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October 22, 2020

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Why I don't do Facebook

A mother's musings

By Liz Gordon-Hancock
Have you ever done an internet search on your name?

Apparently, I won a beauty contest in Omaha in 2005, and received a degree in Applied. Mathematics and Statistics from John Hopkins University in 2009, according to a Google search. (Note - this was not actually me, but someone with my name.)

Have you ever typed in your child's name and seen what an internet search yields about them? Go a step farther and look at the images associated with your child's name.

The sheer amount of data, readily available, via the internet, is astounding... and a little terrifying. 

Not far from Ada...a slice of American history

War of 1812 played out in Hardin County

Independence Day weekend has a major focus on July 4, 1776. As they say, "there's more to the story." Here is a small piece and it is very close to Ada.

Sometimes we forget that there was a "Part 2" of the War for Independence, namely the War of 1812.


Recalling from your Ohio history courses, Britain wanted a do-over and invaded the still-young United States of America. The war spilled over into Ohio just shy of the state's 10th birthday.

One more time, here's the last day of school info for Ada students

If you need updated on the end-of-the-school-year dates for Ada, here's your answer. This is from the Ada school website:

Due to the number of school closings, the last day of school will now be Tuesday, May 28.

Students will now have school Friday, May 24 and Tuesday, May 28.

Memorial Day will be observed on Monday, May 27 so there will be no school that day.

We will have a 2-hour early release on the last day of school. Should we cancel an additional day of school before the last day, we will add an additional day to our calendar. We will have an early release on the last day of classes with students.

Soft skills an answer to addiction?

Kevin Risner has a BS in Journalism and an MA in Theology. He is a native of Hardin County and serves as the Prescription Drug Overdose Prevention Program Coordinator for the Kenton-Hardin Health Department.

Substance Abuse and Connections

Could we have been wrong about one important aspect of substance abuse? Could it be that something else is going on within the lives of those with substance use disorders that we should consider?

A new phrase is now part of the substance abuse rehabilitation culture. “The opposite of addiction is not sobriety, but connection.”

Hard hat tours Saturday, Oct. 27

Your chance to take a peek inside the ONU engineer building under construction

By Monty Siekerman
Do you want to take a peek at the new James Lehr Kennedy Engineering Building now under construction near English Chapel and Heterick Library? Hard hat tours will be offered between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 27.

Visitors, including ONU’s Homecoming returnees, can get a glimpse of what is in store for future engineers who study here. The lobby area in the center of the building will be accessible for four hours on that Saturday. Work on the $30 million project has progressed rapidly since construction began in mid May. The large, three-story structure will be occupied next fall.

Ada's Viva Maria: Featuring great Italian and American dinners

A good, made-from-scratch restaurant, beloved by locals and students

Icon Restaurant Review:
Viva Maria
124 E. Buckeye St., Ada
Reviewer: Liz Gordon-Hancock

Before walking through the door of Viva Maria, all I knew about the place was that it was an Italian restaurant with big portions and huge support from both the local community and ONU campus crowd. My husband and I walked up to the restaurant around 8 p.m. on a weeknight.  

The restaurant is currently housed in the historic Ada Armory. Do not be fooled by the stark, industrial facade; this building houses a good, made-from-scratch Italian-American restaurant, beloved by both locals and students.