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The Times
  • Military members to pitch drug-free living at Fort Plain fair

  • The New York National Guard Counterdrug Task Force, in conjunction with the Fort Plain Community Action Council, will provide a drug prevention program and climbing wall for children in Fort Plain from noon to midnight on July 3.

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  • The New York National Guard Counterdrug Task Force, in conjunction with the Fort Plain Community Action Council, will provide a drug prevention program and climbing wall for children in Fort Plain from noon to midnight on July 3.
    The five-member soldier and airman team will offer a drug prevention pitch and rockwall challenge climbing session to approximately 1,000 people.
    The rockwall challenge is a constructive learning opportunity for youth eight to 17 years of age. The children will get a talk on setting goals and meeting life challenges and healthy choices will also be discussed. Students will then use these concepts while climbing the wall.
    The event, dubbed Fourth on the Third, will take in Wiles Park on Clyde Street.
    “I love being an advocate to the students and helping them to learn how to resist drugs even with peer pressure,” said Air Force Master Sgt. Marlene Frankovic, a member of the Counterdrug Task Force since 1996.
    The New York National Guard Counterdrug Task Force offers partnerships and support to community based organizations in the drug prevention effort. The task force is composed of New York Army and Air National Guard members who provide specialized assistance to law enforcement. They also conduct drug prevention programs around the state.
    In 2011, the Counterdrug Task Force reached more than 8,000 middle school students (grades 6, 7 and 8) in 100 different schools as part of the National Guard’s drug prevention efforts.
    Compiled From Telegram Staff Reports
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