As the calendar rolls over to 2018, the weather may be cold, but the activities of our village are starting to heat up. There will be a unique and fun event taking place on Sunday, Jan. 28, to benefit the Covington Music Boosters and Covington Bucc Boosters.
Live Dynamic Championship Wrestling is coming to Covington! This fundraising event is a series of big-time wrestling matches between some of the Dynamic Championship Wrestlers, as well as two local celebrity matches. This fundraiser takes place at 7 p.m. Sunday, Jan. 28, in the “old gym” at Covington High School. Doors open at 6:15 p.m., and the first match bell rings at 7 p.m. Local residents Glen Hollopeter and Covington’s #1 Fan Dennis “Scooby” Willoughby will be wrestling each other, to decide once and for all, who is the all-time best fan of the Covington Buccaneers? Scooby has long claimed this title, so I guess you could say challenger Glen is wrestling Scoob for the #1 Fan gold championship belt.
Also on the card is a Triple Threat Match between teacher Lee Donnan and Covington staff members Mike Stephan and Jeremy Yingst. This three-way rumble should also be very entertaining, as all three are beloved by the students and Covington Schools. Anyone, whether you enjoy big-time wrestling or not, will enjoy this event. Tickets are $5 pre-sale at the school or Joanie’s Floral Designs, and are $6 at the door. Thanks to the sponsors of this event who have covered the costs, all proceeds will be profit, and will be split evenly between the Music Boosters and Bucc Boosters.
Community sponsors of this Dynamic Championship Wrestling event are Mr. Sew & Sews, D & D Classic Auto, Glen Hollopeter, Agent of Littman-Thomas Insurance, Al’s BP & Sweet Treats, Tony’s Body Shop, Moore Funeral Home, The Covington Savings & Loan, Full Spectrum Construction, Buckeye Insurance Group, Burgess Financial Advisory, and Mullen’s Firestone and Auto Sales.
In news of the J.R. Clarke Public Library, the children’s Winter Reading Program will begin on Monday, Jan. 22. Swing into the library to sign up the kids for their chance to win some great prizes by reading lots of exciting books! As a part of the Winter Reading Program, kids of all ages are welcome to come to the library on Saturday, Jan. 27, from 11 a.m. to noon to learn how tree sap gets turned into maple syrup. The “Bring the Farm to You” group will demonstrate, and there will be plenty of free samples of fresh maple syrup! The Lego Group meets this month on Monday, Jan. 29, from 3:30-4:15 p.m., and preschool story time, as always, is each Tuesday from 9-10 a.m.
J.R. Clarke would also like to deeply thank the Covington Eagles Aerie #3998 for their recent generous donations for technology upgrades at the library. The Eagles’ continued support of the library’s collection, programs, and adult and children’s programming is most appreciated!
Congratulations to the recent winners of the Village/Chamber of Commerce Holiday Decorating Contest. Adam and Brooke VonAschen won first place, Tracy McMaken was second, Robert and MaryBeth Rich were third, Dale White fourth, and the Rench family was fifth. All the participants did a great job.
Lastly, I have a very wonderful bit of information to share about a generous series of donations from a long-time Covington resident. Mr. Roy Weikert is 104 years old, and now resides at the Brethren’s Home in Greenville. He is an owner of General Films, and recently desired to give a series of donations to several organizations in Covington. The Village of Covington and Covington Exempted Village Schools were the surprised, happy, and gracious recipients of large gift donations from Mr. Weikert. The Village is formulating a plan for these funds to be used to benefit all village residents, and the school system will apply the funds toward the Business Education Department, in keeping with Mr. Weikert’s passions.
The Fort Rowdy Museum and Covington Fire Department also received sizable sums. There may be more organizations which received funds of which your columnist is unaware. I won’t share exact figures here, but the total donated easily surpasses $100,000. Thank you, Mr. Roy Weikert, for your generous gifts to your community of Covington!
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