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November 18, 2019

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What is Winter Guard?

Here's some background on the program

Icon note: Several recent letters to the editor on the Icon concern the discontinuance of the Ada High School Winter Guard program. The following information is provided by the Ada Music Boosters to help explain Winter Guard to the general public. The information presented is not to take sides, but to educate others about Winter Guard.

Similar to Color Guard, Winter Guard is a combination of the use of flags, sabers, mock rifles, other equipment, dance, and interpretive movement in a choreographed routine to express emotions and tell stories through their use.  

Ada academic “athletes” prepare for Ethics Bowl

Regional contest Jan. 11 in Findlay

By Barb Lockard
Melody Veltri wasn’t sure what kind of response she’d get when she approached Ada High School students about competing in an Ethics Bowl.  Veltri, an English instructor at the school, assumed some interest among high achieving students.

“The students on the Ethics Bowl teams are academically strong, but I didn’t make that a requirement,” said Veltri.  

With 10 students expressing an interest, she has formed two teams of five who meet weekly to read cases. 

Icon hosts 2 free shows of "It's a Wonderful Life" on Nov. 29

If “It’s A Wonderful Life” is one of your all-time favorite Christmas movies, you are in luck.

For the third holiday season, Icon will sponsor two free showings of the 1946 classic featuring the all-star cast of James Stewart, Donna Reed and Lionel Barrymore on Friday, Nov. 29, at the Shannon Theatre, Bluffton.

The free showings are at 10 a.m. and 1:30 p.m. and are kickoffs to this year’s Blaze of Lights event.

Henry Sexton, Jr., 1966 - 2019

Henry Eugene “Little Gene/Frog” Sexton, Jr., age 52, passed away on Friday, Nov. 8, in Lakeview, Ohio.

He was born on Nov. 23, 1966 in Lima, Ohio to Henry Eugene “Gene” Sexton, Sr. and Susan Furr Davenport.  His father survives in Harrod. His mother and step-father, Dennis Davenport, preceded him in death.

Little Gene was a self-employed carpet and flooring layer.  He was a member of the Moose Lodge #1533 of Indian Lake.  He loved to ride Harley-Davidson motorcycles and was a member of the Motorcycle Association.

Letter: Dominican Republic trip is a great opportunity

LETTER IN RESPONSE TO STORY Trip to Dominican Republic full of AHA moments:

Dr. North does a wonderful job taking students to the Dominican. It's a great opportunity for the students and it is a blessing for the residents of the Dominican Republic.

Richard Gainey

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There's an Ohio State band alum in Ada. The Icon saw this plate in an ONU parking lot on a white Toyota.