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TABLE OF CONTENTS Judge/Executive’s welcome letter.............................2 Destination farms .........................................................3 Events calendar..............................................................5 Moving family trees to Boone County ....................6 Local parks guide ..........................................................7 » County administration directory starts on page 3

ON THE COVER » TOP LEFT: A fourth-generation farm family raises hair sheep at Broken M Farm in Burlington. These sheep are prized for their meat, not their wool. See story on page 3 Photo by Tonya Borgatti » CENTER: The Florence Water Tower overlooks the miniature golf course at the recently renovated World of Golf in Florence. Photo provided » TOP RIGHT: The historic Boone County Courthouse at the corner of Washington and Jefferson streets in Burlington was home to the county’s court system. Completed in 1889 at the cost of $19,740, the building features an imposing bell tower and other elements employed by designer McDonald Brothers of Cincinnati, who built 27 courthouses in seven states, the majority of which (13) were built in Kentucky. Today it’s home to various county agencies and nonprofits. Photo provided

WELCOME LETTER

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oone County is a rapidly growing and economically vibrant community in the heart of America. Residents enjoy a diverse and rewarding environment with all the amenities of a metropolitan area but with the charm and hospitality of a small town. Boone County boasts a median household income of $64,008, which is one of the highest in the state of Kentucky. According to the 2010 Census the county population grew by 38 percent over the last 10 years to over 118,000 residents. With over 40 miles of Ohio River shoreline and home to the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport, Boone County offers great neighborhoods, schools and shopping. Our quality of life ranks highly, with nearly 2,000 acres of park land as well as the distinction of having a Parks and Recreation Department that has been recognized by its peers throughout the state of Kentucky in the Gary W. Moore, last few years. Boone County also places an Boone County emphasis on creating a healthy community Judge/Executive which resulted in the recognition as Kentucky’s healthiest county for the second year in a row. On behalf of the more than 118,000 residents of Boone County, I welcome you to this special publication highlighting our community. You will find Boone County to be a great place to live, work and raise a family. If you have chosen Boone County as your home, welcome! If you are considering Boone County, I invite you to explore this publication and if we can assist you please contact us.

» BOTTOM LEFT: The Raverty Farm in Rabbit Hash, block name: Chasing Tails. Painted quilt blocks are mounted to more than 40 barns scattered throughout Boone County. The Boone County Barn Quilt Trail is sponsored by the Florence Women’s Club. RIGHT: Vashe Farm in Belleview, block name: Kentucky Lily. Photos provided

Sincerely,

Gary W. Moore Boone County Judge/Executive

Boone County comprises several communities including Burlington, Florence, Hebron, Petersburg, Rabbit Hash, Union and Walton, each with a rich, centuries-long history. Explore Boone County today. For more information visit www.boonecountyky.org.

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County’s diverse agriculture boon to region local economic development. “The 2010 Boone County Cost of Community Services Study conducted by the Conservation District and the University of Kentucky looked at the property taxes generated by residential development compared to the cost of services,” explained Brown. “It found that residential development generates 64.8 percent of revenues yet accounts for 93.9 percent of the cost of

By Dave Etienne Contributing writer

When most people think of Boone County, they think of the Cincinnati/Northern Kentucky International Airport, new subdivisions or corporate headquarters such as Comair and Toyota. But you may be surprised to learn that Boone County is home to more than 42,544 acres of farmland, according to the 2010 Census. That’s no secret to Jerry Brown, the Boone County Extension Agent for Agriculture and Natural Resources, who works daily with the county’s robust agricultural industry. “Get off the main roads and you’ll see some pretty good farms,” said Brown. “We have a diversity of agriculture, from horse and cattle farms to crops. In fact, we consistently win national yield contests for

Eagle Bend Alpacas owner Linda Salsbury with a visiting student. The farm breeds prize-winning alpacas. In addition, yarn and other products made from the herd are on display and available for purchase at the farm’s Fiber Studio. PHOTO BY TONYA BORGATTI

corn and soybeans, we’re home to one of the top angus cattle operations in the state of Kentucky and we have one of the larg-

