A "meet the neighbors" gathering will be held in the historic district of Washington Sunday.

Allison Adams, director of the Buffalo Trace District Health Department, and a resident of Washington, said the event is being held in order to allow residents to get to know one another a little better.

"I've lived here for 16 years now," she said. "Deb and Phil Webber have lived here for a long time, too. We were talking one night about how so many new people have moved into the area and thought it would be nice to get to know each other."

Adams said during the gathering, neighbors will have a chance to talk, ask questions and exchange phone numbers.

"I'm hoping we can all exchange names and maybe phone numbers," she said. "It might be nice to find out who lives alone and make sure they have everything they need. It would be nice for everyone, especially those who are living alone, to have a support system in place."

According to Adams, a Maysville Police Officer will also be present to talk about the importance of keeping an eye on the neighborhood and how neighbors can help prevent crime in the area.

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"We've had some thefts," she said. "We've discussed the idea of a neighborhood watch and the officer will be talking to us about keeping an eye out for our neighbors and who to call if we see something suspicious. We want to send a positive message and stifle the thefts we've had."

According to Phil Webber, the neighborhood watch would consist of keeping an eye out in the neighborhood, especially when neighbors are not home, reporting suspicious behavior to the police and protecting the area.

"It's your typical neighborhood watch business," he said.

Anyone living in the area who would be interested in attending the meeting, should go to the Washington Meeting House from 3-4 p.m. on Sunday.

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