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

Winchester Happenings

Marvin Gill says so many people have asked about Daisy that he wants them to know she is slowly improving but it is a slow process. She enjoys having visitors even though she usually cries. She is able to eat now and enjoys her cards. Continue to keep her in your prayers.

Steve Darby continues to be in the critical care unit at U.C. Hospital. He continues to have complications as a result of his car accident last week and would be appreciative of our prayers.

Keri Kendall is having surgery this week to repair the damage from her skiing accident. Mike Harper is also having surgery this week. Please say a little extra prayers for them and their families.

All the Edminsten babies are now home and Steve reports they are on three hour shifts for diaper changes and feedings. They are doing well and I am sure the parents are getting plenty of sleep.

Congratulations to the Winchester Police Department for their recent “drug bust.” The problems related to drugs are definitely overwhelming but perhaps we can make a change one event at a time. We have a police department and local churches working on some solutions. We have lost too many young people to drug overdose and until we stop the supply nothing is going to change. We also have individuals in our community who are trying to impact change and I hope to include information to encourage more of us to get involved.

Winchester’s Past (Florence Bryson): The next child of John M. and Mary Darlinton was Harvey A. born in 1828. He married Margaret Downey the daughter of Bazel and Elizabeth Reese Downey. She was born in 1835 and was a sister of Attorney Thomas Downey. They had two children, Ann Elizabeth who died in 1899 and Meridith Ellsworth. Harvey is the first one to use the spelling of Darlington. Harvey died in 1886 and was buried at Cherry Fork. Margaret lived with Ellsworth in Winchester where in 1900 he was a clerk in a dry goods store. He married Virginia Taylor in 1906 and in 1910 he was a clerk for an insurance company. Margaret died in 1915 and Ellsworth and Virginia moved to Tulsa, Oklahoma where he was selling real estate in 1920. He died in 1926 and was brought back to Cherry Fork for burial. Virginia was much younger than he was and lived until 1958. Her father John died 1913 and is buried here but her mother Harriet moved to Tulsa and lived with her.

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By Joyce Porter and Florence Bryson

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