Spring scene before the green

At the end of March 2023, the front of Hill Memorial building on the campus of Ohio Northern University can still be seen through what will become a leafy avenue in weeks to come. For a history of the building, visit https://theclio.com/entry/119452.

Summary of March 2023 school board meeting

At the Thursday, March 30 meeting of the Ada Board of Education, board members approved a motion to hire Dennis L. Recker as interim superintendent for a period of 11 months, from August 2023 to June 2024. The board also approved an earlier retirement date for Superintendent Robin Vanbuskirk of June 31, 2023. Therefore an appointment will be needed to cover the month of July 2023.

New hires for 2023-2024 also included Carrie Smith, 6th grade social studies and science teacher; and Zachary Dunn, high school chemistry and physics teacher.

In the New Business segment of the meeting, board members discussed the opportunity to join the Blanchard Valley Conference, their impressions of the March 6 community forum on this topic, and their perspectives on the issue. Board president Matt Gossman noted the lack of depth on Ada teams and said he felt Ada would be competitive in the BVC. Vice President Amy Mullins did not comment. Ron Fleming said he was leaning toward the change and noted that while football is seen as guiding this decision, soccer is becoming more popular and that children begin to play soccer at a very young age. Ted Griffith was disappointed that individual schools in the BVC had not reached out to Ada and said he was not ready to vote. Steve Ramey praised the way participants discussed the change and the public meeting and noted the risk of injury for younger football players.

Gossman called for the issue to be put on the April agenda.


Weekend Doctor: HPV in middle-aged men

By Ankit Modh, MD
Radiation Oncology, The Armes Family Cancer Care Center

As a board-certified radiation oncologist, I've noticed a concerning trend in my patients–an increase in head and neck cancers caused by the human papillomavirus (HPV) in middle-aged men. While traditionally head and neck cancers were linked to heavy tobacco and alcohol use, we are now seeing a shift in the causes of these cancers, with HPV becoming a leading cause. 

HPV is a sexually transmitted virus that can lead to a range of cancers, including cervical, anal, and oropharyngeal (throat) cancer. In fact, over 70 percent of all oropharyngeal cancers are now caused by HPV. What's even more worrying is that HPV-related cancers tend to affect a younger demographic, and middle-aged men are often the ones who are diagnosed.


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Severe storms including tornadoes resulted in damage, injuries and five deaths in the South and Midwest on Friday March 31-Saturday April 1. AEP Ohio has issued the following reminders on safety precautions:

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