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Niagara Honor Roll / Achievers and achievements

John Frandina, president of the Kiwanis Club of Lewiston, announced that Michael Roemer has been named the general chairman of the 54th annual Niagara County Peach Festival, which will be held Sept. 9 to 11 in Academy Park, Lewiston.

Roemer has been co-chairman of the Peach Festival for the past two years and has served on other Peach Festival committees. He has been a member of the Lewiston Kiwanis since 2003 and has served on various Kiwanis committees, including as chairman of the Service Leadership Program. He also served as a member of the Lewiston Kiwanis board of directors.

He is a graduate of the U.S. Military Academy at West Point and was commissioned as an engineer officer in the United States Army in 1983. After graduation from Cornell Law School in 1990, he worked as an attorney in various firms and became a career confidential law clerk for U.S. District Judge Richard J. Arcara. In 2009, Roemer became the chief court clerk for the U.S. District Court, Western District of New York.

Roemer lives in Youngstown with his wife, Jean, and their daughters, Kristen and Amy.

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One of the metal building industry's leading publications has named Tedesco Construction Services Inc., of Lewiston, to its list of the nation's Top 100 Metal Builders for 2010.

Metal Construction News, a trade publication with a circulation of more than 30,000, announced the annual list in its May edition. For the past 20 years, the magazine has compiled and published an annual list of companies that sell the most tonnage of steel and the largest square footage of construction during the previous calendar year.

Tedesco Construction Services sold 539 tons of steel last year, to rank 59th on the list. Some of the company's biggest projects included The Fairgrounds Casino in Hamburg and the Hornell Area YMCA in Hornell.

"Being part of this list certainly puts us in exclusive company, and we are excited about being there," said Jeffrey M. Tedesco, company president and owner. "This represents a tremendous amount of hard work and dedication by everyone in our company."

The Hamburg project also was honored by Varco Pruden Buildings, one of the nation's largest providers of metal building systems, which named the 66,000-square-foot facility to its 2011 Hall of Fame.

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The New York State Hospitality & Tourism Association's Education Foundation last week presented its student scholarships, including to Nicolas Z. Barth, a student in Niagara University's College of Hospitality and Tourism Management, and Megan Erickson, a graduate of Schenectady County Community College who will join Barth at NU in the fall.

Each was awarded $6,000 for exceptional representation of the future of the hospitality industry.

"This really speaks to the quality and reputation of the programs that we are offering at Niagara University," said Gary Praetzel, dean of Niagara's Hospitality and Tourism Management School. "Not only are our current students being recognized for their extraordinary efforts on behalf of the industry, but others who have shown to be outstanding representatives for tourism and hospitality are seeking out Niagara as a destination to further their studies as well."

Barth spends his summers working at Darien Lake Theme Park and Resort in Corfu, while Erickson is presently employed at the Hilton Garden Inn Albany Medical Center.

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Five Niagara University students are among the 20 taking higher education to the high seas, as they participate in an educational program.

Jason Davis, Danielle Graham, Joe Grenga, Lauren Kapus and Carolyn Trabert boarded the Flagship Niagara in Erie, Pa., last week for a three-week environmental science study that concludes in Chicago on Aug. 15.

The Flagship Niagara, a reproduction of Commodore Oliver Hazard Perry's flagship from the Battle of Lake Erie during the War of 1812, will serve as a floating college campus, engaging students in customized course work on the Great Lakes. The program's curriculum, which took more than six months to create, will focus on biology, ecology, chemistry and natural history, with students receiving course credits from their home institution upon completion.

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