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Here's my pre-teen memories of Christmas; what are your's?

No question about it.

My memories of the best Christmas ever come in a package wrapped from stores located in the Lima public square.

I know. It's sounds impossible to viewers born after Neil A. walked on the moon; but it's true.

There was nothing...nothing like going to Lima and shopping downtown for Christmas.
Picture this: Somewhere on South Main, Lima, there was Porter's Music Store. You could actually select a 33 1/3 rpm album, enter a listening booth and listen to the album in privacy. That way you'd know if you wanted to buy it or pass.

Skyelar Raiti’s Opus

By Darlene Bowers
Photos by Bailey Bowers

It’s Sunday in Ada, Ohio. The typical church scene unfolds with gathering people and a sense of waiting for the Christmas celebrations to begin, waiting a bit longer for the adornments of poinsettias and candelabra, waiting for the greens and nativity set, and waiting for all the special touches that come once a year.

Ada FFA seniors bring home the gold; greenhands silver in parliamentary competition

Members of the Ada FFA Chapter recently competed in the sub-district FFA Parliamentary Procedure competition held at Delphos Jefferson High School. This Career Development event challenges students to use classroom knowledge in communication skills and conduct a business meeting.

The greenhand team received a silver rating and fourth overall. The senior team received a gold rating and fifth place.

PHOTO ON LEFT BELOW: The Ada FFA greenhand team consisted of, from left, Grace Nelson, Andrew Robey, Kaitlyn Long, Jackson Secor, Ashley Breidenbach, Jared Craig, Olivia Guyton and Seth Evans.

It's back - and better than ever - the 2014 Bulldog Card!

The always-popular sale of the new (2014) Bulldog Cards began this week by students of the Ada Music Department.

This year’s version of the discount card offers free food and other money-saving offers at Ada, Kenton, Bluffton and Lima area restaurants and businesses. This year’s card includes more offers than ever before, and an attractive new design.

Merchants featured on this year’s card include:
• Norada Lanes, 3 Brothers Pizza, Little Mexico, Reichert’s clothing store, Northern on Main/Starbucks Coffee Café, Jalapenos Mexican Grill 

Have library fines? No's a simple solution

Feets for Fines. It's a pretty good deal.

This holiday season, pay off your Ada Public Library fines and help others at the same time.

Here's what happens when you donate shoes to the cause:
1 pair of NEW kid’s shoes** = $5 worth of fines
1 pair NEW gloves = $5 worth of fines
1 NEW hat or scarf = $5 worth of fines
1 pair of NEW kid’s socks = $1 worth of fines

*Not eligible for lost book fees
**No flip flops, please

All of the collected items will be donated to Helping Hands, a Hardin County charity that will give the shoes and socks to local children in need.

No, Virginia, there will be no comet for Christmas this year

Looks like it didn't make it. One million year old comet Ison apparently disintegrated on its trip around the sun on Nov. 28.

According to USA Today: Like Icarus, comet ISON appears to have flown too close to the sun and broken up in its corona.

Scientists had hoped that the comet from the farthest reaches of the solar system would be able to slingshot around the sun Thursday and emerge streaming a tail visible to the naked eye next month.