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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    LEARNING THE ROPES—Kristy Castillo (left), co-owner of Mane Street Salon, works with Kendal Kuhn as Sierra Orner takes a phone call. The two Morenci Area High School juniors spent Friday at the salon as part of a job shadowing experience.
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    IN THE FIELD—2004 Morenci graduate Kayse Onweller works in a test plot of wheat in Texas. She’s part of Bayer CropScience’s North American wheat breeding program based in Nebraska, where she completed post-graduate work in plant breeding and genetics.
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    REFEREE Camden Miller raises the hand of Morenci Jr. Dawgs wrestler Ryder Ryan as his opponent leaves the mat in disappointment. Morenci’s youth wrestling program served as host for a tournament Saturday morning to raise money for the club. Additional photos are on the back page.
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    SHERWOOD STATE Bank opened its Fayette office at a grand opening Friday morning, drawing a large crowd to view the renovated building. Above, Burt Blue talks to teller Cindy Funk, while his wife, Jackie, looks around the new office. The Blues missed the opening and took a quick tour on Tuesday. Few traces remain of the former grocery store and theater, however, part of the original brick wall still shows in the hallway leading to the back of the building. The drive-through window should be ready for customers later in the month.
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    CARRYING—Riley Terry (blue jacket) and Mason Vaughn lead the way, carrying an empty casket outside to the hearse waiting at the curb. Morenci juniors and seniors visited Eagle Funeral Home last week to learn about the role of a funeral director and to understand the process of arranging for a funeral.
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    MORENCI student Dalton McCowan puts everything into a dead lift attempt Saturday morning during the Wyseguy Push/Pull event. Lifters helped raise more than $1,600 for the family of the late Devin Wyse, a former Morenci power-lifter who graduated last year. Commemorative T-shirts are still available by contacting teacher Dan Hoffman.
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    FROM THE LEFT, Landon Wilkins, Ryan White and Logan Blaker try out their artistic skills Saturday afternoon at the Morenci PTO’s first Date to Create event. More than 50 people showed up to create decorated planks of wood to hang from rope. The event served as a fund-raiser for miscellaneous PTO projects. Additional photos are on the back of this week’s Observer.

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