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>Music, mystery and magic are themes for First Night

Music, mystery and magic are being touted as the main entrees at this year's First Night Buffalo bash slated for Dec. 31.

Organizers met Wednesday with Mayor Byron W. Brown to showcase events that will be held from 5 to 10 p.m. in the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center.

The annual holiday tradition, officially known as Independent Health Foundation's First Night Buffalo, aims to provide families with New Year's Eve activities. This year's events include everything from a storybook forest and "mad" science experiments, to crafts, a variety show and a performance by the Purina Incredible Dog Team.

Participants will can also view exotic reptiles, test their skills on an obstacle course and learn about the Erie Canal via a traveling museum.

The event typically brings thousands of people into downtown Buffalo.

"For 19 years, families have enjoyed the drug- and alcohol-free New Year's Eve activities presented at First Night Buffalo," Brown said.

Tickets are $7 and go on sale Saturday at all Wegmans stores. Children age two and younger are free. Tickets will be $10 at the door. Free parking will be available at three area city-owned ramps.

For further information, visit or call 635-4959.


>Mohan posts budget letter to residents on Web site

Amherst Supervisor Satish Mohan has posted his letter to residents regarding the approved town budget for 2008. It is available on the town Web site at

Copies of the full budget will be available online and in the town's public libraries within the next few days.


>Bishop, diocese honored with film industry award

Bishop Edward U. Kmiec of the Catholic Diocese of Buffalo and Daybreak TV Productions, the diocese's television and film component, were awarded the Buffalo Niagara Film Commission's "Film Industry Achievement Award" on Wednesday.

The award recognized Daybreak's continued contributions to the film industry, including its latest documentary, "Proving Holiness," which will debut Monday night on WNED-TV, Channel 17. Daybreak's crew traveled around the world for the documentary on the Catholic canonization process narrated by actor Martin Sheen.

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