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


  • Front.cross
    HUDSON RUNNER Jacob Morgan looks toward the top of the hill with dismay during the tough finish at Harrison Lake State Park. Fayette runner Jacob Garrow focuses on the summit, also, during the Eagle Invitational cross country run Saturday morning. Continuing rain and drizzle made the course even more challenging. Results of the race are in 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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    Crossing over—Jim Heiney was given a U.S. flag to carry by George Vereecke (behind Jim in the hat), turning him into the leader of the parade. Bridge Walk participants cross over Bean Creek while, in the background, members of the Morenci Legion Riders cross the main traffic bridge on East Street South. Additional photos appear on the back page of this week’s Observer.
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    HOSE safety—The FireCatt hose testing company from Troy put Morenci Fire Department hose to the test Monday morning when Mill Street was closed to traffic. The company also checks nozzles and ladders for wear in an effort to keep fire fighters safe while on calls.
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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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    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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