Masons give bikes to young readers

Posted April 16, 2010, at 9:19 p.m.
Last modified Jan. 30, 2011, at 12:01 p.m.

MILO, Maine — Members of the Masonic Lodges in Milo, Brownville and LaGrange presented new Huffy bicycles Friday to a boy and a girl in each of the classes in the Milo and Brownville elementary schools and the Marion C. Cook Elementary School in LaGrange.

This is the first year the local lodges have participated in the Masonic Bikes for Books program sponsored by the Grand Lodge. Under the program, pupils read books throughout the year and get a chance to win a free bicycle and helmet near the end of school.

As drums rolled Friday at Milo Elementary School, Haley Knowles of Middletown Rainbow Assembly in Dover-Foxcroft drew the name of a boy and girl in each of the five classes. That process was repeated later at the Brownville school for both the Brownville and LaGrange schools.

Master Mason Scott Hoyle of Brownville announced the names of the winners, which were drawn as Anah Temple Shrine clowns Ducky, Gizmo, Baby Cakes and Coota entertained the audience, which included parents and teachers.

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In addition to the bicycle giveaway, the Masons also feted the children in the three schools with an array of exotic fruits, including blood oranges, star fruit, kiwi and sweet bananas, which the children might not normally eat.

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