15 years of National Night Out in Sunbury

SUNBURY – A big even and a big thank you Tuesday night in Sunbury. For over 15 years the Sunbury Police Department in partnership with the Sunbury Crime Watch, have been holding the National Night Out event in Cameron Park. National Night Out is a community-police awareness-raising event all over the United States, held the first Tuesday of August.

Just before Tuesday evening’s activities  in Sunbury, Crime Watch president Connie Beegle said, “(People) are going to find all types of Chinese auction gifts here. We also have a chocolate pie-eating contest. We have a lot of different stands like, the Red Cross, the Sunbury Hospital, the Sunbury Police Department, the D-A’s office, and the Sheriff’s Department.”

Later, Sunbury mayor David Persing presented Beegle with an appreciation award for putting on this event for the past 15 years, “I can remember when this started out and there was two tables, we used to have the police department all by its self, but she has been doing this for at least 15 years, and as you can see there are about 20 tables sitting around here.”

He said, “She was just constantly recruiting and going after everything from Chinese auctions to whatever it may be, and getting other organizations involved. They have come a long way and it is definitely a big turn out and although she is retiring we hope to continue this throughout next year.”

Connie and her husband Mike Beegle also received $500 from the Sunbury Police Officers Association for their participation in the cities Crime Watch program, and for all they have done for the city police. (Sarah Lagerman)

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