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Where we live: Town of Tonawanda

Town of Tonawanda

Four more members of Boy Scout Troop 286 will today achieve the rank of Eagle Scout.

Elijah Congi, Sam Battistella, Brandon Parker and Justin Dibble – all 18-years-old – will be honored in a Court of Honor ceremony at 7 p.m. in Brighton Community Church, 1225 Brighton Road. The church has sponsored the troop for almost six decades and yielded more than 50 Eagle Scouts.

Congi is a senior and star swimmer at Niagara-Wheatfield High School. His Eagle Scout project involved building two benches with storage at a community garden in Buffalo.

Battistella, a graduate of Tonawanda High School, played soccer, bowling and ran track. He was also a percussionist in the school concert and jazz bands. He built a flight cage for the SPCA Serving Erie County, which is used to house rehabilitating birds until they are healthy enough to return to the wild.

Parker, a senior at Kenmore East, is a member of the rifle and track teams. His project consisted of building a stage, painting rooms, painting hallways and installing a projector in the Youth Department at Knox Presbyterian Church in Kenmore.

Dibble, a senior at Kenmore East, is a member of German and Art Clubs and began scouting in first grade. He sanded and painted old doorway railings and a metal deck at St. Bartholomew’s Church. He also installed a new fence on the railing for safety.

This week:

• Dogs and their humans are welcome today from noon to 4 p.m. at Mang Park for the fourth annual Dog Days of Kenmore. Contests for best trick, best costume, and owner look-alike will be held at 2:15 p.m. The event, sponsored by Kenmore Village Improvement Society, will also feature dozens of vendors and exhibitors, as well as live music and a dog parade. For the full schedule, go to www.dogdayswny.com.

• Swim passes for the town’s six pools go on sale Monday at noon, the town’s Youth, Parks & Recreation Department announced. Passes for children ages 4-17 are $25 for residents, $45 for non-residents and will be available at the pools. Proof of residency and age in the form of a birth certificate, report card or license is required. Pools and playgrounds will open Thursday at noon.

• The Tonawanda Town Board meets at 7:30 p.m. Monday in Council Chambers at the municipal building, 2919 Delaware Ave. A work session begins at 4 in the second-floor conference room.

• The annual Kenmore Days festival kicks off Wednesday at 7 p.m. with a Caribbean Night on the municipal green. Events continue through Saturday at the green and Community Center in Mang Park and include a ride carnival, live music and a rugby tournament. The festival wraps up Saturday at 10 p.m. with a fireworks show.

• The town requests that resident Korean War veterans contact the Youth, Parks and Recreation Department at 831-1001 by Friday so they may be honored July 3 at Kenney Field at an event also featuring fireworks and a performance by the American Legion Band of the Tonawandas.

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