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In connection with the National Association of Town Watch, the Lockhart Police Department, the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office and citizens across Caldwell County will participate in the 26th annual National Night out on Tuesday, Oct. 6, 2009.
Although many states hold National Night Out events in August, the National Association of Town Watch (NATW) voted to allow

Texas to be one of a handful of states to move National Night out to October, in an effort to increase community participation.
It seems the plan was effective, at least in Caldwell County, where both hosting of and participation in National Night Out block parties has grown steadily over the last several years.
National Night Out block parties offer neighbors the chance to get to know one another in a social atmosphere, while emergency first responders including police, firefighters and emergency medical service personnel visit with them. The cumulative effect, according to NATW, is that neighbors who participate in block parties are more likely to watch out for one another’s property and personal well-being, leading to safer and often healthier communities.
Lockhart and Caldwell County residents who want to participate in National Night Out activities have a variety of block parties and gatherings to choose from, beginning in the early afternoon and lasting well into the evening.
The registered block parties as announced this week by local National Night Out liaisons include:
In Lockhart:
711 Lemonmint, 7 – 9 p.m.;
Southpark Village, 6 – 8 p.m.;
Senior Citizens Center, 901 Bois D’ Arc, 6 – 8 p.m.
1220 Plum, 6 – 8 p.m.;
District 1 and District 2, Lockhart City Park Main Pavilion, 6:30 – 8 p.m.;
1602 Windridge Dr., 6:30 – 9 p.m.;
221 S. Medina St., 6 – 9 p.m.;
1305 Dove Lane, 7:30 p.m. – ?;
1314 Walter Ellison, 7:30 p.m. – ?;
226 Sunshadow, SummerSide Subdivision, 6:30 p.m. – ?;
1626 Parkview Lane, 7 p.m. – ?;
515 Neches St., 7 – 8:30 p.m.;
Springfield Villa Apartments, 6 – 7:30 p.m.;
1008 S. Live Oak St., 7 p.m. – ?;
Meadow Park Village, 5 – 7 p.m.; and
1305 Woodlawn, 6 – 8 p.m.

In rural Caldwell County:
Dale VFD, FM 1854 across from the Post Office;
McMahan Women’s Club, 6000 block of FM 713;
Chisholm Trail RV Park, 6071 S. Hwy 183 in Lockhart;
Maxwell VFD, Hwy 142 at FM 1966;
Pecan Plantation Mobile Home Park, 36 Mill Rd., in Reedville;
344 FM 2984, Luling, Texas; and
Neiderwald VFD, FM 2001.

For additional information on National Night Out activities, contact Lt. William Tedford at Lockhart Police Department, (512) 398-4401, or Bob Carroll at the Caldwell County Sheriff’s Office at (512) 398-6777.

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