Wednesday, October 10, 2012
Big Brothers Big Sisters of the Columbia Gorge braved windy conditions Sept. 21-22 for their first road and mountain biking workshops.
The events were held at two separate locations in Hood River: the Mark O. Hatfield trailhead and Family Man stunt progression area on Post Canyon. Wes Swearingen of Mountain View Cycles in Hood River hosted the workshops.
While Jacob Mekediak, who participated in the mountain biking workshop, was justifiably wary of the “drop-off” obstacle at Family Man, he successfully conquered several others. He wound skillfully around trees and hairpin turns, up and down hills and across wooden beams. Swearingen, with his years of experience in the biking field, was extraordinarily impressed with the courageous 12-year-old.
Ten Bigs and Littles from the Gorge participated in the workshops, learning basic bike maintenance, how to change a flat tire and repair a chain. The pairs then rode at the two locations on bikes of their own and bikes provided by Mountain View Cycles.
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‘I can’t keep quiet,’ sing members of an impromptu choir in front of Hood River Middle School Saturday prior to the citizen town hall for questions to Rep. Greg Walden. The song addresses female empowerment generally and sexual violence implicitly, and gained prominence during the International Women’s Day events in January. The singers braved a sudden squall to finish their song and about 220 people gathered in HRMS auditorium, which will be the scene of the April 12 town hall with Rep. Greg Walden, at 3 p.m. Enlarge