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Opinions mixed on industrial wind farms By DAVID GREEN

No one can accuse Lori Glisson of being a NIMBY. She’s not someone who can tolerate wind turbines as long as they’re “Not In My Back Yard.” She’s leading the effort to alter Seneca Township’s new wind energy ordinance even though there won’t be a turbine in her back yard. The Glissons live in the section of Seneca Township that’s zoned residential and wind turbines are off limits in that area. Glisson said she’s followed wind energy developments for 10 years and she’s taken an interest in the ill health effects that many people report. Wind development companies tend to dismiss complaints, but the reports of problems continue as wind farms increase in number. Glisson said she wasn’t aware that the Seneca Township planning commission was working on wind power regulations until she read in the Observer that an ordinance was being patterned after the one in Palmyra Township—an ordinance that’s much less restrictive than Riga Township’s. She believes Seneca’s ordinance was rushed into place without addressing the concerns she presented to the board. After the township board approved the ordinance in March, Glisson says she was left with no option other than to seek a referendum that would allow all township residents to decide if the new law sufficiently protects citizens. She had no trouble obtaining enough signatures for the referendum vote and now she’s working to explain wind farm operations to people before the Aug. 7 vote. Glisson has scheduled an informational meeting at 7 p.m. June 27 at the Morenci American Legion. Representatives of the Interstate Informed Citizens Coalition (IICC) will attend the meeting. The group’s goal is to raise public awareness of health and safety issues related to industrial wind turbines. “I don’t have a problem with turbines if they’re not impacting people,” Glisson said, but she thinks much greater protection is needed for non-participating residents— those who aren’t willing to sign a lease for the construction of a turbine. The Seneca ordinance allows a turbine to be erected a distance of three times its height from a non-participating resident’s house. The sound is limited to 45 decibels, as measured at a resident’s home. People’s reactions to living near an industrial turbine are mixed and very subjective. Many people aren’t bothered by them at all; others complain about the noise—from the whooshing of the blades, from occasional mechanical noises when the turbine heads See WIND FARMS page 15

COLORFUL—Seneca Highway resident Liz Stella decided she wanted some color added to her property that’s included in the federal Conservation Reserve Program. She and her husband, Giovanni, purchased a wildflower mix from Cutler and Dickerson in Adrian

and waited to see what came up. The two fields near their home now include poppies, bachelor’s button, black-eyed Susans and several other flowers. DAVID GREEN/Observer photo

Finally...a good soaker falls The last time a good rain fell in this area was way back on May 6—at least until Monday afternoon. A thunderstorm dumped .65 of an inch of much-needed rain. “We’d been getting a few small installments over the past few weeks, but we were still running way behind,” said George Isobar, who keeps Morenci climate data for the

National Weather Service. “I was beginning to think back to June of 1988.” In 1988, only half an inch of rain fell during June after a decent, but below-average May rainfall. Finally, things evened out in July with more than five inches recorded. “Things were starting to look a little worse

this time around because only 1.41 inches fell in May and 1.15 in April,” Isobar said. “Before Monday’s thunderstorm, we had only .36 of an inch for the first 17 days of June. Now we’re up to an inch.” That’s not likely enough to turn lawns green again, but it’s an important amount of rainfall for farmers.

Summer rec program set to begin The first of 14 afternoons of entertainment for area children is scheduled Tuesday through Morenci’s Summer Recreation Program. The program received funding through a $500 grant from the Lenawee Youth Council of the Lenawee Community Foundation. The program is scheduled every Tuesday and Thursday at Wakefield Park, with the exception of the July 4 week. This year’s summer program includes a feature sponsored by Morenci’s Subway restaurant. The first segment is planned Tuesday, June 26, when the Morenci Police Department and Morenci Area EMS will

attend the session at Wakefield Park. Children will also take a walk to the back of the park to visit the city’s department of public works. Participants will visit the fire department later in the summer and make a visit to the library on their own. Representatives from each agency will initial a card which can be turned in at Subway for a free meal, once it’s completely filled. Subway owner Ketan Patel encourages participants to write an essay about the visits to city departments. He will choose the best essay for publication in the Observer.

Seven bus trips to the Archbold swimming pool are planned over the summer— the first one on June 28—and two visits to Mor-N-C Lanes are on the agenda for bowling. Activities in the park are planned on two days. Each program is scheduled from 12:30 to 3:30 p.m., with activities beginning and ending at the park. To register for the program, stop in at city hall. The cost is $20 per child which covers the cost of all activities.

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FRANK CORDTS It’s time to say ‘thanks’


HO doesn’t have a bone to pick with Frank Cordts? Of course not everyone does, but it probably seems that way to him sometimes. After a 40-year career as a police officer, you’re bound to pick up criticism along the way. Despite the disagreements you may have had, despite the tickets you might have received, it’s time to shove all of that aside and thank Frank for a long, dedicated, distinguished service to the community. Anyone should know that choosing a life of service through law enforcement is far from an easy path, and it presents plenty of opportunities for difficult days and sleepless nights. Think back over the many incidents that Frank has faced over four decades. Events easily come to mind in which few people would ever want to trade places and stand behind the badge that Frank proudly wore. Accidents of all kinds, horrible fires, crimes of various nature, angry people—Frank has encountered a lot of adversity on the job, but he’s handled the challenges with confidence, grace and even-handedness, and it’s a job he’s always taken seriously. There’s really no action for residents to take other than expressing gratitude to Frank Cordts for all he did during a 40-year career. — DGG

CORRESPONDENCE When Jeanne Johnson of rural Fayette read the recent Observer story about an antique bell with “Morenci Mich” cast into the yoke, it sort of rang a bell in her year head. She got out a ladder to take a close look at the bell in her yard and sure enough, it looked exactly the same as the one in the paper on June 6. The bell came from the homestead where her husband, Curt, grew up. Early settlers first built a cabin, Jeanne said, followed by a barn and finally a house. Curt remembers being told that his relatives aquired the bell when

they lived in the cabin. “The house was built in 1890, so the bell would have to be older than that,” Jeanne said. She hadn’t looked at the bell in a long time, but she recalls being curious about it years ago when she worked at a hospital. “I knew it had Morenci on it when we moved it here,” she said, “and I used to ask older residents at the hospital if they knew whether bells were ever made in Morenci.” No one ever knew, she said, so the “Morenci Mich No. 3” bell remains a mystery.


Show Officer Cordts your appreciation Tomorrow night, Thursday, June 21st, all of us have an opportunity to show our appreciation to Frank Cordts for his 40 years of service to the Morenci area community through his work at the Morenci Police Department. A reception is slated at the Morenci American Legion Hall, located at 9010 Morenci Rd., Morenci, from 6 to 8 p.m. A

brief presentation is scheduled at 6:30 p.m. It is rare when anyone dedicates their entire career to the service of others and rarer still that all of those years are dedicated to a single community. Please come join us as we thank Frank for his service to his community and to wish him well in his retirement. – Mayor Keith Pennington

I’m simply naked without my clothes “What suitcase? I didn’t put a suitcase in the car.” “You didn’t put my suitcase in the car?” “This is an overnight. Who packs a suitcase for an overnight?” “You really didn’t pack my suitcase? You’re kidding, right?” “I’m not kidding. There’s no suitcase in the car.” “But I had my suitcase right there in the entryway with all the stuff to pack into the car.” “I didn’t pack it.” By COLLEEN LEDDY “You really didn’t pack my suitcase? You didn’t Never let a man pack a car. put my suitcase in the car? You’re kidding right?” Isn’t that what your mother always told you? He had to be kidding. But this joke was going on It’s a sexist thing to say. So let me be just a tad more too long and his face looked too serious. Still, he had specific: Never let David Green pack your car. We were in a rush. I was setting things in the to be kidding. I am naked without my clothes. I need entryway to take on a quick overnight family gath- my clothes. I’d covered all the bases. I was prepared ering at David’s sister’s cottage on Gun Lake. The for any possible weather condition I might encounter, celebration would acknowledge two birthdays, any activity we might engage in for the 24 hours we’d spend away from my closet an anniversary and Father’s and dresser drawers. Day, and the adventure would IDNIGHT “How could you possibly include a trip to Sam’s Joint— not pack my suitcase?” I was home of the most delectable USINGS containing my outrage pretty barbecued chicken strips and well, I thought. I was going potato wedges on the planet. My hastily packed suitcase was lined up, ready to accept this situation. But I was still incredulous. to go, full to the brim, equipped for all manner of My suitcase was sitting right there, among the rest Michigan weather: hot day/cool night (shorts, T- of the flotsam and jetsam. “Your suitcase had been sitting in the entryway shirt, lightweight but long sleeve pajamas), cool day/ cool night (long sleeve shirt, jeans, long johns and all week after you got back from Berea. We were heavyweight long sleeve shirt), hot day/hot night only going on an overnight so I didn’t think it was (lightweight nightshirt)—and activity: running supposed to go to the cottage.” “So you picked it up and actually moved it out shorts, bathing suit, grungy jeans for geocaching. We weren’t sure exactly where we would slumber, of the way?” OK, I am guilty of not putting the suitcase away so we added sleeping bags and mats to the pile. I threw some beach towels, bagged sneakers and sandals, a after my quick trip to Berea, Ky., to drop Rozee off for scarf, sweatshirt and jacket, and the toiletries bag into a month’s work as a camp counselor. But it had been a laundry basket. Loaded up some groceries and added gone from the entryway for at least two days before the bags to the collection. While I whirled some basil I packed it again. Besides, the trip to Berea had been an overnight, so his reasoning made no sense. into pesto, David filled the car with our belongings. He can’t redeem himself. He’ll be in hot water Never let a man pack a car. We arrived in time for an early dinner at Sam’s until my steam blows off. He’s just lucky my sisterand in the chilly air-conditioned restaurant, I kept in-law Ginny offered me a mini-wardrobe of her own thinking how nice it would be to slip into my thick clothes (like any good woman, she overpacks). But I Polartec long-johns (which I’d brought along as opted to wear my daughter Maddie’s extra sweatpants and t-shirt (like a good daughter, she overpacks). pajamas) when we got back to the cottage. Ginny was able to offer perspective on the situRemember Friday night? Was it cool here in Morenci? It was chilly at Gun Lake, but that didn’t ation with a packing tale of her own. Her overnight suitcase for her wedding night was deter the rest of the crowd from stopping at the Curly Cone for ice cream. I passed on the ice stowed in her car during the wedding. She engaged cream; I just really wanted to get into those warm her brother to drive the car alone to the reception, but on the way there, it died. He abandoned the car (and long-johns. suitcase within) on a street in St. Paul, and hitched out Back at the cottage, we unloaded the car. to the reception. As they were leaving the reception, Never let a man pack a car. It’s OK to let a man unpack a car. What harm can Ginny learned her suitcase had never arrived. So she he do? Take things out, carry them inside. Plop ’em and Thom headed off to the B&B with no luggage. down. Maybe he’ll put them in the wrong place. But And in the morning, she had no choice but to wear that’s not so bad. You can move them to a better her wedding dress to breakfast. Maybe our mothers should have told us: Never location. But let a man pack a car? trust any man with your luggage. “Hey, where’s my suitcase?”

