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.

  • Play Practice
    DRAMA—Fayette schools, in conjunction with the Opera House Theater program, will present two plays Friday night at the Fayette Opera House. From the left is Autumn Black, Wyatt Mitchell, Elizabeth Myers, Jonah Perdue, Sam Myers (in the back) and Lauren Dale. Other cast members are Brynn Balmer, Mason Maginn, Ashtyn Dominique, Stephanie Munguia and Sierra Munguia. Jason Stuckey serves as the technician and Trinity Leady is the backstage manager. The plays will be performed during the day Friday for students and for the public at 7 p.m. Friday.
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    PROGRESS continues on the agriculture classroom addition at Fayette High School. The project will add 2,900 square feet of space and include an overhead door that would allow equipment to be driven inside. The building should be ready for the start of school in August. Work on ball fields and a running track is also underway.
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    CLEARING THE WAY—Road crossings in the area on the construction route of the Rover natural gas pipeline are marked with poles and flags as preliminary work nears. Ditches and field entry points are covered with thick planks in many areas to support equipment for tree clearing operations. Actual pipeline construction is progressing across Ohio toward a collecting station near Defiance. That segment of the project is expected to wrap up in July. The 42-inch line through Michigan and into Ontario is scheduled for completion in November. The line is projected to transport 3.25 billion cubic feet of natural gas every day.
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    ON THE MOVE—Six goslings head out on manuevers with their parents in an area lake. Baby waterfowl are showing up in lakes and ponds throughout the area.
  • 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).
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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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    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.
  • Face Paint
    FUN NIGHT FUN—Savanna Miles sits patiently while Abbie White works on a face paint design Friday during the Morenci PTO Fun Night. Gracie Snead watches the progress after having spent time in the chair. Abbie was one of several volunteer painters, each creating their own unique look. Additional photos are on the back page of this week’s Observer.

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