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‘Blessing of the Bikes’ to raise funds for fire victims

Ed’s Inc. of South Boston will hold a “Blessing of the Bikes” benefit Saturday, April 20, and Saturday, April 27, to raise money for Gary and Janet Stevens, the family who lost their home and all their possessions in a March 5 fire.

According to Ed’s Inc. office manager Tamra Conner, the event is open to the public, and a $5 donation per bike will be accepted. Refreshments will be served each Saturday. The blessings of the bike will be held at 11 a.m., 12 p.m. and 1 p.m. 

The Rev. Larry Davis of Arbor Baptist Church of Sutherlin will lead the blessing the first Saturday. Following the last blessing of both Saturdays, a planned afternoon ride will be organized for all interested in participating.

“It’ll include some good old country back road riding,” said Conner.

Various ministers and deacons around the area also will be participating. Conner said entertainment is currently in the planning stages.

During the first Saturday, beans and cornbread will be served with a contest for the best beans served, and hot dogs will be served the second Saturday.

“This will be a little different than others,” said Ed’s Inc. owner Ed Talbott.

During the days of the benefit, Ed’s Inc. also will be welcoming their newest employee, Len Martin. Martin is a new mechanic who specializes in Harley Davidson’s but can work on anything.

Ed’s Inc. encourages all bikers to attend the “Blessing of the Bikes,” and the event is open to the public. All donations and proceeds will go to benefit the Stevens family.

Ed’s Inc. expressed appreciation to those sponsoring the event including Black Walnut Baptist Church, GWRRA Chapter J, Ed’s Inc. and Harley riders. For those wishing to help support the event, call Ed’s Inc. at 572-6901.

For those who are unable to attend the benefit and wish to make a donation, bring donations by Ed’s Inc. at 1058 Bill Tuck Highway, South Boston. Hours are Tuesday through Friday 8:30 a.m. to 6 p.m., Saturday 8:30 to 5 p.m. and closed Sunday and Monday. 

For more information, call 572-6901.