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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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Public works superintendent likely to be named next week

NORTH TONAWANDA -- The city's new public works superintendent won't be named until early next week.

Robert Welch, assistant to Mayor Robert G. Ortt, said Thursday the choice of a successor to Gary J. Franklin, who retired at the end of 2010, will not be made this week as Ortt had hoped.

Twenty people applied for the job, eight were interviewed, and a search committee led by Ortt whittled the field to three finalists. Ortt's nominee must be confirmed by the Common Council, which next meets Tuesday, and the salary must be approved by the department head union.

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Gallery exhibit to coincide with Black History Month

NIAGARA FALLS -- An exhibit of a wide range of African-American art to celebrate February as Black History Month will be held from Feb. 11 through March 20 in the main gallery of the Niagara Arts and Cultural Center at 1201 Pine Ave., former site of Niagara Falls High School.

The exhibit's curator, Ray Robertson of Reggie Productions, will accept all two- and three-dimensional works of art that are the original work of the exhibitor. All of the artwork will be for sale, with a commission of 25 percent going to the Niagara Arts and Cultural Center. Artists will set their own prices for their work.

The opening reception for the exhibit will be from 6 to 8 p.m. Feb. 11 at the gallery. Robertson, a widely known artist with the NACC, will have a simultaneous one-man exhibit of his own work in the Garden Gallery on the second floor of the building.

An entry fee of $30 will be charged for the first two pieces entered by any artist, and $10 for each additional piece. The exhibit is open to all African-American artists or craftsmen from Western New York.

Call the NACC at 282-7530.

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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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