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Day of many textures will launch New Year

The New Year may begin with a boom -- a thundershower -- as unseasonable warmth gives way to a cold front in a day of change.

A southwest flow of warm air overnight, featuring temperatures peaking out at 50 degrees, will move out of the area during the day, which will feature as much as a half-inch of rain and a return of the chill.

The rain is causing some flooding concerns.

"If we do get a few downpours, there could be some ice-jam issues," said Steve McLaughlin, meteorologist with the National Weather Service, who pointed to persistent trouble spots such as Cazenovia Creek.

Snow showers are in the offing for Sunday, which will see a high of just 31 degrees.

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2011 trails map, brochure available to snowmobilers

LITTLE VALLEY -- The new 2011 Cattaraugus County snowmobile trails map and brochure, which is now available, features county trails plus 90 miles of trails in Allegany State Park.

The brochure displays primary and secondary trails that crisscross Cattaraugus County. There also are tips on parking, rentals, gas stations, restaurants and hotel accommodations.

To access trails, snowmobiles must be registered with the state. The trails are maintained through state registration fees.

For a free copy of the new snowmobile trails map, call the Cattaraugus County Visitor Information line at (800) 331-0543 or e-mail info@enchantedmountains.com.

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Hanna elected president of Western New York group

Joseph M. Hanna has been elected president of the Minority Bar Association of Western New York.

Hanna, a partner at Goldberg Segalla LLP, succeeds Sheldon K. Smith in the one-year post.

Also elected to the organization's executive board for one-year terms are: Jennifer J. Metzger of Housing Opportunities Made Equal, vice president; Joseph S. Brown of Hodgson Russ, treasurer; Lynnette Nogueras-Trummer of Nixon Peabody, deputy treasurer; Melissa Semidey of Phillips Lytle, recording secretary; and Leah A. Bouquard of Watson Bennett, corresponding secretary.

Paul E. Dimoh of Nixon Peabody and Gary Wilson, an attorney for the Buffalo School District, were elected to one-year terms as directors.

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Training session tailored for small business owners

SALAMANCA -- The Salamanca Area Chamber of Commerce will hold a QuickBooks Fundamentals training session for area small business owners Jan. 19 at the Dudley Hotel.

Julie Jagoda of R.A. Mercer & Co. will make the presentation. The three-hour course begins at 5 p.m., with the cost, $30 preregistration or $40 at the door.

To register contact the Chamber offices at (716) 945-2034.

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