Grand Marshals selected for West Union Fourth of July Parade Adams County, Maysville Vet team up to save injured dog Michael S Knauff Victor P Price Success builds from the bottom up Finalists named for 2017 Fair Queen Contest William Glenn DeWine, Reader Call For Tips in Rhoden Murder Investigation MHS principal to take superintendent post Peebles Skate Park now a reality 2017-18 Fur and Feather Ambassadors named Caley Grooms is Cattlemen’s Beef Ambassador Dr. Mueller leaving Health Department’s free clinic Hourglass Quilt Barn returning to Adams County Lung, Thornburg are First Team All-District selections North Adams hosts annual Boys Basketball Camps Walk-off winner Wanda Hill George D Johnson Life can be a juggling act My favorite thing to do on the farm Wolves in Adams County! Ronald L Wedmore Three lessons from Dad Donald D Morgan Wenstrup uninjured in Virginia shooting Portman staff to hold grant funding workshop Raymond E Applegate Keeping the Peebles tradition alive Back on the hardwood, local hoops squads compete in Monday Night League Seven county athletes recognized as All-SHAC Baseball honorees Stepping to the podium Lady Hounds host Youth Volleyball Camp Senior Profile: Bryan Young Junior Deputy Boot Camps kick off in Manchester Hayes pleads “not guilty” to 109 counts Six-year-old girl finds long-lost class ring Jefferson Alumni awards annual scholarships Paul Tate Jr Marcus I Cox Jewell Gill James M Hill Jr Jeffrey S Jones Samuel A Disher Jack Sterling BREAKING NEWS: Parents face charges after son overdoses on opiate License Hikes and Tall Turkey Tales Danger under every rock Reigning Miss Ohio USA will judge 2017 Adams County Fair Queen Pageant Gordley’s hoops career will continue at Mount St. Joseph Russell C Newman Kenneth C Thurman George Uebel Summer Reading Program underway Honor Flight carries local veteran to DC When rescuers become victims Passing the torch, West Union hosts week-long basketball camp for future Dragons SENIOR PROFILE: Sara Knechtly Terry L Powell Willie Shreffler James C Fitzpatrick Senior Profile: Austin Parks Six countians named to All-SHAC Softball squad Lady Indians get summer camp season underway Memorial Day services pay tribute to local veterans WUHS Steel Band will perform at Bogart’s SSCC announces Honors Lists for spring semester Peebles Elementary releases Honor Roll for final nine weeks West Union Elementary announces Honor Roll for fourth nine weeks Back to State! Mom calls daughter “living proof” seat belts save lives Rent-2-Own donation means new soccer scoreboard at WUHS NAHS student selected for Engineering Summer Camp Southern Hills Athletic Conferences honors Spring Sports athletes Senior Profile: Kailyn Boyd Madison Welch receives Riffle Scholarship Junior Achievement Volunteers visit county’s seventh graders Marcella J Abbott James Ratliff Gladys Davitz Harry G Shupert Memories on Memorial Day A soldier’s story, a family’s grief Thank You for your sacrifice Seaman community honors local veterans with special tribute Former PES teacher dies in tragic accident All County Senior Citizens Day celebrated Parks signs with SSCC Soccer Senior Profile: Lexie Bunn Jessie Rodgers Memorial Day services set for county Truly our greatest generation Bertha Lashley Maia Swartz Jessie Rodgers Errors spell the end of Devils’ baseball season Senior Profile: Carry Hayslip Lady Hounds’ season ends with tourney loss to Paint Valley North Adams hosts Youth Volleyball Camp Time to get “Stroke Savvy”

Local schools host ‘Wild Animal Adventures’

Last week students and families in the Ohio Valley School District had the opportunity to see the widely praised stage production “Wild Animal Adventure.” The show’s Give Back Wildly Tour is appearing in schools across America, entertaining and educating families about rare and endangered animal species, and delivering an important message: “It’s our world, It’s our responsibility.”

The show played at all three of the district’s elementary schools. A 6 p.m. show for pre-school – second grade and a 7 p.m. production for third-sixth grades included not only animals, but also inflatables, family games and fun activities. Over 2,000 people attended the three shows.

Each performance lasted about two hours.

A baby kangaroo, a macaw, a lemur, a hedgehog, and a salt water crocodile headlined the show.

Children and adults were encouraged to participate in the interactive live animal experience.

The show closed Thursday night at Peebles Elementary School with nearly 500 people attending.

In addition to the live animal show, students and parents were able to work with teachers to complete a variety of animal-related activities and games including: face painting, animal tri-nominoes, animal leaf creations, and bird/beak adaptations.

PES Assistant Principal Carrie Fuller called the night a big success, “Students and parents had a lot of fun spending the evening together here. We really appreciate everyone who participated.”

The show opened at North Adams Elementary on Tuesday evening with over a thousand people attending. North Adams Elementary Principal Marla Young is credited with discovering the show. “She saw it on You-Tube,” Parent Involvement Facilitator, Jane Hughes told the Defender. “She called and said check this out. It looked too good to be true, but it checked out, it was legitimate. It was all free.”

Wild Animal Adventure is an educational theatrical stage show for families featuring 12 different live exotic animals who take center stage, displaying the amazing talents and unique traits these species possess.

The show is owned by exotic animal trainer and entertainer, Barry DeVoll.

DeVoll takes his audiences on an adventure around the world “exploring, learning and delighting in the playful spirits of his 12 exotic animal co-stars.”

The Wild Animal Adventure is based in Iowa, and travels wherever it is invited to play, at no cost. DeVoll funds the show with proceeds from their concessions, souvenirs, and donations.

On Wednesday evening the show drew a crowd of 400 people to West Union Elementary School. Assistant Principal Emily Collett said, “It was the first family night we’ve had in years. It was a great success, we had a great turnout, and we hope to do more in the future to bring the community into the school.”

This year the Wild Animal Adventure show will be performed for more than 200,000 people in over 500 schools.

Animals participate in the shows for two years. Afterward, they are retired to a private animal sanctuary in Iowa.

A Macaw roosting on the arm of Barry DeVoll, owner of The Wild Animal Adventure.
http://www.peoplesdefender.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/web1_Animals2.jpgA Macaw roosting on the arm of Barry DeVoll, owner of The Wild Animal Adventure. Submitted photo

Face painting was one of the many activities for youngstrers as the “Wild Animal Adventures” came to the local elementary schools.
http://www.peoplesdefender.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/web1_Animals1.jpgFace painting was one of the many activities for youngstrers as the “Wild Animal Adventures” came to the local elementary schools. Submitted photo

Numerous stations and activities were set up for students and parent, these at Peebles Elementary School.
http://www.peoplesdefender.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/web1_Animals3.jpgNumerous stations and activities were set up for students and parent, these at Peebles Elementary School. Submitted photo

This baby kangaroo was one of the many animals that were displayed for the enjoyment and education of the students.
http://www.peoplesdefender.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/web1_Animals4.jpgThis baby kangaroo was one of the many animals that were displayed for the enjoyment and education of the students. Submitted photo
Traveling show features wild rare animals

By Patricia Beech

pbeech@civitasmedia.com

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