Police department receives event check
The Paw Prints on the Canal event, held June 3, raised $8,265 for the benefit of Northampton Police Department’s K-9 unit. In the past 10 years, the event has raised $46,900.
The Aug. 2 borough council meeting began with a check presentation from Paw Prints on the Canal founders and organizers Julie and Tom Glick and Candi Lynn. Police Chief Bryan Kadingo, along with Mayor Thomas Reenock, council President Anthony Lopsonzski Jr. and Councilman Robert McHale, accepted the donation on behalf of the department’s K-9 unit.
Lopsonzski Jr. and McHale led council with remarks that the event is one of the principal programs held in the borough, attracting large crowds from the region each year. Lopsonzski Jr. even suggested renaming the park to Paw Prints on the Canal Park.
On receiving a standing ovation from council and the audience, organizers told borough officials plans are already underway for the 11th annual event in June 2019.
“We cannot do it without all the volunteers,” Tom Glick said.
Lynn remarked the program this year was the largest event so far. There were hundreds of dogs of varying breeds with their handlers, as well as 128 vendors.
Council members said they were happy with the reception from the public.
“The Paw Prints on the Canal event provided the community with an overwhelming amount of diversity with attending vendors and rescues. Our growth has shown this year, with being the largest of the past 10 years. Other activities included pony rides, dog training demonstrations, a rescue parade and a sharp-dressed pet contest,” the organizers told council.
Officer Michael Buchanan and K-9 Vito attended the event, conducting demonstrations of searches, obedience to commands and apprehension of a suspect.