National Night Out

By Barb Appelhans


On Tuesday, Aug. 2, communities around the nation gathered around to celebrate National Night Out– a night dedicated to venturing out of the house to better connect with other citizens and establish an overall camaraderie feel throughout the community in order to reduce the threat of violence.

In essence, the night is dedicated to gathering with local city officials along with neighbors to establish better lines of communication to ensure safety throughout each neighborhood in every community.

Boone County was no exception to the National Night Out celebrations.

National Night Out 2In Belvidere, citizens celebrated National Night Out by attending a celebration at Four Seasons park pool located on the Club Circle between 385 Elder Lane and 254 Fox Lane in Belvidere.

Members of the community began to gather around for a mini-parade at 5 p.m. with fire engines and police vehicles cruising down the streets of the Four Seasons neighborhood.

At 5:30 p.m., Belvidere Mayor Mike Chamberlain, Boone County Sheriff Dave Ernest, Belvidere Police Chief Jan Noble, Belvidere Fire Chief Al Hyser, and Boone County State’s Attorney Michelle Courier all spoke to the Four Seasons community advocating the idea of togetherness and open communication with citizens and local officials to help make Belvidere and Boone County a stronger and safer community.

National Night Out 3The Candlewick Lake Public Safety Department had the same idea to bring the Candlewick community together on National Night Out by hosting an ice cream social on the side of the lake.

With beautiful weather and free ice cream up for grabs, large crowds gathered at the lake. While neighbors gathered around, the Candlewick Lake Public Safety Department led demonstrations on safety measures people can take with their cars and boats.

Plus, Candlewick Lake members could speak one-on-one with State Representative candidate for the 69th District Angelique Bodine, Boone County Sheriff Dave Ernest, his deputies, and members of the Belvidere Police Department.

National Night Out 4National Night Out proved to be an overall success for Boone County with community members and local officials working together to bridge the gap between the two entities.



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