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August 18, 2018

Have a poppy

It’s a Poppy Day today, so Alice Cheney sells a poppy on behalf of the VFW Auxiliary to Karl Roider at the 302 Carryout this morning. The VFW began Buddy Poppy Day before there was a Memorial Day. The poppies are assembled by disabled and needy veterans. (Monty Siekerman photo)

Get ready for an Ada football festival

Here's what's happening in Ada on Aug. 25

The  schedule of events has been set for the third Made in Ada Football Festival on Saturday, Aug. 25.

The festival both celebrates Ada’s connection to the sport, as all footballs used in the National Football League are made in Ada’s Wilson football factory, and helps kick off the 2018 football season. The festival is sponsored by the Ada Area Chamber of Commerce, in partnership with Wilson.
The day begins with an ONU intra-squad football practice at 9 a.m. and concludes with the now-famous football drop at 10 p.m.

"Bonjour" to Ada HS's French exchange student

Ada Rotary Club exchange student project

By Monty Siekerman
"Bonjour,” Philip would have said many times in his native French, but here in Ada he gives the getting, “Hi, glad to meet you,” in English. Philip Gautier, an Ada Rotary Club exchange student from the Normandy area of France, has had a whirlwind first week in Ada.

Within hours of arriving in Ada. Philip, attended the Farmers and Merchants picnic, not as a streetside spectator, but riding in a car emblazoned with his name and that of Rotary.

After the parade, he attended the F&M picnic, greeting many more people.

History lesson

Here's the members of the Ada-Liberty Township Fire Department in September 1957.

Front from left, George Binkley...

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By Cort Reynolds

LIMA - Spencerville edged Lincolnview and Paulding in a four-team Northwest Conference golf match including Ada at Tamarac Golf Course in Lima Wednesday.


The undefeated Bearcats won with 168 strokes, three shots ahead of the Lancers (171) and 10 up on Paulding (178). Ada shot 234.


Brevin Sizemore led the Bulldogs with a nine-hole score of 56. Rob Allison shot 57 and Alex Morgan carded a 59 while Austin Amburgey added a 62.


Ada's Jake Colwell shot 63 and Ethan Hull posted a 58.


After earning the program's third consecutive OAC Championship in 2017, the Ohio Northern men's cross country team has been chosen by the league's 10 head coaches to finish second this season.


After winning the OAC championship last year, Ohio Northern would continue their postseason success with a third-place finish at the NCAA Division III Regionals. From there, they received a team bid to the 2017 NCAA Championships where they wound up 19th.

The OAC preseason coaches poll projects ONU men’s soccer team to finish fourth in the conference this season.


Last year the Polar Bears finished 12-6-2 overall and 5-3-1 in the conference records. The team reached the OAC tourney quarterfinals before losing.

The team will open Sept. 1 at Transylvania University in Kentucky. 

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ONU welcomes more freshmen this year

Helpers descent like locusts


Photos and story by Monty Siekerman
Good news for the financial health of ONU and those who own businesses or work in Ada: This year’s incoming freshman class is significantly bigger than last year. Today is move-in day for undergraduates with about 690 students lugging everything but the kitchen sink into their rooms. This is a 10-15 percent increase in incoming students this year compared to year ago.

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The Inn at ONU presents “Fearless ShenANYgans,” at 7:30 p.m., Wedneday, Aug. 29, in its series of summer programs.

The program is an evening of comedy improv in The Inn’s garden courtyard.

Nancy (Dunbar) Barker, age 82, died on Friday, August 17, 2018 at 9:29 a.m. at Vancrest of Ada.

          She was born December 26, 1935 in Columbus, Ohio to the late Russell and Hester (Kiler) Dunbar.   On July 27, 1963 she married Harold Duane Barker and he survives in Ada, Ohio.

By Jim Davidson, MD
Blanchard Valley Orthopedics and Sports Medicine

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Sandy Neely ceremony, 6-22-18
The Cadets perform at ONU, 6-2018
2018 Made in Ada Wilson Football Festival poster
Christmas at New Leaf, 11-22-17

Poetic License

Despite the fact that the Icon spotted this plate in Bluffton, it has Ada written all over it. It's on a dark blue Ford SEL.

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