The Bowmanstown Crime Watch group is official. Members have determined a name for the group, a mission statement, started development of citizen patrol strategies and planned community events and charity work.

At last Friday's meeting, the concerned citizens identified themselves as Bowmanstown Area Residents Connected or B.A.R.C.

They developed the following mission statement: "To empower the residents of Bowmanstown through increasing community awareness and communication."

B.A.R.C will host a community Pot Luck Picnic this June at the church grove near the borough hall. The organization hopes to bring families and friends together, who might not know each other, to have some fun and get to know their neighbors.

"We want the thieves and vandals to know we mean business. But we want the town to know we care and want to have fun building our community togetherness. That's what we're about neighbors coming together. I think we're hitting the nail on the head there," said Kara Scott, organizer of B.A.R.C.

The group has plans for beautification projects and community service, in particular to assist their elderly neighbors and those who are sick or experiencing a loss. They plan to discuss this topic and further block patrol strategies at the next B.A.R.C. meeting, which is scheduled for 7 p.m. May 10.

The newly-formed crime watch group is a privately run organization, and is in no way affiliated with the Bowmanstown Borough Council.

For more information on B.A.R.C., or to make a donation, contact Kara Scott at (610) 852-4559.