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On the Record / February 21, 2009

>Hires/Promotions/Honors

The Olmsted Center for the Visually Impaired named Dr. Saralyn Notaro Rieta to its board of directors. Dr. Notaro Rietz, an ophthalmologist who specializes in diseases of the retina, has offices in Amherst and Niagara Falls.

The Amherst law firm of HoganWillig named Lisa A. Stidham an associate. Stidham, who will focus her practice in the firm's Corporate and Business Law Department, graduated from the University at Buffalo School of Law.

Lumsden and McCormick, Buffalo certified public accountants, promoted Christa L. Kopacz and Mary Young to audit managers. Kopacz, a CPA, has been with the firm since 2003 and is a graduate of Canisius College. Young, an auditing and accounting manager and a CPA, joined the firm in 1992 and is a graduate of the University at Buffalo. Also, the firm promoted William P. Allen; Thomas W. Briggs, a CPA; and Michael R. Polasik to senior accountants. Allen is a member of the auditing and accounting team. He recently passed the CPA exam and will be eligible to earn his CPA license. A graduate of LeMoyne College, Allen joined the firm in 2006. Briggs, a Fredonia State College graduate, joined the firm in 2007. Polasik graduated from St. Bonaventure University with an accounting degree and joined the firm in 2007.

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>Company items

SplashPanic, a clothing boutique featuring the brands American Apparel, Threadless Tees and Indi Denim, is opening today at 818 Elmwood Avenue, near Lancaster Avenue. It shares a building with Sai One boutique.

Ink-N-More, a women's business enterprise at 11 Glenalby Road in Tonawanda, recently acquired Circle Ink of Cheektowaga. Both companies, founded in 2006, refill and recycle used ink toner, cartridges and ribbons. Cheektowaga operations will close and be consolidated at the Tonawanda facility.

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>Patents

Title: "Decreased skin shear device"

No.: 7,490,904

Inventors: Hogg, Mark G. (Tonawanda)

Date issued: Feb. 17, 2009

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