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

Humane Society howls with joy with successful fundraiser

Once again there was a wonderful turn out for the Humane Society of Adams County’s 2015 Howl-O-Ween Dinner and Auction at the GE Employee Park in Peebles on Saturday, Oct. 24. Ninety three people attended and the evening netted a total of $6,946.

Dinner was catered by the Scioto Ribber and included ribs, chicken, green beans, and rolls. Dessert was a delicious variety of homemade cupcakes baked and decorated by volunteers.

Master of Ceremonies Gary McClellan entertained the audience all evening, while auctioneer Sam Bolender provided a unique and fun bidding experience at the auction. Over 150 individuals and businesses contributed to the event in a variety of ways with many businesses donating gift cards and items for the silent and live auctions. Some businesses created entire baskets full of goodies for the crowd. Local artists also donated their time and talent to paint concrete animal statues that were auctioned off.

Several local individuals were honored at the event for their community service and commitment to the welfare of animals. Jessica Huxmann, current president of the HSAC Board of Directors, presented Bob and Brenda Smith with a plaque displaying a story from The People’s Defender commemorating the grand opening of the new Animal Shelter on June 20. The Smith family donated over $250,000 over the course of about eight years to buy land and build the new Animal Shelter, which cost a total of $283,000.

Honorees for the Humane Society’s annual Community Service Award were Mary Bevins of Sacred Hearts Animal Rescue and Sanctuary in Winchester, Mary Jane Espelage of A Second Chance Pet Adoptions near Hillsboro, Lori Sies of Dreamhouse Sanctuary in Lynx, and Ed and Melva Kimball of Lickety Split Pet Transport in Manchester. These individuals have distinguished themselves by going above and beyond the call of duty to help animals throughout the region, often at great personal and financial sacrifice. Their actions have saved thousands of animals’ lives and prevented much animal suffering.

The Humane Society also awarded Christine Campbell with the Volunteer Service Award for her continued voluntary service at the new Animal Shelter in West Union.

Next year’s Howl-O-Ween Dinner will be held on Saturday, Oct. 22, 2016.

For more information about the Humane Society of Adams County, please visit the Animal Shelter Tuesday through Saturday between 11 a.m.- 3 p.m., call (937) 544-8585, or visit www.adamscountyanimals.org.

Jessica Huxmann, right, president of the Humane Society Board of Directors, admires the award plaque given to Bob Smith, left, and his wife Brenda for their never-ending work in helping to get the county’s new animal shelter built. The plaque featured a story from The People’s Defender on the opening of the shelter.
http://www.peoplesdefender.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/web1_BobSmithJessicaHuxmannLR.jpgJessica Huxmann, right, president of the Humane Society Board of Directors, admires the award plaque given to Bob Smith, left, and his wife Brenda for their never-ending work in helping to get the county’s new animal shelter built. The plaque featured a story from The People’s Defender on the opening of the shelter. Submitted photo

Over 190 people were in attendance at the annual Humane Society Howl-O-Ween Dinner and enjoyed a delicious meal provided by Scioto Ribber.
http://www.peoplesdefender.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/10/web1_DinnerTime2015HR.jpgOver 190 people were in attendance at the annual Humane Society Howl-O-Ween Dinner and enjoyed a delicious meal provided by Scioto Ribber. Submitted photo
Numerous individuals receive special recognition

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