Photo session with Trevor Jones at the library - bring a camera on Saturday


Photo session with Trevor Jones at the library - bring a camera on Saturday

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June 23, 2017

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052887 - The Icon first thought this was a a zip code, but upon further study, we believe the owner of this plate was born on May  28, 2987. We welcome clarification from any Icon view with more information. We spotted this plate on a blue Honda CR-V in Ada. (The monthly renewal sticker confirmed our birthday theory.)

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A four-legged police officer

Ada kids meet K9 Riley at the park

By Monty Siekerman
K9 Riley greets children at Ada War Memorial Park on Thursday during a week-long series of sessions about the duties and equipment of emergency responders.

Riley's handler for the past four years has been Sheriff Deputy Joe Carl. Youngsters meeting Riley are Gabyrel and Dylan Ford, Kiera Cash, and Jasmine and Gage Gibson.

Carl said Riley is very friendly. But the 8-year-canine wears different collars for what is expected of him. There is a collar that, when worn, tells the dog to track the scent of a person, another collar indicates that the dog should be aggressive, another tells him to search for drugs, etc.

How to make a fairy garden

New Leaf Garden Center will sponsor fairy garden workshops on Saturday in Ada and Kenton. Employees will teach how to make a miniature garden at 10 a.m. and 1 the Ada store on SR 235 north of Ada and at the same time at the Kenton store, 927 E. Columbus St.

Store owner Laurie Laird said, "Fairy gardens are popular and fun for people of all ages. It's a family thing with grandparents, parents, grandchildren and friends attending."

Co-chairs named for state rep candidate

Charles VanDyne of Ada and Rosalie Elliott of Mt. Victory have been named co-chairs for Hardin County of the Jon Cross campaign. Cross is the Republican candidate for state representative from the 83rd district to the Ohio House.

VanDyne, who lives in Alger, is a practicing attorney in Ada and a former chairman of the Hardin County Republican Party.  He was elected to the Hardin County Republican Party Central Committee and serves on its executive committee. 

Elliott is involved with the family business, which includes the Plaza Inn Restaurant and Elliott Farms.  She is the wife of the late Edward Elliott II, a recent Hardin County commissioner, farmer and businessman. 

Devoted Cadet mom

Victoria Knotts sports a Cadets sweatshirt to support her son AJ, who plays baritone for the Cadets Drum and Bugle Corps.

She and her family travelled about 500 miles from eastern Pennsylvania to see the "Thank You Ada" performance put on by the corps on Sunday evening at Dial-Roberson Stadium.

This is AJ's second year with the corps. This fall he will be a junior at Penn State.

Many family members of the Cadets travel long distances to see the corps perform from coast to coast during the summer.

Relax - it's only a drill!

Ada/Liberty EMS ambulance demonstration for kids at the park

By Monty Siekerman
An Ada/Liberty ambulance and several members of the squad gave youngsters a closeup look at their equipment and explained some of what they do on Monday at Ada War Memorial Park.

The ambulance demonstration is one of several emergency responders at the park this week from 10 a.m. until noon.

The week-long program was organized by Detective Rob Sheldon of the Ada Police Department, seen in the background of this photo.

The series of emergency personnel and their equipment on display is tied into ReStore Community Center free lunch program. Thursday look for the DARE program and 911 communications.

11,000+ Facebook reachers on Ronda Lehman story

Ronda Lehman has a serious group of friends.

The Icon poste an announcement of her recent promotion within the Mercy Health System. We posted it on Facebook.

The results: 11,222 people reached, 186 likes and nearly 40 congrats messages.

In case you missed it, click here for the story.


Meet the Icon dog of the week - Belle

Meet Belle. Belle is 6 year old female shepherd mix. She weighs 54 pounds. Can you give Belle a forever home?

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.

The shelter is also the place to contact for giving up a dog, if you find a lost or stray dog, or if you come in contact with a vicious dog. It costs $20 to surrender a dog, which pays for deworming and immunizations for when it is rescued.

Zumba in the water to the music

Lynne Scott will show you how

By Monty Siekerman
Lynne Scott, certified Aqua Zumba instructor, puts class members through a workout session at the Ada Pool on Saturday.

Despite her arm in a sling, Lynne goes through the phases of the workout on dry land while about a dozen people follow suit in the water.

This year, she is holding classes twice a week from 7:10-7:50 p.m. on Wednesdays and 12:10-12:50 p.m. on Saturdays.

Sessions of the fast-paced exercise routine continue from now until the pool closes in late August. Those under 18 years of age need to be accompanied by an adult.

ONU grad promoted within Mercy Health

Ronda Lehman named the Chief Network Integration Officer

 Ronda Lehman has been named the Chief Network Integration Officer (CNIO) for the Mercy Health Lima region. Lehman will continue to serve as Vice President and Chief Operating Officer for Mercy Health Physicians in the Lima region.
Lehman joined St. Rita’s in 1995 as a pharmacist and has been promoted to hold a number of executive roles since that time, including Director of Pharmacy, Executive Director, Vice President of Operations for the Medical Center, and Chief Operating Officer for St. Rita’s Professional Services.

Shane Tilton: "I thought there was a high-speed chase"

While May 22 events unfolded below in a Manchester, England hotel

An ONU professor and two of his students lived through a harrowing experience in Manchester, England, on May 22.  Unfolding below them in their hotel rooms, about a mile away from the Adriana Grande concert, was a scene of mayhem: 22 dead and 119 injured in a bombing. Shane Tilton, Ph.D., assistant professor of multimedia journalism, gives the Ada Icon this account of that dreadful night: