Happy New Year, fellow Covingtonians! With this as my first column of 2017, I would like to wish a blessed, prosperous, and happy new year to all the readers of this column, whether you be in Covington, Piqua, or keeping an eye on your hometown from Florida, Arizona, or other places near and far. I always appreciate hearing from folks throughout the area who enjoy reading this column. It’s somewhat hard for me believe that 2017 begins the fourth calendar year of my writing this feature, after taking over for my English language-teaching brother. Hopefully, my English in these journalism attempts has lived up to his rigorous standards, and has not been deficient.
The J.R. Clarke Public Library has several events upcoming here in January. Beginning today, Jan. 16, the Winter Reading Program kicks off. There is a pizza theme for the reading program this year, called “Carry Out a Good Book.” It is for middle and elementary students, and runs from today through Feb. 24. During the reading program, participants will win pizza-themed prizes for reading lots of books. The end-of-the-program party for ages three through fifth grade will take place on Saturday, Feb. 25, at 9:30 a.m., for those planning ahead. Drop by the library with the kiddos and carry out some good books.
The J.R. Clarke LEGO Group will meet Monday, Jan. 30, from 3:15-4 p.m., and is open to all elementary school-aged kids. And lastly on the library front, Nanette Meyer Gibson will have several crochet events next month for those who enjoy that activity, or would like to learn. In conjunction with the Covington Outreach Association, Nanette would like to gather crafters, knitters, and crocheters together who are looking for ways to use their talents to give back to those in need. This group will gather to enjoy each other’s company while crafting items for a purpose, learning together, and fellowshipping with one another. This group begins on Monday, Feb. 6, at 7 p.m. in the Library basement.
Also in February, Nanette will be offering an eight week class beginning Thursday, Feb. 9, at 6:30 p.m., for anyone who would like to learn to crochet. No supplies are needed for the first class, and the class is also open to current crocheters who would like to improve their skills. Her last class had so much fun together, they continue to meet and crochet together as the Monday night group! This is a great way to spend these chilly winter months.
For planning purposes, I wanted to briefly mention a few events coming up next month. First, the next Community Blood Drive will take place at the Covington Eagles Aerie #3998 on Monday, Feb. 13, from 3-7 p.m. And the St. John’s Lutheran Church Fastnacht dinner will be held on Tuesday, Feb. 28, from 4:30-6 p.m. in the church basement. More information about both of these events will appear in future columns.
Lastly, the Covington Fire and Rescue Squad is embarking on an Ambulance Fund Drive to replace the older of the squad’s two ambulances. In case you haven’t priced one lately, ambulances aren’t cheap, with a $267,000 price tag. For anyone who may be looking to give, donations are welcome for this fund drive. And congratulations to Doug Haines, who will be retiring from the Fire Department with 44 years of volunteer service, many of those years having served as the department treasurer. Thank you for your many years of service to the Covington-area community.
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