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Renaissance Corp. names Lombardi executive director

The Jamestown Renaissance Corp. has a new executive director.

Peter A. Lombardi, formerly director of neighborhood initiatives for the agency, has been appointed by the corporation's board of directors to succeed Jason Stronz, who accepted a post in the private sector.

Lombardi is a Jamestown native who earned his bachelor's degree at the University at Buffalo and his master's degree in city and regional planning from Rutgers University. He also is an adjunct assistant professor of urban planning at UB.

The Jamestown Renaissance Corp. is a nonprofit agency dedicated to the renaissance of Jamestown's downtown corridor and surrounding neighborhoods.

The agency establishes partnerships with the city, local businesses, foundations, community organizations and individuals.


Separate contract sought 
for workers at County Home

MAYVILLE – The Chautauqua County Civil Service Employees Association wants to negotiate separate terms and conditions for workers at the Chautauqua County Home.

Under the terms of the proposal, nursing home workers would remain members of CSEA Chautauqua County Unit 6300, but a separate section of the contract would include articles specific to County Home employees. The union has sent a letter to Chautauqua County Executive Greg Edwards to that effect.

The aim, said CSEA officials, is to protect nursing home workers and the operation of the County Home by ensuring that it remains fully funded as measures are taken toward controlling costs and increasing revenues, as has been suggested in a recent report and study of operations at the home.


Early ticket purchases urged for Wine Trail holiday event

Wine lovers are advised to get tickets in advance for the Niagara Wine Trail's annual Holiday Happening at 16 participating wineries this weekend and the weekend of Dec. 7-9.

Presale tickets are available until Thursday at for $30 single or $50 per couple.

Tickets are good for both weekends and include three tastes at each winery, a collectible wine glass and a wooden ornament. If any tickets are left when the presale ends, they will be sold at the door for $35 single and $60 per couple.


Head of 3407 memorial group is named Citizen of the Year

Michael B. Powers, who helped establish a memorial at the site of the crash of Flight 3407 in Clarence Center, was named 2013 Citizen of the Year by the Clarence Chamber of Commerce.

Powers, as president of the nonprofit Remember Flight 3407 Inc., guided the creation of the memorial, which was dedicated in June. He also is a Clarence town judge, a partner with Phillips Lytle LLP, and an advocate for the town's Greenprint program, which acquires land to protect it from development.

The awards will be presented at the Chamber's 41st annual awards dinner Feb. 28 in Samuel's Grande Manor.

Tickets will go on sale in December.