Centreville cel­e­brates Na­tional Night Out

Record Observer - - News - By HAN­NAH COMBS hcombs@kibay­times.com

CENTREVILLE — Na­tional Night Out in Centreville on Thurs­day, Aug. 4, pro­vided an op­por­tu­nity for the com­mu­nity to en­joy the com­pany of lo­cal law en­force­ment and emer­gency ser­vices in a fun, fam­ily at­mos­phere. Queen Anne’s County demon­strated that re­cent ten­sions across the na­tion have no place in Queen Anne’s, as was ev­i­denced by the re­laxed and mu­tu­ally re­spect­ful at­ti­tudes of all who par­tic­i­pated.

Cor­po­ral Kim Conley of the Centreville Po­lice Depart­ment was in charge of co­or­di­nat­ing the night’s events, which closed Lawyers Row for a few hours to al­low fam­i­lies to par­tic­i­pate in some old-fash­ioned fun. Hot dogs and cot­ton candy were pre­pared and handed out by law of­fi­cers and county and town of­fi­cials vol­un­teered at a dunk­ing booth. Mu­sic was pro­vided by the United Methodist Church praise band and Price and Gan­non’s Ace Hard­ware op­er­ated a pop­corn ma­chine and bounce house.

Conley said the com­mu­nity and lo­cal busi­nesses are al­ways sup­port­ive of the yearly event. “Centreville is for­tu­nate to have such a strong com­mu­nity where ev­ery­one looks out for each other,” she said.

Rep­re­sent­ing the Queen Anne’s County Depart­ment of Emer­gency Ser­vices at Centreville’s Na­tional Night Out are, from left, Amanda Hox­ter, Tracey John­ston, Casey Amos and Gavin Brinker Cole.

The praise band from the Centreville United Methodist Church dis­plays their Centreville Po­lice Depart­ment shirts while they per­form for the crowd at Na­tional Night Out.

Dis­play­ing a ban­ner signed by the com­mu­nity dur­ing the first Back the Badge event, Centreville Po­lice Depart­ment serves up hot dogs at the Na­tional Night Out. From left, Ofc. Rudy Draper, Lt. Ken Rhodes, Chief Char­lie Rhodes and Sgt. Rob­bie Hobbs.

Alex Boyles, age 3, from Centreville en­joys blue cot­ton candy cour­tesy of the Centreville Po­lice Depart­ment.

Amiya Dorothy of Centreville meets an Army re­cruiter dur­ing Na­tional Night Out.

Tak­ing a break from the fes­tiv­i­ties at the an­nual Na­tional Night Out in Centreville, these girls cool off with an ice cream.

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