Morenci's Labor Day bridge walk set 9.02.09

Written by David Green.

The year’s Labor Day Bridge Walk hasn’t completely gone to the dogs. There’s something for humans, too.

The annual event has a “Dog Days of Summer” theme this year in which dog owners are invited to bring their pets along for the big walk across the bridge.

Morenci Area Chamber of Commerce members are feeling generous, too. A drawing is planned to give away $50 worth of Morenci Money, maybe even two $50 prizes. Everyone who shows up at the bridge can take a ticket for a chance to win.

The event begins at 11 a.m. Monday, but show up early to buy this year’s bridge walk t-shirt or to check out the plants offered for sale by Morenci Garden Club. T-shirts are also available at Johnson’s Hardware, Stair Public Library and United Bank and Trust.

Look for a collection of guest speakers again this year, including former state senator Jim Berryman who claims to have never missed any of the previous 14 walks. Anyone who wants to address the crowd has up to 60 seconds to get their point across. It’s a short bridge and a short walk, so the speeches stay short as well.

For anyone not familiar with the event, Morenci’s walk crosses a century-old truss bridge that was taken apart in Hillsdale County, refurbished and reassembled over Silver Creek on the south side of Morenci. Walkers also have the opportunity to cross the historic Van Wagoner bridge on East Street South—the standard bridge walk location before the old pedestrian bridge was installed.

Morenci bridge walk crosses what’s billed as Michigan’s southern-most bridge. The event is a spoof of what occurs at the same time at the top of the Lower Peninsula where more than 50,000  walkers cross the five-mile long Mackinac Bridge.

Morenci’s bridge measures just 83 feet, so set aside a few minutes Monday morning for a short stroll.

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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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    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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