I have no idea what transpired in the two weeks since writing my last column, but apparently nothing remotely funny or noteworthy. So, to the archives I went. I found several past columns that amused me, but selected this one from almost exactly five years ago. Ben and Sarah and Rosie, Taylor and Caroline will be coming home in a few weeks, and we’ll all be heading to the cottage. This column should serve as a reminder to David: Don’t let history repeat itself!


Through The Decades… 50 YEARS AGO




◆ Morenci graduate Laura Girdham is a newly commissioned Air Force nurse. She will be assigned to work in Oklahoma. ◆ The City of Morenci officially takes over ownership of the new Morenci Area Hospital. ◆ New natural gas well on the Dodge Highway Garber farm is expected to produce 1 million cubic feet a day. ◆ Susan Whitehouse and Tom Schultz are the top two students of Morenci’s Class of 1962.

◆ Morenci city council adopts an ordinance to allow a day care facility in the old Baptist church building. ◆ Marsha Hintz joins the staff of Velma’s Beauty Salon in Clayton. ◆ Peggy Brown, Mike Shadbolt, Tom Bach and Gary Gilpin are among the winners in the Fourth of July peanut hunt at Stephenson Park. ◆ Fayette to celebrate its centennial. The Mayor’s Trophy will be awarded to the most original float.

◆ Morenci graduate Roger Whetsone sworn in as an Ensign in the Navy Medical Service Corps. ◆ Residents along Morenci’s 5-K race route asked to tie up their dogs during the event. ◆ Megan Bovee of Morenci is among the 750,000 marchers in New York City against nuclear arms. ◆ Leslie Sell of Sand Creek sells his coal business after 42 years of service.

◆ The deadline passes for Morenci city council’s option to buy the former telephone office on Orchard Street. ◆ Phase one of Fayette’s swimming pool repairs completed at a cost of $28,000. Total repair bill set at $100,000. ◆ Morenci teachers tell superintendent Dana Compton they want more participation in policy decisions. ◆ Mark North hired as Fayette’s new secondary school principal.



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Visitors After reading in last week’s Observer about George Glendening’s raccoon observations, Nancy Christensen sent a photograph of visitors to her deck on Oak Street near Stephenson Park. Although George watched a mother racoon move her brood out of town to the creek, there are apparently still many others that call Morenci home.

By DAVID GREEN Y BROTHER Dan once took pity upon my busy soul and

offered to write a By the Way column for me. I think it came during some particularly busy times, but it never made it into print. Here’s what he wrote, and I’ll explain later why it wasn’t printed. From Dan Green: <I hate buying shampoo, and not just because the word is constructed of “sham” and “poo.” When you think about it, however, that’s about the worst word combination possible. I hate shopping for the stuff because all I really want is a big cheap generic bucket of hair soap. But no one sells that. Instead there are a million weird bottles with ingredients like fruits, vegetables and herbal “essences,” whatever that really means. I don’t want fruit salad on my head. I don’t want formulations that allegedly make my hairs bounce, shine or vibrate. Check the ingredients and they all seem to have sodium lauryl sulphate (“A molecule with a tail of 12 carbon atoms,” says Wikipedia) as the primary cleansing agent. I suspect the rest is just window dressing. Time before last when I had to make this purchase, I found “Mane ’n Tail” shampoo, which was good for both people and horses. I’m not kidding. I bought it immediately. They don’t waste a lot of herbs and fruits on horses. “Add a liberal amount of Mane ’n Tail to a bucket of water...” it says on the label. It worked fine. My most recent purchase was based on the large quantity in the bottle so I could avoid buying it again for a long time. It’s called “Aussie” and it has an image of a kangaroo on the label. Though it wasn’t advertised for animal use, the idea of holding down a ’roo and washing its pelt is more entertaining than shampooing a horse. This authentic Aussie hair soap comes from Ohio, but is imported from Canada. The actual relationship to Australia is a bit of a stretch, except that both Canada and Australia give allegiance to the Queen. Which brings up the subject of the Queen’s hair. OK. Enough said about that.> There you have it, the end of Dan’s column. He sent 1,691 characters of type out of a typical 4,000 character length. He closed with “enough said about that,” but in reality it was less than half of enough said. That’s why I never used his column. I thought about it recently when I noticed a new bottle of sham-and-poo in our shower. I thought I had seen all the oddities with brands that our kids bought over the years, but how foolish to think that. There always has to be something new in order to make a consumer choose your brand. This is Garnier Fructis shampoo and the bottle proclaims in bold type “PURE CLEAN.” Even though the shampoo has no color, it comes in a translucent green bottle and contains acerola berries. I’m reading an article about the rise and fall of açaí fruit; now it must be acerola’s turn to shine. The main ingredient is water, and, as required by any reputable shampoo company, water is listed in three languages. We have an empty bottle of a Matrix brand that lists the instructions for use in three languages. Appliquer sur les cheveux mouillés, faire mousser et rincer. It’s always the same, but in case you’re a recent arrival to planet Earth: Apply to wet hair, lather and rinse. Aside from its greenness, the big sell with Fructis Pure Clean is weightlessness. Use of this shampoo leaves no weigh down on your hair. This might be the result of Garnier’s “advanced fruit science,” but I think people suffering from weigh down omitted step three: rinse. Garnier even takes it a step further and instructs users to rinse thoroughly. Nature’s Gate brand takes fruit science much further and even adds the vegetables. If you’re wondering why my hair looks so lovely, it’s undoubtedly because of the jojoba, borage, barley, pansy, radish root and equisetum arvense. If you’re wondering why my hair looks so weird, same thing. Equisetum. We used to pick this stuff when walking the path along Bean Creek. You’re going to love this one, Dan. Equisetum is commonly known as horsetail. I’m sure it’s fit for a queen.


County issues warning on synthetic marijuana K-2, Bliss and Black Mamba. Blue Silk, Cloud Nine and Vanilla Sky. Synthetic marijuana and cathinone stimulants known as “bath salts” were both included in a Lenawee County Emergency Order issued a week ago to prevent “imminent danger to health or lives” to county residents. The order was issued by the Lenawee County Health Department and made public by county prosecuting attorney R. Burke Castleberry, Jr. The order prohibits the sale, trad-

ing, giving, bartering and making available of the products because area emergency rooms are reporting an increase in the number of persons suffering serious health effects from use of synthetic marijuana. The health department release says that synthetic marijuana will produce paranoia, panic attacks and giddiness in some users. It can also cause an increased heart rate and increase in blood pressure. Cathinone substances have similar effects and can also cause insomnia, depression, delusions and suicidal thoughts.

Cathinone derivatives act on the central nervous system and can cause chest pains, rapid heart rate, nosebleeds, sweating, nausea and vomiting. The emergency order remains in effect until health officer Patricia Bourgeois determines the threat is no longer present. The state public health code empowers the health department to inspect or investigate any person, premises or vehicle. Violation of the order can lead to imprisonment for not more than six months and/or a fine of not more than $200.

Second hearing set in Fayette The second public hearing to explain Fayette’s application for sewer project work is scheduled at 7 p.m. Monday at the village offices. The Village of Fayette intends to apply for funding to the Ohio

Department of Development for water and sanitary sewer funding under the Small Cities Community Development Block Grant (CDBG) program, a federal program administered by the State of Ohio. If

approved, approximately $600,000 will be granted to the Village for the proposed Sewer Separation Project. Citizens are encouraged to attend the hearing to ask questions and present opinions.

