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>The year's first snow squalls make travel tricky for many

The National Weather Service issued its first lake-effect snow advisory of the new year Tuesday as a band of squalls set up on a line from Buffalo to Batavia and swept south, icing up highways for the evening commute and causing several minor accidents.

The advisory, from 7 p.m. Tuesday to 7 a.m. today, included southern Erie County and Chautauqua and Cattaraugus counties, where 3 to 5 inches of snow was expected in areas with persistent bands of snow.

In Buffalo and the suburbs, about an inch of snow fell just after sundown, quickly turning into glare ice on busy streets. It was a repeat of Tuesday morning's inch of snow, which looked harmless but also turned highways icy. Forecasters expect the snow to taper off today and start again Thursday morning as a general snowfall with lake enhancement.

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>Schwandt renamed president during reorganization session

NORTH TONAWANDA -- Alderwoman-at-large Catherine G. Schwandt was re-elected Common Council president during its reorganizational meeting in City Hall on Monday night.

Schwandt has been president since Sept. 1, 2009, when she took over after the resignation as president of former Alderman Brett M. Sommer.

Schwandt, who has been on the Council since 1996, also served as president from 2000 through 2003.

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>Nominations being sought for annual luncheon awards

NIAGARA FALLS -- Leadership Niagara is seeking nominations for its Leader of the Year award and other awards to be presented at the organization's annual luncheon at noon April 28 at Niagara Falls Country Club.

The other awards are Alumni of the Year, Organization of the Year and Emerging Leader Award for people from 16 to 29 years old.

Individuals and organizations of all kinds are eligible for the awards. Nominees need not live in Niagara County, but their impact must be made on the Niagara region.

The awards are presented to individuals or organizations that significantly impact the Niagara region, support the mission to strengthen regional leadership, serve as role models or mentors for future leaders and exemplify visionary leadership.

One-page statements of nomination may be e-mailed to tfletcher@leadershipniagara.org by 5 p.m. Feb. 25.

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>211th anniversary of birth of Fillmore to be celebrated

The 211th anniversary of the birth of Millard Fillmore, the 13th president of the United States and the University at Buffalo's first chancellor, will be celebrated at a ceremony at 10 a.m. Friday at Fillmore's gravesite in Forest Lawn.

UB President John B. Simpson will present the memorial address at the annual observance. Fillmore played a major role in the founding of numerous cultural, civic and community organizations in Erie County.

The event is hosted by UB, the Forest Lawn Group and the Buffalo Club.

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