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‘Ride to Remember’ starts Monday

first_imgIndianapolis, In. —Monday, July 9, 2018, is the start of the 17th annual Cops Cycling for Survivors bicycle ride across Indiana. A departure ceremony will be held at 8:30 a.m. EDT at the Police and Fire Fighters Memorial located at the southeast corner of the Indiana Government Center North Building on the State Capitol grounds in downtown Indianapolis. Indiana U.S. Senator Joe Donnelly, Sarah and Laura Barrett, survivors of fallen Indiana State Police Trooper Daniel Barrett, will be speaking at the event.A 9:00 a.m. departure from the memorial will take the cyclists south to the Southport Police Department where they will meet with Lt. Aaron Allan’s family, friends, and co-workers to honor and remember his ultimate sacrifice on July 20, 2017. During the 13 day nearly 1,000 mile ride honoring Indiana’s fallen police officer’s and their families the cyclists will also visit the survivors of Sgt. Joseph Cox Jr., Allen County Sheriff’s Office, whose end of watch was February 12, 2017.  Indiana’s First Lady, Janet Holcomb, is scheduled to join the ride during the last day.The Cops Cycling for Survivors Foundation, Inc. annual bike ride consists of active and retired police officers, survivors, family members and friends of law enforcement riding their bicycles around the perimeter of Indiana to raise funds and awareness of the sacrifices made by Hoosier law enforcement families across Indiana. Funds raised from this event are used to perpetuate the memories of officers killed in the line-of-duty and to aid surviving family members and co-workers of officers killed in the line-of-duty. Previously raised funds have been directly donated to foundations, scholarships and camps in memory of fallen officers and to provide immediate financial assistance following a line of duty death.The ride will conclude the afternoon of Saturday July 21, 2018, at Crown Hill Cemetery Heroes of Public Safety Section.  The closing ceremony will begin at 2:00 p.m. EDT.  Survivors and family members of fallen Monroe County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Sarah Haylett-Jones, end of watch October 19, 2008, will provide the closing message. Everyone is welcome and encouraged to attend.The general route of the ride will be as follows:Day 1, Monday, July 9 – Indianapolis to ColumbusDay 2, Tuesday, July 10  – Columbus to MadisonDay 3, Wednesday, July 11  – Madison to JeffersonvilleDay 4, Thursday, July 12 – Jeffersonville to HuntingburgDay 5, Friday, July 13 – Huntingburg to PrincetonDay 6, Saturday, July 14 – Princeton to Terre HauteDay 7, Sunday, July 15 – Terre Haute to KentlandDay 8, Monday, July 16 – Kentland to MerrillvilleDay 9, Tuesday, July 17 – Merrillville to MishawakaDay 10, Wednesday, July 18 – Mishawaka to AngolaDay 11, Thursday, July 19 – Angola to BlufftonDay 12, Friday, July 20 – Bluffton to DalevilleDay 13, Saturday, July 21 – Daleville to IndianapolisTo track the ride’s progress, stops, and activities, please like and follow them on the Cops Cycling for Survivors Foundation Facebook pagelast_img read more

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Gas prices in Iowa are 18-cents below US average for Thanksgiving travel

first_imgIt’s predicted tens of thousands of Iowans will be traveling at least 50 miles from home next week to share a Thanksgiving meal with family and friends. Rose White, at Triple-A-Iowa, says the state’s highways and interstates will be especially busy, no matter what the weather forecast may hold.“Thanksgiving holiday travel will reach 55.3-million travelers, an increase of nearly 3% from a year ago and the second-highest on record,” White says. “Of those traveling, 49.3-million will reach their destination by car, 4.4-million will travel by air and another 1.5-million will travel by other modes, including rail and ship.” The motor club says filling the gas tank will be a bit cheaper than Thanksgiving of 2018.“For those traveling by car, gas prices are fluctuating a bit,” White says. “Currently, the national fuel average is 5-cents lower than last year with unleaded averaging $2.59 a gallon. Across Iowa, the prices are about 18-cents lower than the national average, currently at $2.41 a gallon.” When compared to Christmas and New Year’s, White says Thanksgiving is more condensed, making it the busiest — and potentially the most hazardous — travel holiday of the year.“We do see a high volume of people hitting the roadways during that short window which officially begins on Wednesday and ends on Sunday,” White says. “We anticipate the busiest day for travel will be Wednesday afternoon. We advise people hitting the road to get plenty of rest the night before to prevent drowsy driving, which can be just as dangerous as driving drunk.” Travel numbers are expected to rise this Thanksgiving, based on several factors. White says consumer spending remains strong, thanks to increasing wages, disposable income and household wealth, and travel remains one of the top priorities for the holiday season.last_img read more

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