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Video: Kaleida 'tops off' new nursing home

FRUIT BELT -- A ceremony this afternoon marked the placement of the last piece of steel for a new, 300-bed nursing home.

Watch the video below for a look at the snowy scene, and check out Staff Reporter Jay Tokasz's story about Kaleida Health's project when ground was broken in August.

Construction is expected to be completed by the end of this year with residents moving in at the start of next year, officials said.

--Aaron Besecker

914th Starts to Ship Out

TOWN OF NIAGARA -- Reservists with the 914th Airlift Wing are beginning another deployment to the Middle East.

About 10 members of the unit will leave the Niagara Falls Air Reserve Station today, with the rest shipping out by Saturday. In total, more than 140 reservists in operations, logistics and maintenance groups will be deployed.

News Niagara Reporter Nancy A. Fischer has more details. Click here to read her story.

Here's some video from this morning as airmen prepared to leave:

--Aaron Besecker

Stanley Cup on view at Albright-Knox for 'Forty'

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Josh Reusch climbs a ladder as final touches are made to the exhibit "Forty: The Sabres in the NHL." The exhibit is on view until Jan. 9.  (Derek Gee / Buffalo News)

BUFFALO -- Jim Fulater returned to the Albright-Knox Art Gallery today for the second time this season.

The draw: hockey.

Fulater, of Hamburg, was among a steady stream of people wearing Sabres hats, jerseys and jackets at the gallery today to see the Stanley Cup. He came a few weeks ago to see "Forty: The Sabres in NHL" and returned again today to see the famous trophy.

The cup is on view a the Albright-Knox along with 18 other trophies from the Hockey Hall of Fame through Wednesday. The gallery, normally closed on Mondays, will stay open until 10 p.m. tonight.

"It's actually a huge plus for the gallery to do that because it gives the opportunity for people to kind of cross over and really get exposed to art in a different way," said Fulater, a locomotive operator and actor who visited the gallery with his son, Dylan.

The Stanley Cup, which arrived in town on Sunday after being displayed in Pittsburgh for the NHL Winter Classic, is on display in conjunction with "Forty: The Sabres in NHL."

"Forty," which will run through Jan. 9, features the work of Sabres photographers Ron Moscati, Robert Shaver and Bill Wippert. Wippert, a Buffalo News photographer, will give a lecture on his work and hockey during an artist talk at 7 p.m. Friday at the gallery. 

Nearly 2,000 people visited the gallery on Sunday, said Maria Scully-Morreale, interim head of marketing, corporate and public relations. A typical Sunday would see several hundred visitors, she said.

"We're definitely bringing people back that may not have visited the gallery in a long time," she said.

Admission to the gallery during the exhibition is $15 for adults, $10 for seniors and free for gallery members and children under 5.

The cup's last public appearance in the Buffalo area was in August, when Chicago Blackhawks forward Patrick Kane brought it to Niagara Falls and Buffalo.

Many of the hockey fans appear to be coming to the art gallery for the Sabres exhibit and staying to see other artwork.

The Stanley Cup was the main reason Jim and Nicolas Bronstein visited the Albright-Knox this afternoon, but they planned to stay and look at pieces from the permanent collection. 

They hope to one day see the Stanley Cup in town for the Sabres.

"With the new owner," Jim Bronstein said of potential new Sabres owner Terry Pegula, "I'm hopeful."

--Denise Jewell Gee

Tonawanda native debuts as 'Early Show' news anchor

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Jeff Glor, a Tonawanda native, started a new role as news anchor of CBS' "The Early Show" this morning. (CBS News)

A Tonawanda native who has been known to tout his Buffalo pride debuted this morning as the news anchor on "The Early Show."

Jeff Glor, a Kenmore East graduate, is part of a new team of anchors that began hosting the CBS morning show today.

Glor, 35, previously served as the anchor of the Saturday edition of "CBS Evening News" and has been a national correspondent for "The Early Show."

"I am so proud of where I come from," Glor told The News in a profile by Anne Neville that appeared in the paper on Thursday.

Glor is known for dropping references to his Buffalo roots, and has mentioned the Buffalo Bills and Mark Twain in recent months on Twitter.

Watch Glor at work with the new team this morning in this video from "The Early Show."

The show airs locally from 7 to 9 a.m. on WIVB-TV, Channel 4. 

--Denise Jewell Gee

Morning Roundup: Monday, Jan. 3

Good morning.

The day will bring a chance of snow showers in the Buffalo area, with a high near 32. The National Weather Service has issued a lake-effect snow advisory for parts of southern Erie County and the Southern Tier until 10 a.m. this morning.

Here's a look at a few of the latest headlines:

- Team USA will face off against Canada at 7:30 p.m. tonight at HSBC Arena in the 2011 World Junior semifinals.

Listen to The News' preview of the U.S.-Canada match-up:

- Gov. Andrew M. Cuomo is scheduled to give his first State of the State address on Wednesday and has said he will unveil the foundation of his plan for dealing with the state's projected $10 billion deficit, writes Tom Precious of the News Albany Bureau.

- The Bills wrapped up a dismal season Sunday with a 38-7 loss to the New York Jets. The Bills finished with their worst record since 2001, writes News Sports Reporter Mark Gaughan. 

Watch a post-game report with News Sports Reporters Allen Wilson, Mark Gaughan and Jerry Sullivan:

Take a look back at the last week of 2010 in the latest edition of Photos of the week.

For more on what's happening today, visit Good Morning, Buffalo.

--Denise Jewell Gee

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