Last updated: December 27. 2013 4:29PM - 629 Views
Vickie Rhodehamel



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Celebrating New Year’s Eve can be an emotional undertaking. Whether you are fighting crowds in parties, restaurants or bars, or whether you are in Spain and must consume 12 grapes at midnight before the clock strikes midnight — according to tradition — fighting to stay awake alone can takes its toll. According to a poll by CBS news, most Americans, 54 percent, say they’ll be ringing in the new year at home, while 1 in 5 are heading to a friend’s or family member’s house. Only 8 percent say they’ll go to a bar, restaurant or other organized event. Whether you are staying in or going out, make some plans and enjoy yourself and be safe!


The AHS Winter Champions Night event will take place on Jan. 11. The event will honor the following teams at the home basketball game versus Dixie: 1969 Boys Basketball, 1969 Boys Track, 1983 Girls Cross Country, 1984 Girls Track, 1984 Softball, 1988 Volleyball, 1989 Girls Basketball, 1993 Girls Cross Country, 1993 Boys Cross Country, 1994 Baseball, 1998 Girls Golf, 1998 Girls Cross Country, 1999 Baseball team, 1999 Girls Basketball team, 1999 Softball, and the 2013 Baseball team. If you are a member of one of those teams and have not received a letter inviting you to the event from Arcanum High School, please contact HS Principal Jason Stephan at 937-692-5174 or jason_stephan@darke.k12.oh.us. They look forward to being able to honor each of these championship teams!


Rescheduled basketball games from earlier this month are: December 30 - JH girls versus Ansonia - 5:00 p.m.; January 27 - JH boys at Milton-Union - 5 p.m.; and Feb. 11 - HS boys basketball versus Milton-Union.


A big thank you is in order to two Arcanum Village Council members, Micah Brown and Tom Eubank for their many hours of service to the community as they leave their posts, and welcome to Julie Willis and Monte Clark who begin their terms on council with the new year.


Congratulations to Timothy Clopp for receiving the Firefighter of the Year award from the Arcanum Fire Company at their annual Christmas Party.


Mrs. Elizabeth Pitzer, 5th grade mathematics teacher, was one of two teachers in the state of Ohio to receive The Presidential Award for Excellence in Mathematics and Science Teaching. President Obama named 102 mathematics and science teachers as recipients nationally. Winners of this Presidential honor receive a $10,000 award from the National Science Foundation to be used at their discretion. They are also invited to Washington, DC, for an awards ceremony and several days of educational and celebratory events, including visits with members of Congress and the Administration.


Reminder to see the Christianaires’ Quartet in concert at The Pitsburg Church of the Brethren will be held on Jan. 5, 2014, at 6 p.m. Pitsburg COB is located on the west edge of Pitsburg at 8376 Pitsburg-Laura Road. All are welcome to come join in the musical sharing of God’s love.


“An optimist stays up until midnight to see the New Year in. A pessimist stays up to make sure the old year leaves.” ~ Bill Vaughn


“People are so worried about what they eat between Christmas and the New Year, but they really should be worried about what they eat between the New Year and Christmas.” ~ Anonymous


“He who breaks a resolution is a weakling; He who makes one is a fool.” ~ F.M. Knowles


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 krhodehamel@woh.rr.com. 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.


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