Derby raises money for lake fisheries

COLCHESTER More than 60 elected and appointed officials and benefactors gathered on the banks of the Winooski River to vie against each other for the prized, inaugural LCI Governors Cup. The LCI Governors Cup marked the kickoff of Lake Champlain International, Inc.s latest effort, the Champlain Fisheries Recovery Initiative (CFRI). CFRI is a partnership with Vermonts Department of Fish and Wildlife to accelerate the restoration of species such as salmon, walleye, muskie, lake trout, sturgeon and eel. Benefactors contributed $3,000 at the event, and Lake Champlain International, Inc. matched that with another $3,000 for a total of $6,000 for mentoring and Champlain conservation efforts. The results of the derby were as follows: 1st Place: Team Outdoors Magazine 2nd Place: Team Lanzetta 3rd Place: Team Agency of Natural Resources 4th Place: Team Agency of Agriculture 5th Place: Team HowardCenter Private benefactors included Shawn Bartlett of Jericho, Jay Villanti of Williston, Billy Lanzetta of Colchester, and State Auditor Tom Salmon. Organizations contributing included Jolley Convenience Stores, Trout Unlimited Lake Champlain Chapter, HowardCenter and Outdoors Magazine. The governors team of youngsters, the Ambassadors of Angling, consisted of Jordan Ayer, age 6; Kianna Ayer, age 6; Emma Cosgrove, age 9; Maggie Cosgrove, age 5; and Joseph Pallas, age 11.

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