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Niagara's Conservation Federation announces award winners

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Mon, Mar 20th 2017 03:40 pm

The Niagara County Federation of Conservation Clubs announced its 2016 memorial award winners:

  • Leroy Winn Award (Club of the Year) - Niagara Musky Association
  • Oliver Jones Award (Sportsperson of the Year) - Charlie Porter, Three-F Club, Lewiston
  • Carl Lass Award (Youth Person or Program) - Three-F Junior Club
  • Milford "Pinky" Robinson Award (Great Lakes Fisheries) - Mike Johannes with the Wilson Conservation Club
  • James Reed/Donald Meyer Award (Firearms Hunter Safety) - Richard Beutel, North Forest Rod and Gun
  • Steve Fountain/Archie Lowery Award (Archery Hunter Safety) - Ed Wartko of Tonawanda
  • Ken Berner Award (Person or Family Dedicated to Conservation) - Beverly Eiler, Wilson Conservation Auxiliary
  • John Daly Award (Legislator of the Year) - New York State Sen. Rob Ortt of North Tonawanda
  • Victor Fitchlee Award (Lifetime Achievement) - DEC ECO Roger Thompson
  • John Long Sr. Award (Business of the Year) - The Boat Doctors, Olcott
  • President's Award (from Dave Kern) - Robert Spencer, Hartland Conservation Club
  • Don Bronson Memorial Wall of Fame - The late Ken Sprenger of North Tonawanda, former outdoor writer and federation past president

Unlike other federations, Niagara County names its winners before the annual banquet to encourage more people to attend.

The awards dinner is set for April 8 at Terry's Corners Volunteer Fire Co., 7801 Chestnut Ridge Road, Gasport. Doors open at 5:30 p.m. RSVP by March 31 by contacting Dave Whitt at 716-754-2133. Tickets are $35 for each adult, and $30 for each youth. Seating is limited.

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