Local soldiers join National Guard units

Spc. Aaron Valino, of Macedon; and Pvt. Michael Zerniak, of Wolcott, recently joined their New York Army National Guard units during a transition ceremony at Patriot Way Armory in Rochester.

Valino joined the 222nd Military Police Company. Zerniak was welcomed into the 827th Engineer Company.

Valino and Zerniak recently completed the National Guard Recruit Sustainment program, which provides new recruits with training, lessons and skills to excel at their initial military training.

Local nursing students receive FLCC awards

Jessica Gonzalez, of Macedon; and Nicole DeFisher, of Marion, recently received awards at the annual Nursing Advancement Ceremony at Finger Lakes Community College.

DeFisher was recognized with the Kathleen McCarthy Award. Gonzalez received the Jean M. D’Abbracci Award.

FLCC honored its largest nursing graduating class this year with 75 students earning associate degrees.