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December 11, 2019
 

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Checkers anyone?

Don't be surprised if Ada middle schoolers asks for a checker board for Christmas

Attention middle school parents: You might consider a checker board as a Christmas present this year. That's right, checkers.

This month Ada sixth, seventh and eighth grade students are playing something more serious than March Madness and it is catching on. It’s the first-ever Ada middle school checkers tournament. 

With brackets posted across the school cafeteria walls, it appears that December Delirium has captured the imagination of 106 Ada middle school students. 

You know the rules:
• You are either red or black

Showcasing her singing ability

ONU student Emily Estep will perform with Lima Symphony on Saturday

The meteoric rise of Ohio Northern University student Emily Estep’s singing career will continue when she performs as the featured soloist with the Lima Symphony Orchestra during its annual “Bells, Brass and Bows” concert at 7:30 p.m. on Saturday, Dec. 14, in the Lima Veterans Memorial Civic Center.

Although only 20 years old, the soprano from Fresno, Calif., has a combination of singing ability and personal fortitude that belies her youthfulness, according to Kirsten Osbun-Manley, resident artist and lecturer in music at Ohio Northern.

Ada fifth grader, Callie Burgess, is a "Fearless Feminine Feline"

Member of an all-girls' First Lego League team that placed 2nd of 27 teams in its first competition

An Ada fifth grader, Callie Burgess, is a member of an all-girls' First Lego League team, that recently placed second of 27 teams at a Versailles, Ohio, tournament on Nov. 23.

The Fearless Feminine Felines, First Lego League team, consists of girls ages 10 to 14 from Ada and Bluffton.

Only one of three all-girl teams competing, the Felines advance to the next tournament level to compete to be one of the top teams in northwestern Ohio. That tournament is Jan. 18 in Sylvania.

Team members with Callie are Bluffton seventh graders, Sophia Kaufmann, June Essinger and Mackay Tuttle; Bluffton eighth grader, Adanna Johnstone; and BHS freshman, Sabina Clingerman.

Read about how she and her husband met - it involves an onion toss

December's Vancrest resident spotlight is on Emma Spradlin

The December Vancrest resident spotlight shines on 101-year-old Emma Spradlin, who lived most of her life in Hardin County. Here’s her story:

Emma was born in Kentucky, where attended a  small school until her family moved to Ohio.  

She picked onions at a farm in McGuffey. There she met her future husband, and says the meeting was memorable: he threw an onion at her.  

The couple was married in Kentucky and eventually had nine children, as Emma puts it: “We greatly enjoyed a large family.” She adds that her favorite occupation was being a mother. 

ONU pharmacy students bringing music therapy to Vancrest

Project serves the community and provides students with invaluable practical experience

Several Ohio Northern University College of Pharmacy students will provide music therapy to elderly residents of Vancrest of Ada, Thursday, Dec. 5. 

The event is part of an ongoing effort involving ONU pharmacy students utilizing music therapy to treat patients with Alzheimer’s dementia and symptoms associated with it such as agitation, anxiety and depression.

This is the third year of the endeavor, and it involves more than 50 students in the student chapter of American Society of American Consultants (ASCP) this semester. 

Alger sheep farmer, Dave Burkhart, part of Argentina ag tour

Four from Hardin County join Ohio group on trip

By Mark Badertscher, OSU Extension Educator
Alger sheep farmer Dave Burkhart was part of a four-person Hardin County group who joined an Ohio Sheep Improvement Association and Ohio Farm Bureau International Sheep and Agriculture Tour of Argentina in October.

Burkhard and Nancy Wilcox, Madelyn Lowery, and OSU Extension Agriculture and Natural Resources Educator Mark Badertscher joined a group.

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