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Oh, the times they all had at the swinging bridge

Holly Buxton recalls the times as a child that she played on the old swinging bridge that crossed the Flat River at Haney Park in Park Hills.

Now, the director of the Park Hills Senior Center is organizing a memorial walk to the new concrete bridge that recently replaced the long-gone swinging bridge.

“We would play on that rickety bridge all day,” Buxton recalled. “It was fun to make it swing and make your friends scream.”

On Wednesday, all are welcome to walk with Buxton and senior citizens to the new bridge. Buxton will provide blankets for people to sit on while they reminisce. She hopes to compile those memories and share them with people who are homebound.

“Some of my people who have been on my routes can no longer walk, get outside and enjoy the fresh air,” Buxton said. “The same air that we take for granted hurts them to breathe. I’m walking for them.

“So often we take our health for granted and forget that just walking around the block is a blessing.”

Walkers of all ages are invited. If you want to participate, go to the Park Hills Senior Center on Main Street by 12:30 Wednesday, when the walk begins.

Paula Barr is a reporter for the Daily Journal and can be reached at 573-431-2010, ext. 172 or at

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