POLICE NEWS Morenci police news Monday, June 11 9:10 a.m.—Suspicious situation complaint; Gorham Street. 10:00 p.m.—Animal complaint; N. Summit Street. Tuesday, June 12 9:30 a.m.—Larceny complaint; Page Court. 11:00 p.m.—Suspicious odor complaint; Pearl Street. Wednesday, June 13 2:50 a.m.—Assisted Hudson Police Department; Pleasant Street, Hudson. 4:15 p.m.—Children in the

roadway complaint; East Street N. Thursday, June 14 12:30 p.m.—Marijuana complaint; Pearl Street. 7:52 p.m.—Arrested Russell Lawrence Drouillard, 30, of 2911 Wilford, Toledo, Ohio, for possession of marijuana. Friday, June 15 6:30 a.m.—Larceny complaint; Orchard Street. 11:35 a.m.—Fireworks complaint; E. Coomer Street. 2:00 p.m.—Private property accident; E. Main Street.

2:22 p.m.—Trespassing complaint, possible hunting in the city limits; Orchard Street. 3:50 p.m.—Trespassing complaint; W. Weston Road. 11:05 p.m.—Suicidal subject; Walnut Street. Saturday, June 16 3:30 p.m.—Domestic dispute; Orchard Street. Sunday, June 17 3:40 p.m.—Trespassing complaint; Oak Street. 11:03 p.m.—Juveniles throwing eggs; W. Main Street.






Jack Yenor Jack Yenor, 81, of Morenci, Mich., died June 18, 2012, at Fulton Manor in Wauseon, Ohio. He was born April 16, 1931, in Adrian, Mich., the son of Percy and Leo (Barnes) Yenor. He married Betty L. Bancroft on May 16, 1931, in Morenci, and she preceded him in death Sept. 5, 1998. Jack lived most of his life in the Morenci area where he was a member of the Morenci Eagles Aerie #1297 and the Morenci American Legion Post #368. He served on the USS O’Leary as a radar operator during the Korean War. He was formerly employed as a salesman for Weidemier of Ann Arbor, retiring in the mid-1990s. Jack was an avid golfer. He loved playing the casinos and looked forward to playing euchre with the boys

Brigitte Abramczyk Brigitte M. Abramczyk, 63, of Morenci, Mich., died June 16, 2012, surrounded by her family. She was born May 10, 1949, in Vienna, Austria, the daughter of Franz and Helena (Haumann) Schmidt. She came to the United States on Dec. 29, 1954, and married Stanley Abramczyk on Aug. 20, 1967, in Cleveland, Ohio. He preceded her in death Sept. 6, 2007. Brigitte previously lived in the Detroit area before moving to Morenci in 1990. She graduated from Siena Heights College with a bachelor’s degree in psychology. She retired from Bob Evans restaurant in 2007. She also

Yenor; four greatevery Thursday. He grandchildren, was an enthusiastic G a b r i e l G l e w, Detroit Lions fan. Zoey Glew, Jacob He will be rememWinne and Caleb bered for his barbeWinne; and a specued ribs. cial friend, Marlyn Jack is survived Kutzley. by two daughBesides his wife, ters, Deborah Jack was preceded S chumacher of in death by his parNappanee, Ind., ents and two brothand Pamela (and ers, Edward and Randy) Borton of Raymond Yenor. Manitou Beach; a Jack Yenor Funeral services son, Michael (and are planned at 11 Mar y) Yenor of Manchester, Conn.; a brother, How- a.m. Saturday at Eagle Funeral Homeard (and Mary) Yenor of Posey Lake; Charles Fink Chapel in Morenci, with five grandchildren, Christina (and Rev. William VanValkenburg officiatBill) Winne, Jill (and Ryan) Glew, Jef- ing. Visitation is scheduled Friday from frey Yenor, David Yenor and Miranda 2-4 and 6-8 p.m.

owned and operated Green Acres fruit and vegetable stand. She was an avid animal lover and enjoyed reading, playing cards and playing games with her grandchildren. Brigitte is survived by three children, Samantha Abramczyk of Tipton, Mich., Stanley Abramczyk of Hell, Mich., and Amanda (and Troy) Dominique of Pittsford, Mich.; her mother, Helen Burger of Vero Beach, Fla.; her father, Franz Schmidt of Cleveland, Ohio; two sisters, Delores Maria (and Charlie) Sneed of Vero Beach, and Theresa (and Daniel) Mangan of Cleveland; one brother, Frankie Schmidt of Cleveland; four step-children, Susie Meuse and

Patty Abramczyk of Euclid, Ohio; Dian (and Brian) Pennebaker and Tim (and Rose) Abramczyk, all of Cleveland; 10 grandchildren; and one great-grandson. Besides her husband, she was preceded in death by a daughter, Monica Anne. A memorial service is planned at 11 a.m. Friday, June 22, at Eagle Funeral Home-Charles Fink Chapel in Morenci, with Sister Rosemary Abramovich officiating. Private interment will follow in Lyons Cemetery. Visitation is scheduled from 5-7 p.m. Thursday. Memorial contributions may be made to the Lenawee Humane Society.

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Anita ‘Joan’ Emmons Anita “Joan” Emmons, 75, of Sand Creek, Mich., died June 13, 2012, at Provincial House. She was born Jan. 5, 1937, in Fayette, Ohio, the daughter of Donald and Marie (Richardson) Roth. She graduated from Morenci High School in 1954 and married Donald Emmons on March 12, 1955, and he survives. Joan was a dedicated wife, mother and grandmother who not only cared for her family, but many other children as well. She decorated many cakes for friends and family including her children’s wedding cakes. She was a member of Weston First Baptist Church where she was active in the Ladies Missionary

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Billy Coleman, 34, of Morenci, Mich., died June 12, 2012, at the family cabin near Merritt, Mich. He was born April 27, 1978, in Adrian, Mich., the son of William and Cynthia (Pontious) Coleman. Billy was a Morenci area resident all his life. He was formerly employed as a farm hand at Bruinsma Dairy

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Farms, Inc., near Morenci. He was an avid hunter and loved the outdoors. Billy is survived by his parents, William Coleman of Morenci and Cynthia Coleman of Wauseon, Ohio; two sisters, Laurie (and Chad) Schisler of Morenci and Jill Coleman of Adrian; two nieces, Taylor Schisler and Lauren


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Open house planned for police officer Cordts A retirement open house is scheduled for Morenci police officer Frank Cordts from 6 to 8 p.m. Thursday, at the Morenci American Legion Hall. Officer Cordts will be honored for 40 years of service to the Morenci Police Department.

A brief presentation is scheduled at 6:30 p.m. Members of the community are welcome to stop in to wish him well. Snacks will be provided and drinks may be purchased. The American Legion Hall is located at 9010 Morenci Rd.

Pettisville’s festival scheduled this weekend Pettisville’s every-other-summer festival begins Friday evening with a benefit auction and barbecue dinner. Three large tents house many of the events at the park and the festival takes place rain or shine. The barbecue is scheduled from 4:30 to 7:30 p.m. at the park pavilion and the auction starts at 5:30 p.m. and features hundreds of new items donated by area businesses. At 8:30 a drawing is planned for the Friendship Quilt that was handmade by community volunteers. Several huge inflatable games will keep the younger kids occupied while the auction runs late into the night. Sporting events fill Saturday’s schedule. Registration for the 5K run opens at 7 a.m. The kid’s run starts at 7:45 and the 5K road race gets underway at 8 a.m. Pancakes and sausage will be served in the pavilion from 7:30 to 10 a.m. and registration

for the fishing derby starts at 8:30. There will be plenty of large catfish stocked for this family fishing event. The basketball 3-on-3 tourney opens at 9 a.m. at the high school. The Life Flight air ambulance is scheduled for an 11 a.m. landing on the track infield and the Family Health and Safety Fair also starts at 11, along with kid’s carnival games. The FFA sponsored pedal tractor pull takes off at noon, followed by a hole-in-one golf competition for adults and corn hole matches at 3 p.m. The Saturday evening “Dinner at the Park” features beef brisket, a complete meal with salad and sides. Serving begins at 5 p.m. and ends at 7. The kids’ inflatable games, including an obstacle course, will stay open until 9 p.m. A community worship service is planned at the park at 11 a.m. Sunday. Proceeds from “Friendship Days” help maintain the Pettisville park. Visit www. for additional details.

Two Lenawee County farmers earn certification

Two Lenawee County farms were recently certified through the Michigan Department of Agriculture and Rural Development’s (MDARD) Michigan Agriculture Environmental Assurance Program (MAEAP). The program assists farmers in complying with state and federal environmental regulations and with Right to Farm practices. Technical assistance was provided by Amy Gillhouse of the Lenawee Conservation District. Certification was earned by Joe Ott of Sand Creek as a verified farm in the Farmstead and Livestock Systems, and Pickles Farms of Sand Creek as a verified farm in the Farmstead and Cropping Systems. MAEAP is a collaborative effort between farmers, MDARD, Michigan Farm Bureau, commodity organizations, universities, conservation districts, conservation and environmental groups and state and federal agencies. More than 100 local coordinators and technical service providers are available to assist

farmers as they move through the MAEAP process toward verification. An average of 5,000 Michigan farmers attend educational programs annually; 10,000 Michigan farms have started the verification process; and more than 1,100 farms have been verified to date. To become MAEAP verified, farmers must complete three steps which include attending an educational seminar, conducting a thorough on-farm risk assessment, and developing and implementing an action plan addressing potential environmental risks. MDARD conducts an on-farm inspection to verify program requirements related to applicable state and federal environmental regulations, Michigan Right to Farm guidelines, and adherence to an action plan. When completed, the producer receives a certificate of environmental assurance. To remain a MAEAP verified farm, inspections must be conducted every three years and action steps must be followed.

