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John Sauter, assistant to the dean of academic affairs in Niagara University's College of Arts and Science, was named Employee of the Month for June. He has worked for the university since 2001.

Sauter is responsible for monitoring the academic progress of more than 1,000 students and was honored for putting in long hours and adapting to the pressures of the job, as well as for his people skills and professionalism.

The Battle for the Black Pearl, a live action chess game, took place recently in the Wilson Boatyard.

The Monarchy of Niagara Hospice beat out the Pirates from Equistar and the team from the Boys and Girls Club of Niagara Falls to win the Black Pearl. Niagara Hospice was led to victory by chess master Barry Davis and the support of many volunteers. The winning team will receive a donation of 30 percent of a split club run by all participating charities throughout the summer. The remaining charities will split 40 percent, and the winning ticket will receive the remaining 30 percent of the split club.

Niagara Hospice will hold a raffle and sell Hospice gifts at the Wilson Boathouse from 1 to 4 p.m. today. Funds raised will directly benefit hospice patients and their families.

The Child Advocacy Center of Niagara recently received an $880 donation from the 17th annual Super Cruise and Auction, sponsored by Freewheelers Car Club.

Other supporters included Niagara County credit unions, Dan the Man and EMS Insurance Group.

The Child Advocacy Center, a service of Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center, investigates reports of physical or sexual abuse of children. Professionals work together to reduce the child's trauma.

The Council on Aging of Niagara County announced winners of its annual Amateur Photo Contest for 2004.

Celebration of Life category winners were: Diana Palumbo, with both first-place and honorable mention awards; Richard Carr, second place; and Carol Nelson, third place.

In the category Nature's Moods, the winners were: Wayne Rivers, first; Shirley Linnebank, second; Cheryl Durgan, third; and Ronald Young, honorable mention.

The winning photos were on display at the Council on Aging Luncheon in May and the Niagara Power Project Power Vista last month and this month.

Jacqueline Kramer, Niagara Falls High School Class of 2005, was selected to participate in the National Student Leadership Conference for high school students.

Gifted students chosen for this program are immersed in a learning environment, then return to their schools with increased potential and abilities to enable them to make a positive difference in their communities.

Cadet Kelly Lanternier, daughter of Patti Brzezinski and Donald Lanternier, both of Lockport, was selected for the dean's list for the spring semester at the Military Academy in West Point.

Lanternier 2002 graduate of Starpoint High School and plans to graduate from West Point in 2006, when she will be commissioned a second lieutenant in the Army.