Morenci city council 02.24.2010

Written by David Green.

The Morenci Town & Country Festival committee is hoping to bring a rodeo back to this summer’s event in June.

Committee member Kori Christle told city council Feb. 8 about a contract the committee was considering with a Hudson-based rodeo organizer.

A $3,500 deposit would be refundable through June 1. The total cost of the rodeo is $6,500.

There’s no other major event planned for this year’s festival, Christle said, and in the past a rodeo attracted many spectators.

Christle said the group is seeking council’s approval before signing the contract.

“I don’t think we’ll have any problem coming up with the deposit,” she said.

In other years, the rodeo brought in about $3,000 at the gate.

Councilors voted 6-0 to support the effort.

GRANT—The Morenci Fire Department received a FEMA grant of $92,500 to buy 18 new SCBA air packs (self-contained breathing apparatus) and 30 new face masks, along with some spare air bottles.

The grant covers 95 percent of the cost, leaving the city’s match at $4,500.

“We’ve worked really hard to get this and we’re excited,” said fire chief Chad Schisler.

MUSTER—Council approved a request for an alcohol permit for the Northwest Ohio Antique Firemen’s Association Muster, scheduled at Wakefield Park in Morenci July 24 and 25.

Department member Steve Meller told councilors last month that alcohol is not served at the event, but participants might bring some containers. He wanted to obtain council’s approval before moving forward with planning.

Meller met with council’s parks committee to discuss where the event would be located and a designated alcohol area was defined, the same as with softball tournaments.

Council approved the permit with a 5-1 vote. Tracy Schell was absent from the meeting and mayor Keith Pennington voted against the motion. Pennington explained that he is not opposed to the event at the park, but he votes against the permits because he would like to see entertainment planned without the need for alcohol.

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    STEP BY STEP—Wyatt Stevens of Morenci makes his way across a rope bridge Sunday during the Michigan DNR’s Great Outdoors Jamboree at Lake Hudson Recreation Area. The Tecumseh Boy Scout Troop constructed the bridge again this year after taking a break in 2016. The Jamboree offered a variety of activities for a wide range of age groups. Morenci’s Stair District Library set up activities again this year and had visits with dozens of kids. See the back page for additional photos.
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    LEADING THE WAY—The Morenci Area High School marching band led the way across the pedestrian bridge on Morenci’s south side for the annual Labor Day Bridge Walk. The Band Boosters shared profits from the sale of T-shirts with the walk’s sponsor, the Morenci Area Chamber of Commerce. Additional photos are on the back page.
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    LOOKING UP—More than 200 people showed up at Stair District Library Monday afternoon to view the big celestial event with free glasses provided by a grant from the Space Science Institute. The library offered craft activities from noon to 1 p.m., refreshments including Cosmic Cake from Zingerman’s Bakehouse and a live viewing of the eclipse from NASA on a large screen. As the sky darkened slightly, more and more people moved outside to the sidewalk to take a look at the shrinking sun. If you missed it, hang on for the next total eclipse in 2024 as the path comes even closer to this area.
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    THE MAYOR—Cecil Schoonover poses with a collection of garden gnomes that mysteriously arrive and disappear from his property. Along with the gnomes, someone created the sign stating that he is the Mayor of Gnomesville. He hasn’t yet tracked down the people involved in the prank, but he’s having a good time with the mystery.
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    TAKE A BREAK—Last Wednesday’s session of Stair District Library’s Summer Reading Program ended with a quiet period in a class presented by yoga instructor Melany Gladieux of Toledo. Children learned a variety of yoga poses in the main room at the library, then finished off the session relaxing. Additional photos are on page 7. Area children are invited to visit the library today when the Michigan Science Center presents a flight program at 11 a.m. and roller coasters at 1 p.m.
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    THE DERBY—Tyler “Smallpox” Flakne of Minnesota’s Home Run League All-Stars goes for the fence Friday night during the National Wiffle League Association’s home run derby in Morenci. This year the wiffleball national tournament moved from Dublin, Ohio, to Morenci’s Wakefield Park. During the derby, competitors had two minutes to hit as many home runs as possible. The winner this year finished with 21. See page 6 and 7 for additional photos.
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    OUT OF THIS WORLD—Elizabeth McFadden and Elise Christle pose in front of the green screen as VolunTeen Noah Gilson makes them appear as though they are standing on the Moon. More photos from the Stair District Library’s NASA @ My Library program are on page 12.
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    FIREWORKS erupt Saturday night over Morenci’s Wakefield Park during the waning hours of the Town and Country Festival. Additional festival photos are inside.
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