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August 19, 2018

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"Bonjour" to Ada HS's French exchange student

Ada Rotary Club exchange student project

By Monty Siekerman
"Bonjour,” Philip would have said many times in his native French, but here in Ada he gives the greeting, “Hi, glad to meet you,” in English. Philip Gautier, an Ada Rotary Club exchange student from the Normandy area of France, has had a whirlwind first week in Ada.

Within hours of arriving in Ada. Philip, attended the Farmers and Merchants picnic, not as a streetside spectator, but riding in a car emblazoned with his name and that of Rotary.

After the parade, he attended the F&M picnic, greeting many more people.

Splish, splash

Splish, splash. Three-year-old Drew Mowery enjoys a flooded sidewalk in front of his home on Monday. He could run barefoot in the water without getting rained on. The village was testing water pressure nearby, so for a few minutes the sidewalk, grass, and driveway at the Mowery home were soaked with water. But the fun soon ended when the water dissipated. Click here for the "geyer" photo. (Photos by Monty Siekerman)

On exhibit at Vancrest

Current artists are Klava Katayama, Caity Kilgallon and Rebekah Walker

Here is the current artwork by Ada High School students now on display at Vancrest.
• Klava Katayama, junior
• Caity Kilgallon, junior
• Rebekah Walker, sophomore

A little (actual a lot) of F&M history

Dave Dellifield was this year's opening master of ceremonies

By Monty Siekerman
This year Dave Dellifield served as emcee for the Farmers and Merchants Picnic opening ceremonies.

In his remarks, he said proceeds from the picnic are plowed back into the park for improvements.

He noted that the picnic is the longest-running, continuous fair/festival in Ohio, now in its 105th year.

He said the F&M originally began as a county fair for Allen, Hardin, and Hancock counties.

He said the F&M is located in a grove of trees on land originally donated by the Ream family.

He introduced Tony Wolke, park board president, and other board members.

One-of-a-kind wagon

Dad, will you make one for me?

By Monty Siekerman
Call him an inventor, designer, engineer, tinkerer—but mostly call him a loving father.

Dustin Risser of Ada put many pieces together from a wagon, golf cart, mini bike, and his own imagination to come up with a wagon for his little girl, Petra, 17 months.

The pair were spotted at the F&M picnic on Saturday at Ada War Memorial Park. Dustin said, “I’ve always liked to build stuff. Why have a boring wagon?” The wagon is big enough to accommodate the little one and all of her paraphernalia, like stuffed animals.