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October 23, 2019

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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.

Mourning dove takes a break...on my car.

She reluctantly flew off when I told her that I needed to go somewhere.

I was within arms' length when I took this photo.

(Photo by Ken Collins)

Thoughts on the death of James Bond

Well, one James Bond, that is

(Hum the James Bond Theme while reading this)

Dum dum dum dum
Dum dum dum dum

da da tee da da da daa
da da ta da daaaaaa

da da tee da  da da daaa
da de da dot ta da daaaaaaaa

Roger Moore was never my favorite James Bond. I mean, Sean Connery, come on. Nobody’s “Bond, James Bond,” like the Scot.

Never mind. When James Bond dies – even if it is Roger Moore - my thoughts go flashing back again to…Goldfinger.

The first time I saw James Bond was in the Carma Theatre with a bunch of the boys…Kent Kinsinger, John Lehman, probably Max Eastman. Maybe Larry Eikenbary. We were, I believe, freshmen on bicycles.

Meet the Ada HS class of 2017 valedictorians and salutatorian

• Elizabeth Milks • Taryn Fullom • Rielyn Castle • Meredith Marshall • Ashley Breidenbach

Four members of the Ada High School class of 2017 were named valedictorians and one was named salutatorian during the May 17 senior honors awards ceremony.

Rielyn Castle, Taryn Fullom, Meredith Marshall and Elizabeth Milks are the valedictorians, and Ashley Breidenbach salutatorian.

Here is a compilation of activities of each student:

Rielyn Nicole Castle,
daughter of Cherie and Raymond Castle of Ada

High school activities have included: soccer, cheerleading, show choir, student worker and National Honor Society
Plans to attend Ohio Northern University to major in Pharmacy

Meet the Icon dog of the week

Meet Lovie. She is a 10 year old boxer mix, She weighs 49 pounds. Lovie is available now and hoping for a forever home. 

To give a dog a forever home, contact the Hardin County dog shelter. It is located at 49 Jones Road on the west side of Kenton.

Hours: 9 am to 4 pm on Monday, Thursday, and Friday. Phone: 419-674-2209.

Generally, about 20 to 25 dogs are available for viewing.

The shelter is also the place to contact for giving up a dog, if you find a lost or stray dog, or if you come in contact with a vicious dog. It costs $20 to surrender a dog, which pays for deworming and immunizations for when it is rescued.

Dr. Freed receives honorary degree from Defiance College

DEFIANCE — Defiance College held its commencement ceremonies on Saturday, May 6.

Dr. DeBow Freed, President Emeritus of Ohio Northern University and the University of Findlay, was recognized with an honorary Doctor of Humane Letters.