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April 24, 2015

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The Freed Center presents ‘The Importance of Being Earnest’

Ohio Northern University’s Freed Center for the Performing Arts will present “The Importance of Being Earnest” from Sept. 25-27 at 7:30 p.m. There also will be two matinee performances on Sept. 27 and 28 at 2 p.m.

Oscar Wilde’s masterpiece “The Importance of Being Earnest” focuses on two bachelor friends, upper-crust dandy Algernon Moncrieff and the most reliable John Worthing J.P., who lead double lives to court the attentions of the desirable Gwendolyn Fairfax and Cecily Cardew. The gallants must then grapple with the uproarious consequences of their ruse and with the formidable Lady Bracknell.

15 Minutes with Dave Lusk: “I can’t imagine doing anything else”

By Torie Wright

How long have you been teaching at Ada High School?
I began my 35th year on Aug. 18.

What do you do at ONU? 
I instruct labs for first year chemistry students.  My normal assignments are Engineering Chemistry in the fall and Introductory Chemistry (mainly pharmacy/biology majors) in the spring. 

Village Voice: Ada is the place to be this weekend

Ada is the place to be this weekend! On Saturday, Main Street comes alive the same way it does every September – the Harvest and Herb Festival hits the street. This Saturday is also Family Day at ONU, and ONU is encouraging family members to visit the community of Ada as part of the festivities. We’re not kidding; Ada is the place to be!

This weekend is a great time to show some of your Ada Pride! Please help us keep our community looking great. If you see trash on sidewalks, please pick it up and place it in the appropriate trash receptacle. If the sunshine prompts you to mow, make sure your grass clippings are not on the sidewalks or in the streets.

Mustard Seed Cafe weekend features

Mustard Seed Cafe weekend features

Welcome Fall! In addition to the regular menu, The Mustard Seed Cafe will feature these “Fall Preview” items:

Pumpkin Alfredo
Fall Roasted Chicken with Butternut Squash, Potatoes and Bacon with a Maple Citrus Glaze
Spinach Salad with Goat Cheese, Cranberry, Walnut, and Crispy Prosciutto

Light Plate:

  • Steak Bruschetta with Heirloom Tomatoes

Dessert Features:

Check out these Ada volleyball actions shots

Teri Salyer provided The Icon with action photos of recent Ada High School volleyball matches.

Here are three:
• Alexis Amburgey setting the volleyball
• Melina Woods blocking
• Carlee Marshall spiking the volleyball



Meet Elena Dearth of Woolen Wonders Fiber Farm

By Darlene Bowers
Skirting the fleece, drop spindle, Turkish spindle, roving, drum carder, setting the twist, bobbin fleece, barber pole, alpaca, angora, cradle picker, spin the cloud, natural dyes--is your mind spinning yet? If so, just ask Elena (Monaco) Dearth of Ada to explain any of these terms to you, and she will weave you into her world of woolen fibers.

Elena, a native of the Adirondacks near Lake Placid in New York, will also weave a tale for you of the day she met Def Leppard as a teenager while working as a horseback riding tour instructor.

Ada police call logs Sept. 1-11

Michael Harnishfeger, Ada Police Chief, provided the Ada Icon with the Ada police call logs from Sept. 1 to Sept. 11.

They are in attachments at the bottom of this story.

Andromeda Galaxy star party Friday at ONU Observatory

Interested in star gazing? Ohio Northern University's Observatory will hold a star party celebrating galaxies -- in particular, The Andromeda Galaxy -- on Friday, Sept 19 between 8:30 and 10:30 p.m. 

According to Dr. John Pinkney, the Andromeda Galaxy is the closest large spiral galaxy to our own Milky Way. (It's "only" 2 million light years away!) The Astronomy Club will be present to point out this galaxy in the sky. The Andromeda Galaxy is just visible to the naked eye on a dark night, if you strain. Follow that up with views through binoculars and telescopes for the full Andromeda experience.

Blanchard shares need for adult literacy with Ada Rotarians

Twenty years ago, when Ken Blanchard worked at Ford’s Lima plant, he read that one in five Americans read at a third or fourth grade level and another 20 percent at an eighth grade level.

Blanchard didn’t believe it at first — until he stopped to think about co-workers and others he knew who couldn’t read.  So, after retiring from Ford, Blanchard accepted the position as Executive Director of the Literacy Council in Lima, whose mission is to teach adults to read.

What a day for Ada! Harvest and Herb Festival is Saturday; also Wilson's garage sale

It’s a downtown festival in Ada on Saturday.

It’s the 29th anniversary Ada Area Chamber of Commerce Harvest and Herb Festival. Over 175 booths with offer items for sale, stretching from Quest Federal Credit Union on the north to the Disciples of Christ Church on the South.


Here’s what’s in store during the day:
• 9 a.m. to 4 p.m. booth display open
• 10 a.m. Main Street parade