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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    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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    LATEST CRAZE—David Cortes (left) and Ty Kruse, along with Jerred Heselschwerdt (standing), consult their smartphones while engaging in the game of Pokémon Go. The virtual scavenger hunt comes to life when players are in the vicinity of gyms, such as Stair District Library, and PokéStops such as the fire station across the street. The boys had spent time Monday morning searching for Pokémon at Wakefield Park.
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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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    Angela Davis (2) and teammate Allison VanBrandt break into a jig after Morenci's softball team won its third consecutive regional title.
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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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    LEONIE LEAHY was one of three local hair stylists who volunteered time Friday at the Morenci PTO Fun Night. Her customer, Aubrey Sandusky, looks up at her mother while her hair takes on a perfect match to her outfit. Leahy said she had a great time at the event—nothing but happy clients.
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    IN THE FIELD—2004 Morenci graduate Kayse Onweller works in a test plot of wheat in Texas. She’s part of Bayer CropScience’s North American wheat breeding program based in Nebraska, where she completed post-graduate work in plant breeding and genetics.

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