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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    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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    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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    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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