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Shorewood hosts United Way tourney

Submitted Photo The United Way of Northern Chautauqua County’s Fourth Annual Golf Classic, sponsored by Walmart and held at Shorewood Country Club on June 16, was a success. Pictured are the winners of the four-man scramble tournament, Jarod Koopman, Wes Bentzoni, Robert Calph and Wayne ...

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Pictured are members of Erie Budweiser after it won the 42nd annual First Ward Falcon Club Men's Fastpitch Tournament on Sunday at Promenschenkel Stadium, in Dunkirk.

Sweet victory

By GIB SNYDER III OBSERVER Correspondent A year after falling in the finals, Erie Budweiser took home its fifth title, as it topped Lil MaGill’s Bar, 4-2, in the championship game of the 42nd annual Dunkirk Men’s Fastpitch Tournament. “It’s a little bit different of a group of ...

Dunkirk Little League wins Sectionals opener

Special to the OBSERVER BOLIVAR — The Dunkirk Little League 11-12 year old All-Stars opened the Section 1 tournament with a 13-8 extra-inning victory over Whirlpool (Niagara Falls) in Bolivar. Dunkirk carried a three-run lead into the bottom of the sixth inning but could not close the ...

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Pictured at left is Dunkirk shortstop Emilee Hanlon. At right is Fredonia’s Hannah Cybart. Both were named to the 2017 All-Western New York softball teams.

Cybart, Hanlon among the best in Western New York

For the second season in a row, Fredonia’s Hannah Cybart has been named First Team All-Western New York softball. Cybart made the first team on the back of her prowess within the pitcher’s circle. This season, Cybart had a record of 14-1 overall and 11-0 within the league. In 104 ...

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Mike Vanderlip, playing for the LA Lounge this year, has played in 40 of the 42 First Ward Falcon Club Men’s Fastpitch Tournaments. He missed one due to a family wedding and the other after he sustained a broken leg.

Vanderlip, Falcon’s Fastpitch tourney are Dunkirk mainstays

The 42nd annual First Ward Falcon Club Men’s Fastpitch Tournament might be missing its requisite number of Canadian teams, but one thing, or rather one player, it is not missing is Mike Vanderlip. Vanderlip, who hails from the Buffalo area, has played in 40 of the 42 tournaments over the ...

OBSERVER Photo by Ron Szot: Above is a Lakeside pitcher, Scott Kawski, from Friday’s First Ward Fastpitch softball tournament in Dunkirk.

Full velocity at First Ward tourney

The 42nd annual First Ward Falcon Club Men’s Fastpitch Tournament started with a bang Friday night at Promenschenkel Stadium, as Dunkirk Fastpitch I held off the Lakeside Club, 8-7. “Obviously with two local teams you kind of know each other, what (the other team’s) tendencies are, ...

CLYMER — Consistent quality, longevity and a commitment to small-town values are just some of the reasons Jamestown Mattress has been recognized by a national organization.
On Sunday, Jim Pullan Jr., owner of Jamestown Mattress, was honored with the inaugural Small Business of the Tournament award following the annual LECOM Health Challenge golf tournament at Peek’n Peak Resort.
The award was presented by the tournament’s umbrella sponsor, which recognizes local businesses that are deeply ingrained within their community at each local installation of the tournament. Jamestown Mattress was selected to receive the award by committee from a pool of nominee businesses submitted by the directors of the tournament within Chautauqua County.
Pullan said Jamestown Mattress was grateful for the opportunity to be recognized, and thankful to the community that has kept Jamestown Mattress thriving for more than 30 years.
“This is a great honor and our family is humbled by this recognition,” Pullan said. “This community supports our business each and every day, so it’s nice to be able to also give back and support a great tournament like this. And receiving this award is just icing on the cake.”
Jamestown Mattress is a family-owned and operated mattress manufacturer and wholesaler, founded in 1981 by Jim Pullan Sr. 
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Today, the company is run by Pullan Jr., who joined the family business in 2002 to help diversify its consumer base and products. Beginning with just four employees, Jamestown Mattress now employs 40 people in nine factory-direct showrooms across Western New York and Northwestern Pennsylvania.
“We’ve been very blessed and our business is as busy as it’s ever been. Our stores have been performing tremendously, and we couldn’t be happier as a company,” Pullan said.
In 2015, the company landed a multi-million dollar, five-year contract with the Dormitory Authority of the State of New York. Beating out various strong competitors, including one which held the contract for nearly 25 years, Jamestown Mattress became the sole mattress manufacturer that services all 64 New York state universities.
Pullan said the company is looking to purchase a new piece of equipment in the fall that would allow for the compression and roll-packing of mattresses and the shipment of said mattresses directly to the customers’ doorsteps. Jamestown Mattress was the sponsor of the Sunday morning sunrise service and Cakes for Caddies breakfast service at the Health Challenge this year.

