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- VOLUNTEERS Lisa Love and Marlene Moriarity rake leaves from graves at Oak Grove Cemetery during a “community rake” organized by Sybil Diccion and Fred Mohr. A dozen people showed up at the cemetery Saturday morning to continue a volunteer effort to clean the cemetery of leaves and sticks by Memorial Day. A decrease in city revenue resulted in a reduction of DPW staff, leaving the cemetery in need of some extra help.
- SASHAY—Wyatt Stevens and Elise Christle take a turn sashaying through Stair District Library last week when author Maripat Perkins visited to read her book “Rodeo Red.” The library took on a Western appearance with activities that included square dancing. Morenci’s second grade students were visiting that day. Additional photos are on the back page.
- TRW—The framework of the building expansion at Fayette’s TRW plant progresses each day on the west side of the property along Gorham Street. When complete, several manufacturing cells currently housed in Saginaw, Mich., will be moved to Fayette, bringing at least 20 new jobs to the location. TRW’s Doug Cox explained last year that the automotive parts produced in Fayette are for Ford Motor Company and the customer prefers to keep production of an item in one location rather than split among two.
- CAIDEN ALAMIA took his show on the road in hopes of collecting some cash to buy some video games. He stood at the corner of North and Locust streets playing his plastic guitar and accepting donations from passersby.
- MEMBERS of the Junior Garden Club plant flowers in one of the new planters in downtown Morenci. From the left is Evan, Taylor and Carolyn Gould, and on the right is Morenci Garden Club member Jane Brasher-Garrow. Garden Club members, both young and old, worked Sunday afternoon to bring some color to the downtown. The new, smaller containers were purchased by the Garden Club and installed the previous week.
- A UNIQUE grave marker is in place at Morenci’s Oak Grove Cemetery, created by Morenci native Eric McCarty. The sculptor was hired to create a marker for the late Chris Evers who loved spending time in the woods. The Evers daughters knew they wanted a deer and McCarty sculpted the other features to add more interest.
- scrambled—Morgan and Logan Gehring squish against the side of the Scrambler as they fly through the air Friday at Morenci’s Town and Country Festival. A variety of carnival rides provided fun for all ages. Festival committee head Bill Foster thanked the many volunteers who helped make this year’s festival a success. Additional photos are inside this week’s Observer.
- MORENCI’S Darian Double jumps into the arms of pitcher McKenzie Hilton after the Bulldogs defeated Concord 5-4 to win the regional championship—their second in a row. Morenci played Kalamazoo Christian in the quarterfinal game Tuesday in Battle Creek—also for the second year in a row.
- SELFIE—Madi Gleckler and Kearstin Jesse pose for a photograph before the start of Morenci’s commencement exercises Sunday afternoon at the high school. Sixty-one seniors earned diplomas as Morenci’s largest class in several years graduated. The junior class has 20 fewer students. Fayette seniors started commencement day first as 37 seniors were presented diplomas at their 2 p.m. service on Sunday. Photos from each school’s commencent are inside this week’s Observer.