Calling Around Covington

The hot, humid, and rainy days we’ve been experiencing here in Covington this June bring lots of events upcoming this month and next. Nowadays, your calendar is probably in your phone. Or if you’re old-fashioned like me, a calendar is still something you use a pen to write on. Either way, go ahead and make note of these Covington events as you plan your next weeks of summer. And remember that Vacation Bible School kicked off today. So in case you forgot, you still have time to get the kids there tomorrow anyway, for four of the five days!

First, this is your final call for the annual Bucc Boosters Golf Scramble, to tee off this Saturday, June 27, at 8 a.m. at Echo Hills in Piqua. Many teams are already signed up, and the sponsorship numbers are at record levels, according to Glen Hollopeter, insurance agent, co-chair of the event, and extremely skilled golfer. Give him a call at (937) 216-2255 if you would like to provide a last-minute sponsorship or enter yourself or a team to play. I failed to mention in my last column that a hole-in-one at the scramble could win you a brand new car, courtesy of Dan Hemm Automall of Sidney. All funds raised by the Bucc Boosters will be used in support of our Buccaneer athletic teams and programs.

Our friends at the Covington Care Center are sponsoring their third annual Community Cookout on Tuesday, June 30, from 5-7 p.m. at the Care Center grounds at 75 Mote Drive. They will provide free hot dogs, chips, and drinks. There will be games, a 50/50 raffle, door prizes, and entertainment. The band Spittin’ Image will perform from 6-7 p.m. for your enjoyment. The Covington Care Center staff and residents invite all members of our area communities. Bring your lawn chair and a friend. It is a totally free event, but they ask that you R.S.V.P. to Lisa or Terri at (937) 473-2075 to let them know anytime before June 29 that you’re coming.

As we continue our calendar-marking, please let me briefly mention two events upcoming in July. I will spotlight more about each of these in my next column. I know you all will be anxiously awaiting that. The Covington Outreach Association (COA) will hold its eighth annual 5K Run/Walk on Saturday, July 18, with starting horn at 8 a.m. The 5K will begin near Stillwater Community Church on Sugar Grove Road, between Covington and Pleasant Hill. This year’s event is billed as a “Scenic River” run or walk, as it will take place along the banks of Painter Creek and the scenic Stillwater River. Personally, I think this is a great idea for a unique 5K run experience, or even for a leisurely Saturday morning walk. So check back to this space in two weeks for more information.

The fifth annual “Christmas in July” golf scramble fundraiser in memory of Staci Jo Blythe will also take place on Saturday, July 18, with an 8 a.m. shotgun start. Last year, the proceeds of this scramble allowed 171 local kids, and many more at Columbus’ Nationwide Children’s Hospital and the James Cancer Hospital enjoy their Christmases just a little bit more. Fifty-dollar hole sponsorships are available, and checks may be sent to Dusty Blythe at 114 E. Franklin St., Troy, OH 45373. Donations of any amount are always appreciated as well. My space for this column has run out, but please check back in two weeks for much more about this special event in memory and honor of a special young woman.