Brier National Night Out a go despite a Coast Guard helicopter no-show

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A Coast Guard helicopter lands at Brier Park at a previous National Night Out event (Photo courtesy of City of Brier)
A Coast Guard helicopter lands at Brier Park at a previous National Night Out event (Photo courtesy of City of Brier)

Continuing a long tradition, the City of Brier will host a National Night Out celebration at Brier Park on Tuesday, Aug. 6. But one popular regular at the event won’t make it this year; due to sequester budget cuts, the U.S. Coast Guard helicopter that annually makes a landing in the park during the event will not be present.

Much like the reason for an absence of the Blue Angels at this year’s Seafair event in Seattle because of U.S. Navy budget cuts, the Coast Guard has cut funding for appearances by its helicopters at community events, said Brier City Clerk Paula Swisher.

This year’s Brier National Night Out will feature live country and bluegrass music; inflatables for the kids; free hot dogs, chips and water; and a classic car, hot rod and motorcycle show. The Concern for Neighbors Food Bank will also be on hand to collect donations to the food bank.

The Brier National Night Out, sponsored by the National Association of Town Watch and presented locally by the Brier Police Department, is scheduled for 6-9 p.m. Brier Park is located at 2903-228th St. S.W.

— By Doug Petrowski

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