Morenci Foundation Dinner 4.16

Written by David Green.

The deadline has passed to reserve tickets for the Morenci Education Foundation benefit dinner Saturday night, but there’s no closing time on joining in for the auction.

The dinner and Distinguished Alumni presentation is scheduled to begin at 5:30 p.m. When that concludes, the benefit auction gets underway.

The more bidders, the better, because proceeds from the event help fund scholarships for Morenci graduates. More than $25,000 in scholarships have been awarded since the scholarship program began five years ago.

Auction items are listed in an advertisement in this week’s Observer. The donated items range from the handmade (table doily, shelves, quilts and afghans) to handcrafted furniture.

Roth Fabricating, Inc., is offering a choice of items in their donation. The winning bidder has the choice of a custom-made park bench or porch swing. The winner can also choose the color and a word to be included in the fabrication. Delivery is promised within 60 days.

There’s a book autographed by Ronald Reagan, tickets to a James Taylor concert, a hockey puck autographed by Tomas Kopecky and a night at Dearborn’s Hyatt Regency.

There’s even an offer to have your personal story written and posted on the World Wide Web via the Observer website.

For anyone interested in bidding on an object but unable to attend the auction, make your bid by calling Foundation president Bill Van Valkenburg at 517/270-1277.

ART SHOW—The all-school art show will be on display in the high school gymnasium Friday and Saturday. Dinner and auction guests are invited to come early and visit the show that closes at 9 p.m.

DONOR WALL—Until May 1, a special fund-raising effort will lead to a brass plate in the high school lobby.

For every $100 donation, a plate will be added to an Honor Roll of Donors. The donation can be in memory of someone, in honor of someone or for the individual or family making the donation.

Orders can be placed at the dinner or by speaking with Rosemary Dickerson at United Bank and Trust.

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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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