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On the Record / February 26, 2009

>Hires/Promotions/ Honors

The Peter and Elizabeth C. Tower Foundation appointed Nicholas G. Randell and Charles E. Colston Jr. program officers. Randell, most recently administrative director for the University at Buffalo School of Engineering Center for Industrial Effectiveness, is a University of Virginia graduate and earned his MBA from UB. Colston, a UB graduate with a masters degree in urban planning, was most recently a project manager for Bethel Community Development Corp. The foundation supports programs and services for children and adolescents affected by mental illness, developmental disabilities and substance abuse and by enhancing childhood and primary education.

AAA Western and Central New York promoted Jennifer Argentieri to director of Member Solutions, Jessica Sorden to manager of Membership Operations and Jennifer Scero to manager of Member Services and Route Production. Argentieri, who joined the company in 1992, holds an associate's degree in travel and tourism from Genesee Community College. Sorden, who joined the company in 2000, holds a certification in project management from the University at Buffalo's School of Management. Scero, with the company since 1995, holds an associate's in travel and tourism management from Bryant and Stratton and is a certified travel agent.

Chiampou Travis Besaw and Kershner, an Amherst accounting firm, named Cassandra Nixon a staff accountant. Nixon is a graduate of the University at Buffalo.

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>Company items

O-AT-KA, a Batavia dairy cooperative, is celebrating its 50th anniversary. The company, which began operations with five full-time employees, has grown to employ more than 300. The cooperative processes more than 600 million pounds of milk per year, 100 percent of it supplied locally.

Merritt Estate Winery was recently named the official wine sponsor of the National Football League's Buffalo Jills Cheerleading Squad. Merritt and the Jills will cross promote one another at various festivals and events throughout the coming year. The winery is located on King Road in Forestville. For more information, call (888) 965-4800 or visit: www.merrittestatewinery.com.

Lin's Pet Sitty of East Aurora was accepted for membership in Pet Sitters International, an organization of nearly 8,000 professional pet-sitting services throughout the U.S., Canada and abroad. Lin's Pet Sitty is an individually customized at home pet care service. Contact Linda Nowicki at 655-180 0/9 82-1568 or visit: www.linspetsitty.com for information.

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>Contributing

Pizza Hut restaurants, locally owned and operated by Hospitality West, recently awarded $29,000 in grants to Big Brothers/Big Sisters of Erie County, Kid's Escaping Drugs, Variety Club, Make-A-Wish Foundation, St. Mary's School for the Deaf and Bornhava, through its non-for-profit organization Raising Dough for Kids. Since 2002 the organization has donated more than $500,000 to Buffalo, Jamestown and Elmira area children's charities that involve at risk youth.

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>Patents

Title: "Removable tray insert and tray set"

No.: 7,490,558

Inventors: Asbach, Ronald M. (Grand Island); Rhein, John F. (Hamburg)

Assignee: Mattel Inc. (El Segundo, Calif.)

Date issued: Feb. 17, 2009

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