Do­na­tions ac­cepted at Christ­mas pa­rade

Un­wanted eye­glasses, hear­ing aids and cell phones ac­cepted

The Covington News - - LOCAL NEWS - By Tyler Smith

While mak­ing your way to the 2007 Christ­mas Pa­rade for New­ton County “ Cel­e­brate the Sea­son” do not for­get to bring along your old or un­wanted eye­glasses, hear­ing aids and cell phones.

Ed Minge, the vice pres­i­dent of the Cov­ing­ton Li­ons Club, said each year the club col­lects eye­glasses to give to the less for­tu­nate.

“ Last year we took 500 pairs down to Hon­duras,” Minge said.

The club has re­cently added hear­ing aids and cell phones which they turn into 911 phones which are given to shut- ins. A booth for do­na­tions will be setup in the cen­ter of the Cov- in­g­ton Square dur­ing the pa­rade.

The Lion’s Club and Main Street Cov­ing­ton are host­ing the pa­rade this Satur­day, Dec. 1 at 11 a. m.

Minge said 150 groups have signed up so far for the pa­rade.

“ The pa­rade mat be big­ger than ever this year judg­ing by the amount of re­sponse we have had so far,” said Josephine Kelly, ex­ec­u­tive di­rec­tor of Main Street Cov­ing­ton. “ I was re­cently speak­ing with an­other down­town man­ager and he could not be­lieve how much re­sponse we get to our Christ­mas pa­rade.”

New­ton County School’s 2008 Teacher of the Year Eric Adams will the grand mar­shal for the pa­rade.

Kelly said the teacher of the year serves as the grand mar­shal each year. Adams, a Latin and Greek teacher at East Side High School, will lead the pa­rade in style rid­ing in a 2007 Ford Mus­tang from Cov­ing­ton Ford. As al­ways, Santa Claus’s float will con­clude the pa­rade.

Kelly said lo­cal high school bands and color guards would also be par­tic­i­pat­ing in the pa­rade.

A tro­phy will be awarded to the float deemed Best All- Around.

The judges will base their votes on a variety of fac­tors in­clud­ing hol­i­day spirit, theme, cre­ativ­ity and con­struc­tion.

The Best All- Around Tro­phy will be awarded at the re­view­ing stand upon ar­rival of the float at New­ton County His­tor­i­cal Court­house.

First and sec­ond place awards will also be given for floats spon­sored by high schools, mid­dle schools, el­e­men­tary schools, preschools, kinder­gartens, churches, civic clubs, fam­i­lies, boy scouts, girl scouts and busi­ness.

The pa­rade will be­gin at New­ton Drive be­fore par­tic­i­pants en­ter from Mill Street.

The pa­rade will then take a left on An­der­son Av­enue, a right on Floyd Street which be­comes Clark Street, a left on Lee Street, a left on Wash­ing­ton Street which be­comes Col­lege Av­enue. At this point walk­ers will take a left on East Street while ve­hi­cles will take a right.

The walk­ers will then re­turn to Floyd Street and then An­der­son Av­enue. Ve­hi­cles will take a left on to Mill Street and a left on New­ton Drive.

For more in­for­ma­tion on the 2007 Christ­mas Pa­rade, call Main Street Cov­ing­ton at ( 770) 385- 2077 or e- mail cov­pa­rade@ ya­hoo. com.

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