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Niagara Honor Roll / Recognizing accomplishments of Western New Yorkers

The first Hallet B. Addoms Engineering Scholarship, established for Niagara Hospice by longtime Niagara Falls resident and community advocate Peggy Addoms, was awarded to Tom Stoll of Lockport.

An active supporter of Niagara Hospice for several years, Addoms established the scholarship for Niagara Hospice employees and their families in her husband’s name as a way for her family to encourage students to pursue careers in engineering, while at the same time helping Niagara Hospice continue to recruit and retain top talent. Hal Addoms was a chemical engineering graduate of Yale University, Class of 1940. He was employed by Niagara Alkali, Hooker and Occidental Chemical, from which he retired in 1954.

Stoll will continue pursuing his bachelor’s degree in biomedical engineering at the University at Buffalo.


Air Force Reserve Airman 1st Class Brian T. Naughton graduated from basic military training at Joint Base San Antonio-Lackland, San Antonio, Texas.

The airman 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.

Naughton is the son of Geoffry T. Naughton of Lockport and a 2015 graduate of Lockport High School, Lockport.


Luis Sanchez, an assistant professor of chemistry at Niagara University, was appointed president-elect of Gamma Sigma Epsilon, a national chemistry honor society founded in 1919. Sanchez will commence his term as president of the society in 2017, the same year Gamma Sigma Epsilon holds its 47th biennial conference at Niagara.

Sanchez earned his bachelor’s degree and licentiate in chemistry from the Pontifical Catholic University of Peru, and his doctorate in organic chemistry from Michigan State University. He conducts research in chemical synthesis, teaches organic and medicinal chemistry at Niagara, and serves as adviser of Niagara’s student chapter of the American Chemical Society.


The North Tonawanda History Museum has announced the winners of its first coloring contest for North Tonawanda elementary students in commemoration of the 190th anniversary of the opening of the Erie Canal. The contest was developed with the assistance of the North Tonawanda School District.

The winners in the 5- to 7-year-old group were: First place, Angela Wierzbicki, kindergarten at Meadow School; second, Michael Uschold, first grade at Meadow School; third, Grace Stimson, second grade at Meadow School.

The winners in the 8- to 10-year-old group were: first, Miranda Shingleton, third grade at Meadow School; second, Kayla Selak, third grade at Meadow School; third, Sean McGowan, third grade at Meadow School.

Honorable mention: Elvis McMurray, Pre-K at Carousel Academy at Grant School.

The museum’s judging committee included: Len Rusin, internationally renowned wildlife artist; Gail Parske Bille, local artist and daughter of longtime museum art teacher Edward Parske; Beverly DiBernardo, a retired teacher who taught in all of North Tonawanda’s elementary schools; Stephen C. Ash, also a retired teacher; and Joseph Kulikowski, a local artist. Kulikowski owned and operated Twin-Ton Auto on Oliver Street for 63 years. All are members, supporters and volunteers of the museum.

Pane’s Restaurant, Roman Cafe, Walmart, Budwey’s, the Baronich Family, Barb’s Sweet Treats, the New York State Canal Corp., Phyllis Dubickas and Jann MacDonald were patrons of the contest.


Laura Bristol and Sarah Moore, students at Niagara County Community College, were selected to receive a $1,000 scholarship from Phi Theta Kappa Honor Society as 2015 Coca-Cola Leaders of Promise Scholars. The scholarship program provides new Phi Theta Kappa members with financial resources to help defray educational expenses while enrolled in associate degree programs. Scholars are also encouraged to assume leadership roles by participating in society programs. A total of 207 Phi Theta Kappa members were awarded $207,000 in scholarships in 2015.