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LOCAL NEWS BRIEFS

>Rainless streak is about to enter 20th straight day

It has been as dry as a bone since the tail end of the dog days of summer.

For the 20th straight day, no rain is in the forecast, though there is an ever so slight chance of showers between noon and 3 p.m. today. That is, only about a 20 percent chance, according to the National Weather Service.

"It looks like it will be dry through the weekend. The next chance for rain isn't until Monday," said Mike Pukajlo, a National Weather Service meteorologist stationed at Buffalo Niagara International Airport in Cheektowaga.

Still, the forecast calls for skies to start out mostly cloudy and then gradually becoming sunny, with a high temperature near 68 degrees. The skies are expected to remain mostly clear tonight, with a low around 47 degrees.

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>Bills fans reminded of road closure

Here's a traffic reminder for Buffalo Bills fans driving to the home opener Sunday: a section of Big Tree Road is closed.

Big Tree remains closed to through traffic between South Park Avenue (Route 62) and the intersection of McKinley Parkway and Southwestern Boulevard (Route 20) in the Town of Hamburg, according to the state Department of Transportation.

The closing is in effect through October to facilitate road realignment. Detours will be posted on South Park and Southwestern.

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>Public asked to give cash, talent to giant mural

Local artists and would-be artists of all ages are invited to channel their inner Jackson Pollock at an art and fundraiser for HIV/AIDS services dubbed "Make a Splash."

For a minimum $20 donation, participants will help create a giant mural -- in the spirit of the American action painter -- by squirting, squeezing, splashing or dropping paint from a 13-foot high balcony down to the 10-by-18 canvas below at the ZGM Fine Arts Studio, 1045 Elmwood Ave.

The resulting artwork will be auctioned to benefit AIDS Community Services of Western New York. The event will be open to the public from 10 a.m. to 4 p.m. Oct. 10.

For more information, contact Donald Zinteck at 228-1855, via e-mail at pgtwo@roadrunner.com or on the Web at www.photographics2.com.

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>Town budget hearing scheduled for Oct. 14

Holland's town budget for 2010 is not expected to lead to a higher tax rate, but town officials still are not pleased with it.

Supervisor Michael Kasprzyk said the budget calls for no raises and cuts back on contractual items but still maintains services. Most departments held the line on spending, while some offered cuts, he said.

However, the supervisor noted that there is an element of risk in the new budget because it depends on $150,000 of unexpended funds from this year's budget to balance it.

The board scheduled a public hearing on the 2010 preliminary budget for 8 p.m. Oct. 14.

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