The Richland Rotary Club collected nearly 170 used bicycles for the working poor and children in developing countries during a project June 16.
The club partnered with a charity called Pedals for Progress to collect the bikes.
The number of bicycles donated was beyond expectations, said Jess Crum, club president.
“I think it was a terrific response from the community,” she said. “It is uplifting to think of how many people will be able to benefit from the bikes that have been collected.”
The drop-off points for the bicycles were McDonald’s restaurants on Galleria Drive in Richland Township and routes 56 and 160 in Windber. The owner of the restaurants, John Coyle, provided a free milkshake to each person who donated a bicycle and helped to pay to ship the bicycles to the Pedals for Progress collection point in the state of Indiana, Crum said.
Protesters shut gas-drilling rig
CLEARFIELD – Protesters demonstrating against hydraulic fracturing at a state forest led to a new gas drilling rig temporarily being shut on Sunday.
EQT Corp. spokeswoman Natalie Cox said the company shut the rig in Moshannon State Forest at midday. The rig was just being commissioned, and protesters said it had gone up in the past week.
Cox said the Pittsburgh-based company’s primary concern was the well-being of its employees and contractors. Cox said police are at the site trying to maintain order.
Gloria Forouzan of Marcellus Protest said 150 demonstrators had blocked an access road for trucks headed to the EQT rig.
State police are at the site monitoring the situation. No arrests have been made.
Another protester, 25-year-old Alex Lotorto of Pike County, said two activists were sitting 75 feet in the air on a tree platform that had been connected to a cable stretched across the access road. If a truck or machine were to cross the cable and cut through it, the tree sitters would fall, Lotorto said.
Hydraulic fracturing, or fracking, is a drilling method that involves pumping chemical-laced water at a high pressure into the ground to release gas and oil.
Environmental groups fear the process could poison water supplies. The industry says it’s safe.
Skydiver killed in Mifflin County
REEDSVILLE – Officials say a man plunged to his death while skydiving over the weekend.
Mifflin County Coroner Daniel Lynch said the accident happened in Brown Township at about 10 a.m. Saturday.
Lynch says 53-year-old Chris Brown of State College was jumping with Sky Dive of Happy Valley.
Witnesses said Brown’s main chute opened but became tangled as he spiraled toward the ground.
Lynch says his emergency chute then failed to open.
The coroner says Brown was an experienced skydiver.