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​​Letter: APL is not your grandparents’ library

Letter to the editor from Preema D’Souza of Ada, Ohio.

Whenever I tell folks I work at a library, occasionally I get the response “Ohh but I am not a big reader.”

And I tell them that’s perfectly fine. Not everyone enjoys reading for fun.

Libraries have changed a lot today, with so much of our reading happening digitally. It is really difficult to find the time to sit with a book. Today libraries allow you to access ebooks and digital material from the comfort of your couch.

So, then what is the role of a public library in this day and age you ask. Well as someone who works in a library–let me tell you. The Ada Public Library is definitely NOT your grandparents’ library.

The Ada Public Library is so much more than books. For one – you will NOT find Anyone saying SHHHHH -- be quiet inside the library anymore. It’s a fun, vibrant and happening space. It’s one of the very few spaces in this country where you do not have to spend a dime and yet have a wonderful time. We have something to offer people of all ages.

Letter: Retired Ada teacher on Permanent Improvement Levy

As a teacher in the Ada Schools for forty-three years and a lifelong Bulldog, I am asking you to vote FOR the upcoming permanent improvement RENEWAL on the November ballot. This issue is a RENEWAL only and will NOT increase anyone’s tax burden. A vote FOR this issue is a vote FOR our children.  

The money this levy generates allows the Ada Schools to purchase those items of a permanent nature that are not part of the day-to-day expenses of the school.  It is not used for salaries, benefits or any items of that nature.  This levy passed and has been renewed each time it has appeared on the ballot since 1995. The Ada Schools appreciate your support on this issue. 


Dave Lusk
Ada Schools, retired

Letter: Dig for a Cure raises $2,370

A letter from coach Kyleigh Woodruff and the Ada High School volleyball team:

Ada’s volleyball team held our annual Dig for a Cure event on Monday, October 2nd to battle against cancer and raise money for The Inflammatory Breast Cancer (IBC) Network Foundation. This year Ada and Upper Scioto Valley schools worked together to raise a grand total of $2,370.12.  A breakdown of our total amount raised includes: $951 on raffle baskets, $631.50 at our bake sale, $89 on our serving game, $414.62 donations during “Storm the Fans”, and $284 on t-shirt sales.  This grand total would not have been possible without the generous donations that we received from not only both teams and staff but also our community.  

Letters: Vaccination reminder

Letter from William Kose, MD, JD, Vice President of Special Projects, Blanchard Valley Health System

As the days get shorter and cooler, community members should be aware that multiple infectious diseases will be more prevalent, including COVID-19, influenza and respiratory syncytial virus (RSV). If you are someone who always gets vaccinated, here’s a reminder that this is the time of year to do so. And, if you aren’t, now could be a great time to start.

Letter: Permanent improvement renewal levy is essential to our schools

The following is a letter to the editor by Ada resident Ben Thaxton.

Dear Ada Community,

I am writing to urge our community to vote in favor of the 5-year Permanent Improvement RENEWAL levy on the November 7, 2023, ballot. This levy RENEWAL is essential for maintaining and improving our public school, which is the foundation of our community.

The permanent improvement levy is a RENEWAL of an existing levy that has been in place for many years. It is NOT a new tax. The levy provides funding for important capital expenses, such as building repairs and renovations, new technology, and safety equipment. A permanent improvement fund helps Ada Schools avoid using general fund revenue for capital expenses, which frees up general fund revenue for educational services for children.

Letter: Lions thank sponsors and patrons of festival food booth

Invitation to attend meetings

The Ada Lions Club wants to thank the many sponsors and patrons for their support of the Lions Club food booth at the 2023 Harvest and Herb Festival. The Club has been serving the traditional hamburgers and hotdogs for several years.  Through the generous support of our sponsors, we are able to help many local individuals and organizations. 

Special thanks to Norada Lanes, Four Seasons Drive Thru, Kewpee, Tavern 101, Associated Plastics, Minich Truck Repair, Sheldon Gas Company, Hempy Water, Central Ohio Farmers Co-Op, Inc., Hays Insurance, Sharon Hawkins and Jason Hawkins.