Dubois doctor hit and killed on his bike

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Kathi
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Aleen, I just got your phone message. Call whenever you can..

I am thankful for anyone that can make the trip to

DuBois. It is an effort, so I am well aware that some may find it difficult to participate. But for those of you that choose to make the effort, you have my heart and deepest thanks..


Kathi
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I sent a telephone number to edmonds 59 to coordinate a ride with local DuBois cyclists.

I didn’t want to publicize the number. So if you are still interested, there are some local cyclists ready to join you!!


Marko82
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I’m interested if we can coordinate date/time/cars/bikes


StuInMcCandless
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Let me know when and where. I would need a ride for me and bike. I’d be happy to chip in a few bucks for gas.


AtLeastMyKidsLoveMe
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Is there a date/time yet?


Nick D
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I’m working on it…. How is Sunday, Sept. 5?


cburch
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that’s our anniversary. not to be selfish, but could we do it the next week so stef and i can participate?


AtLeastMyKidsLoveMe
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And, I think that’s Labor Day weekend – might be some people could be out of town, etc., could depress turnout.


JZ
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I’m interested, but I’m already committed to being out-of-town for Labor Day weekend.


Noah Mustion
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I’m out of town Labor Day weekend as well…


ejwme
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I’m in if it’s not Labor Day weekend (the next would be better?). Getting married that Friday, will take some time to recover from that.


Kathi
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Congratulations EJWME!!!!


ejwme
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:D thank you :D


Nick D
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Sunday Sept 12?


ejwme
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I’m in.


edmonds59
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So, to be clear, is there a “ride of silence”, bringing bikes?

Kathi, if you sent a number for the contact of a local club, I seem not to have gotten it. Did it maybe go to someone else?

Does anyone still have a contact for the WPW gentleman who did the Donald Parker ride? Shoot a note out their way, too.


cburch
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12th is good for us


Marko82
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12th should be good for me, but I’ll need a ride (will split gas, etc.)


bikeygirl
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I’m not positive I can do that date, but we’ll see…..


dwillen
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As long as we aren’t leaving at the crack of dawn, I’m in. Big pour 4 is the night before…

I’d be happy to split gas and ride with someone, or rent the biggest zipcar I can and split that cost if there happens to be a shortage of cars.


Noah Mustion
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If I am able to go, I may be able to drive and have space for 1 or 2 other people + bikes…


Kathi
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I did a private email to you. Please private email me and I will give you the number again.

Kathi


HoffmannJ
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I should be in for the 12th, plus possibly bringing one more. As we get closer, I’ll see if I have any space to offer in our car.


Nick D
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To make it clear, Sept 12 we will follow a similar format to how we locked up the bike for Don Parker– We we meet (most likely at Schenley Plaza), and car pool to the scene where Dr Varacallo was killed and lock up the bike.

If there is a memorial ride/ride of silence, it may or may not be integrated with this. I would love for it to be, but I cannot organize the ride myself–I do not know the area enough to comfortably organize a ride.

If you can’t drive it shouldn’t be a problem. We had more than enough drivers last time–if you want to go, we will find a way for you to be able to.


Shawn
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cburch
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nick, we can fit 3 more people and can carry the bike if need be.


dbacklover
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Not sure if I can make it, Church on sunday (my other job) But im going to try. This is rough on which priority is more important.

I got to say, Im torn


AtLeastMyKidsLoveMe
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What time?


ejwme
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If it’s a drive w/o a ride, I have a car and can fit three others. If there’s a ride, I’m hoping to have a rack by then (otherwise I can only take one other, and no other bikes :( )


edmonds59
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Kathi got me a contact number for a cyclist up there, as well as a possible contact at a bike shop, I will call and let them know what we are thinking.

I think we can do a ride of silence, someone up there should be able to arrange a meeting point and a route to the site.

Would anyone be interested in doing a little riding after, as long as we’re up there? There might be some nice roads. I can ask those folks about that also. You never know, it could become the seed of an ongoing memorial ride (this is me being not cynical).

I can bring 2, maybe 3 other people with bikes (son is an unknown).


edmonds59
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ej, I have a spare trunk rack that you could use if you don’t have something by then.


ejwme
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edmonds – sweet, I’ll take you up on that offer (and I revise my carpooling offer to match) :D

I’m up for any riding after as well, it’s a beautiful area.


Kathi
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Perhaps the TV stations that did the original reporting, ( WTAJ and WJAC) would be interested in knowing what this club is doing in conjunction with cyclists from the DuBois area !! Maybe they will cover it ……Is there someone who does press releases or can contact these stations to get some much needed publicity for cyclists?? Or is there someone who can do the press release and I will contact them??


myddrin
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I don’t know about the tv stations, but the local paper (The Courier-Express) is always looking for stories.


edmonds59
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ej, don’t hestitate to remind me closer to, I can be a bit of a ditz.

I didn’t have a chance to call the Dubois contact yet, yesterday was my b-day and some of the other Allosaurs got together… I’ll call tonight.

Kathi, did the doctor have a minister or similar who might like to attend the ghost bike placement? Or someone who would want to say a few words? The ghost bike idea is not a religious thing, but it might be nice since none of us knew him. Anybody object? Sunday am. might be a tough time to get a minister.


ejwme
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edmonds – belated happy birthday, and I won’t forget!


Kathi
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Bill, Happy Birthday!!!

Al went to St. Michael’s church. Once you contact Dave and the arrangements are finalized, I can get a better grasp. The priests are doing masses from Saturday evening until Sunday morning. But there may be one that would be available. Also Monsignor Krebs may be interested in saying something….. and he is retired. There are many possibilities depending on dates and times.


edmonds59
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Since I need to call and make some contacts up in the Dubois area, I would like to get some things roughed out.

I just checked google maps, it should take about 2 hrs and 10 min to get to the accident area.

Does it make sense to aim to arrive at Dubois at 11:00, I would ask the folks up there to arrange a meeting point and a short route for a ride of silence (1/2 hr.+-), to arrive at the accident site at about 12:00. At noon lots of people will be getting out of church, heading to lunch, etc. That would mean leaving Schenley by 8:45 am.

I will also ask if they want to set up a little recreational ride after, also, 15 – 20 mi for those who may want to do that. Maybe a route he enjoyed or something. I think that would be a great way to remember this gentleman, and also move forward positively.

Give me some input.


Marko82
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^^ sounds good to me. I hope that we can get some local cyclist to come out for this too(as well as the media).


edmonds59
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I just had a conversation with a very nice gentleman named Jim Kearney who runs Planet Bikes Ltd in Dubois. He was quite receptive to the idea when I went over what we were thinking. I also told him about Don Parker.

He said that they had been actually painting something like a ghost bike up there since.

I gave him the tentative date of the 12th, with exact times to be determined. He is going to talk to some people up there about arranging a ride of silence to the site, and also about arranging a nice little recreational ride after. I have his email and I will probably be communicating more with him early next week.

This could be really good.

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