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Four local women will be inducted into Women's Transportation Hall of Fame

The Women's Transportation Hall of Fame welcomes four new members Saturday.

Hamburg native Dianne Craig, U.S. director of sales for Ford Motor Company, will be honored.

Also being inducted are Clarice Burgwardt, co-founder of the Pedaling History Museum in Orchard Park; the late Melinda Burgwardt Gibson, Clarice's daughter, who captained the NYS Wheelmen; and Joann Villeneuve, board chair of Villeneuve Automotive Museum in Montreal.

"No one else celebrates women's role in transportation anywhere in the world," said James Sandoro, who founded the nonprofit museum with wife Mary Ann. "We want women when they come to the museum to know there is something in it for them and that they don't have to sit out front while their husbands and sons go through the museum."

Sandoro said the number of women in transportation exhibit will be more than double when the museum's planned expansion is completed.

The event starts at 6:30 p.m. Saturday at the Buffalo Transportation Pierce-Arrow Museum, 263 Michigan St., with awards presented by Lt. Gov. Kathy Hochul. Tickets are $125. For reservations, call 855-1931.

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