Covington is back in the news — or maybe I should say the Covington news is back! After a several-month hiatus, “Calling Around Covington” returns to provide you, dear reader, with the latest happenings and activities in and around our village. You may notice there is a new face and name on this column. I am Alex Moore, the former columnist’s older brother. Kyle will start teaching full-time this fall in the English department at Tippecanoe High, and with his coaching responsibilities, he agreed to pass the torch of this long-running Piqua Daily Call staple to me. I grew up here in Covington, too, and recently returned home for a new job opportunity. I am not an English major and I know I’m not the writer Kyle is. He got the brains; I got the good looks. But I will do my best to report all the Covington news and information that the dedicated fans of this column have grown accustomed to reading on a bimonthly basis. Maybe you’ll learn more about me in future columns, on those slow, boring weeks when I have nothing else to write about. But this is not one of those weeks!
Covington’s annual 3-on-3 basketball tournament is back this year, thanks to the Covington Police Department Auxiliary and the Covington Noon Optimist Club. The tournament is this Saturday, July 26, at the middle school basketball courts. The cost per team is only $60, and entry forms may be found on the village website, covington-oh.gov, or picked up at the police department. They must be completed and returned by Friday, July 25. Proceeds will benefit Covington youth programs sponsored by the Police Auxiliary and the Optimist Club. All levels of players are welcome, from barnyard ballers to professionals. I heard LeBron James is coming home to Ohio, but I didn’t hear if it was Cleveland or Covington? The names sound alike. Show up Saturday to find out if LeBron’s playing here!
Fields of Grace Worship Center is back home, too, beginning with Sunday services at 8:30 and 10:15 a.m. this Sunday, July 27. During the major flooding which affected Covington back in May, the church building suffered extensive damage. All the interior drywall, carpet, and cabinetry had to be replaced, and with the repairs, there is fresh paint and a new look to the café and classrooms. It looks like a brand new church, thanks to the help of many volunteers from F.O.G. and the community. Thank you also to the Covington Eagles #3998 for their cooperation and rental of their facility on Sundays and Wednesday nights during the past few months. All are welcome to stop by and check out the new Fields of Grace Worship Center this Sunday.
Our Catholic parish, St. Teresa, is holding their annual parish festival Aug. 1-3, at the church complex on U.S. Route 36. There will be rides for the kids, games, a 5K Run/Walk at 9 a.m. Saturday, a volleyball tournament on the sand courts, excellent food including a hog roast, and plenty of fellowship. Please drop in and enjoy it at some point over the weekend.
Lastly, three J.R. Clarke Public Library employees recently retired and will be spending more time in their leisurely pursuits. Congratulations to Vicki and Jerry Longendelpher and Dolores Mutzner on their retirements, and thank you for your many years of service to the library. Their presence, knowledge, and expertise will be greatly missed by the staff and patrons of J.R. Clarke. If you would like to send a card or note of thanks to Vicki, Dolores, or Jerry, you may drop them off at the front desk or mail them to the library. I really feel I’m getting old when the ladies who kindly helped me check out “Curious George” books, “Sesame Street” VHS tapes, and “Hardy Boys” novels as a boy are retiring. Time just keeps on passing!
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