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Niagara Honor Roll / Recognizing the accomplishments of Western New Yorkers

Several Niagara County 4-H members participated in the Regional 4-H Horse Bowl contest against 4-H members from Erie County. They were tested on their knowledge of all types of horses and horse information. Top contestants in the junior and senior divisions will go on to the State Horse Bowl contest at Cornell University, Ithaca, in April.

In the novice division, the team of Grace Hannon, 9, and Wes Hannon, 9, of Sanborn, Maggie Shocknesse, 8, of Ransomville, and Taylor Jane Stern, 12, of Gasport, were the 3rd place team. Individually, Grace was 1st place, Wes was 8th and Taylor Jane placed 10th.

In the junior division, the team of Rose Paxon, 13, of Clarence Center, Isabelle Hillestad, 12, of Grand Island, Max Shocknesse, 13, and Bailey Shocknesse, 10, of Ransomville were the 2nd place team.

The team of Katie Widmer, 12, of Lockport, Katelyn Schlager, 12, of Lockport, Katie Grace Hillestad, 9, of Grand Island, and Hannah Hannon, 12, of Sanborn, were 4th place team. Individually, Rose was 1st place, Katie was 3rd place and Katelyn was 7th place. Katie will be competing on the Region 1 Junior team at the state contest.

In the senior division, the team of Josh Randall, 14, of Lockport, Ashley Randall, 14, of Lockport, Melanie Morgan, 14, of Sanborn, and Alexis Nadeau, 15, of Sanborn, placed 3rd. In the individual senior standings, Josh was 7th place and Ashley was 10th place.

Many of these young riders will be competing at the 2015 Niagara County Fair, run by CCE Niagara County, Aug. 5 to 9.


William D. Frye, associate professor of hospitality and tourism management at Niagara University, is the 2015 recipient of the Anthony Marshall Award, presented by the American Hotel & Lodging Educational Institute.

The award recognizes an individual who has made significant long-term contributions to the hospitality industry in educating future leaders.

At Niagara, Frye has been teaching hospitality operations and special topics such as hospitality law and club management, and coordinating internship programs for 20 years. He has been instrumental in bringing certification opportunities to students in the program, including individual course certification exams and the certification in hotel industry analytics. He is the faculty advisor for Niagara University’s CMAA student chapter, which has earned the Student Chapter of the Year award for six consecutive years.

He is an active member of the International Council on Hotel, Restaurant, and Institutional Education for many years, where he chairs the Lodging Special Interest Group. He is a founding faculty member of the Hospitality Educators consortium, and holds the designations of certified hospitality educator, certified hotel owner, and the certification in hotel industry analytics.

Frye was honored during the American Hotel & Lodging Association Legislative Action Summit in Washington, D.C., during the AH&LA Stars of the Industry Brunch on April 14.


Two teams from Niagara University were among six student-teams nationwide chosen to participate in the North American regional competition of the Bi-Annual Student Safety Technology Design Competition. Each team received $2,000 from National Highway Traffic Safety Administration to help develop functional model of their winning ideas.

NU freshman Michael Crockett and sophomore Jonathan Sandonato, both computer and information sciences majors, identified vehicle safety concerns and developed concepts for technologies to address those problems.

By applying embedded system technology and mobile application development, Crockett focused on distraction-free driving, which is a solution designed to eliminate cell phone use for the driver while positioned in the driver’s seat.

Sandonato proposed a solution called Safe Driver, a user-friendly application that would allow the driver to use all of their senses to safely operate an automobile but still grant them the freedom to use their smartphone.

The students worked under the guidance of Yonghong Tong, assistant professor of CIS.


Timothy J. Waterman, the chief executive officer of the Seneca Nation Health System, has been elected to a three-year term on the Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center board of directors.

Waterman holds a master of business administration degree from St. Bonaventure University.

A Seneca Nation Health System staff member since 2012, he is responsible for all aspects of the system’s day-to-day operations. He most recently served as chief community services officer with oversight for the nation’s Community Health, Environmental Health and Behavioral Health services.

Waterman is a former senior inspector for the Seneca Gaming Authority and a former member of the Seneca Nation of Indians Judicial Conference Committee.


Winners from The Niagara Arts Guild Spring art show were announced at the Niagara County Historical Society during the show’s opening reception on April 25. The show will run through May 22 at the Niagara County Historical Society, 215 Niagara St., Lockport.

Niagara Arts Guild 2015 Spring show winners are: best in show, “Cutting Edge” by Patricia Perry; 1st place, “Love is a Battlefield” by Peggy Taylor; and 2nd place, “Mona My Model” by Elvera Mangiafesto.

Honorable mention were: “Oriental Beauty” by Pauline Pritchard; “Morning Rose” by Phil Eaton; “Edison Estate” by Roberta Newton; and “Dem Bones   Catacombs of Paris” by Maggie Eaton.

Viewer’s choice is “Barn to be Wild” by Stella Robinson.