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Basseye catching on ?this week?

The Cystic Fibrosis Foundation's (CFF) 11th Annual Greater Niagara BassEye begins with a dinner and auction at Rich's Renaissance Atrium Thursday evening and competition Friday.

During the past 10 contests, the competitions to catch bass and walleye took place shortly after the Fourth of July weekend. Events scheduling moved the BassEye ahead to the last weekend in June this year; however, early warming and bait movements put fishing-catching prospects on par with early to mid July.

Each year the slate of celebrities includes Bills, Sabres, and entertainment notables who enjoy both the fishing and CFF fundraising. Fish caught during the BassEye are recorded and released; winning points are based on the collective count of individuals on each team who successfully catch both species.

For last minute details on the dinner, auction and competition, check with Gia Coone at the CFF office at 204-2535, or go to basseye.com.

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Healing waters picnic

The Canandaigua Lake Chapter of Trout Unlimited will hold its Third Annual Project Healing Waters (PHW) Picnic on Tuesday at the Powder Mill Fish Hatchery at 115 Park Road southeast of Rochester.

Veterans from the medical center will be joined with vets in the Warrior Salute Program in Webster for this fun event that goes from 10 a.m. to about 1:30 p.m.

Event coordinator Brian Pitre welcomes veterans to the PHW program and seeks volunteer assistance for TU projects. Contact Pitre via email at brian at projecthealingwaters.org.

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Major merger

Two big names in fishing tackle manufacturing have joined forces. Plano, best know for its tackle boxes and storage systems, and Frabill, a name synonymous with landing nets and live-bait storage, will now be produced by the same company.

Officials at both companies look to expand product lines with a variety of handy tackle items. For more details on this merger, go to frabill.com and planomolding.com.

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Guns up, crime down

The expansion of legalized conceal-carry permits nationally has led to another instance of proof that owning firearms reduces crime.

Pro-gun factions such as National Rifle Association (NRA) and National Shooting Sports Foundation (NSSF) point to FBI statistics released last week that show a 4 percent decrease in violent crimes in 2011, a trend that has occurred in recent years.

Andrew Arulanandam, with the NRA, cites an increase in states granting conceal-carry programs during the past 25 years. Currently, 41 states allow either carrying or "shall allow" laws, which law-abiding citizens can easily obtain.

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Goodbye, Jerry

Family and fishing friends said goodbye with fond memories of Gerald "Jerry" Garasz, 66, of Lancaster during a Monday evening memorial at Wood Funeral Home in East Aurora.

Garasz fishedin every popular waterway around Western New York and southern Ontario. Never a contest winner, he enjoyed the bounty and beauty of being on the water with family and friends.

His love of fishing, congenial manner, and trolling tips will be missed.?

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