COMMISSIONER – DISTRICT 1

Officials

Charlie Walton P.O. Box 900, Burlington 41005 Phone: 859-371-1943 commissionercwalton@boonecountyky.org

JUDGE/EXECUTIVE GARY W. MOORE

P.O. Box 900, Burlington 41005 Phone: 859-334-2242 Fax: 859-334-3105 judgemoore@boonecountyky.org

Matt Dedden P.O. Box 900, Burlington 41005 Phone: 859-393-4306 commissonermdedden@boonecountyky.org

COMMISSIONER – DISTRICT 2

Charles E. Kenner DMD P.O. Box 900, Burlington 41005 Phone: 859-384-3838 Fax: 859-371-4959 commissionerckenner@boonecountyky.org

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COUNTY ATTORNEY

Robert D. Neace P.O. Box 83, Burlington 41005 Phone: 859-334-3200

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est farmers’ markets in the area.” Besides putting food on local tables, agriculture is a major boon to

COUNTY ADMINISTRATION Boone County is one of the fastest growing counties in Northern Kentucky. The county comprises three cities – Florence, Union and Walton – and has a population of about 118,000. Each of the three cities has its own city government. Florence is governed by a mayor and six council members. Walton has six council members and a mayor, and Union has four city commissioners and a mayor. The entire county is served by Fiscal Court. The court consists of three commissioners and a county judge/executive.

services, while farmland generates 2.9 percent of revenues while costing only 1.1 percent of expenses.” One such operation that demonstrates this diversity of agriculture is Eagle Bend Alpacas. “We’re a full-service farm offering show-quality alpacas for start-up or existing farms, as well as a wide variety of products made from alpaca

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SHERIFF

Michael Helmig P.O. Box 198, Burlington 41005 Phone: 859-334-2175 Fax: 859-334-2234 mhelmig@ boonecountyky.org

JAILER

Ed Prindle P.O Box 884, Burlington 41005 Phone: 859-334-2143 Fax: 859-334-2296 eprindle@boonecounty ky.org

PROPERTY VALUATION ADMINISTRATOR

Cindy Arlinghaus

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fibers,” said Linda Salsbury, owner of Eagle Bend. Alpacas are known for producing high-end fiber that can be made into sweaters, coats, blankets, rugs, and many other items, all of which can be purchased at The Fiber & Gift Shoppe at Eagle Bend Alpacas Farm. They’re located at 7812 Eagle Bend Road in Burlington. Learn more about this interesting farm at www.eaglebend alpacas.com. Another livestock farm in Boone County can be found at Broken M Farm in Burlington, owned by Bob Maurer. This fourth-generation farm family raises a breed of sheep known as hair sheep since their fleece sheds off like a dog or cat. Ironically, these sheep are prized for their meat, not their wool. “I have about 300 head of breeding ewes,” said Maurer, “and nine to 12 males.” A full-grown sheep will top out at about 100 pounds and right now sells for about $2.35 per

By now we’ve made a pretty good case for the agricultural contributions Boone County makes to the Northern Kentucky region, but if you just have to see it for yourself, here’s your chance. Jerry Brown, Boone County Extension Agent for Agriculture and Natural Resources of the Cooperative Extension Office, invites you to take a farm tour coming up on Saturday, June 30, from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m. “We just want people to come out and visit the farms and see

pound. Maurer sells to brokers or stockyards, who process the meat that eventually winds up on our tables. For crops that are contributing to the diversity of agriculture, stop by Thistlehair Farm, a family-run, certified naturally grown farm. They specilize in herbicide- and pesticide-free berries along with heir-

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where their food comes from,” said Brown. This free event is self-guided and includes 15 different locations throughout the county, including all those mentioned here. Visit Eagle’s Bend and pick up an alpaca sweater. Stop by Broken M and see a hair sheep up close. Pick up some organic vegetables or heirloom tomatoes at Thistlehair Farm. Or see highyield corn growing at Schwenke Brothers Farms.

