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Rough-riding continues at second night of Gerry Rodeo

GERRY – The rodeo family across the nation have always had great love and respect for God and Country, and this was on display in a big way as the second performance of the Gerry Fire Department’s 75th consecutive annual PRCA rodeo with military members and first responders receiving ...

3rd annual Gowanda Old Timers softball game held

Submitted Photo The 3rd Annual Gowanda men's old timers softball game and reunion was held at Gateway Park on Sunday, July 28. Kneeling, from left to right: Steve Jolls, Rob Gaylord, Rich Pecnik, George Furlett, Tim Regan, Jon Tharnish and Dave Wiens. Standing: Nick Hodak, Tim Geiger, ...

Hunting licenses now on sale

If you are a hunter that lives in this area, the chances are pretty good that you also fish. This is a heads up that the new hunting licenses go on sale today. A lot of hunters purchase their fishing license at the same time so check the expiration date on your fishing license to make sure ...

Winners, losers of the MLB trade deadline

Wednesday was the biggest day of the summer across Major League Baseball, as contending teams had one final chance to improve upon their roster before the stretch run. Some teams made champion-like moves, while others missed the boat completely. Here’s a look at the trade deadline’s biggest ...

75th Gerry Rodeo salutes veterans, gets underway

GERRY – The opening performance of the 75th annual Gerry Rodeo began with special proclamations honoring this historic event from the New York State Assembly and the United States House of Representatives. Veteran announcer Greg Simas then honored all veterans in the audience, followed by ...

Children’s gym to open in Fredonia

When driving on Route 20 out of Fredonia toward Silver Creek, you may notice a new business in a once vacant building. Dawn Manzella, along with her team of five board members, are in the process of opening up a Children’s Sensory gym, which will be open to kids of all ages, and more ...

75th annual Gerry Rodeo starts today

GERRY — The Professional Rodeo Cowboys Association, headquartered in Colorado Springs, has announced that 224 pro cowboys and cowgirls from more than 30 states have registered to compete in the 75th annual Gerry Rodeo, beginning today and continuing through Saturday at 8 p.m. each ...

Karate Con’s Spoon, Romano place in NAGA tournament

Two members of Norman Yonkers’ Karate Connection MMA & Team Hayastan competed on July 27 at the NAGA (North American Grappling Association) in Pittsburgh, PA on Saturday, July 27. Rick Spoon took first Place in No-Gi and second Place in Gi. Charles Romano won second Place in No-Gi. ...

Instant Classic Rewinds, Part II

Editor’s Note: This is the second among a series of memorable games from the high school spring sports season revisited throughout the summer. In recent years, the dominance of the Fredonia Hillbillies baseball program has taken some of the flare out of the Dunkirk-Fredonia rivalry on the ...

Langford to host tractor pull event

On Aug. 3 and 4, Langford will be the focus of the truck and tractor pulling world. The NTPA Grand National Circuit is visiting Langford and bringing the most powerful motorsport competition vehicles in the world to town. The earth shaking Unlimited Modified Tractors with four and five ...

Walters, Tarnowski join Fredonia’s long lineage of stellar pitchers

Among Fredonia’s long list of ace starters, sort of lost in the shuffle was one of the Hillbillies’ most versatile players — Reid Tarnowski. He was a standout athlete in all of the sports he played at Fredonia, including baseball. It just didn’t have to be on the mound. “He’s a ...

Golfer’s Diary: Annual birthday round and a bonus!

This was arguably the best week of golf all year for me. I got to play not once, but twice! In years past, that would just be the norm, but as I’ve mentioned in many articles in the past few months — twins happened. My first round of the week was my annual birthday round. My wife asks ...

Voss, Burmaster among Fredonia’s long lineage of stellar pitchers

Editor’s Note: This article is the first of two parts, chronicling the recent success of Fredonia Hillbillies baseball pitchers making the leap to the college baseball scene. Look for the second part of this package in Monday’s OBSERVER. With former Fredonia starting pitcher Trey Swartz ...

Fredonia holds youth football camp

The Fredonia Hillbillies football program hosted its second annual “Fredonia Youth Football Camp” earlier this week, from Monday through Wednesday, at the Orange Bowl. The camp, for kids ages 6-13, focused on fundamental skills and featured appearances from Fredonia football players, with ...

Joe Karnes softball tourney held Saturday in Dunkirk

The 10th annual Joe Karnes Memorial softball tournament was held on Saturday, in Dunkirk. Thirteen teams played in a double elimination tournament at various different fields around Dunkirk, including Wright Park. The tournament is organized by Cindy Karnes, in honor of her father Joe Karnes, ...

Battle of the Points tournament held on Saturday

The Battle of the Points took place on Saturday. This was the 25th year that Point Breeze, Sturgeon Point and Foxes Point (Cattaraugus Creek) competed against one another in a friendly competition. Three-man teams signed up and paid an entry fee of $35 per team to compete. Each Point was ...

The Joe Karnes Memorial Softball Tournament begins today

Pictured above is a file photo of Harmon Karnes at the 2017 Joe Karnes Memorial Softball Tournament. The 10th annual Joe Karnes Memorial softball tournament takes place today, from 8 a.m. to 9 p.m. Thirteen teams will play in a double elimination tournament at various different fields around ...

The 75th annual PRCA rodeo opens Wednesday

The Gerry Fire Department’s 75 annual PRCA rodeo opens the gates for the first of four performances this Wednesday evening, July 31, at 8 p.m. and continues through Saturday, Aug. 3, with more than 220 professional cowboys and cowgirls from across the nation competing for $50,000 in prize ...

For the record

Adult Baseball Pro-Bats Yankees 10, Cassadaga Marlins 6 The Marlins (4-5) jumped out to a 6-1 lead in the first two innings, aided by some shoddy Yankee defense, but did not tally again as the Yankees (8-1) totalled 9 runs in the 4th, 5th and 6th innings for a dramatic comeback win. Dylan ...