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How many pounds of blueberries would you like to order?

Ada Music Booster fundraiser; orders available until July 1

Ada Music Boosters are taking orders for its annual blueberry sale, which benefits the music programs in the school.

The berries are hand-picked from Farmhouse Fruit, New Jersey.

Here’s all the information needed to place an order:
10 pounds for $32
Order Deadline: July 1
Pickup Date: Week of July 6 (exact date to be announced)
Pickup at Ada War Memorial Park, 401 N. Park Dr. 
Order and pay online at www.farmhousefruit.com/adamusicboosters
Contact Amy Morgan with questions, 419-957-2125

School board preparing for 2020-21 school year

Vocational agriculture teacher moved one part-time

The follow report includes some action from the school’s June 18 board meeting and is not officially approved board minutes.

Ada school board, meeting June 18, passed several actions affecting the 2020-21 school year, and those follow: 

• Resolution regarding reduction of force for Tony Dyer, to half vocational agriculture teacher.

• Amended contract to assistant building and grounds, maintenance and transportation supervisor, changing start date to first day of school. 

• Recognized 21 sports, 13 certified substitutes and 19 classified substitutes (lists are at the bottom of this story).

Dakota Clay on Cedarville dean's list

Cedarville University student Dakota Clay of Ada, majoring in Mech Engineering, was named to the Dean's Honor List for Spring 2020. This recognition required Clay to maintain a 3.75 GPA and carry a minimum of 12 credit hours.


Larry Mathewson was born in Ada

Past president of Bluffton school board

Larry L. Mathewson, 88, died June 21, 2020, at Brookdale Senior Living in Bowling Green, Ohio.  Larry was born Oct. 9, 1931, in Ada to the late Dana and Treva (Lewis) Mathewson.  On June 30, 1951 he married Imajean Klass who preceded him in death on Nov. 11, 2010. 

Larry graduated from Bluffton High School where he was an all-conference running back. He started working with his father at the Bluffton Welding Shop and later was a maintenance welder at the Lima Ford Engine Plant from which he retired. Larry was also a life-long farmer. He was a member of St. Mary's Catholic Church, Bluffton, and the local Farm Bureau and past president of the Bluffton school board. 

Charles Castle was a Ford Motor retiree

Charles R. Castle, 79, passed away on Tuesday, June 16, 2020, at 1:49 p.m. at Lima Memorial Health System, surrounded by his family. 

He was born on June 15, 1941, in Prestonsburg, Kentucky, to the late Malcolm and Polly (Hicks) Castle, Sr.  Charles married Barbara F. Newland and she survives in Ada.

Charles retired from Ford Motor Company, Lima Engine Plant, as a UAW International Rep. Dad loved his family, driving the back roads with his brother  Malcolm looking at the Eagles and family trips to Holmes County.

This was ONU's campus - pre 1970

Here's a pre-1970 aerial view of the Ohio Northern Univesity campus looking west as it anticipates a major expansion. It is from the Ada Public Library post card collection.

On the far left is College Avenue. On the far right is Lincoln Avenue and the railroad tracks.

Several additional buildings - and absence of buildings - gives clues to what in the works. Viewers comments are welcome.