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From New Leaf to Liberty Oaks, local family brings business to Ada

By Paula Scott

Driving by on State Route 235, the new Liberty Oaks venue for weddings and other events somewhat resembles the business formerly at this location, New Leaf Garden Center. Upon closer inspection, you can see that only the greenhouse is still there. The rest of the facility has been built from scratch as a much larger space for hosting events with catering and bar service, as well as outdoor weddings.

Hardin County Agriculture and Natural Resources Update

By Mark Badertscher
Agriculture and Natural Resources Educator

I hope harvest has gone well for you since the previous edition of the Hardin County Agriculture and Natural Resources Update. Locally, most of the corn is now off, with about 20% still in the fields.

Tickets now available for Rotary holiday fundraisers

The Ada Rotary is selling tickets for the club’s annual Holiday Food and Wine Pairing, an opportunity for your friends and family to enjoy live music and a holiday atmosphere with delicious food and fine wines.

Tickets are $70 per person in advance, which includes tax and gratuity. 

6:00 p.m., Thurs., Dec. 7
Holiday Food and Wine Pairing
The Inn at Ohio Northern University, 401 W. College Ave.

The club’s Holiday Raffle will be held in conjunction with the event. Tickets are on sale for $1/ticket or 6/$5. Tickets will also be on sale that evening; winners will be drawn at the event. You need not be present to win.

To purchase tickets, call Laurie Laird at 419-303-0586 or Becky Neville at 419-230-2250.


October 31 field reports from the Ohio Division of Wildlife

Northwest Ohio – Wildlife District Two 
On opening day of the 2022-23 white-tailed deer gun hunting season, State Wildlife Officer Supervisor Kevin Russell and State Wildlife Officer Ryan Burke, assigned to Hancock County, contacted hunters. The officers discovered that one individual, who had just completed a deer drive, did not have a valid deer permit. He was issued a citation for hunting deer without a permit and paid $175 in fines and court costs through Findlay Municipal Court. Later, the officers contacted an individual who had harvested a buck without a valid hunting license. He was issued a citation and paid $250 in fines and court costs through Findlay Municipal Court. 

State Wildlife Officer Charles McMullen, assigned to Sandusky County, patrolled Lake Erie with Wildlife Investigator Brian Bury near the Toledo Lighthouse. They contacted a Michigan angler who was anchored and fishing in Ohio waters. The angler had 44 yellow perch in his possession, 14 more than the daily limit. One summons was issued. He paid $168 in fines and court costs and 14 perch were forfeited to the state. 

Hardin County agriculture and natural resources update

By Mark Badertscher

This past week I just returned to work from participating in a two-week Sheep and Agriculture Study Tour of New Zealand. As I write this edition of the Hardin County Agriculture and Natural Resources Update, soybean harvest is nearly done in the county and 89% complete statewide. Corn harvest is about halfway completed, with progress being slowed down by high moisture corn that needs to be dried.

Hardin County Extension rainfall report for September 2023

By Mark Badertscher

HARDIN COUNTY__During the month of September 2023, Extension volunteer rainfall reporters received an average of 0.22 inches of rain. The least rain for this month, 0.00 inches, was reported in both Liberty and Marion Townships, as measured by Phil Epley and Mark Lowery respectively. The most rain reported during the month, 0.61 inches, was reported in Goshen Township by John Brien.

During the same month last year, an average of 2.92 inches of rain fell. The rainfall recorded in September over the past ten years averaged 2.93 inches.