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.

  • Front.fireworks
    FIREWORKS erupt Saturday night over Morenci’s Wakefield Park during the waning hours of the Town and Country Festival. Additional festival photos are inside.
  • Pipeline Spread
    LINED UP—Lengths of pipe were put in place last week along the route of the Rover natural gas pipeline that will stretch from Defiance, Ohio, to Ontario, Canada. Topsoil was removed before the pipes were laid out. The 42-inch diameter pipeline is scheduled for completion in November.
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    ONE-TWO PUNCH—Morenci’s Griffin Grieder saved his best for last, running his fastest time ever in the 110-meter high hurdles at the state finals Saturday in Grand Rapids to finish first in the state in Div. IV. His brother Luke, a junior (right), claimed the state runner-up spot. Bulldog junior Bailee Dominique placed seventh in the 100-meter dash.
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    MORENCI senior class president Mikayla Price leads the way Sunday afternoon from the Church of the Nazarene to the United Methodist Church for the baccalaureate ceremony. Later in the day, 39 members of the senior class received diplomas in the high school gymnasium.
  • Front.F.school
    PROGRESS continues on the agriculture classroom addition at Fayette High School. The project will add 2,900 square feet of space and include an overhead door that would allow equipment to be driven inside. The building should be ready for the start of school in August. Work on ball fields and a running track is also underway.
  • Front.teacher Leading
    PRESCHOOL MUSIC—Fayette band director Jeffrey Dunford spends the last half hour of the day leading the full-day preschool class in musical activities. Additional photos are on page 7 of this week’s Observer.
  • Front.poles
    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.
  • Face Paint
    FUN NIGHT FUN—Savanna Miles sits patiently while Abbie White works on a face paint design Friday during the Morenci PTO Fun Night. Gracie Snead watches the progress after having spent time in the chair. Abbie was one of several volunteer painters, each creating their own unique look. Additional photos are on the back page of this week’s Observer.

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