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By Vickie Rhodehamel



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A Family Picnic/ Movie Night for the Arcanum community will be hosted at Faith United Methodist Church on Saturday. They wish to invite families of the community to join them for a picnic meal with hamburgers and hot dogs at 6:30 p.m. with games for all ages to follow and a showing of “Planes” at dusk.


All activities, including the movie, will be outside, so bring your lawn chairs or blankets. In case of inclement weather, activities will be moved inside. There is no cost to attend and reservations are not needed; however, they would like to know how much food to prepare, so give them a call if you plan on attending (Don Taylor 692-5765 or the Faith Church office at 692-8934).


The Arcanum High School class of 1989 will have a 25th class reunion on Sept. 13 at the Greenville Elks Lodge from 5:30 to 11 p.m. Contact Kim Johnson DeVoss for more details at 937-459-9247.


The Darke County Fair is nearly here! Can you believe another summer is almost over? Do you have your favorites already in a list – places you must visit and food you must try while you are at the fairgrounds? The rituals of the end of summer are upon us!


The Arcanum Band was at Band Camp last week at Bluffton College preparing for the upcoming Marching Band Season. One of the highlights of the Darke County Fair is the High School Band Music Extravaganza. Be sure to check them out if you are a music buff or just want to support the local hometown kids.


AHS Graduate, Sherry (Liles) Adkins is the new physician in New Madison with Family Health. Dr. Adkins is accepting new patients at the New Madison Medical Center.


It’s almost time for school to start again. There will be an Arcanum District-wide Open House on Aug. 21 from 6 to 7:30 p.m. The Arcanum Early Learning Center will also be having an open house at the same time. The AELC classroom will be open and teachers will be in the classroom to greet parents and students. There is no supply list for preschool this year. The $35 supply fee will cover all the supplies needed. There are still a few openings left for this school year in the preschool. Supply lists for all grades are posted on the school’s website: http://www.arcanum-butler.k12.oh.us/. Arcanum’s first day of classes is Aug. 26.


Franklin-Monroe Schools will begin the new school year on Aug. 25. Supply lists are available on their website at: http://www.fmelementary.com/. There will be a New Family Orientation meeting on Aug. 12 at 6 p.m. for elementary students. There will be an all school open house on Aug. 24 at 5 p.m.


The US 127 Corridor Sale started in 1987 and ran for 18 years from Covington, Kentucky to Gasden, Alabama. In 2006, several counties in Ohio including Darke County jumped on board and this year, the 27th anniversary of the “World’s Longest Yard Sale,” at least one community in each of the counties along US127 are joining in the fun from the Michigan border to the Ohio River. The dates for this year’s event are Thursday through Sunday.


“August, with its clouds of scented blooms, August, with its great stacks of giant clouds, August, with corn plants standing like rows of soldiers, August, with watermelons, full and heavy, dozing in the sun, August. August, remember swimming in the lake? August, remember baby Alice daintily eating berries from the vine? August, remember Richie playing with the goat? August, remember Donald practicing on his new saxophone? August. August, and its lightening laced sky, August, and newlyweds Pat and Chet decorating their first home, August, and Billy the Brave, Billy the Fearless, on his two wheel bike, August, and shimmering memories hanging like drops of dew, August. August, the bountiful, August the full, August, Mama hot, but smiling, over a platter of succulent roast chicken, August, Daddy mixing her a frosty mint julep, August, blessed harvest of memories, August.” ~Mary Naylor


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 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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