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MSG offers Sabres fans a way to see tonight's game

Another game, another viewing party for MSG-less Time Warner Cable subscribers.

The Buffalo Sabres return to the ice tonight against the Montreal Canadiens at the Bell Centre in Montreal for their first game after the NHL's All-Star break to resume their, to this point, disappointing 2011-12 campaign.

MSG Networks will host a viewing party for the game at 7 p.m. in Mr. Goodbar, 1110 Elmwood Ave. The viewing party is free and open to those at least 21 years old.

The network held a previous viewing party Jan. 13 in Mr. Goodbar, a bar that switched providers to continue airing Sabres games.

MSG was taken off Time Warner on Jan. 1 after a contract between the regional sports network and the cable provider came to an end.

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Area fire departments can apply for staffing grants

The U.S. Department of Homeland Security will begin accepting applications from first responders for Staffing for Adequate Fire & Emergency Response [SAFER] grants today, announced Rep. Brian Higgins, D-Buffalo.

The grants assist local fire departments with staffing and deployment capabilities to ensure that communities have adequate protection from fire and fire-related hazards.

"Western New York fire companies have benefited greatly from SAFER grant funding in years past," Higgins said. "I strongly encourage local fire companies to submit applications this year for assistance with recruitment and retention of first responders."

Higgins said fire companies can access the grant application through the FEMA website, at www.fema.gov/firegrants.

The FEMA website also provides program guidance and a web-based tutorial. Applications must be filed by Feb. 24.

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Developmental Center land to be subject of workshops

The second in a series of workshops designed to provide information and gather public input about how the vacated West Seneca Developmental Center property should be put to use will be held at 7 p.m. Wednesday in the Senior Citizens Center, 4620 Seneca St.

Richard Henry, town engineer, and John Gullo, the town's code enforcement officer, will be present.

Henry and Gullo will discuss the current land use and zoning of the parcel and provide a detailed property analysis.

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Seasonal fun on tap Friday, Saturday at Winterfest

The Alden Winterfest strikes again Friday and Saturday, with a sleighful of fun for the family.

Winterfest includes more than 35 indoor and outdoor events from 7 to 11 p.m. Friday and continues all day Saturday at locations throughout Alden. The Alden Farmers' Market will run from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday in Village Hall, 13336 Broadway.

Nearly all events -- including ice skating, snow shoeing and dog-sled exhibitions -- are free. For more information, visit www.aldenwinterfest.com.