The Sargent Family Community Center hosted the annual Peanut Carnival today, providing a fun-filled afternoon for area youth. Volunteers set up various booths and games, from face painting and bowling, to basketball and a bounce house. Smiles and laughter were plentiful, as children competed and tried their luck at the many carnival-like games. "We're experiencing record numbers for this event," said Program Director Andrew Perry. "Attendance has been phenomenal, just an amazing time. We're really excited about carrying on the tradition of the Peanut Carnival." Perry says well over 200 children participated in the event, making this year's Peanut Carnival one of the best in Rec Department history.
A bill that looks to ban conversion therapy for minors by licensed therapists and social workers with the goal of changing that individual's sexual orientation or gender identity has passed its first hurdle. The House of Representatives voted to pass the bill today. The bill is now on its way to the Senate for a vote. Yesterday on News Source 8 we explained how the bill came to be, why its sponsor Ryan Fecteau believes its important, and why opponents say it takes rights away from parents and religious counselors. Tonight we look further into what conversion therapy is defined as by the bill's sponsor, and we hear from a Christian counselor on how its passing would impact her work.
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