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Bible Hill man mobile again after receiving new electric scooter

Bible Hill's Steve Weatherby is on the road again thanks to the delivery of a new electric scooter after his was stolen more than a week ago. Weatherby said the delivery made his day and he didn't waste any time before taking it for a spin. Raissa Tetanish - Truro Daily News

BIBLE HILL - Steve Weatherby's face filled with joy as he started up Craig Drive on his new electric scooter yesterday afternoon.

Weatherby, 54, had his scooter stolen from his shed overnight on Nov. 4 and it was the generosity of an anonymous donor, or donors, that helped him become mobile again.

"Woohoo! I got a new ride," exclaimed Weatherby as he wheeled up and down the road. "It feels great."

Due to limited mobility (the result of a car accident when he was five) Weatherby has trouble opening padlocks and kept the shed unlocked. But when his scooter was stolen, he remained upbeat,

"I didn't get down about it. I kept my spirits up and now I got this baby."

Because of dark clouds making their way overhead in the afternoon, Weatherby wasn't sure he was going to venture too far in case he got stuck in the rain.

"But my first stop is Tim Hortons. It's my home away from home," he said.

Cale Wadden, a sales consultant for the Maritime Provinces with Drive Medical, was on hand to explain a couple of things to Weatherby and his family when MacQuarries Pharmasave Home Health Centre delivered the scooter.

"This is considered a large size and it's good for outdoor mobility," explained Wadden, adding Weatherby will be able to clear higher grounds. It also has a bigger battery, giving Weatherby more power.

"He'll be able to travel 23 miles, or about 40 kilometres, on the battery and he can go up to seven miles per hour."

The Prowler scooter also came with a hitch installed and a universal, weatherproof cart.

"The cart can hold up to 50 pounds and I think Steve is going to use that," said Wadden.

Watching her brother drive up the street, turn around and come back with neighbourhood kids running after him, Kathy MacKay regained her composure before she could say anything.

"It's great to see him mobile again," she said. "And to see that big smile back on his face. Steve's a pretty special guy."

Both MacKay and her husband, Don, are happy to see Weatherby with his independence back, which the thief or thieves took when they took his scooter.

"He's always been an independent guy, so it's nice to see his mobility and freedom. He's a happy man today."

Along with the donated scooter, people in the community are also organizing fundraisers to help build Weatherby a new shed, with Iller Door Systems Ltd. donating an electric garage door for the shed.

Last week, Weatherby got word that his scooter was found outside Subway Furniture, however he's unsure if the scooter still works.

rtetanish@trurodaily.com

Organizations: Tim Hortons, MacQuarries Pharmasave Home Health Centre, Iller Door Systems

Geographic location: Maritime Provinces

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  • jennifer ldr
    November 14, 2012 - 19:04

    To 'cheif wiggam' Yes, really-This is the best news Ive been reading all week.Steve is a well known member of our community and if you didnt already know that perhaps you need to get to know our town better. I was very saddened to hear of the crime against Steve that his scooter was stolen (news) I was happy to read again in another article how I could help through bottle drives or donations ( more news worthy stuff) and I was very ecstatic when i read the ( NEWS) that Steve's scooter was being replaced. That is great news.I was teared up with today's article updating us on the news that Steve has received his new wheels.I was very happy with Truro Daily for keeping with this story- I'm sorry that you dont appreciate good news stories such as this one- you are missing out .CTV also aired this story and the anchors did so with pride-Maybe the real news here is how a small community can come together and care so much for one of its members.Im sorry you cannot share in that- Kudos to Steve for keeping a smile in the face of something that would have brought so many others down. Cheers!

  • sorry wiggam
    November 14, 2012 - 13:12

    Cheif Wiggam.. with the unnaturally high number of murders, overdoses and suicides in this town, you would think you would have the sense to keep your mouth shut. Steve deserves to be in the paper for this... maybe someday something terrible will happen to you and you will wish everyone cared as much. .

  • Richard and Esther Provencher
    November 14, 2012 - 11:44

    Yes, Chief Wiggam (your personal ID) this is a great news story. It has an element of crime, dejection, friendship, and inspiration for the community. Goodness, we sure need that considering the constant news about wars and other sad elements in our society. Along comes a story about a local lad who has overcome so much from when his body was first shattered in a vehicle accident. Steve attends our church, Abundant Life Fellowship in Bible Hill and we love him for his independence, cheerfulness and smiles away any personal hardship. Anyone who meets Steve will agree.

  • Mike
    November 14, 2012 - 10:34

    Nice comment there Wiggam!! Put your self in Steve's shoes. When you live in a small place like Truro this story is news!! I suggest if you want "news" start reading the Harold!! Thanx

  • alan
    November 14, 2012 - 10:32

    I think this is great and shows that there are still people out there that care and make a difference. In reference to the previous comment I do think it is news. It is nice to read about something positive for a change as opposed to the negative stuff that is always happening.

  • chief wiggam
    November 14, 2012 - 09:09

    It's funny how this has made the paper all week, is this really news truro????

    • T Page
      November 14, 2012 - 12:13

      Yes, I would say this is news...GOOD news for a change.