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ASHINGTON <br />1796 <br />WTOWNSH11 <br />FOR RELEASE: <br />May 21, 2020 <br />Washington Township <br />8200 McEwen Road <br />Dayton, Ohio 45458 <br />937.433.0152 <br />FOR INFORMATION, CONTACT: <br />Jesse Lightle, Administrator, 433-0152 <br />Jacqueline Curl, Public Information Manager, 433-0152 <br />Washington Township to Cancel Programs <br />Washington Township has canceled two summertime special events -- the Firefighters <br />Ice Cream Social and Community Cruise In. The action was taken in accordance with the <br />State of Ohio's initiative to curb the spread of the coronavirus by limiting public gatherings <br />to a maximum of ten. <br />Planning for large-scale special events takes place months in advance, making it neces- <br />sary for the township to identify a different course of action this year, said Jesse Lightle, <br />township administrator. "Both events also rely heavily on the generosity of local business <br />sponsors. Given that this is a challenging year for many of our local businesses, we do not <br />want to burden them more," Lightle said. <br />The Firefighters Ice Cream Social has been a summer staple for 71 years, drawing <br />about 6,000 people annually, and is the Washington Township community's longest -running <br />special event. The Community Cruise In, offered in collaboration with the Montgomery <br />County Sheriffs Office, kicked off in 2019 with about 1,500 people in attendance. Both <br />summer events are expected to return in 2021, Lightle said. <br />