Arcanum News


Mark your calendar – Bear’s Mill will have its Fall Open House on Oct. 3 and 4 from 11 a.m. to 5 p.m. A beautiful time to enjoy the mill property with the fall colors, pumpkins, crunchy leaves and a walk in the woods. Guided tours and grinding demonstrations, bean soup and cornbread, music, seasonal products and art will be on tap for the weekend!

Arcanum VFW will be the site for another fundraiser for the Jason Daugherty Family on Oct. 3 from 4 p.m. to 1 a.m. There will be live music, dinner, and a 50/50 raffle/auction. Tickets are $3 cover and $5 for dinner.

Have you ever wanted to learn YOGA? Here’s a chance to do that and also help out the Daugherty Family. Jason’s sister, Chelsea Papp will be offering YOGA classes on Sept. 27 from 3 to 4:15 p.m. The class is for all ages and beginners are welcome, price is $10 for adults and $5 for children and all proceeds will be donated to the family. Bring a mat or blanket and relax together with Vinyasa flow and learn breathing techniques. In case of rain, the class will be held at FHC Fellowship Church at 1 West George Street. Please email Chelsea with questions at [email protected].

The Arcanum Wayne Trail Historical Society Walking Tour of designated historic sites around town is now marked with plaques by members of the committee. George Ivester’s home, now the Arcanum Public Library, has been highlighted in the Darke Journal. The next site of the tour is the California House Hotel which is from the 1868’s era which stood at “One East George Street” and was moved down North Main Street across from Kreitzer’s Funeral Home. The IOOF building was constructed and later taken down in 1975-1976 to become Troutwine’s Auto Sales new truck lot which it still there today. The old hotel building is presently the private residence of Wallace Alderman on North Main Street. Self-Guided Walking Tour maps are available at the AWTHS building or by e-mailing [email protected].

Join Chef Jeff Besecker and The Old Arcana team for a celebration of fall flavors on a very special Halloween Night Dinner on Oct. 31 from 7 to 10 p.m. Tickets are pre-sale only and the price includes an Autumn Salad, your choice of entree and drink. Dessert can be purchased at meal’s end for an additional cost. Seating is available and tickets are limited to 50 people, so reserve your table today! Stop by or phone 692-0068 to reserve your tickets!

Rachel’s Challenge Community Event Scheduled at Arcanum High School. The staff and administrators invite the public to join them on Sept. 23 at 7 p.m. in the cafetorium to hear a powerful presentation and reminder of the little things we can do every day to make our world a better place! Arcanum-Butler Local Schools is proud to be a part of Rachel’s Challenge and want to share the story of Rachel Joy Scott’s shining example of kindness and compassion. Come hear the inspiring true story of one girl’s dream being fulfilled over a decade after her death in the Columbine High School shooting on April 20, 1999. Recommended Audience: 6th Grade and Up. For more information about Rachel and the organization that she inspired, visit .

Congrats to the AHS boys’ golf team for winning the CCC Championship and to Coach Jim Gray for being CCC Coach of the Year! The Lady Trojans came in second place in the CCC under Coach Andy Bryant. Congrats to Haleigh Shaffer for her first place finish!

Arcanum School building update — Roofing has been completed on the back side of the main gymnasium and has started on the front side. Due to a delay in receiving the correct material on a portion of the gymnasium, the roofers are working on the middle/high school side. Masons are completing work on the alcove at the north end of the elementary, which will complete the entire north end. They are working on higher elevations and portions of the middle/high school side. A portion of the elementary was cleaned (brick) this past weekend with more being cleaned this coming weekend. There have been lots of questions during this process; here are a few with some answers. Is the construction work on schedule? Due to the rainy summer and some delay with roofing materials, work is a bit behind schedule; however, the work is a two-year process. They will work as long as they can into the fall and start back next spring. Is the roof going to be the orange color or the brown color? The new roof color is “Spartan Bronze,” which looks brown and is the same color as the light posts. Will the EIFS (walls that aren’t brick, such as the main entrance) be the same color? No, it will eventually be painted to match the new brick and roof colors.

“In many ways, September feels like the busiest time of the year: The kids go back to school, work piles up after the summer’s dog days, and Thanksgiving is suddenly upon us.” ~Brene Brown
September in full swing with activities

By Vickie Rhodehamel

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 [email protected]. 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.

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