Arcanum News: Those January blues


The Ohio School Boards Association is celebrating School Board Recognition Month in January 2016 to build awareness and understanding of the vital function an elected board of education plays in our society.

School Board Recognition Month honors the members of Ohio’s more than 700 city, exempted village, local and joint vocational boards of education and educational service centers governing boards for their commitment to providing quality public education to Ohio’s school children. The Arcanum-Butler Local School District is joining with other districts throughout the state to recognize the important contributions school board members make to their communities.

“Our school community benefits from the dedication and leadership of our board members,” said Superintendent John Stephens. “Furthermore, they represent a commitment to local citizen control and decision-making in education. Even though we are making a special effort during January to show appreciation to our school board members, we recognize their contributions reflect a year-round commitment on their part. On behalf of the students, staff and administration of the Arcanum-Butler Local School District I would like to thank our board members for their continued service.”

The men and women serving Arcanum-Butler Local Schools and their years of service are: Board President Ed Everman, has served on the Arcanum-Butler Local Board since 1998. Vice President Tracy Fout, began serving in 2010, Mark Trask in February 2011, Bev Delk in January 2012 and Kelly Norris in April 2013.

Over the Christmas Break the seventh- and eighth-grade basketball teams volunteered time to help others at Grace Resurrection’s Food Pantry. Players, by parents and coaches helped stock the pantry and serve those who rely on the items to make ends meet. A special thanks to Coaches David Baker and Matt Huffman for organizing the service opportunity. Thank you to the players and parents for helping serve Darke County!

On Saturday m Arcanum High School held its annual Athletic Hall of Fame Induction ceremony. This year’s inductees include Julie Miller-Wolfe ‘89 and Paul Shahan ‘61. The induction ceremony was held in the elementary gym at 4:30 p.m. The inductees were also recognized on the court in-between the varsity girls and boys basketball games. Julie was a four-year letterman for volleyball, softball, and basketball at Arcanum. Today she is a certified brain injury specialist and has worked the past 19 years at the Rehabilitation Hospital of Fort Wayne, Indiana. Along with her husband, Steve, she continues to be involved in athletics through he children, Drew, Trent, and Emily. Paul was an athletic standout during his entire high school career as well, he continued his love of basketball at Defiance College and participated in the NAIA national tournament tin 1963. Today, he is retired after a 34-year career with General Motors. He and his late wife, Judy (Sluterbeck) had two daughters, Manda and Margaret and four grandchildren.

Congratulations to Jessica (Rench) and Daniel Berry on their recent wedding. Jessica and Daniel were married at Castine Church of the Brethren on Dec. 27, 2015. Jessica is the daughter of Terry and Darla Rench of rural Arcanum.

Congratulations to Joshua and Dawn (Vore-Wilson) Farmer on their recent marriage. Josh and Dawn were married on Dec. 13, 2015, at The Old Arcana in front of family and friends. Josh is the son of Mark and Carmy Farmer of Arcanum, and Dawn is the daughter of Bob Vore and the late Linda Vore.

Do you have your ticket? The Arcanum Alumni Association invites you to participate in its raffle ticket promotion, all proceeds from the raffle will go to AHS Alumni Scholarships to be awarded at the 2016 Trojan Homecoming Event. One ticket gives you seven chances to WIN! Tickets are on sale at the Boys and Girls High School Basketball games in the cafetorium. The senen prizes are: two $50 gift certificates to Sutton’s, courtesy of Josh Urlage and Kirby Sutton, owners; two $50 gas gift certificates at Troutwine Auto Sales, courtesy of Jim Troutwine, owner; two $50 gift certificates to Hibbett Sports in Greenville, courtesy of Rick Emrick, owner of Emrick Machine & Tool; and one $25 gift certificate to Hi-Tech Automotive, courtesy of Tom Besecker, owner. The winning tickets will be drawn at the boys’ home game on Friday. You do not need to be present to WIN! Raffle tickets are $5 each or six for $25. Raffle tickets are available in the cafetorium at all girls and boys basketball athletic events this week.

“Feeling a little blue in January is normal.” ~Marilu Henner

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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