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4:10 p.m.: Above-freezing temperatures drew more than 990 swimmers to Olcott Beach today for the annual Polar Bear Day Swim for Sight. "Every year, this is pretty much like the opening of spring to me," said Joseph Waszak, a Medina resident who made a repeat plunge into Lake Ontario. "It's probably more important than Christmas, Easter and Thanksgiving put together." The…

BUFFALO -- Visitors to the Buffalo Museum of Science today will help raise money for this summer's Juneteenth Festival. The third "Breathe Your Ancestors' Air" celebration from 1 to 4 p.m. today at the museum will feature poetry and music. Tysheka "Spoken" Long, Priscilla Hill, Lonnie Harrell and Vonetta T. Rhodes will read poetry startin…

  Bob Gannon of The Hangmen of WNY installs reprinted wallpaper with a 1921 Charles Burchfield design for an exhibit about the artist at the Burchfield Penney Art Center that opens today. Photo by Derek Gee / Buffalo News BUFFALO -- Visitors to the Burchfield Penney Art Center will get a glimpse of the contrasts in the life of artist Charles E. Burchfield in a retr…

TOWN OF AURORA -- Those hoping to save Knox Farm State Park from closure will hike today.Kateri Ewing and other Knox Farm advocates have organized a "community walk in the park" at 2 p.m. today at Knox Farm to show their support for keeping the 633-acre park open.  "We are expecting around 500 or more people," Ewing said. "The main p…

Good Morning.The Buffalo News kicked off a special report today that examines the subsidized housing market in Buffalo. News Staff Reporters Susan Schulman and Patrick Lakamp report that foreclosures have undermined efforts to help people buy homes they couldn't otherwise afford.The series continues Monday with a report on the high cost of subsidized housing. Tom…

WEST SENECA — The 23rd annual Kids Escaping Drugs telethon is set to air from 6 to 11:30 p.m. tonight on WGRZ-TV Channel 2. The telethon will benefit the Renaissance Campus, a 62-bed facility in West Seneca for drug- and alcohol-dependent teens like Laura Pearman — a recovering teen alcoholic who News reporter Gene Warner wrote about in Friday's p…

BUFFALO — An interactive kiosk designed to record personal narratives opened this afternoon at the Frank E. Merriweather Jr. Library, 1324 Jefferson Ave. at East Utica Street — and at lease one person came to the opening with something to contribute. Margaret Sabir-Gillette brought in pictures of Mary Lee Chappelle of Buffalo, a retired special-education te…

BUFFALO — The cold, sun-bathed streets of Buffalo's Old First Ward were awash with more than 5,000 green-clad runners this afternoon for the 32nd annual Shamrock Run. This year's run was held in memory of Flo Conway — mother of race director Bill Conway and longtime community activist — who died in December. "She was one of those people who make a neighb…

Good morning. The Buffalo Home & Garden Show — enticingly dubbed the "Villa in Tuscany" — continues today at the Buffalo Niagara Convention Center. News reporter Aaron Besecker took a look around yesterday and filed this video: The Buffalo News Shape-Up Plan starts today. Read along in today's paper as local fitness and diet experts work with 5 local people wh…

4:19 p.m. update: Here's an exchange between the judge and Bycina in which the plea is approved: 3:49 p.m.: Longtime Alden Town Clerk Dorothy L. Bycina pleaded guilty this afternoon to embezzling town funds and resigned her position. Here's prosecutor Gary Ertel addressing Erie County Court Judge Sheila A. DiTullio: --Aaron Besecker

The dispute between the City of Buffalo and the firefighters union over funeral expenses for Firefighter Jonathan S. Croom and Lt. Charles W. "Chip" McCarthy Jr. reignited today. The city has sent the check to the union, though the union vows it will return the check. City Hall Reporter Brian Meyer is on the story. A former Buffalo Board of Education member avoi…

You better be hungry, it's almost Restaurant Week. Starting Monday and running through next Sunday (March 8 through 14), 175 restaurants will offer various delectable delights for $20.10. The event is open to local independent restaurants (not chains). Participating eateries stretch from Youngstown in Niagara County to the Southtowns to Rochester, said Vincent McCo…

11:54 a.m. update: Here's an interview with Liz Benkovich of Marketplace Events from this morning: 8:59 a.m.: DOWNTOWN BUFFALO -- This year's Buffalo Home & Garden Show kicks off this morning, running this weekend and next weekend. The News' Home & Style Editor Susan Martin previews the show here, and looks at the show's main attraction: the "Villa in Tuscany.…

Good morning, and welcome to Friday.Each new day brings something new to the situation surrounding Gov. David A. Paterson. Here's Tom Precious' latest report.News Staff Reporter Gene Warner has a story today about 18-year-old Adam Page, a Paralympian from Lancaster.A male staffer of Rep. Eric Massa has accused his boss of making unwanted sexual advances.Here…