Alice B Himes Claudia U Mitchell TRAFFIC ALERT: SR 41 restrictions set for Saturday Jewell Foster Senior Profile: Nicholas Fish SHAC Girls Preview set for Nov. 17 Senior Profile: Lakyn Hupp Again, Lady Devils ousted in district finals ‘Lighting the Serpent’ event is being discontinued Voters favor incumbents at the ballot Arts Council dedicates Buzzardroost Rock mural Heroes in disguise Fighting for future generations in OH2 A few puffs of smoke, and a happy ending Lois Wilson Helen M Hesler Jerry L Dickson Ohio’s Traditional Deer-Gun Hunting Season begins Nov. 27 WWII veteran honored in banner raising ceremony Veteran of three wars honored for volunteer work Charlotte Evans Jason A Barr Why we celebrate Manchester man killed in single-car accident Adams County Election Results – 2017 Hubert Knauff To keep or not to keep Time again for the changing of the seasons November proclaimed as Adoption Recognition and Recruitment Month Local business is seven decades old and counting Local student gets Nashville call Senior Profile: Gabe Grooms Lady Indians fall in districts Quest For The Cup complete for Dragons Meeting a true sports hero WU’s McCarty named District Player of the Year With regional run, Pennywitt completes memorable career West Union eighth grade volleyball finishes as SHAC runner-up Senior Profile: Tray Brand Greyhounds drop home finale, finish at 4-6 Lady Devils fall in district semis Devils go down in district finals Matt Seas headed back to State XC Meet Senior Profile: Charlee Louden Lady Indians ousted in sectional final Lady Devils down Minford 4-1 in district semis North Adams volleyball claims fourth consecutive sectional crown Senior Profile: Brooklyn Howlett Afterschool fun begins at NAES Wearing it pink in October Kenneth L Austin Jay E Minnich Reuben E Hershberger Bobby L Williams 18 years just isn’t long enough Emotional, historic, and victorious Taking action against addiction Utilities commission approves DP&L electric security plan What matters and what doesn’t Oh dear, is that a deer? Junior Gaffin Charlotte J Thatcher Matthew D Miller Megan R Phillips Ralph M Swearingen Linda C Ackley Robert Ralston Shelly Seaman Increased access to treatment, Improving economic opportunity keys to combating Ohio’s Opioid Crisis Seas siblings are again SHAC Cross-Country Champions Lady Hounds cruise to sectional victory Senior Profile: Alyssa Hoskins 101 and another sectional championship Lady Indians claim sectional title North Adams tops Peebles for sectional soccer crown Senior Profile: Shay Boldman 13.5 seconds, heartbreak for West Union PHS JV Volleyball completes unbeaten season On the course that Nicklaus helped design On the ballot: Meigs Township Trustees West Union Christian Church will again be collection center for Operation Christmas Child Peebles voters will choose council members in upcoming election Seven candidates seek seats on ACOVSD school board A time for transformation What will future generations say? Finding all those treasures Janet K Campbell Robert D Hill Lady Devils blank West Union 7-0 in SHAC soccer finale Vikings invade and conquer the Greyhounds Outpouring of community support for local business woman with cancer Manchester mourns teen killed in single-car crash Kylie S Lucas Sharon R Grooms Steven L Wootten Forest J McDaniel Ralph O Grooms Adams County teenager dies in auto accident Charles N Vance Wesley M Baldwin

Bengals helping WU Football

Good news came this week to the football program in West Union and in came from pretty high up, the National Football League. In an announcement from the Public Relations department of the Cincinnati Bengals and the NFL Foundation, it was revealed that the West Union Football Organization had received a $10,000 grant to help provide permanent lighting at Freedom Field, home of the Dragons and the football teams from North Adams also. The WU Football Organization was one of eight groups chosen to receive grants.

