Guest authors: They're a treat for a small town 2012.04.25

Written by David Green.

The list of published authors who have visited Stair Public Library in recent years is impressive. Sometimes the visitors arrive by way of the Michigan Notable Book tour; other times the resourcefulness of the staff and board members comes into play.

Stair has the reputation of serving up a lively and engaging audience and that brings a continuing stream of Michigan Notable Book authors such as Steve Amick, Steve Luxenberg, Michael Rosenberg, Steve Lehto and Tyree Guyton. Library board president Sally Kruger played a key role in bringing young adult authors Ned Vizzini and Patrick Jones to Morenci.

An offer of fresh tomatoes helped library director Colleen Leddy lure Elizabeth Berg to town. After Jeff Yeager spoke here, he decided that Morenci must be the “author gateway” to Michigan through which so many writers must pass.

Paul Many, Tom Springer, Lois Duncan, Glenn Stout—the list will continue to grow this Sunday when Dr. Anthony Youn pays a visit.

It’s a special treat to have writers visit Morenci and talk about their lives and their books. This Sunday will be no exception. Dr. Youn just might result in the best presentation yet.

Set your reminder, then head for the library at 4 p.m. Sunday. The program should produce an excellent page in your own small-town history.

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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.
    VALUE OF ATHLETICS—Morenci graduate John Bancroft (center) takes a turn at the microphone during a chat session at the opening of the Hometown Teams exhibit at Stair District Library. Clockwise to his left is John Dillon, Jed Hall, Jim Bauer, Joe Farquhar, George Hollstein, George Vereecke and Mike McDowell. Thomas Henthorn (at the podium) kicked off the conversation. Henthorn, a University of Michigan–Flint professor, will return to Morenci this Sunday to lead a game of vintage base ball at the school softball field.
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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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