* Father Gus Wall, a Hornell native, has been named to the provincial council of the Southern Province for the Society of the Divine Word. The SVD order is made up of more than 6,000 men in 70 countries.
* Joseph Braunscheidel became the chief operating officer of St. Joseph’s Hospital in Elmira effective Aug. 1. He succeeds Albert Barto, who has retired after 33 years of service at the hospital. Braunscheidel joined St. Joseph’s in 1997 and has served in past roles as director of food service and environmental services, senior director of operational services and vice president of operational services.
* Students at Elmira Notre Dame High School staged a World War II exhibit earlier this year that highlighted the Great Depression, the Holocaust and important battles. Features included slide shows, historical photographs, examples of WWII propaganda, war documents, uniform remnants of soldiers killed, charts of unemployment rates, ration stamps and medals of honor.
* Two students at Elmira’s Holy Family Intermediate School have gained recognition from the New York State Firefighters Association based on a fire prevention essay contest last fall. Michael Sullivan earned a western New York regional first-place award of a $100 check and a wall plaque. Honorable mention went to Nathan Niles.
* Thirty youths at St. Margaret Mary Church, Apalachin, took part in the 30-Hour Famine held March 28-29. They went with no food for 30 hours to experience what hunger feels like, and raised $2,618 for World Vision to help those who are hungry every day.