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.

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    GAMES DAY—Finn Molitierno (right) celebrates a goal during a game of Nok Hockey with his sister, Kyla. The two tried out a variety of games Saturday at Stair District Library’s annual International Games Day event. One of the activities featured a sort of scavenger hunt in which participants had to locate facts presented in the Smithsonian Hometown Teams exhibit. The traveling show left Morenci’s library Tuesday, wrapping up a series of programs that began Oct. 2. Additional photos are on page 7.
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    STRANGE STUFF—Morenci Elementary School students learn that blue isn’t really blue when seen through the right color of lens. Volunteer April Pike presents the lesson to students at one of the many stations brought to the school by the COSI science center. The theme of this year’s visit was the solar system.
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    MAPLE leaves show their fall colors in a puddle at Morenci’s Riverside Natural Area. “This was a great year for colors,” said local weather watcher George Isobar. Chilly mornings will give way to seasonable fall temperatures for the next two weeks.
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    MORENCI Marching Band member Brittany Dennis keeps the beat Friday during the half-time show of the Morenci/Pittsford football game. Color guard member Jordan Cordts is at the left. The band performed this season under the direction of Doyle Rodenbeck who served as Morenci’s band director in the 1970s. He’s serving as a substitute during a family leave.
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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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    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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    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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