DUNKIRK - Spoke Folk and Aspire of WNY celebrated their inaugural open house on Thursday, March 21 with a crowd of people, "bicycle" cookies, pizza, beverages, and fanfare. Dunkirk Mayor, A.J. Dolce, shared ribbon-cutting duties with Aspire Executive Director Tom Sy and Aspire student Nick Mages at this new hub for creativity in northern Chautauqua County. The center, comprised of a bike repair/training shop and a mini art studio, will train individuals with disabilities to repair/maintain bicycles and will provide a variety of hands-on art lessons.
For more information about the Aspire/Spoke Folk collaboration, local residents should call Betsy Dixon-Lang, coordinator of individualized career and transition services at Aspire of WNY at 456-3104.
The Spoke Folk Community Bicycle Program was launched in 2007 as part of a SUNY at Fredonia/Dunkirk Community Partnership initiative and uses a volunteer staff to run a number of bicycle-related programs and provide services available to area residents.
Pictured, from left, are Ellen Luczkowiak, Chamber of Commerce vice president; Dunkirk Mayor Anthony Dolce; Steve Colicchia, building owner; Thomas Sy, Aspire of WNY executive director; Nick Mages; Rich Goodman, Spoke Folk director; and Heather Stevens.
Aspire of WNY provides programs and services for adults and children with developmental disabilities including, but not limited to: cerebral palsy, intellectual disabilities, epilepsy, autism, traumatic brain injury and other neurological impairments.
For more information, visit the website at aspirewny.org.