2011.01.05 Beverly Zuvers: Efforts with Skelton case appreciated

Written by David Green.

It began with our local Morenci Police officer, Ryan Hillard, when he responded on Fri., Nov. 26, around 3:30 p.m. when Andrew, Alexander and Tanner were not returned to their mother, Tanya. Chief Larry Weeks became involved at some point that afternoon and before the day ended all Morenci officers were on duty.

The professionalism demonstrated by Officer Hillard, Chief Weeks and all the Morenci Police force has not gone unnoticed.

As you all know, it was soon discovered that John Skelton had no intention of returning the boys and continues to be unwilling to tell where or what has happened to them.

By the morning of Saturday, Nov. 27, our City Hall became the headquarters for the FBI, Michigan State Police and Lenawee County Sheriff departments called to investigate the case. The response and the professionalism of all these departments has been outstanding.

We became one of the top news stories so the reporters came; getting the department Amber Alert out nationwide. To all of these stations and papers, your professionalism has been noticed also.

The Morenci Fire Department became the center for all news conferences, the department’s staff displayed their abilities to not only show professionalism but kindness as well.

Pastor Donna Galloway, as pastor and Morenci Fire Department Chaplin, has given honor to God.

Kathye Herrera has stood by our side and has shown her ability as “family spokesperson” and coordinator of all family news releases and interviews.

You, the community of Morenci, surrounding communities, states, and yes, even countries have shown support in so many ways, we are humbled by your relentless giving and love.

We cannot forget our Mayor Keith Pennington how he has set up the account to accept funds to grow the reward fund to assist in bringing the boys home.

The support continues with the United Bank and Trust and First Federal Bank, and their staff for setting up accounts and processing deposits for the Skelton boys and for the rewards funds.

How many more days, weeks, months, years will we have to wonder where Andrew, Alexander and Tanner are is unknown. We are trusting our Lord and Savior to give us “Hope” and “Joy”; hope for the boys’ safety and joy over their return.

– Beverly J. Zuvers on behalf of all our family.

Locust Street, Morenci

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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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    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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