January 26, 2021

RIDE

Bill Walton was assigned to call Tuesday’s North Carolina-Stanford game but talked about everything other than the game. He had many viewers in tears when he hilariously talked during the first half about a bicycle ride he loves.



Bill Walton standing in front of a crowd: What a long, strange bicycle trip it's been for Bill Walton.


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What a long, strange bicycle trip it’s been for Bill Walton.

Walton talked about biking through the San Gabriel Mountains behind Pasadena, Calif.

“Oh my gosh, it’s spectacular. Start at mountain high, where I always like to be …,” Walton began.

He then gave a beautiful and passionate description of his ride, which then puts him back home in Pasadena where he is “home, home at last. Free, free at last.”

That is classic Bill Walton. If you think Walton is there to talk basketball, you are wrong. He’s there to be Bill Walton. Any basketball that comes up is a bonus. All stunts he pulls on air are part of the fun.

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Enjoy some holiday cheer from your car in Biddeford and Saco. Vadim Georgiev/Shutterstock.com

Downtown Holiday Ride
6-8 p.m. Friday. Downtown Biddeford and Saco. heartofbiddeford.org
The cities of Biddeford and Saco are collaborating to present a magical holiday experience that you’ll enjoy from your own car. The Downtown Holiday Ride route starts where Main Street meets Elm in Biddeford, and the first thing you’ll do is hit Santa’s drive-through in the city hall parking lot, where each car will receive a special gift bag. While you’re there, elves will be collecting cash, winter clothing and non-perishable food items for community members in need. From city hall, you’ll make your way down Main Street and into Saco. Along the way, you and your riders will be dazzled by incredible light and window displays. Upon arrival at a stop near the Saco Post Office, you’ll receive another treat. For added holiday cheer, tune into 94.9 WHOM, which is playing Christmas music 24/7.

Lisa and Dean Neal rehearsing a scene from “Almost, Maine” Photo by John Meader

‘Almost, Maine’
Streaming at 7 p.m. Friday and Saturday, 2 p.m. Sunday. Through Dec. 13. Via Waterville Opera House, $17 to $20 per viewer. operahouse.org
The Waterville Opera House presents a filmed theatrical production of John Cariani’s beloved play “Almost, Maine.” The play presents a series of delightful vignettes set in Aroostook County. The opera house’s version features 18 local performers who followed COVID-19 safety protocols on their stage. Whether you’re from here or away, you’ll likely adore this charming homage to northern Maine and its residents. For $20 single viewer tickets, call the box office at (207) 873-7000.

Dr. Jess Ting, center, with a nurse and a patient in a scene from “Born To Be.” Photo courtesy of Kino Lorber

‘Born To Be’
Streaming through Dec. 31. Via Strand Theatre. free. rocklandstrand.com.
Rockland’s Strand Theatre continues to stream a bounty of films, including director Tania Cypriano’s acclaimed documentary “Born To Be.” The film takes you behind the scenes at New York City’s Mount Sinai Center for Transgender Medicine and Surgery where you’ll meet the incredible Dr. Jess Ting. The center offers all transgender and gender non-conforming people access to quality transition-related health and surgical care, and you’ll see the enormous impact Dr. Ting makes on the lives of several of his brave patients on their quests toward authenticity, while also experiencing his own transformation.

Michael J. Tobin will play all the characters in “A Christmas Carol” live at The Footlights Theatre in Falmouth. Photo courtesy of The Footlights Theatre

‘A Christmas Carol’
7 p.m. Tuesday through Thursday, 7:30 p.m. Friday, 2 p.m. Saturday and Sunday. Through Dec. 23. Footlights Theatre, 190 Route 1, Falmouth, $20. thefootlightstheatre.com
Buckle up for an 80-minute version of the Dickens classic tale “A Christmas Carol” starring Michael J. Tobin, who is playing 30 different roles. Tobin penned his one-man adaptation several years ago, and you’ll see his portrayal of everyone from Tiny Tim to Bob Cratchit, Fezziwig and Ebeneezer Scrooge. A

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Black Friday has always been the day for shopping ’til you drop and scoring the best deals of the season. But this year, why not steer clear of the crowds and spend your day doing something you’d probably rather be doing anyway? And for a good cause, at that.

