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September 28, 2021

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Card-carrying library patron

By Paula Scott, Ada Icon

My library card is a tiny sliver on my keychain. It’s a key to lots of free stuff:

  • Print books
  • Audio books and Playaways
  • E-books
  • Magazines
  • DVDs
  • Music CDs
  • Video games
  • Interlibrary loans
  • Research databases
  • Public computers and high speed internet access

I am a big library fan. I have a vivid memory of being told (at perhaps age five) that I could check out as many books as I wanted to, or at least as many as I could carry. Eureka!

Final thoughts on...

Journalism in a small town and all the encounters you can't predict

By Fred Steiner
(Photo accompanying this column shows Fred Steiner and Ryan Lowry cutting the Icon’s first anniversary cake in 2010.)

Thoughts on:
• how the Icons came to be,
• journalism in a small town,

Here’s the thing:

You can earn a living working in your profession in a small, rural community. But, along the way, you can’t predict the encounters that hit like insects on a car window at 70 mph.

Want to know how the Icon was born?
The idea was simple.

Create a community news source available to everyone. Put another way, make it a rare medium that’s well done.

If I'm in the U.S. I'll dress this way...

but if I'm in Japan, I'll dress this way

Ada Icon spring intern,
Mana Hashimoto's
ONU capstone project

Mana Hashimoto, a spring 2021 Ohio Northern University intern for the Ada Icon, created this video.

Her video is a senior capstone project. Its focus is on clothing Mana wears in the U.S. versus what she wears in Japan. She's taken a humorous approached  – we think – by not showing her face.

Mana is a senior writing and multimedia studies major, from Mie, Japan. Following graduatation she hopes to return to Japan where she will look for full-time employment in her profession.

­­­­They call the needle Moderna

Everyone could use a little needling now and then. Especially now.

By Fred Steiner
Completing my civic duty, on Friday I had my second appointment with the Needle they call Moderna.­­­  

Was it lovelier the second time around? Emphatically yes.

Everyone could use a little needling now and then. Especially now.

And, everyone who gets the Needle should tell others to get it. That would make the world a better, safer place. So, I’m telling you about it.

Plus, the U.S. Centers for Disease Control and Prevention (CDC) announced today: “Fully vaccinated people can gather indoors without masks with other vaccinated people and small groups of unvaccinated people in some circumstances.”

About four hours ago I received the first of two covid-19 vaccinations

It was a Moderna O12M20A, in case you wondered, and here's how it all came together

By Fred Steiner
About 60 years ago, more or less, I received a polio vaccine delivered in a sugar cube.

This was administered twice, on different Sundays after church services, in the multi-purpose room of the Bluffton elementary school.

I recall walking from First Methodist Church to the school to stand in line for the vaccine. I can’t remember who gave me the sugar cubes.

And, about four hours ago, I received the first of two covid-19 vaccinations. Jane Agner, nurse at Bluffton Hospital, gave me the vaccine.

It was a Moderna O12M20A, in case you wondered.

Our generation in the covid-19 era

We aren't the first to experience this; it's just a different name

By Fred Steiner
It is a certainty that “The Covid-19 Era” will resonate with us as “The Great Depression” did with our parents and grandparents. 

The message “never throw anything away because you never know when you might need it,” is among the what-did-your Depression era grandparents and parents teach their Baby Boomers children?

That Great Depression generation’s continual reminder that things may be great today, but, once upon a time that wasn’t the case, can only mean they experienced something that we know very little about today.