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Cyclists raise money for special ed school

July 25, 1999|By RICHARD F. BELISLE

WILLIAMSPORT - Pauline McIntosh is great at raising money for charity, but she's not very good with details.

McIntosh, 44, admissions coordinator at Brook Lane Health Services, was one of about 25 people raising money for Brook Lane's Laurel Hall School this weekend by riding a bike for 25 miles, from Dam #4 to Harpers Ferry, W.Va.

McIntosh raised $810 in pledges from friends and co-workers - more than anyone participating in the event. However, she missed the reporting deadline and that cost her a brand new Raleigh trail bike, the prize for bringing in the most pledges on time.

That prize went to Caryn Shearer, 35, of Chambersburg, Pa. Shearer raised $220 for the cause, the most to come in by the deadline.

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She was to ride her shiny new blue bike to Harpers Ferry Saturday. "I'm excited. This will be my first ride on it," she said.

David Mathers, a teacher at Laurel Hall, said the goal for Saturday's ride was $5,000. He had $2,000 at the start of the ride. "This is about what we expected," he said. "It's the first year we've done this."

Laurel Hall has nearly 60 special education students in grades K-12, Mathers said. The Washington County school system funds operations at Laurel Hall, he said.

The school received a $190,000 federal grant for a new computer network for student use. Money raised by the bike ride will buy terminals for the new system, Mathers said.

Besides the C&O Canal bike ride, the two-day event included camping at KOA Campground in Harpers Ferry, musical entertainment for the participants and their support staff, plus all meals.

The three-hour ride was nothing for Shearer, an avid bicyclist who expects to do even more riding now that she has a new bike.

She's been riding on the canal ever since she and her family rode its entire 184.5-mile length when she was 8 years old.

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