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loom tomatoes and beans, greens, asparagus and a large selection of seasonal vegetables. Their products are sold at a farm stand Thursday and Friday and at the Bellevue Farmers’ Market Saturdays during the growing seasons. Visit their farm stand at 10570 Big Bone Road in Union, Ky., or check them out on Facebook. Finally, another farm noted for its crops is the Schwenke Brothers Farms of Union. Owners Bob and Russel Schwenke indicate they grow soybeans and alfalfa hay and raise cattle, but are probably best known for their high yields of corn. “We experiment on different combinations of things to increase our yields,” said Bob Schwenke. “It’s like a game to see how high we can go and it’s nice to see how we compare to other farms.” It must be working, because the Schwenkes have won a national corn growers contest three times, placed second four times and consistently win state yield contests.

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COUNTY ADMINISTRATION Continued from Page E3 P.O. Box 388, Burlington 41005 Phone: 859-334-2181 Fax: 859-334-2126 cindy.arlinghaus@ boonecountyky.org

CIRCUIT COURT JUDGE Judge Anthony W. Frohlich 6025 Rogers Lane, Suite 444 Burlington 41005 Phone: 859-334-3270 Fax: 859-334-3271

CIRCUIT COURT JUDGE Judge J.R. Schrand 6025 Rogers Lane, Suite 447 Burlington 41005 Phone: 859-334-3551 Fax: 859-334-3570

FAMILY COURT JUDGE Judge Linda Bramlage 6025 Rogers Lane, Suite 352 Burlington 41005 Phone: 859-334-3520 Fax: 859-334-3521

DISTRICT COURT JUDGE

Judge Charles T. Moore 6025 Rogers Lane, Suite 276 Burlington 41005 Phone: 859-334-2230 Fax: 869-334-3969 sandyrouse@kycourts.net

DISTRICT COURT JUDGE

Judge Jeffrey Smith 6025 Rogers Lane, Suite 276 Burlington 41005 Phone: 859-334-2230 Fax: 859-334-3969 sandyrouse@kycourts.net

COMMONWEALTH ATTORNEY

Linda Tally Smith P.O. Box 168, Burlington 41005 Phone: 859-586-1723 Fax: 859-586-1743

DISTRICT/CIRCUIT COURT CLERK

Dianne Murray P.O. Box 480, Burlington 41005 Phone: 859-334-3906 Fax: 859-334-3650

MAGISTRATE – DISTRICT 1

Michael D. Harness P.O. Box 121, Burlington 41005 Phone: 859-486-1844 michaelharness @insightbb.com

MAGISTRATE – DISTRICT 2 Vacant

MAGISTRATE – DISTRICT 3

Susan Caldwell 859-393-9490 s.caldwell@insightbb.com

CONSTABLE – DISTRICT 1

David Flaig 4058 Limaburg Road, Hebron 41048 Phone: 859-586-4148

CONSTABLE – DISTRICT 2

Ken Baumgartner

CONSTABLE – DISTRICT 3 Joe Kalil constablejoekalil @insightbb.com

CORONER

Douglas M. Stith 7500 U.S. 42, Florence 41042 Phone: 859-525-1150 stithdm@gmail.com

COUNTY SURVEYOR

Tom Bushelman Jr., PLS 4844 Burlington Pike Burlington 41005 Office: 859–689–SRVY (7789) pls@commonwealthsurveying.com

Departments

» Animal Shelter: 5643 Idlewild Road, Burlington Hours: 10 a.m. to 6:30 p.m. Monday and Thursday, 10 a.m. to 8:30 p.m. Tuesday and Friday, and 10 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Wednesday. Closed weekends and holidays. Phone: 859-586-5285 Fax: 859-586-9312 » Assisted Housing: Boone County Administrative Building, Third Floor, 2950 Washington St., Burlington 41005 Phone: 859-334-2105 Fax: 859-334-3127 » Building Department: 2950 Washington St., Burlington 41005 Phone: 859-334-2218 Fax: 859-334-3137 » Emergency Management: 3000 Conrad Lane, Burlington 41005 Phone: 859-334-2279 Fax: 859-334-3601 » Finance: 2950 Washington St., Administration Building, Room 205, Burlington 41005 Hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday

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CALENDAR OF EVENTS Festivals El Dia Festival, 2-4 p.m., Boone County Main Library, 1786 Burlington Pike. Multicultural story time, crafts and Un Mundo, One World music with David Kisor. Appearances by Tales the library dragon and Dora the Explorer 2:30-4 p.m. Face painting available. Each family receives free children’s book (while supplies last). 859-3422665; www.bcpl.org. Burlington.

