Quotes from 2007

Written by David Green.

“Every engine on every one of these planes will have parts made with General Broach tooling.”
– David Graham, former plant manager of General Broach in Morenci talking about a new aerospace contract with Boeing.

“When people say the ground water is protected by clay, you can say ‘No, it’s not.’ It’s a mixed story.”
– Mary Ann Thomas, a member of the U.S. Geological Service talking to a group concerned about protecting fresh water in the Michindoh aquifer.

“We obviously have a lot of issues with them.”
– Bob McCann, spokesperson from the Michigan DEQ talking about continuing disputes with Vreba-Hoff Dairy.

“My kids kept telling me when I finally came to that I was not Y2K compliant.”
– Deb (Frantz) Gleckler, talking about her recovery from a heart attack that she suffered on Dec. 31, 1999, the eve of the new millennium.

“I got really pumped. I got really aggressive. I was trying to take advantage of every second out there.”
– Zac Johnson, Morenci wrestler talking about the match when he earned a state championship.

“We recovered a significant amount, but not every last cent. It’s a healthy amount. It’s a large settlement.”
– David Nunn, attorney for the Gorham Fayette school district discussing the $3.9 million settlement with DH Holdings over contamination of school property.

“Packard from Dillon down to the lagoon is a fright. They’ve gone beyond the road.”
– Bob Eichler, discussing the condition of Packard Road after Vreba-Hoff Dairy began hauling manure from lagoons at the farm to a new lagoon several miles away.

“We’re looking at a different approach to marketing.”
– Gary Cates, of ProMedica explaining the decision to convert the Charles Fay Village assisted living facility back to an independent  facility. The senior citizen apartment complex started as independent, but was changed to assisted due to a low population.

“I can only remember the bad things.”
– Zack Craig, All-Stater thinking back over his record-setting basketball career in Morenci. Now he’ll remember breaking his foot near the start of his first college season at West Liberty State.

“It wouldn’t take much of that to get us complaining about the heat.”
– George Isobar, area climate observer talking about approaching spring and how there could be some hot days in April.


“My belly’s getting in the way.”
– Edwin Arroyo, Fayette student talking about wearing the Empathy Belly that gives a hint about what it’s like to have a pregnant body.

“I didn’t think I heard the dispatcher right.”
– Chad Schisler, Morenci fire chief discussing a day in April in which the department helped battle the largest fire it ever experienced (downtown blaze in Wauseon) and ended in a mailbox fire—another first.

“The first time I saw ‘The Wizard of Oz,’ I knew that’s what I wanted to do.”
– Michael Schlesinger, television weather forecaster telling kids at Fayette’s library about his decision to study meteorology.

“It’s the first time I’ve ever met with a reading group while totally nude.”
“So are we.”
Author Steven Sorrentino followed by Dorothy Okray of Morenci, at the start of Stair Public Library’s first book discussion via speakerphone.

“It looks like a good place to do business and we’d like to grow here.”
– Jim Lyon, co-owner of Alpine Manufacturing, talking to city council at a tax abatement hearing.

“I had an ex-boyfriend who put it in the river.”
– Annette Nichols, Morenci resident talking about her blue Buick that was pulled up from the bottom of the St. Joseph River in South Bend. Annette had reported it stolen 27 years ago.

“It gets in your blood and you can’t get it out.”
– Larry Pieplow, talking about his love for gas engines, a fondness that led to his construction of scale model tractors.

“They have no trouble collecting taxes on it, but they don’t want it there.”
– Jeff Davis, discussing a dispute with the Medina Township board about a house trailer that doesn’t meet zoning regulations.

“My wife tells me, ‘You’re going to have to take a break. It’s consuming you.’”
– Calvin Teal, rural Lyons resident talking about his efforts to write a book about former businesses along U.S. 20, and becoming overwhelmed with leads.

“The agreement says no buildings, ever. That’s what the school board and DH agreed on.”
– Edward Onyia, Ohio EPA representative telling Fayette village council about the future of the school property after demolition is complete.

“We’ve defined the edge of the plume.”
– Edward Onyia, a statement that appears annually in this collection of quotes, in reference to the always-moving plume of contamination on Fayette school property.

“How can you have a ‘for rent’ sign in front of a house that’s being sold on land contract?”
– Becky Erskin, Morenci resident speaking at a city council meeting about houses sold on land contract to avoid rental inspection.

“Don’t be scared; we’re not going to hurt you. Put a smile on your face.”
– Jayden Smith, Morenci first grader giving advice to the new class of kindergarten students.

