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Niagara Honor Roll / Achievers and achievements

*Members of the Lewiston Kiwanis Club recently donated a truckload of toys to Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center to give to needy families throughout the area and children served by medical center programs. The donated toys were distributed through the Child Advocacy Center of Niagara, Tuscarora Community Health Worker, Niagara Falls Community Health Worker, Memorial Child Care and the Niagara Community Action Program. Among the elves who helped load Santa's sleigh were Lauren Doescher and Kenny Barosky from Memorial Child Care and Kiwanians Ed Evert, Terry Nobles and Chuck Stojak. The North Tonawanda History Museum honored several people as Volunteers of the Year as part of its German Christmas Night celebration with the Historical Society of North German Settlements of Western New York.

They are: Stephen Ash, Margaret Cheeley, Jane Garis, John P. Zellner Neal, Priscilla C. Zellner Neal, Lou Omel, Danielle Oney, Courtney Reichman, Barbara Wickman and Walter Wozniak.

*Italian-American Police Association President Steven Lanza recently presented a check for $200 to Hillside Children's Center Clinical Information Specialist Gina Schmidt at Hillside's Niagara Team office in Lockport. The money, given in honor of Officer David J. Scime and Sheriff's Deputy Robert S. Insalaco, was used to purchase a foosball table for youth.

"The IAPA took interest in the fact that we work with children that have faced many difficult life challenges. They felt as though this type of donation would allow our children to have fun while in a safe environment," Schmidt said.

Hillside Children's Center is an affiliate of Hillside Family of Agencies, a family and children services organization that provides child welfare, mental health, youth development, developmental disabilities, juvenile justice and special education services across Central and Western New York.

*The holidays can be a wonderful time of giving and sharing, but for many Western New York families living on low incomes, the holidays can also be a serious financial strain. Last week, First Niagara Bank unloaded hundreds of gifts that were distributed to local families. Trucks were filled with holiday gifts at First Niagara's Lockport branch at 55 East Ave. This is the eighth year participants of Everywoman Opportunity Center have benefited from First Niagara's annual Adopt-a-Family Program.

Everywoman is a nonprofit organization that helps displaced homemakers and single mothers find jobs and achieve self-sufficiency.

"We feel very lucky that our participants have been chosen as recipients of this program. The women who come to Every-
woman are in transition, and many have recently lost a spouse or partner due to widowhood or divorce. This is a generous donation from First Niagara," said Ivy Diggs-Washington, director of the Buffalo and Tonawanda centers. Everywoman staff from the Tonawanda, Buffalo and Niagara Falls offices picked up the gifts.

*Professor Byrce McMichael, of Lockport, was presented the first Dr. Carol Jamieson Award at Niagara County Community College. The award was created in memory of Jamieson, professor of English, for her contributions as a faculty member. The person to whom the award is presented must emulate her dedication, enthusiasm and vitality in teaching and learning. McMichael was selected for his dedication to the support of academic excellence and service to the college. A graduate of NCCC, McMichael continued his education at Florida Atlantic University, where he received a bachelor's in zoology, and at Niagara University, where he earned a master's in biology. He not only has taught at NCCC since 1974, but he also served as division chairman of the life sciences department from 1980 to 2000 and chairman of the Engineering Technology/Chemistry Division from 2000 to 2006.

He developed the college's physical therapist assistant program and co-developed the radiology program. McMichael was awarded the NCCC President's Award for Excellence in Teaching in 1986, the State University Chancellor's Award for Excellence in Teaching in 1987, the National Teaching Excellence Award from the University of Texas in 1989 and the State University of New York Chancellor's Award for Professional Service in 2002. In nominating McMichael, students noted that he takes the time to explain things in a relatable, interesting way.

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