Job fair planned for Veterans The National Veterans Small Business Conference and Expo is scheduled from 10 a.m. to 7 p.m. June 26-28 at the Cobo Center in Detroit. This is the government’s premier event for veteran-owned small businesses, benefits and employment. A “VA for Vets” hiring fair is also scheduled during the conference for veterans looking for careers in the public and private sectors. An estimated 15,000 jobs are available for veterans located all around the country, and over 4,000 of these jobs are located in

Michigan. At the job fair, help will be available to veterans who need health benefits. Veterans who are in need of these benefits are strongly encouraged to attend the conference to meet with VA representatives that can get them prescreened and signed up for medical benefits. Veterans can register to attend the hiring fair at For more information concerning the Small Business conference, visit www.



Vacation Bible School June 24-28 Age 3-Grade 6

We now interrupt your regularly-scheduled summer, full of the “same old stuff,” for an exciting announcement. VBS starts each day at 6 p.m. with Up & Away Sing & Play and concludes at 8:30 p.m. with Fly Away Finale. Bible Stories





Fayette Christian Church For information or to register, call Ron Merillat at 517/286-6978 or Kandi Lemley at 419/237-3269



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Fulton County Agriculture Hall of Fame award nominees sought Application forms are available to make a nomination for the 2012 Fulton County Agricultural Hall of Fame award. The agricultural industry plays an important role in the lifestyle and economy of Fulton County. The Agricultural Hall of Fame was organized in 1983, and induction is the highest recognition awarded to members of the agricultural community who have made outstanding contributions to Fulton County agriculture. Qualifying recipients would include a farmer or breeder who has made a

major contribution to the land and the product or someone who has worked in an agriculture-related activity or agribusiness. Nominees should have made their major contribution in Ohio and should have had a long tenure in their field or endeavor, preferably 25 years or more. Individuals or organizations who would like to make nominations can obtain an application form at the Fulton County Extension Office, 8770 St. Rt. 108, Suite A, in Wauseon, call 419/337-9210 or visit www.fulton.osu. edu and click on “Agriculture and Natu-

ral Resources.” Completed applications should be returned to the Extension Office by July 15. The 2012 Hall of Fame awards will be presented at a dinner in August. Past recipients of the award will also be invited. A display of the Fulton County Agricultural Hall of Fame members can be viewed at the Fulton County Fair, and pictures and biographies of the current year’s recipients will be on display in the foyer at the Robert Fulton Agriculture Center on State Route 108.

New books to be added at Fayette’s Normal Memorial Library in July Many books will be added to the shelves at Fayette’s Normal Memorial Library in July. Stop in and check them out. July 1—“The Cutting Edge” by Linda Howard; “Lion of Babylon” by T. Davis Bunn. July 3—“Red Velvet Revenge” by Jennifer McKinlay; “The Next Best Thing” by Jennifer Weiner; “The Last Refuge” by Ben Coes; “Criminal” by Karin Slaughter; “Moonshell Beach” by Joann Ross. July 9—“I, Michael Bennett” by James Patterson (also on CD). July 10—“The Great Escape” by Susan Elizabeth Phillips (also on CD); “15 Seconds” by Andrew Gross; “Backfire” by Catherine Coulter; “Size 12 and Ready to Rock” by Meg Cabot; “Night Watch” by Linda Fairstein. July 17—“Close Your Eyes” by Iris Johansen; “Sandcastle Girls” by Chris Bohjalian; “The Fallen Angel” by Daniel Silva; “Creole Belle” by James Lee Burke; “The Struggle” (Kentucky Brothers series) by Wanda Brunstetter.

July 24—“Where We Belong” by Emily Griffin; “Friends Forever” by Danielle Steel; “Black List” by Brad Thor; “Judgement Call” by J.A. Jance; “Thirteen” by Kelley Armstrong. July 31—“All Summer Long” by Susan Mallery; “Catching Fireflies” by Sherryl Woods; “Haven” by Kay Hooper; “Odd Apocalypse” by Dean Koontz; “Big Sky Mountain” by Linda Lael Miller. Summer Reading Program

Fayette’s Summer Reading Program titled “Dream Big: Read!” is underway now through July 26, and is open to any area children who have just finished kindergarten through fifth grade. Students will meet every Tuesday and Thursday from 2 to 3 p.m. for crafts, prizes, snacks and plenty of books. Each child will record their reading times in a reading log and will be eligible to win prizes. Registration is not necessary. For more information, call the library at 237-2115. Closed

The library will be closed Wednesday,

July 4, to observe Independence Day. The library will also be closed July 30 through Aug. 4, and no library items will be due during the week. Patrons can still return items at the book depository and use the patron catalog to place holds. While the library is closed, new carpet will be laid in the adult and children’s areas and a new central computer table will be installed. Library staff will also rearrange the layout of the library to better benefit the patrons.

ous requests from small farm producers searching for ways to market their limited quantity, but high quality foods. The co-op is currently accepting additional producers desiring to participate and will be showcasing a wide variety of foods including pastured chicken, local cheeses, vegetables, fruits, breads, honey, etc. “The benefits of choosing local foods are numerous,” said Valerie Kinsman, co-op secretary. “If each family in the region would buy 10 percent of their groceries from local producers, millions of dollars each year would recirculate in each county. “In addition, it gives you an opportunity to get to know the people who


1. All body frame and paint techs are fully certified on all makes and models of vehicles. 2. We use the latest technology available to restore your vehicle to its pre-accident condition. 3. We have invested heavily in the latest equipment and technicians to do the job correctly. 4. We will do everything possible to make sure an accident does not affect the value or safety of your vehicle. 5. Our main goal is you and your family’s safety. Any structural repair to the unibody or frame will withstand another

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Since the change-over to a new circulation system, patrons must now have a library card in order to check out items. Anyone who has lost their card can have it replaced free of charge until June 30. After that, a new card will cost $3. Library hours

Library hours are: Monday and Wednesday, 10 a.m. to 8 p.m.; Tuesday, 10 a.m. to 5 p.m.; Thursday and Friday, 1 to 5 p.m.; and Saturday, 10 a.m. to 1 p.m.

Black Swamp Local Food Co-op opens

A food cooperative is open in Northwest Ohio to help promote locallygrown products. The Black Swamp Local Food and Farm Co-op is open for semi-monthly public sales. Three locations for order pick-ups are set up, one each in Fulton, Williams and Defiance counties. The co-op was recently formed to provide a marketing platform for food products of small farms in the Northwest Ohio region. The on-line market acts as a virtual farmer’s market gathering local foods from all over Northwest Ohio into one location, making it convenient for consumers searching for quality local foods. The co-op is a response to numer-



produce your food. Each farm in the co-op will have a farm description online to publicly share their growing practices. Shopping local foods helps to preserve small farms and provides food security for our own region. It also promotes sustainability in food production practices thereby preserving our environment.” The Black Swamp Local Food and Farm Co-op is a group of people in the greater Northwest Ohio area promoting a sustainable, local food system by connecting producers of local foods with consumers through an on-line marketing system. For more information, visit www. .

Don’t become a dinosaur If you don’t keep up with the news, you might lose your place in history. Please keep me current. I don’t want to become a living fossil in my own time. Here’s my money; send me some good reading. Lenawee & Fulton counties: $26 Other areas: $29


Persian Gulf vets can apply for bonus Persian Gulf Veterans who served between Aug. 2, 1990 and March 3, 1991, are now eligible to apply for a War Bonus. The application deadline is Dec. 31, 2013. Veterans who have ser ved on

active duty beginning Oct. 7, 2001 to the present might also be entitled to the Ohio War Bonus. The deadline for this time frame has yet to be determined. To obtain an application, or for assis-

tance with filing for the Ohio War Bonus, contact the Fulton County Veterans Service Office at 419/337-9266 Monday through Friday from 8:30 a.m. to 4:30 p.m.



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Gardener’s Grapevine MORENCI GARDEN CLUB Member Federated Garden Clubs of Mich., Inc. By JO ERBSKORN

Wow, what a hot dry week. We’ve done a lot of watering and it is still so darn dry. Sunday morning’s light showers did not do a lot due to the depth that the ground is dry. This past Friday my son Nicholas came home for the Father’s Day weekend. He and our daughter wanted to go to the zoo in Toledo. We went on Saturday and what a beautiful day it turned out to be. Very hot, but a nice family day out and the zoo has never been nicer. The benefactors keep that zoo so very clean and attractive. I love to go to the arboretum and walk in the gardens. Most people don’t even do that when they visit the zoo. It’s all about the animals. There were a lot of young animals, a giraffe, elephant, birds, and three baby lemurs that were so funny I could have watched them for hours. They move very fast and do antics that are funnier than most comedians. The zoo impressed me with the level of conservation and willingness to reduce the carbon footprint. It has recycling containers all over for plastic bottles, the animal waste is composted and there are solar panels all over the parking lot, hundreds of them. It is refreshing to see a business that is as dedicated to the earth as it is to making money. If you haven’t been to the zoo I would encourage you to go, you won’t be disappointed. In the vegetable garden this week we have peas growing like gangbusters but only because we keep watering them. The cooler evenings and nights always help. Lack of water can dry them up very quickly. The pea pods are slowing down and the shell peas are just beautiful. I picked the first batch on Saturday and they were so good steamed for Sunday dinner. If the potatoes were ready we’d have had creamed peas and new potatoes.

