2007.10.10 Christina Lapidus

Written by David Green.

For the first time in a long time I decided to pick up a friend’s bike. That turned out to be a mistake.

My friends and I decided to head to the skate park. We eventually got to the downtown area, well, right before it. We got stopped by our wonderful police department and we all, (yes, all five of us), got tickets.

What happened to the warnings? That is what I would really like to know. I received a $50 ticket, no warning at all. Are you telling me that if a 55-year-old or a seven-year-old were to ride a bike on the sidewalk that they would get a ticket? I don’t believe they would. It even says in last week’s paper that a friendly citation could be tried first, but I never got that.

In regard to Russell Hart’s letter saying we don’t pay taxes and have the freedom of the streets and sidewalks, of course we have that freedom. Even though we don’t pay taxes yet, our parents do. Also, did he say “freedom?” Yes, he did, that’s what our country is supposed to be about.

You want us to ride on the streets downtown, fine we will. My friends and I did. While we rode on the street we had people honk and swerve at us. What kind of safety is that? We are safer riding on the sidewalks and slowing down when we see someone walking, than riding on the street.

If you really want us to ride on the street, then I suggest a bike path in the downtown area. Use the money from bike tickets that you are handing out without a warning. My friends and I already put $250 towards it.

– Christina Lapidus
Burley Street
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    Water Fun—Carter Seitz and Colson Walter take a fast trip along a plastic sliding strip while water from a sprinkler provides the lubrication. The boys took a break from tie-dyeing last week at Morenci’s Summer Recreation Program to cool off in the water.
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    BIKE-A-THON—Children in Morenci’s Summer Recreation Program brought their bikes last Tuesday to participate in a bike-a-thon. Riders await the start of the event at the elementary school before being led on a course through town by organizer Leonie Leahy.
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    on your mark, get set, drum!—Drew Joughin (black shirt), Maddox Joughin and Kaleea Braun took the front row last week when Angela Rettle and assistants led the Stair District Library Summer Reading Program kids in a session of cardio drumming. The sports and healthy living theme continued yesterday with a Mini Jamboree at Lake Hudson State Park arranged by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. Next week’s program features the Flying Aces Frisbee show.
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    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

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