Saving Adams County’s power plants North Adams High School announces annual Science Fair Winners Board of Developmentally Disabled holds Jan. 11 swearing-in ceremony Peebles Elementary honors December Students of the Month Adams County villages receive Bike Racks and Fix-it Stations College Credit Plus Program available to high school students Wenstrup selected as Chairman of Veterans Affairs Subcommittee on Health 2017 Manchester Homecoming is ‘Super’ Lions put damper on Manchester Homecoming West Union athletes honored by OSSCA Senior Profile: Story Kremin Bickett, Runyan lead Lady Dragons to victory in Manchester Indians improve to 8-3 with Saturday night rout of Portsmouth West Farm Bureau scholarships available to HS seniors 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

The Ohio Heritage Garden

Ohio’s official botanical garden of native plants, the Heritage Garden, showcases Ohio’s natural history in a series of gardens representing Ohio’s five major physiographic regions that include the Till Plains, Bluegrass Section, Allegheny Plateaus, Huron-Erie Lake Plains and the Glaciated Allegheny Plateau. The Ohio Governor’s residence, located in Bexley, is the location of the Ohio Heritage Garden.

After completing my Master Gardener training in 2006 I was contacted by a good friend that happened to be the Horticulturalist at the Ohio Governor’s residence. He knew that I needed to complete 50 hours of volunteer work in order to become an official OSUE Master Gardener and he hoped I would come to the Heritage Garden to help organize lists of donated plants, etc. I have to admit I was pretty excited to meet then First Lady Hope Taft and see what was happening in the Heritage Garden. In November of 2006 Pam Bennett, State Coordinator of the OSUE Master Gardener Volunteers, developed the Heritage Garden Ambassador Programs to assist with the promotion of Ohio’s first garden, as well as the use of native plants. I was lucky enough to be nominated as the Ambassador to represent Brown County.

A new group of OSUE Master Gardener Volunteers have recently started training and Dale Dyer, OSUE Brown County Master Gardener Volunteer, will be ready in January of 2016 to present a program about the Ohio Heritage Garden and its newest additions. You can contact Dale by phone at 937-515-4030 or by email at mddyer@frontier.com.

Every second and fourth Wednesday of the growing season a group of volunteers help to plant, weed and work on other projects in the Ohio Heritage Garden. We call ourselves the “Governor’s Gardeners” and enjoy working together in the different parts of the Heritage garden and learning about all the different plants and trees. This past week we started putting the gardens to “bed” for the season. Some gardeners look for work in the shade, some love to prune, others enjoy working with the roses, and some of us love to venture into a new area of the garden to learn more about the plants growing there. Last year volunteers traveled from 14 counties to donate more than 1,900 hours of their time.

Tours of the Ohio Governor’s Residence and Heritage Garden are on Tuesday and are free. To schedule your group tour, please visit the website at www.friendsohio.org.

I spent several days in my own flower beds this past week attacking the growing population of Canada Goldenrod. Then I had fun and planted some native plants in the “bone dry” ground. We really need some rain.

Hope to see you at the fair!

Pictured here are Brown County Master Gardener Volunteers, from left, Faye Mahaffey, Dale Dyer, and Doug Dyer, who volunteer at the Heritage Garden.
http://www.peoplesdefender.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/09/web1_Gardener.jpgPictured here are Brown County Master Gardener Volunteers, from left, Faye Mahaffey, Dale Dyer, and Doug Dyer, who volunteer at the Heritage Garden. Submitted photo

By Faye Mahaffey

OSUE Brown County Master Gardener Volunteer

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