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

Winchester celebrates 200 years

On Friday, Aug. 28, Winchester, Ohio launched its Bicentennial Celebration marking the town’s 200th birthday.

Festival-goers were treated to an array of music, pageantry, fashions from yesteryear, and dramatic re-enactments of historical events.

The wide avenue of Main Street was lined with vendors, games, and a variety of food booths.

There was also a full slate of activities including a 5K Run and Walk, a Dunking Tank, a Pedal Tractor Pull, a Power Wheel Race, Wrestling matches, a Duck Dump, a Caramel Culinary Contest and Auction, 3-on-3 basketball, Cornhole tournaments, and on Sunday, a Grand Parade.

The parade on Sunday was one that had visitors amazed as everything from tractors, fire engines, horses, vintage cars, fire engines and rescue vehicles, floats from churches and other civic groups, lots of candy for youngsters, participants from infants to senior citizens, marching bands, and even the Mayberry squad car.

“Winchester sure knows how to put on a parade,” said the village’s Police Chief David Benjamin.

The United Methodist Church hosted a Quilt Show featuring the art of Winchester quilters, past and present. The church also housed a display of news articles, pictures, and memorabilia provided by local historian Florence Bryson.

“We worked hard to bring a sense of fun, community, and history to the planning of this celebration,” said festival organizer Patsy Roberts.

Several dignitaries including Congressman Brad Wenstrup, State Representative Terry Johnson, State Senator Joe Uecker, and Commissioner Steven Caraway were on hand for the opening ceremonies. Each brought commendations and congratulations from the Office of the Governor, the state legislature, and Adams County commissioners’ offices.

Miss Makayla Crawford, a sophomore at North Adams High School, was crowned Queen of the festival. Brooklyn Staggs and Gage Garrison were chosen as the festival’s Little Miss and Little Mister.

Grand Marshal Bill Foster said, “We couldn’t be more pleased with how the festival went. We had a smooth opening and everyone is having a good time.”

More highlights of the weekend event were the Bicentennial Salute to Fashion and the Ghost Ride through the Winchester Cemetery.

The fashion show featured 19th and 20th century clothing reproductions as well as vintage clothing from the 1930’s through the 1970’s, all originally worn by women from Winchester and surrounding areas.

The Ghost Ride, an outdoor drama depicting the people and events that formed the town’s history, was performed Saturday night.

As spectator-filled wagons rolled through the cemetery, local people dressed in period costumes stepped from behind the tombstones of their historic counterparts and recounted their contributions to the town’s history.

Good weather blessed the festivities all weekend as Winchester put on an event to remember for all ages.

Here is the Royalty from the 2015 Winchester Bicentennial Festival. From left, First runner up, Haley Porterfield, Festival Queen Makayla Crawford and Second runner up Kristian Alcorn.
http://www.peoplesdefender.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/web1_Queens.jpgHere is the Royalty from the 2015 Winchester Bicentennial Festival. From left, First runner up, Haley Porterfield, Festival Queen Makayla Crawford and Second runner up Kristian Alcorn.

Last weekend was a celebration 200 years in the making in Winchester and one of the themes was a look back at fashion as this group of lovely models presents.
http://www.peoplesdefender.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/web1_Fashion.jpgLast weekend was a celebration 200 years in the making in Winchester and one of the themes was a look back at fashion as this group of lovely models presents.

These dignitaries were part of the opening ceremonies at the Wincester Bicentennial Festival. From left, Bill Foster, Grand Marshal, Congressman Brad Winstrup, State Senator Joe Uecker, Representative Terry Johnson, and Adams County Commissioner Steven Caraway.
http://www.peoplesdefender.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/web1_Dignitaries.jpgThese dignitaries were part of the opening ceremonies at the Wincester Bicentennial Festival. From left, Bill Foster, Grand Marshal, Congressman Brad Winstrup, State Senator Joe Uecker, Representative Terry Johnson, and Adams County Commissioner Steven Caraway.
Weekend festivities draw big crowds

By Patricia Beech

pbeech@civitasmedia.com

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