Thursday, July 9, 2009

Mertens Mileage

A month into their cross-Canada bike tour and a father and son from Pinehurst have made it as far as Sault Ste. Marie, Ontario. Bob and Tucker Mertens left on their bicycles on June 9th as they headed out to raise money and awareness for Amnesty International. The idea for the nation-wide trek came from 14-year old Tucker. He had started origami in elementary school when he heard the Japanese legend that a wish is granted to anyone who folds a thousand paper cranes. Tucker has been giving cranes away in exchange for donations on their trip - which they are paying for themselves. In an email to CKBW, the Mertens plan to check in with the radio station when they get to Winnipeg in the next week or so.

Second Fatality

There's now a second death as a result of a motorcycle collision in Oak Hill last Friday. Kenneth Emino of Bridgewater died in hospital Tuesday evening. His wife, who was a passenger on the bike is still in hospital. RCMP are still investigating the cause of the crash. A preliminary investigation shows that one motorcycle crossed the centre line and hit the other one head on. Fifty-two year old Gregory Allen Naugler of Pine Grove died at the crash site on Highway 325. His funeral service was held earlier this week.