Fayette park board meets 4.30

Written by David Green.

Following a decision to close the community swimming pool for the 2008 season, the Fayette Park Board is considering other ways to keep kids cool this summer, such as a splash park and water games.

The board is exploring the possibility of a levy proposal for the November election to give residents the option of funding repairs and operation of the pool. The levy would include all school district residents, not just those within the village limits.

Board members discussed fund-raising activities, including 50/50 drawings at ball games and a monthly drawing on the last Friday night game each month.

The board has also planned a pizza sales project from May 19 to June 13. For this first effort, the board will work with the Pizza Stop.

The board will also investigate earning money by selling tickets for the Toledo Mud Hens and Detroit Tigers games. A percentage of the sales would be returned to the board.

The board is contacting Brett Kolb about ball pictures again this year.

A volleyball tournament is considered to raise money for Christmas decorations and another tournament might be scheduled during the Bull Thistle Festival.

The board discussed  grant options from the Tony Hawk Foundation for money to construct a skateboard park.

PARK NEEDS—The big ball diamond needs 25 tons of stone. It was noted that ground moles are starting to dig up the diamonds again this year.

Quotes will be sought for refurbishing the basketball courts in the park.

The park is in need of new picnic tables, bleachers and playground equipment. Because of mandates to upgrade playground equipment, there are only two swings left. All equipment needs to be replaced because it is outdated.

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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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    LATEST CRAZE—David Cortes (left) and Ty Kruse, along with Jerred Heselschwerdt (standing), consult their smartphones while engaging in the game of Pokémon Go. The virtual scavenger hunt comes to life when players are in the vicinity of gyms, such as Stair District Library, and PokéStops such as the fire station across the street. The boys had spent time Monday morning searching for Pokémon at Wakefield Park.
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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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    NADIYA YORK and Aniston Valentine take a spin on the Casino, one of the rides offered at Wakefield Park during Morenci’s Town and Country Festival. This year’s festival remained dry but with plenty of heat during the three-day run. Additional photographs are inside this week’s Observer.
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    Angela Davis (2) and teammate Allison VanBrandt break into a jig after Morenci's softball team won its third consecutive regional title.
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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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    LEONIE LEAHY was one of three local hair stylists who volunteered time Friday at the Morenci PTO Fun Night. Her customer, Aubrey Sandusky, looks up at her mother while her hair takes on a perfect match to her outfit. Leahy said she had a great time at the event—nothing but happy clients.
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    IN THE FIELD—2004 Morenci graduate Kayse Onweller works in a test plot of wheat in Texas. She’s part of Bayer CropScience’s North American wheat breeding program based in Nebraska, where she completed post-graduate work in plant breeding and genetics.

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