It's Friday and I love Friday. I love them for a lot of things but I love them especially so I can share and honor a local hero that is or has served our country. This week's hero is fresh on the front but already a seasoned warrior in my eyes. Let's meet Corporal Shane Walter who was nominated by his mother Linda and wife Courtney.
The Greeley Fire Department in conjunction with the City will be offering a FREE CPR training course for residents of Greeley and those who live in the Western Hills Fire Protection District. If you have a teen who babysits or just want to know what to do yourself, just in case, this is a great opportunity.
If you've spent some time driving around Greeley then you have inevitably been through the intersections along Hwy 85. They were borderline confusing and had more old broken glass and car wreckage in them than any other intersections I have seen. Well, now that's about to change but it might be a bit confusing at first.
Some of you know that every Monday I do a KIA Honor Post to pay respect to those who were KIA the previous week. I have done this for almost a year now making sure that I, and hopefully you, don't ever take them for granted. So I wanted to end the week on a positive note. This will be a weekly feature, every Friday, to honor those who made it home.
Ya, I haven't either. At least since 11 AM anyway. Truth be told, today was a perfect example of 'lack of communication," on my part. I listened to my instructions but they didn't compute until it was too late.
What an amazing day, literally. A motorcycle rider around Christmas couldn't have asked for a nicer day to do a toy run than Sunday, December 23rd. With temperatures near 55, hundreds showed up for the annual Sleigh Riders Motorcycle Toy Run breaking all previous records.
Tomorrow is the big day for hundreds of motorcycle riders from all over Northern Colorado as they participate in The Sleigh Riders Motorcycle Toy Run in Greeley. Many look forward all year to this ride and others just enjoy parking along the parade route somewhere just to watch the 300+ motorcycles, all with toys strapped to them, come rumbling through the streets of Greeley on the last Sunday before Christmas and have since 2006.
Not sure how to even start this story today so I will go with the gloating angle. Last night, my son Mason, came off the bench for his Greeley West Spartans basketball team in his first ever Varsity game to score 19 points earning 'leading scorer' honors and also logged 10 rebounds in a huge win over Mountainview to kick off the season. But the story I share with you today is one I have only shared bits and pieces of to a few but never the whole story.
This is the Father of all toy runs and I wouldn't miss it for anything. There may be an older toy run in the country but you will be hard pressed to find it. I know of only one in Wyoming that is only a year or two older than the run by A Righteous Ride.
I have to take a moment and thank everyone who came out last Saturday night in Greeley for the "Lights the Nights" parade. It's more than heartwarming, literally, to see so many of you support what I think is one of the best things that you and I have ever done as a whole because let's face it, without YOU, there is no Sleigh Riders Motorcycle Toy Run.
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