Marvin Setty Richard G Waldron 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

Celebrating Christmas

Members of Winchester’s Caramel Festival Committee officially launched the village’s holiday season on Saturday, Dec. 12. The Christmas celebration featured a living nativity scene by the Bethlehem Church of Christ, community carolers, and refreshments for everyone attending. Santa Claus was present to hear the children’s Christmas wishes and pass out toys. Toys for the event were donated by Ms. Liddle and the North Adams Honor Society. In addition to the gift of toys, the committee gave away new mittens, gloves, hats, and socks, as well as new and gently used coats.

In Peebles, the Ladies Auxiliary from the American Legion Post held their 15th annual Veteran’s Christmas Dinner on Sunday, Dec. 13. More than 75 community members attended the event to recognize and celebrate the holidays with local veterans. Each of the veterans was given a Christmas gift by Santa Claus, who also sat for photos with children.

In West Union the Page One-Room school celebrated the Christmas season by hosting an afternoon of fun for local children on Sunday, Dec. 13. Some of the day’s activities included: making ornaments and decorating the school’s Christmas tree, playing games, and reading “The Night Before Christmas” and “The Legend of the Candy Cane.” Each child also received a Christmas book.

The Page School is one of the few remaining one-room schools in Adams County. It has been carefully preserved and appears now as it might have during the years when it housed local students.

The school was established in 1827 when Nicholas and Dorcus Blake deeded the Directors of School District #4 a one quarter acre plot of ground in Tiffin Township upon which the school house was built for the use of the people in the district. The Blakes were paid $4.00 for the land. Page School was named for the Page family who lived in the area. The school was the center of activities for the community. Church services were held there, along with pie suppers and other events. Christmas programs and the last day of school were special highlights. The last year students attended school at Page was 1941. From 1941-71 the school was a private home, three small rooms and a back door were added to the structure. In 1971 the building was owned by the Seaman family. They sold it to Edwin Paul, who bought it for his wife Dorthea, a former student at the school. In 2001 the Adams County Retired Teachers purchased Page School with the goal of renovating the school as a museum for students and adults of Adams County. The school was reopened in September of 2006. Since that time the 3rd grade students of the county have visited in May, and the school is open several times a year for special programs, such as Christmas.

Santa Claus was on hand to take requests from children during Winchester’s Christmas celebration.
http://www.peoplesdefender.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/web1_Christmas11.jpgSanta Claus was on hand to take requests from children during Winchester’s Christmas celebration. Patricia Beech | People’s Defender

Above (L-R)Betty Wright, Carma Tincher, Linda Barnes, Rebecca Chandler and Amanda Newton sang carols at Saturday’s Christmas celebration in Winchester.
http://www.peoplesdefender.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/web1_Christmas21.jpgAbove (L-R)Betty Wright, Carma Tincher, Linda Barnes, Rebecca Chandler and Amanda Newton sang carols at Saturday’s Christmas celebration in Winchester. Patricia Beech | People’s Defender

The children above attended the Page One School’s Christmas celebration on Sunday.
http://www.peoplesdefender.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/web1_Christmas31.jpgThe children above attended the Page One School’s Christmas celebration on Sunday. Patricia Beech | People’s Defender

A living nativity was featured during Winchester’s Christmas celebration.
http://www.peoplesdefender.com/wp-content/uploads/2015/12/web1_Christmas4.jpgA living nativity was featured during Winchester’s Christmas celebration. Patricia Beech | People’s Defender
Holiday events around the county

By Patricia Beech

pbeech@civitasmedia.com

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