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"The Northern Chautauqua Rifle and Pistol Club was started by a group of like-minded sportsmen returning from World War II. the home of the first range was located in what is now the Pucci Building in downtown Fredonia. At one time, the Pucci Building was home to a seed company and prior to that housed the juice factory that marketed 'GrapeOla.'

" 'YAWADANAC' was the original name of the shooting club that used the range in the basement of the building. This name derived from the Indian name Canadaway but was spelled backwards. Thankfully, both the name and its pronunciation was dropped.

"On learning that they should be forced out of the basement range, the members (George Privateer, Vernet Robson, Wait Noble, Bob Woods and Chuck Petersen and many others were in the group) decided that they needed their own permanent architecture structure. So was born the facility at the current site of Liberty and Porter Avenue in the village of Fredonia.

"The club was erected by the members with the donation of materials by the local industries like Niagara Mohawk and Allegheny Ludlum.

"In addition to a partitioned lounge and meeting area, with restrooms and kitchen, the Club boasts a divided ten point firing range. The only one of its kind in this part of the county, the range featured turning target capabilities, at distances up to 50 feet. The backstop is capable of handling sustained bullet strikes of both rim fire and mid range center fire handgun ammunition. The entire facility is lighted, heated, and ventilated for comfortable, year round activity.

"Through the years, the club has hosted diverse events and contests attended by police agencies, scout organizations, marksmanship, permit and hunter safety classes and people who just enjoy shooting sports...

"Safety is paramount to all activities. Instructions in marksmanship and safe gun handling are available to novice as well as seasoned shooters."

--Dunkirk Observer March 10, 2004