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Ada Academic Boosters
Tracie Amburgey, 419-235-8162
Deb Curlis, director, 419-788-9459
Ada Athletic Boosters
Lisa Conley, 419-235-6562; Meets second Monday at 7 p.m. in high school cafeteria
Ada Boy Scouts - Pack 124
Meets at 7 p.m. on first Tuesday of each month at school cafeteria
Ada Kiwanis Club
(567) 204-9241
Paul Fletcher, 419-235-1533.
Meets on first Tuesday of the month at 6:30 p.m. at Media Center at Ada High School. Amanda Robirds, president; Michele Frazier, VP of communication. Ada Rotary First Thursday - 5 p.m., social, The Inn at ONU Each Tuesday (except social week), noon, The Inn at ONU Jamie Hall, president, 567-712-9079
Friends of the Library
Liberty Conservation Club
1552 St. Rt. 235, 419-234-5795

Church

Please contact The Icon at info@adaicon.com for any organization changes in your listing.

316 S. Main St. - 419-634-2407 111 Central Ave - 419-235-7307
201 S. Main St. - 419-634-5661 301 N. Main St. - 419-634-4626
1047 St. Rt. 235 - 419-634-6132 7050 St. Rt. 235, Alger - 419-757-4501
101 Montville St, Alger - 419-757-3771 4014 Co. Rd. 304, - 419-326-8552
4227 N. Hardin Rd. - 419-649-5364 350 W. North Ave - 419-634-8041
321 N. Gilbert St. - 419-634-2554 22 E. Highland Ave. - 419-634-2626
125 S. Johnson St. - 419-634-8956
St. Paul's United Church of Christ
4443 TR 25, Ada • 419
4945 St. Rt. 81 - 419-634-6303

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• 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.

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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?
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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.
 

HERE ARE SOME OF
THE TOP STORIES OF
JANUARY 2021

(These top stories change each month)

• ADA RECYCLING NOW
ACCEPTS ADDITIONAL ITEMS

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.
 

• ADA COUNCIL PRESIDENT
OUTLINES 2021 VILLAGE GOALS

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

 

• ADA SCHOOLS RETURN
TO TRADITIONAL SCHEDULE

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 2020
OUTSTANDING BUSINESS OF THE YEAR

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
ELECTION
YEAR IN ADA

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.

Classified Ads

Small farm equipment for sale -

• 6' 3 point disk
• 8' boon pole
• John Deere flatwagon
• Cobey flatwagon
• Bushhog
If interested call 419-634-5076 or 419-371-7255 (cell), for pricing and more information. Located three miles west of Ada.

2 ton folding engine puller & 4 car dollies Bluffton 567-204-3898

Lima Memorial Physicians at Ada Life Family Practice, 520 W. Lincoln Ave., Ada, announce that Dr. Lawrence J. Kuk, Jr., D.O. has joined its practice. Dr. Kuk is accepting new patients. To schedule an appointment call 419-634-2015.

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FURNISHED Loft Style Apartment
for Rent
103 N. Main St, Bluffton, OH
1-bedroom & 1-bathroom – $900/month

• Great location in the heart of downtown Bluffton
• Secure, clean & well-maintained non-smoking apartment
• Furnished with modern furniture
• Stackable Washer & Dryer in unit
• Water, sewer, trash & internet/basic cable TV included 
No Pets Allowed - Tenant is responsible for electric utility

Landlord contact information:
Bill Gable  • 419-230-1166 •  bill@gulfcoast.tax  

116 Franklin St. ADA (Available Aug 1)
2 Bedroom/1Bath Apartment
Contact: Larry and Heidi Smith(realtor owned) 419-230-7158 or blufftonsold@gmail.com
Rent: $495 Month, 1 yr lease
Deposit $495
Utilities: Trash service included
Appliances: Stove, Refrigerator, window AC unit
Pets: No
Parking: Private lot

613 PLEASANTVIEW-ADA (Available July 15)
2 Bedroom/1Bath Apartment
Contact: Larry and Heidi Smith(realtor owned) 419-230-7158 or blufftonsold@gmail.com
Rent $700/month, 1 yr lease
Deposit $700
Utilities: Not included
Appliances: Washer/Dryer, AC, Stove, Refrigerator, Microwave, Dishwasher
Pets: No
Parking: Private Drive
Storage shed: Included

615 PLEASANTVIEW-ADA (AVAILABLE AUG 1)
2 Bedroom/1Bath Apartment
Contact: Larry and Heidi Smith(realtor owned) 419-230-7158 or blufftonsold@gmail.com
Rent $700/month, 1 yr lease
Deposit $700
Utilities: Not included
Appliances: Washer/Dryer, AC, Stove, Refrigerator, Microwave, Dishwasher
Pets: No
Parking: Private Drive
Storage shed: Included

