Is it a turken?

Written by David Green.

• The April 29 Observer included a story about a chicken living at Morenci’s Oak Grove Cemetery—a chicken looking worse for wear and roosting in a pine tree.
Ted Hutchison wrote to set us straight on the breed of bird. It was no chicken, he said, but instead it’s known as a turken. And although it appeared to be in rough condition, Ted thought it looked like a healthy specimen since turkens (also known as Transylvanian Naked Necks) have no feathers on the neck.
He sent us to the Backyard Chickens website (http://www.backyardchickens.com/breeds/turkens.html) where learned there are two breeds of turkens. Although they appear to be a cross between a chicken and a turkey, it’s not possible for a turkey and a chicken to have viable offspring, according to the website.
One additional update on the bird.… During an interview with Jeff Shadbolt about bowling, he mentioned that the Cemetery Chicken has moved a little north and is now roosting in trees at the David DiCenso and Ken Shadbolt  residences.

Note: Ken Shadbolt had allegedly stated that the neck feathers are growing back and it is, in fact, just a regular chicken.

• While on the subject of birds, we received a note and photo from Kristy Long about an owl on Greeley Street in Morenci.
Kristy’s, Kate Shaffer, was checking up on her late sister’s property and thought she was looking at a mop head in the back yard until she got a little closer. That’s when she realized it was a young owl sitting there watching her.
The Longs called the conservation service and the bird was temporarily taken away for a checkup and a meal. The owl was later brought back and placed in a nearby tree.
Kristy says they’ve now noticed that the young owl’s parent is keeping watch and occasionally feeds it.
It should develop into a beautiful three-foot great-horned owl.

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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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    Lannis Smith of the Leslie Science and Nature Center in Ann Arbor shows off a python last week at Stair District Library's Summer Reading Program.
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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.
  • Pipeline Spread
    LINED UP—Lengths of pipe were put in place last week along the route of the Rover natural gas pipeline that will stretch from Defiance, Ohio, to Ontario, Canada. Topsoil was removed before the pipes were laid out. The 42-inch diameter pipeline is scheduled for completion in November.
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    ROCKHOUNDS—From the left, Joseph McCullough, Sean Pagett and Jonathan McCullough peer through hand lenses to study rocks. The project is part of Morenci Elementary School’s summer camp that continues into August.

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