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Joey Sonnier III of New Iberia, La. earns a score of 76.5 in the Saddlebronc Riding competition.

Gerry Rodeo stays hot despite wet weather

GERRY (Friday) — Rain failed to dampen the enthusiasm of the hardy rodeo fans who braved the weather as they were treated to outstanding rodeo action in the third performance of the Gerry Volunteer Fire Department’s 73rd annual professional rodeo. Highlighting Friday’s action was an ...

Nineteenth Annual Dunkirk Lakefront 5k results

The 19th Annual Dunkirk Lakefront 5k was held yesterday morning at 9 a.m. beginning and ending on the Dunkirk Pier. The race featured a down and back course with the entire race being on the lakefront. Strong winds aided the runners on the first half of the race with waves hitting the break ...

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Above are the overall champions and runners-up from Chautauqua Golf Club’s Member-Guest. From the left are Shawn Fadale and Matt Cestari, who comprised the winning team; and Jason Anderson and Jamie Paterniti, who finished second.

Fadale, Cestari win CGC member-guest with 2-day score of 123

CHAUTAUQUA — Shaun Fadale and Mike Cestari captured the Chautauqua Golf Club Member-Guest Tournament by firing a two-day total of 63-60-123 on Friday and Saturday at the Chautauqua Golf Club. Jason Anderson and Jamie Paterniti were second with a 64-59-123. Scott Crist and Chuck Crist took ...

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From left, Darrin Pound, Tom Uhl and Rob Oram moved into the top spot for total weight with a three-walleye total of 14.09 pounds caught on Friday evening and Saturday morning out of Barcelona.

Weather still problematic for anglers at walleye tourney

The weatherman was right for a change and the fishing conditions were terrible for most anglers. Strong winds started blowing Friday evening and got worse by Saturday morning. There was some rain and threatening skies all day long, but small craft warnings were posted and kept 90 percent ...

Anne Haase

Haase qualifies for USBC senior championship in Las Vegas

Anne Haase, of Dunkirk, will represent the New York State USBC at the USBC Senior Singles Championship Tournament in Las Vegas on Aug. 9 and 10. Anne will be one of 400 hundred bowlers who have qualified from all 50 states and various Canadian Provinces. She qualified last August while bowling ...

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Approximately 148 golfers gathered at Shorewood Country Club in Dunkirk for the 8th Annual DHS/CMHS/FHS Alumni golf tournament.

DHS/CMHS/FHS alumni golf tourney the true spirit of camaraderie

The sun was shining and the links were lush at Shorewood Country Club Friday morning as 148 golfers took to the course for the 8th Annual DHS/CMHS/FHS Alumni Golf Tournament. “I think it’s great to see all the alumni: the Dunkirk, the Fredonia and the Mindszenty alumni getting ...

OBSERVER Photo by Gene Pauszek
From left, Larry Leone, Bob Rustowicz and Tom Brunn II display the heaviest three walleye total for Friday weighing 22.14 pounds including an 8.60 walleye held by Rustowicz.


Friday, Aug. 4 was the first day of the 13th Annual Northern Chautauqua Conservation Club Walleye Derby. The weather played a factor in the events of the day, with several participants commenting that the weather conditions were electrifying. The contest officially started at 6 a.m. on ...

OBSERVER File Photo: Jenn Suhr prepares for a vault with her trusty companion vaulting pole in 2015.

Suhr’s wild trip from Chicago to London

Jenn Suhr, a Fredonia native, is known to take the breath out of crowds with her record-breaking pole vaults at the biggest stages. On Tuesday, her valiant sidekick, her vaulting poles, were not in her grasp as the World Championships in London were nearing. They were lost in the shuffle on ...

OBSERVER Photo by Gene Pauszek: Pictured are Northern Chautauqua Conservation Club Walleye Derby Committee members. From left, in front: Sue Buck, Susan Bell, Jackie Edwards, Diane Steel and Micki Feeney. In the back row: Mike Stanton, Alicia Munch, Cindy Zolnoske, Don Salemi, Zen Olow, Don Merckel and Jim Steel.

