Ada Mayor David Retterer
Ada Mayor David Retterer

ADA — In keeping with a tradition going back over 50 years, Monday’s 53rd Annual Town & Gown Banquet was a celebration of the relationship between Ohio Northern University and the Village of Ada. Held in the ballroom at ONU’s McIntosh Center, the event featured speakers representing both the village and the university, and entertainment provided by the Ada High School Varsity Singers.

Following a welcome address by Ada Area Chamber of Commerce President Deb Curlis and the presentation of the Distinguished Citizen of the Year Award (see accompanying story, this page), Ada Mayor David Retterer and ONU President Daniel DiBiasio recounted successes achieved over the past year, in the village and on campus.

Speaking on behalf of the village, Retterer pointed to improvements and renovations to both the village’s library and its municipal pool as signs of an invigorated and involved community. For the campus DiBiasio discussed the construction of a new engineering building on university grounds.
Both men also discussed areas where the mutual interests of the university and the Ada community overlap, paying particular emphasis to the installation of storm sewer on the campus’s western boundary, as well as ONU’s annual Civic Engagement Day, a time when ONU students pay it forward in Ada and surrounding communities.

“There are thousands of examples of how the town and the univeristy work together throughout the year,” Retterer said.
Rounding out the evening, Ada Schools Superintendent Meri Skilliter introduced the Ada High School Varsity Singers, who entertained those gathered for the event with selections from their show, L’il Red.