House Tour: Rick and Karen Mepham 12.5

Written by David Green.

Rick and Karen Mepham get many glimpses from the past when they look around their stately North Summit Street home.

Some of those glances into former times aren’t so cheery.

They see beautiful woodwork covered with paint. They see modern doors replacing the originals still stored in the garage.

There are patches of wood on the floors where the old decorative heating registers were once in place. Only two remain, and just one of them still includes the metal skirting around the edges.

The old light fixtures are gone and even the old mantel surrounding the fireplace had been removed. Bare bricks were showing until Rick, with the help of Karen’s step-father, built a replacement.

The house no longer includes all the features that once made it one of the town’s premiere residences, but it’s still an impressive structure.

Slowly, the Mephams are making improvements, but that’s no easy chore—especially not with a two-year-old daughter to care for.

“We work different shifts,” Rick said.

“We’re hardly home together,” Karen adds, “and when we are we’re spending time with Kalie. It’s really hard to get anything done.”

It’s only been two years since the Mephams moved in—right about the time Kalie came along.

 

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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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