Well, it’s getting to that time of year when summer starts flying by. Can anyone believe it’s almost fall already, and the start of the school year is upon us? When I was a kid, this was such a depressing time of the year. My brothers and I would have just finished up showing lambs at the Miami County Fair. All our work of the spring and summer culminates in selling your animal to the highest bidder. Once your 4-H project goes on the trailer to the slaughterhouse, the fun of the fair and 4-H was over for another year. There may be a few days of leisure before school starts. But then it was back to learning. Like I said …depressing. Now that my school days are long over, I don’t mind fall’s approach. I actually can enjoy autumn now! I could write on and on about the fun memories of the fair, but with it behind us for another year, we have other Covington events upcoming. Please allow me to share some of those with you.
The first is a barbecue pulled pork sandwich meal this Friday, Aug. 22, at Smith Field from 4-7 p.m. Tickets are pre-sale only, and can be purchased from any Covington High School football player, cross-country runner, or volleyball player. Or simply call Glen Hollopeter at (937) 473-0330 to get your dinner tickets. This dinner coincides with the Covington/Versailles football scrimmage at Smith Field this Friday evening. Proceeds benefit the Buccaneer football, cross-country, and volleyball programs. It looks like a promising year for all three fall sports!
The next upcoming event here in Rowdytown is Bingo, sponsored by the Covington Outreach Association (COA) for the senior citizens of our village. It is set for Thursday, Aug. 21, from 1:30-3 p.m. at the Covington village administration building. Please note that Bingo will be played, and not Euchre as was originally scheduled. Save your great Euchre hands for next time. There will, however, be prizes and refreshments. Please call Nancy at (937) 473-3337 or Cindy at (937) 473-2415 for reservations. Bring a friend and plan to have a fun time!
The J.R. Clarke Public Library is celebrating a great summer of reading. Since it’s happening tomorrow, Tuesday, Aug. 19, I will mention this event first. The UVMC wellness nurse will visit from 9-11 a.m. to conduct free blood pressure and glucose readings. Also, the summer children’s reading program, Fizz-Boom-Read, had 243 participants who read at least five books. The kids of the reading program combined for 10,073 total books read! That is very impressive. Great job kids! I am still working on my second book of the summer …
Lastly, the 26th annual Dick Minnich Classic was held Tuesday, Aug. 12, at Shelby Oaks near Sidney. This year’s Classic generated $4,000 for the Covington Noon Optimist Club to benefit the youth of our Covington community. This brings the total funds raised in 26 years to $102,000. Thanks to Andy Johnson of the Optimist Club for again organizing and operating a great scramble. The winners this year for low actual score were Ashley Johnson, Jeff Johnson, Brian Happy, and Travis Feitshans. Their names are placed on the Johnson Memorial Trophy. Winners of the low net score, with handicap, went to Covingtonians Mike Shafer, Bill Shafer, Derrek Shively, and Rick Monnier. These gentlemen now have their names engraved forever on the Minnich Trophy. Congratulations to all the winners, and thanks to all the golfers and sponsors for another successful fundraiser. The generosity of our community members continues to impress me. Check out the Dick Minnich Classic on Facebook, and plan to gather together again on Aug. 11, 2015.
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