“People think beauty shops are gossipy places, but they’re not really. People just talk about their families.”
– Karen Lavinder, Fayette hair salon owner, talking about her life as a dresser of hair, just before her shop closed up for good.

“They just hone right in and let you have it. There’s no reticence.”
– Dr. Edward Walker, MSU professor talking about the floodwater mosquitoes that have hatched in large numbers following a very wet August.

“If you believe in the village, it’s not a gamble.”
– Gerry Gonzales, Fayette council member discussing the need for a new sewage treatment system in hopes of attracting new industry; existing capacity problems limit new development.

“I’m not comfortable confronting an eight-year-old child and saying, ‘Get off the bike or I’ll ticket.’”
– Larry Weeks, Morenci police chief telling city council there should be some “give and take” when tackling the problem of bicycles on downtown sidewalks.

“Once we know the rules, we break them.”
– Karley Schmidt, Morenci Area High School student describing the “Out of the Box” art showing at Stair Public Library.

“My intensity and passion are often misunderstood, but there’s nothing wrong with passion as long as you’re genuine about it.”
– Blaise Winter, former NFL lineman telling Morenci students to believe in themselves.

“They’re like big babies.”
– Beth Tuckerman, program coordinator at Parr Highway Correctional Facility, talking about the tender, loving care needed to grow a giant pumpkin, such as her 711-pound specimen.


“Those were very, very bad times, but we made it through.”
– Jeannine Price, talking about growing up in her native France during World War II, when her Jewish family was always hiding from Nazi troops.

“We don’t feel it’s a sound academic decision.”
– Suzette Boesger, Fayette teacher stating opposition to closing school during county fair week. The school board agreed—until a month later when the vacation was approved.

“We had to come to an understanding that I lived inside and the animals lived outside.”
– Nancy Salerno, discussing the challenges of moving to the country and contending with birds, bats, snakes and more.

“It’s not a very bright picture, but you’ve got to stay positive. That’s about the only advice I can give you.”
– Tim Harmsen, engineer with Arcadis, talking to Fayette council members about proposed sewer work costing $4.5 million plus the need for a new treatment plant costing another $3.2 million.

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    SCULPTORS—Morenci third grade students Emersyn Thompson (left) and Marissa Lawrence turn spaghetti sticks into mini sculptures Friday during a class visit to Stair District Library. All Morenci Elementary School classes recently visited the library to experience the creative construction toys purchased through the “Sculptamania!” project, funded by a Disney Curiosity Creates grant. The grant is administered by the Association for Library Services to Children, a division of the American Library Association.
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    LEONIE LEAHY was one of three local hair stylists who volunteered time Friday at the Morenci PTO Fun Night. Her customer, Aubrey Sandusky, looks up at her mother while her hair takes on a perfect match to her outfit. Leahy said she had a great time at the event—nothing but happy clients.
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    LEARNING THE ROPES—Kristy Castillo (left), co-owner of Mane Street Salon, works with Kendal Kuhn as Sierra Orner takes a phone call. The two Morenci Area High School juniors spent Friday at the salon as part of a job shadowing experience.
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    IN THE FIELD—2004 Morenci graduate Kayse Onweller works in a test plot of wheat in Texas. She’s part of Bayer CropScience’s North American wheat breeding program based in Nebraska, where she completed post-graduate work in plant breeding and genetics.
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    REFEREE Camden Miller raises the hand of Morenci Jr. Dawgs wrestler Ryder Ryan as his opponent leaves the mat in disappointment. Morenci’s youth wrestling program served as host for a tournament Saturday morning to raise money for the club. Additional photos are on the back page.
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    SHERWOOD STATE Bank opened its Fayette office at a grand opening Friday morning, drawing a large crowd to view the renovated building. Above, Burt Blue talks to teller Cindy Funk, while his wife, Jackie, looks around the new office. The Blues missed the opening and took a quick tour on Tuesday. Few traces remain of the former grocery store and theater, however, part of the original brick wall still shows in the hallway leading to the back of the building. The drive-through window should be ready for customers later in the month.
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    CARRYING—Riley Terry (blue jacket) and Mason Vaughn lead the way, carrying an empty casket outside to the hearse waiting at the curb. Morenci juniors and seniors visited Eagle Funeral Home last week to learn about the role of a funeral director and to understand the process of arranging for a funeral.
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    FROM THE LEFT, Landon Wilkins, Ryan White and Logan Blaker try out their artistic skills Saturday afternoon at the Morenci PTO’s first Date to Create event. More than 50 people showed up to create decorated planks of wood to hang from rope. The event served as a fund-raiser for miscellaneous PTO projects. Additional photos are on the back of this week’s Observer.

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