Braylon Stover wins $1,500

Written by David Green.

Braylon Stover is $1,500 richer and he owes it all to his mother, Laura.

Laura filled out a sweepstakes coupon during Stair Public Library’s Summer Reading Program this past July.

Braylon was one of six winners in a state-wide drawing sponsored by the Library of Michigan Foundation, the Michigan Education Savings Program and the Michigan Education Trust.

Because Laura carefully filled out the “Get Creative @ Saving for College” Sweepstakes coupon, her entry was accepted in the drawing. And because Braylon participated in Stair Public Library’s Summer Reading Program, the library won $1,000 for future reading programs.

“It was such an unexpected source of income in these awful economic times,” said library director Colleen Leddy.

“We had already lost about $4,000 in penal fines and state aid this summer compared to last year, so we were thrilled to receive this check,” she said, especially since the staff didn’t have to do anything but hand out the information about the state savings programs.

“And, even then, it was our wonderful VolunTeens who compiled the packets containing bookmarks, brochures and coupon postcards, and handed them out to all the children in the Summer Reading Program,” Leddy said.

“It was the most painless way to earn $1,000 and we are so grateful to the VolunTeens and all the parents who participated.”

Leddy hopes more parents participate in the sweepstakes next summer.

“The more entries submitted from Morenci, the better our chances are for winning again.”

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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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    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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    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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