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Roger Paolini, drama director at Williamsville South High School, has been elected president of the New York State Theatre Education Association, a group that develops statewide theater curriculum and activities for students and teachers.

Paolini, a library media specialist, directs the annual Williamsville South school play and musical and is on the committee that honors excellence in professional theater for the publication Artvoice.

Alcas Corp. President and CEO James Stitt received the 13th annual Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce "Love of Olean United in Enterprise," or LOUIE, award at the Chamber's recent 97th annual dinner.

Enterprising Business Award recipients included Monolythic Ceramics (AMC), a specialty multilayer ceramic capacitor design and manufacturing company, and Databranch, a 15-year-old privately held information technology firm.

The dinner was held in the Old Library Restaurant in Olean.

Mary Jo Ketchum of Elma, principal of Ketchum Resources, was awarded the Outstanding Service to Libraries Award by the New York State Library Association and the Velma Moore Award by the New York State Association of Library Boards, at the recent NYLA annual conference in Buffalo.

The awards were given for her 22 years of service as a trustee and advocate at the local, state and national levels and for pro bono work on behalf of NYLA's capital campaign.

She asked that a $750 monetary award offered by the Association of Library Boards be given to three area libraries -- Sacred Heart Academy, Annunciation School at Elma and the Elma Public Library.

Ketchum, who recently retired as a trustee of the Elma Public Library after 22 years, also served on the Buffalo & Erie County Public Library System board. She was president of the Association of Contracting Library Trustees and the New York State Association of Library Boards and an elected delegated to the White House Conference on Library and Information Services.

As a library advocate and member of the Viburnum Taskforce, she was instrumental in establishing a statewide broadcast and print media interview campaign during National Library Week observations during the 1990s.

She has presented numerous trustee workshops and has been a mentor to libraries in Nebraska and New York through Libraries for the Future.

Her company is a not-for-profit organization. She is a graduate of Sacred Heart Academy and Daemen College.

An Alfred University biomaterials professor will receive the Sharma Award, the highest research honor the Indian Society for Biomaterials and Artificial Organs offers.

Subrata Saha, who teaches in the state Ceramic Engineering and Materials Science School at Alfred, also will deliver lectures at the society's meeting in Calcutta on Dec. 13 and 14.

Saha joined the Alfred faculty last year after five years at Clemson University and previous appointments on the faculties of Loma Linda and Louisiana State universities.

He is a fellow of the American Institute for Medical and Biological Engineering and the American Society of Mechanical Engineers.

He has a bachelor's degree from Calcutta University, a master's from Tennessee Technological University and a doctorate from Stanford University.

Dr. Roger E. Kaiser Jr. of Clarence, medical director as well as clinical director of the department of anesthesiology at Erie County Medical Center, has been appointed interim director of the ECMC Healthcare Network by the Erie County Medical Center Board of Managers.

He will fill the interim post while the board completes its search for a permanent CEO to replace Sheila K. Kee, who stepped down from the position Oct. 31.

Kaiser, who has been clinical director of anesthesiology at ECMC since 1989, is a board-certified anesthesiologist and has been an associate professor of clinical anesthesiology in the School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences at the University at Buffalo since 1993.

He is a member of many professional organizations, including the American College of Physician Executives, Society of Critical Care Medicine, American Society of Anesthesiologists and the Internal Anesthesia Research Society.

The network includes off-campus health centers, an advanced academic medical center with 550 inpatient beds and 156 skilled nursing home beds as well as the Erie County Home, a 638-bed skilled nursing facility.

ECMC ranks among the nation's 100 top hospitals for cardiac and intensive care and serves as the regional center for trauma, burn and rehabilitation. It is a major teaching facility for UB.

Richard L. Reese Jr. has been elected to his 13th consecutive term as president of the Bowmansville Volunteer Exempt Firemen's Benevolent Association.

Other officers elected for 2003 include the vice president, Walter Konsek; treasurer, Mark Lawniczak; financial secretary, Mary Tirohn; and recording secretary, James Gaskin. Trustees are Phillip Fink, Daniel Magrum, Carl Meyers and Paul W. Falt.

Jacqueline Stahrr is the chaplain and William J. MacPeek the sergeant-at-arms.

Kristine S. Hoffmeister of Clarence recently was named director of alumni relations by the Erie Community College Foundation.

She is responsible for managing all aspects of the recently established ECC Alumni Association and locating more than 55,000 ECC graduates.

Hoffmeister previously worked for Presbyterian Homes of Western New York and the Canisius College Alumni Office.

She graduated from ECC in 1994 and has a bachelor's degree in business management from Canisius College.

Maureen B. McMahon has been named director of academic grants at Canisius College.

McMahon, who has a bachelor's degree in languages and linguistics from Georgetown University and a master's degree in library science from the University at Buffalo, has 14 years of experience in grant writing and management.

She has been a grants development specialist and senior grant and contractor at UB as well as director of development for Effective Parenting Information for Children (EPIC) and grants administrator for People Inc.

Most recently, she was department administrator for the modern languages department at UB. She has special expertise in information and data management relating to grants and has taught many workshops in basic and advanced grantsmanship.

In her new job, she will research sources of funds, help faculty members apply to relevant public and private sources, and help manage academic grants.

Joshua Baker, a member of Troop 559 sponsored by First Methodist Church of Akron, recently was awarded the rank of Eagle Scout by the Greater Niagara Frontier Council of the Boy Scouts of America at an Eagle Court of Honor.

His Eagle project consisted of a pet-assisted therapy program. He used pet rabbits to see how disabled children at School 19 in Buffalo and the Center for Handicapped Children in Cheektowaga reacted to them.

He is the son of Duane and Judith Baker. He is founder of the "Whabbit" Wagon and is a volunteer at area animal shelters.

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