September 17, 2014

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United Way Dine-In at Viva Maria's Sept. 23

Viva Maria's of Ada will host the Tuesday, Sept. 23, Hardin County United Way Dine-In.
A percentage of the sales on Sept. 23 will be contributed to the 2015 United Way Campaign.

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Letter: Thanks for all the great information on the Icon

Ada Icon:
I just wanted to take a moment to thank you for all of the great Ada information. As an Ada native, now living in Japan, your site has been a wonderful way to keep up on my hometown`s local events and happenings.

Kind Regards,
Craig Hoffman

"100" a key element of Ada's top stories of 2013

The number 100 might well describe Ada’s top stories of 2013:

• 100-year-old Agnes Crates became Citizen of the Year,
•  the Ada Farmers and Merchants Picnic celebrated its 100th year,
•  the Lincoln Highway observed its 100th year.
• Zac Dysert, who plays on a 100-yard field, became a Denver Bronco.
   Stories and videos featuring Dysert attracted over 900 hits on the Icon.
• the Ada school levy passed by 100 + votes (actually 104 votes).

...and, here's Bluffton's top photos of 2013

The Ada Icon's sister website, Bluffton Icon, also posted its top photos of 2013. We thought Ada viewers might be interested in seeing what took place in Bluffton during 2013.

The Ada Icon's top photos are also posted on the Bluffton Icon. Bluffton's top photos are in an attachment at the bottom of this story.

Take a look at Ada Icon's 2013 photos of the year

Icon viewers:

2013 was a great year to take photos in Ada! Lots of events took place.


Over the past 12 months The Icon has recorded many activities in Ada. We've taken over 350 photos, showing life in our small town. As a look-back, we selected some of our favorite photos of the year.

Where do you start when you have over 350 photos to chose from? We've narrowed down our selection to one for each month - it was a tough project.

Please enjoy our New Year's gift to you, as we offer one photo from each month from 2103, plus a bonus photo.

New tax guides available to assist with 2013 taxes

Taxpayers can get the most out of various tax benefits and get a jump on preparing their 2013 federal income tax returns by consulting a newly revised comprehensive tax guide now available on IRS.gov.

Here's my pre-teen memories of Christmas; what are your's?

No question about it.

My memories of the best Christmas ever come in a package wrapped from stores located in the Lima public square.

I know. It's sounds impossible to viewers born after Neil A. walked on the moon; but it's true.

There was nothing...nothing like going to Lima and shopping downtown for Christmas.
Picture this: Somewhere on South Main, Lima, there was Porter's Music Store. You could actually select a 33 1/3 rpm album, enter a listening booth and listen to the album in privacy. That way you'd know if you wanted to buy it or pass.

ONU player helps USA team to victory over Mexico in 2013 Tazon de Estrellas

Ohio Northern senior Mike King  had a pair of tackles to help Team Stars & Stripes defeat Mexico 29-7 in the 2013 Tazon de Estrellas Saturday afternoon at Estadio Tecnological on the campus ot Tec de Monterrey.

"This was a wonderful week," King said. "Just a terrific experience. Some of the ONU players that had been in this game before told me that it would be worth it and they were right. I will remember this week for the rest of my life.

ONU's Pi Sigma Alpha earns grant from the national organization

ONU’s chapter of Pi Sigma Alpha, the national political science honor society, has received a grant of $900 from the national organization to fund a speaker series.

The grant, written by John Curiel, a senior political science major from Waukegan, Ill., and Daniella Chambers, a senior international studies and political science major from Fremont, Ohio, will be spent on establishing an alumni speaker series for the spring semester to highlight the types of jobs one can get in the field of political science.

4-H and FFA weigh-in Jan. 4 for Hardin County Fair

Steer weigh-ins for 4-H and FFA members exhibiting in the 2014 Hardin County Fair are  Saturday, Jan. 4 from 10 a.m. to 1 p.m. at the fairgrounds. 

Jan. 7 is the start of the OSU online grain marketing course and marketing simulation. Go to https://www.regonline.com/Register/Checkin.aspx?EventID=870902 soon to pre-register if you wish to participate.  

No building permits needed for these tasty structures


Several new construction companies built their first residences in Ada on Thursday and Friday. None had building permits; no matter. Each house will be eaten by New Year’s Day, maybe sooner.

Features of these new structures:
Graham crackers
M and Ms
Chocolate chips
Tootsie rolls

You get the idea. You’ve probably constructed one or two in your lifetime: They are called gingerbread houses.