Saturday’s Last Mile Ride – Gifford Medical Center’s annual charity motorcycle ride – attracted more than 180 riders and raised approximately $40,000 for end-of-life care at the nonprofit Randolph medical center.Started in 2006 by Gifford nurse and motorcyclist Lynda McDermott of Randolph, the ride has grown significantly in the five years since in both the number of riders it attracts and the money it raises. This year’s ride took motorcyclists through about 100 miles of central Vermont countryside through Randolph, Northfield, Montpelier, Middlesex, the Mad River Valley, Rochester, Bethel and more. Orange County Sheriff Bill Bohnyak led the ride and combat veterans provided “road guard” services. The ride ended at the hospital with a chicken and rib barbecue and live music from local group “Two for the Show and Company.” Riders were also given free massages and awarded prizes. Riders who raised the most money for the cause received gifts from area motorcycle dealers.Topping the list of riders who raised the most were Tim and Patty Schroeder, who raised $1,847; Linda Chugkowski and Robert Martin, who raised $1,810; and Reg and Rose Mongeur, who collected more than $1,300.Reg Mongeur, a combat veteran, also served as a road guard and rode in memory of his late mother, Caroline Mongeur, who died in Gifford’s Garden Room in May.The Garden Room is a garden-side suite for dying patients and their families. The ride supports free services for those patients as well as for other patients in advanced illness, family bereavement services and special training for Gifford’s staff.“The staff at Gifford and the Garden Room … they made the transition between life and death a lot smoother. Everybody involved from the Gifford side of it, it was like it was their family (member) too,” says Reg Mongeur of how his mother was treated. The experience made Reg all the more supportive of the ride and gave him drive to raise money so others could experience the same service.And Reg – a Vietnam veteran – got a bit of a surprise of his own at the ride.Riders gave the combat veterans a standing ovation for their help at the ride. The act of kindness brought tears to the Vietnam vet’s eyes.This year’s ride also included the raffle of a Harley-Davidson Sportster 883 Low from Wilkins Harley-Davidson in Barre. Art Peper, a 92-year-old World War II and Korean War veteran and prison of war, won the motorcycle.Ride organizer Ashley Lincoln called Peper with the news immediately after the ticket was drawn.“I didn’t believe it,” said Peper, who had collected antique Indian and Harley motorcycles before selling them a few years ago.Schroeder sold Peper the winning ticket on behalf of the hospital. “When Tim sold me the ticket he said, ‘This is the lucky ticket,’ and it was.”Peper bought the ticket to support the ride, not expecting to win. He’s now not quite sure what he’ll do with his shiny new Harley, which Schroeder delivered on Saturday afternoon. “It’s fun, but I don’t think I’ll ever ride it,” said the Randolph resident who has had visitors and plenty of phone calls – some from people he hasn’t talked to in years – since his big win.“It made him very happy,” notes his wife, Rose.Peper’s says he’s just happy the ride raised so much money for end-of-life care.Other winners included Thom Goodwin, a hospital employee from Corinth, who won a stunning quilt make by Gifford nurses. “I’m thrilled and elated. Five nurses poured their heart into creating this. When I look at the quilt I can be reminded daily of what a caring and compassionate community Gifford is,” Goodwin said.And ride volunteer and pediatrician Dr. Mitsu Chobanian was the winner of a 50/50 raffle.The date for next year’s ride has already been set. It will be held Aug. 20, 2010. Visit the hospital’s Web site, www.giffordmed.org(link is external) for updates on 2011 ride and more photos from this year’s ride.The other Last Mile RideMotorcycles roared through the area on Saturday to raise money for end-of-life care at Gifford Medical Center in Randolph. But one rider had a much quieter start and finish. Marci White, a Gifford nurse, wife and mother from Braintree, rode her pedal bicycle 37 miles to Northfield and back Saturday morning to support the cause.Source: Gifford Medical Center. 8.24.2010
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Fitness trainer is now cancer-exercise expert – October 12, 2014 Bio Latest Posts Schoodic Grange hosting sale – October 30, 2014 Fenceviewer Staff BAR HARBOR — With the fall high school sports season barely ended, some young soccer players already are lacing up their shoes and taping their socks for the Late Fall Skills Academy.The focus of the eight weekly sessions is fundamental soccer skills for individual players – passing, trapping, dribbling and shielding the ball. But the object of the skills academy, according to director Michael Curless, is mastery.“What we emphasize is how to do these skills perfectly,” said Mr. Curless. “Not just how to get the ball from point A to point B, but how to pass the ball so it’s smooth and at a perfect pace. We really break down the skills to their components.”The academy is a program of Acadia Fire FC, a soccer club based in Mount Desert Island that draws players from Hancock County. The soccer club offers winter and spring programs in addition to the fall program and league play.This is placeholder textThis is placeholder textFemale and male players compete together in the sessions. “That’s why we have some of the strongest female players [in Hancock County],” said Mr. Curless. Each session ends with a scrimmage.“We have seen massive improvements in a lot of players,” many who have returned after the program was first offered in 2011. Mr. Curless said in some ways, it is an ideal situation to refine individual soccer skills. Practices take place indoors.“You really have to learn the skills and learn them correctly,” he said. “The wood floor reveals all mistakes – and perfection.”The 65 participants were broken into groups by grade. The 1st to 3rd grade players practice together from 6 to 7:30 p.m. at the Trenton Middle School on Mondays.The 4th to 6th grade players practice together at the Mount Desert Island YMCA in Bar Harbor Sundays from 8 to 10 a.m. The oldest players in the 6th and 8th grades practice the longest, from 6:30 to 8:30 p.m. on Fridays, also at the YMCA.Following the first sessions, Mr. Curless said it was going “spectacularly well.” This is the second year of the official fall program, but Mr. Curless said it took place in a less formal format during the five years since the club’s founding.Anyone interested in the winter session could contact firstname.lastname@example.org or 244-0454.For more sports news, pick up a copy of the Mount Desert Islander. Latest posts by Fenceviewer Staff (see all) Town report wins award – October 11, 2014