2010.12.08 Nate Elarton: Proud of community's response

Written by David Green.

I am saddened by the news and tragic events surrounding my home town, Morenci, Mich. Many ask me about the family and if  do I know the children and family involved. I do some, but does it matter?  Whether we know someone or not, this is heart-wrenching and sad.

I want to say this. I am proud of my little town that has pulled together to search for the boys. That is the benefit of a small town, where people know and really care for one another.  I daily see my friends on the news as they are being interviewed. I see the people of Morenci, searching, cooking, serving, love, weeping and praying.  I am honored to have grown up in that border town, called Morenci.

I pray for the mom of these three boys.  I know her and cannot imagine Tanya’s  pain and grief.  Bless your heart, Tanya. I pray that God will give her what she needs on a daily and hourly basis.

Thank you Morenci!  I know I left you over 25 years ago, but I have always been thankful to have grown up there, and love it every time I return.  The nation mourns with you, but your love and commitment to one another and to the Skeltons is a testimony of goodness and authentic love and care. My prayers are shooting your way!

– Nate Elarton

Temperance, Mich.

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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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