Morenci Day in Florida 3.12

Written by David Green.

Four of the older guests were recognized at this year’s Morenci Day in Florida, along with a new guest making his first visit.

This year’s event took place Feb. 28 at the Golden Corral in Lakeland. The crowd was smaller than usual at the new location, but guests voted to return to the same restaurant next year on the fourth Thursday of February.

Rex and Ruby Fletcher, Twila Knoblauch and Norm Barron were given special recognition, along with C.J. (Gus) Gianakaris who came to the event for the first time. His father owned and operated a restaurant/ice cream parlor on Main Street in Morenci during the 1940s.

Also attending were:  Bonnie Arquette, Beverly (Bell) Blaker, Edith Brink, Richard Bryant, Charles Carncross, Naomi (Clymer) Speelman, Ronald and Vadah (Brink) DeWulf, Chuck Emch, Zale and Jackie (Lloyd) Fether, Bill Gardiner, Ana Gianakaris, Verena (Clymer) Glendening;

Harold and Margy Gorsuch, Lincoln and Mary Jo Gorsuch, Ted and Judy Harper, Vernon Harper, Ron and Pat (Reppert) Keller, Harold and Nancy Lamb, Gail (Johnson) Litchfield, Bill and Joyce McCaskey, Charles and Grace McCaskey, Don and Carol Merillat, Marlene Mock, Dawn (Baker) Nisbett;

Shirley (Fletcher) Pillow, George and Connie (Marzolf) Pontious, Debra Reister, Janis (Williamson) Reister, Carol Rogers, Jim and Joey Schaffner, Bobby Shough, Gene and Darlene (Rupp) Smith, Glen and Carolyn Smith, Sidney and Rose Smith, Robert and Annette Solmonson, Jim and Marilyn (Emerson) Sproull;

John and Carol Van Havel, John and Joyce (Williamson) Van Valkenburg, Hal and Doris (Fletcher) Van Wagner, Connie (Colegrove) Vinton, Jean Wagner, Lee and Sherryl Wilson, and Doris Jean (Ferris) Zeigler.

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    GAMES DAY—Finn Molitierno (right) celebrates a goal during a game of Nok Hockey with his sister, Kyla. The two tried out a variety of games Saturday at Stair District Library’s annual International Games Day event. One of the activities featured a sort of scavenger hunt in which participants had to locate facts presented in the Smithsonian Hometown Teams exhibit. The traveling show left Morenci’s library Tuesday, wrapping up a series of programs that began Oct. 2. Additional photos are on page 7.
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    STRANGE STUFF—Morenci Elementary School students learn that blue isn’t really blue when seen through the right color of lens. Volunteer April Pike presents the lesson to students at one of the many stations brought to the school by the COSI science center. The theme of this year’s visit was the solar system.
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    MAPLE leaves show their fall colors in a puddle at Morenci’s Riverside Natural Area. “This was a great year for colors,” said local weather watcher George Isobar. Chilly mornings will give way to seasonable fall temperatures for the next two weeks.
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    MORENCI Marching Band member Brittany Dennis keeps the beat Friday during the half-time show of the Morenci/Pittsford football game. Color guard member Jordan Cordts is at the left. The band performed this season under the direction of Doyle Rodenbeck who served as Morenci’s band director in the 1970s. He’s serving as a substitute during a family leave.
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    MOVING EAST—Utility workers continue their slow progress east along U.S. 20 south of Morenci. New electrical poles are put in place before wiring is moved into place.
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    A PERFORMER named Biligbaatar, a member of the AnDa Union troupe from Inner Mongolia, dances at Stair District Library last week during a visit to the Midwest. The nine-member group blends a variety of traditions from Inner and Outer Mongolia. The music is described as drawing from “all the Mongol tribes that Genghis Khan unified.” The group considers itself music gatherers whose goal is to preserve traditional sounds of Mongolia. Biligbaatar grew up among traditional herders who live in yurts. Additional photos are on the back page of this week’s Observer.
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    HOLDEN HUTCHISON gives a hug to a black bear cub—the product of a taxidermist’s skills—at the Michigan DNR’s Great Youth Jamboree. The event on Sunday marked the fourth year of the Jamboree. Additional photos are on page 12.

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