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Elks Lodge presents Drug Awareness event

September 18, 2022 at 4:00 a.m.
From left are “Elroy the Drug Awareness Elk” and member Steve MacKenzie with granddaughter Blakely MacKenzie. - Submitted photo

Hot Springs Lodge No. 380 exhibited Drug Awareness information and handed out brochures, balloons and coloring books to around 150 members and children in attendance at the Family Picnic -- the first in two years, due to the pandemic.

"Elroy the Drug Awareness Elk" was popular with children and adults alike, a news release said.

Recognition was also given during the picnic to the Hot Springs Fire Department and the Hot Springs Police Department's SWAT Team. Both groups came in full gear, with their vehicles, for photos with attendees at the picnic.

Children were welcomed by the firefighters and the SWAT team members, received fire hats, and were allowed to "practice" with SWAT body shields after climbing into a firetruck and the SWAT vehicle.

  photo  Cathy Crawford, Drug Awareness chairman, is shown with David Sweet, Lodge vocalist, in the “Elroy the Drug Awareness Elk” costume. - Submitted photo
 
 
  photo  Joe Gonzales, back, left, Lodge custodian, is shown with Nancy Gonzales and front, from left, are Leeland Walker, Jensen Walker, and Cathy Crawford, Drug Awareness chairman. - Submitted photo
 
 
  photo  From left are “Elroy the Drug Awareness Elk” with Eagle Scout Joshua Sujith, Jaxon Bollinger, and SWAT member Tyler Ward. - Submitted photo
 
 
  photo  From left are Hot Springs Fire Department Driver Nathan Blackstead, Andrea Matlawski, Elk Ginger Yates, Driver Dylan Chapman, and Firefighter Brandon Reed. - Submitted photo
 
 
  photo  Andrew Boone, left, guest, is shown with Elk Sonny Hines. - Submitted photo
 
 

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