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Alert for commercial and backyard poultry owners

Mark A. Badertscher, Agriculture and Natural Resources Educator for OSU Extension Hardin County reports that Highly Pathogenic Avian Influenza (HPAI) was detected in a backyard poultry flock in Franklin County. HPAI has also been confirmed in poultry flocks in Kentucky, Indiana, Virginia, New York, Maine, Michigan and Delaware.  

HPAI spreads quickly and can be fatal to flocks and devastating to poultry owners. ODA is urging poultry owners to intensify biosecurity and best management practices: 

Blanchard Valley Health System on Top 50 Supply Chains list

Blanchard Valley Health System (BVHS) was recently named on a list of the “Best 50” healthcare supply chains in North America by Global Health Exchange (GHX).  

To create the list, GHX, a healthcare business and data automation company, analyzed the performance of more than 4,100 hospitals in the U.S. and Canada that are part of its digital trading network. The list scored several areas, including maximizing automation and increasing exchange utilization and trading partner connections.

Wilson employees, Bulldog football field in Magnolia Network program

The Magnolia Network program Extraordinary Stories Behind Everyday Things has produced a 12-minute episode spotlighting the work of employees at Ada’s Wilson football factory.

The “Football” episode is number 15 of season 3 and can be viewed on the Magnolia Network website.

The program provides a history of football design, followed by a visit to the Wilson football factory. Several Wilson employees describe and demonstrate how they make footballs by hand. The program also shows employees testing the finished product on the Ada High School football field.

The Cask Room has same staff, new owners

CORRECTION: Friday hours of operation corrected

The Cask Room, 127 S. Main, has new proprietors, effective February 28, 2022. Denise D’Arca has purchased the business from founders Steve and Sue Bates.

The biggest change coming to the establishment will be the addition of a menu featuring chicken wings and sandwiches once the food license is issued. D’Arca notes that the atmosphere and staff will stay the same. Her husband and son will assist with bookkeeping and menu, while daughter-in-law Eliza Keller is behind the bar.

First meeting held for 2022 Made in Ada Football Festival

The Ada Area Chamber of Commerce followed its March 16 member meeting with a Made in Ada Football Festival planning session. The event date has been set for Saturday, August 27 and the location will be at the Ada Depot Park, 112 E. Central.

Discussion centered on food trucks, the possibility of a beer sales permit, showcasing of the Wilson football factory and products, a punt-pass-kick competition, and other attractions. Two bands--Voodoo Lane and Shifferly Road Band--have been booked for the event.

Chamber meeting on March 16

The next Ada Area Chamber of Commerce membership meeting is scheduled for 8:00 a.m. on Wednesday, March 16 at the Ada Public Library, 320 N. Main.

A Football Festival meeting will follow the membership meeting.

For information on joining the chamber, visit