Morenci Area Chamber of Commerce meets 3.26

Written by David Green.

Morenci Area Chamber of Commerce members learned Thursday of a new business that might come to Morenci and heard a report of the Chambers’ goals for the year.

A new flower shop is tentatively planned for downtown Morenci, with an opening in September at the latest.

Chamber president Brad Frederick reviewed previous discussions, noting that the purchase of additional “Welcome to Morenci” signs would remain the group’s focus for the year. Fund-raising activities would focus on three events: the golf outing, the Labor Day bridge walk and selling ads on the community-wide garage sale maps.

Kathy Knoblauch spoke to Chamber members about the continuing renovation of a building she and her husband, Mark, own in downtown Morenci. The former Knoblauch grocery store building has remained unoccupied for several years and the windows were boarded over until earlier this year.

Renovation is a slow process, she said, and she urged people to have patience with the effort. She reminded Chamber members of an earlier offer to help paint the front exterior of the building.

Morenci mayor Doug Erskin was introduced to Chamber members. Erskin praised the current city council as a responsible group and said he expects to see good things happen in the city.

Chamber member Choyce Quigley suggested that the group create a Morenci basket of donated items for the Toledo-based WLMB Christian television station fund-raising auction. The Chamber will donate $50 of Morenci Money to the basket, which the winning bidder must spend at the businesses of Chamber members.

School superintendent Kyle Griffith reminded members of the informational meeting about the bond proposal scheduled Thursday night at the middle school library.

A reminder was also given for members to donate items for the Morenci Education Foundation auction.

At the April meeting, members are expected to select a bid for maintenance of the Chamber’s website.

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    STEP BY STEP—Wyatt Stevens of Morenci makes his way across a rope bridge Sunday during the Michigan DNR’s Great Outdoors Jamboree at Lake Hudson Recreation Area. The Tecumseh Boy Scout Troop constructed the bridge again this year after taking a break in 2016. The Jamboree offered a variety of activities for a wide range of age groups. Morenci’s Stair District Library set up activities again this year and had visits with dozens of kids. See the back page for additional photos.
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    LEADING THE WAY—The Morenci Area High School marching band led the way across the pedestrian bridge on Morenci’s south side for the annual Labor Day Bridge Walk. The Band Boosters shared profits from the sale of T-shirts with the walk’s sponsor, the Morenci Area Chamber of Commerce. Additional photos are on the back page.
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    LOOKING UP—More than 200 people showed up at Stair District Library Monday afternoon to view the big celestial event with free glasses provided by a grant from the Space Science Institute. The library offered craft activities from noon to 1 p.m., refreshments including Cosmic Cake from Zingerman’s Bakehouse and a live viewing of the eclipse from NASA on a large screen. As the sky darkened slightly, more and more people moved outside to the sidewalk to take a look at the shrinking sun. If you missed it, hang on for the next total eclipse in 2024 as the path comes even closer to this area.
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    THE MAYOR—Cecil Schoonover poses with a collection of garden gnomes that mysteriously arrive and disappear from his property. Along with the gnomes, someone created the sign stating that he is the Mayor of Gnomesville. He hasn’t yet tracked down the people involved in the prank, but he’s having a good time with the mystery.
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    TAKE A BREAK—Last Wednesday’s session of Stair District Library’s Summer Reading Program ended with a quiet period in a class presented by yoga instructor Melany Gladieux of Toledo. Children learned a variety of yoga poses in the main room at the library, then finished off the session relaxing. Additional photos are on page 7. Area children are invited to visit the library today when the Michigan Science Center presents a flight program at 11 a.m. and roller coasters at 1 p.m.
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    THE DERBY—Tyler “Smallpox” Flakne of Minnesota’s Home Run League All-Stars goes for the fence Friday night during the National Wiffle League Association’s home run derby in Morenci. This year the wiffleball national tournament moved from Dublin, Ohio, to Morenci’s Wakefield Park. During the derby, competitors had two minutes to hit as many home runs as possible. The winner this year finished with 21. See page 6 and 7 for additional photos.
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    OUT OF THIS WORLD—Elizabeth McFadden and Elise Christle pose in front of the green screen as VolunTeen Noah Gilson makes them appear as though they are standing on the Moon. More photos from the Stair District Library’s NASA @ My Library program are on page 12.
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    FIREWORKS erupt Saturday night over Morenci’s Wakefield Park during the waning hours of the Town and Country Festival. Additional festival photos are inside.
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