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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    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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