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American Water Spaniel Field Association, Inc.
8th Annual Western New York Training Weekend
Saturday August 26th and Sunday August 27th, 2006
@ The Tonawanda Wildlife Management Area
Near Alabama, New York
The AWSFA will be holding it’s 8th Annual Western New York Training Weekend on August 26th and 27th at the Tonawanda Wildlife Management Area near Alabama, New York. The WMA is loaded with diked marshes and ponds as well as open and grassy cover areas that are perfect to train our dogs in water and fieldwork.
We will be introducing pups and dogs to birds, work on things such as quartering, flushing, marking and retrieving on land and water, handling, steadying and any other topics which you and your dog may need help on. Remember, this is not a formal training seminar but a chance to get out and train with other dogs and their owners, hopefully learn something new and have a good time doing so. We will continue with our field and water training on Sunday. Non AWSFA members and non-AWS breeds are always welcome to train with us.
We will begin both days at 8 AM, rain or shine, with field work and then break for lunch. We will then continue on into the afternoon with some water work. We usually wrap things up by 5PM on Saturday and a little earlier on Sunday. Please bring your own bag lunch both days. The Wansha Family will provide snacks and soft drinks for participants on both days. If there is interest, we could get together at a local restaurant on Saturday evening for a casual dinner.
Pigeons will be used for training and they will be $2.50 each for members and $3.50 each for non-members. Beginning May 1, 2006, all non-members must pay a daily training fee of $15. Please contact me by Monday, August 21st and tell me how many birds you would like reserved for your use for the weekend and how many people & dogs will attend so that I can get enough birds and drinks/snacks for everyone. Send payment payable to AWSFA to:
Nick Wansha, 90 Kearney Dr., Rochester, NY 14617 (585)-482-4594 email: firstname.lastname@example.org
What to bring? One item of Blaze Orange (hat, shirt or vest) is required for fieldwork. Your dog(s). Food and plenty of water for your dog, retrieving dummy's, whistles, dog leads, crate, boots (waders or hip boots could be handy), first aid kit for dog, wet ones for hand cleaning, sunscreen and hat, insect repellent, something to sit on, raingear, lunch, snacks, drinks and anything else which you may think of and I probably forgot.
Directions to the AWSFA WNY Training Weekend @ The Tonawanda WMA, Alabama, NY
From the West: (Buffalo & points north/south of Buffalo)
Get on NYS Thruway at Exit 50 (I-90 EAST) (TO ALBANY), proceed East and get off at Exit 48A (PEMBROKE), pay your toll and continue below*
From the East: (Batavia/Rochester/Syracuse/Albany)
Get on NYS Thruway (I-90 WEST), proceed West and get off at Exit 48A (PEMBROKE), pay your toll and continue below*
ACCOMMODATIONS FOR OUR OUT OF TOWN PARTICIPANTS AND THEIR LITTLE BROWN COMPANIONS
Days Inn Batavia - (Batavia NYS Thruway Exit 48) Pets allowed
200 Oak Street, Batavia, NY 14020 (585) 343-6000 ~$75.95 – $89.00 + tax/night pool
www.daysinn.comseveral restaurants scattered in Batavia
Microtel Inn – Lancaster/Williamsville - (Lancaster NYS Thruway Exit 49) Pets Allowed
Take I-90 (NYS Thruway) Exit 49, SR 78 North, just north of the Thruway, east on Frontage Rd.)
50 Freeman Rd., Williamsville, NY 14221 (716) 633-6200 ~$69.95 + tax/night
www.microtelinn.comSingle queen beds only, Several restaurants close by
Red Roof Inn – Buffalo Airport (Lancaster NYS Thruway Exit 49) Pets Allowed
Take I-90 (NYS Thruway) Exit 49, make a left at Thruway Exit, travel SR 78N a bit, just on right side
146 Maple Drive, Bowmansville, NY 14026 (716) 663-1100 ~ $78.89 – $89.99 + tax/night www.redroof.comSeveral restaurants close by
- (NYS Thruway Exit 48A - Route 77S) No pets in room
11180 Alexander Rd, Attica, NY 14011 (716) 591-0407 Nothing real fancy here. $50.00 single bed -$60.00 two beds + tax/night.
Ask for the owner - Nick, he will give you a slight discount for a 2-night stay. www.atticanmotel.com
If you wish to "rough it", the following campsite is located nearby
Sleepy Hallow Lake Campground
13800 Siehl Rd., Akron, NY 14001 (716)-542-4336 1-866-542-4336
Please note that camping trailers and tents are not allowed overnight on the WMA.
Map Of Tonawanda Wildlife Management Area
If you follow the directions exactly from NYS Thruway Exit 48A, you will eventually get to the intersection of Owen Rd.& Meadville Rd. (designated by the ) within the WMA. At that point, follow the “AWSFA” signs to the training grounds. The training grounds for the morning field sessions will either be on Owen Rd. or further down Meadville Rd. Each day, the location of the afternoon water session will be determined when we break for lunch. Please make sure that your dog is on a leash or under control when near any roads.