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* Seven top executive from the United States and Italy who have made outstanding contributions to the hospitality, tourism, restaurant or professional sports industries were honored in November at Niagara University's College of Hospitality and Tourism Management's fourth annual convocation.

Honorees included Paul M. McManus, a 1965 graduate of Niagara University, president and chief executive officers of the Leading Hotels of the World, and Richard Snead, president and chief executive officer of Carlson Restaurants Worldwide, who both received Company of the Year awards. Jean-Marc Droulers, president and chief executives officer of Villa d'Este received the Lifetime Hotelier Achievement Award. Two prominent industry leaders from northern Italy, Marco Citterio and Luca Leoni, received the Industry-Education Leadership Award.

Gary Praetzel, dean of the College of Hospitality and Tourism Management, called Leading Hotels of the World and Carlson Restaurants Worldwide "two of the greatest supporters of the college" and said Citterio and Leoni have helped make the college's newly established student-exchange program possible.

Paul P. Verciglio, general manager of the Park Hyatt Toronto, received the Rabbi Porrath Visionary Award, named for the founder of the university's Institute of Transportation, Travel and Tourism. Verciglio has served as an adjunct professor and guest lecturer and also sponsors a two-day shadowing program for students. Pat Williams, senior executive of the Orlando Magic, received the Lifetime Sports Achievement Award.

The event was sponsored by Maid of the Mist Corp.

* Dale Ellsworth, of Youngstown, was appointed volunteer director by the Town of Porter Historical Society board.

The board also recognized Bill Owler, the outgoing director, and designated him director emeritus.

"We have a fine organization, and we want the museum to attract more visitors, long-distance Internet researchers and local volunteers," said Ed Simmons, board president.

The group, formed in 1964, recently met to explore the direction of the Historical Society, which encompasses Ransomville and Youngstown.

More meetings are planned to draft a mission statement and refine tasks needed for the next three years.

* The Lake Ontario Ordnance Works Board has named Sean Kelly chairman of the Restoration Advisory Board. The group advises on cleanup activities at the facility and the Niagara Falls Storage Site.

As chairman of the steering committee, Kelly will coordinate the activities of the group's six committees. He also will coordinate and facilitate activities, ensure two-way communication and information sharing among the advisory board, project stakeholders and the Army Corps of Engineers.

Kelly is an associate professor of political science at Niagara University, director of the Environmental Studies Program at Niagara and founding director of the Environmental Leadership Institute.

"This is a very significant environmental issue here in Niagara County," Kelly said of the Lake Ontario Ordnance Works. "I feel a special responsibility as a resident and as the director of the (Environmental Leadership Institute) to be part of the community dialogue."

Kelly said those interested in becoming members of the advisory board should contact Bill Choboy, membership committee chairman, at 745-7790 or by e-mail,

* The cardiac pulmonary rehabilitation department of Mount St. Mary's Hospital has announced the winners of its poster contest on heart disease risk factors, part of its observation of Heart Month in February.

The contest promoted the awareness of risk factors associated with heart disease. Winners were:

First prize: Kimberly McNally and Debra Miller, intensive care unit employees; second prize: Kelly Walker, biomed technician, and daughter Holly; third prize: Elyse Palladino, cardiopulmonary department and niece Christiana.

* Betty A. Brandon, of North Tonawanda, is chairwoman of the Historic Treasures Tour 2005. The July 31 event, sponsored by the North Tonawanda History Museum, will include a walking-driving tour of 10 historic homes, five historic churches and four other historic North Tonawanda buildings, as well as Cinderella carriage rides, free shuttle vans provided by Skill Buick and a Towpath Tea in historic Pinewoods Park.

Brandon is treasurer of the museum's board of trustees.

Judith M. Mittiga, also of North Tonawanda, is chairwoman of the Lumber City Scavenger Hunt, in which participants visit North Tonawanda businesses to obtain the answer to a question. In recognition of Mittiga's volunteer service to the museum, HSBC Bank recently awarded it a $350 grant.

Christine Gebera, of North Tonawanda, was appointed technological cataloging and collections management coordinator for the museum. An experienced software technician and freelance writer and photographer, she and will coordinate the development of the museum's computerized membership, volunteer and collections cataloging systems and will train other museum volunteers to maintain the systems.

* Flips Gymnastics Competitive team took top honors recently in Orchard Park's annual M&T Classic Competition. Several girls from Lockport won first place.

In Level 5, 10-11 age group, Olivia Kurbs placed first in the all-around, first on vault, second on floor and sixth on the uneven bars.

Also in Level 5, 10 to 11 age group, Noah Lyn' Smith placed second all-around.

In level 5, 7-9 age group, Paige Kelkenberg also took first place all-around, first on floor, second on vault, third on beam and fifth on bars.

In level 8, age 12, Kaitlyn Thompson won the vaulting championship.

In level 9, senior age group, Theresa Mellas placed second all-around and first on vault. Amy Taylor placed third all-around and first on floor and second on beam.

In level 7, 13-14 age group, Crystal Bell placed second all-around, first on uneven bars and second on balance beam.

* Drs. Glenda Rose and Thomas Barba and their staff at Rose Chiropractic in Lewiston recently held their 15th annual Doctors with a Heart Day.

The exchange of chiropractic adjustments and examinations for donations collected more than 850 food items for Niagara Community Action Program's food pantry.