En-JOY local railfan’s program

Alex Moore - Contributing Columnist

October contains a full month of events here in Covington, so we’ll dive right in to inform you about them. First, the JOY (Just Older Youth) Club of the Covington Christian Church is holding a unique program this Sunday evening, Oct. 14, at 7 p.m. at the church at 115 N. Pearl St.

Covington native and resident Chris Haines will share his railroad photography in a slideshow he created titled “Railfanning with the Family.” The slideshow will feature railroad photographs set to music, and Chris will talk about the location and subject of some of the photos in more detail. Young Mr. Haines was born into a railfanning family. His dad, Doug, could be seen trackside since he was a boy. His dad and family friends taught Chris about railroads and photography at an early age.

Growing up, Chris and his family traveled to many places photographing trains. Once he had a family of his own, this didn’t change. Chris, his wife Stephenie, and sons Corey and Cameron have traveled to many parts of the United States photographing trains. Chris’s show features photographs from the family’s journeys together across the United States, since Cameron came along in 2005.

Chris and the Haines family own Marias Technology, an insurance software testing and system implementation company in downtown Covington. The Marias name comes from his family’s long affection for Marias Pass, a railroad pass that is the southern border of Glacier Nation Park in Montana. Chris is also in his 20th year as a volunteer firefighter, serving as the president and a lieutenant for Covington Fire & Rescue. The public is welcome to attend this free event.

Covington Christian Church will be holding another great Salad Luncheon from 11 a.m. to 1 p.m Friday, Oct. 19. This is the final Salad Luncheon of 2018, which means it’s also their Country Store. This means lots goodies such as Buckeyes, apple dumplings, caramels, angel food cakes, pies, cookies, candies, and much more will be for sale.

Please make plans to stop over and enjoy the wonderful selection of salads and desserts in their basement air-conditioned dining room. It’s also your last chance for 2018 to enjoy the special Hot Chicken Salad, always a crowd pleaser. The church basement is handicapped-accessible. Guests are asked to please use the alley basement entrance, and remember, carry-outs are also available!

I will expand upon this more in my next column, but Fields of Grace Worship Center will host their eighth annual “Trunk or Treat” event on Saturday, Oct. 27, from 1-3 p.m. at the Covington Community Park. This is open to children from all communities.

The kids are invited to wear their best costumes and stroll among the decorated vehicles and trucks, collect candy and goodies, ride the train, do the hay scramble, have their faces painted, and much more new activities this year. There will also be a trunk-decorating contest for those who wish to participate. Please give the Fields of Grace office a call at 573-4282 if you wish to participate in the contest, or just be a part of the lineup.

The Covington FFA will once again be holding their Kiddie Tractor Pull, put on by the National Kiddie Tractor Pull Association, at Trunk or Treat at 1:30 p.m. This is for ages 3-8 and registration will begin at 12:30 p.m. at the Main Street exit to the park. All of the “Trunk or Treat” events are free.

And if you haven’t seen them yet, come to a game and check out the new scoreboards at the football, softball, and baseball fields. Thank you to the Covington Eagles, the Covington Savings & Loan, and the Covington Community Chest (Felger Memorial Trust) for helping provide these new sharp scoreboards.

The school district truly appreciates all that these three great community partners do for our students and school district. They replace the boards that were approaching 20 or more years old, so thank you to these folks, as well as all the other sponsors who have advertising on the new scoreboards.
En-JOY local railfan’s program

Alex Moore

Contributing Columnist

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