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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    STEP BY STEP—Wyatt Stevens of Morenci makes his way across a rope bridge Sunday during the Michigan DNR’s Great Outdoors Jamboree at Lake Hudson Recreation Area. The Tecumseh Boy Scout Troop constructed the bridge again this year after taking a break in 2016. The Jamboree offered a variety of activities for a wide range of age groups. Morenci’s Stair District Library set up activities again this year and had visits with dozens of kids. See the back page for additional photos.
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    LEADING THE WAY—The Morenci Area High School marching band led the way across the pedestrian bridge on Morenci’s south side for the annual Labor Day Bridge Walk. The Band Boosters shared profits from the sale of T-shirts with the walk’s sponsor, the Morenci Area Chamber of Commerce. Additional photos are on the back page.
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    LOOKING UP—More than 200 people showed up at Stair District Library Monday afternoon to view the big celestial event with free glasses provided by a grant from the Space Science Institute. The library offered craft activities from noon to 1 p.m., refreshments including Cosmic Cake from Zingerman’s Bakehouse and a live viewing of the eclipse from NASA on a large screen. As the sky darkened slightly, more and more people moved outside to the sidewalk to take a look at the shrinking sun. If you missed it, hang on for the next total eclipse in 2024 as the path comes even closer to this area.
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    THE MAYOR—Cecil Schoonover poses with a collection of garden gnomes that mysteriously arrive and disappear from his property. Along with the gnomes, someone created the sign stating that he is the Mayor of Gnomesville. He hasn’t yet tracked down the people involved in the prank, but he’s having a good time with the mystery.
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    TAKE A BREAK—Last Wednesday’s session of Stair District Library’s Summer Reading Program ended with a quiet period in a class presented by yoga instructor Melany Gladieux of Toledo. Children learned a variety of yoga poses in the main room at the library, then finished off the session relaxing. Additional photos are on page 7. Area children are invited to visit the library today when the Michigan Science Center presents a flight program at 11 a.m. and roller coasters at 1 p.m.
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    THE DERBY—Tyler “Smallpox” Flakne of Minnesota’s Home Run League All-Stars goes for the fence Friday night during the National Wiffle League Association’s home run derby in Morenci. This year the wiffleball national tournament moved from Dublin, Ohio, to Morenci’s Wakefield Park. During the derby, competitors had two minutes to hit as many home runs as possible. The winner this year finished with 21. See page 6 and 7 for additional photos.
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    OUT OF THIS WORLD—Elizabeth McFadden and Elise Christle pose in front of the green screen as VolunTeen Noah Gilson makes them appear as though they are standing on the Moon. More photos from the Stair District Library’s NASA @ My Library program are on page 12.
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    FIREWORKS erupt Saturday night over Morenci’s Wakefield Park during the waning hours of the Town and Country Festival. Additional festival photos are inside.
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