Winter is finally releasing its grip on Covington, and the warming weather brings greening lawns, sprouting flowers, and the smell of freshly cut grass. I know I always enjoy mowing grass, at least at the beginning of the season! I do have several bits of information to share with you, so please read on.
First, the members of Fields of Grace Worship Center would like to thank everyone who attended the sixth annual Community Easter Egg Hunt held Saturday, March 19, at the Covington Community Park. Nearly 800 children attended this year’s event. F.O.G. wishes to thank the Village of Covington for the use of the park, Roger Finfrock for allowing folks to park their vehicles on Finfrock Construction property, the Covington Fire Department for the use of the fire truck, as well as firefighter Matt McCord for transporting the Easter Bunny down to the park. Also, thanks to Dave Roecker for the use of his golf cart to transport folks to the park who were unable to walk down on their own.
A special thank you is also offered to the residents of the Covington Care Center, Heartland of Piqua, Brookdale of Piqua, Garbry Ridge, and Piqua Manor, for stuffing 12,000 eggs for the kids on behalf of the church. There were a total of 25,000 eggs hunted this year. And thank you to the Fields of Grace Worship Center members and attendees for their generosity in purchasing ten bikes, 17 baskets, eggs, and candy. Lastly, but certainly not least, thank you to the 30-plus volunteers who came out early on a cold, snowy Saturday morning to prepare for the day’s events. It would not be such a success without you!
In school news, Covington Superintendent Gene Gooding recently announced that the district’s state report card was positive. Congratulations to the Covington teachers, students, administrators, and all the support staff who make up such a quality school system. Also, congratulations to CHS seniors Ryan Ford and Brandon Magee, who recently represented Covington well at the state wrestling meet. It was another great season for all the CHS matsmen. The cheerleading competition squad ladies earned seventh place in all the state of Ohio, led by Coach Gretchen Schmidt. And five new candidates will be recommended for hire to fill vacancies on the school board.
I have a few more upcoming items to mark on your calendar. More information about these events will follow in future columns. Thanks to the sponsorship of the Covington Chamber of Commerce, the Culpepper & Merriweather Circus, “America’s Favorite Big Top Circus,” is coming to town on Monday, May 16. The circus will be held at the Covington Industrial Park, located at 1800 Mote Drive, with scheduled performances at 5 and 7:30 p.m. Tickets will be cheaper in advance when purchased here in the Village of Covington. Again, more details will follow in an upcoming Calling Around Covington column.
Lastly, Police Chief Lee Harmon has announced that July 23 will be the date for the annual 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament, sponsored by the police department, with assistance from the Covington Noon Optimist Club.
Until my next column in two weeks, happy mowing, Covington!
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