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Today marks the federal designated observance of Veteran’s day.

Banks, government offices and schools are closed today.
There will be no mail delivery.
Most communities held Veteran’s Day ceremonies yesterday, there were several in Genesee County.
Veteran’s day marked the signing of the armistice that ended World War 1 – which at the time, was called the war to end all wars.
Sadly, Of course, it did not.
There was a tragic reminder of that fact yesterday in nearby Alden.
Hundreds of people turned out as the body of a fallen local soldier returned home.  
The body of Army Reserve Sergeant Brett Gornewicz arrived at Buffalo Airport yesterday morning and was driven to Alden.  
The motorcade passed the home where Gornewicz grew up.
Gornewicz died on November third in Afghanistan.

Three people were injured when a car and a pick-up truck collided on West Main Street near Route 63. 
The accident happened yesterday afternoon. 
A car driven by 19-year-old Nathan Hinze of Ellicott Avenue was making a left turn onto Route 63 and struck a pick-up truck operated by 31-year-old Jennifer Petry of Brooklyn Avenue.
She was taken to ECMC.
Hinze and a passenger were flown to hospitals in Buffalo and Rochester by Mercy Flight helicopters.
Authorities said the injuries did not appear to be life threatening.

New York Senator Chuck Schumer put insurance companies on notice. He explained that while Sandy may have hit the New Jersey coast as a hurricane, it was quickly reclassified as a post tropical cyclone. He said should the insurance companies have all Sandy damage classified as a hurricane damage, it would cost homeowners more through their deductible costs. 
The deductible rate is different if insurance companies classify the damage as “storm” related. 

On the weekend police beat:

59-year-old Richard Coughlin of Fisher Park has been charged with criminal contempt and menacing…jailed in lieu of $2,500 bail.
Batavia Police say Coughlin violated an order of protection by yelling and screaming and clenching his fist at a person he was ordered to stay away from.

31-year-old Michael Valle of Bank Street has been locked up in lieu of $20,000 bail on charges of burglary and criminal contempt.
Batavia Police say Valle was involved in a domestic disturbance yesterday and tried to break into the home of a person he was ordered to stay away from.

Big changes are coming to our weather.  
Temperatures are expected to hit 65 today but drop into the lower 30s tonight with rain and snow likely.  
National Weather Service forecasters say the colder temperatures should stick around for most of the week with highs expected around 45.
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