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How trike-riding, pants-hating 'Lou Catelli' became Hampden's unofficial mayor

How trike-riding, pants-hating 'Lou Catelli' became Hampden's unofficial mayor

Sporting his standard corduroy short shorts, collarless T-shirt and a bun supported by a barrage of pens and chopsticks, the man known as Lou Catelli, né Will Bauer, unlocks an adult-size tricycle from its spot in front of the Hampden Family Center. A new metal sticker that reads “Catelli” has shown up over night, he says.

“The mayor!” a friend squeals, stopping Bauer for a hug before he takes off on his afternoon rounds aboard LouCille, the trike he scored during an auction when the Sparrows Point steel mill closed.

The trike has become a neighborhood fixture, rising to social media fame when it was stolen last month and returned thanks to a community-wide...

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