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Chris North in Dominican Republic: "Maybe there is a lesson to be learned from these people"

"We in America have so much and want more and are miserable because we don't have what we want.  The Dominican people have so little and are so grateful for what they do have.  Maybe there is a lesson to be learned from these people."

Those are the words of Chris North. She's back in Dominican Republic. The Ada Icon has permission to link to her blog, which shows photos and tells about the experiences of her present trip.

For North's thoughs on a typical day of a rural Dominican, click here.

North is Director of Communication Studies Program at Ohio Northern University.

Part IV of NFL Preview: The AFC and NFC West divisions

Part IV of NFL Preview: The AFC and NFC West divisions
By Jake Dowling, Icon intern
Click here for earlier previews
AFC West

Denver Broncos, 8-8, won division, lost in divisional round

The Coach- John Fox enters his second season as head coach and no other year may be a better year than 2012 for him to get his team back in the Super Bowl for the first time since he was coach of the Carolina Panthers in 2003 when they lost to the Patriots in Super Bowl XXXIII.

Remember WOWO and CKLW? Dennis "Ben" Herr remembers

President Harold Friesner called the 38th meeting (July 17th) of the 2011–2012 Ada Kiwanis year to order at 12:06 p.m. at McIntosh Center, Ohio Northern University, Ada.
The Invocation was given by Jon Umphress.
Dennis Herr was welcomed as a guest.

The birthday of John Berg (July 25th) was noted in song,
In business:
-The F&M Picnic will be held on Saturday August 11th. The club will assist with the peal tractor Pull.
-The Ohio District Kiwanis Convention will be held August 10th to 12th in Boardman. The club will prepare a silent auction basket for fundraiser at the convention.

Historic Lima-built steam locomotive rides again!

Lima-built steam locomotive Nickel Plate 765 is on the move in Ohio and Indiana this summer. After a weekend excursion on the old Nickel Plate mainline several other opportunities exist to view this famous locomotive that once made frequent trips through nearby Bluffton.

Owned by the Ft. Wayne Railroad Historical Society, steam locomotive no. 765 embarks on one of its busiest excursion season in recent history. July through September will see the 765 operating special passenger trains  for Norfolk Southern’s 30th anniversary, hosting employees and their families across the northern routes of its system.

The early bird gets...the blackberries

(Answer to the question: Where is the art? Presser Hall on the ONU campus.)

By Mary Pannabecker Steiner
One of my brothers lives in the mountains of Virginia where he regularly picks a variety of wild berries on his runs up the mountainside and into the woods.  This never really impressed me because I don’t like blackberries and raspberries so why bother picking them?

Okay, here's my opinion on how the college football playoffs should work

By Jake Dowling, Icon intern
If anyone watches college football, many would agree that the sport is fun to watch, with all of the upsets and great matchups. But, one would also know that it can be frustrating at times as well, especially if your team was not selected by a hand full of computers to play in the National Title Game.

University presidents and Notre Dame approved a playoff system, set to take place for the beginning of the 2014 football season, on June 27. This playoff system would pin the four best schools against each other in two semi-final games. Then the winners of the semi-finals would go on to play in the National Title Game.