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AAA3 seeks new members of governing boards

The Area Agency on Aging 3 is recruiting new members for their Advisory Council and Board of Directors. Potential members must reside in the Area Agency on Aging 3’s service area, which includes Allen, Auglaize, Hancock, Hardin, Mercer, Putnam, and Van Wert Counties. Minority and older individuals living in rural areas are encouraged to apply for a member position. There are several positions available for both the Advisory Council and Board of Directors. 

Vancrest Hosting Job Fair

Vancrest of Ada, in partnership with OhioMeansJobs Hardin County, will be hosting a Job Fair on Wednesday, February 16, 2022, from 10:00 a.m. to 1:00 p.m. at 600 W North Ave, Ada, OH 45810.

Vancest has been a leader in providing health care for seniors for over 50 years. They strive to create meaningful experiences for their staff at all levels of the organization, offering options to learn and grow with the company. If you are looking to serve others, to care for others, and experience a fulfilling career, then Vancrest could be a perfect fit for you.

Old Route 69 Brewery in the works for E. Buckeye property

Indoor and outdoor service, as well as manufacturing

Watterson Brands of Bluffton, SC has announced the purchase of 120 East Buckeye. Former Ada resident Billy Watterson, CEO of Watterson Brands; and local reisdent Troy Erickson, COO of Ohio State Hemp, plan to renovate the existing structure and create a 7,000 square-foot brewery with the name Old Route 69 Brewery.

The business will offer patrons craft beer, food and family-inclusive entertainment. The brewery is slated to have 5 craft beers upon launch and to employ about 20 people.

Watterson and Erickson expect to break ground in spring 2022, with an estimated completion date of early 2023.

Local treats for your sweetheart

Traditional and non-traditional Valentine's Day gifts

This year Valentine's Day falls on a Monday. If you have yet to get something for your sweetheart, you don't need to leave town to find a traditional or non-traditional gift.

The Icon took a quick tour around Ada's downtown, asking for tips and snapping photos. There are more options than you can visit in an afternoon (once you get chatting). Here's where we dropped in:

#1 Ruthie's Boarding Room, 220 N. Main. Lots of gifts including candles, candy, decorative items, etc. The shop even has a man cave corner.

#2 Beatitudes, 210 N. Main. In additional to holiday-themed displays, the thrift shop has a good stock of Valentine's Day cards.

Wilson Sporting Goods factory's role in Super Bowl LVI

Wikipedia makes it sound like Ada is known for having the shortest name in Ohio. Phooey. Surely the top two contenders for Ada fame are, in alphabetical order, Ohio Northern University and the Wilson Sporting Goods football factory.

With Super Bowl LVI taking place on Sunday, February 13, this is prime time to check out the factory at 217 Liberty Street, where all NFL footballs are made. Mike Springer, Quality Manager, took the Icon on a tour and provided us with the following update on the facility as well as Super Bowl preparations and promotions.

ODNR reports on deer harvest, hunting methods

Ohio’s 2021-22 deer hunting season concluded Sunday, Feb. 6, 2022, with 196,988 deer checked, according to the Ohio Department of Natural Resources (ODNR) Division of Wildlife. Ohio’s average harvest compiled from the past three seasons is 184,746 deer.

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