2011.10.12 Kelly Fletcher: Grateful for small-town support

Written by David Green.

One year ago October 14th, our world came crashing down. Our family has not forgotten everything everyone has done to help us deal with the loss of our son, Collin Fletcher.

As this day has been approaching, there are days we all feel that we literally cannot breathe. I want to thank everyone who just lends a shoulder to cry on or an ear to just listen.

Losing a child can turn your whole world upside down. It’s so hard to also see your other children suffer from the loss. My heart also breaks for all of his friends.

Our children are gifts from God. They should never be taken for granted. Our small town has been through more than any group of people should go through. This community is our family. We are one big family, and I’m very proud to say this.

I know Collin is watching over us all. I know he is as proud of this community as we are. The only tears he may have are tears of joy. Collin I know is very honored to call this town “his Small Town U.S.A., his family.”

– Kelly Fletcher

Terry Highway, Morenci

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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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