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

Adams County Library News

During March, the Adams County Public Library is hosting several special events. On Thursday, March 24 at 5:30 p.m., the Peebles Library Book Club invites you to join them for a short video chat with Sam Quinones, author of “Dreamland.” Sam Quinones is an author and journalist based in Los Angeles who wrote “Dreamland: The True Tale of Americas’s Opiate Epidemic” after extensive research in Portsmouth. Seating at the library is limited, so please call 937-587-2085 to help us plan ahead.

The Friends of the North Adams Library are hosting their annual All-You-Can-Eat Pancake Supper at the McDonald’s in Seaman on Tuesday, March 22 from 5-7 p.m. For a $5 ticket, you’ll receive all the pancakes you can eat, a side of bacon or sausage, and a small coffee or soft drink. Tickets are available in advance from Friends members and from the First State Bank in Winchester and Seaman. Funds raised benefit the Friends of the North Adams Library, who help support programs and events at the library. Redeemed tickets will be entered into a drawing for Kroger and McDonald’s gift cards. Join the Friends for this fun community event, and thank you for your support of the library.

On Saturday, March 19, the Adams County Genealogical Society will present a one-day workshop at the Manchester Library from 10 a.m.- 4 p.m. Come hear from Becky and Ethel of the Genealogical Society about how to begin your own family history research project, avoid common mistakes, and access local resources. AmeriCorps technology trainer Melissa will discuss resources available through the Adams County Public Library, and provide hands-on help starting your own genealogy project in the afternoon. Bring a laptop, or use one of ours. Space is limited, so please register by calling 937-549-3359.

Sherri Carter describes the wellness and relaxation benefits of natural essential oils at the Peebles Library on Thursday, March 24 at 5:30 p.m. Come learn how you can use natural essential oils to adjust mood, promote relaxation, and improve wellness, and enter to win a door prize. For more information, call 937-587-2085.

Does Bigfoot roam Adams County? Join Mike and Mike of the Ohio Night Stalkers at the Manchester Library on Saturday, March 26 at 2 p.m. for “Bigfoot in Ohio?” They’ll share stories of tracking Bigfoot near Lynx, with sound recordings, footprint casts and more. Watch the 1967 Patterson Gimlin Bigfoot film. Have you encountered Bigfoot? Share your experiences with us! For more information, call 937-549-3359.

A new book club is forming at the West Union Public Library. On Thursday, March 31 at 6 p.m., come to the first meeting to help us choose future dates and times and select our 2016 reading list. We’ll discuss “The Paris Architect” by Charles Belfoure, a thrilling WWII novel set in Paris. Have questions, or are you interested in a book club that meets online? Call Amy at 937-544-2591 to share your thoughts.

The North Adams Library book club meets the last Thursday of each month. On Thursday, March 31 at 5:30 p.m., they will read “Ethan Frome” by Edith Wharton. Join moderator Julia each month for a relaxed discussion, quizzes, prizes, and food. Read along with our 2016 list, even if you can’t attend every meeting. For more information about all the libraries’ book clubs, visit adamscolibrary.org/book-club.

The Adams County Public Library is open from 10 a.m.- 7 p.m. Monday through Thursday, and from 10 a.m. – 5 p.m. Friday and Saturday. Follow us on Facebook to keep up with the latest events.

Members of the Loose Thread Quilters created a beautiful display at the Peebles Library. Their five-year anniversary Quilt Show is April 16.
http://www.peoplesdefender.com/wp-content/uploads/2016/03/web1_Quilters-Display.jpgMembers of the Loose Thread Quilters created a beautiful display at the Peebles Library. Their five-year anniversary Quilt Show is April 16. Submitted photo

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