Dubois doctor hit and killed on his bike

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Kathi
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Edmonds, keep it going!!!


Kathi
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So far I have got one TV station that is interested. …………………..

Kathleen,

We’re definitely interested. Please e-mail us back with your phone number and we’ll get in touch and set up a time we can preview this event.

Thanks,

Nick Ruffner

Clearfield County Bureau Chief

WJAC-TV News


pghbikeguy
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I grew up in DuBois. I am available Sat. Sept. 11 but not Sun. the 12th. Can transport 3 additional people and bikes.


edmonds59
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Just for an update – after a weekend conversation with Jim Kearney of Planet Bikes in Dubois, he said a couple of the cyclists from up there are committed to races in Erie and somewhere else on the 12th and on that date we would lose some people from up there.

I asked him to check if the 19th was any more clear for people, he is doing that now. I am hesitant to start moving dates wildly, September is just a busy month.

Would people from down here have more difficulty making it on the 19th as opposed to the 12th? Or not. Nothing on the events calendar. Feedback…


Marko82
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the 19th is ok for me.


pghbikeguy
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The 19th is much better for me.


StuInMcCandless
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I guess I can do the 19th. I will need a ride, though.


HoffmannJ
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I have a conflict on the 19th, but the 12th is still free.


cburch
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19th or 12th. either works for us. we can give rides.


ejwme
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I’m in for the 12th or the 19th, can provide ride(s) with edmonds’ offer of trunk rack.


edmonds59
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Speaking of, I need to call the Dubois guy, thanks.


Kathi
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There are going to be others that have told me they want to ride for Al….even though they are not die hard cyclists and are not part of the Bike Shop in DuBois. ( It’s that kind of town) Once you know the date and time , please drop me an email so I can get their support and contact at least the TV station that emailed me. I believe you asked for a priest or pastor to say something. I did contact one already just to get a feel for what he might say. I am just waiting on

a date and time and then I can let Al’s family know. The children are in college and medical schools, so they need some time to arrange their schedules.


edmonds59
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I spoke with Jim Kearney from the Dubois bike shop, he had a chance to talk to some of the riders up there, and they say that Sept 19 definitely better in terms of conflicts than the 12th.

Some people here have already responded regarding the date, but I would like to get a little more of a sense of concensus before making a recommendation.

Does anyone know when Ndromb gets back from the GAP? He’s kind of key. Man, he picked an incredible window to go in terms of weather, lucky bum.


dwillen
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They get back Monday (night?).


Kathi
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I happen to be in the DuBois area because there was a family event on Friday. We were invited to the DuBois Day spa for a family get together. Afterwards, I stopped over at Planet Bike Shop, which was right across the street, to check if anything on their end was finalized. The owner was not there, but the two men did discuss September 18th. ( neither the 12th or the 19th were mentioned. ) Is the 18th a possibility?? That would work out well for family members, if you were thinking of that date. The 19th would conflict with the Steelers game , I don’t know if you were thinking that far ahead. The priest has mass on Sunday morning too!! Can you give consideration to a Saturday or is that too difficult? We have someone putting the event in the paper and making flyers. We want this to be a wonderful event for all to bring awareness to bikers and to commemorate my brother. Let me know as we want this to really be special and have people willing to put some effort into it on our end!!

Kathi


ejwme
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I’m out for the 18th – prior commitment I can’t extract from. I’m ok for 12th or 19th, or any Sunday really. Saturdays… far as I know just the 18th I can’t.


edmonds59
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My impression is that many people from this end work or have other commitments on Saturdays, so we were targeting a Sunday, thus the 12th or 19th.


Kathi
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You are in charge and came up with the idea, so you do what is best for all of you.

Kathi


Mick
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@edmunds. Does anyone know when Ndromb gets back from the GAP?

He was going do ride the GAP/C&O “in 3 days.” I don’t know whether the time limit or finishing was the highest priority.

I guessing his grilfriend (“she’s ridden 40 miles before…”) will be familiar with the concept of DOMS (delayed onset muscle soreness) when they get back.


Nick D
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I got back in yesterday–I’m slowly going through a few hundred (50% junk) emails from work and such.

(Mick- we made it in about 3 and a half days. Kayla did great and we both feel fine–we both rode around DC yesterday.)

In my opinion, Sunday the 19th would be the best day considering the above mentioned conflicts. It is unfortunate that some will not be able to make it, but that doesn’t mean they can’t do anything. We could organize some type of social media effort, or some type of yard signage or something….


Mick
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@Nick D …we made it in about 3 and a half days

Wow! That’s really good. I have loudly and publicly expressed a rather cynical skepticism. I owe you and Kayla an apology,


Nick D
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Thanks, Mick.

I also want to note that for the first day (85 miles), I had an hour and a half of sleep. If we would have left earlier in the morning (not 11a) every morning, we would have made it in 3 days. I forgot allergy medicine and was impossible to wake up.

It seems I have missed a lot, but I am working on catching up.

Just to clarify, I don’t think we will have any problem getting anyone who wants to go up to DuBois.


edmonds59
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Nick, great trip.

It sounds like the 19th is the day to shoot for.

I’m just going to re-post what I proposed before:

“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 (after grabbing some lunch), 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.”