Runs/Walks Strides for Stars, 9 a.m., Dixie Heights High School, 3010 Dixie Highway. 5K run/walk. Registration begins 8 a.m. Benefits STARS: Grief Support For Kids, free grief support program for children who have experienced death of loved one. $75 family, $30 single; $60 family, $25 single advance. Presented by St. Elizabeth Healthcare. 859-301-3920; www.stridesforstars.com. Edgewood. Mangey Moose 5K Run/Walk, 10 a.m. Camp Ernst, 7615 Camp Ernst Road. Race along the beautiful scenery of the property. Family friendly. Kids Fun Run at 9:30 a.m. Race at 10 a.m. Benefits YMCA Camp Ernst Scholarship Program. $30, $20 advance. Registration required. 800-962-1928; www.ymcacampernst.org/. Burlington.

SUNDAY, APRIL 29 Runs/Walks Charity Dog Walkathon, noon, Boone County Arboretum at Central Park, 9190 Camp Ernst Road. 5K walk in park. Refreshments and prizes. Registration begins 11 a.m. Benefits Pilot

Dogs Inc. Family friendly. Free, donations accepted. Presented by Northern Kentucky Veterinary Technician Association. 513-831-5530; www.nkydogwalkathon.com. Union. Covington Rotary Club 5K 4 Kids, 9 a.m.-3 p.m., Devou Park, 1344 Audubon Road. Course starts and ends at Charles Volpenheim Shelter. Family Fun area for children and sponsor partners give away prizes. Media Sponsor Rewind 94.9 and Jay Kruz broadcast live. Benefits Baker-Hunt Art and Culture Center, Notre Dame Urban Education Center and Northern Kentucky Community Action Commission Head Start. $22, $17 advance. 513-652-6225; www.covingtonkyrotary.org. Covington.

MONDAY, APRIL 30 Literary - Crafts Pipe Cleaner Flower, 6:30 p.m., Lents Branch Library, 3215 Cougar Path. Create bouquet of pipe cleaner flowers that will wow Mom on Mother’s Day. Free. Registration required. Presented by Boone County Public Library. 859-342-2665; www.bcpl.org. Hebron.

THURSDAY, MAY 3 Benefits Care Net Pregnancy Services of Northern Kentucky Banquet, 5:30-8:30 p.m., Receptions Banquet and Conference Center Erlanger, 1379 Donaldson Road. Keynote speaker Shawn Carney and emcee Matt Swaim headline evening of speakers, dinner and music by Velvet Soul. Benefits Care Net Pregnancy Services of Northern Kentucky. $50. Registration required. 859-431-

1978; www.choselifenky.org. Erlanger.

THURSDAY, MAY 10 Benefits Mayfair Luncheon, 11 a.m.-1:30 p.m., Radisson Hotel Covington, 668 W. Fifth St. Silent auction, Kitchen Korner shop and lunch. Guest speaker: Buddy LaRosa. Ages 18 and up. Theme: Look to the Rainbow. Benefits Salvation Army’s Adult Rehabilitation Center. $40. Reservations required. 513-871-5735; www.salvationarmycincinnati.org. Covington. Champions of Hope, 6-9 p.m., Drees Pavilion, 790 Park Lane. Food, wine, beer, silent auction and music by the Wannabes. Honorees include Hamilton County Common Pleas Judge John West and Fifth Third Bank; featured speaker is Bengals’ Dave Lapham. Emceed by Local 12’s Jen Dalton. Benefits Greater Cincinnati Behavioral Health Services. $75. Reservations required. 513-354-7005; www.gcbhs.com. Covington.