We have student rentals  
Contact Brown Rentals 
410 S. Main St., Ada 
Sandy Turner, property manager 
419-204-8514
www.brownrentalsada.com

Eastside Apartments
606 E. Lincoln Ave.
Ada, OH 45810
Call 419-303-8869 for availability

Realtor owned

VANCE STREET APTS
Independent Sr. Living
137 Vance St. Bluffton, OH 45817
Accepting applications for Efficiency and 1-bedroom apartments 
24-hour Emergency Maintenance
On-Site Managers
On-site Laundry 
Community rooms on every floor
Sunroom and more
Income Guidelines Apply
Call 419-358-7795 10-4, Monday through Friday
EHO

Welcome to The Ada Icon FREE* classifieds. Viewers may post ads at NO COST including garage sales, card of thanks, lost and found, free kittens, bake sales, and so forth. For cars, trucks, real estate or business services viewers may provide up to 50 words for $10 per ad. E-mail ads to: ads@adaicon.com. We'll run your ad for 10 days. (No phone calls.) Payment must be received before running paid ads. Send payments to: The Ada Icon, 226 Grove St., Bluffton, OH 45817.

Gifted intervention specialist – Midwest Regional ESC seeks a qualified candidate for this position at Ada schools. Start date is Aug. 3. E-mail applications to jbarhorst@mresc.org

Administrative Assistant - The Village of Ada is currently accepting applications for a full-time Administrative Assistant. For the full job posting and application instructions, please visit www.adaoh.org/employment. The Village of Ada is an Equal Opportunity Employer.

Drew’s Landscaping and Grass Roots Sod Farm are hiring full and part time employees. Must be able to work Monday thru Friday 7am-5pm depending on weather. Must have valid drivers license. Pay starts at $13-15 per hour depending on experience. Experienced irrigation installation applicants start at $16-18 per hour. Please email a resume to estimating@drewslandscaping.com.

Church Custodian wanted: First Mennonite Church, Bluffton, is in search of a church custodian. Duties include: routine cleaning of the building, light maintenance, set-up for events, outside lawn mowing and snow removal, other duties as agreed upon. Hourly wage, up to twenty hours per week. Contact FMC at fmc@fmcbluffton.org. Please provide your name and best contact information. An application and job description will be sent to you.            
 

The Dough Hook Meat Market located on Main Street in Bluffton, has several immediate openings for permanent, full-time and/or part-time help. We are a growing company with an excellent work environment. Qualified individuals should have great organizational skills, excellent people skills and a natural ability to want to have fun! Positions we are currently hiring for include food prep, customer service and a meat handling assistant. Job descriptions for each position are as follows:

FOOD PREP/CUSTOMER SERVICE:
Skills included in this position include safe food handling skills, product stocking and other tasks deemed necessary by the manager. Hours worked for this position could be between the hours of 9 a.m. and 5 p.m. Qualified applicants must have an outgoing personality, customer service skills and the ability to work independently.

MEAT HANDLING ASSISTANT:
Skills included in this position include wrapping meat cuts that are cut by the lead butcher, packaging other meats and preparing meats for the meat counter. Qualified applicants must be able to handle raw meat, have an outgoing personality, customer service skills and the ability to work independently. Previous meat handling skills are not necessary for this position as we are willing to train the right person.

The Dough Hook Meat Market will be hiring multiple individuals for each position. Hours per week will depend on your availability. We offer a flexible work environment and cater to those who have a willingness to learn and the ability to work hard!

The Dough Hook Meat Market is a family-oriented company that places a heavy emphasis on family first. The benefits of working at The Dough Hook include free food while working, an employee incentive program, flexible scheduling and a relaxed FUN work environment!

Those interested should email a resume or letter of interest to marlenaballinger@doughhook.com or download an application at www.doughhook.com and email or mail to 117 N. Main Street • Bluffton, OH 45817.

Help Wanted – openings for part-time retail help and full time landscape. Retail must be able to work afternoons and weekends. Landscape crew applicant must be able to work 8 – 5, lift heavy items, and have a valid drivers license.  Apply in person – New Leaf Garden Center, 0395 S. R. 235, Ada, Ohio.

Wendy's of Bluffton
has openings!

352 State Route 103 -
Competitive pay,
advancement opportunities,
employee meal discounts.

You may apply now at:
EZ Apply
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Blanchard Valley Health System - To view career openings in the Blanchard Valley Health System please click here.

OHIO MEANS JOBS is an agency of the State of Ohio.
• CLICK HERE to view jobs listed within 10 miles of BLUFFTON.
• CLICK HERE to view jobs listed within 10 miles of ADA.

Ohio Northern University -  Office of Human Resources, 525 S.. Main St., Ada, Ohio 45810, employment opportunities. Click here for current job postings.