William L Ivarson Jr Senior Profile: Braydan Gaffin Senior Profile: Ethan Pennywitt Senior Center spreading Christmas cheer Stout named Administrator of Monarch Meadows Richard Francis Frank B Young William Scaff Gregory A Silvia Jr Davis now the winningest coach in Lady Devils basketball history Clutch plays give Green Devils OT win Eighth grade Greyhounds go on the road, grab 55-41 conference win at Whiteoak Lady Indians can’t hang on, fall to Eastern Brown Indians open up with big Homecoming win Greyhounds drilled by Fairfield in season opener How to sell 94 losses NAES leads local schools represented at PBIS Showcase PHS Beta Club recognized as National School of Distinction MES wins Momentum Award for second year running Fire destroys Winchester business Martha Becraft Cynthia A Sopher Clarys Holliday Basketball Special: 2017-18 Justice girls lead Peebles to win over Felicity Senior Profile: Adison Wright Lady Dragons slain by buzzer-beater Freshmen double-doubles lead Lady Hounds to win in opener County mourns passing of OVSD Board member Tom Reed Peebles man arrested in connection with woman’s disappearance Leaving a written legacy Not really ready to go back to pioneer days Peebles Jr./Sr. High School awarded PBIS Bronze Award North Adams High School named National Beta School of Distinction Operation Christmas Child collects 1,867 boxes Samantha Jameson honored as Young Professional of the Year Youth Deer Season again plagued by bad weather Humane Society hosting Ugly Christmas Sweater contest Dec. 9 Local centenarian celebrates birthday number 100 with family and friends Jerry R Pratt Edward Lykins Jr NAES students focus on spreading kindness Leland P Sautter Kelly B Anderson Dorothy Grooms Sharon D Brumley Anna J Grooms Local student/athletes awarded Wendy’s Heisman Awards Lady Devils JV triumph in opener Senior Profile: Colten Ball Peebles hosts SHAC Boys Preview Lady Devils fall in tough opener Janet A Pedicord Nettie R Fleshman Senior Profile: Sianna Mills North Adams boys ride the ‘3’ train to victory Lady Devils trounce Georgetown Senior Profile: Austin Stamper North Adams’ Williams named OIAAA Administrator of the Year County hoops squads on display in SHAC Girls Preview Going off the grid Michael L Chamblin A newer, kinder county pound takes a more humane approach TAG students are winners at Invention Convention Adams County Florist decks the halls Thomas J Reed Shirley A Stiffler Sharon G Wright Lottie J Meade June R Williams Lions and Cowboys and no Bengals, thankfully Senior Profile: Tyler Horsley North Adams sweeps Manchester Cheer Championships Indians face tough test in first pre-season scrimmage Senior Profile: Abby Faulkner Seas reflects on second state tournament experience NA’s Harper signs to continue hoops career at Rio Grande Hendrickson named Assistant Coach of the Year in Division III girls soccer Take the hint, it’s Thanksgiving time again Small Business Saturday in Adams County Art Council’s newest production will have you ‘laughing through your tears’ North Adams students working to help the homeless Grateful Richard A Graham #SawyerStrong Billy L Smalley With some help from Adams County, Ohio Statehouse now has wheelchair charging station Wenstrup announces re-election campaign Delta Dental provides two local schools with new drinking fountains Ernie McFarland honored by Ohio Bankers League Veterans Day parade, ceremony held in West Union Adams County schools celebrate Veterans Day Being the change November: As Mr. Seas it Protecting Ohio seniors from rising healthcare costs It’s November-have some soup and pie SHAC Boys Preview is Nov. 24 at Peebles June Hall Alice B Himes Claudia U Mitchell


By Congressman Brad Wenstrup – 

There are some moments when it is easy to feel immensely grateful. For me, I think of the day, four years ago, when my son Brad Jr. was born. Or when I realized that my little sister’s bone marrow transplant was successful. Or the feeling of freedom that came from being out on a boat, without armor on for the first time after coming home from serving in Iraq. These big blessings become defining moments that shape our lives. It is natural to feel overwhelmed with giving thanks during these times. Other times, we are simply grateful for the small things – a visit from an old friend, or gathering family members all around the same table to share a meal. These may not be life-changing moments, or even particularly noteworthy ones, but they provide joy in their simplicity. And then there are times when it takes a little more effort to be grateful. Maybe it is a lost job or the failing health or death of a loved one. Maybe it is a son or daughter, or mother or father, deployed overseas, whose chair will be empty during the holidays this year. On one of my drives from Cincinnati to Washington for the D.C. workweek, I found myself reflecting on the fact that we as a nation pass through different moments in time too. I think back to 1789, when President George Washington issued a proclamation for a day of public thanksgiving and prayer. He called on the American people to acknowledge _”with grateful hearts the many signal favors of Almighty God.”_ Often, we look back at that time in our country and imagine it as being a celebratory period for our fledging nation. After all, we had just won independence from the most powerful nation in the world at that time and the Constitution had finally been signed. In reality, though, it was a rocky season for the young United States of America. There was widespread disagreement and division over how to run our new government. Families across the country were still living in the shadow of war. Some were trying to re-establish businesses or scratch out a living to provide for their households. Daily life was tough. Yet, despite the uncertainty, George Washington chose to call the nation to gratitude. He cited specific reasons for Americans to give thanks, including: “For the signal and manifold mercies, and the favorable interpositions of His providence…in the course and conclusion of the late war – for the great degree of tranquility, union, and plenty which we have since enjoyed; for the peaceable and rational manner, in which we have been enabled to establish constitutions of government for our safety and happiness; for the civil and religious liberty with which we are blessed; the means we have of acquiring and diffusing useful knowledge; And in general for all the great and various favors which He hath pleased to confer upon us.”  Today, many Americans may feel like it takes a bit more effort to be grateful this year. There is deep frustration on both sides of the aisle at the state of our politically divided government. The frenzy of a 24-hour-news-cycle that thrives on this division doesn’t help. Tensions are deep. Emotions run high. Big challenges remain on the table to be tackled. But through it all, we can freely and humbly give thanks for all that we do have. We should take heart from George Washington’s words. We are a nation that has lived through the shadows of war, and come through stronger. We are a nation that, despite our political differences, continues to conduct a peaceful transition of power every four years. We are a nation that remains the most powerful force for freedom the world has ever known. This week, let us remember that Thanksgiving is not only a holiday – it is an action word. It is a choice. No one can force us to find gratitude. It must come from within. Here in America, we enjoy an abundance of blessings every day that are the direct results of the sacrifices of those that have gone before. We will continue to face challenges ahead. But let’s never forget how much we have to be grateful for, no matter the season we face.

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