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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    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.
  • Front.poles
    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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