Last updated: June 20. 2014 3:19PM - 614 Views
By Vickie Rhodehamel

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Representatives from Arcanum area businesses were recently treated to a business appreciation luncheon and provided a year-end report by Arcanum-Butler Local Superintendent John Stephens and Treasurer Matt Huffman. Representatives from Sutton’s, Greenville National Bank, Lyle Bixler Realty, Garbig & Schmidt, LLC, Brumbaugh Fruit Farm, and the Village of Arcanum along with board member Bev Delk were on hand as highlights were shared through a PowerPoint presentation.

There is a link on the school website to the PowerPoint presentation should you like to view some of the projected financial forecasts for the district and other accomplishments of this past school year. The Arcanum-Butler Board of Education and administration would like to thank all Arcanum area businesses for their continued support!

The Ohio Department of Education, Office for Child Nutrition maintains a list of sponsors approved as Summer Food Service Program Sponsors, the nearest SFSP for Arcanum-Butler Local School residents is Evangelical United Methodist Church located at Evangelical United Methodist Church, 117 Franklin St., Union City, Ohio. Lunch will be served on Monday, Tuesday, Thursday and Fridays from June 2 - Aug. 15. Any further questions call 937-964-5828.

Congratulations to Arcanum High School standout runner, Adam Klipstine, and senior softball player, Cheyenne Aikman. Adam signed a letter of intent with IU East, joining the cross country and track teams. Congrats to Cheyenne Aikman for signing to play softball at Sinclair! Congrats to our AHS Boys 4x400 team for their fifth-place finish at regionals!

During the month of July, “Art at the Mill” will feature the work of Marietta, Ohio, printmaker Bobby Rosenstock and cigar box guitars crafted by Mike Knisely of Arcanum. The exhibit at historic Bear’s Mill opens on Friday with a reception featuring hors d’oeuvres and drinks from 6 till 9 p.m.; the artists will speak briefly about their creations, methods, and inspiration at 7 p.m. The exhibit will remain on display through Sunday, July 20.

“Bobby has created posters for musicians Willie Nelson, Arlo Guthrie, Dr. John, Taj Mahal and Soundgarden, to name a few; Mike creates unique, beautiful, and playable instruments that are a joy to behold,” said Julie Clark, retail manager and gallery coordinator for Bear’s Mill. “This exhibit is different from anything we’ve ever presented in the gallery, and is not only going to be interesting, but will also be a whole lot of fun.”

Mike Knisely worked as a carpenter for over 20 years before being downsized in 2009. While enrolled in design courses, he chose an elective in guitar design and construction, and was intrigued with the concept. He discovered the rich history of homemade instruments, and began building his own guitars from scratch. When he noticed a curious three-stringed guitar in a magazine photo, his subsequent research uncovered enthusiastic support for the art of constructing such instruments. He was hooked, and says that he hopes to make his own mark on this time-honored tradition.

Bobby Rosenstock, who recently received an “Excellence in Design” award from the Ohio Arts Council, owns one of the only woodcut and letterpress poster studios in the country where he creates modern works of art deeply rooted in an age-old craft. Rosenstock believes that printmaking is meant to be shared with other people.

“I present characters and stories through my prints; it is my way of creating unique art works that are affordable and accessible to everyone.” the artist explained.

Clay vessels produced by Xenia artist Geno Luketic paired with Kathryn Pitstick’s nature prints remained on display at the mill through Sunday. “Art At the Mill” receives financial support from Darke County Endowment for the Arts. Art exhibits are on view during regular mill store hours, 11 a.m. till 5 p.m. daily. Historic Bear’s Mill is owned and operated by Friends of Bear’s Mill, a non-profit organization, and is located at 6450 Arcanum-Bear’s Mill Road. For more information, call 548-5112.

Congratulations to Chief Dan Light of the Arcanum Police Department on his recent retirement!

Being a child at home alone in the summer is a high-risk occupation. If you call your mother at work 13 times an hour, she can hurt you.” ~Erma Bombeck

A perfect summer day is when the sun is shining, the breeze is blowing, the birds are singing, and the lawn mower is broken.”~James Dent

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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