2013.01.30 Correspondence

Written by David Green.

SEARS HOME: A recent mention of the missing Sears kit home in Fayette brought two responses, but neither led to the discovery of the Milton style kit.

Dale Fether called from Florida to point out that Betty Weaver on County Road N lives in a Sears home. Betty's house was featured in an Observer story last June. She didn't have proof that it was a Sears home, but Dale’s story backs up her claim.

We also received an anonymous letter suggesting that a house on County Road 26 north of the campground was a Sears home, so a photograph was sent to Rosemary Thornton, an expert on the Sears Modern Home.

No such thing, she said. It's not like any Sears home she's ever seen.

It seems more and more likely that the Milton model home—that was once advertised by Sears as standing in Fayette—is no longer to be found.


Several comments we heard about the beaver trapping story in the Jan. 23 Observer were along the lines of this: “I would love to see a live beaver in a stream, not hung up dead on a pole.”

On the other hand, the Fulton County Engineer’s Office was pleased to read the account.

“We too have been keeping an eye on the beaver activity in Iron Creek, and were glad to see the success of the trapping,” wrote Brinda Miller from the engineer’s office.

Iron Creek represents a portion of the more than 400 miles of streams and ditches the agency maintains with projects including brush removal, channel dip out and leveling of fill material.

“We were made aware of the beaver activity in November of last year, so we went out and observed their dams and one of their dens,” Miller wrote. “We were amazed that they had located in this creek, and we knew that their dams would eventually need to be removed.”

She said dams and other obstructions are expected to be removed starting in March.

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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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    UMPIRE Thomas Henthorn tosses the bat between team captains Mikayla Price and Chuck Piskoti of Flint’s Lumber City Base Ball Club. Following the 1860 rules, after the bat was grabbed by the captains, captains’ hands advanced to the top of the bat—one hand on top of the other. The captain whose hand ended up on top decided who would bat first. Additional photos of Sunday’s game appear on page 12 of this week’s Observer. The contest was organized in conjunction with Stair District Library’s Hometown Teams exhibit that runs through Nov. 20.
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    VALUE OF ATHLETICS—Morenci graduate John Bancroft (center) takes a turn at the microphone during a chat session at the opening of the Hometown Teams exhibit at Stair District Library. Clockwise to his left is John Dillon, Jed Hall, Jim Bauer, Joe Farquhar, George Hollstein, George Vereecke and Mike McDowell. Thomas Henthorn (at the podium) kicked off the conversation. Henthorn, a University of Michigan–Flint professor, will return to Morenci this Sunday to lead a game of vintage base ball at the school softball field.
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    HUDSON RUNNER Jacob Morgan looks toward the top of the hill with dismay during the tough finish at Harrison Lake State Park. Fayette runner Jacob Garrow focuses on the summit, also, during the Eagle Invitational cross country run Saturday morning. Continuing rain and drizzle made the course even more challenging. Results of the race are in 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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    Crossing over—Jim Heiney was given a U.S. flag to carry by George Vereecke (behind Jim in the hat), turning him into the leader of the parade. Bridge Walk participants cross over Bean Creek while, in the background, members of the Morenci Legion Riders cross the main traffic bridge on East Street South. Additional photos appear on the back page of this week’s Observer.
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    HOSE safety—The FireCatt hose testing company from Troy put Morenci Fire Department hose to the test Monday morning when Mill Street was closed to traffic. The company also checks nozzles and ladders for wear in an effort to keep fire fighters safe while on calls.

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