On November 27, the Rapha Foundation is hosting a worldwide virtual riding event to benefit the nonprofit World Bicycle Relief. For every 1,000 kilometers ridden by participants, Rapha is pledging to donate one bike to the organization.

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World Bicycle Relief donates bicycles to people in need in rural communities all over the world. With these bicycles, a valuable form of transportation—sometimes the only form—in many communities, people can have access to education, better healthcare, and better livelihoods.

a recipient with her donated "buffalo bike" from world bicycle relief
A recipient with her donated “buffalo bike” from World Bicycle Relief.

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Rapha is tracking kilometers ridden with Strava, in the form of a Strava Challenge. Those interested in participating can sign up here. If you participate, you can ride as much or as little as you would like—all you need to do is save your Strava ride and set it as viewable to “Everyone.”

“This year has been tough for all of us. But amid the uncertainty, cycling has prospered as more people have ridden to get around or find release from restrictions,” said Rapha’s statement online. “At Rapha, we have benefitted from this but we realise that there are many cycling clubs and charities who have been more negatively impacted by the pandemic, and who need our support now more than ever.”

Along with hosting this charitable ride, Rapha won’t be offering sales online and will be closing their Clubhouses on Black Friday to encourage employees and customers to get out and ride.

Jessica Coulon
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When she’s not out riding her mountain bike, Jessica reports on news, gear, and all things cycling related for Bicycling.

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A journalist based in Assam has taken up the initiative to spread awareness among people about the safety and security of journalists, in the wake of such issues being faced by people working in the media.

Snehankar Chakraborty, a journalist in Assam’s Biswanath district has embarked on a bicycle ride aiming to cover a distance of1000 km across the state for spreading awareness about the social safety and security of journalists.

Snehankar started his bicycle journey from Biswanath Chariali and will cover Dhola Sadiya, Tinsukia, Dibrugarh, Sivasagar, and Jorhat districts.

His initiative gains significance at a time when Parag Bhuyan a TV journalist in Assam’s Tinsukia district, recently died in a mysterious accident.

Days after Parag Bhuyan was run over near his home, another journalist from Assam’s Kamrup district was reportedly tied to an electric pole and attacked by goons at the Mirza area.

Forty-two-year-old Milan Mahanta, a journalist with the Asomiya Pratidin was attacked purportedly for reporting on gambling activities in the Mirza area of Kamrup district.

Snehankar Chakraborty said earlier he had completed a 300-km bicycle ride from Guwahati to Biswanath Chariali to raise awareness on the same issue.

“This time, I am taking a 1000-km ride from Biswanath to Sadiya for social safety and security of journalists. I was working as a journalist and presently I am freelancing. I will always stand with journalists,” Snehankar Chakraborty said.

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EDMOND — The inaugural Cycle 66, an urban and rural bicycling tour and festival along historic Route 66, will be Nov. 7, 2021, with diverse cycling routes showcasing the Mother Road’s uniqueness via starting and finishing lines in downtown Edmond.

“Oklahoma’s love of cycling, Route 66 and family fun all comes together with Cycle 66,” said Cycle 66 founder Mike Osburn, an Edmond businessman and civic booster. “Whether you’re a competitive cyclist, started biking as a pandemic distraction, or just like fun and food, Cycle 66 is for you. We are thrilled Edmond is getting in on the action of Route 66, a national attraction we are privileged to have as a part of our community.”

Organizers unveiled Cycle 66 on the 94th anniversary of Route 66’s establishment in 1926. Cycle 66’s title sponsor is OU Health.

