New Year: Make it a good one 2013.01.02

Written by David Green.

Moving into a new year always puts a person in an awkward state: looking back on the past and looking ahead into the future.

Many people will say it’s been a rough year that just ended. 2012 brought continued financial challenges for many families and not bright prospects for others. The country appears to be moving into an era where “good jobs” are becoming fewer. Instead, an increasing number of jobs are without the pay and benefits needed to raise a family comfortably.

Unions are being weakened, established professions such as teaching are being devalued, and employees are expected to do more for less money. We’re in an era where a corporation is considered a person, and the corporation has the money to speak the loudest to elected leaders.

On the other hand, many of us can cite numerous experiences that made 2012 a very good year. A marriage, the birth of children, personal accomplishments, new friendships—there are so many day-to-day events that make life worth living—and besides, consider the alternative.

Looking ahead into the new year, there are some obvious wishes for 2013. The funding situation for Morenci’s schools, for example, must change to preserve the district’s viability. Fayette needs to make it through an expensive sewer project smoothly, in a time when the village is always short of cash.

Morenci has some excellent but empty industrial space on the south side of town that needs a new tenant—preferably one that requires a good-size work force. Fayette, also, has space to fill. People throughout the region would love to see an unexpectedly good resolution to the mystery of the missing Skelton brothers who still weigh heavily on so many people’s minds.

When this issue of the Observer reaches your mailbox, 2013 will already have begun. There are many factors and forces in our lives over which we have no control, but each of us has within the power to make our lives better in some ways. Make it your resolution to greet the day with a smile, to treat people kindly, and to do your best in whatever it is that you have to do.

  • Cecil
    THE MAYOR—Cecil Schoonover poses with a collection of garden gnomes that mysteriously arrive and disappear from his property. Along with the gnomes, someone created the sign stating that he is the Mayor of Gnomesville. He hasn’t yet tracked down the people involved in the prank, but he’s having a good time with the mystery.
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    TAKE A BREAK—Last Wednesday’s session of Stair District Library’s Summer Reading Program ended with a quiet period in a class presented by yoga instructor Melany Gladieux of Toledo. Children learned a variety of yoga poses in the main room at the library, then finished off the session relaxing. Additional photos are on page 7. Area children are invited to visit the library today when the Michigan Science Center presents a flight program at 11 a.m. and roller coasters at 1 p.m.
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    THE DERBY—Tyler “Smallpox” Flakne of Minnesota’s Home Run League All-Stars goes for the fence Friday night during the National Wiffle League Association’s home run derby in Morenci. This year the wiffleball national tournament moved from Dublin, Ohio, to Morenci’s Wakefield Park. During the derby, competitors had two minutes to hit as many home runs as possible. The winner this year finished with 21. See page 6 and 7 for additional photos.
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    OUT OF THIS WORLD—Elizabeth McFadden and Elise Christle pose in front of the green screen as VolunTeen Noah Gilson makes them appear as though they are standing on the Moon. More photos from the Stair District Library’s NASA @ My Library program are on page 12.
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    Lannis Smith of the Leslie Science and Nature Center in Ann Arbor shows off a python last week at Stair District Library's Summer Reading Program.
  • Front.fireworks
    FIREWORKS erupt Saturday night over Morenci’s Wakefield Park during the waning hours of the Town and Country Festival. Additional festival photos are inside.
  • Pipeline Spread
    LINED UP—Lengths of pipe were put in place last week along the route of the Rover natural gas pipeline that will stretch from Defiance, Ohio, to Ontario, Canada. Topsoil was removed before the pipes were laid out. The 42-inch diameter pipeline is scheduled for completion in November.
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    ROCKHOUNDS—From the left, Joseph McCullough, Sean Pagett and Jonathan McCullough peer through hand lenses to study rocks. The project is part of Morenci Elementary School’s summer camp that continues into August.

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