Plans are under way for the Community Gathering and Pray Walk September 26 from noon to 2 p.m. The event is being organized by members of the Arcanum area churches. The walk will begin with music, welcoming prayers, and blessings in Veterans Park on West George Street in Arcanum next to the Arcanum Wayne Trail Historical Building. Small groups will then be formed to walk through out the village praying individually or in unity for peace, justice, and good will. Licensed golf carts, motorized scooters, and 3-wheel bikes are welcome. Music will be provided in the park by area Praise Bands during the two hours for those choosing not to walk as they lift up their prayers as one. Please bring lawn chairs as seating is limited. The group will gather back at the park for closing prayers. Keep in mind, anyone can talk to God, no matter where they are in their faith journey. Restrooms will be available, and COVID guidelines will be followed. For more information contact please call 937-423-1549. A rain date is scheduled for October 3 if needed for this event.
Congratulations to the Arcanum School Band Director, Mrs. Heather Marsh. There was a really nice article in another local paper about her success teaching music by pushing them to be there best. She has led her students by example having decided to become a band director when she was in the seventh grade herself. She truly enjoys music herself and loves to teach music to her students and the life lessons that come along with that. We are certainly very lucky to have her here in Arcanum. You can enjoy the article too — check out this weblink: bit.ly/2Rq2EjH
Additionally, another new “happening” at Arcanum School this fall is free meals in the cafeteria. Cafeteria Manager Jordan Greve encourages the students and staff to take advantage of the free meals. Here are his Top Ten reasons: 1) It saves you time shopping and preparing meals; 2) It is convenient; 3) It is comforting and familiar to your kids; 4) It is delicious and nutritious; 5) It saves you money; 6) When schools order foods to make the meals it helps keep the supply chain flowing. This helps farmers, truckers, and local employees; 7) Each meal served provides funding to your district’s Nutrition Services department from USDA — not local monies. If the Nutrition Service Department has a shortfall it will need to be made up with local district monies. Take a free meal can save your district money; 8) These meals help to keep our staff employed if there is a closure or enhanced distance learning. 9) You are not taking food away from someone who needs it more; they have plenty, and 10) They LOVE to provide meals to the students. It is what we do best, and it helps us deal with the disruptions all around us.
During this COVID-19 pandemic, Arcanum School District is committed to the safety and health of its students and staff. They are required by the Director of Health of the State of Ohio to implement notifications and a communication plan within the community and the families of Arcanum-Butler students. School Nurse Terri Greve will serve as the District’s COVID-19 Coordinator and will assist families with the process, including coordinating with the Darke County Health Department. If you have any questions, please call her at 937-692-5072.
The administrators have the safety of the students and staff as their top priority. Additional cleaning and disinfecting of the building(s) will be completed daily.
The Arcanum Opera House (formerly known as the Arcanum City Building) is being prepared to offer tours by citizens from all over Ohio as part of the Ohio Open Doors history connection series planned to take place on September 19. This event will feature guided tours throughout the building from 9 a.m. to noon. Members of the Arcanum Preservation Society have been busy with all their efforts and things are progressing very well for having only been in existence since July 2019.
It’s Time! Brumbaugh’s Fruit and Fun Farm are now open for their fun fall festivities every weekend. They are open every Saturday from 11 a.m. to 7 p.m. and from noon to 7 p.m. on Sundays. Brumbaugh’s is located at 6420 Arcanum-Hollansburg Road at the west edge of Arcanum. They have fresh cider, warm donuts, apple dumplings, and apple fritters! You can even pick out a pumpkin or two while you are there. Read for a hayride, a walk in the corn maze — they are the place! Enjoy!
As we face the uncertainties of the future with the pandemic and the events in our world these days, I was moved when I read the following statement today, September 10 when I was working on my column. It is unknown who wrote it, but it does cause me to stop and think, read on…
“The night before…On this day 19 years ago, 246 people went to sleep in preparation for their morning flights, 2,606 people went to sleep in preparation for work in the morning, 343 firefighters went to sleep in preparation for their morning shift, 60 police officers went to sleep in preparation for morning patrol, and 8 paramedics went to sleep in preparation for the morning shift. None of them saw past 10 a.m. on September 11, 2001. In one single moment life may never be the same. As you live and enjoy the breaths you take today and tonight before you go to sleep in preparation for your life tomorrow, kiss the ones you love, snuggle a little tighter, and never take one second of your life for granted. #neverforget “ ~unknown
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 firstname.lastname@example.org. 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.