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>Sunday's low of 7 becomes the coldest reading of '06

Sunday's 7-degree dip marked the lowest temperature the Buffalo area has experienced since Dec. 14, when the low was 5 degrees.

"That's a pretty long stretch of milder weather," said Tom Paone, a meteorologist with the National Weather Service. "We're just back to where we pretty much should be in February. It's a little bit colder than average but nothing out of the ordinary."

Sunday's low of 7 degrees was at 7:23 a.m., and the high was 20 degrees at 3:47 p.m. Record low for the date was minus 5, set in 1944.

The long stretch of mild winter didn't break any records and isn't likely to return soon.

"We're getting to the time of the year when we'll get up and down patterns -- a couple mild days followed by very cold," Paone said. "We're not out of the woods yet."


>Novello to address D'Youville honorees

State Health Commissioner Antonia C. Novello will be the featured speaker at D'Youville College's 47th annual Honor Convocation at 2 p.m. March 8 in Kleinhans Music Hall.

More than 500 students, family and friends are expected to attend the convocation, where students will be recognized for academic achievement. The D'Youville Alumni Service and the Kappa Gamma Pi National Honor Society awards will be presented, as will the school's highest honor, the D'Youville Medal.


>Corporate Spelling Bee seeks spellers, sponsors

Wanted: s-p-e-l-l-e-r-s and sponsors for the Community Music School's 12th annual Corporate Spelling Bee, scheduled March 9 in the Statler Towers.

Teams of three spellers are sought from area businesses, which also can promote their companies. Team entry fees range from $250 to $500, and the deadline for entering a team is March 1.

Corporate sponsorships cost $1,000 or $2,000 and include the entry fee for one team of three, as well as promotional opportunities.

Spectator tickets cost $25 and will be available at the door. Those tickets include live entertainment, complimentary hors d'oeuvres, a cash bar and a chance to win door prizes.

The spelling bee benefits Community Music School.

The winning team receives a trophy and prizes. The 2005 champions represented The Buffalo News.

For more information, call Jacqueline Kenny at 884-4887.


>Heavy workload results in hiring part-time help

WHEATFIELD -- A part-time position was added to the building inspector's office last week to handle the increased workload.

The Town Board agreed to create another building inspector's position to work no more than 19.5 hours a week. Timothy Masters was hired at $15.61 an hour.

In addition to inspecting new home constructions at the numerous subdivisions going up in the town -- about 150 houses a year have been built -- the department is responsible for monitoring most building and construction issues, zoning matters and other local laws.

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