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Teen classes for rifle, pistol set for February

Following a successful Ladies Shooting Academy, the award-winning Teen Shooting Academy has set up three classes starting in February.

Youths ages 12-20 can sign up for an eight-class Rifle Session that begins Feb. 21 at Mohawk Rifle and Pistol Club on Sheridan Drive in Tonawanda. Rifle classes will be held 6:30-9 p.m. on the first and third Monday of each month for a total of eight classes.

Youths ages 14-20 can attend a Handgun Class beginning Feb. 28 at the Mohawk Club. Eight classes will be held 6:30-9 p.m. on the second and fourth Monday of each month. A $30 fee covers all shooting and class-material costs.

Teens can register for a Shotgun Class, with eight sessions starting Feb. 21. A $50 fee includes shells, targets, class texts, eye and ear protection, use of firearms, and gun-cleaning gear.

Bob Church, academy coordinator, has set a registration deadline of Feb. 14 for all classes. For more information on the academy and for registration details, call Church at 592-7211 or go to teenshootingacademy.com.

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>Trilobite night

Wednesday evening, former Western New Yorker and paleontological expert Joe "PaleoJoe" Kochdl of Midland, Mich., will share tales of trilobites and other mysterious creatures that inhabited once-tropical area waters.

PaleoJoe travels the country in search of trilobite remains. He offers talks on the life and extinction of these arthropods that existed until about 250 million years ago.

His presentation, the first of a Penn Dixie 2011 Lecture Series, will begin at 7 p.m. in the auditorium of the Gateway Executive Office, 3556 Lake Shore Road (Route 5) in Blasdell, next to Woodlawn Beach State Park. The lecture will include trilobite-related specimens that can be viewed and discussed before and after the talk.

PaleoJoe will be a featured guest of Linda Pellegrino at 10 a.m. Wednesday during the AM Buffalo Show (WKBW TV, Channel 7).

For details on the Wednesday evening talk, call 627-4560 or go to penndixie.org.

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>Ice contest

Ice anglers can sign up for a four-category contest at Wilson Harbor on Feb. 5.

The Wilson-Tuscarora/Wilson Harbor Ice Fishing Contest begins at sunrise and ends at noon in all iced areas of Wilson Harbor waters. Prizes (based on 100-percent payback) go to the top three entries in the trout, pike, perch and any panfish categories. Fish length determines winners.

Anglers can enter only one fish species for a winning prize. An awards picnic will be held noon to 2 p.m. after the contest ends. A $10 entry fee includes the picnic. Children under age 12 fish for free with an adult. For details, call Feather & Fur Bait Shop in Wilson (425-3018) or go to niagaraoutdoors.com.

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>Refuge friends

Friends of Iroquois National Wildlife Refuge (FINWR) are lining up programs and projects for 2011, including a "Bringing Kids to Nature" effort this year.

FINWR, a registered, not-for-profit organization, is seeking volunteers and donations to further programs and complete projects at the nearly 11,000 acres of wetlands in Basom. About 40,000 hunters, anglers, hikers, bird watchers, and students at all learning levels visit the refuge each year.

For details on FINWR programs, the dozen projects completed in past years, and membership information, go to friendsofiroquoisnwr.org or call (585) 948-5445.

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