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.

  • Girls.on.ride
    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.
  • Front.art.park
    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
  • Funcolor
    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.
  • KayseInField
    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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