2009.06.03 Tom MacNaughton: Morenci senior center

Written by David Green.

A little over three years ago, we had an open house to celebrate the opening of the Morenci Senior Center at the Morenci Health Care Center. From day one, under the direction of Sarah Weeks, the center has been an overwhelming success. This year the center has averaged 45 for lunch, second only to Adrian of the seven senior centers in the county. Not only are the meals great, but the activity and socialization has been very meaningful.

The Lenawee Department on Aging and those who call the center their second home are extremely grateful to ProMedica Health Care Systems for making the site available at no charge and for subsidizing the cost of the meals. It is unique for a hospital to take this kind of interest in a community and make a senior center possible.

Now, ProMedica is proposing to move all operations from the current site to the Charles Fay Building. We are fortunate to know that ProMedica is planning for the needs of the Senior Center as the move is being considered. Since funding that was given by Charles Fay helped to build the building, I hope that he would be happy to know that it will soon be used to benefit the older adults of Morenci as he originally intended.

– Tom MacNaughton, Director

Lenawee Department on Aging

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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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