Wrestling show coming to Morenci 8.6

Written by David Green.

Wrestling is coming to Morenci—first in September and then again next June at the Town and Country Festival.

Morenci city council members voted July 28 to guarantee a $1,000 loan for the festival committee and to loan as much as $1,000 more, if needed, to pay for a wrestling fund-raiser in September.

Phil Monahan will bring his Championship International Wrestling show to Morenci next month featuring competitors from the area, to serve as a fund raiser for the festival.

The festival committee is considering  a Sept. 6 show date, but had not made final arrangements for use of the school gymnasium.

Next summer, Monahan would bring in a wider range of wrestlers from outside the area for outdoor entertainment at the festival.

Morenci mayor Doug Erskin was told that Monahan produced successful fund-raisers in Waldron, Adrian and other area locations.

CEMETERY—Council added a mausoleum entombment fee to the schedule of cemetery fees. The cemetery sexton is occasionally asked to open a mausoleum when a family member is interred, but no fee for the service had been established.

TERRORISM—In order to be eligible for funding through the United Way, council approved an anti-terrorism compliance resolution.

FIRE DEPARTMENT—Dereck Bode and Nathan Reeser were approved as new members of the Morenci Fire Department.

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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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