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WNY on track to snap streak of days at or below freezing

It looks like Western New Yorkers are going to get a break from winter in the middle of the winter break. The National Weather Service is promising three days of temperatures well above average to ring out the old year and ring in the new, thanks to a high pressure system coming up from the South.

Our string of days at or below freezing, which goes back to Dec. 12, might end today, when temperatures may or may not reach 33 degrees. If not today, then it certainly will happen Thursday, when highs in the 40s are forecast. Skies should be partly sunny today and mostly sunny Thursday. That bitter wind should die down, as well.

The almost springlike conditions should continue under cloudy skies on New Year's Eve and New Year's Day, when highs in the upper 40s are forecast. Showers are expected to accompany the arrival of 2011, however, and the rain is expected to start changing back to snow Saturday night.

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Offices to close for holiday beginning at noon Thursday

LOCKPORT -- City Hall will close at noon Thursday as workers begin their New Year's weekend. City offices will reopen Monday.

City Clerk Richard P. Mullaney said residents whose trash day is Thursday need to make sure their garbage is at the curb by 7 a.m., because city trash crews will work only until 11 a.m. that day.

There will be no garbage collection on New Year's Eve. Friday customers will not see a trash pickup until Monday.

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Naval & Military Park open during hockey tourney

The Buffalo & Erie County Naval & Military Park is open and featuring a series of activities for fans attending the World Junior Hockey Championship this week and next.

A reduced admission rate of $2 per day -- or $5 through the Jan. 5 conclusion of the tournament -- provides access to the regular attractions of the museum, hangar building and gift shop. Food, use of the flight simulator, ship tours and hockey shootouts are extra.

The Naval & Military park is located off Marine Drive near HSBC Arena.

Hours are: 2 to 8 p.m. today; 1:30 to 7:30 p.m. Thursday; 11 a.m. to 8 p.m. Friday; 2 to 6 p.m. Saturday; 2 to 8 p.m. Sunday; 2 to 8 p.m. Monday; 5 to 8 p.m. Tuesday; and 2 to 8 p.m. Jan. 5.

For more information, visit www.buffalonavalpark.org.

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Public hearing set Jan. 6 on Richardson Complex

A public hearing regarding redevelopment of the Richardson Olmsted Complex will be held at 6 p.m. Jan. 6 in Burchfield Penney Art Center.

A description of the project, an assessment of potentially significant environmental impacts, and possible sources and uses of state funds will be discussed. They are part of the site's Draft Generic Impact Statement and General Project Plan, which have been given the green light by Empire State Development Corp. to receive public evaluation of the documents. Deadline for comment is 5 p.m. Jan. 17.

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