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Niagara Honor Roll / Recognizing the accomplishments of Western New Yorkers

The American Osteopathic Association has granted a five-year accreditation to the Family Medicine Residency Program at Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center. The approval was granted following an inspection that included an on-site visit and a review of the program’s curriculum, policies and procedures.

Osteopathic postdoctoral training programs such as Memorial’s are recognized throughout the United States. As the only accrediting agency for osteopathic medical education, the American Osteopathic Association is responsible for developing and enforcing postdoctoral training requirements, policies and procedures in order to ensure the highest quality programs.


The Niagara Wheatfield Teachers Association recently announced its three scholarship winners for 2013.

The first winner is Nicole Golias, who received the Clark-Foster Scholarship. Nicole will be attending Cornell University to study policy analysis and management. Marissa Watroba and Cory Evans were awarded teachers association scholarships. Marissa will attend Canisius College to study bioinformatics, while Cory will attend the Community College of Beaver County to become an air traffic controller.

All three students will be graduating from Niagara Wheatfield High School this month and were recognized for excelling in academics, athletics and service to the community. The association has been awarding scholarships to area students for more than 25 years.


Clark J. Godshall, district superintendent for Orleans/Niagara BOCES, recently handed out two scholarships that he sponsors at closing ceremonies at the Orleans Career and Technical Education Center.

The winners are Amber Coyle from Royalton-Hartland and Alexandra Hogan from Medina. Alexandra will be attending Genesee Community College and Amber will be going to Hilbert College. Both students will be studying digital design. They are both in the digital design and production program taught by Crystal Hall-Cirillo.

Career center students submit applications and essays on why they deserve the $500 to use toward furthering their education or supplies to start their career after education.


The Niagara Frontier Chapter, New York State Women Inc., installed Leslie Stolzenfels as president at a recent ceremony at Pane’s Restaurant in North Tonawanda.

Other officers are: first vice president, Linda Prohaska; second vice president, Phyllis Phillips; treasurer, Diane Illig; and treasurer, Nancy Dietrich. All the officers are North Tonawanda residents.

Renee Cerullo, first vice president of the state organization, presided at the installation. She has been a member of the Buffalo-Niagara New York State Women Inc. for seven years.


Amanda J. Buonopane, a doctoral candidate in the department of anthropology at the University at Buffalo, has been awarded a Fulbright Award for 2013-14 for her dissertation research entitled “Religious Authenticity and Tolerance in Java.”

Buonopane was recognized at the Celebration of Student Excellence ceremony held this spring at the UB Center for the Arts. She will be returning to Java, Indonesia, this summer for one year to continue her dissertation research.

She is a 1998 graduate of Lewiston-Porter High School, a 2000 graduate of Niagara County Community College, a 2002 graduate of UB and is an adjunct instructor at Rochester Institute of Technology, Geneseo State College and Canisius College.

She is the daughter of Terry and Joan Davis of Lewiston and currently resides with her husband, Michael, in Niagara Falls.


Red Coach Inn and Restaurant, located on the upper rapids in Niagara Falls, has received a TripAdvisor Certificate of Excellence award.

The award, which honors hospitality excellence, is given only to establishments that consistently achieve outstanding traveler reviews on TripAdvisor, and is extended to qualifying businesses worldwide. Only the top-performing 10 percent of businesses listed on TripAdvisor receive the award.

To qualify for a Certificate of Excellence, businesses must maintain an overall rating of four or higher, out of a possible five, as reviewed by travelers on TripAdvisor, and must have been listed on TripAdvisor for at least 12 months.

The Homerun for Hospice tournament held in April raised $2,137 for Niagara Hospice. High school baseball teams from Depew, Lewiston-Porter, Starpoint and Wilson competed.

Lew-Port varsity coach Mark Waple organized the event as a way for the players to learn the importance of giving back to the community. “I’m proud of all of the players, they did a great job, and we were glad to be able to help Niagara Hospice with our donation,” Waple said.

Players from each school collected donations before the tournament, while sponsorships from local businesses and community members helped make the event a success. “The players did a great job raising money, and our sponsors were so generous to donate to the event,” said Maureen Rizzo of Niagara Hospice.