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February 27, 2014

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Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014 - Mason Coun Journal- Paoje A-l i'00v///ll Chog and  t his hog CHOPPER: Shelton man wins first place at motorcycle expo By NATALIE JOHNSON natalie@maioncoun, com i A lifelong love of Harley-Davidson motorcycles' came to a high point for a Chuck Greninger earlier this month. Greninger, 60, also known by his ride nane as  "Chog," took first place in the Colorado Motorcycle Expo's American Sportster Radical]Custom didsion with his red 1974 Harley-Davidson Ironhead chop- per. The competition took place Feb. 1 and 2. "This was my dream since I was 16 -- to have a show bike chopper," he said. "To be actually in the show, it was a fantasy." Greninger came by his nickname while tak- ing a ride on his other Harley-Davidson. An Oregon tate Police Trooper pulled him over because a U.S. flag on the bike obscured his li- cense plate. The personalized plate reads BGCHOG, for Big Chuck's Hog. The trooper asked, "BG, does that stand for big?" Greninger recounted. He answered yes, and the trooper responded, "So what's a chog?" Since then, Chuck has been Chog. Greninger has had seven Harley-Davidsons, and bought his award-winning chopper three years ago. At that time, the bike was already stretched to nearly 10 feet long, more than 3 feet see CHOPPER, page A-24 HARSTINE ISLAND NEWS Journal photo by Natalie Johnson Chuck "Chog" Greninger sits with his customized 1974 Harley-Davidson Ironhead. Greninger took first place this month in the Colorado Motorcycle Expo's American Sportster Radical/Custom division. New sign greets drivers heading across bridge en you cross the bridge onto e island you have probably oticed a beautiful new sign welcoming visitors. The artist's name down at the bottom is S.A.M., and that stands for our own Shelleen Mathews. This sign has been attached to the old sign. Island- ers have done this so that the history island signage stays in one place. Senior lunch has it's menu set for March. On March 5, organizers will be serving up barbecue ribs, along with cole- slaw, corn bread and lemon bars. Then, on March 19, you can look forward to a great Irish lunch, including corned beef with cabbage and carrots, col- cannon, traditional soda bread with honey butter and, for dessert, lime sherbet. The hall doors open a little before noon. The food table opens at By MIKE CALLAGHAN their friends are invited. There is work afoot to make the in- tersection at the Harstine Island Com- munity Club corner a four-way stop -- could a stoplight be in the island's future? The February meeting of the community club was just great. So many things hap- pened and so much informa- tion was put out that I will be devoting several columns to this wonderful evening. The first thing that hap- pened was a new flag being raised over the hall in honor of its 100th year. Richard Peet donated the flag and it was sent to the Washington, D.C. It was raised and brought back to be again raised at our hall. About 50 gathered in the cool evening as the honor guard prepared for the cer- emony. The sky was clear with hints operative, allowing a slight breeze as the flag unfurled. Nick Neuerburg was the master of ceremonies and he did a great job. I've included a portion of his presentation because it was moving. Good evening, tonight, as part of our continuing Centennial Celebra- tion, we are gathered here together for the presentation and dedication of a new flag to fly at our hall this year. This flag, donated by island resident Richard Peet was sent back to Washington and flown over the Tomb of the Unknown Soldier and will now fly here at the hall through 2014. I'd like to start by thanking those who had a hand in planning and preparations for this ceremony to include Richard for the donation, B.J. Beauchene for chairing the committee, and Sandy Murphy for her work on the centennial project. "Secondly, I would like to intro- duce and thank the following who proper presentation and dedication of this flag. Here to lead us through the ceremony is current commander of our local VFW -- Jay Grayson. As- sisting him will be the head of the Shelton High School Naval Nation Defense Cadet Corps, Sgt. Major Dan Hernandez and members of his junior drill team. "Before I turn it over to Cmdr. Grayson, let us take a second to reflect on what this flag, the symbol of this great country, represents. It is our symbol of liberty, of justice and of per- severance. It represents country and community and is a banner of freedom for us and the world. Let us remember all those who have and continue to serve to protect those freedoms and honor them with respect and grati- tude. Let us celebrate for what these three colors of the flag represent -- red for valor, blue for justice, perseverance noon. All those ages 50 and,elder arid' ' . of pink atld orange. The wind was co,  . hazee zolunteered to assistlus on a . ; , see,4RSTINE, page A-24