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Honor Roll / Recognizing the accomplishments of Western New Yorkers

The Lake Shore Board of Education honored of Lorraine "Lori" Golden, for her action in protecting the safely of three children from A.J. Schmidt Elementary School and their family members who could have been injured on Sept. 6 on Route 5. Golden had opened the door for students to leave but then spotted a vehicle careening out of control on the right side of the bus, driving across three lawns and in front of the parents waiting for their children to get off the bus. She blocked the door so the students remained safe. The vehicle skidded sideways in front of the door of the bus.

In accepting the award, Golden, said, "There was no place I would have rather been at that place and time that all of my training and years of service came together to circumvent what could have been a tragic scenario. It was all in a days' work and I am glad I could be of service."


Wheaton College trustee emeritus Donald L. Meyer, of Hamburg, was presented with the 2011 Alumnus of the Year for Distinguished Service Award by the Wheaton College Alumni Association during homecoming weekend at the Illinois college earlier this month.

Meyer, who graduated from Wheaton in 1957, was elected to the college's board of trustees in 1987 and served for 23 years. He is past owner and president of the Baillie Lumber Co. of Hamburg, which has markets in more than 75 countries.

As a member of Wheaton's board of trustees, he was a leader of the recent Promise of Wheaton Campaign, which raised more than $260 million to enhance Wheaton's programs and facilities. He also served as co-chair of the presidential selection committee, which oversaw the process of selecting President Dr. Philip Ryken in 1988.


W. Douglas Call wrapped up 45 years of public service recently when he was honored by the Genesee County Democratic Committee as he prepares to retire after 14 years as a Town of Stafford justice.

Call, 71, an attorney, served as Genesee County sheriff -- rare for a Democrat -- in the 1980s. After he stepped down, he joined a Batavia law firm.

As sheriff he was credited with developing Genesee Justice, an alternative to jail time for minor infractions. He also pursued then-controversial driving while intoxicated traffic checkpoints.

Among those honoring Call were U.S. Rep. Kathleen C. Hochul, D-Amherst, and Assemblyman Stephen M. Hawley, R-Batavia.


The International Association of Laryngectomees presented Dr. Marshall J. Duguay with the 2011 Master Clinician Award at its meeting in Kansas City, Mo. Duguay is emeritus professor of speech language pathology at the University at Buffalo. He is also the founder of the New Voice Club of the Niagara Frontier.


Chris Mackowski, associate professor of journalism and mass communication at St. Bonaventure University, has published a new book on the Civil War battle of Chancellorsville.

"Chancellorsville: Crossroads of Fire" recounts the events of the May 1863 battle, frequently cited as Confederate commander Robert E. Lee's greatest victory.

The book is designed so that readers can get an overview of the battlefield in a quick, easy-to-understand narrative and contains dozens of historical and contemporary photos and several original maps.

It is Mackowski's third book in a series commissioned by the National Park Service. The others are "The Last Days of Stonewall Jackson" and "The Dark, Close Wood: The Wilderness, Ellwood, and the Battle that Redefined Both."


The Center for Inquiry, a nonprofit educational, advocacy and research organization based in Amherst, has named Barry Kosmin to its board of directors. He also will be on the board of the center's affiliates, the Council for Secular Humanism and the Committee for Skeptical Inquiry.

Kosmin, a founding director of the Institute for the Study of Secularism in Society and Culture and is research professor of public policy and law at Trinity College in Hartford, Conn.


Jonathan Bandel, the physician practice manager of Women's Services at Women and Children's Hospital, has been appointed to the Editorial Board of Healthcare Executive.

Bandel is a member of the Healthcare Executive Forum of Western New York, the local affiliate of the American College of Healthcare Executives, which produces Healthcare Executive.

He manages the OB/GYN Hospitalist group as physician practice manager at Women and Children's. This program provides full-time physician coverage of the labor and delivery unit, increasing patient safety and satisfaction.

The Healthcare Executive provides relevant information covering the current trends and issues that are a main concern for health care executives. The editorial board serves to provide the journal with direction, innovation and feedback to increase quality for their readership.


The following local service personnel have completed their military training:

Air Force Airman Joseph A. Wasikowski graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio, Texas. The airman completed an intensive, eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness, and basic warfare principles and skills. Wasikowski is the son of Michael Wasikowski of Corfu and graduated in 2010 from Alden High School.

Army Pvt. Kyle K. Connolly has graduated from basic infantry training at Fort Benning, Columbus, Ga. During the nine weeks of training, he received training in drill and ceremonies, weapons, map reading, tactics, military courtesy, military justice, physical fitness, first aid, and Army history, core values and traditions. Additional training included development of basic combat skills and battlefield operations and tactics, and using various weapons and weapons defenses available to the infantry crewman. Connolly is the son of Deb Cartwright of Perry and graduated from Pavilion High School in 2009.

Army Pvt. Andrew C. O'Brien has graduated from the Basic Field Artillery Cannon Crewmember Advanced Individual Training course at Fort Sill, Lawton, Okla. The course is designed to train service members to maintain, prepare and load ammunition for firing; operate and perform operator maintenance on prime movers, self-propelled howitzers, and ammunition vehicles; store, maintain, and distribute ammunition to using units as a member of battery or battalion ammunition section; perform crew maintenance and participate in organizational maintenance of weapons and related equipment; and establish and maintain radio and wire communications. A 2011 graduate of Akron Central High School, he is the son of Mark C. and Holly L. O'Brien of Akron.