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

Nature Conservancy speaker highlights dinner

Martin McCalister from the Nature Conservancy speaks to the crowd at the Adams County Travel and Visitors Bureau’s annual dinner Wednesday.

Adams County Commissioner Paul Worley, left, presents an award to Thomas McDonough.

Herb and Kim Erwin are recognized for their contributions to the Adams County Travel and Visitors Bureau.

Tom Cross, the executive director of the Adams County Travel and Visitors Bureau, speaks to those in attendance during the bureau’s annual dinner Wednesday.

The Adams County Travel and Visitors Bureau hosted its annual dinner and awards ceremony Wednesday evening.

Guests in attendance learned about what the bureau has done in the past year as well as upcoming projects.

Tom Cross, executive director of the bureau, discussed the success of past events such as the Adams County Marathon which expects to have as many as 7,000 participants next year, and a car show which saw upwards of 90 vehicles this past year.

Internet traffic on the bureau’s website is up a great deal as well, according to Cross. It had nearly 61,000 hits the past year, up 16 percent from the year before, while the mobile website had more than 11,000 hits, up 33 percent from the prior year.

A website dedicated specifically for visitors of Great Serpent Mound is in the works as well. Cross said the website should be up and running within a year and will be available in English, Spanish and German.

Highway signs directing tourists on highways throughout the county toward places of interest such as the Wheat Ridge Amish Shops also went up this past year.

Additionally, a television commercial has been filmed and will be shown on area network stations.

The featured guest speaker was Martin McCalister from the Nature Conservancy who spoke about wildlife, trails and the bounty of protected forest areas in Ohio.

McCalister, who said he’s spent most of the past 32 years “managing, protecting or promoting natural resources in the Adams County area” spoke afterwards about the varieties of wildlife in the area and what plans the Nature Conservancy has for the future.

“Some of the richest freshwater systems are right here in the area,” McCalister said. “If you take a 10-minute walk from here down to the creek, you can see more varieties of freshwater mussels than in all of Europe combined.”

McCalister said the Nature Conservancy plans to also install and move a few trails on the Buckeye Trail that are closer to the side of roads than he would like.

The Buckeye Trail is a 1,400-mile trail that encircles the state that also connects with larger trails such as the the North Country Trail that stretches 4,600 miles from North Dakota to Eastern New York, and the American Discovery Trail which is 6,800 miles long stretching from coast to coast.

“Even though the Buckeye Trail tries to follow footpaths, occasionally, it has to come out near a road,” McCalister said. “As money permits, we try to move the trails back into the forests.”

The Nature Conservancy has applied for a grant that would move about 13 miles of trail in Adams County off roadways and back into forests.

Awards were also given out toward the end of the evening.

Thomas McDonough, of Peebles, was honored for his more than a decade of work running the bureau’s first website which he started in 2003.

Herb and Kim Erwin were also presented with an award honoring their contributions to the bureau.

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