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Lake-effect snow rears its ugly head

Lake-effect snow, scarce since the surprise storm in October, came back to Western New York on Monday. Three to four inches fell in persistent squall areas.

"This is the most winter we've had in a long time," National Weather Service meteorologist Dave Sage said.

There were reports of three inches of snow in Arkwright, Cassadaga and South Dayton. Four inches fell in Perrysburg.

In Erie County, Boston saw an inch or two. The Buffalo metropolitan area had snow in the air, but none on the ground.

The lake effect became disorganized overnight but was expected to redevelop today, complicating morning traffic.

"We may get into it in the morning," Sage said. "It may stay south of us, but it'll be close."


Speyer is reappointed to town Zoning Board

James J. Speyer has been reappointed to the Cheektowaga Zoning Board of Appeals. He was first appointed in 1998.

His five-year term ends Dec. 31, 2011. Zoning Board members receive an annual stipend of $4,005.


HUD awards city grant for $1.1 million

The City of Buffalo's Office of Strategic Planning was awarded a $1.1 million grant from the U.S. Department of Housing and Urban Development.

The Lead Hazard Reduction Demonstration Grant money will be used for education and outreach and to conduct 125 lead inspections and risk assessments to help homeowners make their homes lead-free.

"This is a key component to the mayor's Livable Communities Initiative, to abate lead from older housing structures," said Timothy Wanamaker, director of the Office of Strategic Planning. "This is our second round of funding, and we're going to really target families with children 6 years old and under because they are at the highest risk."

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