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July 2, 2020

Say, "Hello" to Stella

Say, "Hello," to Stella D Oro. It's the daylily greeting people in the Ada railroad park. This daiylilly expands each year and is good for mass plantings. It prefers sun, is easy to grow and is one of the few daylillies that reblooms during the season. Our flower feature includes several additionl park posies in the next photos. Thanks to Monty Siekerman for the flower descriptions.

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Special school board meeting Thursday

Supplemental contracts for 2020-21 memorandum with AEA on the agenda

The Ada Exempted Village School Board of Education will hold a special meeting at 6 p.m., Thursday, July 2, in the board room.

The purpose is to act on several items including:

• Memorandum of Understanding with the Ada Education Association regarding supplemental contracts for the 2020-2021 school year

• Approve supplemental contracts for the 2020-2021 school year

• Approve a contract for athletic training coverage 

• Approve resignation of a certified employee due to retirement

• Budget modifications  

Updating ONU faculty projects

In College of Law and Pharmacy

Several Ohio Northern University faculty are involved in projects completed this spring or are on-going this summer. Those projects follow:

Melissa Kidder, assistant professor of law and director of legal clinics and externships, and her research assistant, third-year law student Amanda Olson, teamed up analyze ONU's transition to online learning. 

The project, “5 Small Ways Students Stayed Engaged in Online Learning,” was accepted as a session proposal by CALIcon2020: Law School In the Time of Pandemic, and it was made available on June 5 as an audio presentation.

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You could find everything you want at Lowry's Grocery, 225 N. Main St., Ada, in this post card photo taken sometime after...

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The Ohio Northern men's and women's swimming and diving teams have been selected as Scholar All-America teams for 2020-21 by the College Swimming and Diving Coaches Association of America.

Ohio Northern was one of 461 schools to receive the award for the spring semester. 

Teams were selected on the basis of their spring grade point averages and represent 17,982 student-athletes.

Individual Scholar All-America selections will be announced next week.

 Ohio Northern senior Cameron Marous (Brecksville/Brecksville-Broadview Heights) was named a USILA/Warrior and New Balance Scholar All-American in men's lacrosse for 2020 by the United States Intercollegiate Lacrosse Association.

Marous is just the second ONU player to be named Scholar All-America by the USILA after Jackson Pfister earned the honor last year.

He is also a three-time Academic All-Ohio Athletic Conference honoree and was named Third Team Academic All-America by the College Sports Information Directors of America in 2019.

 Ohio Northern senior Maggie Krause (Chagrin Falls/Kenston) was named Academic All-America in Women's Track & Field for 2020 by the College Sports Information Directors of America.

Krause is a two-time All-American in the pole vault, finishing seventh at the 2019 NCAA Indoor Championships and eighth at the 2018 NCAA Outdoor Championships.

She was also named an All-American in 2020 and is a five-time All-Region honoree by the United States Track and Field and Cross Country Coaches Association for her performances this winter.

Cort Reynolds, Icon sports writer, has a new Boston Celtics historty post on the SB Nation celticsblog.com.

It's focus is on the best Boston teams NOT to win the championship.

Click here to read the column.


Ohio Lt. Governor Husted also announced that Phase II of the Responsible RestartOhio plan for sports activities will allow contact practice for all sports to resume on Monday, June 22. 

"This means football, lacrosse, and other contact sports can resume scrimmages and full training regiments as long as safety protocols are observed," said Lt. Governor Husted.

"Although June 22 is the day contact practice may begin, it will ultimately be up to local sports organizers and high school leaders on when is the best time to proceed."

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Ian Dellifield, who will be a senior this fall at Ada High School, is the Mid-Ohio Energy Cooperative student of the month.

So, you think you know Ada. You'll find this image above the entrance to St. Mark Lutheran Chuch, Ada.

 Alex M. Sweigart, age 18, passed away on Monday, June 29, 2020.

He was born on July 9, 2001, in Bluffton to Robert Sweigart and Robin (Work) Tomasi. His father and step-mother, Ann Sweigart survive in Dola. His mother and step-father, Don Tomasi survive in Ada.

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Let's visit some Ada gardens

Lots of fresh veggies growing at Jimmy Wilson's 207 Turner garden

Some people believe that life begins the day you start a garden. Other insist there are no gardening mistakes, only experiments. If you fall in either group, then this weekly Icon feature will keep you walking down the garden path again and again.

At the suggestion and with the assistance of Jimmy Wilson the Ada Icon introduces a new column we simply call Ada Gardens.

It will continue until gardening ends for the season, and then we hope to plant our seeds again in the spring.

Our first featured Ada Garden is full of green things. You can find it in Wilson’s yard at 207 Turner, Ada.

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