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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    ON THE MOVE—Six goslings head out on manuevers with their parents in an area lake. Baby waterfowl are showing up in lakes and ponds throughout the area.
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    Fayette's Demetrious Whiteside (left)Skylar Lester attempt to keep the ball from going out of bounds during Morenci's recent basketball tournament for fourth and fifth grade teams. Morenci's Andrew Schmidt stands by.
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    MORENCI pep rallies generally end with a tug of war. The senior class entry, shown above, did not advance to the finals. Griffin Grieder, Alaina Webster, Kyle Long and Jazmin Smith are shown at the front of the rope, giving it their best effort.
  • Accident
    FAYETTE resident Patricia Stambaugh, 64, was declared dead on the scene of a single-vehicle accident Friday morning south of Morenci. Rescue units were called around 9 a.m., but as of Tuesday, law enforcement officers had not yet determined the time of the accident. According to Ohio State Highway Patrol, Stambaugh was driving west on U.S. 20 when her Chevrolet Malibu traveled off the north side of the road and down a steep embankment, coming to rest in Bean Creek (Tiffin River).
  • Athletic Fields
    SPORTS COMPLEX—Fayette’s outdoor athletic facilities will include three ball fields for summer recreation leagues at the southwest corner of the school. The baseball and softball fields, along with the running track, will be constructed on the east side of the school. Outdoor athletic fields were not part of the new school project from 2007, but voters approved a $1.4 million levy for a school addition and the sports fields last August. Both projects are scheduled to be complete by July 20.
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    PRESCHOOL MUSIC—Fayette band director Jeffrey Dunford spends the last half hour of the day leading the full-day preschool class in musical activities. Additional photos are on page 7 of this week’s Observer.
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    TROMBONISTS Jake Myers (left) and Max Baker perform Friday at the annual Senior Citizens Luncheon at Fayette High School. The National Honor Society and the FFA chapter teamed up to serve a meal to area seniors and to provide musical entertainment. Both the school band and choir performed. Additional photos are on page 7 of this week’s Observer.
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    MOVING EAST—Utility workers continue their slow progress east along U.S. 20 south of Morenci. New electrical poles are put in place before wiring is moved into place.

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