The Town of Brant is using this year’s Summerfest event to honor one of its own, former Town Clerk Rose Maria DeMaria.
In addition to naming June 21, 22, and 23 ‘Rose Marie DeMaria Days’ in the Town, she will also be presented with a commemorative plaque during the kickoff to Summerfest.
Originally elected in 1972, DeMaria was the 34th Town Clerk to serve in the position. She would go on to serve for an unprecedented 28 years in the role before leaving office in 1999.
“The Town Board recognizes a special resident of our Town, Mrs. Rose Marie DeMaria, who through her dedication and loyalty to our community, served for 28 years as the Town of Brant Town Clerk,” the proclamation reads. “Her 28 consecutive years is the most that anyone ever served as Town Clerk in Brant’s history, and in 1999 she so honored our Town by being proclaimed the Erie County Town Clerk of Year. The Brant Town Board and the citizens applaud you for all of your achievements and forever thank you for all of your devoted years of service that you unselfishly gave to honor our community.”
Current Town Clerk Barb Daniel reflected on both how much being Town Clerk means to DeMaria, and how much help she’s been during Daniel’s term in office.
“She’s still active, she still loves her Town Clerk stuff,” said current Town Clerk Barb Daniel. “She still likes to go to the Town Clerk meetings when she can make it too. She puts the Town before herself. When she used to be Clerk, she told me she would work 60-80 hours a week and then take work home with her. Anybody that asks for help in the Town Clerks office, she will help because her main concern is that the office runs smoothly and properly. She was a lot of help to me when I was elected as Clerk because she still remembers all of this stuff.”
Supervisor Leonard Pero also took the opportunity to express his gratitude for DeMaria, in both his personal and professional lives.
“She was a hard dedicated worker,” said Supervisor Leonard Pero. “I admire her work ethic and I’m happy to know that she has been a good friend of mine throughout the years. I’m proud to be able to give her the proper recognition she deserves.”
The 2013 Brant Summerfest will take place at the Brant Town Park Friday, June 21 through Sunday, June 23.
In others news:
• The Summer Concert Series, held at the Town Park Pavilion every Monday in July and the first two in August, beginning July 1 with 23 Skidoo. Judd Sunshine Due performs on July 8, followed by Panfil Bros. (July 15), Doug Yeomans Duo (July 22), roadrunners (July 29), Niagara Frontier Chord Authority (August 5) and Ko-Ko-Mo (Aug. 12).
• The Town will offer a tire (no rims) pickup on the 4th Saturday of the month beginning in July. The service will be supplied via Geiter Done, and will be free to residents. The cost for non-residents will be $5 per tire.
• It was announced that Route 5, between the Town of Evans and the Reservation will be paved next year. Pero, who met with Senator Mark Grasanti, said this is because some drainage issues needed addressing this year.
• The Town has been informed by the son of the property owner that the old church on Rt. 5 across from the miniature golf course will be torn down in the near future. The meeting was adjourned with a moment of silence in memory of Eleanor Chiavetta.