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Emily Richards

June 26, 2017

Poetic License

You'll find this license plate in Bluffton near the St. John's United Church of Christ. It belongs to the congregation's pastor, Rev. Carol Clements.

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Busy Sunday for new local pastor

Brandi Grant-Rigsby preached her first sermon at the Ada First United Methodist Church on Sunday morning, was given a welcome reception afterwards, and served communion at the 5 o'clock service.

She graduated from ONU in 2005, received the master's of divinity degree from Methodist Theological School of Ohio, served Caldwell Memorial United Methodist the past three years, and was ordained an elder in the church earlier this month.

An old-fashioned flower

Longtime Ada resident Claire Vaubel is photographed in her garden standing among a popular, old fashioned flower: the hollyhock.

She happened to be wearing clothes that almost match the tall, stocky plant. She lives on East Lima Avenue adjacent to campus.

Residence halls are visible in the background. She has been an active member of the Ada community, and her late husband, George, taught law at ONU for many years. (Monty Siekerman photo)

Each button hand made and hand sewn!

Dan Garver of Fine Touch Furniture and Upholstery, Ada, is creating hand-made and hand-sewn buttons in a recent reupholstery project. You can see the final product below.

Fine Touch Furniture and Upholstery
Commercial and residential
513 N. Johnson St.
Ada, OH 45810


ONU chaplain recipient of Francis Asbury Award

Presented at West Ohio United Methodist Church conference

The West Ohio Annual Conference of the United Methodist Church recognized Ohio Northern University Chaplain Rev. Dr. David MacDonald earlier this month.

MacDonald is the 2017 recipient of the Francis Asbury Award for Campus Ministry.

The award recognizes individuals who have made a significant contribution to fostering United Methodist ministries in higher education.

The presentation was made during the final afternoon of the 2017 West Ohio Annual Conference at Lakeside, Ohio, on June 7.

There are 162,842 members 1,568 clergy in the 1,020 churches within the West Ohio Conference.

Red, white and you!

Lima Symphony performs ‘Patriotic Pops’ concert at ONU on July 1

The Lima Symphony Orchestra will again celebrate Independence Day with a “Patriotic Pops” concert at 7 p.m. on Saturday,  July 1 on the ONU campus.  The concert, which is free and open to the public, will be held on the sculpture mall east of McIntosh Center between Presser and Weber halls.

The fun-filled family event will feature patriotic music, movie musical selections, popular tunes and a tribute to our armed forces.

RIP, Jaeger, Ada police K9

The Ada Police Department issued the following statement on the death of its K9 dog:

On Thursday, June 8, at approximately 6:30 a.m., our K9 Jaeger was struck by a car and killed. 

K9 Jaeger was not on duty and was at home with his handler Sgt. Matt Purdy.  Sgt. Purdy lives in a rural part of Hardin County and while taking K9 Jaeger out to relieve himself, K9 Jaeger pulled away from his handler, slipping his collar and alit after a motor vehicle.  The vehicle struck K9 Jaeger, killing him at the scene.  The driver of the vehicle was not at fault and was distressed by the occurrence.

Two very deserving brothers

Kent and Keith Everhart are official hall of famers

Brothers, Kent M. Everhart and Keith A. Everhart, were inducted into the Ada High School Alumni Association Hall of Honor on June 3 during the alumni banquet.

Kent Everhart
Kent Everhart, a 1987 graduate, was active in football, baseball and Future Farmers of America (FFA) during high school.

After graduation, he served four years in the United State Air Force and then attended Ohio Northern University.

Kent and his wife, Dee (Wolber) also of Ada, established Everhart Trucking in 2000, which was named Business of the Year by Ada Chamber of Commerce in 2012.

Humphrey Bogart was wrong: "We won't always have Paris"

Where we stand on global warming and the Paris climate agreement

Humphrey Bogart was wrong when, in Casablanca, he said: "We'll always have Paris." As of June 1, 2017, the world has turned. We won't have Paris.

We will, however, stand firm with the following opinions on Paris (and global warming).  The following is from NASA on climate change. CLICK HERE TO VIEW IT.

Observations throughout the world make it clear that climate change is occurring, and rigorous scientific research demonstrates that the greenhouse gases emitted by human activities are the primary driver.

School's out!

Photos by Monty Siekerman
School's out for the summer. Monty Siekerman captured some scenes that tell the story.

• Courtney McLaughlin (left) high fives Bella East as they exit Ada Schools on Tuesday. Both will be sophomores in the fall.

• "Smile for Grandma." Vickie Gillen snaps a photo of her grandkids on Tuesday. This fall, Emily Thaxton will be in 1st grade, Jacob in 9th grade, and Josh in 4th grade.

New instruments join the Ada band - boomwhackers

By Monty Siekerman
High school commencements are rather formal affairs, mostly scripted the same from town to town, but this year's Ada High School graduation ceremony added a new feature, which was creative and fun: boomwhackers.

Nine senior band members, along with Band Director Johnathan Lischak, played a John Williams medley using colorful plastic "instruments," called boomwhackers. Even a flautist joined in during portions of the piece.