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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    THE MAYOR—Cecil Schoonover poses with a collection of garden gnomes that mysteriously arrive and disappear from his property. Along with the gnomes, someone created the sign stating that he is the Mayor of Gnomesville. He hasn’t yet tracked down the people involved in the prank, but he’s having a good time with the mystery.
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    TAKE A BREAK—Last Wednesday’s session of Stair District Library’s Summer Reading Program ended with a quiet period in a class presented by yoga instructor Melany Gladieux of Toledo. Children learned a variety of yoga poses in the main room at the library, then finished off the session relaxing. Additional photos are on page 7. Area children are invited to visit the library today when the Michigan Science Center presents a flight program at 11 a.m. and roller coasters at 1 p.m.
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    THE DERBY—Tyler “Smallpox” Flakne of Minnesota’s Home Run League All-Stars goes for the fence Friday night during the National Wiffle League Association’s home run derby in Morenci. This year the wiffleball national tournament moved from Dublin, Ohio, to Morenci’s Wakefield Park. During the derby, competitors had two minutes to hit as many home runs as possible. The winner this year finished with 21. See page 6 and 7 for additional photos.
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    OUT OF THIS WORLD—Elizabeth McFadden and Elise Christle pose in front of the green screen as VolunTeen Noah Gilson makes them appear as though they are standing on the Moon. More photos from the Stair District Library’s NASA @ My Library program are on page 12.
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    Lannis Smith of the Leslie Science and Nature Center in Ann Arbor shows off a python last week at Stair District Library's Summer Reading Program.
  • Front.fireworks
    FIREWORKS erupt Saturday night over Morenci’s Wakefield Park during the waning hours of the Town and Country Festival. Additional festival photos are inside.
  • Pipeline Spread
    LINED UP—Lengths of pipe were put in place last week along the route of the Rover natural gas pipeline that will stretch from Defiance, Ohio, to Ontario, Canada. Topsoil was removed before the pipes were laid out. The 42-inch diameter pipeline is scheduled for completion in November.
  • Front.rock Study
    ROCKHOUNDS—From the left, Joseph McCullough, Sean Pagett and Jonathan McCullough peer through hand lenses to study rocks. The project is part of Morenci Elementary School’s summer camp that continues into August.

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