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April showers turn a wintry white

Is this spring break or winter break? Western New York's weather is doing its best to confuse the issue.

A cold front blowing in on blustery winds periodically mixed snow with rain throughout the day on Palm Sunday, then staged a full-fledged but brief horizontal snow squall in Buffalo late in the afternoon. Shades of mid-January!

This being mid-April, none of it stuck around.

The National Weather Service says we can expect more of the white stuff from mid-morning to mid-afternoon today as the cold spell persists. There may be as much as an inch in grassy areas around Buffalo, forecasters predict, but it's unlikely to accumulate on highways or sidewalks. Higher elevations could see a couple of inches, they say.

Come Tuesday, we're back to rain.

"No real big deal," the Weather Service said in its forecast commentary Sunday evening, "but a reminder of April's volatility."


Home and Garden Show attracts 4,200 plus

OLEAN -- More than 4,200 people visited the 40th annual Greater Olean Home and Garden Show in the William O. Smith Recreation Center from Friday through Sunday, the Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce reports. The figure was about 200 fewer than last year.

A total of 74 vendors had booths. Booth winners were Baldwin Hills Farm of Rushford for Best Use of Theme and Sisson's Chain Saw of Bolivar for Best Overall Booth. Winner of the grand prize in the door prize drawings -- a two-person swing with canopy and umbrella -- was Diana Charles of Olean. Winner of the annual Best Tasting Water contest was the Village of Allegany.


Watershed workshop to be held April 30

A workshop on the Buffalo River watershed will be presented by the U.S. Army Corps of Engineers in conjunction with Buffalo Niagara Riverkeeper at 9:30 a.m. April 30.

It will introduce an upcoming study and identify concerns and priorities for the 446 square miles of watershed in Erie, Wyoming and Genesee counties.

For information and reservations, contact Richard Tindell at 852-7483, Ext. 14, or e-mail


Beaver Island golf course scheduled to open Thursday

The golf course at Beaver Island State Park on Grand Island will open for the season Thursday, weather and course conditions permitting, state Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation Commissioner Rose Harvey announces.

Fees for playing 18 holes will be $21 weekdays, $25 weekends. Nine-hole rates are $13 weekdays and $14 weekends. Senior New York State residents 62 and older pay $15 for 18 holes and $9 for nine holes, weekdays only. Junior New Yorkers 17 and under pay the same rates as seniors seven days a week. Electric cart rentals are $24 for 18 holes, $14 for nine holes. For information and tee times, call 773-2010.

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