The Daily Item, Sunbury, PA

July 12, 2013

Montour Motorcycle Riders hit the road in support of Danville police

By Robert Stoneback
The Danville News

— DANVILLE — Motor enthusiasts of all stripes will ride across the Valley this weekend in support of the Danville Police Department.

The benefit is being organized by the Montour Motorcycle Riders group and will take place Sunday, starting at the Smokehouse Bar and Grill. Registration will be at the Smokehouse from 10 to 11:30 a.m. with the ride starting at noon. The cost is $20 per vehicle, which includes a meal at the restaurant at the end of the trip.

“All vehicles are welcome. If you want to support the police department, and you want to come out in your pickup truck, sports car or regular car, it doesn’t matter,” said Marie Bleiler, of the Montour Motorcycle Riders. “We welcome all types of people.”

The ride’s route still is being finalized, said Ted Bunnell, group president. While the ride will occur rain or shine, he wants to determine whether the weekend’s predicted thunderstorms could close off any streets.

The route will go through Montour and its surrounding counties, he said. “It will be at least 75 miles.”

Drivers will ride in a stagger formation, with all of them leaving and returning together. As much driving as possible will be done on country roads, Bleiler said. “We try to do as much scenic riding as we can.”

While the Montour Motorcycle Riders have held benefit events before, this is the first time the group has supported the Danville Police Department.

“The police department is in need of some equipment that they don’t have the finances for. They’ve been very supportive of our group, blocking intersections and making sure our rides are as safe as possible,” Bleiler said. “They have a tough job, as do most police departments.”