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Snow-prone areas alerted to winter weather advisory

The National Weather Service has posted a winter weather advisory through noon today for snow-prone areas in southern Erie, Chautauqua, Cattaraugus and Wyoming counties, but it doesn't involve a lot of snow.

Forecasters predict a lake-enhanced snowfall of 2 to 4 inches and warn motorists to watch out for slippery highways.

The rest of Western New York should see snow tapering off this morning after an inch or two overnight. More lake-enhanced snow is possible in snow belt areas Saturday and Sunday, forecasters say, but there still won't be more than a couple of inches.

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Red Kettle Campaign raises a record-breaking $69,329

BATAVIA -- It was a record-breaking Christmas for the Salvation Army in Batavia, Capt. Patricia Kurtz, who heads the mission here, said Thursday.

Despite the weak economy and a weekend lost to bad weather, the 312 volunteer bell ringers in the Red Kettle Campaign raised $69,329, exceeding the goal of $65,000. It also was a record-breaking year for the number of families served, she said.

"We assisted 1,324 families with food and toys," Kurtz said. "That is a 58 percent increase over last year. We knew there would be an increase, but we did not project such a large percentage."

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$91,555 to provide housing for people with disabilities

A Buffalo public housing organization will receive a federal Department of Housing and Urban Development grant of $91,555 to provide affordable housing for people with disabilities, Rep. Louise M. Slaughter, D-Fairport, announced. The grant will help Belmont Housing Resources for Western New York move 20 disabled people into homes where they can live independently.

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Themed tours to include new exhibit on Red Jacket

The Buffalo History Museum will present two themed tours this winter in association with the Forest Lawn Group.

A tour Jan. 15, will have a Red Jacket theme. Guests will assemble at the Historical Society at 11 a.m. for the exhibit "Fact, Fiction & Spectacle: The Trial of Red Jacket," led by new society executive director Melissa N. Brown.

After lunch at the Lunch Box, the tour will continue at Forest Lawn, where Red Jacket is buried, his memorial statue has recently conserved. The tour includes an special appearance by Red Jacket, as portrayed by Al Parker, a descendant of Red Jacket.

On the tour Feb. 19, the theme will be the Pan American Exposition. The group will assemble at the Historical Society's Resource Center, on Forest Avenue, and visitors will also board a bus for a tour of Exposition site.

After lunch at the Lunch Box, the driving tour will continue at Forest Lawn, highlighting the histories of people who were involved in the Pan American Exposition. The price for each tour is $55 ($45 for Historical Society members). For information or to register, call 873-9644 or go to the museum's gift shop, 25 Nottingham Court.