In the spring, the city of League City made rain barrels available for sale.

The rain barrels are meant to harvest rainwater before it runs into streets and gutters.

The rain barrels conserve water and provide an economical way to save or re-use water.

The city has decided to offer the barrels again in the fall. You can find out more information about these rain barrels online at leaguecity.com/rainbarrels or by calling 281-554-1041.

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Well, football season is knocking on the door and school will start on Aug. 25 so it’s not too early to think about a National Night Out event.

Mark your calendar for 6 p.m. to 9 p.m. Oct. 7 for League City residents.

National Night Out is a community event and opportunity to get out and meet your neighbors and first responders — and to raise awareness in crime prevention programs in the community.

It is a great opportunity for apartment communities to welcome new residents and promote safety on their property.

The League City Police Department Crime Prevention Department will open online registration at www.lcpd.com from Sept. 2-30.

By registering your event, you will automatically be on a list for the mayor, City Council and all first responders to be aware that you are having a party, eliminating the need to call each department or City Hall requesting that a representative attend.

The police department also provides event organizers with a goody bag with T-shirts and other promotional items to help make your event a success.

The bags are delivered to you in advance of the big night.

Need event ideas? Contact Officer Christy Galyean at 281-338-8201 or email christy.galyean@lcpd.com.

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At the May 27 City Council meeting, six police volunteers were recognized for their contributions to the League City Police Department.

Nearly 2,500 service hours were logged in a year among Ray Elam, Tom Stagg, John Paul, Shari Ferguson, Jack Compton and Bill Keogh.

They earned their intermediate VIP status based on the following criteria — a minimum of 100 volunteer hours, one year of service and one advanced training course.

Our Volunteers In Policing program is comprised of graduates of the League City Police Department Citizen Police Academy.

Volunteers are one of the most important resources community organizations have.

The League City Police Department recognizes that the health and well-being of League City relies on a partnership with our residents and other community stakeholders.

Allowing our residents to volunteer gives fresh perspectives, immediate access to the community we serve and public opinion on important issues.

Our volunteers create a vibrant society — dynamic, engaged and self-reliant.

Volunteers offer their time and talents for a number of reasons — to learn new skills, make new friends, challenge themselves and contribute to the community.

Our city is grateful to those VIPs who choose to serve with League City Police Department.

Chris John Mallios, a longtime resident of League City, is writing a series of occasional columns about the history of his hometown. He can be reached at mallios@comcast.net.

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