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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.


Three to take oaths of office today in Lewiston Town Hall

LEWISTON -- Three officials, all Republicans, will be sworn in at noon today in Town Hall.

Councilman Ronald W. Winkley and Highway Superintendent Douglas A. Janese, who won election to unexpired terms, will take their oaths of office. Also being sworn in is Richard F. Soluri, former Village of Lewiston mayor, appointed to fill the 12th District Niagara County Legislature seat vacated by the election of John D. Ceretto to the Assembly.

State Sen. George D. Maziarz, R-Newfane, will administer the oaths.


State agency gets go-ahead to refinance sewer bonds

LOCKPORT -- The Town Board decided this week to allow the state Environmental Facilities Corp. to try to refinance $3.09 million in bonded debt for a past sewer project.

Supervisor Marc R. Smith said the state agency is trying to obtain lower interest rates for a statewide package of bonds. Smith said the savings would go to Niagara County, which has been reimbursing the interest on the bonds, which are due to mature in 2021.

The board also upgraded Carol Stuart's job as deputy town clerk from part time to full time. Her hourly pay of $11.48 remains unchanged, but Stuart will now work 35 hours a week instead of 17.


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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