Yes, it’s January and it’s cold out there! Maybe January is not your favorite month, but you can make it to spring with a smile on your face! Enjoy the cold: wrap up warm, get out there and feel the winter sunshine on your pasty face and smile at all the people you meet today…You never know, they might smile back!
The Dayton Ambassadors will be in concert at the Pitsburg Church of the Brethren on Feb. 3, at 6 p.m. The church is located at the west end of Pitsburg at 8376 Pitsburg-Laura Road. The public is warmly invited to come and hear this fantastic group of individuals sing praises to God. The Dayton Ambassadors began singing southern gospel music throughout the Miami Valley area in 1967, and one original member is still with the group as it exists today. Over the years the group has often been referred to as the singing policemen. Currently, two of the vocalists and one of the group’s musicians are retired from law enforcement agencies. The fact that this group hails from the Dayton, Ohio area will be apparent to most. However, the Quartet’s name actually originates from II Corinthians 5:20: “We are therefore Christ’s ambassadors, as though God were making his appeal through us. We implore you on Christ’s behalf: Be reconciled to God.” The Dayton Ambassadors sole purpose is to appeal to humanity to receive the love that Christ freely offers and through him, be reconciled to God. Members of the Dayton Ambassadors include Wade Lawson, Tom Lawson, Michael Ankney, Kent Waller, Tony Rankin, JB King, Emily Lawson, and Joe Lawson.
The Arcanum Wayne Trail Historical Society (AWTHS) will host a Photo and Paper Preservation Workshop on Feb. 2 from 9 a.m. until Noon at 123 West George Street in Arcanum. The schedule includes presentations, question and answer time, and hands on scrapbooking of old photos and creating a journal book or heirloom item from copies of old paper items. Carolyn Furlong, member of the AWTHS, will present scrapbook pages and photos; Judy Shroyer will demonstrate making heirlooms with items such as a journal book using old paper and antique items; and Annette Stewart, AWTHS Library Chair, will discuss photo and paper preservation tips. The workshop and lecture is by reservation and donations are appreciated. Please respond by January 28 to 692-6462 or email@example.com. Upon registration, complete instructions will be given to attendees on what supplies will be needed. Copies of photos and paper items are preferred as well as acid free papers and materials and archival safe photo protectors. In the event of severe weather, the workshop will be re-scheduled to March 2. All questions and registrations can be directed to Annette Stewart.
Have you noticed the scaffolding around the showroom at Troutwine Auto Sales? A complete remodel of the showroom is underway. How exciting to see new changes to one of the town’s oldest businesses. Spring will unveil the improvements on the corner of Main and George Streets!
Do you remember the big building on the southeast corner of State Route 722 and 503 in Ithaca? The red brick walls on the property of the 1900 Order of Odd Fellows (IOOF)
building was constructed from bricks from John Smith Grain Company that used to be at 101 W. South Street. Just one of the things I learned after attending the open membership meeting last week of the Arcanum Wayne Trail Historical Society. New officers were elected at this meeting and many thanks were given to outgoing president Lynn Trump for his service. The new president elected of the AWTHS is Larry Wallace. The AWTHS is working on several new projects this year and welcomes anyone who is interested to join them in 2013. Directors of the AWTHS are Keith Furlong, Dave Flora, Terry Mills, and Jeff Puterbaugh.
Our hearts are heavy with sorrow on the recent loss of Larry Foureman to our community. Larry was our former mayor, county commissioner, Van Buren Township Trustee, and a member of the village council. Larry was the originator of the Halloween Bean Supper and active in the Arcanum Area Business Association. Larry was always volunteering to help make our town better. He is survived by his wife Judy (our current mayor) four children, seven grandchildren, and seven great-grandchildren.
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“Volunteers are seldom paid; not because they are worthless, but because they are PRICELESS!” -author unknown
Vickie Rhodehamel is a volunteer citizen columnist, who serves 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 these opinion pieces are the work of the author. The Daily Advocate does not endorse these viewpoints or the independent activities of the author.