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Todd Madison

April 28, 2017

Poetic License

BACH 3 - does this mean that somewhere in Ohio is Bach 1 and Bach 2? The Icon spotted this plate on a slate-colored Chevy Cruze in Ada. And, it's on a Bald Eagle special plate. Anyone who can tell us about the plate's meaning, please let us know at: info@adaicon.com

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Attention all former Ada 3rd graders

Do you recall the Tree Commission's Arbor Day visit to school?

One of the cool things about being in the third grade at Ada Elementary School is the annual Arbor Day Celebration.

Each spring, the volunteers on the Ada Tree Commission visit the third graders to talk about trees.

The commissioners share stories about trees, wildlife and how to plant the bare root tree each student receives from the Tree Commission. Tree Commissioners also talk to the students about it means to be a Tree City USA, as Ada has been named for 36 years, and what it means for Ohio Northern University to be a Tree Campus USA, as ONU has been named for seven years.

ONU Greek students step up for community service

It's a Night to Shine event

Community service is at the core of Greek life at Ohio Northern. Greek students recently gave several local children with special needs the chance to be a king or a queen in their own right.

Night to Shine, sponsored by the Tim Tebow Foundation, is a special worldwide event that began in 2014 as a way to celebrate those with special needs by giving them a classic prom experience, something many of them never have the chance to experience otherwise.

The Lima First Assembly of God Church was one of the original 44 sites to participate in the event, and ONU’s Greek students have been involved from the start.

Redbuds on S Main

Every year several varieties of trees and shrubs out do themselves when they bloom in the spring. Redbud trees are among the winners this year, filling the village with their light purple blooms wherever they are planted. We chose to photograph the Mary Bowden house at Main Street and Lima Avenue because redbuds have grown there for many years and have caught the eyes of passers-by for a very long time. Spring wouldn't be spring in Ada if for some reason they didn't bloom at this house on South Main.
(Monty Siekerman photo)

Vehicle to race over rough terrain

The ONU Baja team is putting the finishing touches on their vehicle for this year's race in Gorman, Calif. The engineering students designed, built, tested and will race the vehicle over rough terrain. The off-road competition is sponsored by the Society of Automotive Engineers.

Let's take a look at Bluffton spring blooms

Last week we viewed spring in Ada

Ada Icon and Bluffton Icon are sharing spring photos this week.

Last week, Ada posted photos of our town's spring blooms. We are sharing those photos on the Bluffton Icon this week.

In return, we're sharing Bluffton's spring photos.

Please enjoy the photos of spring in Bluffton - attachment at bottom of story -

It’s mid-April. Let’s cruise Bluffton.

In our quick trip you’ll notice lots of reds, pinks and in-between shades as trees put on their spring robes. In a few weeks lots more blooming things will catch our attention.

We’ll watch for those, too.

3 ONU records set in women's track

Senior Rebecca Olashuk (Tinora), sophomore Maddy Reed (Piketon) and freshman Taylor Lavey (Findlay) each posted new school records to lead the No. 9-ranked Ohio Northern women's outdoor track and field team at the All-Ohio Championships on Saturday afternoon at Ohio Wesleyan University.

With the second place finish, the Polar Bears improve to 62-4 overall.

Olashuk posted a top-2 finish as she claimed second place in the hammer throw with a school-record and personal best toss of 159' 7.00".

The senior's throw currently ranks in the top-30 nationally.

In the 100-meter dash, Lavey finished third overall, setting a new school record with a time of :12.36. 

They were selling like hotcakes! - Nearly 600 dinners!

The Ada Kiwanis Club served about 600 meals on Saturday at the school cafeteria during the breakfast and lunch hours. This is an annual major fundraiser for the service club, which is know for helping youth.


• Brett Halsey and Conner, 2, enjoying Kiwanis pancakes on Saturday morning.

• Here's Kiwanian Jack Jeffery.

• There's a funny story about John Berg and this drawing. Click here for the details.

This photo story is for all the Icon Cincinnati Reds fans

We understand that opening day for baseball in Cincinnati is an unofficial holiday in that city.

The Icon stringer, Anne Steiner of Cincinnati, did like most people in the Queen City. She took the day off. She also and took photos of the 98th annual opening day parade.

The parade had 189 entries including lots of famous faces! Reds Hall-of-Famer Sean Casey was the parade Grand Marshal.

Cincinnati lost to Philadelphia in the season opener 4-3.

Here are some photos of the parade for Icon viewers.

Ada's canine Uber driver

Ken Collins took these two photos that proves there might be a canine Uber driver in Ada. Lilcensed, apparently.


Where will you find this fashionable gentleman wearing the Icon cap?

This fashionable gentleman, well call him Fred, is sporting an Ada Icon cap.

The challenge, dear reader, is to guess where you'll find him.

Hint: you'll see him inside a business on South Main.

Answer. Fred helps keep store with Ruth Roider at Gallery for the Arts. Ruth won the Ada Icon cap at a recent Chamber of Commerce monthly meeting. (Monty Siekerman photo)