Ivester Park Beautification Project


Have you driven through Ivester Park this past week? It certainly looks wonderful, a special thanks to all the volunteers who helped mulch trees in Ivester Park last Saturday, May 9. Working with Arcanum Village Administer Bill Kessler and Mark Poston, Lead-Street Dept., on this park beautification projected, many people came together with their trailers, pitchforks, and energy to spread leaf mulch. A special thanks to Landon Haney and Levi Walker, Arcanum FFA students, who used their own equipment to move mulch throughout the park; one using a Bobcat, the other a small front-end loader.

The village supplied a large front-end loader to load trailers maned by teams of volunteers: Kevin and Mary Bolyard, Bev Rench and Kirk Honeyman, also Connie and Mike Wells. Helping to spread the mulch where Jim Hill, Tom Jones, and Dusty Walker. Also helping were Arcanum Preservation Society members Tom Kessler and Angela Herron. The VFW also donated the use of their trailer for this project and members of Community of Faith Church were also available to help.

The personal equipment Landon and Levi brought were instrumental in speeding the process and in the success of mulching the trees. These young men each have their own business, Haney’s Mowing & Landscaping and Walker’s Outdoor Landscaping. The group commented on how nice the park looks with the trees mulched. They volunteered to help again next year. This project enhances the landscaping around the gazebo and as well as all the many plantings throughout the park which the Arcanum Garden Club has put in place and taken care of for many years. Thank you everyone for all your hard work and volunteerism.

Speaking of the Arcanum Garden Club, I noticed today that they have been busy planting the flower pots on all the corners uptown and are getting ready for the summer season, thank you ladies for your dedication and hard-work for all to enjoy every summer!

Even though school is not in session, there have lots of happenings in the high school. First, 2020 Prom Court as announced via the internet by Principal Jason Stephen. Members of the Court are: Seniors ~ Austen Cuttarelli, Grant Delk, Tristan Delk, Carson Magnani, JT Whittaker, Jayden Hetzley, Ellianna Sloan, Audrey Heiser, Rachel Wright, Ellie Kubik, Camille Pohl, and Araya Musselman. Juniors ~ Trevor Bailey, Jacob Egnor, Nick Fry, and Landen Kreusch, Maggie Weiss, Aidan O’Brien, Regan Weaver, and Maddy Byrne. After the student voted online royalty was crowned – the new Prom King is Austen Cuttarelli, the new Prom Queen is Rachel Wright, and Princess is Maggie Weiss, and Prince Jacob Egnor. Congratulations to all!

The Top Ten Scholastic students were also announced this past week. This event is generally a banquet at Beechwood Golf Course, but this year was also held virtually online. Freshmen scholars are Charlie Barry, Jaxson Christ, Mollie Erickson, Lani Hollinger, Elanor Knauss, Mariah Kreusch, Zoe Monnin, Ashton Paul, Aiden Psczulkoski, and Jacob Rice. Sophomore scholars are Dan Albright, Ian Baker, Madelyn Feron, Andrea Garrison, Tyler Huber, Isabelle O’Daniel, Tyler Pfahler, Chad Pitzer, Eliza Smith, and Zeke Wright. Junior scholars are Trevor Bailey, Allie Barry, Nick Fry, Trista Hollinger, Landen Kreusch, Aiden O’Brien, Jonathon Riley, Karr Stump, Emily Wenning, and Grace Wooten. Senior scholars are Regan Blinn, Tristen Delk, and Camille Pohl. Senior scholars who are 4-year recipients are: Austen Cuttarelli, Audrey Heiser, Madison Magnani, Araya Musselman, Kayla O’Daniel, Abbigail VanHoose, and Rachel Wright. Congratulations to all these terrific students who are at the top of their class!

The local Farmers Market sponsored by the Arcanum Wayne Trail Historical Society is planned to start every Saturday during summer beginning June 6 from 9 a.m. to noon at Veterans Park on West George. All vendors are welcome to come and setup, contact Sharon Troutwine 937/692-5128 with questions. They are specifically looking for garden produce, fruit, honey, baked goods, quality crafts and homemade items.

The trustees of Van Buren Township and Twin Township regretfully have cancelled the annual Memorial Day Services at Ithaca Cemetery and Abbottsville Cemetery this year due to the Covid-19 pandemic. The trustees state that they will still be placing honorary flags on veteran’s grace during the week prior to May 24th.

Looking for something to look forward to? How about something for the kids? The Arcanum Preservation Society is planning a special event in Ivester Park on July 4th. The community is invited to join in for this free event. Please bring a covered dish to share with your family, friends, and neighbors. The children’s parade will be at 2 p.m. An entry/release form is required for participation where you can register in advance or at the event. The children may walk, roll, push, pull or drag but please, no battery or motor-powered entry will be allowed. There will be judging so be creative with your patriotic decorations. Check their Facebook page for the entry/release form and more details. Arcanum Preservation Society does not have a newsletter yet but that doesn’t mean you can’t join their email list now to receive info about upcoming meetings and events. Simply message them on Facebook or send an email to [email protected].

“Life is like a camera, just focus on what’s important and capture the good times, develop from the negatives, and if things don’t work out, just take another shot.” ~unknown


By Vickie Rhodehamel

Arcanum News for the week of May 18, 2020

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