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.

  • Homecoming Court
    HOMECOMING—One senior candidate will be chosen Morenci’s fall homecoming queen during half-time ceremonies Friday at the football field. In the back row are seniors Mikayla Price, who will be escorted by Mason Vaughn; Madison Bachman, escorted by Kiegan Merillat, and Mikayla Reinke, escorted by Griffin Grieder. Senior Ariana Roseman is absent from the photo. Her escort is Garrett Smith. In the front is sophomore Abbie White, who will be escorted by Ryder Price; junior Madysen Schmitz, escorted by Harley McCaskey and freshman Madison Keller, escorted by Jarett Cook.
  • Front.cross
    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.
  • Front.bear
    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.
  • Front.crossing
    Crossing over—Jim Heiney was given a U.S. flag to carry by George Vereecke (behind Jim in the hat), turning him into the leader of the parade. Bridge Walk participants cross over Bean Creek while, in the background, members of the Morenci Legion Riders cross the main traffic bridge on East Street South. Additional photos appear on the back page of this week’s Observer.
  • Front.hose Testing
    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.
  • Front.starting
    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.
  • Front.train
    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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