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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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Most popular books in system for 2010 posted

Wonder what your neighbors are reading?

The Buffalo & Erie County Public Library reports that 2010 was a banner year for reading.

The following are the most popular books circulated locally through the Library System in 2010:

Adult Fiction, "The Girl With the Dragon Tattoo," by Stieg Larsson.

New Adult Fiction, "Worst case," by James Patterson.

New (21-day) Adult Fiction, "House rules," by Jodi Picoult.

Graphic Novel, "Fruits Basket," by Natsuki Takaya.

Adult Non-Fiction, "Oprah, a Biography," by Kitty Kelley.

Adult Trade Paperback, "Now eat this!: 150 of America's favorite comfort foods, all under 350 calories," by Rocco DiSpirito.

Children Fiction, "Diary of a Wimpy Kid," by Jeff Kinney.

Children Non-Fiction, "Wimpy Kid Movie Diary," by Jeff Kinney.

Children Trade Paperback, "The Sea of Monsters," by Rick Riordan.

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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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Choirs, musical groups in concert in Tonawanda

An Epiphany Concert showcasing several area church choirs and musical groups will be held at 6 p.m. Sunday in St. Francis of Assisi Catholic Church, 150 Broad St., Tonawanda. Admission is free.

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