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.

BEAVER DAMS: 

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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    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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