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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:   nwansha@frontiernet.net  

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.

Gunners: I have a couple lined up for the weekend, but if you are a NYS resident with a valid 2006-2007 NY small game hunting license & wish to help gun, please contact me.  Per our safety regulations only break open (preferred) and/or pump shotguns can be used in the field during our events. 

We look forward to seeing you and your dog at the AWSFA WNY Training Weekend!

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*

·       *After the toll booths, there is a traffic light, make a LEFT onto SR 77.  Travel on SR 77 for about 6.5 miles into the town of Alabama until you come to a flashing red light at an intersection (this intersection has the "Alabama Hotel" on the far right corner and a grocery store on the right hand corner). 

·       Make a LEFT hand turn at the flashing light and continue on SR 77 (aka Lewiston Rd) and proceed about 4 miles passing the "Welcome To”  Tonawanda WMA sign on your left and the Iroquois NWR sign on your right as well as the Iroquois NWR Cayuga Pool Overlook on your right in the process.

·       Shortly after the Overlook area, there will be an intersection (MEADVILLE RD / SALT WORKS RD) make a LEFT onto MEADVILLE RD. 

·       Travel straight down Meadville Rd about 1.3 miles to the point where OWEN ROAD is on your right.  From this point on, follow the “AWSFA” signs to the field grounds (you will either continue straight down Meadville Road or make a right onto Owen Road). A site for afternoon water work will be determined on Saturday morning.  



For our out of town members and guests: The area is very busy in the summer with a Six Flags amusement park in the general vicinity of the WMA and the lodging can sometimes fill up quickly and can become expensive.  I have some listed a few, but there are others. You can search the www.travelocity.com, www.orbitz.com, or www.aaa.com and see if there are any bargains in the Corfu, Lancaster, Batavia, or Buffalo, NY areas. Some suggestions listed below (based on double occupancy):

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.com  several 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.com       Single 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.com           Several restaurants close by


Attican Motel - (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.