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>The year's first snow squalls make travel tricky for many

The National Weather Service issued its first lake-effect snow advisory of the new year Tuesday as a band of squalls set up on a line from Buffalo to Batavia and swept south, icing up highways for the evening commute and causing several minor accidents.

The advisory, from 7 p.m. Tuesday to 7 a.m. today, included southern Erie County and Chautauqua and Cattaraugus counties, where 3 to 5 inches of snow was expected in areas with persistent bands of snow.

In Buffalo and the suburbs, about an inch of snow fell just after sundown, quickly turning into glare ice on busy streets. Forecasters expect the snow to taper off today and start again Thursday morning as a general snowfall with lake enhancement.

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>211th anniversary of birth of Fillmore to be celebrated

The 211th anniversary of the birth of Millard Fillmore, the 13th president of the United States and the University at Buffalo's first chancellor, will be celebrated at a ceremony at 10 a.m. Friday at Fillmore's gravesite in Forest Lawn.

UB President John B. Simpson will present the memorial address at the annual observance. Fillmore played a major role in the founding of numerous cultural, civic and community organizations in Erie County. The event is hosted by UB, Forest Lawn Group and Buffalo Club.

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>Hospital designates UNYTS its major blood supplier

Erie County Medical Center announced Tuesday a partnership to make the Upstate New York Transplant Services blood bank the hospital's major supplier of blood products.

Since beginning collections as an independent blood bank in 2007, UNYTS has become the primary supplier of blood products for the six hospitals in Niagara and Wyoming counties and for the Kaleida Health hospital system, officials said.

With the addition of ECMC, UNYTS will provide Western New York more than 60 percent of its blood supply, officials said.

UNYTS also serves as the region's transplant organ procurement organization.

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>PILOT for wind farm extended because of delay

Lackawanna lawmakers Tuesday agreed to extend a payment-in-lieu-of-taxes agreement with the developer of energy wind farms to accommodate delays in the construction of a local project.

Erie Wind of Delaware first entered into a PILOT agreement with the city in July for a local wind farm, partially in Lackawanna and Hamburg. That agreement allowed the city to opt out of the PILOT if the project was not completed before March 31.

However, the developers said that because of delays beyond the company's control, the project will not be completed before March 31.

The amended agreement adopted by the City Council on Tuesday now bars the city from opting out of the PILOT before Dec. 31, the new completion target for the project.

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