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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    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.
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    A PERFORMER named Biligbaatar, a member of the AnDa Union troupe from Inner Mongolia, dances at Stair District Library last week during a visit to the Midwest. The nine-member group blends a variety of traditions from Inner and Outer Mongolia. The music is described as drawing from “all the Mongol tribes that Genghis Khan unified.” The group considers itself music gatherers whose goal is to preserve traditional sounds of Mongolia. Biligbaatar grew up among traditional herders who live in yurts. Additional photos are on the back page of this week’s Observer.
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    UMPIRE Thomas Henthorn tosses the bat between team captains Mikayla Price and Chuck Piskoti of Flint’s Lumber City Base Ball Club. Following the 1860 rules, after the bat was grabbed by the captains, captains’ hands advanced to the top of the bat—one hand on top of the other. The captain whose hand ended up on top decided who would bat first. Additional photos of Sunday’s game appear on page 12 of this week’s Observer. The contest was organized in conjunction with Stair District Library’s Hometown Teams exhibit that runs through Nov. 20.
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    VALUE OF ATHLETICS—Morenci graduate John Bancroft (center) takes a turn at the microphone during a chat session at the opening of the Hometown Teams exhibit at Stair District Library. Clockwise to his left is John Dillon, Jed Hall, Jim Bauer, Joe Farquhar, George Hollstein, George Vereecke and Mike McDowell. Thomas Henthorn (at the podium) kicked off the conversation. Henthorn, a University of Michigan–Flint professor, will return to Morenci this Sunday to lead a game of vintage base ball at the school softball field.
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    HUDSON RUNNER Jacob Morgan looks toward the top of the hill with dismay during the tough finish at Harrison Lake State Park. Fayette runner Jacob Garrow focuses on the summit, also, during the Eagle Invitational cross country run Saturday morning. Continuing rain and drizzle made the course even more challenging. Results of the race are in this week’s Observer.
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    HOLDEN HUTCHISON gives a hug to a black bear cub—the product of a taxidermist’s skills—at the Michigan DNR’s Great Youth Jamboree. The event on Sunday marked the fourth year of the Jamboree. Additional photos are on page 12.
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    HOSE safety—The FireCatt hose testing company from Troy put Morenci Fire Department hose to the test Monday morning when Mill Street was closed to traffic. The company also checks nozzles and ladders for wear in an effort to keep fire fighters safe while on calls.

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