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 Bicentennial (200 years) will be Aug. 28, 29 and 30. There have been remarkable changes during this time which will be documented and reflected in the Bicentennial Book. We want to invite local businesses, churches and homeowners to participate in our celebration by decorating your facility or home as well as consider being part of the Sunday afternoon parade.

We have a Bicentennial Committee meeting 7 p.m. Thursday, June 18, in the Town Hall.

Our local police department will again be participating in the National Night Out this year and we will be providing more information. (I saw the backpacks and they are really cute). David and Rich will be posting information on their Facebook Page (Winchester Police Department).

The United Methodist Women held their June meeting on Monday June 8 in the church annex. Twenty-two members and one guest enjoyed the meal and the program presented by the committee of Carol Foster, Linda Downs, Liz Doss and Lynda Williams. The business meeting was conducted by the President Kathy Willman. Reports were given and pens and pencils were collected to give to the North Adams Library. Two proposals were made to help an organization in Africa and to help any of the youth who wish to go to camp this summer. It was approved to do this. Next month members are to prepare shoe boxes filled with items for the Homeless Shelter.

The excitement this weekend was the opening of the Family Dollar Store. We hope you are able to show your appreciation by supporting local business.

We need healing prayers this week for Rita Harper who is a patient in Mercy Clermont. Also keep Linda Barnes and Billie Burton in your prayers.

We now have more Bicentennial T-shirts and if you would like to purchase one let us know. They are $15 each.

Winchester’s Past (Florence): One of the most highly respected and prominent people who lived in Winchester in the 1850s was Hyman Israel DeBruin. He was born in Holland of Jewish parents in 1796. In 1820 he set sail for America after borrowing money for his fare. He and a friend walked and took an emigrant wagon to Pittsburgh where they got a flat boat to Maysville. He got a job as a bookkeeper and in 1822 he married Rebecca Easton. A terrible epidemic of cholera hit Maysville in 1833 and Hyman moved the family to Winchester and opened a mercantile business. He and Rebecca had 12 children, four of whom died as infants. The oldest son, Israel Hyman worked for his father and when his father retired in 1854 he took over the store. Hyman Israel had gathered quite a sum of money, $60,000 or $70,000 from his years in the store. He became a Christian and joined the Methodist Church in 1844. On his tombstone in the Winchester cemetery it says, “Born a Jew, lived a life of faith, died a Christian.”

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