Jamestown Mattress owner, Pullan, recognized at LECOM Health Challenge

CLYMER — Consistent quality, longevity and a commitment to small-town values are just some of the reasons Jamestown Mattress has been recognized by a national organization. On Sunday, Jim Pullan Jr., owner of Jamestown Mattress, was honored with the inaugural Small Business of the Tournament ...

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Bill Soffel, president CEO of ERA Team VP, honoring his grandmother who died of ALS.

Registration open for Agents of Hope Golf Tournament

MAYVILLE – ERA Team VP Real Estate & Vacation Rentals will host the eighth annual Agents of Hope scramble golf tournament on Wednesday, Aug. 16, at the Chautauqua Golf Club. All proceeds raised during this four-person scramble tournament will benefit both the ALS Association and the ALS ...

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Ray Pauszek (left) and Ann Tofil display some nice walleye caught fishing on Wednesday evening in front of Dunkirk in 64 feet of water.

Walleye anglers, Barcelona to Seneca Shoals a hot spot

No tournaments this week, so now is a good time to stock the freezer with walleye. There have been good reports coming from Lake Erie from Barcelona to Seneca Shoals, with lots of smaller sized walleye reported from the Barcelona area and east towards the prison ball. Jason Robinson from the ...

Dunkirk’s Isiah Ruiz slides into second base under the watchful eye of the field umpire.

Marauders defeat Wolverines

OBSERVER Staff Report BROCTON — In the 9-10 year old All-Stars non-sanctioned Little League baseball tournament, the Dunkirk All-Stars defeated the Westfield All-Stars, 22-4. Dunkirk’s Zachary Zentz and Josh Lemanski combined for the win on the mound, throwing eight strikeouts through ...

OBSERVER File Photo: The 42nd annual First Ward Falcon Club Men’s Fastpitch Tournament will begin tonight with three games at Promenschenkel Stadium. First pitch is scheduled for 5:45 p.m., with games continuing on Saturday at 9 a.m. at Promenschenkel Stadium and School No. 7.

First Ward Fastpitch tourney starts today

The 42nd annual First Ward Falcon Club Men’s Fastpitch Tournament begins tonight with a trio of games at Promenschenkel Stadium, beginning at 5:45 p.m., but it will have a decidedly different feel from years past, as there will not be a single team coming down from north of the border to ...

Pictured is Fredonia’s Rebecca Piede, who will get the start today for Fredonia in the 10-12 year old Little League New York state tournament held in Fishkill.

Fredonia softball ready for unknown challenger today

Six hours is a long drive when you don’t even know who you are playing, but that’s the situation the Fredonia 10-12 year old softball team is in today. After back-to-back wins over Grand Island propelled the Fredonia girls to the state tournament it was off to Fishkill, NY for the ...

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Pictured is Fredonia native, Cody Fleckenstein playing for the Corpus Christi Ice Rays during what proved to be his breakout season.

Climbing the ladder

Fredonia native, Cody Fleckenstein, has taken the next big step in his hockey career. The former standout at Nichols School in Amherst has moved along the junior hockey circuit. He began in the United States Hockey League (USHL) with the Omaha Lancers. He then ranked up to the North American ...

CHRIC Classic 2nd Annual Golf Tournament July 29 at Chautauqua Golf Club

Josh Freifeld, Executive Director and the Board of Director’s of Chautauqua Home Rehabilitation and Improvement Corporation (CHRIC) invite you to join CHRIC for a day of golfing and fun at the 2nd Annual CHRIC Classic Golf Tournament being held on Saturday, July 29 at the Chautauqua Golf ...

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Pictured above are Tom Tarnowski, Michael Tarnowski, Daniel Tarnowski, Michael Curtin, and representatives of Lakeshore Humane Society, Rock Vallone and Bob Ehrheart. Pictured at top is a group photo of all of the players who participated in the event.

8th annual Mongy Wiffleball Tournament benefits worthy cause

OBSERVER Staff Report The 8th Annual Mongy Memorial Wiffleball Tournament was held on Saturday, June 17. The X-Blades, consisting of Nick Ahlstrom, Vinny Bomasuto, Adam Kubasik and Bryant Watts, were tournament champions. Bomasuto was named tournament Most Valuable Player batting .622. He had ...

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Pictured is Fredonia softball minors pitcher Emerson Bird, who has pitched her team into the state tournament, which will be held in Dunkirk starting July 19.

Area Little League teams making waves on bigger stages

While Little League participation is down across the country, teams from Chautauqua County continue to advance beyond the district level. Monday night, Scott VanDette’s Fredonia minor softball team received a concession from Grand Island to move on to the state tournament held in Dunkirk, ...