Wales resident Bernice Bodekor Possinger received an early birthday gift Tuesday during a meeting of the Wales Town Board – a proclamation honoring her on her 100th birthday.
Supervisor Rickey Venditti presented the spry centenarian with a framed certificate acknowledging her achievement.
Bodekor was born Aug. 16, 1913. She and her husband, Florian, moved to their town home on Maple Hill Road in 1969.
A member of the singing group Senior Notes, Bodekor has 23 nieces and nephews and was accompanied to the board meeting by family members Tom and Gail Wood, Donna and Kim George, and Betty Bodekor. About 150 family members and friends celebrated Bodekor’s birthday last weekend.
Venditti encouraged all neighbors and friends to wish her a happy birthday.
Bodekor replied, “I guess I‘m old now.”
In other matters:
• The board will meet at 7 p.m. Sept. 10 in the South Wales Memorial Buidling on Emery Road. The date was rescheduled because the regular meeting day – the second Tuesday of the month – falls on primary election day.
• Jeff Simon, a Centerline Road farmer, has alerted the state Department of Environmental Conservation that there is a bad patch of giant hogweed growing near his property. Hogweed, which looks like a giant Queen Anne’s Lace plant but has flowers the size of dinner plates, causes severe rashes and severe skin burns.
Councilwoman Jude Hatritch said she has heard of people requiring plastic surgery after contact. Brochures on the weed are available in Town Hall.
• Councilman Michael Simon said the proposal for a walking trail around Town Park is in a holding pattern.
“There are a lot of legal questions,” he said. “It’s too premature to approve a reserve fund for the repair and improvements of town park facilities.”
The Walkway Committee met at the park July 30 and provided residents and elected officials a walk around the park, which is adjacent to Buffalo Creek. Venditti said an engineering plan is the first step before a trail is considered. The committee will meet again at 6:30 p.m. before the Town Board work session Aug. 27.
• Highway Superintendent Michael Zywar said town officials will meet with Erie County officials Tuesday on the contract for snowplowing reimbursement. The two sides have yet to reach terms on a three-year contract. The current contract expires Aug. 31.