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By Vickie Rhodehamel

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Don’t forget this weekend is an opportune time to get some homemade ice cream!

Both Abbottsville UMC and Gordon UMC are hosting their ice cream socials this Saturday, June 21st. Abbottsville UMC is located at 4135 State Route 49 and serves from 4 to 6 p.m. Gordon UMC is located at 311 East Street and serves between 5 and 7 p.m.

Arcanum Wayne Trail Historical Society located at 123 W. George St., Arcanum, will host their second Coffee and Conversation on June 28 at 10 a.m. Richard and Marilyn Rinehart will be the guest hosts and lead the conversation. Richard is a natural story teller and with Richard one story leads to another. Marilyn and Richard are anxious to hear your stories as well so come join them for a cup of coffee, sit back, relax and share memories. Richard started school in West Manchester then went on to Butler School where he and Marilyn finished elementary school. Marilyn graduated from New Madison while Richard graduated from Arcanum. They have many friends in both communities, with many stories to share about each area. Both were born at home and grew up on farms. Richard has always lived within a seven mile radius in southern Darke County. Marilyn moved at age 6 from Laura where she was born to southern Darke County and has always lived within three miles within the Arcanum area. They both have many interests and each have collections that tell the history of how life used to be in the area. The couple will share a few pieces of graniteware from Richard’s collection to serve refreshments.

Music students at Arcanum High School were recognized for their participation in Band and Choir at the Spring Music Awards Presentation on May 20 in the cafetorium. In addition to the awards given for years of membership, three prestigious awards were given to senior musicians. Nick Gabbard and Macie Gillum were co-recipients of the National School Choral Award. The John Phillip Sousa Award was presented to Savannah Light. The Louis Armstrong Jazz Award was presented to Cody Fourman. Cody Fourman also was the recipient of the Tiffany Furgason Memorial Band Scholarship at graduation.

The Pitsburg Church of the Brethren will host a free Family Block Party on Fri., June 27 from 6 to 9 p.m. Featured entertainment will be provided by the bluegrass band, “New Outlook”. There will be lots of ‘family friendly’ activities for all ages including: free refreshments, a bounce house, face painting, a pie eating contest, and lots of other games – all featuring door prizes. The band will be performing on the east deck of the church where there will be ample shade for the audience to enjoy a cool evening. You may wish to bring your lawn chairs. This event is open to the public. The church is located at the west edge of Pitsburg, Ohio, at 8376 Pitsburg-Laura Road. In case of threatening weather, they will postpone. Check the church website for update information. www.pitsburgcob.org Organizers wish to thank their event sponsors who include Eikenberry’s IGA, Serendipity Solon, Sutton’s Foods, Busy Bouncing, Troutwine

Auto Sales, Picnic’s Pizza & Grill and Brumbaugh’s Daughters Bakery.

St. Matthew’s Lutheran Church of Ithaca and Gordon United Methodist Church will be hosting a combined Vacation Bible School this summer at Gordon UMC on July 14-18 from 6:30-8:30 p.m. “Weird Animals” will be their theme. For more information please contact Kristie Stump at 564-8802 or kristie@stumpfamily.org.

Every Saturday morning from 9 a.m. to Noon at Veteran’s Park this summer is the Farmer’s Market. Check out all the vendors and look for some delicious home grown and homemade treats. Burning Maple Farm is a vendor every week that features natural Baker Balm Lip Balm, fresh produce, fresh baked cookies, homemade granola and vanilla sugars. See you there!

“And so with the sunshine and the great bursts of leaves growing on the trees, just as things grow in fast movies, I had that familiar conviction that life was beginning over again with the summer.” ~ F. Scott Fitzgerald, The Great Gatsby

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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