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Spring cleaning: Thomas Vanek, above, talks with reporters Monday as the Buffalo Sabres cleaned out their lockers in First Niagara Center at the end of the 2011-2012 season. At right, Cody Hodgson tapes up several of his sticks in the locker room. Story in Sports, Page D1.

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Derek Gee/Buffalo News

Cherry blossom time: Carole Getz jogs beneath a cherry tree Monday in the Japanese Garden behind the Buffalo & Erie County Historical Society Museum.

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John Hickey/Buffalo News

Flower girls: Allison Green, 8, left, and Nicole Reese attach decorations to a Dyngus Day float Monday on the East Side of Buffalo. Story and another photo on Page One.

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Charles Lewis/Buffalo News

A taste of Polonia: Adam Cichocki and Kelly Mertzlufft of Camellia Meats prepare sausage for judges in Buffalo's Best Kielbasa competition, held Monday, Dyngus Day, in the Adam Mickiewicz Library and Dramatic Circle in Buffalo.