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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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