Alden made New York State-wide news Tuesday when Sen. Patrick M. Gallivan (R-N.Y.) honored Sergeant Marlene Roll, a town resident, by inducting her into the New York State Veterans Hall of Fame. The 48-year-old Roll is a Gulf War veteran who lives in Alden with her husband, Jim, and has dedicated her post-military life to advocating for veterans’ rights and quality of living.
Roll served in the U.S. Army Reserves from 1986-94 and spent five months as part of Operations Desert Shield and Desert Storm. Roll moved back to her hometown after retiring from active duty.
“So many veterans have done great things,” Roll said. “To be picked out and honored was heartwarming to me. I hope I’m making Western New York proud … my post in Alden has done a lot to support me. My post and community have always supported me.”
Roll is the commander of the Erie County Council of the Veterans of Foreign Wars. She has also served as the director of Erie County Veterans Services and the interim director of Monroe County Veterans Services – advocating for veterans in the two most populous counties in New York.
Gallivan inducted Roll in the State Capitol in Albany.
Also this week:
• The Alden Town Board will have a work session Tuesday at 7 p.m. at Town Hall.
• School concerts are aplenty. On Tuesday, the fourth- and fifth-grade band and chorus concert will take place in the high school auditorium at 7 p.m. Wednesday, the middle school concert will begin at 7 p.m. in Alden Middle School. The high school will conclude the series with its band/wind ensemble/jazz band concert beginning at 7 p.m. Thursday in Alden High School.
• The eighth-annual Alden 5K Race for Scholarships will take place Friday. The Kids Fun Run begins at 5 p.m. and the run/walk starts at 6:30 p.m. Registration, which costs $20, ends Tuesday. The No. 1 male and female finishers will each receive $250 and additional prizes will be available for the top three male and female finishers in the following categories: 14 and under, 15-19, 20-24, 25-29, 30-34, 35-39, 40-44, 45-49, 50-54, 55-59, 60-64, 65-69 and 70-over. Parking is available in the Save-A-Lot plaza on Broadway Street, and the run begins at the high school. The first 300 registered participants are guaranteed Dri-FIT race shirts. Race packets can be picked up between 3-6:15 p.m. Friday.
• The Alden Farmer’s Market will be open for its fourth Saturday of the year. Fresh local fruits and vegetables, plants, flowers, candy, bakery, specialty pasta, spices, maple, honey, soaps and more are available from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. This Saturday features the Niagara Frontier Fiddle Club from 11 a.m. – 12:30 p.m. Leonard Oakes Estate Winery of Medina will have also have tastings and sales available for its celebrated wines. Alden Girl Scout Troop 575 will be present to host a bottle-drive fundraiser. The Market is located in the Alden Village Plaza at 13119 Broadway St.