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 Joan Cockrell

Adams County Library News

The Adams County Public Library is offering programs, activities, and parties for all ages to celebrate the holiday season. Stop by your local library, and browse a display of cookbooks, craft books, and magazines to find inspiration for your holiday entertaining.

Adults and kids of all ages, join Julia at the North Adams Library for a Christmas Kickoff Party on Tuesday, Dec. 1 at 3 p.m. after school. Wear your ugliest Christmas sweater to participate in our Ugly Holiday Sweater contest and maybe win a prize. We’ll share refreshments, games, prizes, Christmas music, and get an early start on the Christmas season. Activities will be offered for all ages. Please call 937-386-2556 to let us know you’re coming, so we’ll have enough refreshments for everyone.

Teens, join Deborah at the Manchester Library on Tuesday, Dec. 1 at 3:30 p.m. after school. We’ll work on Christmas crafts, and enjoy fun with friends at the library. Don’t miss the Teen after school program on Dec. 15, when we’ll enjoy our traditional sugar cookie decorating project.

On Wednesday, Dec. 9, learn to create a beautiful holiday wreath from burlap at the West Union Library. This hands-on crafting class is free, and open to everyone, but advance registration is required to save your seat. Please all the West Union Library at 937-544-2591 for more information.

On Thursday, Dec. 3 at 10:30 a.m., join Donelle for Teen Art Class at the West Union Library. Kids ages 10 – 16 are invited to learn basic drawing skills, explore other media and techniques, and learn about art history with illustrator and library employee Donelle Lacy.

On Thursday, Dec. 17 at 10:30 a.m., kids of all ages are invited to the West Union Library for our annual Candy Christmas Tree decorating party during Story Time with Tara and Teen Art Class with Donelle.

The Manchester Elementary After School program at the Manchester Library will not be held on Monday, Nov. 30 because school will be closed for Thanksgiving break. The After School program will resume Dec. 7 and 14, and then will break until Jan. 4.

If you’d like to design, print, and mail your own custom family Christmas cards, call AmeriCorps volunteer technology trainer Melissa to ask about a hands-on tutorial. Come learn how to use free online services like Canva to easily and quickly design your own holiday card or letter, and then print your creation at the library, or save it to work on at home. Color printing is available at each library for $.35 per page. Melissa is also offering classes about Online Shopping, and how to use online resources to find coupons. Melissa offers hands-on computer training at each library, thanks to the Guiding Ohio Online AmeriCorps grant, awarded by the State Library of Ohio. Call Melissa at the Peebles Library on Monday, the West Union Library on Tuesday, the Manchester Library on Wednesday, and the North Adams Library on Thursday. Call 937-587-2085 for more information, or to make an appointment.

All four Adams County Public Library locations will be closing at 4 p.m. on Wednesday, Nov. 25, and will be closed on Thursday, Nov. 26 in observance of Thanksgiving Day. The libraries will be open from 10 a.m. until 5 p.m. on Friday and Saturday. Have a safe and happy holiday weekend.

Elementary students enjoy the After School program at the Manchester Library.
http://www.peoplesdefender.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/11/web1_Library1.jpgElementary students enjoy the After School program at the Manchester Library. Submitted photo

By Jessica Dooley

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