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Honor Roll / Recognizing the accomplishments of Western New Yorkers

Margaret S. Turner of Orchard Park has been appointed to a two-year term as chair of the President's Council of Cornell Women (PCCW), a national network of accomplished alumnae of Cornell University.

Primary mission of the PCCW is to advise the university's president on issues important to women as Cornell students, faculty, staff and alumnae. Membership in the Council is by invitation of the president of Cornell.

Turner is the principal of Margaret S. Turner & Associates, a regional consulting firm that assists Western New York not-for-profit organizations with feasibility studies, capital campaigns, strategic planning and other services.

She has a bachelor of science degree from Cornell and an MBA from Canisius College.

Other PCCW members from Western New York include Maureen Millane Rusk and Surrogate Court Judge Barbara Howe.

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The Buffalo Chapter of the Society of Chartered Property Casualty Underwriters has awarded its first college scholarship to Michael J. Spence, a 2005 Clarence High School honors graduate.

Spence, the son of Mark T. and Kim Rhodes Spence, is preparing for a career as a biomedical engineer at Case Western Reserve University in Cleveland.

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Erin E. Herlihy, director of alumni relations at Canisius College, has received the college's 2005 George M. Martin Advancement Award.

The award was established in 1983 by George M. Martin, then executive vice president for administrative affairs at Canisius. It is presented annually to a member of the college's advancement staff whose initiative, creativity and teamwork brings distinction to the recipient and the college.

In her role as alumni director, Herlihy leads the college's local, regional and national alumni programs through the development of additional alumni chapters and the execution of all alumni events.

She has a bachelor's degree in English from John Carroll University.

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Monica Lynn Rick is the winner of the 2005 Betty J. Stryker Memorial Scholarship sponsored by the Board of Trustees of the City of Tonawanda Public Library.

Rick, who has worked as a page at the library for two years, was presented the scholarship Monday evening during a meeting of the trustees in the library.

The University at Buffalo sophomore is majoring in psychology.

The scholarship was established two years ago to help current and former employees of the library further their educational objectives. It is named for the late Betty J. Stryker in recognition of her long service as a member and secretary of the Board of Trustees.

Rick is the daughter of Karis and Susan Rick of the City of Tonawanda.

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Helena Holeckova Guerra of the Town of Tonawanda, who received a bachelor of science degree in nursing in May from the University at Buffalo, has been commissioned a second lieutenant in the Air Force Nurse Corps.

Major Tracy A. Dewoody, commander of the 313th Air Force Recruiting Squadron's Officer Accessions Flight, officiated at the commissioning ceremony in Williamsville.

Guerra, who also has a bachelor of science degree in chemical engineering from UB, is the daughter of Vera Sykorova of Utica and Vladimir Holocek of Prague, Czech Republic. She is married to Thomas J. Guerra. The couple has a son, Shawn. She is scheduled to attend an orientation this fall prior to reporting for active duty at the Air Force Academy in Colorado Springs, Colo.

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Thomas J. Knab, who teaches art at Dodge Elementary School in Amherst, was among 36 educators who attended the National Gallery's recent 2005 Teacher Institute on Storytelling and the Visual Arts in Washington, D.C.

He attended seminars that brought together teachers from across the country to explore the connection of storytelling to learning and the ways teachers can use art objects with storytelling activities in the classroom.

Knab teaches art to youngsters in kindergarten to the fourth grade.

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Jane Henry of the Town of Tonawanda has been elected L'Aumonier of the Departmental de New York Eight and Forty Women's Honor Society of the American Legion Auxiliary. She is also Chapeau of the local Erie Salon No. 51.

In addition to being elected to office, she received two departmental awards at the recent annual meeting held in Staten Island.

Betty Lus, of Cheektowaga, a Chapeau Passe of New York, was appointed to the Constitution and By Laws Committee and Karyn Porempski, also of Cheektowaga, was appointed chairman of the Resolutions Committee.

The Eight and Forty is an organization with a goal of assisting in the prevention and control of tuberculosis, cystic fibrosis, lung and other respiratory diseases in children.

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