Archive for June, 2010

 Time for the start of the Erie Canal Fishing Derby! It starts on July 7 to July 18. Prices are 14 and under $6, Individual $11, Family $21 and the Cash Bash is $5. Win a boat package supplied by Bryce Marine of Rochester. Kids can win daily prizes and a chance to win a canal trail bike. There are seven divisions small and large mouth bass 12′, walleye 15″, N Pike 22″, bullhead, carp, sheephead and catfish.

Enter at Niagara Outdoors 223 Whitmer Rd in NT, Gander Mtn 880 Young St Tonawanda, Les Allen Live Bait 350 Hawley St Lkpt, Harringtons, 7963 Telegraph Rd Gasport, Outdoor Adventures 541-543 B Main St Medina or Jeddo Bait and Tackle Ridge Rd Medina. Weigh stations are the same as above except for Gander Mtn.  

Get more information on www.eriecanalderby.com

Great article in US and J today about the fishing Derby!




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      Christina Ball, mother of local soldier Jeffrey Vorholzer, and another mother from  Erie county  are starting up a Blue Star Mother Chapter for Buffalo and the surrounding areas. Mothers of children who have served or are serving our country are eligible. We support our Military Children, promote patriotism and support local military causes through various fundraisers. An informational meeting will be held July 6th at 7 pm at 533 Amherst St in Buffalo. We encourage all eligible moms to come join us. If interested you can contact Christina at Rme_mom@rochester.rr.com or 735-3693.

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Some Middleport Girl Scouts have received their Silver Award, second highest award in Girl Scouting. They are Taylor Bobbitt, Ciara Jacobs, Amy Kugler, Marilyn Moser and Amelia Putt from Medina. The girls spent last summer cleaning up Rotary Park in Middleport by planting perennial flowers, cleaning up brush, painting the picnic benches and the bridge and putting down mulch near the playground area to make it safer for the children to play. The girls also asked the village to place a park bench near the playground area, so that parents can watch their children at play. Congratulations girls!

            The Girl Scout Gold Award, highest award in Girl Scouting, was presented to Kati Stachewicz on June 6 at Salvatore’s Restaurant at the Gold Awards banquet. Sixty- seven girls from all over Western New York received their awards. Kati’s gold award project was a “Fun Day for Sick Children” at Women and Children’s Hospital. Kati planned the project and carried it out in February of this year. Face painting, games, and snacks were given to children who were able to come down to the activities room. Those who couldn’t come down were visited by Kati, room by room, and given handmade teddy bears. Children in the emergency room were also given bears. Kati asked members of the Kenan Quilters Group and the Verizon Telephone Pioneers Group to sew bears for this occasion .It was a very special day. All the girls that did their projects live by the Girl Scout Law “Make The World A Better Place.” They have done just that! “I’m proud that these girls have been in my troop,” said  leader Linda Hedley.

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     Beginning at 7 p.m. on June 30th, The Niagara County Genealogical Society will be presenting the program “Our Local LDS (Latter Day Saints) Library: Resources Every Genealogist Should Know About.” Angelo Coniglio will be the guest speaker.

Mr. Coniglio is a volunteer at the local LDS Library on Maple Road in Amherst. He will be discussing the different resources that the library has to help people in their genealogical search for their ancestors.

  Mr. Coniglio’s specialty is in Italian research and he writes a monthly genealogy column for the magazine Forever Young that can be found at different businesses in the Buffalo area. He also has a family web site that discusses online investigation of genealogy. This free program is open to the public and will be held at The Niagara County Historical Society’s meeting room at 215 Niagara St., Lockport.


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You can help researchers find out more about cancer. The Lockport Relay for Life on June 19 is your opportunity to become a part of Cancer Prevention Study 3 (CPS3). All it takes is a blood sample drawn at the Relay (by a phlebotomist) and a form filled out. Then, the American Cancer Society will send a private questionnaire every couple of years for you to update information on your health, lifestyle, etc. Most of what we know about saving lives and preventing cancer came from these long-term studies. For info call Darlene Lutz at 795-9313. There is no charge and the life you save may be your own.          

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Press Release:

To celebrate National Fishing and Boating Week, Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge hosted its 19th Annual Youth Fishing Derby, on Saturday, June 5, 2010. This free event attracted 86 young anglers from ages 1 – 17 years old.

The theme of the event was Connecting Kids with Nature and making fishing safe for wildlife. At registration each young angler received a free grab bag which included non-toxic sinkers, a photo magnet, and fishing information. In addition to fishing, there were fishing related activities. Kids could make non-toxic tackle such as a bobber from corn cobs, and worms from braided yarn. There were also displays relating information about hazards to wildlife from discarded fishing tackle and trash. Each year thousands of birds and other wildlife are injured or killed after getting entangled in fishing line and lures; from ingesting lead sinkers; or getting caught in six-pack holders.

Prizes were awarded for the 1st, 2nd and 3rd place in three age divisions: 7 years and under, 8-12 and 13-17 years. Winners received trophies, certificates and their choice of tackle item. In the 7 years and under division the first place trophy went to Brett Ricker, age 5, from Gasport who landed a 26 inch carp. Second place went to Matt Nodes, age 7, from Warsaw for a 12 inch bullhead; and third place to 5 year old Julia Frost, from Alden for an 11 inch bullhead. In the 8 -12 year old division, Tyler McComick, age 8, from South Warsaw, took home the top prize for a 13 inch bass. Second place was snagged by Gavin Fyfe, age 12, from Buffalo for a 12 ½ inch bass and 11 year old David Bohn, from Batavia, landed the third place trophy with a 12 1/8 inch bass. In the 13 -17 year old division, 17 year old Cyle Howard of Basom landed a 26 inch pike to win first place. Joseph Loughrey, age 14, of Middleport pulled in an 11 inch bullhead for second and Tiffany Durrow, age 14 of Lyndonville, took third place with a 10 ¼ inch bullhead.

A door prize drawing rounded out the day with each participant present winning a prize.

This event is one of the many ways the Refuge offers to connect people with nature. Connecting People with Nature (CPWN): Ensuring the Future of Conservation” is a national priority of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service with the mission of “working to ensure that all Americans have enjoyable and meaningful experiences in the out-of-doors and develop strong life-long connections with the natural world.”

The youth fishing derby is sponsored by the Friends of Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge, Inc., a nonprofit organization whose sole purpose is to support the Refuge. The Refuge would also like to thank our volunteers, without whom the event would not be possible, and our supporters, Tony Scimes’s Bait and Tackle, and two anonymous “Friends of the Wildlife” who donated door prizes.

Iroquois NWR is located midway between Buffalo and Rochester, NY and is managed by the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service.

The mission of the U.S. Fish and Wildlife Service is working with others to conserve, protect and enhance fish, wildlife, plants and their habitats for the continuing benefit of the American people. We are both a leader and trusted partner in fish and wildlife conservation, known for our scientific excellence, stewardship of lands and natural resources, dedicated professionals and commitment to public service. For more information on our work and the people who make it happen, visit www.fws.gov.

National Fishing and Boating Week’s mission is to raise awareness of the opportunities benefits and values associated with boating and fishing participation and stewardship of our aquatic resources. National Fishing and Boating Week is administered by the Recreational Boating and Fishing.


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   The Middleport Farmers Market opens every Friday from June until October, so watch for the signs! The new, earlier hours are from 2  to 6 p.m. in the Middleport Family Health/Wilson Farms parking lot. The farmers will accept WIC, FMNP, EBT and DEBIT cards. Residents can look forward to all the fresh items each week. These are just a few of the friendly farmers and vendors you’ll meet in our friendly community.


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