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.

  • Front.cross
    HUDSON RUNNER Jacob Morgan looks toward the top of the hill with dismay during the tough finish at Harrison Lake State Park. Fayette runner Jacob Garrow focuses on the summit, also, during the Eagle Invitational cross country run Saturday morning. Continuing rain and drizzle made the course even more challenging. Results of the race are in this week’s Observer.
  • Front.bear
    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.
  • Front.crossing
    Crossing over—Jim Heiney was given a U.S. flag to carry by George Vereecke (behind Jim in the hat), turning him into the leader of the parade. Bridge Walk participants cross over Bean Creek while, in the background, members of the Morenci Legion Riders cross the main traffic bridge on East Street South. Additional photos appear on the back page of this week’s Observer.
  • Front.hose Testing
    HOSE safety—The FireCatt hose testing company from Troy put Morenci Fire Department hose to the test Monday morning when Mill Street was closed to traffic. The company also checks nozzles and ladders for wear in an effort to keep fire fighters safe while on calls.
  • Front.starting
    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.
  • Front.train
    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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