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HONOR ROLL
RECOGNIZING THE ACCOMPLISHMENTS OF WESTERN NEW YORKERS

Two animal rescue volunteers -- one age 14 -- were honored recently by the Animal Birth Control Society of Western New York at its award dinner in Morgan's Restaurant.

Honored were Darcie Hancock, 14, of Corfu, who has been helping animals since she was 5, and Norman Fertig, who for many years has assisted his wife, Eve, in their nationally recognized Enchanted Forest Wildlife Sanctuary in Alden.

Darcie, who received a United Way Caring Kids Award when she was 5, has established Animal Associates, an organization of children of all ages who care about all animal life. She has raised funds for seven rescue groups and shelters in the Alden area. She is in the ninth grade at Batavia's St. Anthony School, spends time at veterinary clinics and was an apprentice at the Buffalo Zoo.

Fertig, trained in mental and physical rehabilitation for humans, changed his skills and compassion over to animals upon his retirement.

Marylou Borowiak, vice president and chief banking officer for Greater Buffalo Savings Bank, has been named board chairwoman of the Food Bank of Western New York.

Other appointments include Henry Coleman, vice president of Delphi Thermal Systems in Lockport, named the Food Bank board's vice chairman; and Clem Eckert, named to the newly created position of president and chief executive officer of the Food Bank. He has been its executive director for seven years.

HAMBURG TOWN CLERK CATHERINE RYBCZYNSKI WAS HONORED RECENTLY BY THE HAMBURG/ORCHARD PARK BUSINESS AND PROFESSIONAL WOMEN AS ITS WOMAN OF THE YEAR.

She is involved in many community organizations, including the Hamburg Sunrise Rotary, Executive Women International, the General Pulaski Association, St. Francis of Assisi Parish and VFW Post 1419.

THE AUXILIARY OF NIAGARA FALLS MEMORIAL MEDICAL CENTER PRESENTED THE 2004 ESTER L. WERNER AND HELENE BARTER SCHOLARSHIP TO LAURA MINTEER, A MEMORIAL MEDICAL CENTER OPERATING ROOM TECHNICIAN ENROLLED IN THE REGISTERED NURSING PROGRAM AT NIAGARA COUNTY COMMUNITY COLLEGE.

The $500 scholarship is awarded annually to a Memorial employee who is pursuing additional education in the health care field.

This year's award carries special meaning because Minteer got to know Werner, a resident of Memorial's Schoellkopf Health Center, while serving a clinical rotation at Schoellkopf as part of her nursing studies.

Thomas J. Quatroche Jr. of Hamburg, director of institutional advancement for Erie County Medical Center Corp., has received a doctorate in higher education administration from the Department of Educational Leadership and Policy at the University at Buffalo. The ECMC Corp. is an affiliate of UB.

His dissertation was titled "A Study of Promotional Marketing Methods of Contact and College-Choice Preferences Among Freshman Community College Students."

Quatroche, as a member of executive management for ECMC Corp., is responsible for marketing, public relations, government relations and resource development.

He has a bachelor of science degree in business administration and marketing from Fredonia State College and a master of science degree in student personnel administration from Buffalo State College. He is a Town of Hamburg councilman.

Michael J. Licata of Williamsville has been elected Grand Commander of Cordova Caravan No. 26 of the Order of Alhambra, a fraternal organization of Catholic men dedicated to assisting developmentally disabled people.

Other officers include the vice grand commander, Charles T. Esposito; grand scribe, Harold E. Metzger; scribe of the exchequer, Gerald J. Genson; grand chamberlain, Ross J. Monteleone; master of the oasis, Carl Lombardo; historiographer, Victor F. Turchiarelli; and master of the wardrobe, Richard H. Cole.

Also captain of the bodyguard, Casey Measel; sentinel of the tower, Frank P. Vitello; sentinel of the desert, Ronald J. Gaglione; grand advocate, Samuel J. Yannello; and spiritual adviser, the Rev. Joseph Bertha.

Appointments include the master of the ceremony, Donald H. Webster Jr.; master of the band, Vincent R. Scibetta; and greeters, Louis R. Malkiewicz and Matthew J. Robinson. Frank L. Schlager is immediate past grand commander.

TALIA HARMON, PH.D., ASSISTANT PROFESSOR OF CRIMINAL JUSTICE, RECENTLY RECEIVED NIAGARA UNIVERSITY'S EXCELLENCE IN TEACHING AWARD AFTER FACULTY AND STUDENT EVALUATIONS PRAISED HER FOR OUTSTANDING WORK AS AN EDUCATOR AND HER WILLINGNESS TO SPEND EXTRA TIME TO HELP STUDENTS WITH THEIR STUDIES AND TO INVOLVE THEM IN RESEARCH PROJECTS.

A three-member committee composed of past recipients of the award selected her for the honor.

Harmon, a member of Niagara's faculty since 1999, has a bachelor's degree in political science and a master's degree and doctorate in criminal justice, all from the State University at Albany. While completing her doctorate, she worked as an adjunct instructor at State University at Albany and served an internship in the Capital Defender's Office.

She worked as an instructor in Niagara University's criminal justice department for a year before her appointment as assistant professor in 2000. Her areas of specialization include statistical and quantitative research methods, law, the death penalty, innocence and classroom instruction.

Harmon is chairwoman of the faculty search committee and is a member of the Erie County Conditional Release Commission.

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