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LOCAL NEWS BRIEFS

Near-record heat expected over the next three days

Western New York is expected to sizzle under near-record heat for the next three days as summer officially arrives.

Temperatures are forecast to reach 90 degrees or better today, Wednesday and Thursday, with high humidity producing heat index readings in the upper 90s. National Weather Service meteorologists said Monday evening that heat advisories may be posted.

Wednesday, when the sun will be at its strongest prior to the start of summer at 7:09 p.m., is likely to be the warmest of the three days. Thermometer readings of 95 are predicted, although it may be five degrees cooler along the Lake Erie shore. Record high for today is 90, set in 2001. Hottest June 20 was in 1995, when it was 92. A cold front is due to move in Thursday evening, bringing temperatures back to normal for the weekend.

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Preservationists seek halt to demolition of Busti homes

Preservationists will go to State Supreme Court today to seek a temporary restraining order to prevent the Peace Bridge Authority from leveling a row of historic houses on Busti Avenue to expand the plaza for the Peace Bridge.

Justice Joseph Glownia will hear the request filed by the Campaign for Greater Buffalo History, Architecture & Culture. Campaign director Tim Tielman says he plans to challenge the bridge authority's contention that it does not need to abide by local, state and federal reviews of the project.

The bridge authority wants to demolish the row of houses to make way for a road to a new duty-free store it intends to build on the current site of the Episcopal Church Home.

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BPO to perform in concert at Knox Farm State Park

The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra will perform a free outdoor concert at 7 p.m. June 27 by the Knox House in Knox Farm State Park in East Aurora.

The lawn concert is a benefit for Friends of Knox Farm State Park, which is putting on the event with First Niagara Bank and the state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. People may arrive starting at 4:30 p.m., and are advised to bring blankets and to carry out any trash generated.

For tickets, call 572-3981; for sponsorship or corporate reservations, call 901-1320; and to volunteer, call 655-1320.

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Water treatment facilities on tap for painting project

The painting of two Grand Island water facilities is on the town's to-do list this construction season.

The town Engineering Department says the concrete exterior of the clear well at the town's water treatment facility, 318 Baseline Road, needs to be sealed and painted. The water storage tank at 1600 Whitehaven Road requires some spot painting on the exterior and needs to have the condition of its interior evaluated for possible further painting inside.

The total price tag for the project is estimated at $243,750. Of that total, $35,000 is contingent upon whether the Whitehaven tank needs additional work.

The Town Board voted Monday night to refer the project to the bond counsel.