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National Night Out promotes community relationships

On Tuesday, Kish Park was overflowing with visitors, there to take part in the second combined National Night Out, put on by Mifflin County Regional, Lewistown and Granville Township police.

The same with Myers Park in Mifflintown — and similar places throughout the state and the nation.

The first National Night Out — in 1984 — was an outgrowth of the National Association of Town Watch, founded in the Philadelphia suburbs. That year, more than 2.5 million people took part, in 400 communities in 23 states.

Not quite 40 years later, National Night Out is celebrated in every state, in more than 15,000 communities, by nearly 40 million neighbors.

The annual community-building event promotes community partnerships with police in an effort to make neighborhoods safer. The event has grown to include numerous municipal services and civic groups.

National Night Out is a chance for all to see what their community has to offer — and thank those who make the community a better, and safer, place to live.

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