Geneva E Vogler Susan L Kremin Local golf teams complete play at state tournament Lady Dragons make school history with tournament win Browning gets hands-on look at NASA’s latest robotics Local beautician celebrates 80th birthday Health Department appeals to November voters Betty R Toller Senior Profile: Craig Horton Helen F Hoffer Super Saturday at Freedom Field Lady Dragons hang on for five-set victory over Manchester Seventh Grade Lady Hounds are SHAC Tournament champions Peebles Elementary announces September Students of the Month Rideout’s Muffler celebrating 40th anniversary this month Senior Citizens levy will appear on November ballot Bonnie J Orr Dorothy M Edenfield Senior Profile: Grace Barge Jerry Paquette Dragons get big 38-20 win at Green Manchester takes varsity team titles at West Union Invitational Lady Devils knock off Peebles on Volley For the Cure Night Manhunt ends with arrest of alleged bank robber Senior Profile: Kelsey Friend Lady Dragons finish as District Runners-Up Sectional pairings announced for volleyball and soccer 2 and 3 and worried is me Patricia Clift Adams County Humane Agent saves abandoned dogs and puppies Tourism had major economic impact on Adams County in 2015 Senator Portman brings his campaign to Adams County Betty E Lawson Sanborn NAHS holds National Honor Society induction ceremonies Harlan W Benjamin Joyce A Lafferty Senior Profile: Lee Hesler Dragons get SHAC win, 2-1 over Fairfield North Adams tops Peebles in ‘Kickin Cancer’ battles Double duty coming at Boys’ State Golf Tournament as West Union and North Adams both qualify Humane Society providing ‘Straws For Paws’ North Adams Elementary honors students and staff Russell Rockwell Julie L Wagner Hobert C Robinson Samuel D McClellan Brenda S Bare Clarencce Walker Jr Dolly M Hilterbrandt Jack Roush Day returns to Manchester West Union FFA has busy opening to school year ODOT opens new full-service Maintenance Facility Peebles Elementary introduces Peer Mentoring program Frost is recipient of Morgan Memorial Scholarship Peebles Fire Department has a new addition Heritage Days return to Tranquility Wheat Ridge Olde Thyme Herb Fair and Harvest Festival begins Friday Caraway Farm hosts annual Pumpkin Festival ‘Run Gio’ makes a visit to Adams County Senior Profile: Mackenzie Smith West Union, North Adams grab top two spots in Division III golf sectional tournament This memory will live with me forever Will M Stern West Union and North Adams-State Bound! Lillian N Smith Betty R Shelton Barbara ER Bohl Brenda Farley Senior Profile: Caitlyn Bradford Dragons roar to 40-0 Homecoming victory Greyhounds take three of four races at annual Adams County Meet Monarch Meadows holds grand opening Discovering a touch of glass on Erie’s Shores Junior L Conaway William B Brumley Sr Fred G Davis Ohio Valley FFA Officers for 2016-17 named ACRMC Emergency Care Center renamed after Dr. Bruce Ashley West Union holds football Homecoming festivities First graders pick the Sheriff Cross honored by ODNR with the prestigious Cardinal Award Renowned Ohio artist visits WUHS Don and Venita Bowles named 2016 Outstanding Fair Supporters PES students part of new Lego League Ferno donates $2,500 to OVCTC From the cistern to the city water Basketball officiating class being offered in October Peebles rolls by West Union in straight sets Par for the course, Dragons sweep SHAC Golf titles Greyhounds hang on late for first win of 2016 season You have to understand the process to understand the job Alex K Miller Ann E Campbell Scott N Atkinson Senior Profile: Tyler Fowler Martin named to All-Tourney Team in North/South Battlefield Classic 200 years on the banks of the Ohio, in a little town called Moscow Edwin P Prince ACRMC Emergency Care Center renamed after Dr. Bruce Ashley Volleyball teams honor young cancer patient

Local leaders give back to community

Randalyn Worley and Dee Fitzpatrick at the DP&L Stuart Power Station in Manchester.

Craig Hockenberry and other Leadership Adams participants at Ohio Valley Career and Technical Center.

Jim Samual delivering items to Adams County Shelter for the Homeless.

The graduating class of the 2014/2015 Leadership Adams group has completed two of three projects for Adams County. The group helped add to the beautification of West Union by installing potted flowers around the Courthouse Square over Memorial Day weekend. Flower baskets for the project were generously donated by Raines Farms and Greenhouses of Seaman. The West Union Lion’s Club also placed potted plants around the square just before Mother’s Day. Together, the plantings create a scene of pride in Adams County’s seat of government.

The second project was a collection drive of much-needed personal care items for the Adams County Shelter for the Homeless in West Union. Some of the items needed by the homeless shelter include toothbrushes, toothpaste, diapers, Neosporin, band aids, underwear, baby wipes, diapers, batteries, nail clippers, toilet paper, paper towels, laundry detergent, dish soap, deodorant, soap, shampoo, (save your hotel shampoo and soap and donate them to ACSH). Other items that are wonderful for shelter residents are “boredom-busters” for both adults and children, such as cards, art supplies, and crafts. The Adams County Shelter for the Homeless was founded in 1995 by Imogene Kidder and a group of concerned supporters. The first shelter buildings were located at Blue Creek, on Blue Creek Road, next to the Jefferson School (erected in 1925). In 2010, the shelter relocated to its new location in West Union, next to Tractor Supply Company. The current facility offers accommodations for individuals as well as families, has 20 beds, and serves three meals per day to residents. ACSH supports a range of housing assistance services in our community, including homeless prevention, rapid re-housing, and finding permanent affordable housing with linkages to supportive services, as needed. ACSH is dependent on grants and donations for the day to day operation of the shelter. Financial, volunteer and material donations (clothing, furniture and personal) are always needed.

The third project of this year’s Leadership Adams class is the establishment of a pet food bank for low-income families. Food banks for people exist in several locations throughout Adams County, but the need for dog and cat food for struggling pet owners is often overlooked. The Adams County Pet Food Bank will provide temporary food assistance to low-income pet owners who are currently unable to afford food for their pets and may be forced to give up their pets without food assistance. Providing food to pets in need is important because pets provide stability for their families during trying times and giving up a family pet to make sure it has food and is healthy is a very traumatic experience for both the humans and the animal. A local pet food bank will ensure that families will no longer be required to make the choice to feed themselves or their pets.

The Humane Society of Adams County will accept food donations for the pet food bank program, and will distribute the food to owners in need. Local radio station C103, a major supporter of the Leadership Adams program, has established a pet food donation event called the “Furry Food Fetch” that will take place from 6 a.m. until noon on Friday, June 19, at the radio station. Distributions of donated food will begin once the Shelter officially opens on June 20, and will continue as long as supplies are available. Periodic food drives to replenish the food bank will be conducted by Leadership Adams, local businesses, and the Humane Society.

In addition to the projects listed above, Leadership Adams alumni have collaborated on many smaller enterprises that help improve the quality of life in Adams County. These include the establishment of an Adams County Job Fair for youth and adults, little free libraries placed around West Union, cash mobs to support local businesses, and monetary donations to local food banks.

Leadership Adams is a community service leadership development organization serving rural Adams County in southern Ohio. Founded in 2010, Leadership Adams is a non-profit corporation under the laws of Ohio. For more information about Leadership Adams, please contact Mike Pell at 937-695-0331. For information about Raines Farms and Greenhouses, please visit or call them at 937-386-2031. For information about the Adams County Shelter for the Homeless, please contact Bob Boldman at 937-544-8164. For information about the Humane Society of Adams County, please visit or call 937-544-8585.

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