August 28, 2014

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Library silent auction: Bigger and better than last year

It’s back and bigger than last year.

The Ada Public Library’s holiday basket silent auction returns to the library from Dec. 2 to Dec. 14, according to Amanda Bennett of the library. And, there’s still time to contribute a basket.

“The silent auction is a series of baskets or items on display at the library, all items can be bid on, with the highest bid winning the items. All money raised from bids goes toward Library programming in 2014,” said Bennett.

Here's the Ada Kiwanis members in 1974

The Ada Kiwanis Club celebrated its 50th anniversary in 1974. Here is a photo of the members that year. CLICK ON IMAGE TO ENLARGE.

Front row, from left, charter members Wilbur Vorhis and Barton Snyder.

Second row, from left, Eugene Hanson, Robert St. John, Dale Madison and Dr. E. “Roy” Rodabaugh.

Third row, from left, Harley Messick, Donald Herold, Wilbur Umphress, Robert Temple, Rev. Raymond Sharitts and Daryl Baker.

Fourth row, from left, Norman Fleming, Tom Coe, Albert Awad, Ivan Hodges;

Top row, from left,  Jorge Carro, Mark Shull, Norman Rex, William Ansley, George Hassell and Larry Busch.

Music Boosters will wrap your Christmas presents on Dec. 2

The Ada Music Boosters will provide free gift wrapping during "Merry on Main" on Monday, Dec. 2.

To have your presents wrapped, please bring them into the Ada Depot between 6 p.m. and 8 p.m. that evening.

Additionally, the Ada High School Varisty Singers will be singing Christmas carols near the depot from 7 p.m. to 8 p.m.

"The Ada Music Boosters invite the public to visit the depot area during that time and enjoy the music while your gifts are being wrapped," said Cliff Maier, Booster president.

ONU student wins prestigious Elite 89 Award for men’s cross country

Ohio Northern University student Nathan Rosenbaum, a junior mechanical engineering major from Orrville, Ohio, was named the NCAA Division III Men’s Cross Country Elite 89 Award winner Nov. 22 at Collier Arena.

Rosenbaum won the award as the male student-athlete with the highest GPA among competitors at the NCAA Division III Men’s Cross Country Championships. Rosenbaum, who is a three-time All-Ohio Athletic Conference honoree and earned a bid to the NCAA championships with an eighth-place finish at the NCAA III Great Lakes Regional in Grand Rapids, Mich., finished 152nd overall at the national meet.

You probably already knew this, Santa Claus looks a lot like a guy who lives in Ada

Over the weekend The Icon sat down with Santa Claus and discussed everything starting from Dec. 26 all the way to Dec. 25. The more we talked with him, the more we began to think he resembles a certain Ada resident. But we could never quite nail it down. Our chat took place while he visited youngsters of all ages in a town north of Ada. 

By the way, Santa has a facebook page and may be found on LinkedIn. Here's a small portion of our talk.

12-1 Wayne Trace ends Ada's football season

By Dusty Donley
The 2013 Ada High school football campaign came to a close last Friday night at Lima Stadium as the seventh seeded Bulldogs fell to the fifth seeded Wayne Trace Raiders, 68-14 in the Division VI, region 20 final.

Gun-slinging Raider quarterback Colby Speice threw for nine touchdowns and ran for another as Wayne Trace (12-1) ended the Bulldog's season at 9-4 and move on to play Mechanicsburg (11-2) in the state semi-finals.

Ellen Messing was a member of Ada VFW

Ellen Messing, 78, of Bluffton, died Nov. 21, 2013 at her residence. She was born April 23, 1935, in Ada to the late Rufus G. and Lillian M. Howard Smith.

She retired from Sprint where she was an operator and dispatcher.  She was a member of the English Lutheran Church, Bluffton and the Ada VFW.  She was a 1953 graduate of Ada High School.

She was preceded in death by a brother, Louis David Brentlinger.

"The comet of the century" is coming - and it's not one of Santa's reindeer; it's real

That's right, a comet is in the sky this month and here's some information for Icon skygazers.

The incoming Comet ISON is now in the home stretch of its long-awaited hairpin loop around the sun on Thanksgiving Day (Nov. 28), making it a great target for amateur astronomers and stargazers. But there are some tips and info you'll want to keep in mind before you go comet hunting.

Kathryn J. "Jeanie" Traucht was employed at Wilson's for over 40 years

Kathryn J. "Jeanie" Traucht, 73, died Saturday, Nov. 23, 2013 at 2:53 p.m. at Lima Memorial Health System, Lima.

She was born on March 28, 1940, in Jenera, Ohio to Orville and Kathryn (Rader) Traucht, and they preceded her in death.

She was a lacer and packer at Wilson Sporting Goods, Ada, for over 40 years. She was a member of the former Genesis Fellowship Church in Ada.

Surviving are one daughter: Misti Dotson of Harrod; one grandson: Cody Dotson of Waynesfield; two sisters, Sara (Bob) Michael of Lima, and Carol Sue (Rick) Seltzer of Bradley, Fla.; and her close friend and caregiver, Sally Wilcox.

ONU professor’s research on platypus published

Stephen Kolomyjec, visiting assistant professor of cell and molecular biology at Ohio Northern University, co-authored an article that has been published in the Australian Journal of Zoology.

Titled “Regional population structuring and conservation units in the platypus (Ornithorhynchus anatinus),” the article was authored by Kolomyjec in collaboration with Tom Grant of the University of New South Wales, Chris Johnson of the University of Tasmania, and David Blair of James Cook University.