2007.08.29 David Blesing

Written by David Green.

Well, folks, that was quite a parade we the citizens of Morenci and beyond were treated to over the weekend, wasn’t it? For those who were not able to witness this spectacular event, or do not understand why, here it is.

Apparently the Vreba-Hoff factories on U.S. 127 and Dillon Highway in Michigan have once again generated more waste than they have land on which to dump it. So they were simply transferring it to their newest satellite waste pit at the Chesterfield factory in Fulton County, Ohio.

I had more than a few people call and ask if this was legal for them to do. I’m not the one you should be asking. You should be asking your lawmakers in Lansing, Columbus and Washington. They are the ones responsible for making and enforcing the laws of our land that these factory operators seem to be thumbing their noses at.

Doesn’t it make you wonder why they did this on Friday afternoon, all night Friday, all day Saturday until way past dark, and then all day Sunday? It’s now Monday and it appears they are all done hauling. The government oversight agencies are open again. What do you think will happen now?

The truth is this has nothing to do with farming and nutrient management, but everything to do with industry and hazardous waste disposal. Anybody want to venture a guess where all that waste is eventually going to end up?

Get informed! Go to the Environmentally Concerned Citizens of South Central Michigan web site at www.nocafos.org.

– David L. Blesing, Sr.
Citizen, Fulton County, U.S.A.
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    Fayette's Demetrious Whiteside (left)Skylar Lester attempt to keep the ball from going out of bounds during Morenci's recent basketball tournament for fourth and fifth grade teams. Morenci's Andrew Schmidt stands by.
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    MORENCI pep rallies generally end with a tug of war. The senior class entry, shown above, did not advance to the finals. Griffin Grieder, Alaina Webster, Kyle Long and Jazmin Smith are shown at the front of the rope, giving it their best effort.
  • Accident
    FAYETTE resident Patricia Stambaugh, 64, was declared dead on the scene of a single-vehicle accident Friday morning south of Morenci. Rescue units were called around 9 a.m., but as of Tuesday, law enforcement officers had not yet determined the time of the accident. According to Ohio State Highway Patrol, Stambaugh was driving west on U.S. 20 when her Chevrolet Malibu traveled off the north side of the road and down a steep embankment, coming to rest in Bean Creek (Tiffin River).
  • Athletic Fields
    SPORTS COMPLEX—Fayette’s outdoor athletic facilities will include three ball fields for summer recreation leagues at the southwest corner of the school. The baseball and softball fields, along with the running track, will be constructed on the east side of the school. Outdoor athletic fields were not part of the new school project from 2007, but voters approved a $1.4 million levy for a school addition and the sports fields last August. Both projects are scheduled to be complete by July 20.
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    PRESCHOOL MUSIC—Fayette band director Jeffrey Dunford spends the last half hour of the day leading the full-day preschool class in musical activities. Additional photos are on page 7 of this week’s Observer.
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    TROMBONISTS Jake Myers (left) and Max Baker perform Friday at the annual Senior Citizens Luncheon at Fayette High School. The National Honor Society and the FFA chapter teamed up to serve a meal to area seniors and to provide musical entertainment. Both the school band and choir performed. Additional photos are on page 7 of this week’s Observer.
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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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