Ted Hutchson joins Medina board 7.8.09

Written by David Green.

Medina Township has a full board again following the appointment of Ted Hutchison.

Board members met Monday and appointed Hutchison to fill the remainder of the term of the late George Cleghorn. Hutchison will serve through November 2012.

John Van Havel, Jr., was appointed to fill a vacancy on the Zoning Board of Appeals.

Township clerk Suzy Burk said those were the only two residents who expressed an interest in filling the vacancies.

The board voted to accept Morenci city council’s offer to continue fire protection service on a month-by-month basis. The contract with Morenci Fire Department expired June 30 and council members met that day to come up with a plan for continued service.

Medina will pay one month at a time, Burk said, while waiting for a response from the Hudson Fire Department. Medina is asking Hudson to extend its coverage  to about one-half of the township.

A dispute with Morenci continues over the 10 percent increase in fire service costs requested. Township supervisor Jim Craig said previously that he will ask Hudson to cover the entire township for fire and rescue service if Morenci is unwilling to negotiate the contract cost.

Morenci council member Keith Pennington told township trustees Monday that he would not be willing to work out a separate deal with Medina after contracts were already established with the two other townships. He pointed out that he was speaking only for himself and not as a representative for the other council members.

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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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    SCULPTORS—Morenci third grade students Emersyn Thompson (left) and Marissa Lawrence turn spaghetti sticks into mini sculptures Friday during a class visit to Stair District Library. All Morenci Elementary School classes recently visited the library to experience the creative construction toys purchased through the “Sculptamania!” project, funded by a Disney Curiosity Creates grant. The grant is administered by the Association for Library Services to Children, a division of the American Library Association.
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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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    LEARNING THE ROPES—Kristy Castillo (left), co-owner of Mane Street Salon, works with Kendal Kuhn as Sierra Orner takes a phone call. The two Morenci Area High School juniors spent Friday at the salon as part of a job shadowing experience.
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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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    REFEREE Camden Miller raises the hand of Morenci Jr. Dawgs wrestler Ryder Ryan as his opponent leaves the mat in disappointment. Morenci’s youth wrestling program served as host for a tournament Saturday morning to raise money for the club. Additional photos are on the back page.
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    SHERWOOD STATE Bank opened its Fayette office at a grand opening Friday morning, drawing a large crowd to view the renovated building. Above, Burt Blue talks to teller Cindy Funk, while his wife, Jackie, looks around the new office. The Blues missed the opening and took a quick tour on Tuesday. Few traces remain of the former grocery store and theater, however, part of the original brick wall still shows in the hallway leading to the back of the building. The drive-through window should be ready for customers later in the month.
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    FROM THE LEFT, Landon Wilkins, Ryan White and Logan Blaker try out their artistic skills Saturday afternoon at the Morenci PTO’s first Date to Create event. More than 50 people showed up to create decorated planks of wood to hang from rope. The event served as a fund-raiser for miscellaneous PTO projects. Additional photos are on the back of this week’s Observer.

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