Labor Day Bridge Walk coming 09.01.2010

Written by David Green.

There’s no need to get up early for this year’s Labor Day trek over Silver Creek.

After the Morenci Area Chamber of Commerce chose the Midwest Energy’s Pajama Rama as the benefactor of the walk, the next step was obvious: Wear your pajamas this year when you hike across the bridge.

The Pajama Rama is a county-wide effort to raise money for educational programs supporting homeless youngster in Lenawee County. Donations of new pajamas for children, along with underwear, socks and gift cards, are welcome for Midwest Energy project.

Bridge walkers should meet on the south side of the old truss bridge that was moved to Morenci for preservation as a pedestrian bridge, near Palm Plastics on the south side of Morenci. The bridge walk program begins at 11 a.m.

As always, specials guests such as politicians are given 60 seconds each for a quick speech.

Everything is kept short, including the walk itself that will take less than half a minute out of your holiday morning.

Follow Morenci’s school marching band across the bridge, and if you have the time and energy, take a second walk across the historic Murray Van Wagoner bridge on M-156. The bridge was built in 1935 as the entrance into Michigan along the Taft Highway—a tourist route from Florida to the north that never gained popularity.

The bridge walk raises funds through the sale of commemorative t-shirts that are available at Stair Public Library, Johnson’s Hardware, United Bank and Trust and First Federal Bank for $10 each. This year’s shirt is bright lime green—a perfect companion to your favorite pair of pajama pants.

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