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Outdoors writers conference held at Peek’n Peak

September 22, 2016
By Gene Pauszek - , Westfield Republican

Chautauqua County and Western New York was the center of attention for an outdoor writers conference this week at Peek'n Peak.

The early part of the week was attended by the Association of Great Lakes Outdoor Writers (AGLOW). Andrew Nixon, the Director of Tourism for our beautiful county, graciously extended an invitation to myself and members of the Eastern Lake Erie Charter Association to attend the dinner on Monday evening, which included a guest appearance by Alberto Rey. Mr. Rey is well known locally as a professor of art at SUNY Fredonia. However, Rey wears many hats, including being a renowned artist that has traveled the world and has his art work on display in over 20 art galleries.

Rey led the audience down a history of his travels and showed them forms of art work that would stimulate and appeal to the outdoors-minded crowd. The addition of life-like sounds of running water in brooks and waterways that accompanied his videos and slides was aesthetically pleasing. Local youths are also aware of Rey's participation in youth fishing and conservation efforts, which are due to start in early October. Watch for details.

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Photo by Gene Pauszek
Pictured from left to right are Jim Zaleski, AGLOW President, and local fishing talent Ron Duliba Jr. displaying a nice catch from a Thursday outing on Lake Erie.

Breakout days are where our visitors get to sample what our area has to offer and those that chose to head to Lake Erie were not disappointed. Several groups left out of Chadwick Bay Marina, in Dunkirk, and several went out of the Cattaraugus Creek area. All boats reported success.

While covering the home scene, I noted that the groups were greeted with coffee and donuts compliments of Gina from the local Tim Hortons. The groups then shipped out with Captains Lance Ehrhardt, Peter Begier, Dan Korzenski, Roger Corlett and Ron Duliba Jr., while Captains Jim Tunney and Jim Steel lead the "Cat Crews." Some of the visitors were Steve Geertsen, the President of, John Stone of Two Way Fillet fish cleaning systems, Sean Warner NA Marketing and Promo's, Ed Cheeney of, Bob Holshei of Wilderness Outpost Books, and Jim Zaleski the President of AGLOW.

Zaleski resides in southeast Kansas, but hails from the Lake Michigan region and was glad to get back to our style of fishing. Zaleski is into competitive bass fishing, but enjoyed hooking up with resident walleye, steelhead and, of course, silver bass compliments of Duliba Jr.

The stay was too short, as all the anglers had to head back to Peek'n Peak, but the memories and positive output from the trip will linger long. Safe Travels AGLOW and hurry back!


Are you wondering what the future holds for Lake Erie? Sea Grant Specialist Helen Domske will present a program titled: Yesterday Today and Tomorrow at Lake Erie Seaway Trail on Wednesday, Sept. 21, at 7 p.m. Doors open at 6:30 p.m. and the location is 4986 Lake Shore Road in Hamburg. Admission is free. You can also visit the Lake Erie Seaway Trail Center on Facebook, or by email at

Jack Green announced the free Monday night fly tying classes will resume at the Northern Chautauqua Conservation Club, located at the foot of Mullet Street, in Dunkirk. All materials, including tying vises, will be provided free. The course is from 6-8 p.m. Signup or registration is not necessary. Students get to keep their flies, too. Bring a friend. Scout leaders are encouraged to stop by and bring their charges. This course is geared for pre-teens and those older, and is connected with Kids on the Fly. Instructors will be on hand to guide novice and veteran fly tyers.

The Bear Lake Rod & Gun Club will host the 200-yard Tim Abbey Memorial Gun Shoot and spaghetti dinner today. Registration for archery events is from 8 a.m. until 1 p.m. Gun shoot registration is from 10 a.m. until 2 p.m. For more information, contact Rob Becker at 485-3773.

There will be a pistol course on Sunday, Sept. 25 from 2:30-7:30 p.m. at the Northern Chautauqua Conservation Club. There is a $75 fee for this course. To register or for more information, contact Gary Dudek at 366-3397.

The Westfield Fish & Game Club will be hosting turkey shoots at its facility, located on Ogden Road in Westfield on Oct. 30, and again on Nov. 6 . Start times for both events is noon. All are welcome and bring the kids.

Larry Spicer will be running numerous gun shows around the area. The first is on Oct. 15 and Oct. 16 at the Fireman's Club Banquet Hall, located at 501 Denver Street, in Jamestown, Pa. Next is at the Hickory Post VFW at 5550 East State Street, at US Route 62, East off Pa. Route 18, West of Mercer on 62 on Nov. 19 and 20 .

The December show is at the Harbor Creek Fire Dept. Social Hall, located at 7275 Buffalo Road, US Route 20 between North East, Pennsylvania and Harbor Creek, Pennsylvania on Dec. 17-18. Hours are from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. Saturdays and 9 a.m. until 3 p.m. on Sundays. Call 792-9972 or go to for more information.

If your club or organization is holding a hunter safety training/trapping course or a turkey shoot or other outdoors event and would like to see it posted in the calendar, send information to the OBSERVER, 10-12 East Second Street, Dunkirk, N.Y. 14048 or call the Sports Dept. at 366-3000 ext. 5 after 6 p.m.



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