Arcanum News: Smile! Enjoy the winter sunshine!


Yes, it’s January and it’s cold out there! Maybe January is not your favorite month, but you can make it to spring with a smile on your face!

ENJOY the cold: wrap up warm, get out there and feel the winter sunshine on your pasty face and smile at all the people you meet today…You never know, they might smile back!

The Franklin-Monroe Athletic Boosters invite you to join them for fun games, good food and a chance to win great prizes at the inaugural Monte Carlo Night and Dinner. The event will be held at Romer’s Catering, 118 E. Main Street, Greenville on March 12 at 6 p.m. All proceeds benefit FM’s athletes and athletic programs. For tickets, contact and FMABC board member or call Ryan Berry at (937) 546-3307. If you would like be a sponsor or make a donation, call (937) 564-8059 or (937) 459-7879.

Save the Date! The Arcanum Athletic Boosters will be hosting their second annual Monte Carlo Night as well on March 26, 2016 from 7 to 11 p.m. at the Stillwater Golf Club, 9235 Seibt Road, Versailles, Ohio. Tickets are $10 and available from Karin Baker at 937/604-5752 or Tish Rademachir at 937/417-5253.

The elementary gym will host an Arcanum Sports Resale on Feb. 6 from 9 a.m. to noon. Bring your used sports items, clothing, shoes and Arcanum wear to sell. (Examples…cleats, basketball shoes, bats, bags, helmets, pants, etc.) Bring your own table! Be there at 8:30 if you are selling. And be ready to shop, too! Share this with your friends!

Save the date – the 2016 Tour de Donut will be Sept. 10! Te Tour de Donut is a unique bicycle event, where your ability to eat donuts is just as important as your ability to ride your bicycle fast. The event is a mass start timed ride where riders visit donut stops and eat donuts. For each donut the rider eats during the ride (and keeps down) they have five minutes deducted from their ride time. There are prizes in several classes including the coveted golden Tour de Donut championship belt for the best adjusted “donut time.” We also award the most donuts eaten in several classes, and for the speed freaks we also award the fastest bike only time. This ride is intended to be fun and include all cyclists pro to amateur, triathletes, tourist, fitness riders, fun riders, or you can dust off that two-wheeler you found along the road, or in the back of the barn you are not going to want to miss this event. For more information and registration visit their website at:

The Arcanum Wayne Trail Historical Society needs your help; they will be hosting a program on Sept. 8on One and Two Room School Houses in Southern Darke County. They have a good collection of photos from Twin and Van Buren Townships, but are still seeking photos of Castine School, off Rt. 722 and Butler Township old school houses. If you live in an old school house, attended or taught at one time they would love to hear your stories; any information about your old school house on your property as far as age of building and when it closed or was sold would be helpful. Information or photos can be e-mailed to c[email protected]. If the photo can’t be scanned or sent digitally please e-mail or call 937-692-6462 so arrangements can be made to copy the photo or to mail or arrange pick up; limited copies can be made at the historical society. They are particularly looking for photos from these townships: Monroe: Cassell or Burnice and Miller’s Grove with the Brumbaugh name; Swamp Poodle located near Schnorf-Jones and Stocker Roads. Twin: Brown located on Grubbs-Rex Road near Gordon-Landis Road and Zenzer (Zenger) located at intersection of Rt. 503 and Darke-Preble County Line Road. Butler: District #9 located Route 722 and east of Route 726; District #3 located on Arcanum-Hollansburg Road west of Weaver’s Station Road and east of Harter Road.

It’s time for Arcanum Junior Baseball/Softball sign-ups! Sign-up sessions will be held at the school on Jan. 30and Feb. 8from 9 a.m. to noon, and Feb. 12rom 6 to 8 p.m. Registration will be at Arcanum Schools.

Sunshine is delicious, rain is refreshing, wind braces us up, snow is exhilarating, and there is really no such thing as bad weather, only different kinds of good weather.” ~John Ruskin

“Winter is the time for comfort, for good food and warmth, for the touch of a friendly hand and for a talk beside the fire: it is the time for home.” ~Edith Sitwell

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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