Gardener's Grapevine 2012.12.05

Written by David Green.

This past weekend was a beautiful weekend in our town and a real reminder of why we choose to live in a small town.

Saturday morning my daughter Jacquie and I worked at our church bazaar. The bazaar is a real friend helping friend to accomplish a goal situation. Usually both of us go to help, with the mindset that we will work wherever there is a need. My focus throughout the year is the handmade crafts, and I help make some of them. Saturday I assisted with the jewelry table and spent some time with a sweet lady I’ve known my whole life. In fact, she was my second grade teacher, Jackie Green. I’ve never heard this woman utter a cross word and talking to her is always a treat. We sold jewelry, packaged purchases and chatted.

There were many people at the bazaar I had not seen in a long time and it’s fun to catch up. Cindy, a friend I’ve known since my childhood, was at the bazaar and she told me she enjoys this column, and also loves fresh herbs and uses rosemary in chicken like I do.

We started talking about herb gardening and I told her about rosemary and smoked gouda mashed potatoes. You can also use garlic instead of rosemary. You boil the potatoes with a sprig of rosemary, just a small sprig as you want a hint of flavor not overwhelming flavor in the dish. Mash the potatoes as you normally would with a little butter and milk. Lessen the milk so the potatoes are on the stiffer side, and add in smoked soft gouda cheese, which I purchase at the Andersons in Toledo. Continue mixing until the cheese melts.

When we get together as a community for whatever purpose it is for more than the issue that brought us together, it is support. Support of our small town and each other and fellowship with long standing friends that always brighten our day even after long times apart. The bazaar is a fun way to support missions outside our own personal ones and take home some inexpensive little item either as a gift or for ourselves. I probably have never left the bazaar without purchasing something, but I always leave with something bigger…a warm heart from the knowledge that Morenci is one very special place in a great big sometimes harsh world.

As our little town evolves with the ever-changing world, I hope each one of us can hang on to the small town feeling of togetherness for the goodness of all. From our bazaar to the lighted Christmas parade with all the hard work put into the floats, to the decorated homes and light poles downtown, our community Thanksgiving dinner, the Education Foundation benefit, and so much more, we say caring in so many ways.

Whether you are a person from generations of Morenci history or your are new​ to town, you are always welcome and able to join in and make a home in a beautiful little community. Friendship is right next door. Try finding that in the big city on the scale that we have it.

Some of you may wonder why I chose this topic instead of a gardening how-to. Well, it’s quite simple: If you want to share nature and your love of it, you have to reach out and share yourself. To be beautiful outside you have to be beautiful inside. Share your garden, share your recipes, reach out and others will too. Thank you Morenci for being a town many of us are proud to call home. 

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    Water Fun—Carter Seitz and Colson Walter take a fast trip along a plastic sliding strip while water from a sprinkler provides the lubrication. The boys took a break from tie-dyeing last week at Morenci’s Summer Recreation Program to cool off in the water.
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    BIKE-A-THON—Children in Morenci’s Summer Recreation Program brought their bikes last Tuesday to participate in a bike-a-thon. Riders await the start of the event at the elementary school before being led on a course through town by organizer Leonie Leahy.
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    LATEST CRAZE—David Cortes (left) and Ty Kruse, along with Jerred Heselschwerdt (standing), consult their smartphones while engaging in the game of Pokémon Go. The virtual scavenger hunt comes to life when players are in the vicinity of gyms, such as Stair District Library, and PokéStops such as the fire station across the street. The boys had spent time Monday morning searching for Pokémon at Wakefield Park.
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    on your mark, get set, drum!—Drew Joughin (black shirt), Maddox Joughin and Kaleea Braun took the front row last week when Angela Rettle and assistants led the Stair District Library Summer Reading Program kids in a session of cardio drumming. The sports and healthy living theme continued yesterday with a Mini Jamboree at Lake Hudson State Park arranged by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. Next week’s program features the Flying Aces Frisbee show.
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    NADIYA YORK and Aniston Valentine take a spin on the Casino, one of the rides offered at Wakefield Park during Morenci’s Town and Country Festival. This year’s festival remained dry but with plenty of heat during the three-day run. Additional photographs are inside this week’s Observer.
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    Angela Davis (2) and teammate Allison VanBrandt break into a jig after Morenci's softball team won its third consecutive regional title.
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    ART PARK—A design created by Poggemeyer Design Group shows a “pocket art park” in the green space south of the State Line Observer building. The proposal includes a 12-foot sculpture based on a design created by Morenci sixth grade student Klara Wesley through a school and library collaboration. A wooden band shell is located at the back of the lot. The Observer wall would be covered with a synthetic stucco material. City council members are considering ways to fund the estimated $125,000 project and perhaps tackling construction one step at a time.
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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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    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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    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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