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    SKEWERS, gumdrops, and marshmallows are all that’s needed to create interesting shapes and designs for Layla McDowell Saturday at Stair District Library’s “Sculptamania!” Open House. The program featuring design games and materials is one part of a larger project funded by a $7,500 Curiosity Creates grant from Disney and the American Library Association. Additional photos are on page 7.
    Morenci marching band members took to the field Friday night dressed for Halloween during the Bulldog’s first playoff game. Morenci fans had a bit of a scare until the fourth quarter when the Bulldogs scored 30 points to leave Lenawee Christian School behind. Whiteford visits Morenci this Friday for the district championship game. From the left is Clayton Borton, Morgan Merillat and James O’Brien.
    DNA PUZZLE—Mitchell Storrs and Wyatt Mohr tackle a puzzle representing the structure of DNA. There’s only one correct way for all the pieces to fit. It’s one of the new materials that can be used in both biology and chemistry classes, said teacher Loretta Cox.
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    A TRAFFIC control worker stands in the middle of Morenci’s Main Street Tuesday morning, waiting for the next flow of vehicles to be let through from the west. The dusty gravel surface was sealed with a layer of tar, leaving only the application of paint for new striping. The project was completed in conjunction with county road commission work west of Morenci.
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    JUNIORS Jazmin Smith and Trevor Corkle struggle against a team from the sophomore class Friday during the annual tug of war at the Homecoming Games pep rally. Even the seniors struggled against the sophomores who won the competition. At the main course of the day, the Bulldog football team struggled against Whiteford in a homecoming loss.
    YOUNG soccer players surived a chilly morning Saturday in Morenci’s PTO league. From the left is Emma Cordts, Wayne Corser, Carter and Levi Seitz, Briella York and Drew Joughin. Two more weeks of soccer remain for this season.
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    BOWEN BAUMGARTNER of Morenci makes his way across a rope bridge constructed by the Tecumseh Boy Scout troop Sunday at Lake Hudson Recreation Area. The bridge was one of many challenges, displays and games set up for the annual Youth Jamboree by the Michigan DNR. Additional photos on are the back page of this week’s Observer.
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    One of four senior candidates will be crowned the fall homecoming queen during half-time of this week’s Morenci-Whiteford football game. In the back row (left to right) is exchange student Kinga Vidor (her escort will be Caylob Alcock), seniors Alli VanBrandt (escorted by Sam Cool), Larissa Elliott (escorted by Clayton Borton), Samantha Wright (escorted by JJ Elarton) and Justis McCowan (escorted by Austin Gilson), and exchange student Rebecca Rosenberger (escorted by Garrett Smith). Front row freshman court member Allie Kaiser (escorted by Anthony Thomas), sophomore Marlee Blaker (escorted by Nate Elarton) and junior Cheyenne Stone (escorted by Dominick Sell).
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    GETTING READY—Jerad Gleckler pounds nails to secure a string of holiday lights on the side of the Wakefield Park concession stand while other members of the Volunteer Club and others hold them in place. The volunteers showed up Sunday afternoon to string lights at the park. The decorating project will continue this Sunday. Denise Walsh is in charge of the effort this year.

2008.08.06 In the land of old vinyl

Written by David Green.


We live in a smoky neighborhood of back yard fires. That’s not always good when you cool your house with a window fan drawing in the cool night air.

If weather conditions are right, it’s easy to ignore. The live-and-let-live attitude prevails and you’re happy that your neighbors are having a good time.

On a still night when the wind isn’t taking it all away, it’s a different matter. Last night, for example, we were driven from our bedroom and went searching for better sleeping territory.

Colleen walked into the dark and ran into a vanity set bench that wasn’t there the night before. Maddie was packing for college earlier in the day and she moved some things around. Colleen responded loudly and painfully. Better watch out, neighbors.

I shined a flashlight beam her way and she tried what is still known as Rozee’s bedroom. No better.

She moved on to what’s known as Maddie’s high school room. Our old room. Maddie’s summer room? It’s where she’s been sleeping the last few weeks.

Colleen pronounced it the best of the three choices so off we moved. A little mini-vacation.

When I awoke in the morning, I saw the phonograph stand from my grandmother’s house. The turntable is still on top and there’s a collection of my old record albums underneath. I’d forgotten about them.

I wanted to pull a few out and look them over, but it was too dark in that little nook of a sleeping area. It’s underneath a loft that Ben made in college and rebuilt at home for his sisters. It also serves as a closet through some college ingenuity, and clothing blocked out the light.

I wasn’t about to interfere with Colleen’s sleep—that would be as bad as stubbing your toe on furniture in the dark—so I’m ending this column for now. I’ll be back.

It’s nearly 5 p.m. now and Colleen is up. Actually, she’s been up most of the day, but I’ve been hard at other tasks.

Harry Chapin (1972) is visible at the end and I assumed these were my albums, but after a second Chapin comes Annette Funicello’s “Beach Party” from 1963. This album belongs to my sister, Diane.

Now we’re drifting off even further from my collection. “I Hear America Singing” by the Morenci Elementary School fourth grade class of 1976. Introduction by Michelle Grieder. “Yankee Doodle Boy,” Wess Wolf, soloist. David Craig, Nellie Ford, Eric Emmons, Phil McCaskey, Dan Hoffman, Mike Gillen, etc. What a cast.

The next one in is “Virtuoso Recorder.” It’s mine, although I’ve never listened to it. When I returned to college to get a teaching degree, I learned to play the fipple flute, commonly known as the recorder. I bought this album at a very cheap price because I wanted to hear how the pros played fipple.

Next comes “Let It Bleed” by the Rolling Stones. I like this album, but it belongs to my brother Dan. Finally, another one of mine: Donovan Leitch’s “For Little Ones” (1967). A Scottish singer. I really liked that guy.

“I Can Really Write” and “I Can Really Count” from Scholastic Books. I wonder if these are owned by the retired second grade teacher, my mother.

Next comes a good collection of early Bob Dylan from the 1960s—those are mine—but then it’s Colleen’s stuff. Jackson Browne (1974). Lily Tomlin’s “And That’s the Truth.” Jethro Tull. There’s Elton John’s “Captain Fantastic” that actually belongs to her brother, Mark.

Digging in deeper is the Living String Orchestra presenting an album of elevator music. Who wants to claim this one?

There are more mysteries, such as “South Pacific” and “Oklahoma” combined on one 50¢ album, and a Johann Sebastian Bach double album.

Out comes “Lorca” by Tim Buckley. I saw him perform in Ann Arbor around the time of that album. He was booed by many people who didn’t like his new style. There’s a Greg Brown album from 1982 that was autographed for baby Ben Green at a Minneapolis coffee house.

At the back is a Tom Rush album (1972) that could be mine but isn’t. He’s singing Jackson Brown: “Jamaica say you will / Help me find a way to fill / These empty hours....”

I just might have to dust off the turntable.

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