The Coshocton County Beacon July 11, 2018 - Page 12

12 THE BEACON www . coshoctonbeacontoday . com JULY 11 , 2018

Hammersley giving back through Bike Angel project

By Josie Sellers josie @ coshoctoncountybeacon . com
Champions Unique Desserts and Food had its official ribbon cutting ceremony on Monday , July 2 at 12:30
By Beth Scott beth @ coshoctoncountybeacon . com
COSHOCTON – Devin Rivera and Austin Sampsel , coaches for Special Olympics 10 years and one year respectively , met at the Special Olympics for people with disabilities . The two became friends and decided to open a place specifically for people with disabilities to work and serve the community . That vision became a reality on Monday , June 18 when Champions Unique Desserts and Food opened for business on US 36 in the former Local Bounty building .
“ I feel like it ’ s been a great experience ,” said Rivera . “ It ’ s a once in a lifetime opportunity . This is the first business I ’ ve opened up , so it ’ s been a great experience .”
Rivera and Sampsel wrote the proposal in February to Lake Park and once Lake Park approved the proposal , the two started renovating the former Local Bounty building to become Champions .
“ It was really nice because they [ Lake Park ] said that if we did all the painting and labor that they would reimburse us for the paint ,” said Rivera . “ That was great that Lake Park did that and we ’ re very appreciative .” The renovations started with power washing the building and repainting both the inside and outside .
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p . m . The store opened on Monday , June 18 and serves a variety of food and desserts .

Ribbon cutting ceremony held for Champions Unique Desserts and Food

The electrical had to be changed and a kitchen area was created .
The business employs 15 full-time employees and 23 during the summer months .
“ Hopefully in the future , we will have a couple of locations ,” said Sampsel . “ We would like to move up to make it more of a restaurant where they [ the employees ] can be servers and be more interactive with the customers .”
Sampsel said that the employees are learning life skills while working at the store .
“ They ’ re learning how to count money and they do everything from taking the orders , making the food and delivering the food to cleaning up .”
One of the friendly faces you ’ ll see a Champions is Scott Thomas Balentine , who greets each customer at the door with a friendly smile .
“ I say , ‘ Welcome to Champions ’ and ‘ Thank you for coming to Champions ’,” he said . “ It feels good because we ’ re all champions , and we have the best coaches , Devin and Austin .”
Although they are known for their ice cream , the store also serves a wide variety of foods and is a nice place to sit with family or friends and have lunch . They are open Monday through Saturday from 11 a . m . – 9 p . m . Sunday hours are to be determined .

