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Matt Gossman ran for school board to become more involved in the community

By Monty Siekerman
Matt Gossman was elected a new member of the Ada school board last fall. He was sworn in the first of the year. We asked him to tell us about his background.

How long is your term? Have you previously been on the school board?
It is a 4 year term and this is my first term.

Tell me about your job and educational background.
I work for Marathon Pipe Line out of Lima.  I have an associates degree in manufacturing engineering.

Hardin Pheasants Forever make presentation to Sharp Shooters 4-H Club

Monday evening Hardin County Pheasants Forever #212 presented Hardin County Sharp Shooters 4-H Club with a laser engraved Remington shotgun.

Jason Feming presented the rifle to the club. Darrin Verhoff of Ottawa Ordinance provided the laser engraving. 

Making the presentation are, from left, Darrin Verhoff, Kathleen Anspaugh and Jason Fleming.

Dog of the week: Meet Jeremy, corgi mix

Note about the Dog of the Week: Meet Jeremy, 6 year old male corgi mix, 28 pounds

To give a dog a forever home, contact the Hardin County dog shelter. It is located at 49 Jones Road on the west side of Kenton.

Hours: 9 am to 4 pm on Monday, Thursday, and Friday. Phone: 419-674-2209.

Generally, about 20 to 25 dogs are available for viewing. The shelter is also the place to contact for giving up a dog, if you find a lost or stray dog, or if you come in contact with a vicious dog.

Liberty Belles and Boys 4-H Club sign up March 1

Liberty Belles and Boys 4-H Club sign-up is underway according to Amy Spar. The club celebrates its 80th 4-H year this year.

4-H is open to youth 8 years of age and in the 3rd grade. Liberty Belles and Boys will hold their sign-up meeting Tuesday, March 1, from 7-8 p.m. at the Ada First Presbyterian Church. 

Regular club meetings will be held the first, third and fifth Tuesdays of the month March 15 through July 19 at the church.

To review 4-H project options ahead of time go to

Ryan, Ryley and Leona - Ada's top spellers

Here are Ada's top spellers, from left: 1st place Ryan Kilgallon, 2nd place Ryley Davie, and 3rd place Leona Dalton. They finished as the top three contestants in the Ada spelling bee held Feb. 17.

Interesting stories from the spelling bee according to Suzanne Hardesty, Gifted Coordinator for Ada schools.

• Leona was an alternate and really did not want to compete, but was persuaded to give it a try. Her mom was able to reschedule her lunch break at the last minute to see Leona.

Chamber recognizes retiring Harvest & Herb Fest' volunteers

The Ada Area Chamber of Commerce recognized four "retired" volunteers for their many years of work in the Ada Harvest and Herb Festival.

From left, Ruth Roiter, Scott Allison, Arlene Allison and Jonell Hanratty, were recognized for their work on the September downtown event.


The recognition took place during the Feb. 17 chamber annual dinner meeting in McIntosh Center. Deb Curlis, chamber president, presented the plaques. Curlis also provided members with an update on chamber board members.

Those persons follow: