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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    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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