By Karen Blackledge
The Danville News
The public is invited to come out and meet local law enforcement, emergency services responders and elected officials during Montour County’s Community Night Out on Aug. 6 in Danville.
Law enforcement personnel and emergency services representatives will be on hand to meet kids and their families.
The event, with free food, begins at 5 p.m. and continues until dusk at Washies Playground.
“On average, we probably get 100 to 150 people. When we had it at Sunnybrook Park, we probably had 200 to 250,” said Montour County Sheriff Ray Gerringer.
The free swimming attracted more people when community nights were held at Sunnybrook and at the pool at Exchange, he said.
“Now that we’re on a strict budget, we aren’t in a position to offer free swimming,” he said.
“We call ours a community night out instead of national night out because if we were part of national night out, we would have to pay an expensive fee,” Gerringer said. National Night Out is usually the first Tuesday in August.
“Anybody in the public can come out and meet local law enforcement and elected officials to be able to get a better understanding of what firefighters and emergency medical services people do. It’s a good way to educate the community and they can get a better understanding of what law enforcement and volunteers are doing. We try to get everybody working together,” Gerringer said.
Chief Deputy Sheriff Clair Heath is coordinating the efforts of the night out.
“I want to emphasize it’s a team effort — everything we do in this county is a team effort,” Gerringer said.
Heath said they plan to raffle off four bikes — two girls’ bikes and two boys’ bikes in different sizes. Kids will simply sign up to win.
Montour County’s commissioners will be grilling hot dogs. Also available will be drinks, chips and watermelon.
State Reps. Kurt Masser and Lynda Schlegel Culver have been invited.
Law enforcement expected to participate include the county probation office, the sheriff’s office, the office of County District Attorney Rebecca Warren, Danville, Mahoning Township and Riverside police and state police. Gerringer said state police will try to bring a helicopter and motorcycle.
Also participating will be fire companies and the Danville Ambulance Service.
Refreshments are paid for by the county commissioners, probation office, the DA’s office, the sheriff’s office and local police departments.
Montour County moved its community night to the Washies last year. The community night has been held since 2004.
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