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    FIRST SNOW—Heavy, wet flakes piled deep on tree branches—and windshields—as the area received its first significant snowfall of the season. “Usually it begins with a dusting or two,” said George Isobar, Morenci’s observer for the National Weather Service, “but this time it came with a vengeance.” By the end of the day Saturday, a little over four inches of snow was on the ground. Now comes the thaw with temperatures in the 40s and 50s for three days.
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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.
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2008.12.31 Here's what happened

Written by David Green.


Let’s review things before we close it up for the year. See if you were paying attention through the previous 52 weeks.

I wrote about an imaginary dog that would be named Fatty Skylark in honor of a cousin.

I looked around my body to read the story that my scars tell.

I considered the benefits of buying one of the dog bark translators created by Csaba Molnar—and decided I didn’t want to know what they’re trying to tell me.

I considered the contents of my peanut butter jar—up to 30 insect fragments per 100 grams, not to mention rodent feces.

I rediscovered Bag Balm at two stores in Fayette and decided I wasn’t too impressed with the smell.

I listened to a radio program that transported me back to the youth hostel at Cape Tormentine and made me wonder what has become of Lily Eng.

I learned that some people are willing to pay more for a used item on eBay than a new item at a store.

I considered obsolete items and skills (changing a typewriter ribbon) and wonder why people still tell you to dial a phone number.

I watched the excellent movie “Into the Wild” and thought about my own forays into less-settled territory. Unlike the guy in the movie, I came back home.

I read about the fancy new toys and devices for babies and young children and read a mother’s words: They don’t need all that stuff; what they really need is us, the parents.

I read the irony of a long life: He who dies last has the fewest friends.

I was chosen to receive a Distinguished Alumni award and managed to turn it into Distinguished Clown.

I read about the characteristics supposedly associated with a particular Zip Code and I managed to anger at least one Lyons resident. Honest, it wasn’t serious.

Similarly, I read about general personality traits associated with geography and welcomed readers to the land of conscientious with a touch of neuroticism.

I contemplated by daughters summer class studying rocks in the Rockies and wondered why I—a person actually interested in rocks—had to stay behind.

I developed an interest in pilot car drivers after hearing stories from one at an Interstate rest stop.

I made my final trip to Berea College, Ky., where students are urged to “drink from the diversity.”

I contemplated the noises in the walls of my house and still wonder if it’s only a bat or two.

I thought of a way for an American wife to get the typical American man to clean the house: Bring in the leaf-blower.

I wrote about Wasilla, Alaska, several weeks before the name Sarah Palin became a household name. The current mayor was angry about cheeseburgers.

With a daughter’s wedding behind me and my son’s soon approaching, I thought back to the oddities of my own wedding. I also wondered if a photo would be taken of the father of the groom dancing with his son. (There wasn’t one. It didn’t happen).

I rediscovered a stack of phonograph albums and considered dusting off the turntable to hear those voices from the past.

I had an encounter with John Hanawalt that brought to mind roadkill of the past, back in the days of working at Morenci Rubber Products.

I attended the 150th anniversary meal at the Congregational Church and encountered faces from the past.

I read about 100 things to eat before you die and learn that picky eaters are considered an evolutionary dead end.

I remember picking fleas off the belly of my sister’s childhood dog, Sam, and I learn that dog fleas jump farther than cat fleas.

I try to survive until Halloween without the heat turned on (it was my wife’s idea) during an extra cold late October.

I learn that your gut bacteria would probably be delighted if you ate some squirrel.

I need to write a reminder: Take wife to a basketball game so she can show the crowd that she’s Queen of the Stairs.

I dared call Tom Saylor “just a football coach” and angered some people who knew otherwise.

That’s it. That’s what I’ve done. And now it’s time for another Year of Writing Foolishly.

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