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Southwestern to host USA hoops camp

LAKEWOOD — Beginning Sunday, Southwestern will be one of eight sites nationally to host a free-to-attend "Open Court" program for the 2019 season. According to the USA Basketball website, the Open Court program "connects children to local facilities with the goal of encouraging open play in ...

Takeaways from the Bills’ preseason opener

The first preseason game for the Buffalo Bills was just that — a preseason opener. There were highlights and lowlights in the 24-16 Buffalo victory over the Indianapolis Colts, but mostly, there was a lot of rust. However, some things did stand out. Josh Allen stayed in the game for two ...

Great fishing making 2019 the year of the walleye

There have been some unusual weather patterns lately, especially during the night. During the VIP fishing day portion held on Lake Erie on Wednesday, the Captains had to find the fish. As the noon deadline approached, the guys found active walleye in 80 to 90 feet of water straight out of ...

10th annual Mongy Memorial Wiffleball Tourney held July 13

The 10th annual Mongy Memorial Wiffleball Tournament was held on July 13. This year, proceeds went towards scholarships to Dunkirk and Fredonia High School graduating seniors. Recipients were Anthony Ruiz and Hannah Ellman from Dunkirk and Michael Persch and Maggie Mignoli from Fredonia. ...

Sharing some wisdom

Former Dunkirk resident Bob Roncska recently spoke to students of The Family Martial Arts Center. He received several questions about life and his job as a Navy officer. Roncska was a Commodore in the Navy and was an aide to President George W. Bush from 2006-2009. “Chautauqua County has a ...

Dragon Boat Races Saturday in Celoron

CELORON — The Dragon Boat Races are returning to Chautauqua Lake on Aug. 10. Pre-race practices will be held at 4-8 p.m. on Thursday, Aug. 8 at McCrea Point in Jamestown and Friday, Aug. 9 at Lucille Ball Memorial Park in Celoron. The actual race will take place on Saturday, Aug. 10 at the ...

What to look for as the Bills open preseason vs. Colts on Thursday

With the first preseason game for the Buffalo Bills set for Thursday night against the Indianapolis Colts in Orchard Park, Bills fans have plenty to watch for throughout the preseason. After an offseason with plenty of action by the Buffalo front office, Bills fans will finally get their first ...

75th annual Gerry Rodeo called ‘one of the best in recent years’

GERRY — Perfect weather, some of the world’s best pro cowboys and cowgirls, outstanding rodeo stock, and many dedicated volunteers combined to make the 75th anniversary edition of the Gerry Rodeo what rodeo officials are calling “one of the best in recent years.” This positive result ...

Heron Trail Run event Aug. 18

Special to The OBSERVER JAMESTOWN — The Heron Farm & Event Center are soon to be filled with the sounds of music, happy campers, and trail runners in the Inaugural Heron Trail Run event to take place on Sunday, Aug. 18. “We are pleased to be hosting a 5K Trail Run & Walk with ...

The 15th annual Con Club walleye derby adds more names to history

The 2019 Northern Chautauqua Conservation Club walleye derby is history, and the results of this year’s event will be etched in steel. All the winners over the last 14 years have had their names engraved in the beautiful walleye trophy that was made for the Con Club Chairman Zen Olow by ...

The 75th edition of the Gerry Rodeo wraps up

GERRY — A standing room-only crowd witnessed some of the best action of the week as the 75th edition of the Gerry Rodeo closed the gates on the four-night event with more than $50,000 being awarded to the top cowboys and cowgirls. The biggest surprise of the night, and perhaps the week, ...

Golfer’s Diary: Can I get a mulligan, please?

We’ve all been there. You’re looking forward to a round of golf at a course you love on a beautiful evening. You’re feeling confident after scoring well each of the past few times out. There’s no reason to expect anything less than a stellar round. Then you hit your first tee shot out ...

A tightly-contested Derby Day 2

The weather improved for the fishermen on Saturday, Day 2 of the Con Club’s three-day walleye derby and so did the fishing... for some. The weigh-in started at 4 p.m. sharp and the weigh station attendants operated like a well-oiled machine. Again, most of the teams reported with a fish ...

Julie Lynn earns black belt

On Wednesday, July 24, Sensei Julie Lynn advanced to her Shodan black belt through the Fudozen Shorinji Kempo Karate organization, officiated by Master Sensei Bill Matteson. Sensei Julie Lynn has been a member of The Family Martial Arts Center since 2014. As a role model and inspiration to ...

DHS/CMHS/FHS Alumni Golf Tournament held Friday

At 10 a.m. Friday morning, over 150 golfers teed off to start the DHS/CMHS/FHS Alumni Golf Tournament for the 10th consecutive year at Shorewood Country Club in Dunkirk. This is an event that has seen a rampant growth in popularity since it began 10 years ago — something the organizer of the ...

Con Club Derby Day 1 complete

The first day of the Northern Chautauqua Conservation Club’s annual three-day walleye derby was warm and windy. Anglers reported no shortage of walleye, but trying to find fish heavier than three pounds was the problem. It is a credit to the phenomenal Lake Erie walleye fishery when you hear ...

Jenn Suhr signs new Adidas deal

Fredonia Olympic hero Jenn Suhr announced on social media that she recently signed a three-year contract with Adidas, signaling her athletic career is far from finished. Suhr also announced she made the USA World Team 2019, competing in Qatar. Suhr said in a post on Twitter: “What a ...

Rodeo reaches capacity crowd

GERRY – The largest crowd in years filled the rodeo arena to capacity on Friday night to watch professional cowboys and cowgirls compete for $50,000 in prize money as the Gerry Volunteer Fire Department celebrates its 75th consecutive year of bringing PRCA rodeo to Chautauqua County. The ...

Sheehan inks pro deal

Former Fredonia State baseball standout Patrick Sheehan signed a contract with the independent New Hampshire Wild of the Empire Professional Baseball League in June. Sheehan, an All Conference performer as a Blue Devil, is putting up solid numbers. In 24 games played, Sheehan is batting .359 ...