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ONU's Dan Smith qualifies for finals

Ohio Northern senior Dan Smith qualified for the finals in the 1,500-meter run on the first day of the 2012 NCAA Outdoor Track & Field Championships Thursday afternoon at Burn Stadium.

Smith finished fifth out of 10 in his heat with a time of 3:52.87.

He was the ninth-fastest in the two qualifying races, as 12 of the 20 runners qualified for the finals Saturday at 4:30 pm (7:30 pm EST).

"It was a good race and I'm into the finals, which was my only goal," Smith said. "It was a slow heat and I expect the finals to be the same way. I felt good and I am excited about the finals on Saturday.

The top eight in each event earn All-America honors.

Alison Steinbrunner earns All-American honors

Ohio Northern junior Alison Steinbrunner earned All-America honors with a third place finish in the 10,000-meter run at the NCAA III Women's Outdoor Track & Field Championships Thursday night at Burns Field.

Steinbrunner finished third out of 20 runners in 35:52.37 to earn her first All-America honors in the event.

Steinbrunner is now a three-time All-American, earning the honor in cross country, the Indoor 5,000-meter run and the Outdoor 10,000-meter run this season.

She stayed with the lead pack until just the final few laps and easily finished in the top eight, as the top eight in each event at the Championships earn All-America honors.

Jazzercise has $75 all summer special

J'aime Stratton, class owner and instructor of Jazzercise in Bluffton is offering a summer special. The special is $75 for unlimited classes for new customers from June through Labor Day.

Classes are held at English Lutheran Church, 111 Grove St., Bluffton. Contact Stratton for more details at: strattonjzzercise@gmail.com or call 4190371-8422.

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Anything with wheels poker run June 23

ReStore will host an "Anything With Wheels" poker run Saturday, June 23.  Registration is at 11 a.m.

The first out are at 1 p.m. and the last out are at 5 p.m., according to sponsors of the event. Registration is $15 for one or $20 for two and $5 for each additional poker hands.

Proceeds go to The Beacon Fund at ReStore. Everyone is invited to attend. A free meal, provided from ReStore takes place at the conclusion of the event. In addition, a 50/50 tickets door prizes tickets will be available pluse lots of other events. Contact Brett Walters at 419-233-4480 or Dana at 419-233-4476 for more details.

Hiroaki Kitagawa - at home in Ada

Story and photo by Jake Dowling, Icon summer intern
Ishikawa, Japan, and Ada, Ohio, are two completely different places. Just ask Hiroaki Kitagawa.

“My hometown has about 400,000 people, it is much more relaxed and it is easier to connect with people you don’t know here,” he said. “So that is one major difference between here and back home.”

Kitagawa, 26, is a postgraduate student who majored in computer science at Waseda University, a private university located in the northern part of Shinjuku, Tokyo, Japan.
As part of Waseda’s program, Kitagawa is enrolled as a foreign exchange student at Ohio Northern University.

Ada school offices on summer hours

Summer office hours are in effect at the Ada Schools. Hours follow:
Monday - Thursday, 7 a.m. - 3 p.m. 
Friday 7 a.m. - 11 a.m.

Once the Elementary and High School office close, please contact Central Office at 419.634.6421 for all of your needs.