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A 15-year-old sophomore from Williamsville East High School has been named Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center's Junior Volunteer of the Year.

Allyson Reyes, daughter of Jean Willis and Carlos Reyes of East Amherst, volunteered 191 hours during the seven-week summer program. She worked in child care, nursing home activities, patient escort, pediatrics, nursing administration and the medical center foundation.

She was among 54 students from eight area high schools who combined to give 3,000 hours of service to the hospital, 800 hours more than last year.

Recognized for achieving the 100-hour mark were Nasreen Akhtar, Carolyn Alli, Michelle Antonelli, Chamica Groomes, Candice Harris, Catherine Jones, Julie Krupa, Cassundra Martinez, Kristin Nowakowski, Kelicia Parmer and David Penale.

Three long-standing institutions in the Niagara Street area were honored with the first Golden Pioneer Awards at the recent Niagara Street Area Business and Professional Association block party.

Honored were the Frank Sciuk Real Estate and Insurance Agency and Ted Mar's Delicatessen, which have been operating in the Niagara Street area for decades, and the Echo Society, an organization serving people of Polish and Slavic descent for many years. The society occupies a historic stone building on the city's east side.

Gottfriede Fuerst, Niagara University library circulation manager, has been named Employee of the Month for September.

She was nominated for her job skills and constant improvement of the circulation department. She was also recognized for a caring attitude for the library's many student workers.

Fuerst has been employed by the university library since 1977. She is a resident of Niagara Falls and has two children, Suzanne and Michael.

Niagara University's Office of Career Development has named Robert P. Swanson as its coordinator of cooperative education and Christopher LaGrow at its career counselor.

Swanson has served in many capacities in his 10-year career at Niagara University, most recently as career counselor. Prior to that, he was an instructor in the military science department and held administrative positions in the Division of Lifelong Learning, Center for Continuing Studies and the admissions and record office.

He holds a master's degree in education and bachelor's degree in history from Niagara University. He resides in Youngstown with his wife, Mary. They have three children, Eric, Andrew and Margaret.

LaGrow comes to Niagara after serving the past three years as assistant director of career services and cooperative education at Gannon University. At Gannon, he maintained his office Web site, which won a campus award for technology. He holds a master's degree in history from the University at Buffalo. LaGrow and his wife, Julie, live in Cheektowaga with their son, Dan.

The William and Shirley Bevacqua family has donated paintings and decorative furnishings to the recently renovated fifth floor at Mount St. Mary's Hospital and Health Center in Lewiston.

The newly renovated floor offers "restful Southwestern colors" and new ceilings. Expansion of the patient and family lounge and the creation of a private suite also are completed.

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