2008.06.04 Rita and Richard Bigras

Written by David Green.

On Thursday, May 29, our gentle and beloved female German shepherd was shot with a .22 caliber shotgun. She escaped her kennel, but had her collar on with our telephone number on it along with all necessary tags. She did not deserve such cruelty.

The offender could have called us to come and get her; they could have shooed her away; they could have called the dog warden. Instead, they chose to inflict tremendous yet needless pain on our dog and our family. It is folks just like the shooter(s) who help give the NRA a “black eye.”

We moved to the country from the city. We thought such odious and inhumane behavior only existed in the city; we were wrong. We hear Wal-Mart has a two-for-one sale on compassion and consciences. We suggest they rush out and buy some.

– Rita and Richard Bigras

County Road T, Fayette

  • Front.cross
    HUDSON RUNNER Jacob Morgan looks toward the top of the hill with dismay during the tough finish at Harrison Lake State Park. Fayette runner Jacob Garrow focuses on the summit, also, during the Eagle Invitational cross country run Saturday morning. Continuing rain and drizzle made the course even more challenging. Results of the race are in this week’s Observer.
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    HOLDEN HUTCHISON gives a hug to a black bear cub—the product of a taxidermist’s skills—at the Michigan DNR’s Great Youth Jamboree. The event on Sunday marked the fourth year of the Jamboree. Additional photos are on page 12.
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    Crossing over—Jim Heiney was given a U.S. flag to carry by George Vereecke (behind Jim in the hat), turning him into the leader of the parade. Bridge Walk participants cross over Bean Creek while, in the background, members of the Morenci Legion Riders cross the main traffic bridge on East Street South. Additional photos appear on the back page of this week’s Observer.
  • Front.hose Testing
    HOSE safety—The FireCatt hose testing company from Troy put Morenci Fire Department hose to the test Monday morning when Mill Street was closed to traffic. The company also checks nozzles and ladders for wear in an effort to keep fire fighters safe while on calls.
  • Front.starting
    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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    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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