Erik Douglas Gier and Rachel Elizabeth Nivison have announced their engagement. Rachel is the daughter of Rick and Penny Nivison of Pittsford and the granddaughter of George and Verena Glendening of Morenci. She earned a bachelor of science degree in nursing and is employed at Hillsdale Community Health Center. Erik is the son of Douglas Gier of Osseo and Ginger Gier of Addison. He manages a farm with his father and is also employed at Menards Distribution Center in Holiday City, Ohio. The couple is planing a Sept. 29, 2012 wedding.

My grandmother Katherine always makes them and they are so yummy. The raspberries are producing and it looks like a good year. We’ve only picked enough to put on a bowl of cereal, but I know in a few days it’s going to be a crazy mess to pick. I have found that the easiest way to freeze raspberries at home is to rinse them well and lay them on paper towels to dry, then put them in a single layer on a cookie sheet and freeze them. Transfer them to a Ziplock bag or freezer container in about two hours and they will last for a year in the freezer. Fresh raspberry crisp or cobbler is awesome. Haven’t the strawberries been nice? Ours are not filled out enough to get very many, so we bought ours this year. They are nice but also a bit pricey. I don’t always realize the price of fresh produce because I either grow ours or purchase it locally and there are not all those fuel prices added in to get it here. The strawberry prices I did notice. Dad came home with some beautiful blackberries, I’m not sure where they came from though. We moved all our blackberries, so this year we won’t have any. When you see produce along the road, stop and shop. It is usually from our area, priced more reasonably, and it helps our local growers keep going. I don’t normally sell our produce, but I do share it. Isn’t that what gardening is all about? The old farmer’s saying goes, “Knee high by the 4th of July,” meaning it will be a good corn crop if it’s that high. What does waist high before then mean? That’s how tall our first planting is and every time I look at it I can taste some yummy sweet corn with real butter and salt dripping off it. Keep watering, weeding, harvesting and caring for our world, the bounty is great.

Erik and Rachel

Bake sale and car wash set Morenci’s cheerleaders will be working for summer camp funds all day Saturday with a bake sale and car wash at Dollar General.

MORENCI SENIOR CENTER MENU Donations of $3 for guests 60 years and older and $4 for their guests under 60 will be accepted toward the cost of the meals offered. Monday, June 25—Chicken breast with mushroom sauce, mashed potatoes with gravy, green beans. Tuesday, June 26—Beef stroganoff, noo-

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Garage sale space is available on the lawn at the Morenci American Legion home Friday during the Route 120 Garage Sale. The event features a weekend of garage sales from Sylvania to Elkhart, Ind., but the

of Coldwater, Mich., and Ray and Kay Weidmayer of Manchester, Mich. Great-grandparents are George and Diana Vereecke of Morenci, Virginia Faulkner of Kalamazoo and Alvin and Luella Weidmayer of Ann Arbor.

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BIRTH Born June 14, 2012, to Dr. Sara and Nick Weidmayer of Jackson, Mich., a daughter, Eden Lynae Weidmayer. She was welcomed home by her older brother Caleb. Grandparents are Doug and Vandria Bower




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For the love of bats... Bat conservancy visits reading program

BAT APPRECIATION—Destiny Ford and Lilia Martinez admire a bat known simply as the big brown bat as Chad Geurts from the Organization for Bat Conservation walks by. Geurts walked among the audience to give a close-up view of the bats as he talked about their attributes. Big brown bats are common in Michigan. The Stair Public Library Summer Reading Program event took place at the Morenci Bible Fellowship church to accommodate the crowd of 165 people.

Photos by David Green

Next up The Bichini Bia Congo dancers of Ann Arbor will visit Stair Public Library’s Summer Reading Program June 27 as the library celebrates Kwanzaa in its “Party Down @ the Library” theme. The program starts at 11 a.m.

FLY LIKE AN EGYPTIAN—An Egyptian fruit bat (above) was one of several species of bats that Chad Geurts presented to the crowd. At the right, he stretches out the wing of a bat to show how the bones in the mammal’s wings correspond to the fingers in a human hand. Morenci’s Summer Reading Program is partially funded by a $1,000 grant from the Lenawee Youth Council of the Lenawee Community Foundation.

THAT’S NEAT!—Kelly Burrow holds her grandson, Evan, during the bat presentation. At the right, Chad Geurts shows a bat house to the audience and encouraged people to buy one. Bats, he reminded guests, consume thousands of insects every night.


READ TO ME—Children heard a story at one stop in the treasure hunt. Volunteer helper Tressa Taylor reads to a group while another helper, Brayden Ruger listens. Each stop in the hunt represented



one of the weekly programs scheduled every Tuesday and Thursday through July 26. DAVID GREEN/Observer photos

NATE McVAY gets ready to blast off after getting a quick lesson in constellations and planets.

Summer Reading Fayette’s program kicks off with treasure hunt Dream Big – Read

PIECE OF THE PUZZLE—Dominic Weller adds a puzzle piece after Kriston Carnicon (right) took her turn.

THE STARS—From the left, Tessa Shaffer, Riley Graham and Breah Ruger find constellations in night sky photos. The July 17 summer reading program will focus on the night sky.

MAKE A SENTENCE—Tyra Taylor, Riley Graham, Breah Ruger and Brianna Spieth create sentences by choosing magnetic words and phrases from a board.

Every Tuesday & Thursday, 2-3 p.m. Tuesday, June 26: Dreams and Wishes Thursday, June 28: Night visitors Tuesday, July 3: Night Insects Thursday, July 5: Night Animals Tuesday, July 10: Indian Night Sky Lore Thursday, July 12: Space Exploration Tuesday, July 17: Planets & Constellations Thursday, July 19: Star Wars Tuesday, July 24: Scarey Stories Thursday, July 26: End of Program Party

COLORING—A student colors parts of the clothing for a paper doll.




Morenci honor roll Morenci Area High School honor roll Twenty-two Morenci Area High School students earned all-A grades for the third trimester marking period. Those students were: Seniors Hannah Binegar, Carolyn Blaker and Logan Drummond; juniors Brooke Bovee, Katie Cox, Mary Margaret Hollstein, Hannah Jeffers, Michaela Merillat, Jessica Storrs, Ashley VanBrandt and Erin Vanderpool; sophomores Clayton Bachman, Bailey Blaker, Melissa Burk, Mariah Gillen, Makiha Lockwood, Chloe Molitierno and Brittany White; and freshmen McKenzie Hilton, Austin Sandusky, Emily Schmidt and Nick Stutzman. Other students who earned all A and B grades were:

Seniors—Jordan Bach, Alexis Baker, Brittany Brigman, Riley Burk, Kourtney Cousino, Clariece Easter, Anthony Evers, Samuel Fallot, Chelsey Fletcher, Bradley Funchion, Matea Garcia, Jay Howard, Benjamin Hutchison, Simon Jeffers, Robert Mandelc, Dylan McVay, Kathinka Nagel, Shaden Olmstead, Chelsea Phillips, Sarah Ragan, Raelyn Sanderson, Kendra Sands, Paige Slor, Daniel Stutzman, Alexander Tompkins and Amber Wright. Juniors—Desmond Alcock, Taylor Baugh, Jesse Bell, Kira Beroske, Breck Dennis, Joshua Elarton, Mitchell Gallup, Breanna Gilson, Jordan Lagasse, Cody Powell, Madison Pruzinsky, Taylor Schisler, Kendrick Taylor, Austin Thomas, William White and

Hayze Wolf. Sophomores—Korin Baumgartner, Emma Binegar, Hilary Falor, Shannon Jarrell, Dustin Kimbrell, Daiton Lemmon, Allison Piercy, Levi Pike, Tucker Raus-Wuth, Dakota Stone, Reagan Stowell, Julie Terry, Cheyenne Travioli, Derrick Tule and Christopher Wilson. Freshmen—Gabrielle Acuña, Brooke Baumgartner, Bobby Black, Amy Blaker, Aaron Elarton, Spencer Elliott, Shawn Feltz, Madison Gleckler, Dakota Goldsmith, Christopher Hansen, Chris Hinkley, Makaela Lockwood, Samantha Mikuski, Hunter Nino, Alexander Pless, Cheyenne Sands, Lucy Shaffer, Tyler Sterling, Kallyn Stover and Tucker Stover.

Morenci Middle School honor roll

The following students were named to the honor roll at Morenci Middle School for the third trimester marking period. First Honors

Eighth grade—Karis Blaker, Tahlor Clark, Adam Gillen, Ashtyn Mathews, Diana Otero, Mitchell Storrs, Aubreigh Stowell, Dwight Thayer, Cody Tule, Allison VanBrandt, Sydney Weeks and Samantha Wright. Seventh grade—Jacqulyne Biehl, Darian Double, Kiegan Merillat, Garrett Smith, Cheyenne Stone, Abby Travis and Tyler VanBrandt. Sixth grade—Garrett Benjamin, Marlee Blaker, Felica Cram, Angela Davis, Brittany Dennis, Nicholas Dilworth, Nathanael Elarton, Anna Gautz, Noah Gilson, Caleb Gleckler, Luke Grieder, Destini Kruse, Kyla Molitierno, Cassandra Nix, Evany Schmidt, McKenna Shaffer, Layne Spradlin, Theresa Stiver, Mitchel Tule and Gabe Weeks.

