December 28, 2012 2:40PM
Gary Niehaus, volunteer of the year for City of Lockport. SUBMITTED PHOTO
Updated: January 31, 2013 6:08AM
Lockport holds employee recognition dinner
LOCKPORT — On Dec. 14, Narnia Estate hosted the Annual Volunteer and City Employee Recognition Dinner. The yearly event put forth by the mayor and city council and sponsored by Homer Tree Service acknowledges the commissions that serve Lockport.
In attendance were Planning Commission members Bill Molony, Brent Porfilio; Heritage Architecture members Robert Morris, John Lamb, Tom Alves; Police Commission secretary Gary Niehaus; Aldermen Kelly Turner, Brian Smith and Dick Van Dyke; Acting Police Chief Dave Draksler; Officer Debbie Schenk; auxiliary police members; City Administrator Tim Schloneger; Jodi Herman; Alice Mattucci; ;City Attorney Ron Caneva; Chamber of Commerce Director Mary Kay Campbell; City Planner Frank Koehler; City Treasurer David Payla; and Finance Director Eric Brown,
Mayor Dev Trivedi acknowledged all of the above and their contributions to the city. He thanked each individually, and stated that he would not be seeking re-election in 2013, stating that with the arrival of his new granddaughter, and a meeting with family members that this was the best course for him.
Volunteer of the year for 2012 was Gary Niehaus for spearheading a golf outing for returning veterans. He also took the lead on feeding roughly 300 veterans, homeless, special needs, and individuals that might otherwise not have family or companionship on Thanksgiving Day.
Niehaus was recently recognized by the Congressman Dan Lipinski as his pick for 2012 Volunteer of the year in his district.
National Science Teachers
Association names Fellow
MORRIS — The National Science Teachers Association, in collaboration with The Dow Chemical Company, the Amgen Foundation, Astellas Pharma US Inc., the American Honda Foundation, the Bayer USA Foundation and Lockheed Martin, announced that Laura Zomboracz was one of the teachers chosen as a Fellow in the 2012-2013 NSTA New Science Teacher Academy.
Selected from hundreds of applicants nationwide, the Fellows will participate in a year-long professional development program designed to help promote quality science teaching, enhance teacher confidence and classroom excellence and improve teacher content knowledge.
Each Fellow will receive financial support to attend and participate in NSTA’s 2013 National Conference on Science Education in San Antonio.