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>Downtown festivities to blend with Auto Show

This weekend, for the second year, Buffalo's Winterfest celebration will be held in downtown Buffalo, combining a variety of winter-themed family activities with the Buffalo Auto Show.

"Winterfest in Motion" is planned for Saturday and Sunday, with a schedule of free activities, including ice skating at Rotary Rink, ice sculpture and chain-saw woodcarving along Main Street, pony rides, horse-drawn carriage rides, a petting zoo and a variety of arts and crafts stations in the ballroom of the Hyatt Regency Buffalo.

The Landmark Society of the Niagara Frontier will provide a tour of City Hall, including a trip to the observation deck. Guided tours will be held from noon to 5 p.m., with the last tour departing the lobby at 4 p.m.

A fireworks display is scheduled for 6:45 p.m. Saturday.

A Sunday brunch will be held in the Hyatt from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m. For reservations, call the Police Athletic League at 851-4615.

The winter celebration has its roots in the Olmsted Winterfest, which began its annual run in Delaware Park in 1995. Last year, the event moved downtown and began its affiliation with the Buffalo Auto Show.


>After 4 years, Tudini resigns as principal

Frank D. Tudini, Canisius High School principal for the last four years, is resigning and will be replaced for the next school year.

In a letter to parents and other supporters, Canisius officials said a national search for a new principal will be headed by Gerald P. Glose, a Canisius trustee and former superintendent of the Frontier Central School District. The committee will include faculty, administrators, parents, students and trustees.

James P. Higgins, Canisius president, and Lawrence J. Vilardo, chairman of the board of trustees, credited Tudini with improving academic programs during his tenure as principal. He was a longtime English teacher at Canisius before becoming principal.


>Falletta, Lipke honored as community leaders

JoAnn Falletta and Brian J. Lipke are the recipients of the 2005-06 Human Relations Award scheduled for presentation by the Buffalo/Niagara Chapter of the American Jewish Committee during a luncheon today in the Hyatt Regency Buffalo.

The award goes to community leaders in recognition of their profound commitment to preserving America's democratic heritage and inspiring hope and celebrating diversity in American life.

Falletta is conductor of the Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra. Lipke is chairman and chief executive officer of Gibraltar Industries.

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