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Bikers ride for Humane cause

November 30, 1999|By Shannon Epps

WILLIAMSPORT

On Sunday morning, Steve and Vicki Fehr stood outside Harley-Davidson and Buell of Williamsport amid a leather-clad crowd and rumbling motorcycle engines, waiting for word that they could begin their journey.

They were two of about 175 people who took part in the fourth annual "Bone to be Wild" motorcycle ride to benefit the Humane Society of Washington County.

"It just seemed like a good reason to come together to contribute in some way," Steve Fehr said.

The event began in 2004, after Humane Society board member Peggy Bushey's husband, Dave Alderson, suffered a massive heart attack and died. He was an avid motorcycle rider, and Bushey established the ride in his honor.

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"Bone to be Wild" has attracted people who love both animals and riding, and even those who just want to help.

Shepherdstown, W.Va., resident David Hammond was standing among the crowd with friends, and said he has been riding all his life.

"It promotes fellowship and awareness to the animal situations," Hammond said, mentioning that some of the money raised for the ride will benefit the horses seized from a Sharpsburg farm in 2006 after being neglected and abused. Hammond is a horse lover, he said, and plans to adopt horses.

Bikers rode approximately 70 miles through southern Washington and Frederick counties, and ended at Devil's Backbone Park on Md. 68 near Lappans Crossroads. There, they enjoyed a picnic lunch provided by Ernst Market of Clear Spring.

Humane Society Executive Director Paul Miller said some people traveled considerable distances to participate in the ride, including parts of Virginia, eastern Maryland and the Washington, D.C., area.

"It's not just Washington County people coming out. There's other people who support us," he said.

After the ride, Buddy and Carol Sours were waiting in line for lunch at the park. They said they traveled an hour and a half to Williamsport from Browntown, Va., to participate in "Bone to be Wild."

Joining in the ride was the couple's dog, Isaiah, who was strapped in a harness attached to Carol Sours. He wore goggles over his eyes and was dressed in miniature biker gear.

"He's really a biker, he's just dressed up in a dog suit," Carol said with a laugh, noting that Isaiah has traveled nearly 20,000 miles with the couple.

Smithsburg resident Jill Dilandro, a Humane Society volunteer who was selling raffle tickets to the bikers, said she was "doing (her) bit for society."

The raffle prizes were donated by various businesses, including Knucklehead's Motorcycle Center and Fat Bob N Mose's Cycle Shop. Other businesses such as Borders bookstore and Quiznos donated gift certificates. Larger raffle prizes included a Harley-Davidson cooler and a Vega motorcycle helmet.

Dilandro said she noticed a feeling of camaraderie in the group.

"There seems to be a really good communal spirit going on," she said. "Very generous people, these guys."

Miller said he thought the event turned out well, and there was much more participation than expected.

He said he thinks it is important for the community to come together for a good cause.

"It's a nice day to have a nice ride, have lunch with some friends and support (the Humane Society) at the same time," he said.

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