Weekly Feature

2016-07-06 / Editorial

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GARDEN WORK — During the summer months, it’s nice to see people working in their gardens or those who’re lending a helping hand to maintain and improve other gardens in the community.

Employees from Ingram Micro, including Mark LeVine of the Town of Tonawanda and Jenne Ponticello of Kenmore, recently volunteered their time to beautify the gardens at Harris Hill Nursing Facility in Lancaster.

The nursing facility provides 24-hour nursing care, post-hospital and outpatient rehabilitation, Journeys palliative care, memory care and respite/short-term care.

The volunteers worked to help prepare the courtyards for the summer months. According to a prepared statement, the main courtyard, known as Julie’s Dedication Garden, is one of the residents’ favorite outdoor spaces.

SERVING ON AN OLD WARSHIP — This past weekend, Petty Officer Third Class William Collins, a 2009 St. Joseph’s Collegiate Institute graduate, celebrated the Fourth of July aboard the world’s oldest commissioned warship, the USS Constitution. He was hand-picked to be part of the Navy crew serving on the warship.

Collins is a mass communication specialist and serves aboard the 219-year-old Boston-based ship, named by President George Washington, to honor the Constitution of the United States of America, according to a prepared statement.

Collins noted that he is honored to have been selected to serve on the ship, which successfully held off the British Navy in the War of 1812.

“I really enjoy the amount of history that we get to teach to the public,” he said in the statement.

CONCERTS — A concert series, hosted by the Town of Tonawanda Youth, Parks and Recreation Department, will take place at 7:30 p.m. on various Tuesdays and Thursdays throughout the summer.

The first set of concerts will be held at Lincoln Arena, located on Decatur Road in Tonawanda. Easy Street Big Band will kick off the concert on Thursday, July 7.

The following concerts will include: Carnival Kids Steel Orchestra on Tuesday, July 12; Uncle Bens Remedy, featuring country and Americana artists, on Thursday, July 14; and The Music Krew, featuring a 40s variety, on Tuesday, July 19.

The rest of the concerts in the series will be held at Brighton Arena, located on Brompton Road in Tonawanda.

The concerts will include: Pyramid Band on Thursday, July 21; Kickstart Rumble, featuring vintage rock and roll, on Tuesday, July 26; Erie County Wind Ensemble on Thursday, July 28; Sugar & Jazz on Tuesday, Aug. 2; BackBeat 64, featuring a Beatles tribute, on Thursday, Aug. 4; and Buffalo Silver Band on Tuesday, Aug. 9.

MARINE APPRECIATION — Former, current and future United States Marines will be recognized from 10 a.m. to 2 p.m. Saturday, July 9, at the Marine Memorial Wall, located in the Raymond Klimek Park, 700 River Road, North Tonawanda.

There will be a special presentation to a local Vietnam veteran, who will be awarded a Quilt of Valor. Also, there will be a time to remember those who have sacrificed their lives for their country.

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