Town of Tonawanda

When the Town Board at its Nov. 18 meeting bid farewell to Ken Maving, the retiring director of the Water Resources Department, board members thanked him for his 35 years of service and lamented that they’d no longer see the colorful charts and graphs he’d become famous for.

Maving, however, couldn’t stay away for long. He was rehired effective Dec. 2 as a temporary part-time laborer in the department at an hourly rate of $36.05.

Councilman Joe Emminger said the plan for a year has been for Maving to use his “institutional knowledge” to train his successor, an outsider who has yet to be named as the deal is finalized.

“That new person is going to need some help — some assistance — by Ken to walk him through some of the things that are unique to our plant, our facilities,” he said. “As this person gets more acclimated to the position, you’ll see less and less of Ken.”

Also this week:

• The 16th Annual Christmas Bash for Kids will be held today from 1 to 4 p.m. in the Kenmore Knights of Columbus, 1530 Kenmore Avenue. For the donation of a $10 unwrapped toy, guests may enjoy food, beverages, crafts for kids, a football game, raffles and prizes. All proceeds benefit the Kenmore Volunteer Fire Department’s food baskets and toy drive for area families in need.

• The public is welcome to attend the monthly meeting and holiday party of the Kenmore Village Improvement Society at 7 p.m. Monday in Kenmore Community Center, 135 Wilber Ave.

• A regular meeting of the Kenmore-Town of Tonawanda School Board begins at 6:30 p.m. Tuesday in the cafeteria at Kenmore Middle School, 155 Delaware Road.

• Staff from State Sen. Mark Grisanti’s office will hold satellite office hours Tuesday from 4 to 7 p.m. in municipal building, 2919 Delaware Ave.

• The Environmental Quality Review Board will meet at 8 a.m. Wednesday at the town building department, 525 Belmont Ave.

• The public is invited to Stop Sip and Shop the Blocks, sponsored by the Kenmore Merchants Association, from 5 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday at Diversified Hearing, 2900 Delaware Ave. The holiday party and shopping event will highlight local businesses. There will be a cash bar, appetizers, vendors and an auction.

• Historians Graham Millar, John Percy and Ed Adamczyk present “Churches of Kenmore and Tonawanda” on Tuesday at 7:15 p.m. in the Tonawanda-Kenmore Historical Society, 100 Knoche Road. Call 873-5744 for more information.