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Lake-effect snow expected
 to fall on metro Buffalo today

The metro Buffalo region is expected to get its first snow of the season, as the lake-effect band that blanketed the Southern Tier on Saturday moves in today.

The lake-effect snow that impacted the western portion of the Southern Tier on Saturday dropped as much as 5 inches in some places, said Kirk Apffel, a National Weather Service meteorologist at Buffalo Niagara International Airport.

Today, that band will move north into the Buffalo area, which could get anywhere from 1 to 3 inches of snow starting late this morning through the evening hours, Apffel said.

Monday may bring a few snow showers with high temperatures in the upper 30s, he said. Likewise, Apffel said, Tuesday looks fair with a chance of rain or snow and highs in the mid-30s.

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Center for Inquiry founder
to be feted on North Campus

A memorial celebration of the life and vision of Paul Kurtz, University at Buffalo emeritus professor of philosophy and founder of the Center for Inquiry in Amherst, will be held from 10 a.m. to 3 p.m. Saturday in the Center for Tomorrow at Flint and Service Center roads on the North Campus of UB.

The internationally known skeptic, philosopher, writer, publisher and advocate of secular humanism died Oct. 20 at the age of 86.

A continental breakfast and a luncheon will be offered. RSVP by Monday to nbupp71@aol.com.

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400 miles of trails in county 
may debut as early as Dec. 19

Snowmobile trails will open officially on Dec. 19, the Erie County Federation of Snowmobile Clubs reports, if the ground is frozen and there is at least 6 inches of snow.

The 10 clubs in Erie County organize and maintain more than 400 miles of trails. The clubs remind riders to make sure their machines are in top operating condition and to observe the maximum speed limit of 55 mph on the trails, unless a lower speed is posted.

Children ages 10 to 17 must take a course in order to ride their own machines. For information on courses, visit www.wnysnowtrails.com.

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2013 calendars free to public
 at sites throughout corridor

Illustrated Erie Canalway National Heritage Corridor calendars for 2013 will be available for free distribution to the public beginning Dec. 1 at libraries and visitor centers throughout the 524-mile long canalway corridor across Upstate New York.

The calendar captures the beauty, history and character of New York's canals and canal communities.

Fifteen-thousand calendars will be available on a first-come, first-served basis, sponsored by the state Canal Corporation and the Erie Canalway Heritage Fund.

The canalway corridor encompasses Erie, Cayuga-Seneca, Oswego and Champlain canals along with more than 230 canal communities.

In Western New York, calendars will be available at sites in Albion, Buffalo, Holley, Lockport, Medina , North Tonawanda and Tonawanda.