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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    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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    CARRYING—Riley Terry (blue jacket) and Mason Vaughn lead the way, carrying an empty casket outside to the hearse waiting at the curb. Morenci juniors and seniors visited Eagle Funeral Home last week to learn about the role of a funeral director and to understand the process of arranging for a funeral.
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    MORENCI student Dalton McCowan puts everything into a dead lift attempt Saturday morning during the Wyseguy Push/Pull event. Lifters helped raise more than $1,600 for the family of the late Devin Wyse, a former Morenci power-lifter who graduated last year. Commemorative T-shirts are still available by contacting teacher Dan Hoffman.
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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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