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January 24, 2017


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You can't miss this plate if you drive through Ada. You'll see it on a cream-colored Cooper S. This driver must be a Washington Nationals baseball fan, or we've read this completely incorrectly.

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Judith Greavu among winners in ArtSpace/Lima exhibit

Judith Greavu won first place in the "plants" category in the ArtSpace/Lima annual photography club's juried exhibit.

Here photo is titled "Dried Kelp." The exhibit is at ArtSpace now through Feb. 11.

Greavu taught at Bluffton University and retired from Ohio Northern University where she was associate professor in the department of art & design from 1985–2005.


Master gardening classes accepting students

The Master Gardeners Volunteers of Allen, Hardin and Hancock counties will
offer the Master Gardener Volunteer training program at the OSU-Lima
Campus this spring.

This program provides 50 hours of intensive training in horticulture to interested gardeners who then commit to 50 hours of volunteer service in their home county  assisting with Master Gardener Volunteer sponsored educational programs and activities for residents. Volunteer opportunities and projects vary by county.


Andrea Willams, Bluffton HS grad, named manager of Greg's Pharmacy

Was a pharmacy intern here under Greg Conkling

Customers are in for a treat with Bluffton native Andrea Williams now directing pharmacy operations at Greg’s.

Always interested in health care, she once shadowed her aunt – a pharmacist – while in high school.

In 2008, as a senior on the Bluffton High School softball team, she pitched eight winning games in a row – including one no-hitter, although she can’t recall the number of total wins she earned that season on the Pirate team coached by Dan Gillette.

She attended college in Ada as an eventual Ohio Northern University pharmacy grad.


For Aylssa, the greatest compliment is call her an artist

Alyssa Casemier, Bluffton High School junior, is the Icon's BHS artist of the month. She has already taken  Art 1, Design 1, Design 2 and Ceramics 1.

Aylssa hopes to pursue an art education degree in college.

She says this about art: "When I am called an artist it is the greatest compliment that I can receive. With art, I have an outlet in which I can express my many personal experiences and how I see the world around me. Art is more than just a hobby for me, it is my life. Without it, I would be voiceless."


Kaitlynn King awarded Lourdes Presidential Scholarship

Kaitlynn King, 2016 Bluffton High School graduate, has been awarded a Lourdes University, Sylvania, Presidential Scholarship valued at $32,000 for use over four years.

She is the daughter of Amy King of Bluffton and Alan King of Columbus. She is pursuing a bachelor of arts degree in social work. She also was on the Lourdes’ dean’s list for the semester recently completed.


Dr. Evan McBeath Forms ENT Specialists of Northwest Ohio

Evan McBeath, MD has formed ENT Specialists of Northwest Ohio, part of Blanchard Valley Medical Practices. The office is located at 1816 Chapel Drive, Suite G in Findlay. Dr. McBeath provides comprehensive ear, nose and throat care including head and neck surgery, thyroid and parathyroid surgery, ear and hearing surgery, sinus surgery, pediatric otolaryngology, and sleep and snoring surgery (including robotic surgery).


Bob Cupp sworn In as state rep of the 4th House District

State Representative Bob Cupp (R-Lima) this week was sworn in as a member of the Ohio House of Representatives for the 132nd General Assembly. He represents the 4thOhio House District, which comprises all of Allen County, for a second term.

"It's an honor to represent the people of Allen County in the Ohio House for a second term. I look forward to continuing to work for job-friendly policies,  getting a hold of the heroin and drug menace, and ensuring consistency in school standards and funding as this two-year legislative session gears up."


Recognized for volunteer work

13 Bluffton Lions members recognized by Activate Allen County

Thirteen Bluffton Lions Club members received recognition for volunteer work accomplished in 2016.

The presentations were made in December by the Lima/Allen County Bicycle/Pedestrian Task Force, a committee of the Activate Allen County organization.

It was the group's annual year-end meeting, held at The MET, downtown Lima.

During the meeting, Bluffton Lions Club were recognized for their volunteer work in 2016 to promote a healthier community through the Bluffton Lions Foundation’s Pathway projects.


Ada resident life-flighted to Columbus from house fire

Four Hardin County departments respond to the blaze

Photos by Ken Collins
Story by Monty Siekerman

FROM ADA ICON - Dennis "Doc" Garbrecht of Ada was rushed to the hospital, then life-flighted to Columbus, with non life-threatening injuries following a fire at his home in Ada on Thursday morning.

He is being treated for burns and smoke inhalation. His wife, Helen "Peg" Garbrecht, was uninjured.


Monty Siekerman named editor of Ada Icon

Monty Siekerman of Ada was recently named editor of the Ada Icon, sister publication to the Bluffton Icon.

Monty, who has been reporting and taking photographs for the Ada Icon for the past two years, joins other Ada residents in furnishing more than 40 local articles a week for viewers.

Amy Eddings reports and provides photos, Ken Collins takes feature photos, Cort Reynolds keeps readers up-to-date on local school sports, and Darlene Bowers writes features about local people and creates Ada Happenings, a caledar of Ada events.