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Boat show first sign of summer

A sign of summer's arrival, or at least the warm-water spring boating season, opens to all attending the Marine Trades Association annual Boat Show in the Buffalo Bills Healthy Zone Field House.

Beginning at 5 p.m. Wednesday and running daily until Feb. 26, the boat show features expanded dealership numbers exhibiting boats, watercraft and accessories for boaters checking out everything from the smallest paddle craft to hefty fishing and cruising rigs.

U.S. Coast Guard Auxiliary Division 3 will provide visitors boating safety info and details on auxiliary membership and volunteer efforts. Check with Dan Massing about these options.

Parking is free; admission is $5 for adults and free for kids ages 12 and younger. For details on the show, go to


Arch archers

Two area bow competitors finished in top form at the second annual Elite Archery Winter Cam Classic Archery Shoot held in Rochester on Feb. 3-5. More than 150 archers from across this and nearby states competed in six classes.

Competition included shots at 42 targets plus 10 pop-up target rounds.

Jake Palowski, 28, of East Aurora took the gold cam, first place in the Open Class; Mike Roncone, 37, of Elma, finished first to take a gold cam in the Bowhunter Class.

Both regularly compete in the WNY Winter 3-D League shoots. Palowski has regularly shot competitively since his teens; Roncone has competed for about three years.

For details on this Winter Cam shoot and possibly a posting of results in all classes, go to


Crossbow coalition

Rick McDermott has set up a Crossbow Coalition Facebook site to rally support for expanded use of the crossbow when hunting in New York State. Facebook users can sign on at

289931664402757. McDermott plans to offer other network means for this coalition.


Blind sites

Hunters can sign up for assigned hunting blinds at New York State parks during an extended Canada goose season that starts Saturday and continues to March 10.

To get registration details for state park blinds on and around Grand Island, call 773-3271; for sites in Niagara County, call 745-7273.