More students receive recognition for essays

This column has been proud to list and post a number of winners of an essay contest that was sponsored across the county for grade schools that were willing to participate. I am now able to present the winners of the grand prize, but first another announcement.

The Northern Chautauqua Conservation Club has been a sponsor for a number of events throughout the community including the Kids Essay contest, Take-A-Kid-Fishing (which is next Saturday), fishing pole give-aways at the Chautauqua County Fair and the Great Lakes Experience, which is June 21 at Memorial Park. The GLE is a FREE event from noon until 5 p.m. with fishing in the park starting at 8 a.m.

In addition, the Northern Chautauqua Conservation Club has been giving out college scholarships for local high school students. At the annual meeting in February, the Con Club membership voted to give away two $1,000 scholarships.

The scholarship committee went through the application process and after sifting through a number of applications they are proud to announce the winners of this year’s event. Preslie Johnson, a Cassadaga Valley student, was the successful applicant as well as Alison Coughlin of Fredonia High School. Congratulations and may you succeed and excel in your future endeavors.

The Chautauqua County Sports Fishery Advisory Board was on hand Wednesday at the County Legislature meeting in Mayville to help present one of the grand prize winners of this year’s essay contest. Christian Mead, a fourth grade student of Mr. Cybulski at Fredonia Elementary, school won a four-hour fishing trip with County Executive Vince Horrigan on Chautauqua Lake as well as a fishing pole kit. Christian’s essay was titled “Fishing With Angels” and was read before the entire legislature.

Christian, following the format of the essay contest, explained that he would like to go fishing and the person he wished he could go with was his great grandfather who passed away. After reading the essay, Christian received a standing ovation from the assembly. The other grand prize winner was Erin Manning from Panama Central School. Erin was unable to attend the Wednesday event.

Note that 33 students from Fredonia Elementary school participated with four pole winners and one grand prize winner.

This week’s visit will include H.C. Fenner Elementary school and Northern Chautauqua Catholic School.

The weather is supposed to be good today, so I thought I’d mention that walleye have started hitting during the daytime in 70 feet of water, west by the water tower. Stick baits were the preferred bait. Incidental catches of walleye were also reported by bass fishermen presenting jigs in 30 feet of water. Yellow perch catching has also picked up locally in water depths of 48 to 57 feet. Use your sonar to locate the fish.


Application forms for the Northern Chautauqua Conservation Club’s Take-A-Kid Fishing day on June 7 are available now at the club. We urge you to sign up asap so you will have a T -shirt reserved and in your size.

The Con Club Ladies Auxiliary is also hosting a chicken barbecue today at the Northern Chautauqua Conservation Club from 1 to 3 p.m. Tickets are available at the club.

The Lakeshore Longbeards, our local chapter of the National Wild Turkey Federation, will be having a meeting on Tuesday, June 10 at Liberty Vineyards, located on Route 20, in Sheridan. Agenda will focus on the upcoming youth day event: JAKES Day. The meeting starts at 7 p.m. and is open to the public.

The ninth annual Canadaway Creek Conservation Project is scheduled for Saturday, June. Activities schedule will be: 11:30 a.m.: Meet at the pavilion behind the Fredonia Fire Hall to sign-up, distribute maps of Canadaway Creek and have a cook out. 12:30 p.m.: There will be an educational presentation about Canadaway Creek. 1 p.m.: Select teams and move to designated sections on maps and begin to clean-up, remove invasive species or plant dogwood whips (trees). 3-3:30 p.m.: return to the pavilion for celebratory group get together and cake.

Note participants are encouraged to bring felt bottom boots (if available) or other shoes that can be used for wet wading. Children must be accompanied by an adult.

Point Blank Outdoors, a group of local outdoorsmen, will be filming the entire Sunset Bay Walleye Shootout in July this year. This event will host a compliment of 65 teams with a waiting list. The event is unique, too, in that they offer a 100-percent payout. More information later.

Gene Pauszek is an OBSERVER outdoors columnist. Send comments to

The Bear Lake Rod & Gun Club will host 3-D archery shoots on , July 13, Aug. 24 and Sept. 14. They will also host a 200-yard gun shoot June 8 and Sept. 21. New members are welcome and the club’s monthly meetings are on the first Sunday of the month at 4 p.m. They start the meeting off with a hot meal, so come hungry.

Southtown Walleye’s annual walleye tournament is June 7-14. You must be a member and there is a $35 entry per contestant. Note that there will be numerous prize giveaways at the monthly meeting on Thursday, June 5 for members entered in the Walleye tournament. Be sure to bring your tournament form or sign up at the June 5 meeting, which will start at 7:30 p.m.

The Cassadaga Lakes Association will be holding their 21st annual Lew Mead Youth Fishing Tournament on Saturday, June 28, at the DEC boat launch on Dale Drive, Cassadaga from 7 until 11:30 a.m. The contest is free and open to youths 16 years of age and under. Sign up at the site before fishing. More information will be printed at a later date.

The Chautauqua County Sports Fishing Advisory Board has finished reading and judging over 400 essays written by Chautauqua County youngsters. Various CCSFAB members and our County Executive, Vince Horrigan, will be visiting local schools and handing out awards and certificates in the near future.

If your club is hosting a shooting event or training course (turkey shoot, etc.), drop a line and I will be glad to place an announcement in the calendar. I also am available to take photos and hear your success stories by calling 366-1772 or 467-2079.