2011.07.27 Brian Harmon: Off to the races

Written by David Green.

I very much enjoyed reading your description of Dr. Buerk’s presentation at Fayette in June.  The “Races at Philippi” were new to me and the transformational nature of the Civil War is an interesting theme to think upon. 

I also read about your battles with Siberian elms and got a chuckle over the strange delivery patterns of the Observer.  When you said “I don’t even want to think about how few people will actually take the time to read [the Civil War story],” I thought I’d write you and let you know that at least one person did. 

You may also be amused to know that I’ve never been a resident of the Morenci area nor do I subscribe to the Observer.  Your prose is becoming known quite widely!

– Brian Harmon

Los Alamos, New Mexico

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    Water Fun—Carter Seitz and Colson Walter take a fast trip along a plastic sliding strip while water from a sprinkler provides the lubrication. The boys took a break from tie-dyeing last week at Morenci’s Summer Recreation Program to cool off in the water.
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    BIKE-A-THON—Children in Morenci’s Summer Recreation Program brought their bikes last Tuesday to participate in a bike-a-thon. Riders await the start of the event at the elementary school before being led on a course through town by organizer Leonie Leahy.
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    on your mark, get set, drum!—Drew Joughin (black shirt), Maddox Joughin and Kaleea Braun took the front row last week when Angela Rettle and assistants led the Stair District Library Summer Reading Program kids in a session of cardio drumming. The sports and healthy living theme continued yesterday with a Mini Jamboree at Lake Hudson State Park arranged by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. Next week’s program features the Flying Aces Frisbee show.
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    ART PARK—A design created by Poggemeyer Design Group shows a “pocket art park” in the green space south of the State Line Observer building. The proposal includes a 12-foot sculpture based on a design created by Morenci sixth grade student Klara Wesley through a school and library collaboration. A wooden band shell is located at the back of the lot. The Observer wall would be covered with a synthetic stucco material. City council members are considering ways to fund the estimated $125,000 project and perhaps tackling construction one step at a time.
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    WRECKAGE—Morenci Fire Department member Taylor Schisler walks past the smoking wreckage of a semi-truck tractor on the north side of the Norfolk and Southern Railroad tracks on Ranger Highway. The truck trailer was on the south side of the tracks

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