Morenci bridge walk is Monday 8.27

Written by David Green.

Have a few seconds to spare Monday morning?

Then head to Morenci’s historic pedestrian bridge at 11 a.m. for the 14th annual Labor Day event—the Silver Creek Bridge Walk.

It takes less than half a minute to walk the bridge, but walkers are also invited to loop around and cross the other historic bridge on the site—the Van Wagoner Bridge that was once part of the Michigan-to-Florida tourist route known as the Taft Highway.

Although the walk is short, the program takes a little more time when guest dignitaries and political candidates are allowed one minute each at the microphone.

Morenci Area Chamber of Commerce vice president Kyle Griffith sent out invitations from the top to the bottom, including both presidential campaigns.

Does Barack Obama need a Michigan stop following the convention? Might John McCain visit the town before his convention gets underway?

Probably not, admits Griffith, but you never know who might show up.

Walkers should meet on the south side of green pedestrian bridge near Morenci’s industrial park. Those who drive to the event can park along Skyline Drive—the park road where the old drive-in theatre once stood.

Get ready for the event by buying a commemorative T-shirt at Stair Public Library, Johnson’s Hardware or United Bank and Trust. Shirts will also be available at the bridge.

Unlike the Labor Day walk to the north over the Straits of Mackinac, this bridge measures only 83 feet. It’s been a dry summer so water depth will be measured in inches, and not too many of them.

Short, quick and shallow. Don’t miss it.

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    Water Fun—Carter Seitz and Colson Walter take a fast trip along a plastic sliding strip while water from a sprinkler provides the lubrication. The boys took a break from tie-dyeing last week at Morenci’s Summer Recreation Program to cool off in the water.
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    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.
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    on your mark, get set, drum!—Drew Joughin (black shirt), Maddox Joughin and Kaleea Braun took the front row last week when Angela Rettle and assistants led the Stair District Library Summer Reading Program kids in a session of cardio drumming. The sports and healthy living theme continued yesterday with a Mini Jamboree at Lake Hudson State Park arranged by the Michigan Department of Natural Resources. Next week’s program features the Flying Aces Frisbee show.
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    ART PARK—A design created by Poggemeyer Design Group shows a “pocket art park” in the green space south of the State Line Observer building. The proposal includes a 12-foot sculpture based on a design created by Morenci sixth grade student Klara Wesley through a school and library collaboration. A wooden band shell is located at the back of the lot. The Observer wall would be covered with a synthetic stucco material. City council members are considering ways to fund the estimated $125,000 project and perhaps tackling construction one step at a time.
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    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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