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20 kids now ready to ride thanks to bike giveaway

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    Shelby Finger watches as her 5-year-old daughter, Elizabeth, tries out her new bicycle Friday. BOB FINNAN / GAZETTE

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Jess Hazeltine, administrative manager of the Recovery Center of Medina County, stands in front of about 20 bicycles given away. LAURA PARNELL-CAVEY PHOTO

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MEDINA — There were big smiles on the faces of 20 area children Friday.

Free bicycles were handed out starting about 4 p.m., and all

20 were gone by 4:30 p.m. at the Recovery Center of Medina County.

Councilwoman Laura Parnell-Cavey sponsored the program, which she said was “so successful.”

The 1st Ward councilwoman said the majority of the people that showed up were from her ward, which includes the recovery center is at 538 W. Liberty St.

The bikes, many of them which had been outgrown by children, were collected in March during a drive at Medina Country Club hosted by Friends of Medina Memorial Park & Pool.

Before the drive, Parnell-Cavey said the used bike drop-off was suggested during a planning meeting for the pool party that the Friends hosted this month as part of Medina’s bicentennial celebration.

The goal of the drop-off was to help kids experience the simple joy of riding their bikes to the pool on a hot summer day, she said.

“So many kids needed bikes,”

Parnell-Cavey said Friday. “For many of these kids, this was their first bike.”

Shelby Finger, of Medina, showed up to get a bike for her 5-year-old daughter, Elizabeth.

“It’s pretty neat,” Shelby Finger said. “This is the first time I’ve heard of (the program).”

Her daughter, who will be entering kindergarten in the fall at Northrop Elementary School, said the bike might need an adjustment.

“I need training wheels,” she said.

Parnell-Cavey was helped by Jess Hazeltine, administrative manager for the recovery center. Some of the students showed up before the event to help wash the bikes. Medina’s Joe Swinko repaired many of the bikes.

Parnell-Cavey said she might repeat the program again next year.

“It was an awesome program,” Medina’s Dorothy Burgess said.

Her 13-year-old son, Dylan, landed a Mongoose bike.

“That’s a nice bike,” Dorothy Burgess said.

Contact reporter Bob Finnan at (330) 721-4049 or rfinnan@medina-gazette.com.



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