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Honor Roll / Recognizing the accomplishments of Western New Yorkers

Mary Pat Hancock, who has chaired the Genesee County Legislature for the past 11 years, is the new president of the New York State Association of Counties. She is the first from Genesee to head the organization, which represents 57 counties and the five boroughs of New York City.

Hancock, a Republican, has spent 19 years representing the towns of Batavia and Stafford. She takes office in September for a one-year term.

She has served on the Batavia Board of Education, and is a retired guidance counselor at Batavia High School.


Alexander Feutrg, 22, of Amherst has been accepted into the Peace Corps Service in Madagascar. Feutrg began his pre-service training as a business volunteer on March 1. Upon graduation training in June, he will be helping entrepreneurs increase efficiency, small businesses to expand and provide assistance to beneficiaries of small loans.

A graduate of Amherst Central High School, Feutrg attended Wesleyan University in Middletown, Conn., where he earned a bachelor of arts in Mathematics and Economics, graduating in 2010. Feutrg previously worked as an English teacher in Changsha, China, and a tutor in New York City.


Clare C. Bey has been nominated by Dennis Brancato from Campus West School 96 to represent Buffalo at the National Young Leaders State Conference in New York.

Clare attended Campus West School and is currently a ninth grader at Holy Angels Academy.

The four-day conference helps young scholars take an introspective and highly-personalized assessment of their leadership skills and abilities to serve within their communities.


Carol Carney, of North Tonawanda, has been selected for her Garden Comfort quilt as a semi-finalist for the 2011 American Quilter's Society Quilt Show and Contest to be held April 27 to 30 at the Paducah Expo Center in Paducah, Ky. Semi-finalists' quilts will be on display at the show.

The international competition includes quilts from 45 states and 15 countries. Artists employ techniques and design methods ranging from traditional pieced patterns to painted and embellished motifs. Cash awards total $120,000.


Marlene L. Roll, director of veterans services for Erie County was the recipient of the 57th annual Susan B. Anthony Award from the Interclub Council of Western New York at a luncheon held in March at Salvatore's Italian Garden in Depew.

Roll, a veteran of the Gulf War and a member of the Army Reserve from 1986 through 1994, has served as a local VFW post commander and certified national recruiter. Roll also serves as a veteran mentor in the City of Buffalo Veterans Treatment Court.

Roll has an associate's degree in business administration and certification in small business management from Erie Community College.

The award was established in 1955 to recognize a woman in the community for professional and civic achievements.


Five members of Boy Scout Troop 483, West Seneca, achieved the rank of Eagle Scout during a recent ceremony.

They are Dan Bartz, 17, Tyler Fulater, 14, and Trek Fulater, 15, all of West Seneca; Kyle Smolinski, 18, of Lake View; and Aaron Schwab, 17, of Orchard Park. To earn the rank of Eagle, the boys were required to earn 21 merit badges and perform a leadership project for the community.

Their projects included cleaning up, painting, landscaping or fixing up the following locations: Mill Road Park, Fireman's Memorial Exhibit in West Seneca, Orchard Park Presbyterian Church and the Eternal Flame path in Chestnut Ridge Park, as well as several shelters in the park. Troop 483 has been based at Reserve Fire Hall for more than 35 years, and during that time, 121 Scouts have achieved the rank of Eagle.


Daniel P. Penberthy, chief financial officer of Rand Capital Corp., has been elected president of The 100 Club of Buffalo and Western New York.

The 100 Club of Buffalo is a nonprofit organization that provides service to the members of local law enforcement, fire services and emergency medical services and their families.

Penberthy, an Amherst resident, has been a member of the organization for five years. He is a graduate of St. Bonaventure University and earned an MBA from the University at Buffalo.

Three vice presidents were elected to one-year terms. They are Erie County Surrogate Judge Barbara Howe; Kenneth A. Richmond, senior vice president for operations at Erie County Medical Center; and Robert Zak, president and chief executive officer of Merchants Group.

Other officers are: secretary, Nancy A. Fredrickson; assistant secretary, Jane Kwiatkowski; treasurer, Ross Kenzie; and assistant treasurer, John J. O'Neill.


The Arc of Livingston-Wyoming, a not-for-profit agency, has named president and CEO of Financial Institutions and Five Star Bank, Peter Humphrey, chairman for its "Opening Doors" capital campaign to benefit the children's services program which serves approximately 350 young children annually.

Humphrey is serving as a volunteer on the "Opening Doors" campaign and will receive no salary for his work. The campaign goal is to raise $800,000 which will be used to help offset costs associated with relocating the Arc's KidStart school from the SUNY Geneseo campus into a new home in Groveland. KidStart serves children ranging from 6 weeks to 12 years old with intellectual and other developmental disabilities.

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