Elkton, New Market Join National Event

Posted: July 29, 2013

HARRISONBURG — Harrisonburg isn’t the only community scheduled to participate in this year’s National Night Out.

Elkton and New Market also will take part in the annual initiative, held across the country to bring law enforcement and the communities they serve together.

The event, started in 1984 by the National Association of Town Watch, will be held on Aug. 6 this year in towns and cities nationwide. The event promotes crime prevention programs, including neighborhood watches, and gives residents and police the chance to meet and chat in a relaxed, friendly atmosphere.

Elkton

“It’s a sociable evening. You get to know each other,” said Haze Crider, coordinator for Elkton’s Neighborhood Watch, which will host NNO in Elkton. The event there starts at 7 p.m. on the front lawn of the town’s municipal building.

Headlining Elkton’s event will be Greg Lam, of Elkton who plays country music. The Elkton Police Department will be there to meet-and-greet with the community, Crider said, and officials with the Rockingham County Sheriff’s Office is tentatively slated to attend as well. The Elkton Neighborhood Watch will be selling hot dogs, soda and deserts for $1 to help cover costs.

New Market

The New Market Police Department will also host a National Night Out event at the New Market town offices from 6 to 9 p.m. that evening.

The Shenandoah County Sheriff’s Office and the Virginia State Police will participate by giving K-9 unit demonstrations, according to New Market Police Sgt. Chris Rinker.

“The handler will introduce the dog and he’ll give a brief demonstration of what the dog does,” Rinker said, of the narcotics- and human-tracking dogs.

The department will also be giving out free hot dogs, chips and refreshments, and families can get child identification kits, which includes fingerprinting, Rinker said.

Contact Alex Rohr at 574-6293 or arohr@dnronline.com



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