Photos: Quilt captures battle theme of Choices 301

— Photo by Ron Ginsburg

“How many tears will it take...How many hearts will it break...”: So says the quilt, on the wall at top, stitched by the Train Station Quilters for Edward Frank of Choice 301, Beacon of Hope on Gun Club Road. The quilt depicts pairs of shoes on a blue path created by individual quilters to evoke the victims of drunk drivers. Pictured, from left, in back, Pat Spohr, Charlene Stevens, Irene Peck,  Pat Galvin,  Sheila Galvin,  Linda Chaffee, and Susan Cable; second row, Ann Cartmell,  Eleanor Sutty, Bobbie Scrafford, and Yvonne Birschwinger,  Judy Newcomb; in front, Lois Ginsberg,  Ruth Dickinson,  Alexa Brown,  Ruth Reilly, and Altamont Mayor James Gaughan.

— Photo by Ron Ginsburg

Many soles evoke many souls: Ed Frank, founder of Choices 301, stands by a display at the Beacon of Hope on Gun Club Road, which contain hundreds of shoes donated by a local high school and mounted as a memorial remembrance of loved ones lost in drunk driving crashes. Frank said the quilt made by the Train Station Quilters depicting the shoes will be easier to transport as he visits area schools and organizations to relay his message about safe driving. Choices 301 is named after the number on the stock car owned by Frank’s son, the late Ed frank Jr., a car racer and police officer who used his stock car in demonstrating safe driving to young people.