2009.08.26 Gayle Hazelbaker: Libraries important to communties

Written by David Green.

Whether we realize it or not, libraries are an essential part of our community, our education programs, our workforce development programs and everyday life for many people. The state legislature is currently working on the Fiscal Year 2009-2010 budget and libraries across the state are facing dramatic funding cuts.

I understand tough choices are being made in many areas, but libraries cannot afford additional funding cuts and continue to provide service to their communities at the level that is expected.

I urge all of you to visit www.MiLibrariesForTheFuture.org and learn more about this topic and what these cuts mean to you, me and our community. We have a great library in Morenci; one worth fighting for. A rally is being held on the capitol steps September 10 in Lansing to raise awareness; I hope you will join us there to show your support.

– Gayle Hazelbaker

East 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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