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November 19, 2019

29th season for Project Warmth

It's more than just a decorated Christmas tree. It is a tree loaded – and inviting you to participate – with new hats, gloves and scarfs. It's Liberty National Bank's Project Warmth. Now through the end of November the bank collects these items for local children to stay warm during the winter months. This annual project celebrates its 29th season this year. The tree is located in the Ada bank lobby, ready to accept your donation.

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Something you already knew: Ada is a safe place to live

But, did you know it's ranked 7th safety city in Ohio?

According to figures based upon FBI crime data, including violent crime and property, an organization called HomeSnacks rates Ada as the 7th safety city in Ohio.

Although Ada is technically a village, the data includes Ohio Northern University students, which bumps up the population above 5,000, making Ada a city. 

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HomeSnacks lists the following as the top 10 safest cities in Ohio for 2020:

Your invitation to ring a bell and change a life

Salvation Army bell-ringer volunteers sought in Ada

If interested, contact Kathy Reese at 419-889-1845 or e-mail her at kreese47@earthlink.net.

Bell ringers need: No experience necessary, except for a desire to ring a bell and help change a life.

The Hardn County Salvation Army Unit invites Ada area residents to volunteer as a holiday bell ringer in November and December in Ada, according to Kathy Reese chairperson.

“Ada bell ringers are needed from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. on five dates this season," said Reese.

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It happened in 1992 - Annabelle Reese and her daughter Linda Vermillion (cafeteria staff member), Beverly Rogers (...

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The Ohio Northern women's basketball team brings back its second-, third- and fourth-leading scorers for the 2019-20 season. And while that's plenty of production coming back, the challenge for 19th-year head coach Michele Durand is identifying a new go-to scorer, and that may not be one single player.

"We've had that go-to player for quite a few years now, but I think it's going to be a committee of people this year," Durand said. "… Our motto is, 'Tough and together.' We really have to be tough and really have to be together. If we are together, I think we can win some games."

Senior McKenna Hostetler (Plain City/Alder) was named Ohio Athletic Conference Libero of the Year, headlining a list of five Ohio Northern volleyball players to receive All-Conference accolades, in voting conducted by the league's 10 coaches.

Senior All-American Chelsea Huppert (Bremen, Ind.) joined Hostetler as First Team honorees.

Seniors McKenna Jordan (Toledo/St. Ursula) and Sydney Bapst (Grove City) and freshman Madison Kern (Loveland/Mount Notre Dame) received Honorable Mention All-Conference honors.

Head coach Kate Witte was selected as OAC Coach of the Year.

 The No. 12-ranked Ohio Northern volleyball team will travel to Grand Rapids, Mich., and face Aurora (Ill.) in the First Round of the 2019 NCAA III Tournament on Thursday.

The match time will be announced later in the week.

The Polar Bears (26-5 overall) are making their 32nd NCAA Tournament appearance in the 40-year history of the event.

Ohio Northern qualified for the NCAA Tournament by winning the Ohio Athletic Conference Tournamewnt title in a thrilling 5-set victory over Otterbein, giving ONU the league's automatic bid.

The No. 17-ranked Ohio Northern women's soccer team will host the first two rounds of the First Round of the 2019 NCAA III Tournament on Saturday and Sunday at Kershcer Stadium.

The Polar Bears (17-2-2) will host Grove City (Pa.) (12-6-2) in the first round.

The match time will be announced later in the week.

ONU will also host a first round match between Centre (Ky.) and Scranton (Pa.) on Saturday.

Saturday's winners will play on Sunday for a trip to the Sweet 16 on the line.

Ohio Northern wrestling head coach Ron Beaschler enjoyed what he saw out of his young squad last season. They improved as the year wore on, and many of the grapplers performed best toward the end of the season.

Beaschler and the Polar Bears would like more of the same in 2019-20. 

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Have you checked your blood pressure lately?

Ohio Northern University’s HealthWise Pharmacy offers free blood pressure checks this month as the pharmacy has a special focus in November on hypertension.

It happened in 1992 - Annabelle Reese and her daughter Linda Vermillion (cafeteria staff member), Beverly Rogers (cafeteria manager), and Evelyn Epley (retired cook) chat following the first-ever Ada schools senior citizens Christmas luncheon.

Junior All-American Christiaan Williams (Sidney/Anna) became ONU's all-time career rushing leader as the Ohio Northern football team celebrated Senior Day with a 34-28 Bendekovic Bowl victory over Heidelberg on a chilly Saturday afternoon at Dial-Roberson Stadium.

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ONU alum will lead Hardin County Chamber and Business Alliance

Brandt Miller, board chair introduces Holli Underwood

An Ohio Northern University alumnae, Holli Underwood of Ridgeway, is the new president/ CEO and economic development director of the Hardin County Chamber & Business Alliance.

Her appointment was made Friday by Brandt Miller, Hardin chamber board chair. 

Miller said, “We are very excited to welcome Holli with her vast local knowledge, outstanding leadership abilities, exceptional communication experience and the passion for our community to the Alliance. 

"Holli’s experience in human resources, bookkeeping, marketing and corporate communications will allow her to continue to advance the mission of the Alliance, for many years to come.” 

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There's an Ohio State band alum in Ada. The Icon saw this plate in an ONU parking lot on a white Toyota.