Morenci's Labor Day Bridge Walk set 2011.08.17

Written by David Green.

It doesn’t take a long time to participate in Morenci’s annual Labor Day Bridge Walk.

The community’s answer to the famous walk across the Straits of Mackinac involves a much shorter bridge and speeches by visiting dignitaries are limited to just 60 seconds.

Walkers will travel across the historic truss bridge over Silver Creek on Labor Day morning. Those with the stamina can also stroll across the historic Van Wagner Bridge that carries traffic over Silver Creek.

Money raised from the sale of T-shirts for this year’s event will support Morenci’s Junior Garden Club and its efforts to beautify the downtown with large sidewalk planters. Many of the planters are in need of repair, replacing and painting.

Morenci Area Chamber of Commerce members set an Aug. 18 deadline for area businesses and organizations to sign up for sponsorship on the commemorative T-shirt. Contact city hall for details.

Look for additional information about this year’s bridge walk in the next two issues of the Observer.

CARDS—Chamber Discount Cards—offering special prices at area businesses—are now on sale for $5 each through the end of the year. Proceeds support the festival fireworks fund.

FACADES—Sept. 1 is the deadline for façade improvement grants through the Chamber. Up to $250 will available for pre-approved projects. 

Applications should be taken to Leasa Slocum at city hall.

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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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    SCULPTORS—Morenci third grade students Emersyn Thompson (left) and Marissa Lawrence turn spaghetti sticks into mini sculptures Friday during a class visit to Stair District Library. All Morenci Elementary School classes recently visited the library to experience the creative construction toys purchased through the “Sculptamania!” project, funded by a Disney Curiosity Creates grant. The grant is administered by the Association for Library Services to Children, a division of the American Library Association.
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    LEONIE LEAHY was one of three local hair stylists who volunteered time Friday at the Morenci PTO Fun Night. Her customer, Aubrey Sandusky, looks up at her mother while her hair takes on a perfect match to her outfit. Leahy said she had a great time at the event—nothing but happy clients.
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    LEARNING THE ROPES—Kristy Castillo (left), co-owner of Mane Street Salon, works with Kendal Kuhn as Sierra Orner takes a phone call. The two Morenci Area High School juniors spent Friday at the salon as part of a job shadowing experience.
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    IN THE FIELD—2004 Morenci graduate Kayse Onweller works in a test plot of wheat in Texas. She’s part of Bayer CropScience’s North American wheat breeding program based in Nebraska, where she completed post-graduate work in plant breeding and genetics.
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    REFEREE Camden Miller raises the hand of Morenci Jr. Dawgs wrestler Ryder Ryan as his opponent leaves the mat in disappointment. Morenci’s youth wrestling program served as host for a tournament Saturday morning to raise money for the club. Additional photos are on the back page.
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    SHERWOOD STATE Bank opened its Fayette office at a grand opening Friday morning, drawing a large crowd to view the renovated building. Above, Burt Blue talks to teller Cindy Funk, while his wife, Jackie, looks around the new office. The Blues missed the opening and took a quick tour on Tuesday. Few traces remain of the former grocery store and theater, however, part of the original brick wall still shows in the hallway leading to the back of the building. The drive-through window should be ready for customers later in the month.
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    FROM THE LEFT, Landon Wilkins, Ryan White and Logan Blaker try out their artistic skills Saturday afternoon at the Morenci PTO’s first Date to Create event. More than 50 people showed up to create decorated planks of wood to hang from rope. The event served as a fund-raiser for miscellaneous PTO projects. Additional photos are on the back of this week’s Observer.

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