Newport Elks put on a family day event at their facility off John Moore Road Saturday to offer information and services to families with young children, whether screening for eye care, information on keeping kids off drugs and other child safety issues, or just improving their basketball skills.
Kids and their families were also exposed to some pretty heavy metal in the form of an ambulance, main response fire truck and all that goes with it. But there was also something a little softer for the kids to pet and appreciate; Newport Police K-9 Eyan, the department’s main drug sniffer. The kids and their parents marveled at Eyan’s friendliness, knowing full well how months of training allows him to be transformed into a “sudden asset” when serving with his fellow officers in the field.
Free hot dogs and good conversation wrapped up the afternoon of Newport Elks Family Day. Organizers say they would like to do it every year.