Arcanum News: New Elementary principal named


Congratulations to Jonie Pechie, who was named the new principal of Arcanum Elementary School at a special Boarding meeting held this past week.

Mrs. Pechie has been the physical education teacher for the past 10 years in the elementary and/or the middle school. An outstanding educator, she received her bachelor of science degree in physical education from Miami University and will complete her Master’s degree in school leadership from Concordia University along with her Principal Licensure in July 2017. She resides near Ansonia with her husband, Todd, and their two daughters, Makenna and Maci.

The Pitsburg Church of the Brethren will present Redeemed Trio in concert on Sunday, April 2, at 6 p.m. The church is located at 8376 Pitsburg-Laura Road, Arcanum. Refreshments will be served in the Fellowship Hall following the concert. Members of the trio are Pastor Gary Bayes (baritone) who started Redeemed Trio 13 years ago. Pastor Gary retired in 1999 for the secular world to become a staff pastor at Montgomery Assembly of God Church. After three years there he became the administrative pastor at Christian Life Center Church in West Chester, Ohio, for six years. He also sang with The Townesmen Quartet along with Barney McFadden. It has been his life long dream to minister in Southern Gospel Music and Redeemed Trio has been a big part of this dream come true. Pastor Gary still serves The Ohio Ministry Network as the PCCNA liaison for the Royal Ranger Ministry and Area Commander for the Cincinnati Royal Rangers. He serves his city as the Chairman for the Zoning Board Of Appeals.

Barney McFadden (lead) has ministered in Southern Gospel Music since he was a teenager. He was raised in southern Indiana and began singing by filling in when a member of The Churchmen quartet became ill. After singing with them for several years, he formed his own trio, The Majestics. Barney’s full time occupation was a tool and die maker but was able to sing and travel on weekends and back to work on Monday morning. Moving to Ohio because of his job, he formed The Victors Quartet. He also sang with The Townesmen Quartet and The McFadden’s with his wife and son. Barney has recorded numerous records and CDs and was privileged to sing at the National Quartet Convention when it was still in Memphis, Tennessee. Barney is currently the Music Director at the Church of the Nazarene in West Milton.

The last member of the trio is Dale Boreing (tenor), who from a young age has enjoyed singing and playing in church, where his love for Southern Gospel Music and dream to travel in a group began. After marrying his high school sweetheart, he remained involved, and a huge SG fan, for many years while raising his family. It wasn’t until 2009 that his dream came true when Dale was offered the tenor position for the Sonmen Quartet. In 2012 he joined the Mission Quartet where he was blessed to travel nationally for two years. Having shared the stage with many top groups Dale has recorded multiple projects, appeared on the RFD-TV, and sang on the NQC Main Stage. He is excited to continue his singing career with Redeemed Trio.

Reservations for the third annual Trojan Alumni Homecoming are due this week, April 1! The event will be held April 22, at Arcanum High School. Come enjoy a relaxed, casual evening reminiscing and reconnecting with classmates and friends. Registration for the evening will begin at 5 in the school cafetorium. At that time there will be tours available for anyone wishing to see the school, as well as light appetizers. Dinner will be served by Batdorf’s Red Barn Catering beginning at 6:30 p.m. The menu will consist of tossed salad with French or ranch dressing, boneless pork loin, Italian marinated chicken strips, green beans with almonds, red skin potatoes, and dinner roll, followed by chocolate or white cake for dessert. Drinks will include coffee (regular and decaf), sweet ice tea, lemonade, and ice water. Entertainment will be provided by the High School Jazz Band. Questions, call Nancy Perrin Ady at 937-269-6318. If you cannot attend but would like to support the Scholarship Fund, please submit it to Nancy Perrin Ady, 108 Sierra Lane, Arcanum, Ohio 45304.

If time allows, plan to come early and visit the Arcanum Wayne Trail Historical Society located at 123 W George St in Arcanum. They will be open that day from 1-4 p.m. At the Historical Society, you can enjoy tours of the beautifully restored house, view the displays, and peruse the reference library as well as the Arcanum School memorabilia. Publications will also be available for sale. For more information, you can visit their website,, or their FaceBook page.

Summer is coming, are you looking for a summer position? The Arcanum Pool is looking to hire lifeguards as soon as possible. If you are interested, you must be 16 and must complete an application at the Arcanum City Building. Applicants will need to complete lifeguard training at the local YMCA or show proof of completion. All applications will be reviewed by the new Village Administrator, Bill Kessler. What a fun summer job this would be at the pool in the sun! Check it out!

Are you getting ready for Easter? I would love to include in my upcoming column the special services that your church has planned or any other organizations that are hosting Easter events; please contact me this week by Thursday via email or telephone to let me know about your church/group’s special plans.

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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