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News on perch and walleye populations at the eastern end of Lake Erie is expected to break a long trend. This year, it should be positive.

You can find out how good it is at the State of Dunkirk Harbor and Lake Erie Informational Program from 7 to 9 p.m. Thursday at the Northern Chautauqua Conservation Club on Mullet Street in Dunkirk.

Bill Culligan will provide the update at this New York Sea Grant Extension program.

Culligan, unit leader at the Department of Environmental Conservation Lake Erie Unit at Dunkirk, and Don Einhouse, senior aquatic biologist at the unit, have been the bearers of bad news about those populations for a decade.

Dr. Ted Lee will discuss botulism. Mike Goehle, with the U.S. Fish & Wildlife Service, will preview new invasive species that could be arriving soon in area waters. Gene Pausek, Dunkirk Observer outdoors writer, will let anglers know what spots are currently hot. Kurt Warmbrodt, Dunkirk High science teacher, will describe an aquatic grass planting project he has coordinated along Erie's beach areas.

For more details and directions, call Helen Domske at the Sea Grant Extension, 645-3610.

Voting venues

Every vote counts was the message delivered during SCOPE's "Meet the Candidates Night." SCOPE (Shooters Committee on Political Education) supports freedoms granted under the Second Amendment. To that end, SCOPE seeks candidates who protect and extend gun owners and users' rights, offering a rating system on the voting records of local and statewide incumbent legislators. To check on these ratings, go to:

Green winger

Craig Cipolla is far from green at waterfowl hunting. The 15-year-old from Kenmore enjoyed a day of duck and goose hunting with uncle Frank J. Bermel Jr. of Alden during Greenwing Day at Tonawanda Wildlife Refuge.

Cipolla, with three years of hunting experience, became awed with the numbers of incoming ducks at sunrise on Sunday of the Oct. 9-10 weekend set aside for youths to go waterfowl hunting statewide.

Geese did not show that day, but Craig bagged a limit of four mallards and two greenwing teals. Uncle Frank wrote, "It was a great day to be in the swamps, helping a young hunter enjoy the outdoors."

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