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BALDWIN — As one of the biggest events in the area, drawing thousands of motorcycle enthusiasts to Baldwin each third weekend in May, Blessing of the Bikes got its start 50 years ago with the Rev. Fr. Dave Hawley, priest at St. Ann Catholic Church.
In January 1972, Hawley was assigned as priest to St. Joseph Catholic Church in White Cloud, of which St. Ann’s in Baldwin was a mission church until it became its own independent parish in 1973. Hawley was community-minded and began services for seniors, including the meal program, which has formed into St. Ann Senior Center, which continues to service many needs for seniors this day.