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October 28, 2020

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15 minutes with Todd McAlpine, bagpiper

He played during the ONU Veterans Day event

By Monty Siekerman
How did a physics instructor come to play the bagpipes? The Ada Icon caught up with  Todd McAlpine last week when he performed a special song at the beginning of the Veterans Day wreath-laying ceremony at Ohio Northern.

McAlpine said he first heard someone play the Highland pipes when he was six years old and loved the sound, so he learned to play the bulky instrument. He’s also of Scottish heritage.

McAlpine, who teaches physics part-time, is primarily a stay-at-home dad since his wife, Perrine Trilisa, teaches chemistry at ONU. They are parents of two sons, Callum, 5, and Rory, 3.

15 minutes with Mike Gossman

A sit-down chat with an Ada farmer

Interviewed by Monty Siekerman
Mike Gossman knows farming, so the Ada Icon asked him about this year’s crop since farming is, by far, the biggest industry in the county.

Gossman said the bean and corn crops are “really good” this year because the weather has been almost perfect for growing with no flooding rains in the spring, intermittent rains throughout the summer and fall, and lots of hot weather.

In the spring, the bean and corn seeds emerged “the best I’ve ever seen,” he said.  Mike has been farming since his sophomore year in high school and just turned 60, so he has seen a lot of springs and knows a year that has good germination.

Hugh H. Ries memorial service will be held at a later date

Died in house fire on Feb. 11

Hugh H. Ries, 65, of Alger died in a fire at his home on Sunday, Feb. 11. His body was discovered the next afternoon in a crawl space beneath rubble of the collapsed kitchen.

A memorial service to celebrate his life will be held by the family at a later date. The date of the service had not been decided as of today. Schindewolf Stout Crates Funeral Home in Kenton is assisting the family with arrangements.

He once owned two businesses in Alger and worked for Durez Corp. for 25 years.

He was born on July 24, 1952, in Kenton.  On Aug. 8, 1976, he married Hilma Robinson and she survives.

Ban! Ban! Ban!

The State of Ohio now has an invasive plant list that has banned 38 species, some of which you may have growing in your yard.  Have a callery pear, Russian olive, tree-of-heaven, common barberry, multiflora rose? These are on the list.

The state won’t make you dig up and destroy what you have, but these species can no longer be sold in Ohio. Sorry, the state can tell you want you can’t grow. Most likely, you won’t be arrested and thrown into a jail of brambles, if you do buy one from an out-of-state, clandestine operation.

Five minutes with Anna Niemeyer

Member of the ONU women’s soccer team

By Grant Pepper
The 14th-ranked ONU women’s soccer team will be competing in the first round of the NCAA Tournament on Saturday morning, when they will host Penn St.-Behrend at 11:30 a.m.

It will mark the program’s first trip to the national tournament in five years and the first time that they have hosted the first two rounds of the tournament since 2011.

The Polar Bears are coming off of a 17-1-2 regular season, with their only loss coming in their first game, on Sept. 1. They were an automatic qualifier for the NCAA Tournament after winning the OAC regular season and tournament titles for the first time in school history.

Flags, horns, drums, wooden rifles and singers

Meet this year's Cadets - here's their performance Sunday night at ONU

Story and photos by Monty Siekerman
Flags, horns, drums, wooden rifles, and singers all took center stage at the ONU Bill Robinson Field on Sunday evening when the Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps gave a free "Thank You Ada" performance. The show received an extended standing ovation from the crowd.