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> WEATHER

Saturday feels like spring, with a high of 67 degrees

Spring finally burst upon Western New York on Saturday with a high of 67 degrees and even a fair amount of sunshine.

But while conditions over the next two days will be mostly favorable, rain is headed our way Monday.

According to forecasters at the Buffalo office of the National Weather Service, today will start out mostly cloudy then be partly sunny this afternoon, with the high in the upper 50s.

For Monday, the Weather Service is calling for a slight chance of rain in the morning, followed by the possibility of thunderstorms. Monday's high is expected to be in the mid-50s.

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> BUFFALO SABRES

Hockey fans from Austria get tickets for today's game

Two hockey fans from Austria who missed all but the last 30 seconds of Wednesday's Buffalo Sabres playoff game are getting a second chance to watch countryman Thomas Vanek and his team in action today.

Kim Pegula, the wife of Sabres owner Terry Pegula, has set aside two tickets to this afternoon's contest against the Philadelphia Flyers for Alois and Thomas Lindner, team spokesman Mike Gilbert said Saturday.

The father-and-son duo, who planned a trip to America around Game Four of the series, missed nearly all of the game because of flight delays.

Kim Pegula responded to an article in The Buffalo News about the Lindners' trek to see Vanek and soak up the playoff atmosphere in HSBC Arena.

The Lindners spent the first part of the weekend in Toronto, where they watched Friday's game in a sports bar and planned to visit the Hockey Hall of Fame on Saturday, said their host, David Straitiff.

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> ERIE COUNTY

Public hearing set Tuesday for Orchard Park tax breaks

A public hearing on the Erie County Legislature's second attempt to grant property tax breaks to Orchard Park landowners who pledge not to develop their land will be at noon Tuesday on the fourth floor of Old County Hall, 92 Franklin St.

County Executive Chris Collins vetoed the first attempt, sponsored by Legislator John J. Mills, R-Orchard Park, because the money saved by property owners granted the exemption would be laid on taxpayers countywide when it came to county government's tax levy.

Collins said he would sign a measure that directed the lost taxes to be made up by Orchard Park property owners alone. The new bill does that.

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> SCHOLARSHIP

Awards offered to seniors by police organization

The Italian-American Police Association is sponsoring college scholarship awards honoring two officers killed in the line of duty, Erie County Sheriff's Deputy Robert S. Insalaco and Buffalo Patrol Officer David J. Scime.

High school seniors in Erie or Niagara counties can learn more about the scholarship awards by visiting ww.iapawny.org, or e-mailing Samuel F. Amato at sfamato1@verizon.net.

Scholarship applications are due by next Sunday.

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