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Annual United Way fundraising campaign

By Sean Beck
Executive Director, United Way of Hardin County

I know this is a busy season for many, which is also true for the United Way. We are well into our annual fundraising campaign and are in a season of transition. The most significant change for us this year is the addition of me! I am writing to you as the new Executive Director of the United Way of Hardin County. Coming into the role mid-campaign hasn’t been easy, but it truly has been an incredible experience.

Did you know that in 2021, the United Way of Hardin County served OVER SIX THOUSAND PEOPLE? That’s an incredible impact. The United Way helped to fund programs such as Dolly Parton’s Imagination Library, which provides books to kids for FREE; Safe Haven, which provides a safe space for people who have had the misfortune of experiencing domestic violence; youth development programs such as Big Brothers Big Sisters, the Girl Scouts, and the Boy Scouts; to Love, INC which provides emergency assistance to those in dire need. With the number of people whom the United Way has helped, I am 100% certain you know someone who has been positively impacted by the excellent work that the United Way does.

New Ada chamber members announced

At the October meeting of the Ada Area Chamber of Commerce, director Lindsay Walden introduced three new member organizations:

Kenton Times,, 419-674-4066

United Way of Hardin County,, 419-675-1860

WKTN,, 112 N Detroit St, Kenton, 419-675-2355

Steingass pottery open house events

From noon-5:00 p.m. on November 12 and December 3 (or by appointment), local artist Andrew Steingass will host an open house and sale featuring his wood-fired pottery. Steingass's workshop is located at 3354 County Road 1, Ada

Work by Steingass includes drinkware, bowls tumblers and teaware. New forms are boxes, platters, jars with lids, watering cans and pitchers.

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Ohio Crop report from USDA NASS

With harvest underway, Ohio farmers anticipate very good corn and soybean yields this year, according to Cheryl Turner,  State Statistician, USDA NASS, Ohio Field Office. The November Crop Production Report is based on conditions as of  November 1, 2022. Some highlights of the report follow: 

• Ohio corn production is forecast at 580 million bushels, down 10 percent from last year. The yield is forecast at 186  bushels per acre, down 7 bushels from last year and down 1 bushel from last month. 

Preventing combine fires in the field 

By Dee Jepsen and Wayne Dellinger; edited by Mark Badertscher

HARDIN COUNTY – Did you know Ohio ranks 4th in the nation for the number of reported combine fires?  Other states leading the list include Minnesota (1st), Iowa (2nd), Illinois (3rd), Kansas (5th), Nebraska  (6th) and South Dakota (7th). 

While most harvester fires start in the engine compartment, other locations on the combine can be at  risk for fires. The primary heat sources causing fires include faulty wiring and overheated bearings. Fuel  sources for the fires can vary between leaking fuel or hydraulic oil, dry crop residues, and nests in engine  compartments or exhaust manifolds from birds and wildlife. 

New Greenhorn dinner menu

Check out the new Greenhorn dinner menu for November 2022 and the local dining options from our advertisers on the Menus page.