Wilbur named to the Wilmington College Dean’s List Opal Van Hoose Ruby Yazell Chris Volk North Adams High School holds annual Homecoming ceremonies Six workers injured in power plant explosion Commissioners hold proclamation ceremony for 4-H Week Senior Profile: Shyanne Tucker Coach Young Classic is Saturday at NAHS 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

Take advantage of Serpent Mound

We have many cultural treasures here in Adams County, but in my mind, Serpent Mound is at the top of the list. I’ve enjoyed going out there since I became a resident 30 years ago, sometimes by bicycle, riding through our challenging hills and beautiful winding roads. I just recently became a Board Member of the Arc of Appalachia Preserve System, who manages Serpent Mound (since 2009) and Fort Hill on behalf of the Ohio History Connection.

I was curious to get a behind-the-scenes look of how well Serpent Mound was being managed when I joined the Board. From that perspective, I can tell we are being well-served. Park attendance is way-up, improvements are being made and the grounds are looking good (the recent act of vandalism being tended-to). Solid programs for kids and adults are happening regularly. Archaeology Day, with fascinating displays, presentations and activities, is happening this Saturday, Sept. 12.

My two children graduated from Peebles High School and I strongly believe in community support for childhood education. Under the Arc’s stewardship, the park’s school children program has been revitalized with record attendance being reported in field trips and children participation. Children have interactive experiences, like holding a real snake or throwing an atlatl as they search to connect with the people that created Serpent Mound. Enhancing the education offered to visitors at the park’s museum is a brand new orientation film, donated by an internationally-recognized filmmaker.

As a business person I also know the importance of capital improvements and have been pleased to find so much renovation, which demonstrates Ohio History Connection’s financial investment in the future. We have a new visitor information kiosk (installed in conjunction with the Adams County Travel and Visitors Bureau) and drinking fountain by the parking lot, the old pit latrines replaced with modern running toilets, a brand-new entrance sign, and a freshly-painted observation tower. Park grounds are meticulously cared for by a dedicated groundskeeper hired from our local community, and smiling hosts at the front desk, also drawn from our county, greet visitors from far and near.

Serpent Mound may be 1,000 years old, perhaps even older, but I am here to report it is still alive and well.

By the way, the Arc has 14 nature preserves of their own in south central Ohio. My favorite is out on Bacon Flat Road, an enjoyable five mile bicycle ride from my place in Peebles. It is called Chalet Nivale and the trails there are being prepared for a public opening in the spring.

The new welcome sign at Serpent Mound
http://www.peoplesdefender.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/web1_Sign.jpgThe new welcome sign at Serpent Mound Photo by Roy Willman

The new kiosk/water fountain at Serpent Mound
http://www.peoplesdefender.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/web1_kiosk.jpgThe new kiosk/water fountain at Serpent Mound Photo by Roy Willman

By Roy Willman

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