Arcanum News: New firetruck has been delivered


The All-American Fire Equipment Company delivered a new Rosenbauer fire truck to the Arcanum Fire Company this past week! Thanks to all who worked hard in making the new Engine possible, the All American Fire Equipment and Mark Loy, and All of the members of Arcanum FD. Engine# 342 is now in service and ready for duty!

The Pitsburg Church of the Brethren will present The Christianaires Quartet Concert on Sunday, August 6 at 6 p.m. The Christianaires’ music is a blend of the kinds of music that reaches the heart and positively communicates the message of Jesus Christ; from a distinct Southern Gospel sound to the precious old hymns of the church; their music is presented with deep sincerity and warmth of spirit. They are genuine in their love for Jesus Christ, committed to the ministry of the Christian message, and effective in their presentation of scriptural truth through gospel quartet music that reaches the heart and honors God. Pitsburg COB is located at the west edge of Pitsburg at 8376 Pitsburg-Laura Road.

The Arcanum High School Band was at Bluffton College last week for Band Camp. Reports were received that they have been working hard and are learning their new halftime show “Under Construction”. They also have a new color guard this year and will practicing for the Darke County Fair Band Show and the upcoming football season once they return home. Show them some support this year during the fair at the A# Tent!

Where are they now? I recently connected with another Arcanum graduate, Emily (Strayer) Otto, class of 2004. Emily now lives in South Carolina with her family. She moved there to attend Coastal Carolina University where she graduated with a degree in Education. A few years ago, Emily received her Master’s Degree in Educational Leadership at Grand Canyon University. Meanwhile, she also became intrigued by the emergent coastal housing market. She then decided to pursue her real estate license. When the right opportunity came along, Emily seized it with conviction and is making real estate her full-time career with RE/MAX Southern Shores. Emily is proud of her heritage, born and raised in the great state of Ohio, an Ohio State Buckeye Fan that looks forward to her new career with the same dedication she did to sports while she was a Trojan at Arcanum High School. Congratulations Emily!

Don’t forget the August Coffee and Conversation at Arcanum Wayne Trail Historical Society about growing up in Pitsburg will be held on Saturday, August 12 at 10 a.m. at 123 W. George Street in Arcanum. Guests will be Dr. Jess Heise, Ester Hoover, and Gregg and Patty Spencer to share about Pitsburg. All are welcome to come and also share about your memories. If you have photos to share of Pitsburg please bring as well as a copy for our AWTHS library. All time frame photos are encouraged.

The first day of school for students in the Arcanum-Butler Local School District is Tuesday, August 29. This will be a regular day of school, with all grade levels attending regular sessions. The school day for grades 5-12 is 7:35 a.m. to 2:30 p.m. with breakfast available beginning at 7:20 a.m. Grades K-4 will attend 8:55 a.m. to 3:30 p.m., with breakfast available starting at 8:30 a.m. MVCTC juniors begin school on Thursday, August 17 and MVCTC seniors begin on Friday, August 18. The MVCTC bus will depart from the north parking lot at 7:20 a.m. The Elementary School Supply List is listed on the schools’ website as well as the 2017-18 year District School Calendar; check it out .

On Sunday, September 10 from 2 to 4 p.m. the AWTHS will host “Center School” at the old school house located at 6891 Grubbs-Rex Road on the farm of Tom and Barb Jackson. In a very unique celebration the schoolhouse will be open for class at 2 p.m. that day with a history lesson on the area school. If you want to make a day of it, you can get the instructions from AWTHS to then drive the self-guided driving tour of other old school houses in Twin and Van Buren Township. Brochures can be downloaded from: More info on school and event listed at: What a neat excursion idea! Thank you AWTHS!

“In the blink of an eye everything can change. So forgive often and love with all your heart. You may never know when you may not have that chance again.” ~Anonymous

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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