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January 21, 2020

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Monty's Column

Five issues, council and township races on Tuesday's ballot

Issues include: Library, Park District, Township, Ambulance and 1 county issue

Tuesday's election for Village of Ada, Liberty Township and Ada school district voters includes an unusual heavy ballot for an off-year election.

Voter will make decisions on five local issues and several local races.

CLICK HERE to view the local sample ballot.

Ada's world record!

Watch 1,000 footballs tossed at the same time


It was a community event with participants forming the third largest community in Hardin County, after Kenton and Ada.

The community, an estimated village on its own, totaled 1,700 or so, and assembled on the Ada War Memorial Stadium football field on Friday.

Their goal was to set a Guinness World Record of the number of people tossing footballs at the same time.

In other words, if setting a world record was on your bucket list, as Dan Lee, Ada HS principal and mastermind behind the event, announced to the crowd, over the PA system, then you succeeded.

Not far from Ada...a slice of American history

War of 1812 played out in Hardin County

Independence Day weekend has a major focus on July 4, 1776. As they say, "there's more to the story." Here is a small piece and it is very close to Ada.

Sometimes we forget that there was a "Part 2" of the War for Independence, namely the War of 1812.


Recalling from your Ohio history courses, Britain wanted a do-over and invaded the still-young United States of America. The war spilled over into Ohio just shy of the state's 10th birthday.

One more time, here's the last day of school info for Ada students

If you need updated on the end-of-the-school-year dates for Ada, here's your answer. This is from the Ada school website:

Due to the number of school closings, the last day of school will now be Tuesday, May 28.

Students will now have school Friday, May 24 and Tuesday, May 28.

Memorial Day will be observed on Monday, May 27 so there will be no school that day.

We will have a 2-hour early release on the last day of school. Should we cancel an additional day of school before the last day, we will add an additional day to our calendar. We will have an early release on the last day of classes with students.

Hard hat tours Saturday, Oct. 27

Your chance to take a peek inside the ONU engineer building under construction

By Monty Siekerman
Do you want to take a peek at the new James Lehr Kennedy Engineering Building now under construction near English Chapel and Heterick Library? Hard hat tours will be offered between 10 a.m. and 2 p.m. on Saturday, Oct. 27.

Visitors, including ONU’s Homecoming returnees, can get a glimpse of what is in store for future engineers who study here. The lobby area in the center of the building will be accessible for four hours on that Saturday. Work on the $30 million project has progressed rapidly since construction began in mid May. The large, three-story structure will be occupied next fall.

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.