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Niagara Honor Roll / Achievers and achievements

*Darlene C. Gurnett was been appointed to senior dispatcher for the Niagara County Sheriff's Office.

Gurnett joined the sheriff's office on March 16, 1998. In her thirteen years as a dispatcher, she has received numerous sheriff's citations fore her calm resolve and professionalism during some intense 911 calls, acccording to Sheriff James R. Voutour.

Gurnett is certified by the Red Cross as a cardiopulmonary resusitation/automated external defibrillator instructor. She is also certified by the Associated Public Safety Communications Officers as a Communications Training Officer.

Voutour said Gurnett's years of experience, dedication to her profession and working knowledge of her job made her a clear choice to assume the role of senior dispatcher.


*Orleans/Niagara BOCES Literacy Specialist Susan Diemert has been named president of the New York Association for Continuing and Community Education (NYACCE), a statewide organization representing adult education programs. Diemert said, This is a very critical time for adult education. Due to the poor economy, many adults have been forced to go back to school for a GED or remedial, re-training, or post-secondary to qualify for employment. Many adults have been affected by business closings and lay-offs. Adult education programs are there to address the needs of this population."


New York State Electric and Gas (NYSEG) donated a dozen box window fans to Niagara County's Office for the Aging Home Delivered Meal clients. Jennifer White, NYSEG Customer Advocate for the Lockport and Geneva areas brought the fans and drove out with Sarah Lilley, Home Delivered Meal Coordinator, to the clients from Lockport, Newfane, Barker, Somerset and Gasport. The Home Delivered Meal Program currently serves over 400 clients and distributes nutritious meals to home bound residents age 60 and older. If you or a family member/friend could benefit from such services please call Sarah Lilley at 438-4031.


The Eternal Brothers Motorcycle Club recently hosted the 2nd Annual Elizabeth Bondi Memorial Bike Run through Niagara County and raised $4,000 in support of the programs and services of Niagara Hospice. For more information on Niagara Hospice, visit or call 439-4417.


Niagara University has announced that Carrie McLaughlin has been named the new dean of students following a nationwide search. McLaughlin comes to Niagara after five years as the director of student life at Loyola University Maryland in Baltimore. "Carrie has extensive student life experience, particularly in residence life and student conduct," said Kevin Hearn, vice president for student life at Niagara. As dean of students, McLaughlin will be responsible for the university's programs in residence life, campus activities and multicultural/international student affairs.


Tonia Sarzyniak of Wheatfield was one of the first new moms to track her baby's heart rate prior to birth at Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center using the new DRE Kindred Plus fetal monitor. The medical center recently installed eight of the advanced, integrated fetal monitors in its maternity unit. Dr. Daniel Burns, Memorial's chief of obstetrics and gynecology, delivered a healthy baby boy to Sarzyniak.


Debi and Mark D. Perry, M.D., and Judith Nolan Powell have been named co-chairmen of 2012 Premier, Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center's annual black tie dinner and entertainment gala. Mark Perry is a radiologist and a member of Memorial's medical staff and its board of directors. Powell, a retired HSBC Bank USA executive, also serves on the medical center's governing board. The Premier will be held Jan. 14 in Seneca Niagara Casino and Hotel, 310 Fourth St., Niagara Falls. The event will honor state Sen. George D. Maziarz and Dr. Naresh Jain for their service to the hospital. Proceeds from the event will support obstetrical and gynecological services at Memorial's Mary C. Dyster Women's Pavilion. Individual tickets for the event will be $200. For information and sponsorship opportunities, call (716) 278-4570 or visit