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Bishop waives obligation for Sunday Mass

Bishop Edward U. Kmiec has waived Sunday Mass obligation for Catholics living in parishes in the Diocese of Buffalo that have been affected by the storm.

It will be up to local pastors to decide whether to conduct weekend Masses, but the bishop said Catholics in parishes without power are not obligated to attend Mass this weekend.

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Residents get advice on post-storm issues

Among what Mayor Byron W. Brown's office wants residents to know regarding the storm's aftermath:

Residents scheduled to have their garbage picked up Friday will have it picked up today.

Alternate parking on city streets will be enforced on all streets that are not clogged with snow, tree limbs or power lines. Enforcement will begin today with the 4 p.m. changeover.

Residents with tree limbs and brush on their property should begin leaving the debris at the curb for city crews and contractors to pick up.

Motorists who approach intersections with traffic signals that are not operating must treat those intersections as four-way stop signs.

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Downing of three domes deflates players' spirits

Even the region's weekend golf warriors found reason to complain about the miserable weather.

The Wehrle Golf Dome in Lancaster was down Saturday, and the Paddock Chevrolet Golf Dome in the Town of Tonawanda was deflated after a large pocket of wet snow settled on the top.

The Paddock dome suffered 15 to 20 tears or punctures that will have to be sewn and patched, said Daniel Wiles, the town's director of recreation.

Even worse, perhaps, is the "tennis bubble" at the Village Glen Tennis and Fitness Club in Amherst, which partially collapsed from the weight of the snow.

"We won't be playing tennis in there tomorrow," said Donald Becker, a tennis professional at the center.

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Harvest Festival rescheduled for Friday

The Hospice Buffalo Harvest Festival, originally scheduled for Friday but canceled because of the storm, has been rescheduled for this upcoming Friday. The festival will start at 6 p.m. in Adam's Mark Grand Ballroom. More than 900 guests are expected for Hospice's biggest fundraiser of the year.

The event, presented by the Buffalo Bills, will honor the following Hope, Care and Dignity Awardees: CTG, the Cummings Foundation, and David and Susan Zebro. For more information, call the Hospice Foundation at 686-8090 or go online at www.hospicebuffalo.com.

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In case you missed the Jingo numbers

Here are the Jingo picks for recent days:

FRIDAY JINGO NUMBERS:

J-7; I-18; N-32; G-46; O-75

SATURDAY JINGO NUMBERS:

J-5; I-28; N-43; G-47; O-73

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