Lena hosts a National Night Out

National Night Out provided an opportunity to see the inside of a medical helicopter without needing its services. (Warren Bluhm | NEW Media)
By: 
Warren Bluhm
Oconto County Times Herald Editor

LENA — A crowd gathered around the Eagle III rescue helicopter, kids bounced in bounce houses and played games, the Oconto County Sheriff’s Department showed off one of its K9 officers and there were demonstrations of tae kwon do and the Jaws of Life, as the village of Lena held its annual National Night Out event Aug. 6.

The purpose was to raise community awareness to help fight crime and strengthen the relationship among the community, police and county agencies, Police Chief James Herald said.

“I can’t say enough about all the sponsors who helped make this possible,” Herald said. “It’s all because of the sponsors who donated money or gift certificates so this night could happen.”

Centered around the St. Anne’s Parish grounds and Community Center, the event featured bucket raffles for children’s bicycles, a dunk tank and other kids’ games of skill. Tyler Dolaa and Savannah Thomson of NEW Credit Union shared information about preventing identity theft, and Sparky the Fire Dog roamed the grounds making friends and posing for pictures.

In addition to Eagle III, families could get a close look at emergency vehicles and talk with personnel from the Oconto County Sheriff’s Department, Lena Police and Fire, Wisconsin DNR/Forestry Department, Wisconsin State Patrol and the Oconto Falls Ambulance. Oconto County agencies also provided displays with information.

It was also a good night for a picnic, featuring Meatski’s hot dogs cooked by Tom Reindl, water provided by Piggly Wiggly, cupcakes made by Shirley and Darrell Kushava and string cheese from Saputo Cheese. Volunteers helped out from the Lena High School National Honors Society, as well as friends and family of the Village of Lena Police Department.

wbluhm@newmedia-wi.com