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LIMA — MaLayah M. Hurley, of Lima, will be representing Allen County in the National American Miss Pageant on June 29 at the Hyatt Regency Hotel in Columbus.



MaLayah is 6 years old and is the daughter of Markita Hurley, of Lima, and the stepdaughter of Arthur Mitchell, of Lima. She attended Quest Academy last year, and will attend Heir Force Academy in the fall.



MaLayah will be in the category representing girls ages 4 to 6 years old. Her sponsors for the pageant are her mother, Markita Hurley, and her aunt Margaret Ulmer Pryor.



Cory-Rawson graduate elected president of Ohio FFA



MOUNT CORY — Erika Nigh, a graduate of Cory-Rawson High School, has been named the 2013-14 State of Ohio District 4 President of FFA. She is the daughter of Peggy Nigh and Nick Nigh, and will be attending The Ohio State University regional campus of Agriculture Technical Institute in the fall.



As the District 4 president, Nigh will be visiting area high schools throughout the state of Ohio. She will also be serving members at FFA camp, the National FFA Convention as a voting delegate, as well as making public appearances and speeches throughout the next year.



Nigh placed first in the State Creed Speaking Contest and advanced to nationals her freshman year. She placed in the State of Ohio Job Interview Contest her sophomore and senior years of high school. She received her State FFA Degree through show lambs at the Hancock County Junior Fair as her Supervised Agricultural Experience.



In high school, Nigh participated in fast-pitch softball, cheerleading, show choir, student government, National Honor Society, county, district and the Ohio all-state choir and Hancock addiction prevention program for youth. She is serving as the Hancock County Junior Fair Board president, vice president of the Hancock Hareraisers 4-H Club, Ohio State Ambassador for 4-H and youth staff for the Ohio Teen Institute.



Local author, Don Bruns, a character in someone else’s book



LIMA — Don Bruns, of Lima, has published 11 novels to date. Bruns thought of a way for fundraising by selling character names in his novels, and donating the money to local charities. Money has gone to the Rotary Foundation, Memorial Hospital and the Lima Symphony Orchestra. In Sarasota, Fla., he auctioned off a character, giving the proceeds to a wounded warrior organization and in Columbus he sold a character to benefit the Literacy Council. He has raised nearly $10,000 by naming characters in his books after actual people who pay money for the privilege.



As of this month, Don Bruns, himself is a character in someone else’s novel. Jeffery Deaver, whom Bruns has worked with on many occasions, has written “The Kill Room,” with a character by the name of Don Bruns. Bruns paid $500 for the chance to be a character in Deaver’s novel.



Bruns has a novel due out in November, “Reel Stuff,” and it includes two “paid for” characters, one the wife of a local business man.



Ada Library kicks off Summer Reading Program



ADA — The Ada Library kicked off its Summer Reading program June 8 with a tremendous turnout.



In just four hours, the library had more than 250 people stop by, and 195 people sign up for summer reading.



This is the first year the library included people of all ages (birth to adult) in the Summer Reading program. Signup continues throughout the summer.



For dates and times of more programs, visit the website at: http://j.mp/13JYovJ.



Asteroid photographed



LIMA — Michael Ritchie, of the Lima Astronomical Society and Schoonover Observatory, photographed the Asteroid 1998 QE2 that passed the Earth on March 31 at 3.6 million miles. The asteroid had a moon traveling with it in orbit, and measured 1.7 miles in diameter.



Ritchie used his personal 11-inch Celestron SCT telescope in Shawnee Township to find the asteroid.



The local Schoonover Observatory at Schoonover Park is open every Friday night for public observing at dark. Members of the Lima Astronomical Society will be showing selected astronomical objects when clear and will have an astronomy program in the meeting room when cloudy.



The observatory will celebrate its 50th anniversary in Lima in 2014. Membership is open to the public, and the cost is $20 a year for a single membership and $25 per year for a family membership. There is also a one-time cost of $300 for a lifetime membership. For information, call 419-371-1289 or write stargazer@woh.rr.com or visit the Lima Astronomical Society Facebook page.



New Bremen resident contributes expertise to science display



NEW BREMEN — Jessica Howison, with The Bicycle Museum of America, lent a hand in the Carnegie Science Center, in Pittsburgh exhibit, “About Bikes.”



The Bicycle Museum of America loaned the center 40 bicycles for the exhibit. The “Bikes” exhibit features science demonstrations and hands-on exhibits that explore energy, forces and motion, engineering and material science.



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