Poker Run to benefit ‘Living for Lorrie’

Heather Canan - Contributing Columnist

BRADFORD – The last week has been absolutely amazing. There was plenty of sunshine and some crazy rain but, I’ll take it.

Brad and I were cleaning out our shed the other day and we ran into a few treasures. One was a plastic tub that was duct taped shut. When I opened it, there were all these things that I had saved from our younger years. Brad was tickled to see his very first football trophy and his last, his old football jerseys and even a shimmel. I found a blanket that my grandma and I started when I was about 10 or 11 before she passed away. I’m thinking maybe my girls and I can finish it some day. I found old calendars that I filled in each day. It was interesting to see what I found worthy of writing in an 1.5” x 1.5” square. It was fun to see who we hung out with. After reminiscing I realized how grateful I am to still be in some sort of contact with most of those people.

We are always saying “time flies.” My stepmom says, “The days are long, but the years are fast.” So true.

School News

The school is hosting a book fair from through May 6. If you would like to order from home or check out what may be out there go to

The last day of school is May 19. Graduation will be held at 2:30 p.m. Saturday, May 28.

The school has released the calendar for 2016-17. School will start on Aug. 15 and end May 18.

Bradford PTO

The Bradford PTO is in need of help with flowers from the spring fundraiser. This fundraiser helps our 8th grade students pay for their trip to Washington, D.C. The flowers will be delivered to the school at 10 a.m. Wednesday, May 4. There are 1,750 flowers that will need to be unloaded and sorted. Orders will then have to be filled. If anyone is available to help, please contact Machelle Manuel (937) 217-1183, Tabatha Canan (937) 418-1655, or Tracy Barhorst (937) 448-0191. They would greatly appreciate any help even if you can only stay a couple hours.

Manna Ministries

Volunteers are always needed for Manna Ministries. Volunteers spend 1-2 hours putting meals together to be distributed to people who are unable to get out or are in need. If you are able and willing to volunteer please call Athena at (937) 621-4995.

Bradford Community Club

The Bradford Community Club is excited with how many people are joining. Rhonda Dunlevy keeps setting goals and obtaining them. Membership is over 200 members! Last week was the benefit spaghetti dinner for Devin Miller. His family put together an amazing function and the turn out was unbelievable. Tables had to be set up outside to accommodate all the people that came to offer support. This is the second benefit this year.

The fourth annual Poker Run will take place at 11 a.m. April 30. The honoree of this poker run is Lorrie Kosier. “Living For Lorrie” is about communities coming together to support someone in need. Lorrie is a resident of Bradford. She is currently battling cancer. Lorrie considered herself to be a healthy person, as she had no symptoms of any health issues. She wants people to know how important routine exams are. If you don’t have a motorcycle, it doesn’t mean you can’t be a part of it. Shindig Party Buses will have one, maybe two buses taking part in the poker run.

Other ways to take part is to come up and get something to eat and get in on some raffles and silent auctions. Shirts are being sold as well as “Living for Lorrie” $25 tickets. This drawing is set up similar to the Lucky Pumpkin tickets that are sold during Pumpkin Show. If you would like to offer donations of food or drink, please contact Julie Wombold at (937) 423-3721. If you would like to purchase tickets please contact Rhonda Dunlevy at (937) 623-2604.

If you have anything you would like to share please send it to or call/text me at (937) 417-4317. Be kind to one another.
Poker Run to benefit ‘Living for Lorrie’

Heather Canan

Contributing Columnist

Heather Canan is a freelance writer who lives in Bradford with her husband and twin daughters. Reach her at or (937) 417-4317.

Heather Canan is a freelance writer who lives in Bradford with her husband and twin daughters. Reach her at or (937) 417-4317.