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BOONE SKATING: Fundraiser To Deter Vandals

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Boone residents are coming together to make sure no one vandalizes their skating pond and gets away with it again.

In the beginning of January, someone opened a fire hydrant at the public skating pond in Boone damaging the skating surface. Police have no leads and no one has been charged with the vandalism.

The pond and the cemetery not far up the trail have fallen victim to vandals several times before.

In September, over 100 headstones were knocked over in the cemetery.  Two years ago, someone broke into the warming house and threw the skates, stereo and microwave into the pond.  Another time, they burned down the kaibo.

The Boone Parks Department now plans to put up surveillance cameras at the pond to deter anyone else from vandalizing it.

A group of residents are holding a fundraiser at later this month to raise money to buy the cameras. You can help out by lacing up your skates and having some fun at the pond on January 27 from 11 a.m. to 2 p.m.

Organizers say they’ll be serving chili while supplies last.