Good Deeds: Ron Shaffer 2012.09.1

Written by David Green.

Pat Houttekier has lived on State Line Road west of Morenci for more than 40 years and a good share of that time she’s had to drive past an overgrown patch of ground on her way home.

“There is an island of grass on the corner of my road and Gorham Street. For over 30 years this has been overgrown and filled with trash that people just toss in, including tires,” she said.

She drove by one day several years ago to find that it was cleaned up and mowed, and it’s remained that way ever since. It’s been a mystery to her who was doing the work to keep it attractive.

“I recently found out that a gentleman from Gorham Street named Ron Shaffer has taken it upon himself to do this. Right now there is a row of flags planted there,” she said. “It really shows what a change one person can make. Mr. Shaffer’s public service is impressive and appreciated by all of us who drive by that intersection regularly.”

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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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