2010.01.27 David Blesing: Fresh water

Written by David Green.

Most of us have grown up with a plentiful water supply. All we had to do was turn on the faucet and there it was, all the water we needed, all we could want. Unfortunately, throughout our country, through our world, that is fast changing.

The next time you turn on a faucet let the water run a moment. Then put your hand into it, then touch it to your face, feel it on your skin, touch it to your tongue and taste it. Now ask yourself, “If this water were suddenly shut off and were not able to be turned on again, where would I go to find another source of fresh water such as this?”

Please think hard about this as there is no easy answer. Where would it come from? How much would it cost? Would it be as good as this water? Would I be able to let my children brush their teeth or shower with it? How long would it take? So many questions! Only one good answer: Protect what you have! All of you! It’s all there is!

So for those who are fortunate enough to live and work above and draw your fresh water from the Michindoh Sole Source Aquifer, please do you and me a favor.

– David L. Blesing

Chesterfield Township resident

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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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