“Cycle 66 offers cyclists three distances to enjoy and the rest of us a chance to cheer them on at a family friendly festival showcasing all downtown Edmond has to offer,” said Jennifer Seaton, director of Visit Edmond.

“Oklahoma is leading the nation in Route 66 tourism as the Mother Road approaches its 100th anniversary, and dynamic events like Cycle 66 are one reason why,” said Oklahoma Lt. Gov. Matt Pinnell, the state’s secretary of tourism and branding.

“Cycle 66 is a dream for people like me who love cycling, cherish Route 66 and believe in Oklahoma’s potential as a recreation and tourism destination,” said Pinnell, an avid cyclist.

Cycle 66 will offer routes for all riders, from amateur to competitive cyclists. All three routes will include support and gear, relief wagons, signage, rest stops, first aid stations and traffic control.

The routes will include:

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The Coatesville Area school board said Nov. 11 hybrid instruction — a plan which incorporates virtual and classroom instruction — is on hold for now due to transportation problems.

“Our community’s outrage is justified,” Superintendent Tomas Hanna said in a statement to the community.

Last month the Coatesville school board voted in favor of a hybrid plan set to begin Monday, Nov. 9. That never happened. Parents were notified by phone around 9 p.m. Sunday that the district didn’t have enough bus drivers, so students returned to virtual instruction via Chromebook Monday morning.

In a remote Nov. 10 school board meeting that lasted for more than three hours, board members faced scathing, lengthy public criticism about both the last-minute cancellation, for which both Hanna and board members profusely apologized.

Hanna explained Coatesville’s transportation department delivered bus schedules to Krapf at least a week late. Also, complex pandemic scheduling and the shortage of bus drivers Krapf faces in the pandemic made transportation impossible. There simply weren’t enough drivers to handle Coatesville’s bus routes. The cash-strapped district also has 15 fewer buses this school year because in the spring it cut $750,000 from its transportation budget.

Numerous private and charter school parents — for whom the district by law must provide transportation —also attended the remote meeting to complain about new bus routes. Those students have been bused since August. When the district cut bus routes it enacted a shuttle system, busing non-Coatesville students to transportation hubs and then shuttling groups to schools like Pope John Paul II and Collegium Charter.

Some parents complained there is no supervision at the hubs, their elementary children are now forced to endure two-hour bus rides, and that some buses never showed to pick up children or left students waiting at school for hours. One parent said current conditions border on child abuse. Parents also complained about a lack of communication from the district’s transportation department about bus issues.

Hanna said a transportation consultant is now at Coatesville working on the problem, and the district will soon have a transportation hotline to solve daily problems. As for when students might be able to return to classes, the answer is “as soon as possible.”

Some angry parents accused board members of trying to punish charter school families, but board President Robert Fisher said the board believes all parents have the right to choose an appropriate education for their children.

“The problem is the funding formula,” Fisher said.

Hanna said 37.66% of the district’s 2019-20 budget goes to support charter schools. However, citing Collegium Charter School as one example, Hanna said the district must pay $34,000 to send a special education student to Collegium, but Collegium spends just $11,581 on that student.

The Coatesville board said the charter school funding formula hasn’t been changed for 23 years and is unfair because it results in drastic overpayments to

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Bicycle for a Day is my effort to help protect the environment, improve personal
health, and have fun with my friends and family. Our mission is to help empower
individuals with tools which they can use in their everyday lives to make a
measurable, tangible difference to our community, our environment and our
personal health.

There are dozens of things each of us can do that have an immediate, positive
impact on the environment. Bicycling is one. Here are some facts about
bicycling:

  • The average person loses 13 pounds their first year of commuting by bicycle.
  • 3 hours of cycling per week can reduce your risk of heart attack or stroke by
    50%.
  • In 1964, 50% of kids rode to school and the obesity rate was 12%. In 2004, 3%
    rode to school and the obesity rate was 45%.
  • The United States could save 462 million gallons of gasoline per year by
    increasing cycling from 1% to 1.5% of all trips.
  • Each auto-commuter in the U.S. spends an average of 50 hours a year stuck in
    traffic.
  • In 2003, cars stalled in traffic wasted 5 billion gallons of fuel.

