Pancake Day to benefit youth

This is a reminder that the Covington Noon Optimist Club will be holding their 56th annual Pancake Day, albeit a drive-thru version this year, this Saturday, March 20. The proceeds of Pancake Day benefit the youth programs of our community, which the Optimist Club supports. Serving hours will be from 7 a.m. to noon and this year’s pancake breakfast will be by donation only; no tickets will be sold at the door or ahead of time. Just have your cash or check donation ready, and a delicious pancake and sausage breakfast will be delivered to your vehicle’s window. It will again be held at the Covington K-8 school building, with folks driving-through the bus loop.

Several weeks ago, J.R. Clarke Public Library sent information to the public and their patrons via newspapers, Facebook and the library’s website, jrclarkelibrary.org, about the upcoming inside renovation project. J.R. Clarke closed to the public last Monday, March 8, and will likely remain closed through this week. The plan is for the library to reopen at the alternate location, at 101-103 N. High St., by at least next Monday, March 22. The vague reopening date is because an outside contractor, out of the library’s control, has not yet performed their work as scheduled. Once that is completed, the library will be fully functional at its temporary location, known to many Covingtonians as “The Hardware Store.”

The renovation of the 102 Spring St. location should be complete by the end of August 2021. But as we all know, the beginning and ending dates of projects this size depend on the weather, schedule of contractors, and many other factors. There will be several changes to the daily schedule once open at the temporary location. The library will be open Mondays from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m., Tuesdays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Wednesdays from 9 a.m. to 7 p.m.; Thursdays and Fridays from 9 a.m. to 5 p.m.; and Saturdays from 9 a.m. to 1 p.m. The library is closed on Sundays. In addition, their annual summer reading program will take place in the newly renovated library in the fall. The library staff wants to assure all of our community’s youthful readers that they will have a fun-filled and generous fall reading program for all. If you have any questions concerning the move, please contact Cherie or Mary Beth at (937) 473-2226. They are looking forward to seeing everyone at the new site!

Because they experienced the sell-out of a record amount of fish, with an hour still remaining until the 7 p.m. “quitting time,” St. Teresa Catholic Church will hold another Lenten fish fry on Friday, March 26. This fish fry will also be carryout only from the Parish Hall. St. Teresa’s fish fries feature their traditional tasty golden-brown fish, their highly anticipated green beans, applesauce, and a roll. The cost is still only $8 each. This will for sure be your final chance to experience this delicious fish this Lent. So if you missed out the first time and are still craving this meal, come out and enjoy the “world-famous walleye” at one of the best fish fries in the area. And one may want to plan to come early again, because who knows how much fish may go out the door this time before another sell-out!