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.

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    LEARNING THE ROPES—Kristy Castillo (left), co-owner of Mane Street Salon, works with Kendal Kuhn as Sierra Orner takes a phone call. The two Morenci Area High School juniors spent Friday at the salon as part of a job shadowing experience.
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    IN THE FIELD—2004 Morenci graduate Kayse Onweller works in a test plot of wheat in Texas. She’s part of Bayer CropScience’s North American wheat breeding program based in Nebraska, where she completed post-graduate work in plant breeding and genetics.
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    REFEREE Camden Miller raises the hand of Morenci Jr. Dawgs wrestler Ryder Ryan as his opponent leaves the mat in disappointment. Morenci’s youth wrestling program served as host for a tournament Saturday morning to raise money for the club. Additional photos are on the back page.
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    SHERWOOD STATE Bank opened its Fayette office at a grand opening Friday morning, drawing a large crowd to view the renovated building. Above, Burt Blue talks to teller Cindy Funk, while his wife, Jackie, looks around the new office. The Blues missed the opening and took a quick tour on Tuesday. Few traces remain of the former grocery store and theater, however, part of the original brick wall still shows in the hallway leading to the back of the building. The drive-through window should be ready for customers later in the month.
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    CARRYING—Riley Terry (blue jacket) and Mason Vaughn lead the way, carrying an empty casket outside to the hearse waiting at the curb. Morenci juniors and seniors visited Eagle Funeral Home last week to learn about the role of a funeral director and to understand the process of arranging for a funeral.
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    MORENCI student Dalton McCowan puts everything into a dead lift attempt Saturday morning during the Wyseguy Push/Pull event. Lifters helped raise more than $1,600 for the family of the late Devin Wyse, a former Morenci power-lifter who graduated last year. Commemorative T-shirts are still available by contacting teacher Dan Hoffman.
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    FROM THE LEFT, Landon Wilkins, Ryan White and Logan Blaker try out their artistic skills Saturday afternoon at the Morenci PTO’s first Date to Create event. More than 50 people showed up to create decorated planks of wood to hang from rope. The event served as a fund-raiser for miscellaneous PTO projects. Additional photos are on the back of this week’s Observer.

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