Researched by Michael J. Caylor Jr.
In just over two weeks, school will begin in Merrill for 4,675 students, and some changes will be found. Students from the old Jefferson School will now be attending the new Jefferson School located on Jackson Street. In a picture on page two, Mrs. Ruth Dietrich is pictured sorting teaching materials being moved from the old school. Approximately 300 students will begin classes in the new school which will be overseen by new principal Gene Bebel. Also two learning disabilities portable classrooms have been re-located from the old Jefferson School to the Junior High Campus. In the parochial setting, Trinity Lutheran School will begin their kindergarten classes this year. (According to a Google search, Merrill’s enrollment was just over 3,500 students last year)
Five young ladies will be vying for the crown in this year’s Labor Day Princess Contest. Cindy Schenk, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Wilbert Schenk; Patty Stockowitz, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Bill Stockowitz; Suzette Doering, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. Chester Doering; Paulette Baumann, daughter of Mrs. Selma Baumann; and Sherry Pester, daughter of Mr. and Mrs. William Pester, will all compete for the honor. The candidate who sells the most buttons will be crowned Labor Day Queen on Sunday, Sept. 1. The runner-up will be crowned Miss Merrill of Labor. Those who buy the $1 buttons will be able to attend the teenage dance on Saturday and the Labor Day dance on Sunday; both at Les & Jim’s, Lincoln Lanes. It will also admit button holders to the Drum and Bugle Corp competition in front of the grandstand on Labor Day.
In local sports news, Bud and Dee’s Round Up captured two team titles in two days in slo-pitch action at Ott’s Park. On Sunday they captured the Lincoln County Slo-Pitch league championship by defeating the Blatz Bombers 2-1 in 12 innings. On Monday night the crew took to the diamond and defeated the Merrill Giants with a score again of 2-1, giving them the Lincoln County Slo-Pitch Open Tournament championship. Steve Kirk, Merrill Senior High basketball coach, announced today that he will resign his position and take a job with Northern Michigan University at Marquette. Kirk’s new position will find him coaching under NMU head coach Glenn Brown and also assisting in administrative duties of the athletic department. Kirk reports he regrets leaving Merrill after only one year but cannot turn down the opportunity to coach on the collegiate level.
In a busy night on the floor of the City Council, the owners of about 80 dilapidated buildings were put on notice last night to repair or face condemnation of their buildings. The orders came after a tour of the city by building inspector Larry Baumann and Fire Chief Harvey Emanuel. In other action, the council voted to lease land on the property formerly owned by Bible Presbyterian Church to Parkside Pre-School and rezoned the property on West Main at Genesee Street for business use. This property, known as the vocational school, is hoped to be put to use as a furniture store soon. Laid over was a request from the Merrill Hockey Association for the placement of a mobile home at the hockey rink at 6th and Memorial Drive. The association was hoping to use that as locker room/changing area. City engineer Charles Pierotti was directed to investigate the possibility of working with the county to develop a new city landfill. Also, the Council authorized Pierotti, along with Street Commissioner Phil Erickson and Police Chief Johnson, to establish a parking permit system for the municipal lot in the 800 block of E. Main St. The fees will be $5 per month or $2 per week. (A monthly permit now costs $15) Permits were granted for a new garage outside the sheriff’s office, a new garage at Holy Cross Convent, and an addition to the Presbyterian Church on State Rd. 17; transferred were $4,910 in funds for emergency roof repairs to the T. B. Scott Library; bids were approved from Wm. Schaus and Sons for $59,947 for roof repairs at Weinbrenner Factory, Merrill City Hall and the sewage treatment plant.
Wally’s Video has the top 10 movie rentals listed for the week in their ad on the entertainment page: 1. Terms of Endearment, 2. The Right Stuff, 3. Scarface, 4. Silkwood, 5. Christine, 6. All the Right Moves, 7. Gorky Park, 8. Uncommon Valor, 9. Sudden Impact, 10. Raiders of the Lost Ark. The special this week is for members only: $1 off of blank tapes.
Jenny Towers has paid off its debt to the city. Pictured are Jenny Tower’s chairman Tom Young and Mayor Richard Holt as Young presents the final payment for the parking lot adjoining the structure. The city purchased Dr. Kendall’s property at 705 E. 1st St. and the Rev. H. L. Buesing property at 704 E. Main St. in 1979 for $70,000 and now the housing authority has paid off its debt to the city two years earlier than expected. John English, the executive director of the housing authority, is also pictured watching over the exchange.
Thanks to advice from his golf partner, Merrill’s Wally Smith is the latest golfer to ace a hole at the Merrill Golf Course. Fellow golfer Jim O’Day recommended that Smith use an eight iron on the 13th hole instead of his usual seven iron due to the wind. Earlier this summer Smith put a ball a half a foot away from the hole on the same green and thought that would be as close as he would get to hitting a hole in one. John Lyon and Paul Peterson made up the other half of the foursome.
Worried about your city garbage pick-up? The City of Merrill will be hosting a public hearing next Wednesday regarding the future of the curbside service. Some of the proposed changes to the rules include making it mandatory that all garbage bags be clear and homes be limited to four bags per week while businesses may place out six bags. The fall and spring city wide pick up would also be eliminated, and city wide recycling is now mandatory. The fine for having improper garbage would be $10.
The Gesundheit Tavern will be celebrating their grand opening this Saturday starting at 7 p.m.