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October 2, 2013

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Niagara Gazette — Every October, the Lewiston-Porter Alumni Association gets together for a little party. Then they honor four of their own with Distinguished Alumni awards.

This year's program is expected to recognize a new batch of graduates from years past, though for the first time in a while, they're all local products who've remained in Western New York.

"It's a bit unusual," Harold Shippy, a member of the selection committee, said. "But it's a good group this year. They're all people who've done well in the community."

Recognitions of the group of four individuals recognized this year will be made during a public ceremony at 10 a.m. Oct. 10 in the auditorium of the district's high school.

This year's group includes a music instructor, a retired iron worker, a West Point graduate and a woman who went to work for the school district she graduated from.

Thomas Pryce, a member of the class of 1972, served 12 years as a member of the Lew-Port School Board. He retired from Iron Workers Local No. 9, out of Niagara Falls, after a lengthy career as business manager and financial secretary of the trades union for more than 20 years. He's was also associated long-term with the Iron Workers District Council of Western New York Pension, Welfare and Annuity Funds and has served on the Niagara Falls Bridge Commission, a position he was appointed to, since 2008, where he has served as both treasurer and chairperson.

Nancy Diez Orsi left Lew-Port after graduating in 1963 and pursued her teaching degree from Buffalo State College. She started teaching at Lew-Port until she was afforded an opportunity to enter the district's administrative team as the district's curriculum and instruction coordinator. She's also been involved in Town of Porter business, as a member of the town's planning board before securing her own spot as a town councilwoman for four years. She was named the town's citizen of the year in 2010.

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