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Page A-24 - Mason County Journal - Thursday, Feb. 27, 2014 Chopper: Motorcycle was one of only 125 entries continued from page A- 19 longer than the average Harley- Davidson. For the past two years, he has worked with Jayson Seib- ert, owner of CFM Auto Body in Shelton, Dave Miskinis and Kyle Slater to paint and cus- tomize the bike. Seibert painted the bike cherry red and Miskinis added "ghost flames," or flames on the bike painted with opaque, pearlescent paint. "It's an art," Greninger said, of the paint job. "Both David and Jayson are perfectionists." At first, Greninger made mostly practical changes to the chopper. The first time he rode the bike, he thought the seat was uncomfortable, so he re- placed it. "I wanted to customize it to suit me," he said. Eventually, Greninger decid- ed to make the chopper a show bike. Greninger applied to show his bike at the Colorado Mo- tercycle Expo. The prestigious show accepts only 125 entries each year from throughout the country. "The competition was very stiff," he said. To get into the radical custom division, Greninger's bike had to have at least 14 changes to a stock motorcycle. His changes include a stretched frame, non- standard lights and a wiring system completely hidden with- Journal photo by Natalie Johnson Chuck Greninger's 1974 Harley-Davidson Ironhead, which includes these shift levers made to look like gun silencers, won first place this month in the Colorado Motorcycle Expo's American Sportster Radical/Custom division. in the bike's frame. Greninger said he heard the judges were particularly impressed with this design, created by Slater. His bike also has custom shift levers made to look like gun si- lencers, and mirrors shaped like Maltese crosses. All of the nuts and bolts are stainless steel. Greninger said he has spent $27,000 on the bike. "The value is what you feel it is," he said. "To me, it's price- less." Motorcycles run in Gren- inges family's blood. His fa- ther started the first outlaw mo- torcycle club in Missouri -- The Carterville Four -- Greninger said. He said he can remember be- ing 3 or 4 years old and riding on the back of his dad's 1930s Harley-Davidson to get milk for their family. Between them, the six broth- ers have had 28 Harley-David- sons, he said. Greninger stepped riding motorcycles after an accident in the late 1970s put him in the hospital for 15 days. "There's two kinds of bikers, there's those that have wrecked and those who are going to," he said. However, in 1997, he went on a 22-day, 7,600-mile cross- country ride with his brother, "The value is what you feel m a it is, To me, it s priceless," Chuck Greninger, owner of 'Chog's Hog,' a 1974 Harley-Davidson and reignited his love for motor- cycles. More than 20,000 people showed up for the first day of the Expo, he said. Greninger drove 3,000 miles to the expo, towing his motor- cycle in a box trailer behind his truck. When he arrived, he met up with his five brothers -- Ed, Robert, Mark, Tim and Clayton -- who all made the trip from Oregon and Missouri to Colora- do to be with their brother dur- ing the expo. "For me, it was more of a highlight having all my brothers there than being in the show," he said. "The only thing that would have made it better is if Jayson and David and Kyle were there ... they were there in spirit." As an added bonus, on the last day of the expo, the Seat- tle Seahawks beat the Denver Broncos in the Super Bowl. "Everywhere we went, we were hollering, 'go Hawks!' "he said. "I basically had two big wins in the same weekend." Harstine: Crab, clam dinner getting closer continued from page A-19 and vigilance and white for purity, innocence and hope." Another reminder that the Pio- neer Kiwanis Crab and Clam Dinner is getting closer. This has been a pop- ular event throughout the years. The Kiwanis Club takes over the Pioneer Primary School cafeteria and trans- forms it into a seafood feast. There are also great silent and live auction items. The club is now gathering those items for the auction. If you want to help out and donate that would be great. All the funds raised are given back to Pioneer in several ways. One of those ways is through the scholar- ship program. The club just received a letter from one of the former re- cipients. She is graduating from a two-year associate program and is planning to get her degree in nurs- ing. Stories like this are what makes fundraising so rewarding. If you have an item that you would like to do- nate, call 259-9027. Here are the results for Pioneer School's first chili cook-off: Third place went to Tanya Hamel, second to Brian Ondahl and the first place prize went to Jim Irish. There were six pots of chili and everyone received six half-cups of chili to eat and vote on. The kids at school put letters on the cup bottoms, and after eating finished the entry tickets were "let- tered" and placed in a jug for tallying and awarding prizes. Turnout was a little low, but encouraging. The PTA will do something like this again and they will get publicity out soon- er. The chili was good and choosing only one was not easy. ALZHEIMERS: KNOWTHE I0 WARNING SIGNS Early detection is key Mason County Public Hospital District #2 Proudb/Presents Ms. Michael A. Bower, Education Coordinator, Alzheimer's Association The PUBLIC IS ENCOURAGED to attend this FREE SEMINAR Wednesday March 5, 2014 5-7pm North Mason Timberland Library 23081 NE State Rt 3 Belfair, WA 98528 for more information please visit our web site www.mcphd2.org A sweet benefit Journal photo by Gordon Weeks City of Shelton Finance Director Cathy Beierle, left, and City Clerk Vicki Look examine a bacon-wrapped desert at United Way of Mason County's sixth annual Valentine Dessert and Gift Auction Feb. 13 in the Shelton Civic Center. The event raised almost $10,000 for United Way Programs.