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October 18, 2019

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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.

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.