** ONU Civic Engagement Day is Saturday! **


** ONU Civic Engagement Day is Saturday! **

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August 18, 2017

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Next up: 32nd annual Harvest and Herb Festival

It's coming to Main Street on Saturday, Sept. 16

The next big event on Ada's calendar is the 32nd annual Ada Area Chamber of Commerce's Harvest and Herb Festival in downtown Ada, according to David Dellifield, chamber president.

This year’s festival is from 9 a.m. to 4 p.m., Saturday, Sept. 16. As in past year’s, it will fill Ada’s Main Street from Highland to College. Main Street will be closed at State Route 235 all the way to State Route 81.

The festival has 180 spaces available for vendors and so far over 80 spaces are signed-up. Crafters are encouraged to register as soon as possible to insure a booth.

It's Back!

Back to school that is - here's a video and lots of photos

Remember your first day of school as a first grader?

That experience was felt again this morning in the Ada Schools. First graders all the way to seniors said goodbye to summer and hello to the 2017-18 school year.

The Icon roamed the school halls and captured some of the pre-8:15 a.m. moments.

You'll see photos of students waiting in the cafeteria, waiting outside, meeting their teacher and finding their classroom.

Make certain you watch the video as the school doors open for the first time.

What a weekend in Ada!

Perfect day for 104th Farmers and Merchants Picnic

By Monty Siekerman
Gas may have jumped to $2.45 in Ada, but it's the price of feed that matters to these Renegade Equestrian Drill Team riders, by far the most popular entry in the 104th Farmers and Merchants Picnic parade on Saturday morning. 

The drill team from Belle Center received hoots and hollers from the bystanders in their first appearance here. Samantha Mattevi is team captain. You'll find her working here in Ada at Tavern 101 and Bass Trucking. 

The day turned out perfect compared to last year's gully washers which put a stop to festivities. Rain for F&M and Harvest and Herb Fest has been rare.

Art by two Hardin County women set for Elzay Gallery

Two Hardin County natives will share their intaglio and relief prints, and artists books in this first 2017–18 exhibition at the ONU Elzay Gallery of Art. 

The gallery season kicks-off on Sunday, Sept. 17 with “Home Is Where the Art Is,” a printmaking show by artists Marilyn (Turner) McPheron and Judith Steele.

A Lincoln Highway weekend

It's a Lincoln Highway weekend. Here's one of the familar highway signs that's surrounded by flowers.  CLICK HERE to view the yard sale list and map. (Monty Siekerman photo)

Final lunch of the summer - now it's back to school

Program is a major endeavor

By Monty Siekerman
Eva Wolke and Calvin Fisher hand out piece after piece of pizza on Friday at the village pool during a pizza and pool party to conclude the free lunch program orchestrated by ReStore.

There isn't a count yet this year, but 1,500 free meals were given free to Ada area youngsters last year, so the program is a major endeavor.

The lunches were served Monday through Friday at War Memorial Park from the end of school in May until yesterday.

Now, its back to school. The ReStore program was especially popular on Fridays since there were water games and prizes that day.

F&M Picnic is here!

Gates open Saturday AM; parade at 9:30 a.m.

By Monty Siekerman
Ada football players helped set up tables and chairs at War Memorial Park on Friday in preparation for Farmers and Merchants Picnic on Saturday.
Here's the schedule:
8 a.m. OWHA halter and performance horse contest begins
8 a.m. gates open for tractor pulls
9:30 a.m. parade down Main Street
  (forms on West Lincoln, no preregistration required)
10 a.m., truck and tractor pull, Hardin County Pullers
10:30 a.m. welcome, flag raising, crowning of little princess and princess
11 a.m. pedal tractor pull for kids, main stage

Need a last-minute school form?

Here's the link to every Ada school form

Need a last-minute form before the start of the 2017-18 Ada school year?

Here’s a link to the school “forms and documents” page from the Ada school website: CLICK HERE

You’ll find the following:
• Elementary
Emergency medical form
Supply lists
School fees
Student handbook
Bus requests
Tech agreement
Parent brochure for the identification and services policies of gift students
Gifted testing referral form

• High School
Class fees
Emergency medical form
Tech agreement

Lincoln Highway Buy Way Sale is here!

Map and listing of all Ada sale locations attached at bottom of story



By Monty Siekerman
The three-day Main Street Across America Lincoln Highway Buy-Way Yard Sale began Thursday morning.

Tending an information booth along Main Street at the Railroad Park are (from left) Angela Polachek, Gerri Hawk, and Jill Simmons where yard sale-ers can find a map of sales in and about Ada and a map of towns participating from Indiana, through Ohio, to Pennsylvania.

The info booth also has Ada Sesquicentennial items for sale that were leftover fro the village's 150th celebration in 2003.

High school schedule pick up on Thursday

Ada HS schedule pick up is Thursday. Here’s the schedule:

• 7-8th grade from 8:00-10 a.m., 

• 9-10th grade from 10:00-noon

• 11-12th grade from 1:00-3 p.m.

All students need a completed Emergency Medical Form and 7th and 12th graders need proof of required immunizations.