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On the Record / Dec. 22, 2010

>Hires/Promotions/Honors

Hauptman-Woodward Institute appointed Nathaniel Michals part-time junior systems administrator in the Information Technology Department. Michals previously held positions at Synergy Global Solutions, Circuit City and Northtown Automotive Cos. He attended the University of North Texas in Denton, Texas, and graduated from the University at Buffalo.

Nowicki and Co. managing partner and certified public accountant Raymond M. Nowicki was the featured presenter at a webinar training session for the New York State Small Business Development Center. The interactive session, titled "Understanding Financial Statements," was held recently at the center's office at Buffalo State College.

Jeredith M. Nolan of New England Financial in Williamsville, an office of MetLife, recently attended the advanced training conference hosted by MetLife Center for Special Needs Planning to advance her knowledge and skills to help families with dependents with special needs in developing customized financial solutions. Nolan has been a special-needs planner since 2002.

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>Company items

Merchants Insurance Group, a Buffalo-based company comprised of Merchants Preferred Insurance Co. (Preferred) and Merchants Mutual Insurance Co. (Mutual), received high marks for customer satisfaction in private passenger automobile insurance claims, according to the New York State Insurance Department. The state agency upheld no consumer complaints against either company, and both companies ranked within the top third of all private passenger automobile companies. Preferred was ranked 14th, and Mutual was ranked 47th.

Ingenious Inc., a Web design and Internet-based technology firm, recently designed and constructed a website for City Honors School, a Grade 5 through 12 magnet program in the Buffalo Public Schools, with a focus on acceleration, enrichment and the International Baccalaureate Program. The new site, www.cityhonors.org, is more user-friendly, easier to maintain and more cost effective than the school's previous site.

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>Contributing

Wilson Farms "Step Up to the Plate," a fund-raising campaign to benefit the homebound elderly and disabled served by Meals on Wheels programs in New York, raised $28,000 in November through the support of its customers. All Wilson Farms, Sugarcreek and Wilson Farms Xpress stores statewide participated in the campaign. Each store sold paper plates to customers for $1 each.

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>Patents

Title: "Composition and methods for modulating a kinase cascade"

No.: 7,851,470

Inventors: Hangauer Jr., David G. (Lancaster); Coughlin, Daniel (Hackettstown, N.J.), Gale, Jonathan (West Townsend, Mass.); Cody, Jeremy A. (Clifton Springs); Patra, Debasis (Manlius)

Assignee: Kinex Pharmaceuticals (Buffalo)

Date issued: Dec. 15, 2010

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