Catasauqua Press

Monday, June 18, 2018
Press photos by Paul CmilRich Scherb leads the April 20 bike night to Catasauqua’s American Legion Post 215 on his Harley Davidson Street Glide. Press photos by Paul CmilRich Scherb leads the April 20 bike night to Catasauqua’s American Legion Post 215 on his Harley Davidson Street Glide.
Emma Lake, Elaine Jackits, Pat Schuler, Bill Bucher and Gretchen Kaminsky get the food ready for the hungry bikers. Emma Lake, Elaine Jackits, Pat Schuler, Bill Bucher and Gretchen Kaminsky get the food ready for the hungry bikers.
Randy Lentz, Salem United Church of Christ minister, and Pastor Jed Smurda bless Roger Drayer and his bike. Randy Lentz, Salem United Church of Christ minister, and Pastor Jed Smurda bless Roger Drayer and his bike.
American Legion riders’ bikes are parked outside Catasauqua’s Post 215. American Legion riders’ bikes are parked outside Catasauqua’s Post 215.

Biking through town

Wednesday, May 23, 2018 by PAUL CMIL Special to The Press in Local News

American Legion bike riders revved their 100-plus engines and rode into town April 20.

“This isn’t a motorcycle club; we are just American Legion members who like to get out and ride,” said Rich Scherb, who organized the stop at Catasauqua’s Post 215. “For the most part, everyone knows each other.”

Scherb led the group with his 2014 Harley Davidson Street Glide.

According to Scherb, the organization finds a veteran in need of assistance and helps them.

“We do more than just show up for the ride. Last year, we helped a veteran after she lost her husband, who was also a vet. She almost lost her house. We got her back on her feet, so she could get a job,” he said.

The legion put out a spread for the bikers. Cheese steaks and barbecue topped the menu, with a side of vegetable lentil soup. There was a cash bar, and all proceeds went to the legion.

Part of the program was to have bikes blessed. Pastor Jed Smurda, a bike rider himself, joined Randy Lentz, a minister with Salem United Church of Christ, to perform the services.