Morenci Chamber of Commerce 06.23.2010

Written by David Green.

Six businesses were chosen to receive building exterior grants from the Morenci Area Chamber of Commerce.

Chamber members voted June 10 to give $250 grants to five Chamber members and a $200 grant to another.

Funds will be used for: Borchardt Brothers Market, painting and sign replacement; Philip Rubley, painting and awning repair; Morenci Skateland, installation of an awning; Lacy’s Petals and Gifts, sign replacement; Eagle Funeral Home, painting and carpeting on the outside ramp; Bell’s Tax Service, window signage.

EVENTS COMMITTEE—Trula McClain spoke about the lack of people downtown on Friday and Saturday nights and suggested that events should be planned, such as a street dance.

Morenci mayor Keith Pennington said he had been thinking of creating an events committee through city council. He said it’s a misconception that a large crowd of people is necessary to make an event a success.

Sheila Thompson, Trula McClain, Jennifer Blaker and Trisha Burrow volunteered to serve on a Chamber committee to develop ideas for events.

DONATIONS—Chamber members voted to donate $500 to the Town and Country Festival fireworks fund and to pay for a flag in the Kiwanis flag program display. The flag will be placed with others along Wakefield Park.

GARAGE SALE—Members voted to buy advertising for the annual city-wide garage sale July 17. The Chamber’s golf outing is scheduled Aug. 28 at De-Mor Hills.

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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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