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Little change expected in forecast for week

A white Christmas is pretty much a lock -- and if you liked Sunday's weather, the National Weather Service says you'll probably enjoy it for the next 10 days or so.

"It's a pretty benign weather outlook, without much change for the next 10 days," said Bill Hibbert, a meteorologist based at Buffalo Niagara International Airport.

Temperatures are expected to range from lows in the mid-teens to highs in the upper 20s all this week, with a bit of occasional light snowfall, Hibbert said.

The white coating of snow that is prevalent around Western New York will not melt any time soon, which means there will be a white Christmas.

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True Bethel will host

Christmas Drive-In

The parking lot of True Bethel Baptist Church on East Ferry Street will be the scene of the Christmas Drive-In on Tuesday.

Actors and real animals will be featured in a re-enactment of the Nativity, as well as Christmas carols and dancing at 7:10., 7:50 and 8:30 p.m. Admission is free.

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Winners to receive cash in decorating contest

Winners of the Energy-$mart Holiday Decorating Contest in Ken-Ton will receive their cash awards at today's meeting of the Tonawanda Town Board.

The winners, announced Friday, are:

*James and Sandra Martineck, 26 Brockett Drive, most traditional.

*Eric Nagel, 119 Knowlton Ave., best in show.

*Mark Zirnheld, 1045 Colvin Blvd., most creative.

*Paul Rumschik Jr., 67 Edgewood Ave., most holiday spirit.

*David Flammger, 14 Leawood Drive, best overall theme.

The contest was sponsored by the Town of Tonawanda Environment Commission.

Cash awards were donated by Town of Tonawanda firefighters and the Town Board.

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Doctoral degree set in leadership, policy

LEWISTON -- Niagara University will offer a doctoral degree in leadership and policy starting next fall.

The program is designed to teach students how to implement change to further community goals and aspirations, Niagara officials said.

"The leadership and policy Ph.D. program focuses on this mission of Niagara University in bringing social justice and empowerment to those most in need to the forefront of research," said the Rev. Joseph L. Levesque, Niagara president.

The doctoral program, offered through Niagara's College of Education, will begin accepting applications in January.

"The college has a long-standing history of providing advanced study in policy and leadership in both Ontario and New York, and we expect this program to draw a significant number of students from both sides of the border," said Debra Colley, dean of Niagara's College of Education.

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