Morenci citizens of the year 6.25

Written by David Green.

Eric Emmons

How did you end up in Morenci? 

I was born in Morenci.

 How long have you lived here?

 I have lived here all of my life.

 List the top three things you like about Morenci.cit.o-eric.jpg

    The way people come together in time of need; nice neighborhoods; Tuesday Taco night at the Pub.

What ways have you seen Morenci change over the years? 

The Garden Club’s hanging baskets and youth flower pots on the streets have made the downtown much more appealing.

List some of your contributions to the community.

    Town and Country Festival; Habitat House; Donkey Basketball for Youth Missions

Describe your must difficult day on the job or any difficult day.

Trying to get the cemetery ready for Memorial Day and the forecast is rain.

 What's the most rewarding part of your job or community work?

Helping people during difficult times.

How long have you been married?

It will be 20 years in December.  Who are your family members? 

My wife is Sandy and my parents are Leland and Darlene Emmons. I have 2 brothers, Lee and Chris and a sister Margaret.

What is one thing your spouse does that impresses you? 

She and our neighbor Jane have run the book discussion at the library for over 10 years and have got the community involved.

What's your most embarrassing moment experienced in public in Morenci? 

Trying to get on a donkey during donkey basketball.

If you had your life to live over, what would you do differently? 

Nothing.

 

Barney Vanderpool

How did you end up in Morenci?

I was born and raised here.

How long have you lived here?

47 years.

List the top three things you like about Morenci.

Small town atmosphere, safe place to live, friendly people.

What ways have you seen Morenci change over the years?cit.o-barney.jpg

The reconstruction of Main Street, the new industrial park and changes in businesses.

List some of your contributions to the community.

I have worked for the city for 27 years and have volunteered to help build the new playscape and skatepark and other small projects.

Describe your must difficult day on the job or any difficult day.

Come into work and its zero degrees and you have a water main break.

What's the most rewarding part of your job or community work?

When I’m out on the job and someone comes up and says, “thank you.”

How long have you been married?

My wife Julie and I have been married for 24 years.

Who are your family members?

We have two children, Shelby (and Patric) of Nettle Lake and Joseph, at home. We also have two grandsons, Kaden, 3, and Adam, five months.

What is one thing your spouse does that impresses you?

She has put up with me for 24 years.

What's your most embarrassing moment experienced in public in Morenci?

I’m too embarrassed to tell.

If you had your life to live over, what would you do differently?

Nothing.

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    GAMES DAY—Finn Molitierno (right) celebrates a goal during a game of Nok Hockey with his sister, Kyla. The two tried out a variety of games Saturday at Stair District Library’s annual International Games Day event. One of the activities featured a sort of scavenger hunt in which participants had to locate facts presented in the Smithsonian Hometown Teams exhibit. The traveling show left Morenci’s library Tuesday, wrapping up a series of programs that began Oct. 2. Additional photos are on page 7.
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    STRANGE STUFF—Morenci Elementary School students learn that blue isn’t really blue when seen through the right color of lens. Volunteer April Pike presents the lesson to students at one of the many stations brought to the school by the COSI science center. The theme of this year’s visit was the solar system.
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    MAPLE leaves show their fall colors in a puddle at Morenci’s Riverside Natural Area. “This was a great year for colors,” said local weather watcher George Isobar. Chilly mornings will give way to seasonable fall temperatures for the next two weeks.
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    MORENCI Marching Band member Brittany Dennis keeps the beat Friday during the half-time show of the Morenci/Pittsford football game. Color guard member Jordan Cordts is at the left. The band performed this season under the direction of Doyle Rodenbeck who served as Morenci’s band director in the 1970s. He’s serving as a substitute during a family leave.
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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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    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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