FRIDAY, MAY 11 Health / Wellness Walk, Eat, Learn, Laugh, 11 a.m.-12:30 p.m., Boone County Extension Environmental and Nature Center, 9101 Camp Ernst Road. Walk trails or hike woods, then gather to enjoy featured recipes and pick up tips on food preparation and healthy eating. Dress for the weather. Family friendly. Free. 859-586-6101. Union.

SATURDAY, MAY 12 Music - Concerts Cinematic Piano, 8-10 p.m.,

COUNTY ADMINISTRATION Continued from Page E4 Phone: 859-334-2145 Fax: 859-334-3106 » Human Resources: Administrative Building, Room 201, 2950 Washington St., Burlington 41005 Phone: 859-334-2238 Fax: 859-334-3146 » Human Services: 2950 Washington St., Burlington 41005 Phone: 859-334-2116 Fax: 859-334-3648 » Information Systems:

Administrative Building, Room 204, 2950 Washington St., Burlington 41005 Fax: 859-334-2113 » Parks and Recreation: 5958 Garrard St., Burlington 41005 Hours: 8 a.m. to 5 p.m. Monday through Friday Phone: 859-334-2117 Fax: 859-334-2127 » Property Maintenance: 2950 Washington St., Burlington 41005 Hours: 7:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m. Monday through Friday Phone: 859-334-2123

Fax: 859-334-3145 » Public Works: 5645 Idlewild Road, Burlington 41005 Phone: 859-334-3600 Fax: 859-334-3598 » Solid Waste Management: 5645 Idlewild Road, Burlington 41005 Phone: 859-334-3151 Fax: 859-334-3635 » Water Rescue: 7512 Eastbend Road, Burlington 41005 Phone: 859-334-4800 Fax: 859-334-4805

Florence Baptist Church at Mount Zion, 642 Mount Zion. KSO will perform Classic small piano concertos from Hollywood composers. $28 A seats, $20 B seats, $18 ages 60 and up, $10 ages 18 and under. Presented by Kentucky Symphony Orchestra. 859-371-7141; www.kyso.org. Florence.

THURSDAY, MAY 17 Music - Concerts Carnegie in Concert, 7:30 p.m., Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center, 1028 Scott Blvd. Chamber music series. J.M. Barrie’s "Peter Pan." A silent film with music. $94 six concerts,

$51 three concerts of choice, $19; $16 Carnegie, WVXU Perks, Enjoy the Arts Members and students. 859-957-1940; www.thecarnegie.com. Covington.

FRIDAY, MAY 18 Festivals Maifest, 5 p.m.-11:30 p.m. May 18, noon-11:30 p.m. May 19, noon-9 p.m. May 20, MainStrasse Village, Main Street. Arts and crafts booths, German and international foods, music, children’s play area, amusement

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Moving the family tree to Boone County By Wendy Beckman Contributing writer

Tour guides in Latin America tell stories of the mysterious “walking palm” tree that moves across the forest floor toward the sunlight. Although these stories have been shown to be just myth, we’re seeing something like it in person in Boone County, Ky. Call it the moving family tree – branches, trunk and all. The Tuschong family, formerly of Upstate New York, is a great example. Elmer and Sherry raised their family of six children in a town near Rochester, while Elmer built his 43-year career working for Kodak. Now, Elmer and Sherry live in Kentucky, with all six children and 11 grandchildren within two hours of their Boone County home. In many ways, the Rochester area is similar to the Greater Cincinnati area: strong Catholic presence (but Italian, not German), nearby universities, tight-knit community of friends and

Sherry and Elmer Tuschong (center), formerly of Upstate New York, surrounded by family at their Boone County home. PHOTO BY C.S. BECKMAN

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“UD recruits pretty heavily up in Rochester,” says Elmer Tuschong, 68. Once they saw the catalogue, they knew it was a good place for Andrew, their first child to leave the nest. “We were looking for a Catholic college and we wanted co-op,” says Sherry, 66. “Once Andy saw that, he was hooked.” One by one, the Tuschong kids came to Ohio matriculated at UD. Andy and Elaine were followed by Ben, Graig, Matt and Thad. (Thad started at UD but then transferred to NKU in mechanical engineering technology.) While studying in Dayton, Andy met his future wife, Jennifer, and started another Tuschong trend: staying in the Midwest. “It worked out that way!” exclaims Andy.

