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March 4, 2021

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All Icon garage
sale ads are free -
we even put you
on our garage sale map!

The Icon loves garage sales. Here's what you need to know:
• Email your garage sale ad to: info@adaicon.com
• All garage sale posts are free
• There is no word length limit (no novels, please)
• There is no deadline - garage sales are posted the day received (99% of the time)
• All garage sales are posted on both Bluffton and Ada Icons
• You will find garage sales on the Icons' Classified Ad Page under "Garage Sales" 
• All garage sales posted are automatically listed on the Icon Garage Sale Map - it's printer-friendly. Click here to look at the map
• We post all garage sales the week they are scheduled - we will not post garages sales two weeks in advance
• When we receive you garage sale, we will automatically reply with a "Thanks, got it." If you don't receive our reply, please resend it.

Advertising Info

Looking for information on advertising? Email us for a rate card at: info@adaicon.com. Or call us at: 419-889-3065. We have very competitive rates.

The Ada Icon is where Ada gets its news. The Icon is the center of information and commerce for Ada, Ohio. We promote Ada through advertising, the printed word, photographs and other tools of technology.

Ada Icon is a member of:
• Ada Area Chamber of Commerce
• Ada Community Improvement Corp. (CIC)
• Hardin County Chamber and Business Alliance
• Better Business Bureau
• Ohio News Media Association

Also, please check our sister publication: The Bluffton Icon

Classified ads:
This is our classified ad page and all classified ads are on the right column. We only charge for:
• Properties for sale or for rent
• Vehicles for sale

Our rates for those are only $10 for the first 10 days and $1 for each following day. We charge for those ads because we have realtors and auto dealers who are paying customers.

All other classified ads are free. We post garage sales the week that they are held. There is no deadline or maximum word count. We also provide a garage sale map. During garage sale season we post a link to the map on the top of the garage sale ads.

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Sign up to receive a daily e-mail that lists every story posted on Ada Icon on the previous day. It arrives first thing every morning. The e-mail includes the headline, photo, the opening paragraph of each story posted plus a link to the story if you wish to read the entire story. The service is free. Send a note to: info@adaicon.com. In the subject line type: E-mail news request. If you ever want to remove yourself the the mailing service, there's an option to click "remove me."

Here's what the Ada Icon is all about

Welcome to the Ada Icon. For first-viewers, here's helpful answers to your questions.

Q: What is the Icon?
A: Think of the Icon as a daily newspaper on the web.

Q: When did it first appear on the web?
A: March 15, 2012.

How much do I pay to view the Icon?
A: Nothing. It's free to view. Unlike other newspaper websites, there is no limit to the number of stories you may read. And, you may access all of our archived material.

Q: How does the Icon make money?
A: Through very affordable local advertising. We have over 50 local advertisers.

Q: What might we expect to find in The Icon?
A: All sorts of things. Our primary coverage area is the Ada school district. According to Google Analytics, 90 percent of our viewers live winthin 25 miles of Ada. That takes in Lima, Findlay and Kenton. We also have a loyal following of viewers who grew up here and moved away, or who lived here for a time, but no longer do.

Q: How many viewers do you have?
A: Ada Icon experiences over 10,000 viewers in a 30-day period.

Q: Where do you obtain stories for the Icon? 
A: Viewers send us news items. We also post all Ohio Northern University news, and cover all aspects of the Ada community.

We provide extensive sports coverage of Ada High School and Ohio Northern University.

We post all obituaries provided by area funeral homes. We post obituaries of former residents when their family members provide us with information.

Q: Are there other Icons? Do you have other products in addition to your website?
A: In September 2009 we launched Bluffton Icon (www.blufftonicon.com). It is in a community the same size as Ada and the two school districts touch.There are many commonalities between the two communities, even though they are in different counties. For example, Ada is home of Ohio Northern University, as Bluffton is home of Bluffton University. Ada Icon covers the Ada school district and ONU in the same way that Bluffton Icon covers Bluffton.


(These top stories change each month)


Ada recycling bins are about to become tubbier, and it’s a good thing, according to Rumpke Waste and Recycling.

Rumpke, the contractor for Ada waste and recycling collection, announced this month an  expansion what it accepts as recycled items.

The addition includes polypropylene plastic tubs. These products are labeled #5. (Please note that not all #5 items may be recycled, however.)

Here’s Rumpke’s new polypropylene plastic tub recycled list:
• Plastic bottles, jugs and other containers 
• butter, sour cream and cottage cheese tubs
• yogurt and fruit cups

The addition of Rumpke now accepting polypropylene plastic tubs is made possible with a grant from The Recycling Partnership. The funding helps Rumpke add nearly $2 million in new sorting to better extract these containers for recycling.


Bob Simmons, Ada council president, outlined his 2021 goals for the village in a report presented at the Jan. 5 council session. Click here to view the Jan. 19 council agenda, which includes his report.