Fifth grade—Hannah Borton, Sabrina Cately, Kayley Craig, Morgan Gillen, Meranda Harris, Dalton Hobbs, Alexandra Kaiser, Daelyn Merillat, Bradey Osborn, Merannda Russell, Matthew Schmidt, and Connor Stowell. Second Honors

Eighth grade—Courtney Moore. Seventh grade—Grace Acuña, David Cortes, Griffin Grieder, Mikayla Reincke, Ariana Roseman, Tyler Stretch, Ashley Taylor and Mackenzie Williams. Sixth grade—Jose Amos, Kelsey Cameron, Yessica Cortez-Cortes, Bailee Dominique, Courtney Ford, Charlene Glisson, Ashton Holt, Joscilyn Jenkins, Morgan Merillat, Katie Moulton, Lauren Taylor and Chase VanBrandt. Fifth grade—Brooke Arno, Kaliegh Biehl, Danielle Caldwell, Carter Connin, Jasmine Crowell, Dillion Gibbs, Maggie Hilton, Krystelle Morey, Daniel Robidoux, Timothy Schisler, Marissa Sizemore, Ashley Smith, Catlin Snyder,

Mackenzie Spradlin and Abbie White. Third Honors

Eighth grade—Clayton Borton, Larissa Elliott, Justis McCowan and Andy Mikuski. Seventh grade—Madison Bachman, Lizbeth Lopez, Kelsey Nolan, James O’Brien, Mikayla Price, Kyle Russell and Jazmin Smith. Sixth grade—Jacob Beaverson, Haley Bell, Brandon Cox, Seth Dunbar, Graceann Glisson, Scott Hall, Harley McCaskey, Bryce Pratt, Canessa Rauth, Garrett Schermerhorn, Karli Sedlacek, Lucas Sizemore and Kiersten White. Fifth grade—Dylan Amos, Jonathan Bates, Ellen Beck, Casity Colon, Tristen Cordts, Lauren Crawford, Cody Dunn, Lauren Easter, Salem Eichler, Taylor Gould, Destiny Knicley, Ryder Price, Phoenix Richardson, Hannah Root, Jayden Smith, James Stretch and William Webster.

ACADEMIC NEWS University of Toledo

• The following Fayette High School graduates recently earned bachelor’s degrees from University of Toledo and were named to academic lists for the spring semester. Brodie Youtzy, the son of Raymond and Pat Youtzy, was named to the dean’s list with a GPA of 3.5 or greater. Trisha Bates, the daughter of Dale and Jenny Bates, was named to the president’s list with a 4.0 GPA. She graduated magna cum laude. Malone University

• Katelyn Jones of rural Fayette earned a degree in social work from Malone University in Canton, Ohio, during a commencement ceremony April 28.

LISD BUDGET MEETING The LISD Board of Education will meet at 5:30 p.m. June 21 for a public hearing on the proposed 2012-13 budget. The meeting is scheduled at the LISD William J. Ross Education Service Center, located at 4107 N. Adrian Hwy., in Adrian. A copy of the proposed budget, including the proposed property tax millage rate, is available for public inspection during normal business hours.


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Fayette’s school calendar set Fayette’s school schedule for the 2012-13 year places Aug. 22 as the opening day of classes. The first vacation day is set for

Sept. 4, the day after Labor Day, and the winter break begins the day before Christmas and continues through Jan. 2.

The spring break is planned from March 27 through April 1 and the final day of school, pending any make-up days, is slated for May 29.

ROBINSON PL ANETARIUM PROGRAM The Adrian College resident astronomers have scheduled “Stories of the Celestial Bear” at 7 p.m. June 22 at Robinson Planetarium on the Adrian College campus. There is no charge for admission. The live planetarium show will focus

on tales of the Mimac Native American Indians and how they used the motion of the Big and Little Dippers to measure the passage of the seasons. Additionally, two currently visible planets, Mars and Saturn, will be featured. Group reservations and special show-

ings can be arranged by contacting Mark Fairclough at or by calling 517/265-5161, ext. 4788. Robinson Planetarium is located at the east end of Peelle Hall on the corner of Charles and Williams streets on the Adrian College campus.

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A Summer Reading Club program titled “A Soldier’s Life in the War of 1812” will be presented at 6 p.m. June 22, at the Clayton Branch Library.

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Hours of operation have changed at Associated Charities of Lenawee County, located at 221 S. Tecumseh St., Adrian. The new hours are: 9 a.m. to 3 p.m.

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Excessive nutrients (N, phosphorus, fecal matter) from 20 18 16 14 12 10 8 6 4 2 0 agricultural runoff, overloaded or ill-operating WWTP’s, OHIO RIVER MILE and urban stormwater or unsewered runoff fertilize Prairie Creek ICI Trends: 1984 - 1997 algal growth instream which disrupts the aquatic food web 60 ECBP HELP Ecoregion and lowers dissolved oxygen at night. Nutrient concentrations Ecoregion in Tiffin tributaries are contributing to stream water 50 Exceptional quality degradation. D.O. concentations less than 4 mg/l, WWH (ECBP=36) Criterion which can be lethal, occurred periodically in: Brush Creek 40 Good (HELP=34) (dst. from Archbold WWTP and E. Owl Creek confluence), Marg. Good Marg. Good 30 Pigeon Run and Prairie Cr. (Bryan), E. Owl Cr., Mill Cr., 1997 ICI F Lick Cr., Deer Cr., and Lauber Hill Run. Fair 1984 qual. ICI 20 Macroinvertebrates associated with poor/fair F 1997 qual. ICI Williams Co. P water quality or impacts are illustrated 10 Poor below: leeches, Physella snails. limpet snails, and flatworms. Others not shown were West 0 14 12 Bryan 10 8 6 4 2 0 aquatic worms and red and nonred midges. Unity WWTP RIVER MILE

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Conversely poor habitat, such as shadeless Pettisville streams with a continuous single-shaped channel exposed to the sun with flashy stormwater flows due to no riparian water retention, can readily erode and allows sedimentation to bury available rocky surfaces & fill the bottom with mostly sand, clay, or silty substrates. No deep stream are usually present (filled with Henry Co. pools sand or silt), and stream structure stays the same with little diversity. Nutrient inputs into the stream readily increase algal production in open canopy (no shade on stream) with highly fluctuating and lethally low D.O. concentration from biochemical decay at night (see Mill Creek photo above).

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Habitat quality is the key to healthy aquatic communities. Intact physical stream habitat, with a woody riparian corridor (photo above), helps bind up Macroinvertebrates associated with good nutrients, filter out silt, sediment, & water quality in the other solids, and absorb/slow water water from storm runoff. An intact Tiffin R. Basin are illustrated on river shady canopy keeps stream cooler and map. Others were slows instream algal production. Good minnow mayflies, instream habitat and intact corridors Tanytarsini midges, provide more habitat - niches for fish, and riffle beetles. aquatic insects, mussels, & also for various birds, reptiles, & amphibians. TP WW


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Bluntnose Minnow Intolerant fish predominately present in impacted stream reaches were: bluntnose minnows, white suckers, green sunfish, carp, stonerollers, fathead minnows, yellow bullhead and creek chubs.

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Ohio EPA uses a grading system to score biological integrity at various sites within a basin. The types and numbers of different fish, eating and breeding patterns, and the ability to survive in polluted conditions are some factors of biological integrity. Aquatic insects also reflect the health of the streams they reside in. Only a few types are tolerant of pollution. A healthy stream has a diverse array of life. Based on the types of animals in a stream, Ohio EPA is able to determine the health of the aquatic environment.




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Ohio EPA EPA tests stream water and the treated wastewater discharged by facilities. The amount of nutrients, oxygendepleting substances, bacteria, metals and other pollutants in a sample can be used to identify pollution sources and evaluate water quality.. A few streams quality were evaluated with c h e m i c a l d a t a o n l yy..

