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December 6, 2019

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Holiday raffle, children's shopping spree, winter coat drive

All part of Beatitudes' holiday programming

Beatitudes, 210 N. Main St., Ada, has several holiday-related activities underway. These include a holiday raffle, children's Christmas shopping spree and a winter coat drive.

Holiday raffle – Nov. 22
There’s still time to enter the holiday raffle. Ten items will be raffled and the drawing takes place Friday afternoon. Tickets are on sale at $1 each and six for $5.

Click here for a list of raffle items.

There's nothing like a festival of trees

View the festival from photos on the Icon, but visit CHP to place your bid

Don't wait! Closing bids are a 6 p.m. on Friday.

This year's Festival of Trees at Community Health Professionals,1200 S. Main St., comes to a close soon and bidders will find many decorated trees, wreaths and holiday decor items on the bid rack.

Proceeds benefit CHP hospice program.

Among items to bid on include a live tree for planting, donated by Guyton Builders. You can't miss this tree, as it is in the entrance to the entire display.

Several festival events continue for the rest of the week:

Ada's Katayama to swim at Marshall

Signed a letter of intent to compete at Division I school

By Cort Reynolds
ADA - Ada senior swimming ace Klava Katayama recently signed a letter of intent to attend and compete for Div. I Marshall University in Huntington, West Virginia.

Katayama is seeking to become the first four-time state qualifier in Bulldog program history this winter. She is also believed to be the first Div. I swim product from Ada.

Klava reported that the scholarship she is receiving is 76 percent athletics, 24 percent academics. The Thundering Herd swim team competes in Conference USA, along with schools such as Rice, Florida International, North Texas and Florida Atlantic.

Teaching idioms to first graders?

My kids bring a lot of papers home from school.

Amongst these papers was a sheet of practical activities to do at home to encourage literacy, logic, character-building and math skills. Under the language section, it suggested counting how many idioms my first grader could think of, as a sort of game.

You're pulling my leg, right?

First off, I think today's first graders are learning far more than I was taught at that grade level. For example, my first grader was learning to spell advanced words such as special, barbecue, and rhythm. She just turned seven. So - today's first graders have the potential to know far more than I did at that age.

ONU wins inaugural GLSC League of Legends title

Thio Ohio Northern Esports team won the inaugural Great Lakes Esports Conference League of Legends title with a 2-0 sweep of Lourdes on Sunday evening at the ONU Esports Arena.

The Polar Bears finish their season at 8-0, while The Gray Wolves end at 3-5.

ONU also swept LU 2-0 in Overwatch to wrap up its season at 8-1, good for a second place GLEC finish. Lourdes ends GLEC play at 3-6.

Big second half helps to defeat Denison

The 15-minute halftime break did wonders for the Ohio Northern men's basketball team Friday night at Denison. The Polar Bears opened the second half on a big scoring run and turned a deficit into a double-digit lead en route to an 80-70 victory.

The win pushed Northern to 2-1 on the season, while the loss dropped the Big Red to 0-2 on the year. 

C.J. Napier (Miamisburg/Bishop Fenwick) led the way for ONU with a game-high 27 points. He scored in every which way, going 8-for-15 from the floor, 1-for-3 from 3-point land and 10 of 11 from the free-throw line. He also added six rebounds and two assists.