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

Seaman festival celebrates town’s heritage

The streets of Seaman were closed to traffic and opened to performers and audiences last week for the town’s 102nd annual Fall Festival. The theme of this year’s festival was “Celebrating our Heritage”.

The four-day event drew hundreds of visitors to downtown Seaman where vendors of games, food, and politicians set up shop to peddle their wares.

There was music and dancing to entertain the crowds, carnival rides for the children, and tractor pulls which always draw big crowds and went on for all four days of the festival.

On Wednesday night, the opening night of the Festival, Miss Maddie Toole was crowned Queen of the festival and on Friday Kloey Edwards won the Little Miss title.

Thursday afternoon was a big day for the children of the North Adams School District as they were let out of school early to take part in the annual School Parade. Check the People’s Defender Facebook page for a complete photo album of the School Parade.

A rain shower on Saturday failed to interrupt the Grand Parade or dampen the spirit of the crowds that lined both sides of Main Street. Onlookers stood beneath umbrellas as decorated floats, marching bands, horse drawn carriages, pageant winners, fire trucks, classic cars and vintage tractors rolled past.

Following the parade the Baby Show was held on the center stage. This year’s winners were: Girls, 0-4 months, Izabella Achor; Boys, 0-4 months, Ralston Hayslip; Boys, 5-8 months, Jaxson Humphrey; Girls, 5-8 months, Kinzley Hill; Girls, 9-12 months, Paizlyn Ramsey; Boys, 9-12 months, Cameron Helton; Girls, 13-18 months, Izzabella Rothwell; and Boys, 13-18 months, Gabriel Malone.

With the downtown area of Seaman literally shut down, the festival ruled the weekend and provided entertainment for all ages, from local talent Brad Sparks to performers such as Luke Hawkins and Dusty Trails, Mark Tolle, the “Blood Bought Trio,” Eric Huff and All Out Country, and even Fat Billy’s Boom Box. Child and pet parades and numerous bake sales were also part of the weekend, which as usual proved to be a big success and left county residents ready for next year.

The winners in the Seaman Fall Festival Little Miss Contest were, from left, Little Miss Kloey Edwards, First Runner-up Josephine Foreman, Second Runner-up Lily Bryant, and Third Runner-up Johnie Edwards.
http://www.peoplesdefender.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/web1_LittleMiss1.jpgThe winners in the Seaman Fall Festival Little Miss Contest were, from left, Little Miss Kloey Edwards, First Runner-up Josephine Foreman, Second Runner-up Lily Bryant, and Third Runner-up Johnie Edwards. Patricia Beech | People’s Defender

These two twin hot-rodders were part of the Seamasn Fall Festival Parade.
http://www.peoplesdefender.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/web1_Festival1.jpgThese two twin hot-rodders were part of the Seamasn Fall Festival Parade. Patricia Beech | People’s Defender

This float in the Seaman Fall Festival Parade celebrated the railroad heritage of the village.
http://www.peoplesdefender.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/web1_Festival2.jpgThis float in the Seaman Fall Festival Parade celebrated the railroad heritage of the village. Patricia Beech | People’s Defender

By Patricia Beech

pbeech@civitasmedia.com

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