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Carroll Valley to host "National Night Out"

(7/19) Carroll Valley Borough will be holding its 7th Annual National Night Out on August 7, with some new activities added this year.

The annual event will be held at the Carroll Commons, 5685 Fairfield Road from 5-8 p.m.

Carroll Valley Borough Police Chief Richard L. Hileman, II stated, "This is a time set aside throughout the United States for communities to get together and meet their local policemen, firefighters, social service agencies and emergency responders."

The purpose of National Night Out, Hileman said, "is to strengthen the relationship between the citizens and those who have taken an oath to protect them."

Emergency responders participating in this year’s event include the Fairfield and Fountaindale fire departments, who will be displaying their life-saving equipment and will be providing fire truck ride, Hamiltonban and Liberty Township police, the Adams County Sheriff’s Department, state constables, and Cumberland Township’s K-9 Officer Tim Biggins and K-9 Max.

Also present will be the Mid-Atlantic Dogs rescue service and Thurmont K9 Search and Rescue who will be demonstrating their canine skills abilities. Plans also call for a Stat/MedEvac helicopter to be available for display 5 to 5:45 pm.

Keeney Fire Service will be conducting free fire extinguisher inspections for anyone wishing to bring one to the event to have it checked out.

Samaritan Lodge #336, Free and Accepted Masons of Pennsylvania of Gettysburg will provide parents with child identification kits through the organization’s Masonic Child Identification Programs (CHIP) Program.

"This is a really great program we are lucky to get," Hileman stated, "Not only do they take fingerprints, but they also make a compact disc with digital stills and a movie of your child, as well as a take home DNA kit at no cost."

New this year, Hileman said, "We will have on display Adams County SPCA’s Mobile Spay and Neuter 4-Life Mobile Hospital, and also a new barrel train ride for kids."

Children are also encouraged to bring their bikes and helmets to participate in the bike rodeo sponsored by Cub Scout Pack #76.

"There will be games for the kids, food, and good information for the whole family," the police chief stated. The Girl Scouts in the Heart of PA will be hosting children’s games.

Other participants will include Strawberry Hill Nature Center, who will be bringing some animals and will present information on their many programs, and the Harley Owners Group, who will be presenting tips on motorcycle safety.

Many other exhibits and organizations will be attending with invaluable information. Smokey the Bear and other costumed characters will be on site.

Food will be available on site, including sandwiches, funnel cakes, snow cones and Antietam Dairy ice cream.

Children under 12 and under get a free hot dog and potato chips.

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