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LOCAL NEWS BRIEFS

Near-record heat expected over the next three days

Western New York is expected to sizzle under near-record heat for the next three days as summer officially arrives.

Temperatures are forecast to reach 90 degrees or better today, Wednesday and Thursday, with high humidity producing heat index readings in the upper 90s. National Weather Service meteorologists said Monday evening that heat advisories may be posted.

Wednesday, when the sun will be at its strongest prior to the start of summer at 7:09 p.m., is likely to be the warmest of the three days. Thermometer readings of 95 are predicted, although it may be five degrees cooler along the Lake Erie shore. Record high for today is 90, set in 2001. Hottest June 20 was in 1995, when it was 92. A cold front is due to move in Thursday evening, bringing temperatures back to normal for the weekend.

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Preservationists seek halt to demolition of Busti homes

Preservationists will go to State Supreme Court today to seek a temporary restraining order to prevent the Peace Bridge Authority from leveling a row of historic houses on Busti Avenue to expand the plaza for the Peace Bridge.

Justice Joseph Glownia will hear the request filed by the Campaign for Greater Buffalo History, Architecture & Culture. Campaign director Tim Tielman says he plans to challenge the bridge authority's contention that it does not need to abide by local, state and federal reviews of the project.

The bridge authority wants to demolish the row of houses to make way for a road to a new duty-free store it intends to build on the current site of the Episcopal Church Home.

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BPO to perform in concert at Knox Farm State Park

The Buffalo Philharmonic Orchestra will perform a free outdoor concert at 7 p.m. June 27 by the Knox House in Knox Farm State Park in East Aurora.

The lawn concert is a benefit for Friends of Knox Farm State Park, which is putting on the event with First Niagara Bank and the state Office of Parks, Recreation and Historic Preservation. People may arrive starting at 4:30 p.m., and are advised to bring blankets and to carry out any trash generated.

In addition, "Tapas on the Terrace," featuring an open bar and light dinner catered by the Roycroft Inn, will be held in the main house for a donation of $100, which includes VIP seating for the concert.

For tickets, call 572-3981; for sponsorship or corporate reservations, call 901-1320; and to volunteer, call 655-1320.

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$20,000 from Delta goes to Buffalo Niagara YMCA

Delta Air Lines has presented YMCA Buffalo Niagara a donation of $20,000 to help economically challenged children and families participate in YMCA programs such as summer camps, health and wellness services and child care.

In addition, children enrolled in the School Age Child Care after-school program at the Ken-Ton Family YMCA were treated to a field trip with Delta Air Lines employees and Buffalo Bills head coach Chan Gailey.