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Chambersburg Noontime Lions Crown Winners at Annual Trout Derby, Benefiting Local Communities and Organizations

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The much-anticipated Trout Derby, sponsored by the Chambersburg Noontime Lions, brought together anglers from across the region this past weekend. The event was not only a fierce competition but also a major fundraiser, benefiting an array of local community organizations and projects. There were 805 registered fishermen and women and a total of 625 tagged trout that carried a total value of $35,000.

Kyle Hower of Harrisburg, PA, was declared the victor, winning first place in the Big Trout category. Hower’s triumph was closely followed by Mike Wherley of Fayetteville, PA, who secured the second spot, and Raymond Baer from Carlisle, PA, who landed the third place finish.

While the Big Trout category generated excitement among the crowds, there were some large cash prize winners as well. Lonnie Leggett from Boonesboro, MD, walked away with a cash prize of $2,500, while Matthew Webb of Cairnbrook, PA, bagged $1,000.

The Trout Derby, beyond the thrill of the competition, plays a pivotal role in community service and development. The funds generated by the event will offer vision exams and eyeglasses to Chambersburg residents who require financial support for these services, reflecting the Lions Club’s commitment to bettering local lives.

Moreover, these funds will support Lions Club International, State, and Local Projects, including Beacon Lodge, the Leader Dog Foundation, Research in Vision, Hearing, Diabetes, and Disaster Relief. They will also sponsor college scholarships for graduating seniors at Chambersburg Area Senior High School (CASHS) and fund the CASHS Boys Basketball Banquet.

Additionally, a myriad of local organizations will benefit from the event’s proceeds, showcasing the Chambersburg Noontime Lions’ unwavering commitment to the local community. These organizations include the American Cancer Society, Chambersburg Council for the Arts, Coyle Free Library, Downtown Chambersburg, Inc., ARC of Franklin & Fulton County, and many more.

Thanks to the participants and supporters of the Trout Derby, these organizations will continue to flourish and provide necessary services to the local community. The Chambersburg Noontime Lions, who regularly host such charitable events, continue to exemplify service, leadership, and community spirit, making Chambersburg a better place for everyone.


Craig E Koons 1960-2024

Craig worked with his father at Koons AI in Waynesboro, as a livestock breeder for many years and was part owner of the company for the past 25 years.

Jack G “Digger” Mellott 1926-2024

Jack was a United States Navy Veteran serving at Pearl Harbor, Okinawa, Guam, and Nagasaki during WWII. Jack enjoyed working outside and maintaining his home and property.

David M Lawver 1970-2024

Dave was a member of the Foursquare Church in Gettysburg, PA. He was employed at Shadowfax in York since 1990.

Peter Kernan McCrary 1934-2024

Pete grew up in the Washington, DC area and had fond memories of learning to sail on the Potomac River. He was an avid sailor and boat builder for the rest of his life.

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