2008.05.14 David Blesing

Written by David Green.

May 22, 2008 is a very important date.

For most of the last decade a small group of private citizens known as Environmentally Concerned Citizens of South Central Michigan have waged an uphill battle against the continuing pollution of the waters of the Great Lakes.

Most of the time they have fought this battle alone, standing in the brown contaminated waters of the ditches and creeks of southern Michigan. Alone in the putrid, stench filled air with sample bottle, air monitor and camera, documenting, documenting, documenting. Alone in the growing battle against polluting operators of the industrial agriculture entities most commonly known as CAFOs—Confined Animal Feeding Operations. I prefer to simply refer to them as Animal Factories. This they have done for us, all of us who call Ohio, Michigan and Indiana home. All of us who depend on the waters of the Great Lakes Watershed for our very existence.

Now it is time for us to stand with them, May 22, 2008 at 6:30 p.m. in the Hudson Middle School auditorium in Hudson, Mich.

This is the date, time and place where the Michigan Department of Environmental Quality (DEQ) will hold comment hearings on permits for three Vreba-Hoff owned and operated factory dairies. This will be a defining moment for the states of Michigan, Ohio and Indiana. Will the Michigan DEQ and lawmakers stand with the polluting CAFO operators and their false promises or will they finally realize the costs are too high to the waters of the Great Lakes, the environment and the people of our states?

Please don’t miss this opportunity to stand with the folks who have been standing for us for so long now.

Contact [email protected] for more information.

I can live my whole life without milk. I can live little more than a week without water.

– David L. Blesing

Lyons, Ohio

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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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