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Wendi's Word A column by Wendi Reardon


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November 03, 2010 - The roar sounds from M-15 and dozens of motorcycles appear coming from the north. They keep coming.

They carry angels. Many say bikers, but on Oct. 30 as they approached Mesquite Creek to the awaiting special needs children, they were angels. Instead of wings, tires. Instead of halos, Halloween costumes.

They came for the annual Mamon Halloween Ride, bringing candy, books, games, crayons, toys for the kids.

What an amazing day! What amazing people!

The Clarkston area has so many events, some I have covered during my three years. Some I am still discovering. The Mamon Ride was an event I knew of but hadn't covered until this year.

The children and their families have lunch at Mesquite Creek, then the bikers arrive.

The children are lined up and the bikers stop at each one, filling their bags and saying a quick hi until they can talk more later.

It leaves a feeling in you. It starts in the heart and moves it's way through your body - warm and overflowing.

If you haven't had the opportunity to be involved - it is a special day. The smiles on the children's faces will change you as the bikers pull in on their motorcycles and then pass out the treats. What do they receive, the biggest smile ever seen on a child's face and dozens of "thank you's" from the parents.

For the bikers, it was easy to see they loved the event. Either Kaz Mamon, the creator, mentioned to come and try it or another biker said come on by. But after their first, they said were "hooked."

Halloween has passed but Mamon helps all year long. For more information, www.mamonride.com.

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Hope everyone had a safe Halloween and was able to attend Howl-O-Ween event with your pets. I saw some of the dressed dogs and owners walking downtown Clarkston on Saturday. Make sure to check out all the fun Halloween photos in this week's edition.

Now the holiday is over, anyone ready for Christmas? Thanksgiving? Or are you still in a candy coma?

Wendi graduated from the University of Michigan-Flint with a degree in communications. She wrote for the Michigan Times college paper and Grand Blanc View before joining The Clarkston News in October 2007.
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