Today is Columbus Day – what does that mean?
Columbus Day is a national holiday in many countries in the Americas and elsewhere which officially celebrates the anniversary of Christopher Columbus’ arrival in and the discovery of the American Continent on Oct. 12, 1492. Since 1970, the holiday has been fixed to the second Monday in October. It is generally observed nowadays by banks, the bond market, the U.S. Post Office, other federal agencies, most state government offices, many businesses, and most school districts. Some businesses and some stock exchanges remain open, and some states and municipalities abstain from observing the holiday.
Columbus Day first became an official state holiday in Colorado in 1906, and became a federal holiday in the United States in 1937, though people have celebrated Columbus’s voyage since the colonial period. In 1792, New York City and other U.S. cities celebrated the 300th anniversary of his landing in the New World.
President Benjamin Harrison called upon the people of the United States to celebrate Columbus Day on the 400th anniversary of the event. During the 400th anniversary in 1892, teachers, preachers, poets and politicians used Columbus Day rituals to teach ideals of patriotism. These patriotic rituals took themes such as citizenship boundaries, the importance of loyalty to the nation, and celebrating social progress.
Arcanum Schools will be closed today to students but the district will have a district-wide professional development day for the staff.
Mark your calendar now for the Family of God Ministries’ Annual Christmas Bazaar to be held on Nov. 5 from 9 a.m. to 2 p.m. at 310 W. South St. in Arcanum. The luncheon will feature homemade soups, sandwiches, desserts and beverages. The bazaar will feature handcrafted items, baked goods, nuts and candies. They also are selling raffle tickets ($1 each or five for $6) on a handcrafted queen-sized quilt. All proceeds from the event will go toward the church’s building fund.
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 and volleyball games!
The Arcanum Fire Company invites you to participate in their Portrait Fundraiser. For a $20 donation, you will receive a portrait session and your choice of an 8 x 10 print. Please mail your donation to Arcanum Fire Company, P.O. Box 58, Arcanum, Ohio 45304 and make checks payable to Arcanum Fire Company. To schedule a portrait session, please contact Timothy Clopp at 937-459-6859 (call or text) or email him at firstname.lastname@example.org . Presently, he is setting up appointments for September and October.
The Pitsburg Church of the Brethren invites you join them as they host Pastor Rob Dothard for a Life-Giving Revival on Oct. 20, 21, 22, and 23. Come and experience the call of Pastor Dothard to Repair, Restore, and Rebuild the lives of families through his messages on the theme “Why does God Save?” Pitsburg COB is located at 8375 Pitsburg-Laura Road, Arcanum. Evening revival services will be at 7 p.m. starting on Oct. 20, 21, and 22; and on the morning of Oct. 23 at 10. Pastor Rob is a native of Cincinnati, where is serves as lead pastor and founder of Central Assembly of God in the Over-The-Rhine district of Cincinnati. At the age of 16, he began his journey preaching and teaching the gospel. He is a graduate of Cincinnati Bible College, receiving a bachelor of arts in Pastoral Ministries.
Congratulations to AHS boys’ golf team’s Steven Vanatta on a great season finishing in the top 10 at district competition!
Trick or Treat in Arcanum will be on Oct. 30 from 2-4 p.m. You’ll also want to make plans for the Halloween Parade and Annual Bean Supper on Oct. 27 – starting at approximately 4 p.m. Parade lineup will be at the field house beginning at 6 p.m.
Other village news — The second round of hydrant flushing will be later this week on the 12th and 13th (alternate date 26th and 27th). Fall cleanup of limbs will also be on Oct. 13 and 27, leaf pickup will be made available when there are ample leaves to be picked up; remember to not include grass clippings in the leaves when you put them on the street.
“Gold is a treasure, and he who possesses it does all he wishes to in this world, and succeeds in helping souls into paradise.” ~Christopher Columbus
“Only those who dare to fail greatly, can ever achieve greatly.” ~Robert Kennedy
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