Three Gratiot communities seeking transportation millage | News

Three Gratiot County communities have formed a public transportation authority and are now looking to pass a millage in the Nov. 3 general election to operate it.

Pine River Township, along with the cities of Ithaca and St. Louis are asking voters to approve a five-year, 0.96-mill levy that would provide funding to become part of the Alma Transit system.


The millage would raise $117,000 a year in Pine River, $72,000 in Ithaca and $51,000 in St. Louis.


Alma has had a similar levy in place for a number of years that funds its Dial-A-Ride bus service.


Currently, St. Louis has a contact that pays Alma Transit $10,000 annually to prove some service to city residents.


Pine River was paying $2,500 a year but that only covered a small portion of the township between Alma and St. Louis.


If the millage passes it would provide the same level of service

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Bicycle mechanic can’t stop tinkering – News – The Topeka Capital-Journal

NEWTON – Bicycles have been part of Everett Bradley’s life for as long as he could remember. One of the first things he saved up to buy for himself was a bicycle — he spent about $15.

“My first bike, I bought at 10 years old after mowing lawns,” Bradley said. “We had to do what we could to patch them together. Everywhere we went, we went on our bicycles.”

One of his first jobs was in a K-Mart, assembling Huffy bicycles. There, the emphasis was on speed and just making sure all the parts were where they were supposed to be.

But Bradley, who now works for Prairie View, liked to tinker.

Later on he went on to work for John Hobbs at a bicycle shop in downtown Newton — a shop that closed several years ago. That, at the time, could have been the end of Bradley’s tinkering

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Two Weeks After Fox News Showed Joe Biden Cycling, Donald Trump Counters ‘I’ll Never Ride A Bicycle’

He may have sponsored a grandiose U.S. bicycle race in the 1980s but President Donald Trump isn’t likely to be seen on a bicycle any time soon, he pointed out on August 21. And that’s despite Fox News showing a clearly virile and fit Joe Biden riding his bicycle near a reporter earlier in the month.

Trump’s aversion to cycling—and, it so happens, sharks—was delivered in a speech given in Old Forge, Pennsylvania, close to Biden’s Scranton birthplace and hours before the former Vice President was scheduled to give a prime-time speech accepting the Democratic presidential nomination.

“I’ll never be riding a bicycle,” said President Trump, adding that his worry wasn’t

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Grant will help launch Shelby Bicycle Museum | Life & Culture News

SHELBY — Sometimes dream can become reality.

The Shelby Cycle Historical Society announced Tuesday morning it has received a grant to create the Shelby Bicycle Museum on the grounds of the original Shelby Cycle factory at the Shelby Justice Center.

The $29,000 grant includes more than $10,000 of volunteer research time, as well as $5,000 to purchase a display case, bicycle racks, and interpretive panels and murals which will tell the history of several bicycle companies that made Shelby home, as well as the other factories that were housed in the building before the bicycle factory, and the seamless tube industry that started the boom.

The display will be tied to through QR codes, where visitors can find additional information.

The museum will be functional by May 2021 for RichHistory weekend, a self-guided driving tour of Richland County’s museums and other places of interest.

“In July 2021 during Shelby

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Area organizations cooperate on bicycle reclamation | Local News

Bonne Terre Police Chief Doug Calvert said the city makes every effort to find the owners of the bikes, but if they’re unclaimed, “they start to pile up.” Calvert said they keep the bikes 6-12 months before they’re given up.

Bunch said he remembered a program out of Potosi Correctional Center in which inmates worked over unwanted or unclaimed bikes for dispersal to needy kids during the holidays. He said for a while, Bonne Terre’s ERDCC prison inmates helped refurbish the bikes to make them road-worthy again.

“That first year, about 50 bikes went to Head Start and to halfway house residents to look for employment or go to work,” Bunch said. “We got nice thank you notes from the guys at the halfway house. But last year, that program ended, and Shared Blessings stepped up.”

