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>Chill eases flooding threat as snow returns to forecast

The chill is back.

After an unseasonable flirtation of the mild variety, snow and freezing temperatures are back on the early-winter menu.

Today's high will creep up to 31 degrees, with an inch or two of snow possible between noon and 4 p.m., with winds from the west at more than 15 mph. This pattern is expected to last through Tuesday.

On Saturday, the National Weather Service issued a flood advisory in Erie County, including West Seneca and Lackawanna, thanks to an onslaught of rain and the temperature reaching 55 degrees.

On Saturday afternoon, an ice jam occurred on Cazenovia Creek near the Stevenson Street bridge in South Buffalo. Water rose behind the ice jam, with some water spilling into the lower areas of Cazenovia Park, with high waters extending upstream to Orchard Park Road.

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>Winery sues to overturn vote blocking wind turbine

CAMBRIA -- The owners of Arrowhead Spring Vineyards sued the Town of Cambria last week in an effort to overturn the town Planning Board's rejection of their plans to erect a wind turbine to power the winery and their home.

In a 166-page package filed in State Supreme Court, Duncan and Robin Ross said they were seeking a court order approving the wind turbine and declaring that no special-use permit was necessary for the project. They also are seeking a court ruling invalidating the town's wind turbine law, which they say violates state law.

The Planning Board unanimously turned down the turbine Nov. 29 after heavy public opposition.

The board ruled that instead of a simple site plan review for an agricultural power project, a special-use permit was needed because the electricity also would go to the Rosses' home.

The case has been assigned to Justice Richard C. Kloch Sr., but no date has been set for the matter to be argued.

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>Lull in Buffalo homicides to be observed by activists

Religious leaders, community activists, city officials and families touched by violence will gather at 5 p.m. Monday outside the Bissonette House, 355 Grider St., to commemorate the fact that Buffalo went at least 30 days without a homicide.

Through last Thursday, the city had gone a month without a murder since Charles B. Myles-Jones was fatally shot on Kensington Avenue on Nov. 29.

The month without murder came in the wake of an effort to galvanize the community against violence. Following the death of 15-year-old Dominique Maye, killed Sept. 30 in a hail of gunfire while at her computer, True Bethel Baptist Church led a community effort that included prayer services each night for a week as well as community forums and flyers saying "enough is enough." The prayer vigil then continued on a weekly basis at various churches.

Buffalo United Front President George Johnson called the month without a murder "a reason for celebration." The group invited the public to the ceremony commemorating that homicides have been "held in abeyance through prayer."