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“The jobs were better here.” Pretty soon Elmer and Sherry saw the writing on the wall. “It was an easy move. We’re five minutes from the kids,” says Elmer. They’re not alone. Tom and Susan Callison found themselves in a similar situation, although they didn’t have as far to go. The first of their three daughters moved from their home in Fort Wayne, Ind., to Boone County because of her husband’s job. One sister followed another, so eventually Tom and Susan decided to follow suit, to stay close to their daughters. But why Boone County? “The tax structure was better,” says Elmer. This resonates with Adam Howard, director of government and com-

munity relations for Boone County. “What I’ve heard from seniors about Boone County is that it’s safe with an affordable cost of living,” he says. “We have amenities you’d expect in an urban community but with a suburban flavor: thousands of acres of parks, but also thousands of acres of retail space, as well as lots of jobs available. It’s a great place to put down roots!” And Boone County has many homes for putting down family roots. Boone County has 17 different developments throughout the county with nearly 1,600 housing units built over the last 10 years that would likely be marketed to seniors. These include patio homes, landominiums, town homes and condominiums. Elmer and Sherry Tuschong spent a year renovating their New York home and then moved to Kentucky. “Andy found this neighborhood,” Elmer points out. “We’ve loved it.” Elmer’s son-in-law Michael Stich adds, “We looked at the Mason area but found that Boone County offered more of what we were looking for.” His wife concurs, pointing out that they picked Boone County for two main reasons: “We could get more house for our money and we’re close to CVG here – Michael travels a lot.” Jennifer Tuschong, Andrew’s wife, is currently expecting Elmer and Sherry’s 12th grandchild. “They can grow up knowing each other,” she says. “I like being able to get them together frequently.” It’s clear that grandma and grandpa feel the same way.


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The Florence Nature Park provides 15 acres of green space with walking and picnicking areas as well as the Evelyn Kalb Gathering House. It is located off Banklick Street in Florence. PROVIDED fering picnic shelters, playgrounds, volleyball courts, soccer fields, basketball courts, baseball/ softball field, dog park, disc golf course and tennis courts. Shore Lake, 505 Shorland Drive, Walton, is a fishing lake and picnic area in the Richwood Industrial Park on U.S. 25 in Richwood. Fox Run Park, 1510 Woodside Drive, Florence, this neighborhood park offers an allpurpose sports field, basketball goal, picnic tables and a playground. Oakbrook Park, 6605 Oakbrook Drive, Florence, this neighborhood park offers a sand volleyball court, playground and picnic tables. Giles Conrad Park, 7500 River Road, Hebron, is a 43-acre park on Ky. 8. This is the first park in the county with a river view, including more than a mile of paved trail looping along the river. Also included is a shelter house, a playground, basketball court and lots of green space for informal play. It was dedicated May 4, 2004. Gunpowder Creek Nature Park, 6750 Sperti Lane, Burlington, is a 122-acre park. This park offers a picnic shelter, 1.25 acres of unpaved walking/hiking trails and a playground. Middle Creek Park, 5501 Middle Creek Road, Burlington, is a 230-acre park offering pris-

