Rock to host outdoor event on a healthy community

PAT FRIDGEN
Rep. Todd Rock, along with participants Waste Management and Summit Health, is offering a community festival during Old Home Week to promote health, the environment and the outdoors.

Activities and information of interest to all ages will be available during Old Home Week when Rep. Todd Rock sponsors A Healthy Community Fest. On Thursday, Aug. 5, from 1 to 4 p.m. visitors may stop by the south parking lot of the John L. Grove Medical Center to meet Smokey the Bear, analyze food serving portions, and have some free ice cream.

Rock invited representatives from various state agencies in Harrisburg to come to Greencastle and explain their services. With the idea to 'Reconnect with the outdoors', speakers from the state park system, Fish and Boat Commission and Game Commission will be present, along with their friendly bear and some mounted animal specimens. Other advisors will offer safety tips for consumers when they become patients, and Kindly Canines therapy dogs will make an appearance. The Franklin County Animal Response Team will share how it helps animals in emergencies.

Summit Health, which is participating in the Fest, will bring information on 'Reprogramming toward healthy lifestyles.'  They will feature Portion Distortion as a tool to better eating habits, and offer wellness tips. Antrim Family Practice, Greencastle Family Practice and Greencastle Eye Care Center will be present.

The final 'R' in the three-point focus will be 'Recycling for a healthier environment', with Waste Management bringing out Cycler, the Recycle Robot to speak to children, and also allow them to check out a company truck.

On a lighter note, Uncle Bean will make balloon figures and a radio station will broadcast live from 1 to 3 p.m. Other activities are also on the schedule, to round out an afternoon of education toward a healthier community.

Rock has hosted previous fairs, but wanted this one to be a little different.

"Before, we were catering to one audience," he said. "We wanted to broaden that."

Knowing the town would be packed during Old Home Week, he wanted to take advantage of the opportunity to provide information to as many people as possible.

"We'll appeal to everyone who comes out, seniors, families and kids," he promised.

A limited shuttle service will be offered from Rock's office at 8 S. Carlisle St.