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Warmest day since Nov. 23 sees temperature reach 59

Jackets were shed, windows were opened, and Western New Yorkers basked in unexpected warmth Thursday as the area had its warmest day of the year so far. The thermometer topped out at an official 59 degrees at Buffalo Niagara International Airport in Cheektowaga under a pale afternoon sun. It was highest reading since Nov. 23.

Forecasters had expected 60 degrees inland Thursday, but not near Lake Erie, especially not around Buffalo.

National Weather Service meteorologist Tony Ansuini said, "We didn't get the wind off the lake. It stayed more southerly. If you were in downtown Buffalo, you were in the 40s."

Everybody will be in the 40s today, Ansuini noted. A new cold front came in overnight and put an end to the mild temperatures for the next few days.

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Building heralds return of on-campus residency

St. Francis High School will be restoring its on-campus residency program in September, according to the Rev. Michael Sajda, president of the Athol Springs school.

Construction of the double rooms, which will accommodate 26 students, will begin in late May. The school has received several inquiries from international students who wish to attend St. Francis and be housed in the residence. Currently, 17 international students attend the college preparatory school, living with host families, Sajda said.

The project will be funded by the St. Anthony of Padua Province, the school's governing body.

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Girls Schools Coalition will hold fashion show

The WNY Girls Schools Coalition will hold its annual fashion show Saturday evening in Harry's Harbour Place Grille, 2192 Niagara St. Proceeds will benefit Project Educate, which helps build and operate schools for girls in Afghanistan and Pakistan.

The show features student models and the latest clothing from local designer Ali Eagen, who recently opened a shop for her "anatomy" line on Elmwood Avenue; Buffalo Seminary senior Riley Featherston; and a collective headed by Park School junior Dylan Weiss. Doors open at 6 p.m.

The coalition includes girls from Nardin, Buffalo Seminary, Holy Angels Academy and Sacred Heart.

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Openings still available for free workshop series

Openings are still available for Destination College!, a three-workshop series on getting into college that begins Saturday in Diefendorf Hall on the University at Buffalo's South Campus.

The free workshop series is for high school juniors and their parents and will cover everything from tips on taking the SATs to picking the right college to getting as much financial aid as possible. Sessions two and three will be scheduled in April and May. The workshops are sponsored by UB's Center for Educational Collaboration and GEMS, a network of Buffalo churches and community organizations.

For more information or to register, call 854-4664 or 829-6144.