tine forest with wildflowers, wildlife and unpaved moderate/ difficult trails available for hiking and horseback riding and a picnic table at the trail head. Boone Cliffs Park, 4990 Middle Creek Road, Burlington, is situated along a tributary to Middle Creek; Boone Cliffs is 74 acres of rich old-growth forest and unique geological features. The park derives its name from the 20- to 40-foot geologically significant “cliffs” that rise above the valley. This park offers 2.4 miles of unpaved walking/hiking trails. Conservancy Park Belleview, 5820 Burlington Pike, Burlington, is a 45-acre park which is a result of a collaboration between the Boone County Parks Department and The Boone Conservancy. This park offers a picnic shelter, large fishing lake and .63 miles of unpaved walking trail. Dinsmore Woods, 5700 Burlington Pike, Burlington, is a 107-acre park adjacent to the historically significant Dinsmore Homestead. This facility offers 1.7 miles of walking trail, trees and wildflowers. Florence Nature Park, 7200 Nature Park Drive, Florence, is 15-acre facility offering picnic tables, gazebo, gathering house, paved walking path and a play area. This park is located in the City of Florence.

Petersburg Park & Community Center, 6517 Market Street, Petersburg, the park offers a small green space with park benches to enjoy a beautiful view of the Ohio River. The Community Center offers a library, gym, kitchen and community room. Other amenities include a ball field, basketball courts, a playground, a picnic shelter and several picnic tables. Pete’s Park, Nicholson

Big Bone Lick State Park, 3380 Beaver Road in Union. Big Bone Lick features nature trails, an outdoor diorama (discovery trail, camping, fishing, hiking, miniature golf, picnic tables, tennis, volleyball and basketball courts, a museum/gift shop – even live bison) and more. With a history steeped in prehistoric times, Big Bone Lick is recognized as the birthplace for American vertebrate paleontology and has been named by the U.S. Secretary of the Interior as a National Natural Landmark, one of only 582 in the nation. For more information, call 859-3843522. – Boone County Parks & Recreation Department

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Boone County Parks & Recreation is celebrating its 40th year of service to the community. For more information on park programs and events, visit www.boonecountyky.org/parks or call the Boone County Parks Office at 859-334-2117. Central Park, 9190 Camp Ernst Road, Union, 4 miles south of Burlington Pike, has 121 acres. It offers 2.35 miles of paved trails through wooded and open areas and is home to the arboretum at Central Park and the children’s garden. The park is equipped with picnic shelters, tennis courts, baseball/softball fields, basketball courts, concession stand, restrooms, soccer fields and a playground. Boone Woods Park, 6000 Veterans Way, Burlington, approximately 3 miles west of Interstate 75, provides the community with picnic shelters, 18-hole disc golf course, basketball courts, bocce courts, horseshoe pit, creekside stage, picnic tables, playgrounds, soccer field, tennis courts and volleyball courts. Union Pool, 10165 Old Union Road, Union, is a 25-meter “L” shaped outdoor pool with a 1-meter diving board, concession stand and picnic shelter. Camp Ernst Lake, 7615 Camp Ernst Road, Burlington, is a 22-acre lake offering a boat launch, fishing, pier, small shelters and a soccer field. England-Idlewild Park & Dog Park, 5550 Idlewild Road in Burlington, is located 1 mile north of Burlington Pike at the four-way stop. This 290-acre park offers picnic shelters, baseball/ softball fields, two ponds and one lake for fishing, basketball courts, 18-hole championship disc golf course, playground, paved walking/hiking trails with fitness stations, dog park (located beside the park on Idlewild Road), soccer fields, unpaved mountain bike trails and picnic tables. Lincoln Woods Park, 1 City Park Drive, Florence, is a 13-acre park in the heart of Florence. This park offers baseball/softball fields, 1 large picnic shelter, playground, basketball court and tennis courts. Walton Community Park, 35 Old Stephenson-Mill Road, Walton, is a 30-acre park of-

Avenue, Burlington, is a small .86-acre park located in the heart of Burlington. This park offers shaded swings and benches for outdoor enjoyment. Waller – Stephenson Mill Park, is a 238-acre joint project between the Walton-Verona Schools and Boone County Parks. For the general public there are 4.7 miles of unpaved trails running through the back of the property. The athletic facilities and fields at the front of the park are owned and operated by Walton-Verona Schools and can be used only at certain times with their permission. To contact them call 859-485-7721.

