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Honor Roll / Recognizing the accomplishments of Western New Yorkers

Robert H. Johnson, Ph.D., was certified a senior ecologist by the Professional Certification Board of the Ecological Society of America. The ESA certification program recognizes professional ecologists who have met high standards of education, original research, professional experience and ethics, and helps identify these standards to the general public. His certification was based on his contribution to the science of ecology.

Dr. Johnson is an associate professor in the department of mathematics and sciences at Medaille College and director of its Scholars Program.

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Five young men, Jordan DeHonney, Long Nguyen, Daniel and Joseph Sullivan, and Vinh Tran, received Rooney Scholarships to Canisius High School, demonstrating the good that has transcended the tragedy of Sept. 11, 2001.

Sean Rooney, a member of the school's class of 1969, died in the World Trade Center collapse. In 2002 Rooney's wife, the late Beverly Eckert, and his family, Canisius classmates and friends, established the Rooney Scholarship in his memory to provide young men with the opportunity to receive a Jesuit education.

The four-year, needs-based scholarship is designated for deserving eighth graders at Catholic Academy of West Buffalo who have been accepted to Canisius High School. A committee of Canisius staff, Rooney family members and the principal of Catholic Academy selected DeHonney, Nguyen, the Sullivans and Tran as this year's recipients.

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Ann McCarthy, a long-time volunteer and former board member of the Food Bank of Western New York, will be honored for her years as a community leader at the Food Bank's sixth annual Sweet Charity event to be held Feb. 2, 2012, in Asbury Hall at The Church, 341 Delaware Ave.

McCarthy recently retired from her position as consumer affairs manager for Wegmans Food Markets, where she spent more than 20 years managing the company's media, community and customer relations. During those years, she served in a number of volunteer positions in the community, including chairing the 2001 United Way campaign, as well as many years on their board.

Many community organizations have recognized McCarthy's service over the years, including the National Conference for Community and Justice's Brotherhood/Sisterhood Award for Community Service, and St. Bonaventure, who presented her with their Gaudete Award for community leaders who exemplify the same spirit of service expressed through the life and teaching of St. Francis Assisi.

She is the past recipient of the United Way's Volunteer of the Year Award, and in May 2011, was honored by Leadership Buffalo with their Values Award for Service. In addition to continuing to serve the Food Bank as a member of its Advisory Council, she is a current trustee of the Oishei Foundation and the Western New York Foundation.

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The Western New York Library Resources Council announced the 2011 WNYLRC Awards Recognition Winners. Recipients are chosen for recognition in excellence to librarianship and service to patrons whether by innovative program, creative use of physical environment or person-to-person attention to service needs.

Winners of the 2011 WNYLRC Award Recognition Excellence in Library Service Award are Timothy Binga, Director, Center for Inquiry Libraries, Center for Inquiry and Kathleen De Laney, Reference Librarian/Archivist, Andrew L. Bouwhuis Library, Canisius College.

Winner of the Outstanding Library Advocate Award is the Friends of the Orchard Park Public Library.

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Dorothy M. Baker who logged more than 1,700 hours of volunteer service last year has been named the 28th winner of the Genesee County Health and Humanitarian Award.

Baker was chosen for her time spent with organizations ranging from The Jerome Center gift shop and food kiosk to the Genesee County Chamber of Commerce Tourist Information Center.

Sponsored by The Jerome Foundation and the United Memorial Medical Center Foundation, the honor goes to a county resident who has helped promote emotional, physical and spiritual well being among its residents.

For years, Baker has served regularly at the Western New York VA Healthcare System, and the Genesee County Office for the Aging.

The award will be given Dec. 2 at a luncheon at the Terry Hills Restaurant and Banquet Center.