Wednesday, August 5, 2009

Hamburg National Night Out 2009

Last night around the United States communities celebrated National Night Out and the hamlet of Hamburg was one of them. The National Night Out program was introduced in 1984 by the National Association of Town Watch (NATW). NATW Executive Director Matt Peskin was the brainchild behind National Night Out with "an effort to heighten awareness and strengten participation in local anticrime efforts." NATW website estimated that 35.4 million people will participate in 11,310 coummunites across all 50 states. Hamburg held the annual event at the Bicentennial Park which started at 6 p.m. and ran, officially, until 8 p.m. The Lions Club, Firemen’s Association, and Hamburg Improve the Park (HIP) groups put together the event.

City Clerk Jeremy Gruenhagen, Mayor Malz, Councilmember Mueller, and spouses served hot dogs, corn on the cob, baked beans, potato chips, chocolate chip and sugar cookies, and watermelon slices.

Councilmember Trebesch, Maintenance Work Byerly, and Councilmember Cummiskey cooked the hot dogs and corn on the cob on the side of the pavilion.

Lion Club had a table set up for Rootbeer floats and another additional information on the Lions Club. The Hamburg rescue truck and Ridgeview ambulance were both on display and open for those that wanted to learn more. Charlie and Sparkey made appearances as well. About 7 p.m. firetruck rides were given.

Fire Chief Brad Droege spoke to those in attendance just past 7 p.m. Fire Chief Droege thanked the Lions Club, the City Council, HIP, and the firemen's association for putting the event together. A push was made for HIP as well since their ranks have dwindled to two people. For those that want to volunteer for HIP please call City Hall at 952-467-3232. Fire Chief Droege also introduced the S.A.F.E.R. program and demostrated it. The S.A.F.E.R. program assist in locating loved ones that may wonder away from the home by tracking a bracelet they wear. To get more information on the program please visit It is estimated that 150 residents of Hamburg showed up for National Night Out.