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 WUES recognizes November Bus Riders of the Month NAHS Beta Club sponsors canned food drive Peebles Elementary announces November Students of the Month Crisis text line reaches out during the holidays Paul Wesley Ailshire

More improvements at the fairgrounds

The Floral Hall has been redesigned in time for the opening of the 2015 Adams County Fair.

Renovations to the Floral Hall will greet visitors to the 2015 Adams County Fair.

Many of the renovations tothe Floral Hall were due to the hard work of the Adams County Beef and More 4H Club.

The 124th Adams County Fair is fast approaching and this week the focus is on The Floral Hall and The Merchant’s Hall. The Floral Hall has been redesigned to showcase new items such as Floral Arrangements, Organics, Sauces, Honey, Beeswax, Maple Syrup, and Sorghum Molasses. A variety of items have been added to the Culinary categories, including Youth. Some items have been completely taken out of The FloraI Hall such as “Christmas in July” and the “Scarecrows”. The Floral Hall has a new Hall Secretary, Susan May, and the Directors are Tonya Kersey, Chairman, Liz Lafferty and Laura Rogers.

Judges will be professional people with backgrounds in each of the designated divisions. There is a Chef, Herb Guild Members, Photographers, Artists, an Illustrator, and other people from the Arts Council and Home Economics to fairly judge all the entries.

The Adams County Beef and More 4H Club painted the entire interior of The Floral Hall as their Community Service Project to update the space from the traditional white to an exciting, warm-toned space that will showcase beautiful quilts, photography, arts and crafts, fine arts, canned goods, floral arrangements, and much more.

The Fair Book is out in the community and the Entry Form and all the categories for The Floral Hall can be found on pages 44-52 and page 120. Close attention should be paid to when the items need to be in place this year. Times have changed, premiums have been increased, and pick up times have been extended to Saturday night since the Adams County Agricultural Society is focusing on making Saturday the biggest day of the Fair.

Families may only be able to come to the fair on their day off, which is Saturday and there needs to be exhibits still at the fair, animals still at the fair, and entertainment and merchants still at the fair. This year, Saturday will be a huge day at the Adams County Fair with Wrestling, Barnyard Olympics, rides, the Noah Smith Concert, and the Demolition Derby. Merchants and Vendors are asked to stay set up through the end of the Fair, which is 11 p.m. on Saturday, July 18.

If you are interested in a space in the Merchant’s Hall, it is $100 for an entire week of advertising your business, promoting your organization, meet and greet, selling your unique merchandise, etc. You can’t find that kind of price anywhere for an entire week. There are many new vendors scheduled for the Merchant’s Hall this year and if you are interested, you must contact Darlene Anderson or Amanda Smart before July 1. Merchant Hall booths need to be in place by 10 a.m. on Sunday, July 12 and stay in place until close of the fair at 11 p.m. on July 1h. Change is sometimes hard on people that are set in their ways, but big changes are happening, and The Adams County Agricultural Society wants you to be a part of the excitement, not apart from the excitement. See you at the Fair!

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