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.

  • Front.cross
    HUDSON RUNNER Jacob Morgan looks toward the top of the hill with dismay during the tough finish at Harrison Lake State Park. Fayette runner Jacob Garrow focuses on the summit, also, during the Eagle Invitational cross country run Saturday morning. Continuing rain and drizzle made the course even more challenging. Results of the race are in this week’s Observer.
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    HOLDEN HUTCHISON gives a hug to a black bear cub—the product of a taxidermist’s skills—at the Michigan DNR’s Great Youth Jamboree. The event on Sunday marked the fourth year of the Jamboree. Additional photos are on page 12.
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    Crossing over—Jim Heiney was given a U.S. flag to carry by George Vereecke (behind Jim in the hat), turning him into the leader of the parade. Bridge Walk participants cross over Bean Creek while, in the background, members of the Morenci Legion Riders cross the main traffic bridge on East Street South. Additional photos appear on the back page of this week’s Observer.
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    HOSE safety—The FireCatt hose testing company from Troy put Morenci Fire Department hose to the test Monday morning when Mill Street was closed to traffic. The company also checks nozzles and ladders for wear in an effort to keep fire fighters safe while on calls.
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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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    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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