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.

  • Cecil
    THE MAYOR—Cecil Schoonover poses with a collection of garden gnomes that mysteriously arrive and disappear from his property. Along with the gnomes, someone created the sign stating that he is the Mayor of Gnomesville. He hasn’t yet tracked down the people involved in the prank, but he’s having a good time with the mystery.
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    TAKE A BREAK—Last Wednesday’s session of Stair District Library’s Summer Reading Program ended with a quiet period in a class presented by yoga instructor Melany Gladieux of Toledo. Children learned a variety of yoga poses in the main room at the library, then finished off the session relaxing. Additional photos are on page 7. Area children are invited to visit the library today when the Michigan Science Center presents a flight program at 11 a.m. and roller coasters at 1 p.m.
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    THE DERBY—Tyler “Smallpox” Flakne of Minnesota’s Home Run League All-Stars goes for the fence Friday night during the National Wiffle League Association’s home run derby in Morenci. This year the wiffleball national tournament moved from Dublin, Ohio, to Morenci’s Wakefield Park. During the derby, competitors had two minutes to hit as many home runs as possible. The winner this year finished with 21. See page 6 and 7 for additional photos.
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    OUT OF THIS WORLD—Elizabeth McFadden and Elise Christle pose in front of the green screen as VolunTeen Noah Gilson makes them appear as though they are standing on the Moon. More photos from the Stair District Library’s NASA @ My Library program are on page 12.
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    Lannis Smith of the Leslie Science and Nature Center in Ann Arbor shows off a python last week at Stair District Library's Summer Reading Program.
  • 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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    ROCKHOUNDS—From the left, Joseph McCullough, Sean Pagett and Jonathan McCullough peer through hand lenses to study rocks. The project is part of Morenci Elementary School’s summer camp that continues into August.

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