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Eva and Ken Wolke

August 18, 2017

Poetic License

We're assuming this is Peterson 2. It's a Hancock County plate the Icon spotted on a black Ford Expedition EL at the Bluffton Community Swimming Pool.

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County records lots of rain in July.

During the month of July, Hardin County Extension rainfall reporters recorded an average of 8.23 inches of rain.  Last year, the average rainfall for July was 1.68 inches. The wet spring experienced by the county up until July was continued with an even more wet July, with several rainfall events adding to already wet soils.  

This year’s July was exactly the opposite of last year, when the county received very little rain for the month.

Crop Production Services in Blanchard Township received 11.50 inches of rain for the month, the most of any of the township sites.  The least rain in July, 6.10 inches, was collected in McDonald Township by Jerry Stout.  

F & M Picnic horse show winners announced

Here are the winners of the horse show at F & M Picnic on Saturday at War Memorial Park:

A one-of-a-kind Ada weekend - Elvis was even here!

Here's proof - lots of F&M Picnic photos

Photos by Monty Siekerman
It was a great weekend in Ada as the 104th annual Farmers and Merchants Picnic took place under sunny skies.


A good size crowd attended festivities throughout the day. More people than usual lined Main Street for the parade, drawing many children with sacks for the candy that was tossed to them.

Hint for next year: kids at the beginning of the parade get more candy that those at the end of the parade because the candy stock hasn't run out.

Kiddie pedal tractor pull champs

36 entries in this year's F&M Picnic competition

Thirty-six youngsters competed in this year's F&M Picnic kiddie pedal tractor pull, directed by the Ada Kiwanis Club. ALL WINNER PHOTOS BELOW -

Winners in three different classes are as follows:

Class A, ages 3 & 4, with 7 participants:
1st place, Riece Clark, Cridersville, age 4
2nd place, Xander Gammon, Alger, age 4
3rd place, Nevan Boulanger, Ada, age 4
4th place, Maura Johnson, Bluffton, age 4.

Meet the Icon dog of the week- Suzie

Meet Suzie. What a gorgeous dog! She is a little shy. She's about 2 years old with such a soft lovely coat! Can you give Suzie a forever home? Come and meet her today!

To give a dog a forever home, contact the Hardin County dog shelter. It is located at 49 Jones Road on the west side of Kenton.

Hours: 9 am to 4 pm on Monday, Thursday, and Friday. Phone: 419-674-2209.

Generally, about 20 to 25 dogs are available for viewing.

Here there are, Mr and Mrs. F&M Picnic

They play a huge part of the F&M Picnic

By Monty Siekerman
Here they are, Mr. and Mrs. F & M Picnic, for many years now. Kenny Wolke, longtime Ada War Memorial Park superintendent, and his wife, Eva, have a lot to do with the success of the annual festival, not for all of its 104 years of existence, but for several decades. Kenny explains some of what it takes to prepare for the multi event extravaganza. 

There are tents to be put up, many picnic tables and benches to be moved, roping off areas for parking which were athletic fields the day before, acres of grass to be mowed, trimming done, sticks and trash to be picked up, vendors and food trucks to be directed..the list is long.

Dr. Amber Patterson joins ENT & Allergy Specialists of Northwest Ohio

Amber Patterson, MD, has joined ENT & Allergy Specialists of Northwest Ohio, 1110 West Main Cross St., in Findlay. Dr. Patterson specializes in treating allergies dealing with the environment, food, venom and penicillin. She also specializes in allergic asthma, hives and recurrent infections.

Dr. Patterson received her medical degree from The University of Toledo Medical Center. She completed a pediatric residency at St. Vincent Mercy Children’s Hospital and Toledo Children’s Hospital in Toledo, Ohio, She completed a fellowship in allergy/immunology at The Ohio State University Wexner Medical Center and Nationwide Children’s Hospital in Columbus.

Scenes of Gene Autry Park

Ada Icon photog Ken Collins took a tour of Hardin County with camera in hand and didn't have to go far to see these scenes of Gene Autry Park, just one block west of the courthouse in Kenton.

Autry is known as  America's Favorite Singing Cowboy, having written and recorded hundreds of songs.

The Autry museum is located in LA. Although he died at the age of 91 in 1998, long before the take off of social media, his YouTube Channel has garnered more than a million views in just three years.

A perennial that stops traffic

Ask Jim and Jean Neiswander how to grow a state-fair-winning dinner plate hibiscus because the one that recently started blooming in their front yard would qualify for such an honor. Here, Jean tends the Pink Elephant variety of hibiscus at her home on the corner of East Montfort and North Johnson. To get blooms like this, the plant requires TLC all season long, but the display is worth the effort.

AHS Marching Band and Flag Corps