2007.09.12 Maxine Redlawski

Written by David Green.

I came back to Morenci for a visit. In the past 20 years I have been seeing a steady decline in the city of Morenci. There used to be two grocery stores, a dime store, two hardware stores and other businesses here.

As time has gone by, the businesses have gone and the city has become bare. There were many restaurants and places for the teenagers to go. Now I see many empty stores in need of repair.

There were two bowling alleys and now the one bowling alley here has all it can do to stay open because the citizens of Morenci have chosen to spend their money elsewhere.

I remember growing up here and loving my hometown. Now I look at it and wonder where it has all gone. I can remember this town having two ice cream shops and a drive-in movie theater. Now there is one ice cream shop and an indoor theater that has first-run movies for $3 and yet not many people attended. By the way, where I live, movie tickets for first-run movies are $9 each and the popcorn is $4 for a small bag.

I live in a big city and there are lots of things to do, but you do not get to know many of the people there. In a small city everyone knows everyone and lends a helping hand. The city I live in is called the City of Good Neighbors.

But what makes a good neighbor are people who support one another. There are many small shops in Buffalo, New York, and many big chain stores. The problem with the chain stores is that they kill off little towns and cities of Morenci’s size.

Citizens of Morenci: Support your local stores, restaurants and businesses.

These places support your town and keep it alive and well. I live in the large city because I need to work, not because I wanted to leave Morenci, my hometown.

Take care of your city and help it grow.

– Maxine M. Redlawski
Buffalo, N.Y.
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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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    LATEST CRAZE—David Cortes (left) and Ty Kruse, along with Jerred Heselschwerdt (standing), consult their smartphones while engaging in the game of Pokémon Go. The virtual scavenger hunt comes to life when players are in the vicinity of gyms, such as Stair District Library, and PokéStops such as the fire station across the street. The boys had spent time Monday morning searching for Pokémon at Wakefield Park.
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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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    NADIYA YORK and Aniston Valentine take a spin on the Casino, one of the rides offered at Wakefield Park during Morenci’s Town and Country Festival. This year’s festival remained dry but with plenty of heat during the three-day run. Additional photographs are inside this week’s Observer.
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    Angela Davis (2) and teammate Allison VanBrandt break into a jig after Morenci's softball team won its third consecutive regional title.
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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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    LEONIE LEAHY was one of three local hair stylists who volunteered time Friday at the Morenci PTO Fun Night. Her customer, Aubrey Sandusky, looks up at her mother while her hair takes on a perfect match to her outfit. Leahy said she had a great time at the event—nothing but happy clients.
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    IN THE FIELD—2004 Morenci graduate Kayse Onweller works in a test plot of wheat in Texas. She’s part of Bayer CropScience’s North American wheat breeding program based in Nebraska, where she completed post-graduate work in plant breeding and genetics.

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