Youth teams competed in the 2014 NYS Sporting Clays Championship at Dover Plains July 25-27 and the team Doug Thompson of Burt coached had many shooters finish in the top four from the Juniors (ages 17-21) and the Sub Juniors (ages 12-16) ranks.

Jared Atwell of Albion, a Sub Juniors entrant, finished first in the 100-Bird Preliminary, 20-Bird 20 Gauge and 50-Bird 28 Gauge. Timothy Laubacker of Lockport took first in the 200-bird Main Event. Ashley Butcher of Lockport won first in the Ladies Junior Divison and she took second place in the 50-Bird 28 Gauge competition.

Others who placed in multiple events were Joseph Nagel of Lockport with second-place wins in the Main Event and 50-Bird 28 Gauge; John Tyler of Gasport (a Sub Juniors shooter) won a fourth place in the Main Event, a second slot in the 100-Bird Preliminary and a third place in the 50-Bird 20 Gauge shoot.

Haley Bye of Lockport, a Sub Juniors entrant, took third place in the 50-Bird 28 gauge competition.

Tonawanda Creek Bus Tour

The Tonawanda Creek Watershed Committee is offering a free bus tour with stops along either the western or eastern areas of the watershed on Aug. 23.

Tours will be held from 8:30 a.m. to 1 p.m. that Saturday. Seating is limited; pre-registration is required. For details, call Kim Falbo at (585) 786-5070 (ext. 121); email:">; or visit

Tri-County Forum

SCOPE Chapters in Allegany, Cattaraugus and Chautauqua will present a “Tri-County Forum” at the Dan Carter Event Center, 2383 West Five Mile Road in Allegany, from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. on Saturday.

After a meet-and-greet, four speakers will make presentations on shooting-related issues: Gubernatorial candidate Rob Astorino, Congressman Tom Reed, Assemblyman Joe Giglio and Senator Cathy Young.

The free forum is open to all and includes free and for-purchase materials from SCOPE Chapters.