When Chris Mascelli’s newly purchased home in Jamestown burned down in 2008 during a random act of arson, he didn’t move away or even get angry. Instead, he looked at his empty, ash-covered lot and imagined it as a thriving urban farm.
Since its founding, Chautauqua Institution has taken measures to improve and beautify its local environment in order to serve the people who inhabit it. In the nearby city of Jamestown, one organization is trying to do the same thing for a very different community.
Chautauqua’s First Lady, Jane Becker, will conclude this season’s Men’s Club speaker series with a talk titled “Beyond the Gates, Beyond the Season” at 9 a.m. Friday at the United Methodist House.
Becker has been active in a variety of roles on and off the Institution grounds. She is director of strategic planning for Vacation Properties since 2003. In addition, she has been the owner of a business consulting and executive coaching company for the last eight years.