Shelly Bess, executive director of Shared Blessings, said there’s a growing row of bikes

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Clark: Spending bills may offer vehicle for COVID-19 relief – News – MetroWest Daily News, Framingham, MA

U.S. Rep. Katherine Clark said Democrats will “continue to push” for the Senate to take up a version of the more than $3 trillion Heroes Act, but said the federal budget could be a vehicle for COVID-19 relief spending if that fails.

BOSTON — With states like Massachusetts still waiting for additional federal financial help, U.S Rep. Katherine Clark says Democrats could look to use the federal budget process to force more spending if they can’t reach a deal with Senate Republicans and the White House on a new stimulus bill.

Clark, a top-ranking Democrat in the House, said her party will “continue to push” for the Senate to take up a version of the more than $3 trillion Heroes Act, but said the federal budget could be a vehicle for COVID-19 relief spending if that fails.

“We know that the American people are depending on the federal government and

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TAKE 10: Longtime Nantucket bicycle rental business adapts amid pandemic – News –

NANTUCKET — For close to 90 years, Young’s Bicycle Shop on Broad Street has been renting bicycles to island visitors and residents.

Young’s was founded in 1931 by current owner Harvey Young’s grandfather, who shares the same name, and has been run by the family ever since.

“My father bought it from his father, sold it to my brother, and my brother sold the business to me back in the mid-’90s,” Young said.

When COVID-19 shut down the island in March, the Youngs had to rethink how they’d been doing business.

Can you sum up what your business does to someone who has never been? We are predominantly a rental shop. We do some bicycle retail and we try to do some bicycle repair, but the huge percentage of our business is renting bikes. In the late ’70s we added the small fleet of car rentals.

How big is your

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Good news and bad news for bicycle buyers, sellers in pandemic | Local News

The COVID-19 pandemic has created a good news, bad news situation for a growing number of people who want to get into bicycling. Demand for bicycles is through the roof in some places, including the Joplin area, but supply has tanked because the virus forced manufacturers around the world to shut down temporarily.

Debra Johnson, owner of Bicycle Specialists in Webb City, said she sold more than 200 bicycles in April, a huge month for her business.

“In May, things started slowing down some, and it was really by June there wasn’t much left to sell,” Johnson said. “Slowly it’s getting better.”

Jeff Chase, founder of the Bike Neosho Facebook page, said he’s tried to help a couple of people get into cycling in the past couple of months, but finding bicycles has been a chore.

“We helped a couple, friends of ours who saw us riding and wanted to

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Wyoming by bicycle: Two brothers get cranky for a week in the Cowboy state | Local News

About 50 miles into a week-long, 400-mile bicycle ride with my brother last week my right pedal fell off.

My brother Tim and I were riding over Sylvan Pass in Yellowstone National Park when the disaster struck. I looked at the pedal and the crank and wondered if our trip was over before it had hardly begun. The threads were mostly stripped.

“That’s a problem,” Tim said in his typically understated manner.

For the past few months, Tim and I had been planning what is becoming an annual summer event. We pick a week-long ride somewhere we’ve never been and ride and camp out. Last year we rode through British Columbia. We wanted to return to Canada for B.C. Part Deux, but some silly killer pandemic nixed those dreams. Our second choice was an Oregon Coast/Cascades trip, but that pandemic thing shot us down again with all the coast biker

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Klein offers closer look at cleaning of its buses | Berks Regional News

AMITY TWP., Pa. – It’s back to business for Klein Transportation.

The Amity Township-based company suspended service in March because of the coronavirus pandemic, but it will resume one of its most popular bus routes to New York on Friday.

It is, however, not quite business as usual just yet before the buses start rolling, according to Alison Klein Sherman, the company’s vice president of finance.

Workers will have to thoroughly sanitize all surfaces, she said, and that’s in addition to using the company’s newest equipment.

“We’ve upgraded our filtration system through the HVAC system on our motorcoaches, so it’s a stronger filtration,” Sherman explained. “We’ve also purchased two different types of foggers.”

She said those foggers will be used monthly for an even-deeper cleaning of the buses.

Klein Transportation bus during COVID-19 - coronavirus

To keep with social distancing, passengers can only sit in window seats, and the front row will

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