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If you have a car and are able to drive yourself to your appointment but cannot afford to pay for gas, you could get money for gas. The amount of money you get depends on how many miles you drive to get to your appointment. The reimbursement rate is 24 cents a mile.

  1. Before your appointment, call MTM, Inc. at 1-866-907-1493. Ask for trip logs to be mailed to you.
  2. Fill out the trip log with the following information:
  • Your trip number (get this from MTM, Inc.) Medicaid & BadgerCare Plus Mileage Reimbursement Trip Log Image
  • Appointment date
  • Appointment time
  • Type of trip (round trip or one-way)
  • Starting address
  • Health care provider’s phone number
  • Health care provider’s name
  • Health care provider’s address
  1. At your appointment, ask a doctor, nurse, or front desk staff to sign the trip log.
  2. Within 60 days, send the completed log to:
  • MTM, Inc., Attention: Trip Logs
    16 Hawk Ridge Drive
    Lake St. Louis, MO 63367
  • Fax: 1-888-513-1610
  1. MTM, Inc. will mail you a debit card with money on it and a letter that will tell you how to activate your card. Keep this card as it will be reloaded with money from future trips.
  • Gas money can be paid to you or another driver.
  • You can get gas money for trips to your children’s appointments.
  • You can include a trip to the pharmacy on your trip log.
  • All trips must be verified to get money for gas.
  • Any money you get for gas is put onto your debit card every Wednesday.

If you don’t get the trip log in time for your appointment:

  • Print the trip log from the MTM, Inc. website.
  • Get a note from your provider that has a signature, and send that note with the trip log when you send it to MTM, Inc..

Anyone, including health care providers, can file a complaint with MTM, Inc. about ride services. Complaints may be about issues such as having a hard time getting a ride, long wait times, or drivers who are late. You can file a complaint by:

  • Calling 1-866-436-0457
  • Writing to:
    MTM, Inc. Quality Management
    5117 W. Terrace Dr., Ste 400
    Madison, WI 53708
  • Going online

When filing a complaint, you must have your ForwardHealth ID number, name, and date of service or trip number.

After receiving your complaint, MTM, Inc. will mail you a response within 10 business days. If your complaint is not resolved within 10 business days, MTM, Inc. will mail you a final response within 30 business days of receiving your complaint. You can request an appeal of a MTM, Inc. decision.

If you are unhappy with how your complaint was resolved, there is further complaint information in the letter MTM, Inc. sends you.

If you were denied a transportation service by MTM, Inc. and you do not think it should have been denied, you have the right to appeal. Denials may include a denied ride or denied payment for mileage.

To appeal a denied transportation service, you can either appeal to the MTM, Inc. ombudsman or

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To learn to ride a bicycle, first find a flat, open area that’s far from traffic. Put on a helmet in case you fall, and consider wearing knee and elbow pads when you’re first learning. Place your bike on a flat surface, and adjust the seat so both of your feet can touch the ground while you’re seated. Before you try riding your bike, walk next to it and practice pressing on the brakes until you get a feel for how they work. Then, sit on your bike, place one foot on one of the pedals, and place your other foot on the ground. When you’re ready, push off with your foot that’s on the ground, and see how long you can glide on your bike without pedaling. Keep your eyes forward and look toward where you want to go, which will help you balance. If you feel yourself starting to tip, place your foot back on the ground to catch yourself. Keep doing this until you’re comfortable balancing on your bike. Then, do the same thing again, but this time start pedaling with your feet. Continue pedaling and steering in the direction you want to go. The faster you pedal, the easier it will be to balance. If you need to come to a stop, stop pedaling and press down on the brakes. Consider asking a friend to spot you as you practice pedaling farther distances! Keep reading to learn how to ride your bike on a slope!

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