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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    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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    SCULPTORS—Morenci third grade students Emersyn Thompson (left) and Marissa Lawrence turn spaghetti sticks into mini sculptures Friday during a class visit to Stair District Library. All Morenci Elementary School classes recently visited the library to experience the creative construction toys purchased through the “Sculptamania!” project, funded by a Disney Curiosity Creates grant. The grant is administered by the Association for Library Services to Children, a division of the American Library Association.
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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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    LEARNING THE ROPES—Kristy Castillo (left), co-owner of Mane Street Salon, works with Kendal Kuhn as Sierra Orner takes a phone call. The two Morenci Area High School juniors spent Friday at the salon as part of a job shadowing experience.
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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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    REFEREE Camden Miller raises the hand of Morenci Jr. Dawgs wrestler Ryder Ryan as his opponent leaves the mat in disappointment. Morenci’s youth wrestling program served as host for a tournament Saturday morning to raise money for the club. Additional photos are on the back page.
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    SHERWOOD STATE Bank opened its Fayette office at a grand opening Friday morning, drawing a large crowd to view the renovated building. Above, Burt Blue talks to teller Cindy Funk, while his wife, Jackie, looks around the new office. The Blues missed the opening and took a quick tour on Tuesday. Few traces remain of the former grocery store and theater, however, part of the original brick wall still shows in the hallway leading to the back of the building. The drive-through window should be ready for customers later in the month.
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    FROM THE LEFT, Landon Wilkins, Ryan White and Logan Blaker try out their artistic skills Saturday afternoon at the Morenci PTO’s first Date to Create event. More than 50 people showed up to create decorated planks of wood to hang from rope. The event served as a fund-raiser for miscellaneous PTO projects. Additional photos are on the back of this week’s Observer.

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