2008.04.30 Karen Wood

Written by David Green.

I am writing regarding the upcoming millage/bond issue. This is an excellent opportunity for our school to address the many maintenance issues our schools face. I can speak of the elementary school as I spend over eight hours there each day and can see first hand some areas that are in desperate need of repair.

Daily, we are faced with constant reminders of our failing plumbing system. Each and every day we have toilets that are overflowing, failing to flush, running and not stopping. Keep in mind, with over 350 students and adults here, toilets are a must.

These funds will also provide the school the opportunity to upgrade our technology equipment and system. Our students will strongly benefit, as technology is a huge piece in our future and present job market.

The tile floors in the gym and classrooms are in desperate need of repair with missing tiles, cracked and broken tiles, not to mention the asbestos.

This millage will alleviate the many issues in each building without raising taxes or cutting into the general fund.

This program has many checks and balances with the state, therefore, you will know that the money will be spent to correct the problems in our aging schools.

Please vote “yes” on May 6.

– Karen Wood

Wabash Road, Morenci

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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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