Graphic by OHIO EPA

Tiffin River part of water quality study The lower portion of the Tiffin River (Bean Creek) is included in a study conducted by the Ohio EPA this summer to examine water quality of the Maumee River. A major water quality study of the Maumee River mainstem—the primary downstream segment of a river—will include the two tributaries, the Tiffin and Auglaize rivers. The land draining to the Maumee River is one of the largest watersheds in Ohio, spanning 4,820 square miles and covering all or parts of 20 counties in northwest Ohio. The study will focus on the full length of the Maumee River, from the Indiana state line to Lake Erie. The field work is the first step in a federally required study called a Total

Maximum Daily Load (TMDL). A TMDL is the maximum amount of pollutants a water body can receive on a daily basis without violating water quality standards. Ohio EPA staff will collect water samples and fish and macroinvertebrate species from June through mid-October. The physical, biological and chemical data will help determine water quality problems in the rivers and develop options for improving resource quality in degraded areas. The Tiffin River will be studied from its mouth at the Maumee north to Brush Creek near Evansport. From previous studies, the Tiffin River watershed shows adverse impacts from channelization and other

hydromodification changes; a lack of woody areas along streams; a lack of stable woody debris left in the stream channel; lethally low dissolved oxygen concentrations at night from biochemical decay; nutrient enrichment agricultural runoff, faulty wastewater treatment plants, urban stormwater and runoff fertilizer; and sedimentation from runoff. The largest cities on the Maumee River are Defiance, Napoleon, Perrysburg, Maumee and Toledo. The majority of the watershed is cultivated crop land. Approximately 11.5 percent of the land is urban development and several communities withdraw drinking water from the Maumee River, including

Bowling Green, McClure, Napoleon and Defiance. Ohio EPA will share results of the study with communities in the watershed. The Agency relies on community input to develop watershed improvement plans. A number of public meetings will be scheduled during the watershed plan-writing process. Ohio EPA employees carry a photo ID and will request permission from private landowners if access to their property is needed. For more information, contact Ohio EPA’s Public Interest Center at 614/644-2160 or go to

Military relief fund offers financial aid TERRY HENRICKS

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a significant emergency that warrants financial assistance. The need for financial assistance must have occurred during the time the qualified individual served on active duty or is a direct result of serving on active duty. To qualify, individuals must have served at least 30 days of active duty and have proof of active duty service in the form of a copy of the orders issued by an authorized headquarters or documentation that the duty was performed. If there is a documented need for

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Jeffers leads softball offensive statistics There’s one good thing about having a young team: At the end of the season not too many members leave through graduation. The Morenci softball team will lose veteran shortstop Matea Garcia and Amanda Osborne who took an outfield position. And that’s the end of the senior class for Bulldog coach Kay Johnson. Junior Hannah Jeffers finished the season with the top batting average of .382, connecting for a hit on 47 of her 123 appearances at the plate. Garcia was second best at .309 (38/123). Jeffers was way out in front with 40 RBIs. Garcia and junior Ashley VanBrandt finished with 22 RBIs each. Garcia was leader in runs scored with 38, followed by Jeffers with 34. It was an odd season for the Bulldogs to finish without a home run. Garcia belted three triples and freshman McKenzie Hilton led in doubles with eight. Jeffers added seven. Jessica Storrs, a junior, was tops in sacri-


Top girls’ track & field results from 2012 LIKE FATHER, LIKE SON—Matthew Davis, of Coloma, Mich., the son of Morenci native Scott Davis, shows off two of the bass he caught on his way to the Bass Federation of Michigan Junior State Championship on Pontiac Lake in the 11- to 14-year-old division. Photo by JEFF NEDWICK

Davis wins junior bass fishing tournament Nearly two years ago we wrote about Morenci native Scott Davis of Coloma, Mich., and his success in a bass fishing tournament. Scott finished first in the amateur division of a Bass Fishing League event in the Detroit River. Scott had to make room on the trophy shelf for what his son, Matthew, brought home earlier this month when he entered the Bass Federation of Michigan Junior State Championship on Pontiac Lake. Matthew, 11, came through as the state champion of the 11- to 14-year-old division, winning the opportunity to compete

in the national tournament in August on Lake Lanier in Georgia. The winner of that tournament receives a $30,000 college scholarship. Matthew hooked five bass weighing a total of 9.82 pounds. The second place finisher, Megan Horak, weighed in 7.47 pounds of fish. Matthew’s big fish for the day came in at 2.32. The big bass of the tournament weighed 3.35 pounds, but that competitor wasn’t able to bring in five fish. Jim Stricker of the “Hook and Look” television series attended the tournament and talked with competitors.

Football camps scheduled for Morenci players There’s still time to register for next month’s football camps led by Morenci coach Mike McDowell, but registrations should be turned in by June 29. Late registrations can’t be guaranteed a camp T-shirt. Coach Mike McDowell has scheduled a high school camp (grades 9-12) July 9-11 and a middle school camp (grades 7 and 8) July 16-18. Both camps are planned from 9 a.m. until noon at the high school football practice field. Participants should bring cleats, t-shirt and shorts or sweats. The mission of the camp is to teach the basic defensive and offensive techniques

and fundamentals of the Bulldog football program, and to implement the defensive and offensive systems to develop continuity in the program, seventh through 12th grade. The cost of the camp is $15 and includes a bulldog T-shirt and lunch on the final day of each session. Checks should be made payable to Morenci Football. Forms should be returned to Coach McDowell at the high school weight room on Monday, Wednesday or Friday from 7-9 a.m. Forms can also be given to Coach McDowell at his home at 411 N. Summit St. For more information, call 458-7307.

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SHOT PUT: Ali Piercy, 28-6.5 DISCUS: Ali Piercy, 96-1 HIGH JUMP: Kourtney Cousino, 4-8 LONG JUMP: Kourtney Cousino, 13-3.75 100 HURDLES: Brooke Bovee, :15.4 100 DASH: Brooke Bovee, :14.1 Madi Gleckler, :14.1 1600 RUN: Tatyana Pless, 5:38.3 400 DASH: Kourtney Cousino, 1:09.3 300 HURDLES: Brooke Bovee, :47.32 800 RUN: Tatyana Pless, 2:37 200 DASH: Brooke Bovee, :28.5 3200 RUN: Tatyana Pless, 13:01 1600 RELAY: Kourtney Cousino, Brooke Bovee, Tatyana Pless, Madi Gleckler, 4.27.8


fice bunts with 14, followed by sophomore Julie Terry with 12. First-year pitcher Taylor Schisler finished with a 9-12 record through 126 innings on the mound. She tallied 91 strikeouts. Hilton put in 101 innings and compiled a 10-5 record. She finished with 75 strikeouts. “Good team leadership contributed in having this team far exceed early season expectations,” Coach Johnson said. Jeffers, a catcher, Garcia, an infielder and Taylor Bryant, an outfielder, were named to the all-district team. The Bulldogs were recognized as an allstate academic team with a combined GPA exceeding 3.5. The annual awards cookout is scheduled June 26 at Coach Johnson’s cottage. Team awards will be announced at that time. • The tough Tri-County Conference was well represented in the state tournaments again this year. Clinton won the Div. 3 state championship and Summerfield was the runner-up in Div. 4.


Top boys’ track & field results from 2012 SHOT PUT: Logan Drummond, 35-1 DISCUS: Logan Drummond, 116-4 HIGH JUMP: Simon Jeffers, 6-0 LONG JUMP: Austin Sandusky, 19-8.25 3200 RELAY: Mitch Gallup, Luke Spaulding, Jake Spaulding, Reagan Stowell, 8:58 100 DASH: Austin Sandusky, :11.2 1600 RUN: Luke Spaulding, 4:52 400 DASH: Austin Sandusky, :50.5* 300 HURDLES: Mitch Gallup, :49.8 800 RUN: Mitch Gallup, 2:10.4 200 DASH: Austin Sandusky, :23.4 3200 RUN: Luke Spaulding, 10:35 1600 RELAY: Simon Jeffers, Mitch Gallup, Jake Spaulding, Austin Sandusky, 3:47.5 * ties school record


Top girls’ track & field results from 2012

Top boys’ track & field results from 2012

4x800 RELAY: Noelle Goodson, Jill Stuckey, Melani Seiler, Taylor West, 11:05 100 DASH: Noelle Goodson, :13.95 4x200 RELAY: Sarah Kovar, Noelle Goodson, Jessica White, Megan Stannard, 2:07 1600 RUN: Melani Seiler, 6:04 4x100 RELAY: Noelle Goodson, Taylor West, Jessica White, Megan Stannard, :58 400 DASH: Melani Seiler, 1:10 800 RUN: Melani Seiler, 2:45 200 DASH: Noelle Goodson, :29.1 3200 RUN: Jill Stuckey, 13:07 4x400 RELAY: Noelle Goodson, Madelyn Maginn, Taylor West, Sarah Kovar, 5:06

LONG JUMP: Dylan Stannard, 19-2.5 4x800 RELAY: Trevor Cox, Ian Schrock, Kamrin Hunter, Skylar Lantz, 9:27 100 DASH: Dylan Stannard, :11.9 4x200 RELAY: Kamrin hunter, Danial Michael, Nathaniel Harvey, Michael Brubaker, 1:46 1600 RUN: Skylar Lantz, 4:59 4x100 RELAY: Michael Brubaker, Kamrin Hunter, Danial Michael, Dylan Stannard, :50 400 DASH: Dylan Stannard, :54.5 300 HURDLES: Michael Brubaker, :49.2 800 RUN: Dylan Stannard, 2:10 200 DASH: Dylan Stannard, 25.3 200 RUN: Skylar Lantz, 11:00 4x400 RELAY: Trevor Cox, Kamrin Hunter, Skylar Lantz, Dylan Stannard, 3:51

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ANA ROSEMAN waits for the throw while a Clinton baserunner slides safely into second base. The two teams competed last Wednesday in U12 softball league play. The Bulldogs won

when the teams met earlier in the season, but Clinton won this contest by a single run.


JUNE 20, 2012


ALMOST—Darian Double arrives at first base a couple steps short of a single.

U12 Battle

HURLER—Daelyn Merillat started off on the mound for the Bulldogs and notched a few strikeouts.

GOOD CUT—Layne Spradlin takes a swing at a Clinton pitch.

GOT IT—Morenci catcher Lauren Easter rises to snag a high pitch.

ANGELA DAVIS leaps for the ball at third base, but the Clinton runner is already on the bag.

SCORE—Ana Roseman is nearly lost in a cloud of dust at Wakefield Park as she slides safely into home plate.







