheatfield Senior High School.

The director of the Niagara Falls High School bands is Paul M. Wos.

The Lockport Memorial Hospital Guild was recently presented with one of 71 statewide Auxiliary Advocacy Awards from the Healthcare Association of New York State. The award recognizes the contributions of the Guild to the hospital and the community.

In 1999, the Guild sponsored the child car seat safety program, distributed information on Child Health Insurance Plus, sponsored the hospital display at the Chamber of Commerce Expo, initiated the first LMH Lockport Memorial Hospital Community Day, held monthly wellness and informational programs, provided the patient service cart for the Reflections Recovery Center, and contributed $100,000 in financial support to the hospital's capital fund. The Guild also manages and staffs the Wishing Well Gift Shop, and members volunteer more than 6,000 hours of service to the hospital.

"We are very proud of the LMH Guild and recognize the outstanding effort of the dedicated volunteers," said Susan J. Wendler, director of development, volunteer services and public relations. "Their devotion and support is unfailing," she added.

The award will be displayed in the hospital's lobby for the public to view.

Mary Ann Ross, vice principal and second-grade teacher at St. John de LaSalle School, Niagara Falls, was awarded the St. Elizabeth Seton Award by the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo and the Federation of Catholic School Parents at ceremonies Saturday in Buffalo..

Ross has taught at St. John de LaSalle for more than 20 years and will be honored for her dedication and longtime service to Catholic education.

Employees of Opportunities Unlimited were honored recently for five, 10, 15 and 20 years of service in assisting individuals with developmental disabilities to reach goals and achieve independence.

Recognized for 20 years of service were: Michael Setlik, Sheila Curry-Taylor and Maureen McDonald.

Employees recognized for 15 years of service were: Nelson Aber, Howard Boshane, Mae Curry, Sally Garde, Adelene Klein, Charlene McDonald, Lorraine Morrow and Kim VanSchoonhoven.

"We are proud to recognize the more than 50 employees who have reached a milestone anniversary with the agency as well as all of our employees for positively changing the lives of people with disabilities each and every day." said President and CEO Bruce A. Shields.

Opportunities Unlimited of Niagara employs more than 460 people and is the largest not-for-profit organization in Niagara County that provides programs and services to individuals with disabilities.

Diane Stoelting, coordinator of specialized support services in The Learning Center, has been name employee of the month for January at Niagara University.

Stoelting, who has been at Niagara since 1996, was nominated for the award because of her caring attitude toward students and her hard work and dedication to her job, the university said. "She networks within her profession, communicates well with prospective students and their families, and is a genuine delight to be around," said her nomination.

Outside of work, she is active in her church, playing in the hand-bell choir and singing, and occasionally substitutes as her church's organist.

A resident of Bergholz, Stoelting and her husband, Dennis, have a daughter, Christine, 6, and a son, Cory, 15 months.

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