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Lake-effect snow forecast in the Southern Tier

It's going to look a lot like winter in many parts of Western New York today, tonight and Wednesday. Due to the lake effect, some places will look more wintry than others.

The snow is expected to be heaviest in and around Jamestown and Chautauqua Lake, where four to seven inches are forecast to fall today and tonight.

A flow of unseasonably cold air crossing Lakes Erie and Ontario will set up the lake-effect rain and snow. While many areas will see mostly rain, the traditional Snow Belt is expected to receive up to an inch or two of slushy snow today and another one to four inches tonight.

It will be breezy, with a north wind blowing at about 20 mph, becoming westerly tonight. Wednesday will see a few more snow showers as the wind diminishes.

The brunt of this storm will be felt elsewhere, however. Winter storm warnings and winter weather advisories have been posted across the eastern half of the state. Syracuse and Binghamton could see three to six inches of snow. Even more may fall in the Catskills.

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Chamber will present annual awards Monday

FREDONIA -- Luke Gullo Landscaping in Fredonia will receive the Business/Business Person of the Year Award at the annual Fredonia Chamber of Commerce Awards Banquet on Monday.

The Retailer of the Year Award will go to David and Gina Kron of Fredonia, owners of three Tim Hortons restaurants. The Spirit of Fredonia Award will be presented to the Fredonia Farm Festival's 40th Anniversary Committee.

The Community Service Award will go to the Fredonia Olympic Celebration Committee, which planned and held all of the local activities honoring Fredonia native Jenn Stuzynski, who won an Olympic Silver Medal in the pole vault.

The Brick Room, a new restaurant in the village, will be presented the Taste of Fredonia "Best Taste" Award.

The banquet begins at 5:30 p.m. in The White Inn.

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Committee will hear funding requests

LITTLE VALLEY -- Funding requests from contract agencies will be heard by the Cattaraugus County Legislature's Committee of the Whole at 3 p.m. Wednesday in the Legislative Chambers.

Agency representatives will give five-minute overviews of their organizations and why their proposals should be included in the 2009 county budget proposal. The information will be used as officials prepare a tentative spending plan to be released Nov. 5.

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