2008.06.18 Theresa Pobanz

Written by David Green.

I don't know whether to say Morenci city council has shot the town in the foot or cut off its nose to spite its face.

As we’ve all found out now, word travels fast amongst the softball teams. Maybe Mr. Ford didn’t make an arbitrary decision to move things to Fayette. Maybe he heard from team managers that they would rather go where they can cool off with a beverage of their choice. It takes softball teams to make a tournament and if they choose not to participate, then the tournament falls apart.

Without the softball tournament we have no friends and family of ball players coming into town. That means no sales at the stores and gas stations of beer, pop, ice, bread, lunch meat, chips and bottled water. No subs from the Deli. No breakfasts, lunches and dinners from the Village Inn or the Pub. Fewer people downtown taking part in the festivities and watching the parade. Fewer reasons for vendors to set up a booth in the park. Less reason for people like me to go to the park. It can snowball from there and a struggling festival can die.  I’m not saying that losing the tournament will kill the festival, but it sure will deal the town’s economy a blow.

My father managed a softball team for a lot of years and I went to a lot of games in a lot of different towns. Never once did I see a drunken brawl. I can’t remember seeing anyone even tipsy. A hung-over ball player can’t play as good and might be the reason for a loss. Ball players don't like to lose. They do like to have a refreshing beverage after spending over an hour out in the sun. For some that means pop or water and for some that means a beer.

Let’s try banning bottled water since those bottles are not refundable and who hasn’t seen a water bottle lying around the streets and yards of town. That could cut the amount of trash going to landfills and raise revenue for the city through increased water usage as people fill their bottles from the taps in their kitchens and take those bottles back home at the end of the day.

 – Theresa Pobanz

Morenci Road, Morenci

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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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