Looking for a fun activity this weekend? Why not do something that combines exercise with donating to a worthy cause?
It's as simple as taking your dog for a walk. In fact, that's what it is.
On noon Saturday at Thompson Park, the East Liverpool Dog Walk takes place.
It's all about fundraising as the East Liverpool Police Department works toward adding a K-9 unit to the force.
Those who walk are asked to seek sponsors for their dogs with proceeds going toward the K-9 fund. The $10 participation fee also goes toward the effort.
Demonstrations by K-9 units from both St. Clair Township Police and the Bureau of Criminal Identification and Investigation are scheduled. An obedience program is planned as well as a Frisbee event.
Dogs will receive complimentary gifts throughout the day, and several dog-related business will be part of the event. There are auctions, gift baskets, children's activities, music. The list is seemingly endless.
It's a very worthy cause, we believe - one in which the fruits of your labor (walking your dog) will be returned in force by the added protection a K-9 unit affords our city.
The ELPD has been well-served in the past by a K-9 unit, but the most recent officers are now retired. And the city always has been aided by neighboring safety forces, namely the Hancock County Sheriff's Department and St. Clair Township PD, among others, when a K-9 unit is needed.
But there are times when those forces are not immediately available. That's why, we believe, the ELPD needs its own K-9 officer.
The efforts put forth by the City PD and those volunteers behind the East Liverpool Dog Walk tells us this is a worthy idea.
We urge the community to back them. Attend this event. Donate.