Following is the entire press release from the Bengals:

“As a part of their commitment to Greater Cincinnati, the Bengals and NFL Foundation have teamed up to recognize organizations that stand out for their commitment to our community. The Bengals distributed $80,000 to eight area charities in recognition of their work in Greater Cincinnati.

Three groups (American Heart Association, Cincinnati YMCA and the Boys and Girls Clubs of Cincinnati) were recognized with grants from the NFL Play 60 program, which encourages youth to be active for 60 minutes each day in order to combat childhood obesity.

Two groups (Salvation Army and Armed Forces Ticket Association – AFTA) were recognized for their volunteer work in the community. AFTA is a long-time partner of the Bengals, through which the Club has donated more than $200,000 worth of tickets to Bengals games over the past two years.

Two youth football organizations, West Union Football Organization and Madeira Schools Foundation, were recognized for their commitment to developing the sport at the grassroots level.

Finally, the Good Samaritan Hospital Foundation was awarded $5000 to assist women in need of access to free mammograms.

“Greater Cincinnati is blessed with many charities that help make our community better,” said Katie Blackburn, Bengals Executive Vice President. “Large or small, each one touches people in need. We are proud to be associated with these organizations and appreciate the work they do each and every day”.

Following is a review of the individual grants:

National Partnership Fund – Good Samaritan Hospital Foundation (TriHealth)-$5,000

This grant will allow the Good Samaritan Free Health Center to provide 36 free mammograms to women in our area.

Youth Football Grant- West Union Football Organization (Adams County)-$10,000

Funding will help provide permanent lighting on Freedom Field in Adams County, Ohio. Freedom Field serves as the home field for nearly 200 football athletes ranging from eight to 18 years of age.

NFL Play 60 Grant- Cincinnati YMCA-$5,000

This grant will allow the YMCA of Greater Cincinnati to provide inner-city children with bus service to Healthy Kids Day on April 23rd, 2016. This regional program, sponsored by the YMCA as part of a nationwide initiative, provides a day of kids’ fitness activities and nutritious snacks.

NFL Play 60 Grant- American Heart Association-$15,000

This grant will provide support for the annual Recess at the Stadium event on June 4th, 2016. Recess at the Stadium is a free annual event at Paul Brown Stadium, with the goal of educating children and families on living a healthy lifestyle, through physical activities and interactive health stations.

NFL Play 60 Grant– Boys & Girls Clubs of Cincinnati-$15,000

These funds will support the Boys & Girls Clubs of Greater Cincinnati and the FITFORLIFE program. This health and wellness program is designed to promote fitness and healthy lifestyles among at-risk youth ages 5-18 by providing both fitness instruction nutrition education.

Volunteerism Grant– Salvation Army-$5,000

Funding from this grant supports the Salvation Army’s Annual Civic Luncheon each fall. The Annual Civic Luncheon serves a dual purpose of fundraising for the Salvation Army as well as highlighting programs and services provided to community.

Volunteerism Grant– AFTA-$5,000

Funding from this grant will help support AFTA’s Annual Military Bike Giveaway in June of 2016. As part of the annual event, bikes and helmets will be provided to children of active duty military members.

Youth/High School Football Matching Grant – Madeira High School/Madeira Schools Foundation-$20,000 (matching $20,000 provided by the Madeira Schools Foundation)

This grant will support the renovation and purchase of new weight training and cardio equipment for the Madeira High School Fitness Center. The new fitness center will provide the students of Madeira High School with a state of the art facility more than double the size of their previous facility.

Look for a further report on this story with the check presentation in a future issue of The People’s Defender.

The West Union Football Organization will be receiving a $10,000 grant from the Cincinnati Bengals and the NFL Foundation.
http://www.peoplesdefender.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/web1_WUfootball.jpgThe West Union Football Organization will be receiving a $10,000 grant from the Cincinnati Bengals and the NFL Foundation. Mark Carpenter | People’s Defender
Youth Football Grant will provide lighting

By Mark Carpenter

The People’s Defender

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