Bellevue Current Mar 2011

Take advantage of Mother Nature 

Spring is on it's way and with it comes rain! Take advantage of Mother Nature by collecting and recycling rainwater with a rain barrel.  

Harvesting rainwater not only cuts down on your water bill, it helps keep water out of storm/sewer systems, it's a great backup during summer drought months, and plants love the non-chlorinated natural water. An average 1,000 sq ft roof collects around 600 gallons of water with 1 inch of rainfall. That's a lot! Rain barrels also require little maintenance and are easy to install.

Rain barrels come in a variety of styles, colors, and sizes to suit your taste. They can be purchased from local garden stores and online. SD1 sells Raintainers - similar to the one pictured above - that feature a removable planter in the top for a more attractive look. Click here to learn more from SD1. 

News & Events
Compost Bin

Learn the ins and outs of composting  

Bellevue Neighborhood Association is hosting a composting session on March 22nd at 7:00pm at the Callahan Center. John Duke, composting expert, will be the guest speaker to teach the tricks of composting and how to successfully compost in an urban area. All are welcome to join this free event and ask any questions. While there, sit in on a BNA meeting and learn what goes on behind the scenes to promote Bellevue and its historic value. 

Bellevue Spring Clean Up

Every place needs a little spring cleaning and so does our city. Help keep Bellevue beautiful by joining in the neighborhood clean up day or by picking up around your block and alleyway. Spring Clean Up happens Saturday, April 16th from 8:00am to Noon. Volunteers will meet at the Callahan Center at 7:45am. To volunteer, contact the City Clerk at 431-8888.

Farmers Market

Farmers market in Bellevue

Support your community by purchasing locally grown fruits, vegetables, meats, and more in the casual open air atmosphere known as the farmers market. The farmers market provides the freshest produce and organic foods while offering something new every market day. Plus, you save money because packing and shipping costs are eliminated from the direct sale from the farmer. We're happy to announce starting April 23rd, the farmers market will be held in the Party Source parking lot every Wednesday and Saturday. Wednesdays from 3:00pm - 7:00pm and Saturdays from 8:00am - 1:00pm.   

Tips & Tricks

Deer-proof plants   

When purchasing your spring plants keep in mind the plants that deer love and those which are resistant. Homeowners in the south end of Bellevue are particularly inundated with these plant loving creatures. See the short list of plants that will help you plan your gardens. For a more comprehensive list refer to book from our local library, "Deer in My Garden" by Carolyn Singer.

Deer Candy: Hostas, impatiens, some roses, tulips, and almost any plant if they are hungry enough. Deer Resistant Plants: Ferns, grasses, daffodils, barberry, alyssum, artemisia, dianthus.

Also, a 4 foot tall fence won't keep deer out but a 4 foot wide chicken wire laid horizontally around the perimeter of the garden will. Deer won't walk on it.

Information provided by: Front Door Gardens..."Where Natures Gardens meets Urban Living."

Other News

Bellevue 141st Birthday Bash & Award Dinner  

Celebrate Bellevue's 141st birthday with the Friends of Bellevue on Sunday, March 13th from 6pm to 9pm at The Syndicate in Newport, Ky. Awards and scholarships will be announced and tons of great items are in the silent auction. Hurry though! Reservations need to be made by tonight. Dinner tickets are $30. For more information or reservations call 859-581-6525.

Shop Bellevue!  

Come down to the Avenue  Friday, April 1st from 6pm to 9pm and explore our historic business district with "Fooling Around on the Avenue." Get the specials here. 

Don't forget...  

to bring in your trash cans after trash pickup! 

Bellevue Moments

At the turn of the 20th century Bellevue was known for its white sandy beaches. Queen City Beach opened and at its time became one of the country's largest inland bathing resorts.

"One Peach of a Beach in the Early 1900s, the Bellevue Shore was the Place to Go." The Kentucky Post. June 12, 2000.

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