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

PHS hosts Veterans Day Ceremony

Peebles High School hosted its annual Veterans Day Ceremony on Monday, Nov. 9. The yearly event is held to recognize and pay tribute to those who have served, past and present, in the United States armed forces. National Honor Society Students and Student Council members welcomed this year’s visiting veterans.

The Adams County Liberty Band began the celebration with a welcoming musical tribute to all of the visiting service men and women. Boy Scout Troop 266 conducted the Presentation of Colors and led the Pledge of Allegiance.

Following opening remarks by Principal Tim Davis, the national anthem was sung by Gracelyn Kephart and the PHS Senior Band performed “Song for an American Hero”.

The keynote speaker was Major Donald Smalley, a graduate of Peebles High School and Vietnam War Veteran.

Teachers John Robinson and Cristin Meyer were the event organizers, Robinson acted as emcee for the ceremony.

“This is my favorite day of the school year,” said Robinson. “We recognize how important it is to give students the opportunity to interact with veterans by giving them the opportunity to hear the veterans’ stories and ask them questions about their experiences. We are also very thankful for Principal Davis’s support of our Veterans Day program. He has high expectations and likes to see a thoughtful, well put-together program.”

This year’s program included the 50th Anniversary of the Vietnam War Commemoration.

Two servicemen from Peebles who fought and died in Vietnam were recognized: SP4 Samuel Arlon Johnson and CPL Willard Boston Wallace.

PHS teacher David Vogler played the “Vietnam Blues” while Senior Jack Behr read the lyrics to those assembled. Behr plans to join the Marines following his graduation.

“Vietnam Blues” was written by Kris Kristofferson in 1966 as an anthem to show support for American soldiers and their families during the war in Vietnam.

Each of the attending veterans were recognized for their service: United States Army: WWII: Lt. Col. Harry V. Shoop, Henry Robertson; Korean War: Pete Puckett, Kenneth Smalley; Korean War Era: Joe Martin, Gary A. Browning; Vietnam War Era: Donald Smalley, Ken Williamson, Winston Smalley, Bill Willey, Jerry Johnson, Danny Browning, Rick Cunningham, Jim Vanpelt, Bill Baxter, Dexter Thornberry, Rick Johnson, Jerry Swayne, Keith C. Swearingen, Steven Vest, Desert Storm: Timothy S. Davis; Afghanistan; Iraq/Afghanistan: Scott Lovett; David Kelley. United States Navy: Korean War: Donald Mefford; Vietnam Era: Michael Newman, Wayne Watson, John Brockhoeft, Vance R. Greenwood; Richard Burke,

Lisa Scott, Michael Pendell. United States Air Force: Korean War: Richard Hoop; Vietnam War: Larry Mitchell, Bill Nichols. United States Marine Corps: William Howard, Charles Clark, Denny Rosenhoffer, Christian Phillips.

The Liberty Band played “A Tribute to Armed Service” in honor of the different military branches. David Vogler performed an instrumental version of “A Patriotic Melody.”

Mr. William Williamson of Batavia VVA # 649, a former armed services photographer, presented the Peebles High School Library with a copy of his book featuring photographs he took during his tour in Vietnam.

PHS Junior Amber Renchen performed “Come Home Soon” in honor of those currently serving.

Tim Davis closed the ceremony, expressing his thanks to the veterans and the various organizations, business, and clubs that worked together to make the ceremony happen. He reminded the students and visitors, “You have more choices and opportunities to pursue your dreams and wishes, regardless of race, color or creed, and that is due to one group of people, the veterans of the United States Armed Services.”

Following the ceremony the National Honor Society and the Student Council provided lunch for the veterans. Wal-Mart in West Union donated a meat and cheese tray. Several veterans remained at the high school talking with interested student and faculty members throughout the remainder of the day.

Peebles High School principal Tim Davis, right, a veteran himself, addresses the crowd during the Veterans Day ceremony on Monday morning with a gathering of local veterans seated right behind him.
http://www.peoplesdefender.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/web1_Veterans1.jpgPeebles High School principal Tim Davis, right, a veteran himself, addresses the crowd during the Veterans Day ceremony on Monday morning with a gathering of local veterans seated right behind him. Patricia Beech | People’s Defender

After the ceremony, the Peebles High School Honor Society and Student Council provided a meal for the veterans in attendance.
http://www.peoplesdefender.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/web1_Veterans2.jpgAfter the ceremony, the Peebles High School Honor Society and Student Council provided a meal for the veterans in attendance. Patricia Beech | People’s Defender

Part of the program at the PHS Veterans Day ceremony was a performance by the always entertaining Liberty Band.
http://www.peoplesdefender.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/web1_Veterans3.jpgPart of the program at the PHS Veterans Day ceremony was a performance by the always entertaining Liberty Band. Patricia Beech | People’s Defender
Seven decades of service recognized by students and community

By Patricia Beech

pbeech@civitasmedia.com

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