2009.12.30 Adam & Gail Johnson: Volunteers

Written by David Green.

In our 30 years in Morenci we believe this year’s downtown and Wakefield Park Christmas decorations are the best ever. While the City DPW crew did their usual good job—somewhat delayed by staff shortages due to injuries—there should be a special acknowledgment to those who put so much time and effort in expanding the lights on Main Street at Wakefield Park.

Trulla McClain and her volunteer assistants did a great job. The extra lights and displays really gave the park added depth and a neat visual effect. Trulla is the first to thank all her helpers and individuals who gave financial help and donated decorations.

Also, a real special thanks to Sheila Thompson who made more than 200 red bows and ribbons that really made the small Christmas trees in the green flower boxes look so great. The bows and ribbons unified the effect of the trees and nicely tied them into the other downtown decorations.

We were most pleased to talk with Trulla last week and to hear that she and her crew are already planning for next year’s set up! Thanks so much to everyone who made the city look so festive.

Kudos to T.J. Decker for playing the holiday music throughout the season.

– Adam and Gail Johnson


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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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