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Tributes flowed for more than an hour Monday evening at a testimonial dinner for Rodney C. Hensel, who steps down June 2 as executive director of the Salamanca Industrial Development Agency.

Hensel resigned to assume new duties in Buffalo June 12 as manager of public relations and public service development issues for the Western New York Development Corporation, a state unit.

"When Rod leaves town, there will be vacancies to fill on eight other boards," said Martha Symes, president of the Salamanca Area Chamber of Commerce and Catt-Allegany Counties Tourist Bureau.

Mayor John F. Gould, who presided at the Meadows restaurant, gave Hensel lavish credit for turning several federal and state grants into individual, public facility and housing successes.

"You certainly made my job easier," Gould added.

The audience included city hall associates, friends, Hensel's family and a cross section of industrial business and government officials. Hensel joined the IDA as assistant director in 1981 and moved into the top post four years later.

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