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Demolition completed

Demolition of the house at East North and North Simon destroyed by fire early January is nearing completion. (Ken Collins photos)

Blanchard Valley Hospital Trauma Center verified as a Level III Trauma Center

Designation was earned through teamwork

The trauma center at Blanchard Valley Hospital has been verified as a Level III Trauma Center by the Verification Review Committee (VRC), an ad hoc committee of the Committee on Trauma (COT) of the American College of Surgeons (ACS). 

This achievement recognizes the trauma center's dedication to providing optimal care for injured patients. The BVH Trauma Center is under the medical direction of Doug Yoder, MD.

Work to impact I-75 traffic around Findlay begins this week

Will reconstruct and widen five miles

Ohio Department of Transportation released the following details of Interstate 75 construction around Findlay. The following impacts to traffic related to the reconstruction and widening of Interstate 75 through Findlay and Hancock County are scheduled to occur in the coming weeks:
Interstate 75 Findlay

Interstate 75 both northbound and southbound from the area of the Blanchard River near Findlay High School to county Road 99 will be restricted to one lane at times through the work zone during nighttime hours only beginning late in the week of March 20 or early the week of March 27.

Blanchard Valley Hospital named one of nations 100 top hospitals

Fifth time since 2005 by Truven Health Analytics

Blanchard Valley Hospital (BVH) was recently named one of the nation’s 100 Top Hospitals by Truven Health Analytics, part of the IBM Watson Health business. This is the fifth time BVH has been recognized with this honor. Previous years in which the organization received this distinction include 2005, 2011, 2015 and 2016.

Truven Health Analytics identified the 100 top U.S. hospitals based on their overall organizational performance for over 3000 hospitals. The study found that the top performing hospitals in the country were able to improve outcomes while reducing overall expense per patient.

Find out about The Herb of the Year

The 2017 Herb of the Year will be discussed at the Hardin County Herb Society when members meet at 6 p.m. on Tuesday, March 21, at the Ada First United Methodist Church. Visitors are welcome.

Liz Vogt and Judy Mage of Ada will talk about Coriandrum Sativum, a parsley-like pungent herb with many uses.

Giny Lower of Lima will talk about her favorite herb, Ginger Root.

This year's officers are Mary Hofstetter of Lima, president; Evelyn Prater of Harrod, vice president; Judy MaGee of Ada, secretary; and Susie Closson of Ada, treasurer.

How to safely dispose of medicine

The next Medical Disposal Day will be Saturday, April 8, in the parking lot between RiteAid and COSI. Expired, unused prescriptions and over the counter drugs will be taken and safely disposed of between 9 a.m. and noon.

The program is sponsored by the Sheriff's Office, Hardin Memorial Hospital, ONU HealthWise, and the Solid Waste District

111th annual Ada HS Interclass Competition Friday

One of the community's longest running annual events

The 111th annual Ada High School Interclass Competition takes place at 7 p.m., Friday, March 17, in the school auditorium.

 Sophomores, juniors, and seniors will compete in the areas of short story, dramatic reading, poetry, and essay.  Intermission entertainment is by the Ada staff and Ada High School senior class, as well as refreshments provided by the Ada Academic Boosters.

Several additional events take place in the school this month. Here's an upate from the school website:

For ONU women's basketball team - it's more than just a game

Michelle Durand: "Team members support the community as well"

Michelle Durand, the highly successful women's basketball coach, spoke at the noon meeting of the Kiwanis Club this week.

"How do you get such top notch players to come to ONU," she was asked. She said that you not only look at athletic ability but also whether or not ONU will be a good fit for the prospective student.

She said the Northern players academically have ranked in the top 25 schools nationally for several years. Their grade point average is an outstanding 3.5.

The players find that ONU offers academic programs not found at a lot of schools, noting pharmacy and engineering as two examples.

March weather update

If you look outside, you might disagree with the weather forecast for our area for March. Here's what the ag forecast looks like:

It was one of the warmest February's one record. Further, for the period of January and February combined, many reporting stations in Ohio had the most number of 60+ days ever recorded. 

The warm-up has led to green-up conditions running about 3 weeks ahead of schedule in Ohio. 

The outlook for March calls for near to slightly warmer than normal temperatures. We will not see the record warmth in March we saw in February. Precipitation will be near or slightly above normal. 

Lent: a season of changing habits and developing new ones 

Lent provides a chance to take inventory of our attitudes

Lent, the six-week prelude to Easter, is traditionally a time for sacrifices but can also be a season for making gains, says the Rev. David MacDonald, ONU chaplain.

“Many individuals focus on the aspect of self-denial by giving up something such as a favorite food item,” MacDonald said. “While there is nothing wrong with that practice, Lent can be a season of longer-lasting, more practical impact.”

Rather than merely ditching candy bars for six weeks, Lent provides more meaningful opportunities.