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1.1 inches of snow in October; none in November; What gives?

Guy Verhoff, Icon weather observer provided a summary of the November weather.  Here goes:

The high temprature in November was 68 degrees on Nov. 10 and Nov. 11. The low was 23 degrees on Nov. 5, Nov 8, Nov. 13, Nov. 14 and Nov. 15. The average November 2012 temperature was 40 degrees. The normal average for November is 40.4 degrees.

The average precipitation for November 2012 was 0.90 inches. The normal average precipitation is 2.83 inches.  Pretty darn dry.

Icon accepting letters to Santa Claus

The Ada Icon welcomes letters to Santa Claus from children of all ages. The letters may be emailed to [email protected] and will be published here on the Icon. 

Ada small business Christmas open house Nov. 29 at The Depot

A Christmas open house featuring four Ada small businesses is planned from 4 to 8 p.m., Thursday, Nov. 29, at The Depot, 110 Central Ave., Ada.

Features businesses are:
• Leah Martin, Premier Jewelry consultant
• Kelly Fetrow, Pretty Preserves
• Amy Mayden, Heaven Sent
• Lori Poling, LP Designs

The event offers an early chance at purchasing Christmas presents. Icon viewers are invited to attend and browse through a selection of handbags, jewelry, home decor items, soaps and more.

Commentary: My first presidential election voting experience

Note: Alli Walbolt, an ONU student, is an intern for The Ada Icon this fall.

Being able to exercise my right to vote has always been an exciting thing for me. In 2010 I registered to vote within a month of my 18th birthday. I couldn’t wait to vote in my first ever election, though it wasn’t quite as glamorous.

This year was my first presidential election and I was more involved in politics than I ever had been. I watched the debates and other political coverage, read articles and candidate platforms, and researched issues and people that would be on my ballot.

Want to hear a good Ada Halloween story? Ever hear about "Dead Man's Jog"?

By Fred Steiner
Want to hear a good Ada Halloween story? Here’s one. And it’s true.

Most of us have forgotten that the bend in the road on State Route 235 north of Ada was originally laid out as a 90-degree angle. If you head north, you can see a remnant of that angle - but look closely.

Most of us have also forgotten that the 90-degree angle once had a name: Dead Man’s Jog. I know how the name came to be. My grandfather told me. He told me the story over a half century ago. It was a story that took place, well, I’ll put it this way - several generations ago.

Want to know about Twitter in 140 characters or less? Read on

The Icon asked Alli Walbolt, our ONU intern, to explain Twitter to us and to viewers. Her explanation follows in a typical "Twitter" format. Except for her own name, the names here are imaginary.

If you have a social media question, sent it to [email protected]. We'll forward it to Alli.

David Hartman @DHartman289
@Alli_Walbolt What is Twitter?

Alli Walbolt @Alli_Walbolt
@DHartman289 It’s a social media site to help you connect with friends, customers, or family by writing short messages they can read.