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Hello All

I am passing on an email we received yesterday from Tom & Peggy Dymond:

Tom and I got a call yesterday from Kathy Anders. Frank Anders passed away this week after a long battle with a Parkinson's related illness.  Frank and Kathy have been our friends since 1971; they are our first friends in MD.  We visited them at their home in Hunt Valley two weeks ago. Kathy was her usual up-beat self.  She has been Frank's rock all through this terrible illness.

As many of you know, Frank was an avid bicyclist and tennis player until his illness took its toll on his balance.  Kathy said the last tandem ride they did was in 2012.  It's been so very sad to see such an out-going, funny, enthusiastic person lose first his balance, his mobility, and then his speech. 

Frank was president of BBC and a board member for many years.  He and Kathy ran Kent County Spring Fling for about 10 years and led numerous other BBC events.  But it was always Frank's enthusiasm and people skills that shone through.  Frank LOVED people; he loved to tell jokes and stories. Frank Anders will be missed by everyone who knew him.

In lieu of flowers, the Anders / Geipe family requests donations to organizations that have helped Frank and Kathy get through the past few years.

Kathy sent the following details today:

If anyone wants to make a donation, the organizations are:
Maryland Association for Parkinson Support, Inc.
PO Box 450
Brooklandville, MD 21022
1206 York Rd, Suite L-4
Lutherville, MD 21093

We'll send out details about a "Celebration of Life" party in the future.

Oct-15-18 08:55 am
First-time coordinators keep a great tradition alive!
Category: Social

A big thank you to Ed & Mary Jarcy for a great Washington County Getaway!  Three days of great riding to Antietam, Sharpsburg, Caledonia, and Greencastle--and many other beautiful villages too many to mention--were enjoyed by an enthusiastic and hardy group of cyclists. The excellent routes, beautiful riding, fun happy hour, and two delicious group dinners made for an excellent Fall weekend in Hagerstown, MD.  Ed & Mary Jarcy took over from long-time leader Rich Burns this year and did a great job keeping this venerable event wonderful!  Make a note on your calendar for next Fall and join us for lots of great cycling and socializing. 

Jun-10-18 05:02 pm
Thanks Phil Manger for a great event in Franklin County, PA; -Greencastle Great Escape
Category: Social
Forum: Ride Reports

Mike and I just returned from a wonderful weekend event--the Greencastle Great Escape--and a "great escape" it was!  The cycling was extraordinary--through beautiful valleys that boasted sweeping vistas and mountain views off in the distance.  Group dinners at Brothers Pizza and the John Allison Public House, happy hour in our room, and plenty of ice cream at Mikie's, Trickling Springs, and Windy Knoll Market & Creamery made for a food feast for hungry cyclists.  Of course, all the camaraderie and socializing was icing on the cake!  Our heartfelt thanks goes to Phil Manger for coordinating this the 4th annual....Despite the at times ominous forecast--Phil saw to it that we got all the rides in!!  Evie Reinsel

Jun-03-18 09:44 am
A Big Success and Thank You!
Category: Social

We extend a super big thank you to Mary Ellen McLewee for spearheading a wonderful 50th anniversary celebration--with great rides and a terrific party. Her effort and commitment are greatly appreciated. Thanks to Pat Lapensee for his support and his culinary skills--with the delicious smoked salmon and meats.  It was a true feast for hungry cyclists.  The atmosphere--on the road and off--was charged with an excitement and energy that was befitting for this milestone year!  Thanks to all the other volunteers who helped make this event so memorable. Happy Anniversary BBC! Evie/Mike

Thanks Mary.  Kent County Spring Fling rides are for registered participants only.  KCSF registration ended on May 14. 

Mar-29-18 08:58 am
The loss of a dear friend--a guy who loved to ride his bike
Category: Social

We are so saddened by the loss of our dear friend, Al Barrett, who passed away on Tuesday, March 27, at Johns Hopkins Hospital, from complications following surgery.  He was 74 years old. Al was a cyclist to his core and was a club member for over 35 years--participating in rides, events, weekend trips, and club socials. He was the Kent County Spring Fling's biggest fan, attending every event but one--34 of 35--over the decades, even the first one held at Great Oaks Landing. Al just loved being active and also enjoyed hiking and skiing. He was a nice guy with a big, warm smile and a great sense of humor. Al was a wonderful storyteller and historian--who loved reminiscing about the club's "glory days." He was liked by everyone who knew him. Al will be greatly missed.
The viewing (9-11am) and funeral (11am) will be on Monday, April 2, at the Harry Witzke Family Funeral Home on 4112 Old Columbia Pike in Ellicott City, Maryland.
Evie & Mike

Mar-26-18 11:54 am
Category: Social

Thanks, David, for letting us know about Al Barrett.  Both my husband, Mike, and I have know Al since the 1980s.  We have been friends over the decades and especially look forward to being with Al at the Spring Fling as well as other club events throughout the year.  We will get in touch with him.  Thanks again.  Evie & Mike Reinsel

We are cancelling the 10/29 Tandem ride from Runnymeade ES because of the wet forecast.  Hope to reschedule this ride.

Oct-17-17 05:59 pm
17th Annual Washington County Getaway
Category: Social
Forum: Ride Reports

On behalf of all the cyclists who have attended WCG's over the years, we would like to extend a warm and heartfelt thanks to Rich Burns who has coordinated this great event in Washington County for the past 17 years! We appreciate Rich's time, energy, and dedication.  Great routes and lots of fun socializing are hallmarks of this cycling weekend that has become a BBC staple. Thank you Rich!

Aug-21-17 10:00 am
Outstanding BBC volunteer/Spring Fling coordinator/
Category: Social

We are so saddened to hear of the passing of Al Schaffer, a warm and generous man who made a huge contribution to cycling and to the BBC.  Al, a local dentist, was one of the early bike commuters in Baltimore--cycling to work in the early 1970s.  He and his wife, Ruth, took over coordination of the Spring Fling early on and turned it the bike club's premier event for decades.  They also coordinated numerous club picnics and always had great ideas for menus, etc.  Al (and Ruth) were huge workers in the tandem community as well.  He will be greatly missed. Al was 84 years old.

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