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Where we live: Town of Tonawanda

Town of Tonawanda

Town historian isn’t a position that gets a lot of attention. The post comes with — maybe — a small stipend for expenses and a lot of digging through archives. But when officials have a question about something that happened in the town’s distant past, the historian is their first call.

John Percy held that role in the Town of Tonawanda from 1973 until stepping down at the end of last year. And last week he was honored for his 41 years of service.

Percy revived the Tonawanda-Kenmore Historical Society and compiled a historical PowerPoint presentation, which he presented to schools and service clubs around Western New York, according to a proclamation presented to Percy at Monday’s Town Board meeting.

“It’s been an honor all these years to serve the town, which is so forward-looking,” Percy said. “One time it was known as ‘The Keystone of the Niagara Frontier.’”

From 1974 to 1984, Percy wrote three books on the history of Ken-Ton. While teaching at Canisius College, Percy published a book in 2007 called “Buffalo Niagara Connections,” which explains how the geography of the area has influenced history.

Village of Kenmore historian Ed Adamczyk has taken over for Percy.

“The people who appointed me 42 years ago are almost all gone now — people like Walter Kenney, for instance, who I spent some time interviewing and taping,” Percy said of the 1960s and 70s era councilman who developed the town’s recreation system. “It’s been a great ride and I’m also pleased that I have a very capable successor.”

This week:

• An annual Groundhog Day Celebration Event begins at 7 a.m. Monday in Kenmore’s Village Green, at Delaware Avenue and Delaware Road. Sponsored by the Kenmore Village Improvement Society, the free event includes a specially made groundhog habitat, an opportunity to have photographs taken with Kenmore Kate, the society’s groundhog, and free donuts.

• A budget session of the Ken-Ton School Board begins at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the auditorium at Kenmore East High School, 350 Fries Road.

• A work session of the Kenmore Village Board begins at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the mayor’s office at the Municipal Building, 2919 Delaware Ave. A regular meeting follows at 8 in Council Chambers.

• The town’s Planning Board meets at 7 p.m. Wednesday in Room 21 at the Municipal Building.

• The 28th annual Jerry Starr Ken-Ton Sleepout for the needy, sponsored by Educators Totally Committed (E.T.C.) begins at 8 p.m. Friday in the Hoover Middle School parking lot off Sheridan Drive, between Colvin Boulevard and Delaware Road. Donations of cash, food, clothing, personal care and small furniture will be accepted between 7:45 and 9:45 p.m.; checks may be made payable to Ken-Ton Schools — E.T.C.

• Universal pre-kindergarten registration will be held Monday through Friday. Parents should call 871-2090 to schedule an appointment at the central registration office in the Ken-Ton School District’s administration building, 1500 Colvin Blvd.