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Ada's biggest Christmas party a big hit thanks to "Ada Friends"

ONU students Jerrod Amstutz and Austin Hilverding, co-coordinators of Ada Friends, hosted Ada's biggest Christmas party on Sunday.

Ada Friends matches Ada kindergarteners through eighth graders with an Ohio Northern University student mentor.

On Sunday you might say the two students played a bit of Santa during the Friends Christmas party.

They helped over 90 ONU students and their elementary matches enjoy Christmas as they decorated cookies, – 17 dozen in all - wrote letters to Santa, created Christmas tree ornaments, pinned a nose on Rudolph and watched a Christmas movie. The two-hour party took place in McIntosh Center at ONU.

Corn hole boards with John Deere and International themes

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Students in the Ada High School Structural Engineering class recently completed a project using safety, measuring and woodworking skills.

They developed plans and built corn hole boards with John Deere and International themes.

Students in the class are, from left, Levi Bass, Conner Castle, Abby Peterson, Grant McBride, Lane Nitchie, Luke Long-Green, Chase Tomak, Gabe Gratz, Blake Hall, Tessa Coulson and Haley Clum.

Ada Kiwanis members get some health tips

President Heather Cox called the weekly meeting of the Ada Kiwanis Club to order at 12:00 noon on Tuesday December 3, 2013 at McIntosh Center, Ohio Northern University, Ada.  The invocation was offered by Jon Umphress.

Kristin Timperman was welcomes as a guest.

The birthday of member Claudia Crawford (today) was noted.

The membership anniversary of Bruce Neely (December 1, 1975) was noted.
Bob McCurdy reported that Al Baillis is doing well and that he is hoping to attend the Christmas party. Peter Previte is home and is recovering.

Laurie Laird inducted into Hardin County Agriculture Hall of Fame

Laurie Laird, owner of New Leaf garden center, Ada, was among six persons inducted into the Hardin County Agriculture Hall of Fame on Dec. 3. The ceremony took place during a Hall of Fame recognition banquet at St. John's United Church of Christ, Kenton.

Other inductees were Franklin Garmon,  Rex and Joan Sullinger and Bernard and Virginia Williams.

The purpose of the county Agriculture Hall of Fame is to recognize outstanding agricultural contributions by Hardin County people and to honor those who have brought distinction to themselves and the agricultural industry.   

Jim Meyer updates Ada Kiwanis members on East Lima Street projecty

President Heather Cox called the weekly meeting of the Ada Kiwanis Club to order at 12:00 noon on Tuesday November 26th at McIntosh Center, Ohio Northern University, Ada.
The invocation was offered by Jon Umphress.

Ada Village Administrator Jim Meyer was welcomed as a guest.

Ada HS band concludes competition run at Indianapolis

Story and photos by Stacy Geedey

The Ada Marching Bulldogs traveled to Indianapolis on Nov. 14 to compete in Grand National Competition. The event, hosted by Bands of America took place at Lucas Oil Field, the home of the Indianapolis Colts. Over 90 bands from all the over the country gathered to compete.

Ada competed Thursday evening and had a great performance. With 16 instrumentalists, six members of the percussion pit/drum line, and six auxiliary color guard members, Ada was one of the smallest bands in the competition. Several of the bands had more members than the entire enrollment of grades 10-12 at Ada High School. 

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