Goodwill to visit Morenci 10.17

Written by David Green.

Ready for some fall cleaning? Put your unwanted items aside until the first week of November. That’s when Goodwill Industries will return to Morenci for it second donation drive.

The agency conducted a successful drive here in April and is looking for another good collection from 10 a.m. until 1 p.m. Saturday, Nov. 3.

For a guideline on what to donate, Goodwill suggests the following rule: Items should be in clean, usable condition, like what you would give to a neighbor or friend.

Furniture should be in good condition and not in need of repair. Small appliances should be in working condition.

Large appliances, construction material and mattresses are among the items not accepted.

Secure paper shredding will be available for a small fee. Shredding is limited to 50 pounds from any one source.

Linda Gentry of the Lenawee Goodwill Industries said the agency isn’t just a convenient way to get rid of unwanted items. Donations also lead to job training and services to people with disabilities and other barriers to work. The goal, she said, is for clients to reach economic independence.

More than 800 adults were served last year and more than 200 youngsters described as at-risk or adjudicated.

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    Water Fun—Carter Seitz and Colson Walter take a fast trip along a plastic sliding strip while water from a sprinkler provides the lubrication. The boys took a break from tie-dyeing last week at Morenci’s Summer Recreation Program to cool off in the water.
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    BIKE-A-THON—Children in Morenci’s Summer Recreation Program brought their bikes last Tuesday to participate in a bike-a-thon. Riders await the start of the event at the elementary school before being led on a course through town by organizer Leonie Leahy.
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    on your mark, get set, drum!—Drew Joughin (black shirt), Maddox Joughin and Kaleea Braun took the front row last week when Angela Rettle and assistants led the Stair District Library Summer Reading Program kids in a session of cardio drumming. The sports and healthy living theme continued yesterday with a Mini Jamboree at Lake Hudson State Park arranged by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. Next week’s program features the Flying Aces Frisbee show.
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    ART PARK—A design created by Poggemeyer Design Group shows a “pocket art park” in the green space south of the State Line Observer building. The proposal includes a 12-foot sculpture based on a design created by Morenci sixth grade student Klara Wesley through a school and library collaboration. A wooden band shell is located at the back of the lot. The Observer wall would be covered with a synthetic stucco material. City council members are considering ways to fund the estimated $125,000 project and perhaps tackling construction one step at a time.
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    WRECKAGE—Morenci Fire Department member Taylor Schisler walks past the smoking wreckage of a semi-truck tractor on the north side of the Norfolk and Southern Railroad tracks on Ranger Highway. The truck trailer was on the south side of the tracks

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