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Town of Niagara seniors participate in 3rd fishing derby

by yarger
Thu, Aug 23rd 2018 01:40 pm
From left, some of the prize winners at the Senior Fishing Derby - Cleon Canon, Charlotte Lachant, Lou Pastor, Bruce Herman. (All photos by David Yarger)
From left, some of the prize winners at the Senior Fishing Derby - Cleon Canon, Charlotte Lachant, Lou Pastor, Bruce Herman. (All photos by David Yarger)
By David Yarger
Tribune Editor
Thursday afternoon, seniors from the Town of Niagara visited the Veterans Memorial Community Park pond for the third annual Town of Niagara Senior Fishing Derby.
While the rules listed it as a competition, everyone attending was really in it for fun and a leisurely couple hours outside fishing.
In past years, Senior Citizens Director Joe Proietti said fish would bite like crazy. This year, attendees had a tougher time catching fish, as the winning total was only three, but everyone agreed, just being outside fishing was the highlight, regardless of fish totals.
There was a tie for first place this year between Bruce Herman and Lou Pastor, who both caught three fish.
There was also a tie for third place, with one fish caught, between Jerry Townsend, Charlotte Lachant and Cleon Canon.
Winners were given gift cards to Taylor's Tap and Grill along Niagara Falls Boulevard, as well as gift cards to Panera Bread and Tops Friendly Markets. Each participant also left with a $15 Mighty Taco credit.
Following the fishing, the group enjoyed a hot dog lunch with chips and water. Participants were also handed commemorative T-shirts.
At the end, Proietti said, "Thank you all for coming and I wish the fish were biting a little more."
For more information on anything related to the senior citizen program in the Town of Niagara, contact Proietti at 297-5243. 
Lou Pastor casts into the pond at Veterans Memorial Community Park.
Recreation Clerk Brandi Ealy takes a look at the fish she caught. 
Charlotte Lachant reels in her third-place fish. 
Pastor shows off one of his winning fish. 

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