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Honor Roll / Recognizing the accomplishments of Western New Yorkers

Patrick Casilio Jr., chief executive officer of Casilio Cos., was re-elected chairman of the Erie County Medical Center Lifeline Foundation Board. He previously served as board secretary and is a member of the Clarence Town Board, Clarence Rotary and a past chief of the Clarence Volunteer Fire Company.

Clifton M. Bergfeld, an associate at the law firm Watson, Bennett, Colligan, Johnson & Schechter, was elected a vice chairman of the board. A graduate of the University at Buffalo Law School, Bergfeld was a financial planner at UBS Financial Services in Chicago. He is also on the board of the UB Alumni Association.

Penny Morgante, an area sales manager and vice president of First Niagara Bank, was elected vice chairwoman. she is on the board of Meals on Wheels for Western New York and Erie County.

Also elected vice chairman was Todd Brason, president and chief executive officer of Willcare. Brason is chairman of the Greater Buffalo Chapter of the American Red Cross and a past chairman of the Buffalo State College Foundation and a board member of the Delaware Soccer Club.

David R. DiMatteo, a certified public accountant and partner with Schechter & Polakoff, was elected treasurer of the foundation. DiMatteo is a member of the Volunteer Boy Scouts of America.


Rose Valby of Clarence Center, a senior at Ithaca College, received a $1,000 scholarship from the Polish Arts Club of Buffalo during the group's installation luncheon on Feb. 1.

A music major in French horn performance, Valby is on the dean's list and has served as the principal horn player in the Ithaca College Orchestra. In 2007, she won the college's Concerto Competition.

Also, during the Polish Arts Club's installation dinner, new officers were installed to serve two-year terms through 2011. They are: Cindy Baumgartner, first vice president; Thomas Zawadzki, treasurer; and Wanda Bolanowska, membership secretary.

Serving on the board are Elzbieta Grabowska, Krystyna Pienkowska and Wanda Slawinska.

Ann Mikol, retired senior associate justice of the State Supreme Court Appellate Division, conducted the installation ceremony. Stan Nowak is the club president.


Several awards were presented at the 57th annual Buffalo Catholic Diocesan Youth Convention Feb. 16 in Adam's Mark Hotel.

The convention was attended by more than 750 local Catholic youth and their adult chaperones and concluded with a Mass by Bishop Edward U. Kmiec.

The Monsignor Nelson H. Baker Award, given to a priest who has been an advocate for youth in the church, was presented to the Rev. Roy T. Herberger, pastor of SS. Columba-Brigid Catholic Church.

Hannah Wentz of St. Elizabeth Ann Seton in Dunkirk parish was honored with the Outstanding Catholic Youth award for her service and commitment.

The Manus Christi Award, given to teenagers who possess outstanding moral character, was presented to four youths: Andrew Adolf, a senior from Sacred Heart parish in Bowmansville; Kimberly Bopp, a senior from St. Mary's parish in Swormville; Courtney Cardinal a senior of Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament in Depew; and Joe Fagan, a senior from Holy Trinity in Medina.

Seven parishes received the Ed Argy Award for Community Service, which recognizes those parishes that demonstrate that community service is an important part of their youth ministry program. They are St. Andrew, Town of Tonawanda; St. Elizabeth Ann Seton, Dunkirk; SS. Hyacinth & Hedwig, Dunkirk; St. Joseph, Fredonia; St. Katharine Drexel, Buffalo; Our Lady of the Blessed Sacrament, Depew; and Sacred Heart of Jesus, Bowmansville.


Joseph Wroblewski has retired after 25 years as president of the Westinghouse Employees Retirees' Club. Wroblewski is age 90.

Under his leadership, the club had at one time flourished with more than 400 members. Membership has since dwindled to 150. No new members are anticipated with the closing of Westinghouse.

However, the retirees' club will continue under the leadership of Edward Weglarski as president. Anne Szczepanski will also continue as secretary of the club.


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