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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.

2011.01.05 Is there an alien in your future?

Written by David Green.


Every now and then I’ll run across something that makes me wonder how I could be so out of the loop that I never heard about it.

Is it because I don’t get around to watching TV? Am I spending too much time at work? Should I be doing something with my free time other than watching movies?

What I’m talking about are the UFO reports from China. I never knew that UFOs were shutting down airports in China, not until I came across the Prophecy News Watch website.

I asked Mr. Google to show me some  predictions for 2011 and was directed to Prophecy News, a service whose purpose is this: “We give you filtered news as it relates to Bible prophecy.”

Scrolling through their headings, this one caught my eye: The Rapture, Aliens and the Great Lie. That’s when I learned about what’s been going on in China. We aren’t just talking about swamp gas like we had in our part of the country back in the 1960s.

Once again I sought the advice of Mr. Google and discovered there are 5.5 million references to the Great UFOs Over China incident, of which I knew nothing.

As of early October, there had been eight sightings since June. Not surprising since one report is generally followed by several others.

According to a Wikipedia article, China hasn’t had much in the way of UFO sightings over the years, so they’re certainly due some excitement. This has been referred to as China’s latest export boom.

You can find most anything on the web. For example, an entire village has disappeared in China since the UFO visits. Top officials in India and China are well aware of an alien base located deep in the earth on the Himalayan border. China has plans to create a UFO embassy.

Prophecy News has this all figured out. The Rapture will result in the sudden disappearance of hundreds of millions of people. World-wide panic will follow as people puzzle over the event. The Anti-Christ will appear and tell the Great Lie, which just might suggest that these disappearing people were abducted by aliens. As Ronald Reagan said in 1987, an alien attack would unite the entire world.

The Prophecy writer makes some references to movies and writes about a new one called Skyline in which people will be snatched by aliens. He thinks it will “sow the seeds of suggestion in the minds of millions of people around the world.” Hence, the Rapture is coming soon, as it has been for years.

There’s an interesting side-track to this story. It’s about the Pope’s astronomer and his statement that he would gladly baptize an alien—if requested to do so—no matter how many tentacles it has.

I was surprised that I didn’t know about the UFOs in China, but with Photoshop and military planes, etc., I’m not surprised about the existence of the reports. But I really am surprised to learn that the Pope has an astronomer, Guy Consolmagno, and I’m even more surprised to learn that he’s referred to as “one of the Pope’s astronomers.”

This one would be delighted if alien life were to be found. This one says that intelligent design is bad theology, a pseudoscientific version of creationism. The culture wars do no good for science or religion, he says. Science and religion coexist just fine in his world.

Why would the Pope have astronomers? I found an interview with Brother Guy and learned that the Vatican has employed an astronomer since the calendar reform of 1582. Currently there are a dozen astronomers at the Vatican. They’ve been instructed to do good science. They each have their own program to study, such as string theory, meteor dust, cosmology, planetary science.

Brother Guy is also the curator of the Pope’s meteorite collection.

When 2011 comes to a close, the previous sentence just might remain as one of my favorites from By The Way for the entire year.

It seems there might be an alien in your future and I hope you don’t find that too troubling. When I think about aliens, I’m transported back to a frightening evening at the Rex Theatre when I was about 10 years old. “I Married a Monster from Outer Space.” Take care; they’re all around us.

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