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Food 2 Families: What to Donate

Food 2 Families: What to Donate

The holiday season is about more than just giving presents here in WNY, it’s about giving back to others.

Today marks another annual Food 2 Families Food Drive to benefit the Food Bank of WNY, the details of which can be viewed here.

If you are planning on giving this year, here is a list of items that the Food Bank is accepting:

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Enter to Win a 'Home for the Holidays' Southwest Airlines Vacation Package

Enter to Win a 'Home for the Holidays' Southwest Airlines Vacation Package

See all the entries here.

See the finalists here.

Who’s got the best-decorated home in Western New York?

If your electric bill spikes every December because you can’t help turning your yard into the Las Vegas of the East … if cars slow down as they pass your home so passengers can gawk at your lights … or if you simply have the most tasteful holiday display on the block, then you should get the recognition you deserve!

Enter to Win a ‘Home for the Holidays’ Southwest Airlines Vacation Package

Lake Effect Snow Clouds Over Buffalo

Lake Effect Snow Clouds Over Buffalo

Thursday nights sunset over Buffalo New York saw the first lake effect snow clouds.

Forcasters say 5 to 6 inches of snow overnight. 

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'Home for the Holidays' Finalists to Date

'Home for the Holidays' Finalists to Date

10 finalists will be competing for the grand prize in the WGRZ 'Home for the Holidays' contest. Tune in to Daybreak every weekday morning from December 5 through December 16 to see if your holiday lights display has been selected. Each finalist receives a new Nintendo Wii "Go Vacation" game and moves on to the final round.

On Friday, December 16, the voting begins. Come back to this page to cast your vote for the best holiday lights display in Western New York. The grand prize is a Southwest Airlines vacation package featuring two tickets anywhere in the continental USA that Southwest flies, plus a three-night hotel stay.

The deadline for entries is Thursday, December 15 at 5 p.m.

Lake Effect Snow Watch Thursday Night into Friday

Lake Effect Snow Watch Thursday Night into Friday

 

BUFFALO, NY 330 PM EST WED DEC 7 2011 - You knew it had to happen eventually. The National Weather Service has issued a lake effect snow watch  -- somewhere between an advisory and a warning – for late Thursday night through early Thursday evening.

According to the statement, the watch is in effect for Niagara, Erie, Genesee and Wyoming counties but there remains some uncertainty as to the exact placement and intensity of the lake effect snow. Accumulations of 2 to 4 inches Thursday night and 3 to 5 inches Friday lead to storm totals of 5 to 9 inches expected in the most persistent lake snows.

The heaviest snow is expected to shift from north to south over the course of the day, but only a small change in wind direction will result in changes to expected snowfall, forecasters say.

Visibilities as low as a quarter-mile at times are possible. The Friday morning commute may be very difficult in the Buffalo metro area.

Former West Seneca Fire District Treasurer Sentenced

BUFFALO, N.Y.-  The former treasurer of the West Seneca Fire District was sentenced to 1 to 3 years in prison Tuesday morning.

Norman Baker, 61, pleaded guilty to grand larceny and criminal tax fraud in June after he was accused of misappropriating more than $137,000.

Baker admitted to auditors that he prepared fictitious claims and altered records from November 14, 2003 to July 6, 2010. 

Baker is also charged with not reporting the embezzled funds as income on his tax returns and has not filed tax returns since 2004.

Baker has already paid $30,205 in back taxes from 2005- 2009.  He has also paid $1,000 in restitution to West Seneca Fire District #1 to cover the insurance policy deductable.