Do not go where the path may lead, go instead where there is no path and leave a trail.

Ralph Waldo Emerson

Tuesday, July 5, 2011

Bike Rally Fun!

Twenty youngsters from ages one to twelve arrived with new birthday bikes, new "old" bikes, and even tricycles and Big Wheels, to test their skills at the Ligonier Township Recreation Board Bike Rally held on June 25, 2011 at Ligonier Township Municipal Building parking lot.

The youngsters were able to practice on the four skills courses, take a safety quiz, receive a free new bicycle helmet and fun freebies, but most importantly, learn about why they want to wear their helmets.

Is this how you wear a helmet? Two year old Leah gives a little advice. It tastes new. Now one year old Rowan gets serious. The early comers posing in front of the figure eight course. The kids were thrilled to have the attention of Officer Chip Madden at the Rally.
Traffic signals and safety tips were discussed by Officer Madden, Ligonier Township Police Department. Board members, Topher Delamarter fit helmets, and Matt Thomas inspected and adjusted bicycles.

Getting ready for the panel discussion on
“Concussions and How to Prevent Them”.
Our panel consisted of Moderator and Board Member, Elizabeth McCall; nurse and parent,Terri Hughes; Dr. James Masterson, Director Excela Health Concussion Program; students Anna Ayers(14) and John Michael Hughes(11).
The ambulance crew of Jim Secrist and Jason English gave the kids a taste of what its like to be in an ambulance.
hanks to Excela Health for providing helmets to our kids. All recipients were properly fitted and attended the bike rally to improve their riding skills, learn safety rules, and learn about how their helmet can save them from serious injury

Our thanks and appreciation goes to:

Idlewild Park; Laurel Highlands Visitor’s Bureau; Walmart; and Gary Dye for their generous donations.

Also thanks to Keith Whipkey and Tim Komar – Township Supervisors; Paul Fry, Ligonier Borough Public Works; Senator Don White/ Gina Jones, and Ligonier Township Police Chief Matrunics for their time and assistance in providing supplies and administrative assistance.

Thanks to volunteers Dave Tetkoski, and Jeremy McCall, and organizers Elizabeth McCall, Topher Delamarter, Matt Thomas, Sharon Detar and Rose Stepnick.

Thank you to all the guests, parents and volunteers for making this day a valuable one.

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