OPD cancels DARE camp

OTTAWA — For the first time in 34 years, the Ottawa Police Department will not host DARE Camp.

“This decision to cancel was not made lightly and our staff wishes the camp could go on,” officials said in a news release. “Plans for the 2021 camp will go on and hope to make it the best one yet.”

Staff is working on an alternate event for DARE students but won’t know for several months if it will happen.

Police Chief Adam Weingartner said: “DARE Camp is as important to our staff as it is to the students who completed the DARE curriculum. We know in our hearts this is the right decision. I am sorry we cannot hold camp but we look forward to making the 35th DARE Camp the best yet.”

Fort requires face coverings at retail, health facilities

FORT LEAVENWORTH — People visiting retail and medical facilities on Fort Leavenworth are now required to wear cloth face coverings in an effort to reduce the spread of the coronavirus, according to the fort’s garrison commander.

In a letter to the Fort Leavenworth community, the garrison commander, Col. Harry D. Hung stated people in general are strongly encouraged to wear cloth face coverings in public settings based on Department of Defense guidance. But people are required to wear face coverings around their noses and mouths at such places as the Exchange, Commissary, Express and Munson Health Center.

This requirement extends to visitors who come from outside of the Army post, according to Jeff Wingo, public affairs officer for the garrison.