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Night Out one highlight from busy summer

PAL in the community
By: Jim Datzman, Special to The News Messenger
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On Aug. 3, members of the PAL Board and young people from our Youth Center celebrated National Night Out by bringing our PAL Snack Shack to the residents of Village No. 4 in Lincoln Hills. More than 100 residents gathered to enjoy hot dogs and soft drinks, which were provided to the residents as a thank you from PAL for the generous support of PAL activities. Officer Steve Krueger, the executive director for the PAL program, appreciated the opportunity to meet with the residents and to let them know how important their support is to the success of our program. The ReDirect program is a co-sponsor in the operation of the Youth Center and they also had members in attendance at this excellent community event. PAL Fishing Derby For the fifth consecutive year, PAL Board member Don Moura is serving as chairman for the annual Lincoln Fish n’ Kids Fishing Derby. We owe a big vote of thanks to Matt Parr, the general manager for Big M Fishery, for sponsoring the event at his beautiful fishing ponds on Westland Road in Lincoln. The fishing derby will be held on Saturday, Sept. 18 and more than 100 kids have already registered for the day. This project serves as a classic example of community organizations bonding together to do something special for young people. The event is co-sponsored by Big M Fishery, Lincoln Kiwanis Club, Lincoln Hills Fishing Group and PAL. For additional information, call 253-3382 and watch with pleasure as your son or daughter catches and releases their first fish. Junior Giants program The Junior Giants Baseball program is free to all kids ages 5 to 18 and is sponsored by the San Francisco Giants Community Fund. It is a 60-day non-competitive program that includes teaching social skills to the participants. When Officer Steve Krueger encountered problems with the recruitment of coaches to work with the kids, he put out a request for assistance. Fortunately, resident Joann Hilton, who is a member of the Lincoln Hills Senior Softball League, utilized her recruitment skills and found 10 skilled senior ball players to assist with the program. PAL wishes to thank Chris Berney, Jim Berney, Bill Fagan, Bob Fernandez, Clark Osterhout, John Gho, John Griffin, John Moran, Mike Hilton, and especially Joanne Hilton, for their willingness to step forward and volunteer their time and skills to work with our Lincoln youths. Your contributions to the program truly made a difference! Youth Center car wash Talk about a good neighbor! The Lassila Lincoln Funeral Home is located directly across the street from the PAL Youth Center on H Street. The staff, wanting to show their support for the Youth Center, recently hosted a carwash to benefit the program. The kids, led by Karen Hernandez who serves as assistant director at the Youth Center, had a great time washing cars on the funeral home property and they also had complimentary hot dogs and food items available for the car-wash patrons. This just serves as one more excellent example of people in our community stepping forward to demonstrate their willingness to help with youth- related programs. PAL wishes to thank the staff at Lassila Lincoln Funeral Home for their community spirit. PAL Lobsterfest If you would like to help support the Lincoln PAL program, I have an excellent suggestion, and one that is easy to accomplish. Just mark your calendar and purchase some tickets for our eighth annual Lobsterfest on Saturday, Oct. 2. You will be treated to an ample portion of steak and lobster, and nobody goes away hungry at this party. The event will be held at the McBean Park Pavilion and begins at 6 p.m. with a no-host bar sponsored by the Lincoln Lions Club. We are privileged to have one of Lincoln’s “best of the best” in music, namely the very popular Lincoln Highway Band, to provide you with some lively listening and dancing music. Tickets are $45 per person with all proceeds to the PAL program. If you would like more information, contact 645-4080 or 645-1149, or you can purchase tickets directly via the Lincoln PAL website at lincolnpal.com. Pool players to the rescue As yet another example of community volunteerism and support, we recently noted that the pool equipment at the Youth Center was badly worn because of frequent use by our youths. President Ed Ryan of the Sun City Lincoln Hills Pool Group checked with his members and provided us with some replacement cues, new balls, chalk, and other equipment as donations from their group. The senior pool players have also offered to repair any of the equipment at the Youth Center, including refurbishing the older cues - it doesn’t get any better than that. Jim Datzman is PAL (Police Activities League) president.