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Niagara Honor Roll / Recognizing the accomplishments of Western New Yorkers

Lockport resident Kevin Crosby has been elected to serve as governor of Rotary District 7090, effective July 1 through June 30. This year’s theme is “Be a Gift to the World,” which Crosby will promote throughout the district.

Rotary District 7090, known as the “The Best of Friends District,” consists of more than 2,400 Rotarians in 70 clubs throughout Western New York and southern Ontario. As district governor, Crosby will help clubs focus their service efforts in promoting peace, fighting disease, providing clean water, saving mothers and children, supporting education and growing local economies.

Crosby has been a member of the Buffalo Sunrise Rotary Club since 2005 and served as president in 2006-07. He served his district as co-trainer for president-elect training from 2008 to 2011 and director of training from 2011 to 2014.

He is a partner at Full Circle Studies, a full-service video and digital media production company located in Buffalo, and graduated from Wake Forest University, with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. In 1981, he earned a Ph.D. in instructional communications from the University at Buffalo Graduate School of Education.


Health Association of Niagara County Inc. named home care aide Carol Caswell recipient of their Caring Counts Award.

“Carol has been an outstanding member of the HANCI Home Care team for over 35 years,” said John Kinner, HANCI CEO. “She is an extraordinary aide. Carol provides the highest quality of care to each of her clients and does so in a compassionate, caring way. We thank Carol for being such a dedicated employee.”

The HANCI Caring Counts award is given monthly to a Home Care employee who go above and beyond the call of duty to provide outstanding care and service to clients.


Two local residents have graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, Texas.

Air National Guard Airman 1st Class Alissa P. Connolly, daughter of Steven A. and Jennifer L. Connolly, and granddaughter of Barbara Connolly, all of Lockport. She is a 2014 graduate of Royalton-Hartland High School.

Air National Guard Airman 1st Class Steven M. Thurston, son of Michael and Tracy Thurston of Niagara Falls. He is a 2012 graduate of Niagara Falls High School.

Both 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. Airmen who complete basic training earn four credits toward an associate in applied science degree through the Community College of the Air Force.