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March 16, 2009

833rd Military Bike labor of love for Ottumwan

OTTUMWA — Roger Borror is one dedicated guy.

In late 2007, he began designing a one-of-kind motorcycle honoring the soldiers of the 833rd Engineer Company. He’s worked countless hours building the bike and has shown off his unfinished creation all over, hoping to raise interest and money.

And last summer, he helped sponsor a benefit party for the 833rd, raising money for the families of the local National Guard unit.

But now he’s at a standstill and he needs our help.

The economy and a lack of donations has hampered his efforts to finish the bike.

Anyone who has seen the unfinished motorcycle knows Borror is a talented designer. Imagine what the bike will look like when he is able to finish the work.

Of course, the finished bike will not be the end of the story.

Once it’s done, the bike will be raffled or auctioned off, with all the proceeds going to the 833rd families.

“I will continue my efforts to finish the bike and fulfill what I have started,” Borror said. “However long it takes I will get it done as promised.”

Those wishing to help should contact him at (641) 799-0444.



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Speaking of assistance, I received an e-mail about the need for size 14 tennis shoes for a homeless young man at Ottumwa High School.

Fortunately, word spread throughout Ottumwa and shoes were quickly donated.

But there are other students who are in need of clothing, shoes and personal care products. These are tough times, but now more than ever, a helping hand is needed.

Those who wish to donate or contribute, should consider contacting the OHS I-JAG store at (641) 683-4444, ext. 229.



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On occasion, the Courier plays host to tour groups.

In the last few weeks, we welcomed two groups to our newspaper office — the Bear Den 1, Pack 18 Cub Scouts from Ottumwa and Moya Sheehy’s fourth-grade class from Douma Elementary.

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