Meeting new friends: It’s National Night Out in Concordia

August 7, 2012 by

Neighbors gather in Concordia’s Hood Park Tuesday evening as part of National Night Out.

Neighbors, parents, kids — and some pets — came out Tuesday evening as Concordia took part for the second year in National Night Out.

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In City Park, Patrick and Jennifer Sieben served hot dogs and neighbors brought an array of potluck dishes to share. Patrick Sieben said nearly 40 people came for the meal, and most stayed to enjoy the conversation and slight break in the week’s hot weather. At 7 p.m., the temperature was about 85 with a slight breeze.

At Hood Park, the gathering featured snacks contributed by the neighbors, plus games for all the kids.

Last year organizers Kevin and Holly Brown had set up an impromptu water slide as a way for the kids to beat the heat. But with the city’s water warning that began last week, they decided to forgo that Tuesday. Instead, kids enjoyed the playground and competed in a watermelon-seed-spitting contest.

Across town, Larry and Janet Eubanks closed off a section of Republican Street, between Fifth and Sixth streets, and filled it with picnic tables for a neighborhood barbecue. And at Jeffery and Rhonda Gumm’s house on West 19th Street, neighbors filled for front yard for the dessert potluck they hosted with Brenda Berg.

Elsewhere, neighborhoods had planned ice cream socials, cookouts and potlucks.

Officers from the Concordia Police Department, which helped sponsor National Night Out, visited the events to talk about their work and to hand out free glow necklaces to the kids. The other sponsors were the Concordia Year of Peace Committee and the Cloud County Chemical Dependency Committee.

Now in its 29th year, National Night Out is designed to heighten crime and drug prevention awareness; generate support for, and participation in, local anticrime programs; strengthen neighborhood spirit and police-community partnerships; and send a message to criminals letting them know that neighborhoods are organized and fighting back.

National Night Out is always the first Tuesday in August. This year more than 15,000 communities in all 50 states, U.S. territories, Canadian cities and on military bases worldwide were expected to take part. In 2011, more than 37 million people participated.



One Response to “Meeting new friends: It’s National Night Out in Concordia”

  1. Loretta A. Jasper, csj on August 26th, 2012 6:49 am

    What wonderful ways for neighborhoods to have a good time in the name of keeping neighborhoods safe. It works if we work it. Sorry I missed it: again!

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