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November 10 Veterans Day wreath-laying ceremony

Wreath-Laying Ceremony 
11:00 a.m. on Friday, November 10, 2023
Henry Solomon Lehr statue, near Main St. on the ONU campus

(If there is inclement weather, the ceremony will be held in the Snyder Recital Hall located in Presser Building.)

2023 Veterans Day ceremonies at Ohio Northern University will include a program with veteran James Lee, Petty Officer 3rd class. Lee served in the U.S. Navy from June 2006 to November 2011.

Lee began his military career at boot camp in Chicago Illinois at Recruit Training Command Great Lakes. During his time of service, he had two primary positions, a Bos'n Mate and an Aviation Ordnanceman.  While he was stationed in Guam on the USS Frank Cable AS40 he did multiple small deployments in the Pacific in support of submarine operations for 3 years. 

Ada Icon and Bluffton Icon on pause for Veterans Day Observed, Nov. 10

The Ada Icon and the Bluffton Icon will be on "pause" for Veterans Day Observed, November 10.

You'll find us covering Veterans Day events but content for that day will not be updated except for breaking news, sports and obituaries.

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Feedback forum: Public meeting on proposed U.S. 68/State Route 31 in Kenton

ODOT will present alternatives for proposed traffic flow improvement in Kenton

The city of Kenton and the Ohio Department of Transportation (ODOT) will host an open house public meeting to present information and solicit public comment on alternatives for the proposed reroute of U.S. 68 and State Route 31.

The meeting will be held Thursday, November 16, at the Hardin County Municipal Courthouse – Veterans’ Hall, Suite 100A, located at 1 Courthouse Square, Kenton.

The meeting will be held from 5:30-7:30 p.m., with a formal presentation beginning at 6 p.m.

First reading of cat ordinance among November 6 council legislation

By Paula Scott

The Village of Ada council will meet at 6:30 p.m. on Monday, November 6 with an agenda including two resolutions and six ordinances. Council meetings take place in chambers on the second floor of the Ada Municipal Building, 115 W. Buckeye.

The item having generated the most discussion and public involvement in recent meetings is the first reading of an ordinance adding language to Chapter 505 of the Codified Ordinances of Ada regarding cats. 

Weekend Doctor: Holiday stressors

By James H. Legge III, MSN, APRN-CNP, PMHNP, Certified Nurse Practitioner 
Psychiatric Center of Northwest Ohio 

The holiday months (mid-November to post-January) can be extremely difficult for loved ones suffering from mental illness. It’s postulated that family members and friends can reach intolerable levels of anxiety and depression during this time due to accentuated family dynamics, financial strain and other stressors.  

Veterans Day occurs at the beginning of this period and is a stark reminder of veteran suicide, in addition to the other mental health challenges that are experienced by this select group. While I was working on this topic with a local veterans’ services office, a book was brought to my attention called “Tribe,” authored by Sebastian Junger. This book stresses the importance of a strong interpersonal support network. One example discussed how Native American veterans, when reabsorbed back into their support network, experience significantly lower reported rates of mental illness-related problems. Instances such as this highlight the importance of support networks, demonstrating how we can help those suffering from the isolation of post-traumatic trauma. This thought process also helps better understand a true support network. (Continues)

Recap of October Ada School Board meeting

By Paula Scott

At the October 30 meeting of the Ada Schools board of education, there was a relatively full house of staff and four school board candidates present for the meeting.