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Ada's Don Castle recognized as American Red Cross Hardin County volunteer of the year

Don Castle of Ada was recognized as the American Red Cross Hardin County Volunteer of the Year during the county's April 10 recognition luncheon.

A board member, he is active in helping with special events, garnering financial support from the community whether it be for the annual pancake breakfast or golf outing.

Several other Hardin County individuals and groups were also recognized. The Hardin County Clara Barton Award was presented to Madelyn Lowery of Kenton. Lowery is a long-time board member. She has been the chapter’s liaison with United Way for several years and helps at the Day of Caring Blood Drive with United Way in July. 

Kiwanis scholarship winners: Levi Klingler, Elizabeth Butterfield, Josie Corwin, Ian Crabtree

President Myrna McCurdy called weekly meeting of the Ada Kiwanis Club to order at noon on Tuesday April 16th at McIntosh Center, ONU,

The birthday of member Dustin Brooks (April 18th) was noted.

The membership anniversary of Jolene Bailey (April 19, 2011) was also noted.

In business:
-Treasurer Bryan Marshall updated members on club finances.

-Secretary Brian Myers reported on the Kiwanis International Foundation’s Annual Gift Campaign.

-On April 3rd, the satellite club hosted the Ada Kiwanis Club’s induction of new members David MacDonald, Matt Crawford and Amanda Bennett

Ada Kiwanis Club thanks Kewpee family for donation

Members of the Ada Kiwanis Club met on April 9 at the Kewpee, in Lima to thank Harry, Myrna and Scott Shutt for their assistance at the recently held 61st annual Pancake and Sausage Day.

Club President Myrna McCurdy formally thanked the Shutt’s for the generous donation. She noted the success of previous years and noted that sponsorships were begun in 2007.

Beginning in that year, the profits from the project have increased significantly. Kewpee owner Harry Shutt said he is glad to be able to help the club as they do their best to improve the Ada community.

Hootenannies 4-H organizes for 2013

The Hardin County Hootenannies 4-H club’s last meeting was held at the Ag Credit meeting room. Ron Rofe, advisor, opened our meeting. Twelve members were present. Sean Hurley led us in the Pledge of Allegiance and Levi Beiler led the 4-H pledge. We turned in our project forms. Then, we had our election of officers. 

Meet LeAnn Pryor of ReStore Community Center

There is much to ReStore Community Center, 210 N. Main St., Ada, beyond its thrift store identity.  It also provides meals as well as resources and referrals to many kinds of public programs and assistance.  

But the very heart of ReStore, according to LeAnn Pryor, executive director, is a community center, a place for people of all sorts to gather and make friends and have a human connection.  

Pryor has been the executive director since January.  Her position is one of only two paid positions at ReStore, the other being that of store manager.   All the other positions are volunteer filled.  

Children's author and illustrator visits Ada elementary students on Thursday

Right to Read Week is always a popular week at Ada Elementary. This year's special week has a visit from a special children's author and illustrator, Diane deGroat. She will visit with elementary students on Thursday, April 11.

She has illustrated over 120 books for other authors, and painted almost 200 book jackets, and written 21 books that she's also illustrated.

One of her popular characters is Gilbert, a first grader (see book illustration at the top of the home page).

When asked who she got here book ideas, she answers: