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Niagara Honor Roll / Achievers and achievements

Scott Farrell of North Tonawanda, a student at Rochester Institute of Technology, has been named "student ambassador" for the university's National Technical Institute for the Deaf.

About 10 students are selected annually for the recognition program, which began in 2008.

Farrell, 19, is featured on the college's website. A second-year student majoring in computer integrated machining technology, Farrell also was on the RIT swim team and was named "Rookie of the Year." He competed with the first-place U.S. National Deaf Swim Team at the World Deaf Swimming Championships in Portugal last summer. He also is a regular on the Dean's List. Student ambassadors meet standards, including high academic achievement, and are selected from nominations by faculty and staff. Student ambassadors participate in various activities on campus, including panel discussions and tours for visitors to the RIT/NTID campus.


Wilson Town Clerk Wanda E. Burrows will be honored as Citizen of the Year whe the Wilson Lions Club holds its ninth annual Awards Dinner at 6 p.m. MOnday at the Wilson Boathouse Restaurant.

Edward Feigenbaum has been chosen as Hometown Hero and Dr. Duane Snyder will receive the Robert J. Uplinger Distinguished Service Award, while Wilson Lion Diane Muscoreil will receive the Melvin Jones Fellowship Award. The Lions are celebrating their 70th year anniversary at this dinner, with memorabilia from the past on display.

Tickets are $30 and include a steak dinner and cocktail. Tickets may be purchased in advance from Jim Muscoreil at 628-8052 or Diane Muscoreil at 751-9213.


Linda Van Buskirk is taking over positions of president of the board of directors and executive director of the Market Street Art Center in Lockport.

A graduate of Buffalo State College and Case Western Reserve University, she has been the president of the Lockport Public Library, vice president of the Niagara County Community Credit Union and a cochairwoman of the Lockport Community Market. She has worked in youth services, including child welfare, foster care and adoption services and has been active in the Dale Association for the past thirty-eight years.

Van Buskirk also has an artistic side working in clay, glass and beads.

"Linda brings creative energy, people skills and managerial experience to the position, said board member Sally Bisher. "We look forward to working with her in advancing the Market Street Art Center's idea that art is for everyone."


Air National Guard Airman Robert Kirkpatrick graduated from basic military training at Lackland Air Force Base, San Antonio.

The airman completed an eight-week program that included training in military discipline and studies, Air Force core values, physical fitness and basic warfare principles and skills. Kirkpatrick is the son of Joanne Kirkpatrick of 95th Street, and Donald Kirkpatrick of Monroe Avenue, both in Niagara Falls. He is a 2009 graduate of Niagara Falls High School.


Lewiston-Porter High School Air Force Junior Reserve Officer Training Corps Unit NY-20081 has been selected to receive the 2011-2012 Air Force JROTC Outstanding Organization Award.

This award recognizes Air Force Junior ROTC units that have performed above and beyond normal expectations and that have distinguished themselves through outstanding service to their school and community while meeting the Air Force Junior ROTC mission of producing better citizens for America.

The Outstanding Organization Award recognizes the personal growth and accomplishments of the cadets, the contributions of the instructors as mentors and the support of the school and community.

During the school year, the Lewiston- Porter Junior ROTC cadets accomplished more than 1,300 hours of school and community service. They collected poppy donations for the Youngstown VFW; participated in the Lew-Port Veterans Dinner, Youngstown Veterans Day and Memorial Day Ceremonies, and the Western New York Armed Forces Day ceremony; supported the Salvation Army Red Kettle Campaign and Community Missions Soup Kitchen; and participated in the American Cancer Society Relay for Life. The unit also conducted weekly recycling for the high school, and the Color Guard performed at more than 35 school and community events.

The cadets raised more than $6,000 to support their Military Ball and a field trip to Fort Drum and the Air Force Eastern Air Defense Sector.


Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center was presented the American Heart Association/American Stroke Association's "Get With the Guidelines Stroke Gold Plus Quality Achievement Award" during a June 1 ceremony in Memorial's Stroke Care Unit.

The award recognizes the medical center's commitment and success in implementing excellent care for stroke patients according to evidence-based guidelines.