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The national program held in Clark Park gives locals and first responders a chance to connect

Molalla residents had a chance to meet and greet one another and members of the Molalla Police Department Tuesday during the National Night Out event in town. PMG PHOTO: SANDY STOREY - Visitors to Molalla's National Night Out on Aug. 2 got to visit with 'Ginger," the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Posse horse.

This year's event was held in a new location — Clark Park — which offered more shade and better parking options, all of which seemed to elicit a positive response from those who attended. "Attendance was higher than in years past, which demonstrates our community's support," Molalla Police Sgt. Curt Kessler said. "NNO is an opportunity for the public and first responders to connect in a positive, fun environment and for the community to get a glimpse of various first responder organizations and community groups that they otherwise may not have been aware." PMG PHOTO: SANDY STOREY - Children had plenty of fun things to do and see at this year's Molalla National Night Out. Kessler said community members and people from out of town came to "join us in children's safety and education." Children had the opportunity to meet "Ginger" the horse from the Clackamas County Sheriff's Office Posse, Animal Control, Molalla River BMX, Molalla Public Library, Red Cross, Molalla Youth Sports, DJ Rob, First Student Transportation, Molalla Public Works, Army National Guard, Oregon Department of Forestry, Molalla Fire District, KAPA Dance, Girl Scouts, Friends of the Library, Clackamas County 911, Molalla Aquatic Center, Molalla Communications, Feed Shack and the Molalla Police Department. "All in all, this event was positive and enjoyable for all involved, and I expect attendance and presenters to grow again next year," Kessler said.

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