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Community Picnic Set for June 18

By Staff | Jun 8, 2016

Photo Provided Shown is Wetzel County Sheriff’s Office Deputy Randy Adams at a previous community picnic. WCSO deputies attend the community picnic to answer questions from kids, as well as provide tours of their patrol vehicles.

The Wetzel County Coalition Against Drug Abuse, along with the Wetzel County Sheriff’s Office, have teamed up again to plan the third annual Community Picnic.

The event, free to the public, is scheduled for June 18, 11 a.m. to 2 p.m. at the Wetzel County 4-H grounds. Festivities will include fun activities such as inflatables and face painting.

There will also be plenty of food, including pizza, hot dogs, and snow cones.

Wetzel County Sheriff’s Office Chief Deputy Mike Koontz stated that the goal of the community picnic is to encourage youth to pursue safe interests and to steer clear of drugs.

“It’s an anti-drug initiative, to show there are healthy activities to be involved in,” Koontz said.

Koontz said the picnic is also a way for youth to see emergency services in a positive light, as the picnic does not just involve law enforcement.

Fire departments and EMS will also be present to answer questions from curious youth.

Also, Valley High School’s Sporstman’s Club will be on hand for bow and air rifle shooting.

The community picnic came to fruition in 2014 after Koontz, along with Deputy Randy Adams, approached the Wetzel County Coalition Against Drug Abuse, with the idea. Koontz previously noted to the Chronicle that the picnic was also a way to connect with the community, children specifically.

“Police officers are not bad. We’re not the enemy. We’re approachable,” he said.