Na­tional Night Out ex­plodes in Fran­co­nia

Souderton Independent - - FRONT PAGE - By Bob Keeler

There’s al­ways a good crowd for Fran­co­nia’s an­nual Na­tional Night Out, so po­lice sec­re­tary Pam Paraskewik wasn’t sure this year’s fire­works would add to the at­ten­dance.

“I think peo­ple would be here any­way,” she said.

On sec­ond thought, though, it could add to the num­ber of peo­ple in fu­ture years.

“Maybe if they only come for the fire­works,” this year, she said, “they’ll continue to come af­ter they see the rest.”

The fire­works that ended the night won’t be back be­cause that was a one­time event held to help cel­e­brate this year’s 50th an­niver­sary of the 1962 start of the Fran­co­nia Town­ship Po­lice Depart­ment.

Many of the other events, though, in­clud­ing the Pub­lic Safety Bike Race, fea­tur­ing adult rac­ers on chil­dren’s bikes, will be back.

Telford po­lice Chief Ran­dall Floyd got off to a fast start and lead in this year’s first race, but wiped out short of the fin­ish line while pop­ping a wheelie, giv­ing Soud­er­ton po­lice Chief

Sgt. Jef­fery Gower of the Fran­co­nia Po­lice Depart­ment hands out cards to Caro­line, Kate and Ju­lianna Kel­cey dur­ing Na­tional Night Out.

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