Arcanum News: All you can eat


The next fish fry hosted by the Arcanum VFW is an “All You Can Eat Affair” on Feb. 20 t the post on South Albright Street, Arcanum. Serving begins at 5 p.m. and includes all the fish you can eat, coleslaw, baked beans and a baked potato for $8; dine in or carry-out will be available.

It’s tournament time-the Lady Trojan Basketball team will be playing in the sectional tournament on Tuesday at 7:30 p.m. at Franklin Monroe High School. The Varsity Boys Sectional Tournament Game is Saturday at 5 p.m. at Belmont High School. Come out and support your Trojans! Pre-sale tickets are available for $6 at the school, see Mrs. Kramer at the attendance office. Go Trojans!

The Arcanum High School Music Department received superior (I) and excellent (II) ratings at the solo and ensemble Contest this year. In the choral solo events, Mara Arnett, Quintan Smith and Kaylee Myers received II ratings in their respective events. In the band instrumental events, the following students received I ratings: Allison Moore (oboe solo), David Blankenship (bass clarinet solo), Emma Smith (clarinet solo), Isabella Whiting (French horn solo), Erica Zimmer (trombone solo and euphonium solo), Hayley Harleman (piccolo solo and flute solo), Megan McFaddin (piccolo and flute solo), and Michaela McGaffic (trumpet solo). Ensembles receiving I ratings were: Flute Trio with Megan McDFaddin, Shelby Horsza, and Hayley Harleman; Brass Trio 2 with L. Krause, C. Sanders, and C. Manning; and Soprano Clarinet Trio with E. Smith, L. Pankratz, and S. Naylor. Ensembles receiving a II rating were: Brass Trio 1 with E. Smith, D. Dendler, and S. Aukerman; and Saxophone Quartet with J. Ford, M. Kessler, T. Delk and C. Carroll. Solos receiving a II rating were Shelby Horsza (flute solo), Michael Scott (euphonium solo), and Luke Cetnar (snare drum solo).

The second annual Monte Carlo Night hosted by the Arcanum Athletic Boosters has changed the date of their event for this year because of Easter and Spring Break. The new date for the event is March 19 from 7 to 11 p.m. at the Stillwater Valley Golf Club, 9235 Seibt Road, Versailles. Tickets are $10 and available from Karin Baker at 937/604-5752 or Tish Rademachir at 937/417-5253.

Mark your calendars and make plans to attend the Annual Trojan Alumni Homecoming (formerly the Alumni Banquet) on the evening of April 16. They will be recognizing the classes of 2016, 1991 (25 years) and 1966 (50 years). Invitations are currently being printed and will be mailed out soon. If you have questions you may contact: Amy (Eberwein) Warner at 937-692-0126 or Teri (Warner) Bailey at 937-467-3856. AHS alumni are encouraged to visit the alumni page on the school’s website at to register their most recent address. Donations are also being accepted toward this year’s scholarships, if you would like to donate or have questions please call Linda (Yount) Newbauer at 937/996-8264 or Tom Fourman at 937/692-5290.

The Franklin-Monroe Class of 1991 cordially invites all alumni to attend the 63rd Annual Alumni Banquet on April 2 at the FM High School. They will be honoring graduates of 1941, 1966, 1991 and 2016. Members of the alumni committee are: Claudette Diceanu (937-405-5939), Steve Furlong (937-417-3340), Kendra Godown (937-608-4073), Vicki Ressler (937-416-3529), and Kerry Vanatta (937-478-2836).

This past week marked the start of the Lenten Season, as Feb. 10 was Ash Wednesday. Ash Wednesday is a day of fasting, the first day of Lent in Western Christianity; it occurs 46 days (40 weekdays plus 6 Sundays) before Easter (March 27, 2016). Ash Wednesday derives its name from the practice of blessing ashes made from palm branches blessed on the previous year Palm Sunday, and placing them on the heads of participants to the accompaniment of the words “Repent, and believe in the Gospel” or “Remember that you are dust, and to dust you shall return.” According to the gospels of Matthew, Mark and Luke, Jesus Christ spent 40 days fasting in the desert, where he endured temptation by Satan; Lent originated as a mirroring of this, fasting 40 days as preparation for Easter. Every Sunday was seen as a commemoration of the Sunday of Christ’s resurrection and so as a feast day on which fasting was inappropriate. Accordingly, Christians fasted from Monday to Saturday (6six days) during six weeks and from Wednesday to Saturday (four days) in the preceding week, thus making up the number of 40 days.

“February, when the days of winter seem endless and no amount of wistful recollecting can bring back any air of summer.” ~Shirley Jackson

“February makes a bridge and March breaks it.” ~George Hebert

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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