Covington is very fortunate to have many community groups and individuals that pitch in for a good cause. A recent community project for which the fundraising was recently completed was the resurfacing of the community’s all-weather running and walking track at Smith Field. Bob Phillis of the Bucc Boosters passed along the following “thank you” note to the community:
“It is amazing how this village pulls together in times of need. The Bucc Boosters assembled a committee to raise funds for the track resurfacing project, and in just a few months, almost $47,000 in donations have been raised from about 120 individuals, businesses and organizations. The Fraternal Order of Eagles Aerie #3998 and the Covington Community Chest have once again proven to be vital resources for the Covington community. Each of these organizations contributed nearly one-third of the total funds collected. The track resurfacing should begin sometime in late June, and will require its closure from use for a short time this summer. Recently Covington Superintendent Gene Gooding and Bucc Boosters President Glen Hollopeter accepted a $15,000 check from Jack Young, Aerie secretary, and Jim Knick, Aerie Treasurer. A banner will be displayed at the track in recognition of all 120 donors. A big thank you goes out to the Bucc Boosters fund drive committee, the Eagles, the Community Chest, and all the project’s charitable donors for their generous contributions!”
It is a busy month at the J.R. Clarke Public Library. This Wednesday, July 13, at 10:30 a.m., Melissa Wolfe will be teaching “Art Picasso’s Way.” Children in kindergarten through second grade may join her for a fun class, and leave with their very own piece of Picasso-like artwork. It will no doubt look better than anything this columnist can paint. No pre-registration is needed.
With the help of the Covington Police Department, the library will be having a bike safety day on Monday, July 25, at 11 a.m. in the library parking lot. Kids will have the opportunity to practice their bike skills, talk with an officer about safety on the road while riding their bikes, and play some fun bicycle safety games. Bring your bike and join the fun! Also on Monday, July 25, from 3:15-4 p.m., is J.R. Clarke’s next LEGO Group. Bring a friend, as well as your imaginations, and join in some LEGO building fun.
And lastly, the UVMC wellness nurse will visit the library this Tuesday, July 12, for free blood pressure and glucose screenings. She will be on-site from 9-10:45 a.m.
At the end of July, the library will be ending its summer reading programs. They would like to thank Jumpy’s, Miami County Fair, Kings Island, COSI, Vandalia Rec Center, Newport Aquarium, Scene 75, and Cincinnati Zoo for donating vouchers or tickets to be awarded as prizes at the ending party. They would also like to thank the Covington Eagles #3998 and Covington Kiwanis Club for their monetary donations, which go toward additional prizes and goodie bags for the Children’s Reading Program.
And the Covington Christian Church’s Women’s Fellowship will hold their second salad luncheon of 2016 on Friday, July 15, in the basement of the church at 115 N. Pearl St. Look for the signs to enter at the basement entrance on the north side of the church. There is also a handicapped-accessible entrance.
Come enjoy their large assortments of homemade salads, desserts, and finger sandwiches between 11 a.m. and 1 p.m. The donation for lunch is only $6, and that includes the church specialty, “Hot Chicken Salad.” This is the second of several luncheons this year. They will be held the third Friday of each month through October, with the next one on Aug. 19.
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