HARVARD -- Selectmen at their meeting last week unanimously approved a charity bicycle ride with a 25-mile route that passes through Still River and other parts of town. The proposal was brought to them by Bruce Ringwall, of the local civil engineering firm Goldsmith, Prest and Ringwall, which is sponsoring the event.

Proceeds from the ride will benefit Dylan Connelly and his family, a local man who is losing a valiant battle with inoperable brain cancer and who Ringwall said has been on a "downhill slide" since he was diagnosed in January, in part because other medical conditions rule out chemotherapy.

Ringwall's voice shook with emotion as he described the travails the man has gone through and the courage with which he has faced insurmountable challenges.

On more level ground, he also covered the nuts and bolts of the bike ride, whose route at some point crosses into Bolton and traverses other notably hilly spots in the town of Harvard, including Bear Hill and Oak Hill roads and looping through Devens and back.

Ringwall said he was in the process of consulting with Police Chief Edward Demark to pin down the details and that he has also been coordinating with local nonprofit organizations such as the Rotary and Lions clubs to ensure the date of the bike ride, July 13, doesn't conflict with other events.

Selectmen gave Ringwall's plans a green light, subject to Denmark's approval.


Other fundraisers scheduled for the same cause include a family movie night at the Bromfield School on May 11 and other events and activities throughout the coming summer, including an online auction held in conjunction with the bike ride and sponsored in concert with the Nashua River Watershed Association.