Arcanum News: October arrives, brings many beautiful colors


The Arcanum Wayne Trail Historical Society (AWTHS) will have fall hours on the First Saturday of the month for November and December from 9 a.m. to 12 noon.

The Dietrich portraits are still up to view and it’s not too early to do some Christmas shopping for the history buffs in your family – AWTHS has Arcanum area publications/books written by Anita Short and William Gunder for sale. Memberships to the society are also on sale and would make a great stocking stuffer! By purchasing a membership, you can contribute to a worthy cause and help preserve history – the society depends on memberships as well as donations to maintain their facility and programs.

Volunteers are always needed, they are the backbone of this organization donating countless hours in order to not only maintain the historical building but to keep the reference library going while preserving and educating our local history. For questions, please feel free to contact Annette Stewart or Susie Weisenbarger about using the reference library. For questions about membership, call Sharon Troutwine. Barb Deis is who you need to see for book sales or drop by during their open hours on the first Saturday of the month. Stop by and see them on Saturdays or check out their website at

Check out the new things going on at The Old Arcana on West George Street for the fall and holiday season-who wouldn’t love to attend a Christmas Tea or a Gingerbread house class? They can be reached at 937-692-0068 or stop by for a visit and linger a while. You can also tour the historic building; browse antiques at their neighbors Smith Merchants. Check out their website for more details:

Congratulations to the AHS Lady Trojan Golf team who qualified for district competition! At the Stillwater Valley outing the girls finished second. Congratulations to Lexi Unger who medaled finishing fifth. Members of the team are Franchesca Hackworth, Madison O’Daniel, Brenna Loxley, Alex Less, Alexis Unger, and Madison Mankin – the ladies are coached by Andrew Bryant. Congrats and Good Luck ladies!

Congratulations to the Boys Golf Team on winning the CCC Tournament yesterday at Stillwater Valley Golf Club! The boys shot a season best 344. Congrats to Carter Gray who shot an 18-hole score of 78 finishing with an eighth-place medal. Congratulations to Steven Vanatta on qualifying for the boys’ golf district tournament!

Arcanum Elementary staff members participated in a workshop led by Wright State University professors Dr. Jeremy Mills and Monica Clark on the topic of Dyslexia. Arcanum-Butler is pleased to have formed the partnership that will continue throughout the year on the topic, providing teachers with insight, tools and resources to better identify and meet the needs of students with dyslexia or dyslexia tendencies. The professional develop comes at no cost to the district as they are involved in piloting the program for future use by WSU. WSU recently was awarded a $1,000 mini grant. Thank you, Dr. Mills and Mrs. Clark!

Arcanum Butler Middle School would like to congratulate Mrs. Garbig, Mrs. Seger and Mrs. Tegtmeyer for being rewarded with a $4,000 grant from Dollar General for their Read180 program. Congratulations and thanks to Dollar General for their support!

AHS Marching Band takes first place at Northwestern High School! It was a great start to the marching band contest season for the Trojans who took first place this week in the Class C Division at the Northwestern Band Show. The band also received awards for Best Percussion Class C, Best Overall General Effect Class B/C and 2nd Place Overall — Congratulations to the AHS Marching Band and new band director Heather Marsh!

Have you got your tickets for the Arcanum Alumni Association’s Marinated Pork Chop dinner on Oct. 28? Proceeds benefit the Alumni Scholarship fund – look for tickets on sale at Sutton’s on Saturdays and all home football games!

“October is the month for painted leaves…. As fruits and leaves and the day itself acquire a bright tint just before they fall, so the year near its setting. October is its sunset sky; November the later twilight.” ~Henry David Thoreau

“October gave a party; the leaves by hundreds came, the ashes, oaks, and maples, and leaves of every name. The sunshine spread a carpet, And every thing was grand; Miss Weather led the dancing; Professor Wind, the band….The sight was like a rainbow new-fallen from the sky…” ~George Cooper

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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