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Town of Tonawanda

The mystery of the Lowell Road water disruption has been solved.

Three Lowell residents without water service for nearly three weeks, backed by their neighbors, appealed to the Town Board last week for help.

The question was whether the problem lie in the water main, which is maintained by the town, or the service lines, which are the responsibility of homeowners.

The main in that area between Elmwood Avenue and Military Road has seen numerous repairs in recent years and residents, equipped with reams of documents and evidence of previous road cuts, felt strongly that the main was the culprit.

So the Town Board agreed to have crews open the street and they discovered the recent extreme cold had frozen the residents’ service lines.

“There was nothing wrong with the integrity of the main,” said Michael E. Kessler, the town’s director of water resources.

A privately-contracted plumber thawed the lines at the homeowners’ expense, he said.

At its peak, only six homes in the town reported water outages this winter, which is low compared to other municipalities, Kessler said. The ground has a lot of clay, which acts as a good insulator, he said.

“We’re in a lot better shape,” he said. “We’ve been pretty lucky.”

This week:

• 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.

• String ensembles from all 12 Ken-Ton schools will join together at 6:30 p.m. Thursday at Kenmore West High School for the district’s third annual combined orchestra concert featuring more than 500 fourth-grade through 12th-grade students.

• Supervisor Anthony F. Caruana will give his annual State of the Town address Friday at Cardinal O’Hara High School, 39 O’Hara Road. Registration begins at 11:30 a.m., followed by a buffet lunch at noon catered by Banchetti by Rizzo. Tickets cost $20 and may be purchased by calling the Ken-Ton Chamber of Commerce at 874-1202.

• An ’80’s dance party to benefit the St. Paul’s Athletic Association will be held Saturday at 6 p.m. until 11 p.m. in the Kenmore Knights of Columbus Hall, 1530 Kenmore Ave. Tickets for the 21-and-over event are $20 in advance or $25 at the door and include an open bar and snacks. Email or call 835-9653 for tickets.

• Registration is open for the Dominic Hofert Mustache March 5K footrace and walk, which will start at 10 a.m. March 28 at Mang Park. Registration for $25 may be completed by visiting