Gardener's Grapevine 2011.12.07

Written by David Green.

What a wonderful place Morenci is to live. All the churches have fund-raisers and ours is a Christmas bazaar. Saturday was our bazaar and a lot of Morenci residents turned out for it. There was all manner of talk about Christmas, from decorating to food to the parade later that evening downtown. It is very heartwarming to see neighbors enjoying time together and looking forward to more socializing at the parade.

In a small town it is like being part of an enormous family of friends. Sure, not everyone gets along and there are tiffs among long-term acquaintances, but that is common in any kind of family. In a large city this would be impossible, but Morenci welcomes one and all, and is willing to extend a hand to a new community member.

As our year comes to an end, so do our Garden Club meetings. Tuesday will be our final meeting for the year. After that we go dark (no meetings) for a couple months and start up again in March. Our December meeting is actually more party than meeting. We each bring snack foods and one or two wrapped gifts. The gifts are auctioned and the money is donated to the Wishing Tree project to help wherever they fall short.

The Garden Club is a wonderful organization that benefits the city in ways many people never realize. It is also open to anyone desiring to join. We do many fun and educational things, as well as civic work. When you consider your commitments for 2012 consider coming to one of our meetings even if it’s only to see what we are about.

Gardening creates a sense of community. You grow something that succeeds—sometimes more than you want—yet it is so amazingly beautiful that you have to share it with someone. A “gardening friendship” begins and the other person usually shares their successes in return.

Two gardeners in a group are usually able to draw out others with the same interests, and so the community forms and grows. It almost becomes an obsession to find a new plant or new way of growing different things so you can have success and also share with your friends.

Winter is a time of dormancy, but it is also a time for planning, reading and researching. I read a lot of gardening books, as well as catalogs and websites. Months ago I wrote about using a notebook to keep track of ideas for your garden and the changes that need to be made. Now is when that notebook becomes a valuable friend. It reminds you of what is where and what needs split or pulled completely. If your notes are detailed, it also tells what color is where so you can look at catalogs and websites with an idea of where new things will fit in your garden.

The crazy pull of a passionate gardener is the quest for perceived perfect gardens. The reason I say “perceived perfect” is that everyone has their idea of perfect. There are many styles of gardening and what is perfect to one person may be a perfect mess to another. Still we all push on to our goal and passion.

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    WRECKAGE—Morenci Fire Department member Taylor Schisler walks past the smoking wreckage of a semi-truck tractor on the north side of the Norfolk and Southern Railroad tracks on Ranger Highway. The truck trailer was on the south side of the tracks
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    SCULPTORS—Morenci third grade students Emersyn Thompson (left) and Marissa Lawrence turn spaghetti sticks into mini sculptures Friday during a class visit to Stair District Library. All Morenci Elementary School classes recently visited the library to experience the creative construction toys purchased through the “Sculptamania!” project, funded by a Disney Curiosity Creates grant. The grant is administered by the Association for Library Services to Children, a division of the American Library Association.
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    LEONIE LEAHY was one of three local hair stylists who volunteered time Friday at the Morenci PTO Fun Night. Her customer, Aubrey Sandusky, looks up at her mother while her hair takes on a perfect match to her outfit. Leahy said she had a great time at the event—nothing but happy clients.
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    LEARNING THE ROPES—Kristy Castillo (left), co-owner of Mane Street Salon, works with Kendal Kuhn as Sierra Orner takes a phone call. The two Morenci Area High School juniors spent Friday at the salon as part of a job shadowing experience.
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    IN THE FIELD—2004 Morenci graduate Kayse Onweller works in a test plot of wheat in Texas. She’s part of Bayer CropScience’s North American wheat breeding program based in Nebraska, where she completed post-graduate work in plant breeding and genetics.
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    REFEREE Camden Miller raises the hand of Morenci Jr. Dawgs wrestler Ryder Ryan as his opponent leaves the mat in disappointment. Morenci’s youth wrestling program served as host for a tournament Saturday morning to raise money for the club. Additional photos are on the back page.
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    SHERWOOD STATE Bank opened its Fayette office at a grand opening Friday morning, drawing a large crowd to view the renovated building. Above, Burt Blue talks to teller Cindy Funk, while his wife, Jackie, looks around the new office. The Blues missed the opening and took a quick tour on Tuesday. Few traces remain of the former grocery store and theater, however, part of the original brick wall still shows in the hallway leading to the back of the building. The drive-through window should be ready for customers later in the month.
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    FROM THE LEFT, Landon Wilkins, Ryan White and Logan Blaker try out their artistic skills Saturday afternoon at the Morenci PTO’s first Date to Create event. More than 50 people showed up to create decorated planks of wood to hang from rope. The event served as a fund-raiser for miscellaneous PTO projects. Additional photos are on the back of this week’s Observer.

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