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Warmer days on the horizon after evening of 'hard freeze'

It'll warm up -- honest.

Despite a "hard freeze" warning overnight Saturday and freeze warnings during overnight hours into Tuesday, the mercury will climb steadily throughout the new week, according to the National Weather Service.

Today's high is expected to be 52 degrees, rising to 60 Monday, 64 on Tuesday, dropping to 55 on Wednesday but jumping to a mercurial 74 on Thursday.

Today and Monday will be sunny, with rain entering the scene later in the week.


British kayakers embark on journey with local stops

Two British visitors planning to paddle their kayaks the entire length of the Erie Canal this summer will start their journey Monday with visits to Buffalo and Niagara Falls.

Richard Harpman and Glenn Charles will warm up Monday with a hike in the Niagara River gorge and a Cave of the Winds tour. After lunch and a drive to Buffalo, they will kayak up the Buffalo River alongside the city's historic grain elevators.

Harpman and Charles, accompanied by two British journalists, will shove off from Erie Canal Harbor at 10:45 a.m. Tuesday, and are expected to reach the City of Tonawanda two hours later. After a lunch break, they will leave for Lockport at 1:15 p.m. and are expected to go through the locks about 4 p.m., reaching the Widewaters Marina by 5:30.

A reception for Niagara County officials and tourism leaders is to be held at Lockport Locks and Erie Canal Cruises, followed by a tour of Lockport. The party will leave for Medina at 7 a.m. Wednesday.


Joint Boards of Education meet in Cheektowaga Central

A meeting of the Joint Boards of Education will be held at 6:30 p.m. Monday in the Chorus Room of Cheektowaga Central High School, 3600 Union Road, Cheektowaga. The joint board is made up of board members from the four school districts in the Town of Cheektowaga -- Cheektowaga Central, Cheektowaga-Sloan, Maryvale and Cleveland Hill.

Also invited to the meeting are board members from Depew, West Seneca and Lancaster.


'Day of the Child' celebration planned for Badillo Academy

In celebration of "El Dia del Nino" or "Day of the Child" on Monday, the Hispanic Heritage Council of WNY will host activities at the Herman Badillo Bilingual Academy.

The council has partnered with Buffalo Public Schools, Goya Foods, the Character Council of WNY and Read to Succeed to mark the celebration.

"El Dia del Nino" recognizes the importance of children in society and promotes their well-being.

The observance is designed to promote literacy, honor home languages and cultures, influence parents to become involved in the education of their children, encourage healthy eating habits and show children the value of character, community and good citizenship.

Also, more than 30 community leaders and government officials will read a story to prekindergarten through eighth-grade students at the school.