Arcanum News: Happy Memorial Day!


Memorial Day was originally called Decoration Day and was initiated to honor the soldiers for the Union and Confederate armies who died during the American Civil War. Celebrations honoring Civil War heroes started the year after the war ended. The establishment of a public holiday was meant to unify the celebration as a national day of remembrance instead of a holiday celebrated separately by the Union and Confederate states. By the late 19th century, the holiday became known as Memorial Day and was expanded to include the deceased veterans of all the wars fought by American forces. In 1971, Memorial Day became a federal holiday.

The original national celebration of Decoration Day took place on May 30, 1868. When Memorial Day became a federal holiday, it was given the floating date of the last Monday in May. Since many companies close for the holiday, Memorial Day weekend is three days long for most people. It is the unofficial beginning of the summer vacation season that lasts until the first Monday in September, which is Labor Day. Welcome Summer!

The Farmer’s Market will be held every Saturday for the summer and is sponsored by AWTHS in Veteran’s Park in downtown Arcanum. This will begin the first Saturday in June from 9 a.m. to 12 noon and continue every Saturday. Anyone interested in selling their produce or crafts is invited to set up their booth/stand. There is no fee to participate. Any questions, please call Sharon Troutwine at 692-5128. The house will be open for tours, viewing displays and doing research. While appointments are not required for the reference library and research they are recommended so the staff can be present to assist. Computer research, micro film and upstairs storage materials are definite appointments. Call 937-417-3746 or e-mail [email protected].

Full details of our summer program can be obtained on their web site at:

The Arcanum Athletic Boosters would like to invite you to be a part of the Annual Athletic Boosters Golf Outing on June 11, beginning at 2 p.m. at Stillwater Valley Golf Course in Versailles. Questions, please contact Marcus Bixler at 419-957-0977 or [email protected].

AHS Graduation is on Sunday at 2 p.m. — 98 students from the Class of 2016 will graduate in the high school gym. Guest speaker will be AHS 1978 graduate, Deb (Oswalt) Dynes. The 2016 valedictorian is Alexis Kreusch and the salutatorian is Holly Grosch. Congratulations!

Speaking of Arcanum Schools — the last day for students is Thursday. Students will be dismissed one hour early: Middle and high school at 1:30 p.m. and the elementary at 2:30 p.m. Have a great summer!

Abbottsville United Methodist Church welcomes you to their ice cream social on June 11 from 4 to 6 p.m. They are located at 4135 State Route 49, Arcanum. They will have chocolate, vanilla, and strawberry ice cream to satisfy your sweet tooth and also shredded chicken and BBQ sandwiches, cole slaw, and potato salad on the menu. Additionally they will have assorted homemade pies, cookies, and brownies to enjoy. Stop by and enjoy some fellowship and enjoy a treat!

Congratulations to the AHS Track Team on their recent accomplishments; Austin Gibboney for qualifying for the finals of the 300M Hurdles and setting a new school record 40.63. Honors to Alexis Kreusch for qualifying for state in the high jump, Erica Zimmer for winning the OHSAA regionals in shot put, Marcy Bradshaw and Isaac Stephens on qualifying for Regionals in the 1600m run, Michaela McGaffic and Mitchell Sink on qualifying for regionals in the shot put, Marina Mehaffie on placing first in the pole vault at districts, and Isabella Whiting on qualifying for regionals in the pole vault at the district meet. Also congratulations to boys 4×100 team of L. Cetnar, L. Holsapple, A. Gibboney, and D. O’Donnell on qualifying for regionals. Another school record broken-congrats to Marcy Bradshaw on winning the 3200m at district, setting a new school record 12:13.8. Congratulations to the girls 4 x 800 team of C. Meyer, M. Bradshaw, M. Wetzel, and M. Heiser on qualifying for Regionals. Congratulations to the boys 4 x 800 team of I. Stephens, T. Delk, D. Coats, and J. Vanatta on qualifying for Regionals!

More senior commitments to further their sports careers — Congrats to Daniel O’Donnell for committing to play football at Earlham in Richmond, great job!!!

“True patriotism isn’t cheap. It’s about taking on a fair share of the burden of keeping America going.” ~Robert Reich

“My fellow Americans, ask not what your country can do for you, ask what you can do for your country.” ~John F. Kennedy

By Vickie Rhodehamel

Arcanum News

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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