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Memorial Day 2024: Trayer speaks of veterans' devotion and sacrifice


By Paula Pyzik Scott

Mother Nature attempted to upstage the 2024 Memorial Day ceremonies at Woodlawn Cemetery on May 27, but members of the Ream McElroy VFW Post 9381 and Agin Meyer American Legion Post 185 and their guests weren’t deterred by the strong winds.

June 7-8 is Harrod Pork Rind Fest

The June 7-8 Pork Rind Heritage Festival will take place in Harrod, Ohio including a judged car show. For more information, visit

The annual cruise-in car show is June 8 from 1:00-4:30 p.m. The Awards Ceremony is 4:30 at the Main Stage

There is a $10 entry fee. To register cars please enter via 4th and Oak streets by the Methodist church. Parking begins at 10:00 a.m.

Questions? Contact Ferlin Pinks 419-234-1719.


Aqua Zumba and Yoga classes at War Memorial Park

The Hardin County OSU Extension will host two summer fitness classes at Ada's War Memorial Park.

June, July and August dates are on the Icon's Community Calendar

6:00-6:45 p.m. Aqua Zumba classes will take place at the Village of Ada pool beginning June 3 and ending August 5. A $5 donation is suggested. No pre-registration is required.

7:00-8:00 classes will be held at the back of the park. If it rains, classes are held at the McIntosh Center Activities Room at ONU. Class dates are June 4, 25, July 2, 9, August 6, 13. No pre-registration is required. A mat and water bottle are suggested, as well as blocks and straps if you have them.

Instructors are Jami Dellifield, Nikki Martin and Lynne Scott.

The attached flyer includes Kenton classes as well.


Invitation to become F&M royalty candidates

Organizers of the Farmers & Merchants Picnic--scheduled for Sunday August 10--have an invitation for Ada youngsters:

"Calling all Ada parents! Do you have a kiddo that would like to run for F&M royalty? This is the year to sign up!!!

"We will be crowning a King, Queen, Prince AND Princess!! PreK-6 will be our Prince and Princess and 7th grade-12 will be crowned our King and Queen!!!

"Please contact Joni Goodman or Nicole Ruble if you are interested!"


Hardin County Tractor Pullers in Ada on June 8

For updates, see the HCTP Facebook page HERE.

The Hardin County Tractor Pullers have announced the following schedule of our events they are hosting and helping with in 2024:


Ada War Memorial Spring Pull
Saturday, June 8, 6:30 p.m.

Ada Farmers & Merchants Picnic Pull
Saturday, August 10, 6:30 p.m.

Hardin County Pullers Fall Brawl
Saturday, September 21, 3:00 p.m.


Putnam County Fair Pull
Friday, June 28,  7:00 p.m. - Ottawa


Two Patriotic Pops concerts scheduled by Lima Symphony

The Lima Symphony Orchestra will present their annual Patriotic Pops concert, featuring beloved American tunes, iconic film music, and lively classical favorites, at two venues in 2024.

The LSO invite all to the brand-new Pangle Pavilion at the Greater Lima Region Park & Amphitheater on Saturday, June 29, as well as to the McIntosh Center Lawn at Ohio Northern University on Sunday, June 30.

Concert attendees are encouraged to bring chairs and blankets. These performances are free and open to the public.

This will be the Lima Symphony’s first concert at Pangle Pavilion. Organizers note, "The Symphony is thrilled to utilize this new venue in Lima, and hopeful for many future performances there."

Should there be inclement weather for the Ada event, the concert will be held at
the King Horn field house, 609 W Lincoln Ave, Ada.