2008.06.11 Mary Gautz

Written by David Green.

I just wanted to publicly thank Liz Stella as she retires from Stair Public Library for her many years of service, leadership, creativity and vision. One of the best and finest things about living in Morenci is the library. We just love it and her. And we owe her our deepest, most sincere thanks for her personal role in developing it into the cultural, educational, creative, literary and social heart of Morenci.

When we moved here 12 years ago Stair Public Library was much different. A very small, dark, damp building with a fraction of the books, computers, staff, operating hours and services that we enjoy today. But one thing that was the same was Mrs. Stella. She was the light with her friendly welcomes, gentle kindness to all, and creative ideas and leadership.

After years of hard work, tremendous vision, common sense, dedication, grant writing, automating and updating, good luck and opportunity, our library is one of the best in the county. It has grown and it has blossomed. It is truly one of our community treasures.

She created this, but she gives it back to us, in large and small ways every day. She has made us feel that it truly belongs to all of us. We have all been invited and welcomed. Young or old, students and retirees, families or singles. We have seen and experienced Red Hats, barns and more barns, book discussions, authors, VolunTeens, artists, musicians, entertainers, educators, towers made of fruit, candy houses. We have laughed. We have read. The kids have made messes. We were fed.

Liz Stella has left us an amazing gift, legacy, and example of leadership and commitment. I could go on and on, but I don’t need to. Her game, her library, speaks for itself. Thank you so very much. You did a good thing here. We will miss you tremendously.

– Mary Gautz

Oak Street, Morenci

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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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    STRANGE STUFF—Morenci Elementary School students learn that blue isn’t really blue when seen through the right color of lens. Volunteer April Pike presents the lesson to students at one of the many stations brought to the school by the COSI science center. The theme of this year’s visit was the solar system.
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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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