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Arson watch volunteers offer prizes for kids who observe Halloween curfew

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SAGINAW, MI (WNEM) -

Saginaw's Arson Watch volunteers celebrated a milestone last October: Zero arson fires in the city on Halloween and Angel's night.  

It was the culmination of eight years' work to make Saginaw safe from the devilish behavior of 2006, when 17 arson fires were were set in two nights.

"We celebrated.  We definitely did," said Arson Watch Chairperson Janet Cook.  "And we're gonna do it again this year because I want another zero."

Another zero would be terrific news for all of Saginaw's residents, and for business owners like Mike Wenzel, whose father, Ed, bought Faler's Drugs in 1972. 

"I think it's great what they're doing," said Wenzel.  "And we treat everybody good.  So I'm hoping that translates into good treatment from everybody."

The walls of Faler's Drugs hold a museum's worth of photos of former Detroit Tigers, Red Wings, Lions and Pistons players.  Ed Wenzel's photo is adjacent to one of Tigers great Hank Greenberg, who hit 58 homers and drove in 146 runs in 1938, the year the Ziegler's sold their store to the Faler's.  When Wenzel bought the place 34 years later, he left the Faler name on the sign.

The store has been egged on past Angel's Nights and Halloweens, but never anything worse.  The Arson Watch volunteers are determined to keep it that way.

As an incentive to local teenagers, the organization paid recent visits to Arthur Hill and Saginaw high schools; Saginaw Arts and Sciences Academy (SASA); and Thompson Middle School.  They offered a chance at one of 80 prizes to those who would pledge to be home by 10 p.m. on Sunday and Monday nights.  There were 120 takers.

Shortly after 10 p.m. on both Sunday and Monday nights, the volunteers, with help from Saginaw safety officials will distribute those prizes to the winners, who'll be randomly drawn.  The prizes include gift certificates ranging in price from $10 to $25, as well as four bicycles.

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