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Southern Saints motorcycle club holds cancer fundraising event

The motorcycle clubs in the area are no strangers to holding events and rides for members of the community.

As recently as December, several motorcycle clubs banded together for a coat drive to donate to those in need. But this Saturday, local motorcycle club the Southern Saints’ newest fundraiser will hit a bit closer to home.

“It’s still the same to this very day, you know. We’re here for each other, taking care of each other. And that’s what the biker lifestyle is all about. You take care of each other. You’re good-hearted,” said Perry Logan with the Southern Saints.

Logan has helped organize a ride this Saturday, which has been named F*** Cancer, and is dedicated to another Southern Saints member, Joe Ludwick, who learned he had kidney cancer in October.

Joe Ludwick with the Southern Saints rides a motorcycle in October.

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Motorcycle Event Q: “Chaos” Or “Joy”?

Thomas Breen photosDueling press conferences in the Annex Wednesday painted an upcoming motorcycle event as a potential scene of disruptive and illegal “chaos”—or one of safe and controlled “joy.”

Both sides seemed to agree on at least one point: Like it or not, thousands of motorcyclists will be descending on Forbes Avenue Saturday. So get ready, New Haven.

Those press conferences took place back to back Wednesday morning outside of the New Haven Police Department substation at 830 Woodward Ave.

The first was held by Mayor Justin Elicker and Interim Police Chief Renee Dominguez. The second held by EastCoastin founders and organizers Gabe Canestri Jr. and Sal Fusco.

The annual event is slated to take place this Saturday. That’s when city officials

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South Dakota governor calls the Sturgis rally with hundreds of thousands of attendees ‘a fantastic event’ as COVID-19 cases spike

Motorcycles seen on the streets of Sturgis, South Dakota on Friday, Aug. 6, 2021 as the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally began
Motorcycles fill the streets of Sturgis, S.D on August 6, 2021 as the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally began Stephen Groves/AP
  • South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem called the 10-day Sturgis Motorcycle Rally “a fantastic event.”

  • The rally, which ends Sunday, is expected to attract 700,000 attendees.

  • Health officials like Dr. Anthony Fauci are concerned the Sturgis rally will make new cases counts spike even higher.

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South Dakota Gov. Kristi Noem praised the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally that attracted hundreds of thousands of people, calling it “a fantastic event” as the Delta variant spreads across the state.

“I think it’s interesting that this side, this political party, the Democrats, who embrace getting abortion on demand, are accusing us of embracing death when we’re just allowing people to make personal choices and have personal responsibility over when they want to assemble, when they want to gather and

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37 Percent of Meade County, Site of the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, Vaccinated Before Event

In South Dakota’s Meade County, the site of the Sturgis Motorcycle Rally, just 37 percent of the residents are fully COVID vaccinated before the annual event that is expected to attract more than 700,000 people, the Associated Press reported.

Health experts called the Sturgis rally a “superspreader” after it was held last year, leading to 463 COVID-19 infections among attendees.

This year’s rally, which attracts many travelers, is scheduled to take place Aug. 6-15.

Although South Dakota has seen lower rates of summer COVID-19 cases compared to last year, Dr. Doug Lehmann, the head of a Rapid City health clinic, said the event is “sort of the perfect storm for pandemic spread,” to the AP.

Retired South Dakota physician Dr. Jim Buchanan said that “there’s a lot of forces that are coming together to make it potentially worse (than last year).”

Sturgis Motorcycle Rally
Just 37 percent of Meade County residents are fully
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