Southern Erie County

Karen O’Hara of Springville has been recognized as a contemporary “Woman of Distinction” in New York for efforts to confront the global epidemic of human trafficking, her charitable activities and devotion to her Western New York community.

Every year, each of New York’s 63 state senators nominate one individual from their district for the honor, to be enshrined alongside the many historical women such as Susan B. Anthony, Lucille Ball, Harriet Tubman, and Emma Willard. O’Hara, who was selected by Sen Patrick M. Gallivan, R-Elma, is a founding member of United Hands of Hope and the 2011 Mrs. New York America.

In Boston, the David J. Shenk Foundation has awarded a grant to the Boston Fire Company to purchase a new flag pole for the fire hall. The foundation was established in 1993 to disburse money to charitable groups in the Town of Boston.

Also this week:

• The Boston Planning Board will meet at 7:30 p.m. Tuesday in Town Hall, 8500 Boston State Road.

• The Boston Town Board will hold a work session at 5:30 p.m. followed by a regular meeting at 7:30 p.m. in Town Hall.

• The Eden Economic Committee will meet at 7:30 p.m. Thursday in the second floor conference room in Town Hall, 2795 E. Church St.

• The Elma Town Board will meet Wednesday at 7 p.m. at the Town Hall, 1600 Bowen Road. The agenda will include further discussion on a 300-foot communications tower proposed by NYSEG at Stolle Road.

The Board discussed this week the conditions for considering the request which include adhering to the town’s code requiring co-location, detailed wetland delination and information on a small building NYSEG wants to build on their 32.1 acre site. A variance will be required as the town code restricts heights for towers at 50 feet.

Also on the agenda will be a vote on the Erie County Assessor’s resolution on fiber optic cable-Verizon tax break; the annual contract between the town and EMW Baseball; and a request from the Elma Water Department to have the tap in fees rate increased.

The Board will begin its summer schedule for meetings and work sessions on June 19 with a work session at 6 p.m. followed by a Board meeting at 7 p.m. Meetings on July 17 and August 21 will hold the two meetings at 6 p.m and 7 p.m. also.

• On Monday at 7 p.m. the Historical Society will hold a special presentation on what was involved with physically moving the 20-ton former parsonage to a new site 250 feet away to be used as the Historical museum at it’s current site at 3011 Bowen Road in May 1985. Kenny Schaff will be guest speaker and present a short film on the move.

• The Elma Library, 1860 Bowen Road, will host Buffalo Zoo President and CEO Donna Fernandes on Wednesday at 7 p.m. She will speak on current exhibits and future plans. The Friends of the Elma Library arranged the presentation. Refreshments will be served but the Library requests you call 652-2719 to register.

• On Thursday, the EMW Boys and Girls Club will hold a chicken barbecue beginning at 4 p.m. until sold out. Tickets are $9 and can be obtained at the club at 2080 Girdle Rd. Call 652-9292 for more information.

• The Elma Zoning Board of Appeals will meet Tuesday at 7 p.m. in the Town Hall.

• The Marilla Planning Board will meet at 7 p.m. at the Town Hall, 1740 Two Rod Road on Thursday May 16.

• The Wales Town Board will hold a meeting at 7 p.m. at the Community Center, 12345 Big Tree Road Tuesday, May 14. On the agenda CRA Enginnering will review information on the sound study at the Compressor Station at the National Fuel site on Reiter Road.

The Board will reveiw the current local law on hydro-fracking and gas well drilling to see if it needs any updates.

Also on the agenda is a public hearing on a request for a permit from Wales Center Enterprises to operate an office on Big Tree Road. In addition the Board will discuss how to handle dog control in 2014.