Hometown Christmas in Peebles rings in the holiday season Manchester Elementary receives 2016 Momentum Award Drug bust in West Union Stephen C Foster Donna Rivers WUES students perform as part of Honor Choir Ohio Brush Creek Canoe/Kayak access completed Hall of Fame Christmas in Portsmouth Thyme to trim the Christmas Tree Junior High Lady Hounds get season-opening sweep Lady Devils roll past Paint Valley in season opener Senior Profile: Jessica Johnson Michael E Roberts Sr Evelyn L Jones Thomas M Calvert Ryan, Sowards lead Lady Indians to easy win in season opener, 57-36 over Felicity Senior Profile: Wes Hayslip Justice off to hot start at VSU County boys’ squads on display in annual SHAC Preview Night ‘Operation Christmas Child’ collects 1,707 shoe boxes for needy children Two animal cruelty cases investigated in Adams County DP&L considers closing power-generating plants in county Holiday spirit makes an early appearance in Adams County Chester A Mann Jeffrey A Daley Sr Michael G Tincher DAR sponsors Good Citizen Award Ohio’s young hunters harvest nearly 6,000 deer during Youth Gun Season Senior Profile: Kayle Thomas Helen N Hiestand Rev Walter R Egnor Sr Betty Beam Jamie L Corrill Jeffrey L Heppard Edsel L Massey Jr It is time to stop and take time to give thanks on a special day Another year to be very thankful for Senior Profile: Savannah McCoy McCoy signs to continue golf career at SSU North Adams hosts SHAC Girls Preview DAR commemorates 50th anniversary of Vietnam War Historical Society honors veterans Star Wars routine leads Fancy Free Cloggers to ‘America’s Got Talent’ A Day at the Opera Eagle Creek draws community to Thanksgiving celebration Ward ekes out victory over Worley in county commissioner race Mary A Garman Ronald L Palmer Joseph S McClanahan II Emma O Hayslip Devils slip by Georgetown in Foundation Game Hupp, Hunter, Wolke named OSSCA Second Team All-State Senior Profile: Kain Turner Lady Devils romp in Foundation Game Oh, those aromas coming from Mom’s kitchen What Became My Biggest Project Deer gun season set to begin ‘Trees to Textbooks’ shares revenues with local schools and communities BREAKING NEWS Winchester’s Baxter wins Miss Ohio USA 2017 pageant Genny Elkins Pauline S Stevenson Donald E Lewis Sr Charlotte R Seaman Ruth Prater Bennie Skaggs Gertrude Swayne West Union High School hosts impressive Veterans Day ceremonies Peebles Elementary hosts ceremony to honor local veterans Duke Energy exits Killen and Stuart Plants GE Aviation hosts annual Veterans Day celebration Senior Profile: Logan Gordley Jeffrey A Brown Sr Peebles Library welcomes local author and survivor on Nov. 19 Homer C Eldridge Robert W Schomberg One Commissioner race too close to call in unofficial count Voters approve majority of county levies on Tuesday’s election ballot NAES Sixth Graders practice the democratic process Honoring one who gave the ‘last full measure of devotion’ Overcoming adversity, veteran of Iraq War opens local business Senior Profile: Ben Figgins Senior Profile: Macy Mullenix SHAC Basketball Previews are set for Nov. 18 and 25 Trio of local golfers finish careers with trip to the highest level of high school competition Peebles sophomore Jenny Seas finishes sixth in OHSAA state cross-country meet Upset win sends Trump to the White House ACRMC awarded plaque for 50 years of service Peebles Elementary releases Honor Roll for First Nine Week Grading Period BREAKING ELECTION NEWS! Senior Profile: Jordyn Kell Orlie H Kirker Military homecoming at NAES Second half spells doom as Greyhounds fall to Hillcrest 42-12 in finale Senior Profile: Sarah McFarland WU’s Horton will continue golf career at SSU Lady Devils’ season ends in heartbreak with 3-2 loss in District championship battle Christine R. Ritchey Operation Christmas Child begins Nov. 14
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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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