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Kiwanis Club: Want to hear a good fishing story - read on...

Ada Kiwanis members went fishing - in a manner of speaking - on Aug. 20.

Here's the story:

Kiwanis member Harold Friesner reported on the annual fishing trip made by several Kiwanis members Harold Friesner, Charles Van Dyne, Bruce Neely and John Berg, along with four others Jim Turner, David Schmidt, Dick Hubbard and Karlton Plaugher.

The trip was taken to Ontario, Canada, a little east of Thunder Bay. The trip has been made by various Ada residents since 1972.

ONU student works with Wycliffe Bible Translators program

Elita Smith, a student at Ohio Northern University from Bluffton, spent her summer "vacation" working on a service project in Papua New Guinea.

Every year Wycliffe Bible Translators' Go Experience Translation (GET) Global program sends high school and college students from around the world to lend a hand in mission work.

A typical trip includes eight to 10 students spending two to three weeks among people of a minority language where Bible translation is in progress. This year’s group worked in one of the most linguistically complex countries in the world: Papua New Guinea, an island-nation home to more than 800 languages.

Over 300 volunteer hours went into Red Cross swim lessons

President-elect Heather Cox called the weekly meeting of the Ada Kiwanis Club to order at 12:01 p.m. on Tuesday August 13 in Conference Room #7, McIntosh Center, ONU.

Jon Umphress offered the invocation.

The birthday of Sandy Neely (August 15) was noted in song.

The membership anniversary of Myrna McCurdy (8/13/07) was noted.

The wedding anniversary of Mark and Kimberly Light (8/12/1995) was also noted.

Kiwanis Club honors Von M. "Spot" Spellman with tree planting

Ada Kiwanis member Charles Van Dyne presents a special photo to Patsy Evans, of Ada. Evans' father, Von M. "Spot" Spellman, who was honored for his longtime Kiwanis service by the planting of a tree by the club in Ada's War Memorial Park.

The recent Kiwanis meeting was held to honor former Kiwanian, Von M. “Spot” Spellman. Normally, the dedication is held at War Memorial Park, but with the threat of prediction of inclement weather, the event was moved in-doors.

F&M Picnic: And the kiddie pedal pull winners are...

Ada's Kiwanis Club conducted the kiddie pedal pull at Saturday's Farmers' and Merchants' PIcnic. Here are the winners:

Class 1, age 3 & 4, 19 contestants

1st Rebecca Preston, Ada
2nd Eric Williams, Ada
3rd Reese Jordan, Alger
4th Keelan Kirwan, Rockwood, Ontario, Canada

Class 2, age 5 & 6, 26 contestants

1st Kennedy Jones, Ada
2nd Ethan Lawrence, Ada
3rd Mallorie Nelson,  Lafayette
4th Molly Nichols, Harrod

Class 3, Age 7 & 8, 19 Contestants

Natilyn and Ethan reign as princess and prince of F&M Picnic

Ada first grader, Natilyn McClain, reigned as princess of the 100th annual Ada Farmers' and Merchants' Picnic. The prince was Ada sixth grader Ethan Hull. Madilyn raised $2,466 and Ethan $2,076 as they topped all other contestants in money raised in the contest. 

Natilyn's sponsors were Three Brothers Pizza and 302 Carryout. Ethan's sponsors were Ohio Cart Parts and Amburgey's Construction.

Other contestants were, for prince: Trison Dalton, 3rd grader; for princess: Haley Clay, 3rd grader, Allison Dotson, 7th grader, Kia Hefner, 2nd grader, Madison McCoy, 3rd grader at Hardin Northern, and Madison Melton, 2nd grader.