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You can't have a Super Bowl without Ada, Ohio, but you already know that

You can't have a Super Bowl without Ada, Ohio. But you already know that. The 2013 Super Bowl footballs are already created and shipped – and there are lots of them. Each ball was created in Ada.

According to officials at the Ada Wilson factory, 54 balls were shipped to the Baltimore Ravens and 54 to the San Francisco 49ers. Those will be used for pre-Super Bowl practice.

Beyond that, 54 balls are used by each team during the Super Bowl. Then, there are 12 “kicker” balls, called “K” balls used by the game officials.

Most popular baby names in 2012

For the second year running, 'Mason' was the most popular name for Blanchard Valley Hospital (Bluffton campus) born boys. Of the over 200 names provided to the Icon by BVH, Bluffton OB Department, 'Mason' appeared four times, more than any other name, boy or girl.  

For the rest of the boys, the following names appeared more than once:

Abram  Aidan  Asher  Carter  Connor  James
Jase  Jaxson/Jaxon  Joel  Kaleb  Landon  Levi  Logan/Login  Oliver
Ryker  Samual  Thomas  William  Wyatt

For girls, there was no clear front runner among the first names. 'Savannah'  appeared on our list three times.  The names that appeared twice were:

This map has one black dot for every person in Ada, and in the whole U.S. and Canada

The internet is ripe with many cool things. We at the Icon thought this was pretty neat.

Brandon Martin-Anderson created a map that contains a dot for every single person counted in the last U.S. and Canadian censuses.  That means 341,817,095 dots. 

According to the site, he wanted "an image of human settlement patterns unmediated by proxies like city boundaries, arterial roads, state lines, etc."  So he wrote a computer program and fed in the information from the census.

Click here for the census dotmap. 

This colorful plaything is a fixture for Ada pre-schoolers

From time to time The Ada Icon posts a photo - really, just part of a photo of a familiar Ada image. Here's the first quiz for 2013. How well do you know Ada? For the answer check the photo below.

You'll find it at the Ada Public Library - children's section.

Ada Icon-Bluffton Icon invites viewers to "like" our facebook sites

The Ada Icon encourages Facebook fans interested in all the latest information about the local community to consider liking the Ada Icon Facebook site and its sister publication of the Bluffton icon.

The Ada Icon site was recently launched and continues to grow weekly. It currently has 80 followers. The Bluffton Icon site is older and has 821 followers. 

Both sites provide worthwhile news updates for the communities they serve.

The site links follow:

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It's January and the OhioTraveler has some trip ideas for you

The offers some free and inexpensive attractions and events on the "roads less traveled."

To view this month's edition, click here.