Lady golfers share results

WEST LAFAYETTE - Results for the Hickory Flats Tuesday Evening Ladies Golf League from June 26 are : Play of the day - most putts . Winners were : A flight - Missy Vanderkam ; B flight - Betty Fender . Low scores : Connie Lahna - 42 ; Linda Miller - 46 ; Sherry Kirkpatrick , and Missy Vanderkam - 49 .
Results for River Greens Thursday Morning Ladies Golf League from June 28 are : Play of the day - Most pars in A , most bogeys in B , and most double bogeys in C . Winners were : A flight - Margaret Skelton ; B flight - Lynn Hill ; and C flight - Joyce Williams . Low scores were : Connie Lahna - 39 ; Margaret Skelton - 40 ; Deb Bucklew , Paige Lane - 42 ; Diana Ray - 45 ; Rhonda Barlan , Mardella Rice - 46 ; Linda Miller - 48 ; and Sherry Kirkpatrick , Becky Pittis – 49 .
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COSHOCTON – When Phil Hammersley got out of prison , he wanted to show people he had changed .
“ I didn ’ t want to be the same old Phil ,” he said . “ I wanted to show people I had turned myself around and was staying away from drugs .”
Hammersley has been out of prison now for about two and half years and is accomplishing his goal by working at Belden Brick and helping the community through his Bike Angel project , which he started June 8 .
“ I was in prison for drugs for 11 months and had missed a year of my son ’ s life and didn ’ t get to teach him how to ride without training wheels ,” he said . “ That ’ s why I picked kids to help .”
Hammersley is collecting new and slightly used bicycles to donate to children who can ’ t afford them . He also will take bikes that he can repair or use parts off of to fix up other ones .
“ This all started when an old buddy of mine called and asked if I was still scrapping ,” Hammersley said . “ I told him I wasn ’ t anymore because I was working . He had a bunch of old bikes out in his yard and was trying to get it cleaned up though so I decided to help him . I found 15 bikes that had nothing wrong with them . They just needed a little air in the tires . I didn ’ t want to scrap them , but I wanted to do something with them .”
He contacted Angie Cantrell at Chestnut Crossing Apartments to help him figure out what to do with the bikes .
“ I used to help her fix bikes when I lived up there and she gave my son a bike ,” Hammersley said . “ I told her what I was going to do with wanting to help parents who can ’ t afford to give their kids a bike . I really want to give back to the community .”
Cantrell invited Hammersley to be part of her block party in August . She will have a tent for him where he can give bikes away .
“ My goal is to take 100 bikes up there and I already have 50 and that ’ s after donating 39 ,” he said .
Hammersley has already received donations from many individuals and the following area business to help him reach his goals : Coshocton Recycling , Auto- Zone , Advance Auto , O ’ Reilly Auto Parts , The Salvation Army , Legacy Lanes & Lounge in Coshocton , Ace Hardware , Hahn Oil , Baker ’ s , Family Dollar , and Beverage Alley .
“ I also let the sheriff ’ s office know what I was doing so if someone ’ s bike got reported stolen they can come see if it came in with any of my donations or I can help donate one back to them ,” Hammersley said .
He greatly appreciates all the support his project had generated in the community and the help his fiancée Elizabeth Dunmire has given him .
“ Knowing that people are willing to donate makes me want to do it more and more ,” Hammersley said . “ I come home from work and work on those bikes .”
For more on his project , join the Bike Angel group on Facebook .
“ Doing this just warms my heart ,” Hammersley said . “ I ’ m just overwhelmed with joy and happiness . What warms my heart the most is when you hand a kid their bike , they smile , run up and give you a hug and then jump on their bike . It ’ s an amazing feeling .”
12 THE BEACON www.coshoctonbeacontoday.com JULY 11, 2018 Hammersley giving back through Bike Angel project By Josie Sellers josie@coshoctoncountybeacon.com Beth Scott | Beacon Champions Unique Desserts and Food had its offi cial ribbon cutt ing ceremony on Monday, July 2 at 12:30 p.m. The store opened on Monday, June 18 and serves a variety of food and desserts. Ribbon cutt ing ceremony held for Champions Unique Desserts and Food By Beth Scott beth@coshoctoncountybeacon.com COSHOCTON – Devin Rivera and Austin Sampsel, coaches for Special Olympics 10 years and one year respectively, met at the Special Olympics for people with disabilities. Th e two became friends and decided to open a place specifi cally for people with disabilities to work and serve the community. Th at vision became a reality on Monday, June 18 when Champions Unique Desserts and Food opened for business on US 36 in the former Local Bounty building. “I feel like it’s been a great experience,” said Rivera. “It’s a once in a lifetime opportunity. Th is is the fi rst business I’ve opened up, so it’s been a great experi- ence.” Rivera and Sampsel wrote the proposal in February to Lake Park and once Lake Park approved the propos- al, the two started renovating the former Local Bounty building to become Champions. “It was really nice because they [Lake Park] said that if we did all the painting and labor that they would re- imburse us for the paint,” said Rivera. “Th at was great that Lake Park did that and we’re very appreciative.” Th e renovations started with power washing the building and repainting both the inside and outside. Th e electrical had to be changed and a kitchen area was created. Th e business employs 15 full-time employees and 23 during the summer months. “Hopefully in the future, we will have a couple of locations,” said Sampsel. “We would like to move up to make it more of a restaurant where they [the employ- ees] can be servers and be more interactive with the customers.” Sampsel said that the employees are learning life skills while working at the store. “Th ey’re learning how to count money and they do everything from taking the orders, making the food and delivering the food to cleaning up.” One of the friendly faces you’ll see a Champions is Scott Th omas Balentine, who greets each customer at the door with a friendly smile. “I say, ‘Welcome to Champions’ and ‘Th ank you for coming to Champions’,” he said. “It feels good because we’re all champions, and we have the best coaches, Devin and Austin.” Although they are known for their ice cream, the store also serves a wide variety of foods and is a nice place to sit with family or friends and have lunch. Th ey are open Monday through Saturday from 11 a.m. – 9 p.m. Sunday hours are to be determined. Lady golfers share results WEST LAFAYETTE - Results for the Hickory Flats Tuesday Evening Ladies Golf League from June 26 are: Play of the day - most putts. Winners were: A fl ight - Missy Vanderkam; B fl ight - Betty Fender. Low scores: Connie Lahna - 42; Linda Miller - 46; Sherry Kirkpatrick, and Missy Vanderkam - 49. Results for River Greens Th ursday Morning Ladies Golf League from June 28 are: Play of the day - Most pars in A, most bogeys in B, and most double bogeys in C. Winners were: A fl ight - Margaret Skelton; B fl ight - Lynn Hill; and C fl ight - Joyce Williams. Low scores were: Connie Lahna - 39; Margaret Skelton - 40; Deb Bucklew, Paige Lane - 42; Diana Ray - 45; Rhonda Barlan, Mardella Rice - 46; Linda Miller - 48; and Sherry Kirkpatrick, Becky Pittis – 49. Contributed | Beacon COSHOCTON – When Phil Hammersley got out of prison, he wanted to show people he had changed. “I didn’t want to be the same old Phil,” he said. “I wanted to show people I had turned myself around and was staying away from drugs.” Hammersley has been out of prison now for about two and half years and is accomplishing his goal by working at Belden Brick and helping the community through his Bike Angel project, which he started June 8. “I was in prison for drugs for 11 months and had missed a year of my son’s life and didn’t get to teach him how to ride without training wheels,” he said. “Th at’s why I picked kids to help.” Hammersley is collecting new and slightly used bicy- cles to donate to children who can’t aff ord them. He also will take bikes that he can repair or use parts off of to fi x up other ones. “Th is all started when an old buddy of mine called and asked if I was still scrapping,” Hammersley said. “I told him I wasn’t anymore because I was working. He had a bunch of old bikes out in his yard and was trying to get it cleaned up though so I decided to help him. I found 15 bikes that had nothing wrong with them. Th ey just needed a little air in the tires. I didn’t want to scrap them, but I wanted to do something with them.” He contacted Angie Cantrell at Chestnut Crossing Apartments to help him fi gure out what to do with the bikes. “I used to help her fi x bikes when I lived up there and she gave my son a bike,” Hammersley said. “I told her what I was going to do with wanting to help parents who can’t aff ord to give their kids a bike. I really want to give back to the community.” Cantrell invited Hammersley to be part of her block party in August. She will have a tent for him where he can give bikes away. “My goal is to take 100 bikes up there and I already have 50 and that’s after donating 39,” he said. 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