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LOCK HAVEN — Clinton County is a week away from its first-ever night out.
The event, hosted by the county district attorney’s office and the sheriff’s department, will take place from 4 p.m. to 8 p.m., Saturday, August 20, at the Piper Building complex.
A Night Out event is a community-building campaign that promotes neighborhood camaraderie and police-community partnerships, which can help make neighborhoods safer and more caring places to live. The official date of the national evening is the first Tuesday of August.
However, according to Sheriff Kerry Stover, the county did not want to compete with other organizations in the area hosting their own Night Out event.
The night will feature a wide variety of educational tools and visuals from local police, fire departments and other emergency response organizations throughout the county.
The inclusion of fire companies and other services is not extremely common for the event, Stover said.
“We decided to do the party as we call it, with law enforcement, but we thought ‘let’s have some first responders too'” he said. “Let the children meet these people and see what services they provide.”
Parking for the event will be at the Piper Museum, with activities taking place in the Piper Building parking lot and in the green space between the building and the museum, Stover said.
Participants will need to walk past the activities to the parking area, which will be closed and volunteers will provide directions.
In the parking lot of the commissioners’ offices, fire trucks, police vehicles and other devices will be set up for members of the public to see. Seven fire companies are participating.
Stover noted that State Police and Geisinger helicopters are also expected to land in the area, although no timeframe has been set.
“It all depends on whether they should be sent to anything or not”, Stover explained.
Vendors will be set up in the grassy area between the Piper Building and the museum. They include: CareerLink, Ross Library, West Branch Drug and Alcohol, Salvation Army, Clinton County’s Probation Department, Camp Cadet, and Early Learning Resources Group.
The Sheriff’s Department will also offer a wide variety of information and activity packets, which Stover has been collecting for months.
The activities will consist of asking the children to walk with “drunk” goggles; a bike rodeo hosted by the Bald Eagle Nittany Valley Kiwanis Club; two or more bouncy houses. Smokey the Bear, McGruff the Crime Dog, and Sparky the Dalmation could also make an appearance.
“We try to help educate parents and provide activities for children, which can help them understand what their local police, emergency responders are doing,” Stover said.
Thanks to a donation from Walmart, the event will also offer food – such as hot dogs, Pepsi products and chips – for 250 to 300 people. District Attorney Dave Strouse will man the grill for the event.
According to Stover and Strouse, this event took years to prepare.
“We knew we wanted to do this, to help build relationships with fire departments and police,” Stover said. “That was 2019. In 2020, with the COVID issues, we couldn’t do it. And 2021 wasn’t much better.
So when 2022 looked promising, Stover and Strouse formed a committee and began preparing for the event.
“We’d like it to be an annual thing and hope for a big turnout,” Stover said.
“There are plenty of things to do” said Strouse. “The sheriff and I saw this as an opportunity to engage the community with law enforcement and first responders.”
Both Stover and Strouse emphasized how grateful they are to the many volunteers who will also be contributing to the event.
“There are many, many, many volunteers who will help and we really appreciate them”, said Strouse.
Stover noted that many are families of law enforcement officers as well as local churches and other organizations.
The two also thanked their “gold” tier sponsors for their support. They include: Pepsi Co., Save-A-Lot, Central PA Auto Auction, Erie Insurance, APC International, Ltd., Walmart and Schlesinger Communications.