Opal Van Hoose Ruby Yazell Chris Volk North Adams High School holds annual Homecoming ceremonies Six workers injured in power plant explosion Commissioners hold proclamation ceremony for 4-H Week Senior Profile: Shyanne Tucker Coach Young Classic is Saturday at NAHS 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

Adams County Library News

The North Adams Library is forming a Book Club for adults. The first meeting is Thursday, Feb. 25 at 5:30 p.m. We’ll discuss “The Immortal Life of Henrietta Lacks” by Rebecca Skloot, the gripping true story of a woman whose cells, collected without her knowledge, formed the basis for decades of cancer research. Help us select the North Adams Book Club’s 2016 reading list by filling out a short survey, and sharing your suggestions. Let us know what you like to read. The Book Club will meet on the last Thursday of each month at 5:30 p.m. For more information, or to join the email list, visit adamscolibrary.org/book-club.

Students in grades 6 – 12 are invited to join us for one of our Teen Activities at the library this week. On Thursday, February 18 at 3 p.m., join Ms. Julia at the North Adams Library after school to create your own customized EOS lip balm favors. We’ll customize EOS lip balm with 3D decorations, turning them into fun favors to keep or give to a friend.

The Teen Activity Club meets on the third Thursday of each month at the North Adams Library. On Feb. 18 at 10:30 a.m., kids ages 10 – 16 can join Donelle for Teen Art Class at the West Union Library. Bring a sketchpad, pencils, and erasers, and we’ll provide other art supplies as needed. Every other Thursday, we explore a technique, an art medium, and an artist or period in art history, and work on a project together.

On Tuesday, Feb. 23 at 3:30 p.m., join Deborah at the Manchester Library after school for Teen Activity Club. Every other Tuesday, we meet to work on a group project or craft, eat snacks, talk books and movies, and have fun with friends at the library. Thanks to the Manchester Teens for their help decorating the library.

Learn to use QuickBooks Pro 2016 in a four-part class series at the library. AmeriCorps volunteer technology trainer Melissa Downs is offering a series of classes introducing how to use the popular accounting software for small business, non-profit, and other uses. Call Melissa at 937-587-2085 for more information, or to schedule a class.

Now until March 31, enter your name in a drawing to win a free Windows 10 computer when you complete two free, one-hour computer classes at the Adams County Public Library. One-on-one classes are available for all skill levels, including Getting Started with Computers, Microsoft Office, Windows 10, Searching the Internet, Using Google Drive, Resume Writing, Internet Safety, and more. Visit adamscolibrary.org/contest for a complete list of eligible class topics, and contest rules.

The Adams County Public Library adds new books to our collection every week. Don’t miss a single new title. Browse a list of the latest books as they arrive, updated daily, by visiting our website at adamscolibrary.org and clicking on the “New Books” covers. Stop by any library location to pick up our monthly New Books list, a newsletter with popular fiction titles that will be released this month. Place requests for your favorites in the Online Catalog, or ask at the desk to place a request for titles that interest you.

The Adams County Public Library is open from 10 a.m.- 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and 10 a.m.- 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday. During wintery weather, find out if the library has closed by checking adamscolibrary.org, the library’s Facebook page, or tune in to local radio station C103.

Children enjoy Story Time with Deborah at the Manchester Library on Mondays at 10:30 a.m.
http://www.peoplesdefender.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/02/web1_Library.jpgChildren enjoy Story Time with Deborah at the Manchester Library on Mondays at 10:30 a.m. Submitted photo

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