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October 16, 2021

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Ada's own Charles Van Dyne named Ohio's Elk of the Year

Charles Van Dyne, Ada attorney and member of the Kenton Elks Lodge #157, has been named the Elk of the Year by the Ohio Elks Association. 

Van Dyne was nominated by his home lodge for his many years of dedication to not only the Kenton Lodge but also the Ohio Elks Association and the national organization, the Benevolent and Protective Order of Elks. 

Van Dyne’s was initiated into the Kenton Lodge in 1957. Some of the major milestones of his Elk career include:

• serving as Exalted Ruler of Kenton Lodge in 1968-1969,
• elected chairman of the West Central District in 1977
• named a District Deputy Grand Exalted Ruler in 1980-1981. 

Richland Manor named one of 2013 Best Employers in Ohio

Richland Manor, a Trilogy Health Services community, has been named one of the 2013 Best Employers in Ohio (BEO), according to Sarah Foster, Executive Director of Richland Manor.

The annual list of the Best Employers in Ohio was created by the Ohio SHRM State Council and Best Companies Group.

Companies from across the state entered the two-part process to determine the Best Employers in Ohio. The first part consisted of evaluating each nominated company’s workplace policies, practices, philosophy, systems and demographics, and was worth approximately 25% of the total evaluation.

Schulman speaks to Kiwanis Club

President-Elect Heather Cox called the May 7 meeting of the Ada Kiwanis Club to order at noon in McIntosh Center, ONU.

The invocation was offered by Jon Umphress

The member birthday of Al Baillis (May 11) was noted.

The membership anniversary of Jon Umphress  (May 6, 1997) was also noted.

Jeffrey and Anne Schulman were congratulated on their 36th wedding anniversary, which will be celebrated on May 7th.

In business:

Ada FFA members attend Ohio convention


Thirteen members of the Ada FFA Chapter recently attended the Ohio FFA Convention in Columbus. Throughout the day, they attended a leadership workshop, toured the Career Show,  participated  in a general convention session, and finished at the Longhorn Steakhouse.

“Small Animals Day”
On Wednesday, May 8, the Ada FFA held an event called “Small Animals Day.” The yearly event is to educate K-3 students about animal care, welfare, practices, foods, and safety. A small petting zoo with all kinds of student projects, as well as tractors was set up as part of the day.

Here's the latest on the Blanchard Pleasant Buckeye 4-H club

By Cassidy Deckling
   On May 6th, the Blanchard Pleasant Buckeyes held their 4th meeting. The meeting started at 7pm with a softball game as recreation. Molly Wilson presided over the meeting and choose members to lead the pledges. Brenna Flowers lead the 4-H pledge, while Lexi Thompson led the Pledge of Allegiance.

We are off to see the Wizard - photos of the AHS musical

The Wizard of Oz landed in Ada over the weekend, as students at Ada High School performed the musical.

Thomas Kier photographed the performances and provided his photos to The Icon. A selection of photos is in the attachment at the bottom of this story.