Geneva E Vogler Susan L Kremin Local golf teams complete play at state tournament Lady Dragons make school history with tournament win Browning gets hands-on look at NASA’s latest robotics Local beautician celebrates 80th birthday Health Department appeals to November voters Betty R Toller Senior Profile: Craig Horton Helen F Hoffer Super Saturday at Freedom Field Lady Dragons hang on for five-set victory over Manchester Seventh Grade Lady Hounds are SHAC Tournament champions Peebles Elementary announces September Students of the Month Rideout’s Muffler celebrating 40th anniversary this month Senior Citizens levy will appear on November ballot Bonnie J Orr Dorothy M Edenfield Senior Profile: Grace Barge Jerry Paquette Dragons get big 38-20 win at Green Manchester takes varsity team titles at West Union Invitational Lady Devils knock off Peebles on Volley For the Cure Night Manhunt ends with arrest of alleged bank robber Senior Profile: Kelsey Friend Lady Dragons finish as District Runners-Up Sectional pairings announced for volleyball and soccer 2 and 3 and worried is me Patricia Clift Adams County Humane Agent saves abandoned dogs and puppies Tourism had major economic impact on Adams County in 2015 Senator Portman brings his campaign to Adams County Betty E Lawson Sanborn NAHS holds National Honor Society induction ceremonies Harlan W Benjamin Joyce A Lafferty Senior Profile: Lee Hesler Dragons get SHAC win, 2-1 over Fairfield North Adams tops Peebles in ‘Kickin Cancer’ battles Double duty coming at Boys’ State Golf Tournament as West Union and North Adams both qualify Humane Society providing ‘Straws For Paws’ North Adams Elementary honors students and staff Russell Rockwell Julie L Wagner Hobert C Robinson Samuel D McClellan Brenda S Bare Clarencce Walker Jr Dolly M Hilterbrandt Jack Roush Day returns to Manchester West Union FFA has busy opening to school year ODOT opens new full-service Maintenance Facility Peebles Elementary introduces Peer Mentoring program Frost is recipient of Morgan Memorial Scholarship Peebles Fire Department has a new addition Heritage Days return to Tranquility Wheat Ridge Olde Thyme Herb Fair and Harvest Festival begins Friday Caraway Farm hosts annual Pumpkin Festival ‘Run Gio’ makes a visit to Adams County Senior Profile: Mackenzie Smith West Union, North Adams grab top two spots in Division III golf sectional tournament This memory will live with me forever Will M Stern West Union and North Adams-State Bound! Lillian N Smith Betty R Shelton Barbara ER Bohl Brenda Farley Senior Profile: Caitlyn Bradford Dragons roar to 40-0 Homecoming victory Greyhounds take three of four races at annual Adams County Meet Monarch Meadows holds grand opening Discovering a touch of glass on Erie’s Shores Junior L Conaway William B Brumley Sr Fred G Davis Ohio Valley FFA Officers for 2016-17 named ACRMC Emergency Care Center renamed after Dr. Bruce Ashley West Union holds football Homecoming festivities First graders pick the Sheriff Cross honored by ODNR with the prestigious Cardinal Award Renowned Ohio artist visits WUHS Don and Venita Bowles named 2016 Outstanding Fair Supporters PES students part of new Lego League Ferno donates $2,500 to OVCTC From the cistern to the city water Basketball officiating class being offered in October Peebles rolls by West Union in straight sets Par for the course, Dragons sweep SHAC Golf titles Greyhounds hang on late for first win of 2016 season You have to understand the process to understand the job Alex K Miller Ann E Campbell Scott N Atkinson Senior Profile: Tyler Fowler Martin named to All-Tourney Team in North/South Battlefield Classic 200 years on the banks of the Ohio, in a little town called Moscow Edwin P Prince ACRMC Emergency Care Center renamed after Dr. Bruce Ashley Volleyball teams honor young cancer patient

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

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

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. 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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