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

Honoring our heroes

On Wednesday, Nov. 11 people across America honored those who have served in the armed forces for Veterans Day. In Adams County, veterans and members of local American Legions, Ladies Auxiliaries, VFW Posts, the Adams County Honor Guard, and visitors gathered on the lawn of the Adams County Courthouse for the annual parade and ceremony.

First Sergeant and Vietnam veteran George Biely served as Master of Ceremonies for the event.

PFC Andy Bell, a 1987 graduate of North Adams High School gave the opening and closing prayers.

Sergeant Richard Bell, Army Special Forces was the guest speaker for the event.

Bell spoke of the need to reawaken the American people’s sense of patriotism.

“I was raised going to veterans’ parades, and I was taught to respect our flag,” he told the crowd. “Patriotism doesn’t just happen, it must be promoted and defended, and passed down to our children, we must all be willing to stand for the cause of freedom.” Bell served in the first Iraq War.

The Adams County Liberty Band performed for the event and J.J. Whitley played the always solemn “Taps” at the conclusion of the ceremony.

Veterans Day was originally called Armistice Day when the world celebrated the end of WWI, which occurred on the 11th hour of the 11th day of the 11th month in 1918.

On May 26, 1954, President Dwight D. Eisenhower signed a bill into law naming Armistice Day a national holiday for all veterans, and Congress amended the bill on June 1, 1954, renaming the holiday “Veterans Day”.

The People’s Defender salutes all who served and were honored on this special day of the year.

While other veterans stood at salute, J.J. Whitley solemly played “Taps” as part of the Veterans Day program on the courthouse square.
http://www.peoplesdefender.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/web1_Vets1.jpgWhile other veterans stood at salute, J.J. Whitley solemly played “Taps” as part of the Veterans Day program on the courthouse square. Mark Carpenter | People’s Defender

Richard Bell was the keynote speaker at the Nov. 11 Veterans Day program on the courthouse square in West Union. Bell spoke of patriotism, valor, and the importance of the United States flag.
http://www.peoplesdefender.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/web1_Vets2.jpgRichard Bell was the keynote speaker at the Nov. 11 Veterans Day program on the courthouse square in West Union. Bell spoke of patriotism, valor, and the importance of the United States flag. Mark Carpenter | People’s Defender

The Veterans Day parade down Main Street in West Union was a celebration for all generations, as veteran Robert Lewis marched the parade route, accompanied by his granddaughters Addison and Chesnee Ayres.
http://www.peoplesdefender.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/web1_Vet3.jpgThe Veterans Day parade down Main Street in West Union was a celebration for all generations, as veteran Robert Lewis marched the parade route, accompanied by his granddaughters Addison and Chesnee Ayres. Mark Carpenter | People’s Defender
American Legion hosts parade and program on courthouse square

By Patricia Beech

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