Homecoming set for Friday in village

This is likely the last column for the eventful year of 2020. There have been about half the number of columns this year, because we’ve had half or less the number of events in the village of Covington and surrounding vicinity. But as we thankfully roll the calendar over shortly to 2021, there is a bit of news to report this month.

First, Covington High School is celebrating their “modified Homecoming” this week. Congratulations to the 2020 Homecoming Court members: Allison Garman, Alyssa Kimmel, Tori Quinter, Ellery Reck, and Ella Warner, Jaden Barhorst, Jakob Hamilton, Cooper Jay, Tyler Owens, and Cael Vanderhorst. The Covington High School student council is proud to be sponsoring two upcoming events for Homecoming 2020.

The first was a showcase of the Homecoming Court during a “reverse parade” on Tuesday, Dec. 15. Students were featured in the windows of businesses on High Street during that time, and fans and loved ones drove through town to wave and honk in support.

The second event is the 2020 king and queen crowning. which will take place on Dec. 18 in between the junior varsity and varsity boys basketball games, at approximately 7 p.m. All tickets for this event are pre-sale only, and per COVID-19 regulations, they are limited to maintain safe capacity. However, the crowning event will be livestreamed on the internet, using the same methods as the athletic contests.

Next, the folks at Fields of Grace Worship Center and the Covington Eagles would like to thank everyone who reserved a home delivery, or picked up a dinner at this year’s Community Thanksgiving Dinner on Saturday, Nov. 21. A whopping 1,700 meals were provided, with 1,347 of those being home deliveries, and the rest were carry-out. Fields of Grace and the Eagles Aerie would also like to thank the following groups and individuals for their donations to the meal: Cooper Farms for 390 pounds of turkey, Mrs. Wick’s Pies for 126 pumpkin pies, Sam’s Club for the green beans, Piqua American Legion Post No. 184 and the Miami-Shawnee Motorcycle Club for 125 dozen dinner rolls, and Covington Church of the Brethren for the use of their roasters and equipment. Thank you, also, to Accord Financial Group, Marjorie Mills, and the individual donors from Fields of Grace for their financial support of this dinner.

Thank you as well to the village of Covington for the use of a garbage truck, Covington Fire & Rescue for allowing cars to park at their facility, and the Covington Schools for use of their kitchen to help with the preparation of food. Finally, a huge thank you to all the volunteers, who took time out of their day to prepare and deliver meals for so many. It was truly a group effort, and FOG and the Eagles look forward to their eleventh annual dinner, hopefully back to normal, in 2021.

Did you know that Covington now has a Blessing Box? And we’ve had it here for several months. The following is information directly from the source, Adelynn Rich, who is a Cadette in Troop 32174 in the Piqua-Covington Service Unit of Girl Scouts. This project began because Adelynn wanted to do a service project for the community, and work toward earning the “Girl Scout Silver Award.” The Silver Award is the highest award a Cadette can earn, and the second-highest award overall a Girl Scout can earn. In order to earn the Silver Award, a Girl Scout Cadette needs to identify an issue in her community, and work toward creating a self-sustaining service project to help the issue.

Young Miss Rich had a lot of ideas and wanted to help a lot of causes. In the midst of planning, the pandemic happened, and it became clear to her that people needed access to food, and needed to be able to do it in a way that they wouldn’t feel embarrassed, and could still easily get what they needed quickly. She chose the idea of a Blessing Box because she felt it would be the best way to provide for this need. People may get what they need, and if others have a little extra that they don’t need, they can share it with those who do.

She also really loved the idea because it gives people an opportunity to help others. A very kind lady found out what Adelynn was doing and sent her a donation in the mail to purchase food to get the Box started. She wanted to make sure she was able to get as much as possible, so she learned how to compare prices and learned about meal planning. As Adelynn stated, in order for the box to work, we need kind people to share their extras. She desires the project to keep going and build on it. Her next step in planning is to find a way that people can leave their extra vegetables from their garden for others. What a great idea, and the Blessing Box can be found at the parking lot of the Village of Covington administrative building at 1 S. High St., in uptown Covington.

Merry Christmas and Happy New Year to all of my faithful readers. Thank you for sharing with me the fact that you read and (usually) enjoy this column. We’ll try to keep it going in 2021!