Share:Click to share on Facebook (Opens in new window)Click to share on Twitter (Opens in new window)Click to email this to a friend (Opens in new window),If you have to be recognized for a charitable act something is wrong. Submitted image.JAMESTOWN – The former Cummins Engine Plant Manager has been recognized by the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce for his charitable work throughout the COVID-19 pandemic.Last week, the Chamber announced Mike Abbate has won its 2020 Pam Lydic Coalition Builder Award for his work bettering the local economy and helping address critical issues of education and food resources in our communities.When the COVID-19 pandemic forced a shutdown this past year, Abbate remained busy working with United Ways in Chautauqua County on a project that would help with much-needed food distribution.“I am humbled and honored to be this year’s recipient of the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce Pam Lydic Coalition Builder Award,” stated Abbate. “Cummins realized many years ago the correlation between the viability and success of a manufacturing site, and the viability and success of the surrounding community, creating a strong desire within Cummins to partner with our communities to improve, optimize and grow.” Abbate was deeply involved in the formation of the Chautauqua County Education Coalition, which in 2019 was named by the Lumina Foundation as one of the nearly 100 community partnerships nationwide to be part of the Lumina Community Network to help understand best practices and how resources can best make an impact.The group secured a $66,000 multi-year National Grid STEM grant for reinvestment of micro-grants to support programming in Science, Technology, Engineering and Math in Chautauqua County.He has also served on a number of boards of directors in the community including the board of the Manufacturers Association of the Southern Tier.“He played a critical volunteer role in putting together a system for tracking data and outcomes for emergency food pantries and providers (like school districts) across Chautauqua County in the midst of the COVID crisis,” said Amy Rohler, Executive Director of the United Way of Southern Chautauqua County. “Not only did he dive into a group of organizations that felt a bit like ‘herding cats,’ but helped us logistically think through a way to address transport, communicate, and share resources in this sector, especially in the early days of COVID when services were changing rapidly, and we weren’t sure yet what food access for needy families would be.”The Pam Lydic Coalition Builder Award recognizes an individual in the region who has worked hard to bring groups of people together around a common goal or objective.This award is presented to an individual that has helped move the region forward in a positive direction through collaboration and by building partnerships.It is named in memory of Pam Lydic, the first President and CEO of the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce, who was instrumental in bringing together smaller Chambers of Commerce to create a countywide entity 20-years-ago.The award includes a $500 donation from the Chamber of Commerce to a non-profit charity of the recipients’ choice. Abbate has selected the United Christian Advocacy Network to receive the donation.The award will be presented during the joint Chamber-MAST Annual Meeting which will be held online at noon, Friday, January 22. The keynote speaker will be Lieutenant Governor Kathy Hochul.The event marks the 20th anniversary of the Chautauqua County Chamber of Commerce and the 120th year of the Manufacturers Association of the Southern Tier. To register for the event visit www.chamberrsvp.org.
Speculation that Ancelotti could return to Stamford Bridge was defused by the Italian, who told Italian newspaper Corriere della Sera: “Mourinho will continue to do his job. I don’t think Chelsea want a change. “In any case my idea continues to be to remain away for a year.” Ancelotti led Chelsea to the Premier League and FA Cup double in 2010 before being sacked in 2011. The 56-year-old was interesting Liverpool at the start of this week, but the Reds appear close to hiring their first choice, Jurgen Klopp, as a replacement for the sacked Brendan Rodgers. Ancelotti has been in London this week to receive an award for his coaching career at the Aspire Academy. Sacked by Real Madrid in May, his plan has always been to take a one-year sabbatical before returning to the game. He turned down an offer to coach AC Milan for a second time during the summer, after being approached by the club following the sacking of Filippo Inzaghi. “After two years at Real, I was without energy,” Ancelotti said. “Real is very consuming. Carlo Ancelotti expects Chelsea to keep faith in manager Jose Mourinho and has ruled out returning to work this season. Press Association “Had it been another time, I would have returned (to AC Milan).” Ancelotti cited his health as the reason for taking a year out of the game. “After my cervical stenosis operation, I am enjoying my holidays,” he said. “I am rediscovering the pleasures of being a normal person. “You live better without pressure.” Reports in Italy claimed Ancelotti would replace Antonio Conte as Italy coach after Euro 2016. Ancelotti is interested in guiding his national team one day but not just yet. “It’s still not the time (to guide Italy),” he said. “What I do know is that when I return I will coach a club.” Former Blues boss Ancelotti has seen the London side struggle in the early stages of their Premier League title defence. Chelsea have won just two and lost four of their opening eight Barclays Premier League games and are 16th in the standings.