House tour: John and Nancy Salerno 11.21

Written by David Green.

People go on home tours expecting to see “the finished product.” All the projects are complete and everything is in order.

Then they return to their own homes and the reality of fixing things up.

You might say that John and Nancy Salerno’s residence is the home tour house for the rest of us.

Lots of big plans, Nancy says, but not everything gets done.

For example, the siding on the exterior isn’t yet complete. The tour won’t include the basement that remains on the to-do list. There’s some rough plaster showing from a project on a stairway.

Just take it as it is and enjoy this spacious 112-year-old structure that, despite the status of on-going projects, really has had a lot of work put into it.

For example, the basement walls were bowing inward, so new block was laid. They put in a new bathroom, removed carpeting and layed wood and wood tile, replaced a stairway, built a garage, paved the drive, refinished bedroom walls—the list goes on and on. No wonder it’s still a work in progress.

 

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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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