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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    A PERFORMER named Biligbaatar, a member of the AnDa Union troupe from Inner Mongolia, dances at Stair District Library last week during a visit to the Midwest. The nine-member group blends a variety of traditions from Inner and Outer Mongolia. The music is described as drawing from “all the Mongol tribes that Genghis Khan unified.” The group considers itself music gatherers whose goal is to preserve traditional sounds of Mongolia. Biligbaatar grew up among traditional herders who live in yurts. Additional photos are on the back page of this week’s Observer.
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    UMPIRE Thomas Henthorn tosses the bat between team captains Mikayla Price and Chuck Piskoti of Flint’s Lumber City Base Ball Club. Following the 1860 rules, after the bat was grabbed by the captains, captains’ hands advanced to the top of the bat—one hand on top of the other. The captain whose hand ended up on top decided who would bat first. Additional photos of Sunday’s game appear on page 12 of this week’s Observer. The contest was organized in conjunction with Stair District Library’s Hometown Teams exhibit that runs through Nov. 20.
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    HUDSON RUNNER Jacob Morgan looks toward the top of the hill with dismay during the tough finish at Harrison Lake State Park. Fayette runner Jacob Garrow focuses on the summit, also, during the Eagle Invitational cross country run Saturday morning. Continuing rain and drizzle made the course even more challenging. Results of the race are in this week’s Observer.
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    HOLDEN HUTCHISON gives a hug to a black bear cub—the product of a taxidermist’s skills—at the Michigan DNR’s Great Youth Jamboree. The event on Sunday marked the fourth year of the Jamboree. Additional photos are on page 12.
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    Crossing over—Jim Heiney was given a U.S. flag to carry by George Vereecke (behind Jim in the hat), turning him into the leader of the parade. Bridge Walk participants cross over Bean Creek while, in the background, members of the Morenci Legion Riders cross the main traffic bridge on East Street South. Additional photos appear on the back page of this week’s Observer.
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    HOSE safety—The FireCatt hose testing company from Troy put Morenci Fire Department hose to the test Monday morning when Mill Street was closed to traffic. The company also checks nozzles and ladders for wear in an effort to keep fire fighters safe while on calls.

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