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LOCAL NEWS BRIEFS

Numbing wind chill, snowfall expected throughout the day

Bitterly cold temperatures remain on the menu for today, along with another round of snow showers that will result in little accumulation.

The high for the day will reach only 10 degrees -- or minus 10 degrees, with the wind chill factor. The low is expected to inch south of zero, at minus 3, or minus 11, with the wind chill.

Saturday's official high was 15 degrees -- also 15 degrees shy of the normal temperature for this time of year.

By comparison, Monday will seem "temperate," with the high climbing into the upper teens and the low, 14. Skies also will be partly sunny.

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Two parties meet Saturday to endorse slate of candidates

FREDONIA -- During caucuses Saturday, Democrats and the Independence Party endorsed candidates for the March 14 Fredonia village elections.

At stake are three four-year trustee terms and the mayor's post.

Village Trustee Joseph Cerrie is seeking re-election.

The Democrats will pit Stephen Keefe, a Village Board and Chautauqua County Legislature veteran, against incumbent Mayor Michael Sullivan, a Republican, who has announced he will run for a second term.

Endorsed by Democrats for the three trustee openings are Cerrie; Janel Subjack, who has served on the Jamestown City Council; and political newcomer Mark Ruckman, a member of the Independence Party.

The Independence Party also is endorsing Keefe for mayor, and, for trustee, Cerrie, Subjack and Ruckman.

Republicans Party have yet to caucus.

Susan McKay, a Democrat, and Jacqueline Penfold-Williams, a Republican, will not seek another term as trustees.

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Buffalo contingent headed to capital for Monday rally

The Buffalo Regional Right to Life Committee will be sending a contingent to Washington, D.C., for Monday's March for Life.

The event is held annually on the anniversary of the U.S. Supreme Court decision that legalized abortion.

The Buffalo Regional Right to Life Committee has a long history of sending representatives from Western New York to the event, said committee president Stasia Z. Vogel. For information on the availability of seats on buses, call 852-3028. Buses will leave at 8 p.m. today and return Monday evening.

The Catholic Diocese of Buffalo on Saturday observed the 38th anniversary of the Roe v. Wade court ruling by presenting Pro Vita Awards to people who have worked for the pro-life cause.

Among the recipients was Beggars for Life, a youth group at Sacred Heart Church in Bowmansville headed by Barb Mogle, which collected and donated more than one million pennies to pro-life causes. WLOF-FM 101.7 -- The Station of the Cross also received the award.

Individuals who were honored included Sister Ann Marie Striegl, a social worker for Catholic Charities of Buffalo; Diane McNamara, the Respect Life coordinator for St. Bernadette Church in Orchard Park, along with her daughter, Megan; and Miriam Escalante, administrative assistant at the diocesan Office of Pro-Life Activities.