2012.07/18 John Mattithyah: Morenci is a friendly community

Written by David Green.

During the months of May and June I had the privilege of working in Morenci. I found your community attractive and the people friendly.

From meeting Paige at Borchardt Brothers Market, to Trula at the BP, to Crystal at the Village Inn, everyone treated me like a welcome guest. The kindness shown to me by Kathy and her daughter while working on Summit Street will never be forgotten.

Most important of all was the honor of working for Larry Sines and his business, Maid For You. Mr. Sines had faith in me at a time when I was desperate for employment. He put me to work, and before long I had earned enough money to pay off three outstanding debts. His attention to detail shows just how much he cares about the performance of quality work, and his employee Travis taught me techniques on how to improve my painting skills.

An opportunity has now opened up for me to work with the homeless of Huron County, where I can put my college education to good use.

I shall forever look back in fondness to the beauty of your small town and to the cheerfulness of old and young alike.

– John Mattithyah

Port Austin, Mich.

  • Cecil
    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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    Lannis Smith of the Leslie Science and Nature Center in Ann Arbor shows off a python last week at Stair District Library's Summer Reading Program.
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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.
  • Pipeline Spread
    LINED UP—Lengths of pipe were put in place last week along the route of the Rover natural gas pipeline that will stretch from Defiance, Ohio, to Ontario, Canada. Topsoil was removed before the pipes were laid out. The 42-inch diameter pipeline is scheduled for completion in November.
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    ROCKHOUNDS—From the left, Joseph McCullough, Sean Pagett and Jonathan McCullough peer through hand lenses to study rocks. The project is part of Morenci Elementary School’s summer camp that continues into August.

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