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CALENDAR OF EVENTS Continued from Page E5 rides, street chalk art contest and more. Music on four stages. 859-491-0458; www.mainstrasse.org. Covington.

SATURDAY, MAY 19 Runs/Walks Tap N Run 4K, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Northern Kentucky. Presented by Greater Cincinnati Sports Corporation. 513-345-3054; www.cincysports.org. Covington.

SUNDAY, MAY 20 Antiques Shows Burlington Antique Show, 8 a.m.-3 p.m., monthly through Oct. 21, Boone County Fairgrounds, 5819 Idlewild Road. More than 200 vendors with antiques, vintage jewelry and furniture, primitives, midcentury collectibles, American and memorabilia. Early buying, 6-8 a.m. with $5 admission. $3,

free ages 12 and under. 513-9226847; www.burlingtonantiqueshow.com. Burlington.

SATURDAY, MAY 26 Runs/Walks Be the Change 5K Run/Walk, 10 a.m., England-Idlewild Park, Idlewild Road. Registration starts at 9 a.m. Registration includes T-shirt with event logo. Laid back trail run/walk through park. Benefits Love146, to help end child sex trade and human trafficking. $20, free ages 10 and under with parent. Registration required. Presented by The Community United Methodist Church. 859-334-2117; www.thecommunityky.org. Burlington.

SUNDAY, JUNE 3 Special Events Your Bridal Show and Sale, 10 a.m.-5 p.m., Northern Kentucky Convention Center, 1 W. RiverCenter Blvd. Exhibitions, vendors and sales. Fashion shows pre-

sented by David’s Bridal and Romualdo Formalwear. Hosted by Sheree Paolello, Channel 5 WLWT-TV News Anchor. Benefits Susan G. Komen Breast Cancer Foundation. $8. Presented by Plus 2 Productions. 513-231-3052; www.yourbridalshow.com. Covington.

THURSDAY, JUNE 14 Music - Concerts Carnegie in Concert, 7:30 p.m., Carnegie Visual and Performing Arts Center. Viva la Divas! Starring Nancy James, Patricia Linhart and Kathy Wade. $94 six concerts, $51 three concerts of choice, $19; $16 Carnegie, WVXU Perks, Enjoy the Arts Members and students. 859-957-1940; www .thecarnegie.com. Covington. Music@BCM: Brass Fellowship, 6-9 p.m., BehringerCrawford Museum, 1600 Montague Road. $5. 859-491-4003; www.bcmuseum.org. Covington.

SATURDAY, JUNE 30 Benefits Kentucky Baron’s Ball: Stetson and Stilettos, 6-11:30 p.m., Turfway Park, 7500 Turfway Road. Dinner, dancing, country music, live and silent auctions and more. Ages 21 and up. Benefits American Cancer Society. $100. Reservations required. Presented by American Cancer Society Northern Kentucky. 859-372-7885; www.acskentuckybaronsball.org. Florence.

THURSDAY, JULY 5 Music - Bluegrass Music@BCM: Comet Bluegrass All Stars, 6-9 p.m., BehringerCrawford Museum, 1600 Montague Road. $5. 859-491-4003; www.bcmuseum.org. Covington.

SATURDAY, AUG. 11 Benefits

Radisson Hotel Covington, 668 W. Fifth St. Dinner by the bite, cash bar, silent auction and live auction featuring unique rocking chairs designed by great local artists. Benefits Pro Seniors Inc. $65. Reservations required. 513-458-5525; www.proseniors.org. Covington.

SATURDAY, AUG. 18 Runs/Walks Big K 5K, 9 a.m.-noon, Northern Kentucky Convention Center, 1 W. RiverCenter Blvd. Fruit, water, Big K soda, bagels and a Kroger ice cream sundae bar for all, as well as circus performers, face painting, games, prizes and a free "fun run" for children. Benefits Big Brothers and Big Sisters of Greater Cincinnati. Family friendly. $20, $15 advance. 513-421-4120. Covington. Calendar compiled by Rasputin Todd/Enquirer Media

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