FORMER National Cyclist, Jude Bentley, was remembered as iconic and heroic at a moving funeral service on Sunday at World Vision New Testament Church of God in David Street, Kitty.The service, which saw several moving tributes to his professional, personal and sporting life, left little a dry eye.The former National cyclist, who was struck down by former chief-of-staff of the Guyana Defence Force, Gary Best, Saturday last, was laid to rest a week later.President of the Guyana Cycling Federation, Linden Dowridge, in an invited comment, stated that the sport has lost an icon in Bentley.A cyclist bursts into tears at the spot where Jude Bentley lost his life.He said the sport must seek to carry on the legacy left by Bentley. The owner of Bentley’s cycle shop on Robb Street was remembered as a man who helped many in large and small ways and touched the lives of many of the current cyclists.Some recounted stories where Bentley gifted several young cyclists gear to compete in races around the country, often times offering them at payment plans with little or no interest.MOU for cyclingFollowing the cyclist’s death, The National Sport Commission (NSC) and the National Parks Commission (NPC) and the Guyana Cycling Federation (GCF) signed a Memorandum of Understanding.The MoU, according to the media, was drafted to allow for the country’s cyclists to utilise the inner circuit of the National Park for training in the evenings.The director of sport, Christopher Jones, was quoted as saying that the MoU seeks to provide support to the cycling community, those who use the park.Proper signage and other manner of warnings will be erected around the park to allow for patrons who also use the park, to be alerted.The document will be in memory of Bentley
In a familiar finale to the holiday season, local Boy Scouts will tour many Clark County neighborhoods Saturday in the annual Christmas tree recycling sweep.The Boy Scouts of America will collect trees left in front of homes in Battle Ground, Camas, Vancouver and Washougal, starting at 8 a.m.The service is free, but donations will be accepted; the suggested donation is $7.Pickup optionsThere will be several other tree-disposal options, including at-home pickups and drop-off locations.Waste Connections will pick up trees during its yard debris collection or regular garbage service available in most parts of the county. Trees taller than 5 feet must be cut into smaller sections no longer than 5 feet, regardless of whether they will be collected with yard debris or garbage.Yard debris customers may put smaller trees into their carts. They also may place a single 5-foot or less tree or section of a tree next to their cart for no additional charge. Customers who place more than one section or more than one tree next to the cart will be charged an extra yard debris pickup fee.Customers who do not have yard debris service can put trees next to their garbage containers and pay for an extra 32-gallon collection. Trees collected with garbage will be sent to the landfill.