Arcanum New: October is a fallen leaf


Arcanum Faith United Methodist Church, in Arcanum was recently a collection depot for the Church World Service kits collected in the surrounding area. Approximately 1,347 school kits, 799 hygiene kits, and 22 baby layettes were brought to the trailer manned by Janice Michael.

Participating churches of various denominations were from Eaton, Troy, Ansonia, Nashville, Webster, and Faith UM in Arcanum. These kits were taken to the Festival of Sharing in Westerville, Ohio. The Festival of Sharing was held Sept. 19 on the campus of Otterbein University. Church World Service is a global mission with participation from the National Council of Churches. Faith ladies who participated in loading the kits into the trailer were Sharon Karns, Sharon Troutwine, Judy Fourman, along with Janice Michael, district representative.

Have you seen Glamour Magazine’s October issue featuring a local breast cancer survivor who is making a difference here at home? Heather Salazar of Tipp City, is the granddaughter of Arcanum residents Dave and Marybeth Printz, and is the executive director of Pink Ribbon Girls, which provides personalized support to women throughout all phases of the breast cancer journey. Pink Ribbon Girls is an Ohio-based charity that delivers healthy prepared meals to patients undergoing breast cancer treatment—and provides housekeeping, transportation, and peer support. “Last year we shipped more than 35,000 meals,” says Salazar, who was diagnosed with breast cancer at age 31 and is working to expand the organization nationally. “Our goal is that each patient spends her healthy moments with her family or doing whatever is important to her.” The diagnosis came two years after she and her husband had adopted a little girl who mother died of breast cancer at age 24. Heather now calls that woman her angel. Salazar is one of five women featured in Glamour for helping other women fight the disease. Heather’s parents are AHS graduates Dale and Susan (Byrum) Printz of Tipp City.

Awesome job Arcanum High School Marching Band! They placed first in Class C last weekend at the Hamilton Band Contest and the Best Percussion Award!

Congratulations to the Arcanum HS Boys’ Golf Team for qualifying for district contest and congratulations to Haleigh Shaffer for qualifying for the Girls District Golf Tournament.

Congratulations to AHS student Beth Trittschuh who was elected FCCLA officer at Miami Valley CTC for the school year.

Coming in November to Arcanum – Operation Christmas Child 5k one-mile walk/run will be held Nov. 14 at 9 a.m. Immanuel Baptist Church of Arcanum and Faith Baptist Church of Greenville are co-sponsoring this event for the benefit of Operation Christmas Child, a ministry of Samaritan’s Purse International. The registration fee is $15 and a filled shoebox; participants will receive a free t-shirt if registered by Oct. 30. For more information and paper registration form please see or call 937/548-1808; for online registration please see . There will be cash prizes by age group. Operation Christmas Child Shoebox is an opportunity to fill an empty shoebox (standard size required) with items for a boy or girl with small toys, school supplies, hygiene items, and other items that are listed on the website to be given to a child ages 2-4, 5-9 or 10-14 in a foreign country where things we take for granted are unavailable to them. Every shoebox gift delivered by Operation Christmas Child is a tangible expression of God’s amazing love. But a shoebox is just the beginning. It also presents an opportunity in more than 100 countries for our church partners to invite children into a deeper relationship with Jesus Christ through The Greatest Journey.

Interesting facts about October: More American Presidents were born in the month of October than any other month. They were John Adams, Rutherford B. Hayes, Chester Arthur, Theodore Roosevelt, Dwight Eisenhower and Jimmy Carter.

Here are a few more interesting facts about October that you may or may not be aware of: Did you know?

Free rural delivery of mail began in the United States, Oct. 1, 1896.

The first “Model T” Ford was put on the market, Oct. 1, 1908.

The Soviet Union launched its first artificial satellite, Sputnik, Oct. 4, 1957.

The first double-decked steamboat, the Washington, arrived at New Orleans, Oct. 7, 1816.

The great fire of Chicago began, and burned for about 30 hours, Oct. 8, 1871.

The U.S. Naval Academy opened at Annapolis, Maryland, Oct. 10, 1845.

Columbus landed in America, Oct. 12, 1492.

The United States flag was formally raised over Alaska, Oct. 18, 1867.

The U.S.S. Constitution, better known as Old Ironsides, launched, Oct. 21, 1797.

The first transcontinental telegram was sent, Oct.24, 1861

“October is the fallen leaf, but it is also a wider horizon more clearly seen. It is the distant hills once more in sight, and the enduring constellations above them once again.” Hal Borland

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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