In an effort to further enrich the lives of their residents, the staff at Wheat State Manor have organized the first annual Miles for the Manor bicycling event.

In an effort to further enrich the lives of their residents, the staff at Wheat State Manor have organized the first annual Miles for the Manor bicycling event.

"Wheat State Manor is the only non profit nursing home in Butler County," said Development Director Jan Brandom. "We're trying to raise enough money to purchase a wireless nurse call system."

The calling system, while a very expensive item, will greatly improve the lives of the residents of the manor.

"The cost of the new system is $40,000," explained Brandom. "It is very expensive, but this new system is critical for the facility. It will replace the currently central call system that we have."

The current call system has not proven to be efficient in its years of service.

"Many people are familiar with the system we currently have," Brandom went on. "It has ringing bells and flashing lights to notify our nurses of a patient's needs. It has to be centrally located in the building in order to function. RIght now, the only option for the location of the nurse's station is centrally in the building so that the nurses can look down all of the hallways and see the flashing lights. This limits our ability to reconfigure the nursing home. The new system will not only enhance our responsiveness to resident requests, but it will also provide us the flexibility we need to create a more home-like environment. With our fundraising for Miles for the Manor, we hope to at least make a dent in our goal."

The event, which will take place on Saturday, Sept. 6 will be a one-day charity bike ride in scenic NW Butler and SW Marion counties.

"We have what some people would consider a family ride," explained Brandom. "It is about 19 miles with a rest stop half way through the route. All of the routes for the ride begin and end at Remington High School. There is also a 56-mile paved road route and a 50-mile gravel road route."

The fundraiser has also gained some support from several local area organizations.

"The event will be fully supported," said Brandom. "That means there will be ham operators. They will supply a critical element for communication and safety for our riders. The Christian Motorcycle Association will also be supporting the ride. They will have their motorcycles out monitoring the ride and they'll help if a cyclist needs a repair. They'll also help some with communications for the riders. A bike shop owner in Newton will also be standing by in case any one of the riders needs any minor repair, such as a flat tire, while on the trail. He will be there with his tools if anyone needs an adjustment to their bicycle. This is a leisure ride–not a race. We have beautiful country in the county and it will be an opportunity for people to get some fresh air and enjoy it."

The ride will also travel through several Butler County communities during the scenic tour.

"We have several community members providing wonderful rest stops in different communities," said Brandom. "We will travel through Burns, Peabody and Elbing."

The ride, which will begin at 8 a.m. will feature both breakfast and lunch for the riders.

"Registration for the 17 mile paved trail is $25 and it includes breakfast and lunch," explained Brandom. "The registration for the 50 mile gravel trail and the 56-mile paved trail is $35. The deadline for early bird registration ends on Aug. 27, but preregistration is not necessary. We won't turn anyone away who wants to participate. All we ask is that those who have not pre-registered show up 30 minutes before the beginning of the ride."

The group will also be holding a drawing to help raise.

"We will also be hosting a drawing for a bicycle," added Branham. "Tickets can be purchased at Emprise bank in Potwin, Whitewater bank and the library in Whitewater and Wheat State Manor. The bike is a $300 value.The drawing will be held at the end of the ride on Sept. 6, but registrants do not need to be present to win."

Miles for the Manor will begin at 7:30 a.m. on Saturday, Sept. 6 at the Remington High School. To register online, visit or e-mail


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