North Adams High School holds annual Homecoming ceremonies Six workers injured in power plant explosion Commissioners hold proclamation ceremony for 4-H Week Senior Profile: Shyanne Tucker Coach Young Classic is Saturday at NAHS Helen Kerr Anna L DeMint The garden that got us through the winter months Virginia L Fricker JV Devils top Northwest 51-34 Senior Profile: Caitlin Young North Adams moves to 7-5 with 16-point Homecoming win over Northwest Held to a higher standard Claudia J Purtee Shaylee E Prewitt Questions still linger in Stuart explosion Richard Holsinger J Ruth Madden Frank E Swayne Robert Bechdolt Sara D Hatfield Barbara Goodwin Jeffrey Frederick Grace E Myers Johnny A Sullender Sr. Senator Joe Uecker sworn-in for second term Wenstrup sworn in for third term in House Ronald L Chochard Patrick P Clift Samuel W Freeland Senior Profile: Casey Mullenix Lady Dragons win ugly, taking Classic consolation game over Manchester, 48-45 Greyhounds roll by West Union to take Classic consolation game, 82-58 History made as Ward takes oath of office Peter A Bennington Tangela R King McDonald’s Classic crowns 2016 champions MVP Arey leads Peebles to McDonald’s Classic title, Indians outlast North Adams 82-76 in double overtime thriller Lady Devils get Classic three-peat, make it 10 of 11, 14 titles for Coach Davis Senior Profile: Raegan Dick Teaching students the power of giving Kids at Children’s Home gifted with shopping spree Marion Liming Dorothy Huff John R Murphy Michael L McAninch Rita Rogers Edward L Combs Ronald W Staggs Mary H Grooms Gladys Wilson Donald Barnhill Monda Van Vorren Deborah Spires Senior Profile: Andre Wolke Indians pull away in second half, get past Manchester 71-58 in Classic semis On home floor, Lady Indians move to Classic title game North Adams handles West Union, Devils move to Classic finals with 68-53 victory Lady Devils roll into Classic championship Beth E Rowley Leatrice Lewis Senior Profile: Justin Aldridge Mary Helterbridle Wanda Huffman PES Performing Arts entertains at Hometown Christmas Adams County Manor sends holiday wishes Peebles Lions Club hosts Christmas breakfast Elusive Elf on a Shelf makes a return visit to PES Santas in blue spread Christmas cheer in a very special way Senior Profile: Aubrey McFarland WUHS holds Hall of Fame induction ceremonies WUHS Academic Team has undefeated season Serving those who served their country From Pearl Harbor to ‘America’s Got Talent’, 93-year-old WWII vet is still going strong Yester Years brings a touch of old to the new Merry Christmas to you all North Adams Elementary announces Spelling Bee winners Peebles High School hosts Homecoming ceremonies Children in need receive gifts at PES Adams County Manor holds annual Door Decorating Contest WUHS celebrates with numerous Christmas activities Halftime lead quickly vanishes, Dragons fall to Northwest 73-62 in Saturday night non-conference match up Tammy S Scott Oscar Hilterbrandt Neil R Swayne Beulah M Daniels McDonald’s Classic begins Dec. 27 Letters to Santa Senior Profile: Tyler Swearingen Leadership Adams donates to local outreach programs North Adams student/athletes are part of Holiday Sharing Event Senior Profile: Kylie Lucas West Union Elementary holds Academic Fair on Dec. 2 WUES holds annual Spelling Bee NAHS Art students help out the Humane Society Peebles Elementary announces Spelling Bee winners CTC FCCLA / Culinary Arts class holds Cancer Awareness Drive Amen receives Distinguished Service Award ‘Tis the season for family-past, present, and future MHS Computer Class aces MOS Exam

WINCHESTER HAPPENINGS

The Winchester Bi-Centennial (200 years) will be Aug. 28, 29 and 30, 2015. The Committee has been planning several events including the opening ceremonies at 6 p.m. with local and state political representatives. In addition to the community yard sale, 5-K Run, Caramel Queen Contest, inflatables and pedal tractor pull and lots of other activities, we have scheduled a special presentation of past queens, re-enactments from Winchester’s past, Morgan’s Raiders, historical home and cemetery tours. We will have the car show and new this year will be the antique tractor show and corn shucker presentation. We will begin a weekly profile of different activities. If you are interested in helping with any of the events, please let me know.

We have a few more bi-centennial T-shirts and if you would like to order one let us know. They are $15 each.

Prayers and sympathy are extended to the family of Charles “Bill” Miller, 86, who passed away Friday at the Hospice of Hope Inpatient Center at Adams County Regional Medical Center. He is survived by his wife Geneva, son Mickey and Debbie and daughter Kim and Jerome Miller-Wenning.

We need healing prayers this week for Betty Crank, Diane Call, Dorothy Walls and Sheila Burgess.

The Family Dollar Store opened on Thursday, June 4. The Grand Opening will be on Saturday, June 13, but you can begin shopping anytime. On Saturday there will be refreshments and gift cards awarded to the first 50 customers. Also, check out the Bargain Barn. He opens at noon and has all new merchandise. Karin’s Korner Kraft Shop is next door to the Bargain Barn and if you like wood crafts check out her shop also. It’s great to have new businesses in town where we can shop.

Happy belated birthday to Gordon Rider whose family had a surprise birthday dinner for him and all the congregation of the Methodist Church last Sunday after morning services. His daughters were here from out of town and and they brought all the food and had decorated cup cakes with candles. What a great way to celebrate a birthday!

Winchester’s Past (Florence): By 1840 the census showed 201 people living in Winchester and there were 65 buildings. The streets were all unpaved and poorly drained. They were dirt roads and during the summer and dry weather there were clouds of dust. In the winter or during wet weather they were a sea of mud. Traffic from wagons and carriages made deep ruts and they often became mired in the mud and had to be pulled out. Some roads had logs laid crosswise to the road and then covered with dirt. They were called corduroy roads. Water was gotten from the many springs in the area but there were no provisions for sanitation. The period between 1840 and 1850 saw the biggest growth in population. It more than doubled from 201 to 458 in 1850.

There were only 14 new buildings but many of the log buildings were replaced with frame and brick ones. There were five merchants and one drugstore listed in the census. There were three doctors, one dentist, one lawyer, one inn keeper, two teachers and three ministers in addition to all of the carpenters, tailors, blacksmiths and other craftsmen needed to provide for the citizens.

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