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On the Record / Friday, March 31, 2006

> Saturday's events

Seminars

* County Legislators George A. Holt Jr. and Demone A. Smith, EEO Director Jackie Stove and County Executive Joel Giambra host a minority and women business owners contract forum, 10 a.m. to noon, Erie Community College Auditorium, City Campus, 121 Ellicott St. Call 842-0490.

Hires/Promotions/Honors

First Niagara Bank named Robert Dorn manager of Marketing Information and Analytics. Previously with M&T Bank, Dorn has more than 20 years of banking and marketing experience.

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Independent Health vice president of Products and Services Celeste Curley was a guest panelist recently at a World Research Group management conference in Scottsdale, Ari. titled "Optimizing Marketing Strategies for Health Plans."

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The International Franchise Association named John Hewitt Entrepreneur of the Year in honor of a lifetime of achievements and contributions to the franchising and tax industry. Hewitt, founder of Jackson Hewitt Tax Service and founder and ceo of Liberty Tax Service, has 37 years of experience in the income tax industry. He is a former resident of Hamburg and attended the University at Buffalo.

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Bond, Schoeneck and King named John C. Godsoe and Brian Kreutter associates in the law firm's Buffalo office. Godsoe, formerly in the firm's Syracuse office, practices in the area of Employee Benefits Law. Kreutter was previously an associate with the New York City law firm of Kelley, Drye and Warren. He concentrates his practice in Labor and Employment Law.

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Benefits Concepts Ltd. president Marc M. Baranson earned chartered advisor for senior living designation, CASL, from The American College Certification Committee Board of Trustees.

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M.J. Peterson recently recognized its 2005 Award Winners: Top Agent, Michael Olear; Second Closed Volume, Diana Gatewood; Third Closed Volume, Suzi Wright; Top Agent Team, Bob Anderson and Janet Gambini; Top Agents, Amherst--Marci Schnittker; Lancaster--Maragaret Reynolds; Lockport--Jamie Mendel-Kolb; Orchard Park--Mary Derk Weiss; Tonawanda--Diana Gatewood and Williamsville--Michael Olear. Also, 2005 Employee of the Year, Sandra Grange, administrative assistant, Orchard Park office.

> Company items

A grant from the Verizon Foundation allowed Roswell Park Cancer Institute to launch Roswellink--a new program allowing patients, families and friends to access a wireless fidelity network in the RPCI lobby and ground floor patient waiting areas.

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Vanity Salon, located at 1413 Hertel Ave., recently celebrated its grand opening. The salon is owned by Gina Calamita.

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Magellan Advisory Services, a financial management consulting firm in Buffalo, recently completed a Sarbanes-Oxley engagement with Global Crossing, a worldwide telecommunications service provider.

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Kinetic Kitchen and Bath, located at 2045 Niagara Falls Blvd. in Wheatfield, retained Magic Marketing of Wilson to provide publicity and public relations services.

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DiVal Safety Equipment and the U.S. Labor Department's Occupational Safety and Health Administration have formed an alliance to reduce and prevent Western New York workers' exposure to occupational hazards associated with the concrete industry, tree trimming operations and public warehousing through the development of training and educational programs.

> Patents

Title: "Open package test fixture"

No.: 7,013,710

Inventors: Wachala, Thomas (West Seneca); Haas, Kenneth (Basom); Connelly, Charles Patrick (Buffalo)

Assignee: Carleton Technologies Inc. (Orchard Park)

Date issued: March 21, 2006

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