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F LORENCE RECORDER

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Your Community Recorder newspaper serving Florence and Union

THURSDAY, JULY 13, 2017

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Land donation gives Florence a community gathering space Melissa Reinert mreinert@enquirer.com

FLORENCE – Florence will at last have a community gathering location. “So many times we have been thinking about creating a central location for the community to gather,” Mayor Diane Whalen said. “We received an opportunity here to do that and we embraced a place which is both visible and accessible.” Florence Community Plaza, now under construction, is located along Mall Road across from Planet Fitness and next to Snuggy’s Mattress Express. The property was donated to the city last year by owner Tom Green, a longtime businessman, now retired. Green requested that the property is used as a community park. The plaza will serve as space for community gatherings including the annual Christmas Tree Lighting, City Night Out, and other events. The area is about 30,000 square feet. “We are thankful for Mr. Green’s donation and his dedication to the community,” Whalen said. “What he has done is very special.” Florence has been working with the city engineer, Viox & Viox, to create a space that the entire community will enjoy. This space will also honor and celebrate the men and women who serve this community, Whalen said. Statues inspired by Florence police, fire and EMS, and public services departments will be displayed at the park. Brick pavers will surround these features and may be purchased to recognize employees upon retirement by engraving names into them.

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A map of the Florence Community Plaza along Mall Road.

Coyote sightings more frequent in Northern Kentucky Melissa Reinert mreinert@enquirer.com

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The Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources provides tips when encountering coyotes.

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Vincent Niceley isn’t shaken when he sees a coyote. It’s a common occurrence, he said. “I work third (shift) in the Pioneer Park area,” the Elsmere resident said. “You can see them often. I have had to stop on 3L (Ky. 17) before because they are chasing rabbits out onto the road.” But in the fall, it’s a little chilling to hear their howls. “In the fall, they get more vocal with their howls and calls. It is then when you can hear them that you realize just how many there are in that area,” Niceley said. “You can hear them call

from Pioneer Park, Doe Run Lake, the Kenton County Animal Shelter and the hills north between Eaton Concrete and Club Chef. They are thriving in those woods areas.” And it’s becoming more and more common, according to the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources, for coyotes to venture from woods into urban and suburban areas. Union resident Linda Engelbrink spotted a coyote on her way into work downtown Cincinnati just a few weeks ago. She saw it in the morning, crossing Dixie Highway by (the now closed) Stein Mart in Fort Wright going into the new Krumpelman neighborhood.

“It didn’t really frighten me as it is all a part of nature,” she said. “People should be aware, however, that they are in their neighborhoods and take necessary precautions to keep pets and children secure. According to a recent article in Kentucky Afield magazine, the official publication of the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife Resources, reports of coyote sightings in residential areas increase in the spring and early summer as coyotes breed and give birth to pups. Laura Palmer, furbearer biologist with the Kentucky Department of Fish and Wildlife

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