The 12-point report includes:
• Continued work on some alley vacations
• Grandview project, discussion with residents, review scope of project
• Our green space – developing policies for items recycled, hours open, located near Ada water treatment plant
• Memorabilia in attic of depot and removal of train club layout
• New evaluation system unique to Ada for its four administrators
• Paint depot and lamp posts in Ada
• Complete illustrated duties of all positions in the village
• Work with ONU to develop logo and painting water tower –
   it is ONU’s  sesquicentennial (August 1871)
• Hiring of Ada pool personnel and operating standards
• Complete fire hydrant repairs
• Hire manager for depot flowers
• Location of personnel files

His 2021 report also includes listing of goals set for 2020, which follow:
• Purchase village tornado siren
• Complete employee performance evaluations
• Develop performance evaluation for village administrator, police chief, fiscal officer, human resources coordinator
• Purchase new leaf vacuum
• Work on alley vacations
• Updating employee classification specifications
• Completion of Lincoln II street construction
• Hire Class 2 water treatment plant operator
• Hire pool manager



Meri Skilliter, Ada school superintendent, yesterday updated the school community with its next school plan. Here letter to the community follows:

After looking at our numbers, and meeting with the health department today, we are happy to announce that it is our plan to start students back to school on a traditional schedule, all students five days a week, beginning Tuesday, Jan. 19, 2021.

As always, continuing this model will be dependent on staffing numbers, recommendations from the county health department, and any state mandates that might occur.

We believe that the best model, educationally, is to have students here every day, and we will strive to do that for as long as we are safely able to do so.

Please remind students that it will be important to continue to follow masking and social distancing protocols.

It is important to us that you continue to monitor the health of your student(s) and not send them with any of the symptoms of Covid. You can review this information at ​Frequently Asked Questions (ohio.gov)​.

For students who are dropped off in the morning, we want to provide some tips to encourage efficient and safe drop off procedures since we will have additional traffic with all students returning.

Students should be prepared to be dropped off once they are on the curb area in the parking lot. Please have your students prepared to exit your vehicle quickly once you are in this area.

Once your car comes to a stop on the curb near the school, have your student exit the vehicle and get to the sidewalk. Middle school and high school students are welcomed to enter the building at door 17, which is at the end of the high school hallway.

There is to be no parking during drop off times. Being prepared for drop off, as well as following the directions of Officer Carl and other school staff, will help keep the drop off area safe and the flow of traffic moving efficiently.

If you have any questions, please let your building principals know.


Ada Area Chamber of Commerce invites nominations for the 2020 outstanding business of the year, according to Heather Cox of the chamber.

Any Ada Area Chamber of Commerce member business or industry is eligible for nomination. The award winner will be determined by the contributions that the nominee and its owners, managers and employees have made to the Ada area community. The Board of Directors of the Ada Area Chamber of Commerce will determine the award winner.

The outstanding business will be recognized during the chamber’s annual meeting luncheon. It is a Zoom meeting at noon,  at noon, Wednesday, March 17.

Last year's winner
Century 21 Sunway was last year’s winner. It has been a part of the Ada community for almost 40 years.

Recognizing the business in last year’s annual meeting, Deb Curlis said: "It supports our kids, our schools, our sports teams, our festivals, our parades, our music departments, our community meals, our holiday activities, our service clubs…anything you can think of in Ada, Century 21 has touches and has become a huge supporter.

Becky Reed is owner/broker of the firm, which has an office in Kenton in addition to Ada.

Nominations for business of the year may be mailed to Ada Area Chamber of Commerce, PO Box 225, Ada, Ohio 45810 or e-mailed to Deb Curlis at debcurlis@yahoo.com. The deadline for nominations is Jan. 31.

Recent businesses of the year
2013 – Everhart Trucking
2014 – Ada Public Library
2015 – Liberty National Bank
2016 – Ada Icon
2017 – Easter House Bed and Breakfast
2018 – Hays Insurance
2018 – 302 Carryout (awarding year changed)
2019 – Century 21 Sunway Realty


• 2021 IS A MAJOR

This is a major election year in Ada.

Four council seats, two school board seats and two township trustee seats will be on the Nov. 2 general election ballot. Winners of those races will have 4-year terms beginning Jan. 1, 2022.

Ada council seats on the ballot are currently held by:
Terry D. Keiser - Republican
Jeffery Oestreich - Republican
Noah Ristau - No party designation
Robert Simmons - Republican
Council members not on the ballot:
Sheila Coressel
Linda Mason
The Ada mayor David Retterer is not on the ballot.

Council seats are partisan and Feb. 3 is the filing deadline. Candidates seeking council seats as independents have until May 3 to file.

A May 4 primary will only take place for council races if enough candidates from either party file, requiring a runoff.

Ada school board seats on the ballot are currently held by:
Ernest Daugherty
Ron Fleming
School board members not on the ballot:
Troy Erickson
Matthew Gossman
Amy Mullins

Liberty Township trustees seats on the ballot are currently held by:
Gary Hall
Bradley Hays
Neither trustee, Jeffrey Acheson, nor fiscal officer, Patricia Griffin, are on the ballot.

School board and township trustees are non-partisan races. The filing deadline to be on the Nov. 2 general election ballot is Aug. 4.

The following is an abridged calendar for the 2021 election.

Feb. 3 – Partisan candidates filing deadline, 4 p.m.
Feb. 16 – Election board certifies candidate petitions
April 5 – Deadline for voter registration in May 4 Ohio primary election
May 3 – Filing deadline for independent candidates for the Nov. 2 election, 4 p.m.
May 4 – Ohio Primary election, 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.
July 15 – Election board certifies independent candidates petitions for general election
Aug. 4 – Non-partisan candidates general election filing deadline
Oct. 4 – Deadline for voter registration in Nov. 2 general election
Nov. 2 – General election, 6:30 a.m. to 7:30 p.m.