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Tim Hortons usually rolls out its wildly popular Roll Up the Rim promotion by the first week of February, offering sweepstakes tabs on medium or larger hot beverage cups. But the contest, which typically runs through April, is nowhere to be found. So what's going on? Turns out, the company has already given away too much free stuff. Tim Hortons' loyalty rewards pr…

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Faced with stagnant revenues overall, rising costs and the threat of further cuts to Medicaid, Kaleida Health is putting its HighPointe on Michigan long-term care facility up for sale in a bid to stem the losses. The region's largest hospital system is looking to sell HighPointe after suffering $80 million in losses since the facility opened in December 2011, CEO Jody L…

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Amazon offered to clean my house this morning. I went to its homepage and there was an ad for maid services vetted by Amazon and fulfilled by a third party. Price is usually Amazon's strong suit – not so here. The rate they quoted me for my ZIP code was nearly three times what I pay a small, locally owned company now, and it didn't cover as much. If I wanted a "deep …

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Aug. 25, 1926 – Jan. 23, 2020 Richard Morrell Zehr, retired chief engineer at Viatran Inc., died Jan. 23 in Canterbury Woods, Amherst, where he had been a resident since 2016. He was 93. Born in Niagara Falls, the eldest of three boys, he was the son of George Zehr, chief engineer at the Schoellkopf Power Plant. He and his brothers all became engineers. Norman was…

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March 30, 1931 – Feb. 11, 2020 Leonard J. Freed, of Amherst, a founder of the accounting firm Freed Maxick, died unexpectedly Feb. 11 in Boca Raton, Fla., where he had a winter home. He was 88. Born in Buffalo, he was a 1948 graduate of Fosdick-Masten Park High School and received a bachelor’s degree with honors in accounting from the University of Buffalo. He ser…

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A Chicago real estate investment firm paid $44.5 million on Wednesday to acquire a 17.87-acre medical office property in the Southtowns from an affiliate of Orchard Park developer Krog Corp. MBRE Healthcare, through Orchard Park 5959 Medical Properties LLC, bought the 116,000-square-foot single-story building at 5959 Big Tree Road in Orchard Park from Quaker 20A Realty …

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Some Spectrum customers are not happy with the way the company is handling credits for its widespread fiber optic network outage that happened over the weekend. While the company will credit your next bill if you were affected by the outage, you're going to have to work for it. Instead of just automatically crediting the hundreds of thousands of Western New Yorkers a…

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Howard Hanna Real Estate Services has named a new regional president for Western New York, promoting a veteran attorney and broker from Ohio who leads the company's affiliated title and escrow subsidiary. The Pittsburgh-based brokerage firm named Fred Corsi, president of Barristers Title and Escrow Services, as its first president for the Western New York region. He…

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Mower, an independent marketing, advertising and public relations agencies, has promoted Tess Flynn to the public relations director in its Buffalo office. Flynn, an American University alumnus, received her Master of Professional Studies in corporate communication and public relations from Georgetown University.

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Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center announced the recent hire of Lynn Wolfgang Catalano, who will lead the medical center’s Foundation and Community Relations. Within these roles, Catalano will focus on building legacies and endowments, fundraising and elevating the visibility of Niagara Falls Memorial Medical Center.

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Broadway veteran Darryl Semira has joined the Theatre School of Western New York faculty. He received his BFA in Musical Theatre from the University of Michigan and is a member of Actors’ Equity Association and SAG-AFTRA.

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Randyll P. Bowen, EdD was appointed vice president for enrollment management at Hilbert College. Bowen will be a member of the college’s senior leadership team and will oversee the Office of Admissions and the Office of Student Finance.

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Lawley, an independent insurance broker, welcomed Chris Seymour as a Business Insurance Account Associate. He is experienced in finance and technology and will be responsible for supporting the business insurance team with processing documents, internal requests, and preparation/entry of marketing submissions.

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VA Western New York Healthcare System announced the appointment of Dr. Barbara Nelson-Thomas as the Behavioral Health Care Line Manager. She has her Bachelor of Science Degree from Syracuse University and Doctorate in Counseling Psychology from the State University of New York at Buffalo.

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Jennifer Meka, PhD, was appointed to the Board of Directors of Girls Education Collaborative. She is the Director of the Medical Education and Educational Research Institute, Assistant Dean for Medical Education, and an Assistant Professor in the Department of Medicine at the University at Buffalo’s Jacobs School of Medicine and Biomedical Sciences.