Manchester grad enjoys a “Super” Experience Taking Adams County patriotism to the state capitol John P Sininger Jo Ann Hayslip Harvey U Schrock Eunice G. Burgess Senior Profile: Kaulen St Michael Cox Racing returns to Brushcreek on April 2 Southern Hills Athletic Conference holds Winter Sports Awards ceremony Adams County provides multiple walking venues Adams County parks are tobacco-free Rhoads Memorial 5K Run/Walk is April 9 Peebles Elem. Staff of the Month Floyd E Maddy Raymond A Holt Derrick Poe Spencer E McFarland Mintie F Rogers Roberta Eylar Big Time Wrestling coming to NAHS Carl Tomlin CTC students help with storm clean-up Opening the door for high-tech jobs Jack R Slyger Thomas Stratton Jr Eastern Lady Warriors headed to Final Four Senior Profile: Logan Rogers Southern Hills Athletic Conference names 2016-17 All-Conference Basketball Teams Winchester PD continues assault on drugs Alonso joins Defender staff Sheriff to set up outpost in Manchester Johnson named OEDA Membership Chairperson Sherman E Young Ruth Jackman ‘Kitten Season’ comes to Ohio Manchester Council votes to disband PD Olde Wayside Inn under new management Two overdose on heroin Senior Profile: Ethan Parrett Adams/Brown Youth League holds postseason tourney Three nights of pain Furious rally falls short, Lady Devils again eliminated in Div. III district finals, 45-42 Oscar Moore Barbara J Finnegan Ohio Senate and House honor Miss Ohio USA Michael Eldridge Frances Towner Thelma R Williamson BREAKING NEWS: Manchester council votes to eliminate police department Before all dogs go to heaven Adaptive Bikes delivered in Adams County Adams County Junior Fair Market Hog Identification plans announced for 2017 Local couple takes ownership of two local businesses Jo Hanson to retire after nearly 50 years in banking Sierra Club, hero or villain? Greyhounds, Devils are runners-up in SHAC Tournaments Harold L Purdin Senior Profile: Jacob Wickerham 98-year old author publishes first book Early March storm packs destructive punch Jeeps rally in second half to end the Peebles season How about some post season awards? Thanks for all the great sports coverage PHS Principal hopes to expand students’ world view When spring becomes a promise Greg Lorenz Clay shoots the lights out, shoots down Greyhounds’ season Senior Profile: Savannah McFarland Devils put up a good fight, but fall to Portsmouth in sectional final, 50-43 Second half comeback sends Lady Devils to district finals for third straight year Butts honored by Southeast District Athletic Board North Adams Elementary holds Random Acts of Kindness Week Chester W Eyre BREAKING NEWS: March makes its entrance with force WUES kicks off Right to Read Week with guest readers WUHS students see Aronoff show on the life of Edgar Allan Poe Local high school seniors winners of Wendy’s Heisman Awards The emotions of a senior year Market Hog Clinic scheduled for March 4 Venture Hawks fall to Scioto County Senior Profile : Colton Thornburg Lady Dragons’ season ends with sectional loss to Lynchburg Devils advance in tourney with convincing win over West Union, will face Portsmouth for sectional title Wenstrup selected as Vice Chairman of House Armed Services Military Personnel Subcommittee Adams County 4-H Shooting Sports to hold fund raiser Linda M Howland Nellie B Hayslip Russell E Bailey Gladys M Perdue Commissioners meet in Columbus with DP&L CEO Tom Raga Missing the Dirtrollers The farms that aren’t forgotten Flora Hilderbran Commissioners to meet with DP&L officials New state graduation requirements called a ‘train wreck’ Catching up with Keller Senior Profile: Justin Knechtly Piketon size is too much for Lady Indians, Peebles falls in sectional finals Greyhounds grab Senior Night win Indians finish regular season riding six-game winning streak

Congressman Wenstrup visits Adams County

On Friday, Sept. 4 Congressman Brad Wenstrup (R – 2nd Congressional District) visited Adams County.

The Congressman kicked off his sweeping county-wide tour with a “Coffee with your Congressman” sit down at the Greene Beanery Coffee House in Peebles on Friday morning.

“Whatever you want to talk about,” he told those in attendance, we’ll talk about.”

