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Tradition carries on: Marthaler donates bicycles

Marthaler of Marquette employees pose with 20 bicycles the dealership donated to The Mining Journal’s Cheer Club. From left, back row: Nikki Remilong, Kevin McLaughlin, Charlie Crabb, Tony Cappo and Cassie Herman; front: Lauren Brintlinger, left, and Brandee Korpi. (Journal photo by Amy Grigas)

MARQUETTE — Just because the name and owners change doesn’t mean tradition should be broken.

Tradition continues with donations to The Mining Journal’s Cheer Club from Marthaler Buick GMC Cadillac of Marquette.

Formerly known as Public Service Garage, Marthaler donated 20 new bicycles to the Cheer Club on Monday.

“Marthaler purchased the bikes, but a lot of our employees have been bringing in toys and then also people from the community have brought in toys,” said Nikki Remilong, general manager at Marthaler.

Remilong said they chose bikes because they wanted all skill levels and every age group, both boys and girls, to be covered when it came to receiving presents this year.

“It means a lot to us to donate to a cause like that and what’s good for our community,” Remilong said. “We want to help in many ways, but that was just one way we are able to.”

Unwrapped toys and gifts are distributed through St. Vincent de Paul in Marquette and the Salvation Army of Marquette County to local children and families in need during the holiday season.

“This is definitely something in the future that we want to do every year to help our community,” said Remilong.

Cheer Club gifts can be dropped off at The Mining Journal’s office; Range Bank locations in Marquette, Harvey and Negaunee; Thomson & Metivier PC in Marquette; Gwinn Ace Hardware; the Northern Michigan University Police Department; Salvation Army’s locations in Marquette and Ishpeming; and the St. Vincent de Paul Thrift Store in Marquette.

Amy Grigas can be reached at 906-228-2500, ext. 243.

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