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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    Fayette's Demetrious Whiteside (left)Skylar Lester attempt to keep the ball from going out of bounds during Morenci's recent basketball tournament for fourth and fifth grade teams. Morenci's Andrew Schmidt stands by.
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    MORENCI pep rallies generally end with a tug of war. The senior class entry, shown above, did not advance to the finals. Griffin Grieder, Alaina Webster, Kyle Long and Jazmin Smith are shown at the front of the rope, giving it their best effort.
  • Accident
    FAYETTE resident Patricia Stambaugh, 64, was declared dead on the scene of a single-vehicle accident Friday morning south of Morenci. Rescue units were called around 9 a.m., but as of Tuesday, law enforcement officers had not yet determined the time of the accident. According to Ohio State Highway Patrol, Stambaugh was driving west on U.S. 20 when her Chevrolet Malibu traveled off the north side of the road and down a steep embankment, coming to rest in Bean Creek (Tiffin River).
  • Athletic Fields
    SPORTS COMPLEX—Fayette’s outdoor athletic facilities will include three ball fields for summer recreation leagues at the southwest corner of the school. The baseball and softball fields, along with the running track, will be constructed on the east side of the school. Outdoor athletic fields were not part of the new school project from 2007, but voters approved a $1.4 million levy for a school addition and the sports fields last August. Both projects are scheduled to be complete by July 20.
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    PRESCHOOL MUSIC—Fayette band director Jeffrey Dunford spends the last half hour of the day leading the full-day preschool class in musical activities. Additional photos are on page 7 of this week’s Observer.
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    TROMBONISTS Jake Myers (left) and Max Baker perform Friday at the annual Senior Citizens Luncheon at Fayette High School. The National Honor Society and the FFA chapter teamed up to serve a meal to area seniors and to provide musical entertainment. Both the school band and choir performed. Additional photos are on page 7 of this week’s Observer.
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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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