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Local dietitian takes new approach to nutrition counseling

Lauren Samuel, a Bluffton area Registered Dietitian Nutritionist, didn’t ever expect to start her own business but knew that she wanted to do one-on-one counseling. “I got my first job at WIC and I’m still working there part-time,”she explains. However, it was clear to her: “If I want to do my dream job as a dietician, I’m going to have to start my own business.”

That business is Embrace Mind & Body Wellness LLC, which she created in 2020. In addition to providing general nutrition guidance, Samuel helps clients adopt more intuitive eating practices and shows women how to manage the symptoms of Polycystic Ovary Syndrome (PCOS) through diet.

Shop Small Saturday in Ada

UPDATE:  We've added The Gallery for the Arts, thanks to an Ada Icon reader.

Saturday, November 27 is Small Business Saturday, a “shopping holiday” that supports local businesses. In a village the size of Ada, you might say every day is “shop small” day. It is still a great time to say “thank you for being here” to our local merchants and to participate in the Hardin County Christmas Cookie Walk (at four shops).

Saturday, December 4 is the Ada Area Chamber of Commerce Merry on Main celebration--another great day to shop local.

Here is a sampling of Ada shops and their wares.

Harvest and Herb Festival roots of Rustic Bendz

Jenny Frankart admired spoon rings and had watched an artisan at the Tiffin Flea Market make rings. Instead of going shopping, she ordered a ring making vise from Ukraine and waited six month for it to come to rural Bluffton. Her father-in-law modified it to work with flatware. That was in 2013.

This year, Frankart has opened the Rustic Bendz jewelry shop-workshop at her home, after a sequence of larger and larger vehicles to sell jewelry at shows, and then a walk-in trailer shop. She makes rings as well as necklaces, key chains, money clips, wind chimes, and other accessories that have sparked her imagination.

Eye catching sale in former Cole Motors location

Tri-State Auto Liquidators LLC has temporarily set up in the former Cole Motors location on Buckeye St. in Ada with a sale of passenger vehicles from 2010-2021. With its eye-catching inflatables and balloons, the business is selling cars, offering cash prizes to shoppers as well as financing and insurance opportunities.

The sales event will run through Sunday, November 14.

Waterhemp control improved in 2021

By Mark Badertscher

Each year before soybean harvest, Hardin county Agriculture and Natural Resources Extension Educators conduct a county weed survey.  The purpose of this survey is to determine the type and amount of weeds that are infesting farm fields.  Another reason is to develop an understanding of which weeds are becoming resistant to herbicides used by farmers.  Once these determinations are made, weed scientists at The Ohio State University develop weed control programs which are then shared with local county Extension Educators to make recommendations for local farmers.  The goal of these recommendations is to help farmers gain control of these weeds so that their yield-limiting impact is reduced,

Hardin Solar Energy project launched October 26

Senior officials from renewable energy leaders Invenergy and Dominion Energy met with state, county and township leaders on October 26, 2021 to officially launch the Hardin I solar project on Township Road 120, Alger.

The initial application for the project was approved by the Ohio Power Siting Board in 2018. Now operational, the project has a capacity of 150 megawatts (AC), enough to power about 40,000 typical homes. The Hardin I project features solar panels with a bi-facial energy collection system on a single axis design, which allows the panels to track the sun from horizon to horizon, maximizing generating efficiency.