Two Morenci FFA members earn State Farmer degree 3.19

Written by David Green.

Two Morenci members of the Lenawee Vo-Tech Center FFA club received State Farmers Degrees at the Michigan FFA convention March 7-9 at Michigan State University.

Morenci seniors Dereck Perryman and Jessica Lietzke both earned State Farmer awards and also participated on the Ag Issues team that earned a silver medal at the state contest.

Other team members were Amber Thomas of Sand Creek, Beth Mills and Gary Fall, Jr., of Deerfield and Rachel Travani of Tecumseh.

Perryman earned his State Degree through a Supervised Agricultural Experience (SAE) in cash crops at the farm operated by his father, Scott.

Perryman was involved in all aspects of record-keeping for his crop project—seed and fertilizer costs, production costs,  etc.—and machinery upkeep.

Lietzke’s SAE was in livestock production. Working at Tim Halliwill’s farm near Clayton, Lietzke raised dairy feeder calves during her two-year project.

She’s also taken dairy feeder calves to the Lenawee County Fair.

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    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.
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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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