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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.

2010.06.03 Doris times two gets confusing

Written by David Green.


The saga of Doris Snow—a conundrum in our subscription department—has come to a satisfying end, at least I hope it has.

Let’s blame it on Doris from Bryan. We have to place blame somewhere other than on ourselves, right? It couldn’t have been our fault.

Doris from Bryan stopped her paper for a few months while she went south in search of warmer weather. When she returned in April, she called to get her paper going again.

So here’s what I think happened: Rather than add her to the list, we (also known as me) found Doris Snow on the subscription list and treated it as a change of address. Doris’ paper was back where it should be now in Bryan.

After a couple of weeks, Doris called to report that she hadn’t received a paper for a while. We checked the address in Bryan and she said that was wrong, she has a Wauseon address.

We made the change, but it wasn’t too long before Doris called to say that she got a couple issues of the paper and then it stopped.

I was actually rude enough to ask a couple people in Fayette if they knew Doris Snow and if she was still in a good mental state. One week she calls to tell us she lives in Bryan; a couple of weeks later she calls to say she lives in rural Wauseon. Then she calls again to say she’s in Bryan.

Part of the problem here is that Doris kept getting different people on the phone when she called. We have a pretty small staff, but most all of us talked to Doris at one time or another. She might have even had a conversation with a substitute who was sitting in the office for an hour one day while I had to go off for something.

Doris called recently to tell us she hadn’t been getting her paper. Big surprise. I made four mailing labels and sent this week’s paper plus the last three that she missed. Off they went to Bryan in Wednesday’s mail.

But Doris called Friday and said she hadn’t received her paper for the past two weeks. This was getting ridiculous. I told her that I just mailed the last four issues out Wednesday.

She said she didn’t care about the old ones; she wanted the current paper. Somewhere in the conversation I mentioned sending them all to Bryan and that’s where everything changed. She quickly pointed out that she doesn’t live in Bryan, but she knew something that I didn’t know: There is a Doris Snow who lives in Bryan, but that isn’t her. She’s the Doris Snow with a rural Wauseon address.

Problem solved. There are two Doris Snows subscribing to this paper, both of them a little annoyed.

I have to point out that both of the Dorises were pretty nice about this mess. Frustrated, of course, as was I, but I had a friendly conversation with each.

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As you undoubtedly know if you’ve been following local news, changes are underfoot in the Observer part of town. The building to my south will be coming down later this year. Yoder Motor Sales will no longer exist.

That’s what it was when I was growing up. I don’t know what preceded that, but there have been a few businesses in the location since then.

When my close, close neighbor disappears, and if the Observer doesn’t fall with it, I’ll have an enormous wall suitable for a mural. My wife wants a mural at the library, but maybe I’ll beat her to it, and my wall is so much larger.

Think about a gigantic “Chew Mail Pouch” sign on the side or maybe the number of miles to Rock City in Tennessee (about 598 miles).

Better inspiration came from a very impressive collection of contemporary murals. (The link is listed on the Observer website:

I want to see someone leaning over the edge of the roof and looking down below, looking at the people tumbling to the ground. Maybe tumbling isn’t the right word. It’s almost like they’re floating downward. They’re in various states of the journey downward, but they’re all smiling. It’s a good fall.

I wonder how soon city council will amend the code to include a chapter on murals.

And somewhere on that big wall I think there will be space for a couple of portraits: two women named Doris whom I will never again mix up.

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