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Niagara Honor Roll / Achievers and achievements

Robert H. Healy, a 30-year veteran of the U.S. Air Force, has been named veterans services coordinator at Niagara University. In this role, Healy will be responsible for developing and implementing university strategy for increasing and retaining current and former military students and their family members, and developing relationships with local, regional and national military and veterans organizations to create recruiting support conduits.

Healy recently retired from the Air Force. He served in Operation Desert Shield and Desert Storm in the early 1990s and served as superintendent of operations at the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station. Many of his past positions have required Healy to mentor and counsel airmen, noncommissioned officers and civilian personnel on various aspects of their careers and education.

He will collaborate with faculty and staff to create a tightly woven support network for student-veterans and their families, making sure to provide them the resources that they need to succeed. He also will serve as a veterans affairs certifying official, working closely with the university's financial aid office to ensure 100 percent regulatory compliance and improve efficiency.

Niagara's ongoing efforts to support families who have served, or are serving, in the nation's armed forces were cited in a special designation from G.I. Jobs magazine.

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Lewiston's Center for Sports Medicine and Physical Rehabilitation of Mount St. Mary's Hospital has announced that Lindsey Schultz has completed the clinical training necessary to become a certified hand specialist.

Schultz is an occupational therapist who has more than eight years of clinical experience, including 4,000 hours or more in direct practice in hand therapy. In addition, she has successfully passed a comprehensive test of advanced clinical skills and theory in "upper quarter" rehabilitation.

Because of changes in the profession, every CHT is required to demonstrate continued professional development and competency by recertifying every five years.

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Lee Simonson, president of the not-for-profit Historical Association of Lewiston, has announced the raffle winners and the champions of the decorating competition at the Lewiston Tour of Homes, held last month in Lewiston.

Artie Vanderpool, of Vanderpool Designs in Niagara Falls, won the Best in Show Award for his holiday decor at the home of Tasia and Paul Fitzpatrick. Ticket-holders who attended the Tour of Homes cast their votes for the home they deemed to be their favorite. Vanderpool, whose talent was recently featured on the nationally televised "Nate Berkus Show," collaborated with the Fitzpatricks for an award-winning design.

Kathleen Manning, of Lockport, is the winner of two tickets to the 2011 Tour of Kitchens. Mary Jane Thurston, also of Lockport, won two tickets to the 2011 Tour of Homes, and Mary Jo Neri, of Youngstown, won a half case of Niagara County wines. The Tour of Homes is the Historical Association of Lewiston's signature fundraiser held annually in December. Proceeds are used to preserve and promote Lewiston's heritage.

lcontinelli@buffnews.com

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