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Officer for DEC gets two awards

A Department of Environmental Conservation officer has been recognized twice for being outstanding in many fields -- his assigned patrol areas throughout Erie County.

The Northeast Conservation Law Enforcement Chiefs Association named Officer Mark Mazurkiewicz as recipient of its 2005 Officer of the Year Award.

The association, which includes 13 state agencies, will present the award to him during its annual conference in Virginia in April.

Mazurkiewicz also received Conservation Officer of the Year recognition during the National Wild Turkey Federation annual banquet last month in Rochester.

Capt. Gary Bobseine said Mazurkiewicz "always maintains a diverse case load, both in environmental protection and the traditional fish and wildlife enforcement arenas."

Lt. Thomas Scott pointed to Mazurkiewicz's successful prosecution of an archer who illegally took a trophy deer in 2005, one of many successful cases he has completed since he began DEC enforcement service in 1989.


State of Lake Ontario

Expert speakers from the DEC and U.S. Geological Survey will present a ninth annual State of the Lake program about Lake Ontario on Tuesday evening at the Niagara County Fairgrounds.

The meeting begins at 7:30 p.m., with topics ranging from forage fish status to cormorant management. Presenters will discuss tributary and boat creek surveys, the status of Chinook salmon and steelhead trout, pen project results, proposed angling regulations changes, hatchery and stocking issues, and answer questions.

This update, free and open to all, will be held in the Cooperative Extension Building, 4487 Lake Ave. (Route 78) in Lockport. For details, call 372-0645 or 851-7010.


Ice options

Ice looks better -- but not yet safe -- for the Ice Team Tournament on Silver Lake on Feb. 25-26. Most other lakes and bays remained iffy at midweek. Ice over deeper lake trout waters at Lake Simcoe broke up last week, but foot-plus bases around Thorah Island and in Cooks Bay hold solidly.

"Keepers average one in 10 perch, but the ratio drops to 3-to-1 in deeper water (25-foot depths) off Keswick," said Mike Barker at Keffer's Marine.


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