|The 2002 Neighboohood Watch Picnic was deemed
a success by all who attended.
||The weather was fine, the food was good, and
the mood was cheerful.
||One of the chefs, Chief L.J. McKeown, here poses
with Jackson's "Captain Jackson" and "Crimefighter
Girl." All three were also present at last year's event.
|Here, some of Albion's Public Safety officers
stand on guard to watch over the table of food.
||Crimefighter Girl finds some other civic minded
friends in Maggie LaNoue, Albion designer, and city Council person
|At right, Neighborhood Watch mastermind Hazel
Vandevender shares a humorous anedote with some of the other guests
at the picnic. See more comments about Hazel at the bottom of this
||No Albion event would be complete without a display
of some kind by Frank Passic. On this day, his coin display is known
to have spurred at least one young collector on to a new hobby.
Albion Public Safety officers (here out of
uniform) are planning new safety programs for the city, or which
dessert to eat first.
Crimefighter Girl (at left)
Tom Brown (at right)
Others who are pictured did not request that to be in so many
of the photos. Photo credits below.
Our favorite Albion Public
Safety officer, Chief McKeown thanks the Neighborhood Watch groups
for their help in keeping Albion a safe and great place to live.
Our favorite City Official,
Mayor Bill Wheaton, here shows appreciation for the crime fighting
efforts of Jackson's Crime Fighter Girl.
Last but not least, the pair who fearlessly
fight crime, and fearlessly came to help Albionites consume
our potluck luncheon.
We thank these two for their attendance, their
photographs, and the special message below.
Learn more about Captain Jackson here.
WORD FROM CAPTAIN JACKSON:
We would like to thank the wonderful residents of
Albion who have invited us into their community as well as to their
third annual Neighborhood Watch Picnic. It was an honor for both CRIMEFIGHTER
GIRL and myself.
We also wish to thank Mayor Bill Wheaton, Public
Safety Chief L.J. McKeown, members of the Albion City Council, Lt. Gerry
McQueen, Maggie LaNoue, the Albion Neighborhood Watch groups, the attending Public
Safety officers, Camille Simpson and especially Hazel Vandevender.
People call us "Super Heroes" because of
the uniforms we wear and the work we do with the local police and community.
But you don't need a special uniform to be a "Super Hero".
In fact, the city of Albion has it's very own. Her name is Hazel Vandevender.
Albion is a unique community in that the size of
the neighborhood watch groups per-capita far exceeds that of most communities
throughout the country. And from what I have been told by many
local citizens, this is all because of Hazel.
While our mission is to educate the citizenry about
working with the police, it's people like Hazel that really make
a difference. So the next time you cross paths with Hazel, be sure to
give her a salute.
No one in Albion better deserves it!
Albion Recorder article about this event.
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