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Steve Guyton

May 28, 2017

Poetic License

Who ya for? The answer: both. This ONU and OSU supporter wears his school loyalty on his sleeve...or, in this case, his license plate. The two-university plate was spotted on a black Altima on ONU's campus.

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Dora Deane Faine had worked at Cooper Tire 42 years

Dora Deane “Deane” Faine, 87, died Jan. 14, 2017, at Good Samaritan Care Center in Arlington, Ohio. Deane was born Oct. 6, 1929 in Findlay to Clarence and Blanche (Abbott) Wells who preceded her in death.

Deane was a secretary at Cooper Tire for 42 years before her retirement. She enjoyed antiquing, attending garage sales, sports of every kind, boating, skiing and spending time with her grandchildren.

ONU Nursing without Borders mission trip

The Ohio Northern Nursing Without Borders will make a mission trip to the Dominican Republic in May. To learn more about how these students will help those in the Dominican, search gofundme.com, then type in Ada, Ohio. You can also donate to the service project at that site. So far, $850 out of a goal of $1,500 has been raised.

ONU King Memorial area

ONU commemorated the speech of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. with a garden area on the south side of Taft Memorial. Here, ONU students Elizabeth Selhorst (left) and Tiffany Street pause at the garden area which includes benches and a plaque. It was unusual for the university not to acknowledge the anniversary with an event, but this year Martin Luther King Day occurred during winter break. The school recognized King's Ada address and national holiday on social media.

Reflections on the King visit to ONU

Having heard many speakers in more than 50 years of reporting, I can say none come close to the oratory of Dr. Martin Luther King Jr. when he spoke for 40 minutes in Taft Gym. I've heard no other speaker compare to his well thought out speech, a man with charisma, keeping his audience spellbound.
A rehearing of his talk of Jan. 11, 1968, which was posted on the Ada Icon Monday in observance of the national holiday, brought these reflections to mind:
1. The civil rights leader took a middle ground saying that yes, advances had been made but there was more to accomplish.

Ada swimmers set many records at Saturday Sprints

Boys have six first-place finishes

By Cort Reynolds

BUCYRUS - The Ada boys swim team finished a solid fourth out of 12 teams and set several records at the Eagle Sprint Meet hosted by Colonel Crawford Saturday.

Ada posted six first-place finishes, five of which were meet records. Seniors Andrew Ross and Andrew Robey, junior Zach Beaschler and freshmen Klava Katayama and Isaac Spar set meet records for the Bulldogs.

The Bulldogs did well despite having just four swimmers from each of the boys and girls squads able to compete. Two second-place Ada finishes also eclipsed previous meet marks.

Funeral arrangments incomplete for Dora "Dean" Faine

 Dora Deane “Dean” Faine, 87, died Jan. 14, 2017, at Good Samaritan Care Center in Arlington, Ohio. Arrangements are incomplete at Chiles-Laman Funeral & Cremation Services in Bluffton.   


Donald Wright was retired from Nash-Finch

Donald E. Wright, 69, died on Sunday, Jan. 15, 2017, at 2:58 p.m. at Hardin Memorial Hospital ER, Kenton.

He was born on July 27, 1947, in Burlington, Mich., to Herman and Irene (Holbrook) Wright, who preceded him in death.

On May 22, 1971, Donald married Mary T. Tighe and she preceded him in death on Jan. 21, 2011.

Donald served in the U.S. Army in Vietnam from 1966-1967.

He retired from Nash-Finch Company as a Receiving Supervisor after 15 years.

Lots of brass in this marching band - can you name the year?

It's a tough call to say this is a "historic" Ada photo, since it's only 10 years old. Even so, it's an interesting photo. Here's the Ada High School marching band during the 2006-07 school year.

If you are in this photo, tell us where you are. info@adaicon.com


Here's a plate seen frequently in Bluffton on a white Ford. It stands for Dunifon Oil, a former Bluffton business.

N-Men's Club under new ownership - Center on Central

Remodeling underway for a party place; Bingo will continue in February

By Monty Siekerman
J.R. and Linda Mason have purchased the building south of Railroad Park and are remodeling it for a party place called the Center on Central.

Old-timers will recall the one story structure at 111 Central Ave. as Hal and Jean's Restaurant, built by Hal and Jean VanAtta in 1962, a time when Ada had few eating-out places. Twenty years later, the restaurant was purchased by the N Men's Association and used for Thursday night bingo and as a rental place for parties.

Bingo will resume at Center in Central every Thursday beginning on Feb. 2, supporting the Ada Music Boosters, Ada-Liberty Fire Department, and Lions Club.