2009.05.06 Sybil Diccion: Praise for library, band

Written by David Green.

Should anyone have any doubts about Colleen Leddy’s ability to reach for the stars, they should doubt no more. I never cease to be amazed by her creative genius and her solid enthusiasm for a library program that benefits everyone of all ages. Sunday’s event was evidence of her endless penchant for detail. She forever worries that no one will show up for her projects but as always happens, there is standing room only.

Sunday’s venture featured Michael Rosenberg, author of “War as They Knew It;” a telling of the U-M/Ohio State rivalry during a time of unrest in America. Prior to his presentation, he mentioned that he had appeared at numerous book signings but none had come close to this particular turnout and with this much fanfare.

I can almost imagine that Mr. Rosenberg probably thought that a small-town event would be a ho-hum affair and he might even have entertained second thoughts about coming. But he didn’t reckon with Ms. Leddy's reputation for creative detail. There was no doubt that he was pleasantly surprised and impressed.

The whole community owes Colleen a debt of gratitude. She’ll demur when compliments come her way and she will rightly give credit to those who help her achieve her programs. But we all know where the seed of inspiration originates: ’tis in the heart of the girl transplanted from the Big Apple to right here in little Morenci.

Congratulations, Colleen, and thank you.

Also, I personally want to thank Mr. Jamie DeVoe and the members of the MHS band who volunteered to perform for the library event on Sunday afternoon. The selections were appropriately chosen for the occasion (think “Go Blue” and “Hail to the Victors”) and the band’s presence jazzed up the festivities.

I, for one, am grateful that a musician of Mr. DeVoe’s caliber has chosen to stay with the Morenci band program and it appears that his students feel the same way.

– Sybil Diccion

Main St., 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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