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August 5, 2020

Drooling over great designs

One of the Icon's favorite Ada Facebooks is Fine Touch Furniture and Upholstery. Like the song goes, the Garvers seem to put new tunes on old pianos. Only the pianos in this case are chairs and sofas and other furniture. The two top photos represent a before and after. The bottom photos show front and back of one of their recent projects.

Where did the 6-foot rule come from? Answers to many other questions like this

From ONU's Heterick Memorial Library and Ada SAFE 2020 locally-created resource about covid-19

• Where did the 6-foot rule come from?
• How do we help kids cope with all the questions surrounding covid-19?
• What criteria would allow us to return to not having social distancing, wearing masks and enhancing disinfecting practices?
• Is this a short term virus, or is it like the flu that will continue to show up seasonally?

These questions and host of others are addressed in a locally-created online resource made available to the public this month. 

A team effort by Ohio Northern University Heterick Library librarians and several members of the Ada SAFE group created the resource.

Icon's Veggie Garden of the Week

Kyle and Becca Hibbard grow a variety of vegetables in a large garden

This week’s featured Ada Icon Veggie Garden belongs to the Hibbard family who live on Bentley Road just west of Ada.  

Ada area residents may remember Kyle’s vegetable stand on North Main near Kingswood Apartments.  

He has since graduated, married, and moved to their present home on Bentley Road where his family continues to grow a variety of vegetables in a very large garden.  Tending all those plants takes work, and the whole family helps.  Pictured are Becca and Kyle Hibbard, and their children Aubrey (2) and Kendall (almost 1).

History lesson

If you look closely you might be able to idenfiy the exact location of this photo. It's looking south on Ada's Main...

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Most recent AHS and ONU sports stories

The Ohio High School Athletic Association’s fall sports of girls tennis, girls and boys golf, field hockey, girls and boys soccer, girls and boys cross country, volleyball and football officially begin practice Saturday, Aug. 1.

By Tim Glon
Ohio Northern national champion Emily Richards is returning to her alma mater as an assistant coach for the cross country and track and field teams.

Richards will assist with cross country and coach the middle distance runners in the track and field program.

 Gov. Mike DeWine’s Tuesday coronavirus briefing brought no update on the status of high school sports this fall, but the Ohio High School Athletic Association sent a memo later in the day to administrators alerting them of one change.

Scrimmages for football and other contact sports are suspended until further notice.

FROM BLUFFTON ICON - After extensive deliberations, the Heartland Collegiate Athletic Conference (HCAC) Council of Presidents has unanimously voted to modify the timing of conference competition and championships for fall sports classified by the NCAA as high contact risk (football, men’s and women’s soccer, women’s volleyball).

HCAC school are:
Mt. St. Joseph

The Ohio High School Athletic Association released Wednesday sport-specific return to play guidelines.

The OHSAA said it is offering the recommendations with the objective of commencing fall sports seasons on Aug. 1.

The OHSAA fully intends to support its member schools and the student-athletes who desire to compete in interscholastic athletics and will continue to assess all areas as more information becomes available.

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Okay, so you think you know Ada? No hints and the answer comes tomorrow.

Several new “Help Wanted” advertisements are now listed on Bluffton and Ada Icons.

Yes, July was hotter than most Julys we’ve experience, according to Guy Verhoff, Pandora weather observer.

The July, 2020, average temperature was 77.1 degrees, or 4.4 degrees warmer than the July average of 72.7 degrees.

Yesterday's Top Story

Ada students: time to update FinalForms for 2020-21

Now available on the school website

Ada schools announces that the program "FinalForms" has taken the place of the traditional paper forms that the school used in past years. This announcement is on today's Ada school website.

The window for the new school year is open now. The school asks persons to take time to update, verify and sign your forms. All forms should be signed prior to the start of the school year. The first day of school is Monday, Aug. 24. 

The announcement follows:

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