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Where We Live: Town of Tonawanda

Town of Tonawanda

An evening of fireworks, live music and a ceremony honoring the town’s World War II veterans is planned for July 5 at Kenney Field, the Town Board announced this week. It will be the town’s first planned Fourth of July celebration in more than 30 years.

The event will begin at 6:30 p.m. with a ceremony at the veterans’ memorial for all residents of Kenmore or Tonawanda who served in World War II. A two-hour concert of patriotic tunes by the 80-piece American Legion Band of the Tonawandas will follow at 7:15 p.m. A fireworks display sponsored by Tim Hortons, Carruba Collision and Paddock Chevrolet will wrap up the night.

Letters from the town to veterans will be going out in the next few weeks inviting them and their families to the event with sponsorship from Ivy Lea Construction offsetting the cost of the flyers. Veterans will each receive a certificate thanking them for their service at the ceremony.

The town held a Fourth of July fireworks display into the 1970s at Sheridan Park but the golf course sustained too much damage and it was cancelled.

Organizers are hoping for good weather for the event, which will feature special parking for veterans and an open concession stand but no alcohol sales.

“It’s just strictly an event to honor our veterans, sit down to listen to some great patriotic music and watch some fireworks,” said Dan Crangle, chair of the town’s Youth, Parks and Recreation Department.

Also this week:

• Ed Adamczyk, secretary of the Tonawanda-Kenmore Historical Society, will give a free presentation Tuesday at 7:15 p.m. on all the structures envisioned for Western New York that were never built. The presentation titled “Things That Were Never There” will focus on ideas such as the utopian plans for Niagara Falls and the original plans for what later became Buffalo’s City Hall. The historical society is located at 100 Knoche Road. Call 873-5774 for more information.

• The Ken-Ton School Board meets at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the community room of the Philip Sheridan Building, 3200 Elmwood Ave.

• Staff from the office of state Sen. Mark Grisanti, D-Buffalo, will hold satellite office hours from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Thursday in the municipal building.

• The Salvation Army will accept household items such as working electronics, tools, shoes and clothing Saturday morning from 9 to 11 behind the Kenmore Municipal Building. Caustic materials such as paint, medications and construction materials will not be accepted. The drop-off is organized by the Kenmore Village Improvement Society.