Groups collaborate for a bike workshop | Local

Despite the forecast for rain and thunderstorms, the sun shone and warm temperatures prevailed at the annual Changes in the Parkway (CHIP) bike workshop in Saxton on Saturday.

The event took place at 1095 Liberty Center in the Broad Top Industrial Park adjacent to gLeaf Medical.

CHIP Secretary Robin Neville served as project coordinator. She was assisted by committee members Cindy Baker, Lisa Meck, Judy Williams, Donna O’Neal, Becky Morningstar and Lester Meck.

A number of community service providers were on hand for the event, including Bedford County Sheriff Wayne Emerick, Saxton Borough Police, Saxton Ambulance, Saxton Fire Police, Constable Bedford County Richard Kidd and H&BT Rails to Trails Committee. Dennis Clawson, Ron Forrester and Bill Fisher serviced the bikes during the event.

“It was a great turnout, the weather was cooperative and it was nice to see families for a fun event,” Neville said. She said 35 children registered at the event and 27 new bikes were given away.

She said the spirit of cooperation from everyone involved in making the event another complete success was great. Neville said there were different levels of contributions that made the event a success.

Several short and long group bike rides took place during the workshop. Emerick and Saxton Borough Police Constables Dave Buseck and Brian Becker ran bike safety lessons for young cyclists.

Hot dogs and buns were provided by Saxton Market and bottled water by Trinity United Church of Christ. The fruits were provided by CHIP.

The following youth won bicycles donated by sponsors and/or related businesses or service organizations: Damon Fisher, 16-inch boy’s bike donated by The Ice Box; Jake Zimmerman, 20-inch boys’ bike donated by Community State Bank; Harper Crooks, 20-inch girls’ bike courtesy of the Matt Baker Cancer Fund; Ashley Murphy, 16-inch girls’ bike donated by Watson & Black American Legion Post 126; Grace Zimmerman, 20-inch girls’ bike donated by gLeaf Medical, Sophia Bilger, 18-inch girls’ bike donated by Saxton Borough; Lance Wyles, 26-inch boys’ bike donated by the Matt Baker Cancer Fund; Ava Zimmerman, 12-inch girls’ bike donated by the Matt Baker Cancer Fund; Abram Baughman, 20-inch boys’ bike donated by gLeaf Medical; Lydia Bilger, 12-inch girls’ bike courtesy of the Tussey Mountain Football Boosters; Calin Love, an 18-inch boys’ bike donated by Dudley Hill Foreign; Kaliyah Shriver, 18-inch girls’ bike courtesy of Mike’s Used Auto Parts, Shane Fisher, 18-inch boys’ bike courtesy of White, Jenkins, Johnson Insurance Agency; Zachery Fisher, 20-inch girls’ bike donated by Saxton Treasure Emporium; Derrick Willis, 16-inch boys’ bike donated by the Matt Baker Cancer Fund; Myleigh Everhart, girls’ tricycle donated by Cindy Baker; Liam Warren, 12-inch boys’ bike donated by the Matt Baker Cancer Fund; Olivia Wyles, 26-inch boys’ bike donated by Watson & Black American Legion Post 126; Sarah Baughman, 26-inch girls’ bike donated by Deb and John Baughman; Levi Warren, boys’ tricycle donated by Deb and John Baughman; Ayanah Drenning, 26-inch girls’ bike donated by the Matt Baker Cancer Fund; Jacob Fisher, 24-inch boys’ bike donated by the Saxton Sportsmen’s Association; Kierra Shriver, 20-inch girls’ bike donated by Community State Bank; Nolan Everhart, boys’ tricycle donated by the Matt Baker Cancer Fund; and Josiah Shriver, a 20-inch boys’ bike donated by Dave Blake.

CHIP President Joe C. Hall said he was very pleased with the turnout for the event. He was also very grateful for the donations and community support for the event.

“It’s something CHIP likes to do for the community and especially the children. And we are so grateful that the community is on our side,” he said.

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