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'Night Out' of family fun offered Tuesday

A dunk tank will be among the Night Out games offered at Central Park.

Final preparations are being made for Tracy’s “Night Out Against Crime” Tuesday, August 2, in Central Park.

The free community gathering will offer live musical entertainment, a host of children’s activities, games, displays, demonstrations, and a picnic lunch.

Activities run from 5 to 9 p.m.

“This is a chance for people to come out and meet their neighbors, and have a good time,” comments Adam Hanson, a Tracy police officer, who is among those organizing Night Out activities. 

Tracy’s first annual Night Out event in August of 2015 drew about 400 people, and Hanson is hoping for an even better turnout this year.  The Tracy community gathering coincides with a National Night Out event.

All Tracy Night Out activities are free to the public because of contributions from local individuals and organizations. Donation jars will also be set out to accept monetary contributions if people want to help support the event that night.

Tracy Night Out events include:

• Free pulled-pork sandwiches (hot dogs for kids), chips, and pop.

• Continuous live music from local musical groups in the park bandshell.

• Inflatable bounce houses for children.

• Great Plains Zoo Express.

• Boy Scout bottle rocket launch demonstrations.

• Rubber ducky regatta rain gutter races.

• Law enforcement, fire department, and ambulance displays. Lyon County emergency command center trailer will be among the displays.

• Tae Kwon Do demonstration.

• Dollar raffle with six winners.

• Root beer floats served by TAHS cheerleaders.

• Dunk tank with local celebrities.

• Scavenger hunt.  The first of seven clues will be posted at City Hall and on the radio beginning July 23.  Winner will receive $100 in Tracy Chamber Bucks.

Toys for Tots revs up

By Kyleen Olson


The 24th annual Toys for Tots motorcycle run will be taking place Saturday, July 30, starting in Amiret.  Riders can register starting at 9:30 a.m. at Roaring Lions Clubhouse. The runs starts at 11:30 a.m. The ride will head to Brau Brothers in Marshall where the riders will drop off their toys. The run ends at the Caboose in Tracy starting at 5:30 p.m. with a burger bar and live entertainment.

Tam Schons and her sister, Pam Cooreman are again organizing the event. Cooreman has returned briefly from her clinical trial in Miami, FL where she has been since March to help with the event.

Cooreman has received the “Schwann” cell transplant surgery and is now on a two-week leave before returning to Florida.

“I planned my surgery recovery around Toys for Tots,” Cooreman commented, “I told the doctor it was good he cleared me to fly because I was going to go any way!”

Cooreman has been going through physical therapy for three months leading up to the surgery.  Doctors removed “Schwann” cells from her leg and placed them on the injured part of her spine.

“Surgery went well and I am recovering well,” she says.  She has been getting a lot of “grandchild time” since her return to Tracy, and reports being and is a little sore from lifting them.

She is the third person to go through this surgery. The first two were “complete injuries” meaning they participants had no sensation or feeling in their legs whereas Cooreman still has some feeling. She is the first in her category to be treated.

“It took the first two a couple of months to see any results (for the first two patients), so I expect it to be around the same for me,” she says. Cooreman says she almost feels like a soldier.

“My doctor told me that I might lose all sensation but that they wouldn’t be able to move forward without me (and the trial),” she explained.  “I’m almost like a soldier going off to war for their country, I am doing this for others too.” She does hope it helps her, but is happy about helping others as well.

Cooreman will return to Florida for six months of therapy and will return home in January.

For more on this article, see this week's Headlight-Herald.