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Town of Tonawanda

Kenmore is a finalist for a major national award recognizing community-improvement initiatives.

The village is competing with 24 other municipalities for designation as an All-America City, which is presented annually by the National Civic League. It is considered the nation’s oldest and most prestigious community award, dating from the late 1940s.

A local delegation of 16 people, led by the Kenmore Village Improvement Society, wants to attend the last round of presentations and judging in Denver next month but say they have no funding to do so.

“If we don’t go, we can’t win the award,” said KVIS President Melissa Foster.

Donations are being accepted online at www.gofundme.com/8zg0ag. As of Friday, the group had raised $1,410 toward its goal of $13,000.

The village’s application was based on the work of three civic ventures: the KVIS, the Citizen Science Community Resources/Clean Air Coalition of WNY and the Ken-Ton Closet.

Buffalo and Erie County won the award in 1996, and were a finalist in 2011. In 2002, the Buffalo Niagara region earned the honor.

Also this week:

• The Environmental Quality Review Board meets at 8 a.m. Wednesday at the town building department, 525 Belmont Ave., to discuss a grant application for rain gardens and a multi-use path at Lincoln Park.

• The third annual Brian Dugan Memorial Scholarship 5K Road Race, named in memory of the Kenmore West English teacher who died in September 2010 after he was hit by a car while jogging in the town, begins at 6:30 p.m. Friday in Lincoln Park. There’s also a one-mile walk and a post-race party. Sign up online for $27.50 at www.runsignup.com/Race/NY/Tonawanda/BrianDuganMemorialScholarship5K. All proceeds go toward a scholarship fund for Kenmore West students.