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August 18, 2019

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Monty's Column

New definition for "First Night" includes the word "puppy"

By Monty Siekerman
When you Google the words "First Night," you'll find several meanings, including one about New Year's Eve. That meaning is about a safe, affordable, fun time in many cities.

But I have another definition for "First Night," that of one with a new puppy.

The night you first bring a puppy home is anything but sane. Nope, not affordable, either. Breeders charge hundreds of dollars nowadays for a furry, four-legged critter.

Observations, insights and sightings: Technology

By Monty Siekerman
Sometimes, this modern age (I'm talking technology here) gets the carriage before the horse.

First off, I want to thank the three ladies at Rite Aid in Ada for patiently helping me for 45 minutes try to print pictures of my recently deceased dog, Caesar.

We tried. We failed.

Remember not too many moons ago when you could buy roll of 400 ASA film, shoot 24 or so pictures, return to the store, drop off the film and, if you are lucky, get your prints back within 24 hours?

Not anymore.

Observations, insights and sightings: Speaking their peace

By Monty Siekerman
Demonstrations in Ada are few and far between, as I have observed of the local scene during the past 50 years. So, when I saw a group of people in white coats standing outside the library, I took note, and in true reporter form, began asking questions.

About 45 pharmacy students and a couple of profs were at the library to meet with a staff member from Congressman Bob Latta's office to talk about making pharmacists "providers," as is proposed in a House bill.

The delegation from ONU came prepared...dressed in pharmacy outfits, bullhorn in hand, signs saying what they wanted.

Monty Siekerman: Insight in unexpected places

By Monty Siekerman
Sometimes you find insight in unexpected places.

I recently attended a gathering of writers and artists at ONU, but came away with some insight about my job, which is neither writing poetry nor putting beautiful lines on canvas.

I learned to look at my job differently, my job as a simple gardener at the Railroad Depot Park.
Sure, I love gardening, seeing the beautiful flowers bloom, watching mothers push baby carriages through the park, business people scurrying to work, students walking dogs (even one guy with a cat on a leash).

Have you stumbled upon this? Can you locate it?

Few could answer this question because, I imagine, few have stumbled upon it.

This is found in a trail in the woods southwest of Fraternity Circle. Growth in the woods has been cut away, a path of cut logs to walk on extends just a few paces.

Looking up, one sees a "monument" of wood circles with colorful bottles attached.

There used to be a small brochure there telling about what the passerby has discovered and why the pathway is there, but the pamphlets are long gone.

Look for an opening in the northwest corner of the woods to find this hidden gem.

Observations, insights and sighting: Looking forward to viewing art by Courtney Sumner, Gracie Allison and Brevin Sizemore

Wild Turkeys
Turkeys are rebounding in this area and in all of Ohio for that matter. Last year hunters took more than 16,000 gobblers in Ohio. April is the month when the toms strut their stuff, a natural phenomenon called "The Show." So, if you are a birder or hunter you may want to catch a glimpse of of "The Show" in a woods or field near you during breeding season. This year's turkey hunting season in Ohio extends from April 20 to May 17.