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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    GAMES DAY—Finn Molitierno (right) celebrates a goal during a game of Nok Hockey with his sister, Kyla. The two tried out a variety of games Saturday at Stair District Library’s annual International Games Day event. One of the activities featured a sort of scavenger hunt in which participants had to locate facts presented in the Smithsonian Hometown Teams exhibit. The traveling show left Morenci’s library Tuesday, wrapping up a series of programs that began Oct. 2. Additional photos are on page 7.
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    STRANGE STUFF—Morenci Elementary School students learn that blue isn’t really blue when seen through the right color of lens. Volunteer April Pike presents the lesson to students at one of the many stations brought to the school by the COSI science center. The theme of this year’s visit was the solar system.
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    MAPLE leaves show their fall colors in a puddle at Morenci’s Riverside Natural Area. “This was a great year for colors,” said local weather watcher George Isobar. Chilly mornings will give way to seasonable fall temperatures for the next two weeks.
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    MORENCI Marching Band member Brittany Dennis keeps the beat Friday during the half-time show of the Morenci/Pittsford football game. Color guard member Jordan Cordts is at the left. The band performed this season under the direction of Doyle Rodenbeck who served as Morenci’s band director in the 1970s. He’s serving as a substitute during a family leave.
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    MOVING EAST—Utility workers continue their slow progress east along U.S. 20 south of Morenci. New electrical poles are put in place before wiring is moved into place.
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    A PERFORMER named Biligbaatar, a member of the AnDa Union troupe from Inner Mongolia, dances at Stair District Library last week during a visit to the Midwest. The nine-member group blends a variety of traditions from Inner and Outer Mongolia. The music is described as drawing from “all the Mongol tribes that Genghis Khan unified.” The group considers itself music gatherers whose goal is to preserve traditional sounds of Mongolia. Biligbaatar grew up among traditional herders who live in yurts. Additional photos are on the back page of this week’s Observer.
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    HOLDEN HUTCHISON gives a hug to a black bear cub—the product of a taxidermist’s skills—at the Michigan DNR’s Great Youth Jamboree. The event on Sunday marked the fourth year of the Jamboree. Additional photos are on page 12.

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