Summer jobs program coming to area 5.6

Written by David Green.

When a federally funded summer jobs program unrolls soon, Morenci city administrator/clerk Renée Schroeder hopes to have some jobs filled here.

South Central Michigan Works will administer the Summer Job Connection program for Lenawee, Hillsdale and Jackson counties. Nearly $2 million will be directed to this region through the federal American Recovery and Reinvestment Act (stimulus funds).

The funds will be used by communities to hire summer workers between the ages of 16 and 24. The jobs pay $7.40 an hour and will cost the city nothing other than training time.

The jobs are to last from May through the end of September, Schroeder said, however, the start of the program is running behind schedule.

Two days of training will be provided initially through South Central Michigan Works, then individuals will be training in the community where they work.

Schroeder expects city council to approve Monday a proposal to hire people to perform office work at city hall and to help at the recycling center, the cemetery and the parks. She wants to hire local residents. Jobs can be scheduled for full-time or less.

Income guidelines apply to prospective workers.

Applications are available at the South Central Michigan Works website (scmw.org).

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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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