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The Western New York Chapter of the Association of Fundraising Professionals presented its annual philanthropy awards at a luncheon today in Adam's Mark Buffalo Hotel.

Receiving awards were Frank and Rosalie Ciminelli, Western New York philanthropists of the year; Elayne G. Wels, volunteer fund-raiser of the year;, outstanding philanthropic media organization; Parkview Health Services, outstanding philanthropic corporation or small business; Western New York Foundation, outstanding philanthropic foundation; and Brittany Stallard, outstanding youth award.

The event is part of National Philanthropy Day, a nationwide celebration of donations of time, talent and money.

Preservationists list endangered sites

The Albion business district in Orleans County, downtown Randolph in Cattaraugus County and the old Erie-Lackawanna Railroad station in Jamestown, Chautauqua County, are among seven historic places on the state Preservation League's latest endangered list.

All seven "are in danger of disappearing due to inappropriate development, lack of funding and financial incentives, insensitive public policies, general neglect, disinvestment and, in several cases, outright demolition," said the Preservation League of New York State.

Each site "represents an opportunity to use preservation as a key to providing significant economic benefits, while protecting local historic resources," said Scott P. Heyl, league president.

Joining the three Western New York locations on the endangered list were Gansevoort Market, a 20-block mercantile district in the northwest corner of Manhattan's Greenwich Village; Montauk Playhouse on eastern Long Island; St. Joseph's Catholic Church and the surrounding Ten Broeck Historic District, Albany; and Pond Eddy Bridge, Sullivan County.

Panel to recommend county manager

LOCKPORT -- The Niagara County Legislature's Administration Committee will meet at 6:15 p.m. Monday to recommend a county manager.

John C. Merino of Lewiston, former executive director of Neighborhood Housing Services in Niagara Falls, is the second local finalist for the position, The Buffalo News learned Tuesday.

Sheila K. Kee, former Erie County Medical Center chief executive officer and Erie County budget director, was previously revealed as the other local candidate in the four-person field.

The other candidates are from outside Western New York. One is currently a county administrator, and the other is a city administrator. Their names have not been revealed.

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