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PERSONALS CARD OF THANKS Words cannot adequately express the gratitude we hold dear to our hearts for the overwhelming outpouring of love and support for our family these past few weeks. Whether you sent us a card or flowers, prepared us a dish, stopped in for a visit or gave us a call, or just kept us in your thoughts and prayers, your support is acknowledged and has been uplifting. Many of you stood in line in the heat for hours just to pay your respects, and each and every one of you brought us comfort. Special thanks to the Fulton County Sheriff ’s Department for their respect and professionalism; Mark and Neil and staff at Eagle Funeral Homes for their attentive care of our needs; Father Fred Duschl and Father Gary Ferguson for offering such fitting tributes and a beautiful service; and Pat Eisel and OLM church ladies for preparing the nourishing luncheon. We are truly blessed to be among a community that cares so deeply for their own and shares in our grief. God Bless you all. With heartfelt thanks, The Family of Glennis Ferguson Paula Earl & Dee Lynne & Matt Rebecca & Dug Nicole Jason & Lindsey & kids Kristin & Mat Kevin

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Friday, June 22 • 4 p.m. Location: 15930 Morenci Rd, Morenci MI 49256. West edge of Munson – 1½ Miles East of U.S. 127

Well-kept 3 or 4BR Country Home on 6.8 acres that will sell in an affordable range. This home offers an attractive custom built oak kitchen, formal dining room, LR, BR & adjoining full bath on the 1st floor. Upstairs has a landing room that could be the computer room or a 4th Bedroom & 2 other good size Bdrms. There is a good basement w/ newer 93% H/E, Gas F/A Furnace & electric water heater. 100 AMP electric box. Also included is a 1½ car detached garage, chicken house, Sun All Horse Barn, & a large hip roof barn. This Country Property has a lot to offer & you can move right in. Don’t miss this opportunity to buy one of the few affordable mini farms. Look it over & be prepared to make your arrangement. See your broker. Terms: 10% Down day of sale, balance at closing. Personal Property: Old Meat Locker for Storage; Lg Asst. of Books; Luggage; Storage Shelves, Book Shelves; Card Tables; Small What Not & Collectables; Glassware & Dishes; Christmas Items; Baskets; Guitar; Toys & Collectables – Model Cars; Records; Small Chest of Drawers; 3 Piece Full BR Suite; Hall Tree; Knee Hole Desk; Old Globe; Antique Telephone; Electrolux Sweeper; Asst. of Pots & Pans & Kitchen Utensils; Soft Goods & Linens; Sofa – Plaid Green Pattern; Recliner Rocker Chair; Rectangle Drop Leaf Table; Antique Round Table; TV Entertainment Center; Sansui TV; Rolling walker w/Seat; Asst. of Bikes – Some Collectable; Old Player Piano; Antique Dinner Bar from the 50s; Croquet Set; Old Set of Essex Wood Wheels; Set of Ford Mag Wheels; Murray 18hp 46” Mower; Roto Tiller; Yard Ornaments; 2 – Old Wood Stoves; Antique Scooter; Antique Sled; Old Lumber; Old Mowers; Crocks; Old Hand Crank Gas Pump; Milk Cans; Wheel Barrel; Old License Plates; Brass Fire Extinguisher; King Size Bed & Head Board; 2 Chests Of Drawers; Lamps & Floor Lamps; End Stands; Treadle Sewing Machine – Golden Star; Wood Desk; Antique Round Table w/ 3 Leaves; 6 Padded Bottom Wood Chairs; 4 Drawer File Cabinet; 2 Piece Buffet/Dish Hutch; Wood Step Ladder; Canning Jars; Copper Stove Boiler; Misc Old Bottles; Kenmore Washer & Electric Dryer; Wood Drop Leaf Dinette Table w/ 4 Chairs & Captains Chair; Cookie Jars; Chicken Collectables; Set of Pfalzcraft Stone Ware Dishes; Butter Churn; Scales; Microwave; Top Freezer Refrigerator – Yellow Kenmore; Antique Hot Point Electric Cook Stove; Horizontal 2 Stage A/C Electric 220; Tool Box; Puma TPV 50 – 5hp, 175 PSI Single Phase 220 A/C Air Compressor; Lincoln Mark II – Welder; Lincoln AC – 225 Shop Welder; Torch Set; Large Asst. of Mechanic Tools & Electric Tools; Tool Boxes, Pneumatic Tools; K-Arc Wire Welder; Old Misc. Items; Primitive Boxes; Old Electric Motors; 2 Wheel Trailer; 2006 Grasshopper Md718K – 52” Duramax Powerfold Deck, Kohler Engine with approx. 400 Hours; Picnic Table; Thane Houseware Flavor Wave Deluxe Oven. “Infrared Cooking System”; Power Juicer; Hide – A – Bed/Davenport; King Size Bed w/ Mattress; Double Bed w/ Mattress; Bed Frame; Wooden Spools w/ Thread. Terms: Cash, Check w/ Bank Letter, Visa or M/C. 10% Buyers Premium to be added.

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are turned, and from a low-frequency noise that’s felt by some individuals, as when a car stereo with a loud base drives by. Many people are also bothered by rapidly moving shadows (known as shadow flicker) from turbine blades during a certain part of the day. In Glisson’s view, if turbines can’t be placed in Seneca Township in a way that avoids these problems, then they don’t belong there. Moving north

Last November Riga Township residents voted nearly two to one to uphold an ordinance that wind farm developers said effectively banned them from erecting turbines in the township. Setback requirements and noise limits were more restrictive than developers could tolerate for efficient operation. A company known as Blissfield Wind Energy canceled its plans to develop a wind farm in the Riga/Palmyra area and instead turned its interest north toward Gratiot and Ionia counties. Plans were already underway for a wind energy facility on farmland situated between Alma and Saginaw, in Gratiot County. In March of this year, 133 wind turbines went on-line to create what is currently Michigan’s largest wind farm.

The turbines measure 463 feet from the ground to the tip of the blade and cost an average of $3.3 million each—made possible with large federal subsidies. The project spans about 30,000 acres of farmland that involves portions of four townships. Breckinridge farmer Kent Humm, who is also a Bethany Township board trustee, said collaboration between the townships was underway before wind development was on the horizon. It made sense for the townships to continue working together for the development of a wind energy ordinance, Humm said, and eventually a public hearing was scheduled to involve residents from all four areas. Each group made sure that any subdivision areas were zoned residential to keep turbines at a distance. “Originally there were to be no more than four turbines per section [square mile],” Humm said. Now that they’re erected, the majority of the property involved has no more than one or two per section. Humm has four turbines on his farms that total 800 acres. Most of the turbines are placed off to the edge of farmland to minimize interferences with crops. Participating land owners received an initial $1,000 payment. Developers suggested

the money could be used for legal fees if participants wanted an attorney to examine the contracts. Property owners now receive $6.23 annually for every acre in the lease, even though a turbine takes up a small portion of a field. Any property owner is invited to join in—not just farmers with large acreage. “At least they’re involved,” Humm said. “Everyone is getting treated the same.” Everyone involved will share in a pool of money equal to four percent of the developer’s gross profits. Developers suggested this could be about $65 an acre. For Humm, that includes 25 acres of woods. Developers figure a turbine takes up about three acres and they pay $300 per acre at each turbine location. Humm said the turbine near his house actually took about three-fourths of an acre out of production, and there’s nothing he could grow that would bring in as much cash as what he’s getting from turbine leases. Humm admits there are pros and cons to the issue. “Is it going to solve our electrical needs?” he asked. Of course not, but it will contribute toward meeting the always increasing demand for power. And, yes, they make noise, but nothing that troubles his family. “You get accustomed to it,” Humm said, just like people who live near a railroad or some other source of sound.


State’s largest wind farm proving popular with farmers He knows that the shadow flicker bothers some people, but it doesn’t last long when it occurs—unlike the ceiling fans in his house that produce a flicker as long as they’re running. There are always some people who will complain, Humm said, but that number appears to be small in his area. By and large, he thinks area residents are pleased to be part of the state’s largest wind energy facility. He likes the appearance of them and enjoys watching them spin. That’s not the case for many people including Lori Glisson. “The more I research them, the less I like them,” she said, “and the more determined I get.” The success or failure of her campaign to alter the existing ordinance—to make changes she believes will better protect the citizens of Seneca Township—won’t be known until after the Aug. 7 vote.

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HOPE’s Garden Morenci GECKO Club helps get the HOPE Center garden planted

INTO THE GROUND—HOPE Center member Bill Fennel hands a seedling to Jessica Storrs, member of Morenci Area High School’s Green Earth Club (GECKOs) during a recent planting day on the HOPE grounds. Club members

helped get the large HOPE garden growing for the season. The GECKOs donated $1,000 to help pay the costs of irrigating.

Josh Elarton and Jacob Miller work their way down a row.

Photos by Heather Walker – teacher and GECKO advisor

LANDSCAPING—GECKOs helped with some landscaping projects as well as the garden. From the left is Jessica Storrs, Taylor Schisler, Bill Leslie and Kira Beroske.

FUTURE FOOD—HOPE member Steve Hoelzer plants seeds with Hannah Jeffers and Josh Elarton. Produce from the garden is used at the center and also sold at a produce stand. What doesn’t sell is donated to soup kitchens.

CLEAN-UP—Makaela Lockwood places an empty seedling container into a bag held by HOPE member Tim Jones.

WORKING TOGETHER—John Williams from Needle Lane Farms works with Katie Cox while JoAnne McKenzie watches. Needle Lane and other nurseries provided the seedlings and seeds.

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