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ON THE RECORD / FRIDAY, APRIL 15, 2005

Saturday's events

Seminars

Greater Buffalo Savings Bank, free homeownership and financial health seminar, 10 a.m.-noon, St. Paul's AME Zion Church, 610 East Eagle St. Topics: "Prequalification."

Hires/Promotions/Honors

Greater Buffalo Savings Bank named Keith Parwulski vice president, regional branch manager and branch manager of the bank's East Amherst location, scheduled to open later this year. Previously assistant vice president and branch manager for First Niagara Bank, Parwulski has 18 years of banking experience. He is a business administration graduate of the University at Buffalo.

The law firm of Phillips Lytle named Tracie L. Covey and Tehsheng Ma associates in its Buffalo office. Covey is a member of the firm's Labor, Employment and Immigration Practice Group. Ma is also a member of the firm's Labor, Employment and Immigration Group, as well as the Corporate Practice Group.

Veraview, a commercial audio visual integrator in Buffalo, appointed Kimberly Fine learning technology consultant, Kristen Rhodes service and installation coordinator and Elena Panasyuk bookkeeper. Previously, Fine was director of communications at Olmstead Conservancy and will be in charge of developing the Interactive Technology Division in Buffalo and Canada. Rhodes, most recently, managed the AV Department at the Adams Mark Hotel. Panasyuk, previously, was administrative assistant at Medical Care of WNY.

Mary Kay Inc., a facial skin care and color cosmetics company, named Diane Kuciel of Lancaster, an independent sales director.

Company items

A Quiznos Sub shop has opened at 221 Buffalo St., Hamburg. It is owned by Shawn and Mike Gigante of Buffalo.

People Inc. received a grant of $270,000 from the state Labor Department's Direct Care Workforce program. The money will help fund the non-profit agency's job training program for public assistance recipients. The aim is to train 90 people for jobs in human services.

Smart Start has opened a service center at 2350 Union Road, West Seneca, inside Daryl's Car Audio. The company provides ignition interlock devices that prevent drunk drivers from starting their vehicles.

The Orchard Park Chamber of Commerce gave its March Business Community Beautification Award to Rix Country Store, a food store and restaurant at 3545 N. Buffalo Road. The Chamber cited owner John Ricotta's extensive remodeling of the building that formerly housed a cafe and liquor store.

Contributing

The Bank of America awarded $5,000 to Junior Achievement of WNY to support JA's financial literacy and workforce preparation programs for students in Western New York school with a concentration in the City of Buffalo schools.

Patents

Title: "Coherent jet system with outwardly angled flame envelope ports"

No.: 6,875,398

Inventors: Mahoney, William John (East Aurora, NY)

Assignee: Praxair Technology Inc. (Danbury, CT)

Date issued: April 5, 2005