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On the Record / May 15, 2012


Seneca Gaming Corp. elected Robert E. Mele chairman of its board of directors. Mele has served on the board of directors since 2009 and has more than 30 years of financial experience, serving in numerous senior executive and management positions, both domestically and internationally.

Other officers include treasurer, Richard K. Nephew, and secretary, Cochise Redeye. Board members are Jeffrey Gill, Karen Karsten, Mark Halftown, Sandra Hill and Patrick Gendrue II. All board members are appointed by the Seneca Nation of Indians Council, and the board elects its own officers.

The University at Buffalo's Graduate School of Education honored Robert Gioia, Brenda McDuffie and Douglas Clements at its graduation Friday. Gioia, president of the John R. Oishei Foundation since 2007, received the Dean's Service Award recognizing exceptional contributions to the educational community of Western New York. McDuffie, president and CEO of the Buffalo Urban League since 1998, received the James C. Hansen Humanitarian Award for outstanding contributions to public service. Clements, a 24-year professor at UB, received the GSE Distinguished Alumni Award.

Phillips Lytle partner Raymond H. Barr will serve as a speaker at the New York State Bar Association's Continuing Legal Education program titled "Dealing With Your Client's Retirement Assets" on Thursday in the Holiday Inn Amherst.

The Clarence Hollow Association has added two members to its board of directors: Domenic Cortese and Kathy Ward Lovejoy. Cortese is owner of Cortese Brothers Construction, and Lovejoy is a graphic artist and art teacher.


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Alcott HR Group, a professional employer organization located in Farmingdale and Cheektowaga, will provide its comprehensive human resources solution on behalf of Alpina Foods in Miami, the U.S. arm of Alpina Bogota, Colombia, a producer and brand of dairy products.

Alcott will serve the company's staff in its Miami location, as well as the staff for a soon-to-be-completed 28,000-square-foot manufacturing plant in the Genesee Valley Agri-Business Park in Batavia. Construction of the Batavia plant is under way, with plans to be operational this summer. Fifty new jobs will be created at the plant, with Alcott managing the payroll administration, employee benefits design, and administration, tax administration and regulatory compliance.

Oh Goodie! -- a locally owned company in Amherst that specializes in creating goodie bags for a variety of celebrations -- was recently founded by business partners Bobbi Bartholomew and Dotty Mayle. The company offers crafted goodie bags to celebrate everything from birthdays, weddings and work achievements to major milestones. It also does party invitations, decorations, party activities and thank-you notes. The company's website is



Title: "Method and apparatus for separating air"

No.: 8,161,771

Inventors: Howard, Henry Edward (Grand Island); Timm, Martin L. (Getzville)

Assignee: Praxair Technology (Danbury, Conn.)

Date issued: April 24, 2012


Title: "Ram for metal can shaper"

No.: 8,161,784

Inventor: Farnham, Timothy J. (Buffalo)

Date issued: April 24, 2012