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Janice Bartela immediately had her suspicions. She was walking along an all-but-deserted Cedar Beach in Dunkirk on a Friday morning, in the shadow of the shuttered hulk of the old NRG power plant, when she saw a solitary man with a shovel and a bunch of pails, digging deep into the beach. “I got irked,” said Bartela, who was there with her brother-in-law, James Watkins.…

Outdoors

Three fishing derbies for you to choose from are scheduled for Lake Ontario this weekend. Or compete in all three for the best chance at some big bucks. Lake Erie continues to roll along as the spot for walleye. Lake Erie Larger schools of fish appear to be heading west, but fish are still available all along the lake. Off Dunkirk, Capt. Lance Ehrhardt of Sassafras Ch…

Environment

Crews are planning to start removal of the Lake Erie ice boom on Monday, the International Joint Commission said late last week. Based on the amount of ice remaining on the eastern end of Lake Erie and the weather forecast, the New York Power Authority was preparing for the work, the IJC said in a news release. The work by the Power Authority to pull out the 8,800-fo…

Outdoors

After yet another round of high winds, soft-water anglers hope that spring is here and that the ice will start to dissipate in the lakes and streams. Hard-water diehards hope the ice will hang on as long as possible. Whatever your preference, though, stay safe out there. Friday is the final day for walleye, Northern pike, pickerel and inland tiger musky seasons, as well as…

Outdoors

With the help of feedback from a Lake Ontario Fisheries Management Focus Group, five Great Lakes fisheries proposals are up for public discussion with the hope of making changes by April 1, 2020. The group consisted of four delegates from each DEC Region along the lake. Some of the most intense discussions involved rainbow trout/steelhead in Lake Ontario and its trib…

Local News

Two men lost their lives Sunday on local waterways in incidents that involved personal watercraft, according to local police. A 51-year-old Lackawanna man was presumed drowned after he was knocked off the craft – colloquially known as Jet Skis – and into the path of a 45-foot cabin cruiser off Niawanda Park, while a 50-year-old German national, who apparently was out on…

Outdoors

Get ready for back-to-back big events on Lake Erie starting with the Sunset Bay Shootout on Friday and Saturday followed by the Costsa FLW Series event July 26-28. On Lake Ontario, the Lake Ontario Trout and Salmon Association will be holding its club tournaments Friday and Saturday, and the Wilson Bicentennial tournament is Sunday. The Lake Ontario Counties (LOC) Derby co…

Business

Memorial Day in the Southtowns wouldn't be the same without Mickey Rats on the beach. So take heart, Western New York: the popular lakefront bar is coming back. The beach, patio and "a good portion of the existing bar" in Evans will open once again this summer for business and fun-in-the-sun revelry, said William Paladino, CEO of Ellicott Development Co., which purch…

Business

The owner of Try-It Distributing Co. wants to convert a longtime former summer camp in Evans into a new residential community – the latest example of housing growth along Lake Erie and transformation of historic camp properties. Eugene Vukelic and his family are planning to put up single-family houses along the beach, with tiered town houses nearby offering views of the…

Columns

Every day, every season, can be different on Lake Erie. The coldest winter in years has tightened the opportunities for David Sandford to do what brings him every year to the shore, and he was grateful for what he saw on Dec. 6, when the lake is often at its wildest. Lake Erie, pitching and violent, seemed alive. Sandford moved in and out of the water at Port Stanley, O…

Local News

The great structure is almost unimaginable for its size, stretching for a distance of not quite 2 miles at a height of 42 feet, with a width that extends at its base to 150 feet. It is a vast wall of stone, impossible to see in its entirety, its function and history intertwined with the absolute DNA of why Buffalo exists. While much of it is invisible, it is the ultimat…

Sports

A Sportsman's Tale / From Richard Snyder Todd Aikin and myself launched out of Hamburg early Tuesday afternoon to mess around for a few hours. We were trolling for walleye but catching a bunch of nice smallmouth bass, having a good time, when the next hit came on a blue and silver renosky by Seneca Shoal. It reeled in like a log until Todd got it close to the boat, t…

Sports

How good is the salmon fishing out of this end of Lake Ontario? The current  leader of the Summer Lake Ontario Counties Trout and Salmon Derby is a 27-pound Wilson fish caught by Lee Beaton of Clifton Springs. And the icing on the cake to accentuate the fishing was the Monroe County Offshore Classic. The Dirty Goose team led by Capt. Casey Prisco of Matamoras, Pa.,made a 1…

Sports

The popular pastime of fishing is enjoyed by millions and millions of people across the country; millions and millions more around the world. It’s an art form, a communications tool and a recreational outdoor activity all rolled up into one. It’s also a perfect mechanism for people to connect. Last week, an inaugural event took place in Dunkirk that combined Western New Yo…