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Winter Guard teams: Fifth consecutive high school state title; second consecutive junior high state title

Under the direction of Amy Webb and Jonathan Lischak, Ada's Junior High Winter Guard, High School Rifle Line and High School Winter Guard teams all had great performances  March 29 at the Ohio Indoor Performance Association (OIPA)'s State Color Guard and Percussion Championships in Wapakoneta.


Approximately 70 winter guard and percussion groups from around Ohio competed in the event. The Junior High and High School Winter Guard teams won top honors as state champions in their respective classes.

Look who is on the Ada school honor roll

The third quarter Ada honor roll of the 2013-14 school year was released this week.

Here is the list of students on the honor roll:


12TH GRADE: Sa'ed Al-Olimat, Jessica Hill, Cory Kellum, Annabel Pinkney.

11TH GRADE:  Alexis Amburgey, Allison Howard, Caralee Stover, Victoria Wyss.

10TH GRADE: Benjamin Bowers, Alexandra Boyadzhiev, Rylan Hissong, Megan Simon, Katelyn Stuart, Kylelyn Stuart, Casey Swick, Blake Willeke.

Lynne Scott: “All of my stories are one long conversation about freedom"

“Chronia Polla” and Lynne E. Scott’s other books are all available on and at the Artists Boutique on Main in Ada. A book signing event will be held on Friday, March 28, from 6-7:30 p.m.

By Darlene Bowers

On any given day Lynne Scott is probably tugging her mud boots on and heading for her Good Shepherd Boarding Kennel or donning her galaxy skull leggings to lead a Zumba class as a licensed instructor.

Lynne’s days are filled with Zumba and Zumba Gold classes, meeting clients, scheduling kennel appointments and, oh, Lynne Scott is also an author.

Ada HS seniors win the 2014 Interclass Contest trophy

Ada’s oldest competitive event is not played on the athletic field. Rather, in the auditorium.

On March 21, the 108th annual Interclass Contest, founded in 1907, played itself out as it had 107 times prior. Seniors, juniors and sophomore competed in four categories: Essay, Poetry, Short Stories, and Dramatic Readings.


Sending cancer on a run, part 2

What can you buy with a quarter?  A gumball or a handful of M&Ms from a candy machine, air for your bike tires, six minutes of drying time at the local Laundromat, one hour of parking on (some) city streets, or a secondhand mug at a thrift shop.

Or you can do some good with that quarter by donating it to help David Dellifield reach his goal of collecting 50,266 quarters for Send Cancer on the Run 2: All the Way to the Big Apple. Dellifield, an Ada resident, is a stage 4 cancer survivor who has had a longtime goal of running the New York Marathon. Five years after running his first marathon, he is registered to run the TCS New York Marathon on Nov. 2, 2014.

Dancing fits Erica Stoner as expertly as do her toe shoes

By Darlene Bowers
Photos by Bailey Bowers

Peek through the studio window on Main Street and you may see Erica Stoner perfecting her favorite calypso jump or leading a class of dance students at the Rhythm in Motion Dance Centre (RIMDC).

Erica has been studying dance with Darcey Schneider since 4th grade beginning at the Dancers Elite Studio in Bluffton. Erica’s first lessons were in tap and ballet and she then added hip hop lessons to her repertoire.