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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    GAMES DAY—Finn Molitierno (right) celebrates a goal during a game of Nok Hockey with his sister, Kyla. The two tried out a variety of games Saturday at Stair District Library’s annual International Games Day event. One of the activities featured a sort of scavenger hunt in which participants had to locate facts presented in the Smithsonian Hometown Teams exhibit. The traveling show left Morenci’s library Tuesday, wrapping up a series of programs that began Oct. 2. Additional photos are on page 7.
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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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    MAPLE leaves show their fall colors in a puddle at Morenci’s Riverside Natural Area. “This was a great year for colors,” said local weather watcher George Isobar. Chilly mornings will give way to seasonable fall temperatures for the next two weeks.
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    MORENCI Marching Band member Brittany Dennis keeps the beat Friday during the half-time show of the Morenci/Pittsford football game. Color guard member Jordan Cordts is at the left. The band performed this season under the direction of Doyle Rodenbeck who served as Morenci’s band director in the 1970s. He’s serving as a substitute during a family leave.
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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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    A PERFORMER named Biligbaatar, a member of the AnDa Union troupe from Inner Mongolia, dances at Stair District Library last week during a visit to the Midwest. The nine-member group blends a variety of traditions from Inner and Outer Mongolia. The music is described as drawing from “all the Mongol tribes that Genghis Khan unified.” The group considers itself music gatherers whose goal is to preserve traditional sounds of Mongolia. Biligbaatar grew up among traditional herders who live in yurts. Additional photos are on the back page of 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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