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 All equipment needs to be replaced because it is outdated.

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    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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    A PERFORMER named Biligbaatar, a member of the AnDa Union troupe from Inner Mongolia, dances at Stair District Library last week during a visit to the Midwest. The nine-member group blends a variety of traditions from Inner and Outer Mongolia. The music is described as drawing from “all the Mongol tribes that Genghis Khan unified.” The group considers itself music gatherers whose goal is to preserve traditional sounds of Mongolia. Biligbaatar grew up among traditional herders who live in yurts. Additional photos are on the back page of this week’s Observer.
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    UMPIRE Thomas Henthorn tosses the bat between team captains Mikayla Price and Chuck Piskoti of Flint’s Lumber City Base Ball Club. Following the 1860 rules, after the bat was grabbed by the captains, captains’ hands advanced to the top of the bat—one hand on top of the other. The captain whose hand ended up on top decided who would bat first. Additional photos of Sunday’s game appear on page 12 of this week’s Observer. The contest was organized in conjunction with Stair District Library’s Hometown Teams exhibit that runs through Nov. 20.
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    VALUE OF ATHLETICS—Morenci graduate John Bancroft (center) takes a turn at the microphone during a chat session at the opening of the Hometown Teams exhibit at Stair District Library. Clockwise to his left is John Dillon, Jed Hall, Jim Bauer, Joe Farquhar, George Hollstein, George Vereecke and Mike McDowell. Thomas Henthorn (at the podium) kicked off the conversation. Henthorn, a University of Michigan–Flint professor, will return to Morenci this Sunday to lead a game of vintage base ball at the school softball field.
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    HUDSON RUNNER Jacob Morgan looks toward the top of the hill with dismay during the tough finish at Harrison Lake State Park. Fayette runner Jacob Garrow focuses on the summit, also, during the Eagle Invitational cross country run Saturday morning. Continuing rain and drizzle made the course even more challenging. Results of the race are in this week’s Observer.
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    HOLDEN HUTCHISON gives a hug to a black bear cub—the product of a taxidermist’s skills—at the Michigan DNR’s Great Youth Jamboree. The event on Sunday marked the fourth year of the Jamboree. Additional photos are on page 12.
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    HOSE safety—The FireCatt hose testing company from Troy put Morenci Fire Department hose to the test Monday morning when Mill Street was closed to traffic. The company also checks nozzles and ladders for wear in an effort to keep fire fighters safe while on calls.

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