13th Annual Walleye Derby to start Friday

The Northern Chautauqua Conservation Club would like to welcome all the participants of the 13th Annual Walleye Derby. The Captain’s meeting took place at the Con Club Thursday evening, with 100 team captains and/or their representatives in attendance. Derby Chairman Zen Olow, who once again ...

For the Record

Trap scores Ripley 324, Ellery 243 Top shooters for Ellery: Rob Graham 46, Ron Harmon 43, Rich Westfahl 37, Don Johnson 36, Lisa Boardman 21 and two blinds of 30. High Lady Boardman 21 and Sub Vet. Harmon 43. Top shooters for Ripley: Sid Meeder 47, Mark Henry 47, Dexter Gordon 47, Howard ...

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Kids can become cowboys and cowgirls for an afternoon in the arena at the free kids’ rodeo event this Saturday at 4 p.m. in Gerry.

Cowpokes set to close Gerry Rodeo in free show

By PAUL COOLEY Special to the OBSERVER GERRY — A free kids’ rodeo at 4 p.m. will kick off the final day of action Saturday, Aug. 5, at the Gerry Fire Department’s 73rd annual PRCA rodeo as kids ages 3 through 8 can participate in rodeo related games in the arena supervised by pro ...

CHRIC Classic Golf Tournament ends with close win

The 2nd Annual CHRIC Classic Golf Tournament was held on Saturday, July 29 at the Chautauqua Golf Club. It was a beautiful day with picture perfect weather at the Chautauqua Golf Club for the CHRIC Classic to take place. CHRIC would like to thank Troy Ross, Head Golf Professional and his team ...

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Gene Pauszek displays an 11-pound-4 ounce walleye caught while fishing with Sassafras Charters on Monday.

Landing the big one a couple days too early

The strong Northeast winds that blew in last Friday and Saturday morning, had a negative impact on what was shaping up to be a strong walleye bite. The wind died down late Saturday afternoon and anglers were out in abundance on Sunday with “blue bird” skies. The surface temperature was ...

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Horse rides at the Gerry Rodeo are being provided by MLW Stables out of Russell, Pa. Pictured from the left are Milton Wallace, owner, and volunteers Chase, Danielle and Samara.

Bulls, broncs, BBQ

GERRY — The oldest consecutive rodeo east of the Mississippi River is back in town and bringing yet another year of action, amusement and famous barbecue. Just over 250 professional cowboys and cowgirls will be in Gerry to compete in the 73rd Annual Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association ...

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Pictured is Nick Barlette (left), Elon DeJesus and Giovanni Diaz (right) holding the 2017 Ringside World Championship belt. DeJesus won the 123-pound bantamweight class title last week in Independence, Missouri.

The champ is here

The champ is here! Elon DeJesus has returned to Dunkirk and has brought the 2017 Ringside World Championship belt back with him. “Soon as I was done, I didn’t get my phone until about 20 minutes later and my notifications were like over 100 on Facebook,” DeJesus said of the ...

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Pictured are some of of Painted Pony Pro Rodeo’s bulls resting in the pasture in preparation for their performances in the 73rd annual Gerry Rodeo.

Gerry Rodeo set to kick off at 8 p.m. tonight

GERRY – Professional rodeo comes to the area for the 73rd consecutive year as more than 250 cowboys and cowgirls from 34 states begin the competition tonight at 8 p.m. and continue each night through Saturday for $45,000 in prize money in the Gerry Volunteer Fire Department’s arena six ...

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Former Buffalo Sabre Rob Ray is pictured, surrounded by Wal-Mart employees and representatives of Women and Children’s Hospital on Monday.

The Rayzor’s edge

A typical, mundane trip to Wal-Mart on a Monday morning was anything but yesterday, as Sabres legend Rob Ray made his annual visit to Frednia. Yesterday, the Fredonia Wal-Mart was visited by former Buffalo Sabres’ forward Ray in recognition for the hard work in raising nearly $28,000 for ...

For the Record

Adult golf Vineyards Golf Course Wednesday Night League — Top Scores: A Flight - Bob Golubski 36. Scott Hazelton, Joe Kulig, Chuck Allessi 37. John Lakas, Mike Korzeniewski, John Chabuel 38. B Flight - Charles Reinhardt 39. Tony Antolini 40. Brian Manning, Terry Mahoney 42. Joe Pencek 45. ...