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Wirth always stuck to her guns

After the March 11 death of Assemblywoman Sandra Lee Wirth, media sources cited her many accomplishments as a Realtor and a New York State Assembly representative from West Seneca. She was also a supporter of gun ownership, hunting and all other Second Amendment rights.

"She always gave a positive vote, 100 percent in the corner for those who support a right to keep and bear arms," said Harold "Budd" Schroeder, noted SCOPE and NRA officer.

She held a pistol-carry permit throughout her legislative tenure. She supported all recreational and competitive shooting programs.

"Sandra Lee received a SCOPE Women's award in 2001 and a much deserved Defender of Freedom Award in 2004," said MaryJo Picone, SCOPE awards chairwoman.

When in her home office or at her legislative office in Albany, she always had time to welcome and talk with all interested in hunting, shooting and gun-owner issues.

The SCOPE 41st Annual Awards Banquet in Rochester on Oct. 14 will be dedicated to her memory.

Wirth will be missed by all outdoors people she loved and served.

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Iroquois accesses

Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge in Alabama will provide sunrise to sunset open access to nesting areas at Onondaga Trail, Kanyoo Trail, the Feeder Trail and four overlooks.

After an official ribbon cutting, Swallow Hollow Nature Trail will reopen April 15; this popular boardwalk trail had been closed for complete renovation. Fishing will be limited to Oak Orchard Creek and Ringneck Marsh. For details, call (585) 948-5445 or go to: http://iroquoisnwr.fws.gov.

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Setting seasons

The DEC seeks hunter input on setting waterfowl season dates for this fall. Suggestions for allotted open hunting dates can be forwarded to Western Zone Task Force members: John Armitage, LeRoy, (585) 721-8386; Don Bronson, Niagara Frontier, 778-5914; Jim Farrell, Portland, 792-9041; or Ken Zolnowski, Cheektowaga, 836-2239.

e-mail: wille@pce.net

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