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Fishing clinic hooks kids

Access and opportunity are catchy problems when it comes to going fishing, especially as a means to interest young folk in the enjoyment of angling.

Combined efforts of Department of Environmental Conservation personnel and Erie County Federation of Sportsmen's Clubs volunteers offer parents and caregivers a means to both gain good access and take advantage of free assistance while sharing time of fishing waters around Lake Kirsty at Tifft Nature Preserve on Saturday.

Helpful DEC and ECFSC folk will be set up by 9 a.m. to have kids learn about popular area fish species, setting up tackle items before fishing, and the pure pleasure of catching (or at least trying to catch) a fish or a few.

Kids and accompanying adults can enjoy a free hot dog lunch and numerous prizes for both drawings and catches.

To register a child for this event, call Michael Todd at DEC Region 9 headquarters (851-7010).

ECFSC will hold an additional Youth Fishing Clinic at Chestnut Ridge Park in Orchard Park, June 23, during the statewide free fishing weekend. To register a youth through the East Aurora Boys and Girls Club, call 652-4180.


Officer honored

The National Wild Turkey Federation announced Environmental Conservation Officer Darci Dougherty has been selected as the "2011 New York Officer of the Year."

Dougherty has served on the Off-Road Enforcement Team, maintaining and operating DEC boats, ATVs, snowmobiles, and watercraft. She has taught hunter education classes and served in three regions as an officer, currently working in Region 9.

She was cited as the first female ECO assigned to Region 9 and the only female Non-Sector ECO across the state. She currently lives in Erie County.


Lady shooters

Women gunners at all skill levels can take aim at ranges set up around Vernon National Shooting Preserve for a "Shotguns & Sheila's" ladies-only event.

The preserve, at 3291 Burns Road in Vernon Center, Niagara Country, will be set up from 6 to 10 p.m., July 13, and 8 a.m. until finished July 14 for accomplished and newbie women shooters. For directions and details, check with Tom Fiumarello at (845) 625-3151.