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August 19, 2018

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If I'm lucky

A petunia I buy from Amherst might be from a seedling planted by the SBA administrator

By Monty Siekerman
What’s it like when the U.S. Secretary of Agriculture comes to visit a greenhouse south of Alger?

A half hour before the arrival of Ag Secretary Sonny Perdue his communications and security people enter the sprawling 4-acre greenhouse.

Soon, Hardin County Sheriff Keith Everhart and a state trooper join the crowd.

Secretary Perdue’s big RV pulls up to the door...on time, which is unusual for a high-ranking member of government. Although the Secretary has several other stops in Ohio before the day ends, he has scheduled plenty of time to talk with the owners and learn about modern greenhouse growing.

An interesting footnote to Martin Luther King's visit to ONU

The untold story...until now

By Monty Siekerman
The untold story...until now.

In the past month, much was said and written about Martin Luther King’s visit to Ohio Northern 50 years ago, but here is an interesting, untold story about the time the Civil Rights leader spoke on campus.

Add this nugget of information to what you already know about The King Visit from the commemorative forum held on campus to the huge amount of press coverage about the icon’s speech here a half century ago:

The day the bread disappeared (almost)

You no longer wait until the last minute to run to the grocery

By Monty Siekerman
Thursday afternoon TV weather forecasters warned of the possibility of a 20-inch snow starting Friday night.

I thought that the prudent thing for me to do is stop by the Walmart that I was passing to buy bread, milk, and a few more things to hold me over. It can take a long time for snow to melt in northwest Ohio in January.

To be fair, the weather person hedged: we might not get that much snow since the weather models were uncertain at that hour.

Ada Rocks!

Thoughts on the painted rocks trend

By Monty Siekerman
Pet rocks are passé.
The trend now is painted rocks.
I found one in the landscaping of a church in Ada on Friday afternoon. It made my day.

As editor/reporter/photographer of the Ada Icon, it's my duty to keep an eye out for news, even underfoot. So, there it was, staring up at me with blue and gold lettering:

"FL 2017."
I picked it up, of course and have done a little Facebook research on painted rocks.

The reverse side of the smooth stone said:
# Titusville

A review: "Catapult": Enchanting, engaging, enthralling

Saturday night at The Freed Center

By Monty Siekerman

Review of "Catapult"

Enchanting, engaging, enthralling are three descriptions that can be used to describe "Catapult," the Homecoming show at the Freed Center that played to a full house on Saturday night.

Eight professional dancers performed behind a large screen with their shadows forming all manner of objects such as animals, chairs, hearts, and flowers. Appropriate music was selected to accompany the scenes. Some of the themes were four seasons, life's milestones, and bullies.

Observations, insights and sightings: The ribbing was constant

All because of a taped-up finger

By Monty Siekerman
I had a middle finger problem, but this ain't no story where I admit to a shrink that I need help, advice, counseling.

It was a garden accident.

That's all I'm going to say. (Well, there were 11 stitches.) In time, the injury healed.

But the ribbing was constant, especially when friends and foe saw the erect middle finger bandaged (big bandage) in neon yellow. And, the digit had a splint on it for 10 days.

There was no way to hide it. It stood out like a sore thumb.