Arcanum News


Summer has set in with its usual severity – too much to do and too little time! Make the most of these long hours of daylight and warm weather.

The Pitsburg Church of the Brethren, as part of its summer concert series, will host The Hatfield Family at 6 p.m. on Sunday. Travis and Sarah Hatfield live near Arcanum with their five children, and have been in the singing ministry together for 10 years. They feel that it is important to give their children an early start in music, and include them in their singing. The children love to sing and are excited to share about Jesus through their songs. This free concert is open to the public and a freewill offering will be accepted. Refreshments will be served following the concert. The church is located at the west edge of Pitsburg, at 8376 Pitsburg-Laura Road. For more information, call Bruce Shank at 937-564-2891.

Gordon United Methodist church will be hosting Vacation Bible School, which will be held for three nights only this year — on July 29 through 31 from 6 to 8 p.m. Then, on Aug. 1, there will be a Waterpark Festival in the Gordon Park. Their theme this year is David and Goliath from Chapter 11 in “The Story.”

Despite the rainy week, masonry demolition has continued off and on at Arcanum School. Workers moved around to the north side of the elementary end of the building. The playground continues to be off limits for the time being. The roof demolition has yet to begin due to the weather, but will start as soon as permitted either over the main gymnasium or over the canopy of the main entrance. Access to the building will be available through the board of education office and door #4 for students/athletes. Please note that the back portion of the walking path and basketball court on the back side of the building will not be open due to construction equipment and supplies.

Immanuel Baptist Church will host Vacation Bible School on July 13 to 17 from 9:30 to 11:30. Classes will be for children ages 3 through sixth grade. All children in the community are invited to join in on the fun – there will be lots of crafts, bible lessons and a pool party at the end of the week!

Summer assignments were sent home with students of Arcanum Elementary with a Traveling Trojan Passport card and accompanying activity pages. Students were challenged to travel to several area attractions, museums, parks, etc. to continue learning throughout the summer. There will be prize drawings in the fall for students who return complete cards.

Congratulations to Riley Miller and Karr Stump who were awarded the Larissa Beisner and Zach Garbig awards at the end of the year school awards assembly on May 28. Each year a student each chosen to honor the memory of former students Larrisa and Zach who left us much too early in their young lives.

Arcanum Elementary Principal Ryan Malany will be leaving southwestern Ohio and preparing for a new assignment as elementary principal at Delaware City Schools near Columbus this summer. While he is sad to be leaving such an outstanding building, district and Arcanum community, he stated that he had an incredible experience and will always speak very highly of the great people and things going on in Arcanum. To the parents and families of Arcanum, he stated this: “thank you deeply for your support and trust that you have shown me. It became evident very early in my time at Arcanum that this school was a special place because of the caring and supportive parents who sustain its programs and reinforce the great experience provided by our staff. You have shown such great pride in your children, and I appreciate your support throughout my time in Arcanum.”

“Being a child at home alone in the summer is a high-risk occupation. If you call your mother at work thirteen times an hour, she can hurt you.” ~Erma Bombeck

“One benefit of summer was that each day we had more light to read by.“~Jeannette Walls

“If a June night could talk, it would probably boast it invented romance.” ~Bern Williams

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