Morenci's Distinguished Alumni 4.1.09

Written by David Green.

Tickets are now available for the seventh annual Benefit Dinner and Auction for the Morenci Education Foundation.

Since this year’s event is scheduled May 9 during Mother’s Day weekend, all mothers attending the dinner will be honored.

“It’s going to be an exciting night as we once again dedicate the event to a local couple who have spent their lifetimes being involved in the Morenci community and schools,” said Foundation president Bill Van Valkenburg.

It’s also the time to honor a few Morenci graduates with Distinguished Alumni awards. Four individuals will be honored this year: Larry Gould, Class of 1961; Kathye (Phelps) Hererra, Class of 1967; Dwight Mansfield, Class of 1968; and Tim Kruse, Class of 1977.

The auction following the award dinner serves to raise funds for scholarships to benefit Morenci graduates seeking higher education. More than $8,000 was collected from last year’s event.

Items are needed for the auction and can be dropped off at the Morenci branch of the United Bank and Trust.

Tickets to the dinner cost $25 a person or $40 for a couple and are available now at United Bank and Trust. Guests also have the option of registering by sending e-mail to [email protected] Include your name, address and the number of people attending.

For additional information, contact Van Valkenburg at 517/436-3605 or Rosemary Dickerson at 517/458-7511.

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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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