Morenci bridge walk coming on Labor Day 8.19.09

Written by David Green.

Morenci’s Labor Day Bridge Walk has gone to the dogs this year.

At a recent Chamber of Commerce meeting, someone suggested the Dog Days of Summer for a theme and now dog owners are invited to bring along their pooch for a quick stroll across Silver Creek.

The event is scheduled at 11 a.m. Labor Day. As always, special guests will have their one-minute speech option before the crowd heads out for the hike across the 1893 pedestrian bridge that crossed Silver Creek at the south edge of town.

To make it a double bridge day, some walkers head out onto East Street to walk across the other historic bridge—the Murray Van Wagoner bridge built in 1935. That bridge was the entrance into Michigan on the Taft Highway—a tourist route from Florida to Michigan that never really gained in popularity.

But the bridges now have their popular standing one day a year in the southern-most bridge walk in the state—Morenci’s alternative to the five-mile walk that morning at the Straights of Mackinac.

Commemorative bridge walk shirts will go on sale soon at Johnson Hardware, Stair Public Library and United Bank and Trust, and they’ll also be available at the bridge. Morenci Garden Club members will return with their annual plant sale at the bridge walk.

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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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