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December 5, 2019

True spirit of the season

CLICK HERE for a rehearsal video. Ada fourth and fifth graders present the holiday musical "The Grumps of Ring-a-Ding Town" twice on Thursday. Tabitha McPeeks, music teacher, describes the musical this way: "The grumpy townspeople work to rediscover the importance of sharing and caring for one another as they remember the true spirit of the season." Public performances are  Thursday in the school auditorium at 1:15 p.m. and again at 7 p.m.

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Very, very Merry on Main

Over 375 youth of all ages gave Santa an earful

It was a “very, very” Merry on Main downtown Ada on Monday evening. The annual Ada Area Chamber of Commerce launch of the Christmas season grows each year, attracting young and old.

• Over 375 youth visited Santa Claus at First United Methodist Church

• 100 youth goody bags from Liberty National Bank were given away at the depot within minutes of its opening for the evening

• 15 dozen cookies disappears at about the same time at the depot

She's Ada's best technical problem-solver

And, she's at the Ada Public Library each Wednesday

She is Ada's best technical problem-solver.

She's Chloe Noel and she will answer all your technical questions and resolve your toughest tech issues.

The Ada Icon is living proof, as she helped us with a phone texting issue today that had us stumped – problem solved in less than 60 seconds.

Chloe, an AmericaCorp volunteer, is at the Ada Public Library on Wednesdays. Other days of the week take her to other Hardin County libraries.

The technical trainer accepts drop-ins or you can make an appointment to resolve your issues.

History lesson

From 1993 - Ada Kindergarteners dressed in storybook fashion for a recent project about Cinderella.

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By Cort Reynolds
DOLA - The Ada girls basketball team finished on a 7-2 run to upend county foe Hardin Northern 36-31 Tuesday night in a tight non-league basketball rivalry battle.

The Lady Bulldogs improved to 1-1 with the hard-fought road win. HN fell to 0-4 with the difficult defeat after leading most of the game.

"We started out flat and couldn't finish throughout the game until the end," said Ada second-year head coach Morgan Bass. "(But) when it really counted, we picked it up and finished when it mattered most."

Membes of the varsity Ada cheerleading squad, from left: Madison Deatharage, Madison Park, Nora Dellifield, Coco McLaughlin, Barrette Jones, Kylie Lucas and Molly Zimmerman. (Cort Reynolds photo)

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By Cort Reynolds
ADA - The visiting Ridgemont boys basketball team rallied in the second half to nip county rival Ada 55-51 in a hard-fought Friday night season-opener.

Smooth Gopher sophomore Landon Newland tallied all 21 of his points in the second half, paving the way to victory via a 32-22 advantage after intermission.

By Cort Reynolds
ADA - The traditionally competitive Ada varsity wrestling program enters its third consecutive season under a new head coach this winter in former Bulldog assistant David Ames.

Eric Perkins, who served as Ada head coach last season, has moved up into the atheltic director's role this school year. 

Ames served as an assistant for the highly-successful Allen East program over the past several years, but also previously assisted at Ada under the program's first head coach, Branden Nickles.

By Cort Reynolds
ADA - Three-time state qualifier Klava Katayama will lead the 18-person Ada varsity swim team this winter as she chases another berth in the state meet. 

Katayama, who recently signed on to swim at Div. I Marshall University, seeks to become the first four-time state qualifier in Bulldog program annals.

Senior Isaac Spar, a multiple-time district qualifier, also returns to pace the Ada boys team.

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Rhea E. Hall, 93, died on Wednesday, Dec. 4, 2019, at 4:54 p.m, at Vancrest of Ada. 

She was born in Hardin County, Ohio on July 29, 1926, to the late Frank and Aurabelle (Sowers) Shadley.  On Dec. 21, 1942, Rhea married Oscar Hall and he preceded her in death on Sept. 5, 1994.

McGuffey is hosting their first-ever Christmas Parade on Wednesday, Dec. 4, in downtown McGuffey. The parade begins at 5:30 p.m., with activities to follow in the Community Room (behind the Post Office), 404 Courtright St. If you're coming from out of town, feel free to park at the school.

The chancel choir of Ada First United Methodist Church will perform the Christmas cantata ‘Darkness into Light,” during the 10 a.m., Sunday, Dec. 8, worship service.

The musical explores the journey and joy of the Christmas experience through familiar carols and new songs.

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ONU pharmacy students bringing music therapy to Vancrest

Project serves the community and provides students with invaluable practical experience

Several Ohio Northern University College of Pharmacy students will provide music therapy to elderly residents of Vancrest of Ada, Thursday, Dec. 5. 

The event is part of an ongoing effort involving ONU pharmacy students utilizing music therapy to treat patients with Alzheimer’s dementia and symptoms associated with it such as agitation, anxiety and depression.

This is the third year of the endeavor, and it involves more than 50 students in the student chapter of American Society of American Consultants (ASCP) this semester. 

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The Icon saw this plate in the Bluffton University parking lot. It's on a blue GMC van.