Local communities prepare for National Night Out

Communities around the Shenandoah Valley are getting ready for August 1 National Night Out.

The campaign is now in it’s 40th year of promoting police-community partnerships and neighborhood camaraderie to make our neighborhoods safer, more caring places to live.

From 6 pm- 9 pm August , local law enforcement will engage with the community through drone and K9 demonstrations, children’s activities, live music, and more.

Front Royal’s night out will be held at the Gazebo, Frederick County’s at Jordan Springs Elementary, Middletown will be at Laurel Ridge Community College, Riley Park hosts Woodstock’s event while Strasburg’s is in the Square.

Clarke County Sheriff’s Office and Berryville Police Department will hold their event at Rose Hill Park.

Luray Police Department and Page County Sheriff’s Office will hold their event at the Hawksbill Greenway.

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Winchester retains Tree City USA status

The City of Winchester was named part of Tree City USA for the 40th year.

The Tree City USA program helps communities with their four step framework to maintain and grow tree cover.

Those steps include maintaining a tree board, having a community tree ordinance, spending $2 per capita on urban forestry and celebrating Arbor Day.

Some benefits of becoming a Tree City include up to 40% absorption of traffic sounds, 25% reduction in energy costs by shading buildings and shielding them from wind, rising property values, and absorption of carbon dioxide to combat climate change.

Residents can help Winchester’s status by participating in the Adopt- A-Tree or the Right Tree Right Place program and stopping the spread of Spotted Lanternflies.

To learn more about those programs, click here.

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