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Honor Roll / Recognizing the accomplishments of Western New Yorkers

Members of the Zonta Club of the Tonawanda's have presented scholarships to Lydia Golach of North Tonawanda High School and Kayla LoGrasso of Tonawanda High School during a special dinner reception in their honor.

Golach is the daughter of Edmund and Patricia Golach of North Tonawanda. Her high school achievements included National Honor Society, Tri-M National Honor Society, Ski Club, and Model UN. She also played tennis, lacrosse and softball throughout her high school years.

She has volunteered in the MDA Summer Camp, Community Cafe, First United Methodist Church, Salvation Army, Project Pride, and many other community projects. She plans to attend Plattsburgh State College to study biology.

LoGrasso is the daughter of Brian and Stacey Davis of Tonawanda. Her high school achievements included National Honor Society, French Club, Mentor Club and Quality Student.

She also played volleyball throughout her high school career.

A few of her community volunteer projects have included Christmas for Kids, Kids Escaping Drugs, and the Tonawanda District Community Fair. She plans to attend the University at Buffalo and study psychology.

The Zonta Club is a global organization of executives and professionals working together to advance the status of women worldwide through service and advocacy.

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Buffalo Retired Teachers Association has awarded five scholarships of $1,000 each to 2011 graduates of Buffalo public high schools. Scholarships were awarded to Barinaepkee Banuan and Melissa Danzo, of City Honors, Durga Ghimirey of Lafayette, Keira Grant of Hutchinson-Central Technical and Zaimah Robinson of McKinley.

The scholarship recipients will be attending college both in New York State and out-of-state.

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Excellence Awards in Teaching and Service were presented to three Hilbert College faculty members: Marne Griffin, associate professor of English, Excellence in Service Award; Bonita Hogan, adjunct instructor of English, Excellence in Adjunct Teaching; and Jenelle Kostran, assistant professor of mathematics, Excellence in Teaching Award.

Griffin -- a two-time honoree who previously received the Excellence in Teaching Award -- joined Hilbert in 1998 as an adjunct faculty member. A resident of Marilla, he has been teaching full time since 2004.

Hogan's tenure as an adjunct instructor of English at Hilbert spans more than 30 years.

She also taught in the Frontier Central School District, among other local districts. She also taught English as a Second Language in Poland.

Kostran has been an assistant professor of mathematics at Hilbert since 2007.

A member of the Mathematical Association of America, she also received an award for teaching excellence from the Canisius College Mathematics Department, where she served as a teaching assistant and tutor.

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East Aurora resident Maggie Castle recently led a team of imaging science students from Rochester Institute of Technology on an expedition to the Boston Public Library to test an imaging device they designed and built over the course of their freshman year.

Castle, the daughter of Dan and Kathy Castle of East Aurora, will enter her second year at RIT's Chester F. Carlson Center for Imaging Science this fall.

As a student in the Freshman Imaging Project, Castle won a $3,000 grant from the Carlson Center to test the imaging device she and her classmates designed and built during the yearlong foundation course.

The imaging device aids professionals working with historical documents and artifacts.

The software written by Castle's classmates compiles 25 to 40 shots into one interactive image to reveal subtle surface textures and features, such as dents, cracks and underwriting.

Boston Public Library's digital lab is an ideal venue for trying out the device. Activity in the lab focuses on digitizing books and artifacts for public use and to make available on the Internet.

Castle's main goal was to take polynomial texture maps of many of the artifacts and historical documents, including ancient cuneiform tablets, the original masthead of The Liberator newspaper, a Mongolian prayer board, two death masks and a page of the Gutenberg Bible.

Castle hopes to publish an article about the experience in an undergraduate research journal. Her team includes RIT imaging science students Kevin Dickey, Scarlett Montanaro and Dan Goldberg.

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Horizon Village Inc. appointed its 2011 officers at its recent annual meeting. Officers were named to one-year terms.

Kevin Robinson, a Buffalo resident, was named to a third one-year term a chairman. He is assistant attorney with the United States Attorney's Office.

Randyll Bowen is serving as vice chairman. He is vice president for Workforce and Community Development for Niagara County Community College. Bowen resides in Wheatfield.

Patrick Welch was named secretary. He is director for Center for Veterans and Veteran Family Services at Daemen College. Welch resides in Amherst.

Horizon Village, part of Horizon Health Services,Inc., is a 50-bed treatment program that provides intensive residential addiction services to residents of all eight counties of Western New York.

Residents participate in a comprehensive, individualized recovery program that includes educational, vocational, family and mental health recovery components designed to assist individuals in developing the core skills necessary to live a substance-free life.

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Robert M. Greene of Buffalo was honored with the Root/Stimson Award by the New York State Bar Association. The award, presented in Cooperstown on June 25, honors an attorney for exemplary community service.

"Bob Greene's legal skills and devotion to public service have distinguished his career. His recent work to make a better life for Haitians is nothing short of remarkable," said President Vincent E. Doyle III (Connors & Vilardo). "We are pleased to honor him."

Since 2001, Greene has visited Haiti twice a year for medical missions. He is currently working to raise funds for a private medical clinic and rebuild a girls' orphanage that was destroyed in the 2010 earthquake.

He has served on the board of more than 20 charities in Buffalo. He chaired the board of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra, Shea's Performing Arts Center, Western New York Public Broadcasting, Zoological Society of Buffalo and Canisius College, his alma mater.

A partner of Philips Lytle, Greene has previously served as the firm's managing partner and chief executive officer.

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