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Welcome Home Grant offered by Liberty National Bank

Ronald L. Zimmerly, Jr., President and CEO of Liberty National Bank, recently announced the bank’s participation in the Welcome Home Program, a grant sponsored by the Federal Home Loan Bank of Cincinnati. The program is designed to assist eligible homebuyers with down payment or closing costs when buying a home.

The Welcome Home Program provides up to $2,500 in grant money for low to moderate income homebuyers and is available on a first-come, first-serve basis. Honorably discharged veterans and active-duty military homebuyers may receive Welcome Home grants up to $7,500.

January and February meetings of the Ada chamber

RSVP Feb. 16 luncheon at the Inn at ONU

The Ada Area Chamber of Commerce will hold the January Membership Meeting at 8 a.m. on Wednesday, January 19 at the Ada Public Library, 320 N. Main. Breakfast will be served at the meeting, according to Heather Cox, membership chairperson.

In February, the chamber meeting will be an Annual Meeting Luncheon at noon on Wednesday, February 16. This event will take place at the Inn at ONU. The price of the luncheon is $20 per person. For reservations, contact Deb Curlis at [email protected] or 419-788-9459. 

Music on vinyl beats out CDs in 2021

Year end 2021 reports include the news that music CD sales have lost to vinyl records for the first time in decades. According to music data provider MRC Data (, vinyl album sales outpaced CDs for the first time in MRC Data history (since 1991).

The Icon contacted Ada’s Retro Music Ltd. for a local perspective. Owner Chad Smith explained that with new cars no longer providing CD players, the format is dying. In addition, CDs and their cases are relatively fragile items.

Jan. 19 deadline for new pesticide applicator class 

A class to help farmers prepare to become private pesticide applicators has been planned for January 26 at the Hardin County Extension office, 1021 West Lima Street, Kenton. In Ohio, pesticide applicators are required by law to have an Ohio Pesticide Applicators License in order to purchase and apply restricted-use chemicals. These pesticides include but are not limited to herbicides, insecticides, and fungicides.

The class will begin at 12:30 pm and end at 4:30 pm. There is a $30 registration fee which covers books for those enrolled.

Women's networking event scheduled

Area women have created a northwest Ohio chapter of WELD (Women for Economic and Leadership Development) and will host a virtual Coffee Chat on January 25 to introduce the organization to guests.

Circe Krout, an Edward Jones Financial Advisor in Ottawa and Amanda Riess of Clemans, Nelson & Associates, Inc. of Lima spoke with the Icon about their interest in networking with area women and the opportunities for enrichment provided by WELD.

Ada chamber elects new board members

The Ada Area Chamber of Commerce elected new Board of Directors members at its December 2021 meeting and announced that it has reached its goal of attracting more than 100 members.


New Board Members

Ric Johnson of CAPS Builder

Lisa Pohlman of US Bank

Gary Wallberg of Liberty Financial Services

Dylan Wood of Ohio Northern University