2010.12.15 Kebben Millian: Morenci's public services excellent

Written by David Green.

It really doesn’t seem that it has been three years since me and by bride of 25 more or less years moved to Morenci. Our move was spurred by a grandparent’s need to share in soccer, softball and basketball contests, no matter the outcome or tears shed in the agony of defeat or the smiles of victory.

A few other considerations when making the decision to purchase the big brick house were running through my mind. My concern was the quality of public service, such as fire, EMS, and to much less a concern, the police. My bride and I are no longer what you might call spring chickens and public protection and service is of great importance to us.

During the soul testing time of the past two weeks which involved the three youngsters and a still undetermined outcome, my questions were all answered. Our public service people stood tall and represented the citizens of Morenci above and beyond the call of duty. We are very fortunate to be protected by caring, and professional people.

That being said, I also have a renewed sense of faith in my fellow citizens. The citizens that I speak of are not only from the Morenci area, but from many miles away that assisted in the search for the young children. I stood there in the parking lot of the grocery store in total amazement of the people boarding buses to brave the harsh weather to walk for miles to search the countryside.

I personally feel that the community in which I reside is safe and well protected. I am also now quite sure that we all should feel better about ourselves and know that the people of Morenci are willing to help those in need and do it without reward or recognition. To these people I say, “Good Job and God Bless.”

– Kebben Milliman

Cawley Road, Morenci

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    STEP BY STEP—Wyatt Stevens of Morenci makes his way across a rope bridge Sunday during the Michigan DNR’s Great Outdoors Jamboree at Lake Hudson Recreation Area. The Tecumseh Boy Scout Troop constructed the bridge again this year after taking a break in 2016. The Jamboree offered a variety of activities for a wide range of age groups. Morenci’s Stair District Library set up activities again this year and had visits with dozens of kids. See the back page for additional photos.
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    LEADING THE WAY—The Morenci Area High School marching band led the way across the pedestrian bridge on Morenci’s south side for the annual Labor Day Bridge Walk. The Band Boosters shared profits from the sale of T-shirts with the walk’s sponsor, the Morenci Area Chamber of Commerce. Additional photos are on the back page.
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    LOOKING UP—More than 200 people showed up at Stair District Library Monday afternoon to view the big celestial event with free glasses provided by a grant from the Space Science Institute. The library offered craft activities from noon to 1 p.m., refreshments including Cosmic Cake from Zingerman’s Bakehouse and a live viewing of the eclipse from NASA on a large screen. As the sky darkened slightly, more and more people moved outside to the sidewalk to take a look at the shrinking sun. If you missed it, hang on for the next total eclipse in 2024 as the path comes even closer to this area.
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    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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    FIREWORKS erupt Saturday night over Morenci’s Wakefield Park during the waning hours of the Town and Country Festival. Additional festival photos are inside.
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