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Live Blog of 3rd Hearing for West Seneca Developmental Center site - 7 p.m.

Join T.J. Pignataro, the West Seneca reporter for The Buffalo News, who will be live at the West Seneca Senior Citizens Center, 4620 Seneca Street, for the third of four public hearings about how to best utilize the more than 430-acre site of the former West Seneca Developmental Center.

Dean Gowan, a local landscape architect, will be on hand to discuss possible development strategies for the parcel, according to West Seneca town officials.

You're invited to submit your own ideas about what you think should be done at the WSDC site or comment on Gowan's presentation during the live blog.

Live chat about gas prices with Wally Smith of AAA

The News' Stephen T. Watson is being joined by Wally Smith of AAA to discuss the Sunday Spotlight story: Gas prices begin their annual climb earlier than ever.

Live Blog from West Seneca Town Board - 7 p.m.

Join T.J. Pignataro, The Buffalo News' West Seneca reporter, who will be live from West Seneca Town Hall for the 7 p.m. scheduled public hearing on the controversial (and now suspended) law requiring sewer laterals to be replaced on pre-1980 properties for sale in West Seneca.

The public hearing will be followed by a regular meeting of the West Seneca Town Board.

This is the second and final live blog from West Seneca Town Hall today at Buffalo News Live. The first -- which can now be viewed on replay -- covered the town board's 5 p.m. work session. There, Richard Henry, town engineer discussed several capital improvement projects in town.

Live Blog from West Seneca Town Hall - 5 p.m.

Sewers will return front-and-center in West Seneca tonight when a public hearing will be held on a controversial - and now suspended - town law requiring residents to replace the lateral sewer line between their homes and the street before they sell their properties. The public hearing will be held at 7 p.m.

Join T.J. Pignataro, the West Seneca reporter for The Buffalo News, who will be live at West Seneca Town Hall, 1250 Union Road, for pre-hearing action at a scheduled 5 p.m. work session of the town board.

Then, Buffalo News Live will cover the 7 p.m. public hearing and the town board meeting that will follow.

Live Blog from Cheektowaga Town Hall - 6:45 p.m.

Join T.J. Pignataro, Cheektowaga reporter for The Buffalo News, who will be at Cheektowaga Town Hall at 6:45 p.m. Wednesday for the regular meeting of the Cheektowaga Town Board.

Board members are expected to consider plans from Charles J. Basil to convert a warehouse at 1694 Walden Ave. into a car parts storage and vehicle-detailing shop. Also to be discussed at the meeting is the town's proposed $15,000 funding for the Cheektowaga Community Symphony Orchestra.

Audio: News' Bruce Andriatch talks school budgets on WBFO

As a guest on WBFO, News' Suburban Editor Bruce Andriatch talked school budgets with Mark Scott.

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Video: Saluting Our War Heroes -- Edward M. Kolek

World War II veteran from Lockport served in Army Air Forces as pilot/flight commander. Read Lou Michel's story in today's News.

Vacancy at One Bills Drive chat with Tim Graham at 2 p.m.

The News' Tim Graham will discuss his Sunday Spotlight cover story, "Vacancy at One Bills Drive," a look at what would happen if the Bills ever left town, at 2 p.m. today.

Live blog from West Seneca Town Board meeting

Join T.J. Pignataro, the Buffalo News' West Seneca reporter, live from West Seneca Town Hall at 7 p.m. Monday.

The West Seneca Town Board will consider a request from Upstate Cellular Network, doing business as Verizon Wireless, for a special permit and site plan approval for 2801 Seneca St. Upstate Celluar is seeking to construct a 100-foot cellular phone tower and an equipment shed.

Town board members will also be asked to vote on Supervisor Sheila M. Meegan's proposed
transfer of Linda M. Kauderer, an account clerk mini-computer operator from the finance
department to the police department.

Breaking down the USDA plant hardiness zone map

The U.S. Department of Agriculture has recently released a new "plant hardiness zone map" that shows some areas of Western New York can now be considered a zone warmer, for planting purposes.

Read Charity Vogel's complete story here.

The USDA describes the map as follows:

"The 2012 USDA Plant Hardiness Zone Map is the standard by which gardeners and growers can determine which plants are most likely to thrive at a location. The map is based on the average annual minimum winter temperature, divided into 10-degree F zones."

Below, from the USDA's map website, is a look at New York:

Find the hardiness zone for your specific area by punching in your ZIP code:

Here is an interactive map featuring the entire nation, again courtesy of the USDA:

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