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"Brake the Cycle of Poverty" with Friend Inc.'s benefit bike ride

MAXATAWNY TWP., Pa. - The Maxatawny Township Board of Supervisors was faced with the decision to approve another local bike race at Wednesday night's meeting.

Despite a few safety concerns, the board unanimously approved supporting the "Brake the Cycle of Poverty" event.

The 5th annual benefit bike ride is scheduled for August 9 from 8 a.m. to 2 p.m.

The ride raises money for Friend, Inc. Community Services, a local multi-service social agency that provides support services to people in need in northeastern Pennsylvania.

Friend, Inc. is a United Way-supported agency that provides a food pantry, information and referrals for outside assistance, budget counseling and financial crisis intervention.

The organization also facilitates partnerships with other local service providers to help area residents cope with the stresses and strains of everyday life in any way they can.

The benefit ride will begin and end at Kutztown University's Keystone Hall.

From there, cyclists have the choice of four different courses: a 10-mile Family Ride, a 25-mile flat course, a 33-mile challenging course, or a 62-mile Metric Century course.

Registration costs $25 in advance and $35 on the day of the event, and riders are encouraged to recruit sponsors to help raise more money for the cause.

The ride courses will take some riders on the roads throughout the township.

The board members confirmed the Richmond Township and Kutztown Borough Police Departments will be on hand that day to ensure the safety of the riders and also of local motorists.

Board of Supervisors' Chairman Allen Leiby stated, "I just had some concerns for safety but other than that I have no problems with it."

This is the second cycling event the board has had to discuss this year.

In April the board decided it would not support the 25th annual Nicole Reinhart Memorial Bike Race due to safety concerns arising from the increased road traffic throughout the township.

Although the race could continue without board support, the Young Medalists Junior Cycling Team and other local residents appealed to the board to change its decision.

The board reversed its initial decision and will be providing support prior to the start of the race on July 26, 2014.

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