Rain fails to stop Night to Unite

Firefighter Jordan Butler, of the Hamel Volunteer Fire Department, takes youngsters on a tour of the outside of a Hamel fire truck at a Night to Unite party in The Enclave of Medina neighborhood. The youngsters climbed out of the new Enclave swimming pool to look over the fire truck. (Sun staff photo by Susan Van Cleaf)
A Night to Unite party at Gramercy Club of Elm Creek in Medina features root beer floats. Gramercy resident Sharrie Flaig lines them up for party goers. The Gramercy party was indoors and continued after heavy rains brought many outdoor Night to Unite parties to a halt. (Sun staff photo by Susan Van Cleaf) The Night to Unite party at The Enclave in Medina helped residents celebrate the grand opening of the development’s new swimming pool. Parents had trouble getting children out of the water as clouds warned of an approaching storm. Despite the storm, over 200 The Enclave residents turned out for the party.  (Sun staff photo by Susan Van Cleaf)
Medina Police Reservist Mike Mortensen enjoys watching as young residents of The Enclave of Medina dig through a box of free goodies at a Night to Unite party. Medina Police junior officer badges were especially popular. (Sun staff photo by Susan Van Cleaf)
Young residents of The Enclave of Medina are soaking wet from a Night to Unite pool party as they check out the interior of a Hamel Fire Department engine. (Sun staff photo by Susan Van Cleaf)
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The Color Guard from the Delano America Legion Post 377 open at a dedication ceremony at the new memorial site in Greenfield Central Park on Night to Unite.
(Photo by Linda Herkenhoff)
The Freedom Riders Motorcycle Organization participates in a flag raising ceremony at the Greenfield Central Park Memorial as part of Night to Unite. The family of Lance Cpl. Robert Greniger receives a flag in honor of his service. Greniger, a Rockford High School graduate, served as a combat engineer assigned to the Second Combat Engineer Battalion, Second Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force in Helmand Province where he died two years ago. (Photo by Lnda Herkenhoff) The rain rolls in, and the crowd rolls out as heavy rain and winds approach Riverside Park in Rockford during the city’s National Night Out event. A “school supply” drive was held as part of the festivities. (Photo by Linda Herkenhoff)
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The Freedom Riders Motorcycle Organization participates in a flag raising ceremony at the Greenfield Central Park Memorial as part of Night to Unite. The family of Lance Cpl. Robert Greniger receives a flag in honor of his service. Greniger, a Rockford High School graduate, served as a combat engineer assigned to the Second Combat Engineer Battalion, Second Marine Division, II Marine Expeditionary Force in Helmand Province where he died two years ago. (Photo by Lnda Herkenhoff)

Rain and hail pounded Night to Unite and National Night Out  events, Tuesday, Aug. 6 in Medina, Greenfield and Rockford. This did not stop neighbors from getting to know their neighbors at neighborhood block parties in Medina and community parties in Greenfield and Rockford.  Area police and fire departments and city council members stopped at many parties to spread fire and crime prevention messages. Here is a sample of what happened at some of the parties.