Arcanum News: Fall festivities begin in Arcanum area


The TNT program at the Arcanum Public Library is gearing up for a new year of fun! This is for teens and ‘tweens in grades 5 and up. Join them for outdoor and indoor games, snacks, trivia, crafts and other fun, on Thursdays from 2:45 to 4:15 p.m. starting on Thursday, September 14.

A.R. Winery, 3564 Gordon-Landis Road, Arcanum will present Fall Fest on Saturday, September from 2 to 10 p.m. This is their second annual Fall Fest. They will have vendors, live music, food, wine and more including BBQ pulled pork from Winners! Come on out for a day of fun and check them out.

Welcome back to Coach Jason Schondelmyer to the Arcanum Football program. Coach “Schondo” has returned to the Arcanum program and was recently featured in the Press Pros Magazine on August 5. The article stated “you can come home the second time around…” Previously at Arcanum from 1999 through 2006, he was offered the opportunity to return for this fall’s season. Welcome Back!

Also joining the staff at Arcanum Schools this year are Kristina Quigney, EL Special Education Aide, Sarah Loxley, EL Special Education Aide, Britney Boling, EL Special Education Aide, Pam Todd, Cafeteria, Sharon Holsapple, Cafeteria, Kerri Burns, Preschool Aide, Chey Kramer, Title I Tutor, Kathy Kuhbander, HS Language Arts, Amanda Denlinger, Cafeteria, Lauryn Timmerman, EL Special Education Aide, Amy Byers, Speech Pathologist, and Brenda Hale, Treasurer.

The Arcanum Alumni Advisory Committee invites any AHS graduate to join in on the planning of the renovation of the AHS Alumni Association. There are many ways to serve, subcommittees are being formed now. If you are interested in helping, please call Tom Fourman at 692-5290 or Linda (Yount) Newbauer at 996-8264. The committee will meet again on Tuesday, September 5 at high school library at 6:30 p.m. The will be hosting a pork chop dinner prior to a football game in October, more details to come soon.

On September 14 at 7 p.m. Arcanum High School Agriculture Program Instructor, Brian Pohlman will be at the Wayne Trail Historical building to share about the FFA program at AHS. Did you know after a long hiatus agriculture education returned to Arcanum Schools this past school year? Arcanum is a great farming community. Wayne Trail Historical Society wants to encourage our young people in agricultural education and the FFA program. AWTHS has invited the instructor Brian Pohlman to share students’ accomplishments of the first year and tell of program goals for the future on September 14 at 7 p.m. at the historical society building, 123 W. George St.

Some of the students have been invited to come also to share their experience. Agriculture Education and Future Farmers of America made a comeback, with the district partnering with the Miami Valley Career Technology Center. Starting in middle school students attended classes in agriculture education and high school student were given several class options. Many of the students did well in regional and State competitions. This is a welcomed scholastic program to our farming community school. Everyone is welcome to attend and to learn what is happening in today’s agriculture education program.

On Sunday, September 10 from 2 to 4 p.m. the AWTHS will host “Center School” at the old school house located at 6891 Grubbs-Rex Road on the farm of Tom and Barb Jackson. In a very unique celebration the schoolhouse will be OPEN for class at 2 p.m. that day with a history lesson on the area school. If you want to make a day of it, you can get the instructions from AWTHS to then drive the self-guided driving tour of other old school houses in Twin and Van Buren Township. Brochures can be downloaded from: http://arcanumhistoricalsociety.org/wordpress/wp-content/uploads/2014/03/Final-School-House-Brochure.pdf. More info on school and event listed at: http://www.ohio.org/events/old-school-house-tour. What a neat excursion idea! Thank you AWTHS!

Labor Day is annually held on the first Monday of September. It was originally organized to celebrate various labor associations’ strengths of and contributions to the United States economy. It is largely a day of rest in modern times. Many people mark Labor Day as the end of the summer season and a last chance to make trips or hold outdoor events. Enjoy the holiday!

“Summer ends, and Autumn comes, and he who would have it otherwise would have high tide always and a full moon every night.” ― Hal Borland

“August rain: the best of the summer gone, and the new fall not yet born. The odd uneven time.” ― Sylvia Plath

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By Vickie Rhodehamel

Arcanum News

Vickie Rhodehamel is a volunteer citizen columnist, who serves The Daily Advocate readers weekly with her Arcanum community column. She can be reached by calling 937-692-6188, by e-mail at krhodehamel@woh.rr.com. Viewpoints expressed in the article are the work of the author. The Daily Advocate does not endorse these viewpoints or the independent activities of the author.