Calling Around Covington

Covington’s July schedule brings our busiest month of the year so far. There is a lot going on, so if you are interested in the activities of our village and its people, please keep reading. Saturday, July 18th brings two events at the same time. The first is the annual Covington Outreach Association (COA) 5K fundraiser.

This year, 2015, marks the Eighth annual COA 5K run/walk event, and will begin with the starter’s gun at 8 a.m. The pre-registration time frame has already passed, but it’s easy to show up the day of the run/walk to participate. Same-day registration on site is $20 with no t-shirt, and you may register any time on race morning after 7 a.m.

The neat part of the 5K this year is that it will begin near Stillwater Community Church at 7900 W. Sugar Grove Road, Covington. The run/walk will be held along the scenic Stillwater River and Painter Creek, on Sugar Grove and Owens Roads, or “Lover’s Lane” who may be familiar with it that way. It is a beautiful area of our county, and should prove a unique place for a 5K event. For more information, please call 473-2415, or e-mail HYPERLINK “” \t “_blank” for details. The best part of the event is that all proceeds benefit the Covington Community Food Pantry, and the other outreach ministries of the COA.

The other event on Saturday, July 1 is the Christmas in July golf scramble fundraiser in memory of Staci Jo Blythe. It will be held at the Stillwater Valley Golf Club in Webster with a shotgun start at 8:00 a.m. All proceeds from this event will be used to celebrate Christmas with needy kids from our area in memory of Staci Jo. Entries and donations must be received by next Tuesday, July 14, and hole sponsorships are available for $50 per hole. Information about entry fees and the entry form is available at Stillwater Valley or on their website, Entries and sponsorship monies may be sent to Dusty Blythe at 114 E. Franklin St., Troy, OH 45373, or to the golf course at 9235 Seibt Road., Versailles, OH 45380.

This is the fifth year for the Christmas in July fundraiser. It continues strongly only because of the generosity of local folks and due to its great purpose. Being with her family, celebrating the birth of Jesus, and putting a smile on an unknown child’s face were the highlights of Staci’s Christmas each year. She continued to “adopt” needy kids at Christmas even in the midst of her physical battles.

Last year, this event helped 171 local children, and an unknown number more kids at Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus, who also receive treatment at the James Cancer Hospital at Ohio State. In the past four years, this fundraiser has helped close to 700 children enjoy their Christmas just a little bit more. The Blythe family is appreciative of your past support, and asks for your prayers of blessing and success, so they can continue to Staci started.

Lastly, please keep a few more events in mind that I will highlight in my next article in two weeks. The annual Covington 3-on-3 Basketball Tournament, sponsored by the Police Department and the Noon Optimist Club will be held on Saturday, July 25. The entry form is on the village website,, under the Police tabe. And the St. Teresa Parish Festival will be held the weekend of July 31st and August 1st. There will be lots of great food, games, and bingo there in which to partake.

So please get out and enjoy the weather and the upcoming events here around Covington. Send me your news to, or give me a buzz at 418-8884.