The Weekly Newspaper serving the citizens of Morenci, Mich., Fayette, Ohio, and surrounding areas.
MORENCI BANDS performed an evening of music at Wakefield Park Thursday to gain some extra performing experience during the extended school year. Director A.J. Garr (left) first presented the middle school band that earned a Div. I rating at the state festival. The high school band, that earned Div. II ratings, wrapped up the concert. The crowd was estimated at 300 people.
A BUMBLEBEE is busy early in the morning at Lake Hudson State Recreation Area collecting pollen from wild bergamot and clover. The forecast for the week calls for good pollen-collecting days until the weekend. Morenci climate observer George Isobar talks about last month’s weather on page 12 of this week’s Observer.
ROLLS of straw await transporting on the Bernath farm west of Morenci following the wheat harvest that’s been going strong in the area. Crops still in the ground could use more moisture with continued dry weather. Only 0.16 of an inch fell in Morenci on Sunday, according to National Weather Service observer George Isobar, and the remainder of the week looks dry.
LIFT-OFF—Fayette teacher David Stoltzfus—wearing the nose cone of a rocket—helps Wyatt Mitchell and Drew Beauregard blast their water-fueled rocket into the air above the baseball field during Normal Memorial Library’s Summer Reading Program adventure. Additional photographs are on page 12.
DRY WEATHER is leading to field fires in the area, including a wheat stubble blaze that was quickly extinguished Thursday morning by the Morenci Fire Department. In the past 25 days, only a little more than an inch of rain has fallen in town, according to National Weather Service climate observer George Isobar. Mostly dry weather is forecast for the remainder of the week.
FOLLOW THE BOUNCING BALL—Kids in the second and third grade session of Stair Public Library’s “Lunar Lore...and More!” Summer Reading Program play a round of “Looney Moon Ball” using an inflatable Earth ball and wearing silly hats before settling down for refreshments at last Wednesday’s kick-off day. The Toledo Zoo visits today with out-of-this-world animals.
SCRAMBLED—Brett Hudson (facing the camera) and behind him, Nathan McCullough (left) and David Cohn, take a twirl on the Scrambler, a popular ride at Morenci’s Town and Country Festival. Festival committee chair Bill Foster called the festival very successful and said it made a profit from the various events. He’s looking for help and ideas for next summer’s festival.