The Congressman then spent a casual hour moving from table to table engaged in lively discussions with his constituents.

The “round-the-kitchen-table” discussions included a range of concerns and questions on social, economic, and veteran’s issues.

“I got a lot of great input on how to tackle upcoming issues.”Wenstrup tweeted enroute to his next stop in Winchester.

The Congressman visited the First State Bank in Winchester to meet with local bankers to discuss regulatory relief for small banks.

“Small community banks are forced to operate under the same regulations as the large mega banks that caused the near collapse of the economy in 2008,” said Mike Pell, President of First State Bank, “Small community banks are the back bone of small communities and they shouldn’t be punished or treated like a mega bank”.

Wenstrup likened the regulations imposed on small banks to an entire classroom being made to stay after school because one student behaved badly.

Studies have shown that the avalanche of new regulations coming down on community banks from Washington is having a negative impact on lending and consumer choices. The new restrictions on mortgage lending are reducing access to mortgage credit for many Americans living in small communities.

“Congressman Wenstrup understands the concerns of rural America not having a voice in Washington, so he comes out here to further his own understanding of our problems and he is supportive of our needs when he is in Washington,” Pell added.

Following his meeting with local bankers Wenstrup traveled to West Union where he was interviewed by C103 announcer, Matt Hilderbrand. The interview aired Monday, Sept. 7.

The Congressman ended his visit to Adams County with a medal presentation ceremony at the Peebles Public Library.

He presented the family of Master Sergeant Donald C. Fleming with six medals: The Good Conduct Medal, the American Defense Service Medal, the American Campaign Medal, the European-African-Middle Eastern Campaign Medal, the World War II Victory Medal, and an Honorable Service Lapel Button.

Fleming, a 1936 graduate of Seaman High School, served in the United States Army Air Corps during WWII from 1941-45.

The Master Sergeant’s uniform had been on display at the Peebles library, minus the medals Fleming had earned for his service. The decision was made to contact Congressman Wenstrup about replacing the lost medals.

“As a veteran serving in Congress,” he said,” it is important to me to come out and honor the lives and sacrifices of veterans and their families.”

Wenstrup served as a combat surgeon in Iraq in 2005 as part of the U.S. Army Reserve Medical Corp.

Quoting the late baseball player, Roberto Clemente, he told those assembled,” If you have a chance to make life better and fail to do so, you’ve wasted your time.” He added, “That’s what the guys who served in World War II did, they fought to make life better.”

He also recalled a scene from the movie Saving Private Ryan in which the elderly Ryan, standing over Captain Miller’s grave, turns to his wife and says, “Tell me I’ve been a good man. Tell me I’ve lived a good life.”

“Master Sergeant Fleming,” said Wenstrup, was part of what has been called the greatest generation because they and their families made sacrifices to make life better for all of us, and when they came home they endeavored to live good lives.”

Master Sergeant Fleming’s grandson, Andy Belle, who is currently serving in Afghanistan, was also present at the ceremony via FaceTime on a relative’s cell phone. Congressman Wenstrup thanked him for his service.

During a presentation on Sept. 4 at the Peebles Library, US Congressman Brad Wenstrup presented lost World WarII medals to the four daughters of Master Sergeant Donald C. Fleming. Pictured here at the ceremony, from left, Beverly Kiser, Judy Hawkins, Congressman Wenstrup, Patty Mason, and Dawn Bell.
http://www.peoplesdefender.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/web1_Wenstrup1.jpgDuring a presentation on Sept. 4 at the Peebles Library, US Congressman Brad Wenstrup presented lost World WarII medals to the four daughters of Master Sergeant Donald C. Fleming. Pictured here at the ceremony, from left, Beverly Kiser, Judy Hawkins, Congressman Wenstrup, Patty Mason, and Dawn Bell. Mark Carpenter | People’s Defender

Congressman Brad Wenstrup speaks with constituents at the Greene Beanery in Peebles on the morning of Sept. 4.
http://www.peoplesdefender.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/web1_Wenstrup2.jpgCongressman Brad Wenstrup speaks with constituents at the Greene Beanery in Peebles on the morning of Sept. 4. Patricia Beech | People’s Defender
Speaks with constituents and awards medals to family of WWII vet

By Patricia Beech

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