Family Game Night provides fun, and glimpse of county services

By Tom Rivers, Editor Posted 15 October 2015 at 12:00 am

Photos by Tom Rivers

KNOWLESVILLE – It was the third annual Family Game Night at the Orleans County 4-H Fairgrounds with activities light on gadgets but designed to make residents and children more aware of services in the community.

In the top photo, Cincere Lowe, 8, of Albion gets his face painted to look like a vampire. Vivian Neroni, a DSS worker, shared her artistic talents at the face-painting station.

Families could also play board games and meet the staff at many county departments, which offered activities for families to learn about county services. The event was coordinated by the Youth Bureau.

Tom Drennan lets Aaron Schmidli of Medina try on a bullet-proof vest. Drennan, chief deputy for the Orleans County Sheriff’s Department, said the vest weighs 20 to 25 pounds. Aaron’s brother Andrew, in back, also had a chance to wear the vest.

Chuck Nesbitt, the county’s chief administrative officer, went fishing with his daughter Jane, 4. They hooked a magnetic lake trout at a station run by the Orleans County Tourism Department.

Dale Banker (left), the county’s emergency management director, and Pat Eick, administrative assistant for the Emergency Management Office, pass out an “Emergency Go Bag” to County Legislator John DeFilipps, right. Eick developed the bags with emergency items for people to keep in their vehicles in case they are stranded with winter around the corner.