Thursday tops out at 70 – the first time since Oct. 12

Western New Yorkers shed their jackets and opened their windows Thursday afternoon as the thermometer officially hit 70 degrees for the first time this year, ushering in the first spring weekend that actually promises to feel like spring.

Although temperatures are supposed to top out in the mid-50s under sunny skies TODAYFriday, warmer air is forecast to return.

Look for highs in the mid 60s on Saturday, when more sunshine is expected, and near 70 on Sunday and Monday, when there will be a chance of showers.

Each day is expected to be about 10 degrees cooler in Buffalo and along the shores of Lake Erie, which is still frozen.

The National Weather Service office in Cheektowaga registered Thursday’s 70-degree reading at 2:59 p.m. Record for the date is 82, set in 1945.

The last time the temperature reached 70 was nearly six months ago – Oct. 12.


Federal mediator dispatched as nursing home strike looms

A federal mediator today will bring together Delaware Nursing and Rehabilitation Center in Buffalo and a union representing workers there, just days before a strike could begin.

Members of Local 1199 of Service Employees International Union, which represents 160 workers at the 1014 Delaware Ave. facility, have authorized a strike to begin at 6 a.m. Monday unless an agreement is reached.

The facility is owned by the Bronx-based Centers for Speciality Care Group.


Deerwood Golf Course tees off for season on Sunday

NORTH TONAWANDA – Deerwood Golf Course will open for the season at 7 a.m. Sunday, weather permitting, the North Tonawanda Department of Youth, Recreation and Parks announces.

Golf passes are available in the department offices at 500 Wheatfield St. from 8:30 a.m. to 4:45 p.m. Monday to Friday, with extra hours to 6:45 p.m. Tuesday.

The office will be closed Good Friday. For information, call 695-8520.


Buffalo Arts Studio charts dinner and auction Saturday

Enjoy a gourmet pasta meal, then take the plate home from Plates & Pasta, the fundraising dinner at 7 p.m. Saturday in Buffalo Arts Studio, Suite 500, in the Tri-Main Building, 2495 Main St.

Guests start by choosing from among unique plates that have been decorated by local artists. Food, including gluten-free options, will be provided by Amy McCarthy and Current Catering, with desserts by Sweetness 7 Cafe.

The evening also will include an auction of other artist-decorated plates, a basket raffle, tours of 35 artist studios, beer and wine by the glass and jazz by What Would Mingus Do?

Tickets are $75, $135 per couple and $25 for guests under 21.

For reservations, visit Proceeds support Buffalo Arts Studio’s programming.