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Paula and Bruce Gustafson will spend most of their time this week preparing and serving nearly 3,000 of the traditional beef barbecue dinners at the 73rd annual Gerry Rodeo.

Gustafsons prepare for long days serving barbecue in Gerry

GERRY — For most people summer means a time for rest and relaxation, but for Gerry residents Bruce and Paula Gustafson, part of their summer for the past 13 years is spent working 14-16 hours days preparing and serving the approximately 3,000 barbecue beef dinners that are part of the ...

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Carter Hoffman (17) of Wellsville goes up to bat the ball away from receiver Caleb Caldwell (1) of Frewsburg in a red zone situation.

Go big or go home

GOWANDA – RJ Bastito is just a normal assistant coach under Gowanda football coach Sean Gabel. Despite being born with Down Syndrome, Bastito has been a coach’s right-hand man. The assistant coach’s role will change come Aug. 5 when Bastito will lead New York’s Big 30 team, which ...


Bright future for local golf

OBSERVER Photo by Jared Hill Pictured above are local youths gathered for the 2017 OBSERVER Open. The tournament is held yearly at Shorewood Country Club and features youths from ages 5 to 18.

Cramtton is competing in the NYASA Super Senior (over 60) bracket, with known target yardage.

Cuomo announces free fishing days in NYS

Governor Andrew Cuomo recently announced new free fishing days and the 2017-18 hunting and trapping licenses will go on sale starting Aug. 1. Governor Cuomo announced that the new free fishing days will include the weekend preceding President’s Day, National Hunting Day and National Fishing ...

Submitted Photo: Greg Simas, one of pro rodeo’s top announcers, is returning to emcee the 73rd annual Gerry Rodeo.

Greg Simas to emcee Gerry Rodeo for eighth time

One of rodeo’s most experienced announcers is making his eighth appearance as the master of ceremonies on horseback in the arena for the Gerry Fire Department’s 73rd annual PRCA rodeo, which opens on Wednesday, Aug. 2, and continues nightly at 8 p.m. through Saturday, Aug. 5. Greg Simas, ...

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Team Dances with Fish: Jeff Caparco, Rich Eggleston, Ron Duliba Jr. and Jason Biffaro, caught the second heaviest walleye during the Sunset Bay Shoot out last Saturday, weighing 9.33 pounds, held by William Duliba.

‘Don’t ask,’ when it comes to yellow perch

The walleye fishing on Lake Erie and Chautauqua Lake remains good for those able to find the time to go angling during Fair week. Rick Miller in Irving reports that anglers have been successful fishing for walleye around the 65-foot depth west of the mouth of the “Cat,” toward St. ...

For the Record

Announcements Sunset Bay Experience SUNSET BAY — The Sunset Bay Experience — Reach the Beach 5K Run will be held Saturday, Aug. 19 at Sunset Bay, Iola Drive, Irving. Registration is at 8:30 a.m., with a 5K run and walk starting at 9:30 a.m. The entry fee is $25 the day of the race, $20 ...

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Pictured is a scene from Elon DeJesus’s most recent fight at Gloves Up Gloves Down in Buffalo. DeJesus was the winner, defeating Marcus Floyd in three rounds.

The next challenge

Elon DeJesus and his Impact Boxing team traveled over 900 miles from Dunkirk to Independence, Missouri to compete in the 17th Annual Ringside World Championship held at Silverstein Eye Center Arena, arriving at approximately 8 a.m. Tuesday morning. The tournament will prove to be a big step ...

Entries still being accepted for Olean Gus Macker Tournament

OLEAN — Entries are still being accepted for the Olean Gus Macker Basketball Tournament. The Greater Olean Area Chamber of Commerce is calling for visitors, students and community members to sign up for the August 18-20 Gus Macker three-on-three basketball tournament. Entry deadline for ...

Darren Manzella-Lapeira Memorial 5K Run and 3K Fun Walk planned for July 29

BROCTON — On Saturday the 4th Annual Darren Manzella-Lapeira Memorial 5K Run and 3K Fun Walk will be held at the Brocton American Legion Post 434 on Main Street in Brocton. The Run and Walk will start at Brocton Central School on School Street and finish at the American Legion. ...

For the Record — July 26

Adult golf Gowanda Country Club Ladies League (July 12) — First low gross: Lynn Gotsch 46. Second low gross: Tina Weber 47. First low net: Lois Piscitelli 33. Second low net: Diane Meli, Dawn Cordaro 35. Ladies League (July 19) — First low gross: Kim Gier 43. Second low gross: ...

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Hanover Little League Coordinator Keith VanVlack speaks after the Silver Creek Girl Scouts donated two automated external defibrillators, one for Silver Creek and other for Forestville, as the girl scouts are behind him.

Closing ceremonies

SILVER CREEK – Hanover Little League’s season has come and gone, but there was much that was done in between the first pitch and the final out. At the closing ceremonies on Sunday, Hanover Little League Coordinator Keith VanVlack announced the awards, donations and results of the summer’s ...

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Pictured is the Graham family and they will again be the stock contractors for the 73rd annual Gerry Rodeo. From left are Shana, Shawn, Gabby, Lexi, and Trevor.

The Graham family legacy and the Gerry Rodeo

GERRY — For Shawn and Shana Graham, owners of Painted Pony Championship Rodeo and contractors for the Gerry Fire Department’s 73rd annual rodeo, rodeo has been a passion for their entire lives. Shana was raised on a thoroughbred horse farm near Warrensburg, NY, where she was active in 4H. ...

For the Record

Announcements NCSA/Concord FC 2017 Fall Travel Soccer The Fall travel soccer season begins at the end of August and runs through October. Teams of 10-15 players each will be in the following levels: Third/fourth graders and fourth, fifth and sixth graders — both co-ed. Practices will be ...

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Pictured are scenes from Saturday’s 8-10 year old New York state softball championship game held at Joe Karnes Field at Wright Park in Dunkirk.

A champion’s been crowned

OBSERVER Staff Report Ozone Howard was crowned the New York state 8-10 year old softball champions Sunday afternoon. In the championship round, held at Joe Karnes Field at Wright Park, Ozone Howard exploded for 10 runs in the first inning and ultimately defeated Pawling Little League to win ...

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Pictured above, in front, from left are Tate Catanese and Keara Brady, essay contest grand prize winners In the back, from left, Mike Sperry, Sports Fishery Advisory Board Member; Pat Catanese, Tate’s father; Vince Horrigan, Chautauqua County Executive and Keara’s father, Matt Brady.

Country Executive, Horrigan, goes fishing with essay contest winners

MAYVILLE — Chautauqua County Executive Vince Horrigan recently traveled to Chautauqua Marina to go fishing with the two grand prize winners of the Chautauqua County Sports Fishery Advisory Board’s 25th Annual Fishing Essay Contest. Keara Brady, a fourth grader from Brocton Central ...

OBSERVER Photo by Gene Pauszek: In front from left: Fisher, Amy and Annie Sleeman, and Morgan and Courtney Outhouse. In back from left: Matt Reber, Ethan and Craig Sleeman, Khristina Cahoon and Mark Outhouse. Their team, Midnight Express, won the Sunset Bay Shoot Out, by fishing west of Barcelona with worm harnesses for a total  winning weight of 42.90 pounds.

Midnight Express wins Sunset Bay Shoot Out

The seventh annual Sunset Bay Shoot Out Walleye tournament is in the books. The anglers had good weather on both Big Fish Friday and on Saturday for the main event. There were 95 teams entered in the SBSO, but only 53 fish coolers reported to the weigh station. Not every team catches a ...