Kathi – you made it sound like it would be difficult to get the gentleman’s priest/minister at noon, makes sense, but would it make it better if the schedule was bumped back for a 12:30 or 1:00 arrival at the accident site? (Steelers, I know, but can’t avoid everything). Let us know.

If the above makes sense to everyone I will communicate the proposed schedule to the riders in Dubois and they can start to arrange things on their end. I am really excited for this.


ejwme
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I’m still in, I have a sedan and can transport additional people and bikes as edmonds’ loaner trunk rack allows :D (you didn’t forget, did you?)


edmonds59
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Heckno :)

(trunk rack, trunk rack, trunk rack….)


Nick D
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Are the DuBois riders going to route the ride of silence?

I will bring a ghost bike, and can get it there, but that might mean missing the ride of silence.

I propose that the ride of silence doesn’t have to be just bicycles but we welcome cars and motorcycles. (I’m sure not everyone who would like to honor him rode a bike). I also think this could be a way to have a stronger showing and also show that we can all use the roads together. What does everyone else think?


edmonds59
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Yes, I’m going to ask them to plan a meeting location and route, as well as a recreational ride after.

I bet we could certainly ask someone to transport the bike from the meeting point to the site if you want to ride, that doesn’t seem unreasonable.

Or we could take the wheels off and each carry a piece and assemble it, I’d carry a frame, that would be pretty intense.

I don’t have a feeling toward or against other vehicles, I’ll pose the question to the Dubois group.


Mick
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Motor vehicle and bikes traveling in harmony would cause me to smile.


Nick D
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I think it could be a good way to say, “Hey, we are all people. No one needs to die on the road–be mindful of others”


edmonds59
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Ok, I want everyone to check what I propose, below. If this looks ok, I will forward this to the Dubois group this afternoon so they can get going on things. Did I forget anything?

“Sunday, September 19 – Pittsburgh group to meet at Schenley plaza, LEAVE at 9:15 am., arrive at Dubois meeting point at 11:30 am +-.

Dubois group to arrange a meeting point (other than the Ghost Bike location) and a route for a slow 5 mi+-/30 minute “Ride of Silence” to the location of the Ghost Bike placement. Depart from meeting point at 12:00 noon. Individuals to bring and wear simple black armbands in remembrance.

If individuals are unable to ride or uncomfortable with road riding, an associated automobile/motorcycle procession is welcomed. We want to work to the true spirit of “Share the Road”. Interested individuals or Dubois group should check if a permit is needed for something like that.

Ride of Silence to arrive at Ghost Bike location at 12:30 pm., brief memorial, 15 minutes +-

FYI this is not our website but it is the inspiration and explains the concept: http://www.rideofsilence.org/howto.php

After some time for lunch, I also ask that the Dubois riders set up a little recreational ride after (not “silent”), 15 – 20 miles for those who may want to do that. Leave 1:30 pm. Maybe a route he enjoyed or something. I think that would be a great way to remember this gentleman, and also move forward positively and joyously, as Dr. Varacallo seemed to live.”


Marko82
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^^sounds great. I’m in, but will need a ride.


edmonds59
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I’ll save a seat, Marko.


Nick D
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Looks good to me.


edmonds59
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Cool, I’m going to send it up to Dubois. Things can still be fine tuned if necesary.


Mick
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Rides –

I have no car. Can I show up at Schenley Plaza and just count on there being ride? Or should I try to arrange ahead?


Nick D
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Mick, you should be fine just showing up. When the date gets closer we can do a roll call to get a better idea.


dwillen
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I am going to just show up. If it is anything like the previous ghost bike carpool, there will be cars leftover. If we need to I can reserve a nearby zipcar using my phone.


StuInMcCandless
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I plan to attend, and will also need a ride.


Kathi
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The person that wants to publicize this event in DuBois is growing restless and afraid there won’t be enough time to do it justice. Any more news about starting place , exact time etc etc??? I have to keep them calm……..so any information would be appreciated.


edmonds59
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Late Thursday I sent an email to Jim Kearney at Planet Bikes, and copied you, on an outline for the day, and I called Jim to verify that he received it. Here’s the lowdown, it’s still subject to adjustment if the Dubois people have suggestions.

Sunday, September 19 – Pittsburgh group to meet at Schenley plaza, LEAVE at 9:15 am., arrive at Dubois meeting point at 11:30 am +-.

Dubois group to arrange a meeting point (other than the Ghost Bike location) and a route for a slow 5 mi+-/30 minute “Ride of Silence” to the location of the Ghost Bike placement. Depart from meeting point at 12:00 noon. Individuals to bring and wear simple black armbands in remembrance.

If individuals are unable to ride or uncomfortable with road riding, an associated automobile/motorcycle procession is welcomed. We want to work to the true spirit of “Share the Road”. Interested individuals or Dubois group should check if a permit is needed for something like that.

Ride of Silence to arrive at Ghost Bike location at 12:30 pm., brief memorial, 15 minutes +-

FYI this is not our website but it is the inspiration and explains the concept: http://www.rideofsilence.org/howto.php

We will suggest that people bring bag lunches or something. After some time for lunch, I also ask that the Dubois riders set up a little recreational ride after (not “silent”), 15 – 20 miles for those who may want to do that. Leave 1:30 pm. Maybe a route he enjoyed or something. I think that would be a great way to remember this gentleman, and also move forward positively and joyously, as Dr. Varacallo seemed to live.

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