It’s donor time in Rowdytown!

Alex Moore - Contributing Columnist

Good morning Covington! Today is another day here in Rowdytown, where you can take out a part of you, give it to someone else, and help others in the process. Sound intriguing? Well, I am talking about the final blood drive of the year here in Covington. It is taking place today, December 12, from 3 p.m. until 7 p.m. at the Covington Eagles Hall.

If you are a registered blood donor with Dayton’s Community Blood Center, log on to today to make an appointment for later this afternoon. If all the appointment times are already filled, just swing by the Eagles Hall entry on Debra Street, and you should be able to donate anyway. It is a relatively painless procedure, and you are rewarded with cookies, juice, and a gift after your blood-letting is complete. Have you ever had a family member, friend, or loved one require a blood transfusion during a hospital stay? In case you didn’t know, this blood does not grow on trees; it is donated by folks just like you. So this Christmas season, perhaps in honor or memory of a loved one, please consider donating blood to help others.

As usual, there are many activities taking place this month at the J.R. Clarke Public Library. All throughout the month of December, the library will be collecting non-perishable food items for the Covington Outreach Association’s food pantry. If you would like to donate goods, please drop off your donations during your next visit to the library. Thank you in advance for helping support others in our community during this time of year.

The Upper Valley Medical Center’s wellness nurse will visit the library tomorrow, Tuesday, December 13, from 9 a.m. until 10:45 a.m. for free blood pressure and glucose screenings. Congratulations is due to Sophie L. for downloading J.R. Clarke’s free COOL Library app, and therefore being registered, and winning the drawing for a Kindle Fire!

For the kiddo’s enjoyment at J.R. Clarke Public Library, the LEGO Group normally meets on the final Monday of the month. With that date falling on December 26 this year, the library is closed for Christmas, so there will be no LEGO Group in December. The kids will just have to build their LEGOs at home, hopefully using some of the new ones Santa dropped off. The next library LEGO group is scheduled for Monday, January 30 from 3:15-4 p.m.

And looking ahead, on Monday, January 16, the library will kick off its Winter Reading Program for children ages 3 through fifth grade. Stop in, sign up, and join in for six weeks’ worth of pizza-themed prizes by reading a lot of books. The middle-schoolers will be reading a pizza slice-by-slice. I’m not sure what exactly this means, but it sounds delicious! Much better than reading a broccoli slice-by-slice.

And lastly at J.R. Clarke, Story Time will not be taking any time off. Stories must still be read during the Christmas season! The library will conduct all Story Time classes as normally scheduled each Tuesday morning at 9 a.m. and 10 a.m. And in case of inclement weather this winter, the following is the bad-weather plan for Story Time. If Covington Schools are on a two-hour delay, Story Time will proceed at its normally scheduled time for both classes. But if Covington Schools are closed, there will be no Story Time that Tuesday.

A very Merry Christmas to all of my faithful column readers and friends in the Covington and Piqua communities. May you all experience the true joy of this special season!
It’s donor time in Rowdytown!

Alex Moore

Contributing Columnist

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