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Splash pads are open at eight city parks

With temperatures soaring toward the 80s, there was some good news Sunday for youngsters who like to play in the sprinkler splash pads at Buffalo parks.

Splash pads at eight city parks opened three weeks before their normal opening date of July 1. The splash pads will be open daily from noon to 7 p.m. at the following parks: Allison, Cazenovia, Centennial, Kensington, Lanigan, Schiller, Lincoln and Masten.

This year's unusually warm weather led to the earlier openings, the mayor's office said. Splash pads at Martin Luther King Park, Houghton Park and Roosevelt Park are currently closed due to construction projects.


Mychajliw renews request on county borrowing

Stefan Mychajliw, Republican candidate for Erie County comptroller, renewed his request Sunday for the county administration to reverse course and permit the state-appointed Fiscal Stability Authority to borrow money on behalf of the county instead of the county borrowing the money on its own.

Mychajliw said the control board could borrow money at a lower interest rate because of its "AA " credit rating in contrast to the county's rating of "A." He said the county unnecessarily spent $860,000 in higher interest payments over the past 13 years by borrowing at the higher rate.

John J. Mills, Republican minority leader of the Erie County Legislature, and four other members of the GOP minority made the same point in a letter last week to Comptroller David J. Shenk, a Democratic appointee who is running to keep his comptroller's post.

Shenk said the borrowing decision was made by County Executive Mark C. Poloncarz, who believes that the county's credit rating will improve over time if it borrows on its own authority.


Libraries will show how to borrow e-books

Library visitors are invited to bring their Kindles, Nooks, iPads or other e-devices with USB cords to the library to learn how to borrow e-books.

The three-hour teaching labs will be:

*Wednesday, 1:30 p.m., Orchard Park Public Library.

*July 14, 10 a.m., Hamburg Library.

*July 21, 10 a.m., Central Library, West Room.

*July 23, 5:30 p.m., Grand Island Memorial Library.

*Aug. 14, 1:30 p.m., Audubon Branch, Amherst.

The event is free. For more information, visit


Sabres will teach kids about playing hockey

The Buffalo Sabres are teaming up with a Lackawanna church to bring the game of hockey to city kids.

The partnership kicks off with a 90-minute program at 4:30 p.m. today in the parking lot of Mount Olive Baptist Church, 66 Wasson Ave., where Buffalo Sabres Alumni will teach children ages 6 to 15 basic street hockey skills such as stick handling, passing and shooting.

The Sabres plan to offer the Street Mobile Hockey Program several times this summer at Mount Olive Church.