Camp Palmer update 2011.10.19

Written by David Green.

More than 125 people attended the fourth annual Celebrate Camp Palmer day on Oct. 1. 

Events included riding on the zip line, climbing the giant wall and riding up in the air via the flying squirrel event. 

Fayette High School FFA students led carnival games after lunch, along with face painting, pumpkin decorating, pony wagon rides, archery and more.

POOL FUND—Several area 4-H clubs were winners in the 4-H Club Pool Fund Raiser Challenge. Overall, the effort brought in $2,350.

First place winners were 4-H Gainers and Leaders (Fulton County), Grelton Bluebirds and Prize Livestock (Henry County) and Pike Kountry Kids 4-H Club (Fulton County). Second place winners were Gold Medal 4-H Club (Wood County) and Pike Kountry Kids 4-H Club.

PEPSI REFRESH—Will Camp Palmer’s third try at Pepsi Refresh grant be a winning entry?

From Nov. 1 to 30, 4-H Camp Palmer will compete in the $50,000 Pepsi Refresh Project Grant for the third try this season.

In May Camp Palmer finished in 67th  place and in 36th in August. A top-10 finish is needed to receive a grant to purchase a new water slide for the pool.

Supporters are encouraged to  register and vote daily by going to www.refresheverything.com

Voting can also be made by sending a text message.

CONSTRUCTION—Construction is underway on a new year-round retreat cabin at the camp. The facility will be available to youth camps, retreat groups and many users of the camp.

Skilled labor volunteers are sought to help with various aspects of the project. For more information call 419/237-2247.

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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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    LATEST CRAZE—David Cortes (left) and Ty Kruse, along with Jerred Heselschwerdt (standing), consult their smartphones while engaging in the game of Pokémon Go. The virtual scavenger hunt comes to life when players are in the vicinity of gyms, such as Stair District Library, and PokéStops such as the fire station across the street. The boys had spent time Monday morning searching for Pokémon at Wakefield Park.
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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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    NADIYA YORK and Aniston Valentine take a spin on the Casino, one of the rides offered at Wakefield Park during Morenci’s Town and Country Festival. This year’s festival remained dry but with plenty of heat during the three-day run. Additional photographs are inside this week’s Observer.
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    Angela Davis (2) and teammate Allison VanBrandt break into a jig after Morenci's softball team won its third consecutive regional title.
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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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    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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    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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